I received this book free from the Goodreads First-Reads program.
Fable Montgomery is a Muse. She lives in two worlds, ours and a place called Aria, al...moreI received this book free from the Goodreads First-Reads program.
Fable Montgomery is a Muse. She lives in two worlds, ours and a place called Aria, although the latter comes as a shock even to her. Aria is comprised of fantastical creatures, most an interesting combination of human and animal.
Fable writes a story while in a trance. As soon as she finishes writing it, the events of the story start to take place in the real world, beginning with the loss of the story with the exception of thirteen pages. So begins the real heart of the story, as Fable must find a way to cheat her death as foretold at the end of her story and learn who she really is.
I absolutely loved this book. It reminded me a lot of Charles de Lint, who is one of my favorite writers. It is an epic story that sucked me in from the very beginning. Honestly, I can't believe that this is the author's first published novel---evidence that she has honed her craft well. There were a few typos and grammatical errors, but they are negligible and do not hinder the story in any way.
I am looking forward to reading more from this author and I can't wait to see what happens next!
I highly recommend this novel to anyone, especially lovers of Charles de Lint and epic urban fantasy.(less)
**spoiler alert** Wow. This book is amazing. First off, the writing itself is superb. The descriptions of the bookstore and of the city itself made me...more**spoiler alert** Wow. This book is amazing. First off, the writing itself is superb. The descriptions of the bookstore and of the city itself made me feel as though I was there. I read this book aloud to my daughter and I savored every word as it rolled off my tongue. The story itself is engaging with a twist that I never saw coming, and I pride myself on spotting the twists long before they ever show up. At the end, I was left happy, but in shock. Highly recommended.(less)
Charles de Lint never fails to impress me. Some writers can tell a fantastic story. They can make their characters live and breathe--and their stories...moreCharles de Lint never fails to impress me. Some writers can tell a fantastic story. They can make their characters live and breathe--and their stories reflect this. The truly gifted ones are able to populate the world with stories and characters that are as real--sometimes even more so--as every day life. Other writers are gifted in the craft of the words themselves. They have a passion for they way words feel in our ears and the way they taste on our tongues. They write vividly and truly. The writers that are masters of both (a very short list in my opinion, including to date, but very definitely not limited to: Charles de Lint, Stephen King, T.C. Boyle, and Margaret Atwood) leave indelible marks in readers, writers, and the world itself.
This book in particular left me awestruck. I was held in thrall of Grace’s world and of John’s. Not to mention Abigail’s. The bridges between these worlds is a wild ride that everyone should take. (less)
I received this book through the Goodreads First-Reads program.
I'm not sure that I can adequately describe just how much I loved this book, but I am c...moreI received this book through the Goodreads First-Reads program.
I'm not sure that I can adequately describe just how much I loved this book, but I am certainly going to try. Takahiro O'Leary and Samira Moheb are the most unlikely of heroes, but they set out to save the world just the same. The way that time travel and alternate realities are described like a stack of pancakes is brilliant. Samira is utterly one hundred percent believable as a shattered war veteran dealing with the aftermath of the atrocities she was made to witness. Tak is an amazing little Japanese-Irish kick butt hero. And the story of their love for each other just could not be more perfect.
In my opinion, The Beautiful Land is one of the best books of the year and I cannot wait to read more by this author. Utterly brilliant, breathtaking, perfection. Highly recommended!!(less)
There may be spoilers here, but if you are reading the review of the last book in the series before you read the first book, then shame on you. lol
Wel...moreThere may be spoilers here, but if you are reading the review of the last book in the series before you read the first book, then shame on you. lol
Well. That sucks. I was writing a review and then all of a sudden my computer decided that it hates me and crashed. And so...
I like Ethan. He is a solid character as is Amarie. There is a lot of good stuff in these books. It all depends on your perception of the novels and life in general. I could reference the underlying themes: there is a certain Romeo and Juliet quality inherent, the tale of the star-crossed lovers, a romance that can never be. I can see where the authors may have borrowed from Greek Mythology the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. I can see Ethan as a modern day Orpheus. I do not know if that is the authors' intent, but it certainly echoes that story. I love Greek mythology and I don't know why, but whenever I can liken books to the old tales, I just can't help myself.
The writing is solid and well done for its intended audience. If you don't like angst-ridden teen characters, then don't read this book. Plain and simple. I am tired of people not enjoying a book for what it is. That being said, I enjoyed the fluff. I knew it was going to be there. But now I want to poke at it because lots of interesting stories seem to be riding its coattails.
Deborah Geary finished off her Modern Witch series with a very satisfying bang. I have been thoroughly impressed with the entirety of this series (sav...moreDeborah Geary finished off her Modern Witch series with a very satisfying bang. I have been thoroughly impressed with the entirety of this series (save one- A Different Witch) and its offshoots. The characters that populate these novels are so incredibly real and every book feels like sitting down with old friends and catching up.
I cannot recommend this series or this amazing author highly enough. One caveat--this series must be read in order, so make haste and find a copy of A Modern Witch as quickly as possible.(less)