I love this series and its characters so much. This was a continuation from the most recent book, so we didn't get a lot about Toby's personal mytholoI love this series and its characters so much. This was a continuation from the most recent book, so we didn't get a lot about Toby's personal mythology, but we did get to see a bunch of fae from kingdoms we hadn't known about before. There's a map!
(view spoiler)[- I am a bit disappointed that we were promised a duel and there was NO DUEL. - I was fully expecting Sylvester to commit suicide-by-duel, btw. I still bet he'll be dead by the series' end. Isn't that how it goes? Hero's mentor always dies? - Interesting that they found a way to bring Evening back, even though she's asleep and nobody's planning on waking her up. She had a hell of a scene in this one, hinting that there's MORE important shit that Toby doesn't know (SOMEONE JUST TELL TOBY EVERYTHING GODDAMMIT). I have no idea why there aren't a thousand theories about these books like there are for ASOIAF. - This book tells us that elf-shot is fatal to Selkies, which might make sense except that it was explicitly stated in the book where Connor dies that he died of blood-loss, and that elf-shot would NOT have been fatal for him. - The wedding will be in Toronto! Next book??? - Next book also: Rayseline will be awake maybe? I wonder how that's going to go down. I suppose there's not really any reason for Toby to hang out with her, except that WE STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED WHEN SHE WAS KIDNAPPED, right? (hide spoiler)]
- Why are Cassandra (of COURSE she's a Seer, oh my GOD, she's named CASSANDRA) and Karen so powerful even though they're "weak-blooded" changelings? They can't be merlins. Cassandra definitely has two notes to her magic (grapefruit and turpentine; I don't know how Seanan comes up with this stuff). - Why doesn't Arden recognize Cassandra's heritage??? Toby has never sensed anything unusual about the kids' heritage, and she's the best at tasting the balance of people's blood and such. Do we know what Mitch and Stacy have in their blood? - IS MARCIA MARIANNE. JUST TELL ME SEANAN. I PROMISE I WON'T TELL ANYONE. - Did Marianne give up her powers when she got the protection stuff from the Luidaeg? Is that why she's Marcia now? IS there any way for a pureblood to become a changeling? (Probably not, since Toby was worried about having to burn away her humanity for Tybalt.) WHAT IS MARCIA'S HERITAGE ANYWAY. IS IT COBLYNAU. IS IT. - And IF Marcia is Marianne, why didn't she come forward when Arden was restored to her throne? Or was that part of the deal, that she would never tell them? That would explain how pissed-off she was. - Why was the Luidaeg bound by Titania in the first place? I need to go re-read everything again right now. - I kinda wanted to see Arden teach Nolan about the last eighty years of world history, actually. And the internet! - But we're going to get Cassandra working in the palace maybe, and she seems poised to become a more major character now that she's got ~mysterious powers~. And a possible romance with Walther! - Also, another mention of JACK REDPATH who I still refuse to believe is human based on his name. Nobody human has that name unless they're a serial killer. - I love the Luidaeg and her overalls and her messy house. Arden's description of it was great too. (hide spoiler)]...more
1. ALICE. I didn't read anything about this one, so I had no idea who the other girl on the cover was, and I have to say I LOVE ALICE, the cookie-baki1. ALICE. I didn't read anything about this one, so I had no idea who the other girl on the cover was, and I have to say I LOVE ALICE, the cookie-baking, dimension-hopping, reverse-aging grandma with MAGIC TATTOOS. Seanan puts so much amazing work into the personalities of the entire Price-Healy clan, and it shows. 2. I never get tired of Aeslin mice. 3. Routewitches! I need to reread Sparrow Hill Road. 4. WHEN DOES ANTIMONY GET A BOOK? IS IT NEXT?? I HOPE IT'S NEXT
Now, who wants to talk about the ending?
(view spoiler)[Really, they passed off the entire climax as a special effects show? Like, how does that work? Obviously the murder was real, because they had a funeral for Lyra and it would be difficult to cover that up. So why on earth would a show ever have a murder happen onstage and then go into a special effects display? Why wouldn't they stop the show immediately? Unless their spin was that Anders was disturbed and set up the display beforehand as part of his murder spree. But to have the dancers go along with it by attacking the giant snake... I don't know, none of that makes any sense to me. I just don't see how anyone would have come up with a mundane explanation for this.
I get that they needed to set up the Covenant coming to the US and Verity warning them on camera, and that part was pretty badass. But the handwave of "oh, we said it was special effects" stretches things too far for me. I don't buy it. Especially not in this day and age when it would have been on the internet immediately. (hide spoiler)]...more
Read while home sick from work. Meg Cabot is perfect when you want something light and funny and consistently entertaining, and this book is no exceptRead while home sick from work. Meg Cabot is perfect when you want something light and funny and consistently entertaining, and this book is no exception. ...more
I don't really understand why this was marketed as an adult book instead of YA? It seems pretty YA to me.
I didn't know going into this book that thereI don't really understand why this was marketed as an adult book instead of YA? It seems pretty YA to me.
I didn't know going into this book that there would be a murder mystery, but of COURSE there's a murder mystery, because it's Seanan. The mystery seemed a bit, if you'll pardon the expression, skeletal--it didn't have the depth and buildup I'm used to seeing from her. But the book is short, and I found myself wishing it were longer so we could really get to know these characters.
Kade is super dreamy and I hope the sequel(s(?)) have more from him.
I identified waaaay too much with ace-but-not-aro Nancy. Flirting is fun! Kissing is fun! Why you gotta bring sex into it? (I'm not completely asexual, but I'm on the spectrum. MORE ACE CHARACTERS PLEASE.)
You really can't make whipped cream from the milk you find in someone's fridge, Jack....more
This was a slower burn than the others, and I think if I had read it when it came out i would have been pissed at the lack of several major charactersThis was a slower burn than the others, and I think if I had read it when it came out i would have been pissed at the lack of several major characters. Of course, I knew about the split, and that helped.
This one has lots of juicy fan theories attached that make reading it way more interesting, since I doubt I would have puzzled all of them out on my own. It's fun to pick out who's dead and who is merely "dead," because we know that in these books even if you die on-page, you can still come back, and if you don't die on-page, it's practically guaranteed that you're not actually dead.
A lot of it was harder than previous books for me to read. Misogyny, rape, and torture were all in this book, and though those things have been in previous books, it's rare that we get the point-of-view of the characters committing them. The Iron Islands dudes are particularly appalling, and we get Cersei's point of view in this book, which is pretty much as awful as you'd imagine Cersei to be....more
You know, from now on I'm going to assume that all Martin characters are in a state of perpetual alive-and-deadness until the last page of the last boYou know, from now on I'm going to assume that all Martin characters are in a state of perpetual alive-and-deadness until the last page of the last book. They're Schroedinger's characters....more
Re-read in 2014 for Mark Reads. Meant to follow along with him, but of course I got so into Beka and her story that I finished it early. Now to watchRe-read in 2014 for Mark Reads. Meant to follow along with him, but of course I got so into Beka and her story that I finished it early. Now to watch Mark be utterly unprepared....more