I have to admit when this showed up in my mailbox and I read the synopsis for it I had my doubts. I mean SherlockHolmes as a woman.Hmmph. I am not to
I have to admit when this showed up in my mailbox and I read the synopsis for it I had my doubts. I mean Sherlock Holmes as a woman. Hmmph. I am not too crazy about Victorian era lit either.Most of it is too damn snobby for me. I decided to take a chance on this book, and I am so glad that I did. For one I loved Charlotte Holmes. I guess I can relate better to people who have been kicked out of polite society than I can with people that carry that large yolk around their neck. Charlotte was a bit of an odd duck in the beginning, but she grows over the course of the book. I enjoyed seeing how she developed over the course of the story. I could relate to her penchant for food as I am the same way. Now I want me some plum cake!
I was never one that was any good at solving mysteries so of course, it came as a twist to me. I read from other mystery lovers that it was boring. If you are like me and you can't see something right in front of your face, then the mystery aspect of this has a giant twist. I thought it was brilliant.
The main character in this book is Charlotte, so we see her grow a LOT in this book. I was sad that the other characters remained the same. They did not have the same growth arc as Charlotte did. However, this is the first book in a series, so I am hoping in following books we get more of the other characters. I really would have liked to get to know them better. There is a budding romance that is illicit in the book, and I am hoping that in the next book that they get together.
One of the things that I had trouble with is keeping everyone straight. Like who is related to who, who slept with who, etc. I wish that there was a diagram explain how everyone is related. I had to go back and re-read some parts to make sure I had my people straight, but that is the only quibble I had with this book. This book has sexual abuse in it so if that triggers you then you might not want to read this book. It is not graphic or anything, but I know some people are extremely sensitive.This review was originally posted on Adventures in Never Never Land...more
I got this book because I had my battle of exhaustion. I did not pass out anywhere.Well yeah, I did..Kind of... I was partaking in research of people
I got this book because I had my battle of exhaustion. I did not pass out anywhere. Well yeah, I did.. Kind of... I was partaking in research of people with implants to see something. I am not sure what. I had woke up exhausted but I dragged my butt to the gym at 5 am and exercised for two hours. Then got a coffee with double espresso. I hoped that would get me throughout the day. It did not. I got to the test, and I could not stay awake for the life of me. It was required that I was awake, but I kept falling asleep. The researchers had to keep waking me up. Luckily a friend had driven me to the test so afterwards, I collapsed from pure exhaustion into a deep sleep in the car. My friend even had to help me to my apartment. I crawled into bed and slept on and off for 72 hours.
The next time I went to the library, I saw this book and knew I needed to read it. I loved this book. It delves into the history of sleep and how and why we have come to brag about how little sleep we have gotten the night before. I admit that I could count myself in that group. I used to brag about how little sleep I had gotten, but now I realise that I was not doing myself any favors. I was not operating at my best, and I am afraid that it showed in some of my works. I read this book a week ago, and after reading it, I made some serious changes.
I realize that I needed 12 hours of sleep a night. This is coming off of years of not sleeping well. My body is run down. I purchased some lavender essential oils. For some reason, lavender soothes me. I began drinking natural calm. I also have anxiety, so I take a rather large dose of it. I did not want to go back on Ambien, but after talking to my Dr., I realized that until I train myself to sleep (I have bipolar), Ambien would be ok for the short term. I also created a whole ritual around getting ready for bed as stated in the book. I wash my face, brush my teeth change into pajamas (no sleeping in workout clothes!) and rub myself down with lavender. I then take my Ambien and drink my natural calm. I am happy to report a week later my sleep has improved. My mood has improved, and I am so much more productive during the day. If I feel sleepy, I take a nap. So 12 hours of sleep plus a nap on days when I need it. I am almost feeling human again. My workouts have also improved. The books goes into detail on how elite athletes is using sleep and sleep coaches to maximize their performance. I don't have a fitness tracker at the moment, but I am thinking of getting one soon. I am a data nerd, so I would love to see how my sleep quality measures up. The last couple of nights I have felt that I slept really good but maybe I was restless during some of it? I have no idea which is why I want a tracker.
One thing that shocked me was the chapter on sleep and fashion. We (me too) always think of models and people being awake all the time but no. She interviewed some of the top models, and it turns out that ALL of them count sleep as a way of looking good. Which makes sense. When you don't sleep, you tend to develop that haggard look. That look does not flatter anyone. I notice that my under eye circles are disappearing and people are commenting on how much better I look, so that is a plus.
I recommend this book to EVERYONE. I have been pushing this book on everyone I know.. I believe that everyone should get at least 8 hours of good quality sleep. At this point in time, I need 12 hours because of how exhausted I was. I believe that my body is healing and restoring itself. Maybe down the road, I can get cut down to 10 hours but not right now. I think that this world would be a better place if only everyone got enough quality shut-eye. Politics would not be so nasty; relationships could be saved, and all sorts of good things could happen. So please get yourself a copy of this book then go to sleep!
I first read the last book a couple of years ago I had forgotten some of it so going into this book was jarring, to say the least. I kind of wish I
I first read the last book a couple of years ago I had forgotten some of it so going into this book was jarring, to say the least. I kind of wish I read them all closer together but most of my memory came back with me the more I read.
I LOVED this book. The charters all have grown, and the plot line was believable. This is an example of my favorite kind of book. I did see one plot hole I am not going to ruin it for you, but other than that one plot hole the book was believable, and the author painted such a vivid world that I got lost in. I read this in one day and I it was the perfect kick-off for fall reading.
It was action packed and had me turning the pages until late at night. I just had to see what would happen. My heart was pounding for all the chapters to survive. There were points that I had to put down the book, take a deep breath and read on. The action was that heart is pounding. To tell you how much I liked this book, I ran out of my energy pills, and I am useless without them, but this book kept me awake and engaged far into the night. I think this book has what it takes to be made into a movie next.
I also especially like the love story in it. It was somewhat weird at first, but by the time the third book gets into it felt natural and sweet. I enjoyed getting to know all the people in the book. They seemed like real people by the time I was done with the book. I was sad that I couldn’t meet them. I would LOVE to meet Ransom Riggs though!
This is labeled as a horror book, but it was not all that scary or gruesome. I read some young adult books that scared me, but this one is safe as it didn’t give me nightmares or anything. So if you are sensitive to that sort of that sort of thing, this is a great book to read.