This book was really slow-burning for me. It took me several weeks to get through the first half, and then I devoured the rest of it in a few nights.This book was really slow-burning for me. It took me several weeks to get through the first half, and then I devoured the rest of it in a few nights. I'm excited to read the sequel, which I couldn't have imagined 2 weeks ago, since I was having a hard time getting into the book or even having much sympathy for the protagonists. Now there are definitely some threads of the story that are tugging at me to follow them and find out where the plot leads. While this story is probably not for everyone, it is well-written. (I was surprised and pleased that I had to use the dictionary feature on my tablet to look up words occasionally. I love expanding my vocabulary!) The mirror-focused magic system and world building were very interesting; sometimes the world seemed so familiar, yet so alien. The more I reminisce, the warmer my heart grows with fond memories of the story. So many interesting nuances.
Never read anything from this author before, and had no preconceived ideas of what to expect. Quite long, but enjoyable read....more
I have enjoyed each one of these books as much or more than the previous one. I have only two tiny sorrows about "Cress." The first is that as lengthyI have enjoyed each one of these books as much or more than the previous one. I have only two tiny sorrows about "Cress." The first is that as lengthy as the book is, we get so little time with certain characters (namely Scarlet and Wolf.) Obviously Cress' story takes center stage, but Marissa Meyer does a great job of weaving her unique facet of the story into the whole, and we still see a lot of Cinder and her ongoing plans to dethrone Queen Levana. My second sorrow is a selfish one...I have to wait until next year to read the fourth book, Winter. I highly recommend this "modern fairytale reboot" series for anyone who enjoys stories full of adventure, intrigue, humor and a dash of romance. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. Sure, it had flaws. Sometimes it was patently obvious to me where a certain plot line was headed, and in comparison ConnieI really enjoyed this book. Sure, it had flaws. Sometimes it was patently obvious to me where a certain plot line was headed, and in comparison Connie seemed a bit of a dim bulb. She took longer to figure some things out than you'd imagine it would take, considering she is supposed to be a very bright, promising graduate student, in the midst of research for the writing of her dissertation for her PhD. You would think she would have a *bit* more facility and knowledge with the books in a library she would have been constantly researching and studying in during her years of grad school.
I can forgive the imperfection of these minor details in the face of what was on the whole a very enjoyable, even magical story. I enjoyed the detail she gave in her descriptions of environments; it gave the book an incredible sense of place and immediacy, even when it was detailing happenings in the 17th century.
The book was a pretty fast read, but I drew it out over a period of days to savor it, and think about what I was reading. Of course the Salem Witch Trials are a haunting topic, and it's a delightful little detail gleaned from the "about the author" that Katherine Howe herself is descended from 2 accused Salem witches, one of whom is **minor spoiler alert** famously put to death alongside the titular character.
I would personally love to be able to read Connie Goodwin's dissertation when it was completed, over 20 years ago now. It is not often that history is brought so stunningly to life. I will definitely pick up Katherine Howe's newest offering. As harsh as the world of her stories may be, she paints them as a place I crave to know more about....more
While I did find it sort of odd that an author would actually compare their own book to some well-known favorites (Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia,While I did find it sort of odd that an author would actually compare their own book to some well-known favorites (Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, etc.,) I did enjoy this book, and I look forward to the sequel. I think the main character matured a lot over the course of the book, but most of it happened very near the end and after a lot of tragedy, heartbreak and a TON of childish, immature behavior. I wonder where the story will go from here....more