I can't remember when I've last been more disappointed in a long awaited book. From the moment I first hard of this series, I knew I had to read it. An alternate history of the UK and France (the British lost the battle of Waterloo and were controlled by the French for a time) with anthropomorphic characters? Sign me up!
And I'll admit, the art was beautifully detailed, the AU done very well (steampunk only made this even more perfect) and little touches added to the richness that made me very glad my library gave me this chance. My favorite part was early with the Badger Scotland Yard inspector telling his Sergent that the unknown language they hear on a rural train platform is English, barely spoken except for a few hold outs.
But then the plot came and the friendship quickly cooled. Even now I can't say for sure exactly why I reacted so negatively to the plot; I can't seem to articulate it. Basically it was the story of the Twin Towers (only the attack was with a zeppelin against the "Eiffel Tower") and it was supposedly English anarchist. The Inspector goes to "Ground Zero" and on and on and on. While I felt it all was a bit much, it was the resolution of the plot where I parted ways with the book.
The "truth" was that it was all set up by the King, Prime Minister, and other cabinet members in order to enact tighter control over the people. That's right, the plot is basically 9-11 truth conspiracy theories actually being right! I just...couldn't take it. It was so obvious, ham handed, it was not at all what I was expecting, and quite frankly, I couldn't stand it. I have so little patience with the conspiracy theories anyway, that may play into it but mostly I think it was the laziness. Copy and pasting all of it with not even a hint of change in order to disconnect the two.
So another series to avoid.
Arc provided by Chronicle Books through Netgalley
Release Date: August 18 th
Two very strange, painful and boring stars, because despite my wish to dnf this e-galley at the very beginning, there was just something about this story, something strangely compelling that kept me from doing it!
Turns out it was not that much to begin with, :/ because this ended up being a new adult story with lots of feelings and people sleeping around with each other.
In a supposed fantasy setting.
A very drab _ where is my world-building? _ fantasy setting, with no rules and explanations for anything.
Things are the way they are, and that's the end of it:
A cannibalistic race? Who cares?
People being sexually assaulted because they're prostitutes? Normal.
A race _represented by four people _ prostituting themselves...because who cares about alternatives?
Another race that spills ropes out of their mouths and who live up in the air... and I don't know why, apparently come to the fairies help?! wth...
Soap opera for teens (old ones because of all the sex work talks), with some gorgeous prose thrown around once in awhile to grab idiots such as myself.
There's this big mystery around the narrator which was actually well done... some sort of journal inside a story, and I am going to leave it as it is, so I don't spoil anything...
Positives: the occasional beautiful phrasing and the whole "bang" surrounding the narrator's identity.
Look, maybe some people will read this book and will appreciate it as the work of a genius: It definitely has some twisted qualities to it.
As for me, I like my stories with a little more of mental health...*cough*... in them.
Myself after reading the whole thing:
That was it? o_O
Can someone please give me back the hours I wasted with this?
Because I am not getting any younger :/
Marko's family has arrived and things are sooo much better then they were before. While Marko and his mom go to find the banished babysitter, Alana and his dad actually gain a rapport over Hazel. We also see how they met and grew to love one another. One of the best touches was the granddad dealing calmly with the first time mom worried when something new comes up with the baby. That and moments like it made this book for me.
But there were others whose stories are told.
I don't know what's up with books I've picked but nothing has really stood out. Most of them have either been like slogging through cement or just not something I want to pick back up. This was the former and I have no idea why. A mystery...in a Museum...about STOLEN ITEMS! How could I not love this?
I don't know but I I've been reading this in about two page moments and can't take it anymore. I simply don't care. I don't even care about the stolen items. Despite how the murder is handled, I actually care far more about the murder victim; I really liked them and though I knew they were going to die, I really didn't want them to. But the rest of the characters and basically everything else were...simply annoying.
I will attempt this again, it might be me and/or the time, but I simply can't right now.