I started this series at the suggestion of multiple friends, and I'm certainly glad I did. Ms. Moning's world-building is absolutely wonderful. I wasI started this series at the suggestion of multiple friends, and I'm certainly glad I did. Ms. Moning's world-building is absolutely wonderful. I was easily immersed in the idea of our world existing while Fae and other supernatural creatures dwell in it (with humans entirely unaware, of course). It took little effort at all for me to suspend my disbelief.
It was a challenge for me to connect with the main protagonist, "Mac" Lane, however. In the beginning of the story, Mac learns her sister, Alina, has been killed while studying abroad in Ireland. The product of small-town living, Mac decides to set off in pursuit of her sister's killer, against her grieving parents' objections. Described throughout the beginning and middle of the book as a "Barbie" type of gal who tends bar and coordinates every accessory, the steely determination that propels Mac across the ocean and away from her comfortable, small-town life seems out of sync with her general character.
Additionally, I found some of her reactions and thoughts puzzling. She discovers that she has particular abilities related to the Fae, and although she refuses to believe them at first, she soon has no choice but to accept them. Still, her acceptance of the truths facing her is a choppy and rather abrupt process. Also, musings she mentions toward the end of the book about the story's dark "hero," Jericho Barrons, seem painfully obvious much earlier in the story.
Still, these elements didn't detract from the well-paced story and exquisite detail surrounding this fictional world. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series!...more
I would give this 4.5 stars if I could. I read Lilith at the suggestion of a Twitter friend, and I'm glad I did. This is a short story with a very strI would give this 4.5 stars if I could. I read Lilith at the suggestion of a Twitter friend, and I'm glad I did. This is a short story with a very strong nod toward the stylings of Edgar Allan Poe, one of my favorite writers. I found the writing strong and the work well-edited...and the cover is compelling, as well!
The story is told in the first-person by the protagonist, Eve. She's a new mother living with her son and husband out in the country and working on her master's thesis. Her thesis is about the legend of Lilith, Adam's first mate. As the story continues, it follows Eve's descent into confusion regarding what elements about Lilith "the baby eater" are imagined, and what she thinks she's experiencing first-hand.
I found this a well-paced read that kept me wondering where the author was taking me until the very end. The one thing that didn't work for me was the style of the dialogue and some of the narrator's tone in light of the seemingly modern-day setting. Is this taking place in today's society? I assumed so at first, since this is a female earning her master's degree and it seems commonplace in the narration. However, there were times where the dialogue and narration were decidedly old-fashioned. One example: "I know you think me mad." And a second: "You tell me you go to our barn and discourse with an owl." People today don't speak like this, so I found it confusing.
Overall, however, Lilith is a wonderful, quick and intriguing read....more
Sophie & Carter is a "boy-and-girl-next-door" young adult story unlike anything I've ever read. It follows 18-year-old SoI loved this book's guts!
Sophie & Carter is a "boy-and-girl-next-door" young adult story unlike anything I've ever read. It follows 18-year-old Sophie Hartman and her same-aged next-door neighbor Carter Jax through their last weeks of high school. The reader learns early on that their lives are anything but typical. But they're very good at pretending otherwise.
Ms. Fine does an amazing job of making the two main characters, whose circumstances are quite heartbreaking, anything but pitiable. They're strong, smart and resilient, and what makes their situations easier for the reader to bear is the fact that they have each other, and that somehow makes everything okay.
Sophie & Carter is a deceptively simple and poignant story about love and perseverance featuring two characters that quickly found their ways into my heart. I hope I get to see more of them...or at least a few more stories like this one from Ms. Fine!...more