Weird, creepy, dark and a great Halloween read, The Glass Casket retells the story of Snow White & Rose Red with more depth and tragedy than3.5
Weird, creepy, dark and a great Halloween read, The Glass Casket retells the story of Snow White & Rose Red with more depth and tragedy than you'd think. There are other elements of Grimm in the story as well as Celtic flavors and there are pockets of folklore that have been twisted and turned to suit the purpose of the story.
I didn't find the book scary but there are definitely creep factors and while Tom became enthralled with a La Belle Dame Sans Merci , the story became a bit muddled as we saw through his eyes. And I have to tell you, thinking you're losing your marbles is scarier than anything in a forest.
What I do wish (view spoiler)[ is that we had more time with Rowan and Jude. For such an interesting character, one who could carry a book unto himself, I would have liked to see more of their falling in love. I mean I knew that Jude was in love with her but I think I would've liked to see more of buildup. Now, I do understand that this book was not a romance per se, but the fact that the ending was so cleanly and savagely done, I would've liked to have had something to make me smile (hide spoiler)] .
So, while the ending was a bit rushed. And the romance could've been just a tad more built up on the gal's side, this was still an enjoyable book. I don't know if I recommend it for younger kids but 16+ I say go for it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Let me get this off my chest now: Shearin reuses her paragraphs and descriptions throughout the book and throughout the series. You really notice i3.6
Let me get this off my chest now: Shearin reuses her paragraphs and descriptions throughout the book and throughout the series. You really notice it when you read the books back to back.
That knocks off a star.
I want to pull a star for this damn love-triangle but I won't because I really enjoy Mychael and if he's not bothered, I'm not going to be. However, I thought that Raine was a lot more decisive than this....so....
The plot was interesting but I had read first before I read this series. There are some startling similarities between the two and it even had me checking back with the "Grendel Affair" after I had read a description that sounded like something I had read before.
That knocked 3/4 a star.
Other than that, it's a fast paced and well organized (because sometimes in this genre, things can get very confusing very fast because the author didn't take the time to properly pace and set the world) and the dialogue between Raine and mostly everyone (I'm going to say that her dialogue with Tam isn't very witty or engaging to me. That's not because I don't like Tam. He's a very interesting character but there's a playfulness that is just one sided) is intriguing and just...very well written....more
Ok here's the thing. This book had promise. It really did. That's why I gave it a three. However, the book read like this:
Ruh Roh I have this power whOk here's the thing. This book had promise. It really did. That's why I gave it a three. However, the book read like this:
Ruh Roh I have this power which is scary and I'm gonna complain and not use it, unless it's completely accidental - okay and maybe that ONE time, throughout the whole book because I'm scared that I'm a bad person. Yes, Yes, I know. Even when shit hits the fan and I'm given the opportunity to learn so that I can save myself, those I love and the royal fucking family, I will complain and falter and cry and WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH WAH
Then when I realize that I have been given the opportunity to try and save a bunch of people, I will again cry and freak out and not know what to do. When given a ring that will protect me from being seduced by true evil, I will consistently forget it or not wear it because "I'll be ok". Then I will end up in situations that could have been avoided if I had just remembered to wear ONE PIECE OF DAMN JEWELERY!
I will foreshadow my relationship with the good guy by saying I don't like him and he doesn't like me and then in the eleventh hour I will realize that I love him and that he still doesn't know about me but then all will be ok because I will again put myself in a very stupid position that could've been avoided so that he can save me and randomly confess his love, when a few chapters before I was pretty sure he would've lopped my head off.
I will talk about being a doctor, which is about the only thing I'm good at. I will solve medical mysteries which I'm good at but then I will ignore the cardinal vampire rule and get one of my good friends killed because I'm a dolt.
WAH WAH WAH WAH BLAH BLAH BLAH
Oh Katerina, you were almost too stupid to live. The only thing that saved you was your ability to do medicine and the powerful curse/gift you carry. But hey, if you continue to IGNORE all the advice and blindly believe in all the wrong people (including yourself at times) then you won't last long.
I have to read the second book now just to see if she ends up hanging over a cliff because she forgot to bring something that would help her not hang over a cliff.
A big improvement with the relationship of Elena and Raphael. He's softened, a smidge, and she's got a tiny bit of leverage but most of all they loveA big improvement with the relationship of Elena and Raphael. He's softened, a smidge, and she's got a tiny bit of leverage but most of all they love each other and are willing to try and make things work.
Lijuan, the oldest archangel has pretty much lost her mind and there's also somone gunning for a Cadre position. On top of that Elena's memories are returning.
