This gets about a 4.9, rounded up to a 5. I loved the characters, the setting, the intuitive understanding she had of the way they dressed and human n...moreThis gets about a 4.9, rounded up to a 5. I loved the characters, the setting, the intuitive understanding she had of the way they dressed and human nature. I was just a little unsure if I liked the final battle, and a little disappointed that it ended up in the air with no future book date for the third novel. I want to know what happens next!
Despite what others have said, I think this works well if you haven't read the original, although I have now read that one as well. It's not so punky, not too much technology, but it is a steamy romance, and the descriptions of the magic and guilds is fascinating. I loved the Victorian setting, and the author really understood aspects of Victorian life such as getting through doors in hoop skirts, that made it feel more real.
The romance was very enjoyable, Grey Carteret was just my type. This book works well as a steampunk-ish novel, a story about magic, and as a romance, and for that, it deserves real credit! I can't wait to see what will happen when the third one comes out! I hope it will have more about Elinor, who is a fascinating character, and a strong independent woman!(less)
This short story was a real pleasure to read! Holly-Rosing uses brilliant innovation of style and technology, with a real understanding of mechanics t...moreThis short story was a real pleasure to read! Holly-Rosing uses brilliant innovation of style and technology, with a real understanding of mechanics that makes the steampunk feel more real. The story has a great turn of phrase, well-written characters and understanding of human nature. The adventure was engaging, and I was moved by the events. Madeline Holly-Rosing is definitely an author to watch!(less)
An intriguing and well-written prequel to The Boston Metaphysical society, that gives us a view into the character's early life, and that of her fathe...moreAn intriguing and well-written prequel to The Boston Metaphysical society, that gives us a view into the character's early life, and that of her father. I really enjoyed reading this story, and it made me even more eager to see what will happen next. The author's explanation of mechanical things in these stories always seems flawless, making the machinery seem real, even if I don't really understand it myself. I enjoyed the descriptions of Andrew's unusual talents. I also find the idea of the wire decorations fascinating. I really think this series will offer something new and wonderful!(less)
Opinions seem rather divided on this book, but for me, it was a winner. It had a beautiful setting, and a brooding gothic sensibility, which I adored....moreOpinions seem rather divided on this book, but for me, it was a winner. It had a beautiful setting, and a brooding gothic sensibility, which I adored. I loved the attention to detail, the house and grounds, the mentions of their nightdresses, Lia's love of literature. I liked all of the girls, and Lia's boyfriend. (How could I not love a boy who loves books?!)
The mythology in the story was good. I enjoyed the other worlds, and I even liked the angel and demon thing, which I am not a big fan of, but I thought was a done in quite a fresh way. The story concentrated a lot on Lia dealing with her dark destiny, and trying to learn to use her powers, which I really enjoyed. Some people seem to think the story is slow, but I think it allows for us to really see her struggle, and to create some good characterisations, which allow us to really get to know Lia.
Lia did frustrate me a bit, with the way she constantly pushed her boyfriend away, and I wished she wouldn't do that, because it seemed so obvious that when you push someone away, you risk losing them, and he was the best thing she had.
I also enjoyed learning about her aunt and mother, and their place in the prophecy.
This book was a beautiful, moody vision, and I greatly enjoyed it!(less)
This was given to me as my 'secret santa' webcomic for Webcomic Wonderland on Goodreads, and I am extremely grateful to whoever suggested it.
Bite Me!...moreThis was given to me as my 'secret santa' webcomic for Webcomic Wonderland on Goodreads, and I am extremely grateful to whoever suggested it.
Bite Me! is a short and very enjoyable read, it kept me both impressed and laughing the whole time. I like a story that is funny, but still takes itself seriously, and don't fall completely into ridiculousness. The story had cute protagonists and a good mix of deadpan humour and puns.There are so many wonderfully quotable lines!
The 'dramatic facial expressions' as someone referred to them as in the online comments, were priceless, and the use of different fonts when people made speeches was impressive. The whole thing also appears to have been hand written, which is impressive. All the characters had their own crazy personalities, and I loved them all.
There is probably nothing else I can say about this graphic novel without gushing embarrassingly, so I will stop now, and simply urge you to read it. It is free to read online, so that should make it easy. Go, read it now!(less)
I absolutely loved this book! There wasn't a dull moment! However, there were moments that made even a fan of Gothic and horror like myself wince.
Jen...moreI absolutely loved this book! There wasn't a dull moment! However, there were moments that made even a fan of Gothic and horror like myself wince.
Jenny is born with a touch that spreads disease, and even kills. The kids in primary school call her Jenny Pox. Later, it becomes Jenny Mittens, and she becomes an outcast, mocked for the long clothes and mittens she wears to protect others from her deadly touch. She lives with her caring alcoholic father, who really does his best to take care of her. I thought the hug masks at the beginning were really sweet and touching.
Jenny has resigned herself to a life alone, until one day, she discovers that a boy called Seth also has powers. Healing ones. He can touch her without being harmed. The only thing is, his girlfriend, Ashleigh, is dangerous, and hates Jenny.
