I remember reading The Forest of Hands & Teeth. I remember liking The Forest of Hands & Teeth. I remember thinking "yeah, this was pretty goodI remember reading The Forest of Hands & Teeth. I remember liking The Forest of Hands & Teeth. I remember thinking "yeah, this was pretty good. I'll have to remember to check out the sequel sometime." I thought Carrie Ryan's writing was wonderful, I just never 100% clicked with the characters or the plot like I do with a 5 star read.
I read a couple of good reviews of Dead-Tossed Waves from people whose opinions I trust, so I decided to go pick up a copy. Within a couple of paragraphs I was already reminded of how wonderful a writer Carrie Ryan is. Within a chapter I was already head over heels for Gabry, the main character. Within 50 pages I was already dying to know what would happen next and had to keep a mental chant going in my head so as not to read forward like I was so tempted to do.
In other words, anything I might have found lacking in the first book was more than made up for here. I remember thinking Mary was a little burdensome because she was already so challenging and defiant from the beginning of the story. She didn't have as much room for growth as Gabry does here. She starts out very timid and nervous, and grows as she tries to do what she (or the people around her) find necessary. I really respected the fact that she was loyal to her feelings and not flighty or easily swayed...especially in the matter of Catcher vs. Elias. No matter who I was rooting for (Team Elias!), I still respected the fact that she didn't run from one right to the other without a second thought.
Anyway, the first book made me interested enough to see what would happen next, this book has gotten me addicted. Can't wait for the next one!
Also, aren't these the best titles ever? I think so....more
I thought this book was absolutely brilliant. I was drawn into the story from page one...although after the first 200 or so pages, a story that was abI thought this book was absolutely brilliant. I was drawn into the story from page one...although after the first 200 or so pages, a story that was above average to begin with shot straight to the top of my favorites list.
It is a fairly complicated story due to various political intrigues...but I can promise you that you will NOT be bored for even a second (or at least, I sure wasn't). The names and places can all be fairly confusing, but by the time the story really gets going you'll have them pretty much down.
I thought it was pretty darn original, I've sure never heard of anything even remotely like this before. In an odd way, it was one of the most spiritual books I've ever read...just not by our standards. Their methods of worship are quite different then one might expect. I should take this moment to warn you of several S&M scenes...but all the different sexual portrayals were lovely to me, because Carey has a way of making you see them from the characters' eyes-which means viewing them as a homage to the gods.
I can't wait to keep going with this series!
*EDIT* Just realized I forgot to mention my one major gripe...the outrageously bad foreshadowing technique. I think this was the author's first book, so hopefully she gets better but...really. There was constantly a "little did I know how important this would be" or "if only I'd known then how it would turn out, I could have done it differently..." It got on my nerves. But the story was so good I forgave her, and eventually I was so caught up I stopped noticing (or maybe it was when I got to the "then" that she wished she'd known before, haha).
*ANOTHER EDIT* I just did a half-reread/scan, because I was curious to see if knowing what happens in books 2 and 3 would affect the way I saw this one. I have to say, still love this one...but it made me appreciate how much deeper you go into Phedre and Joscelin's lives in both the next books. I don't like the way Joscelin was portrayed when he first appears: he was always showing either too much insight or far too little, depending on the situation. Once she shames some sense into him during their stay in the Skaldi territory, he seemed to snap into the Joscelin I know and love. I guess that was when his pride took its first big beating. *shrug* anyway, just something I noticed....more
I picked up Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners not sure what to expect. I normally stick to contemporary romance and steer clear of books classified as “chI picked up Grace Grows by Shelle Sumners not sure what to expect. I normally stick to contemporary romance and steer clear of books classified as “chick lit.” After reading this synopsis, I decided to make an exception. AHH I AM SO GLAD I DID. I have some CAPSLOCK ENTHUSIASM for this read, y’all.
