Initially I really liked the refreshing uber-snark of our not-exactly heroine but by the end of the book it was starting to get on my nerves. Our prot...moreInitially I really liked the refreshing uber-snark of our not-exactly heroine but by the end of the book it was starting to get on my nerves. Our protagonist definitely started off on the wrong tracks and I appreciated the rawness that the writing style was trying to evoke - and it was good that that same voice was firmly held throughout the plot - but I admit I got a bit tired of it. Which is unfortunate because in some ways this is a breath of fresh air in the urban fantasy/paranormal written-by-a-female glut of books that have been coming out recently. There was no love triangle (or even a single love interest at all) in the entire story, the characterization was decent if uneven, the world-building definitely felt like the sleazy wheeling-and-dealing underbelly of a large city full of grit and blood, and I could really believe that Quinn was a person with real people problems (as compared to the coincidences and happily ever afters of a lot of stories).
It wasn't a bad read at all I just sort of wished I liked Quinn more. So all in all a pretty decent read but I just don't think I'll be following up with the next book. Alas.(less)
I really liked the idea of "Scarborough Fair" woven through the tapestry of a book but sadly I just couldn't get into this story. I'm almost halfway t...moreI really liked the idea of "Scarborough Fair" woven through the tapestry of a book but sadly I just couldn't get into this story. I'm almost halfway through but I just couldn't care less about any single character. At all.
SPOILER ALERT (you've been warned): Add in a seventeen year old girl who gets raped ostensibly by her prom date but in reality by some curse a faerie laid upon her great great great great grandmother and finds herself pregnant due to that selfsame curse and why is this YA again?! Ugh. Sorry. I really love medieval ballads but this was not what I was bargaining for when I picked this book up. Dropped. (less)
What to say about the second installment of Cobweb Bride that hasn't already been mentioned in other reviews?
It is a good, solid read that picks up ri...moreWhat to say about the second installment of Cobweb Bride that hasn't already been mentioned in other reviews?
It is a good, solid read that picks up right where the first book left off. But what is great about this book - as all of Ms. Nazarian's books that I've read - is her propensity to surprise the reader with great plot-twists, wit, charm, and beautifully verbose language (or is that just me that is always happily surprised?). I am never quite sure where the story will take me and though I make conjecture I am not always right. I like that about her stories. I like following the journey not knowing where we will end up once the tale is concluded.
With that said, I want to add that I thoroughly enjoyed following Percy around on her adventures and am looking forward to the last book in this trilogy. To read for sure!(less)
A good solid femme fatal urban fantasy with all the usual clichés of strong-not-quite-human-woman-with-a-magical-weapon, world-ending problems and lov...moreA good solid femme fatal urban fantasy with all the usual clichés of strong-not-quite-human-woman-with-a-magical-weapon, world-ending problems and love triangles that have yet to be resolved. With that said, I keep hoping for something a bit more prosey, more in the line of her Terre d'Ange world rather than a straight up generic urban fantasy story. Not to say that there was anything wrong with this story - I quite liked it - but it was not the deep abiding love of first opening Kushiel's Dart. But then again, I suppose nothing else can be.
Still, I found this to be a fun romp in a field of literature that is in somewhat of a glut in recent years. Not a bad thing, but it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff (haha, sorry, had to get a Joscelin dig in here somewhere). This is definitely on the side of good. I'd be happy to pick up the next one if/when it comes out.
If you like this kind of story I'd recommending trying out Faith Hunter's Jane Yellowrock series, Devon Monk's Allie Beckstrom, Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, or even Rob Thurman's Cal Leandros series (if you want something a bit grittier with a male protagonist full of awesome snark).
Dropped. I'm sorry but this story suffers from what I see as the 'show not tell' syndrome; what I mean is that I am being told simply that such-and-su...moreDropped. I'm sorry but this story suffers from what I see as the 'show not tell' syndrome; what I mean is that I am being told simply that such-and-such is happening rather than really being shown that some event or plot line or important piece of dialogue is taking place. It's a bit two-dimensional for my liking and I have absolutely no affinity for any of the characters, let alone the protagonist. I know that this is a YA book but it feels too juvenile for me both in writing-style and in plot; something I'd consider reading in middle school but not as an adult. Sorry, this is just not my cup of tea. (less)