Half Bad certainly wasn’t the typical young adult novel. It was such a dark and somber read. I was really surprised by how much time was focuses on thHalf Bad certainly wasn’t the typical young adult novel. It was such a dark and somber read. I was really surprised by how much time was focuses on the amount and depth of abuse that the main character gets put thru. Indeed his pain and torment was a frequently reoccurring event throughout the book. For those readers that enjoy a darker read from time to time, this book just might be for you.
In a modern day London the story follows the life of a young boy Nathan. There are white witches and black witches and he is half of each. His mother was a white witch and his father a black. His mother is dead and he has never met his father (who is hunted by the white witches). The witch society paints black witches as evil but based on the things that white witches do I would say they are just as evil. As their governing council and enforcers are the main ones that make Nathan’s life miserable.
Oh oh you hurt me so bad
Nathan has had a very rough life. He is the youngest of four children all raised by their grandmother and one of his siblings hates him vehemently. He doesn’t really have any friends outside of two of his siblings and his grandmother and the one time he makes one he is essentially tortured to warn him off. I liked the fact that he did have at least family members who genuinely loved and cared for him. It helped balance some of the more horrendous things he goes through. As there are quite a number of scenes where Nathan is physically abused and the reader is not spared details. After awhile it started to really put me off because I began to wonder where the light was at the end of the tunnel. The whole story seems centered around him growing up with the stigma of being a half black witch and whether he will be allowed to receive his witch gifts on his 17th birthday in a blood ceremony that must be performed by an adult witch of his bloodline. Of course there are some major obstacles for him there.
Nathan has a very surly personality and I don’t blame him, but I have to admit that I never did get attached to him probably largely due to that. I also think the entirely somber tone of the book just didn’t work for me. I like to have a bit of sweet with my sour if you know what I mean – and this poor kid just had too many things going sour in his life. His whole life was governed to the point of who he could talk to, where he could go, etc. After awhile I didn’t feel like there was anything positive to look forward to. While I found the premise to really interesting I don’t feel motivated to continue reading the series especially since I didn’t successfully connect with Nathan.
Thoughts on the audio narration
I adored the narration on this book. The accents were fabulous and the characterizations were spot on. Nathan’s personality was captured perfectly by the narrator and I definitely wouldn’t have made it thru the print version but the audio version added that extra oomph for me that kept me engaged in the story and made Nathan a real person for me and not just a torture victim. If you’re considering reading Half Bad I would say try the audiobook....more
Hexed was like reading urban fantasy that was written for young adult readers. It was fast paced, fun and had the touch of romance that seems to be reHexed was like reading urban fantasy that was written for young adult readers. It was fast paced, fun and had the touch of romance that seems to be required with YA books.
Lucifer the main character has spunk and her self proclaimed status as thief of dangerous magical artifacts was a great way to put her into a position for many more future stories/books. What with that backstory I was surprised that the first adventure we experienced with her was a kidnapped persons case instead of her retrieving some bad mojo item or other (but I’m sure that will come later).
Some of the bits I liked
– I loved that it mixed urban fantasy with horror and I even dug the very mild romance. – Yes, there really is a stuffed pink bunny like on the cover, score! – parental figures are not completely out of the picture. Many YA novels have an unrealistic amount of absentee adults. Thankfully this one does not. – I just really dug Lucifer as a character. She’s tough yet soft. And still has morals even tho she is a thief. Best of all tho she plays dirty in a makes me laugh kind of way. – A good supporting cast but not a memorable one. The police officer father of the kidnapped girl, and handsome boyfriend were good enough that they didn’t feel flat while reading them but not memorable enough that I can recall their names now that it’s been a week since I read the book. – a really freaking cool other world with a sufficiently creepy lady Keeper of Secrets. Better yet there is travel by mirrors…who doesn’t want to travel by mirror? – a great hook for deeper backstory on Lucifer. I’m thankful her entire history wasn’t dumped on us in this book. It gives me nite to look forward to in the next one. – And monsters! I love monsters (witches, demons, hounds and witches)
Teen angst but just the right amount
I read a fair share of young adult books and I can tell you it’s a fine line between too much and too little teen angst. Here we are given a perfect dose. Lucifer interacts with other teens in Hexed only because she has to in order to find out all the info she can about the way the victim (a teenage girl Grace) was abducted.
