This was a beautifully written book. Made me want to pack my bags and head to Afghanistan!
I've noticed this about the author, his character developme...moreThis was a beautifully written book. Made me want to pack my bags and head to Afghanistan!
I've noticed this about the author, his character development is more of a subtle background thing, and not something that is obvious or states you in the face. But his description of places and surroundings dominates the foreground. This makes one picture the character in their environment, and not just as a stand-alone person, leading to very powerful visualization.
The book rushed through the ending, which was a bit of a disappointment for me.
The other thing that disturbed me was the parent-child relationships in the book. They were cloying, selfish, and borderline unhealthy. Agreed this book was about familial relationships and how they shape up a persons life, but it made me slightly uncomfortable.
Okay, the Fifty Shades series was bad enough. Now we get this? Just one word sums it up - it was boring. And it was like reading FSoG twice. Twice!
Bo...moreOkay, the Fifty Shades series was bad enough. Now we get this? Just one word sums it up - it was boring. And it was like reading FSoG twice. Twice!
Both the central male characters are 28, both have more money they can count, both have "dark sexual pasts". Both are sickeningly obsessive people, and I wonder how they would hold a regular job, forget owning half of a city.
Why FSoG didn't piss me off is because I didn't expect anything. I expected bad fanfic with not so bad sex scenes. That's exactly what I got.
This promised - and fell flat.
Rating : 1.5 stars with half a star for actually giving the female lead half of half of a backbone. (less)
Ugh. Some books are not meant to be read once you finish high school. This is one of them. It was more like a script from a cheesy rom-com. At least w...moreUgh. Some books are not meant to be read once you finish high school. This is one of them. It was more like a script from a cheesy rom-com. At least when one picks up a Harlequin or Mills and Boon, one expects it to be trashy. This was cheesy trash. Same difference. (less)
I loved the concept of the book, I loved how readable it was, and I love the fact that ten minutes into reading, I'd realize I covered about 15 pages....moreI loved the concept of the book, I loved how readable it was, and I love the fact that ten minutes into reading, I'd realize I covered about 15 pages. The simplicity, concept, and the fact that Emmi and Leo could be just about anyone, really enamoured me.
That said, it could have been a hell lot better. Firstly, I absolutely cannot believe that anyone who writes as many e-mails as Leo and Emmi did have such perfect grammar ALL the time, didn't make any typos, and never used smileys. There was exactly one smiley in the entire book. Meh. I am not buying that.
The other thing that got to me, that I almost hated about the book, was Emmi. She's shallow, pretentious, sarcastic, hyper-sensitive, a very very bad friend, a bad wife, pretends to be saintly, and is extremely manipulative. And those are the good things. Halfway through the book, I was wondering what Leo liked about her anyway. Especially when she's constantly prying into his sex life, expressly forbidding him to pursue other women, and doing her best to break things up when he does (which was something she insisted he do in the first place). What. A. Wretch.
I loved the ending, I loved the fact that there was a huge gaping hole, a huge loose end, and it left the reader with a sense of thrill, but at the same time forces them to accept that this is the only way things could have gone. I'm not very sure about wanting to read the sequel. (less)
I remember getting this from my library since a friend recommended it to me. I have always found medicine a very interesting field (only to read about...moreI remember getting this from my library since a friend recommended it to me. I have always found medicine a very interesting field (only to read about, though), and my first surprise was how easy this book was to read. And the second surprise was how the statistics have been presented, to represent healthcare as an industry. It reminds the reader that although intentions may be noble, no profession exists for the sole cause of charity. It also reminds you that a hospital is not a non-profit place, and why its in the patient's best interest that it remain that way.
This book made me feel a whole lot smarter, and gave me more insight to an industry I knew nothing about but will be involved with for as long as I am alive.(less)
Yech. This made me lose respect for P.C Cast, and the Goddess Summoning Series. I can't believe that this is the same series that includes Goddess of...moreYech. This made me lose respect for P.C Cast, and the Goddess Summoning Series. I can't believe that this is the same series that includes Goddess of the Rose and Goddess of Spring.
(Throws book aside and stomps away angrily)...(less)
Miles Ryan is a lonely widower who is raising a young son, and falls in love with the son's teacher, Sarah Andrews who has a sad past of her own. But...moreMiles Ryan is a lonely widower who is raising a young son, and falls in love with the son's teacher, Sarah Andrews who has a sad past of her own. But between them, there is enough baggage to crash a Dreamliner straight after take-off, so you begin the book with the expectation of shock, sadness and morbidity staining each page.
And that's where the book went all wrong. Everything was so normal, I had to keep going back to the blurb that gave me hints about the "shocking secret". And honestly, it was quite obvious, at least to me, and my guess was right. At one point, I know it had to be someone in Sarah's family, but I didn't know who. After about 100 pages it was quite obvious.
