Friday, August 8, 2014
The story sounds intriguing and in fact I found myself interested in this book right at the beginning. But the more I read the more angry I found myself at the artsy-ness of it all. It reads - to me - like one of those things that is meant to sound deep and that people are inclined to praise because it's obvious that it must have some deep meaning. Or maybe I just didn't get it. Or maybe, like other things I've watched and read recently that I've disliked, it's just sort of hope-less and I don't like that. But when I finished the book my first reaction was "Huh?" and then "Ugh."
Obviously, this book is set against the backdrop of the Russian revolution with the real ruling family and their fate as well as actual events that happened at that time. It is mostly historical fiction with just a little magic in the form of the egg. What happens in the story is not a surprise. Natalya is a strong heroine and while the book wasn't a favorite, it's a reliable adventure.
There are a lot of mythology books out there now but this one has some different twists to it. The more I reflect on it the more I remember so it's more complex than several others I've read recently. In fact, my summary doesn't even include the nature of her powers or what's happening with Tallon, whether we can trust Cass, her Harpy training, and her aunt - all of which are important to the story. A different take on a popular genre.
My review: Ugh! Make this better!!!