I didn't actually mean to stay up late reading this until I finished it, it just sort of happened. As these things do. I was a little surprised when I...moreI didn't actually mean to stay up late reading this until I finished it, it just sort of happened. As these things do. I was a little surprised when I got to the end; a little bit 'Wait, that's it? That's the end?'. It's not that it's a bad ending, more just that I was a little surprised that it'd crept up on me - but I guess that's what happens when you're sleepily reading at 3.30am.
After the brain-breaker that was number9dream (and with the similarly break-breaking The Westing Game on the side), I felt I needed something simpler and straightforward to read next. There's a lot to be said for a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin book. And this is that. It's a ya romance, as it looks, but it's equally a rather lovely exploration of family relationships which balanced things out nicely and keeps it from being too sappy. Everything plays out as you'd expect it to, there's no surprises here. Even the 'twist' really isn't because you can see it coming miles away. That's not a bad thing though, and it's rather nicely written too, which puts it a notch above something that easily could've been average. I particularly enjoyed the English/American differences that were accurately, and humourously, written. It was what it was, and what it was was what I needed to read at the moment and I enjoyed it for being that.
My digital copy came with a preview of Jennifer E. Smith's next book, The Geography of You and Me, at the end. I only read the intro, not even the first chapter that's actually included, and I was off to request it on NetGalley. Always a good sign.(less)
A perfectly voiced Spike, as you'd hope with James Marsters penning it, but a somewhat unsatisfying plot. It doesn't really anything Spike's story, in...moreA perfectly voiced Spike, as you'd hope with James Marsters penning it, but a somewhat unsatisfying plot. It doesn't really anything Spike's story, in S7 or beyond, and the 'big bad' for the piece, while entertaining, never actually had it's motives explained at all. (view spoiler)[Just why was it collecting babies? I'd have liked to have known that. And, as Spike didn't actually defeat it, did it just go back to collecting babies? (hide spoiler)]. The whole thing just felt a little unfinished, like there should be another volume to continue the story.
The art, however, is a different story. I really like it; Derlis Santacruz captures Spike excellently, and it's always very clear what's going on in each panel. I'd much rather he was doing the art for the Angel & Faith title than Will Conrad, so it's nice to see that he'll be a guest artist for at least one issue.
I wonder if the whole thing was really a bit of a trial for James Marsters, to see how he can write and how DH might use him in future on the Buffy lines. Hmm.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is a great book, that I may never even have come across if it hadn't been for Mark Reads. So I'm grateful for that. Some things I managed to figu...moreThis is a great book, that I may never even have come across if it hadn't been for Mark Reads. So I'm grateful for that. Some things I managed to figure out, others I didn't ((view spoiler)['America the Beautiful', for instance. Not being American it wasn't something familiar enough to me to get. (hide spoiler)]).
This is the kind of book that you can never just read once. I'm going to have to read it again at some point, because I just know I'm going to get so much more out of it now that I know how it all plays out. Which is why this is only 4 stars and not 5, because I suspect the reread will be even more enjoyable so I'm saving that one for later.
Finally, JKR should have taken note of this book, because if you're going to do a (view spoiler)['and this is how everyones' lives played out' ending (hide spoiler)], then this is how you do it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)