I have a thing for chapter titles that provide creative insight into the chapter. It is something that I love to see when reading a book as it helps s...moreI have a thing for chapter titles that provide creative insight into the chapter. It is something that I love to see when reading a book as it helps set the tone for each chapter and I just find it very creative and beneficial to the continuity of a book.
That said, this book had everything for me, including the chapter titles!!! It is a bit sci-fi based but lacks the extreme off-center sci-fi theme and feel, which is the perfect blend for me. I love a little out there feel to a book, but too much becomes to hard for me to connect with the characters and stories.
Stephenie Meyer writes with human emotion and connection in all of her books. She draws you in with that connection until you are physically unable to put the book down until you are done with the entire thing! It is so hard for me to put down any of her books…I think about the story when I am not reading it and can’t wait until I can get back into the book!
The host, in particular, was very well written. I was under the impression that this was her first adult fiction book but it still had some young adult undertones to me. It was a more adult storyline but the character interactions were still a bit young adult in nature. I was so conflicted while reading this book as it had me advocating for both Mel and Wanda…I wanted them both to succeed and have what they desired most, family and love. Reading the two of them interact was like watching a tennis match…back and forth! Warmth and family were woven through this book, even when it looked like it would never happen and the end was near.
I loved this book and really hope that Stephenie Meyer’s continues her series writing with a sequel to the host! After the Twilight series I really thought I would have a hard time reading something without Bella and Edward but I was immersed in the host’s characters immediately and left the world of vampires and wolves for aliens and humans! (less)
**spoiler alert** Disclaimer…I love this series, I really do…I feel like part of the family so this review might be a bit over-the-top!
I cannot stand...more**spoiler alert** Disclaimer…I love this series, I really do…I feel like part of the family so this review might be a bit over-the-top!
I cannot stand the third person writing in the last third/half of the series…it is disgusting. It took so much away for me to not be inside Scarpetta’s mind. I have complained about this before in other reviews and comments on the series…it just makes me crazy. Even when I am deep inside the story, lost in the faraway world of forensics, murder and relationship drama, the third person puts up a road block to really “feeling” the story! I miss Scarpetta’s mind and the storytelling that happened in the first person.
The characters have been around throughout most of the books so I expect to connect with them all in each book. This may be selfish but it is true! For me, it took awhile to reconnect with Marino. I had a hard time coming to grips with the acceptance of previous Marino incidents. It was not until the end of the book could I feel comfortable with him within the storyline again.
The last major bummer for me is ingrained in the way Patricia Cornwell writes these novels. The first two thirds of the book sets up the ending, in a more storytelling and slow manor. I think of a casual but purposeful walk. Whereas, the last third of the book is written almost as if there won’t be enough pages left so the conclusion must be fast and all inclusive. I think of this as a brisk walk turned into mad dash towards the finish line. I love the suspense that it brings but the ending always happens in such a whirlwind, I feel like I miss things.
This particular book was a good continuum from the previous books in the series. I love the familiarity that I have with the characters now. It makes it clear to see how they change and flow during situations. I can almost predict some comments and responses to situations because I have “been around” so long. The plot was interesting but just slightly predictable. I was leaning towards the guilty party, but not until mid-way through the book, which is always a nicely written story. The relationships between the characters are growing with their age and changing life pressures. Benton and Scarpetta were wonderful, always struggling to find a good balance between independence and dependence. Very true to their long relationship.
One of the best things about Patricia Cornwell’s novels is that she continues to have new storylines and situations. I realize with real life crime, there must not be a shortage of inspiration for deviant and disturbing behavior but as the plot thickens in each of the novels, I rarely feel a repeat. Except, maybe in that all the good people survives, well in the last few books at least!
One thing that kept running through my mind while reading had to do with the characters age. I wonder how long the Scarpetta series will last…she and Benton are getting older and soon reality will catch up with them. I hope it isn’t too soon though! (less)
This book wasn’t exactly what I expected…but I am not sure exactly what I expected! I suppose I thought the story would include more of the traveling...moreThis book wasn’t exactly what I expected…but I am not sure exactly what I expected! I suppose I thought the story would include more of the traveling aspects and more on the three countries she visited. It included some but I think I expected more. The book was worth the read, a fine read but nothing exceptional. The storyline is written in a spastic, rambling manor which normally bothers me but for some reason I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. (less)
This novel was the basis of a movie I watched about 7-8 years ago, maybe. I was at a friends house, sitting on her couch and we were flipping channels...moreThis novel was the basis of a movie I watched about 7-8 years ago, maybe. I was at a friends house, sitting on her couch and we were flipping channels on the TV. This movie came on and we sat and watched it. By sat and watched it, I mean, we watched the movie and bawled like emotional 15-year old girls!!! It is a teenage love story with a sort of Lurlene McDaniel type storyline. Heartbreaking and inspiring all at the same time! Back then I had never heard of Nicholas Sparks so I never actually read the book. When it was suggested as an option for a book club that was started but faded out on a message board I frequent, I thought it would be worth the read!
