Georgina and I have had a real love hate relationship throughout this five book long journey. Her story has taken me on a real emotional roller coasteGeorgina and I have had a real love hate relationship throughout this five book long journey. Her story has taken me on a real emotional roller coaster and not always in a good way. In fact, the previous book in this series received one hell of a thrash review from me for it's core theme of infidelity.
What had I really expected of a series about a succubus? It's literally her job to corrupt men's souls and that quite often entails cheating. Truthfully, I think the intensity of my anger towards the subject had a lot to do with how much Mead had gotten me to care for the character. I had become so invested in her story and her happiness that this gigantic slip up of hers made me incredibly disappointed in her progress.
If Mead's story decisions earned my ire in this series' previous installment, they certainly earned back my faith and adoration in this one. Georgina and Seth make quite the turn around and Mead once again, proves why her books reel me in every single time. I may not always initially identify with her heroines. I may not always agree with their decisions and development, but something about this author's writing is so genuine and visceral that I cant deny she is a gifted story teller. Her characters, like Georgina, are imperfect, and therefore all the more real.
Very glad I didn't give up on this series after a two year long hiatus. I think I'll be jumping right into the next one. ...more
An entirely different experience than the movie. In fact, the only thing that correlated was the main character's name and location. The plot, the vamAn entirely different experience than the movie. In fact, the only thing that correlated was the main character's name and location. The plot, the vampires, and Robert Neville himself are completely other beings from their movie counterparts.
For a vampire enthusiast like me, this was preferable. The book explores traditional vampire mythos using contemporary science to explain not only how they come to be, but also how, in modern times, how our world could be devastatingly overrun by them. It satisfied the purist in me and excited the part that is always looking for logical and rational explanations for the extraordinary.
While I enjoyed it immensely, I will admit portions dragged on and on, lacking meaningful story and plot progression. The momentary monotony however, was vastly overshadowed by the grounding conclusion. The point this entire novella is leading up to was both unexpected and hugely thought provoking.
This "moral of the story" will stick with me for quite some time. ...more
The White Queen was... well... not what I expected. I went in with high expectations because of all the hype over Phillipa Gregory. I really need to sThe White Queen was... well... not what I expected. I went in with high expectations because of all the hype over Phillipa Gregory. I really need to stop doing this because it almost always ends in disappointment which is largely my own fault. I feel like if I hadn't begun reading The White Queen with assumptions on the writing quality I would've enjoyed it more. It was a bit difficult not to though when a critic review describing the writing as 'lyrical' is slapped on the cover. The style and quality weren't poor but I certainly wouldn't describe it as lyrical by any means. It just didn't stand out.
Yes, I'm beginning this review with some criticism, but I did honestly enjoy the book overall. History itself is very intriguing to me and this particular period is one that we don't know a lot about. The mysterious dilemma of the 'princes in the tower' and the shadowed figures of this era's power hunger royal families give it a mystique all it's own.
Gregory does a fantastic job blending what little fact we have with enticing fiction. Her interpretation of Elizabeth Woodville's family life and witchy habits is believable and seamless. However I just couldn't connect to her character emotionally. For the majority of the book she handles each conflict she runs into with such calculating ease that I had a hard time forming any bond. For example: My husband has and is currently cheating on me with what could be hundreds of women. No worries as long as I don't have to meet them because I'm the Queen! I don't think this would've bothered me as much as it did if she didn't constantly emphasize how deep and pure and destined their love was. Maybe if it had been a marriage of purely power and convenience, but this just doesn't work for 'true love'.
I could be completely off base with this one, but personally, it rubbed me the wrong way.
Other than that, it was a quick, entertaining read once I delved into the meat of the book. I most definitely will be picking up the Red Queen to get Margaret Stanley's view on the tumultuous events. ...more