Damn, this book had me bawling. I knew I shouldn't read it, far too emotional for me. And yeah, Kate sucked. Her reasons for wanting a divorce sucked.Damn, this book had me bawling. I knew I shouldn't read it, far too emotional for me. And yeah, Kate sucked. Her reasons for wanting a divorce sucked. But you know what? They were real. Her reason are reasons why people get divorced...like that or not, it's truth...sucky, sucky truth but truth nonetheless. Sooo...I understood her. And I understood Nick. And I understood there standstill, and how hard the ordeal was. But what got me was that they truly loved each other underneath it all. That is what brought the tears streaming down my face a time or two throughout the story. It felt real, their lives, even though the plot wasn't multidimensional and was fairly predictable. And it made me pause in wonder over all the good that I have in my life...in wonder and thankfulness. I must say though, the ending was too smoothed out for me, that would be my biggest issue with the entire story. It kind of my made cringe just a bit at the ease of how the story tidied itself up. I can forgive the ending. This definitely was a story that emotionally roped me in, a tear jerker for certain....more
Sometimes I go into a book knowing that it will be predictable. Sometimes I know the framework of the story...the format. Sometimes I want nothing toSometimes I go into a book knowing that it will be predictable. Sometimes I know the framework of the story...the format. Sometimes I want nothing to do with the "same old, same old." Sometimes, I want nothing to do with a love triangle, or a love story period. And more times than not, I do not want predictability. This book, Throne of Glass, is all of that to me; predictable, framework is known, love triangle. But, lately, I found myself craving this type of book. Especially when it is a fantasy story centered around a heroine that possess great skill who also happens to start finding herself entangled with a boy...or two. I have been craving these types of books even though they are predictable to me. BUT, I will quickly drop the book if the story qualities are not written well, and especially if the story neglects the building of its world and developing its characters and is more in favor of building the romance.
I am very pleased and satisfied to say that Throne of Glass did a very good job of building its world, developing its heroine with believable skills, and the love triangle worked. That triangle worked because the heroine stayed true to herself. And, it worked because it was not over-the-top; it worked well for me (I tend to be pretty harsh with these YA love triangle type of stories).
Oh, the story itself had an exciting edge to it. I wanted to know what was going to happen next even though I had a solidly good idea of the end result. And the characters were all rather interesting and played their roles very nicely. The main characters of Celaena, Dorian and Chaol engaged and intrigued me. I liked all three. What I liked best was seeing each of them reveal their layers as they grew and matured as the story moved along. Besides those three, I must say that I was absolutely intrigued and appreciated the character of Nehemia. She added a fabulous quality to the plot. A fabulous quality.
Ok...I've got to say this...I like Dorian and Chaol, but I am rooting more for one over the other. I don't really want to be a "team xyz" kind of reader, but I fear that is where I have headed.
Bottom line: I greatly enjoyed the story. It held up to my expectations and then some. I really liked the heroine, Celaena. The story moved one nicely; it engaged and intrigued me. Yeah, this was a pretty darn good read. I will read the next book in this series.
To note....I am not fan of the book cover for the edition I read. I really...almost passionately...do not like covers that feature a character where the face is fully revealed. And also, the back cover "hook" is quite dramatic and well...Blah. Seriously, the book is far more than those dramatic sentences. Blah to the back cover of this edition.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Very much a side note....my rating. I rated Throne of Glass a 4 which matches up fairly well with my rating of "very good- terrific". I've got a rating system. It's more detailed than Goodreads. So, I have also come up with a system that matches mine to Goodreads. The thing is this, I rate a book based on what my expectations were for the plot, the genre and the marketed age category. So a 4 for a book of this type is very good, but when I compare it to another 4 from a different type of book....well, this 4 may not be as a good as the other book's 4. Basically, what I am saying is that rating systems are very subjective. The rating may mean different things not only from reader to reader but also from genre to genre for the same reader. So know, I really liked Throne of Glass, it deserves its 4, but its 4 doesn't come close to several other books I read, this year, where a 4 rating is what I gave....more
The Martian was quite intriguing from the get go and remained that way throughout the entire story. I cannot say enough gooI am super uber impressed!
The Martian was quite intriguing from the get go and remained that way throughout the entire story. I cannot say enough good about the main character, Mark Watney. Oh my goodness, the smarts, the calm, the reasoning, the incredible ingenuity that he possessed. Amazing, really.
There is a lot of science throughout this book...a lot! BUT! Don't let the science aspect stop you from reading this book, you don't necessarily have to follow all that Mark managed to accomplish. I know I didn't. Quite a bit flew over my head but even the stuff that was flying over me was still riveting. Seriously. I go back to this word again, ingenuity. Totally impressed by that. Also, that ingenuity was all very believable. Impressed, yes indeed. But wait, that's not all there is to this story. There is a lot wit and humor. I chuckled many times. Add to that, the suspense. Yes, I pretty much had the ending figured out, but that did not stop me from feeling the suspense of it all; especially at the end. Oh my, seriously, oh my.
Ah, but there is one niggle to my uber impressed feeling, I did wish I had more background on Mark and that of the crew. There was a bit, but I wish for more. I would have liked to have been more entangled in their lives. That, however, is a small niggle, because even without that wish, I did become invested in Mark's life and that of the crew.
