I think I finally found a boundary of things I just CAN'T take seriously when reading a book. I used to think I wasn't a fantasy fan...now I'm a HUGE...moreI think I finally found a boundary of things I just CAN'T take seriously when reading a book. I used to think I wasn't a fantasy fan...now I'm a HUGE fantasy reader. That being said, I've pushed myself lately to go deeper into the genre and have been reading more and more stuff my friends and family would roll their eyes at and make endless fun of.
I got through this book pretty quickly, the story was pretty engaging from the beginning and I had a few favorites picked out early on. It was the very last chapter that did it for me...just too weird. I don't know if I'll continue the series or not. We'll see. I do kinda wanna see what happens to Jon and Arya, they were my favorites.(less)
This is my first Heyer, and I look forward to many more of her romance novels.
Instead of being funny enough to keep you laughing outloud, or seductive...moreThis is my first Heyer, and I look forward to many more of her romance novels.
Instead of being funny enough to keep you laughing outloud, or seductive enough to make you swoon, this book will be witty enough to make you smile, and sweet enough to make you sigh...and sometimes, that can be better all around.(less)
This book is just...a collosal achievement. The Thornbirds is just "eh" for me, her take on P&P made me really appreciate her as a skilled author...moreThis book is just...a collosal achievement. The Thornbirds is just "eh" for me, her take on P&P made me really appreciate her as a skilled author and storyteller...but THIS book makes me revere and idolize her as one of the best authors in existance.
This is an almost 1000 page book about the ancient Roman senate, and I was addicted to every single word. How awesome is that? I was terrified to start it, when I glanced over the almost 300 page glossary, all I could think was "man, what if I'm not smart enough to read this?" I shouldn't have worried! All you have to do is trustingly place yourself in McCullough's hands, and her book will entertain as well as inform. She made this story so captivating that I was on the edge of my seat more than once-over such things as a massive grain shortage and the passing of a bill to grant basic Roman citizens (the 'Head Count') land.
These people with their 3 and 4 word ridiculous names will quickly become real people, and by the end you'll feel like you've been reading about them for years.
Jerusha Abbott is one of my new favorite characters. She was a lovely blend of Anne Shirley and Cassandra Mortmain: imaginative, blunt and real. Her l...moreJerusha Abbott is one of my new favorite characters. She was a lovely blend of Anne Shirley and Cassandra Mortmain: imaginative, blunt and real. Her letters to "Daddy" were so charming, witty and charasmatic...I could probably gush about her for ages. The way the story would end was not hard to guess, but what a fun journey to get there! I will definitely be keeping this one as a treasure and re-reading it in the future.(less)
Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier tells the story of Sorcha and her six older brothers. See, Sorcha should have been the seventh son of a sev...moreDaughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier tells the story of Sorcha and her six older brothers. See, Sorcha should have been the seventh son of a seventh son – but she ended up being a girl instead. Fate is funny that way (turns out not so much ha-ha funny as cruelly ironic). What follows is the story of how Sorcha will do almost anything to keep her family together.
To say that Juliet Marillier starts off Daughter of the Forest a little slow is like saying it might get slightly boring to watch paint dry. Seriously – I first read Daughter of the Forest a few years ago and if it wasn’t for all the recommendations I’d gotten I would have been more than willing to give up on it. But – BUT – when things finally get going, you’ll forget all about the slow beginning. The pay-off is more than worth it. Trust me. I have now reread it more than once.
The story, for the most part, is so subtle and slow-moving even past the beginning. But there is urgency and strength underlying each and every word – I am always awed by the power of the story. The quiet pace only makes the important things reverberate that much more.
There is also a beautiful plot thread (well, more than one really) about how stories can make us get through pain. No one knows that better than tireless readers like us, right?
The magic of the story is all about balance – how evil and good have to weigh themselves against each other. Sorcha spends the majority of the book trying to counteract a curse. If life was fair, it would have been easy, but of course things don’t work that way.
Also: faithful dog alert. Linn is one loyal animal, and he made my heart hurt more than once. Sigh.
As for the romance – it is very satisfying. Daughter of the Forest is one of those sweet and innocent love stories that gives you the warm fuzzies. Y’all, I love Red. He ends up giving up a lot for Sorcha!
