A beautiful book, told first in pictures then in narration. I have not read anything else by this author so this novel took me by surprise. He was ablA beautiful book, told first in pictures then in narration. I have not read anything else by this author so this novel took me by surprise. He was able to tell such a sad, haunting tale just in pictures and then when he starts with narration a mystery begins that I had to know everything about. This is a book you must pick up and enjoy, although I am a big fan of audio books, the audio version just cannot do justice to this book as more than half the book is in drawings. I recommend this to everyone as it gives you a fresh reading experience. ...more
No sophomore slump here. This second book in the series picks up where Under the Never Sky left off. When our two favorite main characters meet again,No sophomore slump here. This second book in the series picks up where Under the Never Sky left off. When our two favorite main characters meet again, they have to struggle with new responsibilities and the wrath of the outsiders towards "moles". Rossi brings just as much action, passion, and sadness as the first book. Yet, here in the second book we get to explore the outsiders' world more and meet some new fierce characters. I can't wait to read Into the Still Blue. Anyone who loved the first book should definitely pick this up and if you haven't started the series make sure you begin with Under the Never Sky as all the world building starts there. ...more
This is not a book for every reader. Levithan tried something very different here creating a story with photographs. It centers upon a boy who had a rThis is not a book for every reader. Levithan tried something very different here creating a story with photographs. It centers upon a boy who had a recent loss and mysterious photos of him and an old friend start showing up and taunting him. The skeleton of the story is about being stalked but the meat of it is about mental illness and how individuals and those around them react to "help" and acting out. It begins very confusing and hard to follow with at least about 40% of the text crossed out. When I started it I was thinking I was not going to like it nor get used to it. But as I continued I became enthralled wanting to know what happened. It reminds me a little of Pretty Little Liars in the way he keeps you wondering who is behind these acts. And it reminds me of All the Bright Places and Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock in its subject matter. However, it is like none of these books - it tells the story with stream of consciousness writing style and photographs. If you are willing to try something different, visually and cadence wise, you should check this out, if stream of consciousness writing annoys you then maybe not. You can already tell from the reviews this is a hate or love book. ...more
Here you have the story of Levana. If you were thinking this book would cast Levana in favorable or vulnerable light; you thought wrong. If anything IHere you have the story of Levana. If you were thinking this book would cast Levana in favorable or vulnerable light; you thought wrong. If anything I grew to hate her more. Although you understand why she uses glamour all the time, her own actions and selfishness cancel out any pity you may start to form. This book will attend to anyone's misgivings that Levana is a one dimensional villain. A must read for any Lunar Chronicle fan. I would recommend that you read this after Cress as it has characters and backgrounds that invoke all 3 previous Lunar Chronicles books and before Winter as it lays the groundwork for the fourth and final installment. ...more
The third book in the Lunar Chronicles brings us the story of Cress. Once again, Meyer re-imagines a classic story (Rapunzel) into an interesting sci-The third book in the Lunar Chronicles brings us the story of Cress. Once again, Meyer re-imagines a classic story (Rapunzel) into an interesting sci-fi fantasy that blends perfectly with the previous two books. I cannot say too much because I fear I will give spoilers away but Cress is very different from Scarlet or Cinder. Here we have a more timid, vulnerable character that has been utterly alone for a good portion of her life. Meyer gives us action, funny and embarrassing moments and of course romance. Never fear that Meyer will provide too alike characters or romances. If you have enjoyed the previous books this is a must read. I would not recommend reading them out of order as they build upon each other. ...more
This is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles and POV shifts between Cinder, Kai, and a new character Scarlet. This is a "re-telling" of Little RedThis is the second book in the Lunar Chronicles and POV shifts between Cinder, Kai, and a new character Scarlet. This is a "re-telling" of Little Red Riding Hood, and as usual Marissa Meyer spins an intricate sci-fi twist on it. I enjoyed the romance in this much better than Cinder, although I have always had a weakness for wolves. Also, who can't be charmed and annoyed at the same time by the addition of Captain Thorne? If you remotely like Cinder or enjoy Little Red Riding Hood re-tellings you must check this out. ...more
Wow. I've just spent more time than I should scrolling through reviews and comments on said reviews and boy did many people have strong feelings aboutWow. I've just spent more time than I should scrolling through reviews and comments on said reviews and boy did many people have strong feelings about this book. I'm not sure what new things I can say and considering I have a sneaking suspicion I am the only one that actually reads my reviews I was not sure if I really should get into it or not. But even if it is just for me, I would like to touch upon certain points this book has raised with many of the readers.
First of all, I listened to this audio book (and the narrators did an awesome job) before I ever read a description or review of the book. I kept seeing the cover pop up in my recommended lists and then it won a Goodreads award so I placed myself on the library list for the audio book to check it out. I'm pointing this out because I listened to the whole thing without ever reading the whole The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor & Park description or even knowing it was about mental illness/suicide. Of course if you have read or listened to it you know the suicide topic comes up quite quickly.
