The first half of this book is sort of the Ancient Greek equivalent of the song "Boys of the Summer" - lots of mention of wet, taught skin and shiningThe first half of this book is sort of the Ancient Greek equivalent of the song "Boys of the Summer" - lots of mention of wet, taught skin and shining hair and a lot of boys just being guy pals (sorry I think I'm super funny). There are some pretty lines and pretty scenes, but I was feeling quite underwhelmed. And I get it, the whole book doesn't need to be blood and spears. BUT.
The second half of the book, imo, is much better. Once you actually get onto the battlefield outside Troy things get a lot more interesting. Observing Achilles' strange sort of lust for battle through the eyes of Patroclus, combined with the varying levels of petty politics and blood sacrifice were all grabbing. I'm all about the last half of this book. To me, the last 30 pages or so were a totally wild ride and contained the best writing in the book. The battle scenes and Achilles' final hunt for Hector were so well done, and that line "There are no bargains between lions and men. I will kill you and eat you raw." I MEAN THAT LINE. THAT LINE. THAT LINE made the whole book worth reading it was just perfect.
The second half would have rated 4 or maybe 5 stars, but the first half of the book was so 'just okay' for me that I'm just going to split the difference. ...more
Two likeable characters, with a lot of very unnecessary weird side diversions. Thanks to my mother's recently discovered stock of paperback romances,Two likeable characters, with a lot of very unnecessary weird side diversions. Thanks to my mother's recently discovered stock of paperback romances, particularly full of this author's works, I've had plenty of chance this summer to balance my heavier reads with lighthearted ones. Compared to others from the same author, this one fell a bit flat and felt...like watching a scripted reality show where nothing feels natural....more
This is the stupidest book I've ever read. I'm making a new shelf just for this book, because thats how bad it was. It doesn't deserve to touch the ot
This is the stupidest book I've ever read. I'm making a new shelf just for this book, because thats how bad it was. It doesn't deserve to touch the other books, because it might be contagious. Oh also there are some spoilers below, so if you make really poor life choices and decide to read this book, don't read the rest of this I guess.
Let's talk. Kyra, softball super genius who has been in love with Austin, her boy-next-door neighbor, eternal confidant, childhood friend turned teenage crush, goes missing one day. Five years later she reappears to find the whole world has... CHANGED? Is such a thing...possible?? Other people have AGED of all things. Kyra is personally offended that other people have been alive the 5 years she's been gone, except of course when it comes to her new crush, Tyler. Tyler is the younger brother of her *BEST FRIEND CHILDHOOD CONFIDANT AND SUPER HOT SUPPORTIVE SPEND-THE-REST-OF-MY-LIFE-WITH-HIM* boyfriend, Austin. Since she can't remember anything that's happened in the last five years, for all intents and purposes, yesterday Tyler was 12. The fact that Kyra spends about 0 seconds being weirded out by him hitting on her and takes about 10 hours to forget about Austin and decide that Tyler's the new hot thing on the block is... fucking gross. Let's be real. That's fucking weird and gross. He was 12- YESTERDAY. But Kyra's got some teenage hormones that can't be ignored, so, fuck all that- Tyler's her new squeeze.
Kyra also spends some time hating her mom for getting divorced, getting remarried and having another kid. All 3 of these people will be hated uniformly for the rest of the book, despite any and all efforts by them to make her feel welcome and at home. It's not like Kyra just fucking mysteriously reappeared after 5 years without aging or something? OH WAIT YES IT IS. The fact that her family isn't totally fucking freaked out by this and calmly attempt to reincorporate her into their lives doesn't really matter to Kyra.
What about Kyra's Dad? Well he went a little crazy while she was gone. Kyra disappeared into thin air after a giant flash of white light, and Dad thinks it was aliens. But...PSHAW! Who believes in ALIENS? Kyra is disappointed and angry that her Dad has turned into such a nutcase. She doesn't really want anything to do with him. At this point, its also important to note that Kyra spends NO time, as in not even ONE SECOND, being frightened or scared about what happened to her. She's just pissed at everyone. Kyra LITERALLY does not spend any time wondering what happened to her, or trying to find that shit out, or even considering aliens, or thinking of alternatives to aliens. She spends approximately 95% of her time thinking about her 12 year old boyfriend Tyler and the other 5% hating her new family and thinking about how she'd rather gouge her eyeballs out with forks than hear her mom refer to her new kid brother as her brother again. (no she actually says that)
So when the NSA comes knocking, Kyra, who is super stupid and really would have needed those softball scholarships to get into college, doesn't understand what they could possibly want with her. Mysterious reappearance? No, that's probably not it. When someone leaves her a cryptic note- what could they POSSIBLY want to talk about? Kyra is so stupid. So stupid. For someone who magically reappeared out of think air 5 years in the future, Kyra sure does seem to think that nothing supernatural or weird happened to her. When the NSA reappears with helicopters and hazmat suits and she's saved from their abduction by a very "normal" guy, Kyra still doesn't think aliens are a possibility. Her new friend, Simon, says he was abducted too and slices his arm open so she can watch it heal. Kyra still puts air quotes around words like "abduction" and "aliens" because she's a savvy girl who knows whats possible and what's not- RIGHT???????????? She realizes she hasn't aged in 5 years, knows that shady government agencies are trying to kidnap her in HAZMAT suits, but, like, aliens? Like, no way, that's just, like, totally too weird.
