Aimed at young adult readers, this isn't a challenging or complex story - but that's okay. It's fast paced, fun and a little frisky. Thoroughly enjoyaAimed at young adult readers, this isn't a challenging or complex story - but that's okay. It's fast paced, fun and a little frisky. Thoroughly enjoyable steampunk fantasy, Finley Jayne is a likable character and the mystery is a little gothic. There are some themes that may remind people of a certain teenage vampire slayer, but there aren't any vampires in this story, instead it seems to reflect the kinds of stories that were popular in the Victorian era (it is steampunk set in the Victorian era, so... yeah). If you are after a fast, fun story, this is for you....more
Aimed at younger readers, this is still appealing to adults. A fun romp, a tale of bravery and adversity, of destiny and choice, of friendship and lovAimed at younger readers, this is still appealing to adults. A fun romp, a tale of bravery and adversity, of destiny and choice, of friendship and love. Wow, that could be a sales blurb for this book. But really, it is quite a fun read, full of adventure and heroism. I don't know what else to say without giving away the entire story, but if you are in the mood for something fast and fun, this is the book for you....more
This book reads like a list of Sci Fi and Fantasy books that I should (or have) read. I liked the integration of the novels the lead character, Mori,This book reads like a list of Sci Fi and Fantasy books that I should (or have) read. I liked the integration of the novels the lead character, Mori, reads and the events in her life. Those "aha!" moments when you read about a novel that you have read before, but never thought of in the context it is presented as she writes it in her journal. The pacing has some problems, mostly that the plot pacing is kind of slow and filled with the minutiae of everyday life. It is also filled with some teen angst, though not as bad as some other novels. *coughtwilightcough*
There is enough to keep the reader engaged, and I felt quite empathetic toward Mori. She is the intellectual outsider in her high school, the weirdo that reads a lot, and doesn't really care for the superficial concerns of her fellow classmates. The fact that she has a dead twin and a crippled leg doesn't help her popularity status. She does crave friends, and being a person capable of magic, she uses it to that purpose. But our Mori is rather mature for her age, and she does consider the consequences of her actions, even if she does so after the fact. This is a young adult novel, so some lack of intensity can be forgiven. But there were moments that, as much empathy as I felt for Mori, I felt she was rather cold and detached. Perhaps that is too subjective on my part, though.
(view spoiler)[The events for which we are sold on the back cover, the confrontations with her mother, the evil witch, are short and not very exciting. I know they are supposed to be, and we do find out, in bits and pieces, what happened to her sister and the first confrontation. But the final battle, that was short, two and a half pages max, and could have used more fleshing out. Throughout the book Mori shows no remorse for hating her mother. And while it is understandable that she hates Liz, wouldn't one think there would be some remorse? Some longing to have a connection to her mother, even if she was crazy? Also, the conflict, while sort of in the context of "magic is unknowable, extremely subtle and can never be proved" the last battle seems a bit too overt, while at the same time not focused on enough. I would have also liked to have met the mother in more real time, to get a feel for her other than Mori's take on things. Because Mori is not entirely reliable as a narrator - there is the distinct possibility that she isn't Morwenna, but Morganna using Morwenna's name. That is never confirmed, but if Mori lies about that, what else does she lie about? There is also a possibility that the magic isn't real, but in her mind, and she is the crazy one. Which means her narrative is even more unreliable.
I also found the way she defeated her mother both fitting and kind of.. meh. I mean, turning the book's pages into trees, huorns, that entraps her mother is kind of poetic for Mori, but it seems a little too easy for a book that emphasizes the costs of using magic willy-nilly. And I wish the battle were more in-depth and not as easy for our heroine. But this is a young adult novel, so I guess it was made easier for that reason. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more