I wanted more detail from this book but it was still an enjoyable read.
An explanation had never been the point. She had simply liked being the only one who wanted to find out the truth.
This book was definitely the second book in a trilogy and by that I mean that it acts as a bridge from the beginning to the end. My least favorite part of children of Blood and Bone was Zelie‘s relationship with Inan. I wasn‘t thrilled with his return in the sequel but he certainly adds tension. I have also started to think of Roen as the Han Solo character of this series. He‘s the reluctant bad boy with a thing for the heroine. I like him.
The development of both of these characters and their relationship is well done. They are both functioning adults dealing with their own trauma. Nya is trying to break away from the control of her abusive father. Johan suffers from a fear of abandonment because his mother died when he was young. Johan also has a younger brother that he wants to protect. This was funny, engaging and sexy.
This book was far better than I thought it was going to be when I first picked it up. The protagonist, a woman with blue skin living in the mountains of Kentucky in the early twentieth century, proved to be independent and self sufficient. Cussy Mary faces discrimination because of her “color.” Her dad is a coal miner and is involved in efforts to unionize. She just wants to be left alone to work her route as a pack horse librarian.
There was not nearly enough tension in this book. It felt like Atwood didn‘t want to let her characters suffer so almost all of the suffering is off the page. It feels a little like a cop out. I did really enjoy the cunning and planning of Aunt Lydia though. Atwood could have cut the other testimonies and just told the story from her perspective and the book would have benefited.
This historical fiction, set in Malaysia in the 1930‘s, is a murder mystery and a romance and is grounded in Malaysian and Chinese folklore. Ji Yin and her stepbrother Shin grow up under the control of Shin‘s abusive father. Shin can escape to school when he comes of age but Ji Yin is denied that opportunity even though she dreams of being a nurse. She and Shin are drawn into a mystery involving a severed finger. And weretigers.
Lydia is the sun in the galaxy that is the Lee family. All of her parents contradictory expectations rest on her shoulders. In the meantime both of her siblings are alternately jealous of the attention she receives but also relieved to be free from its pressure. Lydia is living her life for her parents and when she stops, each member of the family has to examine all of the things that they have left unsaid.
Jay is an African American lawyer in 1980‘s Houston with a flailing law practice and a pregnant wife and a past that has broken him and left him a prisoner of his own fear. And then he rescues a woman who may have been fleeing an abusive lover or may be a murderer. Whatever it is Jay is afraid of getting involved but just seems to be pulled deeper and deeper into a web of lies, corruption and violence. I loved it.
The romance in this novel pissed me off because the female protagonist becomes very concerned about the wants of a man she has spent a total of a couple of hours with. I enjoyed the other parts of the novel though. The magical realism was fun.
Two parallel storylines make up this novel set both in present day and in 2041 when a multi year drought has made much of the earth uninhabitable and people are fleeing to refugee camps. Signe, an aging but still passionate environmental activist, lives a solitary life on her sailboat in the present day. David and his young daughter Lou flee their home as it‘s ravaged by fire and end up in a refugee camp.
This book was angsty and hormonal and a little gory in places and I basically loved it. The author takes several tropes— a witch with a familiar, a secret cult dedicated to protecting the world steeped in “ancient wisdom” and run entirely by men and the sacrifice of a young woman— and turns them@on their head. In this book the women save themselves and that is the best.
I liked this book but didn‘t love it. It‘s told from alternating perspectives of four different narrators. 2 of the narrators are enslaved women, one is a free black woman living during the time of slavery and one is a woman living in present day America. All four are able to manipulate material matter. All four use this power to help others. My only criticism is that I didn‘t feel like I got to know any of them well and the ending felt unfinished
A gruesome form of natural selection
Nikki is a first generation daughter of Indian immigrants in London. She is separated by social class from the Punjabi community until she starts teaching classes at the Temple. There she learns that there is much more to these traditional women than she realized. Over the course of the novel Nikki learns from these women and comes to feel that she is also a part of this community.
An engrossing nonfiction narrative that reads as smoothly as a novel. I found this fascinating and horrifying. The book focuses most heavily on a few leaders in the IRA during The Troubles— Dolours and Marian Price, Gerry Adams, Brendan Hughes and, as a counterpoint, the kidnap and murder of Jean McConville. Through this lens we see the movements and motivations of the militant IRA and the effect those actions had on ordinary Irish people.
Much if this book was thoughtful. However, I wish the author had been more reflective of the ways that his own privilege effected his experience.