I can't really delve too much into the plot because I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say that Mind of Winter is a clevActual Rating 3.5
I can't really delve too much into the plot because I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say that Mind of Winter is a clever little book by an equally clever writer. Laura Kasischke has a unique writing style that may seem, to some, repetitive or overwrought, but once you get used to it, the story is well worth the investment. It was engaging, though little was actually happening. Just seemingly mundane, normal things. I can't say that I didn't enjoy it because I did. I enjoyed it tremendously. I started reading before bed one evening and, in complete disregard for how I tired I would be at work the next day, I continued to read well into the early morning the next day. I didn't want to put it down and for the few brief minutes that I was forced to, I continued to think about the story, to try and puzzle it out. I read a ton of books so for a story to leave me guessing all the way to the end, is a rare occurrence. Mind of Winter did that and it did it well.
My main problem with Mind of Winter, then, is that I expected something else. The synopsis really gave me a supernatural/horror vibe that I never really felt while reading. I wasn't once frightened or on the edge of my seat, I was just confused. Albeit in a good way but confused nonetheless. That being said, I don't feel it's fair to judge a book too harshly based upon my own assumption of what the book would be about. That's not the book's fault. It's mine. Removing my bias, we are left with an engaging story and a memorable ending. I'd recommended it to fans of psychological suspense or mysteries. It's tension-filled but slow-moving, so if you're looking for action, this book isn't for you. ...more
It's not often that a novel takes me totally by surprise the way this one did. The Hallowed Ones is a unique take on the post-apocalyptic sub-genre, oIt's not often that a novel takes me totally by surprise the way this one did. The Hallowed Ones is a unique take on the post-apocalyptic sub-genre, offering the reader a world overrun by ravenous, frightening, vampiric creatures, and introducing us to a heroine whose innocence and lack of knowledge regarding the outside world is as refreshing as it is infuriating.
This book was at times chilling and intense, and at others, a thoughtful look at religion, freedom, and the need to question authority. Laura Bickle is a masterful storyteller. Katie is a sympathetic, determined protagonist. She's driven and strong despite an upbringing that teaches her to behave and do as instructed. She's aware of what she's been told to do and she's aware of what is right. The fact that she's willing to put her life on the line to do what is right endeared her to me.
I've never read her Anya Kalinczyk series but after reading The Hallowed Ones it has earned a place high on my TBR list. If you're looking for something a little bit scary and whole lot amazing, this book is for you. ...more
At first, a lot of what I was reading made me angry. I held an opinion, much like some of the doctors in this book, that this was just a case of bad pAt first, a lot of what I was reading made me angry. I held an opinion, much like some of the doctors in this book, that this was just a case of bad parenting. I was actually shouting at my book at 2am. Shouting. I kept screaming that they weren't doing it right. That a child needs discipline. That parents needed to have a united front. But then I kept reading, stopped judging a situation I know absolutely nothing about, and I found that I was wrong.
I could totally relate to Michael's struggle to avoid stifling his daughter while trying to maintain her sanity. Here's the thing, when a child is unique, you often worry that if you try to force them to conform to societal norms you will kill their genius. That you will turn them into someone ordinary. And really, does the world need more ordinary?
In the end, I liked this one but I didn't love it mostly because the writing left a little something to be desired. I wanted more raw emotion and what I got was an almost dry recounting of the events. And some of the narrator's behavior I found unsettling. Still, the story was compelling enough to keep me up well into the night on the first day I received my ARC so that I could finish January's story....more