I think 80 pages or more could have been clipped from this very good book. There were section I felt that were very repetitious, and muddied rather th...moreI think 80 pages or more could have been clipped from this very good book. There were section I felt that were very repetitious, and muddied rather than clarified the plot. One consisitency in reading a Michelle West/Sagara novel is that several times there is no indication of who is speaking. Or she writes, "she" when discussing two or mor female characters. Or worse, two characters are having a conversation about THe Big Issue , or at least you think i's the big issue bec suddenly the conversation veers of into descriptions of gestures and looks that are supposed to denote meaning but since, hello, this is a book! I can't decipher what's going on here since it's all in my head!!! I am often confused about KEY plot poiints. This quirk is much worse inthe "Cast In" books, but it still makes an appearance here, also. I reallly wish the editors would catch this and force her to be clearer. At a point like this, a third book, with so many characters, some who have been absent for most of the story, a little help figuring out what up would be appreciated.
And when does this poor girl get a love interest? yea, she is traumatized by rape, sure she is hamstrung by guilt, but still! I enjoyed the little events with Devon, though I had to keep telliing myself- it's perfectly fine for a mid teen to be out with a thirty-yeard! no problem at all!(less)
OK- I'm a 46 yo Black woman and I thought this was so fucking fantastic of a book. Every geeky boy who despairs because he believes things will never...moreOK- I'm a 46 yo Black woman and I thought this was so fucking fantastic of a book. Every geeky boy who despairs because he believes things will never get better needs to read this story and apply it to himself.
A few years ago, I decided to expand my reading repetoire bec I'd read most of the UPF out there, so I decided to check out YA. There seemed to be a lot of it suddenly, with really cool covers. This title was so weird- the cover was shiny (yes, I judge book by their covers! Esp it's a Chris McGrath UPF, it gets a serious look-see) and it was everywhere, and I just decided to read it. It was one of the first if not the first teen/YA book I read since I was a teen/YA and it just hit me in the gut. It took me back so quick to those awful days. The voice was authentic, the pain and the fear and despair- gah, he got it so right.
The first time I read it, I was really caught up in the kid's emotions. But the second time, I really got how great a writer Lyga was to craft this book with so many levels to it and his understanding of like- how would a cool guy become a cool guy? Well, when he was 15, he was a total dork, but he was saved from remaining a dork because he met this girl and was smart enough to actually listen to what she said...
I just reread it in prep for Goth Girl Rising, which I didn't like as much. But this kid- jeez- I loved this kid. And as he grows up he fulfills the promise of what's in this book. This is the kind of kid I'd want to be friends with when he grew up. Hell, I'd want to marry him! He reminds me a lot of the boys I knew in college and Jr. High. High school boys just sucked. But the ones in Middle school, who had this light in their eyes and a crazy genius and I could see their potential to be just the cooolest, smartest human beings... But they lost it by high school, never to return. Luckily I met boys who hadn't lost the light in College. And I think I will send this book to my favorite Fanboy. I think he will get it and appreciate this kindred spirit. I think this is the best of Lyga's work, though I never read Boy Toy. Still, check the others out.
Liking it quite a bit. She has modernized Mary Renault's writing style. Though it's not as sumptious as Jacqueling Carey's prose. But really nice imag...moreLiking it quite a bit. She has modernized Mary Renault's writing style. Though it's not as sumptious as Jacqueling Carey's prose. But really nice imagery. Written so that it's appropriate for teen readers, though. Just needs a little bit of something more for some oomph. But I like the unexpected turn the story has taken. Let's see how it ends.
Update: The ending was a bit anticlimactic as epilogues always are. However, since a primary point was that women do not make things happen, but rather are acted upon, it makes sense that the ending should have this feeling. It echoes that point. After all, her story would only end when some male did something, and so it did. But I was disappointed in him;for all his vaunted cleverness, he had no idea what an extraordinary person he had fathered. But he was a cypher to his daughter, just as she was a cypher to him. But that was the way of things in Ancient Greece. Ditto the way the "trairous whores" were dealt with. Xanthe seemed to think they deserved it. However, those "suitors" would have raped them all long before if the serving girls weren't taking the edge of the men's lust. But again, that is Ancient Greece for you.