I loved the slow discovery of what the powers could do, and of Ashleigh's increasingly awful schemes. I found the characters well-written. At first Seth seemed like a stupid sex crazed jock, but he soon became a well-rounded character and the reason behind his behaviour with Ashleigh was explained in a very clever way. I enjoyed the far out manipulative things Ashleigh did.
Jenny was well written because she suffered so much, but did not spend too much time dwelling on it and complaining, as characters who have way less problems in their life have done in other stories. I also liked the supporting characters, such as the sweet lady who ran the Five and Dime, and Ashleigh's shyster preacher father.
I thought the story moved just slowly enough to let you know the characters and let their developing relationships seem real, but not so slow that it became boring. I found I believed their relationship, which I sometimes have trouble with in other books.
As I said, it gets quite horrific near the end, and I actually found myself cringing. But I loved that the author didn't hold back, and went the whole way with it.
The explanation was also very imaginative and well-written, I really loved it.
I enjoyed this book from start to finish, it only took me two days to read it, and I barely put it down. In the end, I loved that it was a story about a young girl dealing with destructive powers, and trying to find a place in the world despite unimaginable odds.(less)
I did enjoy reading this book, but I was torn between enjoyment and often being utterly annoyed by the continous whinging of the main character.
The p...moreI did enjoy reading this book, but I was torn between enjoyment and often being utterly annoyed by the continous whinging of the main character.
The premise is fun, Keelie grew up in California with her mother, but after her mother's death, she is sent to live with her father, a woodworker at a Renaissance Fair. I loved the faire setting, which seemed really fun, I would love to visit a place like that. I also liked the idea of Keelie's 'allergy'. The part about the elves and the relationship with the trees were not new to me, but still felt fun and orginal.
For me, the issues was, as I said before, the amount of snarky comments and whining Keelie did. The girl was really hard to like at times. It was frustrating how one moment she would be discovering something wonderful about her identity, and the next she would be yelling at her dad about how she hated him and didn't belong there.
Also there were moments when things felt a little overexplained. I really didn't need to know that Keelie had to take a shower, change her clothes and dry her hair every time she got wet, which seemed to happen a lot. Then at the very climax there was some important imformation which really wasn't explained (view spoiler)[ what was that book, how did it appear, etc. (hide spoiler)] although maybe that will be explained in a later book.
In the end, I think I would give it about 3.5 stars. It was a fun premise, but I really kept wishing the main character would get over herself and have some fun!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Beautiful art that looks like paintings and an interesting new story combine to make this short graphic novel a pleasure to read. Sandman fans may rec...moreBeautiful art that looks like paintings and an interesting new story combine to make this short graphic novel a pleasure to read. Sandman fans may recognise a few minor unnamed characters such as Nuala, Lucien, and, I am pretty sure, Daniel, but knowledge of the Sandman comics in not essential as this is about an unrelated character.
God Save the Queen is abou Linda. Her father left recently and her mother is drinking. She is going to clubs and finding more dangerous ways to forget. When she meets a group of people who invite her to shoot up her blood mixed with heroin, which they call 'red horse', she discovers the ultimate high. Little does she know what it may cost her, or that these people are not from our world.
A fresh and enjoyable urban fantsy graphic novel that combines modern issues like drug use and strained familial relationships with legends of faerie. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and the art of graphic novels.(less)
Century is an imaginative story with a beautifully evocative and moody setting. I can't say too much about the plot, because you discover the story as...moreCentury is an imaginative story with a beautifully evocative and moody setting. I can't say too much about the plot, because you discover the story as you go. It was beautifully written, with a wonderful gothic feel to the narrative, with the dark old house and their world of night.
Mercy lives in the house known as Century with her sister, governess, servant and rarely seen father. It is always winter, and they rise after sunset, and go to sleep before dawn, their 'days' seem to bleed into each other, repetitive and tiring. (But don't worry, this isn't a vampire story.) One day, Mercy begins to question their strange lifestyle, although everyone seems to want to stop her from discovering the truth.
I really liked the main character, Mercy, who was an intelligent and resourceful girl. The story seems to take place around Regency/ Georgian era, but has a wonderful timelessness to it that suits the tale. The house and grounds sounded wonderful, and, though I wanted Mercy to find out the truth, I also thought I wouldn't mind so much being stuck in that house.
It's enjoyable to read a YA book that isn't another romance. This story didn't try to conform to popular writing styles, and I really appreciated that. At just over 200 pages, it was a pretty quick and easy read for me. The writing is easy to read, not too old fashioned for young people, despite the setting, but it also doesn't feel to modern and out of place.
I don't think I need to say any more. I loved this book. If you like gothic stories, or just something a little different than the usual YA novel, give this one a go.(less)
In this novel, historical whimsy, science fiction and a love of literature walk hand in hand down the dreamlike corridors of the authors mind. There is no doubt that the world Lavie Tidhar has created is a masterpiece. In an alternate England filled with the luminaries of science, literature, politics, and ruled by lizards from space, a boy called Orphan must find his place in the world, facing the mysterious Bookman and his exploding books and the dangers of London and beyond. I loved the rewritten history, and the details that really helped create this world. I adored all the references to writers and literary characters, and unusual little elements, like the whales that sang in the harbour.
