That was...different. Not in a bad way though, just different. Nice to see a male main character, nice to see things from the "monster's" point of vie...moreThat was...different. Not in a bad way though, just different. Nice to see a male main character, nice to see things from the "monster's" point of view. True, there are lots of paranormal YA books were the main character finds out they are actually not human, I love that Mackie knew this from the start but just tried to find a way to live his life.(less)
Picked this one up from the local library truthfully because of the title...lol I really like the poem ;) I also love folktale based stories, though I...morePicked this one up from the local library truthfully because of the title...lol I really like the poem ;) I also love folktale based stories, though Irish Mythology is not something I know too much about...it was a fun, adventure...a bit confusing read very quickly....a bit of a Iron King sort of vibe for anyone who loved a good traveling through magical lands inhabited by monsters looking for lost family members type of book. A solid YA fantasy. (less)
In reading over other reviews of this book I noticed someone said they liked this better because it got out of the stuffy house...I guess that it was...moreIn reading over other reviews of this book I noticed someone said they liked this better because it got out of the stuffy house...I guess that it was less gothic mystery and more adventure, and romance. Actually the gothic mystery element of book one is what hooked me in the first place. At times this book felt so different, as if it weren't even related. I think mostly because it was so Lia focused...Alice only appears a times...though she is as creepy as ever.
I thought this book was going to go into more of the sister/sister struggle but that is more for book three it seems. I had other thoughts about where this book would go.....mystery island and steamy makeout seasons with new boy was not that direction lol but let's talk about what this book was, not what it wasn't.
Lia growth as a character is pretty consistent. She was less freaked out about being on the wrong end of the prophecy and more intent on making sure she takes the steps needed to complete the task at hand...you know, saving the world and banishing the Beast. I liked that Lia doesn't really doubt herself, she doubts at times if she will succeed, but never does she doubt that she is the good one in all this....but after you meet Alice (who is still just a bit lovable in her evilness, I mean she SHOULD have more on her mind than jealousy for her sister and stirring up romantic entanglements, but it just seemed so regular sibling rivalry, something a teen sister would do if you pissed her off, that it makes Lia and Alice stay connected as sisters in your mind....not just hero and creepy bad seed) there really is no doubt that Lia is the good one.
Another way this book felt different was the romance...more hot and heavy, modern YA feel, and less old fashioned Victorian charm. I think this might be showing how Lia is coming into her own as a Woman, and a Sister (society) in book one she was a girl and a sister (to Alice). But I was rather found of love interest one, it took a bit of time for this new guy to make an impact. Lia seems at odds with her old life and her more wild new life and role, so the love interest really help show the difference, in what her character wants and how she has changed.
Mostly I think this book was about that, about Lia's growth, about her doubts, loyalties and fears. We do get a new "end the prophesy Prophesy" at the end of the book...and I have to hand it to Zink, she writes some darn mysterious prophesies...usually I am working them out before the characters but really I have no idea what any of this means lol
This book felt very different than "The Prophesy of The Sisters" but not in a bad way, (less)
Even though I was insanely tired I wanted to start "The Poison Eaters" as soon as possible, so I opened it up and was slammed into the gritty dark urb...moreEven though I was insanely tired I wanted to start "The Poison Eaters" as soon as possible, so I opened it up and was slammed into the gritty dark urban fantasy world that is Holly Black's strong suit from the go...she doesn't ease you in, the first short story "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" is dark, disturbing, and sad. Actually sadness was a feeling I felt as I read through many of these stories. I think I may need to re-read "The Night Market" and "Virgin" because I'm feeling like I missed something important with those two. Actually no, WAIT, I JUST understood "Virgin" right now. I am offically an idiot. LOL(less)
Sometimes reading YA I am struck by a thought, I wonder if I was the most boring high school student EVER. my biggest drama was when I accidentally ba...moreSometimes reading YA I am struck by a thought, I wonder if I was the most boring high school student EVER. my biggest drama was when I accidentally barely bumped the car in front of me with my awesome parking abilities, left no damage but went and confesses my sins to my principal who was about to retire and was a bit unnerved having a crying girl in his office over a non-accident accident...no keggers, no girl fist fights, so selling drugs...or my soul and no vampire sparkly boyfriends. Basically I was lame, still am.this is why I loved "Mostly Good Girls" because it was authentic, it showed normal healthy everyday hs drama..grades (I remember sitting in lunch no talking, just everyone doing their hw for the next class) drivers Ed (I hit the curb on my first test attempt, boys (do they even think the same way girls do? No) and best friend issues. I think more girls can relate to the feeling of growing apart from friends, even your best friend...knowing you aren't in the same place anymore but pretending you are, just because you don't want anything to change....trust me, it's wayyyyy more common than suddenly having a a hot mysterious new student with like hidden angel wings fall in love with you while also finding out you are descended from Hell Demons or something. I made that one up...thinking I should write it like now. I love the creative twists and unreal drama in current YA as much as the next girl who had a boring (I spilled spaghetti sauce on my new shirt right before I had to give a french speech...in French) high school experience, but it's also so very nice to see a book that I can identify with so clearly, a book for those of us who were simply "those nice girls people sorta remember but not that much because they didn't do anything that over-the top." I like how Sales created characters like that and then showed what happened when they reacted to the pressures around them, put on mostly by themselves....Katie's rebellion was natural enough, pushing her limits but not so much that it seemed out of character. Violet did several things out of her character just to have connections with her friend, which seemed legit to me as a reader, and as an ex-teen girl. These two caused slightly more drama than I did in high school...hence the MOSTLY good in the book title ;) but still I felt this was one of the most real, and funny, high school experience books I have read...at least based on my high school social standing haha(less)