Eh. That's how I felt when I finished the book then went online to read the final chapter. There are some spoilers below, but since the book (and moviEh. That's how I felt when I finished the book then went online to read the final chapter. There are some spoilers below, but since the book (and movie) came out a while ago I'm not too concerned about tagging it.
As an avid fan of fairy tale re-tellings, I enjoyed the premise of the story but not the execution. The characters were fairly one dimensional; you've got the beautiful outcast girl, the handsome outcast boy, the handsome and kind boy stuck in the friend zone, a woodsy witchy old woman, a bunch of daft villagers, some evil religious zealots and a big bad wolf. These characters are involved in your standard small village shenanigans, such as gossip, people back stabbing people immediately, witch hunt-esq hysteria, murder and having a last minute change of heart.
It could have been SO much better than that if they'd fleshed out the characters a bit more, tightened up the parts with the zealots being evil (we get it), dropped a few of the cliches and put the final chapter, you know, in the book. Rather than online to keep from spoiling an equally lackluster movie.
The one thing I will give the book credit for, is that I wasn't sure who the wolf was. I was fairly certain it was Peter or the Grandmother although there was no good reason for either of them to kill Lucie or hurt Valerie's mother. So, kudos to the authors on that. ...more
I finished the book in two days, over a few short reading periods and I have to admit, the second day went a lot faster than the first. Why? Well, theI finished the book in two days, over a few short reading periods and I have to admit, the second day went a lot faster than the first. Why? Well, the first half of the book felt a little slow and disjointed to me; there were a lot of characters to get acquainted with in those first few chapters and I felt like there was a bit more telling than showing going on with their personalities as well as some of the events. I felt as if I was moving through a world, rather than being immersed in it, as the author began to flesh out the Taylor family, their history and the murder that starts big plot lines moving.
A little less than halfway through, I felt like that changed. The plot began to pick up steam, the characters had been fleshed out and I was thoroughly intrigued by the webs woven between and around them. But, while I became enamored of Mother Jilo the Root Mother and a few of the Taylor relatives, I had a hard time connecting with our protagonist Mercy or her twin sister, Maisey. Both read a bit younger than their proclaimed age of 20 (21 by the end) and I feel like the chemistry and relationship between the two of them could have been fleshed out a bit more. While their story wasn't as well fleshed out as I'd have liked to see, it doesn't detract from the flow of the story in any glaring ways. However,
(view spoiler)[Knowing more about the sisters relationship would have shed a bit more light at the end of the book on Maisey's jealousy (which when you read how badly she wanted to be Anchor and through her actions in the book seemed to come out of nowhere) and attempted murder and WHY exactly Mercy would be like "Well, she tried to kill me in a horrible, painful way, but she's my sister and I love her and need to find and reconcile with her." Because if my sister had tried to murder me and then got blasted off to another dimension or reality, there's no way I'd go after her. (hide spoiler)]
Mercy also reads a bit like a wishy washy wet blanket, especially where her love life is concerned. (view spoiler)[Like, Really? This guy got a Voodoo love spell on you, had sex with you, knocked you up and you're still like "Well, I love him and I'll probably marry him. What? (hide spoiler)] As this was touted as a "Paranormal Romance", I expected a bit more from the love interests and triangles in the book and it feels a bit like the fleshing out of these was lost under the bigger waves of the main plot. Which works for me, because I'm not a huge romance fan but if it's in there I feel like it needs to have more substance than "this one's cute" and "this one's nice."
All that said though, I enjoyed the book and several things that happened genuinely surprised me. I'll most likely pick up the next book to see how things pan out for the Taylor family.
In a writing world saturated with stories of witches and magical intrigue, I give The Line a lot of credit for having a plot that didn't feel rehashed and a family of witches that is interesting and most importantly, different, from other witches I've read.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The Circus arrives without warning... and sweeps you up in its spell. You walk circles in time that span 30 years. That loop back around and fold in oThe Circus arrives without warning... and sweeps you up in its spell. You walk circles in time that span 30 years. That loop back around and fold in on themselves, through different cities and settings, through the lives of two illusionists as the smell of caramel and Autumn wafts through the air.
The poetic style of the novel, the jumps forwards and backwards through time meshed with the descriptions of your own night at the circus are entrancing. The secondary characters are as richly personified and written as the main ones, with their own lush stories and relationships. It was incredibly hard to put this book down and I devoured it in a mere 2 sittings. The settings are breathtaking and I found myself lost in the cloud maze and felt the chill of the ice garden. The story is at times heart breaking and at others amazing; this was one of the most emotionally engaging stories I have read in a very long time....more