Time for another round of Yvo’s Shorties! This time a horror/thriller read that I mostly enjoyed and a YA historical fantasy that didn’t work as well for me.
“There’s always a later, I know that now. At least until we die. Then I guess it’s all before that.”
While I do tend to enjoy his older work more, there was something about Later that made me want to make an exception and read it first. The plot seems to have major The Sixth Sense vibes, which is a movie I love, so I had high hopes for this one… And while there were a few things that didn’t work completely for me, as a whole Later turned out to be a solid read. It’s more a coming of age story with a supernatural angle instead of the true creepy horror story I was hoping to find, but I did really like how the story was told from the POV of the young Jamie. He is a character that is easy to like and I had a great time seeing him evolve and grow up over time. His abilities are fascinating too, and I liked how the story focused on the relationship with her mother. I do think that most of the plot is rather uneventful and not creepy at all; Jamie keeps repeating his warning that this a horror story, but I just didn’t feel it… I also thought that the ending didn’t really fit the rest of the story, and the bit regarding Jamie’s father rather tasteless especially considering it’s not even developed afterwards. That said, if you are looking for a King that isn’t too scary and like coming of age stories with a twist, Later will be a good fit.
Title: Grave Mercy
(His Fair Assassin #1)
Author: Robin LaFevers
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction
First published: April 3rd 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Finished reading: October 31st 2021
“When one consorts with assassins, one must expect to dance along the edge of a knife once or twice.”
I have to be honest here and say that I wasn’t entirely sure if Grave Mercy would be a right fit for me even before I started it. I don’t really read all that many YA fantasy stories anymore (I think I’ve outgrown them), but I needed a book set in the 15th century to complete a challenge and since I already had a copy of this book hanging out on my kindle I decided to give it a go. Sadly, my fears became true and this is most likely a case where it’s me that is the problem and not the book. I did like the idea behind the story with the nun assassins and the main character being a handmaiden to Death, but as a whole the story felt overlong and the pace was way too slow for me in parts. I personally didn’t feel the romance, although I did like most of the main characters and especially Ismae is fascinating in all she can do. That said, somehow Grave Mercy never managed to grab me completely and there were parts that I caught myself starting to skimread just to reach a part that was more interesting… I guess it’s not surprise that I won’t be continuing this series, but like I said before, that is most like due to the fact that this kind of story simply isn’t for me anymore.