The cover (seriously how gorgeous is that cover) for Sin Eaters daughter as well as the synopsis of the book immediately seduced me and I immediatelyThe cover (seriously how gorgeous is that cover) for Sin Eaters daughter as well as the synopsis of the book immediately seduced me and I immediately bought the book. Teaser from Amazon: “Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court. She’s the executioner. As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company” So who wouldn’t want to read this, am I right? Twylla sounds like a dangerous, powerful woman possibly involved in court intrigue with a little romance brewing in the background. Unfortunately Twylla turns out to be a pretty passive character in her own story. She spends most of her time praying and/or embroidering when she is not pining over her new bodyguard. Since the new norm in most female centric fantasies is a female protagonist who is not passive I was disappointed in Twylla. To be contrary though I was exceeding pleased that this wasn’t one of those “I’m such a special sauce character that only I can save the world” type of books. I just needed Twylla to exert herself a little more and I think she would have been a more intriguing character. .I was also disappointed that this book turns out to be pretty much more of a romance and less of a fantasy novel. Had I known that going in I’m not sure I would have picked the book up. Don’t get me wrong I like romance but was in the mood for palace intrigue and embodied goddesses, not a wimpy 17 year old. I loved the fairy taleish elements within the book and wish they had been played up more. Speaking of romance this was yet another area of the book I felt let down by. The love connection was pretty instantaneous and I didn’t quite get why. Lief is moody, frequently acts inappropriately and really didn’t seem to have much of a personality. I actually preferred Marek the prince who, while seemingly slightly crazy, seemed truly interested in bettering his kingdom and overthrowing his mother. What sort of saved the book for me was the queen and her absolutely bat crazy attempts to have complete control of the kingdom. She was over the top evil and the convoluted things she did to be The Ruler were what kept the plot moving forward. Overall I did not have strong feelings one way or the other for the book, I didn’t dislike Twylla unlike other heroines I’ve passionately loathed and I think this is the main problem of the book, it’s a little bland inciting neither great love or dislike for the story. Here’s hoping book two is a little more interesting.
The story within Dead House follows an old crime involving a suspicious fire resulting in several deaths at the school our main character had attendedThe story within Dead House follows an old crime involving a suspicious fire resulting in several deaths at the school our main character had attended. The story is told via diary entries, police interview transcripts, and video entries. We are introduced to a young woman who claims to have two souls in one body; Carly who lives during the day and Kaitlyn who lives at night and it is mainly Kaitlyn’s point of view which we hear. First let me say that I love stories told through epistolary means and this way of letting the story unfold was particularly effective in this case. As the reader we must decide if Kaitlyn is simply a mentally unbalanced girl or if there are sinister supernatural reasons for what happens to Kaitlyn and her friends. The author was so good at showing both possibilities that I found myself flip flopping back and forth for a great deal of the book in trying to decide what I believed to be the “real” story. I also found the use of the titular Dead House as an imperfect sort of mind palace to be very well done and I found myself being mildly creeped out at times. My one quibble is that some of the revelations occur a little too late in the book and if certain seeds of suspicion had been planted earlier the book would have worked even better on that sort of paranoid ‘’who can the character really trust” level. Overall though a great weird read and whether you believe Kaitlyn is simply unbalanced or that there are dark forces at work I believe the next reader will find it to be an engaging use of their reading time. I liked the author’s style enough to immediately seek out the author’s next book. ...more
Please note my thoughts are those of a reader only, my thoughts and feelings while reading the book. I've never read any Judy Blume, adult or juvenilePlease note my thoughts are those of a reader only, my thoughts and feelings while reading the book. I've never read any Judy Blume, adult or juvenile, so have no idea if this is indicative of her other work. So, normally when I rate a books "I did not like it" it is because I had some passionate, negative response to either a character or plot device. All I felt for this story was apathy. I never saw nor understood why these two girls were friends or why Vix continued to have such tender feelings toward the friendship. I felt the friendship such as it was was quite toxic with Caitlin receiving all the benefits of the relationship. On the same lines I also felt Vix's great love toward Bru was not entirely healthy either. I realize Ms, Blume was covering a great deal here - friendship, finding the family of your heart, first love etc. However the characters were so flat I didn't feel any understanding of these themes nor did I care. I've read other novels that explored the bittersweet aspects of friendship that did a much better job. Another aspect of the book that bothered me was how crude as opposed to frank the depiction of the sexual relationships were. Perhaps I expected a little more nuance in an adult novel. In any case I truly did not care about the book and would not have finished it if it were not a reading challenge pick. You as a reader my appreciate it more than I....more
Fun, entertaining - what's not to like about the potential end of the world as handled by a rather inept angel who normally handles office supplies? SoFun, entertaining - what's not to like about the potential end of the world as handled by a rather inept angel who normally handles office supplies? So many small scenes made me laugh out loud, "Fluffy" as a sly reference to Lovecraft's eldritch horrors, was just what was needed...
