In this fifth and final book in the series *sobs*, someone’s out to put an end to the Merricks once and for all and it’s unclear if it’s Calla, the GuIn this fifth and final book in the series *sobs*, someone’s out to put an end to the Merricks once and for all and it’s unclear if it’s Calla, the Guides or some other heretofore unknown enemy.
I said it in another review and I’ll say it again. I never liked Hannah as a girlfriend for Michael, who’s one of my favorite characters (though Hunter, who was one of my least favorite characters in the beginning, has probably become my favorite). I find it very hard, almost impossible, actually, to believe that a 23-year-old who has already shouldered a ton of responsibility for much of his young life, would choose to get involved with someone who has a five-year-old son. If everything with the Guides and other crazy Elementals ever calms down, he needs to relax and have fun, not play Candyland and babysit. If Hannah was an awesome character, maybe I’d feel slightly different (though not likely), however, she’s a bland, dull character that I could really have done without, especially considering the guys’ other female love interests in the previous books (okay, and male, can’t forget Adam!) were interesting and very likeable and we got to see their relationships develop. Hannah was just kind of dumped on Michael a couple of books ago, and I don’t know if we’re supposed to find her intriguing because she had a kid when she was in high school and is now a firefighter, but I don’t, she’s about as exciting as dry toast. I really didn’t know why Michael liked her so much, aside from the fact that we’re told he does. They didn’t seem to have much in common and we never heard about them hanging out before, or in this one, so I don’t see what the appeal was, there really didn’t seem to be any connection between them at all, unlike with all of the other brothers and their significant others. I just love Michael so much as a character, I wanted someone awesome for him, and I really don’t think he got that.
What pissed me off more is that Kemmerer did something to throw out the possibility that maybe these two wouldn’t be together, and I actually liked the person who might be the wrench in this relationship a lot and felt that this possible pair had much more heat and compatibility than Michael and Hannah. It even made me like Hannah more when viewed from another angle. But, of course, Kemmerer couldn’t pull the trigger on this. She had to be predictable and push Hannah on Michael (and, unwillingly, me).
I liked the storyline of the book, we knew the Guides wouldn’t stop, but I thought it was more than a bit ridiculous that (view spoiler)[Hunter’s uncle would want to kill him, too (hide spoiler)]. And to say that I was super pissed when HUGE SPOILER (view spoiler)[she fucking killed Hunter (hide spoiler)] would be the understatement of the year. I was fucking livid. Now I know (view spoiler)[why she offed his potential girlfriend and he never got together with anyone. And like I’m going to want to read a fucking novella about Hunter now that I know how it turned out for him. I just don’t understand why he couldn’t have focused the energy on his uncle and killed him instead. (hide spoiler)] I just felt like Kemmerer looked at this as a way to tie up a loose end and she felt like she had to do something big and unexpected. As I said. Totally. Fucking. Pissed.
It was great to finally see things from Michael’s POV. All of the other books have been from the viewpoint of the younger guys, his brothers and Hunter. We knew Michael felt pressure to keep everything together, provide for everyone and protect them, but to actually see how it was affecting him was nice and my favorite part of the story, because you realize just how young he is and how much he’s had to deal with since his parents died. Which is another reason I wanted him with someone fun!
I did like the fact that it seems that the tides are changing, that younger Fifths don’t want to be Guides anymore and that the future would be brighter for future Elementals. I just wish, well, that something wouldn’t have happened, obviously, and that we’d gotten more of the brothers and their significant others because the story and author are at their best when the brothers are together. I loved that Adam was in the book a little bit, his interactions with characters other than Nick were good and I enjoyed reading these scenes. I’m just a little disappointed with the way some of the book ended and was hoping for more, more surprises, more changes, more character interaction, not just something done for shock value. As much as it pissed me off with Nick and Adam, simply because I hate the gay ambush, not the fact that Nick is gay, that twist worked well because it really brought about some good dynamics between the brothers, and Adam is a great character, he and Nick are perfect together.
