Very moving recounting of a young woman's journey through and out of Scientology. I couldn't believe the levels of separation froVery interesting read
Very moving recounting of a young woman's journey through and out of Scientology. I couldn't believe the levels of separation from her parents from as little as 2 years old. It made me so sad for her, and her parents, to miss such a crucial time together. ...more
I really enjoy this series. It's not too smutty, but has some great sexual tension. The story lines are usually pretty compact and well laid out.
ThisI really enjoy this series. It's not too smutty, but has some great sexual tension. The story lines are usually pretty compact and well laid out.
This book in particular was interesting - you get to know Kate better, which is satisfying (the previous two books she was all "I'm special, but won't tell you why", which was annoying). It's definitely building up to something, and I can't wait to read the next installment. ...more
Definitely recommend this book to any woman who is getting ready to give birth, and to any woman who will be involved in birth in any way (eg. supportDefinitely recommend this book to any woman who is getting ready to give birth, and to any woman who will be involved in birth in any way (eg. supporting someone else giving birth). I found it extremely helpful, empowering and interesting. Ina May speaks with a clear, commanding voice, and imparts many years of wisdom in these pages.
Unmedicated child birth that takes place at home might not be for everyone, but I do believe that everyone can learn and take something from this book....more
Definitely geared to the 8-12 year old set, but was nice to be able to read a chapter in a few minutes (I rarely get time to read any more, and have tDefinitely geared to the 8-12 year old set, but was nice to be able to read a chapter in a few minutes (I rarely get time to read any more, and have to put the book down at the drop of a hat), and the plot was simple enough that if I put the book down mid-page, I could remember what was going on. ...more
This book was ok. I mean, she has a lot of good things to say, but I found it a little too "Christian", meaning that she used a lot of "Christian" lanThis book was ok. I mean, she has a lot of good things to say, but I found it a little too "Christian", meaning that she used a lot of "Christian" language, and maybe not so much "real life" language. It's not bad, but it will certainly only speak to a certain crowd.
I found it hard to think of my circumstances as a "pit". I preferred the imagery in "Your God is Too Safe" by Mark Buchanon better (for my life/experiences). I did, however, like the imagery of thinking of your life's soundtrack - what would that sound like? What song do you sing with your life?
I think that this book is definitely worth reading, and that a lot of people would take wonderful things away from this book. My feelings about it are in no way negative, I just found it wasn't all that applicable for me. ...more
I really thoguht that this book wouldn't be very good, only because I didn't enjoy Firefish all that much. However, the narrator of this book is a difI really thoguht that this book wouldn't be very good, only because I didn't enjoy Firefish all that much. However, the narrator of this book is a different person, so Polivka was able to give it a very different voice.
I enjoyed it a fair amount. I didn't find it as captivating as it could be, but it was interesting enough to keep reading (even if I only read it in small chunks over several months).
I enjoyed Jenta's storyline the most, and kind of glossed over other parts.
I'd recommend this book to people who enjoy Christian literature, and enjoy books about pirates. I wouldn't recommend this story to people who dislike religion in their fiction. ...more
**spoiler alert** I think I would have actually rated this book a 2.5. I liked it, but not enough to give it a three. It was by far better Eclipse, an**spoiler alert** I think I would have actually rated this book a 2.5. I liked it, but not enough to give it a three. It was by far better Eclipse, and marginally better than New Moon (personally, I liked Jacob and his part in the story - had it ended in New Moon with Bella loving and staying with Jacob, I would have loved this duo with an undying love ). I will say this about Breaking Dawn - it kept the pages turning. Honestly, I was ready to throw the book out during Bella's portion in the beginning. If that hadn't ended when it did, I am not certain I would have finished the book.
Here's my breakdown of the book:
1. We have Bella's portion where she marries Edward. I liked that they got married. I couldn't identify with her debilitating fear of marriage (I was all together too happy to walk down the aisle on my wedding day), and I am sure that I got eye strain during the honeymoon portion from rolling my eyes so far back in my head. I totally understand wanting to jump your husband's bones every second of every day - that should be what honeymoons are about. However, Bella doesn't just talk about it... she whines! I also object to the fact that young girls are reading this. I am fully aware that people have sex when they're married - my kids will be aware of this too. However, I don't believe that it should be written about like it was. They really could have done without that. Most teens know how babies are made, and didn't need all the "Edward... have sex with me! Have sex with me! Right now!" etc. I just found it all so annoying.
