The writing is really good. I loved Wharton's take on New York high society in the 1870's.
But I hated the main character. I found him to be such a weThe writing is really good. I loved Wharton's take on New York high society in the 1870's.
But I hated the main character. I found him to be such a weak, jack ass that I couldn't for the life of me figure out why May would want to marry him or Countess Olenska would want to have a fling with him. I hated how condescending he was towards women (even his occasional thought that women should be free as men were to do as they please pissed me off, because he just thought he was so above his peers).
I remembered watching the movie when I was much younger, and I remember not liking his pompousness then, but I thought it wouldn't bother me as much now as I'm older and can better appreciate the pressure society put upon the characters... but nope, still hate Newland Archer. I felt that his love of Ellen was much like his love of May- shallow and completely based on his idea of who they might be in his imagination. Ellen fairs a bit better than May, but only because she remains unattainable.
I listened to the narration, which was mostly good. Except that the British narrator does a terrible American accent. Newland came out as Noland most of the time, and the word 'idea' came out 'idear' (there were other words that came out weird, but that one in particular came up a lot), I wish he'd just stuck with his native accent. ...more
This was a fantastic, thrilling audio to listen to, and I loved Annie. Which made for some rough times, because her character is kidnapped, raped, abuThis was a fantastic, thrilling audio to listen to, and I loved Annie. Which made for some rough times, because her character is kidnapped, raped, abused both physically and psychologically and the twists are brutal. I went into this one a little blind, and only had a vague idea of what it was about, which actually worked really well. But, if I'm being honest, I'm so glad I listened to this one on audio, otherwise I totally would have been ruining it for myself by flipping to the last page.
This is my second Chevy Stevens novel, but I can guarantee it won't be my last! ...more
My second time reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue, but the first time I've listened any of the series on audio. I loved Will Patton's narration, and I'm soMy second time reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue, but the first time I've listened any of the series on audio. I loved Will Patton's narration, and I'm so glad I refreshed my memory. I thought I had retained a lot, but I was super wrong.
Here there be spoilers:
I forgot about Gwendolyn (I could be spelling that wrong), and Persephone, and Neve, and the craziness that was Piper, Greenmantle's wife. I forgot how much I loved Jesse Diddley (sp?). I forgot the tension between Blue and Gansey- how the act of chewing mint leaves can be so charged when you literally can't kiss the person you most want to kiss.
I did remember that this was the book that finally made me really like Adam, whereas in the first two books I only tolerated him. I remembered fussy Mallory, and Gansey's cave freak out, and Greenmantle being darkly amusing.
I am so looking forward to The Raven King on April 26th. In the morning I'll be picking up my signed and doodle copies from Fountain Bookstore, reading feverishly until it's time to drive up to Northern Virginia to go to the kick off of Maggie Stiefvater's tour (and to get my special book hugger). So worth taking a day off from work!...more