Such a visceral and compelling account, both in the violence and pain of the kidnapping and the aftershocks and depression of recovery. White writes p...moreSuch a visceral and compelling account, both in the violence and pain of the kidnapping and the aftershocks and depression of recovery. White writes phenomenal dialogue and her characters, both heroes and villains, are well written and convincing. Meg's struggles with PTSD are all the more believable since the events of the kidnapping are vividly portrayed. While this book does contain significant violence and sexual threat, the triumphs of this character are the real focus of LONG LIVE THE QUEEN. I've read both the original and the "updated" version, I'm not sure it was necessary to revise the pop culture and technology references.
2/6/2012 - Chatting with a coworker about books we read over and over again, of course this series came up. Imagine my surprise when she immediately recognized my description (and her surprise when I was able to tell her White had written a new Meg book since our high school years). Of course, that excitement sent me back for a re-read. I know it's wish fulfillment in the most basic sense, Meg is as strong and capable as I could ever hope to be, but I still love this book.
3/3/2013 - I gave this book to my niece for Christmas and just got around to giving her my pitch for why she should read it. I don't know if I convinced her (I'm of the mind that it's better to make the book available and let someone fall into rather than build up a big sell and force them in), but just seeing LONG LIVE THE QUEEN on the shelf planted the seed. I found myself plucking my copy off the shelf and settling into a chair to enjoy. Love this book. I'm happy to find more and more of the series is available on eBook, reading LONG MAY SHE REIGN on my phone as I type this. There is something different about having eBook access to a book I've formerly only enjoyed in the quiet of my home. I'm happy to have as many White books in as many forms as I can... but part of me wishes I were curled up in my living room reading right now.
11/31/13 - My husband ran his hand over my head, and the word "phrenology" popped out... and I found my way back to Long Live the Queen. The section while Meg is in the mine shaft always gets skipped, of course I slowed down and savored and cried in so many other places.(less)
I had to go straight from LONG LIVE THE QUEEN to LONG MAY SHE REIGN, I can't say how much I adore these books. Meg's struggles are inspiring, her wit...moreI had to go straight from LONG LIVE THE QUEEN to LONG MAY SHE REIGN, I can't say how much I adore these books. Meg's struggles are inspiring, her wit and passions are entertaining, and White's writing is so vivid and fresh I know I'll return to these books again and again.
3/6/2012: A quick pause for some new releases, then I'm off to THE ROAD HOME. I really wish the rest of White's books would come out in an eFormat, I'd love to have these in my phone for instant-comfort-read moments.
3/15/2013: It looks like March is my White re-read trigger, I love following Meg's recovery all the way through to college.
11/31/13: While Long Live the Queen gets skimmed in places, Long May She Reign gets a thorough re-read. I fall in love with Malibu Bobby every time, and find myself playing through scenarios alongside Meg. What is the kidnapper doing these days? I'd kill to find out.(less)
I had written four different mental reviews and actually loaned out my copy of WRITTEN IN RED within hours of finishing. This is a fun, engrossing, ab...moreI had written four different mental reviews and actually loaned out my copy of WRITTEN IN RED within hours of finishing. This is a fun, engrossing, absorbing book and my greatest complaint is not being able to lose myself in a sequel immediately. This does not feel like Anne Bishops prior books, but I love it. The main character is a magical Mary Sue that makes cutting a virtue, and I love her. Most of my favorite moments with the deliciously scary werewolves involve dog treats, and I love them. Describing what makes this book awesome is entirely inadequate, you need to experience the singular alchemy of Bishop's narrative for yourself.
Re-read #1 (4/13): Ok, ok, waiting one month before re-reading is a record for me. But this book is entirely worth it. I found myself flipping past all the Asia stuff (not interested this time around), but word-for-word loved all the POV's from the hero, heroine, et al.
Re-read #2 (6/13): Wow, back again. Three times in one year may be another record. I recommended this book to my cousin, which brought it back to mind, which brought me back to reading it in one sitting. I still find myself skipping Asia's POV, but love every other scene. The interactions between Meg and Sam still bring tears to my eyes, just too touching.
Re-read #3 (2/14): Preparing to write my review of MURDER OF CROWS, I decided to take another look... then I remembered that I could start at the beginning and get even *more* Meg. So worth it.(less)
I bought ON THE PROWL just to re-read this story over and over, then purchased it as a separate eBook when the opportunity arose. Love the beginning o...moreI bought ON THE PROWL just to re-read this story over and over, then purchased it as a separate eBook when the opportunity arose. Love the beginning of Charles and Anna, and fascinated to see the Chicago side of the events that unfold in MOONCALLED.
