I found this one really hard to get through. The blurb sounded fabulous but it didn't feel like the story and characters got to that point of intrigueI found this one really hard to get through. The blurb sounded fabulous but it didn't feel like the story and characters got to that point of intrigue.
It's a bit of a frustrating read because there are so many things happening but not enough meat and complexity in the characters and the world to warrant why things are happening as they do and what exactly is driving the heroine. I found myself wondering what the ogres looked like, what brought them about, basically what their story was, etc. It's based on a fairytales, true but there were lots of hints that there would be more to the story than the back and forth banter and high sexual tension that was the main focus of the story. I may pick this back up again later to try it out and see if there's anymore to the story than what was presented but for now this one is a dnf for me. :-(
I got hooked on this story the moment I read the excerpt and blurb available on the Drollerie Press website. The company caught my eye with their gorgI got hooked on this story the moment I read the excerpt and blurb available on the Drollerie Press website. The company caught my eye with their gorgeous design, great array of stories featuring fairy tales and fantasy and I even got a chance to chat with the authors and publisher in a recent gathering. The talk went from vampires to Labyrinth and the Dark Crystal and it was just a blast.
I decided to scoot Unseelie up on my list recently after buying it this month. This book by author Meredith Holmes is a gem. I love the world building of the fairies and the myths used to bring the world to life. I especially liked the switch of the Seelie and Unseelie courts and how they tied into the heroine's fate. There was an interesting twist early on as to how her half brother ties into everything that I was eager to see unravel.
It was a fun read with a handsome faerie prince I couldn't get enough, a strong yet soft hearted Cait Sidhe companion and some colorful characters in both courts. Ms. Holmes has a wonderful imagination for making the world of the fae come to life.
The only downside I felt was the main character herself which kind of brought the story down a few notches for me. I was eager to dive into the world and really get lost in it but the heroine's snide remarks and rebellious antics kind of put me off a bit. I felt a bit sorry for the prince and Cait Sidhe who had to teach her!
Besides that I really loved this world and the mythology behind it. Great battle scenes and beautiful visual descriptions of the world make this a world I wouldn't mind escaping to again! ...more
3 1/2 - Reading this on the heels of Julie Kagawa's debut The Iron King, I can't help but note the similarities2010 - Young Adult Reading Challenge #4
3 1/2 - Reading this on the heels of Julie Kagawa's debut The Iron King, I can't help but note the similarities. Both employ inspirations from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, bringing the characters into our world. Both books also imagine a Fae daughter for King Oberon while showing both sides of the Unseelie and Seelie courts.
Although not as engaging as The Iron King nor as action packed, Wondrous Strange takes it time to weave a narrative around actress Kelly Winslow. I listened to this on audio book which was read by the author herself. It was a real treat that I enjoyed, both in the spirited narrative and the passionate reading. This was a fun tale that I think any Fae fan and/or young adult fan would enjoy adding to their collection! I look forward to seeing how the trilogy unfolds.
I enjoyed this story of Seattle software programmer Kendis Thompson who ends up being part Fae. She's different from other urban fantasy heroines becaI enjoyed this story of Seattle software programmer Kendis Thompson who ends up being part Fae. She's different from other urban fantasy heroines because she is a proud geek girl (and we don't see enough geek girl heroines) with many nice nods to Star Trek and Star Wars. She's snarky like most UF heroines, sure, but she isn't over the top about it.
Much of the story deals with Kendis finding out that there are Fae alive and well in her city while the full on fantasy background didn't kick in later. The strengths lie in the cast of characters, I believe. I loved the diversity of characters here from Scot Christopher MacSimidh, the Second Warder of Seattle, to Kendis' roommates Carl Saunders and Jake Tanaka and even her best friend Jude. Everyone had their own personality and relationship to Kendis who, even herself, has a diverse background.
