This is the final book in the Sadie Hoffmiller series, and it is a doozy. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK UNTIL YOU HAVE READ EVERY OTHER BOOK IN THE SERIES, itThis is the final book in the Sadie Hoffmiller series, and it is a doozy. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK UNTIL YOU HAVE READ EVERY OTHER BOOK IN THE SERIES, it is full of spoilers as several elements from other stories--that stood alone and could be read in any order--come into play. It was a very fun book to write and I hope will be as fun for readers to read....more
I had the opportunity to be a beta reader for this book and loved seeing it come to life. The finished product is a fabulous romance set upon the highI had the opportunity to be a beta reader for this book and loved seeing it come to life. The finished product is a fabulous romance set upon the high seas with characters you root for and a setting that feels very true to life. I loved that it was a Regency, but in an entirely new place. I loved the history weaved into the story and the realness it lent to the story. That this is Moore's first published novel is hard to believe. I can't wait to read what comes next from her....more
I listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed the authors journey that unfolded. While I feel some of the information he shares is sI listened to the audio version of this book and really enjoyed the authors journey that unfolded. While I feel some of the information he shares is subjective, and perhaps a bit dated, I gained a lot of very useful information and tips that definitely made it worth the read . . . uh, listen. I recommend it for writers looking for an authors-journey-writing-info type of book....more
I am not much of a Sci-fi reader, but as a writer I have heard reference to this book for many years. When the movie was announced I decided to read iI am not much of a Sci-fi reader, but as a writer I have heard reference to this book for many years. When the movie was announced I decided to read it. I actually listened to the audio, which was very good, over the course of a few days. I fell in love with Card's writing--even in a genre I don't often visit--and liked this story very much. The depth of the moral message at the end regarding loving your enemies, is one I have reflected on many, many times. I am fascinated by the nuances of this story. I felt that the battle school portions went on a little too long--I also had a hard time visualizing the configurations--but that may very well be due to my lack of familiarity within the genre. I was VERY glad I read the book before I saw the movie, which I did not like at all. In defense of the screen writers, I don't know how the book could have been a movie. There is so much to it. But I would have loved to see it as a miniseries that could keep the story closer aligned with that of the book....more
I listened to the audio version of this book. It was very well done. I was only minimally familiar with Brene Brown's work from an Oprah show and apprI listened to the audio version of this book. It was very well done. I was only minimally familiar with Brene Brown's work from an Oprah show and appreciated that the author included a good history of herself for those of us who didn't read her earlier books. I found the information fascinating and applicable to many parts of my life. It was presented in an easy to understand format and didn't feel over-intellectualized or dumbed down. Since reading the book I have often reflected on different parts as I've interacted with people or processed through a situation and am looking for ways to improve my parenting, specifically, in regard to what I learned here. It says more about me than Brown, but I still struggle to define vulnerability and shame in words. I can 'feel' the definition but I've struggled to explain it. That's my only "frustration" (though that doesn't sound like the right word) with this book, is that I can't explain it very well to other people. Perhaps everyone simply needs to read it for themselves :-) I'm glad for the references to information on her website, since I had the audio version and listened when I was running or driving I was unable to make notes of some of her mantras and am glad to have a follow up resource....more
This was a fascinating book to read and I really appreciated the depth she used to tell not only her story of being raised in a Polygamous Sect, but aThis was a fascinating book to read and I really appreciated the depth she used to tell not only her story of being raised in a Polygamous Sect, but also being a key in bringing to light the things that were happening there. I was surprised to learn that she grew up, in �Salt Lake, just a few blocks from me--she described places that I knew and I'm surprised I never knew that she and her family was there. I liked that the story remained chronological, without too much jumping back and forth, and didn't seem to gloss over different aspects of the things that happened. It was detailed and gripping and well told throughout.
My reason for not giving it five stars is that I did feel there was a bit of a disconnect between the values of the main character and the choices she made upon leaving the world she was in. She was so honest in regard to evaluating people like her mother and other people who she understood were blinded by their beliefs, and yet she justified some of her own choices without the same realization of fallibility. I don't mean that in a 'judgmental' way toward the choices she made, just that she didn't seem to reflect regret toward those choices, or a sense of looking back and wishing she'd done something different. Because she showed such insight into other people's choices, I expected the same in hers. But it doesn't take away from the story, it was simply that stood out to me. As an editor, this is one part I would have discussed with her and tried to help her 'fit' to the tone she shows in regard to other people in the situations she told about.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants more of an inside look into the lives of this group of people, but be warned that there are some really hard things to read in here. It's not gratuitous in any way, but hard--as a mom--to see what happened within the walls of this world.
I really enjoyed this book, the writing was excellent, the storyline interesting, and the characters fascinating! It was certainly fresh and differentI really enjoyed this book, the writing was excellent, the storyline interesting, and the characters fascinating! It was certainly fresh and different from any other book I'd read before. I felt as though I learned a lot as I read this story, specifically how someone with Aspergers might feel and think about the world. Definitely a great read and one that has opened my understanding a great deal. Tanya is an excellent writer and it was fun to see her skill reflected in a different kind of story--it's a rare author who can cross genres so well and excel at both.
My reasons for giving it four stars instead of five was that there were two secondary characters who I had a hard time 'believing' in their roles. It certainly didn't ruin the story for me, but didn't feel as solid as the rest of the elements which were seamless....more