I received this book as an Early Review through LibraryThing.com. I really should have done a bit more research about it before I requested it. I loved Greg Keyes Kingdom of Throne and Bone series so I was expecting something more along those lines. Not only did I not realize that Lord of Souls was a sequel, I also didn't know that it was related to Morrowind and Oblivion. I think in order to really enjoy this book, one would have to have read the first one and have some knowledge of the game(s) that it is based on. Keyes (understandably) refers to races, events, characters and settings that will lose an uninformed reader quickly. While I do believe it is well-written and I like the style of it, I couldn't get past the first 50 pages because I felt I had no clue what was going on.
I know a lot of people will probably compare this book to The Time Traveler's Wife, but really, the only commonality is the fact that someone time traveled. I found the story to be a little bland, parts seemed really contrived. The dialogue was off-putting to me. If the male protagonist called the female protagonist "darling" one more time, I might have started ripping pages out. I really only finished it because I had invested so much time hoping it would get better. I suppose it would be a good beach read, although I think it even stretches the "chic lit" genre a bit on that.
I received this book as part of the Early Reviewers group. On the whole, I enjoyed it. It's an interesting read, particularly because it recalls the "games" that teenage girls play with each other so well. I didn't like any of the characters at all (except maybe the parents), but I could relate to experiences I had growing up...without the whole witnessing of an accidental death business. I found it complex and well-written. Ashworth conveyed that desperation to be accepted by your friends so well; it created a suspenseful and uncomfortable aura around the whole book.
I received this book as part of the Early Reviewers group on Library Thing. This would be a great book for the beach or for a long flight. It was a pretty quick read, a general romance sort of book. I didn't dislike it, but I can't say I really enjoyed it either. I'm still unclear on why a lot of things happened in the book (the arrest for instance...why did they need to get arrested?). Some events felt rushed or anticlimactic which could be partly due to the fact that I haven't read any of the other books in this series. It's not a bad book, it's just not my cuppa, though I imagine there are many people who would enjoy it.
The Unseen is a book about a fairy hoax, set in 1911 and 2011 Cold Ash Holt, England. Much like another author I enjoy, Kate Morton, Katherine Webb has a talent for blending past with present and telling stories within stories. I thought this book was well-written, well-researched and original. There are many mysteries for the reader to unravel and each character comes to life with his or her own personality and voice. I enjoyed the backdrop of the women's suffrage movement as well and I thought it gave the book another facet to think about. The present-day characters are the least well-thought out in the entire book and it does lean a bit more towards the story set in the past, but, on the whole, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be checking out other books by this author as well.