Will you be surprised if I tell you that all of these books are also on my wishlist? An evocative cover holds a great power over me; it is often the first thing that will pull me to a book, set the fire to my curiosity. I can’t wait to hear more about these!
From the back of the book :
Years ago, Tia, Caroline and Juliette all had to take some difficult decisions, choices that, unknown to them, would forever link them together.
Now five years have passed, and they have to face what their lives have become : loss, treason, broken hearts and the unexpectedness of motherhood. When a shocking letter alerts Juliette to the existence of her cheating husband’s daughter, all of their lives will be forever changed
My Thoughts :
Obviously, other readers are seeing something in this novel that I am not seeing. My Goodreads friends mostly gave this 4 and 5 stars, and while I did like it, I wasn’t blown away by it.
Meyers does write very flawed characters : this I have no problem with, on the contrary. The novel is very character driven, too, and it isn’t about twists and turns – again, something I usually absolutely enjoy. While far from perfect, these three women were surprisingly human, easy to relate to. I did have some compassion for Caroline and her difficulties with being a mother, or Juliette and her unfaithful husband. However I had very little for Mia, who seemed more concerned about her own sense of loss than about the well-being of her now adopted daughter.
Sadly, I felt these characters lacked complexity and originality. I wanted to read something I hadn’t experienced before, but this never really happened. Mia, Juliette and Caroline’s reactions to their tribulations went pretty much how I would have expected. I also wish I would have experienced stronger emotions while reading The Comfort of Lies. I don’t mind not liking characters (I actually appreciate an author who can write unlikable yet captivating characters), but what I felt was closer to indifference.
Still, I somewhat enjoyed the book. I appreciated how Meyers wrote about women’s experience with motherhood from three very different point of views. I can see this book being at the heart of very strong discussions. I was actually very proud of one woman’s decisions towards the end (I will keep quiet on who though, otherwise that might spoil the book for you!)
In the end, The Comfort of Lies was a good read; while it had its flaws, it raised some interesting questions and I am sure many readers will enjoy it even more than I did! (also, I really like its cover, which is totally suiting to the story!)
The Comfort of Lies is available for sale right now! Thanks to Atria Books for generously providing a digital copy of the book for this review.
What it’s about :
For now, all Rhine wants is to find her brother. Finding him won’t be easy, but with new allies at her side, she might just have a chance to find him. Facing constant danger and shocking revelations, Rhine and her friends will do all that they can to trace Rowan – and maybe, if they’re lucky, find a cure.
My Thoughts :
Oh. Hum. Ehm.
I’m honestly not sure what I was expecting from The Chemical Garden’s conclusion, but it wasn’t exactly that. It’s hard to put my feelings into words for this one, but after reading Sever‘s last pages, I felt hugely underwhelmed.
Lauren DeStefano’s writing was great. I can’t find fault in her prose: it was poetic and evocative as always, and I plan on reading whatever she writes next for sure. This being said, Sever lacked that little “oomph” the previous book had and that I was waiting for in the series conclusion. Sure, it’s full of twists and important revelations, but I felt like Rhine was so passive in this novel! She was constantly following someone, listening to another, and there was very little place for her own voice.
Everything felt rushed, too. A lot is revealed in the last hundred pages, but it’s a lot of telling in too few pages. Interestingly, this rush of information is opposed to beautifully strong emotional scenes. Grief and loss can take so many shapes, and DeStefano created here powerful scenes with which I really connected. As much as I felt the story lacked a bit of momentum, the emotional aspect of the novel really made up for it.
I also appreciated to see how Linden and Cecily had matured – especially Cecily. Yes, she lost some of her naive side, but she also has some of these moments where she is very much a child. Again, this is something the author excels at, in my opinion : creating realistic and complex characters, who can’t be defined by a single word. This is, more than the story or the worldbuilding, what made The Chemical Garden such a great series for me.
And sadly, I really can’t say more without spoiling everything for you guys! But in the end, yes, I mostly liked Sever : without being mind-blowing, it was a very suiting end to what began in Wither. I am definitely glad I got to read this trilogy, and I look forward to discovering what Lauren DeStefano will be working on next!
Series reading order :