Unexpected Circumstances: The Handmaid

The Handmaid by Shay Savage

I think the only reason I couldn’t finish this book in one afternoon was my work schedule. I didn’t very much like that.

I’m no stranger to books that can be red non-stop through, nor have a problem with short books, and I’m definitely no stranger to Shay’s way to take you all the way through  story in segments without feeling like you stopped to change books.

The problem I had with the Handmaid was the fact that it felt more like a long prologue or a first chapter than like a whole story. There was really nothing going on there. You are barely starting to get  feel for what’s going on and who these character are, when the book is suddenly over.

I felt cheated. Of course, I’m going to read the whole series, but this one really felt like it could have come in a single book. 2/5

Beyond that, I couldn’t tell you much. I am intrigued, and you can definitely see some sexy moments coming your way… but nothing much has happened yet.

 

Fey and technology

2/5

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

I’d like to believe that most women of my generation and younger, like me, enjoy and prefer the stronger take-charge can-save-myself heroines. But I just have very little patience for whining.

And the first two-thirds of this story we got nothing but whining. And this main character, Megan Chase, starts out our story just like that. And when she’s not martyring herself, she’s making half-ass decisions without considering the consequences in the slightest.  Like giving away a memory. I thought that was a terrible idea even before we got to glimpse what the oracle took.

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

By the time we get to see Megan get into the frey as an equal, there’s only a couple of chapter left in the book.

She’s supposed to be the daughter of a Fey King! She lacked a little… something… oomph, maybe.

Another thing that bothered me was how things develop between Robin Goodfellow, Megan and Ash. The girl falls in-love with the handsome an dark prince while ignoring and allowing him to override his trust for his life-friend? Doesn’t that sound like the beginning of  potentially abusive or destructive relationship to you? That is without considering that she’s all in-love with this guy, who she doesn’t even really know. That has always been a pet peeve of mine when it comes to love story plots.

Of course, she doesn’t really know her long-time friend either, but that’s a whole other thing… isn’t it?

To make a long story short, i didn’t really enjoy this book much. i think reading Empire of Storms at the same times didn’t help much. So, there’s that too. No fae prince can really measure up when compared to Rowan Whitethorn… what else can I say!

I do have the whole series, The Iron Fey. I got it in a bundle before I even started the first one. So, maybe… and let me remark on that, MAYBE… I’ll end up reading the rest of them. I understand that in the third one, Megan Chase actually becomes The Iron Queen, so that might be worth reading about. I’m not in any hurry, though.

 

The Claw, the Wing and the Smoke

2/5

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

After a painful beginning, the middle has ok. It wasn’t until two thirds of the way in that things started to get exciting, and then it was over.

I was honestly, quite disappointed with this books. After The Shadow Queen, and in between chapter of Dark Triumph, the introduction of the characters felt way too slow, and annoyingly meaningless.

Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George

There were people and events that were only talked about, but never fully explained nor recounted. I think adding characters or happening to a story, when these don’t affect or have any bearing I the plot is a waste of book pages; and this was specially true for Silver in the Blood. 

The idea behind all the parts and details I didn’t like, was quite intriguing. Two girls who come face to face with a family legacy that they were completely unaware of, and a ruthless grandmother who rules the family clan as it were a cult… It could have been an awesome book.

But, it wasn’t.

SPOILER ALERT

The shy and self-conscious girl finds herself with knowledge of her new power, but the strong willed one just crumbles? That felt weird. And then, just when you think she’s gone pull out of it whe her situation gets a bit more dire… She gets all meek and catatonic?

It wasn’t until the last moment when we got to see Dacia finally own up to her new power and status within he wolf pack, but by then, LouLou was now the week one.

And then! That so called confrontation with their grandmothers! That was totally disappointing. Inspected more backbone and maybe for the two girls to bring the family together. The fact that Grandmother dearest got to get away with half the family made everything else feel meaningless.

Seriously. There were many things I didn’t enjoy about this book, I could rant for a long time.

Closure

2/5

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

I really didn’t like that ending. It simply felt anticlimactic.

