The book is more character study than anything else, and though I don't always enjoys those sorts of books, I did this one. READ IF YOU… Enjoy character-driven booksLike South American settingsEnjoy coming-of-age storiesAre in the mood for a spy story, with more story than spy Title: Who is Vera Kelly? | Author: Rosalie Knecht | Rating: 3/5 New York City, … Continue reading Coming-of-age Spy Story: Who is Vera Kelly?
"We’re all living in one big cage...The cage is open, but nobody leaves…We all have to leave the cage together."
Make your setting a character.
Six high school students, some of them friends, some former friends, are locked in a hotel dinner hall with a syringe, a bomb, and one hour to escape. But to escape, they have to kill one of them, or they all die.
I've read other books by Darcy Coates and enjoyed them, but Voices in the Snow was disappointing. I expected more dystopian, more apocalypse, and less overdone wendigos and zombies.
I forced myself to go through the book, hoping it would improve. But the writing was too much. Too many metaphors that pulled me out the scene, things like "my jaw was hanging by a shoelace." Poor writing overall, which is surprising for Mafi. Her other books were superb.
Her Royal Spyness is the first book in the Royal Spyness series. Georgie is 34th in line to the English throne, and penniless. Her half brother and his wife have "economized" and stopped her allowance, so Georgie goes to London to find a job.
There, she meets with the queen, who gives her a job: spy.
There's something about a visceral book cover with human body parts. It doesn't have to be gore: it could be a beautiful rendition of what makes us human - underneath the skin.
If you want people to like you, make them feel good about themselves.
I love how the couple grows--of course, it's all cliche, he being a reserved, brooding man, and she a friendly, bubbly woman. But there's something about the two of them together that had me reading the book all day long. And of course, there's drama. And the drama really spiced things up a bit.