From reading Kling’s other novel, Sea, I knew that Paint My Body Red would be beautiful and suffused with emotion. And it didn’t disappoint. The writiFrom reading Kling’s other novel, Sea, I knew that Paint My Body Red would be beautiful and suffused with emotion. And it didn’t disappoint. The writing was nice, the characters were real and deep, the storyline was so, so intriguing. The only thing that I didn't like (which is the reason why I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5) was there was too much usage of the f-word for my tastes (and a little bit of sexual content). But, that is just me, and it didn’t necessarily take away from the story. Sometimes I felt the swearing fit the characters—I guess—but I still didn’t care for it. However, that was the only bad thing for me. The rest of the novel was good.
For most of the novel, I could not stop reading. I was so anxious to find out the truth, find out what really happened to Paige and what happened with Ty. Ty was a mystery, and I wanted so much to find out more about him. That’s part of the reason that kept me reading. Ty was such a broken character and he needed love, but he just went searching in the wrong place for it.
I really liked the set-up of the story. It’s told in the now of Paige’s story, and then it goes into flashbacks of her past as she writes in her journal in an attempt to sort out what happened and to let her feelings out. I felt that this added depth to Paige’s story and allowed the reader to live what Paige went through. It was actually hard to read sometimes, as I found out bit by bit what Paige was going through. I felt her pain. This is one thing that I think Kling does so well. She really gets people and how people think, and so the emotions that her characters have feel real. And for me, even if a book isn’t written amazingly with beautiful writing and complex, intriguing plots, as long as it has the right emotion, I will love that book.
This book, however, didn’t lack in plot or character development or writing style. Basically it had everything good going for it. I particularly liked Jake and his charm and honesty. He was what Paige needed. He helped show her what real love could be like. That was a beautiful romance, definitely not without its trials, but, I think trials help make something beautiful and stronger. A lesson exemplified through Paige as she found her own strength and courage and love for herself.
This book was such a great read. I would recommend it to readers looking for a deeply emotional, haunting story that is so dense that it’s hard to read sometimes because it hurts, but that’s so intriguing you can’t put it down, and that is so beautiful because of its characters trying so hard to live and love.
*I would like to thank the publicist for Entangled TEEN for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a review!* ...more
When I first started reading this, the writing felt a little too formal for my liking. But as I kept reading, I found that the writing style fit the sWhen I first started reading this, the writing felt a little too formal for my liking. But as I kept reading, I found that the writing style fit the storyline so well, and I came to really like it. The book is a retelling of Scheherazade and the One Thousand and One Nights, so I feel like Johnston wrote in a way that would feel similar to the original tales and help create the setting of an Arabian-esque story. It also had a very poetic quality to it. I really liked one description in particular:
A great blue and boundless desert, that heaved under the wind and grew or shrank with the size of the moon. Creatures did live in it, underneath the surface, like our burrowing snakes and insects; but if a man drank from it, he went mad and died, the same as if he had tried to drink sand. -p. 63
The girl who tells the story is strong and brave. But she’s not without fear. She chooses to marry Lo-Melkhiin even though she knows she could die any day. I was really intrigued with her magic and how she wove it into reality by weaving real cloth and telling stories. And I really liked the chapters interspersed between her storytelling that were from some other character’s point of view. At first, I was a little confused about who it was. But then I realized who it was, and it started making sense, and I became even more interested in finishing the story. And I wanted more at the end! I wanted to see more of the real Lo-Melkhiin. But it still ended nicely. ...more