I'm not really sure why but for some reason, I'm not loving this book in the way I feel I should. I just finished, however, and feel like I need to re...moreI'm not really sure why but for some reason, I'm not loving this book in the way I feel I should. I just finished, however, and feel like I need to read some outside interpretations to fully understand why I do or do not like this book. I started with reviewing what good ol' Sparknotes had to say. (Judge me not!) Somewhere in the analysis/themes/motifs/whatever section, is the theme of loss of identity or inability to grasp one's identity after (or during) a life of slavery. Maybe that's why the one of only two sections I marked in the book that stood out to me was the scene in which Baby Suggs is "preaching" in the Clearing:
"Here," she said, "in this here place, we flesh; flesh that weeps, laughs; flesh that dances on bare feet in grass. Love it. Love it hard. Yonder they do not love your flesh. They despise it. They don't love your eyes; they'd just as soon pick em out. No more do they love the skin on your back. Yonder they flay it. And O my people they do not love your hands. Those they only use, tie, bind, chop out and leave empty. Love your hands! Love them. Raise them up and kiss them. Touch others with them, pat them together, stroke them on your face 'cause they don't love that either. You got to love it, you!...”
I was full of a range of emotions for this scene - anger, love, despair, disappointment... It touched at the very heart of human emotions in that terrible part of American history. And maybe that’s why I’m so conflicted. There is so much to this story that is great (in the sense of large scale, not necessary in terms of “good” things happening) and relevant and important.
I’m trying to decipher what it is a don’t like but I’m not sure. I think it may be the way in which the story is revealed. I always felt like I was waiting for more information – and even when the little parts of the storyline made way for the larger aspects and we begin to understand just why things happened the way they did, there was still so many unclear or unanswered questions. But maybe that’s the point. At that time, there was so much happening behind the scenes in every single situation and the victims were forced into silence. How much do we really not know because stories couldn’t be told? (less)
I was so surprisingly taken by this book! Immediately after reading the Prologue, I could feel the spookiness of the story. There is something about a...moreI was so surprisingly taken by this book! Immediately after reading the Prologue, I could feel the spookiness of the story. There is something about a good mermaid story that I've always loved and I can put this on the top of my list of favorites. Be wary of spoilers on other reviews because there is another aspect of the story that I wish I hadn't been expecting previously based on my reading of other reviews. It may not seem like a spoiler at the time, but I would've enjoyed the story more without knowing about it. (less)
This is a great spooky/dark teen book that can be read in one sitting (if you can afford such a luxury). I don't know why but I've really been gravita...moreThis is a great spooky/dark teen book that can be read in one sitting (if you can afford such a luxury). I don't know why but I've really been gravitating towards the dark fiction these days. Midwinterblood is a one complete novel but is told in varying short stories all of which take place on the same remote Scandinavian island, "Blessed", but in different time periods. The first story begins in 2073 and they gradually go backwards in time by centuries. Each story slowly reveals more and more of the mysterious history of the island culminating in the final bloody reveal. If you like the following ideas, this story might really appeal to you: isolated societies, sacrifice, vikings, archaeology, reincarnation.
Also, I wanted to point out, because I think this is important, that I absolutely dislike the cover of the edition I read. It is an awful representation of this book. In person, it looks a bit nicer as it has a cool holographic 'thing' over the girl's face but I think the overall look does not depict the story well as might alienate male readers. Though there is a foundational love story, I would not consider this a paranormal romance story - and I feel that is the look that the cover conveys.
A captivating twist on your zombie/undead genre! I was never into zombie (or even vampire stories) despite the craze, with the exception of The Walkin...moreA captivating twist on your zombie/undead genre! I was never into zombie (or even vampire stories) despite the craze, with the exception of The Walking Dead. But this one is something different. This story takes place in small-town Wisconsin where one day, the dead have come back to life as their former selves, some of whom are seen going about their business, back at work like it's any ol' normal day. The area is closed off and no one can go in or out. Main character is a kick-ass ladycop which is exactly the type of woman my Grandma is always raving about. ("Have you seen that new Tomb Raider movie? That Angelina Jolie is my kind of woman.") Unfortunately for me, this book was wayyyyy too short! Can anyone tell me how long I have to wait for MORE?!
Am I desensitized if I thought this could have been more "spooky?" My imagination was wandering in all sorts of directions while reading and those dir...moreAm I desensitized if I thought this could have been more "spooky?" My imagination was wandering in all sorts of directions while reading and those directions were a little more exciting than where the story ended up. Still a great read. I've always been obsessed with Jackson's story "The Lottery" ever since I had to read it in high school. Not sure what took me so long to pick up more.(less)