“Ricki Jo, herself, is a likable, believable heroine who reads the Bible (almost) every night, but who makes mistakes and sees the sexiness in Song of Songs. When she makes mistakes, they’re almost always especially cringeworthy because she knows that what she’s doing is wrong, and so at times, it’s a painful, painful read. In a good way.”
“If you like paranormals, I’d definitely recommend that you give this series a try—Nastasya’s got a great perspective (lots of flashbacks of different time periods and so on) and a snappy voice, and it’s a much more thoughtful spin on immortality than you’ll find in most other places.”
“It has a great sense of place, in that I always felt like I was right there with Hadley: in the airport, on the plane, in the bathroom being done over by the other bridesmaids, crossing London, at the reception. The characters aren’t all super-hip like the crew in Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, but the up-all-night-falling-in-love vibe is similar.”
“Okay. Short version? Read this book. It’s beautifully written—and the translator should get an award, because, WOW—it’s layered and beautifully crafted, the prose is gorgeous, Leonard Cohen’s lyrics are a perfect fit, and the story is dark and tragic and devastating (I wasn’t joking about blubbering at work) and it made me want to crawl under my desk until it was time to go home. In a good way.”
“Yes, Adam does do her wrong, but it was mostly innocently done. She, on the other hand, was perfectly happy breaking up his relationships, creating and spreading rumors about other people, and just being generally unpleasant. I really didn’t like her. I’m not sure I can remember having such a negative reaction to a heroine in a long, long time. I adored the excerpts from her romance novel, though.”
“In the pro-column, once I got into the rhythm of the narration, I quickly developed an interest in the girls and in their situation, the emotions rang true, the storyline was engaging, and all that good stuff. I do think that some readers will take to it, though I think it’ll be a smaller audience than Marcelo.”
This is a population of young people who don’t remember a time when the country was not at war. It makes perfect sense that their literature would allow them a way to exercise their thoughts about the nature of good and evil, and that it might reflect violence and great loss.