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Lightfingers - Hari Patience

I started this book quite a while ago. It's one that I backed on Kickstarter because the idea sounded interesting. Generally I don't pick up a lot of faerie books, but this one had a modern twist to it. 

 

It took a while for me to settle into the world. Set in London, Leni moves back and forth from the human realm to things with a faerie twist. For the first 50% of the book it was easy to put down and walk away. I read a couple other books in the interim. I've tried to figure out why that was. Here's what I came up with:

 

  • typos--random words that were left behind from edits
  • some repetition 
  • too much time spent letting us get to know the characters
  • too much time building the world instead of just dumping me into it. I didn't need everything explained.
  • I'm not a big fan of books where the character talks to me the reader

 

However, the little things that bugged me were not enough to make me give up. The story and mystery were there. I needed to know how things would play out. Half way through the story picked up with forward momentum. More action, intrigue. I started to see what was at stake. Plus I was fascinated by the whole idea of stories and belief having power to become reality.

 

In the end it was a solid read. I'd probably give it a 3.75 because of the slow start but don't know how to mark that. :) 

 

1-5 scale and what it means:

1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad

2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing

3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive

3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love

4: Solid mind candy / worth reading

4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read

5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure