Very interesting - it held my attention all the way through...and then it abruptly stopped. I didn't realize this not a stand-alone book, but since alVery interesting - it held my attention all the way through...and then it abruptly stopped. I didn't realize this not a stand-alone book, but since all of the storylines end the book unresolved, there must be a sequel coming....more
It was not what I was expecting at all. The description on the back of the book explains things through the first two chapters or so. Normally I hateIt was not what I was expecting at all. The description on the back of the book explains things through the first two chapters or so. Normally I hate books like that because I am one of those rare people that likes to have a solid idea of what's coming next in stories I read. This is not to say that several of the twists weren't obvious coming up, but many of the type of twists I kept expecting to see weren't there. I won't pass any more information for those who actually like surprises.
I was wavering between giving this three stars or four, but my disappointment at getting to the end of the story and then finding out that there is a sequel definitely played into me giving it only three. I'm not saying that there was an awful cliffhanger ending, because there wasn't; there were some story lines that definitely need the sequel though. My biggest complaint is that I hate finding out a book isn't a stand-alone at the end. It should be printed on the cover and show up in Amazon, especially if the sequel is already published!! It's not a surprise to the writer or the publisher, so why is it a surprise to me?
Overall, the book was fast-paced, with interesting, mostly believable characters. This is a modern fantasy, which I tend to avoid because I don't like the idea that the real world and fantasy stuff can interact (it gives me nightmares), this story is set in a way that I kept having to remind myself that in was happening in modern times in this world....more
It was my first Rainbow Rowell book, and I think I just found a new author to add to my (admittedly-not-very-short) list of favorites.
I picked this boIt was my first Rainbow Rowell book, and I think I just found a new author to add to my (admittedly-not-very-short) list of favorites.
I picked this book up to read at dinner because I was too bored to read the nonfiction book I'm in the middle of, I couldn't start Schism by Laura Maisano because I only have it in kindle and I needed to charge my iPad, and if I started reading Enders Shadow I would spend the entire weekend reading that series instead of the couple hundred pages of work reading that I have to do tomorrow. I read through dinner...then all evening until it was done.
Although my social anxiety is not anywhere near Cath's, it's high enough to probably be a bad thing, and how she felt about many situations resonated strongly with me. Near the beginning of the book, she describes why she doesn't go to the dining hall. "In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can't Google)." Yes, yes, yes!...more