**spoiler alert** I'm a big Elizabeth George fan and I'm always excited when she releases a new book. That being said, this was not one of my favorite**spoiler alert** I'm a big Elizabeth George fan and I'm always excited when she releases a new book. That being said, this was not one of my favorites, mostly because it deals with sexuality, especially homosexuality, in the most lurid, sensational way. Let us recap. 1) The "murder victim" is gay. He ruined his children's lives by coming out and leaving them for his boyfriend. 2) His boyfriend refuses to commit to him and ends up marrying a woman to make his parents happy. 3) His son, thinking he might be gay, gets involved in a child porn ring in order to commit suicide (?!). This subplot was ridiculously sordid and unrealistic. Having dealt with the Digital Crimes unit at my company and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, I know that claims of child porn and child sexual exploitation are dealt with VERY SERIOUSLY, and anyone who came into a police office WITH CHILD PORN ON THEIR LAPTOP and said a child could be filming a porn movie RIGHT NOW would NOT be blown off and ignored. 4) The sexy beautiful woman character turns out to be transgendered and thus tragically DIES because she didn't have the guts to tell her husband about it. So therefore, all the sexual minorities have horrible terrible lives that are caused, more or less, by their sexuality. That is seriously fucked up.
Also, the investigation in this book was laughable; I don't believe for a second Havers could have tracked down the sexy beautiful woman's family just by calling random numbers in Mexico. ...more
How do you write a book where the entire human race has been reduced to a 30,000 person town on Long Island, pursued by murderous military clones, andHow do you write a book where the entire human race has been reduced to a 30,000 person town on Long Island, pursued by murderous military clones, and make it BORING? I'm not sure, but Wells has achieved this feat. The main character is bad-ass and strong, but she has zero vulnerability and thus personality. Honestly, I prefer this to the "I'm blacking out. He touches me. I can't speak. The world goes black..." crap in much dystopic YA, but it also makes it hard to care-- at ALL-- about the characters. I couldn't really remember which minor character was which, and I never really had a stake in the town's survival. This comes off like a screenplay for a bad action movie.
PS This took me several days to read because I kept putting it down and reading something more interesting, which doesn't happen when I'm actually reading something interesting. ...more
3 and a half stars. This was a very fun read and I will definitely read the sequel. The premise is fantastic: Myfanwy Thomas comes to life in the rain3 and a half stars. This was a very fun read and I will definitely read the sequel. The premise is fantastic: Myfanwy Thomas comes to life in the rain in a field surrounded by corpses. Having completely lost her memory, she is guided by letters left to her from her former self. Oh, and she's also a super high-up muckety muck in a paranormal MI-5 with superpowers. The Rook tells how this new Myfanwy handles taking on the role of her former self, while trying to ferret out a traitor in the ranks, without giving her current self away.
The Rook is a lot like the Magicians. It has a wink wink nudge nudge humor and doesn't take itself too seriously, but in order to enjoy those types of books you have to believe in the author's cleverness and enjoy the absurdity. I only half did. I did laugh several times, but I also thought the throwaway references to Narnia(and other fairy tales, fantasies, and myths) were way too cute.
I loved that there was no romance or love interest, and Myfanwy comes into her position and her powers to become a very strong character. No swooning or low self-esteem for this gal.
Would also appeal to teen readers. It's long, but an easy read. ...more
Given that Duffy worked on Wall Street for ten years, I think she could have come up with a more substantial plot than what's common to virtually everGiven that Duffy worked on Wall Street for ten years, I think she could have come up with a more substantial plot than what's common to virtually every "young girl in a stressful job" novel (e.g. Devil Wears Prada, the Nanny Diaries, a lot of really bad books about being an assistant in Hollywood). Act one: Naive girl lands "dream job." Act two: Naive girl is stunned by how actually crappy and difficult "dream job" is. Act three: Naive girl gets pretty good at "dream job", while totally internalizing some of the icky values perpetrated by (pick one) a) Wall Street b) High Fashion c) Publishing d) The Upper West Side e) Satan. Act four: Naive girl deals with huge climax (not that kind) = dude she likes doesn't get with her + some sort of job crisis which compromises her values OMG (extra points if the guy doesn't get with her BECAUSE she's compromised her values). Act five: Not-so naive girl walks away, sadder and wiser due to her experiences. I hope I haven't spoiled this for any of you.
Two stars because I liked the setting and some of the insider jargon. Would have been three stars if Duffy had actually critiqued the sexism she saw on the street rather than perpetrating it in a a "some women are just bitches who can't hang with the lovable misogynists!" way. ...more
An example of the worst of the genre. Pathetic, ineffective narrator; lust after two hot guys even though one of them is a sociopathic killer; very poAn example of the worst of the genre. Pathetic, ineffective narrator; lust after two hot guys even though one of them is a sociopathic killer; very poor worldbuilding; did I mention a pathetic narrator who spends most of the book crying, blacking out, and being emo? She supposedly has these great powers, but is loathe to use them. After reading like sixteen Tamora Pierce books in a row, she seems even more pathetic. Is this what Twilight has wrought? ...more
I loved this book. It's a snappy, glittering romp through late 1930's New York, through the eyes of one Katey Kontent, a secretary at a law firm, resiI loved this book. It's a snappy, glittering romp through late 1930's New York, through the eyes of one Katey Kontent, a secretary at a law firm, resident of an all-girl boarding house, and girl-about-town. But it's not a parody, or a satire; it's just a very, very entertaining glimpse of NYC as it used to be, and how a pretty girl with a sharp wit can raise her social standing. Sort of a female Great Gatsby, or a more modern Edith Wharton. And New York City looms large as a fabulous character. It's always nice to be reminded that young women drank and desired and got themselves into all sorts of trouble 70 years ago, much as they do today. When I was done I wanted to read it all over again....more
A pretty good dystopic/postapocalyptic YA novel which shows two co-existing futures: one hyper-technical in which humans live in3 1/2 stars, probably.
