In addition to blogging here, I post book reviews on GoodReads.com from time to time. Here is one I just wrote, after reading an eARC (eBook Advanced Reading Copy) provided to me by NetGalley.
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is surrealism defined. It’s like reading a Dali painting. It’s disconcertingly disorienting, but wonderful as well. I’m going to hide the next bit, because even though it ins’t a plot spoiler it’s a format spoiler. And if thinking about what a format spoiler could be is a little mind bending and a totally captivating idea, then you should definitely read this book.
Early on in our story, Jane makes a decision. The story plays out, almost reaches a resting point, and then the reader is jerked back in time. Jane makes the same decision, differently. The story plays out again, completely differently but also recognizably. And again. And again. Jane makes each decision, and each time we learn new and different things about the mysterious goings on in Tu Riviens. It’s a really cool way to tell a story with an almost god-like panoramic view, but still from the limited viewpoint of only one character moving through time.
The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that I’m not totally sold on the way the book ends. But I still am left feeling I want to read it again, to see what else I can notice that I missed before, and if I can sell myself on the end. So I guess call this 4.3 stars and a definite re-read.