sam climbed into his berth, and i squeezed in beside him, so he could see the pictures and follow along as i
"read me a story", he demanded. [..]
sam climbed into his berth, and i squeezed in beside him, so he could see the pictures and follow along as i read. [..] i read sam a tale about someone named jack, and it struck me as i read that they are all jack -- the guys who are simple and despised by their smarter brother but who always figure out how to follow the princess into her enchanted realm and bring her and all her sisters back. then jack marries the princess and gets half the kingdom and everyone lives happily ever after.
sammy, nearly out by the time i finished, murmured to me, "jack finded her. like you find me, sarah. you're my jack."
i smiled. "you mean i'm not the beautiful princess in our story?" but he was already asleep.
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 fthis 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. ...more
plɹoʍ lɐǝɹ ǝɥʇ uı olǝɔɹɐɯ marcelo can be a bit naive, but not in an annoying way. he's naive in the way that makes you wonder how the hell you tur3.5/5
plɹoʍ lɐǝɹ ǝɥʇ uı olǝɔɹɐɯ marcelo can be a bit naive, but not in an annoying way. he's naive in the way that makes you wonder how the hell you turned out so bitter and question why the world can't be as simple or straightforward as someone like marcelo sees it. marcelo is just a great person and anyone would be lucky to have him as a friend. many of the people marcelo encounters at the law firm treat him like crap or act as though he's stupid. so being marcelo's friend would probably lead me to an aggravated assault charge or two, but marcelo is constantly running into people who need to get bitch slapped. [ fya | megan crane ]
some notes: the relationships were not fully fleshed out, but that was fine. i wasn't really that interested or invested (what i read about that anyway) in any of the other characters (parents, jasmine or the rabbi for example), but i appreciated them nonetheless. marcelo was an endearing literary character, i was glad i had the opportunity to meet.
his thoughts on religion, his internal music, various other opinion pieces and bible passages he discussed with the rabbi were the most enjoyable for me to read about.
this was definitely a catch, really entertaining. told by an autistic teenager to get a complete different view on things and life altogether. i hopethis was definitely a catch, really entertaining. told by an autistic teenager to get a complete different view on things and life altogether. i hope i'll find a book similar to this one...that'd great!...more