I was going to push through and finish Brightly Woven, but in the end I realised I truly didn't care about these characters and their story. I have yeI was going to push through and finish Brightly Woven, but in the end I realised I truly didn't care about these characters and their story. I have yet to find a recent YA fantasy book that I enjoy, and Brightly Woven has confirmed once again that the genre simply does not work for me. The world building is too light, the story run-of-the-mill, and the characters lack depth and complexity. The 150-ish pages I read felt like one long chain of random events that did not seem all that related to the main conflict. ...more
Monstrous isn't a bad book, but it's not one I enjoy. The writing is strangely complex even though the target audience is middle gradDNF at 120 pages.
Monstrous isn't a bad book, but it's not one I enjoy. The writing is strangely complex even though the target audience is middle grade. I don't believe in dumbing down writing for kids, but when even adults don't recognise the word, it's simply not the right word. It doesn't help that I just know what's going to happen, and it's taking the story too long to get there. There was too much romance, the writing was too awkward, and the story was lacking.
Some quotes from my ARC (which are subject to change in the final version):
Still, my growing uneasiness about the palace does not abate. That strange vision with its disconcerting familiarity has only made it worse.
Guilt calcified into a hard point in my stomach.
The boy steps out of the alley not ten feet from me, closing the gap further. My breath stutters as though a lump prevents it from passing. Is this a normal reaction for a girl surprised by a boy? Everything in me screams it is.
Before I can think better of it, my hand traces the line of his jaw. I want to commit every facet of his face to memory.
Remember, this is supposed to be middle grade fiction, not YA or an adult romance. The language simply does not fit....more
Unlovely is not a bad book, but it never came to life for me. We have a small-town setting with a rather backward mentality, and a prestigiDNF at 30%.
Unlovely is not a bad book, but it never came to life for me. We have a small-town setting with a rather backward mentality, and a prestigious ballet school on the cliffs close to it. The characters seem to be defined by their role rather than any personality of themselves. The village people think the ballet people are greedy arrogant bastards, and the ballet people don't even give the village people a glance. The stereotypes were tiring.
What irked me is how the ballerinas are described - sure, as a ballarina, you're probably not obese. But the constant glorifying of their "willowy" and "tiny" figures, and their small bony hands holding great strength, grated on my nerves. Maybe in the super-high international ballets you're still required to be near-anorexic, but in many professional ballets the women are of a normal, healthy figure.
I didn't read far enough for something particularly thrilling to happen, so I can't say anything about the plot....more