It's hard to articulate what it means to be a fan-geek. Someone who doesn't just like a thing, but wants to live it, breathe it, eat it.
At one point...moreIt's hard to articulate what it means to be a fan-geek. Someone who doesn't just like a thing, but wants to live it, breathe it, eat it.
At one point in Fangirl, Cath muses that in order to be a real fan-geek of something, you have to prefer the fictional world to the real one. That wasn't the first "aha!" moment I had while reading the book, but it was one of the strongest. Rainbow Rowell *gets* geeks. She gets what it means to have that deep-dyed love for a set of fictional people, to feel more at home with people on the page than in the flesh.
Reading this book brought me back to the fall of 2002, when my best friend introduced me to the world of Harry Potter fanfiction. Within a month, I was neck-deep in FictionAlley and would have happily thrown down with anyone over which was more epic a ship, Harry/Draco or Remus/Sirius.
I don't think it's a coincidence that my discovering fandom and fanfiction coincided with my discovering I was gay and my decision to come out. Finding fandom was like finding a home-- and as someone trying to navigate coming out in the middle of my parents' ugly divorce, it was one I badly needed. I discovered a host of people just like me only one click away, AND I discovered stories about self-discovery and falling in love that made me feel included, not ostracized.
I have more to say about this book, which I'll get to in my full review when I finish writing it, but I just had to post here and say that if you're pondering picking this book up, ponder no more. Read it, love it, lend it to all your friends as a primer to how awesome it is to be a fan-geek. XD(less)
**spoiler alert** I was hovering between three and four stars for this, and in the end settled on four, because I want there to be more books like thi...more**spoiler alert** I was hovering between three and four stars for this, and in the end settled on four, because I want there to be more books like this one in the world, and I appreciate what LaFevers is doing with her heroines. But I admit this was slower to get going for me than -Grave Mercy- was. Sybella seemed a little too tropey-- cold and scornful, full of hatred and detached from her own feelings, I would barely have been surprised to hear she was fond of black eyeliner and had a secret fondness for mournful cello music, or whatever the 16th century version of Bright Eyes was. But once the book started moving, it moved. The Beast of Waroch was one of my favorite characters of -Grave Mercy-, like Sandor Clegane's emotional flipside-- scarred and fierce, yes, but genial and always looking for the good in life. While I don't love that the series seems to be setting up these strong heroines only to make their stories focus around how they find love in unexpected places, I did enjoy the romance between these two. Sybella was at her most believable when she was with Beast, and I loved the scenes of them fighting together. What can I say? I have kind of a weakness for badass couples. I also really liked the book's conclusion-- I felt certain Sybella would have to confront her earthly father again, and was pretty sure that like Ismae in -Grave Mercy- she would end up meeting her heavenly one as well, but I liked how both scenes were done. I liked that Julian got a little redemption, and that there was an acknowledgment that what poisoned him had always come from their father. I also liked that there was no unnecessary denouement-- the book ended on a note of action, and left me smiling. I will definitely read the third book in this series when it comes out.(less)
even if i hadn't really enjoyed the plot of this book, i'd give it four stars because of the language and writing. this author has a killer grasp of t...moreeven if i hadn't really enjoyed the plot of this book, i'd give it four stars because of the language and writing. this author has a killer grasp of the narrator's voice, and it doesn't waver for a second. but the plot was good, very strong, and the sense of place in each setting in the book was flawless. i was utterly gripped by green as a character; her predicaments felt real and her emotions were always vivid and true. goodreads lists this as "green universe #1" so if there are going to be more, i'll be looking forward to reading them.(less)
a perfect conclusion to the series. it's been a long time since a young adult series engrossed me to this degree; there should be more YA writers like...morea perfect conclusion to the series. it's been a long time since a young adult series engrossed me to this degree; there should be more YA writers like libba bray, who merges gripping plot with real, flawed, relatable characters to make a set of books i sincerely couldn't put down (i finished the entire trilogy in about four days).(less)
i loved the first installment of this trilogy, and the second had me unable to stop reading until i was done-- i'm talking staying up too late, late f...morei loved the first installment of this trilogy, and the second had me unable to stop reading until i was done-- i'm talking staying up too late, late for work, cannot put it down. mae is an awesome heroine and a great narrator-- relatable in all the good ways, surprising and changing and feeling really real throughout. i loved all the surprises this book had, both inherent to the overarching plot of the trilogy, and the interpersonal ones revealed bit by bit along the way. i cannot wait for the third book to come out so i can (hopefully!) buy all three in a set, because these are definitely books i need to own.(less)