What would you do if you were given magical pills that allowed you to visit a younger version of yourself, and in doing so, see the person you love moWhat would you do if you were given magical pills that allowed you to visit a younger version of yourself, and in doing so, see the person you love most one last time? What would you do if you could warn them of upcoming events and thus save the life of the love of your life? This is more or less what is explored in Seras-tu là?.
Elliot Cooper is an accomplished 60 year old surgeon who is generally happy with his life but wishes more than anything else that he could see Ilena just one more time. When that opportunity arises, things start to get interesting. When the younger Elliot and the older Elliot meet and their goals clash, things get complicated.
This book not only makes you believe in second chances, it reaffirms the belief that every action has a consequence, and that sometimes the way things turn out dictate the person you become. I really enjoyed the examination of friendship and how it evolves over time, and also the ongoing moral dilemmas of the protagonist. That being said, the writing wasn't stellar, and occasionally veered into the territory of kitchy and melodramatic. Overall however, it was a good read. ...more
What initially drew me to this book was it's pretty cover. I loved the typographical design with numbers, a play on the protagonist Rumi's love of matWhat initially drew me to this book was it's pretty cover. I loved the typographical design with numbers, a play on the protagonist Rumi's love of math. That being said, the book itself was just ok.
The premise of the story was good, exposing the differing points of view of teenage math prodigé Rumi growing up in Wales, with that of her traditional Indian parents. I enjoyed the glimpses into their opposing psyches, but I found these rather superficial and not developed sufficiently. My favourite parts were when Rumi describes her trips to India. During those sections I felt the tone and writing was more alive and engaging. I enjoyed the ending, but for all the leading up towards it, I felt it could have been drawn out and elaborated a bit. It felt too short and sweet... just when I was starting to really enjoy the story. ...more
A fairytale for all fairytales. Wildwood Dancing is an imaginative spin on the classic Frog Prince story and the tale of the Twelve Dancing PrincessesA fairytale for all fairytales. Wildwood Dancing is an imaginative spin on the classic Frog Prince story and the tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. Set in Transylvania, the author gives a new twist to the traditional fairytale setting by incorporating folklore from the region, which makes the story both refreshing and utterly enchanting.
The characters were sympathetic and rich, the pacing spot on, and the plot was engaging. A wonderful heroine, an evil cousin intent on controlling everything, a magical Other Kingdom complete with a cunning witch, a visiting group of Night People, and an ensemble of friendly beings, makes Wildwood Dancing a wonderful reading experience.
As Draguta would say : "Be careful what you wish for, nothing comes without a price." Well I couldn't have asked for a better reading experience, and the price was a few hours less sleep as I found myself having difficulty putting the book down. ...more