The most interesting thing was Elena's memories, both sad and brutal, it was good to know where she was coming from and that Raphael has her back.
My only issue is that while there were two plots, both paled when compared to Elena. I know that this series is character driven and not plot driven ( of which I do not mind) but Lijuan's "surprise" ended too quick and may have been better if brought earlier so that it made sense in the grander scheme if things.
As for the "not so random" killings, I would have appreciated the reveal if there had been something pointing to the culprit.
I enjoyed this though, a 4.2, and am looking forward to the next one....more
I finished this is in one day. That should tell you something right there.
In this installment, which is a little different than what the back of the bI finished this is in one day. That should tell you something right there.
In this installment, which is a little different than what the back of the book says, Janet is having a hard time trying to save Mick's life, her life and the lives of her friends.
It's tough being half-goddess.
It's even tougher when your friends and loved ones won't hesitate to kill you should you fail to control the magic that was instilled in you by your bitch mother and the earth.
It's a thousand times harder when the little voice in the back of your head tells you it's ok to kill people.
Oh and let's just throw this on the fire: your boyfriend is about to be brought to trial because of you while a monster is running around killing people.
It makes a gal not want to get out of bed.
The characters were solid and the secondary characters were fun and felt real. I really enjoyed having more Maya and Noami in this book. I'm iffy with Cassandra (view spoiler)[ that shit she pulled at the end of the book annoyed me (hide spoiler)] and I can live without Pamela. On top of that, Colby looks like fun. I'm glad we met him. He's like that little brother that you want to punch and/or hug.
I would like more of Mick and Janet in a relationship, I like them together but it would be nice to see them with a little more talk-talk between them and a little less rip-roaring sessy times. Why? Because while sessy times are fun for everyone, a real relationship is also communication and doing things outside of the bedroom. If I don't see that happen it's hard for me to believe that the relationship is real.
The plot itself was interesting though at times it felt like there were too many things going on at once but it was all summed up nicely and the ending left us with an interesting little twist.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Only 4.7 because I think it would be awesome if this has been in color. Liked the artwork, reminiscent of the actual mash-up book with it's pencil andOnly 4.7 because I think it would be awesome if this has been in color. Liked the artwork, reminiscent of the actual mash-up book with it's pencil and shading techniques, and the story is just an abridged version of the book. If you didn't like the book, you may not really like this and if you are complete and utter Jane Austen purist just skip this book completely.
I on the other hand got a kick out of seeing Jane, Lizzy, Darcy and Lady De Bourgh drawn out. You know what this book and this graphic novel made me realize? What about Mary? Poor quite, bookish, slightly prudish Mary?
If you like graphic novels and Jane Austen but aren't ready for the Zombie Mash-Up, Marvel released a graphic novel of P&P
Great read. Focusing less on the undead and more on the dynamics of people that are more or less the only 'live' ones around for the next 100 or so miGreat read. Focusing less on the undead and more on the dynamics of people that are more or less the only 'live' ones around for the next 100 or so miles. Jealousies, burdens and the little things that we take advantage of are the main themes of this book.
Rick is the main character who was left behind after falling into a coma for a month. He wakes to a hospital full of the undead or the dying. Finding a lone survivor and his son, he grabs ammo and hightails it to Atlanta where he believes his wife and son are. His trip to Atlanta is full of determination and he finds surprises, both good and bad, when he reaches the Atlanta camp. His old partner (who was with him when he got shot) is there and the tension between the two of them is one-sided but realistic.
The best scene for me was the laundry washing scene. Something so mundane can be so dangerous. In truth, that's how I feel when I am doing laundry in my building......more
I'm a fan of this series so this is automatically biased. I don't mind the British slang and accents, I like the constant cigarette smoking and I getI'm a fan of this series so this is automatically biased. I don't mind the British slang and accents, I like the constant cigarette smoking and I get a kick out of the very real and rough and tumble anti-heroes that Pete and Jack both are. especially Jack.
Much of this book is Pete alone as Jack is sort of well...indisposed. You get a sense of her grief and my one issue is that she's a bit of a ... well, you'll see.
Despite her reactions, it suited her character and really this is the first book in which we get a sense of her as a character . The other books are really Jack dominated, especially the last one and since we really have only Pete to go with on this one, it's definitely interesting. We get a view of the Black and of Jack in a way that we never did before.
I don't blame Jack for his choices and I did like that the usual "turning point" in a UF/PNR didn't occur and that Pete had to make the hard choice.
