Not going to bother with a long-winded review because either you've read up to here in the series and you're already going on with this oThis is good.
Not going to bother with a long-winded review because either you've read up to here in the series and you're already going on with this one, in which case my review would just be "this is good!" fist-bump. Or you've read up to here in the series and you are somehow not interested in this one, in which case nothing I saw is probably going to convince you.
As with the others in the series, this book does a great job of following the original fairy tale (Rapunzel) in a modern and sci-fi way. Again, down to details like (view spoiler)[Thorne being blinded, just like the prince in rapunzel. I loved that so much. (hide spoiler)].
And where the first two had flaws with pacing and over-reaching, this book read as tighter and more finely tuned. You may not like the characters as much -- Cress is probably my least favorite of the fairy tale heroines -- but (view spoiler)[Iko is even better than ever so yay! (hide spoiler)].
Unfortunately I read these when the next book in the series -- Winter -- isn't expected out until November of NEXT YEAR so that's kind of a bummer. But, the reading group is already on to October's read and I'm already distracted by that one Strands of Bronze and Gold so I'll probably make it just fine.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I actually really liked this. I went into it happily optimistic just because even if I didn't *love* Cinder, I *did* like how Marissa Meyer retold theI actually really liked this. I went into it happily optimistic just because even if I didn't *love* Cinder, I *did* like how Marissa Meyer retold the fairy tale. So I was eager to see what she did with little red riding hood.
Once again, I wasn't disappointed. The take is unique and yet it still follows the original take quite closely, even down to some little details.
I liked this book better than Cinder and I'm not sure if that's because I liked Scarlett more as a character, or that I liked Wolf much more than Kai, or that I liked Cinder better in this book than I did in the first, or if it's just because I really like Thorne (the Han Solo or Starbuck character, both of whom I loved growing up (think the original Starbuck, not that blasphemous reboot of him being a chick)). It is probably all of those things.
Plus, the story has a lot more action.
Once again, though, sometimes maybe TOO much action, as if there is too much bitten off and trying to be crammed into one book.
A difference between this book and cinder is that the point of view flips between Cinder and Scarlet and so you you have two different main characters with different agendas and goals. Frequently in books narrated in that fashion, there is definitely one POV I prefer and I subconciously can't-wait to get back to it when I am reading the other one. In this book i enjoyed them both equally because both the story arcs are strong.
If you've read Cinder and liked it at all, you are probably already planning to read this so a recommendation is probably not necessary. But if you've read Cinder and liked it at all and are hesitating about this one, I say go ahead, because it's better than the first!...more
I really enjoyed this. Mozart's wife is mostly known, when people know anything about her at all, for how "callously" and "cruelly" she capitalized onI really enjoyed this. Mozart's wife is mostly known, when people know anything about her at all, for how "callously" and "cruelly" she capitalized on his music after he died, taking herself everywhere to sell it for what she could. She is accused of doing whatever she could to capitalize on a man she didn't seem to mourn. This book gives a much more sympathetic view of Stanzi and how she may have ended up becoming the person she became, and what motivations she may have had for her actions after Mozart's death. I felt that the characters and historical details were realistic and that I was being show the heart of an 18th century marriage, in all of the painful mechanics that make it tick. Mozart himself in the novel comes across as so likable and good-hearted that it's hard to find fault with him even when he acts in some pretty idiotic ways.
Overall the writing and story flowed and this was a very good curl-up-under-the-blankets-on-a-cold-winter-weekend book. ...more
I actually enjoyed this book a lot. I am going to say, though, that the feel of this book is VERY similar to About a Boy - main boy character coming oI actually enjoyed this book a lot. I am going to say, though, that the feel of this book is VERY similar to About a Boy - main boy character coming of age, kooky mom, reluctant adult male role model, even the gruff goth girl with a heart of gold as side kick.
So, there's that. If you disliked About a Boy, you will dislike this one because the tone and feel and cast of characters are very similar but Hornsby's writing is better. If you LIKED About a Boy, then you will thoroughly enjoy this book and I recommend it.
While About a Boy dealt with a mother's attempt of suicide, this book (view spoiler)[also touches on the same sort of area with one of the main character's path toward assisted suicide. This aspect of the book is handled very well, and with respect. Regardless of your feel about assisted suicide as an option for the terminally ill, I think you'll find that this book treats the attitude justly and Alex's arrival at his support for this decision is handled well. (hide spoiler)]
I've read criticisms that this book as one big advertisement for secular humanism but that wasn't offputting to me at all. And, with such a strong Vonnegut influence, I'm not sure what else you'd expect. As a Vonnegut fan myself, I could appreciate Alex's coming of age under a Vonnegut influence.
If I had to criticize this book, I would say that Alex's character is a little bit TOO naive and goofy. But, having enjoyed About a Boy, I just accepted that for what it was and almost just looked at him as a stock character: that's just the sort of boy he is.
I read this book start to finish over the course of a weekend and enjoyed it the entire time. In hindsight, I'm not sure that I would have been happy to have spent full price on the hardcover -- it's not THAT good -- but as a weekend kindle read, it gets 4 stars.
Oh, editing to add: I am giving this the "YA" tag because of the age of the character and the fact that I think my 14-year-old son would enjoy it. In the the way that these sorts of books have adult-ish children characters, i would still consider this an adult book as well.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more