Huh. Mums recommended I read this when she was done with it and I gave it a whirl. I've gotta say that I enjoyed it, though I imagine if you've read aHuh. Mums recommended I read this when she was done with it and I gave it a whirl. I've gotta say that I enjoyed it, though I imagine if you've read all 900 billion other dystopian future books that've come out in the last forever, this probably isn't going to add anything super new.
Aside from the complete and utter lack of a love triangle. I'm not saying one couldn't develop over the life of the series, but as of the end of book 1? No triangle! Seriously, this alone is worth a star and a half. The fact that I enjoyed the rest of the story is just a bonus. :P
I didn't really see Joy as the typical shy, special snowflake that others have reported her being. Reserved? Yes. But that's not the same as shy. Can't help you with the special snowflake side, considering that's just the nature of the beast.
The hounds were fun and I liked most of the people Joy met. Having mythical creatures be real is also a bonus. ...more
A mix of Ocean's 11 and The Shining? I'll grant you the Ocean's 11 comparison, because it's pretty obvious, but I get more of King's Rose Red, honest A mix of Ocean's 11 and The Shining? I'll grant you the Ocean's 11 comparison, because it's pretty obvious, but I get more of King's Rose Red, honestly. And I happen to love Rose Red, so that's definitely a bonus. I enjoyed the ride and while others complain that the characters rely too much on tropes, I think it works here. You immediately know what kind of people you're dealing with and the story is able to zoom onward. Sometimes being able to use shorthand is advantageous to the story. About 2/3 of the way through the story, things start to shift. Some twists are obvious and some aren't and I enjoyed both kinds. I also enjoyed the glimpses into the house's past, I liked the story, and I'm exceptionally glad that the story doesn't cliffhanger. It works as a standalone if you need it to for whatever reason....more
Gonna be upfront about this: I remember very little about The Mediator series. I remember I read it (most of it? All of it? Sadly, I don't recall offGonna be upfront about this: I remember very little about The Mediator series. I remember I read it (most of it? All of it? Sadly, I don't recall off the top of my head) and enjoyed it and then continued on about my life.
So with that in mind, I'm not the person to ask how well this fits in with the series. Are all questions answered? Um, dunno. Probably not. Is it a fun book that I dragged my feet about ending? Yup. I enjoyed it thoroughly and every few pages I'd think "gotta mark this down for a quote" and if I'd actually gone through and followed up with all the quotes, it'd basically just be copying maybe a fourth of the book.
Now. Who do I have to bribe to get a series about the triplets? ...more
**spoiler alert** First up, let's get this straight. I'm not crying, you're crying. Yeah, let's go with that. Anyway, one of the big things in MH is t**spoiler alert** First up, let's get this straight. I'm not crying, you're crying. Yeah, let's go with that. Anyway, one of the big things in MH is the fact that Cleo's mother has been MIA for a good long while. If one goes by the doll diaries, it pre-dates Cleo's mummy status (I believe). That doesn't seem to be quite the case here, but it's been a long time.
Alas, right off the bat on page one, I'm thrown right out of things because when I think Ancient Egypt, I don't think of mother-daughter rom-com movie dates. Not even if you go all MH and call them "boovies" instead. I'm well aware that maybe this will only bother me, but it's also possible someone else will be bugged and we can complain together.
That aside, I really liked the book. Thing is, I'm not sure how much is due to the book itself and how much is due to wanting Cleo to have her mother back and being happy for her. But the book definitely shows that while Cleo is a diva, she's a diva with a heart of gold. There are multiple examples that show Cleo thinking nothing of helping a friend and it's never really out of character and I dig it.
I like Cleo's mom and I wonder how she and Nefera will get along.
I wouldn't say I'd start your MH reading here since I think the payoff for Dedyet de Nile's return is greater if you have more invested in Cleo prior to this, however it's a good little book....more
**spoiler alert** Okay, we're skipping right to the end because I was with you right up until the end, book. Right up until the end!
What the fuzzy? Ho**spoiler alert** Okay, we're skipping right to the end because I was with you right up until the end, book. Right up until the end!
What the fuzzy? Holly and Poppy spend a good chunk of the book with 'cursed' hair and then they wake up and poof, everything is fine again? I'm assuming that ~fairytale magic~ kicked in because Holly felt like she was living a lie and just when things were turning out perfectly, it kicked in and poof, insta-curse. Which means that when she decided that hair or no hair, she was living the Rapunzel destiny and believed in it wholeheartedly again, poof, curse broken?
Or was it learning that the true meaning of Punzie's story is freedom?
To be fair, I was super hoping it was some weird clause in the contract she signed but I guess not. Woe.
Also, Sparrow is shown to have red hair, or at least a very similar shade of auburn (the twins are described as having auburn hair when Poppy's isn't purple) so I'm not buying "shaggy brown" as his hair color. Not even a little. ...more