Like watching a not too scary horror flick
When I was younger I used to watch those teen horror flicks. I’m sure all of you know the kind. There is a spooky house, games that the teens dare each other to do and inevitably something horrendously scary in a mirror. I am not lying when I say one of those such mirror movies caused me to leave the bathroom door open for months after watching it. But I couldn’t help going back for more scares because they weren’t completely scary. There was a touch of that here. Just as those movies were so watchable, Hexed was soo readable.
I definitely recommend it for urban fantasy fans and especially refers who enjoy young adult fiction....more
The Witches of Echo Park sets up an interesting story of a coven of witches and this “Flood” (aka some bad juju) that isReads like a 300 page prologue
The Witches of Echo Park sets up an interesting story of a coven of witches and this “Flood” (aka some bad juju) that is coming and likely to destroy them and from the sounds of it all other witches as well. But thats it, that’s all that this book is – one big setup for the story that is likely to come in future books.
Where are we really going with this?
Nowhere really fast I say. Because this book is told from the alternating perspective of every single woman in this Echo Park coven. I kid you not the perspectives of 6 different women! so many perspectives wouldn’t bother you – you say? Well, I’m not opposed to reading from many different perspectives either, heck I’m a fan of epic fantasy which usually throws this many or more perspectives at me and is generally expected to be normal. But for a 300 page urban fantasy novel that model did not quite work for me here. But why, Tabitha, why didn’t it work for you? Because there just wasn’t enough going on, or better put the plot wasn’t going anywhere.
The ladies you’ll meet
Eleanora – head of the coven, Lyse’s great aunt and also dying of cancer. She sees dead people
Lyse – Niece to Eleanora and soon to be newest member of the coven, likely a herbalist.
Devandra – Reader of the cards, all around sweet and loving mother of 2.
Arrabelle – Herbalist, a might testy and somewhat muscle in the coven.
Daniela – Empath and still a newbie member to the coven. Mother is one of the recently deceased Dream Walkers.
Lizbeth – 17 year old apprentice to Arrabelle and a mute. She is sweet and gets the least amount of POV chapters (2 total I think)
The visions, The Flashbacks, but where’s the meat?
There are a whole lot of flashbacks and that’s how a lot of the background info is delivered about Eleanora. Indeed if I remember right I think all of the flashbacks are pretty much hers. For those that are sensitive to rape triggers in your reading be warned one of the scenes in this book could upset you. There are also some spectral visits, dreams and a strong bow chicka bow wow vision. I personally have a love hate relationship with flashback sequences. If used right they can be fabulous, if used too heavily they can really bog down a book. Here I could see the necessity for some of the flashbacks. One of the dream sequences for the most part just really didn’t seem to add anything for me and I think confuses the type of power that person is theorized to have. Much of it felt loosey goosey and seemed to me that it could have used some tightening up and a firmer direction.
Could have used some trimming of the edges…
Overall for taking place over the course of a few days, I think this book would have served better if it were shortened down by half and perhaps combined with whatever second book might be coming out next. That way more forward momentum could have been made in what looks like is going to be a few of the main plots in the series story arc. Which are – “The Flood” that is coming, and the protecting of this last Dream Walker. Unfortunately the bulk of any plot movement takes place in the last 50 pages of the book. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of things throughout the book that all tie in at the end and you’ll have those moments of “oh so that’s why that was included” while at the time you’re reading it you’re just wandering why you’re being given all of this superfluous information. I did appreciate the writing and thought even though all of it felt like setup it was well written setup but lacked the punches in places to make it anything BUT that. There wasn’t enough solid plot for me to wrap all of that setup around. With how it ended I am vaguely curious as to how things will go but not enough so to continue reading the series....more
Bubble bubble toil and trouble – Second verse better than the first
Yes my dears, Whisper the Dead packs even more of a punch then the first book, A BrBubble bubble toil and trouble – Second verse better than the first
Yes my dears, Whisper the Dead packs even more of a punch then the first book, A Breath of Frost did! The Lovegrove cousins are back and not much time at all (days maybe) have passed since the Greymalkin sisters spirits were bottled by Emma. The Order has assigned Keepers to each of the cousins to watch them at all times.
