This is going to be a far more personal review than I ever thought I would be comfortable sharing, but here we are. This poetry collection hit me righThis is going to be a far more personal review than I ever thought I would be comfortable sharing, but here we are. This poetry collection hit me right in the feels and I shed many a tear while reading it. There is something about Lovelace's poetry which resonates with me and I need to have a shelf dedicated to her work.
Just as I needed the mermaid's voice returns in this one, I needed to drink coffee with a ghost. "What happens when someone dies before they're able to redeem themselves?" is the main question that Lovelace investigates with to drink coffee with a ghost. I think it's safe to say that we are all haunted by some parts of our past: people who caused intense and lasting hurt or events which changed us forever.
"lately, it seems like everywhere i look, i find daughters haunted by something their mothers did to them. we tell each other we would raise our daughters differently. we would do this while wondering if our mothers made the same promises to themselves. - ghost-mother"
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Content warnings: (provided by author) child abuse, eating disorders, sexual assault, self-harm, violence, cheating, death, gore, blood, trauma, grief
Many thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing for sending me an eARC via Netgalley for my honest review! Quotations are from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change in final publication.
I feel personally attacked that this book somehow flew below my radar and I only now just found out about it. But it's okay because I just pre-orderedI feel personally attacked that this book somehow flew below my radar and I only now just found out about it. But it's okay because I just pre-ordered myself a copy because I can't get enough of time travel stories.
Pre-order campaign: Submit your pre-order receipt before September 24, 2019 to receive a "We're in the wrong timeline" enamel pin! (US and Canada only, sorry to my international friends!)
*sighs* As much as it pains me to say it... I was disappointed with this book. In terms of the mystery's plotting, Maniscalco did an incredible job cr*sighs* As much as it pains me to say it... I was disappointed with this book. In terms of the mystery's plotting, Maniscalco did an incredible job crafting a good mystery that kept me guessing. But what I enjoy most about the series is the characters.
I still adore Thomas Cresswell. Probably even more after this book for his unwavering support of Audrey Rose, never wanting to force her into anything. To be quite frank, she doesn't deserve him. I think the minor annoyances that I felt with her in Hunting Prince Dracula (namely how mean she is to Thomas as she struggles with her grief and PTSD), she seems to have undergone a personality change in this book. Was she always this dense?
(view spoiler)[We have a love triangle. Which in and of itself is fine: I enjoy a little bit of angst and the pull. But I really don't like how this played out. It felt like the whole plot was to prove Audrey Rose loves Thomas, but in the process she continues to lie to him, hurting him.
I didn't buy the whole need for her deal with Mephistopheles, either. For as much as she wants her own freedom, she sure is willing to cage her beloved cousin. She may not be as good at deduction as Thomas, but the deal she made was bizarre and anyone would have noticed... and it hurt that she hid so much from Thomas when they promised to be honest with each other. Plus, Thomas was barely in the book and that made me sad. (hide spoiler)]
I'll still finish the series, but I am really disappointed with how flippant to Thomas' feelings Audrey Rose is and how manufactured the whole plot felt. Thomas was barely present, and that made me realize that I don't like Audrey Rose much as a main character after the first book. It's hard to root for someone who makes questionable decisions that felt very contrived for the plot and out of character.
Audiobook notes: As with the prior books in the series, Nicola Barber did an amazing job; I honestly think the audiobook was the best part of this reading experience.
Very excited for this #Class2K20Books debut: "an Own Voices YA featuring asexual rep. Karis, a servant to the mysterious Scriptorium, accidentally awaVery excited for this #Class2K20Books debut: "an Own Voices YA featuring asexual rep. Karis, a servant to the mysterious Scriptorium, accidentally awakens long-dormant golem Alix, initiating an epic adventure full of magic, rebellion, and self-discovery."
I don't know that I am ready for this... but here we go.
Many thanks to St. Martins Press for providing me an electronic ARC of this book via EdelweissI don't know that I am ready for this... but here we go.
Many thanks to St. Martins Press for providing me an electronic ARC of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication.