I understand it. Really, I do. This is a book about grief and self-discovery, but I really didn’t like that ending.

It all started good and exciting. The mystery of the Runaway Aunt, the meaningful task that were meant to actually teach her something…

… But then, it all started to go downhill.

It did feel realistic, thou. All trips have a certain amount of failed expectations, and you had to consider that this one was planned by a reckless woman that was in fact already dead… So, of course, things had to fall through some.

By the end, it was exhausting and all I wanted was to get to the end of the tasks… Give the whole thing a sense of closure… And be done with it. But then…

SPOILER ALERT
13envelopes

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

… The whole buch of envelopes get stolen. And we don’t get to discover what was it that the Aunt Peg really wanted from Ginny.

Of course, that too feel tremendously realistic… Getting your stuff stolen is kind of a rite of passage when it comes to international travel. One of those thing that you simply have to go through. But I think this book needed a bit less realism. At least for my taste.

It would have been more emotionally satisfying to have Virginia go through has all envelopes, even if the tasks fell through or even if she decided to not mod them.

The not knowing is what bothered me the most. This were her beloved aunt’s last words to her, and now they are lost forever. It’s just downright depressing.

Anything that can go wrong…

2/5

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

There were few things I liked when I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, mainly the whole discovery thing when it came to the truth about Jacob‘s grandfather. And that’s precisely what made me enjoy Jabob‘s search in Hollow City.

Along with trying to help and be with the girl he has feelings for, he’s looking for meaning, looking to better understand who he is now that he knows so much more about his grandfather and himself… Or at least that’s what it seems like to me.

But then, there are the details… A band of children with somewhat superpowers traveling through London during World War II searching for someone they have never met and don’t know where to find. And on top of that, everything seems to go wrong.

Every single thing that could possibly go wrong, does. Storms at sea, lost things, soldiers after them, allied soldier after them, missed trains, snobby adults, and hollowgasts in all the places that could possibly and impossibly have one.

Some of those felt necessary for a bit of accuracy according to the era they’re supposed to be walking, but after a while they felt excessive. A bit of good luck would have felt better, if not more natural.

Then there is the whole time traveling thing. You can’t really tell it is happening.

They go into all tHesse loops, dipping their toes into other times and eras, and we get no details. I understand why there is no time for dwelling on the strangeness of the past when you are being hunted by nightmarish creatures, but then what’s the point of all these trips? Were they really necessary if they don’t really add anything to the plot?

So, no. This book did not make it into my Favorite Books list. But now, Jacob is back to the modern days and has discovered a new facet of his peculiarity, and the only way to know where this will leads is to keep on reading.

Ymbrynes and loops

2/5

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

As you know, I started this book without really being sure what it was suppose to be about, so I spent the first part of it thinking it would be a serious matter about this kid –Jacob– and his trip down crazy street. Or even about how he would discover that the madness that afflicts him is a family trait, and that it affected his grandfather too.

But no. I was mistaken.

I’m, not sure if this is a good thing or not. I would have thought that to be a interesting thing. Who can say that we can’t all relate to that monumental discovery that our parents and grandparents are as flawed as we are?

But I cannot say that I was not intrigued by these peculiar children. Not so much for their powers or personalities, that we don’t learn so much about, but for the circumstances of their lives in hiding.

SPOILER ALERT!!

They live inside a time bubble. Basically. Out of time! How wicked a place to hide!

Time traveling, bending or manipulating has always been another of my many favorite themes in books, but in this story while the idea is there and it is an important one for the development of the story line, we don’t really get to understand how this really came to be.

Yes, the Ymbrynes make these loops, little pockets of time that repeat on themselves endlessly. But, how? Why? What else can they do? How do the reset it? Why must they reset them? How come they fail? So much more that I wanted to know.

I don’t really know what it is that left me dissatisfied about this story. I feel like we spent so much time in some things that might not have been that important, but so little in other things that feel like should have been more relevant.

I don’t know that I would ever really go around recommending this books to other people, that is something I commonly do, but i won’t say that it was bad either. It had some good parts, and  it can be enjoyed with the right mood.

This is the first of a trilogy of books, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children.