Meh. While I really enjoyed the idea of the Iron Fey and how fey in general worked in this book, I didn't really like the main character enough to giv...moreMeh. While I really enjoyed the idea of the Iron Fey and how fey in general worked in this book, I didn't really like the main character enough to give a mess about what happens to her later. Don't get me wrong, the author tried really hard to make her relatable to "normal" or "smart" even "geek" girls, but she just didn't work for me.
I mean, at the beginning she was wishing she at least had a nice pair of jeans so she could look nice, but then later she was all, "I never complained about not having fashionable clothes, I flaunted my poorness, blah blah I'm so humble". Sort of negated anything relatable I had with this girl.
Also I don't really like love triangles that include a serious chance for the cold prissy dude that the girl wouldn't want to be with.
One thing I was okay with was that she didn't really seem Mary Sue. She has plenty of faults and wasn't just immediately able to use her powers and stuff.
Anyway, maybe I'm just too old for this book. Some books can cross the age gap and perhaps this isn't one of them. I would rather my future daughter(s) read this than Twilight, in any case. At least this had, you know, a story. With stuff happening. And a talking cat. I approve of those.(less)
Ended up enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after getting through the first chunk of the book. It really is an amazing story. It's just a...moreEnded up enjoying this a lot more than I thought I would after getting through the first chunk of the book. It really is an amazing story. It's just a bit gross. And yes, there are sex scenes, but they're written to make you feel uneasy and uncomfortable, not sexy. This did win an award for being a great horror novel, after all. It isn't supposed to be sexy!
If you're having trouble reading it, do try listening to it instead. I really enjoyed the full-cast production of this book.(less)
This book starts pulling together all of the characters from book #1. I enjoyed seeing how they interacted with each other and reacted to the circumst...moreThis book starts pulling together all of the characters from book #1. I enjoyed seeing how they interacted with each other and reacted to the circumstances that brought them together, and I'm only looking forward to more of that in the next book.
I really could have gone without the Bombay chapters. They didn't really seem to flow with the rest of the goings on of this book, with everyone coming together for a common cause. I haven't read Steve Libbey's new book, but I have to wonder if this was just some sort of plug or name-dropping sort of thing to get people to go and check it out, with the water purifier plot. Part of me is irritated that it doesn't fit with the rest, and another part of me hopes it isn't brought up again in book 3 so I don't have to hear about those particular characters again.
Red Savior's chapters are among my favorites, though that could just be because I love the Russian accents that come along with them. In my opinion, she's radically different from all of the other hero-types. I always find myself giggling through her chapters, especially chapter six, which was particularly amusing.
It would be hard for me to pick a second favorite, though, because all of the characters have such well-defined strengths and weaknesses that I can find myself sympathizing with them even in the instances where they might be making the wrong choice. They react realistically, with flaws showing through for the heroes or a spot of soft-heartedness for our anti-heroes, giving us gray areas instead a world of just black vs white.(less)
The Mercy Thompson books aren't like other horror/fantasy books with sex, sex, and more sex - the small am...moreAnother lovely installation of this series!
The Mercy Thompson books aren't like other horror/fantasy books with sex, sex, and more sex - the small amount of it in there is barely mentioned at all, let alone detailed. The character development is superb and the plots are very involved with lots of twists and turns that's sure to leave you intrigued and wanting more.
This particular book delves into Mercy's relationship issues with Samuel and Adam, and explores the fae quite a bit more than the blurb on the back of the book implies. I definitely can't wait for the next book!(less)
This is a wonderful story that combines both historical fiction and contemporary/urban fantasy into one. It lets you look back on our history and make...moreThis is a wonderful story that combines both historical fiction and contemporary/urban fantasy into one. It lets you look back on our history and makes you think, "What if?" The way witches and magic work in this book really hits home. It's actually almost believable that magic could exist this way, and that made this an enjoyable book to read.
I especially enjoyed the last part of the book where Katherine goes into all the research she did for her novel. I had no idea that many of these people were real people, aside from the ones generally associated with the witch trials (as in, the ones in The Crucible), and I found it fascinating how she would weave such an incredible tale based on real people, objects, beliefs, and events.
