It's not often that you find such a complex book that weaves mystery with historical facts and setting. The book was unbelievably atmospheric, nothingIt's not often that you find such a complex book that weaves mystery with historical facts and setting. The book was unbelievably atmospheric, nothing ever makes you doubt the time in which events are happening. Set in the 1940s, this rich tale is written in gorgeous prose and incorporates so many unexpected turns, that I was quite shocked at its resolution.
Evie is a young, naive girl who needs to get some experience into her life, just when her stepfather returns from WWII. They take a trip and she falls in love, and then you'll be so confused and expectant, that you'll need to finish it right away. For me, the first half of the novel felt slow and rather pointless at the time, but then it surprised me so much, that I ended up loving the second half.
A story that brings out and makes you ponder how much you can actually know a person, and how much you can affect their lives. It's so frustrating, or it was to me, thinking about how, when you really think about it, you cannot know what happens--what really happens-- when you're not present. How a lie, a simple lie, can change things and change people. Really, the plot was brilliantly though-out.
Overall, it was a graceful and emotional book about choices that will envelop you in its post-war setting....more
Whoa!!! This was so strange and weird. I feel so torn and confused. Believe me, I see the whole kidnapping thing in a very different shade now. I dontWhoa!!! This was so strange and weird. I feel so torn and confused. Believe me, I see the whole kidnapping thing in a very different shade now. I dont know if that's good or not.
First of all... *sigh*. Second... Talk about guilty pleasure! And third... Well, if you thought you liked Sam, wait til you meet Cole... um, yeah, SamFirst of all... *sigh*. Second... Talk about guilty pleasure! And third... Well, if you thought you liked Sam, wait til you meet Cole... um, yeah, Sam who?
I wish I could come up with enough praise to complement her writing. But I'm not Maggie, so if you want to find out how fantastically inspiring she writes you're gonna have to read her books. Look, seriously, she could write about aliens who become vampires but in fact are fallen angels, and I would loyally read without hesitation. And the fact that she writes about Cole just makes it all the better.
If you read Shiver (which you should because this one cannot stand alone) you might be wondering what else could happen in Sam and Grace's dramatic existence. They meet Cole. Cole St. Clair is the hottest, most famous teen rock-star of the decade (drugs included) and was just bitten by Beck.
This time the story alternates between four points of view: Sam, Grace, Isabel and Cole, which was a little confusing but really enjoyable. It allows the reader to get to know these new characters thus becoming main parts of the story. While Grace and Sam are somewhat plain and boring characters (I love them, but they are), Isabel and Cole are the spark or the malice that was necessary for this book to be interesting. While I did love Shiver I knew that if she wanted to keep her slow poetic pace she needed someone like Isabel to step up and inject some fun into it. It totally worked, and even though the story lacked action and the pace was slow, the character development and again, the writing, kept me involved the whole time. I highly recommend this series.
Overall, a wonderful sequel to a wonderful book. I cannot wait for the next one! ...more
Generally, one can't write high fantasy unless you are an exceptionally talented writer. It needs too much precision of language and plot development.Generally, one can't write high fantasy unless you are an exceptionally talented writer. It needs too much precision of language and plot development. It needs a smooth and layered world-building. It needs surprises and shocking plot twists. Melina Marchetta is one in a million. She can write high fantasy as good as she can write realistic fiction, and that is VERY high praise since Jellicoe Road is probably my favorite book in the world.
High fantasy is like my weak point. It's where my rules and preferences change. Pace can be slower if you shower me with beautifully written words. Descriptions can be long and detailed if I need to visualize the world. And so on. Finnikin of the Rock was one of those books you want to crawl into. Those that draw you in and blur the real world. The characters were deep and complex, the plot was intricate and passionate, and the magical factor was originally engaging. The conflicts of their world will resonate and be painfully thought-provoking.
If you've read Jellicoe you know that one of Melina's greatest gifts is making little things count. Small details or connections between characters that make you sigh. Also, her spot-on romances. No mushy-wooshy cheesiness. Just heart-pounding romance. The best kind.
The search for identity, the need to belong somewhere, the longing for a lost home, the struggle to understand human nature are all themes that intertwine with the adventure and battles and faith struggles that are the spine of this novel. As rich in its prose as it is rich in everything else, this book will please fantasy readers of all ages.