Despite my lukewarm feelings about some of the things that happened in Sacrifice, this has been one of my favorite YA series and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great story both about elemental powers and the bonds of brothers, which was the best part of this series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Beauty, who isn’t even given a name for quite some time in the book, is born in a pauper’s hospital to a mother who disappears immediately a4.5 stars.
Beauty, who isn’t even given a name for quite some time in the book, is born in a pauper’s hospital to a mother who disappears immediately after giving birth in the city of Pervorocco. Her mother’s disappearance isn’t the only shocking thing about her birth, as she is born with silvery skin, white hair and violet eyes. Unsure of what to do with her, the nurse and doctor are relieved to discover a medal bearing a rose next to where she was born, indicating that her family is of the House of Rose.
Not to give anything away, but if you’re hoping for a standard retelling with a twist of Beauty and the Beast, you’ll be in for a shock when you read this book. It has more twists, tweaks and turns on the fairy tale than you can imagine. And if you’re also expecting the story to focus mostly on Beauty and Beast, don’t, as he doesn’t even show up for quite some time. At first I was a bit irked because while I can appreciate anticipation making the payoff all that much greater, it took so freaking long for it to resemble the story I’m familiar with, which wasn’t what I was expecting (by the way, this was a gift, I really didn’t have much of an idea what the book was about, just that it was a loose retelling of the fairy tale), but in the end I really appreciated the way the author turned it into something vastly different than a mere regurgitation of the original.
I really thought this was a standalone book, but as it went on, and especially as I got closer to the end, I realized this would most likely require a sequel, if not more books, depending on how the next one goes (though I could definitely see this just being a duology). Once I realized a sequel was coming, I sort of hoped that Beast wouldn’t change until the next book, just to shake up the Beauty and the Beast story more (yeah, I know, it’s already been shaken up a lot, but since I’ve never seen any incarnation of it be more than a single book…). But then, when I realized (view spoiler)[a war between Magics and humans was coming, I thought it’d be awesome to have Beast back as a human (and learn his real name!) so that he and Beauty could fight side by side. And it should make for a very interesting family reunion when they meet her father! (hide spoiler)]
One of the reasons I gave this book 4.5 stars, but bumped it up to 5 instead of giving it 4, is because of the creative and unique way in which the tale of Beauty and the Beast was retold. And the whole magical aspect, while existing in the original, otherwise how else would a man be turned into a beast, was multiplied times a thousand here, adding a nice twist to the plot and really helping to expand the story.
That’s not to say there weren’t things I didn’t like in the book. While the world building was good, some things weren’t explained well, which was a bit grating. For instance, people seem to live much longer than they do in the real world. It was talked about how Beauty was what would have been a teenager in any other world, but here, she was still only a child (Ma Dane must be around sixty, yet she has a young son). Also, the names were a bit odd, what with all the hyphens and Ma and Pa, it was just a little weird. And I know the Hillanders were seemingly a bit less educated than those in Sago, or else they just had worse grammar, but the “yurs” started getting to me a bit (I practically squealed with joy when Owaine threw out a “you” on page 157, which was probably a mistake by the author and editor, but still…), simply because it slowed down my reading by always having to read “yur” instead of the “you” my mind wanted to insert into each sentence.
Though initially frustrating, once you realize the story isn’t going to follow the path you might think it should, you’ll be able to appreciate the creativeness of the author as well as the rather good story and characters she’s created and just enjoy where the plot takes you. I look forward to reading the sequel to Roses.
This book was basically barely a 2 star read for me, the only thing that saved it from being that low was a couple of good main characters and one decThis book was basically barely a 2 star read for me, the only thing that saved it from being that low was a couple of good main characters and one decent secondary character as well as a fairly good plot. Unfortunately, I think the story could have been much better if the main character had been such a drugged out skank who made some of the most ridiculously stupid decisions ever until the end of the book.
Valerie Russell, a New Jersey teenager, just got kicked off the lacrosse team for punching a teammate, not her first fight with the girls on her team, because she was making derogatory comments about Val’s best friend, Ruth, for being a lesbian. Later that night, she’s on her way to New York City and Madison Square Garden for a hockey game where she plans to meet her boyfriend, who failed to pick her up at her home. Her decision to head back home instead of going to the game turns out to be a life changer.
