Overland Park, KS USA
It's difficult to rate this book. This was a very heavy read for me.
This dark historical fiction/fantasy introduces us to some very complex and intriguing characters, none of which are very likable. But that's by design. These characters are flawed and I'm impressed with the author's ability to keep me coming back despite some of the way I felt about the characters. I'm not sure I've ever read a book where I disliked all the characters. But Lanny's plight and survival story is compelling and I couldn't stop reading it, even when it made me feel depressed and anxious. Like I said...very compelling, but if you are a very empathetic reader, it can be a heavy read. Maybe it's just the way I related to Lanny... I found it to be a bit depressing, and as an empathetic reader, I felt the sadness in Lanny's obsession with Jonathan.
Alma Katsu is a very talented writer. Her characters were well defined. It's a love story, but not to be confused with historical romance. Love is a funny thing. It's cliche to say, but "the heart wants what the heart wants." Lanny is in love with Jonathan from they time they were children. And Jonathan loves her as best he can, but she knows from the beginning that he may not love her the same way. Even if they live for an eternity... But she never gives up hoping.
I will read The Reckoning, but not just yet. My heart can't take it. I would look forward to other stories from Alma.
I would have liked to see a little less of Lanny's "youth" or rather, early years, and more of the last 100 years of her life. We could have seen the character development over that time. It makes me sad that in those years that she didn't grow to accept the relationships that she couldn't change and find love and happiness in the life she made.
I personally believe that love and happiness are part of who we are and we can decide to grow those feelings just as the feelings of sadness, loneliness, and loss can be held obsessively (as in the case of Lanny) to our own detriment. Letting go is not easy, but sometimes you just have to move on. I also think that having Jonathan disappear for 100 years, and have some significant character development happen and just dropped in our laps was a bit of a cheat.
This story is the second in a 4 book series. Like Night Watch, this book is about a governing organization responsible for keeping order among the Dark Ones, creatures of the Dark. However, darkness versus light is not exactly the same as evil versus good.
The Night Watch was a story about the group of magicians who maintain the balance of good and evil by guarding the Light from the Dark. The Day Watch is told in part from the perspective of members of the Dark Ones. When a light one and a dark one end up in a confrontation with unfortunate results, it's up to the Night and Day Watches to attend a tribunal where their actions will be judged. Honestly, some of the storyline is silly and to some may be heretical. But it allows him to explore some interesting topics even if he is a little preachy at times.
If you ask one of the Light, overseen by the Night Watch, they would say that the Dark Ones are evil. But we learn in the Day Watch that it's not so simple as that. The Dark Ones believe that an individual has the right to take what they want. If they take it from someone, that person can take it back. Free will is the mantra of the Dark ones.
It's impossible to miss the parallels to Communism and Democracy. I really enjoyed this story as much as I ended up loving The Night Watch, but Lukyanenko is not interested in telling this story in a traditional way. These are a compendium of short stories allowing the exploration of light versus dark and he isn't afraid to kill off key characters. He doesn't play fair when telling a story because real life doesn't have a predictable arc or wrap up nicely at the end.
It's not deep...but I do enjoy a little teen angst over a weekend... Not sure if I'll keep going with the series...
I'm a fan of fae lore and really like stories based in the Otherworld. This one isn't deep and terribly well-written, but I'm liking the main characters. It's a light read...
I have really enjoyed all the Molly Harper books I've listened to and read so far, but I'm beginning to tire of the same cookie cutter jokes and characters. I was surprised to find myself getting bored mid-way through this one.
This is one of those listens that is a great story, but not always an enjoyable read. There are many course and caustic characters and events that make it a rough story to enjoy at times. Overall, though, I enjoyed learning and experiencing this story and would love to read more on both the topic and by this author.
I really didn't give this one much of a try, so maybe this rating isn't fair. The audio is read by the author and I had a really hard time relating to him and his voice. I'll probably give this another shot at some point, but for now...it's not a favorite.
How's that for a genre-buster? Awesome balance of YA fiction with a historical fiction twist. I loved the way Donnelly introduces Now and Then-Paris in a very individual way. So many historical fiction novels struggle to show the reader the bird's eye view of the time, trying to paint the whole picture of the historical timeframe. In Revolution, the reader only sees just a small view of what it would have been like to really be there. More like being at street level and seeing only what a person really would have seen. It felt very authentic.
Wow! I've had this book in my Audible library for ages and can't believe I only listened to it now! The world building is a-MAZ-ing!!! The characters are engaging and the love story is filled of adolescent angst. Such a fresh and unique story. Off to listen to the second book...
Cassandra Clare has created an interesting fantasy world that crosses Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the teen romance/angst of Twilight. I enjoyed her first trilogy (which is about to become a series with the upcoming 4th book) about the Shadowhunters in the modern world. Clockwork Angel jumps back in time 200 years giving some history of the Shadowhunter. I'll probably read the next novels, but the characters weren't nearly as real or compelling as the Mortal Instruments series.
I have really come to love this series! Cassandra Clare has developed a fantastic world of magical creatures with just enough of teen angst to make it engaging. Twilight and Harry Potter fans...YA and fantasy readers...give this series a try. This is the 4th in the Mortal Instruments series, but I read Clockwork Angel before reading City of Fallen Angels. There are references to Jace's ancestors who we meet Clockwork Angel, so it was nice to have met them already. Can't wait for the next book! Keep 'em coming Cassandra Clare!
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