Original will be posted onto my blog on January 3rd, 2013, here. (Note: Due to copy-and-paste, the following review does not contain
Original will be posted onto my blog on January 3rd, 2013, here. (Note: Due to copy-and-paste, the following review does not contain the formatting and links the original review on my blog does.)
Everyone loved this book so much that I was both frightened and buoyed to pick this up. It seems that a lot of reviewers knew Rachel Hartman before they read the book, but I've never had any acquaintances made with Rachel (though seriously? I'd love to). So if you didn't buy anyone's review because you thought they were all biased--well, I'm telling you now that I had no qualms against liking this book.
Of course, I didn't need to worry about bias and whatnot--Seraphina was absolutely tinkling.
It's very elegant, I think. That's the word to describe it: elegant. But also very true, and very subtly honest, at that. So no, the word to describe Seraphina is eureka. It's an epiphany smashed into beautiful words plastered into inky lines trilling on the flimsy disguises of a thin page (not to mind you, though, that it is indeed a very long story, but definitely too short of a time to spend with the flamboyant characters).
Actually, I take that back. The characters aren't flamboyant (though hmm, some are, I suppose). What I'm trying to say is that they are incredibly multi-dimensional, and that I absolutely want to be Phina's best friend, but that I also love Kiggs so very much and I want him to manifest into real life and marry me or something. Wait, no, I can't have both, can I? Darn. But see? The thing with these characters is that they are so utterly impressionable that you can fester up their responses even if they aren't there--their personalities and actions are so completely unforgettable that I don't need an exact wording in an existing scene to tell me what they want or need.
The best part about this whole masterpiece, though, is the absolute fascination with beauty that seeps through the spine of this book. Not beauty as in one's own vain reflection, but beauty of music, of emotions, art, acceptance, friendship, etc. etc. etc. This book explores some of the closest subjects to my heart (such as philosophy) without making it inconsistent, unbelievable, bland, or mad. Rachel writes like a pro and her words and ideas flow so easily over the pages and the reader that it's almost impossible to realize that you're adapting to this amazing, aesthetic view of life until suddenly you cannot imagine existing without it.
Seraphina may be "just another epic fantasy about dragons", but I assure you, it's original and gorgeous in its own right, and contains a brilliance too bright to conjure without reading it, and too vast to rest in until I hold the sequel in my eager hands....more
Quick Reaction:Andrea is seriously awesome. First I read A Tale Dark and Grimm (recommended by her) and it's amazing and I read this (recommended byQuick Reaction:Andrea is seriously awesome. First I read A Tale Dark and Grimm (recommended by her) and it's amazing and I read this (recommended by her) and it's fan-flippin'-tastic. I remember when she first told me about this book, how I walked around school for the whole day talking in Yoda. (Hey Ray, if you're seeing this, that's where Jedi came from! Haha)
Um anyway. So yeah, I'm still stuck in Tommy's head so I can't really write in my usually more-thoughtful ways...
But read this book! Get it for kids! For older kids! For non-kids!
**Quick Reaction** Today was the last day of the fantastic Mrs.Nelson's Bookstore's Warehouse Sale, and I bought 11 books with simpl **STARRED REVIEW**
**Quick Reaction** Today was the last day of the fantastic Mrs.Nelson's Bookstore's Warehouse Sale, and I bought 11 books with simply $50, a great deal if there ever was one. This was one of those books, recommended to me by the wonderful Andrea (general manager at Mrs. Nelson's, who is made of awesome), and it is absolutely fabulous.
What a fantastic, chilling, evocative piece of literature. It's a story that's unique and familiar, like a tray of biscuits inside the chamber of a train--oddly charming and comforting, though certainly strange.
I literally, literally read this in one sitting, and I have a feeling that this is a tale I would not forget for years to come, if ever.
In other words: oh how you must read it.
**Actual, full review to POSSIBLY come** (Meanwhile, check out my blog for other reviews of similar style, if you'd like!)...more
Not going to rate it since it's a DNF. Got really annoyed with the main character. I really felt for her in the beginning, but she was still being b-wNot going to rate it since it's a DNF. Got really annoyed with the main character. I really felt for her in the beginning, but she was still being b-witchy to everyone almost 300 pages in, so no more of this. The writing is often lovely, though....more
Helen! Lucas! Don't you dare do that to me! I've suffered through enough of that darn drama with Cassandra ClareQuick Reaction: WHY!!?!?!?!
Helen! Lucas! Don't you dare do that to me! I've suffered through enough of that darn drama with Cassandra Clare already. T.T And this time, we readers know the truth, which makes it that much more unbearable! And how come there's going to be a love triangle in Dreamless? Don't do that to me!!! D: D: D:
Actual, full review: Original is here. (Note: due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links have been lost.)
I love this book so much I hate it.
To paraphrase the fantastic Phoebe North: I hate it because I hate its ending. I hate it because I hate how obsessed it made me feel. I hate it because I was such a fan-girl that I wasn't even like my usual quiet, slightly cynical self.
