Such a page turner! Having just put down three books in a row that I utterly refused to finish, it was a relief to pick this book up and be hooked froSuch a page turner! Having just put down three books in a row that I utterly refused to finish, it was a relief to pick this book up and be hooked from the first page. There is an urgency to the story that keeps the pace going, while telling the sad story of this girl's life. The story unfolds as Ashley tells her therapist the events that lead up to "the incident." The story breaks every once in a while, for more conversation between Ashley's therapist, then Ashley goes back to telling what happened to her. I don't usually like books that interrupt themselves in such a manner, but it really works for this one. I looked forward to hearing those conversations just as much as I anticipated hearing the events that took place.
I definitely sympathized with Ashley, and even cried with her in a few places. The author is great at describing the pain Ashley feels, and it's hard not to want to reach into the book and help her. There were some characters I absolutely hated, one of them being a main character. This character is one of the things I hated most about the story, although he did grow throughout the book into a character that I begrudgingly grew to accept. I can't say more without ruining things, though.
I really like the character development that takes place. I can't explain much without spoiling things, but the author does it in such a unique way. There are a few great twists, including one that I did not see coming. But mostly, the story is about the subtle changes that occur, as Ashley learns to love herself. It's beautiful, really. ...more
I didn't get very far into the story, before I couldn't take any more. The main character talks about how humble she is, then beams brightly anytimDNF
I didn't get very far into the story, before I couldn't take any more. The main character talks about how humble she is, then beams brightly anytime she gets any praise for her many perfect skills.
The beginning consists of a sentence or two of dialogue, then paragraph after paragraph of back story; another sentence or two or dialogue, and more back story. It introduces new characters not by SHOWING us their relationship with the main character, but by giving us a few paragraphs that lay out how much this person loves/hates the MC, and why. The characters themselves are very cliche....more
Being a huge fan of the author's Dusk Gate Chronicles, I was very excited to read this book. I love her idea of taking a well-known fairy tale, andDNF
Being a huge fan of the author's Dusk Gate Chronicles, I was very excited to read this book. I love her idea of taking a well-known fairy tale, and telling it from the other side of the story. The opening page starts out very enticingly, with a line about how there are three sides to every story: "yours, mine, and the truth." It just draws you in, leaving you ready for what is to come.
However, after quite a few chapters, I could not get myself to continue reading. There is hardly any connection felt between the characters, and a lot of the beginning feels disjointed and forced.
*Slight spoilers for the first few chapters*
I was insanely annoyed with the main character, who seemed terminally clueless when it came to obvious social cues. There were times when every single person around her was frantic with the knowledge of impending danger, and she would just continue wondering and asking what was going on--while not following any directions to stay hidden, or to do something that was obviously urgently needed of her. I get that there was a reason for some of it, as she never knew her father had kept her a secret from those outside her town for her entire life, but it was just way too overdone on her part.
There were a few times where the main character attempted to stand up for herself, and be firm. While I applaud that, her arguments seemed more like tantrums. According to everything she had learned, she knew that she was in more danger than she had ever known--yet she threw a tantrum and wouldn't let her family escape, because she wanted to go to the castle with all the other girls. That was the point where I called it quits. I love the idea of this story, but I couldn't make myself keep reading....more
A great follow-up to the previous book, that I devoured in one sitting. It has just as much action, and even more intense, edge-of-your-seat moments.A great follow-up to the previous book, that I devoured in one sitting. It has just as much action, and even more intense, edge-of-your-seat moments. Piper really grows into her own strengths in this book, and it was great to see her doing even more butt-kicking than usual.
The romance in this one is fantastic, though I still cringe at the love triangle. It was a bit more forced in this one, and got on my nerves, but I'm still too invested in the story to give up. I think it is obvious who Piper will choose in the end, so it just seems pointless to me. That said, I adore the character development in this book. I also enjoyed the new characters that are introduced. The ending is great, and (like the first book) had me rushing to get the third one, only to find that it isn't out yet. *Dies*
Now I'm just anxiously waiting, trying to decide what to read next.......more
Exciting and fun. I like the main characters, and admire Piper for her determination and skill. Though she is often saved by her male counterparts, shExciting and fun. I like the main characters, and admire Piper for her determination and skill. Though she is often saved by her male counterparts, she also saves herself--and even them--just as many times. I rolled my eyes at the obvious love triangle, and almost put down the book as soon as I saw it forming, but ended up getting sucked into the drama. What can I say? I adore a love triangle that's done well. :)
I was annoyed with the swearing, though I tend to be sensitive to that. There are some curses in each chapter, the favorite being the F-bomb. There were a few plot twists that are obvious to everyone except the characters, but I shoved my inner critic down, and kept reading anyway. It's a fast-paced book that doesn't let up until the end. It had me rushing to get the second book--not because of a cliff-hanger, but because I was fully invested in the story.
Sleep lost? Yes. Work put aside? Yes. Housework ignored? Yes. ...more