The art was stunning and the story was nice, but this just wasn't the right medium to experience the material in for me. I think I'll give the novel aThe art was stunning and the story was nice, but this just wasn't the right medium to experience the material in for me. I think I'll give the novel a go....more
I was really expecting to love this more, after all, I've loved Labyrinth since I was about 13 and a Jumanji/Labyrinth mash-up sounded delicious to meI was really expecting to love this more, after all, I've loved Labyrinth since I was about 13 and a Jumanji/Labyrinth mash-up sounded delicious to me. But I think the deciding factor is that I'm not 13 anymore and didn't have the chance to forge a sentimental bond with the material when I was young enough to have found it engaging.
At first I was really hooked, the creep factor is really well written, from the opening scene with the stalkers to entering the game I was afraid for these characters. But, eventually, I lost the goosebumps and found some of the fear trials not quite hitting the right note, which I think stems from issues I had with the characters themselves. Some I enjoyed, like Dee, who benefits from the authors apparent relish in describing her, from her lithe, athletic body to her beautiful, African skin tone and even her enjoyably butch personality she is easily the most visualized character. Audrey and Julian are similarly fun and sharply imagined characters, but as for the rest and their relationships with each other, I just didn't feel the connection. Seriously, Jenny is kinda dull.
Maybe I read it too fast, having blasted through it in a single sitting, but it just didn't work for me. Though I'll keep reading because a)Julian b)the good creepy moments c)reads fast...more
I enjoyed this book more than the two stars I gave it reflects, but it definitely doesn't deserve anymore than those two stars. This isn't a happy, meI enjoyed this book more than the two stars I gave it reflects, but it definitely doesn't deserve anymore than those two stars. This isn't a happy, mermaid fairytale book. It's about abused young girls. It's got bitchiness galore and it's kinda boring. But it's got mermaids, so I had to gave it a chance. Mermaids are like my free pass card to authors. Bad reviews or not I'll read that sucker if it's got some sparkly fin action.
So what I liked, I liked the darkness. That depressing, melancholy tone that hung over the whole book. I like that stuff, that dark fairytale feel. I liked that there was no love interest and that it was all about this tribe of girls and their relationships and them dealing with, or failing to deal with their issues. But this story could really have used an extra spicy dose of plot, 'cause what was there was lacking. What was Luce's goal anyway? I never felt anything driving her towards a goal, just accounts of what was going on at any one time.
I was baffled by Kat's character and her relationship with Luce, the explanation of it just didn't work for me. All I know is I'm getting told they're best friends and really care for each other and all I'm thinking is, 'Huh? Really? Why?'. Their relationship seemed forced and unbelievable. And Luce, oh Luce, why are you so passive? I found myself screaming for her to take action so many times. I remember at one point she even has a thought along the lines of 'I should do something.' Yes! Please! Finally! But then she wimps out. Again. Grr She has a few redeeming moments but her otherwise constant confrontation evasion is frustrating.