I can't give enough praise to the originality, imagination and well-written prose that Marissa writes with for this series. Every time I read it, I juI can't give enough praise to the originality, imagination and well-written prose that Marissa writes with for this series. Every time I read it, I just go, "Why? Why don't we have more books like this? Why aren't all books like this?" Marissa Meyer writes stories that feel like they are unique and original (diversity!!) compared to most books out there, but when you read it it also feels completely natural and time-tested, because she draws on and weaves all the elements with seeming ease. Specifically, I loved: - Wonderfully rich diversity of characters that are each so likeable and show depth. - The aforementioned characters set against evil and trying to save the world. - Epic world and space wars as well as exploring pervading social injustices and prejudice. Can you tell that like the previous books, I just fall in love with the book as soon as I start reading it? It was just the kind of story I like to read and daydream about.
My only pet peeve was seeing the word 'kanji' used to describe the Chinese characters, which jolted me a little, but well, it's the Eastern Commonwealth we're talking about, which includes China and Japan, so I'll just have to accept that the culture all got mixed up somewhere so we're calling it kanji now.
I am a bit cautious about the direction Winter will take (namely, I don't know if I like Luna & Lunar culture right now, or that I want to go there, after reading Cress), but it's the final book and Marissa Meyer just writes so well that I think I will instantly fall in love with it all anyway. Without giving anything away, Winter already looks to be another great character to add to the array of wonderful characters....more
3.5 stars. It was hard for me to get into at first -, I think because the writing style was so different and I've never read a culinary crime novel bef3.5 stars. It was hard for me to get into at first -, I think because the writing style was so different and I've never read a culinary crime novel before (asdfgjkl how awesome is that idea?!)- yet somehow, at a couple of points in the story I actually lost it in giggles and/or incredulity because this book is SO funny/good. (Hint: That scene with picnics and weddings.) I felt like perhaps bits of the writing could be tightened up/polished more and Stewart's accent made it quite hard to read him, but all in all it was VERY funny and VERY well written. By the end, I was quite attached to these quirky, crazy characters: Tabitha, Bishop, Xanthippe, and all -enough to want to know more about what crazy things they will be doing next. Pretty sure I will continue with the series....more
This series, BSC, was like the bread and butter of my childhood. I liked this just as much as I liked the rest of the series, but it wasn't anything hThis series, BSC, was like the bread and butter of my childhood. I liked this just as much as I liked the rest of the series, but it wasn't anything hugely memorable, I guess.
Then I picked it up in my early 20s... and realized time, and life experience, has only made me LOVE this book even more (and also get a lot more emotional reading it). It's kind of weird to see how much you grow up and read the same things differently. This one, in particular, is about a girl, Stacey, whose parents kept trying to take her to different doctors to 'fix' her diabetes. It just resonated with me so much now then it did back then. I guess we readers really put ourselves into a book like that!...more