I hate to give anything hp lower than a four, but this is subpar. I don't know what to say other than I feel like I read this as a fanfic in 2008, andI hate to give anything hp lower than a four, but this is subpar. I don't know what to say other than I feel like I read this as a fanfic in 2008, and I didn't care for it then either. ...more
**spoiler alert** I wasn't a huge fan of the first book, probably given that I was a bit annoyed with Evie throughout the book. This book was much bet**spoiler alert** I wasn't a huge fan of the first book, probably given that I was a bit annoyed with Evie throughout the book. This book was much better, despite still being annoyed with Evie (and Jericho) on and off. Although I guessed most of what was going to happen early on, I enjoyed the ride. Also, I listened to the audiobook this time and the reader is sooo good! I kept getting the song stuck in my head too, which was kinda creepy given that I tend to listen to audio books before bed. Notsomuch with this one.
What I liked: -Ling! My absolute fave. I love her so much. Strong. Fierce. Little warrior is 100% right. Sign me up for all the Ling chapters. -Ling and Wai-Mae together, still a bit sore about that even though I guessed she was the antagonist pretty much when she was introduced, it felt very Gemma Doyle trilogy to me. But I still liked their time together. - Henry trying to deal with everything was so hard, but felt very real. Henry + Ling's interactions. I enjoyed their friendship. -The discussion of racial tension, the not shying away of the intense racism of the era, or the homophobia. It's not something that's usually touched on so well in YA books, and I think she did a good job. - I liked Sam better this book, I want him to find his answers and find him mom. I'm excited to learn more about it all in the next book, as well as the other mysteries. -Some wonderful writing and poetic lines. -Overall I enjoyed the diversity, though would love some more lgbtq characters to come along in the next books (and I feel Ling counts from textual evidence, but we shall see). I love that we have some characters of color, disabled characters, interracial relationships, a Jewish character, all in all it's a good start and I hope she continues to make her books diverse. -I found it to be a bit slow, but not at all in a bad way. I feel like it was nicely written, and let the reader get to know the characters more, which I prefer to nonstop action. And the characters themselves are so lively, so I don't see how one could be bored. -Gemma f' Doyle y'all. GEMMMMMMMAAAA! My love!
What I wasn't big on: -Evie/Sam/Jerico/Mable/half of city who the heck knows. Listen. I don't hate triangles, or squares, or octagons of longing between characters, but it has to be done well and I'd prefer everyone isn't straight because we have seen that a billion times (though maybe one of them isn't, that'd be great. Hint hint Bray, give me bi characters). I love the fake-dating trope and I read this and went, nope. I don't really care for any of the four together romantic wise so far. I'm glad less time was devoted to it than I expected. -It was a bit predictable at times for Bray fans I think because it felt like Gemma Doyle a bit, which, given the Gemma cameo, was on purpose yes? I am so excited by that cameo guys, so happy, #blessed. - I would have liked to see Theta and Memphis more, and see her tell him about her powers, which given the ending, will probably be happening in the next book.
Overall a solid book and I'm excited for the next one....more