Now, I love to read books and [sometimes] I am pleasantly surprised when I pick up a book that I didn't go out of my way to find, and had no preconceptions going in to! This was not one of those reads, unfortunately, but my overall thoughts are now up live on Amazon for the world to see!
In case you don't fly over there [to Amazon] too often, here it is, just for you:
(John Forrester's Vogel House, Review!)
I felt as though not a whole lot of effort was placed into the characters, or their names, and found it really irritating that the main character was called Clarise - I just couldn't get past the image of the Clarise in the Hannibal Lector series and it just felt too used to fit a 15 yr old rich kid with a few fixable problems that seemed rushed and a little hard to believe.
The book wasn't terrible, but there were things that sat uneasily with me in the fact that there are some very raunchy, sexually explicit scenes from start to finish, which is great if you like that sort of thing, but the characters ages seemed inappropriate for the content of the book and, at times, a little bit too incestuous, which was not comfortable reading at all.
Vogel, in German, means "bird" and so I think "Bird House" is a fitting title for the book, with its caged characters fighting for a little room to spread their wings and fly, but the sex definitely takes away a lot from the mystery and revenge of it all!
I was left wondering if there wasn't a little Romeo and Juliet mixed in here too, with the Montague and Capulates being replaced by Chambers and McNaughton's, which I like, but feel as though it isn't something I haven't read a hundred times before!
Overall, it was an easy read, full of rich kids having sex, a short spurt of familial history and betrayal and a quick flighty revenge! The ending feels rushed and the meeting of the two main characters in the park at the end seemed ridiculous as though the author forgot to tie up some loose ends and figured that this chance meeting would do the trick - I think it was supposed to be a little bit serendipitous but it just didn't work for me and left me rolling my eyes! (Sorry!).
It definitely wasn't god-awful, but it could have been a LOT better! Good for a quick beach or pool-side read and O.K for 99 cents.
Have you read this book? I would love to hear from anyone else who has read the book and any thoughts you might have had on it!
- Mom's Gone Bronson
Disclaimer - I read, and reviewed, this book after purchasing the book myself via Amazon.com. I may be rewarded with a $6 Starbucks gift card for my participation in the review on Amazon but nothing for the blog post! This way of compensation has not changed (or influenced) my purchase, thoughts or feelings about the book itself! All opinions are 100% open, honest and my own and your thoughts on the same book may vary. Thank you!