Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5 stars

What I Liked: Great idea, interesting premise, fairly likable characters, promising story line. If you read its synopsis, it's extremely intriguing, and you're left wanting to find out what's truly going on behind the story.

What I Didn't Like: I thought the way the plot was executed was a bit weak for my liking. I felt like it was lacking, and it somehow felt incomplete to me. There were also a lot of parts that seemed rushed and choppy, which sort of ruined the experience for me. It seemed like I was never given enough time to like the story itself or get to know the characters. I also thought the 'horror/creepy' part of the plot wasn't as creepy as I feel it should have been.

Overall: While I love the idea behind this and its premise, unfortunately, the book didn't work for me. I wouldn't purchase it to add to my collection, and will probably never re-read it again. I would recommend this to younger YA readers.


  1. I was initially quite excited about the book, but that excitement dissipated after all the mixed reviews I read. Though the premise is really good, I am sorry to hear that a weak execution spoiled the book for you.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. Thanks for the honest review. Too bad it dissapointed.

  3. I was really disappointed also, more so because I LOVED the wake trilogy. I agree with all that you said.

  4. Misha - I think it's still worth a try, but for so many books out there that I feel we should read first, I don't know anymore.

    naida - Yeah, I was really hoping it'd be good.

    Marce - I also enjoyed the Wake trilogy. The author definitely has a unique writing style, but this one didn't work for me!

  5. Ah. I hate it when books don't live up to the premise. Sorry it didn't work out for you.

  6. Great honest review. It can be so difficult when the premise sounds amazing but the book doesn't do it justice.

  7. Hmm, I've heard from other people that this one was a bit choppy as well. I think I'll pass on it. Thanks for the review!

  8. Bummer! I have been meaning to read this one as it is sitting on my shelf. I'll still give it a try.

  9. Jenna - Hate it too! Have you read it or are you planning to read it?

    Alexis - It is disappointing for sure.

    Aylee - It's definitely not for everyone, but I know someone else might like it more than I did.

    Holly - I'm interested in hearing what you end up thinking of it!

  10. I haven't read it -- I actually hadn't even heard of it until this. After reading about it, though, I doubt I'll read it anytime soon. Maybe if I don't have anything else to read and somehow end up with this? Haha, no idea how either of those would happen though.