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Subject: Kelley Armstrong
Date Posted: 1/19/2010 3:21 PM ET
Member Since: 7/30/2006
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 I just finished Personal Demon and Living with the Dead.  I love Kelley Armstrong but these last two gave me pause.  I'm trying to be generous because I don't really care about Hope and Karl.  However, what bothered me more was the bouncing around from person to person, Living with the Dead was worse than Personal Demon, instead of from one view point.  I really felt it took away from the flow of the story and was more like 4 or 5 mini stories.  I'm hoping the next Frostbitten or something like that is better.  Is this going to be a trend with her?

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 4:54 PM ET
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Frostbitten is about Elena.  I always like the Elena books better.  Have more of a connection to her stories.  Never even considered that it might be because of the POV.  Hmmm.

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 5:04 PM ET
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I've always liked the Elena books best, too, and I really loved Frostbite.  I can't remember, but I don't think it jumps around POV as much as the others do.  I'm curious to see what the Savannah book is like....

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 5:35 PM ET
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I havent read all the books by her yet but I loved Frostbitten.

Date Posted: 1/20/2010 11:54 PM ET
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I noticed that too. I also agree I thought Living with the Dead was hard to get into because it had so many points of view.. the cop, the ghost, the girl ( can't remember her name), Hope, Karl...  

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 6:48 AM ET
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I wasn't all that thrilled with Personal Demon either, but I haven't read the ones after that yet.  It wasn't bad but I kept thinking that she chose to drop the most interesting bits of the story!  The whole tv special set-up had a lot of cool potential early on, but then it just fell by the wayside.

I'll keep the POV thing in mind when I read the next ones.  It doesn't usually bother me but some places it doesn't work as well.

Date Posted: 1/21/2010 8:08 PM ET
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I think for me it was just such a deviation from what I am used to.  She does such a good job giving you an idea of what others are doing and thinking in her other books without having to switch to them.  It's one thing to switch from your hero to your heroine, like you see in a lot of romance based books, but another to jump around to random people without keeping your main hero and heroine the focus.

I personally don't like to jump into the villian's head.  It tends to give too much away and takes away from any surprise factors.

Date Posted: 1/23/2010 1:01 PM ET
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After reading the entire series, I can appreciate how the world she has created has evolved and, with the addition of new characters, she is trying to keep it all together.  I don't find the POV switch as confusing as it is frustrating.  I am just getting into someone's head and enjoying their train of thought, then there is a very abrupt shift to someone else.  I love Cortez; so I hope she kind of wraps up that story.  I feel that we are hanging for if  he will or will not accept his father's legacy and use it for good.  The better than-thou tantrum is getting a little old.