Lindqvist's writing is spot on just like in Let the Right One In. I think my problem with this short story was simply that, my problem. This was a minLindqvist's writing is spot on just like in Let the Right One In. I think my problem with this short story was simply that, my problem. This was a mind-blowing little tale, but it falls flat because Lindqvist answers no questions. I'm find with being left wondering, but this little tale leaves you not even wondering because you are given not information. None.
It's presented in a straight narrative, but is ultimately not....more
I love King's short fiction and if this had not been a little sip of 'salems Lot I would have loved it. Because it's just a taste, it left me unsatisfI love King's short fiction and if this had not been a little sip of 'salems Lot I would have loved it. Because it's just a taste, it left me unsatisfied and wanting more.
Artfully told and great illustration, but...I wanted it all!...more
I have been referring to the original Twilight and the rest of the series as book crack since the first time I read it. My husband had heard people taI have been referring to the original Twilight and the rest of the series as book crack since the first time I read it. My husband had heard people talking about it so picked a copy up for me and left it on my side of the bed. Very unlike him. (he doesn't really read) I didn't touch it for a few days then thought I would just peek. Almost 9 hours later, after a day on the couch, on the deck, in a hammock, holding the book over the stove as I cooked...I finally finished and could come up for air. It was crap, but compelling crap! I still can't pinpoint what I love about the series, I just know I do love it. I'm not ashamed of it anymore, either. Why should I be?
I raced through this one as well. I didn't have all those hours in a row to devote to it so it took me two days, a soccer tournament, two evenings reading on the deck until the world was dark without my noticing and now I am breathing! Loved it!
Was this a crazy grab for money on Meyer's part? Probably, but she got mine. Would I have preferred to be reading the second installment of The Host? Absolutely. Doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the hell out of this one!
I understand Meyer's argument re: Bella. She gets a lot of flack for creating this "damsel in distress" love a stalker, Stockholm Syndrome tale. She says Bella is not a damsel in distress, rather a human in distress. The Beau we meet here is supposed to prove that could work. Did it? Kind of. There were parts that actually made me giggle they were so silly. Parts like Beau riding on Edythe's back like a monkey. Silly to say the least. But then...I remember my brother dating this Sasquatch girl in high school. She was humongous! She played basketball and her hands were twice the size of mine. They wrestled all the time and while it looked silly, they had fun. I guess it could work.
I won't spoil anything, but I will say Meyer wraps up in one book what it took her four to do last time. I would have read four, for the record, but the quick resolution was ok. We all know what happened before. She changes things up and had I not read the entire Twilight series already I would have felt the last 30 pages were a cheat. Since I have, I felt they were a time saving bone thrown to us, her "gentle readers."
Now I want her to stop being so mamby pamby about hurting characters she loves and write that damned sequel to The Host. Obviously she has a guaranteed sell from me....more
This was a struggle. I don't believe I have ever read anything more sappy or predictable in my entire life. Think Adam Sandler's "Big Daddy" but withThis was a struggle. I don't believe I have ever read anything more sappy or predictable in my entire life. Think Adam Sandler's "Big Daddy" but with a G rating.
I had to force myself to finish and the only reason I was able to was because it was an ebook. I could sip on my phone, desktop or Nook whenever I had a free moment. If I had needed to carry an actual book around and exert the effort of opening it I would not have done so....more
This was a lovely tale. I love the way Hale is able to set her stories in a place “other” than where we live. She gives enough detail so its obviouslyThis was a lovely tale. I love the way Hale is able to set her stories in a place “other” than where we live. She gives enough detail so its obviously not here, but not so much that you need to worry about building a world in your mind. She keeps enough familiarity that the differences simply add to the tale, not detract from it.
Had there not been (view spoiler)[ a werewolf in this novel I would be giving it five stars instead of 4. I wish she had found another means of making him deplorable. I actually feel he may have been despicable enough simply being the power hungry warrior he was. The whole werewolf angle was unneeded and distracting to me. (hide spoiler)]
There was so much character growth in these pages. For the relatively short length a lot happens, but each event is described enough that we understand the importance and the characters develop as a result of each. There seemed to be no filler. That’s a rarity and I appreciate it.
This was obviously written with a young audience in mind, but Hale in no way dumbs down her subject matter. This felt more like an adult fairy tale along the lines of Stephen King’s Through the Eyes of the Dragon, that your typical YA novel. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
That was a fun read. I would almost place this on my self titled "Book Crack" shelf. It reminded me of the Twilight or Grey series. You know you are nThat was a fun read. I would almost place this on my self titled "Book Crack" shelf. It reminded me of the Twilight or Grey series. You know you are not reading literature, but you are moved and compelled to keep reading just the same! This took me only two days to read despite this being a very, very busy time in my life. I couldn't put it down!
