While reading: I know! First I'm reading a de la Cruz novel (which after Blue Bloods I swear I would never do), and I'm reading the most chick-lit ofWhile reading: I know! First I'm reading a de la Cruz novel (which after Blue Bloods I swear I would never do), and I'm reading the most chick-lit of paranormal romance.
It's just such a trainwreck; I wanna see how badly its going to crash.
OMG what was that? And what kind of mashed up ending/climax was that? God, even the sexytime scenes were bad. And I thought they'd be at least the highlight for me!
Jesus. At least the show was a little bit more entertaining (though as crazy and ridiculous as this little slice).
God. Definitely, definitely a train-wreck of a novel. Interesting in the beginning, but then when they get into the details of how it all happened, all you wanna do is wash your mouth. And maybe your brain too....more
So I actually picked this up on a whim at Value Village (aka thrift store). Well to be honest I picked it up put it down picBravo little book, bravo.
So I actually picked this up on a whim at Value Village (aka thrift store). Well to be honest I picked it up put it down picked it up put it down and then settled it lovingly in my arms along with whatever else I was adopting that day.
And I'm really glad I did.
This book was like a cross between Beautiful Creatures, The Raven Boys, and Unspoken, but with the setting of Creatures (which is why you know I dug this book), a touch of Raven, and the atmosphere of Unspoken. Plus add some Revolution in there for spice (view spoiler)[and ghosts (hide spoiler)]. It also, strangely, reminded me of Charles de Lint's urban fiction in that the fantasy elements of The Splendor Falls were never as obvious to the real world as some of the titles above; which was something I really liked because it tied up things nicely, but also created a sensation of realism to a plot in which a teenage girl can fix/stop this dangerous thing, while preserving the feeling of isolation (a theme that resounds on every page of this book) we inevitably associate with the town Sylvia lives in during the course of the novel.
Basically, this novel actually felt realistic. It wasn't a fantasy with redemption/uncovering-the-past-and-therefore-yourself elements, but a story centered on Sylvie, her faults, courage, and heart with fantasy elements that help her change and accept herself.
While there were some parts of the book I didn't care for, (the ending was a bit rushed, I wish we could have gotten more answers about Sylvie's dad, and what was that epilogue???), I really did enjoy this little gem. It may not make it into my top 5, but I don't think it will be leaving my mind anytime soon. And I hope that is praise enough. 4-4.5/5
P.S. OMG I can't believe I forgot Gigi in my review. I loved Gigi. I'm seriously thinking of making a bookshelf just for awesome dogs because of her (similar to my sassy feline one). Of course only her and the Disreputable Dog would be on it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I actually read this book a few weeks ago. But being slightly more than a little weary of it, wasn't quite sure what to think of it. I mean I obviouslI actually read this book a few weeks ago. But being slightly more than a little weary of it, wasn't quite sure what to think of it. I mean I obviously liked it, at least according to my evidence: read in like a day, was wayyyy too involved in the romance, and was praising it internally for quite a few things.
But I had really, really, REALLY had issues with The Demon's Covenant and felt like I could never like this author because of it.
So I debated for like a week or two, maybe three. And, yesterday, started talked a friend about it, and how I was just weird about the whole thing. She just looked at me, and proceeded to clearly state it was pretty obvious I liked the book.
She was right. I liked it. The romance was swoon-worthy, the plot was fun, and there was a Nancy Drew/Veronica Marsish to it that made me happy. It could have maybe have been longer, but I tend to want everything to be longer (though not The Pickwick Papers at the moment). So yeah I liked the book, and maybe I even like Breenan again.