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I probably ought to start out by stating that I am kind of a big Sarah Rees Brennan fan.
It would be a problem if I felt like my literary preferences could ever be a problem, but I knew going into this that I was going to really like it or be horrifyingly let down because of how high my hopes were.
Fortunately, it ended up being the former and not the latter.
I somehow, perhaps because I may possibly have insta-clicked when I saw the author, knew almost nothing about this going in, and certainly did not realize it bears some intentional resemblances to another story. For the sake of having the same nifty realization moments that I had, I'm not going to mention which story, but it tied together really well and genuinely felt like it was worth of its predecessor, which I loved.
The characters were actually well-done, and I enjoyed that, for all that everything seems very black and white (and is certainly painted as such for a bit), that is certainly not so. I'd never expect such from this particular author, but it is always nice to see a book where in the end I kind of understand everyone and am fully aware that there is no real way I am going to be completely happy about the ending. Please note the difference between being happy with the ending (I was very pleased with it) and happy about the ending--it could not have ended any other way, I feel, but it was a rough ride.
The titular arc words were quite beautiful, and I loved them coming back again and again. The strength they personified throughout this family was inspiring and made me smile every time, even when I was actually upset about what caused their repetition.
Lucie is a bit divisive for me: I understand her quite a bit, but her view on things is occasionally oddly simplistic given her background. She does learn from her mistakes, though not always in time, and I liked that. The only thing I couldn't quite forgive her for was her love interest, who is a Nice Guy. I like nice guys as love interests, I honestly do--I've never been a "bad boy" kind of girl. My problem here is that I don't really know that much else about him. He's really...nice? And he does nice stuff. To be nice to her.
Fortunately, the focus is more properly on the plot and less on the romance, or this might not be getting the score it is getting from me just because of that.
As far as I can tell, this is a stand-alone novel, which I appreciate in these days of sequels and prequels and sidequels and all the other bits and pieces we get of a universe. It has a solid beginning and a solid ending. It doesn't need more to finish the story in a satisfactory way.
Having said that, however, if the author ever wishes to revisit her very divided New York, I would certainly be willing to poke my head back in and see what is going on there...
This book was provided to me for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I only read about seven books, so not as great a month as I wished it could be.
Thing is that besides my elderly dog moods and the fact that I've passed the last week sick, I haven't had a lot of patience to read.
However I did read an amazing book, The Star Touched Queen, which I think will be favourite book for this year. In fact thanks to it, I have been in a terrible book slump: nothing compares to it.
I did continue reading some series, like the second volume in the Starbound series and two volumes in the Amour Et Chocolat by Laura Florand.
Five Star Rating - The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi (Fantasy) #Arc
Four and a Half rating-
Four Star Rating
Three and a Half Star Rating:
This Shattered World ( Starbound#2), Amy Kauffman and Meagan Spooner; (Ya Romance/ Sci-Fi)
The Chocolate Kiss- Florand, Laura ( Contemporary Romance/Retellings)
Two and a Half Star Ratings:
. The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand ( contemporary /Drama)
.Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace ( urban fantasy/Ya)
Tell the Wind And The fire by Sarah Rees Brennan ( Fantasy/ Retellings) #Arc
Lake of Dreams by Linda Howard ( novella/ paranormal romance) #Arc
Then there's the ones that I should have finished by now, but unfortunately for one reason or another I'm just finding them boring and dull. Honestly, I don't even know how I haven't DNF them by now.
Their Fractured Light ( Starbound #3)- So far I'm not finding this to be on the same level as the first two books.
Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno, another book with a great concept, but each time I stop reading it, less is the wish to pick it back up again.
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’m not usually one to say a character is ever outright stupid, but Lucie must be the stupidest of any heroine I’ve ever read, and that includes Bella ‘my life revolves around a vampire who wants to kill me’ Swan and Nora ‘sexual assault is sexy’ Grey.
There’s heat of the moment act-first-think-later bad decisions, then there’s contemplated ‘this could actually kill us because it’s dangerously illegal but screw it it’ll make for a good plot nothing else’ bad decisions.
I mean, one after another, Lucie makes bad decisions, and for no particular reason. Not because she’s not thinking straight, or is distracted, or her life is threatened. Just because she’s a bad decision maker. She visits the doppelganger for absolutely no reason at all, decides to take him out socialising just because, takes off his hood even though they wear them for legal reasons, then in the middle of an alleged drug raid (I say ‘alleged’ because no guards were seen and no one else in the club responded AT ALL even though guard cars were seen outside? Maybe everyone was too high to care?) unbinds the magical handcuffs connecting them which allows him to push her off the bridge she was standing too close to the edge of, knowing all the while this boy was not to be trusted, that he was evil, I mean for god’s sake he warned her himself he wasn’t to be trusted.
And not once did she think about her actions, or perhaps regret anything. Nope, just pure, kind-hearted Lucie being nice to a creature who continues to be rude and outright mean to her. Lucie pushing her way into business that is not hers to invade. Lucie poke poke poking the dangerous wild creature until it bites her and then not even wondering why it behaved that way, just kind of expecting that it would but she goes on poking it anyway. For the sake of plot, perhaps.
I have read other unfavourable reviews from trusted fellow reviewers Emily May and Khanh that show me the book is not going to improve.
I just can’t. DNF at 32%.
When I requested this, I knew this was going to be tricky: a retelling of Dickens?
I would either love or hate it... as what tends to happen with all Dickens things (although I do tend to like the BBC adaptations)
So yes, I admit it, the only reason why I requested this was because of the author. I loved her first Lynburn book, and even though I wasn't a fan of the conclusion of the series (don't even get me started on Rusty and special snowflake Jared!), I knew what the author was able to pull through.
Unfortunately for most of seventy percent of it, the book is dull and boring as hell.
In the beginning, there's constant repetitions of dark this, bright that... blah, blah, that by the ten percent mark I was ready to DNF this.
The setting: a dystopian world divided between Light and Dark magic practitioners doesn't make any sense at all: there's this part in which Light practitioners have to be drained by Dark ones when they reach high levels of bright magic in the blood... however this only happens when they use their magic way too much, and therefore became drained of bright magic... and this is when they have to be drained? Haven't you read any sparkling vampire books? -_-
That makes even less sense!!
Dark magic and what creates doppelgängers is so poorly developed, that a doppelgänger himself even says that not even he knows what it means to be one of them.
The romance between Lucy and Ethan that ends up being main subject in the book (portrayed amongst a vague French Revolution setting) is so DULL and CHEESY.
Oh my God, the two of them were boring as hell: they're both special snowflake characters, so uninteresting that they are prone to put us to sleep.
This was the first time that I was actually cheering for the love triangle plot to actually come to live: Carwyn was the only one who actually had a spark of life to him, so of course I wanted him to have more presence in the book....
Hey, now that I think about it, Carwyn is this book's Rusty!
STOP KILLING THE MOST INTERESTING CHARACTERS!
The worst thing, is that the author really knows how to write ( were not for that, I wouldn't have been able to finish this), and the last thirty percent of the story, is actually good: Lucy comes out less as a puppet and more as someone who knows that she has to be manipulative to get what she wants.
Unfortunately that wasn't enough to save this story.