Publication date: October 2011
For: Fun (and Printz Project)
Things I Liked:
Oh, this book. (Don't dismiss it based on my horrible summary.) I'm not sure what I think about this book. On the one hand, it is, in true Stiefvater fashion, gorgeously written with this lovely prose that seems to drip from the pages like nectar and characters that worm their way into your affections so slowly you don't notice until it's too late. On the other hand, I couldn't get into it. It's kind of embarrassing to say that about a book filled with killer sea horses, but there it is. I struggled to want to keep reading, with the slow plot and the characters I hadn't yet come to love. I was nearly three-fourths of the way through before I decided that I did like the book, the characters, and the crazy killer water horse story. And then it ended (in such a nice way, too). I will admit that I won't soon be forgetting about the cappaill uisce or Sean or Puck. It boasts a beautiful mythology in the perfect setting - with a creepy undertone and old magic simmering under the surface.
Things I Didn't Like:
Like I said, I got nearly all the way through before I wanted to keep reading and see what happened. It was, to be honest, rather dull at the start. Depending on when you are grabbed by the characters or setting or story, you may love it more or less. I'd say it's worth the effort of pushing through the beginning to get to the rest.
Um, I can't really think of anything! Perhaps a bit like Lament and Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
some, not a lot
a few dirty jokes, nothing action-wise
bloody killer man-eating horses!
Overall rating: ****
What did you think of these killer sea horses?
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