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- Book 1 of 3 in The Thin Veil (3 Book Series)
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In one chapter, the protagonist has fallen in with a group of "magical" immortals and they are chasing the villain who has abducted her daughter. They catch the villain, but then are completely surprised and soundly defeated when the villain uses her magical power against them. Really? These are immortals with a long history of violence and warfare, and it never occurs to them that the person they are chasing might use her power against them? I wanted to quit reading right then, but I was on the elliptical trainer at the gym and had no better way to pass the next hour. The characters continue to careen from one failure to another, with no apparent ability to make a useful plan or to anticipate even the most obviously probable reactions of other people. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth over their repeated struggles, but as far as I was concerned they richly deserved their failures.
I purchased this book because it was so favorably reviewed, so obviously many people have enjoyed it. However, it is not a story you will enjoy if you prefer your characters to occasionally exercise a bit of thoughtfulness, or at least a minor degree of cunning.
Then, for books like this, and numerous romance novels, people give gushing reviews of 4 or 5 stars for something that doesn't even deserve to sit on the same bookshelf as the classics. The problem is the real reviews get hidden and at first glance it looks like this must be a great book.
I could not finish this book, I always try to finish books I start but this was such a waste of time. There is a good idea in there somewhere but it's hidden under childish fanfiction style writing. Too many bland sentences like "She said. Then she walked across the room". Mind numbingly boring. The main character is not likable or interesting. I have no desire to find out what happens.
I really expected more, I had just spent the past 2 weeks reading Susanna Kearsley books which are usually a mix of supernatural, mystery, romance, history... and actually well written. I have no association with the author, I only just discovered her, but I came off a high from reading her books to crashing down in dismay at 'Through the Door'.
I had expected something similar but it was no where in the same league.
I really loved this book! I am not going to try to summarize it, because the synopsis is perfect. It's exactly what a synopsis should be, in fact. I am also going to keep this spoiler free so this may be a short review, but in this case it's not a bad thing at all.
I was pulled into the story immediately and I couldn't put it down. It didn't take me long to finish this book and I will be anxiously waiting for the next book in the trilogy to come out. I am a sucker for any kind of story with Celtic lore in it. I always have been drawn to it ever since I started reading Nora Roberts Celtic Trilogies over 10 years ago. The world that Jodi has started to build in the series is a fresh new take, at least for me. She does such a wonderful job with her descriptions that you are pulled right into the story along with Cedar.
I would be hard-pressed to tell you which character is my favorite. I think that I would have to say Eden, she really steals the story. She is such a sweet girl and I can't wait to see how she grows as the trilogy continues. I don't really think of this as a love story, there are elements of a love story in it, but it's more centered on the "fae" aspect. They aren't called fae in the series, that's just how I tend to classify them since it's easier to say that Tuatha De Dannan!
This book has a nice pace to it, there is a lot of action, but it's not all action from the get go. It has a good balance and well thought out plot and pacing. Reading this, I would never have guessed that this is Jodi's first book. The characters are also very well developed and were very real to me as I was reading.Read more ›
Through the Door is the first book in a trilogy, which is fortunate because I'm not nearly satisfied with my quick journey into its world yet.
The basic plot is that of a single mother (Cedar) raising a daughter (Eden) in Halifax. Eden, it turns out, has some odd abilities that start to show up when she's 6. Odd abilities like being able to open a door to anywhere she wants to go. Her bedroom door becomes a gateway to Egypt, the family cottage, or a Disneyland castle. Cedar is skeptical of such things, but this is in-your-face real magic. Suddenly a lot of family secrets start coming out of the woodwork, turning her worldview upside-down.
I'm still trying to put my finger on the thing that's different about the way Cedar is written, but I think it's this: Cedar is a mother of a young girl written by a mother of young girls. The book touches on family pressures, work/life balance, and the desire to be a great mom with a satisfying career. The conflict between being home with your child and working to pay for that home. The stress of raising a young kid and trying to figure out how to tell your kid that you adore them AND this might not actually be the most awesome chapter of your life. And no matter what, ancient gods be damned, no one's making decisions about your kid without your say-so.
It may be that I'm not used to reading fantasy novels written by women. It almost feels like a mash-up between Neil Gaiman and Alice Munro, which CLEARLY needed to happen.
The other thing I like is that the characters are complicated.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed reading this book cant wait to finish the seriesPublished 2 months ago by amy abbiatti
I love strong female characters and none of the women in this book struck me that way. I wanted to love this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SL
I wanted to like this book, but the characters were flat, one-dimensional, and utterly unlikable. Rather than having "flaws" - the flaws defined the character, and not in a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Alison
I am intrigued by the story with Celtic myths, magic fairy creatures, and bloody rivalrie. Although the ending is a bit abrupt which is probably a set up for second book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by B. Lin
I am looking forward to the next book. I want to see how the homeland is repaired and how the new family evolves.Published 5 months ago by Deborah S. Barrett-Smith
On romance. There's barely any touching, but an engaging fantasy adventure story all the same. I was surprised by how smoothly and quickly I read it.Published 6 months ago by Viscera4ever
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