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
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)]