You know, I want to like Lucy. But she still seems to be written like an adult baby. This characterization made sense in the earlier books because she was an overly precocious preteen who had abandonment issues. Now that she's a real adult (twenty-one, how old is Kay now? Does she even age with the rest of them?), it's not a cute look. Hopefully with her plotline resolution at this end of this book(show spoiler)
we will see a greater level of adult behavior from her.
Also, does Kay think she is now Queen Elizabeth at Tilbury?
"... I was a woman who was not a woman. I was the body and sensibilities of a woman with the power and drive of a man."
I am bothered by this mentality. Kay identifies as a woman, so she has the drive of a woman. I will concede that she may have the "power of a man", if only because how the patriarchy forms our views of her career (lawyer, doctor, chief).
Wait, what? The main character's major love interest just ... dies off camera in between book three and four? Who thought that was a good idea?
Not particularly a fan of the booklikes' search functions. I suppose it will take some getting used to. I was spoiled by the breadth of Goodreads archives (thanks, Librarians!)
I absolutely adore Jon Klassen's work. This Is Not My Hat has a lovely, yet subtle, dark humor to it that keeps it fresh and interesting for the adults (who I'm sure have to read it dozens upon dozens of times for their children), but it's still simple enough for the intended audience to enjoy.
Stealing is wrong, kids. Because someone might kill you for it.
Giant telepathic companion cats! Think of this pretty kitty, but the size of a Labrador:
If nothing else kept my attention in this novel, those would. Thankfully, the world and supporting cast kept me awake and interested. I will admit that my eyes started to glaze over nearly any time they mentioned quantum mechanics or the concept of time as a non-linear function. My brain is not good enough to wrap itself around those concepts. Thankfully there were enough fantasy elements to keep my slow little mind happy.
Enjoyable storyline, but the casual sexism that the main character's love interest employs (and the MC's stereotypical reactions) annoyed me. Example: the MC has angered a local motorcycle gang through a series of misunderstandings. She is driving home and sees a dozen of them idling on her street and in her driveway. She is understandably afraid, immediately turns around and flees before they see her. She calls her business partner (also love interest/ex-cop) and this is their conversation:
She unwrapped a 3 Musketeers bar and took a bite.
“Let me guess, you panicked and headed for the nearest chocolate bar.”
She could hear the laughter in his voice.
“It’s probably the kind of logic only a terrified woman understands,” Sadie said around a second bite of chocolate.
That is just grating.
This is an interesting combination of two fields - a little forensics and a connection with grieving families. Generally speaking, those who deal in the sciences are not portrayed as very sensitive to social graces.
I should continue reading this just to finish off the series, but I have really lost a lot of interest. Plus, blech, John Shroud. His character grosses me out in a very visceral way (behavior-wise, not based on physical description). It irritates me that it seems like he's Jani's endgame (hah!) partner.