First and foremost, the writing was just exquisite. All through the book, I felt like reading between the lines. What disappoints me though is how Chl...moreFirst and foremost, the writing was just exquisite. All through the book, I felt like reading between the lines. What disappoints me though is how Chloe couldn't find her own without being hovered by her sister, Ruby's shadow. I just felt bad with how things ended. I thought for a moment in between pages, especially when Owen told her she wasn't like her sister, that she will be able to discover who and what she really is. The story was really sad. I guess, that's what tugged my heart. Their relationship and how Chloe looks up to her sister.(less)
My initial reaction to the book --- it is an achingly beautiful tale of self sacrifice; however after much thinking about the character of Syrenka, th...moreMy initial reaction to the book --- it is an achingly beautiful tale of self sacrifice; however after much thinking about the character of Syrenka, the things she have done and the decisions she had made --- karma just really bites you in the ass.
I have to admit, this is one of the books beautifully written. The transition from the past to the present and vice versa was effectively executed. I find the story unpredictable and truly leaving you aching for more.
I suppose what I really liked about the book lies on the concept that you cannot get anything without giving up something. This is not a tale of happily ever after, rather how much can you sacrifice for that happiness. (less)
I count myself fortunate to be living in our times. Of course, wars are still raging on and incurable diseases still lurk and sometimes pounce on us ....moreI count myself fortunate to be living in our times. Of course, wars are still raging on and incurable diseases still lurk and sometimes pounce on us ... *a pondering moment* ... hmmm ... I suppose the most appropriate thing to say is, "I'm glad I'm living here ... right now." I'm sure there are still a lot of people out there suffering from war and/or diseases, and it's truly a wonder to find individuals brave enough to stay strong and to not lose their heads and most especially their hearts.
This book took me back on the conditions during the first world war. Apart from the dangers of bombs and guns, people were also vulnerable of the Spanish Influenza. But most importantly, people were clinging on any shreds of hope no matter forlorn. Spiritualism, seances and alike --- these were shreds of hope to them ... to get closer to their loved ones who had fallen victims to war and flu.
Mary Shelly Black, our heroine struggled in every way possible ... physically, mentally and emotionally. But, above all that, she tried her damnedest to help Stephen's soul find peace. If there was one breath left of you, won't you use that to help a loved one?
I really loved the story of Mary and Stephen, albeit, the other is dead and the other one's trying to remain alive. Despite the fact that they are both very young, their love came out really mature. It wasn't about staying together, or having those earth-shattering magnificent kisses (although, they're nice to have too), or petty jealousies, third parties and whatnot's going around the literary romance wagon now a days ... but keeping each other safe and doing what's best for the other.
There were moments in the book, I hoped Stephen wasn't really dead. I was clinging to that hope that he was simply having astral travels and that his body was stored away somewhere badly injured in the war ... but still has the chance of full recovery. =D Hahaha ... how desperate am I for a happy ending! I just really wanted them to be together so badly!
The ending however, is perfect. This book won't leave you hanging and will definitely not leave you heart broken. It leaves you with Hope.(less)