Fans of Kristin Cashore and Cinda Williams Chima will absolutely love this one. Since I read it first and then listened to it, I can assure you that the audiobook is just as magical as the written form.
"Be prepared for the worst, my love, for it lives next door to the best."
“Because without our language, we have lost ourselves. Who are we without our words?” ...more
Okay, so this book and I did not connect... at first. It was so weird, and I'll try to explain the best I can. It starts off with this hateful snob whOkay, so this book and I did not connect... at first. It was so weird, and I'll try to explain the best I can. It starts off with this hateful snob who thinks she's better than everyone, spitting out cuss words for no reason, and acting as childish as a teen can act, thus contradicting all her supposed utter intelligence. Then she's told she's a duff, which basically means she the ugly, fat one in her posse, and she starts having delirious self-esteem issues while dealing in the worst possible way with her family's crisis. Not a book for me, right?
Here's where it gets interesting: I wanted to stop reading, I wanted to sincerely say I did not enjoy this read. But it was like a bad gossip... you can't stop yourself from wanting to hear it. You know you shouldn't, but geez, it's just such good gossip material! From a certain point on, I was glued to the book til the very last page. I know this is totally contradicting, but what can I say? Definitely a very, very guilty pleasure. I could totally relate with Bianca when she says she's ashamed of secretly watching Gossip Girl. That's how I felt reading this. Like I should hide it from my smarter self, if that makes any sense.
The book includes explicit sex, constant cussing, meaningless underage sex, parental abuse, etc. All issues that would normally draw me in, but they were taken in such a bubbly brain-dead way, that it was just annoying. And yes by annoying I mean I kept helplessly reading because I needed to know what happens and just ended up enjoying the whole thing. I'm probably not making any sense, but that's how I felt. The plot was probably the high point.
For those of you who just love a guilty pleasure, and like me, enjoy reading about friends with benefits, you might like this one. ...more
This book is heart-tearing awesomeness. A dark, harsh, raw and powerful story of abuse told from a impeccably done male pov. I barely have words for hThis book is heart-tearing awesomeness. A dark, harsh, raw and powerful story of abuse told from a impeccably done male pov. I barely have words for how much I loved this book. Because it's disturbing and vivid, and almost palpable. Every scene had so much more involved, so much emotion, so many back-conflicts. It's a story about what happens when you survive an abusive home. Very few books deal with the after. After the problem. After it all fell apart. After you got out. It was so hard to read while consciously trying NOT to put myself in Jace's shoes. (Yes, I had an abusive father.) It was very hard to see things through his perspective. Because you can perfectly understand everything that he does, even if you don't want to or don't agree with it.
I've always loved dark realistic fiction, and specially love blunt authors who don't sugarcoat hard issues. This is a dark learning experience that has the potential to stir up feelings you can't even place. The writing was absolutely wonderful and matched the depth and brilliance of the story and characters perfectly. Every single character felt unique and wonderfully multidimensional in an utterly realistic way.
Overall it's an outstanding piece of literature so graphic and well-done, so perfectly thought and developed, and with such a great story to tell that it needs to be widely read. ...more
Libba Bray is one hell of an author. This was just not a book for me. I was expecting to be entertained. I was expecting a laugh-out-loud sassy-smart sLibba Bray is one hell of an author. This was just not a book for me. I was expecting to be entertained. I was expecting a laugh-out-loud sassy-smart satire. Maybe along the lines of Bumped by Megan McCafferty, which I loved. Because, besides the outpouring praise, the premise was fascinating! Instead, this was over the top bubbly blended with over the top snark and an intricately boring plot in a failed attempt to criticize society. The few times I felt that the criticism on society was spot-on, I would get lost in the plot again. I just thought it was absolutely unrealistic, hard to keep up with, like, a gazillion characters that I didn't really care for. I kept zoning out during the whole book and forcefully dragging myself through it hoping to find somewhere the brilliant humor that I had heard it contained. The writing was undeniably Libba Bray, because it was great writing. I'm sad I didn't enjoy this. Overall, not a book for everyone....more
It's been a while since I cant finish a book. But I tried both, book and audio version, and it was just too boring and slow and empty. Big shame. WontIt's been a while since I cant finish a book. But I tried both, book and audio version, and it was just too boring and slow and empty. Big shame. Wont pick up the 3rd......more