I had heard many good things about "Six of Crows" for years before, on a whim, I flipped through it at a bookstore. Craving a good ol YA fantasy, I biI had heard many good things about "Six of Crows" for years before, on a whim, I flipped through it at a bookstore. Craving a good ol YA fantasy, I bit the bullet and gave in to the recommendations.
It was, in short, an act of beautiful fate, because this is a wonderful, wonderful book.
*lighter than air spoilers ahead*
(view spoiler)[ From a quick beginning to a wild middle to a roller-coaster ending, "Six of Crows" is really, really good at telling its own story. Best of all, its characters are charming and believable - I felt an emotional connection to almost all of them, which is saying something for a book with this many main characters (take a guess as to how many!) What's more, Leigh Bardugo was very good at creating full characters and placing them in an action-packed story that never forgets the human aspect of every conflict. While I loved how fantastic the book was (in a magical way), I also loved how relatable the characters and their relationships were. This was one of those books that had me craving more every time I had to put it down. (hide spoiler)]
In the Q&A at the back of the book, author Leigh Bardugo says that she came up with the idea of a "magical heist" after thinking about "Ocean's Eleven." I think that's a pretty good summary of what "Six of Crows" is, though it goes so much further than a simple theft. The is a magical, clever, heart-wrenching story of an impossible heist and the lives that led up to it. If you like YA, fantasy, or both, this story is for you. ...more
Everyone calls this book the new Gone Girl, including the back of the book itself. So it's hard not to compare this book with Gone Girl, which I enjoyEveryone calls this book the new Gone Girl, including the back of the book itself. So it's hard not to compare this book with Gone Girl, which I enjoyed very much.
(view spoiler)[ In some ways The Girl on the Train captures a lot of what I liked about Gone Girl - mystery, unreliable narrators, strained domestic relationships that give us insight into human nature. But The Girl on the Train lacked a lot of what made Gone Girl really unique. The characters and their conflicts, while intriguing, ended up being similar to those in many other suburban dramas we've heard before. The story was still interesting, but only because it relied on tropes and plot lines that have been used before. (hide spoiler)]
Those looking for more unique storytelling might be a little disappointed in The Girl on the Train. But for those who enjoyed the interpersonal drama of Gone Girl, this book is right up your alley....more
I stumbled upon "Victory Lap" while looking for short stories to read and I was blown away.
I came into it knowing very little - the review I had readI stumbled upon "Victory Lap" while looking for short stories to read and I was blown away.
I came into it knowing very little - the review I had read said it started with two awkward teens and ended profoundly, but I never expected that level of action. It's a great piece that shows Saunder's ability to write different tones, styles, and perspectives, drawing you deeper into the story from multiple points of view. Really quick, really insightful, and really makes me want to buy "Tenth of December"!...more
**spoiler alert** This book is romantic - in all senses of the word.
It's romantic in its prose: lyrical, poetic, a very dramatic way of looking at the**spoiler alert** This book is romantic - in all senses of the word.
It's romantic in its prose: lyrical, poetic, a very dramatic way of looking at the world. Not an issue, of course. The descriptions of the setting were whimsical, and the descriptions of food made me hungry.
It's romantic in its dialogue: the characters speak like - "the subjonctif is the heart speaking." Also not an issue, I can appreciate flowry dialogue (I underlined a few good lines!)
It's romantic in its plot: it's a love story, through and through - and that's where I got confused. As other reviews mention, the idea of a floating bookshop with a wise bookseller was enchanting, but "The Little Paris Bookshop" is less concerned about the bookshop than it is with the bookseller's personal growth. And perhaps this isn't necessarily bad, but with a title like "The Little Paris Bookshop," I expected more of the focus to be on the actual bookshop.
"The Little Paris Bookshop" is a book about healing. It tackles the issues of heartbreak and relationships in, again, a very romantic type of way. It's definitely not an uninteresting book - I believe the title is simply misleading. I expected something different going into it, and naturally I was a little disappointed when the story took a different turn.
This book is like "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore", except that the main character is the bookseller himself and everyone really, really likes croissants....more