Gretchen has her time in the limelight
Readers of the first book will likely remember that while we got to read from all three of the cousins perspectives the first time around, Emma, Penelope and Gretchen (as well as reading some from Cormac, Emma’s love interest) the lead character in A Breath of Frost was really Emma. So I was excited to see when I read the synopsis for Whisper the Dead that Gretchen was going to be the lead character in this one and she does not let us down. She is fiery and quirky and loads of fun. Her gift is that of a Whisperer – where she hears the voices of dead witches anytime she comes upon a spell that is incorrect or indeed when she wants to know how to do a spell. There seems to be so much more to her powers that she has yet to learn and it’s a very painful process for her to learn them…so much so that sometimes her ears bleed and she passes out from the cacophony of voices that bombard her. But her even though her budding powers are causing her no end of pain her newfound powers are helping the Order of Keepers immensely with rogue magic that is terrorizing the people of the city in a number of ways both small and large.
Enter stage left, one proper and stiff….werewolf?
I was surprised to see the addition of shapeshifters added to this YA fantasy but I have to say I was so happy with the way it was done. Indeed this entire world is so rich with magic and cool creatures and oddball spell ingredients that I ate every bit of it up. And then we get Tobias, a Keeper for the Order who is Cormac’s partner and gets added to our set of POVs because he happens to be the Keeper assigned to watch Gretchen. Mix his noble, icy, stiff and proper personage with Gretchen who is anything but and there is bound to be a clashing of the skulls like no other. The torments she seems to want to visit upon him….hijinx how I love them. And he won’t be scared off. *wink* Maybe she can melt that icy exterior?
Let’s not forget about Penelope
I really wonder where the series is headed next because in the trend of most 2nd books in a series it ends with a cliffhanger. Normally I’d get really upset at such an offense (yes I’m offended by cliffhangers! lol) but in this case the cliffhanger works perfectly as a transition to what will be the next book. At least I’m seeing it that way. I assume at this point that book 3 will star Penelope and I can’t wait to see what happens with her as well as how the stories of the other two cousins wraps up. There has been an a lot of tragedy in their lives and it’s got me biting my nails to find out what happens next! I highly recommend these books for lovers of witches, Victorian London and girls who just know how to have fun!...more
The Iron Trial is a nice addition to the middle grade fantasy genre that feature boarding schools of the magic variety. I’ve read a few of them now ovThe Iron Trial is a nice addition to the middle grade fantasy genre that feature boarding schools of the magic variety. I’ve read a few of them now over the years and I still think they are fun. I do however think I might have enjoyed this one more if I weren’t in the mood for something with a bit more of a mature teen feel.
These kids entering the school are the typical age of 12. Anyways Callum (or Call like a telephone call – I’m weird and just had to verify this by listening to part of the audiobook) has been training much of his life to fail The Iron Trial test that grants the kids entrance into the school. His father hates magic, I’m assuming because of the prologue where his wife is murdered and his then infant son Call is maimed. So Call grew up with a father that hates and fears magic. And Call? Well he’s a surly kid that I don’t feel sorry for or even really like. He has a disability because of his leg being broken as an infant – instead of rising above his handicap he seems to use it as an excuse to be a brat. He doesn’t exactly feel sorry for himself obviously but he always expects people to treat him differently and then also doesn’t make a real effort to be nice even if folks are nice to him. He does turn a lot of that around as the book progresses thankfully because if it didn’t I don’t think I could have continued.
