What a totally charming, heatwarming tale which proves that you don't need guns death to make an adventure. This is a lovely change for somone who seeWhat a totally charming, heatwarming tale which proves that you don't need guns death to make an adventure. This is a lovely change for somone who seems to only find these things in adventure novels nowadays..... (yes, I'm a tad cynical about adventure books).
It has lesbian balloonists, moustached artists and many many more great characters who you can't help but adore because of how well they're written. But Barnaby Brocket's family are the best literary family I have ever come across, strange and definitely normal but brilliant because they were so horrible and yet totally plausible. To be fair to the kids of said family they were the exceptions of the "horrible" since by some second miracle they turned out to be alright.
Oliver Jeffers' illustrations need a mention because they're divine. They encapture exactly what I was picturing mentally but at the same time
The fable-like narrative mixed with the modern setting and characters makes me feel that this is a modern fairy tale which I'm going to recommend to any and every person to read. Just because I love it that much.
But what I totally love most about this book though is that it celebrates breaking out of normality and expanding your imagination to the fullest. All this whilst revelling in others who do the same.
Straight off the bat it has to be said that this book is gorgeous! The different coloured writing, the black outline illustrations, the full colour ilStraight off the bat it has to be said that this book is gorgeous! The different coloured writing, the black outline illustrations, the full colour illustrations and finally, the gold cover. In all its package it is just a stunning book and I already saw the danger of faliing irrevocably in love in it.
But now onto the story itself. It was cleverly set into 4 different "sections", Oliver alone, Delilah alone, them together and the actual fairy tale. Not only did I love every section but I didn't have a favourite which is really strange for me in a multi-voiced story. This was mostly down to the beautiful characterisation of each character, no matter how minor they were.
The illustrations as I mentioned before is quite rare for a YA book now, to this extent at least. But I do hope they are making a comeback because they just emphasised the fairy tale message of the book whilst triggering nostalgia for those old fairy tale tomes we had when little. At least it did this for me.
To mention Picoult's collaboration with van Leer is important I beleive as it really was a joint venture in my reading of the book. I've read some Picoult books before and loved her style and grasp of realism which is ever present in these books but the touch of the magical and whimsical I like to think is van Leer's influence. In which case they were the perfect match to write this book and I am ever grateful they did so, it's cheered me up no end.
That and delicate back stories which just made you love the story even more gave an overall effect of a real fairy tale for the ages.
THERE WILL BE SPOILERS BUT IT IS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD
I know I'm a bit behind with the wave of reviews this book got and what reviews! Such good reviews!THERE WILL BE SPOILERS BUT IT IS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD
I know I'm a bit behind with the wave of reviews this book got and what reviews! Such good reviews! "I loved it", "best book of the summer!" How could I not put this amazing new, original, freaky, paranormal/horror book on my TBR list??? I had to be a crazy person.
So let me be contreversial. WHAT WAS THIS PILE OF JUDGEMENTAL HORRENDOUS PILE OF HORSE CRAP THAT HAS BEEN DUMPED AND SHAPED INTO A BOOK?!?!! I saw where it was going but I didn't/couldn't beleive that THAT was where it was really headed until the final chapter and then it just......happened. There was no more book to justify this crap!!
Why am I so angry? Because who deserves to die after posting a soul-bearing dicussion on facebook or school page or whatever it was?
Plus who can make this decision? Definitley not Miles with all her infinite wisdom on the bloomin subject! Her content backs me up on this, although we go throughout the book being aware that Miles is creating this world, the characters and everything else she then shifts the blame of this horrible hunt for revenge onto karma and the fact that, if you didn't know, the furies are like that and I as the author of this book have no control over them whatsoever....
Well, actually as an author you do. You have complete control over your characters. They're fictional and if they're not in Between The Lines they don't talk back. I get that you have to keep it realistic and true to the characters personality as it were or it would be a crap book (unles this out-of-character thing has significane a la Miss Marple and the like). However you can make the furies do pretty much what you want so long as they're after revenge, why really are they after revenge for this?
I guess what I'm angry about is that this book seemed to say to me that people don't deserve forgiveness for their mistakes when they're teenagers especially when I think it's right in many cases to forgive.
Overall this was infuriating and I couldn't recommend it to a soul. ...more
I've heard all the hype over the author and the book and I've decided to completely seperate that from my review because at the end of the day I'm revI've heard all the hype over the author and the book and I've decided to completely seperate that from my review because at the end of the day I'm reviewing the book unless there's something which is real bad. Such as racism etc. Also this review contains SPOILERS can't really do it without.
