Look I'm tired, cold and head achy so this won't be a pretty preliminary review. But I am SO not in love with how this book played out. Pacing problemLook I'm tired, cold and head achy so this won't be a pretty preliminary review. But I am SO not in love with how this book played out. Pacing problems, character motivation problems, deus ex machinations up to high hell...
First - my thanks to Nicole for a) suggesting this book to me and b) gifting it to me. You were on target here dear.
Second - so I don't do dystopian bFirst - my thanks to Nicole for a) suggesting this book to me and b) gifting it to me. You were on target here dear.
Second - so I don't do dystopian books by in large. Not my bag. However this book interested more for the fact I wanted to see how far Ivy would go before she realized how awful her father and sister were. Papa Westfall doesn't even have a redeeming value of loving his daughter - as Ivy points out his love is dependent on her loyalty and obedience. Callie is just a bitch and deserves to get hers.
What kept me going, aside from the engaging writing and story, was Bishop and Victoria. Bishop is far from the demon Ivy is expecting but he is also far from the Saint. He doesnt condone what Ivy says is horrible, but he asks the very reasonable question "So what's your solution?"
Bishop does what every revolutionary teen needs to actually consider - what comes after. Tear down a regime, destroy a societal set of laws...what replaces that? Papa Westfall's vague notion of democracy is that. And if we're being truthful he ONLY became the firebrand once Mama Westfall died. He scored as far as wives go, so his problems with the arranged marriage system disappeared.
He's the WORST kind of revolutionary.
Granted I wanted to slap Ivy, a lot, for being almost as unreasonable as her family (tho she's not, she's got good points, but no conviction at first).
I think it would have been smarter to subvert Bishop once she realized he wasn't evil. once the Prez died he'd be in control and he was hella more sympathetic and ready to change the broken system....more
I...I'm not entirely sure where to begin my review here.
I mean...I guess...
[lapses into silence]
No! I shall not become silent like the heroine wheneveI...I'm not entirely sure where to begin my review here.
I mean...I guess...
[lapses into silence]
No! I shall not become silent like the heroine whenever faced with an impossible situation! I shall rally myself and describe, in as much detail as I very well please, what I found so...so...UGH about this book.
Let's start with the 'heroine'. We're told--by her, by the 'hero', by the kidnappers, the villain, the villain's henchmen, the heroine's Aunt, random people on the side of the road--that she is a retiring, fragile, curious spinster bluestocking (the terms are used interchangeably really) who is a virgin (of course she is) but its VERY widely read. So she understands about carnal things. She just doesn't like to discuss them so why is everyone discussing them around her all the time? (It could have something to do with be stuck at a debauched party of revelers of sexual proclivities that would make de Sade blush)
Now let's talk about the 'hero'; an adventurer and purveyor of sexual delights he most assuredly does NOT want to have anything to do with the heroine. Who he’s supposed to kill. Who he instead helps to survive, against his own better survival, who he most assuredly does NOT want to bed. It’s because he's been celibate all these months and surely he wouldn't be attracted so intensely to a bookish spinster VIRGIN of all things! Never! Ever! Except when she shows off her ankle. Or when she curses. Or when she looks at him. Any time at all really.
The villain? Who ISN’T a villain? She’s hunted, kidnapped, drugged, hit and propositioned most lewdly by almost every guy in the book, there’s only two other women ever seen for any length of time and one wishes her to hell for stealing the attention from her and the other has kept her in the dark about her entire life. The nominal actual villain is a bit of a caricature with such an overblown convoluted plot you’d never guess he’d been planning it for eons (of which he would have never been able to enact if our heroine hadn’t been foolhardy and her aunt hadn’t hidden her away like a nun).
The romance is spotty, skirts the line of dubcon depending on the situation (does it count as being seduced if the alternative is to a) be shot or b) be ravished by a pack of animalistic strangers?) and quite frankly unbelievable. Oh I truly think Julia felt lust for Alexander, but love? With what they go through? And how often they BOTH lie and manipulate and are spiteful? Not hardly.
