the main character was incredibly boring, annoying and flat. (the others too, actually, but let's stick with the main character to get to the point)
e...more the main character was incredibly boring, annoying and flat. (the others too, actually, but let's stick with the main character to get to the point)
every few pages lucinda had to tell us how strong and mighty daniel was, how fascinating his hair was and how hurt and excited she felt, if daniel didn't even deign to look at her. let me quote from the book's only (sometimes) likeable character, penn (- yes, it was that bad):
“my point is,” luce said finally, “i’m not so superficial that all i’m looking for is a guy who buys me things.” “not so superficial, eh?” penn asked. “then i dare you to make a non-superficial list of why you’re so into daniel. which means no he’s got the loveliest little gray eyes or ooh, the way his muscles ripple in the sunlight.” [...] “he just gets me,” she said, avoiding Penn’s eyes. “i can’t explain it.” “he gets that you deserve to be ignored?” penn shook her head.
i had to force myself to finish this book. luce was really obsessed with daniel and while obsessing (aka stalking) him, she amused/distracted herseld with cam. it was painful to read, i'm telling you. as a reader you constantly think: "ugh. get a grip on yourself! where's your dignity?".
don't get me wrong, i love books with angels, but only if done well. unfortunately, this was not it. this book could've been good, only it isn't. maybe a few books later, lauren kate's got the knack? there are in fact many, many scenes in the book, which were not well thought out. i guess i'm in the minority here. oh, well. (less)
this is like nothing and everything i expected it to be.
born into a world of violence, 18-year-old lyn, the daughter of 7 neo-gladiators decides to f...morethis is like nothing and everything i expected it to be.
born into a world of violence, 18-year-old lyn, the daughter of 7 neo-gladiators decides to fight uber, the guy who killed her 7th father and took her dowry bracelet, so she can claim her now threatened independence and prevent being a glad-wife like her mother, who represents everything she doesn't want to be. but there's also thad, her unusual 8-year-old brother, seemingly able to predict the future, who she wants to take care of.
before i started reading, i had this idea about a lot of fighting and action in this book. and i couldn't haven been more wrong about this aspect, since it's focus lies on relationships. both broken and mended. not on the romance, which the book's blurb leads to believe. i'd like to reference to a neat, short review here < click >. nearly half the book consists of flashbacks, illustrating lyn’s life from year zero, bit by bit. her tense relationship with a depressive mother. then, her quirky brother and of course her friends, but also the way lyn handles her grief when the unthinkable happens and must decide on what she wants and stick to it.
haines’ uses dashes instead of quotation marks, which irritated me and her writing style confused me at some occasions. definitely took me some time to getting used to it.
if you expect an action-packed hunger games-like book. go elsewhere. this book’s not for you. but if you are willing to try something new. go for it. you’ll like it.
the ending leaves space for making up your own ending or the author writing a sequel. i’m happy with both options. (less)
Aunt Peg is dead and now Ginny has to go through 13 Little Blue Envelopes which tell her where to go and what to do. But there are some rules to follo...moreAunt Peg is dead and now Ginny has to go through 13 Little Blue Envelopes which tell her where to go and what to do. But there are some rules to follow:
Rule #1: You may bring only what fits in your backpack. Don’t try to fake it out with a purse or a carry-on.
Rule #2: You may not bring guidebooks, phrase books, or any kind of foreign language aid. And no journals.
Rule #3: You cannot bring extra money or credit/debit cards, traveler’s checks, etc. I’ll take care of all that.
Rule #4: No electronic crutches. This means no laptop, no cell phone, no music, and no camera. You can’t call home or communicate with people in the U.S. by Internet or telephone. Postcards and letters are acceptable and encouraged.
Now, that's a good example of chick-lit with meaning. Made me wish, I had a mad aunt too, so I could take those big chunks of life with me.
Ginny learns that people can still leave things behind, even when they are gone from our lives. And the present her aunt Peg left her through those letters, may be much bigger than she had first thought ...
Quotable quote: “Sometimes artists like to catch themselves looking out, let the world see them for once. It’s a signature. This one is a very bold one. But this is also a witnessing. We want to remember, and we want to be remembered. That’s why we paint.” (less)
This book is so not what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised. Should the sequel come out (which is in 2011), I am going too read it, that's for sur...moreThis book is so not what I expected. I was pleasantly surprised. Should the sequel come out (which is in 2011), I am going too read it, that's for sure.(less)
a little bit too much on the cheesy side. miranda and leo fell in love much too quickly. BUT: the mood the author created was okay, so that again bala...morea little bit too much on the cheesy side. miranda and leo fell in love much too quickly. BUT: the mood the author created was okay, so that again balanced the book nicely. leo was too good to be true ... are there even guys like this? *scratches head*
ah, well. whatever.
i must admit i expected so much more. if suspense is what you are looking for, go look elsewhere, because i can promise you, you will most definitely not find it here. be warned: as the story progresses you'll probably guess all the so-called twists & turns beforehand.
