Reason for the DNF:
The heroine/her voice didn't work for me.
- Those who tend to enjoy heroines who are more nerdy/geeky in nature;
- Those who can handle the more casual, conversational tone our heroine has in this story;
- Those who enjoy boyfriends who randomly speak poetically.
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Reason for DNF:
Review of: A Tangled Web by MERCEDES LACKEY
A TANGLED WEB is the reason I wanted to check out HARVEST MOON. I always love a good recreation of the Hades/Persephone relationship and ATW sounded like it would be a cute, fun read.
My first problem with this piece is that it felt too casual. I wasn't buying the mother/daughter relationship between Persephone and Demeter. The former sounded like a brat with ADD, and the latter sounded like one of those psycho mothers you thank the heavens you're not related to.
I did not enjoy Hades acting like such a wimp. He's the God of the Underworld... even if one is going to recreate a story... I don't know, he rubbed off on me the wrong way because he was so timid at the start.
The relationship was cute, but overall, I wasn't feeling very invested (probably because I wasn't buying Persephone and Hades as characters). I would have enjoyed their relationship developing further. Instead of being told about how the two spent a year together, I think the story would have been more interesting following that year and watching the two fall in love. As it is, I'm expected -- as a reader -- to simply accept the fact that the two love each other without ever being shown that love.
One of the primary reasons I wanted to read the text in the first place was to witness that love. Major bummer that I didn't get to.
While I am interested in Norse mythology, I don't know as much about it. I felt like I was thrown into this side of the story without any warning, and there really wasn't as much of an explanation/back story for these characters. Once again, did not feel invested. I hate to say it, but I usually skimmed the scenes that switched to this POV.
Overall: I'm rather reluctant to continue with this anthology, however, I will try to do so at a later date.
- Those who enjoy retellings of the old mythological tales;
- Those who don't mind the Olympians you knew and loved having been changed so drastically.
Blogs/Reviews that loved this book:
- Mark Timmony - 5 Stars (7/10 on the blog)
- The Happy Booker - 4 Stars
- Dreams and Speculation - 4 Stars (7/10 on the blog)
Reason for DNF:
I know... I'm in the minority here.
My main problem with this book was the writing style. It felt rushed, choppy, and childish (that's not to say childish books are bad or anything). I also felt no real connection with the heroine 44 pages into the story.
- Those who enjoy more lighthearted young adult novels;
- Those who can tolerate a more juvenile heroine;
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