I received a copy of Sunbird via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I didn't realize that this book was the third in a series when I requested...moreI received a copy of Sunbird via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I didn't realize that this book was the third in a series when I requested it. Still, not wanting to put off reading it any longer I forged ahead. The book grabbed my attention immediately and didn't let up until the very end. It was fascinating and heartbreaking, with vivid descriptions of an early, almost fantastical Africa and its inhabitants. Telemakos is the kind of character that I expect in any book written by Elizabeth Wein. He is brave and very intelligent, enough that he can confound the adults who barely notice he's there. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that he is an amazing character and the things he goes through will break your heart. There was a lot to love about this book. The writing style was absolutely beautiful. There was nothing that I thought was lacking, from first words to last. The setting was so well-written that it was almost as if I were there, hot and thirsty in the desert or relaxing with the lions in the sun. After reading Code Name Verity, I've been a huge fan of Elizabeth Wein. Now it's official. I'll definitely find the first two books that I missed as soon as I can. (less)
I received a free review copy from the publisher via Netgalley.
I really wish I could have gotten into this book more. The writing style was ok and I l...moreI received a free review copy from the publisher via Netgalley.
I really wish I could have gotten into this book more. The writing style was ok and I liked the pop-culture references. I just couldn't get into the story at all for some reason and I lost interest fairly early in the book. I couldn't connect with any of the characters and because of that I didn't care about what was happening to them. I think it may be a good read for anyone who likes a book with more outward focus and interesting monsters. But don't expect huge amounts of character development. (less)
This was a quick read, and well worth the time that it took. Originally written as a group of short stories, they were then combined into this lovely...moreThis was a quick read, and well worth the time that it took. Originally written as a group of short stories, they were then combined into this lovely little book with no obvious separation. It can at times seem disjointed, but that actually appealed to me more than if everything was cut and dry. Bradbury gives us space to imagine the characters and who they are, what their purpose is. Instead of sinking the reader in fact and narrative, the whole story feels more like a dream sequence. Have you ever had one of those dreams that morph and change, where everything is related but doesn't quite add up? You can see the people, the landscape and the symbolism, but you can't figure out exactly what it all means in the end. That is exactly what reading this book felt like to me, as I think it was supposed to. The Family remind me a lot of old the Addams family shows, complete with the big spooky house. They are a group of ghosts, vampires, mummies, and monsters of all kinds...and mostly it is up to the reader to figure out who is who. Or who is what. There is Cecy, who travels in her dreams to step into the minds and bodies of all things. She can be the farmer or the cow, a tree, the wind, or the bird who floats on the breeze. She is sometimes kind, sometimes cruel, but always in search of something wonderful and new. A Thousand Times Great Grandmère is a mummy of ancient Egypt. She whispers and the Family listens. She is the wisdom and experiences of the past, but she is also a very loving grandmother. Uncle Einar has giant green bat-like wings, Mother never sleeps, and Timothy...well, Timothy is human, but doesn't always wish to be. There is an ancient ghost and a new one, a woman who rose from the dead and ages backwards, and even one who used to be the sound of the hinges on a giant door.
I believe this was my first ever Ray Bradbury read, and I am very glad I picked it up. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes gothic themes, things that go bump in the night, and don't mind being tossed around a bit. (less)
After reading several of the earlier books in the Sevenwaters series, I had high expectations of this book. I was left disappointed throughout most of...moreAfter reading several of the earlier books in the Sevenwaters series, I had high expectations of this book. I was left disappointed throughout most of the book. It started slow and it seemed like nothing interesting happened until a little over halfway through the story, and even then it barely held my attention. My main problem other than the very slow pace was Sibeal's character. She was supposed to be a druid, months away from taking vows, but I couldn't believe it of her. For someone who was supposed to be a wise woman, she wasn't very wise at all. I know she was only sixteen, but at that period in time sixteen year old women were often wives and mothers, and mature in their own way. She was emotionally stunted(intentional on the author's part) and pretty one-dimensional(probably not intentional). My main problem with her was that she just did not listen. When I think of druids, I think of people who always observed and listened closely to what people were saying, and what they were not. Instead, when someone was trying to tell her something, most of the time she would just shrug when she couldn't figure it out and believe whatever her mind told her was most likely. (view spoiler)[Svala is obviously disturbed and unhappy. Here comes Knut and now she is terrified. Huh. She's obviously as crazy as he says. (hide spoiler)] I just wanted to slap her and tell her to open her eyes! Felix/Ardal was slightly more interesting, though not by much. It seemed to me that the secondary characters were actually stronger and more interesting than Sibeal or Felix. I'd rather hear about Gull or Svala than either of them. Now I'm just disappointed that I was disappointed...It's all quite irritating. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)