The Moonlight Library (Nemo)

My name is Nemo. This is me on Goodreads

By day I work in IT, by night I turn into a vigilante kitten snuggler.

Is there anything better than a lap filled with kittens and shelves filled with books? I think not.

 

"A good book resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper." - David Quammen

38%

Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

This is the most interesting love triangle I've read. Both boys are desperately hot. The one she is in love with is pushing her towards the one she's desperately attracted to. What conflict. What angst. Looking forward to seeing who she chooses - the one where she gets what she wants, to be a soldier, or the one where she is forced to be a pawn, the princess.




32%

Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

So if Sir and Mather didn't tell her, an the servants didn't tell her, and if she had been slightly less observant and Theron didn't tell her...

 

HOW THE HELL WAS SHE SUPPOSED TO FIND OUT?

 

Is that really the kind of entrance you want to make?!




On Writing

 

 

Reblogged from Derrolyn Anderson



Project Everworld: Book #9 Inside the Illusion

Inside the Illusion - Katherine Applegate

Book 9: Inside the Illusion
Narrator: Senna

My rating:

4 of 5 heartsThis is Senna’s story. From the unloved love-child to the powerful witch-key of Everworld, Senna’s hunger for power and control is evident in everything she does. An outsider, she’s wary of betrayal at every moment – because she is the ultimate betrayer.

 

Senna’s story is one I’ve always loved. I love seeing the world from her twisted point of view. I’d like to note that Senna’s voice in this book is very similar to Mean Rachel from Animorphs #32: The Separation, which is one of the only Animorphs books Applegate wrote during the ghost-writer phase after #26 – except that of course, Senna’s not dangerously out of control and wildly reckless, but the voice is still similar. It’s still got that massive sense of entitlement, with completely no shame at anything she does and an incessant hatred towards those she might not be able to control.

 

Senna and the others are on their way to find Senna’s mother, the only person Senna says can open the door for the Coo-Hatch into a different universe. I’m still not sure if this is true, or if Senna was just saying so to a) meet her mother again or b) make sure she wasn’t the one to be used as the key. Basically Senna will say or do anything to keep people off-balance, and I can never tell if she’s lying or not. Betrayal runs in her veins, but at least we get to see more of her backstory – how she ended up as April’s illegitimate sister, how her entitlement twisted her soul into something terrifying, how her aloofness was more than a defence mechanism, and born out of sheer jealousy. Her home life was no piece of cake, to be sure, but it’s the age-old nature vs nurture debate – was it the way April’s mother treated Senna, or was it Senna herself that was the problem?

 

I believe it was Senna herself, because after all, when she does find her mother in EverWorld she can’t help but fuck everything up by betraying her.

 

This is why I love reading the point of view of the so-called villain… she’s not simply a lost little girl, she’s a very powerful witch, and she has plans that extend beyond what we’ve seen of the series so far. She’s strong and capable and she will fuck you up if you mess with her.




"Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles by proudhousewife." You're welcome.

"I don't have a mommy or daddy," Harry replied sadly; and looked at his raggedy, old shoes that were blue.


"You can speak with my auntie and uncle," Harry retorted politely; and blinked his big, blue, childlike eyes.


"Would you like us to educate you on the Dawkins?"

 

OK, I made it five chapters before I had to give up, because she started quoting Bible verses at the end.

Still, it's pretty damn funny.




13%

Snow Like Ashes - Sara Raasch

The worldbuilding is INTENSE with lots of info-dumping, but at least they provided a map, and Meira is spunky, brave, and capable and NOT a damsel in distress. So this is all going well.




Should I...?

Should I ban someone from my Facebook page who has only liked my page to send me a message to ask me to review a book in the wrong genre?

 

Even though I politely responded to inform them I do not read that particular genre?

 

Twice?

 

(by which I mean the author 'unliked' my page and then 'reliked' it instantly before messaging me.




Started off good but ultimately disappointing

Stray - Elissa Sussman

In a misogynistic world where women’s natural magic has branded them dangerous, stupid, and in need of controlling constant guidance, Aislynn is living the dream: she’s a princess in a fairytale world complete with fairy godmothers, handsome princes, and happily ever afters. Except that when Aislynn accidentally uses her natural magic to defend herself, she’s Redirected onto the fairy godmother Path, sent to a new Academy, and must serve another princess.

