Reading Olivie blakes 2 most popular books

After reading The atlas six by Olivie Blake, I was really excited to get into more of her books. I will be reviewing Alone with you in the ether and One for my enemy.
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Reading books by Olivie Blake that caught my interest.

After reading the atlas six I really wanted to read more from this author.

Alone with you in the ether 

Author: Olivie Blake

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Pages: 262

Genre: Romance Fiction

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Alone with you in the ether Plot (Pulled from Goodreads)

Two people meet at the Art Institute by chance. Before their encounter, he is a doctoral student who manages his destructive thoughts with compulsive calculations about time travel; she is a bipolar counterfeit artist, undergoing court-ordered psychotherapy. By the end of the story, these things will still be true. But this is not a story about endings.

For Regan, people are predictable and tedious, including and perhaps especially herself. She copes with the dreariness of existence by living impulsively, imagining a new, alternate timeline being created in the wake of every rash decision.

To Aldo, the world feels disturbingly chaotic. He gets through his days by erecting a wall of routine: a backbeat of rules and formulas that keep him going. Without them, the entire framework of his existence would collapse.

Alone with You in the Ether: A Love Story Olivie Blake Author

Alone with you in the ether characters:

Aldo- real name is Reinaldo. He is Italian and Dominican. His mother left him when he was a child. He was raised by a single father. 

Regan- Charlotte Regan. She goes by her last name. Chinese and Irish. Her sister who is all put together unlike her. Her parents are well off and worry about Regan constantly because I guess she is the “trouble child” She doesn’t have her life together.

Alone with you in the ether review:

I thought it was interesting that Alone with You in the Ether is written supposedly as a love story. But I did not get that vibe at all. 

 I felt that it was very lyrical and poetic. The narration style was different from what I usually read. And I can’t tell if that is bad or good. 

Because I enjoyed reading alone with you in the ether but I also couldn’t wait to get to the end. 

I think I was more entranced by the characters, well character plural. But I was interested to see how their relationship blossomed and how it would end. 

The setting made it seem that everything was happening all at once. So it was difficult to tell how many days It has been since their meetings. 

I’m sure it was mentioned in the book but as a reader, you should be able to tell how much time has been just from the writing. And I couldn’t. 

There was this whole thing with the bees which I couldn’t understand. I just couldn’t get behind that whole thing with the bees or the circles or the hexagons. I still don’t understand the meaning of it. It didn’t feel like it fit the story if I’m being honest. There were moments where I thought to myself “Ohh I get it” but it was quickly replaced with “Wtf is even going on right now”

That seemed like forced writing to me to enhance Aldo’s character. He was written as an intellectual professor. It made me think of the professor in The Money Heist. To me, that is how Aldo looked and acted. 

Love

Since It is classified as a love story, I guess I could see it from Aldo’s point of view. Aldo is the type of guy who thinks very logically about everything. He has set routines and when Regan comes along- that’s disrupted. He begins to fall for her and I just remember reading it thinking what if she doesn’t love him the way he seems to love her? And maybe not love but care for. 

And with Regan, I couldn’t get that vibe at all. She seemed to love the idea of him. Of how sure of himself she thought he was. But in the end, I believe that she loves his presence more than him alone because it provides stability for her. She’s a person who is always jumping from one thing to the next. And when Aldo was able to see right through her, I think that caught her attention. 

So when They said alone with you in the ether is considered a love story I have to say again- I just don’t see it. It’s more of a one-sided love story. Regan needed him because he was different from what she knew. 

She was very codependent and Aldo didn’t mind being depended on. 

Regan 

I can’t remember if it was mentioned in the book but I believe she is bipolar, If she isn’t then she gives off that vibe. The reason I say this is because there was a whole page written in her inner thoughts and it was all over the place. I felt suffocated even reading it. 

She takes depression pills that stunt her creativity- she’s an artist. And overall those pills make her feel shitty. 

Aldo

Aldo is a professor who is getting his doctorate in theoretical math. He applies his analytical thinking to life. Hence the bees and the hexagons are brought up constantly. 

He has social anxiety and he is on medication. 

Overall Thoughts 

I did enjoy Aldo and Regan’s beginning. It felt more like a love story. When they first met I was looking forward to their conversations together. But then it became overwhelming when Regan went through her mood swings.