But hey, I don't want to talk about the rest of this book, at least not just yet. Because, HOLY GODS OF THE WORLD, Lucas Delos!!!! Ohhh holy hedgehogs, please help me. I am DYING over here over my swooning. Ahem. No, like, seriously? Didn't I warn you about the fan-girling? Because Lucas is pretty much perfection. (quick note here: some people refer to Lucas as "Edward," but someone please explain that to me because I see no connection whatsoever. What Lucas does it actually for a legitimate reason, and he tries his best to work Helen's preferences into the things he has to do, so that she won't have to suffer as much. You call that Edward? Really? Since when did Edward become so... amazing?)(But that's just my opinion. You tell me.)
Well, now that that's out of the way...
No, not really. Because I have something else to say, and this is slightly spoilery, so I've highlighted it. Only drag your mouse over the highlighted text if you've read Starcrossed or don't care about spoilers!
Anyway. I know that this review isn't how my reviews usually are, but this is one of those books that didn't consume me emotionally, but was so freakin' entertaining and brilliant that I resorted to my fan-girl voice. But let me address some other awesome elements in this book before someone puts a restraining order on me: the mythology. That was just fantastic. I absolutely love love love Greek mythology, so this was like a home run for me. This book was also very understandable--even though it weaved complex back story with a charging front line, it never became confusing or dragging. Though, I suppose the highly relatable characters had something to do with it. I once saw someone call Helen "ditsy," but that's the last word I'd use to describe her. She's a bit clueless and very sweet, I think, but not ditsy. Though that's just what I think. I'd love to be friends with her. And of course, how can I not mention the beautiful setting of Nantucket, or the heart-warming relationship Helen has with her dad that has become almost extinct in the YA world nowadays?
Overall, Starcrossed is ambrosia for everyone yearning for row after row of gourmet delicacies and a cast that entertains, enchants, and inflames....more
You guys, the inside of the book (or, at least the ARC), is GORGEOUS. There's all this fancy stuff going on, on the page numbers, drop-caps, chapter hYou guys, the inside of the book (or, at least the ARC), is GORGEOUS. There's all this fancy stuff going on, on the page numbers, drop-caps, chapter headings, etc. I think it is one of the fanciest books I've ever read. :D
General reaction: Wow, this was hugely underwhelmed for me. Since I don't review DNF books, I'm just going to tell you why I didn't finish it. I gave it 100 pages, and was... well, alright, the voice was quite monotonous to me and an effort to drag through. Though the premise was interesting, I just didn't really care, because the heroine was quite aggravating. And selfish. Meh.
But that's just me. Maybe you'll like it. Who knows?...more
**ACTUAL, FULL REVIEW** Original is here on my blog (or it will be, come January 24th of dear ole new 2013). Note: due to copy-and-p**STARRED REVIEW**
**ACTUAL, FULL REVIEW** Original is here on my blog (or it will be, come January 24th of dear ole new 2013). Note: due to copy-and-paste, formatting and links will be lost. Oh well.
"Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy,
but here's my number, so call me maybe?"
I thought so. Now, before you go all Avatar State on me, let me just say that I brought that Call Me Maybe back for a legitimately good reason. It's this book's freaking theme song.
So I read Will Grayson X 2 (as will I later refer to is as, due to my absurd laziness. Actually, I'm going to call it WGx2. Ooo it looks so pretty as a mathematical equation). Anyways: the point is, I didn't just meet this book, but this is still crazy, because I really want to give the Wills my number, so they can call me maybe-
OKAY FINE I'll stop now with the song.
But you guys, this book. I'm sorry, I was joking all this time because I just don't know what to say. It's so... unflinchingly loud. Not loud like a scream, but loud like war pipes. Bagpipes that are warm and familiar that screech something thunderous inside your heart and burst into little staccatos of halted heartbeats. That's what this book is. Completely unaware of personal bubbles and slashing them apart with knives made of jokes.
This book is... a lot like me. Man, how dare I, compare myself to this masterpiece. But you know, it's very hilariously stoic in its exterior and so colorfully confused on the inside. I like that. And I'd like to think that it resonates with me, and with everyone else, too, because no one with a thread of a fine mind can pass up the recognition that despite the fact that one of the Wills was gay, despite the fact that this situation seems unlikely (I didn't think so. I had the exact same name as someone in my school. And our personalities are so similar it's eerie), there is something in it so real and fierce it's like a blizzard whipping against your face. You want to ignore it, but you can't, and the more you try to back away, the quicker it streams. WGx2 made me want to tumble into an abyss and just curl up into myself for a while, because it was so brilliant and so bright and the world was so shabby and savage and inside the book there was something more than words, there was an entire universe dappling the sky like invisible threads of personalities waiting to plummet upon us in pillars of stars.
The book is majestic in its own grotesquely grandiose way, and I think that's what I loved the most about it....more