I liked this book, hence the rating. But I still want to pour out some thoughts. So if I don't mention something it's because I liked it.
I feel like thi...moreI liked this book, hence the rating. But I still want to pour out some thoughts. So if I don't mention something it's because I liked it.
I feel like this book aims at two contradicting audiences: adults and YAs. On the one hand, it touches darker issues (like slavery, torture, rape...), talks about fucking quite often, and describes killings without shyness. But, on the other hand, the creatures that try to convey as dangerous and unfeeling at the beginning of the book, end up being the nicest, sweetest things... And I didn't think that was going to be the point.
Did someone else write the first chapters? Because the rest of them were not what I was set up to expect. I thought the author was going to portray truly mean, vicious beasts, so, even though I loved all the good characters and wanted to live there with them and be their friend, I felt a little cheated, because I wasn't expecting that. It ended up being quite Winnie the Pooh-ish.
Another thing. It always annoys me when EVERYONE loves the main character at first sight, especially when there isn't a reason. Everyone accommodates, protects and cherishes Meg like she is so unique and special, but, I'm sorry, besides her prophet ability (which they didn't know about yet), she is like any other human, not even that. (I cherished Ruthie more, to be honest, she seemed to have her stuff together and have a good head over her shoulders.) So it was very Mary Sue on that aspect. She was too naive and annoying for 'monkey'-intolerant beasts to have that big of a change of heart almost immediately.
It sounds crazy and contradictory but, IMO, real creatures like that ain't gonna be so patient, rational and understanding. Meg would be dead.
Speaking of which, these characters are all over the mid-twenties and they are wild creatures. They must crave sex. It's the natural and obvious thing. So it bothers me that an apparent adult book treats that as if the characters were chaste teens. Not realistic.
... In this book everyone is way too in control for my taste.
As for Asia Crane, I skipped most of her chapters. She got on my nerves quickly and couldn't stand her. Good riddance.(less)
Why so much disdain for rich people? Having money doesn't automatically make you mean or stupid. That's very stereotypical and narrow-minded. Also, she...moreWhy so much disdain for rich people? Having money doesn't automatically make you mean or stupid. That's very stereotypical and narrow-minded. Also, she talks about her mother death so much that you start feeling annoyed by it, sorry. And why so negative? I'd love to study in that place and to have those classes, too. I couldn't relate to the main character, she got too much in my nerves.(less)
More people should know about this book and read it. It's not just another Sherlock Holmes' knock off. It is quite original and funny. I especially lov...moreMore people should know about this book and read it. It's not just another Sherlock Holmes' knock off. It is quite original and funny. I especially love March. I want to be like her when I grow up! Haha. (Just to think that I'm actually older than her... Oh, how times change.) I adore how March uses sarcasm when talking to men and how their egos take it literally and feel flattered. I love how in the book men think they are so superior and constantly put women down, but in reality, women are the smartest ones and they just let men wrongly believe otherwise. While saying they don't have the power to do anything and that they have no influence, they are actually the ones running the show. Every character is amazingly well developed. They are believable and there are no loose ends. March's parallel narration of her past is also very original, interesting and enticing.(less)
I can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars. Maybe 4.5? I loved it. But a big factor may have come into play: (view spoiler)[I knew from many other...moreI can't decide if I want to give it 4 or 5 stars. Maybe 4.5? I loved it. But a big factor may have come into play: (view spoiler)[I knew from many other books who the figure of Chiron was, but I had forgotten his name, so the character's name didn't mean anything to me. I know, shame on me, but hey! more mystery for me. I guess that if I'd made the connection (with hhis name and also the coin), it would've been way too predictable and not as thrilling. Maybe that's the reason why up to chapter 20 or so, I was like 'What the hell is going on this place??'. And then in their winter brake it was really obvious by the words and expressions the characters used (ex.: 'Let me go', and the whole Mark's house experience.) (hide spoiler)] Another thing, it was funny how through more than half of the book everything and everyone were so cryptic and I had no idea what was going on, and then, it was like the author realised that the book was coming to an end and she had to wrap things up, so she suddenly made it really obvious. Still, it was so very well written and I really enjoyed it. Besides, it's always a nice change when you read a stand alone book and not one followed by 15 more in the series. What's up with that ending, though? But I know what I wanted her to do, and what I was sure she had decided.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)