This had some great moments and some not-so-great moments, which is how it averaged out to a 3 to me. My relationship with Evelina went through the saThis had some great moments and some not-so-great moments, which is how it averaged out to a 3 to me. My relationship with Evelina went through the same ups and downs. At first she was a little too insipid for me, but then she grew on me. There were times when I wished that she would just buck up and push back, but I had to keep reminding myself in her day that that just wasn't the done thing. Even the Austen heroines, who lived considerably later, had more freedom of expression than poor Evelina. Her spirit and satire were reserved for her letters, rather than for public displays. I think she could have been a predecessor to the much loved-Lizzy, although in public she was sometimes even sillier than Catherine (the "heroine" of Northanger Abbey).
I think it ran on too long; it could have been trimmed at good 50 or 75 pages without losing any of the story. The bits with Captain Mirvan being a terrible human being ran on too long, especially at the end. But! Righteousness prevailed, love conquers all,and it all ties together in a pretty bow at the end. I'll take it!...more
I tried, I really tried to like this book. I wanted to like it, since I love wolves and I thought the intersection of Dracula lore would be interestinI tried, I really tried to like this book. I wanted to like it, since I love wolves and I thought the intersection of Dracula lore would be interesting. The fact that the wolf pack behavior was so wrong really didn't bother me as much as it bothered a lot other reviewers, because for all I know, magical physic Transylvanian wolves behave differently. But--dear God, no.
To me, the quality of a book breaks down into three different components: writing, characters, plot. A great book has all three parts; but I can deal with a book that has two of the three. This one, God bless, doesn't even have one. For a little while I thought the plot was going to somewhere, but it just couldn't do it for me.
The writing is just atrocious; it reminds me of reading fan fiction in high school, where every sentence had to be laden down with adverbs. Plus, every time that more than two characters are talking, the author seems to think that the only way to designate the speaker to use the characters' names in every. Single. Line. It's just immature writing style; an editor should have gone at this with a hatchet, and maybe then I could have hung on there, but I just couldn't get back how badly it was written.
I pushed through a little over 100 page to see if it was just slow going, but I couldn't get any traction. ...more
I read this as part of going through Financial Peace University with my church, and it has been an absolute revelation. Easy to understand, approachabI read this as part of going through Financial Peace University with my church, and it has been an absolute revelation. Easy to understand, approachable, funny, it breaks down big changes in small ways--baby steps, if you will--that I can actually do. I'm still working on Baby Step Number 1, so I have a long way to go before I need the more "advanced" chapters. I'm keeping this to look back at when I'm a little further along the path and need to start making bigger decisions about home buying, retirement and investing. But even after just the 9 week course, our lives are turning around for the better, and I finally believe I see a light at the end of the tunnel that isn't just an oncoming train. ...more
Until now, my enjoyment of Buehlman's books had been going steadily downhill. Those Across the River was my favorite, I liked BetweenOh....my....God.
Until now, my enjoyment of Buehlman's books had been going steadily downhill. Those Across the River was my favorite, I liked Between Two Fires slightly less, and I really didn't like The Necromancer's House at all. But my appreciation came roaring back with this book, which had me booked from the first sentence until the very. Last. Word.
After I stayed up 3 hours past when I normally go to bed last night racing toward the end, I found it difficult to process how I actually felt about the book. In the end, it mostly reminded me of how I felt after seeing Event Horizon: punch drunk, vaguely queasy, and profoundly aware that I had just been a part of something seriously disturbing. Can I say all of that in a good way? Because it didn't scare me, not in a "sleep with the light on" kind of way, but it crawled into my brain and soul and turned them dark. And it was brilliant.
Getting to the coda of a book and then entirely flipping the script is a dangerous thing--ask anyone who threw the book across the room after reading the end of The Dark Tower (including me). But this was so brilliant, so seamless, that I felt like I should have known it all along.
I almost didn't want to give this book 5 stars, because I usually reserve that rank for my favorites, the books that I read again and again and again until I have them memorized. This one almost made me throw up at one point, so I'm not sure I'll be going back to it again soon. But I thought it wouldn't be fair to give it 4 stars when I couldn't think of anything I would have changed in it.
(For those wondering, I am not sucking up to the author after my disastrous review of The Necromancer's House, although I am now hoping I can go back to TRF and to a show without fearing for my life. I did genuinely love this and think it was completely brilliant. If I hadn't liked it I would say so, I just would have to change my name and never go near another RenFaire again.)...more
Picked up at a whim on the "new books" shelf in the library, I was actually pretty impressed. It was a really creative retelling of the Borden story,Picked up at a whim on the "new books" shelf in the library, I was actually pretty impressed. It was a really creative retelling of the Borden story, although sometimes it veered off "creative" and into "just weird." It was wonderfully creepy, but at times I thought it was a little too disconnected, and I'm still not sure the big reveal at the end made sense for me. But, it is #1, so I'll be following the story line for at least a couple more to see where it goes. ...more
My kingdom for a .5 star ability! I loved this, it was so much fun, and a big kick. The world building was even more intricate and fascinating than ,My kingdom for a .5 star ability! I loved this, it was so much fun, and a big kick. The world building was even more intricate and fascinating than , because we didn't have to do quite as much background work. I would give this 4 stars in a heartbeat, but I just didn't buy the ending. I felt like the author had written herself into a corner and had to make a huge leap to get back out. I just didn't feel like it was explained or foreshadowed enough to track, and it just felt tacked on to me. But that does mean for a second that I won't buy and read every other Temeraire book I can get my hands on!...more