These stories were way too odd and convoluted for me. I was so confused for the majority of the stories that I was never able to really enjoy them. ByThese stories were way too odd and convoluted for me. I was so confused for the majority of the stories that I was never able to really enjoy them. By the time I would figure out what was going on, the story would end and I would be put in the middle of yet another confusing tale I had to struggle to understand. I'm not sure Lanagan is for me, but I'm still willing to give her another shot, perhaps with a novel of hers that has a beginning, middle and end. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I fell in love with the world that Falls created--I've always wondered what it would be like to live under the sea. Her deI really enjoyed this book. I fell in love with the world that Falls created--I've always wondered what it would be like to live under the sea. Her descriptions of subsea life were very detailed. I loved reading about the jellyfish-shaped homes and the various underwater activities/hobbies that the settlers did. It sounded like a place I would love to live at.
Ty was a great narrator. For some reason, I had been under the impression that he was twelve (maybe from reading a typo in a review?), and I was a little apprehensive about that because I don't usually read books narrated by someone that young. Needless to say, I was relieved to learn that he was actually a quite mature fifteen-year-old. Right away he meets up with a fifteen-year-old girl named Gemma who came from the Topside (what they call the tiny space of land left after much of earth fell into the sea) who was searching a deserted sub for her brother. A friendship immediately grew between them and they went through a number of adventures while searching for her brother and avoiding the Seablite gang (a group of outlaws that rob government ships, and lately, subsea settlers' homes). The novel was very action-packed and I loved every minute of it. There was also a surprising twist at the end that blew me away. I especially liked learning about the Dark Gifts. I won't spoil that part for you, but I'll just say that this first book is a very promising start to an interesting series. I'm really looking forward to the second book.
This books was a fun, fast, and entertaining read. It had a bit of a mystery story to it that I wasn'tThis is a first-reads win. Thank you, Goodreads.
This books was a fun, fast, and entertaining read. It had a bit of a mystery story to it that I wasn't expecting. I liked learning about the witch history and reading bits about the story of Ambika and the seven witch families. I wish the author had included more of this backstory, but she only included the tidbits that were important for Jane to know. It's interesting to note that though the summary of the book says outright that Jane's mother-in-law is a witch, that is something that Jane doesn't figure out until over halfway through the book. For the most part, Jane was concerned with finding ways to control her own powers that she had inherited from her own witch family, which she had just realized she was a part of in the beginning of the novel (the fact the Jane was a witch was never even mentioned in the summary in the Goodreads giveaways, so it was a nice surprise and a good twist to the story for me.)
(view spoiler)[In the first half of the book, I honestly couldn't see why Lynne was described to be so evil. She hd come across as controlling to me, someone who is used to getting what she wants, but I didn't find her to be particularly evil. However, Lynne eventually showed all that she was capable of in the last half of the book. While I had sympathized with her in the beginning, that certainly didn't last. Wanting desperately to carry on the female line and preserve the family's magic is one thing; trying to kill a woman in order to keep her plan in motion is plain evil, and Lynne just got worse and worse as the book progressed. Though, I do wonder if maybe most of Lynne's evilness actually stems from a mental breakdown she most likely suffered after losing her daughter. The book doesn't give any picture of what Lynne was like before she lost Annette, so I can't be sure, but I expect she wasn't born evil or even grew up evil but that her insanity and desperation makes her do evil things. (hide spoiler)]
The ending was left open, and I could see a sequel coming out of it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more