On the first page, Regan wonders if she and Aldo were destined to meet. If it was chance or fate that they ran into each other. And I liked how in the end it came around full circle. 

Aldo ultimately realized that Regan was too much for him but he decided that he loved her too much and wanted to take the chance. 

As for the mood swings, I can understand that it is a reality for a lot of people living with bipolar disorder, But as a reader, for me at least, It was like nails getting through the pages. Because it wasn’t like we were being told what was happening. It was playing out in real-time. 

There was a whole page of metaphors to describe one thing she was feeling. It took me maybe 5 minutes to get through one page. 

Both had their own issues

I did enjoy Aldo’s perspective and his trying to make sense of Regan. And how he could fit her into his very OCD life. Because they were complete opposites, I loved the poetic words he used to describe how he felt about her. 

But even then there were moments where It didn’t so much feel like love but that he was studying her. Like he was trying to solve a puzzle. 

I do think Olivie Blake did an amazing job depicting a story between two individuals who suffer through their issues and diagnoses, Finding each other and the dynamic between them. How they both perceive love and the actions they make because of it. How it changes their worldview etc. 

Quotes I loved from Alone with you in the ether

If it’s one thing Olivie Blake will do is write some good quotes. There are so many beautiful quotes in this story. 

“She is in all of his spaces and all of his thoughts. He contemplates formulas and degrees of rationality and they all turn into her. He thinks about time, which has only recently begun, or at least now feels different. He thinks: the Babylonians were wrong; time is made of her.”

“I want you to say everything, anything. I want to have your thoughts, I want to bottle them, I want to put them in my drawer for safekeeping.”

“So when people say we’re alone in the ether?” “Alone in everything. In time and space, in existence, in religion.”

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One for my enemy by Olivie Blake

One for my enemy 

Author: Olivie Blake

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Pages: 404

Genre: Romance Fantasy Fiction

One for my enemy plot:

In New York City where we lay our scene, two rival witch families fight to maintain control of their respective criminal ventures. On one side of the conflict are the Antonova sisters, each one beautiful, cunning, and ruthless, and their mother, the elusive supplier of premium intoxicants known only as Baba Yaga. On the other side, the influential Fedorov brothers serve their father, the crime boss known as Koschei the Deathless, whose community extortion ventures dominate the shadows of magical Manhattan.

After twelve years of tenuous coexistence, a change in one family’s interests causes a rift in the existing stalemate. When bad blood brings both families to the precipice of disaster, fate intervenes with a chance encounter, and in the aftershocks of a resurrected conflict, everyone must choose a side. As each of the siblings struggles to stake their claim, fraying loyalties threaten to rot each side from the inside out.

If that is, the enmity between empires doesn’t destroy them first.

One for My Enemy Olivie Blake Author

One for my enemy Characters:

The Bridge: I can’t tell what he is, a lawyer? A fairy disguised as a lawyer? I don’t know but everyone comes to see him to make some kind of deal. I think he is supposed to be modeled after Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet. 

The Fedorovs: 

Koschei: The father. He built their empire by himself. 

Dimitri: The oldest brother. The second in line to their father. Has been in love with Marya since they were kids. 

Roman: The second son. He’s super annoying and completely dumb

Lev: the youngest and a total sweetheart. Too innocent for his family in my opinion. 

The Antonovas:

Baba Yaga: The mother 

Marya: the Oldest and the Mother’s favorite. She and Dimitri are in love but can’t be together because their families supposedly hate each other. 

Stas Makismov: he is a borough witch, whatever that means. He is married to Marya.

Sasha: The youngest of the girls, She has a romance with Lev. 

One for my enemy Review:

So I’m not sure if it’s because I read her last book alone with you in the ether. But the more I read from Olivie Blake, The more I noticed how confused her writing leaves me. 

The Atlas Six was the first book that introduced me to Olivie Blake’s writing and I loved it. Could be because it was a magical academy with powerful beings. But one for my enemy had magic as well so I’m not sure what it is. 

I love her stories and the characters she creates but the narration style is where it gets me. 

Sometimes It just feels like forever to get to one point. 

In One for my enemy, however, she modeled the story after Romeo and Juliet which I enjoyed. 

You get the similar frustration of “if anyone stopped keeping secrets from each other then there would be no problems.” Everyone is doing something behind the other’s back because they feel like it’s the best decision. 

