Never before have I come across a book that has thrown me off as much as "Deadly Little Secret" did. It was to where at the end of the book I was just...moreNever before have I come across a book that has thrown me off as much as "Deadly Little Secret" did. It was to where at the end of the book I was just like, "Holy crap, I so should have seen that coming! Like, duh." Also a first is a book that has officially crept me out.
My favorite part of this book was the humor brought in by Camelia's best friends, Wes and Kimmie. They were an absolutely riot, Kimmie especially. It was enough for me to realize that it was not a book I should have been reading in a dead-silent classroom with a national writing test in session. I had a hard time concealing my laughter. So, be advised.
I am aware of how powerful obsession can be, but I am surprised at how well it can be masked. The whole time I was suspecting a character that was hardly involved in the end of the plot, though he had come off as a little "stalker-ish", effectively filling the role of the creep who was going after Camelia.
For all those who love huge plot twists at the end and a resolution that has you going, "Holy crap" the whole time while having a firm grip on your favorite blanket, this is a good book to get a hold of.
I can't wait to get the sequel, "Deadly Little Lies". I want to see how the author resolves this huge chasm she left at the end.
An intense read, but wholly satisfying. L.F. Stolarz is a genius at her craft.
* 5/5 - Best Original Idea, Best Plot * Pages - Hardcover, 288 * Maybe a few swear words; very mild. * Isn't just the most lovely cover ever? I love the theme going on with the series. While there's not correlation between the cover and the plot, it does set up an edge for the plot. * Sequel: Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Game (Coming soon) * Other books by L.F. Stolarz: The "Blue is for Nightmares" series, "Project 17" and "Bleed".(less)
Another inventive and engaging story by Patricia Briggs. I really wish there were more than two books. I think Patricia Briggs could have made a whole short story collection with these characters, as distinctive and loving as they are. A duo, frankly, is just not enough.
With Raven's Strike in particular, however, I must say that I wasn't AS engaged as I was with the first book, Raven's Shadow. The beginning lagged for me, the middle was breathlessly exciting. For the ending, it wasn't that it wasn't thrilling, it's just that it wasn't so compelling as to get me to hurry up and finish it. It did end fantastically though once I read it. I'm really sad to give these characters up.
What compelling characters they are! Combined with Patricia Briggs' envious talent for world building makes me fantasize about hanging out with these characters for a day—or tagging along for their adventures. When characters aren't forced onto the reader, I tend to respond better towards them. No one can present characters like Patricia Briggs.
A fantastic fantasy. And if fantasy isn't your thing and you still want a taste of P.B. awesomeness, check out her urban fantasy/paranormal romance books, the Mercy Thompson series. (It's my favorite adult series.)(less)
I felt nothing for the characters. There was no depth. At least if I hate a character, that says something for h...moreSo I'll just jump right into it, yeah?
I felt nothing for the characters. There was no depth. At least if I hate a character, that says something for how they were portrayed. Yet with this...there was nothing given to me. Nothing to round out their characters. Most of the time, I felt disdain for Aislinn's character because when she was supposed to come off as fierce, she just seemed fake. Like a child playing grown-up.
The writing style. Ah. The writing did nothing to credit this story. It felt more like a retelling, giving no credit to these character's personal feelings. There was a lot of telling and not enough showing. Very short, to the point, and shallow. It seems that the popularity for this book runs entirely off of the idea. I could not feel any passion from the writing. None at all.
The end lost me. The climax should be the best part of the story. I was reading and going, "What?" Things were not explained well enough and again, there was no passion. It moved too fast. I felt no shock at the turn of events. I couldn't really bring myself to care what happened to the characters. When Aislinn gripped the staff, the outcome was poorly described. I was thinking, "So what?"
I suppose I will check out the sequel because for better or for worse, I am curious to know what will happen next. Though I am sorely tempted to drop the series. The epilogue really did it in. I was less than ten pages from the end and just wanted it to be over with. How the relationships turned out? Not at all to my liking and I cannot even summon the passion to drive that point home. That's how little I really got from the characters.
The summary really builds this story up and it doesn't deliver. I remember viewing this book as promising when I read the description. I love the cover, though. I love all of the covers. I doubt I'll ever buy this series (if I do, it'll be all in paperback because I am not spending all the money to purchase a hardcover edition). I prefer the Wondrous Strange series by Lesley Livingston or The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones. The writing was much better in those two series--the passion clearly coming through.
WARNING: To younger and/or more sensitive readers--there is mild language in this book, including the F-bomb being dropped a few times. It is not, however, as thick and extensive as Holly Black's "Valiant".
I do have a song that would go well with this book, though: "What Would It Be Like" by Lindsay Aline (she has a BEAUTIFUL voice). In describing Aislinn's despair and all that jazz.