I can't say it wasn't well written, but I have to admit that I just didn't like it. I'm not a big fan of the 1st pe...moreSo... this book. It is what it is.
I can't say it wasn't well written, but I have to admit that I just didn't like it. I'm not a big fan of the 1st person pov to start, and I think that was part of the problem. Also, I only understood about 1/5 of the book references, which leads me to believe I'm not really the target audience of this book. It took me ages to plow through, and I don't really feel as if very much happened.
There were some points of the book where I was enjoying it, but in the end it's just a random mash of kind of pointless events. I would get interested in something Mor was doing and then it would be dropped or not evolve into anything. I understand that it was about her moving on beyond her sister's death and learning to grow up, but I found the ending bland and not fulfilling.
The whole book just didn't speak to me, despite the fact that I love books and agree with the main character about coffee :)
I think there are a lot of people who would love this book, but I suppose I just couldn't relate to it enough.
Hmmm.... I need to think about this before I write a real review. I'm not sure if I loved this, or liked it, or was annoyed by it, lol.
So, after letti...moreHmmm.... I need to think about this before I write a real review. I'm not sure if I loved this, or liked it, or was annoyed by it, lol.
So, after letting this settle, I give it 3.5 stars and I'll be reading the next one.
The positive: Interesting setting; almost an alternate history (but with magic) version of Victorian New England. Realistic dystopian themes that drive the story line. Reasonably likable lead characters and a nice array of supporting characters. A few surprises, so it wasn't a boring or predictable story.
The negative: Silly YA heroine syndrome (not as bad a case as the characters in Bright Young Things, but still noticeable). Obvious plot "twists" with poorly manufactured "tension".
Not sure what all the raving was about. The characters are fun, though the adults are written in the same way as the teens (which annoyed me at ti...moreMeh.
Not sure what all the raving was about. The characters are fun, though the adults are written in the same way as the teens (which annoyed me at times). The plot is decent, but the writing is a little rough... the author could use a thesaurus.
I got chills running down my spine whenever Kylie got ghost chills, which are chills that run down her spine when a ghost is near. Not to be confused with the chills caused by a chill wind. Or the chills caused by one of her crushes touching her. Or the chills that she feels when something scary happens.
More of a 3.5 than a 3 really, but I'm in a sour mood so I'm rounding down.
The story was cute and most of the characters were interesting. It was pret...moreMore of a 3.5 than a 3 really, but I'm in a sour mood so I'm rounding down.
The story was cute and most of the characters were interesting. It was pretty funny and I'm sure I'll read the next book in the series. Who knows, after reading the second book I might come back and round up... (less)
**spoiler alert** To be honest, I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book.
I loved the world the author created- bringing magic back to England. M...more**spoiler alert** To be honest, I'm not quite sure how I feel about this book.
I loved the world the author created- bringing magic back to England. Magicians helping fight the Napoleonic war. Historical drama, social comedy, and fantasy all locked into one! This should be my dream book. Part Austen, part Forester, and part magic! But the reality wasn't as good as the dream.
Some people complain that it's too long (I mostly agree). And others say that people shouldn't read really long books if they don't like their books long. I have no problems with long books, but I think this book is longer than it needs to be. There are so many ideas in it that ended up being abandoned. So much interesting information was given, that led nowhere. So while I enjoyed reading those things- I was later disappointed that they didn't have a pay off. So I think the author should have thought more about editing (and have made the book shorter)- or been even more thorough and made it longer and tied everything together better. Whole groups of characters are left unaccounted for- what were Strange's students doing all that time? What happened to them? What did Lady Pole end up doing, or better yet- saying? Or Henry Woodhope? Does he know his sister is alive? And whole topics were ignored- What about the books Strange wrote?
There are so many things that I still want to know, but figure I never will. And after reading 1000 pages, that shouldn't be the case. So either it should be longer and more complete, or shorter and less tangential.
Some people complain about the footnotes. I liked some of them and not others. I didn't mind the ones that were basically facts, and I enjoyed most of the stories and thought that they complimented the plot. However, there might have been a few too many of them, and some of them might have been either repetitive and/or too long. Still, they are part of what makes the book special and interesting.
Some people thought the characterization was bad, and I can see that. But I only agree in that much of the character change that occurs is generally unexplained, and we don't get to see it happen, we merely see that it has, in fact, occurred.
Some people complain that the ending was poorly done. I tend to agree, I know I didn't find it satisfying. Like I said before too much was left up in the air for that. Not to mention that while the day was basically saved, it wasn't particularly dramatic or exciting. It just happened. So perhaps that was the natural end of the plot, but after all the drama that had occurred it seemed like the climax should have been more... climactic.
Some people say it was a slow or plodding read; for me it moved on in fits and starts and stops. Sometimes it was 'so good I don't want to put it down till I finish the chapter'; but then it was 'how much more of this can there be!?' And back and forth. In the end, it took me about a year to read- I put it down at one of the latter points (i.e. one of the: 'is it over yet?' bits), and couldn't be bothered to pick it up for a good many months.
So I'm not sure what I think. It was good. Some parts and storylines hinted at greatness, but none quite managed it. Some parts were boring or silly, but nothing was terrible. In the end, I'm mostly disappointed- which is funny because I can't say that it was a bad book. (less)