what can i say? i won this through the goodreads first reads giveaway. the first and only time. i'm going to take a wild guess that i didn't win any awhat can i say? i won this through the goodreads first reads giveaway. the first and only time. i'm going to take a wild guess that i didn't win any arcs after that, because i rated the book 1 star and/or i didn't bother reviewing it. i'll say one or two things about it though: the premise intrigued me but the first few pages already turned me off reading the whole thing. it just couldn't hold my interest and therefore my attention. i'm sorry, but it just wasn't my cup of tea, but i'm sure it will find its place in other people's hearts.
Malcolm gripped his satchel. "I can't guess for the rest of my life. That's not possible. And I can't be on my way until I reward her. She's imprisoneMalcolm gripped his satchel. "I can't guess for the rest of my life. That's not possible. And I can't be on my way until I reward her. She's imprisoned me, you see." "Imprisoned?" Lars glared at me. "You should be ashamed, Katrina, playing with this boy's heart."
Katrina performs a good deed and the stranger who turns out to be a messenger or more specifially: an angel wants to reward her selflessness with what she truly desires. Then there's the thing with her future, she's in despair because it seems Katrina's the only one who doesn't know what to do after school. As if that weren't enough the old coffeehouse where she helps out her grandmother, doesn't make enough profits.
Katrina relies on her friends to help her out of this mess, only to realize that perhaps she has to save herself, in order to save Anna's Old World Scandinavian Coffeehouse.
When I began reading the book, I couln't read fast enough. I also skipped eating in order to dedicate my complete attention to the book. It was so much fun reading it.
I liked the book for its simplicity. I liked it for all the little things, like that Katrina was your ordinary girl and could still accomplish extraordinary things on her own. True, she is upset because she doesn't know what to do with her life and all her other friends do, but she didn't let her stop that. Katrina knew that failing sucked, but didn't want the alternative, which was: the not even trying. Oh yes, nothing that is worth having comes easily.
Also ... and I'm sure you'll agree with me on this one. I liked the book for its wee bit of magic. And the world desparately needs some magic.
Haven't gotten around to read many Oracle books, but it seems to be decent -- if compared to those (awful) other ones! But then again, what's the1.5/5
Haven't gotten around to read many Oracle books, but it seems to be decent -- if compared to those (awful) other ones! But then again, what's the WWW for? It's getting on my nerves (being glued to the screen for reading all thee time), but buying those thick, heavy programming books are very, very expensive, so ...
Anyway: It's okay as a reference book, not though, if you haven't a clue about PL/SQL and want to start learning PL/SQL programming. Consider this a warning and friendly piece of advice.
Shusterman did a good job with the characterization. The voices he created were believable and thus realistic. Which made (most of) them likeable. I couldn't help but feel sympathy for Roland as well. Shusterman didn't try telling us if the UNWINDING ended sometime in the (book's) near future. Thankfully. Otherwise it would've felt forced. A thought-provoking, gripping book.