Just a word about my review process… I didn’t want to have to write paragraph after paragraph about the books I read because
1) I don’t have the time and you probably don’t want to read me going on about syntax and metaphors* and whatnot.
2) I wanted to create a site where we can honestly talk about YA fiction and have fun with it.
3) I like putting things into categories.
So basically I’ve come up with some categories/subtitles/whatever that cover my main thoughts of the books I read so you can read them at a glance without being bombarded with discussion of metaphors and syntax.**
Anyway.. I hope it’s pretty self-explanatory so I will stop rabbitting on and just get on with my review.
I mentioned a couple of posts back how the title of Mrs Bow’s books is different in the UK and how I thought it was weird because it didn’t have any relevance to the story.
Well, I made that judgement before I read the book.
But I’ve read it now and still think ‘Wood Angel’ is a crappy title… please stick with ‘Plain Kate’ next time!
Initial final page thoughts.
OMG. Emotionally drained.
The thought that went into the background of the Linay’s spells. Creepy creepy. I also really loved the simple language Bow used because it reminded me of an old-school Grimm fairytale, which is always a good thing.
Needed more Taggle and also, I would have liked it to be a bit longer and for a tiny bit more depth to be added to the story and Kate’s (and Drina/The Roamers) background.
In the running for the ‘Katniss Everdeen Award for Kick Ass Heroines’. Plain Kate is seriously awesome; such a refreshing change from some of these whiny ladies who whimper over the fact they can’t choose which boy to be in love with. Seriously… I’ll have an angst-ridden love triangle over poor Kate’s life any day, but she holds herself with dignity and just gets on with it. And she is a great friend… to Taggle. OK I love Tagge, so sue me.
There could only be one, right?
The BESTEST of friend in the form of Taggle, the cat who I imagined with the voice of Stephen Fry. Also,kudos have to go to Drina, who provided a caravan, hair braiding and the occasional protection against murderous ghosties.
N/A. But gosh, I think a tragic love affair would have wrung out my emotions even more!
8/10. It is a very harrowing book and has a lot of dark subject matter that is described in such a subtle way that it really creeps over your skin. Also, props to Plain Kate for dealing with all the crap she has thrown at her in a very calm and collected way and for not going running into the forest wielding her carving knife. Which may or may not be what I would have done.***
People who are sick of paranormal love stories (although there IS a vampy-undertone, but it didn’t make me feel ill, so it doesn’t count!), people who like their heroines with a bit of meat on their metaphorical character bones, people who like fairy stories and magical goings on, people who appreciate simple yet effective writing, people who have a fondness for talking cats.
*If I wrote longer reviews they would probably wholly consist of me talking about why I have developed a soul-consuming crush on a fictional character (who may or may not be underaged)… and no one wants that.
**Seriously, even in Uni I think I mentioned metaphors and syntax about once in all the gabillion essays I wrote.
***I would totally have done that and I feel there would have been more whimpering.