3.5 stars: This was an awesome take on the genie/jinni/djinn mythos. The world, magic, and plot were all really well developed. But--and I know this i...more3.5 stars: This was an awesome take on the genie/jinni/djinn mythos. The world, magic, and plot were all really well developed. But--and I know this is totally a taste thing--the prose was a little overwrought for me. The whole world was very sensual and lush, and I know this had to be reflected in the verbiage, and most of the time it was totally acceptable, but sometimes it went a little overboard for me. The climax also felt like it went on a little too long, like too many things were trying to get wrapped up, and then didn't get wrapped up because it's a trilogy, which I found frustrating. But I'll totally read the next one.(less)
Let me preface this by saying that the first 300 pages of this book deserved 4 stars. It was poignant, painful, and finely wrought. It's a situation I...moreLet me preface this by saying that the first 300 pages of this book deserved 4 stars. It was poignant, painful, and finely wrought. It's a situation I think a lot of people have been in (me for sure), and she's right: it SUCKS. There are no good choices, and someone--if not everyone--is going to have a broken heart at the end of this mess.
The last 50 pages, however, made me actually physically beat the book against my lap in frustration. So, so much of this relationship was well done--premise is BRILLIANT--and then everyone gets on the saddest train through Crytown and hearts are sad and maybe feelings are feelings because we can't control them, Gary.
Romance, as a genre, is going to have some manufactured drama. And if you're dealing with a couple of knuckledheads in their early 20s, there's going to be some angst. I get it. That's cool. But once you start throwing in crap that's designed to make me emotional (and you do it hamfistedly), you stop being John Green and start being Nicholas Sparks.
The writing itself is solid throughout; my only complaint is that, while it's told from alternating first person POVs, the voices sound so similar that few times I had to go back and check whose section I was in. And there are a bunch of song lyrics sprinkled throughout, but it's a book about writing songs and musicians and I recognize that's a pet peeve of mine, so no points deducted.(less)