True rating is: 3.25, good but not great.
I opened this book and was immediately brought back to the fun, engaging world that McBride has created. Any worries of having waited too long to read it (about three months) faded and I was able to enjoy the ride. Then after the first chapter I just wasn't enjoying it as much.
This is a fantastic series, but I couldn't say that I love it. [I do love the covers, though!] Its fun, funny, spooky, and sometimes heartwarming, but I guess there's something missing for me. It's probably the lack of depth, but I digress. I don't know if it was just me or not, but I found the numerous love/relationship talks between Sam and Ramon forced and just plain awkward. Yes guys can and do talk about such things, but I doubt as frequently as these two did in this fairly short narrative. I also expected more from Ramon's transformation.I'm still a fan of the series and look forward to any future releases, though, so bring them on.
Although that makes me wonder if this series would make a better graphic novel? I'd check it out, at least.