Book Review: Fighting by Cat Phoenix
Author: Cat Phoenix
Plot: Alex is an independent twenty one year old college drop out and reformed thief when she meets Brooks. He wants her to join his team of thieves who fight to avenge the innocent, the wronged. Skeptical, she thinks he’s cracked and needs to be taken back to the mental facility he’d broken out of.Eventually, just for kicks and giggles, she lets Brooks convince her to take a chance on him. Her world is flipped upside down as she identifies with and comes to care for her new crew, except for the one man she loathes: Ethan. God, what an arrogant bastard. As Alex changes, so do her feelings for Ethan. Alex fights more than just her attraction to Ethan as they are bound together in a fight to survive.When Alex and her crew’s lives are endangered, will she run away or stand up and fight?
Oh There is definitely a fight!!… A fight to find a story
With the title as hitting as fighting,( pun is intended..if there is one) one would think that the book would be a romantic read where the couple would fight through to fall in love eventually or it would be an adrenaline teaser with blood and bones raining everywhere or if for nothing it would atleast be about a fighter. Well let me gladly disappoint you because the book is none of that. In fact I am still clueless as to what exactly the book was
The characters are good, narration is good, the basic backdrop and setting could be forcibly agreed upon to be good because frankly to say that you need to see the backdrop clear right? .
The trouble with the book is that it is way too fantasized that it has completely come unhinged. The plot and story developments feels too dramatical , theatrical and fantasized that you cannot actually feel it to be real and believable.
The book starts of nicely and you clearly see a potential thriller but as you proceed and wait for the book to pickup, you disappointingly realize that the book is going nowhere worthwhile and is just passing time with irrelevant story plot like I had dinner today with my housemates and we talked about flowers and later slept in “dog dead for the night” pose. Alright you would by this point say so what is so bad about that. Well how about I keep doing the same thing in different ways for the rest of the book and in between keep adding stuff like oh while we were eating, two aliens came in demanding for a serving of spaghetti and meatballs with two cans of beers to go. You think I am talking crazy? Imagine what I must have felt with the book.. Well to be fair the above is just an example and not actual events in the story. I just don’t want to be a spoiler so I am using best suited examples
The Book has only one and major fault and that is improper plot development. The base structure fails miserable as the author gets caught up in defining and mentioning cute and sweet moments that the real story suffers from lack of attention. I admit there are lots of cute, sweet, romantic moments but that is irrelevant when the story doesn’t go anywhere. It is at the near end that the plot actually shows a bit spark but that too gets put out soon.
Apologies if my review sounds confusing or seems to be written by a drunk monkey.. let me assure you that is not the case as i am five minutes sober… it is just that i am still reeling under the impact of finding plot in the book
So in short Fighting fights for a good story development as even though having a good base plot for disposal, the author doesn’t actually brings out a well planned and written story. Rather the book gets lost in the short and quick scenes so much that it becomes the jist of whole book without an actual story to show.