Book Review: The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell

10482783Title: The Nine Lives of Chloe King

Author: Liz Braswell

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 1 star

Purchase: Amazon

Chloe King is a normal girl. She goes to class (most of the time), fights with her mom, and crushes on a boy…or two. But around her sixteenth birthday, Chloe finds that perhaps she isn’t so normal after all. There’s the heightened night vision, the super fast reflexes – oh, and the claws.

As she discovers who she is – and where she comes from – it is clear she is not alone. And someone is trying to get her.

Chloe has nine lives. But will nine be enough?

Book Details:

Format: Paperback Publication Date: 6/7/2011 Pages: 784 Reading Level: Age 14 and Up

There was a show based on these books? I have no idea why anyone would want to turn these books into a show (or maybe it was the other way around) but it’s certainly very surprising.

Anyway. On to the books. We meet Chloe King, a regular girl. Until she falls down a cliff of some sorts, dies and…comes back to live. Chloe meets two guys shortly after another, and immediately falls for both of them (yep, you can already see where this is headed). What follows is a love triangle, Chloe finds out she’s some sort of cat person, the last generation of an ancient Egyptian race of cat-people. Even worse, she’s the only one left who can come back from the death. Her mother and sister (who she never met, because she’s adopted) both had the ability too, but they were murdered. So now Chloe has to lead a clan of cat-people while going to high school and trying to figure out who to date.

I can’t even begin to express how bad this book is. The writing is bland, there’s “telling instead of showing”, the main character is completely unenjoyable, and her inner dialogue sounds like it comes right out of a cheap slapstick movie. The plot is ridiculous. I don’t mind the cat-people thing, it’s even original as far as I can tell, but the way things are executed, the way we move on the slowest pace ever from plot point to plot point and every scene is interrupted with Chloe debating who she loves, a kissing scene, or a mix of the above, is horrible.

Chloe is a horrible, self-centered, egotistical person. Her friends are bland, boring, and suffer from the same characteristics as she does. The love interests? They’re stereotypes, so shady and mysterious you could easily mix them up, and nobody would notice.

The book has potential, and I liked the whole cat-people part. But it’s not worth wasting time or money on.

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