I expected this to be terrible and it wasn't. I'm really happy I picked it up. There is SO much going on in this first book, you're wondering why theI expected this to be terrible and it wasn't. I'm really happy I picked it up. There is SO much going on in this first book, you're wondering why the action just won't stop and why there are still ten chapters left when you thought you reached the conclusion. It's funny, cute and even sexy. I mean I like how the author doesn't handle the reader with kid gloves. It's brutal and mature and I loved it. The Epilogue was perfect as well. I'm terrified and excited to see Paige's story. :)
I didn't like the mc Indigo, but that's the beauty of it, right? You don't have to like them....more
This felt like a "middle" book. Allies lining up, decisions slowly being made, powers being mastered and realized, and even sides being chosen. You juThis felt like a "middle" book. Allies lining up, decisions slowly being made, powers being mastered and realized, and even sides being chosen. You just want to take all their separate stories and squish them all together, but it won't ever be that perfect will it?
I had very few issues with this book, and the ones that I can recall were small things. The likeness to The Hobbit was a little odd (a gold ring in a cave with an archaic creature and the Shelob-like spiders). The whole Crochan revelation thing was...confirming of what you probably already knew about Manon and the Ironteeth witches. It's actually kind of comical that they don't know it themselves.
This book was definitely tame action wise, but I think the sheer power shown off makes up for that. I don't want to talk about the ending of this book. The ending of some people's stories or the possible ending of someone's story. I don't want to talk about how angry I still am at Chaol for disappointing me time and time again. Not that I actually dislike him or I don't know where he's coming from...he's just-I'm just-and then he's like-no. Nevermind that.
Also why are the Fae like possessive dogs? I'm not sure if I'm offended by it or I find it adorable.
Anyway, I am frantic to read the next book and the next after that and the bet after that. It seems like Sarah Maas just gets how to tug on my feels....more
Patrcik Ness's style meets Dark Age attitudes about witches and into the 21st century. It's a little confusing at times what time period you're in, thPatrcik Ness's style meets Dark Age attitudes about witches and into the 21st century. It's a little confusing at times what time period you're in, though I believe it is present the entire period of the book (mostly). If anyone has read Sweep by Cate Tiernan, you could understand why I still love this book. It has many elements of Sweep—the "evil" father who can turn into an animal (or any); the mysterious nature of Nathan's past; and the overall dark feel of it. Sally Green steps it up a notch by including torture and confinement, empathy and cruelty at the hands of white witches who are supposedly "good." These attitudes and self-righteousness and claims to be the better are all too familiar though. Half Bad was a great beginning to this trilogy. It's definitely a little slow in regards to overall plot, but still enjoyable. I could not give this a full 4 stars because of the lack of anything happening. Every character introduced is so vivid though and eerily understandable.
The eyes are new though and I like it. Reminds me a little of Naruto though.
Definitely will be anticipating the second one though. The creepy part is that you can almost feel how much Nathan just wants to be a black witch and succumb to his urges, but is subtle control makes you question what really is the difference between black and white?...more
Why do all the crazy rampant immortals resemble the vampires from Buffy? Also this Viking lord thing got old in the Charlaine Harris series. The histoWhy do all the crazy rampant immortals resemble the vampires from Buffy? Also this Viking lord thing got old in the Charlaine Harris series. The historical bits were fun, but overall disappointing. I'm more interested in Miss Edna's...and how that could be so intricately involved in Incy's life since apparently Nasty and he had only been to Boston once before. In any case, this master guy sounds fascinatingly dark. Maybe it's her dad, which would follow the whole Luke Skywalker-Vader trope (and also the Sweep series)....more
Sentence: I sentence Jessica Spotswood to continue with her wickedly well-written words and to also continue weaving what could be a beautiful and traSentence: I sentence Jessica Spotswood to continue with her wickedly well-written words and to also continue weaving what could be a beautiful and tragic story.
Review: Another book I picked up for the cover and thought "fuck it, I better love this". After my last failed attempt at enjoying historically-reminiscent fiction (Dearly, Departed; set in the future, but it reverts back to Victorian conservatism), I thought there really was no hope left for historical teen fiction-fantasy specifically. After Libba Bray's A Great and Terrible Beauty, I figured this sort of teen fic was over and done with. I was terribly mistaken.
Spotswood has really committed to her research, I must admit, by including not only the persecution of "witches", but also queer members of the community. The language suits the time, but is not so unclear or difficult to understand that I had to take a break.
I admit at first it took me about three chapters to really get into the story, but I instantly connected with Cate (being the eldest sibling). Not to mention the many plot twists. If you thought the prophecy was pretty freaky stuff, wait until you get to the incident with Brother Ishida. Seriously, I thought (view spoiler)[only one of them had mind-magic! (hide spoiler)]
The story is very balanced and, while not uplifting and all peachy, it is refreshingly pleasant to view the world from Cate's stubborn, honest and blunt point of view. From her love for her sisters to her love of Finn; she is every bit as average as you would expect, but exceedingly special because of the lengths she's willing to go to protect her friends and family.
That isn't to say she's without her faults. There really is no need to hide things from her sisters in the first place. The only reason Elena is able to split her and Maura is because she is cleverer in how she deals with the most troublesome sister.
(view spoiler)[I also believe it's fairly improbable for so many witches to be in one little town outside of New London. (hide spoiler)] But it sort of reminds me of Buffy or Charmed in that it's like the prophecies attract the trouble and the magic. I think it's the same with these three Cahill sisters.
It's also great to see characters, in a teen novel, that are not "white", but regarded fairly normally, like the Ishidas.
I hope to read the other girls' perspectives in the rest of the series. :D ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Alright, so I was going to do a proper review, but I just can't. I'm punned out, folks.
Besides I fear I love this book too much to be silly about it.Alright, so I was going to do a proper review, but I just can't. I'm punned out, folks.
Besides I fear I love this book too much to be silly about it. And I have to say, when I first started I wasn't sure if I loved it or hated it. I was struck by how Briony was so annoyingly self-loathing. But then there was the pity and how she pathetically claimed she felt nothing because of witchery.
I found myself appreciating her character much more when she and Eldric created this secret society of awesome swamp-friend-creatures (the lion and the wolf). It was like freaking Adventure Time, but for realsies.
But srsly, this book reminded me much of my favourite Scottish ballad Tam Lin. It was probably influenced by such work, in fact, without the focus on a faerie queen or any of that.
People who loved this book will want to read Diana Wynne Jones' Fire and Hemlock. You will find that Jones' book is what teen was like in the 70s to early 90s: goddamn literature.
The characters were not one-sided and were much more complicated than the usual young adult novels out there. Eldric and Briony form a friendship first and romance later. They can verbally volley and Eldric certainly challenges Briony at every opportunity. And not challenging like a slap to the face and making her agree with his overt manliness. In fact he doesn't try to be overtly "manly", which in turn makes him seem more of a man than others.
Yeah wrap your head around that one, boys. :D...more