I can't. Even if I had found it funny at the beginning the constant "humor" wore out its welcome very fast. There were way too many characters that weI can't. Even if I had found it funny at the beginning the constant "humor" wore out its welcome very fast. There were way too many characters that were introduced very quickly and I couldn't keep them all straight. There were 4 story lines going at once so each one inched along. What is the conflict supposed to be in this book? I made it to page 161.3 and I'm still waiting for the conflict to show up. Is it that we don't want the world to end and coop is trying to stop it? Because the only character I liked was the angel that wants to destroy everything.... So... I hope he wins? And if I'm supposed to root for coop saving the world IT HASNT EVEN BEEN SET UP YET. He just barely got recruited by the good guys and I'm halfway through....more
The Nightingale opens with this amazing first line:
“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we wantThe Nightingale opens with this amazing first line:
“If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.” - pg 1
This story is about what it’s like to be a woman during war. The author says on her website that “In war, women’s stories are all too often forgotten or overlooked.” I had never thought about how true that really was until I read this book. Vianne and Isabelle are two sisters that we follow through World War II. One stays home and takes care of her kids and one helps in the war effort. Their story showed me that this statement is not true:
“And it’s a fact that women are useless in war. Your job is to wait for our return.” - pg 26
What a beautiful reminder not overlook women and their strength. Even as a woman, I'm guilty of doing that sometimes.
Since this is an historical-fiction story, I felt like there should have been an afterword talking about what was historical and what wasn’t. But don’t worry I’ve googled it all for you :) The Nightingale is inspired by a real person, Andree de Jongh. Don’t go read her biography before reading this book unless you want to be spoiled. Andree de Jongh and her corresponding character in the book were themselves inspired by a real nurse named Edith Cavell who served during World War I. You should read about her too :)
I love pictures and the author has some beautiful pictures of places that inspired the locations in her book.
I’m a geek for any reference to art or culture, so when I saw a reference to “drab-eyed, dark-clothed people who looked like they belonged in an Edvard Munch painting.” (pg 239) I had to look it up. He’s most famous for doing The Scream.
You’ll love the writing in this book. It’s beautiful. I highlighted so many good quotes that I can’t share them all. This might be my favorite one:
“Lately, though, I find myself thinking about the war and my past, about the people I lost. Lost. it makes it sound as if I misplaced my loved ones;” - pg 1
The Nightingale deserves all the hype and awards it's gotten. You should read it....more
The characters are my favorite thing about this series. The plot was a little lacking in this third book. No twists. No turns. No surprises. It was aThe characters are my favorite thing about this series. The plot was a little lacking in this third book. No twists. No turns. No surprises. It was a good plot it just didn't have that wow factor. The first book was the best, but you'll want to know what happens to these characters despite the plot getting lamer as it goes.
Vane still has a great, sarcastic voice with some self-deprecating humor. The romance didn't have the spark that I remember them having in the other books but I still really like their relationship. She helps him be brave and he helps her think about what she really wants instead of just following the rules all the time. I like that Vane is not a stereotypical brooding romantic interest. He's actually sweet, obeys his parents, tries not to swear, doesn't like violence, but still acts like a confident and hormonal teenager. Here's some of Vane's self-deprecating humor:
"Actually, 'uncomfortable' isn't a strong enough word. This is like if awkward and uncomfortable hooked up and had an ugly, miserable baby that won't stop screaming and pooping all over everything." -pg 158. I'm telling you that happened to me yesterday.
Learning about the villain's background was cool but it didn't really go anywhere either. At the end, the background they learned played zero role in their plan to defeat him. So I'm not sure what the point of that was.
The theme in this book was faith and trust vs. pain and which was more powerful. It was an interesting concept. After finishing the book, I would say that pain has an immediate and strong power but it just doesn't last long. Faith and trust are more enduring and therefore more powerful.
I like the magic system. Winds that can sing real words to those that can understand them and those words have magical powers is so beautiful. I also liked how Shannon used real wind storm names in her book. Did you know that simoons and haboobs are real storms? Me neither. And Vane is immature enough to laugh at the word "haboob" and that's why I love him....more
I got to the end of this book and felt like I was missing something. Perhaps it was the plot. It went like this: two girls are friends/enemies, they gI got to the end of this book and felt like I was missing something. Perhaps it was the plot. It went like this: two girls are friends/enemies, they get their periods and grow up, one gets married and he turns out to be a jerk. And this plot starts out in the most bizarre way. These two girls start walking up these stairs which reminds her of another story and that story reminds her of a different story until you have this Inception-like mess of stories within stories. They don't reach the top of the stairs until 10 chapters later and by this point I'm not even sure what's going on anymore. Is this real or not real? Can someone get Leonardo DiCaprio to spin a top for me and tell me when we get back to reality??
Since the plot is a mess, that leaves me to believe that this is a character driven story. There's nothing wrong with character driven stories. That being said, I didn't like any of these characters. Actually it was more that I didn't care about any of them because I didn't feel like I could really understand or relate to any of them.
Mostly I was just bored reading this. It felt like an old man was rambling on all these stories from the past that were pointless and didn't have much connection to each other besides being in the past. The rambling feeling might have come from the fact that there was not much dialogue. Here's an example of the narration style:
"That morning of the duel between Enzo and Lila is important, in our long story. (kindle location 543 or 13%)"
YES THIS STORY IS VERY LONG HOW HAVE I ONLY READ 13%
My last note in the margin of the book says this after the final sentence: I don't get it....more
Reads like an intro to his more detailed book Dr A's Habits of Health. Half of the book is a motivational speech convincing you that you need to changReads like an intro to his more detailed book Dr A's Habits of Health. Half of the book is a motivational speech convincing you that you need to change your health. Since I had already decided to change my health, I was bored through the first part. I liked the idea that our body was not designed to live in our toxic world and it needs help. We can't just be "not sick" we need to be actively doing things that are good for our body. I also liked what he called tension charts where we visualize where we are and where we want to be at the same time so we can see the steps we need to take to get there. Tests that he says to get that I'm going to at my next checkup: lipid profile, hs-CRP, and thyroid. I wish there had been more practical advice but I'm hoping the Habits of Health is a little more practical than this was. Great for people who need a kick in the butt to see why they should change their health. It might make a wonderful passive-aggressive Father's Day gift. ...more