Thursday, December 15, 2011

Mini Reviews: Between the Sea and Sky, Let the Right One In, The Thief

A few mini reviews of books I recently finished up but haven't had a chance (or the inclination) to write out full reviews for:

Between the Sea and Sky, by Jaclyn Dolamore
Rating: ✮✮✰✰✰
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I give every book I read a hundred pages to hook me. If I'm still not interested by then, I drop it and move on, because my to-read list is ridiculously long and I don't have time to focus on something I'm not enjoying. Between the Sea and Sky didn't do it for me. There are so many places a book about a mermaid siren and a romance with a flying boy could have gone, but nothing really happens. There's no emotion to the book, and it never delves into the depths of what could be in a world inspired by the darker origins of The Little Mermaid.


Let the Right One In, by John Adjvide Lindqvist
Rating: ✮✮✮✰✰
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So much more than just another vampire novel. I watched the Swedish film over a year ago, and loved the chilly, quiet, terrifying mood the director infused into it. When I started reading this, I realized it wasn't just the director, but Lindqvist's writing that sets the tone. There's nothing overtly scary about this at first, and at its heart it's not really a vampire novel. It's a story about lonely people making their way through the cold before they, ahem, let the right person in.

There's also creepy vampirism and serial killer insights and pedophilia and bullying and vaguely connected side stories about other people that are probably more terrifying than Eli the little vampire that could and her human friend Oskar. Reading this mostly at night before bed was a bad idea, but I still enjoyed myself.


The Thief, by Megan Whalen Turner
Series: The Queen's Thief #1
Rating: ✮✮✮✰✰
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I've heard nothing but good things about the second installment in this series, so I read the first with slightly lower expectations, and wasn't disappointed. It's a great set up novel, introducing us to Gen, who is delightful, and its his narration that keeps the book moving even though it's very Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in the fact that its a book about people walking somewhere. Seriously.

There were some aspects of the very end I found a little abrupt, and would have probably enjoyed the reveals a little more if I'd realized from the start that Gen was the most unreliable of unreliable narrators. He is a thief, after all.

2 comments:

  1. I'm glad you posted this, as I've been meaning to ask if you'd read The Thief yet. I've got it on the reader, but every time I get around to starting it, I find something else more immediately compelling. Now I'm officially not sorry I've been putting it off.

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  2. LOL yeah, it's a very slow moving novel, and I wouldn't have kept reading it without the promise of The Queen of Attolia being much, much better. I'd say you can put it aside for now and go back to it once you're in the mood for something like it.

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