This is an excellent listen! Capturing an older era feel, the stories are light hearted and fun! You root for Anita and listen to her exploits with great delight. I really enjoyed the unpretentious, and matter-of-fact manner that Keith Roberts talks about witches in a classic, and playfully distorted way.
I loved this book, it's dark and magical, a wonderful mystery through generations and time. The prose and the pacing is excellent, and you really sympathize with everyone. It's a bit on the dark and morbid side, so if you like that, I would highly recommend it to you.
I love listening to this right before I go to bed. It's nice and lulling and the professor gives you a good overview of Egypt. He tells you interesting little stories, and also is very clear when he is giving opinion and when he is giving fact. This is highly enjoyable, and I would recommend this to any one!
Word of warning, he has a very distinct and thick accent. Prepare for him you say "you know?" at least 5 times a lecture. But he does sound very friendly.
If you are looking for a light hearted book that you can just sit back and enjoy, than this is your book!
It follows closely the mold of reluctant hero, who finally accepts destiny, and then comes to be the most powerful (like god-status) and vanquishes evil. I think their were some really nice deviations, like her romantic independence, and the capability of other female characters besides just the main character. That being said, it's still sweetly simple, and doesn't require a lot of thought. I won't be reading the sequels, but this book is complete enough to be a stand alone.
Biggest complaint: This is a TRILOGY, and I want book 2 NOW
But really, in all honesty, this a pretty good book. I think that this book does really well to establish a world, and it raises a LOT of questions about its structure that I hope will be solved later on. And I'm excited about that.
I will say the abilities are interesting, though, again, still not well understood. I hope more books will bring clarification. I was also slightly disappointed by the love arc. It's a dashing, mysterious, brooding, super handsome not-human that displays his weakness to our main character alone! For being so interesting in other areas, this section of the story is startlingly cliche. But don't let this stop you, I still think this is a good story.
As for the narrator, I will say she began to get on my nerves. She was a little monotonous, which I think may be partially due to the whole book being written with tiny sentences.
what I enjoy the most about this book is the main character. She's a teenager that is always angry and out to prove ... something. But she doesn't know what, and is frustrated by that feeling. And I really like that angle, and I think the narrator really executed this character well.
The story took some nice unexpected turns, and the supporting cast is all fun and enjoyable. That being said, I don't have a desire to read books 2 & 3. This first book just didn't capture my imagination enough. Still, I think that this book would do really well with a younger audience, 10yrs to 15yrs I think
I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say this: surprisingly depressing.
The best parts of this story are the characters. Every character is motivated by complex and completely relatable experiences. No decision ever seemed innately flawed, it's really easy to understand, but the series of choices leads to some dark situations.
I will warn you, this book is not for the faint of heart. It is not light hearted at all. But if you can get through it, it is very very good. It left me with all sorts of feelings for days
This novel follows two inhuman characters, a golem and a Jinni, to comment and decipher the movements and actions of humanity. Through them, we get to laugh with them as they observe the quirks of human nature, and understand their confusion at human actions.
The story is meandering, a bit more slice-of-life through their eyes. I felt it was a little slow, but it was also relaxed and said everything that it wanted to say. I also really enjoyed the narrator. So prepare to sit back with some tea and enjoy this one. I defiantly recommend it!
Michelle Moran has certainly done some research, and she integrates her bits of found historical knowledge into this story. However, this story lacks a real arc, feeling of purpose, or fulfilling conclusion.
I found the whole novel rather depressing, without an ounce of hope. While I found many of the ideas interesting, and a much different angle on Roman culture than I've ever experienced before (slave vs. freeman vs. citizen structure was really interesting) as a story I found this really lacking.
If you are interested in coming of age historical fiction, I actually quite enjoy Michelle Moran's Heretic Queen.
I'll admit, with some stories I feel the need to look up their endings on Wikipedia or some other site before I've finished the book because I just have to know the ending NOW.
I felt that keenly with the Secret Keeper. I will say that a little less than half-way through this Novel, I lost my ability to finish it. I was unsatisfied, I found none of the characters sympathetic enough to listen to, and our main character to be a huge annoyance. I looked up the ending, which I will not tell you, and finding out that spoiler gave me the ability to finish the book. In fact, when I found out the ending, I absolutely loved the book! I find it a really great read, I love the characters and their struggles. I find the lives they live really interesting, and the journey of discovery really enjoyable as I beckon on the characters, hastening them joyfully to the last chapter.
That's the only thing that keeps me from giving this story a 5/5, the fact that the middle of the book was too unbearable to get through without knowing the ending.
I won't tell you anymore, and maybe you, dear reader, will have a stronger convection than I. But I will say this, if you can make it to the end of this book, you will be justly rewarded.
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS ONE SPOILER
Just being that everything ends happily. I won't say anymore, but I left the book feeing really happy and satisfied. This is a spoiler because for most of the book you have this looming feeling of everything going wrong and ending poorly. Which is actually a huge compliment to Jess Walter.
You dive through multiple characters stories, bopping back and forth. But what is amazing is Jess' ability to show the reader the same arch and feeling at the same time with each character as you flip chapter to chapter.
All the characters felt real and full of flaws, but also full of redemption. I really enjoyed this novel, and I would highly recommend this to anyone.
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