It never fails - I always absolutely adore Elizabeth Wein's writing!
This book seems in ways to skew younger than Code Name Verity but it's just as delIt never fails - I always absolutely adore Elizabeth Wein's writing!
This book seems in ways to skew younger than Code Name Verity but it's just as delightful. Wein has a way of building an entrancing, engaging world that draws me and makes me want to know more, and the characters seems to spring off of the page. Sometimes written accents can be cliche and annoying, but here I find myself trying to imagine what the people would have sounded like.
What can I say about this book, other than that it's completely charming. Julie is easy to slip into and identify with, spirited but with her own flaws (there's nothing worse than a character far too perfect). The other characters are fascinating as well, the plot kept me turning the page and the glimpses into past society, social etiquette and romance drew me in as well.
It doesn't quite have the depth that I've found in Wein's other books, but that's all right. It is unto itself and I enjoyed it for what it is, though some expecting the intensity of CNV may wish to look elsewhere. This is more of a fun, light hearted read, but personally I quite enjoyed it. ...more
Man, this was amazing. How I didn't read this a long time ago, I am not sure. Captivated me from start to finish and I got through it in just a few hoMan, this was amazing. How I didn't read this a long time ago, I am not sure. Captivated me from start to finish and I got through it in just a few hours!
Okay, some thoughts now that I've had a day to think about this.
I haven't read many books witht his sort of perspective, so that will admittedly have an impact on my opinion of it. However, I really enjoyed the style that this book was written in. We have multiple POVs and the author managed to make each unique and distinctive. I also enjoyed the science thrown in here and there, though I will say quite candidly that I have no idea how accurate any of it was. I really enjoyed the idea that (view spoiler)[there was a chemical blocker that kept the humans safe (hide spoiler)], that was a change-up from the usual 'cover yourself in gore or just hope they don't see you' tropes.
One thing that did bother me, though, was the ending.
First of all, it felt a bit rushed. The climax was fine, but then all of a sudden the book was over and I was taken a bit off guard. Secondly, there were parts of it that just didn't make sense. It's a satisfying ending in ways, but they require you to not think too deeply.
I'm not sure that I quite buy (view spoiler)[Melanie deciding to kill all of the humans so easily. She identified as one for a good chunk of the book, and even felt a sense of loss when she found out. She knows that all of the humans will die due to what she's done, yet there's no insight into her thought process or anything other than what she tells someone else. It's a bit of a cop out to be quite honest.
Then there's the issue of the *logic* of it. So the idea is that Justineau is going to teach these children, and Melanie will keep her safe? I understand the juxtaposition, and quite enjoyed it, actually. But how is that going to work? How long will the supplies keeping Justineau safe last? What about the inevitable conflicts that might arise in the future when the children wonder why this source of meat is being kept safe?
I also wondered about the food. I know they can live without feeding, but are they going to want to? Is the planet just going to end up dead (other than greenery) once they've killed off anything living? How are they going to function as a society, when Justineau's ability to teach only goes as far as what she knows and what supplies she has?
(hide spoiler)] So the ending is really what takes a bit of the satisfaction out of it, for me. I really enjoyed everything else, though, and I plan on watching the movie because I'm sure it's fascinating. ...more
This book was absolutely charming, a story of a young girl discovering the truth about herself and her family. I am an absolute sucker for stories aboThis book was absolutely charming, a story of a young girl discovering the truth about herself and her family. I am an absolute sucker for stories about someone who's ordinary finding out that that's not the case at all, and this was definitely one of those stories.
Imogene has lived with her aunt since she was five years old - an aunt that she has never particularly clicked with on that level that's so important when it comes to family, especially as a young child. Luckily enough she does mesh with Sampson, the butler, and he becomes her connection in a home that is very different from what she's used to.
Then the moment comes - the moment when Imogene finds out that not all is how it seems, and that there's a lot more to her parents than what she thought. She's drawn into a new and magical world, and on top of that, an adventure - for Imogene is more important than she realizes, and not all is peaceful in the new world she's discovered, either.
I quite enjoyed this book. It's charming and engaging, and has action and adventure as well - it's sure to be enjoyed by younger readers, and a book I'd recommend.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review....more
This year hasn't been that great for reading, so the first thing I need to do is thank Teresa for beiWhat a sweet little book! 3.5 stars for this one.
This year hasn't been that great for reading, so the first thing I need to do is thank Teresa for being very patient with me as she's been waiting about three months for this review, now!
This is a fun little book full of whimsy and magic and the fantastical, a book about family and surviving and the things that both separate us and bring us together. The main character, Dager, is kidnapped from his family as a young child and subjected to a difficult upbringing far away from those who love him, and the book takes us through the journey he goes on to get back to them.
I would have appreciated a bit more depth to the characters, but I could still empathize with them and what they were going through, particularly the children. There's something universal about the desire of a child to have and be with their family, I think, and that's at play here.
Although the writing could be a little more fluid at times, I really appreciated the story that the author was telling. It's engaging and sweet and also more than a bit heartwarming. This book is a great one for younger readers, along with Imogene of the Pacific Kingdom, also by the same author. ...more
I went into this book expecting SO MUCH, you guys. Maybe I've been spoiled by Feed, which is freaking awesome (I highly recommend it), but thereSigh.
I went into this book expecting SO MUCH, you guys. Maybe I've been spoiled by Feed, which is freaking awesome (I highly recommend it), but there were so many things that I was looking for in this book that I just didn't get.
The premise sounded fascinating - a cult lifestyle, the 'Unconsecrated', a hint at dystopia... Yes, sign me up please!
That's not so much what i found in this book, though. Instead of action and zombies and a fascinating dystopic world, this book turned out to be more about drama. The world is intriguing, and I wanted so much to learn more about it - but everything focuses around the main character and her love interests, instead. Everything seems to be built around the thread of the romantic plot, and that just wasn't what I was looking for in this book.
On top of that, I actually found the plot to be a bit boring. The book following the romantic plot COULD have worked, absolutely! In the end the book just seemed to drag a bit, though - I didn't know what the driving focus was, what the point was. There's a lot of running and trying to escape and I never really felt as though the action was essential to the plot. Ideally a book will put conflicts in the path of its characters and you'll see them grow and develop because of that, but I didn't see that happening in this book. I finished not particularly being sure that the main character had grown or developed at all, to be honest, other than being on the run a lot and having lost some people along the way.
It's sad because this book had so much potential, but squandered it a bit in being sort of a typical YA book. I don't have much interest in picking up the sequel. ...more