Greeted by a scene she didn’t expect, she heads back to the train station, going to the game solo. And here’s where are-you-fucking-kidding-me bad decision #1 takes place, the first of many. While on the train she, sits on a toilet (do people really do this in real life, even with their pants on?!), dumps the contents of her bag on the floor and proceeds to cut off all of her hair. Then, once in New York City, she talks to strangers who are clearly homeless, hangs out with them when they also obviously don’t seem too intelligent, goes into their subway squat with them and sleeps on their mats and uses their blankets.
I felt like I should be reading this book in the shower, that’s how grossed out I was by the shit this chick did. I think Black made everything sound waaaay too nice, because let me tell you, aboveground in NYC is disgusting enough, forget about being below. I mean, seriously, you’d have to be seriously fucking high, like all the time to not realize how gross not showering would be and how skin-crawlingly disgusting having lice, bed bugs, rats, cockroaches and so on around all the time. And Valerie’s stupid fucking decisions don’t stop there! I mean, she lets (view spoiler)[Dave fuck her when she was high (I’m sure they used a condom!) (hide spoiler)]. And why in the hell would you stay with someone who (view spoiler)[threw a fucking kitten in front of a subway train (hide spoiler)]?! That bitch would’ve been spitting teeth out and coughing up blood if she’d done that shit in front of me. Luis is decent and stays off the stuff all the other skells are on, but his brother didn’t deserve to live and I wouldn’t have helped him. Blood isn’t thick enough to forgive that shit, sorry.
For much of the book, it seemed like it was the “How stupid can Val be?” show, then, three-quarters of the way in, it suddenly became Nancy Drew and the Case of the Dead Fairies.
Also, though it wasn’t an insta-love situation, I didn’t understand the attraction (I had no idea this person was supposed to be the love interest until well into the book) on his end. I’ll admit, the cover of the book threw me because I have no idea who the hell the very puffy-lipped, long-haired male model (gross, by the way, I don’t get the whole androgynous thing) is supposed to be (view spoiler)[the only way he could be Ravus is if that’s him seriously glamoured (hide spoiler)]. The only good thing about Val being together with (view spoiler)[Ravus (hide spoiler)] is that in the blink of an eye for his lifetime, she’ll be dead.
I’m curious to see how Black wraps up the whole series, and who from the second book will be in the third one, but as with most of the author’s books, the majority of these characters are a complete turn-off, so I’m not quite sure what to expect the convergence of these morons will mean for Ironside. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
There are spoilers for the first book here and any spoilers for this one will be hidden.
I loved Ronan in the first book and was excited to read more aThere are spoilers for the first book here and any spoilers for this one will be hidden.
I loved Ronan in the first book and was excited to read more about him, but after finishing this story, I was less excited about Ronan the The Raven Cycle series. I just felt this was a (view spoiler)[coming out (hide spoiler)] story for Ronan in more ways than one, (view spoiler)[though I guess the sexual coming out was meant to shock and I don’t know what else readers (hide spoiler)], mostly because I hate being ambushed about certain aspects of a character’s life especially since this never happens with (view spoiler)[straight people. You thought X was gay? Surprise! X is straight! (hide spoiler)], particularly when that part of person’s life seems to take over much of the story, and even though we’re not supposed to know it, the hints here were, to quote Brand New and Taking Back Sunday, about as subtle as a brick in the small of my back. After investing so much time in characters, I hate having the proverbial rug pulled out from under me. Do I expect it in relation to their nature, whether they’re good or bad, if they’re hiding secrets about themselves concerning powers, ancestry or knowledge, whether or not they know it? Yeah, I do. But when it’s a supernatural story and not a contemporary YA or adult novel, having their (view spoiler)[sexuality (hide spoiler)] be a surprise and a fairly big part of the story, (view spoiler)[what with all of Kavinsky’s innuendoes that becoming so prevalent, after a few I started to get a feeling I knew where things were heading, particularly after Ronan’s this-would-make-a-Freud’s-eyes-roll-in-the-back-of-his-head-in-ecstasy-to-analyze-it dream (hide spoiler)], isn’t what I expect.