There were times I had to close the book because I couldn’t believe it. One example was when Roman kept seeing the Bridge about a deal he made. And he wouldn’t just tell Dimitri. 

Or Marya and Lev keeping a secret from Sasha. Everything felt like a riddle. When one character had a plan they kept it to themselves. And when I say themselves, Not even the reader knew what was going on. 

At least with Romeo and Juliet you can see from all sides and yell at the page “whyyy would you do that” but with One for My Enemy I was so confused about what was going on. 

Character’s name change

Usually with a story that has too many characters I have to jot everyone’s names down in the beginning until I’m familiar with them. And that was hard to do here. Because the character’s name would change so much. 

Not necessarily change but every character had like ten different nicknames from different people. It was hard to keep up with who they were referring to. 

It felt like some kind of inside joke that I had to figure out. 

To be fair there is a page at the beginning of the book with the characters and their names. As well as the families they belong to, but it’s not ideal to keep going to that page when you’re already in the groove of the story. 

Marya and Dimitri

I thought their love story was interesting. Their families were friendly when they were kids. So they spent a lot of time with each other. 

At that time they dated. Once Marya’s father died, Baba Yaga decided to take over their empire and lead it with Marya. 

Marya had to toughen up and make the decision to not see Dimitri anymore. 

Koschei wanted to do the same with his sons and so they both had to pick a side. And obviously, they chose family. Well, Marya chose her family, Dimitri would have chosen Marya over anyone. 

But that’s how it was for years and in all that time they never lost love for one another. I thought the ending was very nice for them to be together but it made no sense. They could have just left together and bought a farm or something. 

Sasha and Lev

The two youngest found each other one night at a bar. Their romance started from there. Once they found out who the other was they continued seeing each other. Not much I could say about this other than it was young love. 

Overall 

The plot: I still don’t understand why Marya and Dimitri decided to do what they did in the end. But I guess in true Romeo and Juliet fashion they felt like it was the only way to finally be together. 

There are a lot of secrets even from the reader like Marya would meet with someone and say “Does he know” 

“No” 

“Okay good” and then she would leave. 

And I’m left wondering, who knows what?? Because it doesn’t even get revealed. 

Koschei and Roman have a secret they keep from Dimitri and they don’t say what it is either. It’s like they’re talking in riddles and that’s the best way I can describe it. 

The worldbuilding: I felt like the worldbuilding wasn’t there at all. These were the powerful families in the witch community but there wasn’t much magic.  We still don’t know what the deal was that Marya made with the bridge.

 I wish we got more insight into how the borough witches worked and why there was even conflict with the families in the beginning. 

At one point Marya doesn’t have a heart but she is still alive and well. How is that possible? It never explained how her emotions work despite being literally heartless. How does coming back from the dead work? Are there any side effects?

On Pg 268 they mention her pulse quicken…. HOW? She doesn’t have a heart. 

One for my enemy Quotes:

Lev says to Sasha “ If I can only have you as a fire, Sasha, as a flame of what you are, then I want you to burn for me”

“…and you will find power in you no one else will ever dream of. You will have hunger no one else will ever feel, and it will drive you. It will push you to madness or else to greatness, and you have only to choose for yourselves what your future will be.”

“her own words coming back to her, sharp and bitter and full of slashes, stinging her chest with the irony.”

“If I ever decide to give my heart to you, Dima, she’d said, holding his hand palm up, then cut it out of my chest and keep it somewhere safe, where no one else can get to it. Keep it locked somewhere, she murmured, repeating the old stories as she brushed her lips against the lines of his palm: Inside a needle, inside of an egg, which is inside of a duck, which is inside a hare, which is in an iron chest—and then bury it under our green oak tree, Dima, where no one will ever find it.

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Review of Olivie Blake’s books- 

I was going to read Masters of Death but honestly after reading these two books, I probably won’t.

It’s not that I don’t think Olivie Blake is a bad writer but sometimes the narration style is confusing. It feels like she writes every sentence over and over in different ways, just to fit a page. 

Like how one would half-ass their way to writing a 5-page essay. 

But her stories and the quotes will get me every time. Especially the quotes. If she writes a story just full of quotes and nothing more, I would be first in line to buy that book. 

I would recommend both Alone in the ether and One for my enemy if you love poetic style storytelling.

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