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.
I was surprised how much I ended up liking this prequel to the Madoka Magica series. I mean its not The original clearly, but it does provide a surpriI was surprised how much I ended up liking this prequel to the Madoka Magica series. I mean its not The original clearly, but it does provide a surprising amount of depth to some of the characters and features a storyline I like.
Prophecies are my weaknesses at times. So is foretelling.
It's nice to see a lot of Mami and more of the gentler Kyouko that only appears near the end if the anime. Seeing Kyouko's interactions here with Yuma definitely helped me understand more her relationship with Sayaka later on as its clear, from the anime at any rate, that Yuma is no longer going to exist one way or another. In many ways Kyouko's interactions towards Yuma, her caring for her and her wish to protect her, provide the best context for which to understand her personality and actions within the anime.
It also makes her failure with Sayaka so much more tragic as she becomes yet another person the Kyouko cannot save. She sees Kyouko as Yuma, and perhaps that's the worst part of it all. There's failure and love all mixed up in there along with emotional displacement and pure, undeniable loneliness.
And yes I'm going to use this argument for all further discussions of the "pairing".
Don't you dare get me started in that people. This is a series about friendship, deep friendship I'll grant you, but it never crosses the line into sexual love of any kind. Lets be clear on that.
All in all, I really liked this. It was intriguing to read about the others and their backstories, considering we see so little of them in the anime, and was a nice little manga that made me long to watch the series all over again. 4-4.5/5...more