Ronan’s tale and how his particular gift works did need to be told, and parts of it were interesting, but I felt that the way it played out sort of left me cold where he’s concerned, especially considering some of the things his father did (though I did like how Ronan handled things after he understood more about his dreams and what they were doing). And the fact that (view spoiler)[even though he wanted to stop Kavinsky, Ronan (who sure as hell has to develop better taste in guys) seemed attracted to him and even tried to save him (hide spoiler)], which really nauseated me, particularly after what he did to a certain newly introduced, totally loveable character. The guy’s a debauched, amoral, crackhead scumbag and I don’t know how anyone could feel anything for him except contempt and revulsion.
Needless to say, I was shocked when I went to the yet-to-be-titled next book in the series and found comments from people saying even though they know they shouldn’t, they totally loved Kavinsky and were upset because (view spoiler)[since he was dead, he and Ronan couldn’t be together. But bright side! Maybe Kavinsky and Noah could get together since they’re both ghosts and Ronan could be with Adam! Seriously?! So because Ronan’s gay he, or even Kavinsky, wants to and can hook up with anyone, even though Noah and Adam are straight (though I thought Ronan was straight, who knows what book #3 holds for us) and are like brothers to him?! And Noah would be with that douche Kavinsky simply because they’re ghosts? That’s just too fucking weird (hide spoiler)]. It seriously made me wonder if these are the people who fall in love with death row inmates or who write fan fic about Sam and Dean Winchester (brothers!) hooking up. Then toss in the fact that everything that occurred in The Raven Boys, Adam’s sacrifice, finding out anything about the fate of Gansey after appearing to Blue in the graveyard, about why Blue’s fated (I hate fate, I’m a free will kind of girl) to kill her true love when she kisses them, the whole Glendower thing and so on, seemed to go by the wayside here. There really wasn’t any push to move the story forward. The ley line was really the only storyline that got any play in the sequel and while it was interesting, particularly the parts at the end involving one of the characters and a 300 Fox Way inhabitant, it wasn’t enough to satisfy.
Though I still like all of the characters, I wish just once they’d act and talk like teenagers. Blue and Noah did to an extent this go around, but not enough for my taste. I’m also getting sick of the feelings of disdain and melancholy Gansey has about being rich and Adam feels about not being rich. Adam also seems like he’s planning on being depressed even if he becomes successful and wealthy, and since that seems to be his ultimate goal, you’d think he’d want to dive headfirst into the scene at Gansey’s family’s house, rather than acting like he was a pig being fattened for a roast. And now he seems to want to usurp everything Gansey’s been striving for? The feeling I was left with about Adam made me less hopeful and in more of a dark place, though I must say at the very end, the actions of another character were surprising and welcome and seemed to want to chase away some of the sentiments I had about Adam throughout the entire part of the book that preceded it.
And while some people are talking about a certain kiss as being sweet and the best ever, I found it to be more bittersweet and a bit depressing. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s natural that it happened, was pretty brilliant and kind of sweet while it was happening, but the aftertaste was loneliness with a hint of dreams and desires never-to-be-fulfilled. Not a great vintage.
Blue’s father, whose damn nickname makes my eye twitch, is mentioned again and again in both books, as is Maura’s desire to find him. I’m expecting something amazing and magical in him, as well as a helluva good, where have you been this whole time and what happened story, but I think, given the appearance of another character, I may be setting myself up for disappointment.
The supposedly strong, independent women in Blue’s life were a massive disappointment in one huge aspect of the story for me. Maura always came off as strong, moral, and a bunch of other complimentary adjectives, as did the other women in the house, but their willingness to so easily accept Mr. Gray really turned my stomach. The guy’s a damn hit man whose first instinct is to kill first and forget the questions. I think we were supposed to sympathize with him or something, but that didn’t happen for me. I don’t care if he can spout poetry in Old English, that’s actually a points deducted situation for me, or how smart he is or what his family life was like. He. Is. A. Paid. Killer. And he’s the best there is at his job. He doesn’t kill because of any moral code (like his targets are out to topple the government or are going to kill innocent people) or for any good reason, he does it simply to collect a paycheck. There is no way he’s sympathetic or redeemable in my eyes. Her oddly creepy attraction to him also confused me because I had the feeling Maura was intent on finding and possibly being with Blue’s dad, despite his having been AWOL for so long.
