Since Kim (my friend, not the author) is no longer around to write her awesome reviews, I must step up with my own meager offering...
Holy Freaking CraSince Kim (my friend, not the author) is no longer around to write her awesome reviews, I must step up with my own meager offering...
Holy Freaking Crap! I was wondering how Kim (the author this time) was going to be able to wrap up all the rather important plot points in one book. You had vampires scheming about their souls, demons scheming about their own problems, the Elven Magic Goddess/Incarnation of Wild Magic scheming vengeance, and the elves scheming to screw over absolutely everybody else, with poor Rachel in the middle of it all. But damned if she didn't manage to pull it off (the author as well as the character). I found this to be a satisfactory conclusion to the whole series, with every major character having evolved in mostly positive ways. While the world of the Hollows is just as rich with story potential as ever, it is clear that Rachel's story has moved to a different level. She can quite happily not be in the world-saving spotlight any longer, and enjoy the quite different adventures that life has in store for her....more
All in all, a good introduction to a series I plan to continue reading. Only a few small stumbling blocks kept this from a four-star rating. I thoughtAll in all, a good introduction to a series I plan to continue reading. Only a few small stumbling blocks kept this from a four-star rating. I thought that some of the atmospheric elements (toy poodle infestations, specialty ammo for cheerleaders, and so on), while amusing, sort of fell on the "throw-away gag" side of the line. I acknowledge that it is tricky to find that balance, but these bits made me aware of the line, and so acted as little speed bumps in my reading. Minor technicalities, to be sure. I look forward to seeing where the series goes from here.
I particularly enjoyed the way the overlapping realms of Earth, High and Low Kingdoms was handled. ...more
This review contains a minor spoiler (namely, who the main character ends up with romantically). Not that it's much of a surprise, but you have been wThis review contains a minor spoiler (namely, who the main character ends up with romantically). Not that it's much of a surprise, but you have been warned.
This book disappointed me. I realize that, in 1997, the teen literature genre wasn't really established, and teen authors were feeling their way along. But this just didn't have the substance I was hoping for. And now, on to specifics:
The werewolf girl does not get the human "meat boy" she's been desperately in love with for most of the book, because nope, humans can't ever overcome their fear and hatred of the unknown and different.
The werewolf girl does end up with the jerky werewolf guy, because hey, maybe he's not so bad after all, and he can give her what she needs. Which is to say, sticking with her own kind.
The 'villains' of the piece are a dyed-in-the-wool psycho and young-and-stupid accomplice. Very few characters managed to catch my interest at all, and they didn't hold it for long.
Our main character's attitude of "I'm beautiful, all the other boys are panting after me, so why can't HE love me?" really grates on my nerves after a (short) while. Plus, she turns around and engages in exactly the sort of behavior she's been mocking her own mother for doing all along. Hypocrite much?
There were some positive points. I found the internal mythology of how the loup-garou came about, and the nature of their vulnerability to silver rather interesting. The overall setting and idea were decent. I just found the characters and execution a little disappointing.
In general, not a bad book, just not a good one for me. ...more
It is practically impossible to review this book without giving major spoilers, and I'm not willing to do that. So I'll just say this: A good author cIt is practically impossible to review this book without giving major spoilers, and I'm not willing to do that. So I'll just say this: A good author can take you from gut-wrenching despair to a soul-soaring "YES!" moment and then pull the ladder out from under you within a couple pages. Jim does so within a couple paragraphs, and then does it over again.
If you haven't read the Dresden Files yet, read them. Read them all so that you can read this.
Different parts of this book would get different ratings from me. It got off to a slow start, and some of the language was off-putting (yes, I can telDifferent parts of this book would get different ratings from me. It got off to a slow start, and some of the language was off-putting (yes, I can tell you're London tough guys, I don't need quite that many expletives to get it), so for the first 60 pages or so I was thinking 'two stars.' Then things started to pick up, and the middle was solid three-star territory, though the villain motivated by football (that's soccer to us colonial heathens) seemed faintly ridiculous to my American eyes. One thing that really caught my attention was the main characters' approach to the ooky-spooky world being revealed to them: they approached it as cops. Find the suspect, work the background (as weird as it is now), and nick them. The routine of police work is adapted quite handily to the paranormal, and helps keep the characters (relatively) sane.
By the end of the book, though, I was thinking four stars. The characters had engaged my interest (and most had revealed some intriguing facets previously unknown), the plot was zipping along, and I was invested in finding out how it would all end. In a blatant sequel hook, as it turned out, which I expected since I knew a second volume was on its way. A sequel that I am now interested in reading.
So the overall rating is a blend of the three parts. I have high hopes that the sequel, not needing all the setup, will be high quality all the way through. ...more