I am one of the three people (approximately) in the world who LOVES Mary Reilly, which was written by Valerie Martin. Naturally, when I came across an...moreI am one of the three people (approximately) in the world who LOVES Mary Reilly, which was written by Valerie Martin. Naturally, when I came across another spooky-looking novel by her, I had to snatch it up.
I'm glad I got it from the library and didn't buy it.
What a disappointment. Martin's story and voice in Mary Reilly was tight and compelling, with (you could tell) lots of well-researched details. Mary Celeste? Is none of those things. I only made it 1/3rd of the way through before I decided to check reviews. The reviews I read convinced me that this book is a waste of a tree.
What I did read of the book was disjointed and random. The POV switched 4 times in less than 100 pages. Dr. Doyle's chapter was so overly detailed that it was boring (Sarah Cobbs' chapter started out bogged down, but at least picked up a bit of speed after 20 pages or so.)
I really hate not finishing a book, so it is killing me to drop this one. But it is clearly not going to redeem itself, and I have many other library books to devour. Ones, I hope, that will honor the tree from whence it came.(less)
Oh, Veronica Roth. It took me all of 2 paragraphs before I remembered how much I love this woman's writing style. Her voice is so clear and well done....moreOh, Veronica Roth. It took me all of 2 paragraphs before I remembered how much I love this woman's writing style. Her voice is so clear and well done. I <3 it.
If you don't ever get around to reading this collection of short stories, don't sweat it. You're not missing anything. Sure, the little behind-the-scenes snapshots from Four's life are interesting. Sometimes. Other times, I found myself raising an eyebrow and feeling like "well, this wasn't thought out before Insurgent and Allegiant were written."
I'm kind of a grump when it comes to short story collections, because I feel like they're just a money-grab from the publisher. No exception here, either. Especially since one of the short stories was released in between Divergent and Insurgent, so if you've been a fan from day 1, it's likely you've already read The Transfer. Which means that for us longtime fans, we really only get 3 brand new stories. And that is kind of lame. While I do appreciate this book being released as a physical book, I'm not thrilled that it cost $12. This is one you should check out from the library, or borrow from some sucker like me who bought it. Don't spend your cash on 200 pages of stuff that anyone with half an imagination has already fleshed out in their head.
If you're a hardcore fan, by all means, read it. Just don't expect anything new and earth-shattering.
Personally, I'm hoping Ms. Roth moves on soon and sets her skills on a new series. Her writing style is just so great, and I hope she continues with it and doesn't waste her time on more gimmicks for the publisher. (less)
This was a fun book, and I loved reading Lulu's letters and the mystery surrounding them. But I'm done with the book, and all that I can muster up is...moreThis was a fun book, and I loved reading Lulu's letters and the mystery surrounding them. But I'm done with the book, and all that I can muster up is a giant "meh." Nothing earth shattering or life changing or even really interesting here.
It's really as if Reichl tried to fit so much into this book that none of the plot points were very well fleshed out or resolved. If she'd cut out a couple of points, I might have enjoyed the book more. It's not a terrible book, but it's just not one that I fell in love with, and I bet you a week from now I will barely remember the plot/characters.
The writing on its own is very well done, though. I like Reichl's descriptions, and I am planning on investigating Garlic and Sapphires at some point. (less)