Feel the same about this book as I did the first one: the plot pulled me in, but it made me uncomfortable and I didn't want to enjoy it. Her life hasFeel the same about this book as I did the first one: the plot pulled me in, but it made me uncomfortable and I didn't want to enjoy it. Her life has so much good in it, but so much bad that it's painful to read. I did find myself smiling and gasping out loud as a read, which is usually a sign that a book is captivating.
Still not sure how I feel about it, though. Hmmmm.
A nice twist on the current teen paranormal romance trend. Modern in timing, but historical in setting. Feels familiar due to it's Romeo & Juliet-A nice twist on the current teen paranormal romance trend. Modern in timing, but historical in setting. Feels familiar due to it's Romeo & Juliet-Ness, but altogether new and unique characters and nuances.
Great characters. Loved the interaction between them. Conversations felt honest and real. Especially between main charcter Karau and her best friend, "tiny violent one", Zuzana.
Book synopsis/description made it sound as if it is solely going to be about angels and demons, but it is much more complex than than... dangers of cultural stereotypes, bigotry, fierce division between cultural/religious/ethnic groups. Very applicable to the world around us.
Wonderful descriptions... added texture and depth w/o slowing or weighing down the plot. "Karou's best friend was bossy in obverse proportion to her size. She only passed five feet in her platform boots, whereas Karou was five foot six but seemed taller the way that ballerina's do, with their long necks and willowy limbs. She wasn't a ballerina, but she had the look, in figure if not in fashion. Not many ballerina's have bright blue hair or a constellation of tattoos on their limbs, and Karou had both."
Beautifully written. Loved Laini Tylor's language. It was elegant without being over the top. I mean, how can you not be drawn in from the very first page... "Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.".
Then the first chapter beings with "Walking to school over the snow-muffled cobbles, Karou had no sinister premonitions about the day. It seeed like just another Monday, innocent but for its essential Mondayness, not to mention its Januaryness. It was cold, and it was dark - in the dead of winter the sun didn't rise until eight - but it was also lovely. The falling snow and the early hour conspired to paint Prague ghostly, like a tintype photograph, all silver and haze.".
She had me from Mondayness. :)
Some great lines / language (from the first few chapters... they don't give away much for plot):
"loneliness is worse when you return to it after a reprieve - like the soul's version of putting on a wet bathing suit, clammy and miserable".
"does he think if he just dangles his boy bits at you like a cat toy you'll go scampering after him?" hehe :)
"I don't know many rules to live by... But here's one. It's simple. Don't put anything unneccessary into yourself. No poisons or chemicals, no fumes or smoke or alcohol, no sharp objects, no inessential needles - drug or tattoo - and... no inessential penises, either.... When an essential on comes along, you'll know... Stop squandering yourself, child. Wait for love."
"The streets of Prague were a fantasia scarcely touched by the twenty-first century - or the twentieth or nineteenth, for that matter. It was a city of alchemists and dreamers, its medieval cobbles once trob by golems, mystics, invading armies. Tall houses glowed goldenrod and carmine and eggshell blue, embellished with Rococo plasterwork and capped in roofs of uniform red. Baroque cupolas were the soft green of antique copper, and Gothic steeples stood ready to impale fallen angels. The wind carried the memory of magic, revolution, violins, and the cobbled lanes meandered like creeks. Thugs wore Mozart wigs and pushed chamber music on street corners, and marionettes hung in wondows, making the whole city seem like a theater with unseen pupeteers crouched behind the velvet."
Beautiful, right? Who doesn't want to visit Prague after reading that?
Plus, there's a Mustache Bar with a mustache vending machine :)
So, in short... great language, beautifully written, captivating characters and a fascinating plot. Humor, romance, action and sci-fi/fantasy all rolled into one. Most books have to be read more than once before they make it onto my list of favorites, but this one made it after I was only halfway through it.
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. The plot pulled me in and I enjoyed reading it, but part of me doesn't want to like it. A book centered arounI'm not sure how I feel about this book. The plot pulled me in and I enjoyed reading it, but part of me doesn't want to like it. A book centered around a girl's horrific home life shouldn't be enjoyable. Yet, it was enjoyable. Humph.
I find myself equating my enjoyment for this book to my enjoyment of crime shows (CSI, Law and Order, et al) and Kathy Reichs novels. Somehow this book sits differently for me, though. Probably because it is told from the victim's POV whereas the aforementioned are not.
Truly did enjoy it, but my uneasiness only allows me to give it a 3.5...more