The change in narratives don't work, the characters don't work (and I did make it a point to carefully read the acknowledgements at the beginning of the book, and I came away thinking if I was Sparks' friend Maureen, I would find new friends), the emotions are a little too syrupy to be written by a man. Only the setting works, but that's not a redeeming quality. Even Jonah, the kid's character, failed to make an impression.
Only one aspect of the book that impressed me, first time in any written romantic fiction, the lead was ready to move on after the death of a loved one, and that shows a certain practicality in that characters nature. I'm seriously sick of the written blah blah where when someone loses a wife or husband, the only way they move on is after they find love. But here, Miles was ready for his future. I was quite impressed with that.
Btw, Miles Ryan was named after two of Sparks' kids, and that kind of made me gag. Sorry.
Well, I kinda liked it, it kept me thoroughly entertained, and that was what I was going for when I picked up this book, so can't say I was disappoint...moreWell, I kinda liked it, it kept me thoroughly entertained, and that was what I was going for when I picked up this book, so can't say I was disappointed.
Parts of it made me giggle, and some of the characters vaguely reminded me of some of my own friends (disclaimer: I used the word vaguely ).
All in all, a good weekend read especially since I had candy, soda, and chips around :) (less)
I had so many hopes and expectations despite the few Goodreads reviews that I read, simply because I saw the rating next to it. But NO.
I personally did not understand the hoo-haah made about Henry being a virgin God and all, I personally thought P.C Cast pulled it off quite well in Goddess of Spring, but this was painful.
There was no chemistry between anyone - anyone. Considering it had so much Greek Mythology in it, I was expecting some sauce, any two (or more, I'm not a prude) random characters to start... err, doing that. But no. All I got was a rotten tomato. Including sex = that (with italics and all). For a book being based in a setting everyone slept with everyone else (yes it happened, Greek Gods and Goddesses did that. All the time.), the s-word is not mentioned ONCE. Boo.
For those who want to know what this is about - Kate Winters (Winters, get a hint there? ) is an eighteen year old whose mother is dying. Her mother's wish is to die in a particular town - Eden (if you still don't get it, go swallow some diamonds or something). She meets a plethora of "people" including one, Henry, who at least doesn't pretend to be anyone else but Hades. So Kate makes a deal with the (handsome, dhuh) devil, I mean, God of the Underworld. She's to stay with him for six months, in a pseudo-English Manor in Michigan (which is basically the Underworld. I sense a political joke there, ha ha) and undergo a series of tests, that the Olympians will grade, in return for Henry giving her more time with her Mom. If she passes, she has to marry(!!) Hades, if she fails, she can return to mortal life, read New York City and Central Park with no memory of what has happened (except that her Mom would be dead, of course).
Now you don't get ANY prizes for guessing that Kate and Henry fall for each other. But if you DID guess that the tests are based on the 7 deadly sins, I hope to God I don't know you. To cut a long story short, Kate passes, because she shared her wardrobe with some silly girl, and because Overeaters Anonymous came beating at her door. I. Am. Not. Making. This. Up. Our heroine achieves immortality for sharing clothes and starving herself. And for having aphrodisiac secks with Hades (The s-word is still not mentioned).
I'm sticking to P.C Cast and the regular Harlequin. (less)
I was glad I finally picked up a book where the author weaves words together with expert finesse. And where the premise was chilling and absolutely wa...moreI was glad I finally picked up a book where the author weaves words together with expert finesse. And where the premise was chilling and absolutely way-out there. I would recommend this to my mother, or for people who don't think before speaking, so powerful was the premise.
And that's it, I'm out of good things to say. Half the time, I was too grossed out, the other half I was too annoyed with the characters. I'm not a germophobe, or even a girly girl, but there's only so much armpit hair, body fluids, livor mortis and boogers that I can handle.
I loved this book. It was sweet, touching, entertaining, interesting and sexy. Definitely no literary masterpiece, but served its purpose to help me h...moreI loved this book. It was sweet, touching, entertaining, interesting and sexy. Definitely no literary masterpiece, but served its purpose to help me have a wonderful time.
So this story has Goddess of Spring, Persephone, exchanging souls with Carolina, a middle-aged bakery-owner from Tulsa for six earth months because Demeter wants her daughter to learn some maturity. Predictably, Persephone has a whale of a time on Earth, and Carolina grows to love everything about the Underworld, including its hot yummy God, Hades.
Add to this some semi-realistic characters who alternately make you smile (or smirk), lovely depictions about the underworld, and a nice peppering of Greek mythology in highly readable form, and you have a wonderful drama. I loved this book because it cannot be anything else but a fairytale - think of it on stage, outrageously pretty sets (with lots and lots and lots of flowers), wildly good looking cast and bright costumes; I almost wanted to clap with delight after every 100 pages or so.
Definitely a bathtub book, with a big bottle of good wine, lots of hot water and blissful bath salts.