I purchased this novella by accident, so I really, really wanted to like it. And I did, I think, but I was kind of left feeling like I had missed someI purchased this novella by accident, so I really, really wanted to like it. And I did, I think, but I was kind of left feeling like I had missed something somewhere. The characters are well-developed, and it's obvious that the author made an effort to ensure that they all had some backstory to give them some depth. The plot was interesting and kept me engaged. However, it felt like a lot of lead-up and little finish. When the story ended, I was stymied as to why the author would leave it at that exact point, with so many ends left unfinished, and I felt like not a lot had actually been resolved. So, I guess I would say, I liked the characters, I liked the world, I liked the concept, I felt like the story had a lot of potential it failed to realize. I will definitely read a second installment to see how it continues to evolve. If you like Steampunk, vampires, unique worlds, and supporting new authors, give this a try....more
This book might be too mild to fit in with the current slew of young adult books on the market--we see not a single curse word or allusion to sex, andThis book might be too mild to fit in with the current slew of young adult books on the market--we see not a single curse word or allusion to sex, and the violence is at an absolute minimum. But I found this story a charming retelling of the fairytale, The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I was also delighted, as a yarn crafter, to find two patterns at the end of the book for some of the items that the hero made in the story. ...more
I haven't actually finished this book, I'm only 1/3 of the way through. The writing is ok--I've often read books of this genre and found the languageI haven't actually finished this book, I'm only 1/3 of the way through. The writing is ok--I've often read books of this genre and found the language to be stilted, with a lot of thees and thous and 'twas and 'twill, but this book seems to be balancing the dialogue well. However, I felt strongly that I had to warn any of my friends--for heaven's sake, do not read this book if you know anything of British history or Shakespearian language! While the author isn't over-using 'twas or 'twill, she obviously doesn't understand that "wherefore" actually means "why". It might not have bothered me if I hadn't worked at the Renaissance Festival for so long...but I did, so I'm having a tough time. Also, I can't love a "hero" who treats the heroine poorly, and I can't respect a heroine who "loves" the hero when she doesn't know anything about him and he doesn't treat her with respect for the time she does know him. Be warned! I'm going to try to finish this book...but I can't make any promises....more
I saw this book in the grocery store and was very interested, so when a good deal came through my e-mail, I snatched it up. The reviews I read about iI saw this book in the grocery store and was very interested, so when a good deal came through my e-mail, I snatched it up. The reviews I read about it were disheartening, but the book didn't disappoint--if you keep in mind that it's meant for younger readers. The main character is a not-very-complicated, not-very-mature, 12 year-old girl on the verge of turning 13. She comes from a family with special "skills" that they usually inherit on their 13th birthday. Of course she's looking forward to this--who wouldn't? But a tragedy occurs and the special day starts to fall apart. Convinced that she can fix things, the main character sets out on a journey marked with mistakes, growth, and new discoveries.
Though the characters and the storyline were very simple, I liked them. Some things were fairly implausible--such as two strangers becoming very close in less than a day--but again, I enjoyed it. Overall, I would say that this book is aimed at children, and can't be considered more than a light read, but I walked away feeling happy in the end, with the story, the characters, and the conclusion. Read it if you want a simple, not-very-complicated story about children going on a journey and learning some things about themselves and other people....more
Mason's Order came to me as a recommendation from an acquaintance who said that it was like Harry Dresden (by Jim Butcher). Being a fan of the Harry DMason's Order came to me as a recommendation from an acquaintance who said that it was like Harry Dresden (by Jim Butcher). Being a fan of the Harry Dresden books, and someone who enjoys finding new authors, I purchased a copy of this book on Kindle, hoping for the best. Well, Mr. Gross blew me away. His writing was quality, his story was cohesive and engrossing, and his characters were quirky, interesting, and engaging. The book did indeed have a certain Dresden-esque feel to it, but the world created by the author was unique, an urban fantasy world that was similar to the worlds typical of this genre but had its own distinct twist. Mr. Gross also found a way to describe action scenes in such a way that I could follow the action, I wasn't bored, and I didn't skip through the descriptions to get to more interesting parts. I found this book a delightful balance between an attempt to solve murders, a teeny bit of romance, interesting character development, fast-paced action, and fae and human politics. The book flew by, and I can still hardly believe that I finished it. I want more! The short story: This book is a fantastic first effort from a talented new author, and the price on e-reader is ridiculously low. If you're a fan of Dresden or urban fantasy, give this book a try. My biggest complaint: The end made me cry. I want more, Mr. Gross, but you can stop making me cry....more