Jennifer Lynn Barnes is one of those authors that you know you'll going to love anything she writes! Well, at least that's the case for me. ;) While I...moreJennifer Lynn Barnes is one of those authors that you know you'll going to love anything she writes! Well, at least that's the case for me. ;) While I haven't read her Raised by Wolves books yet, I really enjoyed Every Other Day and think she's an incredibly talented writer.
The story is told in alternating chapters by Claire and Nix. While there are no chapter headers, the story wasn't hard to follow or confusing.
Claire is a sweet girl who has been overlooked her entire life. Thinking that it's her fault and if she only tried harder she wouldn't be ignored, it's amazing that she hasn't turned into an angry, bitter rebel.
Nix has been raised by an organization called The Society. Trained by scientists as an assassin because of his special ability, he's never known affection and has always been treated as a tool instead of a human. I actually felt sorry for him because of this, even though he kills people for a living.
Everything changes when Nix is sent to eliminate Claire, as Claire is the first person to actually "see" Nix. And he can see her. That's when things really start to get interesting!
Gave this one a 4/5 as I really enjoyed the characters and the whole idea of a Nobody! Reminded me a little of an old Buffy episode with the invisible girl, but there were enough differences to make it stand on its own. This one actually pulled me out of the reading rut I was stuck in, so thank you Jennifer!
Highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a great read with interesting characters and a good plot! Really loved the little twist towards the end, and hope that there may be a sequel somewhere down the road!(less)
Usually, I enjoy it when the author trusts us enough to throw us in the deep end of the pool and let us figure things out for ourselves. Not this time...moreUsually, I enjoy it when the author trusts us enough to throw us in the deep end of the pool and let us figure things out for ourselves. Not this time.
The first three chapters left me scratching my head, as they were three different POVs and plots. Started to get in the swing of things over the next few chapters, but the back and forth between stories did give me a little whiplash!
There are two main storylines: one with Dr. Smedley Klein and his robot Fenny, and the other with Neil investigating the theft of a secret government project.
Of the two stories, I enjoyed the one with the doctor and his illegal upgrades on Fenny a little more. Fenny had his own personality and was starting to think for himself, which made him a little harder to control. Got a kick out of the doctor reading the book Raising the Difficult Child! And Fenny would read while the doctor slept at night. How could you not love a robot that read fiction and studied philosophy?
Neil was an interesting character too. His parents had severed the two halves of his brain when he was a baby, so he was incredibly intelligent and could use both sides of his brain independently. He was sort of robot-like at times, but his wife kept him human.
Think that this one was a little too science fictiony for my tastes, and had a little too much detail for me. I tend to get a little bored if too much information is thrown at me, but did like the idea of someone logical like Nick being married to a psychic. I think science fiction fans would enjoy this one more than urban fantasy fans like me. (less)
Anthologies are one of my favorites, as they're a great way to discover new authors but doesn't require a huge investment in time. If you don't like o...moreAnthologies are one of my favorites, as they're a great way to discover new authors but doesn't require a huge investment in time. If you don't like one of the stories, it's short and you know that the next one will probably be better. All in all, I think they're a win-win!
Something unique about this collection is that its the first in a series of annual charity anthologies from Month9Books, and proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to YALITCHAT. What a fantastic idea! It's available in both physical and ebook format, so another win-win!
This collection has an unusual premise in that the stories are all retellings of old Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Have to admit that I've never heard of some of the rhymes, so was glad that the original verse was at the beginning of each story. Some worked better than others, and some of the stories had only the slightest resemblance to the original. Think that's always the danger with retellings.
Some of the standouts for me were Clockwork (Hickory dickory dock), Life in a Shoe (The old woman who lived in a shoe), Candlelight (How many miles to Babylon), The Well (Jack and Jill), and A Ribbon of Blue (Bunch of blue ribbons). The rest of the stories were okay, but these are the ones that stuck with me.
Really appreciated that the writing for all of the stories was well done. All of the authors are talented, it's just that not every story was to my taste. It's nice when everything in a collection is balanced, so all in all I think it's definitely worth adding to your collection! (less)