Although I loved Twilight, I was very disappointed in New Moon, and I only decided to read Eclipse because I already had a copy and was curious how St...moreAlthough I loved Twilight, I was very disappointed in New Moon, and I only decided to read Eclipse because I already had a copy and was curious how Stephenie Meyer tied up some of the loose ends from New Moon. I'm glad I did. This book wasn't wonderful, but it was definitely an enjoyable, easy read (took me three days despite its 600 pages).
The book started off poorly with Edward being overprotective of Bella to the point of insanity. He's always been stalker-ish, but really, kidnapping? That's not a very healthy relationship. But once Bella was "allowed" to start seeing Jacob again, the story picked up. Characterization is definitely Meyer's strong suit, so although the plot line itself was predictable, the dynamics between Bella/Jacob and Bella/Edward were enough to make it a page turner. My favorite part was when Jacob serves as space heater for Bella in the tent.
My biggest complaint about this book is its length. I know Edward doesn't want Bella to become a vampire. I know Jacob is in love with Bella. I definitely know Bella and Edward like to make out. Does it have to be repeated over and over and over?
I would rate this series the same way I do the Harry Potter books - A for storytelling, B for originality, C for writing style. (less)
Barbara Delinsky never fails with page-turning understanding of human relationships. This book took an interesting look at race with the birth of a bl...moreBarbara Delinsky never fails with page-turning understanding of human relationships. This book took an interesting look at race with the birth of a black baby to a seemingly white couple. The baby's birth forces everyone to dig into their past, and secrets are overturned right and left. I found the premise of the book a little hard to swallow - but maybe I'm just not aware of how many black people pass for white in this country, as the book implies. Nevertheless, it was an interesting idea, especially as the characters explored prejudices they didn't realize they had and came to terms with their past histories. Even the husband, who was acting like an idiot, did the right thing in the end. (less)
My husband, who is a huge Neil Gaiman fan, recommended this book to me. After I read the first few chapters, he asked if it was too Douglas Adams-ish...moreMy husband, who is a huge Neil Gaiman fan, recommended this book to me. After I read the first few chapters, he asked if it was too Douglas Adams-ish for me since he knows I am not a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fan. My reply was, "Not yet. Does that mean it's going to get stupid?" Since I've now finished the book, I can say that the humor in Good Omens is very similar to Hitchhikers, but it never gets stupid. There are no aliens with multiple heads in this one - just average humans with average flaws and human-like angels and demons. The humor was entertaining without being over the top, and the writing was fast-paced and imaginative. A very creative reimagining of the Apocalypse.(less)
I didn't realize until I'd gotten home from the library with this book that it was written by the author of Consuming Kids, which is an amazing book t...moreI didn't realize until I'd gotten home from the library with this book that it was written by the author of Consuming Kids, which is an amazing book that I still think about often although I read it a couple years ago. I enjoyed this book as well, but I don't think the author supported her case in this book as well as in the previous one. I felt like she repeated her argument many times without giving good strong evidence to support her beliefs, and her advice for parents on how to save make believe filled only a few pages of the whole book. I also feel like she might lean too far to the extreme for the average person, advocating that parents wait as long as possible before introducing the screen to their child, which for most of us is just not possible. (For example, what am I supposed to do with my baby while his two older brothers are watching a video. I'm sorry, but the simple fact that he's the third child automatically means he's going to be introduced to the tube from a very young age.)
Despite these criticisms, though, I found this book thought-provoking, especially the case studies that she includes from her puppet therapy sessions. And even if I don't agree that children should have zero media access, I do believe that parents should responsibly limit and monitor their kids' TV and computer time and be actively fighting against commercialism. Overall, this book was a good refresher of why Consuming Kids was such a great book, and if nothing else, it resparked my interest in this subject and commitment to raising consumer savvy children.(less)
I debated whether to rate this book "liked it" or "really liked it," and I may go back later and change my answer. I love the idea of this book: that...moreI debated whether to rate this book "liked it" or "really liked it," and I may go back later and change my answer. I love the idea of this book: that there are people with the magical ability to read characters out of books. I thought the plot was great - not gripping because it dragged on too long in some parts, but still fun to read. The narrative had some lovely moments, surprising considering that it was translated to English from German. But on the flip side, the dialogue was stilted and unbelievable, and I had a lot of trouble picturing this book in my head. It could be because the story takes place in Europe, which is not a place I'm familiar with, so even though it is set in modern times, I kept imagining it taking place in the past, and then they'd say something like "cell phone" and I'd be thrown off. The characters never came together for me either. If I tried to read the characters of this book to life, it would turn out more like a Darius reading than a Silvertongue reading - they would definitely come out with mashed faces or bum legs or no voice - because I can't quite picture the characters in my head. Still, I've started the second book in this trilogy, and depending on how it is, I might come back and change my answer later.(less)
Except for once again being way too long, this book was a great continuation of the story introduced in Inkheart. I am absolutely in love with the Ink...moreExcept for once again being way too long, this book was a great continuation of the story introduced in Inkheart. I am absolutely in love with the Inkworld. I can totally understand why Meggie becomes so obsessed with it. I want to see fairies, fire-elves, glass men, and strolling players too!
My biggest complaint with this book was all the snogging going on between Meggie and Farid. Little Meggie! Judging by the author's note at the front of my book, Funke elaborated on the relationship between Meggie and Farid to make someone named "Anna" happy, but I just found it unnecessary, unrealistic and distracting.
I'm looking forward to Inkdeath and the resolution of this trilogy!(less)
This book had the unfortunate position of being the fifth fantasy book I read during a fantasy binge that I was on. I'm normally not a big fantasy rea...moreThis book had the unfortunate position of being the fifth fantasy book I read during a fantasy binge that I was on. I'm normally not a big fantasy reader, so by this one, I was burned out on fantasy. The point being that I might have liked it more if I wasn't in a hurry to get it over and done with.
You could argue that this book isn't even fantasy (more like science fiction) since it takes place in the future and involves very unfantasy-like plot lines with nano technology and genetic modification. But really, that was my main problem with this book. For me, it just felt like Maxey was branching too far out from his original idea. I wish he had stuck to dragons. Dragons taking over the world I can swallow. A thousand-year-old woman who lives in an underground cave from which she controls the minute actions of the humans living above her using advanced technology that the rest of mankind has forgotten about - too far out there for me. (less)
**spoiler alert** After reading several so-so books in a row, it was refreshing to read a novel by an author that can actually write. This book had it...more**spoiler alert** After reading several so-so books in a row, it was refreshing to read a novel by an author that can actually write. This book had it all - beautiful prose, gripping storyline, strong and admirable heroine. For me, the historical information was the most interesting part, from the account of life in Bayo before Aminata was abducted into slavery, to the information about slavery on the islands off the coast of South Carolina, to the untold story of the Black Loyalists.
I only had two criticisms of this book:
1. Hill admittedly changed several historical details to make the story flow. I didn't mind this at all (it did make for a good story), but don't expect to be able to use this as a textbook.
2. I hated the resolution of the plotline involving Aminata's daughter. It seemed like a contrived happy ending, and while I wanted Aminata to have a happy ending, I wish it had been more believable to fit in with the rest of the book. If Hill wanted Aminata to have a daughter at the end, he shouldn't have written her out of the story halfway through. Or if he really wanted to have that kidnapping plotline, he should have found another way to give Aminata a happy ending.(less)