This is definitely a book worth reading. When you’re in the mood to watch a wonderfully written slow-paced story weave itself together, Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier is the book you should pick up.(less)
Right from the beginning, this book will grab you. The characters and setting are so exotic and enticing...you will first want to be there, and then,...moreRight from the beginning, this book will grab you. The characters and setting are so exotic and enticing...you will first want to be there, and then, as you read, start to feel that you are.
I was so caught up in the fantastic descriptions and places that I wasn't even thinking as much about the plot! There were a couple of twists and turns that left me gasping in disbelief.
A magnificent story in every aspect, can't wait to read the rest!(less)
I can see, having finished this, why it is considered a classic of historical romance. I hate reading stories about rape-HATE!-but for some reason, I...moreI can see, having finished this, why it is considered a classic of historical romance. I hate reading stories about rape-HATE!-but for some reason, I was drawn to the characters in this story anyway. And, at the end, it turns out she was never really raped at all, so I'm glad i didn't put it down at the beginning.
I loved the characters, and I thought Wolfgar's character development was pretty believable, it took him a long time to give in to his feelings.
I definitely recommend this for historical romance fans.(less)
I really enjoyed this story; I'm already looking forward to the next one.
Sanrda Gulland takes you seamlessly through the many different stages of Rose...moreI really enjoyed this story; I'm already looking forward to the next one.
Sanrda Gulland takes you seamlessly through the many different stages of Rose's (Josephine's) life. From her Creole upbringing to her marriage to a French rebel to her imprisonment to her introduction to the sallow and ungainly, yet determined Napoleon Bonaparte. It was a thrilling story! I have never seen the French Revolution from any point of view besides the King and Queen.
The only thing that keeps the story from being 5 stars is the lack of a deep emotional connection. Even though it is written as a diary account, I never feel like she really shares Rose's thoughts and emotions as deeply as she could have. Nevertheless, it is a fantastic story.(less)
**spoiler alert** I felt like this book was taking a long, leisurely walk. You get to know the characters little by little, and you follow them on a c...more**spoiler alert** I felt like this book was taking a long, leisurely walk. You get to know the characters little by little, and you follow them on a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. It isn't too fast paced, but there is always plenty going on to keep interest going. I never became 100% emotionally involved with all the characters, but Gus is just a darling, and when Lorena stood next to his casket all night it made me cry! Bless her heart.
What REALLY struck me, from the beginning on through, was how witty the dialogue was (thanks to Gus in large part, of course). (less)
This is definitely one of my new favorite books, so if you're a friend of mine, prepare to have me brutally push it on you unti...moreOriginally posted here.
This is definitely one of my new favorite books, so if you're a friend of mine, prepare to have me brutally push it on you until you give in and give it a go.
One of the reviews I read compared it to The Song of Ice and Fire and Lord of the Rings, saying that the book was equal to the best of fantasy written thus far. Well let me tell you, this doesn't stand alongside the fantasy greats, it knocks them off the shelves.
It isn't just some fantastic epic that you read for fun and adventure (although you'll get plenty of that too). It is story of a real life. Kvothe has known pain, despair, the feeling of being completely abandoned and alone, and he has also experienced joy, love, happiness and knowledge. One chapter he is beaten half to death, the next he is being shown some of the truest acts of kindness I could ever imagine.
I can't think of an emotion I didn't experience while reading. I snorted with laughter, gasped in outrage, choked back tears, shook with disbelief and trembled with anticipation. Seriously, the book has it all.
What a magnificent achievement to tell this story in a completely believable way-I mean sure there are dragons and magic (sympathy)...but I mean the "real life" stuff. Here you have a 15 year old boy, who early on, had fantastic parents and a happy life as a traveling performer. When that was taken away, he lived on the streets of a large city and raised himself to be tough and cunning. He knew how smart he was, and he got himself a place in the University. Now-before you start thinking that he is portrayed as being perfect-the author never hesitates to remind you that he is still a kid! He is constantly showing off and doing outrageously idiotic things that get him into heaps of trouble. I wanted to wring his neck more than once myself!
Anyway, I'm not going to try to summarize the book. I wouldn't be doing it any favors. I will say that the beginning was slow. It probably took me over a hundred pages to actually get really involved with the story. But, even that was all so mysterious and sinister that I knew sticking with it would pay off. I can't wait to read it again someday when I will be able to understand more of what was going on in the beginning.
