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Bleizgeist Paperback – December 15, 2015
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But okay, I tried to see past that. Maybe the author was trying to trick theoretical straight readers into reading this. I can respect that.
But then there's the multiple counts of attempted rape, which is the sort of thing I'd rather not crash into when reading about this bamf wolf lady. Speaking of bamf, what the heck happened to that? She randomly wimps up, and, (spoiler) is too wimpy to protect her favorite wolf pup, and then, despite being oft compared to a wolf herself, doesn't want to kill the guy who killed her pup. Okay, fine, she's sending him back as a warning--oh wait, the guy who she was warning? Yeah, he's gonna show up in her forest. And assault her. And also, he's been assaulting her girlfriend for months (years?)
There were so many opportunities for greatness. I liked the world the author built, or at least the species, it was an interesting take on werewolves. But it all added up to...semi-tragic, sexist, bull. I was lured in by some truly gorgeous cover art, but this book was just not enjoyable.
I think the author could write amazing books, but this one didn't make me want to find out.
To the author: My apologies that I couldn't leave a positive review. Writing is really hard, and you wrote a lot! Good job there! If I may, consider happy lesbians maybe? Some people enjoy the tragic gays trope, but a lot of us queer folk just want to read about fictional queer folk having decent lives! Or at least, if you're gonna write a strong character, don't feed me crap about her being musically bound to her abuser (I still don't understand why--I can't remember her name--the wolf didn't eat the face of the guys who attacked her) and don't you wimp out on me; kill the jerk. Just kill them. It's therapeutic for everyone. She can feel bad about it afterward, if you really must, but come on. That guy needed to die. And the cub really didn't. She should have been smart enough to run from the hunter, come on.
Seriously, I wanted to reach into the book saved strange like, eighty percent of the men in this book. At least. Eighty is pretty conservative, actually. By the end I just wanted the whole town to burn, actually. She should have packed up her pups and left.
The people here are as harsh as the landscape, but they're not without their warmth, and in a land of perpetual winter, warmth is important. Heck, even in a world not cursed with perpetual winter, warmth is important. The warmth Marishka finds is not exactly conventional, which makes her story all the more intriguing.
How do you survive as an outcast in a place as harsh as Ingary? Beyond that, how do you thrive?
Read this book and find out. Seriously, read it - if I keep talking, there will be spoilers. :)
Bleizgeist is wonderfully evocative and beautifully written, the kind of story that sticks with a person. I can't wait to read it again.