Three manuscript notebooks describe horrors witnessed by a twelve year-old monstrumologist's assistant in late nineteen-century New England. OrphanedThree manuscript notebooks describe horrors witnessed by a twelve year-old monstrumologist's assistant in late nineteen-century New England. Orphaned Will Henry works for Dr. Warthrop, a driven, half-mad scientist who studies what the rest of us would call monsters. Late one night, a frightened grave-robber brings the corpse of a nightmare he discovered during his dark work, leading to a story of the discovery of and fight against an ancient man-eater, the Anthropophagi--a creature with no head and a mouth in its chest, believed by most to be a mere myth. Horror ensues as the doctor and his assistant become both hunter and prey.
I was surprised that the story revolved around this single monster from ancient literary sources, one that most people don't even know nowadays. Yancey does not shy away from grizzly scenes and bloody violence. At times, the story dragged to me, but I think it was due to the gothic literary genre in which he is working, so I found it forgivable. This is a dark adventure that probes the depths of human evil and morality. ...more
After a friend dies in a mysterious, suspicious fire, Luce goes from being a scholarship kid at an elite private school to being a highly monitored peAfter a friend dies in a mysterious, suspicious fire, Luce goes from being a scholarship kid at an elite private school to being a highly monitored perpetual suspect at a reform school. Now Luce is constantly under the watchful eye of security cameras, and surrounded by dangerous classmates, among whom is attractive, distant Daniel. Although he is rude to her and makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her, Luce can't help but feel that she knows Daniel from somewhere. However, finding out where that is could change everything she knows to be true, and put her in grave danger.
Fallen felt like a mixture of Twilight, Evermore, and Hush, Hush. The story was far from original, but will probably appeal to people who cannot get enough of the recent crop of YA fiction.
The good: I love the cover. I think it perfectly captures what the author was going for, and really intrigued me initially. Also, I was fairly happy with Luce's character. She may be a bit confused, but she doesn't do as many obviously stupid moves as Ever in Evermore. I also really liked some of the supporting characters, particularly Arianne and Penn.
The bad: I felt like Daniel was a bit of a one-dimensional character. Kate makes clear the reason that Luce is so drawn to him, but it didn't motivate me, personally, as a reader. I would have liked to have seen more character development on his part. I also thought that the author took a bit too long to get to the meat of the story. I actually might have liked a book just about life at Sword & Cross minus the paranormal aspect, but felt that it lingered a bit too much for what the book was trying to be.
All in all, Fallen was a fun read and will have great appeal to fans of this genre. However, readers should not expect an original story....more
I felt frustrated with this book for two main reasons. The first is that nothing is really resolved from the last book. The plot advances by introduciI felt frustrated with this book for two main reasons. The first is that nothing is really resolved from the last book. The plot advances by introducing more characters and more problems. The second issue I had was that Ever, the main character, continuously makes terrible choices, even when she has people giving her good advice. Every time she had to make a decision, it seems like she made the opposite of what I would have done. It made it really hard for me to relate to her or to feel sorry for her plight. I'll continue to read the series to see where it ends up, but this one just didn't do it for me....more
After three years of trying to forget about him, trying not to think about where he might be, Daniel Kalbi reappears in Grace Divine's life. Suddenly,After three years of trying to forget about him, trying not to think about where he might be, Daniel Kalbi reappears in Grace Divine's life. Suddenly, the perfect world of the pastor's daughter starts to crack. Her brother, who is normally saintly, starts to have violent mood swings. Her parents are fighting. And the Markham Street monster, who had left mutilated bodies of both people and animals in the past, appears to have come back. Are these events somehow related to Daniel's return? What dark secrets are being held back from Grace by everyone she loves?
The Dark Divine was nothing like I had expected, in a good way. The book follows a path that I didn't think it would, but it does it well. I don't want to give away too much, since I'd like other readers to be surprised like I was. One thing I really appreciated in this book was that the bad-boy love interest had real depth. Compared to some other rebellious male characters of late, I could really see why Grace cared about Daniel. He was a complex character with a sympathetic back story.
This book asks its readers to think about some mature topics. There is an overarching theme of forgiveness. How many wrongs can somebody commit before you are able to forgive them? How much of your own pride are you able to swallow to make things right? Other issues brought up are child abuse, underage drinking, and harmful rumors. There is also an element of danger, and a bit of action to boot. Despain leaves the ending open to a future sequel, so hopefully there will be one. ...more