Words cannot describe how amazing this book is. Not only does it deal with racism, it also deals with attitudes towards Gay/Lesbian relationships in t...moreWords cannot describe how amazing this book is. Not only does it deal with racism, it also deals with attitudes towards Gay/Lesbian relationships in the 1950's.
Integration to me sounds like something from a far out place because I work with black people, I went to school with black people and I have friends from different races and religions, so the idea of being racist or seeing black people as different is weird to me. Having said that I am very aware that this sort of segregation still exsists today. I mean how many people do you here say: 'bloody foreigners need to go back to their own contry'? Everyday usually.
This book not only highlights how extreme people were in 1959 but the ways in which things were dealt with. On several Occasions I wanted to scream at the characters in the book for how unfairly Sarah was treated. Everytime Ruth was spat on or Paulie had something flung off him I was disgusted to my core. The scary thing? 1959 was only a few years before my mother was born so it wasn't that long ago. Horrifying.
Sarah was a brilliant characters, she was strong and brave and beautiful and I can only wish to be as strong as her in the face of adversity. Linda, though her opinions grated on me initially, really grew on me, and in some ways her bravery stood out even more because of the radical way she opened up her heart and mind.
The budding relationship between Sarah and Linda was beautiful. The weird thing in this book is there wasn't a lot of 'gay people are unnatural' coming from others (Judy being the exception), most of it came from within the two girls themselves as they struggled to figure out whether their love was a sin. These days we take for granted the Lesbian and Gay movements that support those having crises with their sexuality. In 1959 the idea was so 'unnatural' you couldn't talk to anyone so I found it amazing how these two girls find the strength to make it through together.
This is such a beautiful and inspiring story, one that I believe should be read in schools. Racism, Homophobia and other forms of hate really need to stop and remember this when considering where you stand on these matters: no one is born racist. So where did the stupid idea come from?! (less)
Wow. So on the whole I really really loved this book because it was original, clever, had a wonderful supporting cast of characters and a likable lead...moreWow. So on the whole I really really loved this book because it was original, clever, had a wonderful supporting cast of characters and a likable lead who isn't a one dimension idiot (always a plus).
The main character Nym reminded me strongly of Yelena from Maria V Snyder's Poison study series, and I mean that as the best compliment ever because Yelena is kick-ass. Both women are strong and yet have suffered greatly and still learning a lot from life.
My only one flaw with the novel was the amount of new stuff thrust upon me as the reader. There's a lot of world building and so many new terms I got lost a few times. I think the book could have been a bit longer in order to be a bit more explanatory and it wouldn't have made the plot suffer.
The romance is artfully done and not over-powering like some romances are and it doesn't eclipse the main story-line. If you're a fan of a good cliff-hanger, sweeping fantasy, romance and magic (and you're not afraid to get your heart trampled on) then definitely ass this to your to-read list.
Big thanks to Netgalley and the author for allowing me a copy to review.(less)
Woah. I read this in a day and I loved every second of it (if by loved you mean scared crapless and left horrified). I first heard the Bloody Mary Leg...moreWoah. I read this in a day and I loved every second of it (if by loved you mean scared crapless and left horrified). I first heard the Bloody Mary Legend when I watched an episode of Supernatural and it freaked me out then (I wouldn't look in a mirror properly until the morning)and I've always been curious about the legend.
This pretty much sticks to the bones of the legend but with a modern twist to it with a differing version of the summoning and the way Mary tortured and kills her victims. It's creepy and in some respects has a sense of hopelessness because how an earth can you stop something that is already dead?
The main character, Shauna goes through a lot and I especially felt bad for Kitty as well. I despised Jess by the end of the book and I was glad of the outcome of the book and the way it's been left open for another book. There's quite a few shocks and the plot manages to twist despite the legend being well known.
Ultimately, this is a well told horror story with just the right amount of teen drama, mystery and gore. But I do warn you, unlike some YA horror novels this had hardly any laughs at all. Any more descriptive and gruesome and i feel this would have to be classed as adult. But that's just my opinion. Anyway, A great read. (less)
I wasn't sure about the storyline. It was confusing and I didn't really understand what had happened by the end of it. The writing was really good, it...moreI wasn't sure about the storyline. It was confusing and I didn't really understand what had happened by the end of it. The writing was really good, it was detailed and the author is clearly a competent writer. Maybe it's down to personal taste but it wasn't for me.
Some aspects I liked, I liked the creepy idea of conduits but the idea seemed half formed and never took off in my mind. Also I didn't find enough explanation in it unfortunately. I love the surreal and supernatural but I do like to have an explanation. And there just wasn't any. Is she dead? Did she just disappear? I'm confused.(less)
Ah the only downside to having read this through Netgalley is that I have to wait even longer for book three. That ending is going to bug me for month...moreAh the only downside to having read this through Netgalley is that I have to wait even longer for book three. That ending is going to bug me for months so I'm begging you Mr Stroud, please please get book three out soon!
Anyway, this book is amazing and just as good as it's predeccesor, which is rare. Most sequels struggle to hit the same level as amazingness as the first in a series, but this one does just brilliantly.
We see the progression of Lucy, Lockwood's and George's friendship as the series progresses, as people open up a bit more and I was glad to learn a lot more about Lockwood (although a lot of his past is still shrouded). I mean this with the utmost respect when I say Lockwood reminds me of the character Skulduggery from Derek Landy's books. I don't mean in the sense that Lockwood is thin as a rail, but in there mysterious aura and tone of humor. I'm interested to see where the relationship between Lockwood, George and Lucy goes from here especially with the reveal at the end.
I liked the mystery in this book a lot too. It kept me on the edge of my seat and guessing all the time. The whispering skull mystery had me very creeped out and I really want to know more about these Type 3 entities. As for the creepy mirror? Don't even get me started. I'm surprised I did't have nightmares.
Is the book funny? Very much so. I've never known characters in a book make so many jokes in the face of death. This is another of those books I will put in the category 'Do not read on the bus unless you want to be put in a lunatic asylum for laughing to yourself' (it's a very long winded title, i'm trying to shorten it)
To summarise: Loved it. Hurry up book three! (less)
I totally fell in love with this book. I loved the whole concept of ghosts being the Problem (with a capital P)it was almost like pest control but for...moreI totally fell in love with this book. I loved the whole concept of ghosts being the Problem (with a capital P)it was almost like pest control but for ghosts rather than bugs and a bit more death involved.
I was wondering how the author would top his last series but this is just as funny, and though there's still huge mysteries surrounding Lockwood, I totally love Lucy as the main character and even George has grown on me.
Lockwood's wit reminded me heavily of Bartimaeus the Djinni which was awesome because I was worried it wouldn't live up to the standards of humor Mr Stroud had already set. This is somewhat darker in one sense and creepier and the premise is very original. Ghost stories have been done so many times it's hard to find something that jumps out, yet this does and with great clarity.
It sounds so scientific at the same time too, which I was kinda impressed with. Not to mention I was reading the scene with Lucy in her bedroom at night and I was thoroughly glad I was reading it in daylight. And I was even more glad I was reading it during the day when I got to the end of the novel. My next challenge is to read the sequel in the dark by light of my kindle.
I'd like to conclude this review by saying that if you're on the fence as to whether you should read this then take my advice and read it. Yes, it's aimed at children and teens but it's so funny, scary and really adventurous. Bring out that inner child. You know you want too! (less)