I read this novel (which is actually only 270 pages) over the course of about three hours.
The story follows Miel and Sam, two friends who are outcastI read this novel (which is actually only 270 pages) over the course of about three hours.
The story follows Miel and Sam, two friends who are outcast in their town. Miel was found in the town's water tower - her dress hems are always a little wet and she grows roses from her wrist. Sam makes and paints moons and hangs them in the trees. There are also the four Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters, who suddenly take a interest in Miel and her roses.
The writing in this novel is really beautiful, the characters are rich and complex, and there is a wonderfully magic atmosphere throughout the story. My issue with the novel is that I don't really feel like the story goes anywhere. There was a story and stuff happened, but it felt a bit dragged out. I think the whole story could have been told in half the pages. ...more
Fans of the Harry Potter universe will enjoy this, as it adds on to the universe and briefly explores older characters. It feels like the start of a wFans of the Harry Potter universe will enjoy this, as it adds on to the universe and briefly explores older characters. It feels like the start of a whole new franchise. ...more
I don't normally read anthologies, but there was something about this one that interested me. I'm very happy I picked this up.
"Mother CareI don't normally read anthologies, but there was something about this one that interested me. I'm very happy I picked this up.
"Mother Carey's Tale" by J. Anderson Coats. It felt like the beginning of something larger, and I couldn't help but feel like it could have been fleshed out just a bit more. (Maybe another 2-5 pages?) The character didn't grab me, but it was a unique story. 2.5/5 stars.
“The Journey” by Marie Lu - 2.5/5: I enjoyed her writing style in this short story. And, I thought the idea (though nothing too new) was done in a really nice way. I also really liked the main character.
“Madeleine’s Choice” by Jessica Spotswood - 3/5. The writing style was one I enjoyed. (I've never read Jessica Spotswood) But, the overall story was terribly predictable."
“El Destinos” by Leslye Walton: 5/5. A new favorite short story. A great and unique mix of myths and the real world. Beautifully written. I cannot wait to read more stuff from this author.
“High Stakes” by Andrea Cremer: 3.5/5. In a way, it felt like I was dropped into page 30 or so of a much longer novel. A really cool story, that again mixed myths and life. It was a bit cliche, but was enjoyable.
“The Red Raven Ball” by Caroline Tung Richmond: 3/5. Another story that was utterly predictable and even cliche. The writing style somewhat saved it.
“Pearls” by Beth Revis: 4.5/5. Amazing. Helen is an outstanding character, and I wish I could have read more about her and her students.
"Golds in the Roots of the Grass" by Marissa Meyer. 5/5. Wonderfully written and with great characters, too. I think that, so far, this is my favorite. It really left me wanting more. Can we get another short story about Fei-Yen and co?
“The Legendary Garrett Girls” by Y.S. Lee: 3/5. I loved the friendship between the sisters. I would actually like to read about Clara and Lily again, too. However, the overall story did not really hold my interest.
“The Color of the Sky” by Elizabeth Wein: 3/5. A well written story, that I enjoyed. Tony was a great character and it is always cool to see historical events via fictional characters.
“Bonnie and Clyde” by Saundra Mitchell: 3/5. Quick, interesting, and a lot of fun. I would have loved for there to be more of this story.
“Hard Times” by Katherine Longshore: 3/5. Rosie and Billy had a sweet friendship and I enjoyed their story. Could have done without Lloyd.
"City of Angels” by Lindsay Smith: 3/5. Good, but not great. There was something lacking in the story, that I couldn't place.
“Pulse of the Panthers” by Kekla Magoon: 4/5. Sandy and Bobby were great characters and I enjoyed the story a lot.
“The Whole World Is Watching” by Robin Talley: 3.5/5: A really strong story and a great way to end the anthology....more
This novel was a MAJOR disappointment. The writing style is great - if not a bit overly dramatic. The novel's atmosphere didn't feel so much "Gothic"This novel was a MAJOR disappointment. The writing style is great - if not a bit overly dramatic. The novel's atmosphere didn't feel so much "Gothic" as someone quit young trying to be "Gothic". To top it off, all the characters - especially our heroine - are terribly boring and/or underdeveloped.
Also - I HATED that our heroine kept mentioning her "cursed g*psy blood" - a phrase she apparently picked up from her French grandmother. Uh. . .Ms. Howard - G***y is a major slur toward Romani people. ...more
This novel had so much potential and it went nowhere. I wanted to see more of the replicas and that didn't happen. Gemma's story was mostly about howThis novel had so much potential and it went nowhere. I wanted to see more of the replicas and that didn't happen. Gemma's story was mostly about how she doesn't fit in and just felt like ya cliche after ya cliche. Lyra's story just felt like it moved way too fast, when it should have been explored a lot more. It was a fast read, but it was not an enjoyable one....more
I adore a great retelling of a classic story; especially if that story is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. So, when I read Alice earlier in the year,I adore a great retelling of a classic story; especially if that story is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. So, when I read Alice earlier in the year, I was thrilled to find a dark retelling of one of my most beloved stories. How does Red Queen stand up against Alice? (I gave Alice 3.4 stars, btw.) Well, in some ways it is a better story and in some ways, it is simply more of the same.
The Good: - Most of the characters are so rich and complex. They are a true joy to read. I find Alice to be a fascinating character, and though it can get creepy in her mind, it’s always interesting. Same goes for Hatcher. With Hatcher, I could never quite tell if he was about to go ax-crazy (literally) or go all “wolf!protector” on Alice. And, then you had Cheshire – I will always enjoy Cheshire. Oh, and Pen. . .he was awesome.
- There were some great twists and turns in this one. And, I felt like the writing style was improved over the last novel.
- The world building in this novel is just as excellent as it was in the first novel; if not more so. The Old City, in Alice, was so well done. So, I was worried about what outside the city would be like. And, it was totally amazing.
The Bad: - Some of the other characters were not as rich and complex as I had hoped. And, that honestly made the conclusion of the novel, a bit lackluster.
- It made me sad that Alice and Hatcher weren’t together throughout the whole novel.
The Random: - I kind of wish there would be a third novel, about Alice and Hatcher exploring the North. Combining the original story with some eastern European/Russian fairy tales? I’d like it. ...more