Basic Plot: Logan Thibault walks across the country to find the woman whose picture saved his life, and they all live happily ever after.
I've never reBasic Plot: Logan Thibault walks across the country to find the woman whose picture saved his life, and they all live happily ever after.
I've never read a Nicholas Sparks book before. I've never even seen the movie version of The Notebook. I swear. A student left this one behind in my classroom, and being as 5 classes in a row were watching a movie this week, I thought I'd do some reading to maintain my sanity (seriously, the same movie 5 hours in a row for 3 days. You'd be stir-crazy, too). Being as the sappy stuff is not my usual cup of tea, I was hesitant, but thought I'd expand my horizons and see what all the fuss is about since it was in the room anyway. There's no denying how popular Sparks's books are, even if I'd never read one. I don't know that I'll read any more, to be truthful, but this was an enjoyable, fast read.
Thibault, as a character, seems like a romantic character a woman like me would write as a perfect man: strong, silent, observant, hardworking, understanding, supportive, and patient. That he was written by a man impresses me, as it really shows that Sparks seems to understand what a woman like Beth would really need/want in a man. Beth resonated with me because we are pretty similar in multiple ways (divorced and dealing with the ex, teacher, mom to young boy, teasing sense of humor (kind of scary, actually...)). Nana was a hoot and a half, and Ben was a very believable kid. If I have any character complaint, it is that Keith seemed to be a bit too much of a stereotype. He was a creep, and while I know that the world does contain people like him, I just found him hard to believe.
As for the plot, kudos to Sparks for avoiding a lot of the tropes in romances that cause me to avoid romances like the plague. Characters communicated, even if there were misunderstandings at times and half-truths sometimes told. There was no stupid agonizing from the characters over whether or not they should be together, they simply built a friendship and then a relationship in a very natural, believable way. Again, the only complaint I really have plot-wise relates to the ex-husband and what happened at the end of the book, which seemed entirely too deus-ex-machina convenient for my taste.
Normally, I'd rate a book this insubstantial at a solid 3 stars and call it a day. It was an enjoyable read, with decent prose, and no glaring issues. However, something about the writing did grab me and I found it difficult to put the book down. I even brought it home at the end of the day t keep reading it. Whatever that extra something in the book was, it caught me, so I'm bumping up my rating to 4 stars. As I previously stated, I don't know if I'll ever seek out another book by Sparks, but if another gets left behind by another forgetful student, I'll probably pick it up....more
Basic Premise: A description of the favorite activities of the Lego Friends characters.
I think I would literally kill to get a plot in one of these daBasic Premise: A description of the favorite activities of the Lego Friends characters.
I think I would literally kill to get a plot in one of these damned books instead of just these endless descriptions of things characters like. These aren't characters, they are marketing ploys. Would my son notice if I paid the librarians to hide these books from the shelves when they see us coming in to the library???...more
Basic Premise: 2 of the Lego friends characters love horses.
That's pretty much it. There is no story, no real plot here, just a description of how mucBasic Premise: 2 of the Lego friends characters love horses.
That's pretty much it. There is no story, no real plot here, just a description of how much a couple of these toy characters love horses. My son loves horses, so he is mildly obsessed with this book right now. If your child is horse-crazy, odds are they won't even notice that it doesn't even really talk about any horse specifics or tell an actual story. Mine doesn't. This book exists purely to tap into that peculiar obsession so many children (girls, in particular) have with horses by connecting them with Legos via the girl-centric Friends line.
I continue to be nowhere near as impressed with these Discovery Kids books as my Lego-obsessed son....more
Basic Plot: A description of the Lego Friends characters and how they interact.
This was another dry, non-fiction-esque treatise from Discovery Kids. TBasic Plot: A description of the Lego Friends characters and how they interact.
This was another dry, non-fiction-esque treatise from Discovery Kids. There was no real story here, just biographical descriptions and a basic explanation of how one of the characters came to the city where the characters live. Not much to it. It's more text than pictures, but there are a lot of pictures for kids transitioning from picture books to chapter books.
These things are dry and test my patience. There's no real story and no dialogue at all, so they are very dull to read. My son is still obsessed with all things Lego, though, so he likes them, so I soldier on....more
I was very unimpressed with this VERY short book. It was barely long enough to believe I actually paid for it. TBasic Plot: Doc fixes a Christmas toy.
I was very unimpressed with this VERY short book. It was barely long enough to believe I actually paid for it. The real draw with Doc is the fact that she fixes toys and her figuring out what is wrong and how to fix them. There was NO detail to this little book, so the very draw of the story was lost.
Basic Plot: This is an explanation of how chi works in the Chima world of Lego, along with the story of how fire chi was discovered and why.
This was aBasic Plot: This is an explanation of how chi works in the Chima world of Lego, along with the story of how fire chi was discovered and why.
This was a long book for a kids' book. My son has discovered the section of Lego books in the public library, and I have a feeling I'm in for more scratchy throats and interminable non-fiction-esque descriptions of Lego stories. I almost long for the TV-show adaptations he used to prefer. *sigh* Okay, it wasn't really that bad. It was REALLY long, though. At 60-something pages, most of which were actually filled with more text than picture, it tested even my son's endurance. They did try to break things up by breaking up the book into different sections, interspersed with some shorter splash pages that were kind of cutesy and from certain character perspectives.
I continue to find the Discovery Kids books dry as heck, though. Even the cutesy splash pages didn't have much voice to them, even though they were theoretically from character perspectives. The story part of the book read like a history text, with explanations only and no dialogue. It dragged. A lot. And the story bit was after the non-fiction-esque explanation of how chi works. My son loves Legos and Chima, and even he was starting to fade by the end of these. If your target audience can't handle it, then who is supposed to, really?
I know I'm going to read more of these because of the nature of life and my son's obsessions, but I really wish they could find a way to bring some more actual storytelling technique and style to these books....more
Basic plot: A family is murdered, and both Derek and Julie's paths lead them to work together to solve the mystery.
This shorter work gives a little moBasic plot: A family is murdered, and both Derek and Julie's paths lead them to work together to solve the mystery.
This shorter work gives a little more insight into characters that fans of the Kate Daniels series has gotten to know and love over the years. Both are fan favorites, and seeing how they interact was a lot of fun. While this isn't a first-person perspective story like the others are, it still gave a lot of glimpses into their internal workings, particularly into Derek.
It was a tightly woven plot, and interesting because there was no narrative "waste." Everything was necessary. I really hope to see more stories like this from the Ilona Andrews team. It was very enjoyable....more