Love! Hillenbrand must be a goddess of research and storytelling. I was surprised but pleased by the resolution at the end. The second half was difficLove! Hillenbrand must be a goddess of research and storytelling. I was surprised but pleased by the resolution at the end. The second half was difficult to read because of the hardships and abuses Louis experienced being a POW, but I don't mean this as a negative review of the book. I recommend this to everyone. ...more
I always wanted to read this, and now that I have it is not what I expected.
A few parts were slow, but other parts were captivating, and overall it wI always wanted to read this, and now that I have it is not what I expected.
A few parts were slow, but other parts were captivating, and overall it was very interesting. The writing was so much fun, as was the coming of age process of the protagonist, Miri. I love how Miri was a princess in the way she took care of those around her, reacted to adversity by working harder, and valued healthy things like love, friendship, and education.
I know I have fallen for a book when I've finished reading and find myself suffering withdrawal symptoms. For days, I missed the characters so much and wanted more.
When the day comes, I would love for my teenage daughters to read this adolescent novel!! 5 stars for high morals, positive thinking and "clean" writing!!...more
I grew up the with movies, but it wasn't until I read the book that I was struck by Anne's incredible resilience after all the sorrow and challenges sI grew up the with movies, but it wasn't until I read the book that I was struck by Anne's incredible resilience after all the sorrow and challenges she had growing up. It makes her lovable, imaginative nature all the more precious when you realize it sprung from a childhood of "buried hopes."
I loved getting to know the main characters more fully as well as the rest of the characters that are excluded from the films. I love the book Gilbert more than the movie Gilbert.
I preferred Matthew's death scene in the movie to the death scene in the book. But what Montgomery said about death altering Anne forever in the way death changes all who are touched by the death of someone they love, I thought was accurate and recognized it as something only someone who experienced it could say about it. It made me wonder what death(s) Montgomery had suffered at that point in her life. I thought it was interesting how she depicted Anne's grief ebbing away quickly. Every person's experience with grief is so different. I feel like almost a totally altered person in every thought and word still, but once again Anne's resilience proves to empower her and buoy her even through the loss of beloved Matthew. ...more
Sometimes painful--not the author, but the plights of the main characters.
Amazing--the main character never fails to inspire the reader toExcellent.
Sometimes painful--not the author, but the plights of the main characters.
Amazing--the main character never fails to inspire the reader to higher definitions of virtue and right.
Memorable--the phrases the author scatters throughout her work that are so important and poetically stated that I would like my daughters to read and consider them as they approach dating.
A little stereotypical, but only at the very end--the final outcomes of the "good" and the "bad" characters at the end of the book just make me laugh.
Impressive--I love how Anne Bronte was so bold in her time to publish this defense of women in abusive circumstances. I love how she was bold in not sugar coating some of the consequences of our choices for the youth she hoped to reach above all in her audience. I am impressed with her direct inclusion of God, His mercy, His justice, and His plan for all His children to repent and come unto Him if they would. The religiosity of the work is no doubt the reason this is not taught in schools, unlike her sister's now-famous Wuthering Heights, which is sad because it is so good and some would argue better than Wuthering Heights.
Such a lovely voice for a children's story. If only the doctrine were correct, I would want to read it to my children too. But Dickens sadly missed soSuch a lovely voice for a children's story. If only the doctrine were correct, I would want to read it to my children too. But Dickens sadly missed some major truths, such as Jesus is not just a good man or prophet, but our Savior from sin and death. Also, he missed that Jesus is not just called God's son, but He is in literal truth God's Only Begotten Son. Regardless, it was wonderful to see that Dickens wanted His children to know the stories of Jesus. It was a treasure to hear a loving father's voice passing on his understanding and beliefs of the New Testament to his children so that they could grow up doing good and knowing they should look to Christ, believe in Him, and be like Him. Very sweet. ...more
I loved this overall. I listen to this book on car trips growing up and now finally read it aloud for myself and my husband on a recent car trip, andI loved this overall. I listen to this book on car trips growing up and now finally read it aloud for myself and my husband on a recent car trip, and it was a lot of fun.
