“Lindz L said: 5 stars / March 6
I am really struggling to review this book, partly because I knew next to nothing about the plot going in, and I really enjoyed it. So how do I review it except to say, try it, even if you don't like science fiction. This is more than just a genre book. And you may come away with a new appreciation for science fiction and literature in general.
If you have read the book, here are my thoughts...
This showed in black and white why I have a hard time with sci fi and usually gravitate towards mysteries. I want my questions answered. I wanted to know more about the fairies. I had the hardest time accepting their presence in the story. I wanted her to either get pulled into the fairy world, learn about the fairies, go on a grand adventure and defeat her evil mother (keep in mind I was just coming off of Neverwhere). If that didn't happen, I wanted her to realize that they were made up as a way to cope with the death of her sister. Either way I wanted to puzzle out the why and how of the fairies and come up with a nice explanation by the end. But instead they just existed and stayed existing.
I loved her conversations about books. Really, that's why anyone should read this book. I loved that she was saving Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle for the next time she was in the mood for a 'really good siege'.
This book was a blend of things I don't typically care for. I don't have anything in particular against... coming of age stories, fantasy, not an immense amount of plot, memoirs, diary-based storytelling ... but none of those are things that make me love a book. But all those things put together created a haunting beautiful story that I will carry in my mind for a long time coming. I highly recommend this.”