oliver twist was a pain in the ass to read, with its slow paced writing it took all my will to keep reading. it was a tough struggle, but i won. olive...moreoliver twist was a pain in the ass to read, with its slow paced writing it took all my will to keep reading. it was a tough struggle, but i won. oliver twist has been on my to-read-list for some time now, while i can’t say the book amazed me ... i’m still glad i could finally bring myself to read this piece of classic literature. i think one of the many reasons i decided to give it a shot (besides it being a part my english classes in school), is definitely that both my parents have read the book many times (in school) and loved it.
charles dickens illustrates the life of the poor in the 19th century, taking place in england and gives them a voice through the eyes of an innocent child: oliver twist. we get to accompany him through joy and sorrow. he gets bruised, beaten, abused, humiliated and shot at. in the end though, (view spoiler)[he gets his own happy ending by inheriting a fortune, but most importantly by being loved. (hide spoiler)]
i can see why dickens became famous at his times, just like harriet beecher stowe was, when she published uncle tom's cabin(view spoiler)[which became the second best-selling book (hide spoiler)]. both people, giving voices to the suffering/poor/pariahs, who got overlooked most of the time.
although charles dickens is and was known for being overly dramatic, it helped him make a point. otherwise, the book would not have been able to become what it is today. a classic. in the victorian era, where most of the victorians showed only indifference to the plight of the poor, dickens’ writing style helped serve his purpose, which was to change society’s views of the abuse of children.
oliver, our protagonist is actually not a very believable character, considering how he grew up and was treated like. the author described all of his book’s characters as being either good or evil, which was easy enough to guess, when he defined their appearance. black or white, with no shades of gray. the power of oliver’s complexion is emphasized, through his noble manners despite all the ugly things that happened to him. the same way oliver, rose and harry are described as beautiful, fagin and sikes are uglified. the external appearance gives the reader an impression of the person’s inner character.
he described with a good dose of humor or rather sarcasm the hypocrisy, laziness, greed and arrogance of the upper class people. but despite all that, oliver twist is able to experience the friendliness of strangers. oliver, indeed, was an extremely lucky boy to have so many strange people help him out, especially when compared to his peers (e.g. dick). all the characters that ill-treated him or were evil either (view spoiler)[died or have had bad things happen to them in return, (hide spoiler)], which is dickens’ way of telling us readers that “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I'm not sure how to put thoughts and emotions that came and went with that book into words ... I liked that it made me think about life all over again...moreI'm not sure how to put thoughts and emotions that came and went with that book into words ... I liked that it made me think about life all over again.
Then, as I read further, came the questions about what makes one unique ... When is someone special? When does the world change? Or is it rather you changing?
Identity:The condition of being oneself and not another. Separate or distinct existence. The qualities of a person that make them different from others.
... I've never thought of it the way it's described in the book, but identities truly aren't always separate and distinct, they are wrapped up in others.
Well, I must say. I'm not sure I liked the ending. Maybe because I don't like endings. Or just because I thought it should have ended right before the epilogue. Also, I would've liked to know more about Dane. You you should be aware it's a longbreathed book, don't say I didn't warn you!
Do I recommend this book? Yes.
Text passages, I'd like to share:
"Will it make a difference?" Allys asks Rae. "Of course," Rae says. "Maybe not in ways any of us expect. But it will not be forgotten. Every voice leaves an imprint." ________________________________
Souls are given only once. ________________________________
"Yes, they might have saved me in one way. But I would have lost myself in other ways that I couldn't live with. I did for them what they would have done for me." ________________________________
Are the details of our lives who we are, or is it owning those details that makes the difference?
Very, very unusual book. It would have been a great advantage being more fluent in English, because I'm not sure I understood all of it. Don't get me...moreVery, very unusual book. It would have been a great advantage being more fluent in English, because I'm not sure I understood all of it. Don't get me wrong, the story as a whole was easy enough to understand, but being doomed to failure, because of the little things? I have this feeling, I could have enjoyed it a little more, without this hindrance.
Corin/na is brave, vengeful, patient, stubborn and very, very smart. She's afraid that people will constrain her freedom, take away her rights once they know she's merely girl dressed as a boy. She's also bloodthirsty, people who've wronged her, she takes revenge upon, with no second thought. So, it's also no wonder she enjoys having power over other people and being able to keep her secrets to herself, since she knows she's indispensable.
"Everyone else is afraid. Only I am powerful."
"Vengeance. It is not always as delicious as you anticipate, but you must not flinch from it. Otherwise the Matrons of the world would rule us all."
"But I never spoke my anger; no, you must never give your anger away. "
She likes to keep people guessing, keep them on their toes, but actually only minds her own business. "There is power in silence, I have always known that."
And then of course, the little things, which made me like her. " I don't care for beauty, not in the ordinary way. "
Although it's said that The Folk Keeper is a children's book. I must say I'm not sooo sure about that one. Well, enough said. I enjoyed it enough. And so might you.(less)