**spoiler alert** No, this book is not for me. I made it to page 62 and just decided I didn't want to read anymore. While I did like the way the autho**spoiler alert** No, this book is not for me. I made it to page 62 and just decided I didn't want to read anymore. While I did like the way the author turned a phrase—fairly unique imagery told in a sparse way—I really didn't feel myself connecting with Zoe or Lisa or Dr. Nick Rose or any of the characters. I stopped caring what was in the jar, who sent it, even if Zoe's disturbance of it actually caused The White Horse outbreak. I stopped caring whether or not Zoe saved Lisa from the cannibals, or if Zoe made it to Greece to find the boat and presumably Nick. I thought it was pretty interesting the way the book was cut up into snippets of "Then" and "Now"—"Then" being when the world was normal or mostly now and "Now" being the fight and struggle to survive.
I partially would like to keep reading but I can't help but think it would just be a waste of my time. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Where in the world has this author been hiding?! She's amazing—the writing i**spoiler alert** This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Where in the world has this author been hiding?! She's amazing—the writing is excellent and brilliant; I was instantly drawn in at the first paragraph. I loved the characters, especially the two main characters featured on the cover, Elizabeth and Murphy, both separately and together as friends, lovers and possibly planet Ardagh 1's saviors. The whole plot was believable and tangible and vivid and lush, with imagery and fantasy ground in reality. The pacing is perfect, nothing is rushed or too slow, every detail is revealed at the appropriate moments. I was very sad to see this end. It's one of those books that's nearly impossible to put down—not only was the writing good but I was so interested and fascinated by what the characters were going through that I just wanted to know more and more.
I was very surprised that the plot took a turn into the VERY steamy hot romance territory. Sometimes, the overly over-sexed romance books are a total turn off for me because I think that all the sex scenes detract from telling the story, but actually in this case, the sex scenes added to the plot because Elizabeth and Murphy were just THAT MUCH in love, it was as if you could feel it coming off the pages, their love and their bond.
Usually I don't go for science fiction/books with aliens, but I was highly intrigued by the back of the book's blurb—it had already sounded cool and different describing Elizabeth traveling from Earth to Ardagh 1 to continue her psychology degree and counsel the colonists who are suffering from the "ghost" problem—aliens who take the form of the colonists' dead loved ones—and making an instant connection with Murphy, the man who was supposed to be her supervisor. And then I got to the part where it says that Elizabeth dies during the transport and is reborn as a "ghost". Murphy, the creator of the "Ghost Protocol" (instituted to help ease the colonists' states of mind), is forbidden from interacting with Elizabeth, since she becomes his "ghost", but Elizabeth isn't about to fade into the background, stay silent or waste away. It was really cool watching her adjust to being dead and being alive as an alien, and then watching her fight for everything, including the man she loves, Murphy.
I really wish it wasn't over, I just enjoyed reading it so much. I hope the author will put another book out soon. And I hope there will be a sequel to this book—this characters should live on for another life. ...more
**spoiler alert** Dreamy, lyrical, beautiful, dark, haunting, magical—reminiscent of "The Probable Future", "Practical Magic" and "Skylight Confession**spoiler alert** Dreamy, lyrical, beautiful, dark, haunting, magical—reminiscent of "The Probable Future", "Practical Magic" and "Skylight Confessions"—the tale of three sisters naviagating a dark, cruel and often nightmarish real world that they can make beautiful and bearable just by sticking together, telling each other stories, and speaking in their own made up language of Arnish—the language of Arnelle, a fairy tale otherworld. This is a story about love, death, forgiveness, anger, acceptance, transformation, becoming, grief, loss, overcoming hard times and finding love where it's least expected. Engrossing, engaging, good and sad and heartbreaking, hard to put down. A fast read (for me). An enjoyable read, though at times, I wondered where the plot might be going.
(SPOILERS BELOW. Proceed at your own risk.)
One gripe: Meg's sudden death. I wondered why there wasn't just a story about her, why it always seemed to be about Claire or about Elv, but never just about Meg—and then suddenly, and shockingly, Meg is dead. And for what? Elv seemed to be punishing Meg for not knowing that Elv had been molested at age 11, and that Elv saved Claire from that fate. She repeatedly accuses Meg of being jealous of her, threatens Meg, cuts Meg's hair too short to "teach Meg a lesson" about loss. Elv's behavior seemed to be cruel and unfair, more than just stupid sibling rivalry and even PTSD at her own trauma. (I know Elv eventually comes to this conclusion herself when she's much older and has had plenty of time to think all of her life choices—good and bad—through, and that she was jealous of Meg for not knowing that something had happened to her, that she was different after that bad summer.) ...more