Reading A Rush Of Wings is like riding the biggest and fastest roller coaster in the world:you know you want out from the moment you get on,you're con...moreReading A Rush Of Wings is like riding the biggest and fastest roller coaster in the world:you know you want out from the moment you get on,you're constantly terrified,million emotions and thoughts go through your heart and brain,but you know deep down that in the end you're gonna completely and full heartedly enjoy it.
Phoenix managed to create a world with a little bit of everything in it.So you've got vampires, fallen angels, psychotic serial killers,secret government organizations all wrapped up into one novel.Her characters are very well and carefully developed, all their actions,however cruel and despicable,justified and without a hint of remorse.Except maybe Heather's character, which was the most obscure and not as well defined as the others, in my opinion.Also a minor flaw was the books length, I felt it got a tiny bit tiring at some points.
However, to say the story is unique, would be a huge understatement.Simply because this is not your average,everyday Urban Fantasy novel.It contains elements of a thriller novel, a horror novel, a romance novel,all fitted together perfectly,forming one of the most intriguing and compelling novels of all these genres combined.It's scary, it's dark, it's mysterious, it's funny,it's intense,it's passionate,it's moving.This book has it all.Highly recommend it.
One useful tip:if you feel completely lost at first, it's completely understandable.I know I did!Don't let that stop you from finishing the book, though.Everything is made perfectly clear after the first half of the book.(less)
Being a huge fan of Rachel Caine, I was really surprised(and dissapointed)at seeing Working Stiff having such low ratings. I shamefully admit tha...more4,5/5
Being a huge fan of Rachel Caine, I was really surprised(and dissapointed)at seeing Working Stiff having such low ratings. I shamefully admit that was the reason I avoided reading WS sooner. I didn't want to face the fact that Caine might actually have written something other than fantastic. Fortunately, I didn't have to, because Working Stiff was awesome!
OK I get it. Maybe not so many people want or need to know about the funeral home business. It's morbid and in generally not what you want to read on a nice, Sunday morning. But, to put simply, who cares? The story is not about the funeral home or how uncomfortable it makes you feel. It's about the characters and the semi-crime, semi-urban fantasy story behind it.
One of the reasons I love Rachel Caine's books is their characters, and how she makes the reader care about them, no matter how bizarre or unrelatable they are. You are with them, you root for them every step of the way. You care enough to want to finish the book and find out what ultimately happened to them, how they ended up. I don't know how she does it, but my hat's certainly off to her.
As for the story, it was original, interesting (funeral home included) and complex. That's why people didn't seem to like it, I suppose. I love complex stories, though. Aren't you guys bored of the same stuff being repeated over and over again? Don't you yearn for something different? If yes, go and pick up Working Stiff. You won't regret it. And don't let the bad reviews out there mislead you :)(less)
Hunting Lila was admittedly an enjoyable, unputdownable book. Reading it was like watching a very good action movie: you may snort at some stuff...more4,5/5
Hunting Lila was admittedly an enjoyable, unputdownable book. Reading it was like watching a very good action movie: you may snort at some stuff that go down, but inwardly you know you love every minute of it!
I liked everything that went on in Hunting Lila. It had a well thought-out and imaginative plot. You never lose interest, as the story is filled with mystery and suspense till the very end. I liked all the characters, as well. Except for *unnecessary drumroll* Lila! I would have absolutely loved this book and I would have been proud to list it amongst my 2011 faves, had it not been for Lila and her over the top drama queen-ess. You'd think that with everything that has happened to her, I don't know, like her mother dying and her moving out of the country and being separated from her brother, she would be a little bit more…mature and down to earth. But turns out all she thinks about is Alex, Alex, Alex. I know, who can blame her, he's so hot blah blah. And OK, Lila does think about her mother's murder and the mystery that surrounds it once in a while, otherwise she wouldn't go back to her brother to look for answers. When it comes to Alex, though, she can't help but act all needy and like a spoiled little girl, which we assume she is not. "Does Alex want me?" "Does he look at me?" "If he does, what does it mean?" "What does it mean if he doesn't?" "What is this woman doing talking to him? Back off". I mean, it reached the point of obsession at one point and it was not good. Especially, since what I mostly wanted to read about was why her mother was murdered and what secret mission her brother and Alex were working on. Also, showing strength and bad-assness on one hand and turning to jelly whenever you see the guy you like on the other, didn't really register well with me. You can't do both, that's for sure.
That being said, I will definitely read Losing Lila, book #2, because I want to see what happens next so bad, that I'm willing to turn a blind eye to a 17-year-old's hysterics. Well, not so sure about that, we'll see ;)(less)
ProsAs action-packed and thrilling as the first. There's a whole bunch of stuff happening right from the start and you kinda get the feeling that the...moreProsAs action-packed and thrilling as the first. There's a whole bunch of stuff happening right from the start and you kinda get the feeling that the whole book is just one big mission for Alex and Lila, they're always on the run, there's always something to be done. This is not a boring book at all, that's for sure. Also, there are a lot of Alex/Lila hot scenes, which you shippers will be very glad about.
Cons The result of being a fast read is that it all went by so quickly. I really appreciate the fact that it wasn't 500 pages long, filled with unnecessary information. That being said, I would have liked a 30-50 extra pages to get to know Lila's mum a little better, to see where her relationship with Lila's father and Demos will go, and see a little bit of the other characters as well, Suki, Amber, Jack, etc. There was a conclusion, but it was pretty hasty as far as I'm concerned. Lila, I'm happy to admit, improved a little bit since the Hurting. A little bit! When she wants to jump of a boat because she thinks Alex doesn't love her anymore (from scattered words she heard, mind you), I wanted to smack her in the head. Hard. Yeah, Losing was really cheesy at times. Especially when it had to do with the Alex/Lila situation, which by the way, I still don't buy. And some of the lines, eek. Corny as hell. But fun corny. Kinda :)