The movie was better, in my opinion but maybe that it because I saw it first before I read the book. It seemed to flow better and was set in a more modern teenage time, whereas the book was set in the 50's. The book was just as emotional as the movie, I will have to warn you! I was reading part of it over my lunch hour in my car in the work parking lot, enjoying the unusual cool August weather we are having, crying! :) Embarrassing, yes! But worth it!(less)
This book tells the autobiographical story of a young girl growing up in Africa in a Muslim family. She documents the terror and violence within her o...moreThis book tells the autobiographical story of a young girl growing up in Africa in a Muslim family. She documents the terror and violence within her own religious community and her family community. This book carries with it a sense of sorrow for a childhood lost and family strain but also a sense of hope for an individual’s future. Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a most amazing writer and a most amazing speaker, as I have seen her personally. She conveys her message through truthful experiences but also with an edge of positive, seeing the future full of bright options.(less)
This book didn't catch my interest the way Dean Koontz books generally do. The plot was there but didn't get going until 2/3 through...finished the bo...moreThis book didn't catch my interest the way Dean Koontz books generally do. The plot was there but didn't get going until 2/3 through...finished the book without the suspense I usually get with DK. (less)
I fell in L-O-V-E with Edward in Twilight and it continued through New Moon and Eclipse and fell deeper in love with him in Breaking Dawn...maybe it was seeing him as a groom, then husband and then father that just warmed me...connected him with real life situations (albeit, slightly Sci-Fi slanted) or just because his character is written so lovable. Whatever the reason, I love him! This book definitly had a more Sci-Fi twist through out its pages than the previous three, but I think it worked. Maybe a bit far fetched but having established the characters and relationships in the previous three books, the storyline was able to flex a bit more, I think.
I was also extremely happy that Bella and Edward had some more *intimate* moments...included the big honeymoon pillow shredding, bed frame ruining weeks! It was about time!!! :) Speaking of the honeymoon, I want to go spend a few weeks on Isle Esme...anyone else?! How awesome and paradise-like would that be?!
Overall, this book gave me the series with the loose ends all tied up nicely, the way I like this in books...and in life as well, but that is another blog for another time! :) Edward and Bella are a happy family, Jacob imprinted with the baby...which keeps the Jacob - Bella relationship in tact somewhat and the Cullen family is as one. I also loved that Charlie was brought in on the secret lives of the Cullen's and Jacob...I really think keeping the secret from Charlie would have bothered Bella for years if it had not come out. Especially with Renesmee around. Which, by the way is a weird name! I loved the sentiment behind the name and the middle name flows nicely, even combined as it is...but the first name is a mouth full for me, more so than the other character's names.
Definitely worth the midnight release sleep deprivation and worth waiting until I could spend about 5 hours of undivided attention lost in the world of vampires and werewolf/shape shifters!!!!!(less)
This was a quicker read than I expected but it lacked some of the character details that I expected. The book did provide an interesting twist in the...moreThis was a quicker read than I expected but it lacked some of the character details that I expected. The book did provide an interesting twist in the end that I didn't see coming at all and wrapped up the crux of the story along with the drama with the Genna's family in one nice ending. Worth the read but not amazing.(less)
This was another quick, summertime read for me. I read it in one day as it was a light and fun read. Elizabeth Young’s books are all based in the Euro...moreThis was another quick, summertime read for me. I read it in one day as it was a light and fun read. Elizabeth Young’s books are all based in the European countries so they are full of European slang, which can throw me off kilter slightly. Bugger and sod are not too terms that I use when describing an annoying person regularly! It was a fun read though, even stumbling over some of the language. Love story combined with family drama and “tarted” up characters…always makes for a fun read! No major plot revelations or underlying societal or cultural issues…just a breezy, put-you-in-a-good-mood book! It really made me want to live in Europe because the characters could take fabulous vacations without factoring in the enormous flight costs that I would have to living in the US! (less)
I have heard the hype over this book for years but never had to read in high school so I bought it and I had high hopes for the book that so many have...moreI have heard the hype over this book for years but never had to read in high school so I bought it and I had high hopes for the book that so many have praised about...in the end, I was disappointed. The book dragged on without a real story line or purpose. Much of the book seemed to be Holden lost and confused and wandering, which then transpired into the writing doing the same thing. I can see how some would find connection to the teen angst of feeling alone and unsure of the future but it was just too rambly for me. To me, Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume is a much better read with much of the same youth angst and confusion. Heck, most of Judy Blume's books would fall into that category!(less)