I thought Ill Wind was a really absorbing page-turner. I've never read a weather-related fantasy novel nor a book with genies (the "Djinn") before soI thought Ill Wind was a really absorbing page-turner. I've never read a weather-related fantasy novel nor a book with genies (the "Djinn") before so the subject matter was quite fresh. Yet, I wasn't very emotionally invested in the characters and some of the relationships in the book progressed too quickly for me. In the end, it wasn't the best book I've read in recent memory but it was a fun novel (perfect for a fantasy beach read). I've also heard that as the series progresses more depth is added to the characters. So, I think I'll have Rachel Caine's Weather Warden series in the back of my mind for books to read by the pool this summer. Recommended to urban fantasy fans!
First of all, I must say that Cassandra is one of the most endearing narrators I've ever come across in fiction! She's intelligent, spunky, and refresFirst of all, I must say that Cassandra is one of the most endearing narrators I've ever come across in fiction! She's intelligent, spunky, and refreshingly honest. The rest of the cast of characters in I Capture the Castle are so much fun too! My favorites are quirky Topaz (the stepmother) and the dependable and handsome Stephen. Dodie Smith keeps the reader guessing as to Cassandra and Rose's romantic endeavors and it is truly a pleasurable reading experience!
I loved that the ending is not tied up with a neat little bow and the expected "happily ever after." Overall, I really enjoyed this little character-driven gem! Recommended to fans of Jane Austen or to those who like historical romances....more
The beginning...well, it makes you think that this is just a fluff piece of contemporary YA literature. But it's not - don't be fooled. Hudson's worldThe beginning...well, it makes you think that this is just a fluff piece of contemporary YA literature. But it's not - don't be fooled. Hudson's world is extremely complex - divorce, guilt, familial duties, and money worries. But most importantly, she's doing a bit of soul-searching...figuring out the all consuming question of "where is my place in the world?"
The middle...well, for awhile there I was really mad at Hudson and my view of her slipped lower and lower. Why was she being such an ignoramus about her life? Why was she being such a bad friend...and while I wanted to dislike her - her faults are what make her a real and well-rounded character.
The ending...well, the ending is wonderful. It's a reflection of teen life with no ridiculous promises of something beyond reality. Nobody's becoming a superstar or dying a heroic death...it's just authentic.
Throughout the story...well, I loved the arc of Hudson's growth that the reader witnesses. Another thing that is magnificent? Each chapter title is named after one of Hudson's cupcake creations followed by a truly delectable description. Want some examples? Good, I'll gladly oblige. How about:
Chapter 3: No One Wants to Kiss a Girl Who Smells Like Bacon, So I Might as Well Get Fat Cupcakes..."Double-chocolate cupcakes served warm in a sugar-butter reduction; piped with icing braids of peanut butter, cream cheese, and fudge; and sprinkled with chocolate chips"
Chapter 7: How to Appear Outwardly Cool While Totally Freaking Out on the Inside Cupcakes..."Chilled vanilla cupcakes cored and filled with whipped vanilla buttercream and dark chocolate shavings, topped with vanilla icing and a sugared cucumber slice"
Chapter 23: Liar, Liar, Cakes on Fire..."Chocolate cayenne cupcakes topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting and heart-shaped cinnamon Red Hots"
Y'all, you should seriously check this one out if you're in the mood for a wintery, foodie, contemporary YA novel - you won't be disappointed! ...more