Love, love the premise. Jay --> swoon! The crime part of this was horribly creepy to me. I've seen reviews that say "not really scary," and it makeLove, love the premise. Jay --> swoon! The crime part of this was horribly creepy to me. I've seen reviews that say "not really scary," and it makes me wonder if the type of crime has become so commonplace that we're deadened to some horrors? I hope not because that's scary! On the other hand, a couple of reviewers had issues around the psychological profile/detail around the killer, and that I could see. It wasn't enough to bring me out of the story, though. I'm looking forward to other books in this series....more
Loved this book up until the last 20% or so. I remember being very angry about the personality change the MC seemed to undergo. Felt tricked. Cheated.Loved this book up until the last 20% or so. I remember being very angry about the personality change the MC seemed to undergo. Felt tricked. Cheated. Did not go on to other books in the series....more
It is going to take more than just a couple of good-hearted souls to raise this child. It will," said Silas, "take a graveyard."
Gruesome opening and tIt is going to take more than just a couple of good-hearted souls to raise this child. It will," said Silas, "take a graveyard."
Gruesome opening and then delightful tale of growth and family. I loved the haunting atmosphere, the personalities of the graveyard inhabitants, the whimsy, mixing in myths, and ultimately what it will mean for Bod (Nobody Owens) to grow up. I had a wonderful mental visual of the inhabitants and this graveyard. Where I felt Gaiman especially succeeded ... (view spoiler)[ I will freely admit to feeling a pang when he started to lose his Freedom of the Graveyard. The sense of family ... This is where I felt Gaiman really succeeded with this story -- that "forever leaving behind but must leave to move forward" part of growing up. (hide spoiler)]
I found my way to Open Minds via Mind Games - a short story prequel to this first novel in the Mindjack series. Told from Rafe's POV, Mind Games provi I found my way to Open Minds via Mind Games - a short story prequel to this first novel in the Mindjack series. Told from Rafe's POV, Mind Games provides a glimpse into this very intriguing world where everyone reads minds (or not ...). Rafe also has what he's afraid is an unrequited crush on his best friend who he's also really worried about. I liked the setup and was intrigued by potential for this world.
We come into Open Minds with 16-yr-old Kira struggling with being an outcast because of her current status as a zero -- she can't read minds and her mind can't be read by others. There's still the potential for her to "switch on" but time is passing and it's getting harder to cling to her being a late bloomer as an explanation. When she almost kills her best friend by actually taking over his mind, everything changes. Not only is she not a zero, but her abilities fall into a whole new category of "other," putting both her and those she loves in danger. From here, the story goes into nearly nonstop action.
I had a hard time pinpointing what didn't work for me overall. I love the idea. I was looking forward to seeing more Rafe, this time from Kira's point of view, but ... I felt so disconnected with the characters throughout the story, especially Kira, the MC. (view spoiler)[ I also struggled with her going from being a zero to strongest ever mindjacker and super precise killing machine as needed. With no training or experience, she's stronger than her father, who begins to emerge as this weak background character, as did Rafe (who seemed to need to be saved too often to be more than a liability at this stage). Would love to see some vulnerabilities, more about her that would allow the reader to connect with her. (hide spoiler)]
The author had a solid start with the science, and I would have loved more. I had many questions (all made me want to continue reading). The way the author began the story, the way people slip into mindreading as a main form of communication and way to establish who is trustworthy in this society, drew me in immediately.
As to relationships, I ended up disappointed overall with the connections we saw, including family (see spoiler above). I also didn't get a sense of the friendship I'd anticipated in Mind Games. (view spoiler)[ I wanted to see more interaction between Rafe and Kira and needed to see more to believe the friendship that was described, nevermind these two actually being secretly in love with each other. (hide spoiler)] The pace actually began to overwhelm the story. I would have preferred more time getting a clearer view of this world, its evolution to its current state, understanding and seeing Kira outside of constant reaction mode, especially because it is a series.
I tend to favor strongly character-driven stories. I didn't connect enough with the main character. Though I'm curious about where it all goes, I'm on the fence about the next books in the series. On hold for now....more
Solid and interesting angel mythology? Check and check. I love how this book lays a solid foundation for the mythology and manages to do so in a way t Solid and interesting angel mythology? Check and check. I love how this book lays a solid foundation for the mythology and manages to do so in a way that is so deftly woven into the storytelling that you don't feel bogged down by it. The author has clearly done her research and added her own spin to it. I’m all for fantasy and creativity and for me, the strongest stories have come from authors who clearly know what came before and use that knowledge (directly or indirectly).
One minute you’re a happy fourteen-year-old--good at everything you try, popular, fun--the next you’re a freak with wings.
Clara appears to be a normal 16-year-old, just a little stronger, faster... you get the picture ... than her peers. However, along with the usual teenage issues, she's struggling to balance "appearing" normal, waiting for her purpose (something that as an angel, even a quarter-angel like she is, she will receive and must complete). And she really does have wings. I decided to leave out most of the wing refs I noted -- though I had to include a few here -- it highlighted how more "other" this made Clara, her brother, Jeffrey, and her mother appear than I'm used to finding in the angel books I've read so far. They are physically a part of her body, like another limb. The handling of this type of detail just added to the number of elements I appreciated about this story. The book had a slow pace at the start, but then before I knew it, I was heavily invested in Clara's relationships and journey.
I think the birds in the area are dying laughing watching me try not to crash.
Clara certainly has her struggles, and those make her very relatable. I love the way we get to experience the relationships in her life (brother, mom, new friends, Christian, and Tucker.) I especially love how we see her friendship develop with Tucker.
Ah, Tucker and Christian. There are two boys. I will say up front that while I really do hate the whole love triangle angle, I can appreciate the challenge the author has created by introducing two equally attractive love interests. (I'm team Tucker, just saying that right now.)
I’m flying! Of course, I’m not flying so much as coasting over the treetops like a hang glider or a freakishly large flying squirrel.
There is humor. There are layers. And there are very definitely secrets. The author dangled many juicy tidbits throughout the story and I’m very interested in learning more. I mentioned the book had a slow-feeling start, but by the end of the book, I appreciated the author laying a solid foundation. I’ll also say right now…(view spoiler)[I don’t trust Angela. I’m worried about Jeffrey. (hide spoiler)]
The writing flowed well and I appreciated the flashes of humor throughout. And did I say yet how much I love her brother, Jeffrey?
I'm very much looking forward to Hallowed, however, I will likely wait to read it a little closer to the release of Boundless. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more