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Preview — The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire
The Brightest Fell (October Daye #11)
Because suddenly Toby’s mother, Amandine the Liar, appears on her ...more
A buddy read with the Wednesday UF group @ BB&B, because we LOOOOOVEEEE the Sea Witch!!!
Holy Karaoke Evil Amandine!!! WTH is wrong with this woman??? I can't believe any parent can ever be so clueless about her children's well being... I think all of those pure-bloods Fae and most of the First Born need a spanking and to be given a mandatory 2 years of life among humans as regular humans themselves, in order to hopefully learn some decency and generosity of spirit. Not that all o ...more
Unfortunately for me, I have so much I want to talk about for this novel, and yet almost ALL of it becomes spoiler territory!
But! I think this is one of the strongest Daye novels since the battle with Blind Michael and even more interesting in a way or two than Toby's eventual falling in love with the King of Cats.
I'm sure I can get away with saying that her mother features very strongly and the consequences are very dire and the feels are very deep. I can ...more
Our story starts off a little on the happy side with one of the funniest into chapters in a series I’ve read for awhile as ...more
4.5 Stars Buddy read with the fantastic UF Wednesday Group over at BB&B. Yay, a new October Day book!!!!!!!
….monsters were made from the best of intentions….
Oh how wonderful it was being back in this fantastic world Seanan McGuire has created.
For once it seems as if things just might be going October “Toby” Daye’s way. Nobody is trying to kill her, there’s no one who needs saving and all she needs to be doing is planning her wedding to the King of Cats and enjoying her bachelorette p...more
First and foremost, thank you to Netgalley and Berkley/DAW for approving me for an ARC in one of my absolute favorite series. I was given a copy of this book to read in exchange for nothing more than an honest review.
Seanan McGuire is one of the best writers I've had the pleasure of reading. She knows how to set up the action, to build the plot to the explosive scenes you know are coming, but somehow seem to still usually subvert expectations and provide an even better result t ...more
Just when everything seems to be going right in Toby's world something, or in this case someone, has to come along and ruin it. Toby should be focusing on planning her wedding but an unexpected, and not particularly pleasant, visit from Amandine turns her life upside down and lea ...more
Toby finds herself in a precarious situation and the people that she has learned to depend on the most have been taken. She must depend on her own wits while leaning on the one person she should never trust.
And it all comes down to family…Amandine, Toby’s mother finally shows herself and for Toby this is not a good thing.
To put it frankly, I can’t say much more about the plot of this book without g ...more
Finally Amandine made an appearance!!! I had been waiting so long for this. It certainly wasn’t what I was expecting. Amandine is formidable woman. She makes the Luidaeg look sweet and sane, and she’s known as the sea witch. I have the feeling this book only showed one side of her personality. As someone who loves psychology, I’m curious to see what makes her tick and why exactly she feels the way she does about Toby. I think there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye.
Since these books ...more
Well this one started out with a bang, but towards the end I was fervently wishing for it to end asap.
I've read all the previous books, probably all the shorts as well, so I'm familiar with this world. This means that having the same old things, the same old stories, the same old - character _ quirks thrown at me at infinitum became tiresome. And depressing...
Why is it that when a series starts going downhill, the publisher decides to publish it in hardback?
Full review to come...
After that though Seanan spends the rest of the book in dialogue with that as Ocotber is forced to take on Simon Torquill as her ally, a pureblooded faerie that has been an asshole to her in the past, but is a walking knot of contradictions. This book also ties on bow on several loose ends from previous book ...more
Read at your own peril.
It's difficult, if not impossible, to describe the plot without releasing major spoilers concerning the earlier books, so I'll avoid it.
A quick rundown of the series for the uninitiated: October is a half-human, half-fae woman who has lived her life awkwardly straddling the real world and the world of the fae. Her magic is related to blood, but her true strength is in her intelligence, combat training, and uncanny (yet not magical) abilit ...more
UPDATE: a kind book fairy reached out and offered me a copy on behalf of the author. Thank you!
Ugh. I'm in the Uk. The only available format is hardcover at £17 /$20 and a two month delivery time? No kindle option and no paperback option.
Amandine needs to die. And her spoiled brat of a firstborn daughter too. In fact Toby should dial herself back to a more mortal body and learn to cast iron bullets for submachine gun and go on a rampage. I hate, hate, hate Amandine and August! My hate for them overshadowed my joy of being reunited with all my favorite characters of this series!
The book started so well. In fact it started with some of the funniest, most joy inducing sentences I've e ...more
The mysterious truth behind Toby's heritage has been the last minute magical save in many a previous October Daye adventure, but it was a ...more
The Brightest Fell is probably one of my favourites in the series, the emotions from reading this were not expected, Simon played a big part in this book and he drew me in, I did not expect my feelings to change because of his past but boy was I wrong. However, ther ...more
The story begins with Tob ...more
I can't remember last time book left me feeling this sad and... I don't know. October Daye books don't usually have happy endings that make you feel like everything is right in the world, but this one feels a little bit more unfinished than the others. Toby, Tybalt, Quentin, May and Jazz are back home, but they are not safe and they are not really happy either.
The Brightest Fell finally fully introduces Amandine. I always though I won't really like that woman and I was right. She is a ter ...more
Now, the book is perfectly all right, it was a lot to take in, a lot of characters to get to know, and a lot of history, but I enjoyed learning more about Toby, her friends, and family, etc. However, the story was a bit slow, with the hunt for Toby's sisters August not awfully thrill ...more
After so many books the author has clearly decided to take things up a notch and I have to say this book just kept hammering away at any preconceived ideas about the characters within this world. I think I'm probably used to Toby having to bloody a few people up in order to save the day but this time it's going to take a lot more than nifty knife skills to solve her problems.
Toby's mother isn't exactly the warm fuzzy type and I'm not revealing too much when I say their relationsh ...more
Yea yea I know there was a reason for it, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. I didn't have enough. Not nearly enough to satisfy my Toby Tybalt time. Nope.
Still, it's a good and sad story...again.
Amadine is demanding that Toby find her long lost sister, August. *sigh* Freaking Amadine. I don't like her, she's not even a bitch but maybe cruel? I dunno. I just know I don't like her. Obviously Toby wants ...more
Family, biological and chosen, is very much at the heart of this story. Toby's relationship with her mother Amandine has been at best complicated. Because Toby is ...more
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Full Review Pending*
Book is not exactly 368 pages long. There's an April O'Leary novella in the back of the book which you can read, or not. Toby's story, meanwhile, is really twisted. There are characters who return, and ones that have been missing for awhile. There is a journey with Toby and Quentin that leads to some twists. On the other hand, I wouldn't want anyone to have the kind of mother that Toby has. I would be encouraging Matricide, ...more
It was a wonderful example of what being related to a narcissist is like. This is not a feel good story. There are spots of brilliance and healing of other hurts in there, and they are touching and good to see, but this is not a feel-good addition to this series.
It was, as always, brilliantly written and completely worth the read, but I feel a bi ...more
Has Toby ever acted of her own accord? She seems to always be reacting. Like here - 1) sister-fetch May wants to hold a party for Toby's upcoming - currently unscheduled wedding. So she do ...more
Born and raised in Northern California, I fear weather and am remarkably laid-back about rattlesnakes. I watch too many horror movies, read too many comic books, and ...more