Edition: Bodley Head Proof
Released: 4th April 2013
Series: Forbidden Spaces Trilogy #1
Pages: 408 approx.
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I'm really not too sure about how to express my feelings for this book. It really isn't the typical sort-of book I'd pick up, but neither is it like anything else I've ever read. It's one of those novels that you can appreciate. The writing has an almost beautiful quality to it and I found myself unable to put the book down, even though the plot line wasn't as strong as I would've hoped. The storyline differed from what I was expecting and I didn't really get the reason behind what drove the Koekoeken (the 'hidden society') to do what they did. I just couldn't help but feel it was unjustified. I also wasn't too sure of the romance. It didn't feel genuine to me but, at the same time, it didn't bother me. To put it simply, Silent Saturday was an entertaining read, just not one of my favourites.
THREE TOADSTOOLS TO SILENT SATURDAY! :)
Edition: Hot Key Books Proof
Released: 5th September 2013
Series: No, standalone
Pages: 368 approx.
So I started this one last year and ended up putting it down. It's been so long now that I can't even remember why. But I am so glad I can finally say I've read this. I found it to be an enjoyable read, all things considered. The world building was certainly my favourite aspect of the whole book. It was so incredibly unique and thought out. I felt like I was inside the world during the time I was reading it. I was completely immersed in Neo-Babel, I was a citizen. I actually can't applaud Ngan enough for the fantastic world, it blew me away. I will admit, though, Silver annoyed me. Just the way she acted and the things she said... It just irritated me like nothing else. Especially her reaction and following actions after that thing that happened to Butterfly. I just ended up not really liking her, which did affect my overall enjoyment of the novel, unfortunately. Butterfly was a likeable enough character but it was the incredible world building that ended up being the reason I enjoyed this book.
THREE AND A HALF TOADSTOOLS TO THE ELITES! :)