Congradulations, Prince of Thorns, you are an even worse mash-up of worlds than Out of the Dark! And I thought that scifi/fantasy crap was fairly unbeCongradulations, Prince of Thorns, you are an even worse mash-up of worlds than Out of the Dark! And I thought that scifi/fantasy crap was fairly unbelievable.
But you, you are on a whole different post-apocalyptic, fantasy, wtfudgery level.
I mean, halfway in I thought maybe this is kind of a weird, unrealistic homagey feel to A Canticle for Leibowitz with the obvious apocalyptic references.
And then there were weird shaman things? Like an 80s fantasy novel... And references to possibly biblical events?
And I mean...what? Like what the eff? I don't even know what kind of world building you were going for book, but you did not convince me.
And neither did you characters. Wasn't a fan of your prince (Go away Jorg, no one cares), wasn't a fan of his minions (what the eff was with those weird descriptions at the beginning of each chapter? was that supposed to make me think about their characters? Cuz it really just made me facepalm a lot). Sort of liked the princess, until I realized she was actually drawn to Jorg, and didn't see his obviously puffed-up angsty attitude. And Jorg was just so self-absorbed, and not in a charismatic way (aka a la Scarlet O'Hara), that I could NOT stand him. I actually renamed my 'whiny heroines that piss me off' shelf just so I could include him.
I'm sorry book. I just don't get you. You seemed cool, your writing was decent, but you and I definitely not meant to be. Worst blind date ever....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
A lovely anthology of Carroll's work (previously only online). While I love her art and style, her stories do, often, leave me hanging, wondering, andA lovely anthology of Carroll's work (previously only online). While I love her art and style, her stories do, often, leave me hanging, wondering, and wishing I'd get more answers. The mark of a good writer I suppose....more