Overall I liked this book a lot. It was kind of quirky, light hearted and fast paced with a whole slew of characters I enjoyed reading about.
I do thinOverall I liked this book a lot. It was kind of quirky, light hearted and fast paced with a whole slew of characters I enjoyed reading about.
I do think some things got a bit shortchanged - mostly in Angie's sudden acceptance. I think the talk of instinct was supposed to tell us this is why she seemed to abruptly change her mind, but so much was made about her ability to shove down those parts of herself that it felt more superficial than anything else.
The reveal was also kind of anticlimactic. There isn't an honest to goodness BAD in this book and that rankled me some. The obstacles were all fairly laid out and balanced between external and internal issues. Things however didn't resolve themselves in what felt like organic ways.
Eion was a pleasant hero to read about - he genuinely wanted to help Angie figure her past out. Largely because he wanted to mate her, but also because he didn't want her to be alone. He chose that life, for good or ill, he wanted to offer Angie that same choice.
Angie was somewhat inconsistent, but at least was always proactive. She attacked things with gusto and fiercely guarded her ability to do as much.
I'm not as certain about the next book, the hero featured didn't hold my interest in this book, but I would like to see how Angie and Eion are getting on so it might be worth it for that....more
This short story was surprisingly filled with a certain sense of wonder and nostalgia. The description is what caught me, as did the beautiful cover,This short story was surprisingly filled with a certain sense of wonder and nostalgia. The description is what caught me, as did the beautiful cover, but I think Thrift's voice is what kept me reading.
Throughout the story we learn a lot about what we lose as memories fade and what we gain through experience. Thrift has vague memories of what eating or breathing or smelling is like. Everything feels new even as she knows it's not.
The Thief, or Pak, meanwhile starts to see the world she moves in differently as Thrift's wonder pushes her to do things she takes for granted.
When Thrift's history and origins are explored, as well as that of her Sister Goddesses, I couldn't help but feel a pang. Though only three of the Sisters (Beauty, Glory and Thrift) and their choices are shown, the why of it all is painful. Whether intentional or not, the sacrifice that Tam has the Sisters make reminded me very much of what happened with my Grandma as she grew older and the Alzheimer's became more pronounced.
Indeed the justification one of the Sisters makes for her own actions echoed a conversation I had at one time.
The story presents itself with three options, none of which are perfect fits for the character Thrift becomes by the end. But true to her name and godly gift, Thrift finds a fourth way that takes the best parts of all three choices and builds a better option that fits who she had become....more