After Dragonhaven I was a little hesitant to read another of her books, but this is the Robin McKinley I know and love.
So there's this whole complicatAfter Dragonhaven I was a little hesitant to read another of her books, but this is the Robin McKinley I know and love.
So there's this whole complicated thing where basically the ruler of an area is called the Master, and he has a group of like 12 people with various kinds of powers who help govern and hold together the energies of the land and stuff like that.
The Chalice is kind of his right-hand woman, whose job it is to sort of gather the energies and calm things down and fix wells and put out fires and whatnot.
So the thing is that the previous Master and Chalice were suddenly killed, so the new Chalice is chosen without having had any previous training, and the new Master has to be called back from being a Fire Priest (long story) so no one really trusts them and they don't really know how to do their jobs but of course there's really no choice and they have to figure it out as they go along and also there are bad guys that need thwarting.
I liked the feeling of this story a lot; the Chalice is also a beekeeper and there are bees and honey around all the time which gives it an interesting sort of aura.
The ending was a little too "and-then-they-figured-out-how-to-fix-everything-hooray-the-end" but all in all I really enjoyed it. I'd like for her to write more in this universe....more
OK, so what we have here is your typical semi-futuristic teen fantasy/SF/romance set in Australia.
Basically, most people have a fairy (invisible, notOK, so what we have here is your typical semi-futuristic teen fantasy/SF/romance set in Australia.
Basically, most people have a fairy (invisible, not Tinkerbell-style) that helps them out with a particular thing. So you might have a always-finds-fabulous-clothes-for-cheap fairy, or a never-drop-anything fairy, or a parking fairy, like the main character whose name I've already forgotten.
She wants to get rid of the parking fairy because she is 14 and kind of dumb.
She also goes to a kind of crazy sports school where she plays cricket and basketball and there is a cute boy that she likes. But unfortunately there is this other girl whose fairy is an every-boy-likes-you fairy.
You can probably guess how it all turns out, but it was pretty cute....more
oh yes, so VERY many spoilers! and unladylike language, sorry.
p.1: god help me. Here we go.
p.8: yep, Edward is already "going overboard" protecting Beoh yes, so VERY many spoilers! and unladylike language, sorry.
p.1: god help me. Here we go.
p.8: yep, Edward is already "going overboard" protecting Bella.
p.20: Her parents think it's a good idea for her to marry this weirdo at 18? They never think ANYTHING is a good idea.
p.33: Vampire babies! creepy! in a good way.
p.72: I swear Bella never just goes anywhere, you always have to DRAG her like a toddler.
p.85: I think they just had sex!! OMG!!
p.86: now of course we have to suffer through pages and pages of Edward being "guilty" which means basically he is an asshole.
p.108: she MAKES him have sex with her again, on their HONEYMOON. What a slut.
p.121: oh, please no. Don't be pregnant.
p.123: God dammit.
p.124: The pregnancy is already showing??? huh?
p.132: Edward cold and furious for the 1985674th time
p.145: Jacob POV!
p.151: This whole thing with the imprinting on a two-year old is just so fucked up.
p.153: However, "I'd seen Quil play peekaboo for an hour straight without getting bored"--HAHAHA!
p.174: Oh, I get it, the vampire baby grows really really fast! And also: EW.
p.177: Edward racked with guilt for the 7893902057th time.
p.274: GAH! It broke her rib?? I am NEVER getting pregnant. Ever.
p.327: Haha, she wants to name it either Edward (of course) or..."Renesmee"? Really? No, really??? Oh please let it be a girl.
p.333: I hope we see this red-haired chick again; I like her.
p.350: OH MY GOD. I know I said "ew" before, but I truly had no idea. EW EW EW EW EW.
p.353: I am still horrified, but HAHAHAHA! RENESMEE!! Awesome.
p.354: Wow, I really didn't think she would actually have Bella become a vampire!
p.360: THIS HAD BETTER NOT BE WHAT I THINK IT IS, THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.
p.377: So apparently becoming a vampire feels like the worst torture imaginable, ever ever, but she's not going to scream because it might upset Edward.
p.405: Well, thank god she is able to find a flaw in her looks even though she's a goddesslike beauty now. It just wouldn't be Bella if she didn't hate herself.
p.409: Bella is the most gracefulest, loveliest vampire ever! She can even walk in heels now!
p.420: Really, she is THE MOST AMAZING VAMPIRE THAT HAS EVER EXISTED. Everyone is very impressed.
p.449: Oh lord, it WAS what I thought it was. Okay, so you are a teenage werewolf, and you form an unbreakable soul bond with the HALF-VAMPIRE DAUGHTER of the girl you have been in love with forever, who is ALSO now a vampire, and married to another vampire with disturbing rage issues, and you know you are going to marry this VAMPIRE BABY when she grows up (I suppose she doesn't have any choice in this), so how do you feel?
