And so book club decides to rub in my face that I read 26 pages of The Fifth Wave but doesn't do so with Light Spark, which I only read 25 pages. I actually wanted to stop at approximately 12 pages in, but that wouldn't do the book any justice.
But I swear, they're just trying to pick on little authors.
Okay, the two who enjoy "torturing" me agree with me. I have Snow Like Ashes above their heads. One of them has that AND Zeroboxer. I'm the cause of their fanning! Even if they won't ever, ever admit it. But that’s okay. I’m insulted. >_<
Here's why I didn't continue Light Spark:
No pronunciation guide or glossary in the book, which would have been extremely helpful to have. Words such as Aucudia and Exxion, and I'm pretty sure a glowing blue thing around a sword is involved that I don't even remember the name for. Mons luna? O_O
Larz and Darz. I half expected Marz to pop out of the pages in my face. In fact, I thought it was part of the culture, and expected Larz's and Elluna's future kid to be named between the varying lines of Delluna and Warz. What a fantastic play of words.
Language – too casual. Yes, it's been discussed Requadt has a purpose to the casual language being used in Light Spark. I just feel it's a little too casual to use something like, "HOW YA DOIN, MAN!" (fist bumps ensue) in a fantasy book. (Gabriel does not necessarily use those words exactly – that's just my example of how the language is used casually.)
And the first chapter started out with such elegant prose, it was too formal (I sort of liked it, honestly). I do, however, applaud Gabriel for keeping readers in mind with the language and taking the overly formal path where it is blatantly obvious and weird and just sticks out like a random thimble being worn outside of sewing.
Okay, that sounds worse than it really is. Regardless, the fight scenes just didn't feel as awesome as I hoped.
Too cheery. The beginning of the book is so happy, I felt nauseous. Everyone gets along just dandy and the entire planet is happy, happy, happy.
And here I hoped my good reading streak would continue.
Note: Originally, I did not want to write a review, primarily due to the fact that as one of the very, very few reviews out there over this book, I could potentially hurt the author (I am technically the only unbiased review). However, via the school librarian, Gabriel did want to see a review, despite the negativity (wish granted).