Astonishing. An absolute powerhouse of a novel.
Astonishing. An absolute powerhouse of a novel.
A really brilliant book. It‘s a history book with a difference; full of facts but more importantly full of discussion and insights into what can be gained from the achievements of the ancient world and what can be learnt from their mistakes, their brutalities.
Loved this book. A fascinating historical fiction where the gender change of Zhu really ups the stakes. Frequently the author takes big risks, having Zhu do objectively monstrous or unlikeable things. Yet this is the novels biggest strength, allowing Zhu to be Zhu in all her unrelenting glory makes her all the more compelling. Zhu is the star of this book but all the other characters are also deeply developed and utterly fascinating.
Took me a little while to get into this and I don‘t think it as good as some of the authors other books but this is still a real solid, dark and original thriller.
It‘s kind of ‘Narcos‘ plus vampires and I enjoyed it overall. The second half of the book is particularly good.
This author does a fantastic job at making all of her characters fully dimensional; ‘good guys‘ aren‘t always likeable and some do questionable things and ‘bad guys‘ are sympathetic. In fact often, it is not completely clear who the good guys are. Both sisters are difficult to warm to but that feels deliberate and makes for an interesting read. While the plot is a little predictable it is very well executed and the world is rich and fascinating.
So I‘ve heard people say that this book isn‘t very romance-y and that the lack of a third act break up is a weakness. I disagree, because it‘s romantic adventure. I‘ve read loads of this sub genre recently and they are about a couple adventuring together and falling for each other along the way. It‘s about them but also about the adventure, so miscommunications and breakups don‘t fit as well. It‘s a fun and easy read, full of action and peril.
This book, mostly focuses on Simon Fear, and is a bit more campy and over the top than the other two books. Simon is at times an almost cartoony villain and a twist in the first third does seem a little silly. Once past Simon and Angelica‘s courtship though the book settles back into the familiar tone and style of the other two and is overall a strong teen horror. The ending pages are excellent and set up the Fear Street world perfectly.
The first book really sets up the horrors that the Fear Family commit and the Goode‘s revenge while gruesome and violent does make sense and seems almost justified. This book moves the story forward past the initial generations and the Fear family seem more like tragic victims of things rather than perpetrators.
As strong and interesting as book 1.
Read this and the rest of the trilogy as a teen and absolutely loved it. Many years later I am trying to collect all the series I loved as a teen, the books that made me the reader I am.
Rereading this book I am surprised at how good it is and how well it holds up. Genuinely creepy and affecting at times, Stine does a fantastic job at telling the history of the Fear family - the family and horrors that underpin the Fear Street series.
Fantastic book. Really come to love Frances Hardinge; her world building is fantastic and her characters always rich and fully imagined. This book is fun, a true adventure fantasy.
- criminals and cons
- Gods that may be monsters
- monsters that may be gods
- old and possibly mad priests
- crazy inventions
- complex friendships
- excellent deaf representation
- a hero who really shouldn‘t be allowed to pick his own friends
DNF at 100 pages
100 pages of the torture and degradation of a young girl by a monstrous older brother is enough. It‘s explicit and brutal and partly told from the perspective of the brother and I can‘t stand to be in his head any longer. I am sure that eventually the torture of the young girl will stop and that she will overcome and her brother will be defeated but I just can‘t get there. Heard great things about this book but it‘s not for me.
Stunning. A satisfying and well written conclusion to the duology. A new favourite series for me. I loved For the Wolf and loved this one as much. Each book is a complete story in its one right, telling one sister‘s journey. Together they tell the wider story of their world.
July was apparently my month for reading massive books. First Great Circle and then this.
This was at times a slog and I didn‘t care for the detective that much. That being said the plotting was phenomenal on this book, everything stitches together so well and the villain is astonishing; fascinating and relatable.
I really didn‘t like this at first. I didn‘t feel connected to the main characters and was irritated by the tangents and very long description and background for everyone and everything. But as the book progressed I did start to really invest in the two leads, I cared for and worried about them. By the end i loved these characters and the book. I accidentally adored it.
This was ok. Easy reading and an interesting concept. BUT really felt like a part 1, didn‘t quite feel like a fully developed story in its own right but more like just the first part of a big story. It is obviously part of a series but in the first book especially I still want a fully developed story in its own right, a finished arc that sets up later arcs.
All three women, Elektra, Clytemnestra and Cassandra, are fully realised and developed. Obviously incredibly well researched, honours the myths whilst giving fresh perspective.
I am totally Team Clytemnestra. Agamemnon had it coming.
Read ‘This Poison Heart‘ and loved it but it is a longer and more drawn out book as it is providing back ground, scene-setting and also telling the first half of a story. With all the world building done already this book can just get on with the story and action. It picks up exactly where the first left off and zips along at a pace. Fun and compelling with great further character development. A satisfying conclusion that feels neat but not easy.
A weird and eerie little book! Basically no plot at all, it‘s all character based - we are in the mind of a sad and hungry female vampire and the book is basically just a continual stream of consciousness.
Fascinating and odd. The last chapter is particularly good but I can‘t say I LOVED it.
Brilliant. An inspired retelling of old British murder ballad ‘The Twa Sisters‘. The ballad dates back to the 17th century but the author decides to set it in the 6th century at a fascinating time; Romans have left England, paganism is being pushed out by Christianity and the Saxons are coming. Beautifully written and blending historical fiction with fantasy and magical realism. Each siblings voice is clear and fully developed.
I read this book in one sitting. It is a fictional book but sheds light on an aspect of WW2 rarely talked about, the Women‘s Auxiliary Service, stationed in Burma. The book deals with some very tough subjects - including the treatment of POW‘s by the Japanese - but does so sensitively and touchingly. A sad book at times for certain but also joyful and inspiring.
A fairly solid thriller that was definitely compelling and made me want to know all the secrets.
BUT I didn‘t connect with the characters and didn‘t really care about any of them that much.
Loved this book! It‘s incredibly funny and dark. The author does not hold back or soften her protagonist who is absolutely a serial killer - and proud of it!
It is definitely a bit bonkers but I really enjoyed it overall and found the ending satisfying. Although there was one aspect that I would have liked to have played out differently it didn‘t ruin the book for me.