I'll just mention for my own recollection that a few things slightly bothered me in the book, but my husband reminded me this was written for children. Here are a couple of my thoughts:
The goblin songs were just as witty and poetic as the elvish songs. Really? I didn't expect that from goblins.
Even Thorin is quick to lay responsibility for the planning of almost every step of the trip at Bilbo's feet when I'd think he would have been assuming that responsibility for himself naturally as the leader of the company. I can see the dwarves respect and even rely on Bilbo for much, but to pass all responsibility of the planning of so much of the trip on him is interesting.
The climactic battle is skipped and retold after the fact, which is fine as this is written for children, it's just funny when compared with the battles described in The Lord of the Rings. And it's funny to think about how there is no way Peter Jackson will skip the battle but will do that total opposite and play out the whole thing when he makes it into a motion picture. At least I hope. ...more
I think it must have been a better play than a novel. The novel isn't the greatest written, especially during the most exciting parts. Some of Orczy'sI think it must have been a better play than a novel. The novel isn't the greatest written, especially during the most exciting parts. Some of Orczy's explanations I didn't easily buy. However, the premise of the story itself is a lot of fun and I enjoyed it overall.
I read it with Chad (husband) so that made it more enjoyable, except that it made it easier to make fun of Marguerite at the end when we were reading aloud her repetitive professions of love and angst during the last few chapters. I wish someone else would rewrite the story and do it justice because, again, the premise of the story and the Scarlet Pimpernel himself are so cool. I am glad I read it. ...more
I really liked the book, until the last 3 chapters.
In the end everyone decides to marry a stranger theSPOIL ALLERT: I spoil the ending in my review!!
I really liked the book, until the last 3 chapters.
In the end everyone decides to marry a stranger they had met within a week and, in Pearl's case, had haunting nightmares about her whole life???
James quickly turns out to be shallow and a blind idiot and unapologetic to his best, truest friend.
Faye appears to be no more than a complete foolish irrational teen head over heels for someone because of his looks. Her only saving quality was that she rescued James from drowning. I did not sympathize with her at all.
Kale wants to marry Pearl because of a childhood betrothal and the idea of her, not because he really knows her. He doesn't consider the person she's become and the life experiences she's had, assuming she is the same person she was at age 4. Though I sympathize with Kale and how he sacrifices an incredible amount for Pearl all his life,(though making a deal with the sea witch was for his love and concern of Faye and not so much Pearl), I don't buy his comment to Pearl that she must not really be in love with James because she hesitated to admit it to him.
Most of all I do not buy that Pearl was really so much so suddenly in love with Kale to be happiest marrying him and giving up her best friend, the man she had loved for years. Nor do I think it appropriate for her to marry him just because she felt sorry for him. Rather, Pearl appears to be very much in love with James right until the last pages when her love appears to have evaporated, which is what is so confusing.(Maybe it's because the James the author convinced us to love gave her up so easily and shallowly when foolishly "misplacing" his love on another whom he thought was Pearl in the first place. Still I was 100% prepared to forgive him when he got the sense knocked back into him, except he never did).
Also in the last chapters of the book there was a lot of corn (Finneas' reaction/message to the mob) and silly quick resolutions (Pearl defeating the sea witch, resolving all the love triangles in an instant). I felt dissatisfied when the book ended. Maybe this is meant for teenagers.
I know some of my words sound harsh, but I really liked reading it. There were certain aspects I really enjoyed. It was a fast read. I am interested to read other books by this author and see how they compare, because I do enjoy fairy tales so it's worth the risk. ...more
I can't say a book like this could fit the definition "it was amazing," but it gets 5 stars because it was important and honestly written, sweet and sI can't say a book like this could fit the definition "it was amazing," but it gets 5 stars because it was important and honestly written, sweet and sad, and exactly what I needed and wanted. It was difficult for me at parts but in a good way. I didn't feel like reading anything else at the time. The stories online about similar experiences with babies with Trisomy 18 actually tend to bother me and depress me. This is the only one that hasn't. Maybe because it is a book about the mother, which I can relate to and grieve with and heal from.
