Jenny Lawson has done it again. I love her books, I love her brokenness. She's more broken than I am but in some ways we are the same. What she said aJenny Lawson has done it again. I love her books, I love her brokenness. She's more broken than I am but in some ways we are the same. What she said about self-harm resonated so deeply in me. I have never found anyone else who gets it like she does. Don't forget that depression lies, and that it will pass. If you've ever struggled with mental illness you must read this book. ...more
I wanted to like this book, I really did. I've been a Keith and the Girl fan for years, and they even have a guarantee that if you don't laugh in theI wanted to like this book, I really did. I've been a Keith and the Girl fan for years, and they even have a guarantee that if you don't laugh in the first minute of this book, you can have your money back. Well.. I laughed at the beginning, but that was about the only time. The thing that made me laugh? Keith singing little ditties between the title and the chapter breaks. The rest of it was a combination of horribly depressing/sad stories about Keith's moderately abusive upbringing, and examples of why he's a terrible, terrible person (or was). I mostly did not find the book funny at all. I also noticed that it just sort of ended. There wasn't the usual reflecting on anything, it was just a request that if anyone found John Petrie they let Malley know. It was very abrupt, and having heard the KATG show recently I have found out how it ends, so it doesn't make a particularly good ending for a book. I don't know if it was that I was listening to the audiobook so it basically was 7 hours of Malley semi-yelling his life story or that I just didn't click with his narrative style, but this book did not do it for me. I'm sure there are some people out there who really love this book; I am not one of them. ...more
**spoiler alert** This review has been a long time coming, and a long time brewing in my brain. It is no easy feat to review a series/epic novel as co**spoiler alert** This review has been a long time coming, and a long time brewing in my brain. It is no easy feat to review a series/epic novel as complex and gut wrenching as this, especially when it is one of my all-time favorite books. It would be so easy to just say I love it and everyone should read it (though, really, it's not for everyone) and leave it at that, but it would be unfair to Ms. Hilton and prospective readers if I did that. So I will do my best.
This book centers on Gerard Holovar, in an archipelagic bit of the world of Panamindorah called Wefrivain.Panamindorah is peopled by shelts, half-humanoid and half animal-bodied creatures as varied as the creatures they resemble. Wyverns rule the world and the waters, and grishnards (Griffin shelts) have a tenuous hold over the other shelts. This series focuses broadly on the events around the uprising against the Wyverns.
Gerard is a disinherited prince; his wife is a minstrel and the reason for his exile. He and a white fox shelt (foxling) named Silveo Lamire are employed by the leader of the Wyvern worship cult, Morchella.
I have rated each and every book in this series equally highly, and will try to briefly summarize each book here.
The first book introduces Gerard, his wife Thessalyn, Silveo, and the Guild of the Cowry Catchers (the organized resistance to Wyvern control), and Gwain (the leader of the Guild). Gerard has become captain of Morchella's police, and he and Silveo (the head of Morchella's Sea Watch) butt heads and have to learn to get along. Silveo, who declares frequently that he's "not a nice person", has a dark past and is a very damaged person. In spite of his best intentions (or worst), he begins to love Thessalyn and Gerard.
Book 2 brings Gerard and Silveo (and Thessalyn) closer, and things seem to be looking up until Gwain invites Gerard and Silveo to talk, and Silveo essentially destroys the island home of the Guild of the Cowry Catchers. The cost of this is Thessalyn's life, and the end of book 2 tears me up and brings me to tears every time (I've read/listened to this book at least 5 times...)
In book 3, we watch Gerard and Silveo painstakingly rebuild their lives from the ashes, and we see them falling in love in spite of Gerard's uncertainty about falling for a boy. This book focuses on healing inside and out, and the strength of true friendship.
Books 4 and 5 describe the rebirth of the Resistance, and reintroduce old friends and enemies. Former enemies Gwain, Gerard and Silveo team up to fight the Wyverns. I won't spoil the end, but suffice it to say that it's a brutally happy one.
The arc of this story, to me, is a love story. It is a story of loss and redemption and friendship. I recommend it unless you are not okay with a male-male romantic relationship. Abigail Hilton has crafted a masterpiece. Her Panamindorah and Wefrivain are rich and complex, and the people in it are visceral. She pulls no punches. Every time I read it I find something new, and the foreshadowing in the chapter headings is brilliantly worked. ...more
I came into this story already a fan of Scott Sigler. However, none of his previous stories were both YA and from the point of view of a young woman,I came into this story already a fan of Scott Sigler. However, none of his previous stories were both YA and from the point of view of a young woman, so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Overall, this book is well worth the read and was very good. There were moments where I was afraid Mr. Sigler would fall into the trap of "aw crap, it's about a teenage girl, who can she fall in love with?" and while there were a few moments of eye-rolling (really? She's mentally 12 but adultly hormonal so she wants to touch his chest?) I was impressed that the focus of the story remained on M's journey to keep her tribe together and, most importantly, ALIVE. I really loved the latter half of the book and I figured out where they were long before the reveal, but I enjoyed the development of the characters and the internal struggles that M faces. I look forward to the next one!...more