Friday, November 23, 2012

The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #6) by Michael Scott

I was very disappointed with this book. I have enjoyed the series and was really looking forward to reading this last book in the series. But with all the time between the books, I found that I had forgotten many of the names and who was doing what where. So, I struggled to try to catch up in my memory. Meanwhile, the book jumps back and forth between various actions going on at different places, and I became even more confused. But mostly, I was just very disappointed with the story. This plot had potential, which flowed through each installment, but which was never actualized in this last book of the series. The plot of The Enchantress was far-fetched, and the wrap up to the series was extremely dissatisfying.

Mad River by John Sandford

This book is very disappointing! After losing faith in Sandford (after he forgot one of his character's history, in an earlier book), I gave up on him - except for Virgil Flowers. I have always thought that Virgil is an interesting, well-developed character; so, I was looking forward to reading Mad River. Upon completing the book, however, I find that I have nothing positive to say about it, except that it is a Virgil Flowers book (and not even a good one of those).

In my opinion, the writing in Mad River is sub par, especially for Sandford. In addition, the plot is uninteresting and predictable. And lastly, I don't know how he could possibly do it, but Sandford has even managed to make his remaining interesting character uninteresting. This is not the same Virgil Flowers who has been developed - and has captured our hearts - in previous books.

I suspect that the time has come for this reviewer to part ways with Sandford. 

Not Recommended.