Synopsis : Living tattoos: demons of the flesh, turned into flesh, the only family demon hunter Maxine Kiss has left—and the only way she can survive, and fight, the imprisoned demonic army waiting to destroy humanity.
Review : It’s always terrible to have this kind of synopsis. We don’t learn a lot of things about the book and the story, but in the same time it piques our curiosity.
I think I can understand the mix opinions about this first volume. The author has a very particular writing style. Perhaps it’s only the case for me but I find there are some philosophical points (yes, yes it’s possible!). Maxine asks herself a lot of questions about her nature, about what she is, what she’ll become, what she has in her. Some questions which don’t even have any answers but which make the readers think. As far as that goes, we learn some big truth, as for example that sometimes there aren’t any answers whatever we want or we do. We can only learn a little part of the truth, or that each person hides some secrets or even that we can’t evolve without having someone who loves us despite it’s easier sometimes. I think it’s obvious and we can learn more about this things in this first novel. After that, it’s true that it’s a strange feeling and we can only like or dislike it. I think this concept is very interesting but I have a feeling of detachment about that. I don’t know if it’s really clear, it’s difficult to explain.
About the story, we discover Maxine, our heroine who seems so strong but who is also so vulnerable. Vulnerable with the love she has for the people who evolves with her, her need to help the others, or with the questions she asks herself. It’s interesting to see her evolve all along the story, to understand that sometimes we have to be intransigent too. It was a little difficult to see in my mind Grant, physically. Maybe it’s due to the french transduction… I don’t really know. Every characters are really interesting, they appear little by little and we learn slowly about them.
However we stand back, and despite our questions and Maxine’s, we don’t know a lot. It’s a quite frustrating situation. All along the book we ask ourselves more and more questions. And when everything really begins, the end comes with a lot of interrogations. I think we understand with our heroine, the problem is that she doesn’t know a lot, so it’s the same for us. I would love to learn more about Oturu, he is mysterious, different, noteven human with his atypical physical appearance. I hope to learn more too about the origins of everyone, about Jack, the little demons… I really like the little demons, they’re a part of Maxine and in the same time they have their own will. The idea of the tattoos living at night is original and I really like the concept.
Therefore, it was a nice book and I’m very curious to read the sequel. But in the same time something bothers me without knowing exactly the reason. Maybe it’s the searches about herself which make me uncomfortable.
Hm… I do love Marjorie M. Liu’s short stories and I’m curious about this book. I do love inner mysteries and people seeking the truth. Sounds like a book for me. However, I’d probably want to know more if you felt frustrated. Perhaps they are answered as the series goes on. So, I think I’ll wait until I get a few of these books at once and then read them that way. Perhaps it will lessen the frustration? Great review!
Hm… I’m going to start my comment that way too. *g* I have yet to read this author but would love to. The concept does sound neat but if there is an issue that you can’t quite put your finger on…not sure. Maybe I’ll try it one day still but I won’t rush to it. Nice review!
@ Melissa (Books and Things) : A lot of persons told me they even didn’t finish the book. It’s interesting this way but it’s different. Maybe it’s the case and it’s just a book to make the bases of the story. You’re right, it’s a good idea.
@ Julie : Like I said it’s something different, and I totally understand why some persons didn’t finish it, but the story is interesting. I think I’ll have to see more with the second novel to know for sure. Thanks
I’m glad you liked the book but alas it wasn’t for me.
Yeah I know… It’s difficult somestimes. I think I’ll see if it changes with the sequel. But I think I’ll wait the french tanslation, I can wait a little more.
Aww, it’s too bad you didn’t like this book as much as you hoped! 🙁 But I definitely agree about the synopsis LOL — it sounds so interesting and makes us want to read it, but it doesn’t give us any information at all! I think I’d rather read a summary that gives too much info than one that gives too little. 😛
Awesome review, Melliane! The whole tattoo idea DOES sound original and cool, so I might end up giving it a shot! 🙂
Thank you. Yeah in the french one, there are even less informations lol. It’s always intriguing but we don’t know what we can expect about the book. I totally agree with you.
The idea is very interesting, and the little demons are very original too. If you read it I would be curious to know your opinion.