I read this to my six year old friend recently... and I'd completely forgotten it, but while reading the whole thing came back to me, especially the pI read this to my six year old friend recently... and I'd completely forgotten it, but while reading the whole thing came back to me, especially the part about the Saga of Barbie and Ken, and suddenly I felt 8 years old again like the book was a time machine that took me back to the tree that I used to read under as a kid.
Man... the movie version of this novel that's about to come out is going TO FUCK EVERYTHING THAT IS WONDERFUL AND AMAZING ABOUT THIS BOOK ALL UP.
You cMan... the movie version of this novel that's about to come out is going TO FUCK EVERYTHING THAT IS WONDERFUL AND AMAZING ABOUT THIS BOOK ALL UP.
You can tell, just from the trailer.
And it pisses me off, because THIS BOOK, and the story of Bianca and her unwillingness to change and her (ENTIRELY REASONABLE) demand that people take her as she is? THAT is a story that Hollywood needs to be telling. Not another version of She's All That where a girl magically takes off the overalls and becomes gorgeous and popular and beloved by all the people that had hated her for so long. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THE TRAILER IMPLIES.
Ugh. This is such a wonderful novel, one about trying to navigate the labels we give ourselves and each other, and realizing that rejecting them is the best thing of all. STOP FUCKING UP EVERYTHING GOOD AND RIGHT IN THE WORLD, HOLLYWOOD....more
Disclosure: I received a free Kindle copy of this from the author, though all she asked was that I leave a review.
First, I love Viv Daniels. (I also lDisclosure: I received a free Kindle copy of this from the author, though all she asked was that I leave a review.
First, I love Viv Daniels. (I also love Diana Peterfreund, which is her actual identity, but Viv Daniels is the alter ego she writes her New Adult work under.) She is, plain and simple, a damn fine writer. Stories and plots that might seem schlocky or ripe for overwrought cliche are, in her hands, deftly handled. Her work always feels sincere and emotionally honest. Yes, that is a hard thing to find in today's world. [See: all the rest of NA, with only a few notable exceptions.]
Hear Me is, like her other work, just wonderful. It's a great story, one about the lost love of youth and trying to reclaim it within the confines of a complex, adult world. Ivy lost the boy she loved when her town erected a magical barrier between the village and the forest in which dark magic was said to be building and threatening the town. Now, as an adult, she lives beside the barrier and leads a quiet life, remembering and resignedly longing for Archer, the boy who chose the forest over her.
When the barrier is destroyed and she finds Archer wounded, lying in the snow, she learns that everything she thought she knew about him, about the forest, and about her deceased father has been terribly, horribly wrong, and she will risk herself to save Archer, but also to save herself.
Daniels creates a beautiful world here, one not entirely unrecognizable from our own, which adds a nice verisimilitude. Furthermore, the lure of a man who wants you to save him is a powerful thing, indeed, and the book is delightfully hot and steamy. Yet... Ivy is a strong, clever character, one who avoids the trite 'damsel in distress' trope. And Archer is complicated, and at times brutal, but the novel avoids the misogynistic, abusive "it's all okay because it's romance" bullshit that plagues this genre. And for that alone, I want to stand on my chair and applaud Viv Daniels....more