A great tale of a woman's life. Though it is considered fiction, the historical detail of the book makes it a very interesting read. Similar to the mo...moreA great tale of a woman's life. Though it is considered fiction, the historical detail of the book makes it a very interesting read. Similar to the movie, but much more enjoyable in my opinion!(less)
Overall, I really enjoyed reading all the short stories in this book. I feel that Lewis has done a great job at creating a world that is interesting t...moreOverall, I really enjoyed reading all the short stories in this book. I feel that Lewis has done a great job at creating a world that is interesting to read about, and it doesn't seem to drag on (the way that some of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy does). However, I feel that my age and my knowledge of this books relation to christianity hindered my enjoyment of them. Nevertheless I feel that I enjoyed the books in the following order:
The Silver Chair The Magician's Nephew Prince Caspian The Voyage of the Dawn Treader The Last Battle The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe The Horse and his Boy
Though there was some toss up near the end as to which way to order the books. I felt that The Silver Chair and the Last Battle had the best plot. However, my reason for moving the Last Battle down the list is that the ending seemed a little too abrupt for me (aka, I didn't care for the writing style) and it felt like I was reading a children's fantasy version of the bible.
Despite it's flaws, I still feel that this is a series that should be read by most and all children. It teaches the importance of still believing in magic (which I think is sometimes lost with all of the world today). Also it introduces some great characters... Eustance and Jill (Pole) still being some of my favorite from the earth realm.
Also, I do want to say....for those interested in just reading one book in this series: The Magician's Nephew. It will give you great insight to the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and provide you with some cool facts that your friends, whom have only seen the movies would not know. Like for example, how the lightpost became in Narnia. Also, how the witch got to Narnia....
Overall however, I give this book four stars. A great series to read. (less)
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would like to read again as Dan Brown is the type of author that in order to appreciate the book and its details, a se...moreThoroughly enjoyed this book. I would like to read again as Dan Brown is the type of author that in order to appreciate the book and its details, a second read would be nice.(less)
One day while perusing some books on Amazon, I came across this book. Despite never having been familiar with the author, the premise of this book int...moreOne day while perusing some books on Amazon, I came across this book. Despite never having been familiar with the author, the premise of this book intrigued me. I, Mona Lisa tells the story of Lisa (whose last name escapes me), the "real" woman painted in the famous artwork, The Mona Lisa. Using a stream of history in her work, the author is able to paint this story within the time of the Pazzi and Medici family rivalry.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the author's ability to keep the story moving as well as always throwing in little twists throughout the way. The book was a little hard for me to get in at the beginning, however, after about 30 pages or so, I was definitely hooked. The story is complete with most of my requirements for a decent plot: death, deception, betrayal, forbidden love...
Further, my inner feminist was pleased that the main character in this book, a woman, seemed very proactive and a little headstrong. One can definitely tell that the author took great care in how she described the fictional Mona Lisa.
If you enjoy historical fiction, I am sure that you will enjoy this book. It is very easy to read, and most of the historical characters/events you have heard of before. If not, as the author has once stated: "The nice thing about historical fiction is that it gives one an entertaining way to learn about history."(less)
An excellent historical fiction tale of a woman who falls in love with a painter in the time of the renaissance. Though somewhat graphic at parts, I t...moreAn excellent historical fiction tale of a woman who falls in love with a painter in the time of the renaissance. Though somewhat graphic at parts, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.(less)
Still to this day one of my favorite books. We follow young Milo on a wild adventure as he learns to become more confident in himself and to "smile"....moreStill to this day one of my favorite books. We follow young Milo on a wild adventure as he learns to become more confident in himself and to "smile". Full of wacky characters and fun drawings, a great book for all ages.(less)
After finishing this book, I was saddened to learn that many consider Stephenie Meyer the next J.K. Rowling. And though both Twilight and the Harry Po...moreAfter finishing this book, I was saddened to learn that many consider Stephenie Meyer the next J.K. Rowling. And though both Twilight and the Harry Potter books are wonderful books, in no means should they be compared.
