This was rather slow to start for me. That may partially be because this has been a stressful week for me, but it finally picked up about 150 pages inThis was rather slow to start for me. That may partially be because this has been a stressful week for me, but it finally picked up about 150 pages in.
Ackroyd has a great style - I didn't feel so much like I was reading a neo-Victorian novel as I was the real thing at times. His settings and descriptions were wonderful, and the overall atmosphere of this was great.
As far as story and plot go, however, I wasn't all that impressed by this one. It has an interesting take on the tale, with Frankenstein being a friend of the Shelleys rather than merely the subject of Mary's tale (which does make an appearance, by the way), but something in the execution was lacking for me. The "twist" was obvious to me well before I got to the end, so I was disappointed by that as well.
I considered two stars, but it gets an extra one for style....more
It took me a while to get through this one. I had a tough time engaging with it, although that might be partially because it's been so long since I stIt took me a while to get through this one. I had a tough time engaging with it, although that might be partially because it's been so long since I started the series. I wasn't crazy about the writing in some sections, which I don't remember having an issue with in the first two books either. It was almost worth slogging through for some of the twists, turns, and revelations that came near the end, but I'll admit that all of the religious overtones at the end bugged me. Overall a pretty satisfying end to the series (although apparently there will be a later-set book 4 now - still not sure if I want to read it yet) in that all of the loose ends were tied up....more
The Napping House opens with a simple house on a rainy night, “where everyone is sleeping.” We next see a cozy bed within this house, containing a sleThe Napping House opens with a simple house on a rainy night, “where everyone is sleeping.” We next see a cozy bed within this house, containing a sleeping granny. The story is a cumulative rhyming tale, and with each turn of the page, another character joins granny in the bed, and a new line is added to the rhyme.
Children will find the element of predictability enjoyable, although the pattern is broken when a wakeful – rather than a sleeping – flea places himself atop the sleeping occupants of the bed. This sets off a new chain of events and a new rhyme, as each character is woken humorously.
Don Wood’s illustrations do a wonderful job of complementing the text. The peaceful expressions of the sleeping characters (followed later by their surprised expressions upon being awoken) are detailed and pleasant. The coloring progresses from the muted blues and shadows of a rainy night, gradually becoming the bright yellows and vivid colors of a sunny morning, ending the story with a new view of the napping house: awake and lively.
Upon a second reading, children will find fun in spotting all of the story’s characters – looking closely, they are all present in the room from the very beginning, before they make their way onto the cozy bed. They can also follow their leaps across the room as more and more characters awake in the final pages.
The entertaining rhymes and delightful illustrations will make this a sure favorite for children and parents....more
This was entertaining, and kept me reading, but I didn't like it as much as Lament, while I didn't enjoy Lament as much as I did Shiver (definitely myThis was entertaining, and kept me reading, but I didn't like it as much as Lament, while I didn't enjoy Lament as much as I did Shiver (definitely my favorite of Stiefvater's works). After reading so much about Dee and Luke, I was disappointed to find that we really don't get much about them, except through Dee's unsent text messages to James. I know this is supposed to be his story, and more of a companion novel than a sequel, but I found myself wondering about them quite a bit. Also, although I really liked Dee in Lament, I found myself disliking her a bit here - from James' point of view she seems incredibly selfish.
For whatever reason, I wasn’t a huge fan of reading from James’ POV – I’m not really sure why, since I love him as a character. I have a tendency toward the bad boy rather than nice guy characters, but Luke (although I did like him) just seems so superficial in comparison to the depth and character that James has. Nuala’s POV was always entertaining, especially as I watched her go from thinking about James as a victim to thinking about him as someone she cares about.
It also seemed like all of the action and all of the big reveals were clumped together at the end - there were some great scenes, but they might have been a little more effective if they were spread out. I do love the world she's created, as well as her characters - Mr. Sullivan in particular. I'll be interested to see where James and Dee's relationship goes from here - it seems to be left a bit open for another book featuring them (perhaps the events of Ballad from Dee's point of view?), and if there is another, I can't wait to read it. As it stands, Dee's entanglement with Faerie as the cloverhand doesn't seem like it will be over anytime soon.
Overall, an enjoyable read. Great ending, too. If you like Steifvater’s style, you won’t be disappointed with this one. It just seems to be missing that something that made Shiver so great....more
I just couldn't bring myself to care about what happened to any of the characters. Once I'd gotten a hundred pages in and still didn't care about theI just couldn't bring myself to care about what happened to any of the characters. Once I'd gotten a hundred pages in and still didn't care about the outcome, I gave up....more
I can’t tell you how glad I am that I stumbled across this book! I was in the mood to go searching for some new Victorian historical fiction, and cameI can’t tell you how glad I am that I stumbled across this book! I was in the mood to go searching for some new Victorian historical fiction, and came across it. I was aware that there was a paranormal element to it, which was ok with me. When I started reading, I was a little surprised by just how prominent the paranormal/fantasy aspect was – and with a stack of library books due back shortly, I briefly considered putting it down in favor of something else. Boy, am I glad I stuck with it instead.
Percy is a great new character, and I found her very easy to relate to – maybe having always been a bit shy myself helped with that. I loved Hieber’s style, and while cross-genre novels like this may not work for everybody, this one combined all of my favorites and it absolutely worked for me! Victorian historical fiction with a Gothic edge, fantasy, and a romance with great characters (who also have great chemistry!) made such a great combination. The first half was a little on the slow side, but once I hit around page 150, I was hooked and didn’t want to put it down! I’m very much looking forward to the sequel due out in May, and I’ll be on the lookout for more from Hieber in the future....more
I've been craving a good historical for a bit, and this one definitely did it for me! There were some things that didn't seem quite historically accurI've been craving a good historical for a bit, and this one definitely did it for me! There were some things that didn't seem quite historically accurate - and some unlikely events and coincidences - but if you want a damn good story, read this. I couldn't put it down!...more