**spoiler alert** enjoyed reading this one more than i thought i would. i have read all the phillipa gregory books so i think that gave me a good basi**spoiler alert** enjoyed reading this one more than i thought i would. i have read all the phillipa gregory books so i think that gave me a good basis of knowledge for the background of the story. of course the book isn't so great at developing the whole story in the background, about king henry and anne boleyn, you get enough of an idea but it's not as developed as it could be. but i wouldn't fault the book for that since that is not exactly the focal point of the book.
i enjoyed the story a lot more than i thought i would. i happened this across when searching for a fun and frivolous romance type of book. i wanted something a little racy, just some light reading that wouldnt' make me think too hard. i wasn't expecting to be as invested in the characters as i was.
i'm not going to say this is some high quality literature (it's just not, in my opinion) but i would recommend this to someone looking for a fun racy romance! i purchased the other books in the series already!
one thing i will say is that i disliked that the end of the book was about hugh & susanna. there is some hinting around that something improper happened between them when hugh when to rescue her after she ran away from home, but it seemed like a cheap selling point for the next book. i wanted to hear more about Lord Wolf dammit!!!!
how the book ends for my own reference **************spoilers***************
in the end, eloise and wolf get married and she is pregnant and it's happily ever after. :)...more
**spoiler alert** way too long. should have been HALF the length. this book is 800 pages, and i just didn't see why. the story dragged on & on. wh**spoiler alert** way too long. should have been HALF the length. this book is 800 pages, and i just didn't see why. the story dragged on & on. what should have been an exciting page turner was drudgery for me.
i was fully expecting the happy ending. i was HOPING for the happy ending (this is a fairy tale retelling after all, and what is a fairy tale without a happy ending?) but DAMN did it need to take so long to get to the effing point???
i did not have any feelings for any of the characters by the end of the book. i was satisfied at aimery park's demise but when levana died? meh. i felt like this book was all over the place and there was not enough focus on any one thing. i know she was trying to wrap up all the stories (cress & thorne, wolf & Scarlet, kai & cinder, levana and her troubled past with channary and channary's cruelty and winter & jacin) but i just found myself not caring that much.
i am glad i got this one from the library b/c if i had spent $10 i would be pretty pissed.
how it ends for my own reference:
cinder becomes queen of luna. she immediately sets up an alliance with earth and has the cyborg laws making underage cyborgs more like property thrown out.
thorne got his ship back (the rampion) but needed to pay it off like a loan. he asks cress to become his crew and i think they both know now that they love each other.
iko gets to choose a bunch of beautiful dresses from levana's wardrobe and has her new body. i loved iko's character, lol.
scarlet & wolf will go back to work on her farm, and live happily ever after.
winter & jacin will most likely end up together from the way it sounds. winter is still struggling with her lunar gift of mind manipulation.
**spoiler alert** i didn't love this book but i didn't hate it either. it seems like a lot of people really *hated* this book. i saw some of the low r**spoiler alert** i didn't love this book but i didn't hate it either. it seems like a lot of people really *hated* this book. i saw some of the low ratings on goodreads so i went into it not expecting to be wowed.
i think a lot of people are comparing this to the lovely bones, and honestly, there is no comparison. the lovely bones was a beautiful emotional piece of work that affected me so much that i cry every single time i read it.
this book didn't illicit such an emotional response. in fact, i really didn't FEEL much when reading this one at all. the book opens with helen killing her mom, and then it's a whirlwind 24 hours for helen as she deals with the aftermath of what she has done, except i don't feel like she really DEALS with it. it's almost like you are supposed to pity helen but she is so abhorrent as a person that you just CAN'T. and that is how helen felt about her agoraphobic mom. honestly, her mom sounded like this terrible drain on their entire family - her father even killed himself and i feel like that had something to do with the demands of his wife and her "mental condition."
helen doesn't ever seem to regret killing her mom, and i honestly don't blame her - the story has a lot of flashbacks and while her mom wasn't "absusive" per se, she just sounds like a HORRIBLE parent and again, a drain on all her loved ones. she even dropped her baby grandson.
helen is divorced and she calls her ex husband and tells him what happened. by this time she has hidden her mom in the chest freezer downstairs. jake comes to her aid and they try to figure out a way to make up a story but in the end, they can't make anything up & they just need to tell the truth. here, helen somewhat redeems herself by saying she would take the fall and take the blame off jake, i almost expected her to take jake down with her!!
she also has sex with her best friend's son who is half her age. and then wants to take his car to run away.
for my own reference, the book ends with helen sneaking into her mother's longtime next door neighbor's house, mrs leverton. she starts a kettle for tea & begins writing her suicide notes. she stole a gun from hamish (friend natalie's son) and is really thinking of killing herself. but then she sees mrs leverton's "notes" - her attempt at remembering things and keeping her hold on reality, things like past presidents & US capitals. and then helen has a bit of a revelation and decides to stay alive for her children. she throws open the window & sees the police lights and hears them saying "she is nowhere to be found"
so i tmakes me wonder -- who is the she? is it her mother? is it helen they are looking for? was her mother's body moved by Jake while helen was having sex with hamish and thinking of running away? you never find out.