The story might not offer much new to urban fantasy fans as far as story goes but it's a fun tale if you're looking for a different type of character with a dash of fantasy and a hint toward a potential romance. 3 1/2
I noticed some similarities to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and was really into the story especially from the beginning. I'm a big faerie lore fan andI noticed some similarities to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and was really into the story especially from the beginning. I'm a big faerie lore fan and enjoyed the mixture of roman noir with urban fantasy that Dresden introduced. Plus to have a faerie princess as a detective sounded all kinds of fun.
What started out to be an intriguing plot of suspense, a side of noir and some urban fantasy goodness turned out to be dropped as Hamilton brought on a chase sequence with a string of meaningless (and somewhat dry) sex scenes dispersed throughout. I noticed each chapter took a loooong time to draw out minute details and flimsy obstacles that could have been described in a few paragraphs. Instead there are endless descriptions of clothing and people often with much repetition (word of the day, kids, is spill). The faerie court intrigue was interested as was the entire world building, especially as the fey history was tied into our real life timeline, but sadly it fell short with the minute details and random occurrences that seemed to turn the whole thing into an episode of Night Gallery with a dash of H.P. Lovecraft.
I got a bit confused with all the colorful men and often forgot who was what, although being a noir fan, I thought it was cool that one of them was into film noir and Bogart films. I'm not sure I'll be continuing the series because I heard it's more of the same in the future books and plus I need a non-squicky break for now.
Great premise in theory but the execution fell rather short for me....more
I think I'll bow out of the series here. I liked the setup of the first book in the series and looked forward to learning more about the world. But thI think I'll bow out of the series here. I liked the setup of the first book in the series and looked forward to learning more about the world. But this entry reads as if someone is giving you a blow by blow story of what happened to someone else and repeats events that have already been established many times before. I notice the chapters are really extended out as if each movement and interrogation needs a chapter on its own. One part had the group going to the actresses house for one chapter, then the next chapter was arriving at the house and giving an essay on who the actress was and how she related to fae history, the next chapter was them stepping inside the house going into the living room and sitting down to chat with her bodyguards, next chapter was moving from one room to the other and then finally talking to the actress herself. And so on and so on. Rather grating if you're looking for the plot to move forward.
I'm glad I finally got to dabble in the books since I heard so much about the author and her series but I think this will probably be my last Merry Gentry book....more
I may be biased but this has to be my favorite Dresden book so far. I loved the faerie court battle, Queen Maeb coming to Harry to clear her name of mI may be biased but this has to be my favorite Dresden book so far. I loved the faerie court battle, Queen Maeb coming to Harry to clear her name of murder, the goblins & orgres, centaurs, Harry and Elaine's past and all the side fae and werewolf characters that appeared here. I especially loved Billy and the Alphas (hey, it does sound like a rock band) right from the beginning when it was literally raining frogs.
I notice each book is episodic, slowly unraveling the large universe that Harry Dresden inhabits. I can tell Butcher has a love for the fantasy genre because he takes care in creating each rule and aspect while merging high fantasy into the modern noir setting of Chicago.
I've been listening to the audio books so far in this series because I'm addicted to James Marsters' reading. He does an amazing job varying up his voices with different accents and voice acts that makes each character believable in their setting which places like a movie in your mind. I'm sad to see the audio book offerings end with this one until it picks up with Book #8 and the current release, I believe. I hope they decide to release the missing books in the future. For now I'll gladly keep going to find out what more situations Dresden gets himself into....more
I couldn't really get into this one which is a bummer because I really enjoyed the premise and the appearance of faeries. Despite the interesting mystI couldn't really get into this one which is a bummer because I really enjoyed the premise and the appearance of faeries. Despite the interesting mystery blurb, the story felt like territory that has been retread before and I found myself comparing Mackayla to Sookie Stackhouse a lot in the way she's portrayed as a prim and proper southern belle. Although we meet an interesting mix of characters, none really left an impression or really made me want to keep reading to find out what happens. I checked this out in audio book so that could be one reason. Some books work in that format and others don't especially if the narrator isn't skilled. I'll probably check out the next book in the series in print format to see if I feel any different and also to see if anything progresses in the overall storyline....more