I was really absorbed in this in the beginning, but it soon became overlong and convoluted. It just got bogged down by too many plots and too many cha...moreI was really absorbed in this in the beginning, but it soon became overlong and convoluted. It just got bogged down by too many plots and too many characters. Also, by the end, most of the action has been done off-stage, with Bitterblue only hearing about it afterwards, making it boring as well. (less)
This book is okay just to have fun with. The plot isn't particularly unique, but it is intriguing. It has enough supernatural romance and modern teen...moreThis book is okay just to have fun with. The plot isn't particularly unique, but it is intriguing. It has enough supernatural romance and modern teen affairs to keep readers interested. The characters are strong, if a little stereotypical, and I look forward to see them progress later in the series. The writing itself needs a little work, for there was a lot of typos and grammar mistakes, but its easy enough to understand. This series has a lot of potential, and I believe it is better for vampire-loving girls than Twilight.(less)
I read the first three books in the Sevenwaters Trilogy (or series, now) a month or two ago. It wasn't until afterwards that I heard of this fourth bo...moreI read the first three books in the Sevenwaters Trilogy (or series, now) a month or two ago. It wasn't until afterwards that I heard of this fourth book. While part of me was excited to once again immerse myself in the land of Sevenwaters, I was wary. Whenever there is an unplanned additional book in the series, it is nearly never as good as the previous ones.
This one starred a character already mentioned in Child of the Prophecy: Clodagh, the third daughter of Sean and Aisling and the great-granddaughter of the original Sevenwaters heroine. Clodagh is described as the boring sister, the one content to stay at home and manage household affairs. Desperate to have a son, Clodagh's mother is pregnant once again, despite her advanced years. But there are also disputes going on between Sean and several other chieftains. Amongst the chaos, Clodagh's baby brother is kidnapped and replaced with something unhuman, but alive just the same. Clodagh, accompanied by a mysterious young man, knows what she must do: return the changeling to the Otherworld in exchange for her brother. The task is dire for if her brother is not returned, the entire Sevenwaters family will be torn apart.
My assumption that this installment wouldn't be as good as the previous ones was proven correct. It followed the Sevenwaters formula sure enough, but there was a spark missing. I loved the first two, for I found them intriguing and lyrical, but the third one lacked. This one was worse than the third one, but still better than a lot of fantasy books out there. All the books are well researched in their lore, and the descriptions are as being transported to a distant land. This one was much more involved with the fantasy elements, actually partly taking place in the land of faerie. I still don't know if that was a good thing or a bad thing. The romance was really sub-par on this one. It wasn't even really romance until half-way through, and the final hundred pages or so was all sap and sexual tension. Seriously, I was cringing in some moments. Other than that, nothing really happened long term. So the faeries are pissed a them, so what?
I was a little disappointed with this one. I recommend for Sevenwaters fans, but I do caution them. Don't start this one with the intent that it shall be the best one yet. It was actually quite forgettable, but my love for Sevenwaters is in no way diminshed. I will continue the series (if Marillier continues) out of this love.
On a side note, what is with all these creepy covers? They just keep getting more and more odd. If I just happened upon these books in a bookstore with no previous knowledge of their contents, I would pass them by, judging from their covers that they would be crap. (less)
It's been a while since I read Wicked Lovely or Ink Exchange, but I wasn't too confused going into this story. But I don't remember the characters bei...moreIt's been a while since I read Wicked Lovely or Ink Exchange, but I wasn't too confused going into this story. But I don't remember the characters being so whiny! A majority of the book was angst or sexual tension, broken up by the occasional internal monologue. The second half was a little bit better than the first, because something actually moved forward in the plot. I don't know. I was never in love with the books, but I like them well enough. I just wish the author would stick to court politics and the beautiful scenery, as thats where I believe her books are at their best. I just hopes she cuts down on the whining in the next book.
I decided to read this book because I saw my friend reading it and I'm always searching for someone to discuss books with. But, eh, this book was okay...moreI decided to read this book because I saw my friend reading it and I'm always searching for someone to discuss books with. But, eh, this book was okay. I thought the romance was sappy and something out of a soap opera. The "thrills" were predictable, but it was all clean. No sex or cussing, so its safe for young readers, which is always refreshing. I didn't find the characters worth remembering and I couldn't care less if they died. I also found it hilarious how they treated the cat as a person. This book is sweet enough, and good for those looking for a nice, quiet read. (less)
As a horribles storm rages outside their home, Dinah, her brother, Zeke, and their little sister Rebecca Ruth, listen to their older cousin Gage as hi...moreAs a horribles storm rages outside their home, Dinah, her brother, Zeke, and their little sister Rebecca Ruth, listen to their older cousin Gage as his tells them a story. The story is about What-the-Dickens, an orphaned toothfairy (or skibberee, as they like to be called) tries to find his place in the world. On his journey, he falls in love with a cat, does dental surgery on a tiger, convinces an old lady he is the Angel of Death, and finally encounters others of his own kind.
This book was very thought-out and imaginative, but it failed to be all that interesting to me. The story arc of Gage and the children became a distraction when it came to What-the-Dickens's adventures. I thought What-the-Dickens's story was creative, but it was never thrilling for me. I could always put the book down and forced myself a bit to finish it.
Also, the target audience is a little confusing. On the outside, the tooth fairy's adventures seem light and charming, but there were definitely darker undertones. A sort of creepiness exuded through-out the book, especially with Gage and the children. And there were many references a kid wouldn't get, political and literary. What-the-Dickens was a creative free-thinker in an otherwise oppresive and strict government. Even issues such as animal cruelty were brought up. The literary references ranged from the childrens book "Are you my mother?" to Gone with the Wind. Also there was a sort of humor and tone about the whole thing a younger reader wouldn't get.
I don't mean to be condescending to kids though, because I am still one myself. It took me forever to get some of this stuff, and it wasn't until I put the book down that I thought the terrible storm just might be Hurricane Katrina.
So this is a multi-layered novel. Imaginative and unique, but not necessarily wholly entertaining. And as with all Gregory Maguire books, not for everyone. (less)
These books are perfect for all ages. They are entertaining, imaginative, and appropriate. The first one is an absolute classic, and will be read for...moreThese books are perfect for all ages. They are entertaining, imaginative, and appropriate. The first one is an absolute classic, and will be read for years. (less)