it was just a strange book for me. i found it interesting enough to keep reading but i am not sure i would recommend to others. ...more
**spoiler alert** probably my least favorite in the series.
basically, books 2 and 3 kind of meshed together. it's too much to try & condense (this**spoiler alert** probably my least favorite in the series.
basically, books 2 and 3 kind of meshed together. it's too much to try & condense (this was a pretty thick book!) but some key things i remember *****************spoilers************
- charlotte is alive and working on drones with donald
- donald is found out to be a fraud, it is discovered he is not senatar thurman at all
- he eventually dies by letting charlotte escape the silo in a drone.
- charlotte sees the people from Jules' silo - they are escaping into the outside world, they basically realize that the air closest to the airlock doors of the silo is poisoned with argon gas and the air gets better the farther away you get from the silo. she realizes this after the silo is gassed and hundreds of people perish, including lukas (sob!)
-once outside, solo becomes a natural leader of the group
you'll have to forgive me if some things i'm remembering are not accurate i have a terrible memory once i finish a book for some strange reason.
the book basically ends with them escaping the silo. and charlotte meets up with them.
again, probably my least favorite in the series, i enjoyed book 1 the most, i think. but i think if you read book 1 you are compelled to finish the rest of the series, very enjoyable and satisfying reads, the kind of books you can really sink your teeth into! ...more
I also finished up Who Do You Love and I was just not**spoiler alert** *********************spoilers***************
random quick thoughts on this book:
I also finished up Who Do You Love and I was just not too enthusiastic about the ending. It was a good book overall, and it follows the story of Rachel and Andy. Two kids who meet by chance in a hospital, and their stories just keep connecting. They are high school sweethearts despite having different class backgrounds. Rachel is the daughter of upper middle class parents and has a congential heart defect, and Andy lives with his single mom and they struggle to make ends meet. Andy becomes an athlete and Rachel goes into social work. They are sweethearts in high school and college and they move in together but then they grow apart and Rachel meets her husband Jay and Andy becomes an Olympic runner. They ended up breaking up b/c Andy had met a model and had dinner with her (he didn’t cheat though) and she was at the finish line to hug him, and Rachel apparently wasn’t b/c she didn’t care to attend the race or something like that… and then she saw the photo with Maisie hugging him and they ended up breaking up. Andy becomes an Olympic athlete while Rachel has her family. Rachel’s husband cheats on her and they divorce and Andy gets involved in a steroid scandal and becomes a manager for Home Depot or something. Rachel endsup running into him at the home depot and they cry and decide to spend the rest of their lives together. I know, I just didn’t like the end, too abrupt….
**spoiler alert** a really interesting account of the Everest disaster of 1996. it's funny, i don't actually remember this event on the news because i**spoiler alert** a really interesting account of the Everest disaster of 1996. it's funny, i don't actually remember this event on the news because i was about 11 at the time, but it was still an interesting read after the fact. i did some reading on wikipedia about it to give myself some background, too.
i didn't get "sucked into" this book the way i thought i would. there were soooo many names in the book, i had a hard time keeping track of them all which means i never really got attached to any of the people Jon Krakauer was talking about.
my eyes did widen at a few parts....it was not that surprising to me to hear that there are deceased bodies on everest (though i did find myself thinking why the EFF do you want to subject yourself to that risk??) but what horrified me the most is hearing accounts of others climbers being so narrow minded in their focus to get to the top that they would literally ignore fellow climbers who were in desperate need of help....i just can't imagine walking by someone in a life or death situation and being like, nope i'm not helping YOU! i mean, i know they pay a ton of money to get to the top & you only get 1 chance and you have to make sure you save enough resources for your own descent too but still. *shudder*
jon's own person story in this is pretty awful as well. i don't think he should blame himself though. it was really nobody's fault what happened.
an interesting read, not sure if i would read another account of climbing everest, one was enough LOL
interesting book. there were some comparisons to gone girl....i would say this book is not even a third**spoiler alert** *******spoilers*************
interesting book. there were some comparisons to gone girl....i would say this book is not even a third as good. the ending was really dumb. it seems like the most common theory is that Junie kills herself in the end (or pretends to like the others in Delia's group) and runs off to join them. OR that the whole thing is some kind of crazed fabrication and delia really did kill herself & junie kills herself too, to join her. delia apparently killed herself to escape her stepdad's attempts at her sexually. delia ends up using june to exact her revenge on him.
i don't know. i just wasn't that impressed with this one. it wasn't a pick on my radar, i just picked it up at the library by random b/c the cover looked cool.
an interesting middle grade historical fiction read. so sad, i shed a few tears reading this one. i think this would be a great book to teach! i'm suran interesting middle grade historical fiction read. so sad, i shed a few tears reading this one. i think this would be a great book to teach! i'm sure a younger me would have enjoyed reading this for school. ...more