I enjoyed seeing Gansey’s family and really like his sister, but for all of their perfection and love for Gansey and support of his friends and despite how Gansey never says a bad thing about them, his desire to never be at home and his disdain for everything involving his family and their careers gives me the impression that something’s off about them since he’s so determined never to be home. He has a family who loves him yet he seems to always be depressed around them, which is sort of sadder than Adam’s situation.
An undercurrent of sorrow always seems to accompany the dreamy writing in Stiefvater’s books, which is thankfully paired with hopefulness and ultimately happiness, but more often than not I just felt like there was a pall over the entire story and characters and more than a few times like I needed a shower to wash off the icky feeling I got from what was happening.
I still want to find out if the group will finish their journey and what will happen either way and I still want to love this series, but after this book, I’m not hopeful for the outcome of the characters and even more disappointing, I’m not sure I really care about a lot of them anymore. I still plan on reading the next book in the series, I just won’t be running out to buy it like I did with the last two and will most likely wait for the paperback. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
For Iron Fey fans who haven’t read The Iron Traitor yet, I would suggest not reading this novella or review until you do.
I usually shy away from novelFor Iron Fey fans who haven’t read The Iron Traitor yet, I would suggest not reading this novella or review until you do.
I usually shy away from novellas because I thought they were just ploys to wring more money out of readers without actually adding anything to the story. This is the second one I’ve read (the other one wasn’t from this series) and I’ve been proved wrong again as I thought it added a ton to the series, particularly to The Iron Traitor novel, and would have actually been nice to have as an extra at the end of the story (though I guess publisher’s wouldn’t make as much money this way) because while it really helped explain a lot about what happened in that book, I do realize there’s really no way to incorporate this into any of the full-length novels.
In Iron’s Prophecy, we learn about the prophecy that’s mentioned numerous times in the second novel focusing on Ethan, what it’s about, how Meghan learned of it and how she decided what her actions would be after learning about it. It’s awesome that we get to see Ash and Puck in this as well.
One thing I have to add, and I’m not sure which was written and published first (I'm assuming this followed the spin-off), but the wound discussed in this novella and in the latest book, The Iron Traitor were different and since it’s a pretty glaring difference, you’d think the publisher or especially the author would’ve caught it and made what happened consistent.
While I’m still not willing to pay a lot for the novellas (I’ve actually gotten the two I have for free), I am interested in reading more for this series if they’re as great a supplement to the plot as this one was for The Iron Traitor. ...more
There’s no way around it, there will be a number of major spoilers in this review, however, all of them will be hidden.
The daughter of the king of WinThere’s no way around it, there will be a number of major spoilers in this review, however, all of them will be hidden.
The daughter of the king of Windsong has been missing for eight years and in her absence a war has been raging between the king and a group of people, known as the Candarans who are believed to have taken her. Far from the turmoil, lives Essie, a seventeen-year-old programmer and sometimes cage fighter living in a barren outpost on the planet Thanda, who’s just trying to live her life and stay under the radar when a shuttle crash lands not far from her. After she rescues the pilot, a young man named Dane, who claims to have come there searching for treasure, she is so unnerved by his affect on her that she agrees to help him repair his ship so as to get him off her planet as quickly as possible. Of course, Dane has ulterior motives.
At first I had a hard time getting into Stitching Snow. I found the whole stitching to mean coding schtick to be annoying, and with the exception of a couple of them, the seven drones which were supposed to represent the Seven Dwarves, were rarely in the story, and for the most part, I thought they were a bit irritating. Useful, but irritating. But then I started getting into the story more and liking the main characters, Essie and Dane, as well as their relationship. I liked where I thought the story was going and what I thought the villain (her evil stepmother, Olivia) would be like. Unfortunately, as I later found out, I thought wrong. Really wrong.