First and foremost, the writing style of this book is far more simplistic than that of Harry Potter, with some exceptions of course. Despite differences in their writing styles, both writers are able to draw you into the story, ultimately causing only one thing: obsession/addiction. You learn to love the characters and feel for them as you read the story.
As a minor side note, however, still sticking with comparison of Rowling and Meyer, it is my personal feeling that this series of books (Twilight) is aimed at a female audience (mostly) while the Potter books seemed to be more uni-sexed. Though I have seen men reading this series, I have seen far more men interested in the Potter books.
Putting aside this comparison, it should be said that this book is a wonderful story of young love and high suspense. It will leave you wanting more. For myself, the characters were so well described that I wanted to learn more and more about their fate. Despite many flaws in the writing, the enjoyment of the characters and plot lead to my high rating of this book. Would this work be deemed a classic piece of literature? Perhaps... But for different reasons than perhaps a Jane Austen book would. Writers like Stephenie Meyer (and J. K. Rowling for that matter), have allowed those who detest reading to actually pick up a book and do the thing that they detest.
Meyer has created a wonderful saga that I am sure many generations of readers will appreciate for years to come.(less)
When I first started this series, I critisized every flaw I could find. The sappiness of the romance, the lack of feministic prevalence...etc. But as...moreWhen I first started this series, I critisized every flaw I could find. The sappiness of the romance, the lack of feministic prevalence...etc. But as I was approximately half way through "Twilight" I realized something: Why did I need to be overly critical of a book? I chose to read it. And for me, reading of this sort should be based on pure enjoyment. Afterall, one needs a break from heavy chemistry and physics; and a good vampire/human romance story seemed to do the trick perfectly.
As I have previously stated, Meyer is no Jane Austen. But in all honesty, I don't think that they could be compared. Not only different genres, but... different times. The reading audience of today isn't what it was fifty years ago.
With those comments aside, for me, this book was not as good as the first. However, it still kept me intrigued and I found myself wanting to pull late nights just to read the next few pages. As my mother has told me, this story is addicting; one wants to know what will happen to the characters.
I applaud Meyer for her ability to create such an intricate tale. I am excited to indulge in the next two novels.(less)
Enjoyed this book much better than the second. Perhaps my reasoning for this is because Bella, the heroine, seems to become a little more mature when...moreEnjoyed this book much better than the second. Perhaps my reasoning for this is because Bella, the heroine, seems to become a little more mature when it comes to love. Sure she still seems to fall a little "head over heels" all too fast; but in this book she is faced with a decision what will change her ultimately.
Meyer continues to deliver her easy to understand story in a wording that will leave you anything but confused. In this book we are further introduced to the characters that those who enjoy these books have grown to love. (And just in case you are wondering...my favorite "side" characters would be Carlise and Alice...).
Overall a good book. I am very excited that I only had to wait a week to finish off the series. Though this is no Harry Potter, and cannot compare with Jane Austen, I feel that these books please the inner teenage/romance guru in me... and that is always a fun thing to have!(less)
Well, I don't think that I will be able to call the Twilight series "Mormon smut in fantasy form" anymore. Meyer has stretched herself in her last boo...moreWell, I don't think that I will be able to call the Twilight series "Mormon smut in fantasy form" anymore. Meyer has stretched herself in her last book here. Don't misjudge my words though...this book is FAR from obscene. The book just isn't as, let's say, innocent as the previous three.
Overall, I think that this book is comparable to the third book for me in regards to satisfaction. Though the third book does score slightly higher.
My issues with this book were mainly lack of plot development and lack of plot execution. It was almost as if Meyer is taking you on this roller coaster ride... You are going higher and higher, ultimately building up in suspense. And then, just when you think you have reached the apex of the ride, and you are in for a rushing downward fall--you realize that you are on flat ground again.
Despite the flaws, this book did grant me closure.
I have seen and heard that many people were unhappy with this book--though understanding their sentiments, I was merely happy for the way that Meyer ended her series. I think any other ending to the story would have had me a little perturbed.
Overall, as stated before, Meyer has created a nice series that people will enjoy over and over for many years to come. (less)