In reality, I would give this about 3.5 stars. I love Beauty and the Beast retellings, so of course I wasn't going to pass this one up. I really enjoyIn reality, I would give this about 3.5 stars. I love Beauty and the Beast retellings, so of course I wasn't going to pass this one up. I really enjoyed Ignifex, the beast of the story, and I enjoyed the taunting and teasing that made up a lot of the romance in the book. I also really enjoyed the fact that there was an evil step mother that I could hate. I both loved and hated the fact that it reminded me so much of the movie version of Howl's Moving Castle . I loved that the Bell character, Nyx, is a very dynamic character and the active heroine. I hated that so much of the imagery I saw was in anime form. I wanted to picture it in my mind differently than Howl's, but I couldn't.
I would recommend this 8th and 9th graders. There are a lot of references to Greek mythology, so a reader should have some background into that to make it more enjoyable. I think that girls need strong, active female characters to help combat the image society is given them, and this allows them to see a strong romance character who is faced with very difficult struggles. This can be good for boys because the beast is (ironically) a good role model of how to be kind and gentle to women, even if women are coming on to them.
Warnings Drugs: No drugs Sex: there is a lot of this. Sort of. At the beginning of the story, there is a scene where her aunt is instructing her on "her wifely duty" and shortly after she bursts open her dress to try and entice her new husband. there is nothing explicit, it always does the literary fade out when anything starts to happen, but it was kind of annoying how obsessed and concerned she was about sex when she first came to the castle. I understand her concern of course, because she didn't want to get raped by the husband she hated, but still. Language: I think there is some mild language, but for the most part the couple is more creative when insulting each other. Violence: Nyx often slaps/punches Ignifex, and but other than that, no violence....more
This book is kind of amazing to me. This is the second book in the series. It takes place in post apocalyptic world where teenagers can be retroactiveThis book is kind of amazing to me. This is the second book in the series. It takes place in post apocalyptic world where teenagers can be retroactively abort between the ages of 14 and 17. The first book made me think about abortion in a way I had never thought of it before, and the second one made me think of propaganda and how it can effect how people think and what they believe in. This book also made me think about what it means to be human. There is one character who has been made completely of different parts of teenagers (He is very Frankenstein Monster's-esque) and goes through a huge questioning of what he is.
I would recommend this to 9th grade and up. The idea of systematically taking apart a human being and putting these parts on and in different human beings is a disgusting idea. I also think they should be able to understand the propaganda and more complex ideas and themes that are in them.
Drugs: none Sex: If I remember rightly, there is no sex, though I could be wrong. Language: Teenagers swear occasionally in this book, but it isn't gratuitous, and it's the bad guys who generally swear. Violence: There is a lot of this. Several characters get into fist fights, there is a battle between teenagers and adults with guns (tranq and real), and there are suicide bombers that kill people. ...more
I read this during middle school, but it had a profound affect on me. It helped me become a more effective storyteller, I realized that that my EnglisI read this during middle school, but it had a profound affect on me. It helped me become a more effective storyteller, I realized that that my English teachers, who were telling me that the beginning of a story needed to have a hook, were right. ...more