The colloquialisms are adorable (I've no idea how Libba Bray worked abs-...moreBe warned, newcomers to Libba Bray:
This is a long book. Like, 600 pages long.
The colloquialisms are adorable (I've no idea how Libba Bray worked abs-o-tute-ly, jake, heebie jeebies, and [insert word]-ski into her vocabulary, but I grin like a fool at the slang), but the plot is saturated with melodrama, and the romance is as dry as last week's toast.
Bleh. Last week's toast. That was some pretty horrible romance. It was the kind of setup where there's the triangles and the squares and the polygons, and then I'm just so excited for the chaos (yes, yes, sadism, masochism, pleasure from pain, yada yada. All's fair in love and war, you know.), and then Bray turns around and writes something like, "the thrill of his touch traveled the length of her arm, and this, too, she tried to ignore" (direct quote, by the way).
And thus, cue the rolling of the eyes. My eyes rolled so much that they got dizzy. No joke.
But before dedicated fans let their attack dogs loose, let me tell you that I liked Diviners a whole lot, sucky romance aside. Love was a minor thing, (after all, there was basically only one kissing scene), and the plot was fun and the characters were misguided and funny and stupid and awesome (except for when they were trying to kiss other characters), and Libba continued her amazing streak of hilarious author's notes and acknowledgements (seriously, read her author's notes and acknowledgements. They're the bomb dot com, and I don't use that bad slang lightly), even though she needs work on her love polygons (seriously, if you don't want to write romance, just write story. GOOD STORIES DON'T NEED ROMANTIC LOVE!! News flash: there are other kinds of love. Like family. And friends.)
You can tell that I really know when to let go of a grudge *cough*(less)
Very vanilla, which means that it's runs in the line of predictable young adult adaptations of classics a la Kody Keplinger.
Not that Kody was the fir...moreVery vanilla, which means that it's runs in the line of predictable young adult adaptations of classics a la Kody Keplinger.
Not that Kody was the first to rewrite classic literature into a fluffy romance sandwich. She's just the first one I came across.
The rules for this brand of writing is to use the "somebody does the right thing and finds the love of their life" plotline and write it into a 300 page romance novel -- using only simple English.
And if you really want to mix it up, you can have the lovers die at the end! (Or one of them can move really, really far away. If you don't like killing off characters.)
These novels are always iffy for me; I like them when I'm feeling lazy and don't want to hunker down with a thick, german-chocolate-cake 600 page novel. I want a fluffy-angel-food-cake that's easy to understand. And what it lacks in quality it will make up in it's transparency.
I haven't read steampunk in such a long time. Now I remember why I like it so much.
In lots of ways, Kady Cross' third book in the series is exactly w...moreI haven't read steampunk in such a long time. Now I remember why I like it so much.
In lots of ways, Kady Cross' third book in the series is exactly what I expected - same group, same villains, same couples. And in some respects I loathe this dependability, but I think it's also just what I needed. Many authors go out of their way to be different, but Cross writes steampunk. She's good at it - she keeps the suspense roiling and the plot clips at a steady pace - and I'm thankful that she keeps on writing.
This genre really isn't my area of expertise, but I like it for the intrigue, the romance, and the terror between man and machine and all things between. What I mean is that it's a good story - one that doesn't feel like a waste of time. There are no specific guidelines as to what makes a story worth one's time, but whatever they are, those are the stories worth reading. (less)
"I come from people who know how to draw things out. Annoy a Southern...moreVery amusing. You want proof? Okay.
"When I have a bad night, I look at my dogs."
"I come from people who know how to draw things out. Annoy a Southerner, and we will drain away the moments of your life with our slow, detailed replies until you are nothing but a husk of your former self and that much closer to death."
"Clearly, Jerome and I had a complicated thing going on. He told me scary Jack the Ripper facts, and I had the sudden need to make out with him."
Finally finished this sucker. For all the hype about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the last 50 or so pages took a surprisingly long amount of time to ge...moreFinally finished this sucker. For all the hype about Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the last 50 or so pages took a surprisingly long amount of time to get through. Or maybe I just had an unusually busy week.
This is a good book, but it didn't really make me freak out and go all crazy-person. Laini Taylor gives a fresh spin on the classic demons vs. angels, but it still feels sort of overused and this-is-my-side-that-is-your-side. The formatting of the story was pretty funky; Taylor dived right in and didn't provide a solid backstory until the very end of the book. Needless to say, I was a little peeved. I wish she delivered the backstory more gradually, like eating a chocolate bar one square at time versus shoving the whole thing in your mouth.
"The falling snow and the early hour conspired to paint Prague ghostly, like a tintype photograph, all silver and haze."
But I must say, Laini Taylor absolutely nailed the artsy aspect of this book. Karou is this girl with blue hair who goes to an art school in Prague. And the way that Taylor describes the city . . . *dreamy sigh*. And the creativity in Karou's art projects (especially the one with the marionettes) . . . *dreamier sigh*. Stuff like that makes me happy.
But this isn't a book about angels and demons and Prague and backstories (as exciting as those things may seem). Let's cut to the chase: this is a book about hope. Laini Taylor makes that pretty clear by dropping quote after quote after quote:
"Wishes are false. Hope is true. Hope makes its own magic."
"Hope can be a powerful force . . . When you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic."
Daughter of Smoke and Bone has a kind of theme with the ongoing stuff about hope. People who like paranormal books would probably like it. Good-ish book. It's worth it until the last 50 pages, at least. (less)