Very lyrical writing; Corona resisted the urge to sensationalize- I was sure there would be girl-on-girl sensuality, but nope. Anyone who believes women can't be friends, only competitors, should read this book to experience the flavors of true friendship and love among women. I found this story captivating and had to really discipline myself not to read it all in two fell swoops. I was able to savor it and fully appreciate all its many flavors.(less)
I'd give this 4 1/2 if I could.I am so happy that I started reading these after rampant was done. I don't think I could have stood a 2 year wait for t...moreI'd give this 4 1/2 if I could.I am so happy that I started reading these after rampant was done. I don't think I could have stood a 2 year wait for the next book! I like this series- I think it's better all of the jenny come lately paranormal romance books that have been published in the last 2 years to capitalize on the fading trend. The problem is that on the surface it is set up so much like LKH books. But her charactars, writing and focus are so different. Amy Lane ALWAYS gives you the emotional pay-off for putting in the time and investment with her charactars. Even more, her charactars, really GROW emotionally and deepen. And there are consequences for the demands they make. Cory wants all the men have to give. Fine, they will give, it, but then she has to take the consequences of that demand. And everyone ackmoweldeges that they have limits and are supported and even forced to observe them. My only complaint is the repetition of "hey, you're weirdos" she encounters from all and sundry. Shouldn't everyone have gotten over her living situation by now? I don't want to hear anymore angst about it. And tbe gf from Montana- she was kind of a straw man. She could have been a more fully developed character rather than an avaricious cypher. This was Cory's first female villain-if Cory is the Lion Rampant, she didn't need such an easy mark. That's be my only recommendation- make the villains less cartoony and more real. They will be scarier then and the victory will be that much more profound.
Re-reading my review of vulnerable- Obviously I need to go back and read it again, which i plan to. I think i will understand it better, since I am now so familiar with her world.
Also, kudos to Amy for making all her books available electronically. My Sony Ereader is full of her works!
**spoiler alert** Not quite as good as the first book- not as meaty, so far. Glad he finally got some sex though~!And I'd appreciate more physical des...more**spoiler alert** Not quite as good as the first book- not as meaty, so far. Glad he finally got some sex though~!And I'd appreciate more physical descriptions of what this guy looks like. I also wish he'd stop with the self-blame- all these paranormal protags take the weight of the world on their shoulders. Maybe just once would like to see one be a selfish bastard? This is a good book to read if you've been reading a lot about demons, such the Felix Castor series.
Now that I've completed it, I was satisfied because the story went further- new revelations and I really didn't see the end coming at all. I think he has set the stage nicely for the last book or last two books. I look forward to the comeuppance of Mason!! And I know that charactars presumed dead are not and will be making their appearance accordingly. Love his new weapon. So Cool!! And I think that Kasabian deserves a body. His head only thing is a bit too close to Jim Butcher's Bill the ghost charactar, you know?
But next book, Kadrey has got to let this guy get his rocks off- I mean a man who makes passionate love, but is OKJ not climaxing and then doesn't pursue it? That's masochistic in the extreme and highly unbelievable in a male, even a fictional one!(less)
This is my favorite book of the series. Rachel shows and maintains actual growth, she and Ivy finally put their money where their mouth is, Rachel has...moreThis is my favorite book of the series. Rachel shows and maintains actual growth, she and Ivy finally put their money where their mouth is, Rachel has some consequences for her actions, and the descriptions of Jenks- made my mouth water. This book shows the real gelling of the 3 and the emotional truths of their relationship. The best.(less)
The first chapter! Oh my gosh, I almost took it back to the library! But by the end, I was sorry to be done with the book. And sorrier still that ther...moreThe first chapter! Oh my gosh, I almost took it back to the library! But by the end, I was sorry to be done with the book. And sorrier still that there is no sequel planned. The brief sex scene shook me, but the last words of the book, the way Ms. McKinley ends it yet lets you know, it's just the beginning for charactars- so perfect. Just perfect.(less)