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Posted August 8, 2013
I loved the idea of this story. And I can honestly say, the way
I loved the idea of this story. And I can honestly say, the way the author implemented the concept was absolutely brilliant. I mean, the initial scenes, when Death has chosen not to take the dying, brilliant. Clear, vivid, haunting, and borderline traumatic. I spent the time when I was reading it with my jaw dropped, devastated by what those people would end up going through before their times finally came. Imagine, people in unbearable pain, but unable to get the release they so needed.
And there was one part I didn't see at all. I don't want to say what it is because I don't want to ruin the surprise, but it threw the entire situation into an entirely new dimension. It was a part of Death doing his job I would have never foreseen, and it was brilliant.
There were, as with most books, parts I didn't like. For one, it takes hours for Rigor Mortis to set in, not minutes. Also, the author makes comments about people starting to stink, when I'm not sure they should have yet. Bodies can take several days to stink even in warm weather. It's ice cold. A body wouldn't even start to decay and stink until the weather warmed up again. Also, there was an element involving food I found confusing. They were concerned about food running out, but in those times, they would rely on the previous harvest all through the winter. Why would there be a food shortage?
I liked all the twists in the book. There were quite a few times when I thought I knew how things were going to go, and was pleasantly surprised.
My main problem with the story, however, was with the ending. The author keeps the momentum going straight up to the very end. Which I kind of liked, up until the moment when the book just suddenly stopped. I hadn't been paying attention to how far in I was, and felt jipped when it just ended like that. I felt like I was only halfway through.
When I thought about it, the book really did have an ending, which is why I say it was likely the momentum which was the problem. It didn't feel like it was ending any time soon, but it did. There was a conclusion, and it did complete a story arc. I will give her that. I've read quite a few novels and novellas where I felt like the author just left me hanging. This one was a cliffhanger, and clearly part of a series, but it had an ending.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. There were some spots that nagged at me on the details of death, but I enjoyed it, and the pace kept me reading along at an alarming rate. Definitely worth a read.
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Posted September 21, 2013
Death has stopped visiting those whose time is up. No one and n
Death has stopped visiting those whose time is up. No one and nothing will die until Death finds his Cobweb Bride. But who or what is a Cobweb Bride?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There are multiple points of view in the story, however, the narrative comes back to Persephone, nickname Percy.
The characters are all authentic with realistic goals for their situations.
Dialogue helps to define characters and their development.
A detailed, vivid narrative helps drive the story and place the action.
Reality and unreality blend together throughout various settings, characters, and occurrences with a natural rhythm.
Overall, a fun read!