He winds up partnered with two other kids, Aaron who seems nice and Tamara who is quite a bit stuck up in the beginning. They are chosen by one of the masters of the Magisterium (the magic school under a mountain) to be his apprentices. At first you think these kids are going to be at odds but wind up developing bonds. It was really nice to see the relationship between these three develop and change over the course of the book. I have to admit here that the role I assumed would be taken on by Call was not and that Aaron might end up being a bigger character then the first part of the book left me believing. I really enjoyed the way this played out. I do think Tamara was given a little bit too typical of cliche of a role but not one that I found to be incorrect or ill fitting. For not liking her as much in the beginning I ended up liking her much more by the end.
The magic system is one that I think kids will enjoy but I wasn’t overly impressed as I was reading it for my own pleasure. This is definitely one where I would say kids 8 to 11 would enjoy it more. I know this might sound silly but reading it made me feel old versus some other kids books I’ve read which instead make me feel nostalgic (which is a feeling I much prefer). Do you know what I mean? Like watching a show or reading a book that you know is targeted at a certain age group but enough is included for adults such that they will enjoy it too. This one didn’t quite fit into that bracket for me. So ultimately The Iron Trial isn’t one of those middlegrade books that I would recommend to adult readers who enjoy the occasional kids read. Overall, it was a quick and easy read but definitely targeted younger readers....more
Who, What, Where? – There is a whole lot of that going on in Black Arts.
It was Colonel Custard in the limo with the vampy whammy and some voodoo witchWho, What, Where? – There is a whole lot of that going on in Black Arts.
It was Colonel Custard in the limo with the vampy whammy and some voodoo witchery. Pretty much Jane doesn’t have much of a clue with who nabbed who, who killed who, the whats and wheres and hows of everything for much of this book. There was so much going on for her that it was hard for her to get and keep it all straight. But in true Jane form it all starts to come together toward the end and there are some ah-ha moments for her which hopefully most of us figured out a bit ahead of her. Though admittedly there was an oddball curve ball or two in there that I didn’t see coming at all.
Even though Molly her “not quite besty anymore” features heavily in this book she gets pretty much no air time, which of course made me sad because I really like Molly. However we see plenty of her husband and two darling kids. Things are also developing nicely with Jane’s new adoptive brothers that she’s taken into her household and business. Things are pretty natural now between this trio and they add a nice dynamic to her life.
While there was action in this one it wasn’t as much action peppered throughout as say the past few books. I have to admit that I’m pretty tired of hearing about Ricky-bo and all the issues that come along with his bag of drama. Move on girl, just move on I say. There was an open unfinished thread left in Black Arts that I’m sure we’ll see picked up in hopefully the next book because I hate having unanswered questions for too long. I’ll have to dive into it asap and see – because there are some big head honchos coming to town from Europe and I can only imagine its going to be quite the wild ride for us and Jane!...more
Readers that love witches and young adult books have an engaging read in store for them with A Breath of Frost. Discovering family secrets and a heritReaders that love witches and young adult books have an engaging read in store for them with A Breath of Frost. Discovering family secrets and a heritage long kept hidden, these three young cousins have so much in store for them, some of which (like what I did there? hehe) romance, gargoyles, madcaps, silly debutantes, dashing young men, balls and oh my a finishing school for witches.
These girls discover they are witches after one accidentally breaks the binding spell that her mother placed on all three of them. Unbeknownst to them there was an entire secret society and world hidden from normal folk and that they now have to adapt to. In learning their heritage they also need to learn to control their powers that come with it. They are decidedly behind the power curve, and no one seems to let them forget it and yet combined with the force of their personalities and a whole lot of moxy they don't let that stop them from kicking butt and taking names.
You can expect a lot of interesting magic - I really enjoyed the different forms of animals that the magic familiar of each person took. I thought it was a nice way to integrate the typical witches familiar. The use of spell ingredients is always fun for me, so you'll see plenty of mention of that throughout the book. The smells of things are described rather well and I believe always helps pull you into a story more.
Oh yes, I already mentioned the finishing school yes? I think many young girls often dream of how interesting life might be at a boarding school I know I always did, and still do. It was very neat to so one just for female witches.
