If you are pretty new to reading the Sookie Stackhouse series, than this is an interesting collection of some of the short stories that have been writIf you are pretty new to reading the Sookie Stackhouse series, than this is an interesting collection of some of the short stories that have been written about the series. It will keep you from having to get a whole bunch of anthologies, just this one. But if you have been a fan for a while, already read many short stories in other anthologies, than don't worry about this book. There isn't anything new. Everything can be found in other anthologies. I really wish that there had been a couple of new stories that couldn't be found anywhere else! I was a bit disappointed!...more
This book was a favorite of mine when I was little, so I decided I wanted to go back and reread it. Since it's been years, I didn't really remember thThis book was a favorite of mine when I was little, so I decided I wanted to go back and reread it. Since it's been years, I didn't really remember the story at all.
For a children's book, the intended audience, it is superb. It gives kids a small taste of what it would be like during WWII. As for reading it as an adult, I could see all of the good things about it, but I was left wishing that there was a lot more!
I think that I was expecting too much from the book. If you have kids in your life, have them read this! It's great. If you have a couple of hours that you just want to kill reading a cute, very quick read. Then read it. But if you are looking for something more indepth about the war, there are other books I'd recommend....more
I wasn't really sure what to rate this book. It has a very unique premise and characters that I really enjoyed getting to know. But there were a lot oI wasn't really sure what to rate this book. It has a very unique premise and characters that I really enjoyed getting to know. But there were a lot of times where I felt like the action could have been more suspensful or better developed than it was. I really enjoyed the book, and plan to read the sequal, but it wasn't a book that just grabbed my attention and wouldn't let go. And I think that it really had the potential to do that if things were developed a bit differently.
I was torn between giving it a 3 or a 4, but ended up with a 4 because I did enjoy it enough to want to read the sequal when it comes out next year. ...more
I received this book as part of a first-reads giveaway. I really feel that if you receive a book in a giveaway, it's your job to read the book and wriI received this book as part of a first-reads giveaway. I really feel that if you receive a book in a giveaway, it's your job to read the book and write a review. If it wasn't for that, I would probably never have made it past the first 50 pages. As it was, I kept trying and trying to get through this book, and finally gave up about 175 pages in. For those of you who know me, it's extremely rare for me to not finish a book!
Part of the hard part for me was the culture and lifestyle that was described is very different from how I was raised. So I had a really hard time understanding some of the things that were discussed. For example, I had a hard time understanding why certain things were so insulting to some of the characters. Maybe if it was written in a way that I could see where they were coming from, it would have been interesting to learn about a culture different from mine. That's something that I would enjoy! Instead, the way that it was written was very confusing.
I also just kept waiting for there to be a real story, and I never found one! I know that it's about Abel Jr, or Abel III, not sure which. They called him by both, so who knows! He died and his ex-wife is thinking about his life. But beyond that, I couldn't find a story. The author just kept jumping from one thing to another, and from one time frame to another, with no real connections in-between. I never really felt like I was getting to know Abel in any way. I mean, yeah, I was hearing details of his life, but I never felt like I was getting to know him personally. Why did he do certain things? How did particular events effect him and make him the man he ended up becoming? I think that the author was trying to tell us those things, but I never felt them. I never felt like I knew Abel at all!
And the tidbits about some of the relationships were vague, odd, and sometimes disturbing. In the center is Abel's son Ajay. Ajay's step-father is having an affair. I keep getting a feeling that his mother hasn't been faithful either, even though at this point that's never actually stated. His step-mother is hitting on him. And his father seems to have been unfaithful to both of his wives, and possibly was gay. Good luck to this kid with those kinds of dysfunctional relationships as his examples!
I truly tried to get into this book and to find something good or interesting about it. Instead, I felt like it was a chore just to try to read another chapter. Unfortunatly, there are too many amazing books out there for me to read, to continue to waste my time on this one.
This was another great book in the Study series. I've read from some review that people were disappointed with this book. Especially with how little tThis was another great book in the Study series. I've read from some review that people were disappointed with this book. Especially with how little the romance was developed. Personally, I loved this one as much as the first. No, the romance angle wasn't given a ton of time, but Yelena wasn't really in a position for a lot of romance! I loved to watch her trying to figure out her powers, and learning her place in the world.
Another book that I just couldn't stop reading! Can't wait to get my hands on the next one!...more
I really ended up stumbling on this book in a very odd way. The author wrote an article about one of my favorite authors, Rachel Vincent. While readinI really ended up stumbling on this book in a very odd way. The author wrote an article about one of my favorite authors, Rachel Vincent. While reading the article I got interested in finding out what books Snyder has written. No matter the haphazard way, I'm glad that I found this book!
I picked it up and was hooked immediatly. I literaly couldn't stop reading for 8 hours! I kept telling myself that I was just going to stop at the end of the chapter and actually get some sleep. But the end of the chapter would come and I couldn't put it down!
Maria did a fantastic job of creating characters that I truly care about. She did a great job of weaving together suspence, mystery, friendship, and a touch of romance. I can't wait to read the other 2 books in this series!...more
Wow! This book was fantastic. It's going to take me a bit to wrap my head around it. I'll add a review soon!
So excited! I already love this book, andWow! This book was fantastic. It's going to take me a bit to wrap my head around it. I'll add a review soon!
So excited! I already love this book, and have been wanting to buy it for a while. Well, I just found out that I won it in a first-reads giveaway!
I have now read Ender's Game several times, and I am blown away each time I read it. The characters are very well developed and interesting. The plot grabs your attention from the first page and just doesn't ever let go. And the plot twist towards the end of the book I didn't see coming at all. Loved it! I typically am not a fan of Sci-Fi but this book was fantastic. I'd recommend it to anyone. It's good for numorous re-reads in the future! ...more
I got this book as part of a first-reads giveaway. At first, I really didn't think that I'd enjoy it that much. I'm not a huge fan of non-fiction. PluI got this book as part of a first-reads giveaway. At first, I really didn't think that I'd enjoy it that much. I'm not a huge fan of non-fiction. Plus, although I enjoy watching a good football game, I don't know football inside and out like a lot of people do. I had never heard of the team before, and didn't think that I'd care about what really happened to them or to their football season.
I was wrong! Drape does an amazing job of making you care about this team, the players, and the town that nurtures them. This isn't a book that's just for football fans. It's a book for anyone that enjoys seeing true life challenges, struggles, and triumphs.
Although I did find myself getting a bit lost at times with some of the technical football jargon and descriptions of some of the plays. But despite that, this was an extremely enjoyable read. I saw that Drape has also written a book about The Race for the Triple Crown. That book sounds like it's a bit more up my alley of interest. Considering how much I enjoyed his writing on a topic I'm not all that interested about, I have every intention of checking out this other book!