So here I am going to say something that might surprise people, I did not find the main characters quirky or cute nor did I find this a "love at first sight" since it took awhile for Violet to even like much less love Finch. I did figure out Finch was bipolar right away, he had this frenzy maniac way about him so I suspected that might be where Niven was leading us.
Now I am going to state some things that to me should be obvious but doesn't seem to be others: Did I think Finch encompassed everything it means to be bipolar? Of course not. He is only ONE character. Did I feel like Finch was the one true depiction of what its like to be suicidal or struggle with mental illness? Of course not! Again, it is one character and his experiences during a period of months, come on guys! Niven is not making some grand old statement like "This is the ONLY way it is like to struggle with these things". I'm sure you might know if you have read any review or the author's note that this is a personal story for Niven, who experienced a loved one's suicide. She is sharing a fictional novel inspired by her experience, no where did she write this is exactly how everyone experiences this. In fact, neither character directly reflects my truths but I still found their experiences familiar enough to relate to -and at no point did I dismiss it because it was not the mirror of my struggle. Just because it doesn't reflect your exact experience doesn't make it less valid or fake.
Back to characterizing Finch or Niven's portrayal of mental illness as cute, quirky or light. Maybe I listened to a different book or maybe the narrators captured it in a way that reading would have been different - I don't know. All I can say is I found nothing light in this book, not even "wandering" rather where some saw quirky and light I saw pressured and manic or self destructive and isolating.
I have said to patients and others have said to me - Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. And for Violet I think this is very true, Niven explores Violet's grief and part of that journey has suicidal thoughts. It is the temporary, not the loss but the overwhelming grief, time can chisel it away. I am by no means saying it is easy but one year later feels different than 10 years later. For Finch the blackness may be temporary too but it will come and suck him in again. He deals with a chronic illness and like any chronic illness symptoms may be managed but the illness does not go away.
Niven did not start this conversation, there are other YA books, one of my favorites being Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock but she does continue to it and whether you liked her book or not that is an important note. Reading through all the reviews, I saw many comments from survivors and families of survivors, some absolutely hated it, some undeniably loved it. This book plays the important function of getting people to talk about suicide and mental illness.
If I had one critique of my own, it is that no character firmly states that suicide is not selfish, that is a direct result of an illness - it is implied but still it needs to be said outright. Niven does touch upon how different deaths are treated. Her example is no one brings flowers to the funeral of suicides. How others react by covering it up and calling it an accident or seeing it as a choice where other death types had none. But is not a choice, and anyone who struggles with mental illness can tell you no one would choose it, you can't just stop the darkness or the black hole by "trying" anymore than you can stop being hypertensive by wishing it. It takes management and support and while suicide is preventable, I never work in absolutes there are those who struggle to find the right combination of therapy and/or medication and still feel nothing works.
I want to tell people to read this but there is such a dichotomy of feelings about it, I say if you are willing to give it a chance and decide for yourself, please do so. Either way there will be plenty of teenagers that pick this book up and for them it will start a conversation rather than end it. ...more
I can't believe it is the end of this series! When I first started Etiquette & Espionage I never thought I would quite get attached to the seriesI can't believe it is the end of this series! When I first started Etiquette & Espionage I never thought I would quite get attached to the series the way I felt with The Parasol Protectorate Boxed Set: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless and Timeless. I can't help feeling like I want it to continue until we met up with Alexia and even then I wasn't sure I wanted to let go of some of the characters. If you've been reading the series so far this is a must, if you're a fan of the Parasol Protectorate you may want to check out this series but only if you like YA, if not then maybe you should pass. ...more
I can't believe this series is over and the Iron Fey are closed for reading. Be forewarned, Puck is barely in this book - neither is Ash, only small aI can't believe this series is over and the Iron Fey are closed for reading. Be forewarned, Puck is barely in this book - neither is Ash, only small appearances. I don't know if it was the impending finale of the series or the lack of Puck, Ash, or even Grimalikin but I just did not enjoy this as much as the previous ones. I had to wait for the library to get it, and I will admit there were some things I forgot in the meantime.
If I had to point out the most annoying aspect of this book and why it was 3 instead 4 stars: one name - Kenzie. It felt like every other paragraph that featured her, she was saying "tough guy" this and that - not sure why it took the 3rd book to annoy me, but it sure did. In fact, I could have done without her entirely. And now I can't remember if I ever liked her? I am wondering if I read them back to back if I would feel different - but I did not like this book enough for re-read - maybe in 10 years.
Obviously, if you are a fan of this series or the entire Iron Fey world you will read this book, if not now, eventually. Also, I would not recommend that you read The Call of the Forgotten series before the Iron Fey. Altogether, I am super sad this world has ended and I won't get to visit with Razor or Grimalikin or Ash or Meghan. :(...more