This book outlines the story of the Kurim Case, a case taking place in another country, and it reads like a report or a professional document. It is nThis book outlines the story of the Kurim Case, a case taking place in another country, and it reads like a report or a professional document. It is not a novel, but the story is still written with the intention to get the reader's attention, ask questions, bring to to a climax, and leave with a conclusion.
In the beginning of the work, he warns the reader that there are some details that someone with sensitivity should be cautious of. This warning was only mildly warranted; there were only a few instances where the torture endured by the victims was outlined in such graphic detail, and in the scheme of things, by a fluent reader of crime novels, it was some of the less violent and disturbing that I've read. That being said, if you can't get through your typical crime novel, or a James Patterson torture scene, best leave this one off your list.
All in all, I tore through it very quickly (it's short, so I listened at work, and read it in one sitting). It kept me engaged and interested, and I'm very satisfied with the work as a whole. I would have liked just a little more detail and breakdown of the mental disorders and psychological influence that happened (I love that kind of stuff) but for a fan of true crime who wants a quick engaging read, this is a great book!
The narrator was also very good. Narrators can make or break an audiobook production, and Sprance definitely made it....more
I wanted to give her a chance. I wanted to hope that someone this clever and with such backing would have hired a better editor or have had people peeI wanted to give her a chance. I wanted to hope that someone this clever and with such backing would have hired a better editor or have had people peer review her work or something. But no, it's the same old same old.
I have 3 major problems with Meyer's book(s). the same problems apply to all of them, not just this one.
1. The concept of the plot is very good, but it's basic and underdeveloped. there could have been so much more mystery behind everything, and it could have surprised and shocked me. but it didn't. I figured it all out very quickly and then rolled my eyes when the main character was shocked by the "plot twist."
2. The writing is atrocious. straight-up bad grammar, poor sentience structure, and who the hell writes an adult novel and cuts the sentence off before the expletives? I want the expletives! Ok if you're writing a teen novel I get it. But this is sooooo not a YA novel. it's about a scientist who tortures people for the government.
3. The characters were not unique or special. this felt exactly like The Host. Which felt exactly like the Twilight series. So basically, she can only write 3 characters: under-developed female with no personality, super-sweet pushover guy, and super-asshole guy. Awesome. Remind me why you're a best seller?
I'm giving it two stars instead of one because even though it was horrible, I still got about a third of the way through it (which is more than I can say for some other horrible books I've read in the past). ...more
On one hand, the plot and story has a lot of potential, the writing is pretty good and keeps me reading,This whole series has me feeling all mixed up.
On one hand, the plot and story has a lot of potential, the writing is pretty good and keeps me reading, and the characters are well developed and complex.
But on the other hand, there's a lot that I don't like. Most prominent, the main character in this story is a young girl abused to the point of a sexual identity crisis. (S)he has no identity, is very confused, and has very little guidance on the matter.
The plot also seemed to drag a little in this one near the end. The beginning and middle was fairly well paced, but it wasn't nearly as well thought out and complex as Wake of Vultures. And it didn't really end the way I wanted it to.
This series is not one I'm going to continue. Part of it is because of the slowness and disappointingness of the plot in this novel, but the other part is the subject of Nettie/Rhett's identity crisis.
I feel like because she was abused by a man she hated, and neglected by a woman who was supposed to keep her safe, she lost all respect for women. She didn't want to be a part of that "woman" stuff. So instead she decided to become what she had respect for: the men in the horse training camp.
But rather than become a strong heroine, she became a broken confused scared young girl who tries to change who and what she is because of past experiences.
And I know the author was trying to make a statement about something, but I feel like it's done more hurt than it's helped. I wish Nettie/Rhett would learn that she is indeed perfect just as she is, she wasn't born in the wrong body, and that being a man or a woman has nothing to do with who you are or how you act.
Somehow I doubt that'll happen. So I'm retiring this series and moving on to greener pastures.
first of all, listening to the audio, it was a bit silly. The accent switched between American and British,**spoiler alert** This book is devastating.
first of all, listening to the audio, it was a bit silly. The accent switched between American and British, and it was weird. The story itself was bonkers (which is to be expected, this is Hearts we're talking about).
What killed me is there's no way for this story to turn out happy. And I am 100% sure of it, so I quit right after the meadow scene. I'll let it work itself out happily in my head. Because I don't feel like having to explain to my boss why I'm crying about a YA novel.
So in my head, Jest took Cath to the Hatter, who made her a hat to make her brave. She marries the king, kills him, kills the jabberwock, and partners with the white queen in Chess to save their kingdom. And she marries Jest and becomes the happiest girl in the world.
EVEN THOUGH I KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AND THAT'S NOT IT. Here, Marissa Meyer, just take my heart and stomp on it already. ...more
There’s a lot to be said for a book that focuses on what the body NEEDS. We see so many things out there today; adds, tv shows, articles, trying to teThere’s a lot to be said for a book that focuses on what the body NEEDS. We see so many things out there today; adds, tv shows, articles, trying to tell you what your body wants, what would make you happy, what will make you skinny, what will make you strong.
But there’s a lot of science behind bodies, and a lot of science behind food, and it’s fairly simple: eat good quality food, eat the right amount, and your body will take care of you. This book starts by looking at what food really is, what kind of food your body needs, and how four basic principles on how to make it happen:
1. Whole foods are better than packaged or processed 2. Pre-planning is essential. 3. Buying fresh foods can be more expensive but you can plan ahead and buy at stores where they’re on sale, and it will force you to avoid waste 4. Remove temptations.
It gives a specific list of staples you should stock your kitchen with, then helps you figure out exactly how much you should eat, and what you should eat.
Are you seeing something important here, guys? this isn’t just for body-builders. This book is for everyone. It doesn’t matter what your goals are for your body… this is how food is supposed to work.
Moving on to the recipes: these all look amazing. I wish there were more pictures, but the instructions are super easy to follow.
I recommend this book for anyone who eats food… so, everyone?
Special thanks to the Lasselle Press team for sending me a review copy!
I really enjoyed this book. It was clever and hilarious, and there were lots of great stories. Farsad brought a lot of heavy topics to the table, butI really enjoyed this book. It was clever and hilarious, and there were lots of great stories. Farsad brought a lot of heavy topics to the table, but in a way that showed the problem without pointing fingers and hating. I laughed the whole time and really enjoyed myself. Farsad referenced her documentary and comedy show The Muslims Are Coming quite a bit. I have totally added it to my To-Watch list. See the trailer below. - See more at: http://www.thelifeandlies.com/2016/07......more
Fellside was a unique combination of psychological, thriller, supernatural, crime, and romance. When I say psychological, it was because it makes youFellside was a unique combination of psychological, thriller, supernatural, crime, and romance. When I say psychological, it was because it makes you think; thriller because I couldn't put it down, and found my heart racing; romance not in the typical sense of the term, but a deep and surprising love that brought all the characters to a new level, and puts the reader in a different frame of mind. It was the kind of book you know is completely unrealistic, but since the author believes in it, you believe in it. It begins with a mysterious tug, and right as you fall in love with the main character she starts to break your heart. M. R. Carey doesn’t write cute books, or sweet books, or books that are easy to read. They make you think and confront how you feel about certain things; but it’s beautiful in it’s own way. I am totally in love with this story, this world, the concept, and the way it all comes together in the end. I definitely recommend it for ages 16+, but not as a light beach-read or hour-at-a-time read. Sit down and chew on this one, and let your mind go where it wants to. Content/Recommendation: Ages 16+ for some violent scenes. This is a women's prison. - See more at: http://www.thelifeandlies.com/2016/07......more