There’s one thing, one major thing, that isn’t mentioned in any blurb for the story and is sort of gradually hinted at, and while I knew what the author was likely referring to, until she clued us in for sure once the reader is well into the book (in a very subtle way that seriously pissed me off) I was hoping against hope that my suspicions were wrong. They weren’t. The fact that this plot point was introduced pissed the everloving shit out of me. I didn’t sign up for a fucking story about (view spoiler)[child molestation, especially incest (hide spoiler)], but that’s what I got. Yet for being so huge, it’s not really treated in a serious manner at all and isn’t ever really brought out into the light. Here comes a long, massive spoiler, so read at your own risk. (view spoiler)[I can’t believe Essie never called out her fucking father for what he did to her. Even though we’re not 100% sure what he did because it’s only referred to in the slightest of ways (remembrances of her father saying “no one will know” or her thinking that people knew what happened and they didn’t do a thing to stop it or of a look her father gives her), but since this awful plot point was introduced, I’m going to assume the worst, that her fucking father raped a, what, 7, 8 or 9-year-old girl, which is stomach-churningly disgusting. First off, this wasn’t presented as that kind of story. Secondly, if you’re going to have this topic in a book, it better be handled way more seriously than it was. As I said, we never find out the details of what happened, when it started, how long it went on for or if anyone did actually know about it. Essie gets upset thinking about it but never really breaks down over it, stating at one point that she’d never let Dane see her cry. Seriously?! Because he’d see me tear the fucking palace down with everyone in it, and I’d probably be anger-crying while I was doing it if I were in her position!
I think under the circumstances, it was absurd that she’d choose to go back home and pretend she’d been taken but was in hiding for eight years and was only now able to find her way back, even if it was to save Dane’s father. I know Essie wanted to prove the war was a lie and expose her father and Olivia to the people, but come the fuck on! To play nice with and even hug someone who molested you as a child is just ridiculous, especially when that person is your father!!! Essie never confronts him about his actions, even when he fucking attacks her at one point! She never tells anyone what a pervert her father was, never discusses anything with Dane, who I would think would go off like a fucking bottle rocket once he finds out, and no mention of any way of dealing with what happened is brought up. So something that scarred Essie so deeply that she never let anyone touch her is danced around and its effects magically go away by the end! (hide spoiler)] Talk about a fairy tale!
While the above might not be enough for me to give this book a 2 star rating, it, coupled with the way the story sort of fell apart for me, was. The bad guys in the book were one-dimensional. I know that fairy tale retellings remake the stories they’re based on, but to have the evil queen be built up to be the reason Snow fled Windsong in the first place, only to have the real reason Essie stayed away from her home for all of those years be because of what was discussed in the spoiler above, undermined the plot beyond repair in my eyes.
Essie’s father was such a cardboard cutout of an evil dictator, it was sort of to the point of disbelief. We’re given no real explanation for his motives, other than the fact that he was popular when Essie’s mother was alive then lost favor with his people after her death because he was a poor ruler. And? He was already king, it’s not like he had to fight for his position. He was a good ruler when his first wife was alive and his father was a good ruler, so he just didn’t learn anything at all, ever, about ruling? And when things were going downhill he decided marrying a lying, psycho bitch with ulterior motives like Olivia was the way to go (view spoiler)[oh, and let’s not forget about becoming a pedophile, either! (hide spoiler)] and that since he was going that far, why not start a fake war and kill untold numbers of his own people?! This might have been more believable if he’d been a wonderful father and had no idea why his daughter might actually want to leave the planet, if he really believed she was kidnapped (which I can’t recall, but I think he did), but it wasn’t, and he wasn’t.
