Very nicely put together for a novella. It has a solid enough foundation to have even been made into a full-length book.
In reality, when measured up aVery nicely put together for a novella. It has a solid enough foundation to have even been made into a full-length book.
In reality, when measured up against only other novellas and short stories, these three stars equate to five. However, I try rate fairly and equally by a set of standards that I use to rate all of the printed word I read....more
So many freaking POVs that I'm drowning in them. I can only juggle so many up in the air, Bick.
And to switch right in the middle of the action. Bick cSo many freaking POVs that I'm drowning in them. I can only juggle so many up in the air, Bick.
And to switch right in the middle of the action. Bick creates an annoying little cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. Argh.
There's so many characters. I just finished reading Ashes like a month ago and I already had trouble remembering the many names that she throws at us at lightning speed. A little subtle reminder of who's who is simply being courteous to the reader, Bick.
What was really irritating was that the chapters got to as small as 2 pages! Literally, steam was going to start blowing out of my ears. And, somehow, through it all, Bick was able to weave her magic and get me instantly hooked into the POV. She was able to consistently keep up the fast, action-filled pace. However, she started to lose me towards the last half, until I reached the each-second-feels-like-forever climax.
Wow, I think, even more than ASHES, SHADOWS is not for the faint of heart. I found myself almost gagging at least twice. But I've been in the mood for some good horror. Maybe I'll go watch some good thrillers or something after this. ^.^
She also doesn't shy away from some heart-wrenching moments and leaving us hanging over a cliff, which I have much respect for when it's used wisely and not like the author is saying, "Neener, neener, you won't find out what happens next until next year when you cough up some more money!"
In the case of SHADOWS, I think Bick picks her moments well and uses her cliffhangers (excluding the annoying chapter cliffhangers) to create an even more exciting reading experience. This is one those series that you can just tell would look really well adapted onto the big screen.
Overall, SHADOWS was frustrating at times and would have greatly benefited from continuing the use of a single POV that Bick had done in ASHES, but was refreshing the way jumping into ice-cold water is refreshing.
SHADOWS felt *real*, like these are real people, real and true moments. ASHES was the same. That's what I love about the post-apocalyptic genre. The good ones make you want to feel *alive* in a moment by moment kind of way and reminds you that life is precious, something we too often forget in the large scheme of things....more
Like I had anticipated from the other reviews, there were a lot of POVs in this one, it seems even more so than the first.
The only way to explain woulLike I had anticipated from the other reviews, there were a lot of POVs in this one, it seems even more so than the first.
The only way to explain would be to compare it to a movie. In a movie, they're always looking for the right angle to make it more dramatic, etc. They're never just stick the camera behind one person's back. And, this is what it appears Navarro was aiming for...just in a book, which doesn't work, at least not here, not now.
Another issue I had is that if you're going to be showing scenes from the POV of every victim/killer of the story then at least be consistent and show us the viewpoint of the Tate kid.
I really love the concept of the series and when book one introduced us to Brynna, I was absolutely fascinated with her and how she provided a fresh look to everthing normal in humans. Sadly, though, in Concrete Savior it feels Brynna gets even less page time than in the first.
I just wish Navarro would concentrate the book on the POV of Brynna, even Eran as well would be great.
However, as much as I would usually be so dissuaded by these trillion of POVs in a book, I can't possibly stop reading the series now. I'm just too proud of Brynna each time she receives a feather, even if I have to wade through a bunch of other people's stories to get to it.
There was also some hints as to the future of what Brynna's going to be fighting against and I can't wait...to see their asses handed to them. :D
Eran and Brynna feel pretty solid as a couple and the book showed little problems between the two of them, nothing unique. The only thing is Bheru is getting kind of left out in the cold and I can't help but feel sad for him. I mean he was the one more accepting of her "oddness" and now they're like tiptoeing around him. I hope we see him get included more in the next book....more