DEVOTED IN DEATH by J.D. Robb
SLADE HOUSE by David Mitchell
David Mitchell is the award-winning and bestselling author of Slade House, The Bone Clocks, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, Black Swan Green, Cloud Atlas, Number9Dream, and Ghostwritten. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Mitchell was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2007. With KA Yoshida, Mitchell translated from the Japanese the internationally bestselling memoir The Reason I Jump. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
This book was an amazing conclusion to the series! After I put this book down, I felt like a little kid who’d eaten more chocolate than considered legal and now has a terrible stomach-ache! Or, you know, aka, book hangover.
Like I’ve said before: my favorite thing about this series is it’s world building. The way it’s intricately described, and the way Keith Thompson manages to illustrate such amazing pictures (which get better and more detailed with every installment) makes you wonder, “How?! How is this amazingness even damn possible?!”
As usual, I’ll just say it. You have a set stage, the props are amazing. You have the great cast and a span of main characters. And then there’s the star of the show—YOUR star to be specific. The one that you bought your ticket for! For me, that star is Deryn Sharp. Forever and always (actually, Bovril is pretty close as well).
I liked the political tactic and intrigue behind the premise of this book! It felt like you could trust no one at a certain time in the book, and I LOVED it!
It seems like Scott Westerfeld explores a lot of unknown ground in the build-up/beginning in the first World War. Well, at least for me. He manages to take real characters that I didn’t really know about and turn them into such important parts of Deryn and Alek’s world! And I liked how he clarifies this fact at the end, so you can see how these characters played out in the real world. :D
Personally, I still was weirded out by Alek’s “my destiny” because I agree more with Dylan about how your destiny is in your hands, but whatever. Alek at least got over that in the ending, because my oh my, did he shine at the end (literally . . . almost *winky face*)!
I liked how the Goliath itself was a really big deal in this book! With the previous book, Behemoth, we saw how the Behemoth was meant to be a peace kind of trade, but we never really saw much of it. I feel like in this book, the Goliath was much more involved.
AGH! THAT ENDING! I LOVE IT!
Overall, Goliath, is the stunning conclusion to a great series! You will find an attachment to the characters, and the world-building that is highly ambitious but made stunning with the illustrations by Thompson! I think all fans of alternate history should read this! This is a great series that everyone should try out!
Thanks for reading my review everyone, and until the next one! :D
Due to the unfortunate fact that I cannot decide between giving The Night Circus three stars or four stars, I’m going to be nice and give it four (of course, I wouldn’t give it four stars if I didn’t think it deserved it).
I’m going to be honest in everything I say and not sugar-coat this. I can see this book as an all-time favorite for so many people! So, if you ask me, I will recommend this. Whereas liking this book or not is up to you, I will say it will not appeal to everyone, but this is a masterpiece and deserves the high acclaim. When I say it deserves it, I seriously mean it. So what if the first 35% was unbearable for me to get through? I could see the effort and what made people like it, if the author can show me that even if I don’t like it, then that’s great!
Which leads to the next topic. From the premise of this story we’re told this: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called "Le Cirque des Reves," and it is only open at night.
I think this part was done fairly well. There were quite long descriptions in the story that intrigued me, and I can see the prose and appreciate it. So thumbs up to Erin Morgenstern for that!
Then there’s this: But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors.
Actually, what REALLY happens is that I’m reading this, going like. “Okay, they have to meet up SOMETIME!” by the time I reached 35%! The actual “competition” part of this story didn’t really make any sense until I got into the Bailey story—another subplot that ties into the story—and by then, I felt kind of stumped. Did anything really even matter anymore?
Then there was, finally, the love story. The thing that is kind of ironic is that usually, it’s the romance that ruins the story in some cases. For The Night Circus, it was romance that really moved things forward for me because after the romance started, Celia and Marco both reflect on some things that helped me understand the story better. The romance, while I thought at some points was cheesy and obvious, still was enjoyable to read about.
I think towards the end was when I really started to enjoy the story. Erin Morgenstern really decides to give this a “figure it out yourself” tone and I guess that this story will be different for everyone. I’m glad I still gave this story a shot though, because there were more things I enjoyed and appreciated that made up GREATLY for that first 35%—keeping in mind when I say that it’s unbearable, I mean plot-wise and character-wise, NOT the writing!—so that was great!
Overall, The Night Circus has an intriguing premise and plot! While I enjoyed the overall tie-in of the plot, the prose and all the writing, and the romance and main characters, I think the pacing and narrative style of this story will appeal to different people . . . well, differently! Give this a shot if you are intrigued by the premise!
Thanks for reading this review everyone and hope you have a great day! Until the next one! :D