At this point, its important to note that Kyra eventually comes to terms with the fact that she's the specialist of the alien abductees and that she's sort of got superpowers (speed, strength, healing, telepathy, etc etc) and eternal youth on her side- BUT WHAT IF TYLER THINKS SHE'S A FREAK???/ FUCK, HER NEW 12 YEAR OLD BOYFRIEND THAT SHE'S BEEN GOING OUT WITH FOR 4 DAYS MIGHT NOT LIKE HER ANYMORE FUCKKKKK. THE NSA MIGHT KIDNAP HER AND EXPERIMENT ON HER BUT WHAT ABOUT TYLER???????????????????????? WHAT WILL HE DO IF HE CAN'T DRAW HER CHALK MASTERPIECES? I know, I know, Kyra has her priorities ever so slightly out of whack. Also, after the whole aliens thing is confirmed to be true, Kyra doesn't consider apologizing to her Dad who, it turned out, was right and never gave up on her. Nah, it was cool to treat him like he was crazy and basically tell him to leave her alone. TYLER ON THE OTHER HAND.
Also like fuck the last 30 pages of this book were ESPECIALLY hard. Kyra teams up with some other abductees to save Tyler (it turns out Kyra's blood is poisonous or some shit and she's killing him) by trying to get him abducted by aliens too.
My least favorite in the series, I think. A bit slow, despite the utterly gruesome premise. There just wasn't anything new to see here, in lore or relMy least favorite in the series, I think. A bit slow, despite the utterly gruesome premise. There just wasn't anything new to see here, in lore or relationships or characters. Still decently written, but just okay is exactly how I feel about it....more
These are sad books and they make me feel sad. I don't want to read anymore. But I'm going to read all of them. Poor Auntie, fucking eaten alive by leThese are sad books and they make me feel sad. I don't want to read anymore. But I'm going to read all of them. Poor Auntie, fucking eaten alive by leeches....more
Even in the middle of the city there are crickets that chirp at night. I hadn't noticed them before last night. I usually notice the passing cars or dEven in the middle of the city there are crickets that chirp at night. I hadn't noticed them before last night. I usually notice the passing cars or distant sirens, not paying any attention to the lulls of quiet in between these more raucous noises and the softer sounds that fill them. But late last night, as I finished this book, I noticed them for the first time since I moved as I stared up at my ceiling for hours and tried to process my feelings about this book.
In the Woods is extremely well done. The genre, psychological suspense, isn't one I'm used to reading unless its a subgenre for some supernatural horror novel. And this book absolutely, without question, messed with my mind. It snuck into my dreams and made me feel uncomfortable even when reading it during the daytime- not because its particularly scary but because there is something tangibly wrong going on, and my mind was scrambling to figure out just what was happening, and precisely what had me so unsettled. And there is Detective Ryan.
Large parts of my heart are torn- this book is so well written, but it left me bereft and somehow unsatisfied. In the Woods is unfair the way life is unfair, and I wanted Adam Ryan to save and be saved all at once. But this book does not tie things together so nicely at the end, which upset me more than I ever would have thought it would. I am not unfamiliar with unfair or unpleasant endings, and to be fair this is not a wholly unpleasant ending. But Adam Ryan's story left me with a fist-sized lump in my chest that won't go away quickly. So, how do I rate this? It's good. It's a good book and its good at what it sets out to do. But it made me unhappy- so did I like it? Did I really like it? How do I measure quality versus my own personal sense of injustice, as if this book personally set out to hurt me? I've erred on the side of quality rather than personal taste. I don't think I'll be reading more of these books in the near future though. ...more
Very amusing, and written in a more traditional/old style than most other historical romances. The general interaction between characters was entertaiVery amusing, and written in a more traditional/old style than most other historical romances. The general interaction between characters was entertaining and very well written, but I did find myself wishing for a little more romance. One kiss is not quite enough to do it for me tbh, and there was altogether a bit too much time spent on unimportant interactions or details that could have been spent on quality time between our two leads. Still, it was very well written, had a particular style and very satisfying story....more
It just wasn't really for me. The story was interesting, and felt very original. However, I had this vague sense of nausea while reading the story, whIt just wasn't really for me. The story was interesting, and felt very original. However, I had this vague sense of nausea while reading the story, which may actually be a recommendation to some. But to me the story felt disjointed and tried to be gross or shocking merely for the purpose of being gross or shocking.
I needed just something a little bit more from the ending as well. I get it- philosophical/existential/chaotic whirls and weird shit ala Alan Moore, but... yeah, its just not for me anymore. ...more