I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.
I felt that the "magical" element of dream walking was something I haven't seen very much ofI received a copy of this book from a Goodreads Giveaway.
I felt that the "magical" element of dream walking was something I haven't seen very much of and was refreshing. I anticipate that future books in the series could have a lot of interesting plots. I also appreciated that the main character was mainly skeptical of magic-type things, and used a Holmesian approach to both the large and small mysteries in her life. That she was able to balance maintaining this and, after a proving period, her interactions with dream walking was wonderful to encounter.
Beyond that, it was well written, but very clearly YA in tone. I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if I were younger, which isn't something I typically say about YA books. To me this says a target audience of young teen has been well targeted which is a skill.
There was an interesting note to the rumour blog, but it really made me realize just how very much things have changed in the last decade, decade and a half in the lives of young adults. I've been a technology forward person that whole time, even when I was a younger teen myself. (I'm 27) And yet there was still a level of unsettling-ness for me about how natural this element has become- at the main character's age, I was a bit of an oddity at my school for maintaining a blog and putting so much of myself online, and now it's deemed not only normal, but required in teen life in many cases.
The first couple of chapters did feel a bit slow to me at this point in my life, and the main character's disposition as well as that of her sister felt reinforced a bit too much. There's a possibility that this impression has more to do with having taken a break from reading a lot of YA, though. ...more
I admit, I'm quite fond of the marriage of convenience trope. It is a favorite of mine. Here, we have a strong tempered heroine-fun and temper filled.
I admit, I'm quite fond of the marriage of convenience trope. It is a favorite of mine. Here, we have a strong tempered heroine- and a hero who neither wilts before her nor overpowers her in that regard. He also seems to have a caring, altruistic streak that is more prominent. The plot was decent, and the romance portion slow enough a build giving the context.
I'll also note that there's a decent amount of action proper here, more than I thought when realizing which of the friends the book was following. It leaves me curious as to the action levels for the sequel.
For me the only downsides were discomfort at certain ethnic language (though fairly period and genre appropriate) and a bit discomfort at one of the sex scenes being a bit more forceful (consent implied not given) than I'd prefer, though didn't seem an issue for the heroine. There were one or two spots where the whole agonizing over confessing emotions was a tiny bit much even for me, but that could be a preference thing. ...more
Milan has certainly given her hero and heroine difficult emotions to wrestle beyond those for each other in this book. Though verylovely and emotional
Milan has certainly given her hero and heroine difficult emotions to wrestle beyond those for each other in this book. Though very different, their past traumas- one at the hands of an emotionally abusive father, the other at the hands of a selfish father and cruel society- allow for them to both sympathize and to dig each other out of despair. Certainly a good match.
The political background was also important and a driving setting. Milan goes farther than many at suggesting the reforms that would eventually change England. Instead of resting heavily on the nostalgia of aristocracy as many in the genre do, Milan instead leans on what will and what could be, containing more a note of feeling a need for justice in unjust times without dragging the reader into a Dickinsonian despair.
Any further details would simply spoil you, and I encourage you to read it yourself. I am certainly looking forward to obtaining other books in the series....more
I'm actually in this book, so I'm going to refrain from an in depth review- please read this and rec it to your friends, family, teachers, and co workI'm actually in this book, so I'm going to refrain from an in depth review- please read this and rec it to your friends, family, teachers, and co workers. The essays from my fellow autistics are incredibly important to help you get a good sense of what it is to live an autistic life in this world....more