This book took some patience to get through. It wasn’t a book that I could sit down and immerse myself in for hours at a time, only for short spurts....moreThis book took some patience to get through. It wasn’t a book that I could sit down and immerse myself in for hours at a time, only for short spurts. But I did mildly enjoy it. It kept my curiosity slightly piqued. However, you definitely have to really pay attention because the story jumps around…A LOT! There are about 7 different stories going on: Celia Bowen, Marco Alisdair, Chandresh Christophe Lefèvre, Bailey Clarke, Herr Friedrick Thiessen, Mr. Barris, and it skips to short sections where the story is from your point of view. Celia and Marco are the two main stories; the other characters have somewhat smaller roles, and the story will occasionally skip to a few of the other characters. Not only does it skip around to tell different character stories, the stories skip around in time. So, this chapter may be taking place in 1886, but the next chapter may skip ahead to 1902. It can be very confusing and difficult to keep track of, especially in the beginning before any of the characters are really connected. As the story progresses, you slowly find out how the character’s in each of the different stories are connected and then at the end, all the stories blend together. Erin does a good job keeping you interested in the story because you’re constantly wondering what’s going on and how the characters relate. She gives away minute details, little by little, leaving you curious and full of questions. In the end, she wraps things up nicely There wasn’t anything that I was left questioning. The circus itself sounds miraculous. If only there were something like it in the real world, it would definitely be at the top of my “To See” list. I would definitely be a part of the group of rêveurs that immensely enjoy the circus and attend whenever they are able. Worth the read, if this sort of story interests you, but don’t expect to be so enthralled that you’re constantly wanting to read snippets here and there, and make sure you are in a patient mood.(less)
First of all, I absolutely love Amanda Hocking’s work. I’ve read most of her stuff and have loved it all. The Trylle Trilogy is a favorite of mine. Th...moreFirst of all, I absolutely love Amanda Hocking’s work. I’ve read most of her stuff and have loved it all. The Trylle Trilogy is a favorite of mine. The trilogy consists of Switched, Torn, and Ascend. It’s a story about a 17 year old girl that finds out she’s really a troll! (Not a troll in the traditional sense like big, warty, ogrey looking things…she looks like a normal girl.) Not only is she a troll, she’s royalty, the only heir to the throne. The story follows Wendy and her struggles with her new responsibilities as a princess. She hates it and does everything she can to rebel and keep her independence. And of course there is a love triangle. Who doesn’t love a good love triangle!?! The choice is between Finn and Loki. Finn is a tracker and considered the lowest class in the kingdom, just above the mänsklig (the humans that have grown up in the kingdom as a result of being switched at birth with the troll’s changeling children). Or Loki, a Markis (aka royalty) from the Vittra kingdom who will stop at nothing to kidnap Wendy (the Vittra, not Loki). With most love triangles I find that I usually have a clear choice as to who I want to end up together: Bella & Edward (Twilight), Elena and Stephen (The Vampire Diaries), and Katniss and Peeta (The Hunger Games). But between Loki and Finn I was absolutely torn throughout the book. I was very pleased with the outcome, but up until it happened, I couldn’t choose. Despite the love triangle, Loki is my absolute favorite character. He is HILARIOUS! His humor reminds me of Channing Tatum’s in Magic Mike. He’s slightly arrogant and a little narcissistic, but in a laugh out loud funny kind of way. In the end, there’s a happily ever after that I was content with. The book has magic, an epic love story, a big war finale, and a happily ever after. What more could you ask for?(less)
I have undoubtedly fallen in step with the mass hysteria that surrounds 50 Shades of Grey. Yes I want my own Christian…who doesn’t? This widespread ph...moreI have undoubtedly fallen in step with the mass hysteria that surrounds 50 Shades of Grey. Yes I want my own Christian…who doesn’t? This widespread phenomenon started out as Twilight fan fiction (yes originally Christian Grey was Edward Cullen and Anastasia Steele was Bella Swan). There are a lot of people out there right now giving this a bad rap, but those ladies and gents have their panties in a twist and don’t know how to have FUN! Which is exactly what this book offers. It offers insight into a world that most people’s sex lives have never dared to penetrate. Even after reading it, you may never dare to probe the inner workings of the Red Room of Pain, but it’s a dirty pleasure that you can experience within your imagination. At first the sex scenes are fun and exciting (and very explicit! YUM!), but they do tend to get a little monotonous throughout the three books (I mean, come on, how many different ways can you say that he teases her nipples?) The writing can be a little elementary at times, but the overall story and the characters within are ones that you will fall in love with. Christian and Ana are hilarious; their witty banter will have you laughing out loud. They are perfect for each other and you’ll be rooting for them the whole time. Negative critics of the series accuse it of being a story about child molestation and encouraging women to be submissive which anyone who has read the book knows isn’t true. Yes, there was an inappropriate relationship with a 15 year old boy and a much older woman, but that is not the central topic of the story. It helps to explain Christian and some of his 50 Shades of fucked up-ed-ness. Nowhere in the story does it condone or encourage mature adult women to go sleeping with 15 year old boys. And yes, Christian has a history of having sexual relationships exclusively with woman who are submissives (with the exception of Elena), however Anastasia doesn’t commit to that lifestyle. She explores some aspects of the BDSM lifestyle and finds that she enjoys some of it, but no one can argue that she’s not absolutely a strong, independent woman. So, don’t put too much faith into reviews that bash the story for porn, child molestation, and encourages women to be submissive. The heart of the story is a love story between a young inexperienced woman and a filthy rich man that had terrible childhood experiences that has led him to believe that he is not only incapable of loving, but also incapable of being loved and how he slowly begins to overcome these quandaries.
I can’t wait for the movie to come out. I’m wildly curious how they’re going to pull that one off! And in case you’re wondering, Chris Hemsworth is my Christian Grey of choice! (less)
***SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE SEASON 3 FINALE OF THE TV SERIES***
The Vampire Diaries is one of my favorite shows right now (well, one of...more ***SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE SEASON 3 FINALE OF THE TV SERIES***
The Vampire Diaries is one of my favorite shows right now (well, one of many!) and with the completion of Season 3, I thought what better way to get my TVD fix than to read the books? WRONG ANSWER! The books are nothing like the show. Not even the characters are the same…there are a few, but there are many different characters in the books. For example, Elena lives with her Aunt Judith (Jenna in the show) and 4 year old sister Margaret (15 year old brother Jeremy in the show). There are a lot of name changes: Matt Honeycutt (Donovan), Bonnie McCollough (Bennett), Meredeth Sulez (doesn’t even exist in the show), & Katherine Von Swarzschild (Petrova). It took 3 whole seasons and over a school year before Elena turned into a vampire, but in the books, by the end of book 2…Vampire! So far there are no Originals and no other vampires aside from Stefan and Damon. There’s no secret council. There’s no epic love triangle. Caroline’s a complete bitch in the book (she’s my FAVORITE character in the show!). I don’t feel the same attachment to this Stefan Salvatore as I do with the television character. There are just too many differences for my liking. I like the story arc of the television show better than the book. I like the depth of the characters, the constant action and turmoil, and variety that the show offers. The book may be a good read for teens, if you can separate yourself from the show and look at this as a story independent of the show. I do realize that perhaps some of my complaints above may be addressed in subsequent books, but my attention isn’t piqued enough to care to find out. I don’t think that I will continue the series, unless I get really really bored someday and enough time has passed that my disappointment has diminished and I forget how much I loathed the differences between the show and the books. (less)