This book is one of the most unique and intriguing novels I've read all year. It actually reminded me a loMisfit + Jon Skovron = Me, craving a sequel!
This book is one of the most unique and intriguing novels I've read all year. It actually reminded me a lot of Rumiko Takahashi's Inuyasha manga, but was so different and alluring at the same time. I have to thank the author for writing this novel; it held me in it's sway the entire time I read it. The beginning was a bit to get through, but once I was in I did not want to get out!
It was a rather darker novel in the paranormal genre, but that only made me love it more. Combining mythology, religion and science with what seems like such little effort made for a really tantalizing read. Everything really flowed and progressed with such elegance that I got swept away in all the history mentioned in the story. Pivotal moments in history were explained with such disregard from the gods/demons' POV, it was really enlightening and refreshing.
Being someone familiar with the Catholic school routine, I could really relate to Jael. Her attitude towards the beliefs and faith of the Catholic Church around her mirrored mine exactly and really put me in her place. Dagon was, without a doubt, my favourite character. His cheeky behaviour made me laugh and I couldn't get enough of him.
What I loved about this novel the most was how the world was set up. Skovron painted the world in such a way that made me contemplate how I view it. The elements had personality, worked as a whole and really made Gaia alive as a living, breathing being.
The only way I can see to express this is with a quote. And so I leave you with one which really made me stop and think about the world me:
"The bus is empty. But of course, she’s not alone. If nothing else, there’s the earth beneath her and the air all around her. And in Seattle, more often than not, the rain that falls from the sky. She asks the condensation on the windows if it would like to draw its own pictures. She finds out that it does. So she leans back in her seat and watches images of clouds and mountains and forests slowly appear up and down the bus windows until she’s surrounded by a silvery panorama dimly recalled by raindrops."
This book totally blew me away. It is without a doubt one of the top books I've read this year. ItLet's try to sum this book up in one word:
This book totally blew me away. It is without a doubt one of the top books I've read this year. It was brilliant.
Lisa Cach just knows how to write. The language and tone of her writing flows so well. And it was just so unique! I mean I have never heard of a single instance where ghosts have been taken into that context. She has broken many barriers with the idea that one can be dead and yet undead at the same time.
My only problem? The characters were just a bit too believing. To think that telling somebody you have dreams that are real and them believing you is a tad ridiculous.
But other than that? No complaints.
Without a doubt this book deserves 4.5 / 5 stars.
A quote that really made me think? Caitlyn's:
"She was a ghost, but not dead. It was an idea that made no sense until she remembered what Amalia had said: no one knew what ghosts were truly like. Who was to say that a ghost could not be of a living person?"...more
Because I can't wait until Stephanie Perkins companion novels to this AMAZING book come out. It's just too long of a wait.I am in utter despair.
Because I can't wait until Stephanie Perkins companion novels to this AMAZING book come out. It's just too long of a wait.
This book was, well I can't describe it. It was an emotional rollercoaster that I am not really familiar with ever reading before. Stephanie Perkins really has a way with words. In fact, I think this is the only book I have ever owned where I can open it to any section of the novel and I physically have to finish the entire novel, again. Legit. I can't put it down, I can't stop reading it, it just draws me in everytime. It's got some kind of psychic power over me, and I don't care, 'cause it's just that good.
The characterization was, well there's no other way to put it, human. I still believe to this day that Anna and Etienne are very REAL people who at this very moment are MAKING OUT somewhere in California.
The plot line was so engaging as well. It was believable and held my interest the entire time. The variety from normal dialogue to the Xmas emails exchanged from Anna to Etienne really hooked me too, because I got to see their interactions from different points of view, but still got to see their true selves, bad bits and good bits, shine through.
Now, I'd be lying if I said that Etienne was not the reason I was so into the book. Because really? Etienne St. Clair, boy with the British accent had me wrapped around his fingers even from his introduction. Hook, line and sinker. And let me tell you I could rant about him for all 18921 characters that I have left for this review, but surprisingly, I think what really made me enjoy this book so much, was Anna.
She projected so many things that I could see in myself, like her insecurities, regrets and doubts that I could sympathize with her and really relate. I cried (literally) when she did, I laughed (literally) when she did and I inexecusably embarassed myself (figuratively) when she did. She was (and still is) like the sister I never had.
And with that said, I leave you with this quote, which has come to be one my favourites and is not by any means one of Stephanie Perkins more enlightening quotes, but makes me giggle everytime I read it.
Etienne and Anna, awkward conversation they have before sleeping together. Not SLEEPING sleeping together, just sleeping together.
"'All we need now are Sixteen Candles and a game of Truth or Dare.'
He coughs. 'Wh-what?'
'The movie, pervert. I was just thinking it’s been a while since I’ve had a sleepover.'" ...more