Before I started this book, I read some scathing reviews here on Goodreads. However, I'd like to contradict some of the things in that review that made the reviewer hate the book. While listening to the audiobook I did not get the same impressions that the other reviewers did. I'm wondering if the book has been re-edited for the audiobook.
Connie has a well-honed mind that she can easily search through for memories that she filed away. She remembers her mother telling her to center herself when she was two. She remembers her Granna dying when she was 3 or 4. Why is it so hard to believe that she can remember a Christmas between the ages of 2 and 4 where she gets a misshapen sweater from her Granna? People knit sweaters for toddlers, too, just so you know.
When you get to the part where she finally has Deliverance's book, if you listen to the audiobook, it becomes clear that she is not having a problem with "bottel" vs "bottle". Rather, she has no idea what a "witch bottle" is vs a regular bottle. Therefore she commences a search of her home and finds very, very old blue glass bottles. If you bother to look up "witch bottle" on the internet, you'd see that they generally were small, blue or green glass bottles. No problem here.
And lastly, it didn't bother me that it took her a while to realize Prudence is a midwife. She wasn't trying to figure out what Prudence did for a living. She was looking for mentions of Deliverance's book. It makes sense that she wouldn't immediately make a connection between Prudence every so often having an entry about delivering a child and her being a midwife, especially when the journal started out in the winter and her only commenting on the weather and staying at home.
Give this book a shot and try not to let other people's scorn color your feelings before you try it out. If your library has the audiobook, I strongly urge you to try that version of the novel instead of reading it, because I enjoyed the audiobook thoroughly.(less)
Man. Another great Dresden book. I'm a bit upset that he touched on Harry's migraines and never got back to them again. I hope they deal with that soo...moreMan. Another great Dresden book. I'm a bit upset that he touched on Harry's migraines and never got back to them again. I hope they deal with that soon.
I really liked the plot and how the other wardens are always perpetually surprised at the impossibilities that Harry always manages to accomplish - barely. It isn't like he pulls things off easily without a sweat. He nearly dies when he does it and gets through horrific events by the skin of his teeth. You've always got to wonder if, someday, that just won't be enough. (less)
This was a refreshing change for me as far as paranormal-mystery-romance books go. Most of it was the setting, of course, since I tend to go more cont...moreThis was a refreshing change for me as far as paranormal-mystery-romance books go. Most of it was the setting, of course, since I tend to go more contemporary than steampunk, but I loved the snarky writing style and the universe in general.
I like how the werewolves work in this world, with them being completely mindless on the full moon and actually dangerous rather than them still retaining some sense of self and just giving in to instincts. I was also pleased with the reason why there are so few supernatural creatures and I liked the pack and hive dynamics.
It was nice to read about a girl who, though unique with a nifty power of her own, definitely has a bunch of disadvantages that mostly stem from her gender and social status keeping her from realizing her full potential. It was also fun to see how she doesn't let those things keep her down and doesn't conform to the norm just because society dictates you should. I'll definitely be checking out more of this series.(less)
This was an ok book. I'm still not sure how I feel about the "smart spanish kids getting beat up because they're smart and spanish" thing, but the mag...moreThis was an ok book. I'm still not sure how I feel about the "smart spanish kids getting beat up because they're smart and spanish" thing, but the magic system is very unlike the other ones I've read so far and it was interesting to see what became of things.
It seems odd that something that was explained as immensely powerful but complicated could be figured out and performed by a couple of young children just by reading books. Other systems that come later such as Harry Potter at least have kids being taught in a formal education.
I did like the story of their journey and growth, though. The kids come out at the end wiser, with a more mature outlook on life, and it the change makes sense even over just the short amount of time the book takes place (a couple days, a week at most, I think) because of all the things they had to do just to get there.
I'll probably get around to reading more of this series eventually. I liked it alright, but it isn't a favorite and it took me a bit longer to get through than a children's book usually does because I wasn't absolutely captivated by it.(less)
This book, like all of Fforde's work, basically takes place on an alternate Earth. I love that he does it this way so he can easily slip in all his wi...moreThis book, like all of Fforde's work, basically takes place on an alternate Earth. I love that he does it this way so he can easily slip in all his witty commentary about how things in normal Earth works in a way that people can see how silly it all is (or could be).