2. Jacob's portion was the most tolerable to me. I personally love the wolves society and find it way more interesting than the vampires. Plus, Jake kind of tempered the whining from Bella, which was all good. I liked being in his head, and as far as characters go, I like him best.
3. For the final part of the book... well, Bella had what she really wanted, and she wasn't so annoying. Until the very end, she was still very passive, letting things happen to her rather than being proactive (or even reactive - it seemed to me that she just sat around waiting for things to happen to her for most of the series). I also have to say that I hate the name "Renesme". That was the most stupid name EVER in the history of made up names. Ever Carlie (Nessie's middle name) was better. I felt that the fight at the end, while stressful, wasn't as climactic as it could be. Mostly, Meyer had me drawn in through my feelings as a mother. I can't say that the average teen would be able to identify that way. In fact, I'm not sure that this book would relate to teens in any way. I mean, they might be able to say "oooh, I love my boyfriend as much as Bella loves Edward", but that's about it. Most of my "oh this was good" feelings about the book were directly related to my knowledge of the mother-child bond. The only reason that I was invested in the book was because I wanted to make sure that the mother-child bond wasn't destroyed (because that is something I fear, losing my daughter, and would never wish that upon anyone... real or fictional).
Overall... it was an ok book. I'm not going to buy it, I didn't like it that much, and I'm not sure that I will recommend it to anyone. I suppose that if you persevered far enough in the series, you may as well read this one... but I definitely wouldn't buy it for the full price. But then again, as much as I liked Twilight, the rest of the series was kind of a bust for me. This was just unfinished business that I'm glad is at an end....more
I don't know why I wasn't expecting this book to be very good, but I really liked it. It's Kelley Armstrong's first young adult novel, and I think sheI don't know why I wasn't expecting this book to be very good, but I really liked it. It's Kelley Armstrong's first young adult novel, and I think she really nails it. It was interesting enough that it can captivate an adult audience, but wasn't too mature that it would turn off some of the younger readers.
I enjoyed the story line, and I remembered that it takes place in the Otherworld, the same as her adult series about half way through the book... and it all made sense then! I wonder if we'll see any of the Otherworld adult cast in this series?
I found the characters and the situations believable (as believable as can be... maybe read-able would be a better description?). The action and plot was perfectly timed, and the writing, as always, is very good.
I would definitely recommend this book to people over the age of 16. There is no smut of any kind (although there is implied fooling around, but no one is actually doing so), so unless your 16 year old scares easily, this is a pretty safe teen read. This heroine is at least tolerable and you wouldn't have to worry about your daughter turning into a simpering fool after reading this book! :o)...more
**spoiler alert** To be honest, I love the concept of the Twilight series, and the stories themselves. I like the tug of war between Edward and Jacob.**spoiler alert** To be honest, I love the concept of the Twilight series, and the stories themselves. I like the tug of war between Edward and Jacob. I like that Bella had to chose between them. I think it all works well.
What I don't like is Bella's personality in this book (or in New Moon, either). She's so co-dependent and manipulative in Eclipse. I think I would have enjoyed this book so much more had I not fallen off my chair several times from rolling my eyes so hard. It's not that Bella's actions are unbelievable (oh, I think that Meyers has an 18 year old girl who's in love down pat), but I am so annoyed at her inability to look beyond the Edward Future. Sure, she has glimpses of it, especially at the end, but it's always followed by "I'd die without Edward", which is a ridiculous thought.
Honestly, I am reluctant to have this book available for my daughter to read. I certainly won't encourage her to read it, and if I thought it would work, I am sure that I would ban the book from our home. Oh, I am fully aware that one book isn't going to change my daughter's personality... but when there are so many other GOOD heroines to look up to, I would hate to see my kid look up to Bella.
Also, I know that there is no sex in this book, but there is too much tension that I am comfortable with for a YA book. I know that it's not up to the author to censor that stuff because young people might be reading her books... but I am uncomfortable with Bella's demands for sex, knowing that 12 year old girls are reading this series.
I didn't hate this book. I don't mind the writing style, I could definitely identify with Bella in parts (honestly? I'm not an Edward fan. I don't get it. I would NOT chose cold and hard over warm and yielding), and the overall story arc is quite great. I didn't love it, either. I'll definitely read Breaking Dawn, just to see how the series pans out... but I'm not holding my breath (nor am I buying in to the hype that is the Twilight Franchise)....more