**spoiler alert** It’s disappointing. After a bright start, the sequel failed to proceed with the success of the first book. There are too many points...more**spoiler alert** It’s disappointing. After a bright start, the sequel failed to proceed with the success of the first book. There are too many points of view; uninteresting stories; new characters that, quite frankly, do nothing for the story; and a lot of contemplation. It seemed to me that the book is a big monologue from beginning to end. The characters are too focused on their feelings and thoughts, which makes them incredibly boring. The turning point for me was when Pressia nearly drowned. From there everything just went downhill.
The best of: a good portion of the first half of the book, and a few pages at the end; Willa, the dome worshippers, robotic spiders, Fignan, Hastings, the Basement Boys; Bradwell with… wings?! I’m not sure about this yet, but it seems cool. Hence the cover. Nice. Oh, and grandpa Belze!
The worst of: mostly the whole book; Iralene & Mimi (useless characters, imo); Partridge’s storyline, his daddy issues, the whole forced marriage thing, the memory loss, too contrived and uninteresting. Bradwell and Hastings were all right till they turned useless to the plot. Same goes for Lyda and the pregnancy. Drama alert!
I already had difficulty connecting with the characters in the first book, so all these turns made it worse. I still like El Captain & Helmud, though. But what the author did to these characters is unforgivable. Why does every good relationship have to be substantiated by romance? Why, why, why?! (less)
I'd really like to read this someday, but not right now. It's kind of dragging, with terribly long descriptions, and I'd like to move on from that. I...moreI'd really like to read this someday, but not right now. It's kind of dragging, with terribly long descriptions, and I'd like to move on from that. I do love his writing, the plot is crazy good, and the characters, well, Dr. Pellinore Winthrop reminds me of a dark version of Walter Bishop from Fringe. Feeling nostalgic. No cow, though. Just weird looking creatures. And a very curious assistant. It should be good. (less)
The feeling I got when I turned the last page was of satisfaction. I entered the book with few expectations, and I ended up being pleasantly surprised...moreThe feeling I got when I turned the last page was of satisfaction. I entered the book with few expectations, and I ended up being pleasantly surprised by how the story pulled me into these various relationships through time. I think this is what it comes down to, the people we encounter on this path called life. I was particularly touched by the story of Penelope and Richard Lomax, and I confess that it was then that I became really interested in the story. At first, I had my doubts concerning this particular structure of each chapter being titled by a different character, but it does fit almost perfectly. It's not a book I’d want to read a second time, or will stay with me for long, but it was enjoyable to read, and most important of all, a good company.
P.S.: What an odd thing that it was first published the year I was born...(less)
A classic case of promises not delivered. The plot and cover were appealing, which mistakenly led me to expect something deep and maternal. I was disa...moreA classic case of promises not delivered. The plot and cover were appealing, which mistakenly led me to expect something deep and maternal. I was disappointed to realize the writing style didn’t combine with the story, and there was a lot more telling than actually showing. Even so, I gave it the benefit of the doubt, but when doctor stone showed up, unexpectedly, after maybe about three random encounters, not one of them romantic, and kissed Libby Morgan, I had to face the obvious. This was not, at all, what I was expecting. So you can have an idea, it was the equivalent of running into a stranger in a supermarket, swapping a few words, for the same number of times, and kissing him, just like that. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I like to think there’s more to it than that. And the story is just like that, a series of chance encounters between characters, without further development, sometimes mixed together, no clear direction. It’s like talking about oranges, and then including lemons. That’s how I see it really; sometimes it was sweet, another bitter. The writing seemed rather juvenile; the dialogues were cringe worthy, and when Libby almost went down on her knees begging for love it was like reading a bad teen drama. Hard to believe considering this is an adult novel. It’s a shame, because with these characters and plot, this could’ve been a very good book. (less)
Quando era mais nova, ninguém me apanhava a ler um livro histórico, só se fossem os da escola, e era mesmo por obrigação. Estranhamente, de há uns tem...moreQuando era mais nova, ninguém me apanhava a ler um livro histórico, só se fossem os da escola, e era mesmo por obrigação. Estranhamente, de há uns tempos para cá, este género literário tem vindo a fascinar-me cada vez mais, tal como aconteceu com esta Ínclita Geração, o que foi uma surpresa. O meu eu mais jovem teria dito “que seca”, ao passo que eu no presente, à medida que ia lendo só pensava “que interessante”. Também ajuda o facto de Isabel Stilwell ser uma grande escritora, logo não é de admirar que tenha escrito uma grande história sobre uma grande mulher. Foi muito agradável de ler, delicioso até, e estas edições da esfera dos livros são uma perdição para o meu sentido de olfacto. ^_^(less)
**spoiler alert** "I know the feel of dismissive eyes, eyes that look without really seeing a thing. I know the sound of contempt in a voice. I know h...more**spoiler alert** "I know the feel of dismissive eyes, eyes that look without really seeing a thing. I know the sound of contempt in a voice. I know how betrayal and disillusionment feel, when someone who could give you the world refuses even a tiny piece of it. Maybe we aren’t so different after all."
Initially, the alternating point of views between Eve, Gabe and Colin, Before and After, was a little confusing but eventually I got the hang of it. For me it was obvious the book would end with Mia’s side of the story, and that’s one of the things that made me suspicious of her. If you’re saving your best for last, then you’re probably planning a big twist. Suspicions confirmed, my reaction was… seriously?! That’s the best you got? That had already crossed my mind!
I knew she had to be involved in the kidnapping. One of my theories was actually that perhaps she orchestrated the whole thing. Of course I could never imagine the implications. I was hoping that another one of my working theories would be the big twist. We didn’t know what had happened to Colin, so maybe the girl could have killed him and hidden the body, and then staged this perfect dramatic film. What can I say? I like the dark side of things. And I think that would be the best way to end the story with a big bang, bang, you’re dead and buried. Now I get to live my life.
What I got instead, was a bland, implausible ending, particularly when it comes to the use of the word love to describe the relationship between captive and captor. I find it hard to believe in this kind of “love”. I know she had a finger on it, but I’m sure she didn’t expect the kidnapping to be so real. And that must be scary as hell. I can’t say that what they felt for each other was true or not, but I do know that Stockholm syndrome distorts the mind in order to preserve the survival instinct. For me it didn’t seem real, just weird and unconvincing. I mean, what was it? 3 months? I don’t know, it’s just hard to accept. But that baby… a lot to think about.
Though I wasn’t satisfied by the ending, this was pretty interesting and engaging. A fair read. (less)
The mysterious title spiked my curiosity, and with all the raving I had to see for myself what it was exactly that got people talking so much...more3,5 stars
The mysterious title spiked my curiosity, and with all the raving I had to see for myself what it was exactly that got people talking so much about this book.
I gotta say it wasn't easy to get into the story, it actually took me some time before I felt the need to keep reading in order to figure it all out, but once I did I just wanted to keep turning the pages until I found some sort of closure. Which never really comes, and I guess that's why I had a hard time deciding how to rate it. Those damn "what if's". I hate them. I did like that twist, but I still felt like there could be more to this story. I don't know. Anyway, the husband's secret was too predictable, and that was a real bummer, but then it all unraveled pretty quickly when faced with the consequences. The plot and characters, although a lot like a lifetime movie script, were pretty well done, and made this an enjoyable read. It definitely made me want to look into other books by the same author.