It reads like an adult who's trying a little hard to write young. This first novel reads more like a prologue rather than a fully-fleshed out complete story. Tighter editing, more polish and better character development would all go a long way to improving the reading experience of his book. It may read better for those of a younger demographic that aren't so versed in typical novel-writing formula.
The entire story is one crazy ride in the newly exciting life of Zack Thomson. Charlie has been around his whole life, the boys were friends before Zack was orphaned and his condition started. Nurse Ophelia, Zack's only other "friend" is the night nurse at the ward. This book is incredibly plot driven. Right in the first few pages Zack's safe world is shattered (literally) when a crazed old man, who turns out to be a vampire, crashes through the mental ward and tells Zack he is in danger. While the plot was definitely exciting, I just wish there was a little more character development. Like I said before, the book is highly plot-driven and unfortunately the rest of the characters suffer. Luna is Zack's love interest in the book; although she doesn't appear until almost halfway through it. However, I loved both the plot and the idea behind the story. What makes this so incredibly unique, is that, one: Zack has been living the past eight years as a vampire, and had no idea. I just hope that in the next book, End of Days, the secondary characters, like Luna and Charlie are developed a bit more.
It is about a boy names Max who has been raised in a mental ward since the death of his parents living a nocturnal life on 'strawberry milkshakes'. From the beginning this book failed to grab me. Then just the fact that he chooses her life over Charlies is pretty insane - some girl he has known for 2 days over his best friend he has known since childhood. The action in the novel is sporadic at best with several chapters between that are mostly filler and set-up. When the action is being played out it is well written, but could benefit from further elaboration as these are generally the best parts of the book.
The plot is really action packed and fast paced. Not that, that is necessarily a bad thing, but there is a lot of back-story that you need to know about.
I think that the back cover "praise" was written by people who hadn't read the book.
And the front of the book quote by Alyson Noel is not wrong Full of surprising twists and clever turns thatll have you on the edge of your seat. >)The fact the main character is in a Psychiatric ward. >)Hello the main characters name is Daniel woot, woot! >) The strawberry shake & allergy to everything >) How clueless the main character was of his condition >) The hobo, I loved the hobo >) The end where Daniels best friend (view spoiler) killed Luna and goes I woke up hungry a terrible excuse to kill someone but I laughed.
After months, I finally finished this book. I finally put this book on my TBR challenge for 2010 and finished it last night. I did get into the story after about a 100 pages. I read about a hundred pages, before I felt drawn into the story. But some of the twists just didn't make sense to me. The book might have fared better without the epilogue.
I picked up this book at the library knowing nothing about it. Teenaged Zach is a patient at a mental ward for the last eight years; both his parents are dead. Zach was an extremely interesting character. The ending was satisfying if no other books come out, but enough story left to continue on with Zach's life.