I received this book for free from ALAMW in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Rocks Fall Everyone Dies by Lindsay Ribar
Published by Penguin on 2016-06-07
Genres: Contemporary, fantasy, Young Adult
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Twin Peaks meets Stars Hollow in this paranormal suspense novel about a boy who can reach inside people and steal their innermost things—fears, memories, scars, even love—and his family’s secret ritual that for centuries has kept the cliff above their small town from collapsing.
Aspen Quick has never really worried about how he’s affecting people when he steals from them. But this summer he’ll discover just how strong the Quick family magic is—and how far they’ll go to keep their secrets safe.
With a smart, arrogant protagonist, a sinister family tradition, and an ending you won’t see coming, this is a fast-paced, twisty story about power, addiction, and deciding what kind of person you want to be, in a family that has the ability to control everything you are.
First off, I have to say, I do not get the comparison to Stars Hollow at all. I haven’t ever seen Twin Peaks so I can’t make any sort of knowledgeable statement on that comparison but if I had to guess, I’d say that’s where the tiny bit of paranormal comes from. So if the only reason you’re comparing it to Stars Hollow is because it takes place in a small town, then you’re reaching just a bit. I didn’t find anything else that made this book feel at all like Stars Hollow and comparing it to something that’s popular right now without any basis is the exact reason that people hate comparisons like this and NEVER trust them. So just don’t do it, ok? Ok.
As for the rest of the book, it was just ok. A little strange, a little predictable, and a lot of unlikable characters. And that’s about it. The story was a pretty fast read and I liked how the author used flashbacks to add to the mystery she was building but in the end, I almost just didn’t care what happened and mostly because I just didn’t care about the characters. They weren’t awful people, with the exception of one, but were mostly just not anyone I would actually be friends with or had much growth throughout the story. The main character did realize that what he had been doing was probably wrong but there wasn’t much else to it. I had hoped the book would focus a bit more on his relationship with his dad and how that had changed over the course of the book but there was just a quick realization and then we moved on. In fact, the end was really abrupt for me without getting to see much of what happened to the characters after the climax of the story. And that did disappoint me a bit. But mostly I just couldn’t connect with the main character and that kept me from being completely engaged in the story.
When it comes down to it, I just don’t really have much to say about this book. I had really hoped to love it. I mean, did you see that title? I haven’t love a title so much since Severed Heads, Broken Hearts. Which of course they changed anyway. But I was really looking forward to what it all meant and why the cliff needed mending and so many other things. But what I got was a drawn out only slightly interesting mystery that didn’t go nearly as deep with the relationships as I was hoping with a bunch of unlikable characters and a very fast conclusion. It was okay for me but not great. And not something I’ll go shouting about to others. I certainly won’t tell you guys not to read it, because it definitely wasn’t that bad. I just didn’t particularly enjoy it. So read at your own risk.