And if you think you’re going to be getting a good evil queen vs. Snow White-type story, which is what I thought I’d get, think again. The changes in Essie’s father following the loss of her mother are even more confounding due to the fact that at one point Olivia tells Essie that her father loved her mother, calling him a fool for it, and by the fact that we’re not really sure (view spoiler)[when the abuse started or why, I’m assuming it was after her mother’s death but I’m not sure if it was before or after Matthias married Olivia, but it definitely happened after their marriage because she was pissed at Snow for it, like it was her fault (hide spoiler)] and seems to be the main reason Olivia wanted Snow dead. As if this ridiculous excuse for killing a kid isn’t enough to make her a weak, formulaic villain with stupid motives for what is revenge in their eyes, her reason for doing what she did against the Candarans was beyond feeble, because, (view spoiler)[da da da…Candarans killed her parents!!! All that was left out was the flashback of her on her knees at their graves screaming “I will avenge you!” while shaking her fists at the sky (hide spoiler)]. The big reveal felt like something out of a bad B-movie. No background as to what happened, why it happened, if it was true, etc., was given, it’s just dumped on the reader that all of her bloodlust for that group’s demise stemmed from that single event.
Additionally, the side plot involving the planet Garam and Tobias just seemed to be thrown in there to create a secondary bad guy and used as an excuse to (view spoiler)[kill Essie’s mother’s former best friend, someone Essie was just beginning to know (hide spoiler)], to what end, I’m not sure. Maybe heap even more guilt on Essie, ‘cause she didn’t have enough about all of the deaths that resulted from her disappearance? It all seemed pretty pointless, especially Tobias’ actions after Dane and Essie leave the planet.
Also, the idea that a false war could be going on for years and nobody would know about it, even though thousands were dying, was more than a bit hard to buy (I’m not even going to discuss the smoke and mirrors bullshit that was going on with Olivia and the inhabitants of Windsong, it’s unbelievable that so many people would unquestioningly swallow it after so many years). Add to that the quick resolution to the story, which I thought was too rushed, and my original feelings about this book took a sharp nosedive.
As for the other characters, they really weren’t given much to do. Most of the Thandans were jerks, and even Petey, who apparently did a lot to help Essie, was sort of brushed to the side and not spoken of very well by her some of the time. And Kip could’ve been a strong character who helped lead Essie and Dane, but I think his (view spoiler)[abandonment of Essie made him a weaker character, as did the fact that he never tried to find out what happened to her (I actually think the story would’ve been better if he’d stayed with her during her exile). (hide spoiler)] Added to all of that was the fact that he never tried to get the prisoners, especially his brother-in-law, back. Actually, nobody did, which just seems weird to me.
And to build up Dane’s reasons for wanting to use Essie, only to have (view spoiler)[his fucking father be long dead (hide spoiler)] angered me further. Toss in what happens to him at the end, which was sort of a WTF?? moment, and I was ready to throw the fucking book against the wall. I crossed over into wanting to tear the book in half, then throw it against the wall territory when (view spoiler)[Essie and Dane became engaged. At seventeen. And talked about having kids. At seventeen. I don’t care how long the engagement is or how long they wait to have kids, if they even do, (hide spoiler)] I hate it when authors have characters do these types of things, again, at seventeen. But hey, at least the stupid robot made it!
Even after everything was revealed, I thought I’d at least eventually get a great battle scene out of the book. Wrong again. Any sort of invasion, if you can call it that, by the Candarans takes place off-page, the only real fight we get is between Essie and another character, and by that point I didn’t care enough to do much more than skim the pages, since I knew for sure how that encounter would end.
There was so much potential and so many things to like about Stitching Snow, yet so many more things to dislike, the majority of which I might have been willing to overlook to a degree if that secret had never been introduced, though I guess much of the author’s story would’ve had to have been reworked if it hadn’t existed (which, obviously, would’ve been fine by me), because so much of the plot revolved around it, shoving the battle between groups to the back burner. It’s a good thing this is a standalone because I don’t think I’d be interested in reading a sequel and will be wary about picking up another book by this author. While I had really wanted to avoid referencing the Lunar Chronicles in this review, as so many people are comparing the stories, I have to say if you want great fairy tale retellings (I can’t even say less dark, because despite the one appalling plot point, it was brushed under the rug to the extent that this wasn’t a dark book, though a pall definitely hung over everyone and everything after its introduction, at least for me), I recommend picking up Meyer’s books instead because I found Stitching Snow to be a huge disappointment. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more