I had an absolute blast with this book. It took me a while to finally pick up The Cuckoo's Calling (remembering how much I hated The Casual Vacancy inI had an absolute blast with this book. It took me a while to finally pick up The Cuckoo's Calling (remembering how much I hated The Casual Vacancy in retrospect), but I'm glad I finally did. For the longest time, I thought that J.K. Rowling peaked with the Harry Potter series. Surprise, surprise, I was wrong! If not of the same caliber (just yet), The Cuckoo's Calling is great in its own right. I loved the mystery surrounding Lula Landry, and I grew to love the characters, even in the short time we were given to know them.
I only had two major issues:
1) The characters spoke a lot like her characters in the Harry Potter books (so many sentences and statements that were phrased as questions! When I saw that happening over and over again in all of the characters, I always thought of Ron or Hermione or you know, Harry Potter!) 2) Too many flashbacks that deter us from the main plot at hand (maybe it was necessary? but it was distracting and not that interesting. Hopefully now that we know Cormoran and Robin well enough, we won't have to read so much about their past in the next couple of books).
Overall, I loved most of it, and I'll be sure to follow Cormoran Strike's adventures!
“Love is madness,” I say. “Doesn’t everyone agree that you’d do anything, endure anything, to be with the ones you love? So either you’re willing to l“Love is madness,” I say. “Doesn’t everyone agree that you’d do anything, endure anything, to be with the ones you love? So either you’re willing to let them use you with any sort of cruelty, so long as they keep you—which makes you a fool—or you’re willing to commit any cruelty, so long as you get to keep them—which makes you a monster. Either way, it’s madness.”
I am a complete sucker for fairy tale retelling; when done right, it creates its own kind of magic. Gilded Ashes is a dark retelling of the classic Cinderella story. The last retelling I read of this particular fairy tale was Ember by Bettie Sharpe which I absolutely loved. And I loved Gilded Ashes as well! It had dark magic, humor and step sisters you can't help but feel towards to. I can't believe how much I loved this novella more than Rosamund Hodge's Cruel Beauty (because I didn't love that one at all). This makes me want to give her Crimson Bound book a go, like stat. Wish me luck!...more
After reading the blurb and people's reviews of it, I went in expecting to love every single part of it. See, I love fairyMy first read book in 2016!
After reading the blurb and people's reviews of it, I went in expecting to love every single part of it. See, I love fairy tales; I love their plots, the way they are written, and I love their usually exaggerated characters. And to be fair, Keturah and Lord Death had all of these elements (plot was good even though predictable, the prose was so beautiful to read, and I really like the characters even though we don't really get an in depth look into any of them) - but something was missing, and I can't quite put my finger on it. Maybe because I felt that the story dragged right up until the very end (the end though, was angst-y and epic), but I didn't really enjoy getting to point B from point A (even though yes, the writing was beautiful, yes, the characters were good, yes, the plot was interesting).
And can somebody please explain the ending ending because I don't quite get it. The book began with Keturah telling her story of meeting Lord Death around a campfire to the characters we later find in her story as well, but the ending (I guess back to the campfire), it was her but wasn't really her? And seeing how she actually ended the story she was telling, it didn't seem to fit with the beginning or the ending around the campfire? Please help, because I've looked all over the internet and no one has really discussed it (making me feel all kinds of stupid because I think I'm one of the little few who didn't get it).
“Tell me what it is like to die," I answered. He dismounted from his horse, looking at me strangely the whole while. "You experience something similar every day," he said softly. "It is as familiar to you as bread and butter." "Yes," I said. "It is like every night when I fall asleep." "No. It is like every morning when you wake up.”
"Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you'll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And eve"Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you'll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won't matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns you heart".
That quote does not really correctly portrays what this book is all about (because the love story is not the focal point, it's just there), but I love it, so it's going up!
Anyway, Six of Crows is probably my last read of 2015, but absolutely the best. This book is action-packed filled with the most wondrous characters with some of the best written dialogues I've read in a long while. I savored every written word.