This review is also posted at The Bawdy Book Blog.Lackluster, disconnected writing, overdrawn themes…and I just only felt lukewarm for I Am Number Four. What’s with all the hype?John and his Cepan, Henri, traveled to Earth from Lorien to escape the brutal massacre of their race – and their homeworld – by the Mogadorians, an evil alien species bent on dominating planets and their inhabitants to suck their resources, since they so long ago wasted and destroyed their own. (Do you feel a little underhanded preachiness in there?) John and Henri are now on Earth, along with 16 others, who are spread far and wide, hiding from these monsters and mainstreaming with humans. Fear has them moving every few months, thus never forming friendships or attachments to other people. Until they move to Paradise, Ohio, where John meets Sarah and Sam, the girl he falls in love with and the boy who will become his best friend.I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it. I like to dig my heels in to a little sci-fi every now and then. I Am Number Four has a lot of great things going for it: an interesting storyline, a cast of varied characters, and a nice hook at the ending that leaves the reader wanting more. I truly enjoyed where it took me, especially during John’s flashback scenes to Lorien.But it still didn’t call to me the way other sci-fis do. I found myself annoyed at little things, like John’s constant reflection upon himself. I get that you’re a displaced alien from a planet billions of miles away and you’ve left your family and home, but DUDE…you whine in your head an awful lot. I also had a really hard time reconciling the Henri that was adamant about keeping their secret with the Henri that just threw caution to the wind and let John tell Sam everything. Which then led to multiple people knowing. It’s like there were two different Henri’s.I also had a problem with the insta-love in I Am Number Four. I know you can instantly connect with someone and I’m not discounting that, but he’s immediately in love with her, and she with him. It felt like it was put there to incite conflict between John and Sarah’s ex-boyfriend, Mark, which is short-lived and never addressed again, except briefly in the ending.And I didn’t think Lore pursued the disappearance of Sam’s father enough. I hope this is addressed in the next book.The writing style also felt a bit disjointed overall for me. Short sentences followed by more short sentences that I think would have been better served by a longer, more fluid syntax. For instance, I think the followingThe day has turned cold. The house is silent aside from the occasional gust of wind rattling the windows. I lie on my back on top of the wooden coffee table. My hands dangle over the sides.would have sounded better as something likeThe day has turned cold and the house is silent, save for the occasional gust of wind that rattles the windows, while I lie on my back on top of the wooden coffee table, hands dangling over the sides.I’m no writer, but it’s as if someone told the writing team of Pittacus Lore that paragraphs are supposed to have a certain number of sentences per paragraph and in order to do this, they broke what could be beautiful, fluid sentences into short, choppy sentences to fit that rule. Hey, Lore! Rules are meant to be broken, ya’ know!Now, I know it sounds like I didn’t enjoy I Am Number Four. That’s not true. I did actually like the story, I just wish Pittacus Lore had taken a different route in telling it. Will I read The Power of Six? Absolutely. Do I recommend this book to others? You bet I do. YA + aliens + action, with a little love story thrown in? You can’t go wrong there. But I do hope the next one is better.*This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.