I enjoyed the unusual metaphors the author used, which I assume he created himself. It really made the novel feel rather original, and I loved the evocative imagery of them.
The story itself definitely surprised me more than once with unexpected plot twists, but I think they were valid decisions to make, and I think it's nice when a book surprises you (as long as it doesn't blow up!)(less)
What I really liked about this story was that it had heart. It wasn't just about a girl and a ghost, it was about a girl trying to deal with her paren...moreWhat I really liked about this story was that it had heart. It wasn't just about a girl and a ghost, it was about a girl trying to deal with her parents breakup and her own problems. The ghost story followed a fairly typical progression, but the human drama in which it was couched had me hooked. It offered insights into the flawed nature of humanity, and loving our families, even when they let us down. I thought there were some really honest insights into the difficulty of life changes.
I also enjoyed the main character's sarcasm, (I can't help it, I'm a bit sarcastic myself sometimes and I'm a sucker for sarcasm) and the fact that her love interest was mixed race. Mixed race characters are often under-represented in stories, and I thought it was good how she included that hesitancy to ask their racial makeup in case it is considered rude. Clare also had some cool outfits that didn't feel too forced into the story, as outfit descriptions sometimes can.
I loved the references to Dali and other surrealists, poetry (mostly Yeats), the Order of the Golden Dawn and sacred geometry, all of which are fascinating and make one want to learn more. They weren't explained in too lengthy or complex a manner, which made them accessible to the readers and did not disrupt the flow of the plot. I'm a huge fan of surrealism, and I liked the intelligent way it was linked into the story. I also like Gollum's creepy little artworks. I would love to have them for my own!
This is a great first book, and I look forward for more from this author.
A fascinating story that examines how the sceptical folk of a village are affected by the sighting of mermaids by a group of young girls. I found the...moreA fascinating story that examines how the sceptical folk of a village are affected by the sighting of mermaids by a group of young girls. I found the story of the way the different people react to what the girls have seen, and even the way their own memories are challenged, very insightful with a great view into human nature. I love how Edric managed to take a mythic event, and write a plausible real life tale of the aftereffects. (less)
This book was a beautiful but harrowing read. It is a story about a boy whose mother has cancer who is visited by a yew tree monster. The story was ve...moreThis book was a beautiful but harrowing read. It is a story about a boy whose mother has cancer who is visited by a yew tree monster. The story was very sad and I cried several times. It is a touching and honest tale and will definitely touch anyone who has ever been in a similar situation. I would not recommend it to someone who has recently experienced loss as it might be a bit much to take, but I think it could also be cathartic for someone whose loss is a bit further in the past.
The topic of the story was also made more poignant by the fact that Siobhan Dowd, who created the ideas for the story, died of cancer at just 47 before she was able to write the book, and it feels like a swansong for her.
I really liked the monster's first two stories, and the duality of the characters in them. I liked the way the magical elements interwove with the realities of life. Conor's bond with his mother was beautiful, and his problems with his grandmother and father felt very real. I couldn't help being mad at his father for not being there.
It is an addictive book, and I ended up reading most of it in one sitting, so I recommend it for a rainy day. But make sure you have a hanky or tissues with you.(less)
I enjoyed the dark humour, absurd plotlines and vivid, if sometimes a little confusing artwork. The main thing I would have liked is a little more bac...moreI enjoyed the dark humour, absurd plotlines and vivid, if sometimes a little confusing artwork. The main thing I would have liked is a little more backstory for the characters, and perhaps being a little more clear on their powers, as it took me the entire story, up until the short prequel comic to realise what The Rumor's power actually was and I'm still not sure on what The Kraken's talent is.
I liked the inevitability of disaster in the plot due to the personal mistakes made by the characters, and the idea of the cost of bringing the children up to save the world, but not giving them what they needed emotionally, making them into tools.
Recommended for those who enjoyed The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (the graphic novels, not the movies).(less)
Apparently this book was originally published in 1968, but it doesn't feel dated. It is meant for pre-teen readers, so it's a bit simpler than what I...moreApparently this book was originally published in 1968, but it doesn't feel dated. It is meant for pre-teen readers, so it's a bit simpler than what I usually read, but I was still able to enjoy it. I liked the setting and mood, and the take on the bird women idea, which is always fascinating to me. For adults, some of the descriptions of things in the 'olden days' might be a little frustrating, but I think a lot of kids would probably need the explanations. The main character isn't very likeable, but learns and lesson and I found the end heartwarming. It's a good idea and I enjoyed it. It's short, I read it in one sitting, which means it's probably a good length for younger readers, so they don't get bored.
If I could have made one change, it would be to have had this illustrated by Edward Gorey, I think that his style would have really suited the book.(less)