I initially marked this book as three stars due to its subject matter (USA school shooting) but now, after a week or so has passed I have knocked it dI initially marked this book as three stars due to its subject matter (USA school shooting) but now, after a week or so has passed I have knocked it down to two stars. Although the subject matter is clearly very important in this climate, simply referring to the book itself - it didn't amaze me. In fact, I felt as though it had very little effect.
None of the characters felt particularly well developed and I didn't emotionally connect to any of them. I don't really know how to explain it, but I felt that all the characters (along with their stereotypes and tropes) were shoehorned in.
I remember finding Jennifer Brown's Hate List (which I read two years ago) to be a much better read on this subject matter....more
The unique setting of Soundless as well as the fact that all (well, the majority) of the character's conversations take place in sign language was verThe unique setting of Soundless as well as the fact that all (well, the majority) of the character's conversations take place in sign language was very appealing to me and I was really looking forward to devouring this story.
Although I generally enjoyed this book due to its aforementioned uniqueness, I found that it wasn't really long enough. My main gripe was that the main action/the climax of the story occurred far too close to the end. This made the book feel like it was lending itself to being the first book in a series, which when considering Richelle Mead's success in publishing other series (such as Vampire Academy) may have initially been the plan. Following this, the wrapping up of the story was far too rushed and also felt super cliche.
In addition, I think the relatively short length of Soundless also led to a limitation on the amount of world building and Chinese culture that Richelle Mead was able to include. I found this aspect in particular to be a shame as it is something I would have definitely liked to have seen more of.
I would recommend this book if you want to read a quick standalone that offers something a little bit different....more
Dealing with the everyday tragedy, beauty, pain and joy of everyday people, their families and their livesI absolutely loved Sweet Home by Carys Bray.
Dealing with the everyday tragedy, beauty, pain and joy of everyday people, their families and their lives; all the stories within this short story collection are absolutely stunning.
As soon as I finished reading this book, I instantly had a craving to devour it all over again (and no doubt will again in the near future!). Carys Bray is an amazing writing and I can't wait to pick up another one of her books....more
Set in 1870s France, with the backdrop of the bloody Franco-Prussian war; this book follows the horror filled story of the well liked character AlainSet in 1870s France, with the backdrop of the bloody Franco-Prussian war; this book follows the horror filled story of the well liked character Alain de Monèys who visits Hautefaye’s fair one summers day.
The community is already feeling uneasy and frustrated, with their crops failing due to a drought and their loved ones being slaughtered in battle. So, when something Alan says is taken out of massively context; the mob descends on him, leading to the craziest and bloodiest 2 hours the village of Hautefaye has ever seen.
Overall I enjoyed Eat Him if You Like. What I find most interesting about this story is that it is based on the true events that took place in Hautefaye, France. The epilogue states that the country was so ashamed of what happened on this day that they even considered wiping the village off the map in an attempt to erase this affair from the country’s history.
Although some of this book made me feel quite uncomfortable (and I am neither a prude or squeamish), I appreciated the retelling of this horrific act of violence in history, as well as its social commentary on how easy it is for individuals to be swept up in action, movements etc. that aren’t particularly good.
A side note, I was surprised to find that this book was written in 2011. Although mob mentality has often led to abysmal acts of violence etc. throughout history, I thought that it was very applicable to events on going in the world today; such as the racism and violence displayed during the American Presidential Election....more