There was no shortage of things to enjoy about A Breath of Frost. Things start fast and keep a nice steady pace. I adored Harvey's writing style, even though I was quite confused for the first 35 - 40% as to why the heck these "Keepers" were after Emma. While the book does feature all three cousins, Emma is most definitely the focus of the story. She is the main perspective, the other perspectives that are included are of course Penelope and Gretchen but we also get to see things a few times from one of the romantic interests, Cormac (and another minor character Moira). I have to say, in the beginning there wasn't a very strong difference to me between Penny and Gretchen so I would get them confused a bit but ultimately that straightened itself out as things went on.
For the time period it was in there were of course some definite veering from 'acceptable' behavior. That being a considerable amount of kissing for a story that takes place in 1814 with unmarried debutantes *wink* I find this is often the case in historical fantasy books, not the kissing but the veering of the characters towards decidedly modern behavioral patterns. That sort of thing doesn't bother me at all but I imagine it could pickle a few people. I say just roll with it, it works.
The style of things leaves the reader just as confused in the first half of the book as Emma is and you slowly learn and uncover things right along with her. She has so many mysteries that she wants to solve that you wonder if she's really going to be able to figure it all out by the end because by then you as the reader I'm sure already have.
I seriously enjoyed the starter of this new series and look forward to reading more about these cousins. I'm really hoping that each future book will focus on each of the cousins in turn so we can get to know the others just as well as we did Emma.
If you love, YA, witches, magic, romance and historical settings with some definite tweaking then definitely pick up A Break of Frost....more
Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, Mummies, You name it this Amusement Park has em!...and Cotton Candy!
Good Freaking Times! Zombillenium has beautiful ilZombies, Werewolves, Vampires, Mummies, You name it this Amusement Park has em!...and Cotton Candy!
Good Freaking Times! Zombillenium has beautiful illustrations, snarky dialogue and awesome characters all around. But not only that Zombillenium IS an an amusement park! This is my kind of place, indeed I wish I could spend my vacation here instead of Disneyland. All the park employees are bona fide monsters...and doesn't it suck for them, there is no union, wages & jobs seem to suck and if you do a bad job....well let's just say you're fired, the crispy kind. These boogies are contracted into employment and have no choice, which is too bad so sad for them not to mention the park isn't doing so well business wise.
One unlucky day for a certain fella, he happens to get hit by a car, bitten by a vampire then bitten by a werewolf (repeatedly) and no one really knows what kind of monster he's turned out to be. What they do know is he's now the park's biggest attraction. Hang on for a whacky fun filled ride monster lovers! ...more
The Undead Pool, book 12 in Kim Harrison's Hollows series, just about rocked my sucks off! As a long time fan I am extremely looking forward to and yeThe Undead Pool, book 12 in Kim Harrison's Hollows series, just about rocked my sucks off! As a long time fan I am extremely looking forward to and yet dreading the end. I have to say right now if this were to be the last book I would walk away with a big cat got the cream smile on my face. Fortunately, this isn't the end! So all we can do is wait in happy torment for the last book! Luckily this one ends on a great stopping point such that we won't be aggravated while waiting for that final book. The Undead Pool leaves us readers in a perfect spot, as I think pretty much all of the books have. That is one thing I have got to give to Harrison, I never felt like she employed the cliffhanger tactic. You go girl, you know how to get it done!
Tempt me, Tease me, You do everything to please me! - Exactly! Oh the romantic tension! All I could think about was, how long I've wanted and waited for this! What the hell took you so long! Oh but the wait made it all the more delicious, all the more satisfying, just this side of painfully exquisite! I can only say I've been hoping for years that this is where Rachel was headed romantically, and I hope I'm not alone in how excited I was over these developments.
Growing up is hard to do. - Seriously, we've seen Rachel come a long, long way over the years. There were times when I felt she trapped in her own bad habits and I just wanted to shake or face palm her..except with a fist. But here I finally saw just how much of a responsible adult she has become. She knows when to ask for help, she knows that not everything revolves around her, and finally she knows when she needs to let go.
