When you’re an artist and you lose your mojo, just how much does it affect you? How much of your daily life is affected? When your art is your life, hWhen you’re an artist and you lose your mojo, just how much does it affect you? How much of your daily life is affected? When your art is your life, how do you separate the two? In The Ecliptic, Wood takes us deep into the psyche of an artist and the intricate way in which they view the world.
The story starts at Portsmantle, an elusive artist retreat hidden on a Turkish island. Portsmantle is a melting pot of people from all over with their talents lying in all different fields of the arts. Here we meet, Elspeth Conroy, a painter who has lost her way. She’s been at Portsmantle for about a decade and has almost nothing to show for it. She keeps close to her friends, sharing their lack of progress with each other and commenting on the flow of ‘short-timers’ who parade in and out of their home. When their newest resident arrives, a young boy with an erratic personality, Elspeth develops a strange connection with him – one that awakens her artistic desire.
This book isn’t one that I normally gravitate to. And honestly, had it not been offered up as an ARC I might never had read it. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, mostly because I know relatively nothing about painting and I felt, even though as descriptive as they were, it just didn’t make sense to me. All of the talk of pigmentation and color melding just went over my head and found myself skimming the parts regarding the actual act of painting. I was more interested in the story of the boy at Portsmantle then I was over anything else.
What I did like was watching Elspeth’s dissent into her own mind. I predicted the ending about halfway through, I’m not sure if that was a good thing as I’m sure the writer wanted it to be a shocking ending. But at the same time, I liked that that was where Wood took the story. It made it more realistic and have more substance, more weight. Would I recommend this book? I would to people who view art in words and also those who love studying the human mind and all the ways it can perceive realities. And bravo to the author for the work put into this.
On principle it's really hard for me to rate one-shots more than 3 stars. But that didn't mean I didn't love it. Deacon has always been one of my favoOn principle it's really hard for me to rate one-shots more than 3 stars. But that didn't mean I didn't love it. Deacon has always been one of my favorite characters from this series and I loved seeing his meeting with Luke. Those boys just make me so happy :)...more
Edit: I took away the half star and am just rating it 2 stars after reading the two epilogues. Tempted to take it down to 1.5 because of the second epEdit: I took away the half star and am just rating it 2 stars after reading the two epilogues. Tempted to take it down to 1.5 because of the second epilogue. So disappointed.
Oh Colleen Hoover does love her drama so.
Not going to lie, happy that this was a freebie as it seemed to lack any emotional connection that I've had with her prior works. Not sure why, but something was really off about this one. Maybe it was the absurd nature of the overall plot line. This just didn't read like a CoHo book to me.
Let's start with the characters. Carter was your classic hero of the story, literally Prince Charming. But he was very one dimensional. It seemed like Hoover just wrote him to be the glaring opposite of Asa in every way. If Asa liked up, the Carter liked down. If Asa liked black, then Carter liked white. It was a little hard to fall in love with him unless you were Sloan.
As for Sloan, we were told often how strong she was but you need to do more than tell us. You need to show this in the story. Don't get me wrong, there were aspects of her character that showed strength, but overall she was very naive and not very smart about life considering all that she had gone through in her past.
Then there was Asa. I don't even know. Were we supposed to like him? Hate him? Feel sorry for him? Obviously he was a very despicable person and was screwed up in the head. My main feeling for him was pity and disgust. So if that's what you were going for, nailed it.
The insta love was another factor that didn't sit well with me. Sloan basically fell for another version of Asa- or so she thought - but this one held her hand and told her pretty things. Wake up, sweetie. I know Carter ultimately turned out to be the good guy but you didn't know that in the beginning and were basically just repeating the cycle you had with Asa.
Also, anyone else feel like this was much more graphic and vulgar than anything else she's ever written?
I will never deny that Hoover can write, and I will probably read everything she writes. But I've noticed that it's starting to feel like drama for the sake of drama rather than natural progression.
So, it was cute but in all honestly, I'm not a fan of marriages in young adult books. Like why? You're 18. It doesn't always need to end in marriage.So, it was cute but in all honestly, I'm not a fan of marriages in young adult books. Like why? You're 18. It doesn't always need to end in marriage. Sigh...but like I said, still really cute and adorable. ...more
On principal, it's hard for me to rate little outtakes like this higher than 3 stars because it literally is just a chapter or less, but that doesn'tOn principal, it's hard for me to rate little outtakes like this higher than 3 stars because it literally is just a chapter or less, but that doesn't mean I didn't love it! This was a cute moment between Kat and Damen that was rare in the Lux series because of all the crap going on around them. And the fact that there was a Gizmo outfit involved, just made it all the more better!...more