It took me over a week to read this book, which means it didn’t hold my interest well. Mara, our 17-year-old heroine, has come through a trauma and her PTSD makes her an unreliable narrator. We are supposed to be distracted from her confusion by the love interest, Noah, who is quite appealing. However, the abrupt (and fantastical) plot switches give this a magical realism vibe which causes the tone to change repeatedly throughout the book, to its detriment. I struggled with it, but may I read the second book in the trilogy to see if all the jerking around was worthwhile. For YA 17 and up due to gore.
While I typically love this author’s novels, this one just didn’t seem as strong to me. I liked the setting in Elizabethan London and Cambridge, but the mystery never pulled me in and I had trouble keeping all the characters straight. That said, this story is exceptionally well researched, and the set pieces and sword fights are fun. There are wonderful Shakespearean references throughout (like Easter eggs!), and this may well grow into a series I enjoy, but it’s not there yet.
Hi, folks – sorry I fell off the blog wagon over Thanksgiving, but I’m back! Here’s Book 2 in the totally excellent House of Night series.
The second of the House of Night series (which focuses on a vampire boarding school) has our heroine, Zoey, pulled forcibly back to her old life when students from her old high are brutally murdered and all evidence points to vampires. This series gets better and better, and I like Zoey as a heroine, because she makes hard choices rather than waiting to be rescued. For 16 and up.
In the explosive conclusion to Moning’s Dublin urban fantasy series, Mac finally discovers who is and isn’t worthy of her trust and who she will fight for in the climatic battle between humans and Fae. A terrific ending that will explode everything Mac thought she knew.
Interesting film noir-style alternate fantasy that focuses on hard-bitten Actives, or magic-users. War hero, magic-user, and PI Jake Sullivan is tasked by the FBI to arrest a former flame. The world-building in this is so immersive and specific, and the perspective shifts so frequent, that it took me about 100 pages to follow along, pick up the slang, and roll with it. But once I did, it was a great ride.