I was totally expecting to hate this book. The cover alone was a red flag...But I kept seeing it at book stores, it seemed to stand out to me so I tho...moreI was totally expecting to hate this book. The cover alone was a red flag...But I kept seeing it at book stores, it seemed to stand out to me so I thought 'Let's see why fate wants me to read this damn book' and I bought it. Then I left it on my shelf for ages before picking it up again.
Who is Ilona Andrews? All her books have looked so shitty so I never tried them but now I must buy all of them!
I was four pages into the book laughing out loud and knew I had made a new friend in this author.
Funny, charming, interesting, great side characters from all spectrums of gray, intelligent approach to high magic and rural magick, seemingly predicable plot but not, ect, ect.
The main character is my guilty pleasure in strong female leads; she is loyal, all suffering, all sacrificing, emotionally approachable, socially jaded. I fell for this type of leading lady in the Korean drama “Thank You” and got to experience another great character like that in this book.(less)
At first this seems like a coming of age story, but it becomes clear it is more of a 'coming into yourself' story. Tatiana, the main character, is an...moreAt first this seems like a coming of age story, but it becomes clear it is more of a 'coming into yourself' story. Tatiana, the main character, is an intelligent and sweet girl, but she is also shy and seems a bit overshadowed by her siblings. She is entering the part of her life where she has to find herself as an adult, but at the same time she finds she isn't all that human either. The story's sub-text is about taking care of the Earth, but on a personal level it can be about the dichotomy between one's own Campbell-esque layers of self.
This book is not plot driven nor does it obey the traditional rising-falling-action form of story telling. The story is about the characters; Tatiana and those around her. It’s a more personable book than other fantasy novels of this ilk. For some, that might be a problem, but I enjoyed it. We don't need more books about 'magic being real' or a Captain Planet novelization, but we need more books with realistic and lovable characters; like this one.
The theme of the book, Captain Planet refrences aside, is about the Earth. How we are killing it and a sympathetic approach to it from perhaps it's own paradigm. There is a lot of attention on Global Warming right now and it has inbeded itself in all forms of entertainment in an attempt to sway others to do more to be green. Unlike other attempts, the book isn't preachy or too heavy handed. There is enough here to get the point across and yet still be an entertaining fantasy novel. You don't feel like you are reading a pamphlet from the offices of Al Gore, you are reading a fleshed out and rich fantasy novel.
The book begins with the death of Tatiana's parents but it is such a sudden and quick covering of the topic that it doesn't really hit home. The death of her brother, Isaac, is what really brings the most emotion in the book. He was a character you immediately rooted for and the relationship between Tatiana and himself is so endearing that you can't help but find Tatiana even more of a sympathetic character. Luckily, Issac becomes such an integral part of the story that you don't just have to write him off, so to speak (which results in an enthralling twist).
The relationship with Tatiana has with Adam is sweet and well timed out. By the time the truth comes out about him you are already deeply invested in his character.
All and all it is a great book and has wonderful cover art to accompany it. It's worth the buy.(less)
I can't say much about this book without sounding like I'm gushing. It's honestly perfect. Original, well written, well executed, great 3-dimensional...moreI can't say much about this book without sounding like I'm gushing. It's honestly perfect. Original, well written, well executed, great 3-dimensional characters, sweet, sad, funny, clever, and surprising. It's the type of book that ruins whatever you read next, because next to this it'll seem frivolous and silly (Unless it's H.P Lovecraft, he's good for every mood)(less)
The leading lady is a paranoid schizophrenic with personal space issues because of being molested as a child. I've never read a book where the main ch...moreThe leading lady is a paranoid schizophrenic with personal space issues because of being molested as a child. I've never read a book where the main character had so many intense and debilitating issues...It's fantastic! (less)