This really really surprised me, it had so many gothic elements in it which I hadn't planned for such as Vaughn's experiments etc. The entrapment of the fair helpless maiden as well was very typically gothic (I should know I have to sit a 2 hour exam on gothic elements) . Rhine became the gothic heroine, a beautiful young girl threatened by death every day and facing an evil villian to gain her freedom and thus become her own person.
The characters themselves were each their own person and I thought the girls were well developed for YA fiction, they weren't good in comparision to fiction however for their target audience they were very interesting and different. I loved the idea that the prison meant different things to each of the wives and therefore we saw part of each character already. Rhine though was a little flat, like there wans't that much special about her apart from her eyes (which are very special and cost a lot and if you read the book you'll find the 500 references to it). Jenna was the best though, her quiet resentment and back story was very well portrayed even if it seems slightly accidental that this balance occured or maybe it's because the othe characters are so imbalanced, Cecily & Linden become almost hyper-characters with too much going on with them and Rhine & Gabriel seem flat and 2D. The imbalance of the other characters made me appreciate her simplicity even if she was only the "disposeable one".
The house and the magical aspects of it were something I really liked, it was nice to witness some real imagination at work here even if in the form of a lot of holograms. But the dresses were lovely and I always have a soft spot for gorgeous description of clothes, done right it's brilliant.
Anyway I thought the book was different for a dystopian novel however not one with staying power, definitley a trend book.
I do not understand this blurb at all. It doesn't fit with the book, I personally beleive that they've over-Twilighted it when it really didn't need i I do not understand this blurb at all. It doesn't fit with the book, I personally beleive that they've over-Twilighted it when it really didn't need it! It was fine on it's own it didn't need to ride on Twilight's back like some other books have done (and needed to do)! Plus it was a Cabot book so why did it even need Meyer-ing? Not that I'm dissing Twilight, I liked them, I just don't like a perfectly good book being shoved into a pigeon hole that it doesn't fit the whole point of literature is that it's diverse and this is something I celebrate especially.
The Greek mythology element I just LOVED it was new, different and a new turn on the Hades and Persephone tale. John was a nice Hades I thought Cabot wrote about him well, especially as he was never gonna be a goodie goodie like any other YA novel, he's a death deity therefore complicated but not tortured which was a pleasent change. Pierce although a weird name choice I think, I liked it but just not common in the Home Counties, was a different kettle of fish. I empathised with the being considered nuts by everyone you meet but I didn't really understand her and Cabot didn't explain so I'm just gonna have to read the next one....which I was going to anyway but now I've got to.
I liked the island and it's history but apart from that I can't really say anymore, there's probably more to say but I'm too exhausted to think about it, what with exams and all.
The pure evil falling in love with the pure good is a love story just waiting for someone to take and make a beautiful tale of it. Just to challenge can someone do it please? Because as much as I like this, I would like something great.
I definitley did NOT just pick this up because it was written by a Beth...nonono that just wouldn't be like me. But I thought you know that it would jI definitley did NOT just pick this up because it was written by a Beth...nonono that just wouldn't be like me. But I thought you know that it would just be okay because well....a Beth wrote it. But I was a tad wrong, this was a waste of anyone's time even though it was by a Beth and I feel slightly disloyal now to the name.
The characters were odd I didn't really like them much and the evil dictator thing was just so boring it couldn't have moved any slower for me. Amy was very very VERY into running apart from the one time she needed to and then she didn't. That was yet another thing I didn't like about this book, rape was brushed under the rug so quickly, the reaction and the bruises were relaistic and enjoy isn't the word but I guess I appreciated that they were there. But this was the same with nearly every incident in the book, once over it was under the rug and forgotton but I didn't want it to be like that at all.
Not having a slight tantrum but the romance wasn't nearly as nice as I would've liked and that instantly put me against this book. The second thing being the Season was well weird, no kidding it was I think some slight fantasy of Revis's there creeping in.....odd. Anyhoo the main "event" of the book was the people dying which wasn't that heartbreaking to be honest (I know, I'm mean) but it wasn't. Then when you finally get to the reason you're like oh...right...cool and then make that sandwich you've been putting off for the last 5 minutes.
