Friday, January 18, 2013
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans Published: Jan. 15, 2013
Pages: 288
Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in a stark white afterlife limbo, she spends endless days replaying memories, of her family, friends, boyfriend ... and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has just broken into Level 2 to find her.
Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing, and it seems she is the key. Suspended between heaven and earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives and two loves.
*A copy was received from DAC ARC tours for tour participation*
*A copy was also received from Simon & Schuster! Thank you!*
Inky's Blurbings:  I’m honestly not sure where to begin with this one. I was very intrigued by the idea behind this book, but at the same time, not sure about it. There were lots of varying degrees of reviews for the book as well so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. So what did I get? An interesting read. Nothing more, nothing less. So let’s begin.
Subject A: Felicia Ward, dead girl extraordinaire. I honestly don't know where to begin for talking about her. I mean I connected, but not in a strong way. The kind that makes you cry or never ever in the world stop reading for one second. See, she relives lots of her life memories in the book, and that's where her back story comes from. To tell you all the truth, she was much more interesting in those than in the present time of the story. Heck, even though she was so messed up in her past life, I liked her better than! I don't know what it was in the present, but I couldn't feel her. She was kinda like a flat, Milk Dud. Well, okay, more like a Flat Stanley. Just....do you get what I mean? It felt like all this character development was delayed, even in the memories, until closer to the end when you finally learn things. Ah well. Alas and Alack.

Subject B: Romantic Interactions, that boy you love, versus, the boy who messed you up. Now let's see here. Julian vs. Neil. It's quite obvious that Neil is HOT. Even in the memories. Suh-Woon! I really did like him. He made up for lots of things. But Julian, is SO CONFUSING, I can't say why or anything, but it was a kinda weird relationship. Both in the Then, and the Now aspects. For one thing, since you know that she is still in love with Neil, and wants only him, you wonder why he's even there as a potential love interest. Because he is. It's like a triangle, but it's not. Weird and weirder.

Subject C: The Morati, the "good" angels that watch over Level 2. Hmm....They were okay. But what I couldn't get with them, was the fact that we HEAR so much about them, but don't learn THAT MUCH. And we never even see them till the last twenty pages or so. NO! Just NO! There were threats, to be sure, and like one teeny-tiny instance of running into each other, but then that's it till the end again. I don't think they were that great of bad guys, since they're so mysterious. They didn't feel super bad....I dunno. It's all weird in this book. Blame my want to question things.

Subject D: The Art of Storytelling, written in the present tense. Eh. It was okay. I mean I liked it, but some parts were just AWKWARD. I'm not saying it was terrible. It was fine for the most of it, I read it fine, and enjoyed it. Haha. But some of it was found lacking in my book. That's really all I have to say on that matter.

Subject E: The Plot, the who, the why, the where and the what. Okay, one of the problems I did have was that it felt like half the book was them running around! Haha. Nothing HAPPENS till the end, at which point it flashes by faster than you can say Level 2, and the end comes crashing in like a Tidal wave, in like twenty pages, and then BOOOM. It is over. Best run-on sentence ever, right? Not to mention I was SO confused with what was happening in the finale and then the wrap-up was like...WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED, AND DID YOU REALLY JUST FINISH THE BOOK WITHOUT GIVING ME MORE DETAILS? Yeah, that factor ticked me off the most about this book. I mean, what the heck?!

So yeah, I had some issues with this book. Or maybe I put that too mildly. But I mean, I talk so much about what I didn't like I never highlight the good. Despite the problems with this book, it's one thrilling ride through the afterlife. Something I'm interested to see expounding on in the sequel, Level 3.

Content: Milderate
(Some mild language throughout. A couple takes naps together. A girl is briefly naked in front of a guy. Passionate kisses.)

2 Stars
(this should be 2.5....but I couldn't find my image.)
So...have I scared you away? I hope not, because I'm sure you could totally enjoy this book more than my picky self did! Do you want to read it? Have you already read it since Tuesday? ;) What do you think of the idea behind it? Spill your guys to me! (Not literally of course.) XOXO,

10 comments:

  1. Well, I have heard so much about this book. I am confused , though. Since they are pretty mixed.
    Thought I might give it a chance sometime
    Thanks for the honest review, Inky!
    Your reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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  2. What a bummer! This one seems to be disappointing people. I somehow ended up with two copies of this one. I hope I start hearing better things about this one or it might end up in my do not read pile.

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  3. I think it's pretty clever that the author calls the next phase after dying "Level 2" (never would have come up with that). Too bad it didn't sweep you away, but it seemed entertaining, yes? Thanks for the honest review.

    And we always have to watch out for the Flat Stanley's. :)

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  4. Well that sucks. :( I thought this book sounded sooo freaking cool. Now I'm afraid to give it a try LOL.

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  5. Yikes. I'm probably pickier than you...so I'm not sure about this one! One of the girls I talked to on twitter a while back (can't remember off the top of my head, I wrote it down haha) complained about being extremely confused. Confusion in a book is lack of world building, and I'm HUGE on that. I still want to read this, but I think I'll wait a while!

    <3

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  6. i definitely bookmark your post and will give links to my friends as we all are a great lovers of blogs and always ready to read interesting and informative blogs.
    Yüz Germe

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  7. I haven't exactly heard much about this book, nor have a read it (though I might soon) I guess what I have heard doesn't make me that excited for it because I really don't know what happens other than it's some sort of afterlife thing. It looks like from what you wrote that it isn't very much other than that. I don't know. I guess I'll see if I read it eventually.
    ERIKA

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  8. I've read reviews where people loved it, and others where they hated it. I've had it on my TBR for quite a while, but I'm a little nervous to give it a try, so it'll probably keep getting put on the back burner until I've forgotten about it...LOL!

    Bree
    Coffee Bean Bookshelf

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  9. Thanks for the review! I actually enjoyed it :) It was very different and I did like "flashbacks".

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  10. Thanks for the review! I'm nervous about this one with the mixed reviews I've read. Originally I was pretty excited about it so maybe I'll still give it a chance.

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