It popped up on my kindle last night around 9pm. I made the mistake of starting it on a1st read 8/28/14:
I devoured this book....and it was delicious!
It popped up on my kindle last night around 9pm. I made the mistake of starting it on a worknight. Mistake, because I couldn't put it down until I finished it around 2:30pm. (No, I'm not doing too well today on 3 hours of sleep.) But it was well worth it.
First of all, you have to know that I love this series! I think Penny Reid writes amazingly compelling books. I love all her characters. And her plots...she does amazing plots. Each book incorporates the characters from before, but each plot is fresh, different, and completely unlike anything else I've read before. (Very unusual within the saturated (and often stale) romance genre.) Plus, they're hilarious! Don't let me forget to mention that.
Well, this one, Ashley's book was a huge treat. Ashley has kind of flown under my radar in this series so it was a ton of fun to see her made 3-dimensional. I loved Drew and his depth and quiet strength. I loved their careers and how that shaped them both. I loved their past and how that also shaped them.
Besides Ashley and Drew, and input from all of our favorite Knitting in the City friends, there were two more favorite elements for me. 1) The family dynamics and interactions. It's rare to find an author who can write believable men. Here we have them in spades. I loved seeing Ashley and her brothers change and grow closer. 2) The depth of this book. Unusual, and I'm not going to spoil it for you. But you should be aware that this book has a deeper side. I so appreciated the way Reid handled this. It's something that we all will have to deal with at some point in time, and it's truly beautiful to see it handled so well. This emotional depth makes the book stand out for me. Few authors do this well. Either they minimize the pain, or they leave me feeling manipulated. Reid does this in a human/e and caring way and I identified with what the characters were experiencing and compared it to similiar situations in my own life.
This is an absolutely amazing book and I recommend it highly! I bought it on a fluke at Amazon, because I love Ms. Finney's historical suspense/mysterThis is an absolutely amazing book and I recommend it highly! I bought it on a fluke at Amazon, because I love Ms. Finney's historical suspense/mystery series and thought I'd give this a try. (Plus, it was cheap.) Well, much to my surprise it turned out to be an amazing page-turner (or whatever the e-book equivalent is) and I was barely able to force myself to stop in the middle to get some sleep last night.
This is a drama. It contains romance, and is suspenseful. But it doesn't fit well into any of the boring old genre stereotypes. What it is most similar to, imo, is those old gothic romances. Yet, it's modern, and believable, and I really liked (and respected) the main character. Her pragmatism and dark sense of humor really rang true to her profession as hospice nurse, and I just plain liked her. Her POV was the high point for me.
I really wish I could find more books like this as I am almost entirely burnt out by the stupid and shallow romances I'm coming across lately. (In particular, I mean those that are unsatisfying and, frankly, lazily written.) This is not one of those books. Apart from a few typos scattered throughout, Finney writes compellingly. She knows how to tell a story.
This is my very very favorite Tepper novel. I love Benita and I love the satire. The conflict feels very Clinton-era, but I'm okay with that. In manyThis is my very very favorite Tepper novel. I love Benita and I love the satire. The conflict feels very Clinton-era, but I'm okay with that. In many ways, I feel that this is her funniest novel. You can tell she was enjoying writing it and playing around with spoofing the modern world and its politics. There are still the dark and horror-y themes, but there's a lot more humor to cut the edge. Everytime I read the problem-solving scene (view spoiler)[fixing the damaged fresco (hide spoiler)] I laugh. (view spoiler)[I totally picture former President Clinton and his 'Spiritual Advisor' leading that flock of artists and music-makers to the Fresco, prancing all the way. (hide spoiler)]
BTW, I am totally weird and LOVE the ending of this book. Like 'Waters Rising' it is so very odd and perfect and funny.["br"]>["br"]>...more
I am very impressed by how well written this book is. (Particularly in comparison with how frequently i come across dreck in this genre--to the pointI am very impressed by how well written this book is. (Particularly in comparison with how frequently i come across dreck in this genre--to the point where I've now started avoiding it.) This book is truly well done: the world-building and complex plotting are super. I really enjoyed the characters and the way the terra indigenes stayed true to their natures. I cant wait for the next in this series!
Until that one is published, which of her other series should I try?? Any recommendations? I think maybe I've found myself a new author.
P.S. I see Charles de Lint blurbed the back cover and I can see why because the crows and Coyote very obviously were tributes to Othertown. Fun to pick up allusions...
P.P.S. Male readers, don't stay away from this because it looks like a romance UF cover. Its not, (although I have hopes...) If you like UF with suspense and gore, give this a try.
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