Re-read 11/11 - I love this story, and every time I re-read it I remember how surprised and delighted I was to be on the other end of Bran's phone call. Briggs does a fantastic job of fleshing out her world (without ever making it seem formulaic), and Anna and Charles's story segue's perfectly from this to CRY WOLF.
Re-read 1/14 - Somehow the manic mayhem of Shelly Laurenston's BITE ME brought me back over to Charles and Anna. I think it was the tightly constructed world building under all that violence, it gave me a taste for the Marrok's pack.
Based on Abigail's advice, I started with the anthology Burning Up. Meljean's contribution, my first experience in the world of the Horde, was immedia...moreBased on Abigail's advice, I started with the anthology Burning Up. Meljean's contribution, my first experience in the world of the Horde, was immediately riveting. The Iron Duke itself is a meaty, satisfying book that I couldn't put down. Brook does a phenomenal job developing both the world and her characters. While I know it will be awhile before readers have an opportunity to pick up another in this series, I look forwared to filling the time between now and then recommending this book to others and re-reading for myself.
Re-read #1 complete, still phenomenally impressed. With an eye towards the release of Heart of Steel, I paid special attention to Yasmine and Archimedes Fox. Thrown off the side of an airship for mutiny, talk about a difficult beginning to a romance. If anyone can pull it off it will be Meljean Brook, however. I am consistently impressed with the realistic set up and resolution of the difficulties her heros and heroines face. The prejudice of a nation is no minor issue to convincingly convey, Brook did a marvelous job in The Iron Duke.
Re-read #2, prompted by Newbury's story in WILD & STEAMY. Just realized for the first time that the Horde are Mongols, not the Chinese. Sad, but true, I'm not terribly observant.
Re-read #3: A. A. Aguirre's steampunk started out a little slow for me, so I had to gorge on THE IRON DUKE for satisfaction. I find myself skipping a lot of the action just for the character interactions. Love it. (less)
An absolute favorite, I still come back to this one to read and re-read. I learned great things about Kate's past, enjoyed the hell out of the present...moreAn absolute favorite, I still come back to this one to read and re-read. I learned great things about Kate's past, enjoyed the hell out of the present, and have great hope for her future. Can't wait!
6/20/11 - Want to bang Derek's head against the wall repeatedly, want to run Jim over with a car, want to fan myself with Raphael's paper fan, and want to re-read the Fools in the Arena over and over, just too wonderful.
4/24/13 - My best-loved, most-reread Kate Daniels book. I highlighted about half the copy this time around (and only my Kindle app losing said highlights has prevented Goodreads Quote spam of epic proportions). I skipped the Unicorn Lane exploration, in such a hurry to get back to The Midnight Games. Love the fights, hilarious and magical.
6/28/13 - Reading BURN FOR ME reminded me so much of Kate and Curran's dynamic, reading MAGIC STRIKES seemed a good way to bide my time before the next Hidden legacies book comes out (through Rogan and Nevada amp up the sexual tension while they're still in the "kicking each other in the head" phase). (less)
I'll remember details about these characters long after I've forgotten everything about the plot. And in the end, it's those little pieces of detail t...moreI'll remember details about these characters long after I've forgotten everything about the plot. And in the end, it's those little pieces of detail that make the characters real and loveable.(less)
The meat of this story is all in the premise, after that it's just keeping time until the happily ever after. This heroine's hang ups weren't interest...moreThe meat of this story is all in the premise, after that it's just keeping time until the happily ever after. This heroine's hang ups weren't interesting enough to keep me glued to the page and this hero isn't amazing enough to carry the story on it's own. I finished this book wanting to go read Julie James JUST THE SEXIEST MAN ALIVE, that dynamic of wit and powerplays worked better for me.(less)
Though this whole series was a high school favorite, rereading ARROW'S FLIGHT as an adult seems very slow. Talia spends the entire book suffering a cr...moreThough this whole series was a high school favorite, rereading ARROW'S FLIGHT as an adult seems very slow. Talia spends the entire book suffering a crisis of self-esteem, and even her growing adult acumen wasn't enough to keep things flowing. (less)