I was really wary of this book at first. I adore Selina's art and that was my only true reason for wishing to read this, so I put off getting it. WhenI was really wary of this book at first. I adore Selina's art and that was my only true reason for wishing to read this, so I put off getting it. When she put it out free, I decided this was a good opportunity to check it out. Since it was an eBook, I was a little worried that the art would not be in it (I thought I remembered reading somewhere that the pictures were only in tangible books.) Immediately I was excited to see the art was in fact in the book. Thus I began...
The beginning started out iffy for me. Not bad, not boring...Just not completely exciting. After a short while, however, I got more and more into it. I was a bit put off at first, unaware that the book was written in the point of view of so many people, but I became used to it. Sometimes it was difficult to figure out or remember who was "telling the story" but I was able to quickly determine the character so my confusion was brief.
Otherwise, I was thoroughly and completely enamored with the book. I read a few chapters at night before bed, woke up and finished the book that day. Which is amazing because I have had a difficult time getting myself to read even my favorite books lately.
There are so many things I love about the book...The dialect. I adore how you can actually feel as though you are in that era. Even with Memory slipping in modern dialect, it does not become confusing to remember what time period it is. It truly feels like a modern girl lost in olden times. Next, the names. In writing my own book, names are of utmost importance, even the most minor characters. It is like naming a child to me. So to read a book with such exquisite names was a breath of fresh air. Very original and fantastical without being silly, confusing, or difficult. Then there are the creatures. I cannot stress how much I love that you chose unique creatures, instead of vampires. It was relieving to see fae and banshee for once.
The thing I loved most, though, was the emotion. This book made me feel. Not just one emotion, either. Sure books/movies are good when they make you laugh or make you cry, but it is so rare to have both and more in one. In this book I laughed. I also felt sad, sympathy, anger. An array of emotions. My heart went out to the characters. To me, the most important thing in a book is to be able to form a connection with the characters, to care about the characters. Selina succeeded in this 100%.
I highly, highly recommend this book. I cannot wait to buy a real copy and moreover cannot wait for the sequels!...more
Pride and Prejudice (2005) is my absolute favorite movie, so I was quite eager to read this book; especially knowing that 99% of the time, the book isPride and Prejudice (2005) is my absolute favorite movie, so I was quite eager to read this book; especially knowing that 99% of the time, the book is far greater than the movie. So I was certain that I would adore this book with all my heart. Unfortunately, this book falls into the 1% category and is by far the most unbearable book I have ever read. I suppose had I read it first and did not have the movie to compare it to, perhaps I may not abhor it as much as I do; however, I would never have watched the movie for such a boring book so I'm glad I did it in this order. The plot is very much alike and does give more in depth details that I appreciated, but not enough to enjoy the book. I love the movie for it's personality, wittiness, sarcasm, humor, and ability to provoke in me a wide range of emotions. The book caused me two laughs, and that was the extent of my emotion. It was so dull and boring. I suppose the best way I can explain it is this: it was as though a very monotone teacher were telling the story of what happened in the movie. Sure it may be the same plot but without any interest at all. It was so dull and dragged out. I first began reading it and felt I must surely be halfway through, then realized I was only on page 9. I knew then I was bored with it but I kept reading with the absolute greatest hope to love it, which never came. It is not often I dislike a book, I am very easy to please, so I'm very sad and disappointed by my strong dislike of this book....more