There was some steampunk. There were some paranormal creatures. There was a lot of guilt about how whites treated native tribes in the Old West. TMeh.
There was some steampunk. There were some paranormal creatures. There was a lot of guilt about how whites treated native tribes in the Old West. There was blood -- and gore and cannibalism.
The plot worked OK. The pacing was OK.
The characters were cartoonish. Seriously, I felt like this was some kind of steampunk melodrama and that Dudley Doright would soon appear on the scene to save the day.
I had to force myself to finish the book because I didn't care about any of the characters or their fates or motivations. They were all potentially interesting, but this whole book seemed to be work of someone who'd gotten lucky with their first book; the writing was immature, with no depth.
However, there were no major errors. So, if you feel like a steampunk/old west/paranormal beach read, this might be for you. If you can make yourself finish it....more
This was less YA than Etiquette and Espionage, but much more so than Soulless and the rest. There is a bit of talk about making love, but no actual acThis was less YA than Etiquette and Espionage, but much more so than Soulless and the rest. There is a bit of talk about making love, but no actual activity other than a bit of kissing. There are some humorous nudity scenes with not much description of bodies. Overall, I think only the most strict parents would disapprove of this. I certainly wouldn't have found it shocking when I was 14 or so. As for the rest, the characters are fully developed and delightful, as usual for Carriger. (I was disappointed that she never tells us what's become of Tunstell, Primrose and Percy's father.) And many of our old favorites (Professor Lyall!!) appear again. The plot moves along trippingly and with much fun, but the book does end on a mild cliff-hanger, with a couple of big issues obviously waiting for the next book, which I believe is called Imprudence. :) (I hope it's out soon!)...more
This book is a mix of "Fantastic!" and "What?????"
The setting of this book was so very well done. The city of New Orleans almost becomes a character i This book is a mix of "Fantastic!" and "What?????"
The setting of this book was so very well done. The city of New Orleans almost becomes a character in the story. And most of the actual characters were really well developed -- Ren was particularly good, I thought. And the plot and pacing were pretty good. However, there were just too many unfinished things about this for me to rate it more than 3 stars. 1) It needs a serious proofreading: words run together, occasional words/phrases just plain missing, confusion of "than" vs. "then." Ugh. 2) There are just too many loose ends left hanging at the end. (Don't worry; I can say this without spoilers.) Things the reader never learns include: a) Where's the fourth element person? We get several hints as to someone who MIGHT be it, but then it's just dropped flat and we have the climax without that person. b) What is the big deal with Adeline's dad? Did he ever return? What do the "bad guys" want from him? Why doesn't Adele care? c) How much does Adele's father really know about why her mom left or about Isaac or about Adele? d) How did Adeline end up in the house? What about all her stuff? e) Why does Adele feel attracted to Nicco? Is he super-sexy or something? This is never made clear anywhere, yet the attraction goes on and on. f) What caused the supernatural storm that brought all this out in the first place? g) And, of course, the big one: is the author planning a sequel? Is that why all this stuff is left hanging? It doesn't feel that way. She leaves no hints at the end that there's more to come. She merely finishes off the main conflict (quite nicely, actually), but leaves all this other stuff unresolved. There are no remaining bad guys to hunt down, no hint that "this is only the beginning of the story." It just ends there with lots and lots of loose ends. It's very untidy. So. overall, this had a potential to be a 5-star book, but the lack of attention to detail pulled it down for me. I still think it was well-worth the price I paid, and I'm glad I read it. I just think it needed a good clean up before publishing....more
This is the best adult vampire book I've ever run across after Dracula. In fact, it works supremely well as a sequel to Dracula. I love the tension andThis is the best adult vampire book I've ever run across after Dracula. In fact, it works supremely well as a sequel to Dracula. I love the tension and suspense in the book and the plot complexities. I marvel at how much research Kostova did in order to write this book. It is truly a fine selection of the vampire genre....more