As the purveyor of October’s November, I’ve seen some critical, flattering, and even downright unwarranted vicious reviews of my book. I am extremely appreciative of the time and effort people take and make to put their thoughts into words (except the angry bitter children spewing their vitriol, of course). I wanted to share a review from Lindsey. She wan’t 100% happy with the book, but…damn, close enough for me! THIS is the kind of reader I wrote this book for…Lindsey, whoever and wherever you are, thank you for your encouragement!
First of all, I don’t think it’s fair to leave a review (especially a negative one) after admittedly listening to only 10% of the book! VERY unfair. And the first review is fake and should be removed.
Secondly, this is not an “easy” book, like a Young Adult novel or some Zombie story. It’s fairly complex–it’s challenging and I really liked that about it. For a first time novel, James was quite ambitious by threading at least three different narratives that actually all tie together at the end.
There’s main story, where October meets the girl, loses the girl, then tries to save the girl. Then there’s the background story, which goes into how October gained his ability…I guess that’s kind of part of the main story, too, but there’s enough going on that it’s got it’s own story. Also, the freaky happenings with his mother! That came out of nowhere and I was intrigued by her story too. The creepy guy, Karl, had his own little story, too…
All in all, there’s a lot going on. This is why I feel like this book should have been a lot longer! I feel like he might have thinned it out to please the masses who aren’t used to this level of story complexity. It still doesn’t take away from how much I loved this book.
I absolutely loved the creation of Hannah’s song, She Falls. It was like being in a song writer’s head as he’s creating–so cool! And the fact that at the end of the book, the songs are actually real…Seriously, wow. There’s a closing song called I Will Stay (?) and 2 versions of She Falls.
I liked the narration, but I feel like James’ take on some voices came of a little too caricature-like. Adding in the echoes for the inner-thoughts was a nice touch. (Yes, I GOT that, LOL…past tense for most narration, but present tense when inside their heads). Gave some immediacy to parts of the book. Special effects weren’t overbearing and I would have liked a little more. I’m sure his next book, he’ll get the acting down, ha ha.
Characters were fun to get to know, and like he said in the epilogue, I did kind of love them at the end. I really liked Detective Foster and could see him as a lead character in his own book!
There were a lot of emotional raw moments throughout the book. Many touched me, but some missed the mark, but I will chalk that up to personal bias. I loved Hannah’s strength and the twist how even though he’s trying to save her, she is the one who really saves him (you’ll see!). And the last chapter…the one where Hannah finally hears her song…Oh, man, I have already listened to that one 3 times over! Yep, I love a good cry.
In the end, I really liked this story a lot. Yes, it was a little too heavy on flashbacks, but he never lost me–challenge me! I can keep up! I’ve never listened to an audiobook like this before and I look forward to hearing more from this author.
UGH. Tears in my eyes…