On top of that, the writing is excellent. Not all people that decide to write their first book about a personal experience do such a good job. ...more
Very intense in the middle, and throughout; I stayed up way to late because I was too nervous to put it down. Superbly written. Interesting, but not lVery intense in the middle, and throughout; I stayed up way to late because I was too nervous to put it down. Superbly written. Interesting, but not light. Captivating even if I don't ordinarily like stories of being at sea or stories without some romance. But I'm relieved on the other hand to not have had to read an adolescent story about a teenager's annoying/premature love issues. I read it in just a couple days, which is really saying something if you knew who slowly I read....more
Such a positive, enjoyable, humorous, and productive tool for life. This book is for everyone, especially if housekeeping is a challenge, but even ifSuch a positive, enjoyable, humorous, and productive tool for life. This book is for everyone, especially if housekeeping is a challenge, but even if it's not. There is at least something in here for everyone, likely more things than one. Everyone SHOULD read this. What a blessing. So validating for me personally yet still offering so much more in terms of organizing ideas, building character, and ways of thinking. Overall truly exciting, but definitely in a way that you can still put it down and come back later. I like how she tackles the handicap of perfectionism and repeats over and over that housework done wrong is better than nothing done at all and still blesses the home. One thing this mantra does for me is it helps me accept help from others and still be at peace with improvement, even if it's not perfect or complete. What a positive boost for women....more
I was enchanted by this book when I was a tween, and I still love it. I noticed this time around though that the ending was a little rushed and the tiI was enchanted by this book when I was a tween, and I still love it. I noticed this time around though that the ending was a little rushed and the timing of the last couple pages not clear. Additionally, I wished there were more details about how to picture the beast so I could picture the terror and repulsion Beauty felt more accurately instead of always reverting to the Disney beast in my head and thinking he was a rather cute beast and nothing to be frightened of. Overall, a wonderful read. ...more
I laughed out loud, thought the predictable plot was beautifully constructed, and enjoyed the focus on the irony of Christmas traditions that have notI laughed out loud, thought the predictable plot was beautifully constructed, and enjoyed the focus on the irony of Christmas traditions that have nothing to do with Christ's birth. The only loose end: who was Martin? I guess that was the point, he represented the awkward "nobodies" at gatherings that seem to know everyone else while no one can seem to remember them. Unfortunately I could only give it a 3 since Grisham sprinkled in sour/crude/racial remarks that I found zero humor and no enjoyment in reading. Way to ruin an otherwise cute and hilarous Christmas story. If I could edit those out it would be an easy 5....more
Very interesting. Jane Austen-era, yet the flip side, portraying the poor, unmarried, working class women as the heroines. Not a real energetic plot,Very interesting. Jane Austen-era, yet the flip side, portraying the poor, unmarried, working class women as the heroines. Not a real energetic plot, and times where I could set the book down and not be anxious to pick it back up, yet it was constantly intriguing since it was based on the lives and major events of real people.
I liked the author's style and steady flow of thoughts. I didn't have to re-read sentences to "get" them. She didn't add suspense and drama where she could have, but kept the storyline focused on the two main historical characters themselves. I loved how she creatively described characters by what feature they "lead" with. Genius! I loved how the main characters had many flaws because I could relate to them better, especially Elizabeth, who never seemed to be able to say what she meant under pressure.
I learned a ton more than I knew previously about the history of the discovery of fossils, especially dinosaur fossils, and early 19th-century European attitudes towards them as they were being discovered. I liked the inclusion of religious thoughts and controversies at that time in history in reference to fossils, and Elizabeth's opinion on the matter. This paragraph makes it sound very drab indeed, but that's the difference between a summary of points and a story, I suppose.
The presentation of the contrasts between 19th Century men and women--their freedoms/boundaries, their worth, their uses and perceptions of each other--was well dramatized in the minds and hearts of the female protagonists and actions of the men. Very thematic.
I took great pleasure in a couple small delights: Elizabeth's confident, fossil-like transformation at the end; it was very literary. And the hinting line about Jane Austen's Persuasion and why Elizabeth refused to read Austen. I assume the author must like Austen herself.