The ending. I have read a ton of reviews and comments of people saying it ruined the book and so on. I don't get that. I thought Kvothe ended his story in a perfect place to set up anticipation for the next book, and the little scene with Bast and the Chronicler that closed the story was brilliant, set up interest in the current setting. Anyway...just my opinion.
Even after over 700 pages, I still don't "know" Kvothe. Isn't that the point? He isn't predictable, and he hardly ever did what I expected him to do. For that reason alone, I know the next installment will probably be even better then this one.
So...quit listening to me and go meet Kvothe for yourself.
Oh yeah--one more thing though. If you're a fan of the book...or really, even if you aren't, I recommend checking out Patrick Rothfuss' blog (it is posted on his website). He is hilarious, and regularly keeps me entertained. He is just the type of guy I would love hanging out with. Not in a creepy-I'm-looking-at-him-through-his-window way, more of a "hey lets eat something really unhealthy and talk about books."
Anyway, he comes off as a really nice, interesting guy. Its a pleasure to read such a fantastic book by a guy that actually seems to deserve the privilege of having come up with it.(less)
I have a lot of conflicting thoughts about this book, and I've spent the past day or two trying to decide if I even wanted to write a review or not......moreI have a lot of conflicting thoughts about this book, and I've spent the past day or two trying to decide if I even wanted to write a review or not...but of course, since I intend to be a full-time Kristin Cashore lover whether or not she sticks with her Graceling-ish world, I decided I should.
There are so many things about this book that make me feel like I perhaps SHOULD like it more then Graceling. The plot was more complex, the side characters are much more realized, and I think the story development (specifically in the romance department) flows much better then it did in Graceling.
That being said, I can't say I like it more, but I do like it just as much. That is where my conflicting thoughts come in. I guess I just gotta stay true to Katsa and Po, even though Fire and Brigan are wonderful too. Either way, if you loved Graceling I can definitely say that you will love this one too.(less)
I just re-read this in anticipation of the sequel coming out in a couple of weeks. Its the first book I've actually re-read since joining GR about a y...moreI just re-read this in anticipation of the sequel coming out in a couple of weeks. Its the first book I've actually re-read since joining GR about a year or so ago...which is about the highest praise I can give it. I love it, it is *almost* as addicting the second time around, even knowing how it ends.
It is one of the few books that actually lives up to ALL the hype heaped on it, in a sick way its just as addicting as the actual Hunger Games probably would be if they were real. Its brutal, sometimes sad, but you just can't look away.(less)
Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart has been on my radar for quite awhile. I even have it on my Project Fill in the Gaps list. That, along with the c...moreNine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart has been on my radar for quite awhile. I even have it on my Project Fill in the Gaps list. That, along with the combined recommendations of Holly, Chachic and Angie (three people I trust more than most for recs) finally urged me to pick it up.
I don’t have much previous experience with Mary Stewart – but let me tell you. That will be changing. Nine Coaches Waiting is nothing short of stellar. Everything from the plot to the characters to the writing (the writing, you guys – oh my stars) left me all but speechless.
Let me give you one – very important – piece of advice about Nine Coaches Waiting. Don’t try to learn anything about it before just picking it up. If you enjoy historical novels, mysteries, thrillers and/or suspense – I promise you’ll love it. Let it be a surprise!
Can y’all imagine a better way to describe falling in love than the following?
“It was stupid, it was it was terrifying, it was wonderful, but it had happened.”
The way Mary Stewart has with words kills me, y’all. From giving the characters distinct personalities to describing feelings to invoking fear and suspense…she does it all in Nine Coaches Waiting. When my twitter status updated my currently reading status, the fabulous Deanna Raybourn said the following:
“NO ONE can write more suspenseful pages about absolutely nothing than Mary Stewart–and I mean that as profound compliment.”
Isn’t that delicious? I wasn’t that far into Nine Coaches Waiting yet, but I found that statement so intriguing. Since I am nowhere close to the wordsmith Deanna Raybourn is, I had to steal that for my review. I can’t think of a better way to describe Mary Stewart’s writing!
If you’re a fan of romantic suspense and old fashioned mysteries, this is definitely a book you have to read! I absolutely can’t wait to dive into more of Mary Stewart.(less)