 

Stray is an interesting book. It’s been branded as ‘a new fairytale’, except that is brings in lots of elements of other faiytales such the aforementioned fairy godmothers, magic, the Glass Slipper, spinning needles, and wolves, without really building much of its own tale. In Stray, the horrible misogynistic world built leaves all young girls in the most horrifying and vulnerable of positions: they are not allowed to use their natural magic. Advisors and fairy godmothers keep girls under constant scrutiny until they are handed over to their husbands, who keep a record of their magic use. And when they cross a line (which is undefined, as some girls are Redirected for much lesser crimes than other) and are Redirected, they are expected to be experts at all sort of domestic magic. Aislynn is yelled at constantly because she can’t heat tea or alter dresses using her magic. It’s an awful position to be put in, and I couldn’t help but think of the pressure put on virgin girls in the real world to suddenly become porn stars the instant they lose their virginity.

 

Contrary to just about every book ever written, Stray suffers from one mighty setback: it shows us too much without telling us anything at all. There are so many mysteries left unsolved at the end of the book I have to wonder if it was done on purpose or if the author is simply incompetent. A wolf that Aislynn has been dreaming about suddenly appears literally out of nowhere and no one asks any questions, Aislynn included. Aislynn’s own fairy godmother leaves cryptic clues that only serve to deliver more questions, and doesn’t answer anything. Aislynn spends a lot of her time being a failure of a fairy godmother and baking, except that at one point she’s Redirected (again) to become a princess (again), which begs the question that why on earth did we have the fairy godmother sections except to show that Aislynn isn’t very good at magic, except those random moments when she’s exceptionally good at it? It may have been to show the developing relationship between the gardener and the other servant, except that those relationships (however realistically portrayed) go nowhere as well.

 

Two-thirds into the book the plot takes a drastic change. This is with the introduction of the wolf. Aislynn’s back to being a princess. No one has any real idea of what’s going on, and as the reader I was just as lost. There was no clear goal in the novel and no real hurdles to overcome. It felt more like a ‘slice of life’, a series of montages showing how Aislynn couldn’t do anything right, how she was punished, and how she wasn’t quite bright enough to figure out someone was keeping tabs on her. She didn’t even have a goal of escaping the horrible society she was trapped in. The whole thing felt kind of aimless, even though the first two thirds seemed like a dystopian novel, which made it more difficult to read because as I said, no one had any goals and the villain that was being built up to be the villain turned out not to be a threat after all. Despite the dystopian feel to the fairytale world, there seemed to be no central conflict. Just ‘Aislynn can’t do anything right, except when she does.’

 

On top of that the characters in one location are replicated almost exactly in another location (the creepy pedo old man, the dour old woman who needs her heart back), and they hate Aislynn for no reason. AND THEN the contradictions started kicking in. The party Aislynn finds herself in think she’s being targeted for attack (no reason for them to believe this) when someone else was shot first, and then one characters says another character, who’s been as dour as the old woman mentioned previously, actually likes Aislynn.

 

Overall it kind of felt like the author wrote two-thirds of the book and realised the story couldn’t continue with Aislynn as a fairy godmother, so the story went off in another direction in an attempt to inject some danger and/or goals, much the same way Twilight was simply a romance until James was introduced to include a Big Bad and a direct threat to Bella.

 

Will I read the next book in the series? Honestly, probably not. I’m too disappointed by this jumble of half-plots and messing around doing nothing constructive. I feel that the novel could have been so much more, but then I re-read the blurb and saw how little it actually promised. I was just way too excited about the idea of a princess with magical powers. That’ll teach me.

 

Bonus points for hinting at possible lesbianism between two supporting characters.

 

Thanks to Greenwillow and Edelweiss for providing a free review copy for an honest review.




Upon finishing

Stray - Elissa Sussman

Ugh, this IS part of a series, which means way too many unanswered questions (Josetta, Tahlia, Cinnamon to name but a few) but at least it wasn't a cliffhanger ending!

Not as impressed as I wanted to be. Strangely enough I think it was a case of too much showing and not enough telling... too many unanswered questions.

review to come.




700!

Just realised I have 700 followers on Booklikes!

 

Thank you!

 

It's Friday and I have my Friday brain on after a long week at work, so I haven't got anything special planned. Why don't some of my 700 followers suggest what fun thing I can do to celebrate?




93%

Stray - Elissa Sussman

If this ends unresolved Imma stab a bitch.




87%

Stray - Elissa Sussman

Ugh, contradictions. The entire party seems convinced the hunters went straight for Aislynn, even when she points out that Elanor was attacked first. Then Rhys says Elanor likes Aislynn, when she's only ever been a bitch, the entire time.

 

Don't show me one thing and then tell another, authors. It gives me a headache.




