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I rated this book 3.5 stars.
Gore: Yes, lots
Pacing: 3 stars
Plot: 4 stars
Cover: 4 stars
Note: I finished and reviewed this book on my blog on Tuesday, but I didn't get a chance to post it here until today.
This review will be a bit different than my other ones.
When I first read the synopsis, I was really intrigued, since I've never read a book like this before, I've seen horror movies, but not many books. Unfortunately, it wasn't as good as I hoped it would be, don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, it just had a few problems, which I'll talk about in a bit. What I didn't know was that the Jersey Devil myth is actually a legend in New Jersey, I thought that Voltaire made it up, but then I was curious so I searched it up and found that the tale does exist since I've never heard of it before, pretty spooky.
It's hard to think of where to begin. This book is like a horror movie and it felt like a zombie apocalypse (although it was only in a forest in New Jersey, not the whole world, I don't think anyone else in the world had any idea about any of that going on).
This story was refreshing since there was barely any romance in it. The reason why I'm talking about romance is because in many paranormal novels, there's way more romance than there is paranormal, sometimes it's ok but since I'm not a romance story kind of girl, I was really happy that this paranormal story doesn't have romance in it, although they do make a lot of jokes about doin' it.
What I loved most about this book is the humour, I didn't expect this much would be in the story, which is a good thing, since I love comedy. I loved the humour of most of the characters, although Alistaire was a bit much at times, but I think that was because that's his personality, he always speaks his mind, regardless of the consequences, and he's obsessed with hell and the occult.
I'm not sure who's my most favourite character from the book, but there is something I liked from each of the characters: I liked A.J's easygoing nature especially when he hangs out with Prudence and Aistaire, Prudence isn't as mean and shallow as I first thought of her as (she's one of the people who sticks up for Ari when Alistaire is being a jerk), Stuey always being optimistic was kind of annoying, but despite all that happened to him, he still didn't regret anything, Alistaire's craziness (he was really annoying and sometimes mean, yet he's not afraid to speak his mind), so I liked his wacky nature at times, even though Ari is sweet and still recovering from her dad's death, she was one of the surprising characters (I can't reveal how because that might spoil the story), Villy is also one of the characters that changes a lot from our first impression and he ends up becoming really close to the group (he was a jerk full of himself, but then he becomes a better person), especially Stuey. And finally Caroline (I hope this is not a spoiler) joins the group and helps them fight off the zombielike creatures and the Jersey Devil, gotta love her badassness and that she deals with Alistaire's crap even though she just met him and is tempted to throw him to those creatures. I love the interactions between the characters and that they're not afraid to speak their mind on many things instead of holding back, and that there's a small cast of characters instead of a large one. I like it when there are many characters in a book, but it's nice to sometimes only have a few characters in a novel sometimes.
Even though I enjoyed this book, there were a few problems I had with it. The third person narration was confusing, I've only read a few third [person narrated books like: Charmed (the books from the TV show that is about the Halliwell witches), and The Mortal Instruments series, etc, and it was easy to tell who's point of view it was, but in this book at some parts it switched to another POV so quickly and without warning (in the books I read, for ex: when it switched from Clay's POV to Jace's in TMI, sometimes it would be a new chapter and sometimes there would be a double space).
Another thing is that there are too many swear words, I don't mind some because in real life teenagers and even some adults swear quite a bit. I remember walking down the hall many times at school and hearing the f word and the s word (I graduated high school two years ago so it hasn't been really long), I swear to sometimes, especially when I'm angry, but I've never said the f word. But I feel like the characters swore way too much (that's actually one of the reasons why I hate the House of Night series so much), I just find it highly unrealistic.Some cases were perfect for it, like when the Jersey Devil killed someone in the beginning. There were also parts when they swore that made me laugh. Another thing is when they found the ***** in the cabin, I felt like that was unnecessary. I didn't like when in the beginning the guys just assume that all girls are like Prudence, not all of us try on 50 different outfits and lots of make up before leaving the house, some of us just put on some lip gloss and mascara and that's it.
The first few chapters leading to the Pine Barrens are a little slow, but it picks up after that. That's fine since many books and movies start out slow because of introducing the characters and to show the events that lead to the climax. Although, some parts after those creatures were attacking, it seemed like the story was dragging a little bit, some parts seemed like filler to me. I would have enjoyed the story more if some of the pages were cut from it. Still, I loved the action and that we got to learn the past of some of the characters and why they are the way they are, although I would have loved to know Aleister is so annoying and why he's a Satanist. Then again, maybe he just got interested from pop culture or something.
The ghouls or whatever they called them, made it seem like a mini zombie apocalypse, since they were kind of like zombies, although they were way more disgusting.
It was interesting seeing Voltaire's version of hell at the end and it was funny too.
Despite some of the problems, I still enjoyed this book and I kept wanting to turn page after page. I'm looking forward to reading more from him.
Overall, Call of the Jersey Devil is creepy, disturbing, action packed, entertaining, has some interesting characters and zombie-like creatures, and it's basically like a horror movie.show more
by Nazish Ahmed