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Walk of the Spirits
by Richie Tankershey Cusick
I did not like this book. Not one bit. Not even with green eggs and ham.
This is my first book review about a bad book, so now you get to know what I don’t like.
1. The characters were all cliched. Every single one of them. There was the jock, the cheerleader, the beautiful shy guy, the bad boy, and the emo chick.
Now, I don’t really mind if those kind of characters appear before me, but then you have to give me an original main character, and give me some voice. The Jessica Darling books did that, and that’s why I liked ‘em. This book did not do that. In fact it gave me a dull, boring, blob for a main character, which brings us to point two.
2. The main character was boring. It was told from third person, which makes it harder for her to stand out, but I mean, come on. She kept hang long, long, long deep inner thought sessions. Here’s a hint to all authors: if you want your character to think a lot and ponder, write your story from first person, so I’m spared all the:
She was so sad. It was so hard to forget the passing. Even now, three days after, she could not forget the feelings she felt at the time. It had been so hard. She blah. She felt blah. She couldn’t blah. She. SHE. SHE!
That’s right. You end up with a lot of “she” beginnings and it makes me want to slap the author.
Anyways, this character was just dead. She wasn’t quirky when she spoke. She wasn’t exciting. She wasn’t anything. And now point 3.
3. If you can’t have original characters, at least give me a good plot.
Yeah. Walk of the Spirits didn’t do that. It gaveme a teacher who gave an assignment which to lead to some bonding and the main character fell in love with the bad boy with a “dark past” and “secrets of his own” and there were some ghosts and junk. It was not original. It was not well written. There was nothing holding this book together. It just lacked some fundamental creativity.
And from what the back said about Cusick’s other books, the whole ghost thing is something she done before. A lot. Which makes me wonder why she thought it was necessary to turn out another book about ghosts.
Mainly, I think that Cusick wanted to have a kind of scary romance tragedy thing, but she didn’t manage any of that. She spread herself to thin. Thus, the romance was silly sounding and weird. The ghost part seemed over done. And the main character spent way too much time dwelling on her ”tragic” past, where everything she owned was destroyed in a FL hurricane. I’m sorry that she had to go through that, but really, the way it was written didn’t get sympathy from me. It got ”get over it” from me.
This book could have been a lot better.
And in fact, this kind of thing has been done before and it’s been better.
Some recommendations to read instead.
For suspenseful romance with a thriller-kind-of- scary thing read:
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray and Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marilier
For a story with ties to the past and mystery read:
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelley, The Golden Comaps by Philip Pullman, and The Giver by Louis Lowry
For a story about people with “dark pasts” and their relationships with others (which was something this book wanted to have) read:
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, Dreamland by Sarah Dessen, Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and Looking For Alaska by John Green
See? There are tons of books out there that managed to pull of elements of what this tried to have. All of the listed above, I highly recommend. They’re all very good reads.
So my final thoughts: Barely there potential. It could have been good (not great) but it died. I couldn’t make it past chapter 2, and I just skimmed through the rest, reading the parts I could stand. And you know a book is bad when you get a complete idea of what it was about by skimming. And I wanted you to understand that I never as a rule skim. In fact, I can count the number of times that I have. A book has got to be bad for me to do that. And this one just was. Sorry to any fans, but it was.
Q 1/2 /QQQQQ
This doesn’t deserve an amazon link, or a scale, but here they are anyways.
0. Couldn’t get past chapter one for fear of wanting to kill myself. Book induced suicide…
1: Yuck. Ew. Below Average. Probably didn’t even read the middle and skipped to the end.
2. Ok. Would’ve been better if I’d written the ending and everything else.
3. Not bad at all. Very enjoyable. Quite nice. Recommendable.
4. My kind of book. Near ideal, but something was a little off (annoying names, bad ending, that sort of thing).
5. WOW. Makes me wonder why people watch T.V when this is out there. Really liked it. Don’t expect to see this often.
6 and above. What I want my book to be.