81%

Stray - Elissa Sussman

OK this is weird now. It's like an entirely different book. Where did the wolf come from, and why is Aislynn doing housework rather than getting on with her suddenly new quest?




77%

Stray - Elissa Sussman

Still not really sure about this, new characters introduced this late in the narrative, the dream coming true, possible villains exposed but not their motivations or goals.

 

On the other hand, possible lesbians, so yay.

 

I think I've figured out my issue with this book. Apart from the dystopian/misogynist world of controlling women, I don't know what the central conflict is nor how the main character is going to 'overcome' it. It's just a series of events.




68%

Stray - Elissa Sussman

OK this is getting a bit weird now. I really hope the fairy godmother aspect somehow contributes to whatever the final conflict is, otherwise this whole book has been a waste of time.




SPOILER ALERT!

Brilliant book, TERRIBLE ENDING

Get Even - Gretchen McNeil

Four school girls with nothing in common are secretly a vigilante group known only as DGM: Don’t Get Mad. They retaliate against bullies, but when their latest target is murdered before they can humiliate him and DGM is framed, they realise someone knows their identities, and is coming after them next unless they give themselves up.

 

Get Even should have been an amazing book. I stayed up until 3am reading it. I don’t even remember the last time I did that with a book. It SHOULD have been amazing because it was a thrilling mystery about four amazing, strong girls with nothing in common who worked as a fabulous team (seriously, put these girls in superhero costumes and they will KICK ASS), it had an incredibly diverse cast, the relationships were all organic and realistic, the plot was interesting, the mystery was mystifying, until… the final page. The VERY FINAL PAGE is where it all went to hell.

 

Why? How can one book, one which I was sure was going to end up a 5 star read, end up only 3 stars?

 

I’ll tell you why. There’s a little thing called GENRE CONVENTION. DO NOT FUCK WITH IT.

 

Let me ask you a question:

  • Is a romance without a happily ever after still a romance?
  •  Is a sci-fi without advanced technology and/or a futuristic setting still a sci-fi?
  •  Is a dystopian without the violent heroine starting a rebellion still a dystopian? (don’t answer that one, it’s tongue in cheek).
  •  Is a murder mystery without revealing the murderer still a mystery?

This book is a mystery. It’s a Young Adult Contemporary MYSTERY. There is a mystery. There is a murderer. There is a large cast of characters who are suspects, each with a great motive. There is Hidden Evidence, Inference Gaps, and Foreshadowing. It’s utterly thrilling. And if the book had actually revealed who the murderer was, I could say with certainty that there were a few red herrings.

 

Unfortunately the book ends before the denouement. The only reason I can think of why someone would do this is to extend the book into a series.

 

And I really fucking hate being bribed or suckered into reading a series.

 

I don’t mind cliffhangers. The characters could still have been hauled away. But leaving the biggest mystery unanswered really grind my fucking gears. Especially because I was so engrossed in this book that I stayed up until 3am reading that. Did I mention that? That’s because that NEVER HAPPENS. I feel betrayed by this ending. I feel personally fucking affronted. I’m not smart enough to figure out who the murderer is, and I was really, really looking forward to it being revealed.

 

BUT NO. I have to buy the NEXT BOOK to find out. Or maybe it’s a series-wide mystery and I need to read ALL THE BOOKS.

No. I need closure. I need satisfaction. Neither of which I got from this horrible, cash-grabbing ending.

 

I loved, I loved SO MUCH the multiple points of view. I loved the four protagonists. I loved their characters, their motivation, their chemistry together. I loved their friendship, their fighting, their wit. I loved the enormous cast of characters. I loved the sweet love interests for each girl and was rooting for all of them (even the spicy-scented, crooked-smiled cliché). I loved the villainy of the awful adult characters that demonstrated how authority cannot be trusted, especially in the case of bullies. I loved the use of Twelfth Night as the Shakepeare Play of the Book, and I especially loved it being mashed up with The Warriors because omg that fil is amazeballs has anyone else seen it? I loved getting a glimpse into American high school life because I have no idea what Leadership class is. Is there really a class that teaches teenager show to be leaders? That’s awesome.

 

But most of all, I loved the way this book made me feel, the way it kept e reading way past bedtime with my husband snoring beside me, eagerly flipping pages because I WAS DESPERATE TO KNOW WHO THE KILLER WAS.

 

I should have flipped to the end to find out that I WOULD NEVER KNOW.

3 stars for the ending alone.

 

Thanks to HarperCollins Children and Edelweiss for providing a free review copy for an honest review.




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