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By M. Paddon on 08-12-14
Main character just gets dumber every book.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
Overall yes it is an okay book. But the plot is so transparent it is very annoying that the characters seem to not be able to solve a darn thing.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
I would have changed Claire massively. She is supposed to be a genius, and quite frankly she gets even more stupid with each book. I have a high IQ myself, but even an idiot would see some of the things that happen during the plot, but that Claire cannot see at all apparently.
There are countless occasions in this book, and in all the previous ones. It seems that Claire can only be bright in the classroom and becomes as dumb as a pile of rocks anywhere else. The final scene in this book is by far the worst though that I've seen so far. I won't say what it was in case people read it, but honestly you would have to have a lobotomy to walk into the situation she gets herself into at the end of the book.
Another example would be the ghost in the book. It took me one second (literally) to work out who that was, and she didn't have a clue till it told her. And the same with the fight at the end of the book. How she did not know what was going on with Sam I don't know. I worked out their plan before the fight, and she still didn't know what was going on after it was over.
In short it is terrible of the author to make a smart character and then utterly fail to have that character use their brain ever. And I do mean ever, as she never uses her brain to solve anything in these books. The amount of times you'll hear the narrator whining out, "What?", "How?" and other similar questions from, Claire, to frankly transparent situations is ridiculous.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
I won't say a scene I most enjoyed as that is giving spoilers. I did enjoy several and it's only the fact the characters can't seem to see to see utterly obvious things that make me down rate my star ratings on the books. I love some of the characters and some of the humour in it.
If this book were a film would you go see it?
Maybe if I was really bored and they made Claire less stupid in the movie.