First of all: Grace Grows has an original soundtrack. Could things get any better? Tyler Wilkie, the male MC, is a musician. The songs he writes and sings in the book have actually been recorded. Plus, the lyrics don’t suck. I’m normally pretty blah about books with original lyrics/poems/etc. in them because I feel awkward about it when they aren’t very good or meaningful and don’t add much to the story. Luckily, these are fabulous.
where she’s just the world to me just a girl who knows I could be good I could be bad I could be what she’s never had And I can be wrong but you can be sure I could be anything for her
Maybe now that I’m an old lady (I turned 26 this year, y’all. TWENTY-SIX.), I just appreciate the chick lit genre more than I used to. Seeing a relationship develop over years and have consequences and difficulties was a breath of fresh air – Grace Barnum and Tyler Wilkie have an extremely complicated relationship that takes a lot of time and effort to finally succeed.
When Grace Grows begins, Grace is in another relationship. Tyler Wilkie is a recent transplant to the city – just another musician trying to make it. Even though she can barely tolerate how he disrupts her need for order – she can’t quite make herself stay away from him. Maybe it is the gorgeous angsty music he writes about her – or how hotttt he is. (Seriously, this dude IS hot.) As the years go by, their interactions change and evolve as they become friends, more than friends, awkward acquaintances…
Their hard times just made me want it that much more – for them to be together. Same goes for their faults – both Grace and Tyler make PLENTY of mistakes and bad decisions. Seeing them misstep made them feel all the more real.
Seriously you guys, I was so wrapped up in the Gralkie (Grace + Wilkie – yes, no?) soap opera. I laughed, I cried, I yelled. (Luckily, the yelling was only internal. Mostly.) I was SO INVESTED in this story that it might have been a little unhealthy.
I read Grace Grows as an egalley, but this is definitely a story I will be investing in so I can set a copy on my shelves to reread in the future. Multiple times. I haven’t had nearly enough time with these characters and their story.
To Sum it Up:
-YOU GUYS. If this is any indication of what I’ve been missing by not reading more chick lit, consider me a convert.
-Watching two people live their lives and make mistakes over the course of many years was a nice change from the straight up romance novels I usually stick to.
-I was completely invested in these characters – I read Grace Grows in one sitting, dying to see where they would end up and if they’d end up there together....more
Wow. I really liked this book-way more than I thought I would. I fell in love with Twilight despite the years I spent refusing to read it, and now I hWow. I really liked this book-way more than I thought I would. I fell in love with Twilight despite the years I spent refusing to read it, and now I have devoured this as well. What will she do next? Probably another book where the men carry the women around all day....more
I have seen a couple of movie adaptations of Persuasion, and have had a hunch for several months that once I read it, it would be my favorite Austen.I have seen a couple of movie adaptations of Persuasion, and have had a hunch for several months that once I read it, it would be my favorite Austen. I was right!
Captain Wentworth is by far my favorite of Austen's leading men (sorry Mr. Darcy), and while reading I very much enjoyed picturing him as the gorgeous Rupert Penry-Jones from the 2007 BBC movie. I love arguing with some of my good friends here on GR about Elizabeth Gaskell's Mr. Thornton versus Austen's Mr. Darcy, which turns into a Gaskell vs. Austen debate. If it came down to it, for me, the much closer race would be between Persuasion and North and South.
Anne is a great character. Her atributes aren't fully realized upon first meeting her because she is so overlooked by her family. Ugh...her family. Those silly, insipid creatures aren't worth the paper they're written on. The Elliot family hosts some of the most worthless people imaginable. I have to say though, that Mary really makes me laugh. C'mon...admit it. Her personality is hilarious. (Note: if I ever had to live with someone like that they would die a most painful death.)
Anyway, throughout the book the reader comes to realize more and more what a thoughtful and intelligent woman Anne is, and even though I already knew how the story ended, I couldn't help but sigh with her when she thought Wentworth indifferent.
Then...the letter. The. Letter. You just can't beat it. I won't say anything more about it, or anything else. If I keep gushing I'll spoil the whole story more than I already have. But if you consider yourself an Austen fan because you love Pride and Prejudice, don't kid yourself. Pick this one up and see for yourself that Austen's talent for leading men is certainly not limited to Mr. Darcy!...more
Well. It should be no secret that I have been anxiously awaiting this book since I first read The Name of the Wind back in earlOriginally posted here.
Well. It should be no secret that I have been anxiously awaiting this book since I first read The Name of the Wind back in early 2009. Since then, I've been on a crusade to make as many people read it as possible. I haven't kept up an exact count, but I know the number of people that have picked it up because of me is around 20. When people ask me what my favorite book is, that is the book I tell them. When I re-read it last month, I just loved it more. Now, after finally getting to see the next stage of Kvothe's story, I am glad to say that The Wise Man's Fear is just as good...maybe better!