So what is going to happen to Leah now? I thought she and Jacob might end up together, but of course that wouldn't be DISTURBING ENOUGH, would it. Maybe she and her brother can get married or something.
p.463: Waitaminute. If Renesmee (heh!) is growing that fast, does that mean...? Probably she'll be married to Jacob in a couple weeks.
p.474: Bella is relieved that even though she's a vampire now, her "essential core traits" of being a killjoy and a whiner are still intact.
p.485: Hee! Edward is a much better musician than the rest of his family, because while he was practicing, and reading about science, and learning languages, they were too busy having sex all the time! For real! Because vampires never get tired, so they never have to stop! Awesome. Apparently they also can only have sex if they're married.
p.504: Coldly furious.
p.532: Coldly furious.
p.567: This entire series encapsulated in one sentence: "Wasn't shielding her more important than answering her questions?"
p.586: Wouldn't it make more sense to explain first, and THEN show them the vampire baby?
p.602: This whole thing about the different vampire powers is cool!
p.608: AWESOME. There is a fat vampire who is beautiful and the leader of her clan!
p.611: HAHAHA "someone is going to have to provide an index* (*see page 756)"
p.612: Huh. New word. "ferine" adj. Untamed; feral.
p.704: Coldly furious.
p.736: Oh good, so Renesmee should be able to get married by age seven and avoid the extra ten years of tedious waiting to be joined with her soulmate.
p.753: "No one's ever loved anyone as much as I love you." Yeah, yeah.
p.755: THE END. Okay, it started out pretty horrifyingly, but I enjoyed the last third or so. I still think Edward has no personality, but I guess that's what some people like.
And the red-haired girl never showed up again. Boo.
Oh, this was a good one. An awesomely creepy idea--what if a huge meteor hit the moon and knocked it lower in orbit? Well, a lot of messed-up shit, isOh, this was a good one. An awesomely creepy idea--what if a huge meteor hit the moon and knocked it lower in orbit? Well, a lot of messed-up shit, is what.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was that it just wasn't quite as good as How I Live Now, which , if you haven't read it, you need to stop what you're doing right this minute and go find a copy.
You know, I didn't actually hate this. When I got it in the mail to review, I kind of went "oh god, not some damn book about talking animals," but itYou know, I didn't actually hate this. When I got it in the mail to review, I kind of went "oh god, not some damn book about talking animals," but it was really pretty interesting. Definitely an easy read*, and clearly sets up a sequel, but a lot better than I expected.
If you're going to read one anthropomorphic-wolf novel this year, it should probably be A Companion to Wolves by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear, but if you have it in you to read another one, this wouldn't be a complete waste of time.
Oh and also, it has a blurb from Temple Grandin, so she must have gotten the wolf pack behavior stuff right.
*Also, for my teen librarian friends out there, this would be a great crossover book for YA readers. In fact, I'm not sure why they didn't just publish it as a YA novel in the first place. ...more
I was thinking about it, and I decided that what makes me like an author is when they are interested in the same things I'm interested in, and they spI was thinking about it, and I decided that what makes me like an author is when they are interested in the same things I'm interested in, and they spend a lot of time on those parts of the story. So I really liked all the anthropologisty parts of this book. (Did you know Ursula LeGuin's parents were famous anthropologists?) I think maybe I liked Voices slightly better, but I still really enjoyed this. It made me want to go back and read the first two again, since a bunch of people from those two show up at the end of this one....more
Agh. What is the point of any of this? Edward is so dull and controlling and creepy. I think even a seventeen-year-old would need more than unearthlyAgh. What is the point of any of this? Edward is so dull and controlling and creepy. I think even a seventeen-year-old would need more than unearthly beauty and a nice car to inspire this epic, world-ending love. Jacob is the only real character, and even he keeps forcing himself on Bella in unsettling ways.
The whole story is endless repetitions of
Character: I'm going to do X. Other Character: I will not allow it. Character: (does it anyway) Other Character: (is hurt) I TOLD you not to do that, but thank you. Character: See? I would NEVER do anything to hurt you.
with pretty much everyone in the book taking one role or the other at some point.
I'm still going to read the next one, but if she doesn't end up with Jacob I'm going to be VERY UPSET.