The cover was pretty. There you are there's a positive. I feel like I've given it a fair chance now.
I was really looking forward to this, massive a task though it seemed I thought yessss a long book which is gonna be great! Result! I wasn't THAT disaI was really looking forward to this, massive a task though it seemed I thought yessss a long book which is gonna be great! Result! I wasn't THAT disappointed.....just slightly
If you haven't read the Black Magician trilogy and are contemplating this book I'd stop you there, you should read this before this prequel. Yes it is set 200 years before the BMT is set but I don't think that the significance will really get through if you haven't already got understanding of the world and how it works.
Tessia was the same as Sonea and yet more boring and more ready to give up....can I heal this person NO THEY'RE GONNA DIE FOR SURE.....oh ....wait...if I try....wait....they're alive. Awesome. This got a tad repetitive and dull. I don't normally slag off main characters because obviously authors have put effort into them however I didn't feel like this was new or that any real effort to be original had been made therefore I'm a bit scathing.
I liked that it included the understanding of healing and the start of the guild but it was so belated I put it down halfway through and forgot about it for an age. There was no real NEED to read it and once you have you've kind of forgotton about it quite soon afterwards. I felt the book could've done with being downsized by half and in installments with a lot more original action but now I'm stuck for words....more
I really went against this book even before I got given it, it was a YA book that was highly talked about, had really thought out adverstising and eveI really went against this book even before I got given it, it was a YA book that was highly talked about, had really thought out adverstising and everyone wanted it or was reading it. The threat of disappointment was too much for me to chance it because it sounded good but one of thse books that if you join halfway through the hype you always leave thinking that just wasn't as good as I wished it to be. It's like if you take leftovers from a resturant, they're never as good becuase you know what it's going to be like, the moments over and the idea is stale.
I didn't want Gone to be leftovers needless to say so I decided now was the time.. Actually thats a total lie it was more my boyfriend was like READ IT NOW so I did (don't get any ideas feminists among you I normally wear the trousers have no fear). When I did eventually start it I was hooked, I don't know if anyone else experienced this but there was nothing I could do bar read this book but I was just so busy that I couldn't find the time, you have no idea how upsetting this was. I took to taking this book around everywhere with me so that I could just read a page! Ridiculous I know and yet it happened.
I love love love love love love MUTATION and boy was this book full of it! Every kind too! Weird, awesome, icky and all. The only one I didn't really like was Drake's not mutation but general weirdness....that just freaked me out a bit. Sam was a brilliant leader and by the end I was completely smitten with him, including his cuteness with Astrid. I liked that Grant followed their story through, the start where they were not even talking to where he was all protective and adorable it was beautifully and realistically done. One of the best side line romances I've ever read and if you don't know me by now I'm reading into this a lot because I'm massively obsessed with romance.
The concept of the book was so new and fresh to me that I really found it intriguing.He pulled it off very well and it's definatley something I'm recommending for christmas, well I have been recommending really. Anyway GET IT! http://theteenagebookworms.blogspot.com/ ...more
Even though I was warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warneEven though I was warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warnedwarned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned and warned warned and warned about this book, I read it anyway. Because I'm a badass and that's what we badasses do.
To be controversial, I liked it. It was a bit different. Plus gothic. I likey.
Set in a boarding school for the slightly and not so slightly insane this was not anything that I expected it to be, which was Twilight but with angels. (Not ruining anything for you here it is common knowledge, if you haven't heard that then I will apologise to the rock under which you are currently living).
BUT NO, Lauren Kate who I will refer to with her whole name because, to be honest, just writing Kate seems wrong. Anyway she changes it up and includes some right weird teenagers in the plot which most definitley includes the main characters. Luce has big old hang ups and Daniel seems the weirdest guy I've ever read about, which includes Aldous Huxley in Doors of Perception and he was on mescalin! But she didn't fill a school will only pretty crazy, she kept the twistedness which must've landed them there from all walks of life.
I know it's not a serious read and it isn't the best writing by any stretch of the imagination but does everyone need to read intellectual matter all the time? The answer is no for many which is why this book exsists. We need guarenteed romance between two people who in the real world would have a restraining order on each other by now. But maybe this is just my need, there is many who oppose it.
I don't think it's sexist to start with, there are a lot of empowered women (very stereotypical and kinda cringy but there all the same). The narrative keeps moving at the same relatively slow pace but has exciting moments and you know, makes you think....about boys but still thinking.