SPOILERS TO VIRALS. DON’T READ THIS REVIEW UNLESS YOU HAVE READ VIRALS! (or if you are one of those annoying people like me who read the last page of a book before finishing it, because I can’t help myself)
So… I’ve been putting off doing this review for a few days now, because to be honest, I didn’t know what to make of it, and I needed a few days to process all my thoughts on this book. And also, while you read through the Cons of this review, bear in mind that this book is still 4 stars. 😛
Because I’m so lazy, and it’s the last day of the summer holiday, I’m going to just use the Goodread’s Summary:
Ever since Tory Brennan and her friends rescued Cooper, a kidnapped wolf pup with a rare strain of canine parvovirus, they’ve turned from regular kids into a crime-solving pack. But now the very place that brought them together – the Loggerhead Island Research Institute – is out of funding and will have to shut down. That is, unless the Virals can figure out a way to save it.
So when Tory learns of an old Charleston legend about a famous she-pirate, Anne Bonney, whose fortune was never found, she can’t believe her luck – buried treasure is exactly what she needs to save the Institute on Loggerhead! Trouble is, she and her friends aren’t the only ones looking for it. And this time, the Virals’ special powers may not be enough to dig them out of trouble . . .
And that pretty much sums it up. Except from the fact that the other people who are looking for it try to kill them…
Cons (every good book has some cons)
After reading Virals, it just seemed as if this wasn’t needed.
I mean, yeah, this is a great book and so was Virals, but I was happy about how Virals ended, and I was so so so so so so worried that this book was going to be a let down (which it was, and wasn’t, LIKE CORNFLOUR. which, as a side note, is AWESOME! 😉 ). It just didn’t link very well to the first book in the series… apart from the you know, Wolf-stuff.
It was too optimistic… and childish… and Deus ex machina (hehe, my awesome latin… and NO I totally didn’t look that up on wiki right now…)
WHEN IS A PIRATE’S TREASURE HUNT EVER GOING TO HAPPEN???
IT WAS JUST LIKE:
HEY I NEED MONEY
I JUST FOUND THAT THERE’S TREASURE BURIED SOMEWHERE
I JUST FOUND THE TREASURE!
It just seems like some sort of lame children’s story… (but notice how I say “seems”)
To be honest, I didn’t mind her in the first book, but in this book… She just seemed unrealistic… She was always acting like a mother towards the other Virals… It really bothered me… It just seemed like Tory was too forced to “become” a “strong-willed females character” to make it more YA fiction, rather than just A fiction…
The bitchiness of the “Tripod”
I never got those things.
I was like something from Mean Girls:
A group of bitchy girls who would trash the main character.
IT JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN (AND YES. I FEEL LIKE YELLING). (Okay, imagine the rest of it in capitals, because I’m too lazy to keep typing like that…)
I’ve moved school plenty of times, and in each of them, yeah there were some bitchy girls and guys, but none were like “the Tripod” who publicly humiliate people who they don’t like or anything. It just seems like the way adults picture people who are that age… WELL IT’S NOT TRUE.
But then again, this book is set in Australia (I think), and Mean Girls is set in America, and hey ho, I’ve never been to school in those countries, so maybe it only happens in those areas… but I’m still doubtful…
Hm………….. This is turning really negative… It wasn’t supposed to go this way… Lets go straight to Pros now before you judge the book too harshly!!!
It was like Maximum ride humour. As in the sarcasm and stuff. It’s funny. And better than maximum ride, because this book doesn’t have people resurrecting all the time, like Ari, instead, when people die, they die.
I’m not talking about the ending, I’m talking about how there were cliff-hangers all the time, so this was the fastest book I’ve read in a long time. It was extremely fast paced, and in general, AWESOME!
The fights scenes are awesome! For everyone! As in, if you hate blood and guts, you can still read it! There’s isn’t anything really that’s icky… It’s all guns, and wolf eyes.
Its a nice change to have a book with the main characters as a set of nerds, rather than “normal people”. And if you at once think, when I say a bunch of nerds, of Big Bang Theory, don’t worry. In this book there is no character that interrupts every sentence going “Do you want to know a fact about tomatoes?”
How they still don’t master their “flares” at the end
If that happened, it would have pushed the line for me… I really hate those type of happy-sappy endings, where everything is happy and no one has died, and all the wolf-humans have everything under control. IT JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN. So, Thank you Kathy Reichs for not making an ending like that, and for giving it a sense of “the actual world (apart from you know, the wolf stuff)” 🙂
Oh yeah, going along that point, also:
How they didn’t find the treasure chest on their first go
That may have also pushed the line.
- “You’ll start talking, and pretty soon we’ll all start nodding, and then the next thing you know, I’m hang gliding off the Eiffel Tower at night, being chased by ninja vampires”
- “We did just leave an insane asylum,” Hi agreed. “For all we know, Chance spend his nights dancing naked with sock puppets, plotting to invade Canada.”
- “I’m adding ‘canine’ to my searches,” I said. “And ‘instinct.’” “Whatever. I’m adding ‘lunatic.”
- “Ben locked his eyes on mine for a long moment. Then, “How?” “How do you think?” I smiled, then slapped him full across the face”
- “Tory a father isn’t supposed to fear his fourteen-year-old daughter. That being sad, you terrify me”
- “Ben yanked Hi sideways as spikes snapped from the wall…Once again, only Ben’s reflexes had saved him. “Please stop doing that!” Ben barked. “Please keep doing that!” Hi warbled”
I know I wrote quite a lot of negative stuff, but trust me, this isn’t a bad book, there were just some things that kept bothering me, and I guess this book “was the straw that broke the camels back” or however that quote goes…
And this may come as a surprise, because of all the ranting, but 4 shuriken stars!