Review: The Nine Lives of Chloe King

◆ The Nine Lives of Chloe King: The Fallen; The Stolen; The Chosen by Liz Braswell
◆ Read july 2012
◆ English Edition
❝ Chloe King is a normal girl. She goes to class (most of the time), fights with her mom, and crushes on a boy...or two. But around her sixteenth birthday, Chloe finds that perhaps she isn't so normal after all. There's the heightened night vision, the super fast reflexes - oh, and the claws.
As she discovers who she is - and where she comes from - it is clear she is not alone. And someone is trying to get her. Chloe has nine lives. But will nine be enough? 
Like so many others, I started reading The Nine Lives of Chloe King because I saw the show, which I really enjoyed. Unfortunately, this turned out to be one of those situations where the show is actually better than the book. When I first opened the book I was immensely excited. It started out okay, not really as good as I expected but introductions are hard so I continued reading because I hope for more. Around 50 or 100 pages I was struggling so hard to get through it that I put the book away for a while. Needless to say, the dissapointment was huge.

I picked it a few weeks ago again, determined to read through the rest of it. Istill didn't enjoyed it a lot, but in the end it turned out to be okay. It's still one of the worst books I have ever read, but in a superficial way it was kind of fun.

There were a lot of things that bothered me. First of all, it felt as though the book was written BY a young adult instead of FOR teenagers. I found the writing toneless and undescriptive, with dialogues that were often uncalled for and boring. Comments or scenes that were supposed to be witty or funny only made me frown. I feel as though the writing lacked the mood and tone that it was supposed to have.

Secondly, I didn't really feel any attachment to the main character. She seemed naive and snotty and there was no character development at all. If it is one thing that can kill a good book, then it's a main character who is NOT liked by the reader. 

However, there were also things that I did like. I found myself interested in Alyec's character, especially because of his contradicting personality traits. For one, he is a popular lady-magnet who likes to have fun, but he also cares deeply for Chloe and wants to protect her. In a way, his character made up a bit for the lack anything interesting in Chloe. 

In conclusion, the book had an original and interesting concept, but the writing and characters didn't do it justice. If you're looking for a book with a smashing storyline, good writing and intense scenes, then I definitely don't recommend this one. However, if you are looking for a light read, then these books might do the trick for you.

2 stars because:
✓ Interesting concept
✗ Inexpressive writing style
✗ Main character isn't likeable
✗ No character development

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