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This book was okay, I guess. It was a little too schmaltzy and heavy on what felt like Starbucks propaganda a lot of the time. The name-dropping from the author's pre-Starbucks life was annoying at times and some of the flashbacks seemed unnecessary. Also, there was a gross abuse of italics.
One thing that I did like though was how Gill portrayed the blue-collar job and the people he worked with. I picked up the book initially because I thought that the idea of a high-powered executive who found himself down on his luck and working at Starbucks was interesting. That aspect of the book was enough to keep me reading and enjoying the book, despite all of the other issues I had with it.
Overall: Not a book that's going to be added to my favorites list anytime soon, but it definitely wasn't as bad as it could have been.
I have to admit, this is a book that at first I didn't think I liked. The main characters are Cat (a half-vampire who hunts vampires) and Bones (the vampire who trains her). It took about half the novel before I could get past the similarities to the characters of Buffy and Spike from BtVS. (The Bones-Spike comparison was by far the worst since both are platinum-haired vampires from London.) The beginning of the book also felt rushed to me as though Frost was trying to do too much by setting up the relationship between Cat and Bones and also setting the stage for the eventual plot of the book.
Despite all of my initial problems with it, the book evened out about halfway through. The eventual plot was interesting, if not groundbreaking for the romantic/urban fantasy/vampire genre. The ending was obviously set up to continue on into a series and interested me enough to go out and buy the next book in the series.
Overall: I wouldn't put Frost up with my favorite urban fantasy authors (currently: Kelley Armstrong and Patricia Briggs), but I thought this book was significantly better than a lot of other genre-similar books that are currently being published, so that was a pleasant surprise.
It was a somewhat lame, badly written, predictable romance novel, but at least it got me out of the reading slump I've been in lately.
Basically, for a YA genre novel, I thought it was pretty good. Not the best, but I'd recommend it. What did you think of it?
I really, really enjoyed this book. The first half dragged a bit and the second half seemed rushed, but I didn't have many problems overlooking those issues so I could enjoy the book. I enjoyed how the story was told like an old-fashioned fairy tale. The writing focuses a little more on the plot than on the characters, but I think it worked.
I love all of the extras connected with the book. Included inside the book is a collection of artwork--drawings of the characters which come together to make the outlandish things Beddor writes about a little more real. Also, if you go to the book's website there's some really amazing music inspired by the story and characters. I thought it was worth mentioning because I personally enjoy it when I can enter the world of a book I enjoy through different mediums than just text.
Overall: A great, well-written YA book that I would recommend to readers of all ages. Probably the most original book I've read all year.
What did you think of The Looking Glass Wars? I reread Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass last summer in preparation for reading this, and it is STILL sitting in my TBR pile.
I absolutely loved it. I'm working on a review right now that I'm going to add sometime today or tomorrow (probably tomorrow considering I work all afternoon today), but the short version is that I thought it was amazing. It had this sort of...old-timey fairy tale quality that I wasn't expecting at all. It took me a little bit to adjust to that, but once I did I really got into it. I've been in this strange reading funk all this month where I've been reading a bit out of obligation as opposed to actually enjoying what I've been reading, but this was the first book that made me go: "Oh yeah! This is why I like to read!" It wasn't a perfect book by any means, but I was able to overlook any of the problems I had with it.
I love this book. If I were forced to pick a favorite book (a task that seems impossible) I would probably choose this one. This is a book that understands me when I feel the most misunderstood by everyone I know. It's comforting when I most need to be comforted.
Everything I've ever read of Vonnegut's reads so differently than pretty much everything else on my bookshelf. I really enjoy his non-linear style of storytelling. I didn't like this book as much as I liked some of his other books, but I still thought it was fantastic.
This book was like...reading a piece of art. (I suppose this is ironic because I totally only bought it because I liked the cover.) The writing was lyrical and perfect for an old-school fantasy/fairy tale. I've never actually seen the movie so I can't make any plot comparisons, but I can't imagine liking the movie more.
I thought there was a good balance between the serious storyline of the last unicorn trying to find others of her kind and the parts that I found to be laugh-out-loud funny. I love it when characters in a fairy tale are aware of the fact that they live in a fairy tale world which is how this book is written.
It reminds me a lot of Stardust by Neil Gaiman, so if you've read that and liked it I think you'd like this and vice-versa.
Overall: I think that anyone who likes fantasy should like this book. I certainly did.
I love Neil Gaiman.
Now that I've gotten that out of the way...this was a fantastic book. It was funny and serious and deliciously creepy and I loved pretty much everything about it. I thought it was awesome how much of the world Gaiman tells the reader about without actually saying "this is how things are." There are a lot of things you can figure out by inference by the end of the book and that really worked well for this particular novel.
Also? the illustrations are awesome and totally add all sorts of awesomeness to the book.
Overall: I totally get why this book has gotten so many positive reviews and why it won the Newberry Award. I can't wait until it comes out in paperback so I can buy it.
I think it's pretty impressive how much I look forward to a new Eve Dallas book to come out. Especially considering that this was the 28th book in the series. I've been reading this series since high school and it's one of the few from back then that I still enjoy at the same level as I always have. I know there's nothing particularly groundbreaking about it, and I'm not deluded enough to think that it's an example of literary genius, but as far as comfort reading goes, this series is up at the top for me.
I felt like this had a fairly even balance of focus between Eve's personal life and her case. I really liked that Morris, the medical examiner was the minor character that Robb decided to highlight this novel. He's one of my favorite minor characters, and I always like it when I get to see more of him.
Every time a new book in this series comes out, I have to say once again how much I love that this series is following a relationship after whatever it was that originally brought the couple together. As a reader who is interested in characters first and plot second it's really cool to have the insight into both the major and minor characters that 28 books has given me.
Overall: This wasn't one of my favorites in the series either in terms of the mystery or the view the reader is given into Eve's personal life, but it is exactly what I want and expect from a book in this series and so I'm pleased with it.