I can't wait until the next one. Especially to see how things develop ...more
Ok, surprisingly, this was pretty good. I didn't know how I was going to feel reading a prequel of P&P without the angst of Darcy and Lizzy but IOk, surprisingly, this was pretty good. I didn't know how I was going to feel reading a prequel of P&P without the angst of Darcy and Lizzy but I found that with a good enough premise, an already existing solid novel and the character development that even Ms. Austen would appreciate, I could get over not seeing Darcy.
This book begins with Lizzy about to "come out" to the ton and the Bennett's are all assembled for a funeral for one of their neighbors. It starts off with Mr. Bennett's POV and I never thought I would like the man more than I did when I read the original novel, but the long-suffering, slightly negligent father has his reasons as we see as the book progresses.
Anyhoo, the monotony of a funeral is broken by the deceased making the grave miscalculation of etiquette of coming back to life and trying to eat people. Well, Mr. Bennett decides to take advantage of this situation by correcting a mistake he long ago made - allowing his daughters to live the life of privileged women as opposed to warriors as he had sworn long ago.
Well, upon seeing the 'dreadful', he realizes two things. One, the plague that affected England not so long ago, is back. Two, his daughters seriously need an education on how to be warriors.
Enter the "Master". About 18 and solidly trained, he becomes the Sensei to both Mr. Bennett (because it is apparent that he has forgotten his training) and the young ladies. It wouldn't be an Austen mash-up without the hint of romance. And who do you thing the Master has an eye for?
As a foil, please enter Doctor K. The exact opposite of brute force, the Doctor is a thinker and he hopes to tame the zombies so that he can learn from them and turn the plague away by re-civilizing the undead.
While all this is happening, the dead are rising from their graves, Mrs. Bennett is trying to get Jane married to a notorious letch and oh and let's not forget that Lizzy still has not come out yet and frankly with the girls taking up swords, nobody wants anything to do with them.
Until they find that they have need for the 'poor crazy' Bennett girls.
This is the prequel for P&P and Zombies and it is a good prologue to the series (if there's a series, I don't know but I'd like to see Lizzy and Darcy's marriage while kicking zombie ass). It explains a lot about Mr. Bennett, the girls and the Dreadful plague that so infected England in the P&P/Zombies book.
While it's weird to not hear of hind nor hair of Bingley and Darcy, this book is simply not about them. While the book does veer off to different POV's (all entertaining), the book is about Elizabeth and her journey from naive young woman to strong capable warrior woman.
It's funnier than PPZ and is has more illustrations and simply put, it's entertaining. If you like Austen and you can appreciate a good mash-up, this is a must read....more
I wanted to like this book, I really did. But it was a big fat "eh" for me. I had to force myself to read about 267 pages of it.
Briar was an interestiI wanted to like this book, I really did. But it was a big fat "eh" for me. I had to force myself to read about 267 pages of it.
Briar was an interesting character but like everyone else, she seemed a bit flat. The attention to detail was amazing and Cherie Priest painted a good portrait of a pseudo-post apocalyptic Seattle complete with zombies, steampunk and malcontents; this should be right up my alley.
Alack, alas, no. It was slow going and I didn't care about any of the characters until we get to Maynard's and I found myself really liking the interaction between Briar, Lucy and Jeremiah. Briar is at her best when she is talking to other people because there is an emphasis on what she's not saying. Being trapped in the details when there is no conversation is hard because I am not getting a decent picture of the character because to me, the descriptions aren't coming from the character but from the author. Not to say the descriptions weren't good! They were, but it was a bit too much for me. I like to get to know the characters more.
I'm going to stop this review here because I don't really want to get into the nitty-gritty of why I didn't like this book. It just didn't grab me the way that I thought it would and while certain parts were certainly memorable and I'm not upset that I read this, this will not be a re-read....more
There are several problems with this book that good editors could fix. Repetition, telling more than showing, typos and unnecessary fragment sentencesThere are several problems with this book that good editors could fix. Repetition, telling more than showing, typos and unnecessary fragment sentences are some of the technical problems.
This reads like an early work of Arthur's, perhaps something that was written for a class, but despite all of that there was something intriguing about this story.
It reminded me a bit of Blood Ties and it also had the same issue with anemic back stories.
However, where it could've turned to cheese it relied on action. This book was constant action. There was some rather suspect dialogue but the action and the heart of the characters made up for it.
There were moments where Nikki became too indecisive and whiny and some moments where Michael took the "brooding" and "mysterious" vampire act too far but still, you cared about these characters enough to want to know what else was going to happen.
So while a rewrite may make this book a lot better, this is a rough and rare gem with a hell of a lot of potential....more