I have read countless books over the years, most of them being part of a series. Not long after their reading, the characters blur, as do the plots, tI have read countless books over the years, most of them being part of a series. Not long after their reading, the characters blur, as do the plots, to the point that they become ordinary and difficult to recount or recall. But every now and then you find a character you want to befriend, or a story you cannot forget, and sometimes, in the rarest of occasions, you find a book that has both. This series contains both. Do you know how special that is?
Kate Daniels and Company have become dear old friends. I can't believe that my time with them is so rapidly coming to a close. This series has been a mainstay for me over these past few years, always promising that I will benefit reading at least one incredible story per year. And I maintain that the Kate Daniel's series it is one of the best urban fantasy series on the market.
This installment of the series set the stage for an epic conclusion while tying loose threads and weaving in the significance of characters whose value had yet to be revealed prior to this book. There was so much story to digest, it was almost overwhelming, but so completely satisfying.
For those that may be new to the series. You must be read Kate's story from the beginning. Each book is vital. I have never felt as though books are being added to keep the series going, rather, books are added because it is truly going to take some time to explain Kate's story accurately.
And now I will patiently wait for book #10 because I'm not ready to let go just yet....more
“Men tell stories. Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history b“Men tell stories. Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war, and when it was over, we picked up the pieces and started our lives over.”
I adore historical fiction, and was desperately hoping to love The Nightingale. I wanted to read an interesting story that would provide a realistic portrayal about a period, that frankly, has rarely been told from a female perspective. The women of The Nightingale did not disappoint!
I simply could not put this book down.
I was in awe of the fortitude of these women and the haunting beauty of their life's story. As I read, mind my was filled with imagery and so. many. questions about love, hate, corruption, as well as my opinion of my own capabilities and lines of morality. I empathized, sympathized and cried uncontrollably. I'm fairly confident I sobbed my way through the last 30 pages. And yet, I walked away from The Nightingale inspired. This book has definitely earned a place among my favorite books.
In spite of reading countless reviews that stated, rather matter of fact-ly, that MeBeforeYou was not a love story, I somehow didn't believe them.
ThiIn spite of reading countless reviews that stated, rather matter of fact-ly, that MeBeforeYou was not a love story, I somehow didn't believe them.
This is not a love story.
I was not disappointed by the lack of romance. However, I think the lack of development in the romance department might have prevented me from obtaining the good cry I was secretly craving.
Honestly, I'm still unsure of how I feel about this book.
I neither liked or disliked any of the characters. They were all very vanilla, and mostly non-offensive. That isn't a bad thing if the story is captivating. And for the most part, I was captivated. I'm just not entirely sure why.
As I said, this isn't a love story. If anything, I thought of Will as a mentor to Lou and Lou as entertainment for Will. A finite sense of purpose.
And yet, near the end, we readers are meant to believe the Lou has fallen in love with Will.
I couldn't buy into that, namely due to the questions that gnawed at me throughout this story...would Lou have been even remotely attracted to Will if he had been poor? I found myself repeatedly coming back to this question because Will Turner was certainly an arrogant ass most of the time. He didn't offend me, but he did not incite any feelings of love in me. And that had nothing to do with his disability and everything to do with his lack of personality. His ass like tendencies appeared to be a personality trait that appeared to be attributable to him both pre and post accident. The only likeable trait of Will Turner was his worldly knowledge and life experience , which he achieved via his extreme wealth. What if he had lived a "normal" life pre accident? Would he be as appealing?
This line of thought leads me to my one major gripe about this book.
The author made it too easy on the characters and thereby, the readers, by making her disabled character incredibly wealthy. I have to believe, as difficult as Will's life was, it could have been significantly worse if money was an object of concern. That may seem like a small complaint, but it somehow made this story entirely unbelievable and therefore, rather impossible for me to relate to.
I actually really enjoyed reading about the impacts of disability to a person's life and the lives of the people who love them. It's a topic I'm ignorant about and I was looking forward to reading a book that would enlighten me. And to some extent, I was enlightened. But it could have been so much more enlightening.
On a positive side, it's an incredibly addictive, easy read and was mildly informative. It even managed to make me laugh. More than once.
What's that saying, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me?
I can't fault Maggie for my dislike of this book. All the signs were pointiWhat's that saying, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me?
I can't fault Maggie for my dislike of this book. All the signs were pointing to my inevitable disappointment. I struggled to read the series from the onset. The story was very gripping at the start of the series, allowing me to overlook the things that would ultimately consume my reading experience. The story was so unique that I didn't mind that these teenage characters talked like overly educated and somewhat demented old men with all their use of non-sensical metaphors, Ill timed prose, unrelated use of simile and annoyed me with all their angst. But as the series progressed, the story became thin. The things I enjoyed became increasingly sparse and all the PURPLE that this author is known for became more and more abundant. I have never read so much PURPLE!
Frankly, I didn't understand much of this final installment. Why devote so much time to Henry, the strangest teenage boy ever written, and then write in a magical bee as his side kick. I mean what the what? I can deal with dream weavers. The Beatles sang about them, but I draw the line at magical bees past the age of 5.
And what about Noah? Did he become possessed at the time of his murder? Will this be on repeat forever?
Since when is Adam gay? I don't mind at all, except for the fact that he pined after Blue for three books and now, suddenly he is gay. I think that is doing a disservice to teens grappling with their sexuality. I don't think they flip a switch one day and decide to be gay, so I kind of think it's an extremely disrespectful thing to write into a story so thoughtlessly. That is something you develop. And let's face it, Ronan, was her best character and he deserves a better love interest.
I have so many more questions. Is Blue really part tree? (I could not imagine I would ever write such a question) How can a person mate with a tree? And produce a half tree entity? How did Blue's dad, the tree, get out of his magical prison to mate with Blue's mom, who, as a psychic, has demonstrated an extreme lack of foresight, only to get locked back into the magical prison again?
Is Adam real? If Cabeswater was mostly dreamt, how in the hell did Adam get suckered into doing its bidding at book 1? Couldn't he have just asked to be woken up? Or asked Ronan to dream him free?
And Ronan...who started out as my favorite character, was ruined. Per the author- he has always known what Cabeswater was which means his character has known what I should have known all along...this entire misadventure was for nothing!
But still, I have questions.
What was the point of introducing Gwenallian or whatever the hell her name was? She sing songed riddles throughout book three, making it appear she would have a purpose and proceeded to do NOTHING in book 4.
What about the ladies at 300 Fox Way? What did they see and why were they so damn useless?
Why did the demon need Piper if it had Neeve? At least Neeve was magic.
Is Gansey now part tree? Are he, Blue and Henry now a threesome?
What happened to Matthew? Was he unmade?
Why was the demon a hornet? Does that mean that it was the demon that killed Gansey when he was a child?
Did Maggie seriously set this series up to continue?!
Honestly- this story left me with more questions than answers and annoyed the shit out of me in the process. It was pretty clear that the author didn't have the end in mind when the first book was written and that irritates me.
But, I should have known better, so more than anything, I'm irritated with myself for picking this series up in the first place.
I don't always learn my lesson after a reading 1 disaster, but I learn after reading 4....more