**spoiler alert** This nearly got a three star rating and there are two reasons for that. The first is that there's something about the writing style t**spoiler alert** This nearly got a three star rating and there are two reasons for that. The first is that there's something about the writing style that i find off putting, and once again there's a lack of explanation. One such example is that there are a lot of words with capital letters at the front for no apparent reason, this was rather confusing, i wasn't sure whether they were supposed to be significant or not.
The second reason was that it took quite a while to get going, i didn't really find myself unable to put it down until just under half way through, which can either make or break a book. It's not that nothing happened in the first half, just nothing that really pulled me in, although a few instances do stand out.
On the plus side though, i found the characters, once again, easy to read about. Dru has an amazing personality and her relationship with Graves takes new twists and turns, and i loved the loyalty between them and how easily they relate to one another. I did enjoy getting to know the Werwulf's better, they were awesome, and the subtle tackling of prejudice against the werwulf from the Djampire was brilliantly done.
The story itself, really picks up about half way through, and by the end i was left wanting the next in the series, i want to know what happens next. I just hope that the next in the series doesn't take as long for the pace to pick up....more
**spoiler alert** Ok to start with, the reason this lost a star was because of some of the messages it conveys and i was left a bit confused. The auth**spoiler alert** Ok to start with, the reason this lost a star was because of some of the messages it conveys and i was left a bit confused. The author herself doesn't support the messages but in the way it's written it made me doubt the validity of some of the so called good guys.
Anyway, the four stars i gave this book orginally were due to the quality of the writing (which is exceptional), the plot and the setting. I found the setting an interesting change of pace, having it set in Oklahoma instead of Parthalon was interesting, and it was fascinating seeing what damage rhiannon had done in Shannon's place.
The plot was brilliant (for the most part), it moved quickly and had endless twists and turns that truly made me gasp out loud, and cry in some cases. The ending, however, left me a little bit confused and i don't understand how ClanFintan can be so forgiving. If i'd been cheated on i'd be furious!
Which brings me to the reason it dropped another star and is therefore different to my Waterstones rating. I originally gave this a four, but on reflection dropped it another star because it disturbed me too much. This was for several reasons:
1. The goddess Epona, a good guy, is seen practically okaying rape under certain contexts, and i really felt for Rhiannon. I'm not saying it gave her the right to be a bitch in later life, but rape is never right, even if it is the 'Will' of the goddess. So what if she was supposed to be drugged so she didn't feel it? That doesn't make it better. Thats the equivilant of date rape.
2. The adulterous plotline really made me second guess Shannon. I just don't get how she can see cheating on her husband as ok just because she is told so. Adultery is adultery and i was rather annoyed. I really like Shannon's character, so i found implausible that she would do what she did.
Those two things really bothered me as they twisted to seemingly good characters into something rather, well, nasty. I just didn't understand it.
Anyway, overall, it was a good read, and i will read the next in the series. But the characterisation went very awry, which annoyed me somewhat....more
I decided to kick off my older book reviews with this one, Fantastic Mr Fox. I loved this when I first read it, and I will happily read it again now. II decided to kick off my older book reviews with this one, Fantastic Mr Fox. I loved this when I first read it, and I will happily read it again now. If you want an idea of the plot, read on:
Mr Fox, Mrs fox and their cubs live in their fox hole, with Mr Fox leaving to steal food every night for his family. One ill-fated night Mr Fox gets his tail shot off and the Foxes and the other creatures living in the hill find themselves under siege by the evil farmers; Boggis, Bunce and Bean (One fat, one short one lean lol) Stuck underground with no exit and no food, Mr fox and Co create a plan that even the farmers don't see coming and it makes for one amazing adventure.
Now, I don't no whether it was the creepy farmers, the daring food stealing plans or the sheer sense of fun that emanates from this book, but I love the story to bits. It's a very quick read but a very entertaining one, and I still laugh at the image of those farmers stuck on the hillside, what a bunch of dipsticks....more
Postsecret is one of those rare non-fiction books that manages to be even more captivating and imaginative than an actual fiction book, and i found myPostsecret is one of those rare non-fiction books that manages to be even more captivating and imaginative than an actual fiction book, and i found myself totally absorbed in the thoughts that go through other people's minds. Yes, some of the postcards were very funny and i had a good laugh, but a lot of them were confessions that the individuals had clearly never voiced before in their lives.
Some of the confessions were so harrowing i was left stunned and i really hope it helped those people who confessed their secrets having them know that other people now know how their feeling. One of the most shocking confession was a particular sad one in which the person who wrote it had been raped and couldn't tell their mother because they knew she wouldn't care. That one nearly had me in tears.
As well as gaining an insight into other people's thoughts, it was also eye-opening realising how many of the secrets i could relate to myself. It's very therapeutic reading something and finally grasping that you're not the only one to think a particular thing.
I will most definitely be reading the other Postsecret books....more