As for the writing, I liked it. It did not beat around the bush. It dove right in. It was matter-of-fact storytelling in the style of journal entries. It was good, it worked but it does have some draw backs that I've already spoke of, that bit of niggle.
Readers seem to liken this story to that of an Apollo 13 type story. Yes, I can see that. But, I liken this story to that of Cast Away. It's both, really, and it worked well.
As for the movie that is soon to release - Oct 2, 2015 - I have high hopes. The Martian not only is great material for a movie, Matt Damon is a great choice for the role of Mark. I'm not one to get all excited about a movie release. I am not a movie goer/viewer by any means, but I am excited about seeing The Martian. That says something huge about how much this book wrapped me around its finger and reeled me right into to the story.
The bottom line: the ingenuity, the smarts, the wit, the humor, the suspense, the loyalties all held great intrigue from the get go all the way through the very end. I couldn't put the book down....more
ENTER TO WIN. A COPY OF THIS BOOK, LINK at bottom of this review, ends September 25, 2015.
My thoughts: It has been difficult for me, in the past, toENTER TO WIN. A COPY OF THIS BOOK, LINK at bottom of this review, ends September 25, 2015.
My thoughts: It has been difficult for me, in the past, to understand the actions of certain women in the Bible; their way of life boggled my perspective. And it's sad to say, but beyond a few - Mary, Ruth, Esther, and Deborah - there were not too many women of biblical times that I admired or thought about much. This was a shortcoming for me because God has a reason for placing each woman in the Scriptures. And because of my limited understanding and narrow perspective, His reasons would, at times, be lost on me. One area of my thinking that I needed to readjust was to remind myself that these women were fallen humans just like you and me. They errored, and made some horrible mistakes. Some of those mistakes were huge, and many I couldn't quite grasp. But all their mistakes were used for the good of God. This is quite an incredible thing about God, he uses those who are wicked along with those who are "wicked good".
Yes, my life perspective filtered how I viewed the women in the Bible. At times my perspective made me critical, shocked, and/or confused. But once I started to have understanding of the culture and times for which they lived in, well, I was better able to view them with a lens not so clouded by my own life experience formed by the times that I am living in and the culture that surrounds me.
Wicked Women of the Bible helped me to push aside my own culture and time influenced lens while bringing into focus the lens of the Biblical times and culture. This has been accomplished by how each chapter is laid out with the unfolding of the reimagined stories of twenty wicked and "wicked good" biblical women (one chapter/woman), a brief section of the times, and a takeaway section which includes questions designed for individual or group study. I enjoyed the perspectives, insights, facts and questions to ponder. I liked the format a whole lot; it was easily accessible, informative and engaging
Each chapter enriched me and gave me further understanding. But with that said, I would say that this is more of a devotional type book for me versus a study that requires me to dig deeply into the Scriptures. This is not a negative by any means because this style worked very well for me. I really liked that I could set the book down after reading one chapter, and feel that her story was complete. This chapter style made it very easy to pick the book back up again when I came a cross one of the women during a reading of Scripture. So yes, I do think this book lends itself beautifully for a devotion type reading. But it is also perfect as a companion to a study that is taking you through the scriptures book by book...or a study where you come across one or all of the women featured in this book. You could also read this book chapter by chapter, and then pause at the end of each chapter to take the time to dig into the Scriptures where each woman's story is told. Also, Wicked Women of the Bible would be an excellent choice for a book discussion group. There really are several ways to use this book. With that all said, I would not recommend reading this book by itself if you do not already have a grasp on the Biblical account of the women featured within these pages. You need to be familiar with the Scriptures first and foremost before diving into a reimagined type story, that's my belief. I encourage you to be at least somewhat familIar with each woman's story within the Bible; there are scripture references as to where these women's stories are told,these references can be found under the heading The Times. Then, once you're familiar with the women's story in Scripture, enrich yourself further by reading each woman's reimagined story contained in this book.
The reimagined stories of each woman was by far the most insightful for me. Each story gave me a fresh perspective to consider; dimensions that I did not see before were added to my understanding. While I love learning Biblical and cultural facts, it's the perspective written - the woman's story - that I really did find to be most helpful. Don't get me wrong, the facts and cultural knowledge are very important as they add dimension too, but the reimagined perspective helped me to see these women's stories in a fuller view. The perspectives also seemed stay true to God's Word which is very important to me.
Bottom line: Engaging, insightful and informative look at twenty Biblical women that is easily accessible with a perspective that gave me a fuller view of each of their lives. I came away from Wicked Women of the Bible enriched.
This was an interesting, intriguing, engaging, mysterious in ways, beautiful, creepy-ish, fantastical, sensitive, offbeat, seemingly pointless but yetThis was an interesting, intriguing, engaging, mysterious in ways, beautiful, creepy-ish, fantastical, sensitive, offbeat, seemingly pointless but yet not...a smartly written book. The storytelling was mesmerizing with an ending I didn't like but did, an ending I didn't understand, but did. This is one unique and engaging story. I had a tough time putting the book down. But yet, the story, what was it about? -oh....so many things and things that only the story can tell as it speaks to you and to you alone...not me to you. As you discover the story - what it is about which is not necessarily one thing - I hope you enjoy the beautiful storytelling as I immensely did. Compelling....more