I'm giving this book three entertainment-value stars because it was a quick read and I was entertained for a few hours. But I'm not saying it was goodI'm giving this book three entertainment-value stars because it was a quick read and I was entertained for a few hours. But I'm not saying it was good.
My first gripe was that it was written in the speech patterns of a 16 year old girl. Now, I do understand that Catherine is, in fact, a 16 year old girl. But she's a 16 year old girl who is some sort of prodigy hunter and still narrates her story in sentences like "Okay… like, WTF?" My thoughts exactly.
The concept of the big bads in this story was interesting, until we get to the end and find out what they really are. There was so much build up about them being a new kind of demon, and they turn out to be not at all what they seem. Disappointing.
There are questions I would definitely have liked to see answers to (and of course the hopeless romantic in me is dying to know what happens in the romeo and juliet/vampire and hunter romance - but I don't think I'm going to be picking up any other books in the series. ...more
I blasted through this book fairly quickly, but mostly because it was an easy read (and an audiobook).
Whether or not Illidan's journey as portrayed byI blasted through this book fairly quickly, but mostly because it was an easy read (and an audiobook).
Whether or not Illidan's journey as portrayed by this book was the original intent of his character or whether it was retconned to fit the upon Legion expansion for Warcraft, I loved the direction they took him.
I was hoping for more of the story "after the fall" but I suppose that will be coming in-game, it definitely resparked my curiosity in the expansion. ...more
It hurts me so much to give this book 3 stars, because I adore Gail Carriger and everything she writes. But I, unfortunately, didn't love this book.
MyIt hurts me so much to give this book 3 stars, because I adore Gail Carriger and everything she writes. But I, unfortunately, didn't love this book.
My favorite thing about Miss Gail is her irreverent sense of humor and that was largely missing from this book. Presha is not an Alexia, nor a Sophronia, nor a Prudence; she is much darker and much less exuberant. The characteristic flippancy of the Parasolverse would not have suited her, so I do appreciate that it wasn't included in the book. But I still find myself mourning the loss of it! That's not to say that it was entirely void of said humor - because when someone is dangling from an airship clutching flowers and a lobster, you laugh - but it wasn't a focus of the story.
The romance between Presha and Gavin was unique and not something I've seen before, so she definitely gets credit for that. It wasn't sweet and fluffy, but it was very much Presha.
All in all it was a good read, but I'm going to pick up Imprudence now to get what I missed out on....more
What I didn't realize when I picked up this copy of the book, is that it also included the prequel novella Let You Leave which was such a good beginniWhat I didn't realize when I picked up this copy of the book, is that it also included the prequel novella Let You Leave which was such a good beginning to the story. Unfortunately, the novel itself was lacking.
As I read my way through the first third of the book - which ended up being the aforementioned novella - I was in love. Layla is suffering from PTSD after the death of her parents and has been home schooled for the past few years after suffering an embarrassing seizure in front of her classmates. She is determined to finish out her high school career in a public school, but no one will let her forget her episode. She's shunned and ostracized until Landen O'Brien, a new kid from Colorado, looks at her and see her. The relationship they form is sweet, chaste, and they manage fall in love without any physical bonds between them. But the other shoe is always ready to drop, and when Landen has to move back to Colorado he devastates Layla in the process. The novella had so many feels, and although I was confused at the abrupt ending when I realized it was a novella, I was looking forward to the rest of the story.
I was so disappointed. The novel itself opens on Layla's first week at college, she has moved across the country in an attempt to take back her life and not be defined by her condition. She is shocked to find Landen among her peers. He's not there by coincidence, but those secrets will come later.
I, on the other hand, was shocked to find Landen's attitude so changed. His POV chapters read like a horny frat boy (a term I don't use loosely, being part of Greek life in college and not at all liking the connotations that go with the slag term "frat"). While he spent his time in the novella feeling protective over Layla, he spends his time in the novel getting drunk and getting in fights over other guys speaking to her. It felt like a complete turn around and it took me off guard.
While the novella was rated PG, the novel jumps up to NC-17 almost immediately. There was a heavier dose of teen angst in the novel, I spent half the time wanting to yell at each of them to spit it out already. It seemed like all the legitimate struggles they faced in their family lives in the novella were replaced with stupid misunderstandings because they wouldn't just tell each other how completely in love they were. It really ruined the romance I felt from the novella. Overall, quite disappointed in the novel itself....more