You might remember that the four installments that make up The Golden Key Chronicles gave me upteen sleepless nights earlier this year. Well I'm pleasYou might remember that the four installments that make up The Golden Key Chronicles gave me upteen sleepless nights earlier this year. Well I'm pleased to say that the first book of its sequel series is shaping up to be much the same.
After wooing us with Prince Caedmon in the first series, now we have a reversal and a modern-day hunk as the love interest. Happy to report that Rhys is equally as swoonsome, especially if you're in to the more 'alpha' males! Faedrah is charming, her confusion with the 'modern world' done well and with a light-touch, her innocence chiming well with worldly Rhys!
LOVED seeing all our old favourites in their happy middle-age (and pleased to see Rowena and Caedmon are still at it like rabbits!) and WHAT A HORRID CLIFF-HANGER. Can't wait until The Sacrifice arrives on my Kindle and I can continue the ride......more
Definite book hangover. Can I call this story "magical" when there's no magic in it? Maybe it's because of the focus on the magic of every day life, tDefinite book hangover. Can I call this story "magical" when there's no magic in it? Maybe it's because of the focus on the magic of every day life, the things we take for granted, the things that lie beneath the veneer of it all.
I love these "puzzle piece" books - when done well anyway, and this most definitely was. Standalone stories with standalone characters, but somehow together they reveal the whole. Put me in mind of Cloud Atlas or A Visit From the Goon Squad but far more skillfully interwoven and deftly handled. Jumping between threads and past and even-further-past and present and future, but not once did I get lost or confused. Moving and thought-provoking, perfectly paced. This is "grown up" dystopia and very fine it is too. I only wish there had been more of it....more
2.5 stars. I struggled with this. I actually started reading it months ago - twice - and put it down each time. When I picked it up for the third time2.5 stars. I struggled with this. I actually started reading it months ago - twice - and put it down each time. When I picked it up for the third time I knew for sure that it wasn't just that I wasn't in the mood for a slow-burn depressing domestic mystery, and forced myself to finish.
It's not bad. It's very accomplished for a debut and there are instances of breathtaking prose. The structure is clever and handled admirably; I didn't get lost or confused as to where we were in the Before or After once. But the structure itself causes fault - it means that you lose all tension or anticipation with the Before scenes, as you know from reading the interspersed After scenes that all these red herrings are exactly that, and lead nowhere, as Naomi is still missing over a year later. And the After scenes, well, they are just Jenny sitting in a cottage, thinking to herself, painting - hardly gripping.
I just didn't connect or care, and that was what made it a slog. Nothing rang particularly true - and I know I'm not a GP or a mother of three teenagers, but still. All the characters are odious pricks. The ending was a bit eye-rolly, right when I wanted it to pack the sort of punch that would have made it a solid three-star read. It never got there.
So, all in all, a bit of a disappointment. But it does sit better with other readers, and if you're interested by the blurb and an aficionado of the genre, certainly don't be put off by my review!
I already knew that Beth Revis was a beautiful writer and wrote sci-fi with a fantasy soul very, very well. Stunning turn of phrase, relate-able charaI already knew that Beth Revis was a beautiful writer and wrote sci-fi with a fantasy soul very, very well. Stunning turn of phrase, relate-able characters, swoonsome guys and one of the most vivid dystopian worlds to ever be constructed in just one average-length book (there are ties in with the Across the Universe series, but only if you know to look for them).
I went into THE BODY ELECTRIC not knowing very much and I think that's absolutely the way to do it. It's also the reason I won't go into the synopsis here (the blurb should be more than enough to whet your appetite...). Fast-paced with short chapters, the book flew by. Although, speaking of pacing, I was left with the feeling that nothing happened for a long time and then suddenly, wham, ALL THE THINGS are uncovered and we go at rollercoaster speed all the way to the end. The ending too felt slightly abrupt, but it's so refreshing to get a standalone that I can forgive that.
I think THE BODY ELECTRIC will end up being one of my Books of 2014 and I should definitely get a paperback for my collection!...more
A lovely, graceful, solid story that crept up on me and that I can't review in close detail for fear of spoiling the experience for others. FollowingA lovely, graceful, solid story that crept up on me and that I can't review in close detail for fear of spoiling the experience for others. Following the relationship, marriage and fertility issues of Luke and Lucy Harte, PIECES OF YOU is a sad-but-uplifting and terribly honest look at how even the closest of pairings can be pushed somewhat out of shape. Luke's terrible accident and unchanging coma throws up memories and dramas and requisite secrets and Lucy, neck-deep in terrible grief, must face it all.
With a brilliantly drawn protagonist in Lucy and a great cast of supporting characters, this book is just the ticket if you're in the mood for something contemporary and bittersweet....more