Someone else said this book was sort of like a comedy of errors - and you know what, it really is. There's a lot of misunderstandings, lying, and misleading amongst the characters, and one problem seemingly resolved only leads to a new problem to solve later.
I sort of wish I'd read this book and not listened to it. The narrator was awesome, but I feel like some of the silly bits that Fforde always hides in his work didn't poke through when they would have if I was reading. There were still many times when I grinned and chuckled, but more than once I wished I had it written so I could go back, read a sentence again, be amused over it for a while, and continue on.
I need to write a spoiler real quick, because one reviewer wrote that they didn't like the ending, but I liked it for the same reason they didn't like it.
(view spoiler)[What turned the reviewer off a bit was that no matter what Jennifer did, she couldn't change what had to happen. I have to say, I liked that about this book. There was no ultimate awesome thing that could be done to make it an awesomely happy ending the way Jennifer wanted it to be. Oh, she ended up the hero, but she had to lose a lot to get there - and isn't that the way life works, sometimes? The entire point is that regardless of what forces beyond her control manipulated her to get her to that moment, Jennifer had the strength of character to do what needed to be done even though she DIDN'T have to (we are told over and over that there are many futures and that prophecies don't always come true) and even though she had to take a few hard blows to get there. (hide spoiler)]
The reason I knocked a star off the rating is more because even though I love this universe and its characters, and even though I'll likely continue on with reading this series, the immediacy of needing to get to the next one just isn't as strong with me as with some of Fforde's other works (MORE SHADES OF GREY KTHXBYE). It just didn't grip me as much as his writing usually does. (And I audiobooked Shades of Grey from my library, so it isn't just that I listened and not read.)
Oh yeah, it'd be really nice if they'd get a US publisher for this book so it can be gotten through Amazon/Audible (I tried to use the UK versions of these sites to get the ebook/audiobook and was told they can't sell US people those versions), or release the iPhone/iPad app in the US, or SOMETHING. Sheesh. I admit that I obtained this book and will be deleting it shortly, but as soon as I can pick it up without paying an exorbitant amount of shipping, IT WILL BE MINE. OH YES. IT WILL BE MINE.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I don't understand why people were expecting to see Minerva in this book when Eoin basically wrote her off in 2009 saying she was involved with a skie...moreI don't understand why people were expecting to see Minerva in this book when Eoin basically wrote her off in 2009 saying she was involved with a skier. Come on, people. She wasn't meant to ever come back. ()
It was refreshing to read an urban fantasy/paranormal book that didn't involve sexy vampires and people wanting to bang the sexy vampires. Instead, th...moreIt was refreshing to read an urban fantasy/paranormal book that didn't involve sexy vampires and people wanting to bang the sexy vampires. Instead, the vampires were horrifying and vicious monsters, and the book focused more on horror and action than romance. If you want some nice blood and gore, vampires that are actually frightening, and a little bit of steamy romance to tie things up, give this book a try.(less)
This book didn't take long to get right into the sex, and thereafter you basically find out it's about sex sex rapity rape pregnancy. It reminded me a...moreThis book didn't take long to get right into the sex, and thereafter you basically find out it's about sex sex rapity rape pregnancy. It reminded me a little bit of the Meredith Gentry series by Laurel K Hamilton, except that Merry likes to bang all those people that want to bang her and enjoys doing it as it is her nature. I also get the feeling that with the magic power, this series is going to have a lot more addiction stuff along with all those people wanting to bang and rape and impregnate Eugenie.
Don't get me wrong. I did like this book - the sex scenes were steamy and I am still a bit intrigued about what will happen to the characters. I'm just not sure when/if I want to read more of the series. The stuff I'm most interested in - how the magic works, how the land and Eugenie are connected and how the people will react to her, etc...I have a feeling that stuff won't come into play as much as I would like it to later. It'll take a backburner to the sex sex rapity rape pregnancy angle.(less)