The Light Fantastic
Delaware, the morning of April 19. Senior Skip Day, and April Donovan’s eighteenth birthday. Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling, and April’s rare memory condition has her recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month. A ...more
THE LIGHT FANTASTIC started out great. The writing was great, the characters were interesting and I sure wanted to know where the author was going with all that was happening.
But then suddenly, I realized some things that started to annoy me.
The author isn’t very consistent. As in, some chapters are narrated in the 1st person point of view, while others are narrated in the 3rd person point of view.
Also, the choice of narrators doesn’t follow an order, and there are many of them, and it’ ...more
Students and a couple of teachers are part of a group lead by 'The Mastermind' ....
They are a group of assassins. The plan is to enter their schools and go on a shooting
rampage. They meet online to plot a series of shootings.
With several different narrators, we step into each of their minds....with a focus on their reactions when they discover that people are not always what they demonstrate on the surface. Und ...more
"People might say to you kids that your generation is spoiled. Entitl...more
“Nothing will ever be the same. There’s before and there is after and I just want it to go away.”
This started out okay, but I lost interest.
There were several main characters in this – April who had a memory condition which allowed her to remember her entire life, Lincoln who used to be friends with April but moved away, a teacher, a couple of Aprils friends, ...more
I would like to thank Candlewick Press for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs is a book that gave me a new perspective on common everyday life in the United States of America. As a Canadian, you would think our lifestyles and our daily way of life would be similar considering how close we are to one another…I mean we’re literally attached for crying out loud. So why is it that our lives are so very different from one another? ...more
Ah, Sarah Combs, did you really have to write a book like this?!
That was me after I finished the book. I HAD to cool down because the book was as fantastic as its name!
The Light Fantastic is written from the perspective of seven narrators:
Ah, I must say. I loved each one of these characters. The author has taken her time to develop each one of these characters. One by one as we hear their sides, all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle starts fitting in and finishe...more
CHARACTERS: Multiple first and third person points of view barely distinguishable from one another I was constantly confused as to who I was reading. The backstories got muddled in my mind.
READING EXPERIENCE: Started off average and declined steadily until I was skimming pages to get to the end. I started and stopped multiple times, to take breaks.
THE LIGHT FANTASTIC had b ...more
April Donovan is turning 18 soon and she can't help rehashing all of the tragedies that have happened during the month of April thanks to her rare memory condition that lets her remember the dates of terrible events accurately. April is not the only main character of the story but she seems to be the one who is a ...more
I’ve been trying to read The Light Fantastic for about six weeks. I’ve started it from the beginning twice during that time and I still can’t capture my interest enough for me to keep reading. I don’t like it when I don’t finish a book, but I try to give novels at least fifty pages before I call it quits. You have fifty pages to impress me and to keep me reading.
A summary of The Light Fantastic can be found here. A group of students and teachers meet online to plan a shooting rampage. ...more
The Light Fantastic tackles what is, in my opinion, one of the most terrifying threats our society currently faces – school shootings. I’ve tried to read a few books on this subject, but I’ve never found one that has completely blown me away (last year’s This is Where It Ends looked promis ...more
- This shouldn't really count, but it's definitely a plus. The cover. Look at that pretty cover! That was actually one of the main reason why I started reading this book. A book with such a pretty cover must be as pretty inside as well, right?
- Seven narrators interwoven in one story. Even though I didn't really understand what role Sandra (the teacher) had in the whole story, but maybe I missed something. It was really interesting to see the things happen ...more
This book had been sitting on my TBR pile for awhile now. I'm new to NetGalley and I just couldn't figure out how to open a protected ebook. I know, I should have Googled. Anyway, fast forward to this morning, I was finally able to open the book on my desktop (font too small on my phone).
And all I can say is... *drum roll*
I'm sooo glad I conquered my laziness and decided to download a reader to open this ARC. Want to know why? The Lig ...more
"Nobody can tell me that you kids aren't fighting a war all your own."
An ambitious novel with multiple storylines, narrators and geographical locations but in the end it's about emotionally fragile teenagers and the possibility of interconnections. Sure, it was confusing at times and the ending left me wanting but there were so many nuggets of delicious writing and interesting insight in ...more
I loved the suspense and depth of the characters, but I felt that the ending was just a bit... flat, possibly due to the confusing plot line. And there was quite a lot of swearing in there, which is just not really my thing. But I still enjoyed the book, and ...more
Taking place in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy, this book follows seven characters that are about to enter an even more personal tragedy in this already tumultuous atmosphere. With a focus on emotion, Sarah Combs explores the individual behind mass tragedy, and the layers of feeling created by a single moment.
I’ve had an advanced copy of this novel waiting for me on my kindle for a while now, and I have to adm ...more
The writing was a bit weird, I don't know if that was because I was reading an ARC version of the book. I wasn't a huge fan of Gavin talking in #hashtags. I also found the many point of views a bit confusing: there was April, Gavin, Phoebe, Ms. Heslip, the Mastermind, Licoln Evans, and there were other characters that k ...more
This is going to be a tough one to review. It's like trying to describe the way something delicious tastes-- there are only so many words to do it and none of them are as good as the actual eating of the food. I had the best time reading this book. It's so smart and emotional that I basically never wanted it to end.
This book was one of those "not a lot happens" books, but it makes up for it ...more
I don't know about you, but I'm a huge fan of novels with multiple perspectives. That's a big part of why I chose to give The Light Fantastic a read.
So I know that the summary doesn't really give away much, so I really went into this novel not knowing what to expect. In the end, I was completely blown away.
This story is basically about a bunch of people who're part of an online
When I first started reading the book, I loved nearly everything about it. The writing was beautiful, and I loved the characters -- especially April and Gavin. And the plot, it hooked me ...more
"Real isn't how you are made. It's a thing that happens to you."
This review was originally posted on my blog.
Oh Lord, help me explain how I felt about this book. It made me so emotional I had to take a break a cool down a bit a few times. It does not matter where you are from, you must read The Light Fantastic!
The book digs into the brains of people, ordinary and extra-ordinary. And you really get it. You get the feeling of this unimaginable sadness seizing your insides, ruined dreams and de ...more
Poetically written, tangled in harsh but understandable thoughts, narrated in different minds and feelings, is The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs. This book was stunning and fantastic, but I wouldn't have been able to read this masterpiece if it wasn't for Candlewick Press, thanks for sending me this ARC, and sending me on my way to help others.
The Light Fantastic, is about seven different people, and their train of thoughts during a day of tragedy. There is a plan afloat; soon ...more
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