I really liked reading this book. It made me cry, it made me hope and it showed me lots of characters I loved to follow through the book. It's poetic, sad and yet hopeful. It shows another side of WW2, the side of the German people, the side of those who did not want the war or condoned what happened to the Jews, but who still had to pretend to support it. Every character was amazingly well exploited, Death was an incredible narrator and the story, although predictable, had moments of true unquiness.
The only reason I don't find this book perfect is because it follows a seemingly easy topic for the reader to fall for. Writing about the Holocaust is an almost guaranteed way to keep the reader hooked and make him sympathise with the story. It's like writing about sick childern. Who wouldn't be touched by such a book? While reading this I kept being reminded of "The Reader" and of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. And I have to say I'm not sure if I liked this one or "The Reader" best.
Still, the truth is I loved the characters and the prose. It's a beautiful book and I recommend it without reserve....more
I'm really happy that all those people kept nagging me to read this book (You knowPodem ler a opinião completa no Floresta de Livros
Rating: 4,5 stars
I'm really happy that all those people kept nagging me to read this book (You know who you are). I have to say that, at first, I had a hard time getting into the story. I loved it from scene one, but the fact was I was going through a 'phase' and that damped my enjoyement. Still, after a while, I just couldn't put it down. I loved Sorcha, and her family ties, the way she and her brothers loved each other more than anything, and how she sacrificed everything for them. Red caught my heart from moment one, as did Simon. They, along with Sorcha and Finbar, were my favourite characters in the story.
The only thing I think could've won with more development, were the villains. I felt like they lacked depth, and that is mostly why this isn's a flat out 5 star novel.
I'll definetly be coming back to Sevenwaters very soon....more
It's really hard to rate this book because, on one side I really liked, but on the other side, the book dragged in the first part and the Eon/Eona annoyed me a lot during most of the book.
The worldbuilding is fabulous, most characters are very well explored and after the first part, the book picks up its pace and the sequence of events engages the reader. The worst of this book is the first part. It drags and drags and keeps on dragging, until I felt like giving up (the first of two parts in a 600+ book is a LOT). But I decided to give it a chance and don't regret it. Eon has a powerful story, masterfully created, with engaging characters, and I can hardly wait for "Eona", the second and last book.
Although predictable at times, the book was still engaging. Recommended! But be aware that the first part might test your patience.
Note: The audiobooks narrator did a good job, even if in the begining I found it hard to distinguish the characters based solemnly on the narrator's voice. Along the book I got used to it....more
I loved the book, especially the beggining, Mav's story and the Doorman, but I didn't like the ending. The resolution just wasn't to my liking, especially the explanation for what had happened. It just seemed lazy. Nevertheless, the book is a great read. Funny and full of feelings....more
I may be the only person around who found this second book to**spoiler alert** Podem ler a opinião completa, em Português, no blog Floresta de Livros.
I may be the only person around who found this second book to be worst than the first. In quite a few things, it surpasses the first, as is the case of the plot twists, oh so much better here, the lack of a boring start (it kicks off very well), but in what it falls back is the love triangle and Eona herself. I couldn't very well relate to Eona on book one, but at least I felt closer to her than I did in this second book. I just couldn't stand her here. She didn't seem to learn anything from her past mistakes and that, for me, is bad character development. The love triangle thing, itself, wasn't bad, quite the contrary. I enjoyed the conflict it created and how the author exploited it. My problem was that this triangle involved Ido. Ido, as I very well recall from book one, was a SOB who tried to and almost raped Eona, so why in heavens name would she EVER see him as sexy or desirable. NEVER! I just couldn't swallow that enormous, gigantic, plot-hole. I came really close to giving up on the book when the boat scene came about. I had to stop the audiobook and take many deep breaths. The only reason I didn't stop right there and then, was because I was halfway past the book and since this is only a duology, I didn't want to miss out on the ending.
Now, as for the good stuff. I loved the Dragons' story and how all unraveled. The author managed to create something that kept be hooked. The prose itself was also very rich and engaging.
All in all the book was decent and concluded the series with a high note. Unfortunately the love triangle ruined it for me, along with Eona's inability to grow and learn from her past mistakes (except at the very end, and then it was almost too late).
Note: Nancy Wu's voice (the audiobook narrator) didn't do the book justice (at least not when the dialogues came about), but it wasn't bad either, after I got used to it....more