A pretty good dystopic/postapocalyptic YA novel which shows two co-existing futures: one hyper-technical in which humans live in sterile pods and spend most of their time in virtual reality, and another which consists of groups of hunter-gatherers ruled by tribal warlords. These worlds collide when a pod girl meets a savage boy, and they need to work together to protect those they love the most.
This avoided many of the irritating cliches of the genre, and the female protagonist was capable and intelligent. I enjoyed it, but it took me a few minutes to remember reading it a few weeks later....more
**spoiler alert** Sadly, this book was not as good at all as the previous two. There were NO SEX SCENES, the ending was ridiculous-- the main characte**spoiler alert** Sadly, this book was not as good at all as the previous two. There were NO SEX SCENES, the ending was ridiculous-- the main character makes the world's stupidest decision for seemingly no reason at all-- and the basic plot isn't that interesting. I still liked wrapping up the various storylines, but I just didn't buy most of it. I'm really glad [spoiler] Eugenie didn't hook up with Evan, because I don't think I could have dealt with a love quadrangle[/spoiler] but seriously [spoiler] YOU TELL THE FATHER OF YOUR CHILDREN HE IS THE FATHER OF YOUR CHILDREN. ESPECIALLY IF HE IS ALSO YOUR BOYFRIEND. NOT OKAY.[/spoiler] I'd like for there to be more of this series, because I thought it was quite solid overall, so I'm a bit disappointed that this is the ending. Hopefully Mead will resurrect some of these characters in the future. ...more
Seeing that nobody except Richelle Mead superfans seemed to like this book, I'm in the minority by really enjoying it. I thought it was well-plotted,Seeing that nobody except Richelle Mead superfans seemed to like this book, I'm in the minority by really enjoying it. I thought it was well-plotted, the sex scenes continued to be hot, and although Eugenie did make a lot of stupid decisions, that's sort of par for the course for these type of books. I'm not comparing this to Eugenides or Atwood, you know. Anyway, if you haven't read the first two in the series you won't read this, if you have you will, and it ends on a rip-roaring cliffhanger that made me eager for Book Four (which luckily came out two days later). ...more
The series really starts picking up with this book. MANY, MANY sex scenes, none of which I objected to. Most of the action moves to the realm of the gThe series really starts picking up with this book. MANY, MANY sex scenes, none of which I objected to. Most of the action moves to the realm of the gentry/shining ones, as Eugenie deals with running a kingdom and developing her gentry powers. The love triangle continues to triangulate, but not in a way I found annoying. I'm not sure why this series isn't more popular because it's at least as good as Vampire Academy, if not better. ...more
I just devoured all four books in this series and ended up really invested in it, so I'm glad I made it through the first in this series. This remindeI just devoured all four books in this series and ended up really invested in it, so I'm glad I made it through the first in this series. This reminded me a great deal of the Grave Dance series, but that's not Mead's fault since those were written after this (hello, Kalayna Price, I'm watching you!). There's a similar conceit: main character is a freelance spirit-banisher with connections to the faery/fairy/gentry world, caught between two hot guys. But where I found Alex Craft weak and annoying, I really liked Eugenie Markham. She doesn't fall victim to the swooning/fainting thing, she is a badass shaman, and she takes ownership over her sexuality and has agency over her relationship with aforementioned hot guys. The secondary characters, like her hilarious roommate Tim, who recites bad fake Native American poetry to pick up girls, were well-drawn and interesting.
Be warned: there is a lot of sex in these books (at least the first three). A LOT. I really liked the sex scenes and thought they were hot and sexy, but YMMV.
I have a four hour layover in the Charlotte airport with wi-fi so am plannning to get through my backlog of reviews. ...more
Perfectly fine, but nothing special. I think I liked the cover. Various drama school students grow up and have various degrees of success. I was hopinPerfectly fine, but nothing special. I think I liked the cover. Various drama school students grow up and have various degrees of success. I was hoping this would be modern-day Noel Streatfeild, but it was not. Worth picking up if you're a fast reader and get it from the library. ...more
The problem with reading so many YA dystopias is that they get muddled up in my mind if I don't review them right away. I do remember telling Harry thThe problem with reading so many YA dystopias is that they get muddled up in my mind if I don't review them right away. I do remember telling Harry that this was not particularly good, and I read another one right after that WAS really good, so I'm going with that.
PROBLEMS I HAD WITH THIS BOOK (mild spoilers)
1) Public Enemy #1 is a teenage boy?! 2) The greatest soldier EVAR and the greatest outlaw EVAR just happen to both be teenagers and just happen to fall in lurve NO WAI 3) I don't think anything happened in this book that hasn't happened in ten other dystopias I read.
Mildly diverting but I was disappointed as I had higher hopes than usual for this series. ...more