This was a great read, a stunning view of the Holocaust concentration camps from a growing teenager. It was informative and brutally honest, without bThis was a great read, a stunning view of the Holocaust concentration camps from a growing teenager. It was informative and brutally honest, without being quite as dark as "Night." Janek was clever and funny throughout all of his terrible experiences, and it's easy to see how that helped him survive his torturous ordeals. I'm happy that I could share his story of this epic period in history, especially with the new wave of teachers saying the Holocaust never happened. To cover up the history of so many victims is the greatest insult. As Janek says in the book, all we can do is remember them, remember that they lived.
I would say this book could be read by 12 year olds at the youngest. While it has its moments of violence and brutality, I don't think it would have a different effect on a younger audience versus an older one. Stories about the Holocaust don't exactly give the reader the warm fuzzies... ...more
Teenage heroes/heroines can make me nervous, but this one was done well. The main character has a knack for solving mysteries, so the plot is believabTeenage heroes/heroines can make me nervous, but this one was done well. The main character has a knack for solving mysteries, so the plot is believable and not over-the-top. The pacing was great, I'm glad the author didn't take up time going on about how sad things were for the characters. I enjoyed the way the heroine would satirically reflect on how pitiful her life looked to an outsider.
Podos has a nice, cut-to-the-chase style I appreciate. She wouldn't give you every detail of an action a character was doing. I like it when the author realizes I have a brain and don't need to be told every little thing, or reminded of the reasons for a character's actions every other page. Good book, great ending, and a nice read if you've ever felt like an "odd duck." Now I have to go read "Rebecca."...more
For some reason I thought I'd enjoy the authors other books more than this one, so I saved it for last. It was the best out of the three I've read byFor some reason I thought I'd enjoy the authors other books more than this one, so I saved it for last. It was the best out of the three I've read by St. James! It took a bit longer for the ghostly characters to enter the book, but it worked really well. I love the author's descriptions of her settings, they are so easy to picture in my head without needing four pages of details.
The plot was catchy, and I think I bonded more with this heroine after learning about her past. It was easy to feel sympathetic to many of the characters in here, and that always helps a reader to feel invested in the story. I felt that this book had more action, and it moved from one productive scene to another without a lot of fluff. The romance was sweet, with maybe only a touch of sappiness at the end, but it was a nice ending. I appreciate St. James for wrapping up plot lines with each character, (even the house!) so you aren't left with a bunch of questions when you've finished.
That said, the narrator for the audiobooks does an absolutely fantastic job of reading St. James' books, and I don't think I would enjoy them in the same way without her. Perfect accents, and you can easily distinguish her male characters from each other....more
The best part about this book was that Jeremy Irons read it. I loved listening to his voice, and it was probably the only thing that kept me going witThe best part about this book was that Jeremy Irons read it. I loved listening to his voice, and it was probably the only thing that kept me going with this book. Also, I turned it into a drinking game. Do a shot every time you read/hear "personal legend" and you'll get so pissed you won't realize how irritating this book is.
This book might not be so bad if you'd just come home from Burning Man. I can get into all that manifesting desires crap a bit, but I definitely don't enjoy being hit over the head with it. My friend Caroline pretty much sums up everything in detail in her lovely review....more
This book is so good it'll break your heart. I love and hate this book, probably because I'm a sucker for a romance and a happy ending. The Gargoyle iThis book is so good it'll break your heart. I love and hate this book, probably because I'm a sucker for a romance and a happy ending. The Gargoyle is full of so many love stories (BIG difference between a love story and a romance), it'll warm your heart, and then break it so hard you'll be like Tauriel discovering just how big a bitch experiencing true love can be.
The storytelling is beautifully crafted, Andrew Davidson is a truly talented writer. His ability for descriptions is amazing, but even more impressive is his ability to write about a subject you don't necessarily want to hear about (being burned alive, burn treatments, a career in porno), but you can't help but read or listen with rapt attention.
I'm so glad I had the opportunity to rediscover this literary gem. It's one of those rare books that will really make you 'feel.' The Gargoyle would probably be one of my top favourite books if I wasn't such an emotional person....more