BOOK REVIEW: All The Birds In The Sky – by Charlie Jane Anders

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Title: All The Birds In The Sky
Author: Charlie Jane Anders
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
First published: January 26th 2016
Finished reading: April 11th 2016
Pages: 316
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“You know… no matter what you do, people are going to expect you to be someone you’re not. But if you’re clever and lucky and work your butt off, then you get to be surrounded by people who expect you to be the person you wish you were.”

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The reviews I’ve seen before reading All The Birds In The Sky are right; this book is WEIRD. I think this is one of those books that either works for you or it doesn’t. Unfortunately, I belong to the second group… And I have the feeling this is going to be another unpopular opinion review. Let’s get started, shall we? First of all, the pace was quite slow and it took me a long time to actually finish it. The plot was all over the place, I didn’t particularly like the characters and the story simply didn’t make sense to me. Also, I thought this was an adult novel, but most of it felt more like a middle grade/YA read; up until a few sex scenes were thrown in. WTF?! I normally like weird, but I feel that in this case it might just be too much. A lot of people think otherwise so don’t let my review stop you from reading this one if you think you would like it. There is one thing I know for sure though: I wish I had Charlie Jane Anders‘ imagination to write a story with a worldbuilding this complicated and fully of creativity. And with a cover this beautiful and interesting blurb I sure would have thought I would enjoy it a lot better… Such a shame I didn’t.

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Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead are childhood friends and  have known each other for a long time, but that doesn’t take away they both have secrets. Magical powers, a mysterious Tree in the forest, the invention of a two-second time machine… Nothing exactly ordinary for sure and they ended up parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. Neither of them had it easy growing up, but now they are both adults, living in San Francisco and the world is falling apart around them. Laurence has become an engineering genius who is trying to avert a catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention, while Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted. They didn’t expect to see each other again in the first place, and less did they expect to be fighting on completely different teams… Because while Laurence’s plan is all about technology, Patricia and the other magicians want to repair the world’s ailments with the help of nature. Will they be able to save the world before it’s too late?

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Like I said, I really wanted to enjoy this story and I normally like anything weird and extraordinary, but I think in this case All The Birds In The Sky just was a bit too much for me to handle. The plot was all over the place, I didn’t really like the characters, the pace was a bit slow, the story didn’t really make sense and the whole age-group-problem was confusing as well. I know a lot of people seem to have enjoyed it, but this story really just wasn’t for me.

WWW Wednesdays #86 – April 13th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I actually started the two other books first, but I needed something completely fantasy/romance free after I finished my last read. Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford sounded like it would do the job and so far it’s turning out ot be an interesting and fast read. The other two books I’m reading are A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab, with I’m loving so far and I’ve only put on hold because I’m not really in the mood for fantasy and I don’t want to spoil it… And I’ve also finally picked up Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. I’ll probably finish this one first before continuing with ADSOM

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* I wanted to escape the whole YA/love triangle business, so I decided to pick up this mystery/thriller kindle freebie: Blood Orchids by Toby Neal. Unfortunately not even changing genres helped me escape a love triangle and it did ruin the story slightly for me, but the story itself is still quite entertaining in general. There were quite a few things that bothered me though; more about it in my full review.
* I decided to pick up my TBR jar pick next, and boy was that the best decision I could have made! I LOVED The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall despite the hint of a love triangle… Fast pace, international setting, a conspiracy, plot twists, interesting characters: this book is almost everything I want in a series.
* I picked up the sequel Map Of Fates straight after finishing the first book, and while it was not as good as The Conspiracy Of Us and the romance scenes became more annoying (read: love triangle related), I still pretty much loved this one as well. The wait for the third book will be a long one!
* I was actually already reading All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders before I started any of the books mentioned above, but it took me a long time to finish it. Boy, this book was WEIRD! I guess this is one of those where the story either works for you or it doesn’t. I definitely belong to the second group and I wasn’t convinced by this story at all. The plot was all over the place, the pace a bit slow, I didn’t particularly like the characters and the story didn’t really make sense. Also, I thought this was an adult novel, but most of it felt more like a middle grade/YA read; up until a few sex scenes were thrown in. WTF?! I need more time to gather my thoughts…

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have been in a weird reading mood lately so I will probably end up reading completely different titles instead, but here’s what I would like to read. First up is Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper since I have been wanting to escape from the whole fantasy/romance/love triangle theme… And I guess both The Girl In The Ice by Robert Bryndza and The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah would probably work as well. My new TBR jar pick is The Name Of The Star by Maureen Johnson, which I’m really excited about since I have been wanting to start this series for a while now. Jack The Ripper twist, yes please!