I began reading this yesterday as I'd read and loved the author's other book, which was about diets of famous people. I admit that I had relatively hiI began reading this yesterday as I'd read and loved the author's other book, which was about diets of famous people. I admit that I had relatively high expectations but I was just let down by this book. I got about 3-4 chapters into the work and while I really, really wanted to like it I just couldn't find anything to really grab my interest. I found the main character Penelope to be pretty annoying in how wishy-washy she was, especially concerning guys. Eventually I just flipped to the end and read the final chapters, hoping to find something to make me want to continue through the rest of the book... and didn't find anything particularly inspiring....more
I'm kind of two minds about this book for the most part. There was the start of something excellent here and for the most part I did enjoy this book.I'm kind of two minds about this book for the most part. There was the start of something excellent here and for the most part I did enjoy this book. So if you just want to know if you should read this or not, I'd recommend going for it as long as you're into slow building novels. It kind of reminded me slightly of similarly themed novels like Harvest Home by Tryon- which admittedly I never finished- so as long as you're OK for stretches of "not much happening" then you'll be OK.
What Littlewood does well in this book is set up descriptions of everything. You'll be able to picture her world fairly well, including the characters- something I particularly enjoyed. This works well when it comes to picturing a particularly creepy or eerie scene, which is fortunate considering that so much can happen fairly quickly- which leads into my biggest gripe with the book.
When big reveals come, particularly the ones in the last portion of the novel, they tend to be fairly quick and without a lot of buildup. A large portion of the book focuses on how quickly Cass's son suddenly goes from being normal to being the spawn of Satan, so much so that it kind of comes at the expense of developing other things. Various "things aren't quite right" stuff happens but it's so quickly brought up, dropped, and somewhat weakly handled that I couldn't help but feel a bit of exasperation with how things were unfolding. The resolution and big reveal is so quickly done that it just didn't feel all that real or organic. It kind of came across like Littlewood had hit her page count, realized that she needed to wrap things up, and just sort of jumped ahead. I think that Littlewood put such an emphasis on Cass's son because she wanted the basic story to be about the love a parent has for their child, but it didn't really come across that well. Rather than feel that sense of dread, I just got a little bored and wondered why Cass didn't just drop kick the brat already.
This was good, but I couldn't help but feel that it would have worked better as a novella as opposed to a full length novel. I do like slow buildups but this one just seemed to spin its wheels for a little too long before shifting into the big finale, so perhaps culling it down to maybe 150-200 pages could have helped that along some. This would be decent as a library read, but I'm a little cautious about recommending that someone go out and purchase a full price hardback. I would read further books from the author, though.
Cute enough series, albeit a bit overly long when you consider that not much actually happens. I was somewhat hoping that it'd go a little more into pCute enough series, albeit a bit overly long when you consider that not much actually happens. I was somewhat hoping that it'd go a little more into photography than it did and/or that our lead character would be challenged more, as he seems to take to photography instantly. We're repeatedly told that his abilities are good but too raw, but this is never really addressed in the series and he is only given the briefest of instructions for everything. Plus the "will they, won't they" and harem antics were a little overly done and don't have the charm of other harem series like Monster Mutsume, where you can understand why everyone likes the main guy and you can understand why he's so indecisive. (Because all of the girls are appealing in their own way, so it's not just a "first girl wins" sort of thing.)...more