“You cannot afford to pity those men, Mia. Swimming this deep, your compassion will only serve to drown you. You must be as hard and as sharp as the
“You cannot afford to pity those men, Mia. Swimming this deep, your compassion will only serve to drown you. You must be as hard and as sharp as the men you hunt.”
Gentlefriends, I don’t know how I am going to string together words about this one. Have you ever felt trolled by a narrator before? Because The Final Word in Godsgrave was like a punch to the soul. One of the reasons I put off reading this trilogy until now was because I heard the ending was a Time, but I had no idea what was in store for me.
Despite being warned by the narrator that Mia is not a hero and she will die come the end of the trilogy, I can’t help but love and root for her even though it feels pointless. She’s just as dogged in her pursuit of vengeance for her familia but still holds on to that part of herself the Red Church hasn’t been able to destroy.
I love that Mia is a complex character who struggles with her own sense of right and wrong while pursuing her goals. It is her connection with people that I really enjoy the most, especially when she kind of goes with her gut.
“Fear is the only enemy in your path. Conquer your fear, and you can conquer the world.”
Godsgrave delves a bit deeper into Mia’s sexuality. Through her actions in Nevernight, it was obvious without a bunch of fanfare that Mia is bisexual, and this book sees her with both men and women. The f/f relationship that develops is absolutely beautiful to watch unfold for how it opens her up (even though I am still more than a little sus, sorry).
“Death is the only promise we all keep. This life we live… there is no room in it for love, Mia. But a love like autumn leaves. Beautiful one turn. A bonfire the next. Only ashes the remainder.”
Even though the world is so different from that which we know on Earth, it remains accessible and feels true somehow. Days are turns, night only happens once every couple of years, and there are three suns – but the world is tinged with Roman influence, the people just as power-hungry and vengeful as depicted in our history books. Kristoff manages to expand the world-building even further in this installment without weighing down the narrative.
“The heavens grant us only one life, but through books, we live a thousand.”
As a nerdy person, I relish in the Roman inspiration and Latin phrases found in this trilogy. As much of a pain in the ass it was to study Latin (I am convinced that the Roman Empire’s downfall was in fact the pluperfect verb tense), it remains ingrained in one’s brain. I outright laughed during the play – ¿ Et Tu, Brute? – and the world’s own version of Julius Caesar.
Just as with Nevernight, the book is fast-paced and action-packed. In my opinion, the narrative is more driven by the action itself primarily rather than the characters or plot. Sure, the action drives the plot… but I found myself less interested with the fight scenes and looking for where our characters are talking to one another or the plot moves forward after the fighting. And since this book takes place in a coliseum, there is a lot of fighting, which for me personally is never fun to read copious amounts of.
Overall, I found Godsgrave to be a fantastic sequel that doesn’t stop pulling punches. Although I personally found myself a little bored with some of the action scenes (it’s a me thing), I am so here for Mia’s journey and am excited & sad to see how it ends. Lots of questions were raised at the end of Godsgrave that I cannot wait to see answered in Darkdawn.
Content warnings: animal death (pg. 327), attempted rape (referred to), blood, child death (off-page), death of a parent, human trafficking, loss of a loved one, murder, sexually explicit scenes, slavery, Representation: bisexual main character
What an enjoyable, original, and fast-paced read! I'm really glad that OwlCrate included this book in the September 2019 box (and look at the cover!)!What an enjoyable, original, and fast-paced read! I'm really glad that OwlCrate included this book in the September 2019 box (and look at the cover!)!
Full review to come, but here are my initial thoughts:
- Feels like an old fashioned fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm - I think this must be inspired by Welsh/Scottish folklore? going to do some digging - I am not overly sold on the worldbuilding overall, but the book is really enjoyable for me - Character and goat driven (you'll see what I mean) - The sibling relationships are precious and Ceri must be protected at all costs - Excellent pacing, never a dull moment even though I wish some things were explained earlier in the text - I like how the ending tells the after and gives a bit of closure