So - I think I'll start with the parts of the book that didn't work for me this time 1.clunky, clunky dialogue 2.A truly horrible caricature for a villaSo - I think I'll start with the parts of the book that didn't work for me this time 1.clunky, clunky dialogue 2.A truly horrible caricature for a villain - basically a mish mash of various villain types squashed together 3. No real character building for the seven grad students 4. A really bad illogical finale - especially with the security bots seemingly only attacking some of the characters What did work and worked well enough for me to give a decent rating 1. some really great science info dumping which made the book worth listening to 2. Some very fast paced action scenes 3.Some great squick moments...more
Just what the doctor ordered - a sweet romance ; a little bit of creepy Victorian funereal factoids (who knew that coffin bells were often wrung due tJust what the doctor ordered - a sweet romance ; a little bit of creepy Victorian funereal factoids (who knew that coffin bells were often wrung due to muscles contracting in the hands, not me); and as always, spunky female heroines ahead of their time. Sit out on the veranda with a cup of tea or lemonade , put your feet up and prepare for a quick, satisfying read....more
My first Catriona McPherson but not my last. I was expecting supernatural elements based, admittedly on the cover alone. Instead we get a mystery whicMy first Catriona McPherson but not my last. I was expecting supernatural elements based, admittedly on the cover alone. Instead we get a mystery which slowly reveals itself through marginalia on the end pages of books(how coll is that for a book lover?) as well as some great character studies and even some humour....more
I suspect I just was not in the mood for this story. I read the second book in the series first a few years ago and liked it well enough. Let me startI suspect I just was not in the mood for this story. I read the second book in the series first a few years ago and liked it well enough. Let me start with the good, the way in which Fiona sets about solving the murders was interesting and Fiona herself is a complicated and intriguing character as are her dealings with a corrupt ex policeman. The way the Welsh police work is also quite different from regular police procedurals so I was intrigued by how the various officers chose what they wanted to work on. What didn't work for me in this instance was the relentless living inside of Fiona's head via the first person narration, it was just too much at times. This may be due to listening to the book instead of reading it. Fiona's actions were also a little squicky at times (feeling around in the emptied skull of one of the victims) which made sense due to her condition but not what i wanted to read. I also seriously began to wonder how, with her mental condition, she could really function as a police officer. I also felt the explanation as to why she was allowed to continue to work after the climatic scene to be very weak. I didn't buy that no one would question the witnesses at the scene as to the version of events for example. Others may not have the same problems I had with the story and may very well enjoy the story....more
I tend to enjoy all of Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston's novels whether written jointly or alone. Having said that I was a little lukewarm on this oI tend to enjoy all of Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston's novels whether written jointly or alone. Having said that I was a little lukewarm on this one. I can't put my finger on it but the suspense just wasn't there for me and it should have been. Still a decent thriller though and it certainly won't stop me from reading the next one....more
Pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Rowling did a good job of putting all the clues together so that at the end the resolution of the mysPleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Rowling did a good job of putting all the clues together so that at the end the resolution of the mystery made perfect sense. Comoran Strike and Robin make a great team and I'm looking forward to reading more of their adventures....more
I was a tad wary to read this as there was so much hype surrounding this book. So glad I finally succumbed and got my fill of rogue AI; space "zombiesI was a tad wary to read this as there was so much hype surrounding this book. So glad I finally succumbed and got my fill of rogue AI; space "zombies" and, oh yeah, a pretty decent love story...more