I just watched the movie trailer which was ok but the book description sold me. Hugh Glass sounds like a crazy bad ass (Bear Grylls eat your heart outI just watched the movie trailer which was ok but the book description sold me. Hugh Glass sounds like a crazy bad ass (Bear Grylls eat your heart out) and I really want to read this novel....more
these comics are so beautiful. horror is a very visual genre and the art really adds to he overall experience. I've added this series to my pull listthese comics are so beautiful. horror is a very visual genre and the art really adds to he overall experience. I've added this series to my pull list I simply cannot get enough!...more
The acknowledgments say it all "I wanted to write something edgy". yeah, I could tell. Perhaps this book would have been more successful for me if youThe acknowledgments say it all "I wanted to write something edgy". yeah, I could tell. Perhaps this book would have been more successful for me if you worried less about writing edgy characters and more about writing complete and complex and honest ones.
Ok, time for the longer review.
For those of you who think The Fault in Our Stars romanticizes terminal illness, All the Bright Places romanticizes mental illness. Depression is not cute. Being suicidal is not quirky. Being in a codependent relationship that encourages harmful behaviors as "mysterious and sexy" is not a relationship status anyone should want.
I felt like these characters were personifying text book mental illnesses and that they weren't people on their own. Violet in particular was very flat, and Finch was such a manic pixie dream boy it made my eyes hurt. This book was so full of indie rom-com tropes it was really tiresome to read. I thought my eyes were going to roll right out of my head.
However the biggest complaint I have was the ending. It's a spoiler but suffice it to say I hate when any character's pain, abuse, or death is used as a point of growth for another character. It's dismissive of that character's pain by making it all about the main character. (view spoiler)[ I absolutely hated the way Finch's death was a literal teaching moment for Violet to learn to live life to the fullest. I find it so emotionally manipulative. Finch's pain doesn't matter, the fact that literally every person in his life, including Violet, fucked him over doesn't matter, because Violet learned a life lesson at the end. The "treasure hunt" she goes on at the end is frankly, disgusting. (hide spoiler)]
This book is incredibly misleading about how to help someone with a mental illness who is struggling with suicidal thoughts. This book heavily implies that no one could help Finch and that his death was "tragically beautiful". The thing is, no matter how hopeless it seems you can get help. A suicidal person is never truly alone, if friends and family won't listen there are hotlines and services in place. Someone will help you. Books like this that romanticize mental illness and suicide as a "tragic but beautiful flaw" are incredibly damaging and dangerous.
"The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park" fuck off.
OK full review. One of my favorite parts of Cinder was the portrayal of Aurdi as a complex person. She's a villain, but we get to see why she is the wOK full review. One of my favorite parts of Cinder was the portrayal of Aurdi as a complex person. She's a villain, but we get to see why she is the way she is and while that doesn't excuse her behavior it adds depth to the character and story. So I was super excited for Fairest because I wanted Levana, who is a million times more evil than Audri, to get the same treatment. Well we sort of got it, but I'm not sure I like it.
There are many reasons why Levana is the way she is but sadly the man focus of this book is on her relationship with her husband and her attempts to manipulate him into loving her. Sigh. I wish the book had more to say on this topic. Levana goes from teenage infatuation to ruthless obsession and even (view spoiler)[rapes her husband, since every romantic encounter they had she manipulated him and he never consented of his own free will. Plus the fact that she made her glamour look like his dead wife is twisted. (hide spoiler)] but I felt like there wasn't enough attention to how and why she made these decisions. I couldn't tell if the objective of Fairest was to make us more sympathetic to Levana or make us hate her more. There was a lot of potential here, but I felt like Fairest never fully committed to either option and left me lukewarm in the middle.
I would have liked to have seen a stronger focus on Channery and Levana's relationship and how Levana's physical and mental disfigurement at the hands of Channery at such a young age shaped her into the person she is today. I've seen this relationship done before (The Mountain and The Hound anyone?) and it can create some of the most dynamic characters in fantasy.
I do love that her husband is a black man who was completely devoted to his black wife and his black daughter is the most beautiful in the country. In fantasy a lot of times (nearly all of the time) black people are slaves, uneducated masses, and generally inferior to the white hero. This was by far my favorite part of the book. I am excited to read Winter but I'm worried it will fizzle for me, especially after Cress.
******** More of a 3.5, but not good enough for 4 stars. This was really interesting, some parts were great and some were lacking. I'll write a full review tomorrow. ...more