Nope, haven't been slacking on these, just haven't been reading as much as normal. I'll admit, this book took a long time for me to get into, and with no drive to sit and read, well, it got thrown on the back burner for a bit. But, finally, I got into it last night, and as I was feeling very blah about my own writing, I decided to forgo my normal hour writing time and finish the dang thing. Anyhow, here are a few things I really liked:
- The world building was great, and for once, I felt that the faeries were given the platform they needed, with an explanation of where they were coming from, and other information that I've found to be generally lacking from other faery-lore. I don't know, do other authors expect the reader to know all that stuff? I never did, and I think that's why I generally don't find myself attracted to faery books.
- I adored the attention to historical detail. I hate it when I read a book and I find myself second-guessing the author, wondering if her facts are right. Here, I didn't feel that way at all.
- Deven's character was great--he felt very real to me, and I particularly loved his reaction to finding out about the faeries. Fun! Oh and the Goodsmead sisters were wonderful :-)
- The whole love story at the end with Lune and Deven was very forced. I couldn't believe it and wished it had just been left out, even with the plot holes it would have created.
- The first hundred pages or more made me really wonder why I was reading this book. At about page 150 I was pulled in enough to care about the characters and found myself wondering why the book didn't just start there. I hate saying this about a book, but it was true.
- The end was rushed--all those pages at the beginning to set things up, and then the end was a whirlwind of a ton of things happening with no time to enjoy them. Maybe I should just place this all under "Pacing" as a problem.