You may NEED to read it more than once and you may need to read the second installment to fully appreciate it's richness. But if you open your mind and stretch back to the bygone era of literary symbolism that was Fauklner's As I Lay Dying, you will appreciate the shining jewel that is this book. My only hope is that the remainder of the series is as captivatingly painful as this one was. And yes, I said painful.
I belong to multiple fandoms and am a dyed-in-the-wool fangirl. What sort of fanperson would I be if I didn't enjoy a good feels trip? Jan 22, Silvia rated it did not like it Shelves: But intent aside, this was a bad novella short story?
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First off, it felt like only the first few chapters of a larger work. Like seriously, the plot doesn't even reach half the goodreads synopsis. I understand there are other novellas in the series, and I usually like sagas with no individual storyline for the single installments, but here there is no story at all!
Basically it's just dialogue, with little action to break it up and I mean this in the loosest sense of characters' movement being described in dialogue tags , set against a world which is barely described at all. Please, keep in mind this is second-world fantasy. I want to be completely honest: The difference is that this is not something an amateur put online for free, it's published work you have to pay for. I found it so confusing. At first I was convinced the author was trying to convey Sadie's trauma, but it soon became apparent she just can't handle POV at one point the narration slipped from third person to first.
I hope this was an uncorrected copy and they fixed it before publication.
His Devious Angel (Angels with Attitude, #2) by Mimi Barbour
The dialogue tags were often absent, at times it wasn't completely clear who was speaking. Honestly, I've only ever seen such a high dialogue ratio in beginners' works, and it often was more interesting banter than in this novel. The only thing that sparked my interest was Princess Faegria, which seemed she could become a decently-written villainess, but was still as under-developed as all the other characters please, repeat after me, trauma is backstory, not characterization. Feb 05, Jessica Del Fino rated it liked it Shelves: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I really should have finished this book in one day because it really is short, but I had to put it down and come back to it more than once. I almost gave up on it but decided to stick it out and see where it takes me. At first it was a little disjointed and confusing, but dealing with the mind and view of an abused child can't be anything but I'm still not too sure of how I feel, reading about the rape of a child is never an I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I'm still not too sure of how I feel, reading about the rape of a child is never an easy thing, but towards the end when Sadie is in the world at the bottom of the tree, I started to wonder if imagining being in this place was how she disassociated herself from the abuse she is physically enduring at that moment.
I feel like I need to know what is happening to her there, as it also doesn't seem to be a nice place for her, so I will be reading whatever comes next, and hoping for a peaceful outcome for her. Feb 28, Kristobelle rated it really liked it Shelves: I am not quite sure I have to emotional aptitude to fully appreciate this little piece of darkness. The beginning is heartbreaking, the pain is almost tangible as Sadie's psyche starts to disintegrate. Then even the fantasy world she finds herself in is hideous.
A lot of harsh imagery, but there is a weird sort of beauty in it's ugliness I suppose. It's like a nightmare you never want to find yourself, or anybody in. It made me bone weary after only 50 something pages. But then, books about chil I am not quite sure I have to emotional aptitude to fully appreciate this little piece of darkness. But then, books about child sex abuse should make everybody feel so.
Sadie Sugarspear and the Weeping Willow
I don't know quite what to say, except that I hope Sadie finds her way to a better place. I won't forget this for a long time, I don't think, like a tiny burr under the skin. It might just haunt me until I know she is safe somewhere, wherever she ends up. Deep painful truthful fantastical journey Lisa rated it did not like it Oct 28, Shelly rated it liked it Jan 22, Gary Mendez rated it really liked it Dec 16, Chandaly rated it it was ok Jun 20, Pamela rated it really liked it Jun 12, Gwar rated it really liked it Mar 25, Thomas Yackley rated it it was amazing Nov 02, Krista Ivy rated it really liked it Jan 05, Sunshyne rated it it was ok Feb 23, Karthika rated it did not like it Jan 13, David Rizzo added it Oct 09, Rin marked it as to-read Dec 18, Maxine Booklover Catlady marked it as to-read Jan 21, Carmen Blankenship marked it as to-read Feb 08, Jessilou added it Feb 18, Kaycee marked it as to-read Apr 04, Beppe DM marked it as to-read Jan 27, Abn marked it as to-read Jan 28, Sherry Fundin marked it as to-read Jan 29, Alida Pelletier marked it as to-read Feb 03, Charlie marked it as to-read Nov 10, Belinda marked it as to-read Dec 14, Megan marked it as to-read Jun 03, Bahijah hasan marked it as to-read Dec 26, Serena added it Mar 06, Bookschatter marked it as to-read Mar 19, Romance with a rock star as hero or heroine.
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