What the hell are you waiting for? - If you haven't already started this series, then hell you need to jump on this train. We have only one book left before the series ends, don't let the number of books already in the series scare you. I love that she's going to end the series with the lucky number 13. The Hollows series and The Undead Pool demands to be read right now! Don't make me threaten you with paper cuts......more
Delicately somber tale of loss, survival, and love.
Plain Kate is one of those sad stories that will tug on your heart strings, hell maybe even rip theDelicately somber tale of loss, survival, and love.
Plain Kate is one of those sad stories that will tug on your heart strings, hell maybe even rip them out a bit. It portrays the cruelties that people are capable of to a haunting extreme. I don’t know what is scarier, imagining the evil things an author can conjure in their books or knowing that people really can be that petty and cruel. It was amazingly written.
Though there was a lot of darkness and superstition (throw in a lot of finger pointing, and crying of witch), at the same time this book renewed my faith in the unexpected kindness of others. Think….what would you do for someone you truly love? I’m not talking about romantic love here.
Kate is a phenomenally gifted wood carver, learning the trade from her father. But he falls ill from the sickness while she is still a child. He dies and leaves her an orphan, and as she isn’t an adult and was never officially apprenticed she can not take over her fathers business, no matter how talented. Thus, Kate is turned out and must fend for herself. She survives by living inside a drawer in their old work booth in the market and selling what little things she can. Unfortunately, she is a target for the town’s superstitious residents. Her character is a sad and lonely but determined survivor. At least she has a cat. I have a soft spot for stories with a cat or dog companion in them.
When a traveling peddler comes to town making trouble for her, in order to pressure her to trade her shadow, she is forced to flee. That is when we really see what she is made of. I don’t want to spoil anything but must say she meets both wonderful and terrible people and experiences such things befitting both. I was amazed this was a debut author as it was crafted so well. This is a book I would read again and recommend to friends!...more
Unfortunately, I had quite a few gripes about this book.
To begin - the characters - Jolie and Rand were well enough developed but I just couldn't findUnfortunately, I had quite a few gripes about this book.
To begin - the characters - Jolie and Rand were well enough developed but I just couldn't find anything about them that made me latch onto them and really care. Now, Christa (the best friend) had pretty much no character development at all. I saw her as just the token friend character thrown in there so that Jolie could have someone to fall back on now and then and be made to feel more secure or insecure in situations where that was needed. The fact that she followed her around the country, then out of the country was way too convenient.
Jolie herself - yeah she bugged me with her whole lusting after several men and acting as if she wants to do more with Rand in one scene but then fighting off her urges in another? A bit of a ploy to build more sexual tension in my opinion - wasn't working for me.
Now as for bad guy development - so not there. Why should we be afraid of this Bella lady, how did she get all these other races to join her side in the first place? Lots left open, which in a series book is normal but still a little bit more info should be there.
Too many supernatural races too quickly. I don't know why it bugged me so much, maybe it was that she put a bunch in there but they all essentially felt so shallow in the species dept. Like each wasn't built up very well. Just put in the mix to be there.
It left me with an annoyed feeling and I didn't like it at all. Heck, going back to my convenient comment at the beginning maybe that's what ticked me off so much about this read - so much of it was just 'way too convenient.' The plots, the characters, the additional races, the convenient use of powers and easy wins.
*especially irritating convenient powers, changing to an animal shape when you're a witch, instant clothes, changing your appearance, no spells, oh and just miraculously being able to bring people back from the dead without having any real concept of ever having any power beyond visions before that?* ...erg
I hate to write negative reviews - but because I stuck it out and read through the entire thing - I'm going to put my opinion out there....more
I just recently finished an entire re-read of the series in order to have it all fresh in my mind. I have to say - I love the series overall, but I doI just recently finished an entire re-read of the series in order to have it all fresh in my mind. I have to say - I love the series overall, but I do not really love Rachel right now. I don't hate her mind you - but a reader rather expects a certain amount of character progression and growth over the course of a long series like this one.
I, however, did not feel like she exhibited any during at least a little more than the entire first half of this book (plus a number of previous books) to reflect any of her experiences through the course of the series. People have flaws, that's to be expected - but jeez sometimes I wonder how she has managed to even live this long - sheer dumb luck and having others pull her fat out of the fire?? I was constantly getting aggravated with her while reading this and wanted to ass punch her.
