**spoiler alert** * I received this book as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review *
Wow. I just finished this book and I've got to**spoiler alert** * I received this book as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review *
Wow. I just finished this book and I've got to say... Sorry, but I was a little disappointed.
The story itself is really good. I love how Jane's trying to figure out who really murdered her mother (and if she did, in fact, do it herself). But the details were less than great.
First: I really had the hardest time trying to even LIKE Jane. Sure, it's easy to start off feeling sorry for her because she was convicted of murdering her mother in a terribly mishandled case. And you totally root for her trying to find out where her mom came from, who her father, who really did commit the murder. But Jane herself is just - not personable (that's the best way I can describe it.)
Second: You never really get to know any of the other characters. It's mostly "Here: This is Leo, he's a cop, he's sort-of handsome and sort-of interesting, and he pops up at random times, and now it's time to sleep with him, and now we don't trust him, and six pages later we do trust him."
Third: Just so many characters that seemed to be just thrown in there for kicks. I mean, they're kind of legitimate, but really unnecessary. Like Walt, who is a drug dealer/snitch/cyber hacker tech guy thing who ends up being the main guys who's leading the man hunt for Jane and then you never really hear from him again. And then the guy who robbed the bank with Jane's mom who had a super-huge super-important message for Jane from Tessa that turned out not really to matter at all.
Fourth: Simply (And sorry) I hate Jane's mom. Hate her. I hate Jane's uncle. I hate Jane's half-brother. I hate Jane's cousin Rue. So many characters that you just cannot like. Some you're not meant to, and then others (Like Rue) that's you're not meant to and then all of the sudden you are because in two pages she has this complete drunken turnaround and all-of-the-sudden stops being a bratty teenager while she's at a keg party that makes no sense.
Lastly: The ending. I had two words when I closed this book. Wow and Ouch. (And not a good wow, unfortunately.) I mean, the climax happens when she figures out who the real murderer is, everything seems to be very-nearly resolved, and two pages later - Jane's back in jail for killing the murderer. It was just - such a let down. Over six hundred pages of her trying so hard to clear her name and she's right back where she started. I hate to sound cruel since I know authors put such hard work into their books - but after those last two pages, the six hundred pages of story before them just seemed like a waste of time.
Again - I really liked the premise of this book. It sounded so exciting. But it was just such a let down, and pretty depressing. It just felt like there were about a hundred other books waiting next to my bed for me to read that would be far, FAR better....more
I got this book in a GoodReads Giveaway, so here's my review.
First of all, I can go ahead and tell you that this review won't be very helpful. And I'mI got this book in a GoodReads Giveaway, so here's my review.
First of all, I can go ahead and tell you that this review won't be very helpful. And I'm truly sorry about that.
I didn't hate this book. I didn't even altogether dislike it. In fact, I think if I read it for a second time, I would really enjoy it more. The problem is that I don't want to read it a second time: I'm just not interested. And, really, I couldn't tell you why. I don't know. It was NOT a bad book, really.
This book gave me a LOT of mixed feelings. Starting with just how long it actually took me to read it. The book isn't crazy-long - it's just 452 pages. I can usually bang that out in a single night. But no, this guy took me 4 1/2 weeks. Four weeks of reading every single day. And I'm not kidding, and I've NO idea why. I just couldn't get into it. So the entire experience was very stop-and-go, stop-and-go for me, which has never been a problem for me before.
The pros: Sigrud: TOTALLY awesome. Really, my favorite character. But since he's really only fleshed out/heard from for about six or ten pages somewhere past the middle, and then again at nearly the very end for maybe two pages - he's just some awesomely fun muscle that you get to entertainingly call a secretary.
Shara: I really like her. Although, I think the accent I gave her in my head made her more fun for me. She's fun, and kind of snarky, which I really enjoyed, but her background is given in little tiny pieces here and there and, again, is never really explained or fleshed out. It's just: here's a few tidbits that you need to know about her past, and here's one full scene where she met this guy who's going to be important that the author really seemed like he enjoyed writing because they're both having a great, sarcastic time, and then here's a tidbit about why hey aren't together which is probably good to know........
Actually.... that helps. The whole book is JUST LIKE THAT. Scene from now, where no one knows what's going on -scene from now - scene from now - OH, here's a tiny piece of information that you should know about the HUGE mythological past that this entire EVERYTHING has to do with, but that's the only real info you're getting for another good chunk of the book. That's what made it so hard. I got tired of never having any clue as to what anyone was talking about.
It felt a lot like: We're going to mention this huge thing here for a little bit that the reader has no idea of, and then we'll get around to explaining it a hundred pages later. And a lot of stuff, still never gets explained. I think that may be why I'm still so confused.
Overall, it seems like a really good setup for sequels and prequels and spinoffs. But what's really needed? A glossary would be nice. And a really explanatory prequel. Those would have been really, really helpful.
So, if you've made it all the way to the end here (and I'm impressed, if you did, because I've no idea what all has just poured out of my fingers, and probably won't read back over it since I really want to just move on to a different book) I'll again apologize since this probably wasn't all that helpful. It's NOT a bad book. It's really, truly, not. And the characters are fun. It's just a bit too all over the place for me....more
I received this book for free from a Goodreads Giveaway.
This was a wonderful, refreshing fairy tale! I loved every page of it!
I read fairy tale retellI received this book for free from a Goodreads Giveaway.
This was a wonderful, refreshing fairy tale! I loved every page of it!
I read fairy tale retellings all the time. They are my absolute favorite addiction. My shelves are lines with different adaptations of Cinderella's, Snow White's, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Snow Queen's, Beauty and the Beasts, Frog Princes, Swan Princes and Princesses... Fairy tale retellings always remind me that, even though you may grow older and wiser, you never have to grow up.
I will add this lovely tome to those shelves with pride.
Princess Olive is a gorgeous character. She's everything a really wonderful fairy-tale princess should be - brave, sweet, caring, and likeable (to readers). Except that she's ugly, which only adds to just how beautiful she is. And to just how wonderful crafted this tale is.
The ONLY part of this book I didn't like? Rosaline. I really dislike that fact that she didn't get SOME kind of comeuppance for her horrid (and I truly do mean disgustingly horrid) actions.
Still, that's not enough to give me anything less than five stars - and, trust me, if there were more stars to give, this book would definitely get them!
If you love fairy-tales and their retellings (or even if you just love a good fantasy), I truly recommend that you read this gorgeous book. It really is a refreshing and new fairy tale that I can't wait to read again when I go on a semi-annual fairy-tale bender....more