Really enjoyed my first taste of Kelley Armstrong! DEFINITELY YA and maybe a touch young for my tastes but I found it well written. The characters are...moreReally enjoyed my first taste of Kelley Armstrong! DEFINITELY YA and maybe a touch young for my tastes but I found it well written. The characters are interesting and somewhat unpredictable for a YA novel with the (I'm guessing) leading man being not conventionally attractive and covered in acne, you know, like a realistic awkward teenager. I love that.
I also like that Armstrong WENT there with the heroine having typical bodily functions even if gross or taboo. Reactions were atypically realistic for a young adult novel and it was extremely refreshing.
My favourite parts were the times where Armstrong was clearly sick and tired of some very cliched, sexist tropes and pushed back or at least questioned why we accept them so easily in escapist novels when we'd never accept them in real life. It read like it was written by a huge fan of young adult novels that had a story to tell and knew she could tell it better. I'd be really happy to pass this series down to any of the young adults in my life.(less)
For the most part I really enjoyed this novel. I had a really hard time putting it down! There was a lot of action, the heroine was fun to read throug...moreFor the most part I really enjoyed this novel. I had a really hard time putting it down! There was a lot of action, the heroine was fun to read through, the world Shannon built is interesting and varied. Interesting enough for me to want more. Also want more on the variety of supporting characters.
The only criticisms I would have is that it's a little bit messy and scattered at times and sometimes I had a hard time following the action. I tend to have a tough time following the best written action scenes though so grain of salt. Ending was good but ultimately a little unsatisfying, I await the sequel impatiently. (less)
I really really enjoyed this book. It was a great blend of urban fantasy with tastes of high fantasy that I don't think would be alienating for the av...moreI really really enjoyed this book. It was a great blend of urban fantasy with tastes of high fantasy that I don't think would be alienating for the average fiction reader. The main character was a great portrayal of a struggling early 30s grad student which made her flawed and well rounded as well as totally likeable.
The world setting was fantastical and enjoyable to dive into but had a harsh edge which kept it interesting. The characters of the book weren't all completely fleshed out as to overtake Nora, the main character, but they were just as enjoyable to read.
The romance was very interesting, not obvious and not heavy handed. There was a lot of Pride and Prejudice references but it didn't come off cheesy and you got the impression this was part the main character's desire for fairytale romance rather than the author trying to lean on an old classic story. Nora's desire for love and sex (like a normal person) was really refreshing and endearing.
I haven't completely unpacked the book because there were so many unique and refreshing elements for me, as an urban fantasy reader but basically I really enjoyed it. If you want a fun, lightly fantastical story for the end of summer I'd pick up a copy. Keep in mind that the book is a bit huge and I'd recommend grabbing the .epub if portability is going to be a problem. You won't easily be able to leave it behind. (less)