This book finally starts to answer many of the questions about Jame and Tori that the first two books posed - especially questions about the society aThis book finally starts to answer many of the questions about Jame and Tori that the first two books posed - especially questions about the society and social/political hierarchy of the Kencyrath. In typical fashion, though, the path the story takes is convoluted, and the world follows its own rules - and while that makes for great authenticity, the world and events are foreign enough that it leaves the reader sometimes having to fill in the gaps and struggle to connect the dots. Fortunately Jame usually connects the dots for us with her own sudden insight, but many times I wished I had a print copy instead of an ebook to flip back pages and see if I was missing something. ...more
While I do enjoy historical fiction this book would not likely have crossed my radar except for it being my book club's choice. I really did find thisWhile I do enjoy historical fiction this book would not likely have crossed my radar except for it being my book club's choice. I really did find this story of two women in the antebellum south intriguing and engaging. But something about it left an unfinished taste in my mouth. I really liked both main characters, I liked that each of their first-person narratives had a unique voice and seemed authentic to the times. But I feel like the author was telling two stories - one about abolition, and one about women's rights. And in the end I think did neither story full justice. I would have enjoyed it more had the book been just about the two women and their different circumstances and how they crossed each other's paths - but even that did not get full closure. I would give 3.5 stars, because the characters are so well-drawn, and round up for the quality of the writing. But on the whole I still feel disappointed. ...more
I like a good fairy tale retelling, and I especially like a good Beauty and the Beast retelling. I'm not entirely sure this is one, but I'm rounding uI like a good fairy tale retelling, and I especially like a good Beauty and the Beast retelling. I'm not entirely sure this is one, but I'm rounding up to three stars because I was impressed with the world-building, and because fairy tale. The world seems like your standard fantasy environment: there's magicals and non-magicals and rivalries between them. Only toward the end were there hints of something more complex and intriguing to the history and rule of this world. I would have liked to know more about the rules and creatures and politics of the world as we started to find out later in the book.
Unfortunately, I don't think I will read further in this series to find any of this out. Feyre, as a main character, was often annoyingly self-centered and bitter, and it took her far too long to figure out what was going on and to take a look beyond her own cramped little heart and soul. The 'beast' (whose name I don't even remember, having finished this book several weeks ago - that should say something) was too predictably noble and perfect, and evil overlord was predictably ruthless and blind. Even though we all know the story, it would have been nice if there were something that might have kept the reader guessing.
And, the ending is an obvious setup for a series which seems to intend to drag readers along through sexual/romantic tension rather than compelling plot. Not for me, thanks. ...more
My daughter made me read this book. I resisted, as I tend to do, because there was so much hype about this book when it came out, and I had an idea itMy daughter made me read this book. I resisted, as I tend to do, because there was so much hype about this book when it came out, and I had an idea it would be "too" YA for my taste. But I am very glad to be wrong. It is not "too" YA - in fact I am not sure I will even shelve it as such. It's just a delightful read. I want to go to the Night Circus and see it in all its dark, shadowy, mysterious intrigue. I want to meet Tante Padva and Poppet and Widget and I even want Isobel to read my cards. I want to walk through the Ice Garden and watch the acrobatic kittens and see if I can figure out the labyrinth, and I want to eat caramel popcorn and drink frothy hot cocoa and wear a red rose in my lapel, and I want to explore M. Lefevre's town house. But mostly I want to read more books like this, rich with sensuous descriptions, authentic characters, and mysterious, satisfying plots. ...more