Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Rating: 5 stars
I must admit, this book seemed to be a read that would just be enjoyable. However, the moment I opened the pages and began reading, the book completely entranced me. The way Tiffany writes her novels is beyond brilliant- her characters have flaws that are comical, and that add an interesting element to the already well-thought out story. The plot seemed generic at first, the typical "I need to rescue my idiot brother at substantial risk to myself". But, that's where the similarities ended. I enjoyed the way the author put her characters into compromising situations, and in this novel, unlike a lot of thrillers, you find yourself rooting for the underdogs, the nerds, rather than some kind of physically superior macho hero. The way the author handled the comedy and the wittiness in the series was commendable. It made for a fast-paced, enjoyable read, and I finished the book in two days.
Tiffany's favorite character of mine by far is Toesy. The way his character was created, the way the cat interacted with the humans, had me laughing out loud where I sat. And then, as the story went on, the antics the cat got into to save the "Great Man" and his other friends were engaging and addicting. Deli and Carl, the two main characters, are well-rounded and flawed, which made the reading enjoyable.
If I had to put one criticism in this review, it would be that I wasn't particularly fond of the relationship dynamic between Paul and Deli. I thought it was more of an afterthought, and even though Paul was the one they were supposed to be finding, he was very rarely mentioned until just the end of the novel. The way the author handled that relationship and the conflict at the end, though, made me smile.
I would recommend this book to everyone. And I have. It was fantastic, and I cannot wait for the next installment to come out. I will definitely be reading!