I struggled to get through this Arden book at first. I just wasn’t feeling it and I couldn’t get invested at the beginning. Once I forced myself to spend some serious time reading, putting the phone up, and limiting distractions, I flew through this book, and really liked it. Vasya is becoming one of my favorite characters in modern fantasy, she is just so willful. One thing I would say as advice for those wanting to read Arden’s books, block out a large chunk of time to just get engrossed in these books. They don’t really work really well if you read 10 or 20 pages here and there. They definitely are the type of books where 50-100 pages read in one reading session is the best way to enjoy them. Great book by a fantastically intelligent and talented new writer.
I struggled a bit with Magpie Murders at the beginning. Because the beginning was about a murder in a book, there is a detachment that I felt with the story. It is very much a classic golden age of murder mysteries type of story at this point but without the charm that a lot of those writers possessed. Once the mystery was revealed that was happening in the actual world, the book got so much better. Horowitz’s writing style changed for the better and the book just worked. In the end, I ended up enjoying the book. I hate how the pages were numbered though.
Spoonbenders is a family drama that includes family members with special psychic powers. It is a down-to-earth story about what real mental powers would mean for a family and how they would use those powers. It reminded me a bit of Shameless or a Guy Ritchie family film.
I initially DNF’d this book last year when I gave it a try. Recently, a friend told me the audiobook was fantastic, so I gave it another try. It definitely was much better as an audiobook, especially the dragon’s voice, but it still failed to connect to me in a major way. It was fine for what it was but wholely forgettable after the fact.
Children of Blood and Bone is a fantastic YA book and considering it is a debut book, even more impressive. This book has characters that are easy to cheer for but more importantly, for me at least, it has a character that I absolutely despise. This character’s actions and motivations make complete sense within the context of the story. Not many authors can make me understand a rotten character, make me hate that character, but want more of that character. Robin Hobb is one of them and now Tomi Adeyemi is another. Can’t wait for the sequel.