Note: This review is only for Ilona Andrews' short story, Magic Mourns.
Length: 90 pages Actual rating: 3.5 stars
If you liked Andrea and Raphael in MagiNote: This review is only for Ilona Andrews' short story, Magic Mourns.
Length: 90 pages Actual rating: 3.5 stars
If you liked Andrea and Raphael in Magic Burns and Magic Strikes, this short story is a must read for you. That is, if you can ignore the repulsive cover.
Magic Mourns takes place about six weeks after the events in Magic Strikes and two weeks before the beginning of Magic Bleeds. In Magic Mourns, Andrea, a knight of the Order, must team up with Raphael, a werehyena with romantic feelings towards her, to eradicate the demonic dog that is chasing Raphael and causing problems with the bouda pack . . . all while trying to ignore her own amorous feelings for the seductive shapeshifter.
I like the way Andrea and Raphael come together in this. They're still working on their relationship, they're taking it easy, but Andrea starts treating Raphael with respect and she begins to realize that Raphael is more than just a werehyena (or bouda, whichever you perfer) and the sexual urges that come with being one. She realizes that Raphael is a man, a man with real feelings and that he truly cares for her. There's also lots of action, mythology, and violence that I've come to expect with Andrews' stories. Magic Mourns is a fast-paced, entertaining short story in a series that I've quickly come to love.
The ending of this short story is very interesting because a rather surprising tidbit is revealed about Curran. (view spoiler)[The magic that Curran has is even older and stronger than Kate's? Well, well, well . . . (hide spoiler)] I'm interested to see how it'll play into the upcoming installments.
There's still more to Andrea's story, and the rest will be told in a Kate Daniels spin off, which you can find here.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Three stories. Three girls. One thing in common: each lady has not been kissed. And their first taste of that special time when lips touch won't comeThree stories. Three girls. One thing in common: each lady has not been kissed. And their first taste of that special time when lips touch won't come without a price . . .
The wife and husband team of Laini Taylor and Jim Di Bartolo sure do make for a sumptuous collection of stories. I'd be hard-pressed to choose which is more beautiful: Taylor's writing or Di Bartolo's illustrations.
Let me give you samples of each:
"With a deep, visceral ache, she wished her true form might prove to be a sleek and shining one, like a stiletto blade slicing free of an ungainly sheath. Like a bird of prey losing its hatchling fluff to hunt in cold, magnificent skies. That she might become something glitering, something startling, something dangerous."
"Kissing can ruin lives. Lips touch, sometimes teeth clash. New hunger is born with a throb and caution falls away."
"And Esmé remembered in a rush - the wolfsong, the haunting, lyrical spirals of it in the dawn quiet and the feeling of euphoria that had attended it. Even in recollection the howling uplifted her like the crescendo at the end of a symphony and made her heartbeat quicken."
(I would eat their fruit . . .)
(These are even more gorgeous in person . . .)
(Makes you want to have red hair . . .)
Now, if those stunning snippets aren't enough to make you want to read this, there's something wrong with you I don't see how anything I can say will convince you to read this.
Very close to four stars . . . 3.5. Definitely recommended....more
Despite Wonderstruck's 630 pages, I read it within the span of three hours. Granted, over 460 of those pages are illustrations, but I still believe thDespite Wonderstruck's 630 pages, I read it within the span of three hours. Granted, over 460 of those pages are illustrations, but I still believe this fact attests to Wonderstruck's ability to keep its reader engaged and entertained.
Wonderstruck is two stories in one: it is Ben's story, and it is Rose's story. With the former's being told in words, and the latter's being told in illustrations, this textile tale takes two youngsters, a book, a turtle, a bookstore, a museum, and several supporting characters and blends them perfectly to ultimately make one beautiful, symmetrical story. As the story carefully unfolds, we learn that Ben is deaf in one ear, and Rose is deaf completely. Ben has recently lost his mother, and is now anxious to find out all he can about his father, whom his mother never told him about. After finding a few clues in his mother's bedroom, Ben goes off to New York in search of his father. Meanwhile, Rose, always feeling like she doesn't belong anywhere, is obsessed with a movie starlet. Thanks to a newspaper article, Rose ends up going to see this actress during one of her stage shows in New York. Although their stories are fifty years apart, both characters go on almost the exact same journey and end up in many of the same places, and the reader is left feeling nothing short of amazement when all is revealed and each character finds what they've been so desperate to have: love, and a sense of belonging.
As it is children's literature, Wonderstruck isn't the sort of story I'd normally go for. But the more I read the more I realize that stepping out of your comfort zone is the only way to truly see what you're missing. And in the case of Wonderstruck, it is certainly something to behold. Selznick's illustrations are absolute food for the eyes and I believe they speak for themselves:
Along with a few other illustrated works I've recently read, Wonderstruck has given me an appreciation for art and helped me to see how it can truly make a story come alive. 3.5 stars