Just finished the ARC of this book, and IT WAS SO AWESOME. Penelope is this rare character that never feels cliched and grows dramatically--but believJust finished the ARC of this book, and IT WAS SO AWESOME. Penelope is this rare character that never feels cliched and grows dramatically--but believably--over the course of the book. And BOYS AND LOVE BUT I CANT SAY ANY MORE BECAUSE SPOILERS--but suffice to say, as ever, Tiffany's romantic plots are the kind you read, flip back, read again, write down quotes....and siiiigh.
But the thing I really can't get over is the detail, originality and total saturation of the crime family element. It's so COOL and a little MACABRE and totally believable--and also, for being so twisted in one sense, super complicated and emotional.
LOVED! This book is, like everything by Longshore, lavishly, lovingly researched and exquisitely detailed historical fiction. What I loved best was thLOVED! This book is, like everything by Longshore, lavishly, lovingly researched and exquisitely detailed historical fiction. What I loved best was that it's about an era I know little about (I don't watch Downton Abbey *ducks* I know I'm sorry!) and I came away from it feeling so deeply and richly entrenched in the world that I started Twitter-begging for a sequel.
Janie knows who she is and is tough as nails, but she refuses to even hope for more, like love or a new, better station in the House. Charlotte is the wealthy Lady in the story, but her life is just as constricted, with little love, honesty, or freedom for her or any of her class.
They both live in delicate, constructed worlds that can't stand for reform, change, or scandal, in a world that's steeped in all of these things around them.
The way the girls relate to each other becomes a complicated, moving friendship, and despite secrets in the manor providing the plot and the drama, their relationship is the total star of the book.
There aren't really a lot of books that match up with my experience of high school. I didn't know vampires and unfortunately didn't actually apprenticThere aren't really a lot of books that match up with my experience of high school. I didn't know vampires and unfortunately didn't actually apprentice to be a knight in Tortall (my genuine loss) and it just happens that most of the books I love don't strike a chord with my own experiences.
But I was a goodygoody in high school, so that happens.
But THIS BOOK. I can't say I ever had a night quite like this, but that unbelievable sensation of time being completely irrelevant, darkness being endless because as long as the sun doesn't come up you're carving out a moment where the real world doesn't touch you....
THAT I get. And this novel is all about that, in a heartbreaking, beautiful and HOT way. Brighton is MY GIRL and Jonah gets progressively hotter (and his frank, but never, ever crass mention of his turn-ons is, like, exactly what a teenage girl needs to know about how boys think in a wonderfully reassuring way) the more you get to know him.
And I loved where the story ends. I loved the connection, the gut wrenching possibility that everything really could be different in the light of day, and the sweetness. This book is just incredibly sweet.
1. It really felt fresh to me. Yes, in some ways it's TERMINATOR for teens, but I thought the way ConnAWESOME! Things I totally loved about this book:
1. It really felt fresh to me. Yes, in some ways it's TERMINATOR for teens, but I thought the way Connor and Caleb used their knowledge of the future as daunting foreshadowing just rocked. And Trin is never a doe-eyed heroine, she's very thoughtful and always comparing the evidence to the overarching idea of "what this might mean". 2. It felt incredibly real. Like, coughcough, dibs on a dragon, REAL. 3. I think this is an excellent example of a love triangle. *I* feel torn! I love Connor's focus and simplicity and honor, but Caleb is your sort of standard angsty bad boy--and yet they are both so wonderfully, realistically complicated that those stereotypes are continually reversed. They're twins, they literally have had the same experiences, and yet arrived at different conclusions (which, in a novel about reliving/rewriting history is deliciously meta)--they're both amazing characters and swoonworthy in their own ways. 4. Emmy. I LOVE this dragon. I love how Mancusi is writing about a growing dragon with her own emotional issues--how cool is that? How original?
I LOVED this book, I raced through it, I will definitely be passing it on! ...more
I waited (happily!) in line at BEA to get this ARC, and it was the first book I read upon leaving the Javits. I was excited for it, aLOVED THIS BOOK.
I waited (happily!) in line at BEA to get this ARC, and it was the first book I read upon leaving the Javits. I was excited for it, and I was absolutely not disappointed.
My gut reaction to the first half was this unbelievable YES. Yes--Myracle gets it. She gets love, she gets teenagers, she gets sexual attraction and the way love is different than that, but complementary, incendiary, and intense when combined with love.
She gets the way girls think--I heard so many of my own thoughts and fears inside of Wren--and she gets the things about guys that it takes girls (or took me!) a solid fifteen years to figure out. Things like you can be sexy without trying, and that's not a come-on. Things like guys do not worry about the things that you're FLIPPING OUT about--but they do worry about their own set of problems.
And I can't tell you how much YA needs this book. NOT New Adult. YOUNG Adult. Because teens need to hear that as a girl, as a woman, it is totally ok and empowering to have a sex drive--but having a conversation about getting tested and protection is no less important, no less terrifying. Girls need to hear that sex will not save you, redeem you, or fix a relationship--it is something all on it's own, and to quote Myracle, is the mystery and the explanation both.
The best way to explain it? It felt like a companion guide to first big love.
LOVED it. I love the concept and how real it felt the entire time--never once does it enter your mind to think that this is a fantasy world. The ArchiLOVED it. I love the concept and how real it felt the entire time--never once does it enter your mind to think that this is a fantasy world. The Archive is totally real. The Narrows are real. Roland really has red Chucks and is DYING to meet the Kim-Kanye baby. And probably the royal baby. But definitely the Kardashian one.
And dude--WESLEY. WESLEY is EVERYTHING and, though this is true of this book in general but SPECIFICALLY for Wesley, I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE WHERE THIS IS GOING! It's right up there with THE DIVINERS for books I've read lately that have developed an entirely new world that I can't wait to see expanded.
And there's a mention of blue crayons in the very end that made me BAWL. The ability for a tiny, off-handed, half a sentence to crumble me is pretty impressive. ...more