I'm sure that there has been some actual growth for her as a character/person but I really wasn't feeling it here. That's what left a bad taste in my mouth. If I ever did a reread again I would probably leave this one out of the rotation.
The interactions, oh don't get me started, all of them seemed very 'topical' like a itch cream you put on to get past some poison ivy or something. Overall I felt it lacked depth to the things that took place or the way the characters dealt/interacted with one another like there was no real substance to anything.
Also, I hate repetitive writing, and do I REALLY need to hear about the darn butterfly chrysalis three times in the first half of the book? REALLY?? Really....Really...too blatant if that's supposed to be setup for something later on. Yeah I threw all the Reallys in there just to annoy you...feel my pain people.
There were of course some saving graces to this book otherwise I would have rated it much lower than a 3 - but for the life of me - I really just can't think of many of them right now. So call me a Negative Nancy. I still enjoyed seeing the characters I've come to love. There was some nice emphasis on Jenks and Ivy "moving on" with their lives - though I got tired of hearing about Rachel whine about it. I liked the idea of Jenks and Belle getting friendly - it worked for me. Other than that - nothing is coming to mind.
Ok, so I change my mind - after writing this - I have to give it a 2...or 2.5. And no I'm not PMSing...I just can't justify something higher in my opinion. Though I'm sure many will disagree. haha...more
I simply have to preface this review with – GO OUT AND GET THIS BOOK! Beg, borrow, buy, or steal it from a friend – I don’t care, but you must read itI simply have to preface this review with – GO OUT AND GET THIS BOOK! Beg, borrow, buy, or steal it from a friend – I don’t care, but you must read it because it is just THAT good. Now that I’ve made my demands let me tell you why I loved this book. *note this review has a few quote spoilers*
The character building that is done for the protagonist, Warden, is great. He is the good guy, but then hell he’s also one of the bad guys. A low life to love. How is that possible? Essentially he’s a good guy gone bad. He’s fallen in with the Crime world when he got booted from being an Agent of the Crown. I think my only bone of contention with this book is that you never find out exactly why he was given the forcible boot.
As I feel in this specific case Polansky’s words might server as a better incentive for you to read the book than my own will – here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book. Oh the teasers!
"Mac had managed to carve out a small territory by virtue of his skill with a blade and the unreserved dedication of his whores, who to a woman, were as enamored of him as a mother is her firstborn." page 5
The background and backflashes in the book on Warden’s life were very well placed. I like that you got to see some of his experiences as a soldier as well as a child during the time of the plague. This particular one below had me laughing so hard, probably because I knew some foul mouthed sergeants in my time.
"They aren't expecting you to do anything, Private. I, however, am ordering you to shut that flapping cunt mouth of yours and gear up, because you're going over the wall in a quarter hour whether you're butt-fucking naked or covered in soot. And don't worry about the enemy, from what I hear they only fire at men." page 51
I loved how when reading this book I felt like I was in a different land, so similar to what maybe our own might have been like in another time/world and the differences to some of the normal speech patterns helped give that effect.
Now, Warden, tries to play like he’s a ball breaker, because he is, but he’s got a soft heart. There are so many times reading this when I thought – he’s only being cruel because it’s how he shows he cares. I’m so thankful this book didn’t have any romance in it – I wasn’t in the mood for any of those shenanigans so if that’s what you’re looking for this book is not it. I think this is about Warden, rediscovering part of who he is and what it is to watch out for your own.
I just have to throw this last quote in here because I thought it was way too hilarious to leave out. Now this is definitely how you get rid of an unwanted visitor!
"Up close she looked like someone better seen from father away. 'I don't believe I've had the pleasure,' she began. 'Are you mad? I had you last year at Lord Addington's spring formal! We went behind his pagoda and I took you from the rear. You said I was the best you'd ever had!' The color drained from her face-clearly she didn't find my scenario entirely implausible. Stammering an explanation she hurried off" page 303...more