I am soooo glad I read this. I love seeing into Levana's head and I am ever so happy with her story. The author did a wonderful joWithout spoiling...
I am soooo glad I read this. I love seeing into Levana's head and I am ever so happy with her story. The author did a wonderful job making her sympathetic while keeping her wicked. Something is definitely wrong with Levana, despite her own tale, and I love it. ...more
While the proposed premise of the afterlife was interesting, I found the story very flat. The characters felt very stale and I emphatically Did Not CaWhile the proposed premise of the afterlife was interesting, I found the story very flat. The characters felt very stale and I emphatically Did Not Care about cookie-cutter Lana. (Sorry, but she felt like the placeholder female character that seems to feature prominently in a lot of new fiction.) While I was impressed with the research the author clearly did in regards to various Afterlife beliefs, she didn't do enough in terms of actual cultures. seeing as how she dressed Chinese folks in Kimonos. You know, Japanese robes. Really?
(Spoilers Below) We do get the interesting idea of a Muslim Angel guarding Hell, but no back story to him. He goes from smoldering and annoying Lana to being shy and unsure and getting into her apartment while she's not home and giving her two massive dogs. Because yeah, I totally respect a guy with boundary issues who changes his personality in the space of a chapter to get the girl.
Lana feels contrived - ooh, yeah, she's soooo special. She's going to wear leather pants and a black tank top but not red lipstick because she doesn't want to be "slutty". She's "not like the other girls". She has a special power, omg. UGH. Lana was flat. I'm more interested in her partner-in-sailing's roommate and her study habits than I am the judgmental Reaper who has suffers from the done-to-death "I don't like him I disdain him ooh I misjudged him he's really a nice guy and now we're a couple" complex. *vomits*
The premise of the afterlife and division of souls was neat. Coin was a cool thing.
But that's about it. I don't think I'll be reading any more about flat Lana and her flat world and her new "dinning" table....more
While some of the bits were a little predictable (sorry), this was well-written and a lot of fun. Excellent puns, fun characters, cool concept.
I admitWhile some of the bits were a little predictable (sorry), this was well-written and a lot of fun. Excellent puns, fun characters, cool concept.
I admit, I'm deadly curious as to why in the first chapter or so her parents think it's OK to tie her to her chair. Seriously. That's...a little extreme with little to no explanation.
Mort was a great character, and Croak was fun as heck. I could have done without the Love Interest part, considering said Love Interest is 18 while Lex is only 16 (sigh). I mean, I'd give it 5 stars if it wasn't for that and the whole "Croak sort of breaks the rules let's go get 'drunk'" thing. (Sort of a pet peeve, nothing against the author.)
While I saw the Big Moment coming a mile off, it was still well done and brought tears to my eyes. (But the baddie being who it was? Oh come on...I was really rooting for it to be another character.)
The Jellyfish thing was awesome, as was the Grim concept. I look forward to reading the next book when I can afford to pick it up! :)
I wanted so much to like this. I'm sorry I paid money for it (albeit not much, yay ebook prices).
I've heard so many "good things" about this book, andI wanted so much to like this. I'm sorry I paid money for it (albeit not much, yay ebook prices).
I've heard so many "good things" about this book, and even though I went in with a healthy dose of skepticism, I was still upset with it.
Our Main Character just HAPPENS to have hobbies that will be useful to her in her time traveling. And of course she's the feisty type. Of course. And of course her husband just HAPPENS to be studying the area and time she ends up in. OF COURSE.
She goes from "tee hee so happy to reconnect with Frank after the war omg we're going to make a home together" to "omg no sexy man must stay in past I love him too much".
And of course she doesn't just tell the truth.
No, that would be simple.
Honestly, I wanted to slap Claire and Jamie a good deal of the time.
Oh, and of course we all have to *justify* the whole technically-cheating-on-her-husband thing. And it's always her fault when something goes wrong, you notice that?
And I wanted to chuck my ereader across the room when *Jamie ignores her "no" in sex. THAT IS RAPE. I don't care if you're husband and wife, it's rape, and it's never addressed. *When Jamie BEATS HER and then is all "no no it's okay my dad hit me". WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK, OKAY?!
Claire woman. Must obey man. Rawr. Because of course women have absolutely no value.
Claire simply has to hate on other women she's jealous about, too. *facepalm*
This story DRAGS ON. WHY IS THERE MORE THAN ONE BOOK?
It's not terribly well written. It's not well-done. The side characters are more interesting than the main ones, but not by much. Rapeyness. Why is the idea not okay when it happens to a guy or is threatened by her non-husband, but as soon as it's her husband doing the raping it's OK?
*She gets absolved from what is basically her sins of two men/cheating by a priest because, hey, time travel. *She suddenly has a change of heart about "meddling with time" due to her foreknowledge of events. *AND DON'T FORGET ALL THOSE FREAKING 'OH NO WHAT IF I CAN'T HAVE KIDS' moments totally negated by the FREAKING HOT SPRINGS IN THE MONASTERY TAHDAH OMG I AM PREGNANT.