Ok, I loved the Shiver books, but this is something else all together. While Shiver was slow and sweet, this book is fast-passed and sharp-edged. Ther...moreOk, I loved the Shiver books, but this is something else all together. While Shiver was slow and sweet, this book is fast-passed and sharp-edged. There are some truly gory bits, which make the gentle scenes all the more stunning and powerful.
Not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomached.
One of the reasons I love this book is because the romance is not the point of the story. It's there, and it's very touching at times, but it feels like a natural progression of the story, not the end in itself. You're not wondering "will they end up together?", you're wondering "will they both make it through this alive?"
If you tried Maggie's other books and thought they were a bit too slow, or a bit too, well, girly, don't be afraid to give this book a try. It's a completely different experience, and I think Maggie's really hit her stride.(less)
This was such a touching story, really a modern fairytale...dark and grim in places, but with a great lesson at its core, and some really strong and b...moreThis was such a touching story, really a modern fairytale...dark and grim in places, but with a great lesson at its core, and some really strong and believable characters. Also a really good take on the Green Man legend.
It's the story of Conner, who's mother is in treatment for cancer, and the denial and guilt he feels over her illness. Connor is haunted by a giant tree monster, which seems at once sympathetic and terrifying. But as imposing as the monster is, it's got nothing on the other monster haunting Connor, the one in his reoccurring nightmares.
This book is just...wow. It hits close to the heart, without being sappy. It's very real. Even when a giant yew-tree-monster is tearing down Connor's bedroom and leaving berries all over his room in the morning.
The illustrations throughout this book really made it for me, and supported the story perfectly. Even when they weren't really pictures of anything—just scenery tracing the bottom of the pages, or nearly-abstract forms bleeding into the margins—they set the tone perfectly. And the full illustrations were nothing short of breathtaking. They're sometimes beautiful and sometimes unsettling, but either way, they're unforgettable.(less)
When I first read this book a year ago, I couldn't wait to reread it. Literally the second I turned the last page, I looked forward to starting it aga...moreWhen I first read this book a year ago, I couldn't wait to reread it. Literally the second I turned the last page, I looked forward to starting it again. So when the sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight, came out, I was ready to dive back into that world. And I have to say, the second read-through was just as satisfying as the first.
Some books are less interesting the second time through, especially books that have a mystery woven into them. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is the opposite. Knowing the mystery just makes the story all that much more interesting, because this time you know what to look for.
Once again, I was struck by how gorgeous the language is. However, now that I wasn't so focused on trying to solve the puzzle of who Karou was, I was also able to notice some flaws. No book is perfect, and I found that this books greatest strength is also its greatest weakness; the descriptions are gorgeous, but sometimes there is too much describing and too little experiencing. It doesn't change my top rating of the book, but it makes me really excited to read the sequel, because I love watching authors grow with each book they write.
This book as sort of two stories to in, one in the present, and one in the past. You really don't discover that past story until the last forth of the book. I can't wait to find out how all the characters react in the sequel; how all the consequences fall together.(less)