After reading the description I thought this book would be a lot like The Perfect Storm. I was wrong. It was a great story and a truly touching and em...moreAfter reading the description I thought this book would be a lot like The Perfect Storm. I was wrong. It was a great story and a truly touching and emotional book.
While the story's main plot revolves around Bud and the perilous situation he is in there is so much more to this one. As Bud and Carolina go through their day they recall memories from their past. Not all of them are good, but they all show how life can take it's toll on a marriage. How just loving someone may not always be enough and how the heart works in mysterious ways.
The writing was great. Mary Alice Monroe did a great job capturing the dialect and portraying it in her writing. The two main characters are very well developed and the secondary characters aren't just two dimensional. The flashbacks were done perfectly and they didn't make the story feel choppy.
Even at almost 400 pages it didn't really take me that long to read. The story keeps you connected and wanting to know more. This one was really good, I'm adding her last one to my To Read list!(less)
This is a story that follows Hiroko through her life. The story starts in Japan during WWII and ends in 2002. We follow Hiroko as she loves, loses, an...moreThis is a story that follows Hiroko through her life. The story starts in Japan during WWII and ends in 2002. We follow Hiroko as she loves, loses, and ages. While the events in history play second to the story there are many things that Hiroko deals with: the bombing in Nagasaki, the split of India and Pakistan, 9/11. The characters are well rounded, and as the story jumps from one to the other we really get a sense of who these people are and what emotions they are dealing with. I became connected to just about all of the characters.
The story is well written, the descriptions were a bit much in some places, but the pictures that Shamsie is able to paint with words are breathtaking. Her use of reacurring themes makes the story really go full circle. Her ability to take monumental events in history and make them the basis of Hiroko's life, without making the story simply about the history is a feat.
A good read. There were parts that read a little slow, but there weren't many and the story is compelling enough to pull you through them.(less)
I just recently got into paranormal romance, so I'm still feeling my way around the genre. So this book was a little out of my normal reading, but I t...moreI just recently got into paranormal romance, so I'm still feeling my way around the genre. So this book was a little out of my normal reading, but I think it was pretty decent.
I loved Nina Bangs' writing style, and the idea of prehistoric beasts saving humanity was pretty original. However I just didn't love the story all that much. Granted once I got near the end I couldn't put it down.
Bangs' is a great storyteller. Her descriptions are great and her character development is awesome. The story follows Jenna as she travels to Philadelphia to find out what her sister has been up to. The shock she finds when she gets the full story is more than most people could take, but her interest in Al keeps her around. Jenna finds out that she is the key to saving humanity, at least in this battle, and in her hunt to find out what exactly she has to do she falls in love.
Again I loved the writing style and the story has merit. I just didn't entirely like the prehistoric souls. I will definitely pick up something else of hers, but this series doesn't seem to be up my alley.
It was a pretty quick read, and I really liked the characters. Overall I would give it a thumbs up!(less)
This is a great heartfelt story. I loved Laura, she was so down to earth, and she seemed like a real person to me.
I almost immediately became attache...moreThis is a great heartfelt story. I loved Laura, she was so down to earth, and she seemed like a real person to me.
I almost immediately became attached to her. I felt the pain, joy, sorrow, doubt, everything she was going through. There were a few times I was brought to tears. I was angry with people that hurt her. I wanted her to succeed in everything so that she could build her self-confidence.
This was a great story about life in general. Things happen and we have to deal with them and move on. This book reiterated one thing that I always say "Everything happens for a reason, even if we can't see it at the time". I think if I had to summarize the theme of this book, that would be it.
This one took me a little longer than I expected to finish. I don't know why it was a slow read but it was. It was engaging though, and that kept me turning the pages. Overall I would have to say it was touching.(less)
This one is giving me mixed emotions... Which I think is a good thing.
The story follows Jeff, a freelance art writer from London. Jeff travels to Ven...moreThis one is giving me mixed emotions... Which I think is a good thing.
The story follows Jeff, a freelance art writer from London. Jeff travels to Venice to cover a festival, where he meets a woman. They have a whirl-wind romance fueled by booze and drugs. The second part of the story is kind of a mystery. The narrator ends up in Varanasi and ends up staying, presumably forever (but we don't ever really know). In Varanasi he undergoes changes, life altering "spiritual" changes. But again, the fruition to which these changes lead the narrator is unknown.
I really liked the story, and although I felt the writing was a bit embellished I liked the writing also. My biggest complaint has nothing to do with the story whatsoever, rather it's the use of one very offensive word - the c word. I'm by no means a prude, quite frankly I could make a sailor blush, but there are a few words that even I won't mutter and the c word is one of them. I don't know why this bothered me so bad, but I actually had to put the book down for a while to let myself cool off. As I was reading the more I kept thinking about that word and the more upset I got. I know it's crazy, but it just bothered me.... Once I cooled off a bit I was able to read it without seething, I guess I was having a moment.
I liked the wit that was apparent throughout the book. I think without the added wit the story would have been somewhat lacking. But the humor made me want to keep reading (after I got over the c word thing). Something that was a little odd, but was part of the mystery of the second part, was that the first part of the book is written in third person whereas the second part is written in first person. But again, there is so much mystery as to who the narrator is (presumably Jeff from the first part, but I'll let you make your own decision). Then the mystery as to if he ever returns home...
I can't say I loved this book, but I think that it was good. I have never read anything that reminds me of this so I can't make any comparison. I liked it, but at times it kind of teetered on a thin line between brilliant and completely absurd.(less)
As I started this book I didn't think I was going to like it. The first chapter is written from a dog's perspective. But as I kept reading the perspec...moreAs I started this book I didn't think I was going to like it. The first chapter is written from a dog's perspective. But as I kept reading the perspective changed, actually it changed quite frequently throughout the book. This allows you to connect with so many of the characters on a deeper level.
This story is about a dog with special powers to heal, and who ultimately will save the world from a horrible demoness that is to be released from the depths of hell. As Jack's owners realize his ability, and the ultimate reason he was sent to this earth strange things are happening in their town.
This book was fairly well written. The story was enticing and kept me reading. I also felt that the character development was great. There were a few two-dimensional characters, but all of the main characters were well-rounded. Again, as with so many books lately, I really connected with Jack, Maeve, Maggie, and Clancy.
While I had a general idea of how this story would play out there was much that I didn't see coming. It was action packed and kept me turning the page. Even though the conflict had been solved I didn't want this one to end. Although I'm pretty sure this is part of a series so I will absolutely be picking up the next one.(less)