I didn't quite love this book as much as I'd hoped. The worldbuilding was interesting and I really enjoyed some of the characters, but the entire middI didn't quite love this book as much as I'd hoped. The worldbuilding was interesting and I really enjoyed some of the characters, but the entire middle part of the book felt futile, as though the plot were circling round and round rather than moving forward. Some sections also seemed confusing and a bit disconnected.
Ultimately, despite its considerable flaws, I did still like the book enough that I will likely read its sequel....more
A beautiful, poignant little story that vividly encapsulates character and setting in a few spare strokes. This is the first I've read fSad and Lovely
A beautiful, poignant little story that vividly encapsulates character and setting in a few spare strokes. This is the first I've read from Fran Wilde, and I definitely liked it enough to seek out more of her books....more
After a bit of a slow start, I really loved the beginning. Then, to my c*Review also posted at Briar Rose Reads
The Heartless City had so much promise.
After a bit of a slow start, I really loved the beginning. Then, to my complete confusion and ultimate disappointment, the story jumped ahead years, and I realized I'd been engrossed in a prologue. That prologue was the tale I most wanted to read: Virginia, smart and brave and traumatized, desperately trying to raise and keep safe a young daughter with unnatural gifts. Sadly, we jumped ahead to said daughter's teenage years instead.
I initially liked Elliot, the main male character, very much. That mostly continued throughout the story. I didn't connect so well with Iris, Virginia's gifted daughter. She was a bit... too much for me. A little too overwhelmingly beautiful and special to feel real, and her first connection with Elliot felt like insta-love. (Keep in mind that I am very picky about romantic relationships. I'm sure a lot of people would like that kind of powerful immediate connection.)
There was some gorgeous prose, swirled together with the blocks of angst and overwrought, unconvincing character interaction. The book was also set against a background of some very interesting possible conflicts (the Hydes being the most obvious example), but those aspects were mostly dropped or underused. Paired with the fact that many of the secondary characters (Virginia; Elliot's friend Cam; amazing, tough, tiny Philomena) were far more interesting overall than the leads, this felt a bit like the first draft of a really, really amazing book.
Bottom line was, The Heartless City didn't quite work for me, but there was a lot of promise hidden in its pages. I very much hope the author one day writes that truly incredible book.
Many thanks to the author for providing a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review....more
This book was wonderful, and that's not a word I use lightly. It was quick, compelling, and so funny that I am*Review also posted at Briar Rose Reads
This book was wonderful, and that's not a word I use lightly. It was quick, compelling, and so funny that I am pretty sure I woke up my housemates with some late-night laughing. I kept texting quotes to my sister, and now she wants to read it too.
Love, Death, and Tea offers a humorous, irreverent look at zombies and the apocalypse, with a different flavor from anything else I've read. If you're looking for deep, complex, twisty plotting and a huge cast of characters, look elsewhere: this book is light with crisp pacing, but the characters it does have are deftly-drawn. During a difficult time, it was exactly the light-hearted escape I needed....more