I’m also not a fan of the fact that because there’s two more books to come (which I won’t be reading, unless I’m paid and even then I’d have qualms) we don’t get answers. It all ties up so very neatly. And as another reviewer mentioned how in the blazing hell is Julia NOT stabbing Alexander after finding him (partially drugged or otherwise) engaged in a compromising situation with that dreadful woman? HOW. Just HOW. At that point it wasn’t like undying declarations of love, trust and transparency were uttered. Really it’s a miracle that Alexander convinces her to forgive him (except really, Julia has no other hope and she does like sex)....more
Whike I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot, my issue lay in how....abrupt everything happened. I felt like I had lost entire swaths of pages at times anWhike I enjoyed this graphic novel a lot, my issue lay in how....abrupt everything happened. I felt like I had lost entire swaths of pages at times and the pacing was...odd....more
Guys....guys. Look. I will illuminate y'all with my feelings on this shortly, but just know I did go into this book certain it would be enjoyable if nGuys....guys. Look. I will illuminate y'all with my feelings on this shortly, but just know I did go into this book certain it would be enjoyable if not perfecr. It went off the rails so quickly though......more
So. It's hard to begin with this, but let's see if I can get through the review without crying (I was crying in the middle of the BN as I read this soSo. It's hard to begin with this, but let's see if I can get through the review without crying (I was crying in the middle of the BN as I read this so don't hold your breath).
Bullying. It's a concept that is both underestimated and overused depending on the situation, context and person. People are quick to label things as "bullying", and in a lot of cases they're not wrong in the abstract. However there's a fine line between teasing and bullying that as we emphasize it clouds the issue.
I was bullied in HS. It was physical and I didn't talk about it, but it was a near daily facet of my life. Since then I've read A LOT of stuff about bullying, being a bully, and those who have been bullied. it's odd but bullying is a strong part of manga/anime--whether it's the resident school "Prince's" fan club picking on the heroine or the hero being extorted by hooligans for being "different", it's astounding how large a part and accepted it is.
But rarely do you see the actual effect. Oh the hero rallies or the heroine's friends protect her but there isn't lasting damage. Not like in real life.
So for me A SILENT VOICE was both personally hard to get through and stunning to read. This volume focused on Shoya--his rise to infamy such as it were and his downfall and "karmic justice" as he found out how it felt.
It was hard to read the evolution of Shoko's mistreatment especially as it wasn't completely Shoya's doing. Yes he instigated but the class were just as culpable and indeed the school as well. His classmates may have been more passive--choosing to complain about the problems Shoko posed behind her back with increasing disdain, but they WERE at fault.
Same for the teacher(s), really only one teacher attempted to educate the kids on what it meant to be Shoko and she was slapped down verbally by another teacher in front of the kids. That teacher meanwhile said the "right things", but it was superficial sentiments....more
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Like almost everything. I loved Darcy, I loved Bridget, I loved her sisters and brother and Rupert and oh guys while I almost alwayI LOVED THIS BOOK! Like almost everything. I loved Darcy, I loved Bridget, I loved her sisters and brother and Rupert and oh guys while I almost always adore Rodale's books I have never been so ecstatically over the moon with prsctically all facets since...oh I can't remember and it doesn't really matter....more
**spoiler alert** A long time ago, when I first read this (I was 9 or so) a lot went over my head. Mostly the sex stuff (there's quite a bit, all thin**spoiler alert** A long time ago, when I first read this (I was 9 or so) a lot went over my head. Mostly the sex stuff (there's quite a bit, all things considered, about sex in here), but also I remember how fiercely I sobbed because Thing lost all her friends.
Not to death, this book had surprisingly little death in it (I say surprisingly because most of my fantasy books of that time involved heroic sacrificial death as a means to winning), though it wasn't completely absent. No, she lost them to life. And I sobbed because it didn't seem fair to me--the me who had really no close friends at that time and had the vaguest of memories of what it was like to have a friend who I shared everything with--that Thing had to lose her friends.
Ahhh this series! while my tastes fall more into fantasy/shoujo territory for manga there's always the exceptions and this series...i love it so much.Ahhh this series! while my tastes fall more into fantasy/shoujo territory for manga there's always the exceptions and this series...i love it so much.
I'm rooting for you Haruka!!!
I love that Yen Press releases 2 volumes at a time. I gotta wait a bit longer, but so much action! I can only hope to grow up to be like Hijikata......more