Not only could I not put it down, but in an almost oxymoron situation I couldn't bear to finish. I read the last thirty pages or so in bits and drabs. I wanted to finish, but I didn't want it to be over. Am I the only person who does this? I don't want to let go of a world or character and so I read a page, set the book aside and dust. Read two pages and was a few dishes. Read another few pages and remember I should really do a load of towels. It's a sickness!
I'm not going to summarize the plot. A friend in the group I read this with called it "The Bachelor" on the page and that is exactly what it is. Set in the future. In a made up country. With a made up war and government, but "The Bachelor" all the same.
This book left me wondering who was good and who was not. I know the main character, America, (I know, I know...) is a good girl, but I have the distinct feeling that her love interests are not who and what they appear to be. We'll see.
The next one is $8.99, the third, $9.99. I have about 200 books waiting to be read that I already own. Can I justify the expense......more
This is such a gem of a short story. You have no idea where it's going. Any of us can imagine being in the narrator's shoes. Sometimes life genuinelyThis is such a gem of a short story. You have no idea where it's going. Any of us can imagine being in the narrator's shoes. Sometimes life genuinely sucks! Not often do we have a Guardian Angel out for justice on our behalf. I was flabbergasted the first time I read it and got to the end. It's a mark of how great a story it is that I've read it numerous times knowing the surprise but still willing to take the journey to get to the "reveal." ...more
I want to say first that Murphy's writing style was good. The story flowed and was somewhat compelling. Why am I giving it only two stars? Because theI want to say first that Murphy's writing style was good. The story flowed and was somewhat compelling. Why am I giving it only two stars? Because the story sucked.
I hated Alice, the main character. Typical teenage bitch, but she gets diagnosed with Leukemia and we are all supposed to feel sorry for her. Unlike other cancer teens, in so many YA titles out today, she is not only unlovable, she is completely unlikable as well. Not only does she find out she has cancer, but she sees something that rocks her world. If this is what made her so detestable, I could have stomached her, but it so obviously is not. She has clearly been a bitch since, oh...maybe birth?
Harvey is Alice's best friend who (in typical cliche fashion) is also head over heels in love with her. Alice drags this sweet kid through the dirt. I loved Harvey for the first couple hundred pages, but enough is enough man! He just took it and took it and asked for more! You can only pity someone when their situation is beyond their control. He enabled Alice. He encouraged her. He allowed her to ruin his chance at normalcy and happiness. Schmuck!
Then we get to the ending. I knew all along what it was going to be, but it was even more sappy when it actually happened, not to mention unrealistic. I won't spoil anything, but anyone who can't figure it out by the middle of the book should be reading a different kind of book. Not YA, but children's. Just sayin'....more
I have to give a shout out to Andrew, who sent me this story. I had, in fact, never even heard of it until I saw his review. Thank you!!!
This was undeI have to give a shout out to Andrew, who sent me this story. I had, in fact, never even heard of it until I saw his review. Thank you!!!
This was undeniably a King idea. There must be some instance of "Survivor's Guilt" in his past because it's a theme he re-visits over and over.
The idea was worth five stars, but the execution was not. This should have been a much longer tale. You aren't certain until the very end what's happening, but if you've read a lot of King you can certainly make an educated guess. If King were to take this and add about 5000 words it would feel right at home in one of his short story collections. As it stands, it's barely a sketch....more
I only read this because my friend Sean did. Sean actually hated it. I didn’t.
I can’t say it was an amazing read, but I did find the premise originalI only read this because my friend Sean did. Sean actually hated it. I didn’t.
I can’t say it was an amazing read, but I did find the premise original and the idea clever. Often, when I like the idea of a short story I wish it were longer. Not so here. I can’t think of how to expand it, I just didn’t hate it.
I can see from reading some other reviews that not everyone loved this. I really, really did! Perhaps because I am decades from my teens this was justI can see from reading some other reviews that not everyone loved this. I really, really did! Perhaps because I am decades from my teens this was just perfect. The way Anika spoke rang true to me. She was not eloquent, but she was "real" and "sincere", and that's what I am always looking for in YA.
The ending blew me away. I was simply not expecting what I got. I also blew through this over a period of about 16 hours when I really didn't have time to read which means I snuck a page here, a page there, on my Nook, on my phone, on my computer screen. To me that is the hallmark of a good read. When you simply cannot stop despite life's attempts to get in the way.
Was Anika's life a little too perfect, despite her complaints, what with the lovely family, nice home and job? Sure, but that just made her the perfect vehicle to tell these other tragic stories. Was the lesson of appreciating what you have kind of beat over the head of the reader? Again, sure, but that's ok too, because the way it was beat over my head was entertaining to read....more