(Ridiculous amounts of gushing to follow.)
The writing. Oh, the writing. I have had countless conversations about how amazing the writing is in The Name of the Wind. I quote the especially poetic and lyrical parts - or the dialogues that made me laugh. I absolutely believe that Rothfuss is one of the best writers out there. (Click here to check out all the Goodreads quotes from the book so far, you'll see what I mean!) But, other authors can write lyrical passages and make me laugh. I couldn't put into words what it was that made Rothfuss the (in my opinion) undisputed best. Then, I read a scene in this book that made it come together:
The real magic behind the story is the writing. Not just the lyrical and poetic passages, not just the humorous ones - but the parts that cover the everyday, basic interactions. You know how, when you're talking to your friends, you'll laugh (chuckle, if you will) at little things that aren't particularly that funny? Then - you read a passage with dialogue like that in a book - and even though you notice - and appreciate - the (borderline) humor, you don't actually laugh. Well - when you're reading something Patrick Rothfuss has written, you laugh. You do a double-take. You feel a slight awkwardness. You get a chill...you blush. You do all the little things you'd do in your own life and your own conversations that you don't normally react to when you're reading. That is what Rothfuss does like no one else.
One of the best things about Kvothe is that he can really be an irritating SOB. He isn't one of those characters that starts perfect and has absolutely no personal growth. In this book, we see him finally start to mature and understand that, while he might have more life experience then some, he is still ignorant in a lot of ways. We also (finally) see him realize that sometimes it really is better to keep his mouth shut. Of course, on the other hand, sometimes he still can't help himself. He still manages to get into heaps of trouble, most of which is his own fault. The way his character thinks and interacts with others makes it really seem like you're reading about a life and not a character. The realism is why it is so easy to become so deeply involved. Also, sometimes, when he isn't being obnoxious...he can show kindness that will make your heart clench. The man has layers.
I was really nervous about the middle of the book, because I knew that he had to leave the University at some point (based on the synopsis). Actually, I was scared to death he was going to be kicked out for some godawful reason and that it would be a horrible section to read. I was hardcore dreading it. Well, no spoilers, but it didn't unfold like I thought it would and, as you can see, I lived through it. I enjoyed the story just as much away from the University. I shouldn't have doubted it!
Also, we get a lot more of "Kote," Bast and the Chronicler in the present-day with this book. I liked those parts a lot, which was another pleasant surprise, because I didn't so much in NOTW. And if the Kvothe that is unfolding through the story has layers, forget about trying to understand him as he is in the present-day. Although we're closer to seeing what has brought him to an out-of-the-way inn, there are still gaps and mysteries. The third book will have a lot of ground to cover!
One of the best surprises in the book, for me, was Elodin. SO MANY awesome scenes with this guy. Seriously, he is easily one of my favorite characters in the series. I'm definitely avoiding going into specifics in my review, but let me tell you - when you read the book you will love him.
This book ended basically the same as the first - it leaves you definitely wanting more, but not on a cliffhanger that makes you want to choke somebody to death. I am already looking forward to the third book - and whether it takes one year or seven, I can't wait to see what happens next!...more
You guys, my first reaction upon reading The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare was “whoa.” Actually, that was my reaction over aYou guys, my first reaction upon reading The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright by Tessa Dare was “whoa.” Actually, that was my reaction over and over again while reading this novella. I loved Tessa Dare already, her Spindle Cove series is wonderful and she is one of the only historical romance authors I make a point to follow. But still: whoa.
Basically, everything about The Scandalous, Dissolute, No-Good Mr. Wright is absolutely brilliant. The characters, the story, the writing. Oh man, THE WRITING. I want to quote the devil out of this book, you guys don’t even know. The number of passages I highlighted in this novella – considering there are only 100 pages – is crazy. Check out some of this awesome:
The devil must be very handsome, her nursemaid had once told her. Else no one would follow him into perdition.
Too true, too true. She saw it for herself now. The devil had a strong, squared jaw, a straight nose, and full lips with a dangerous, sensual quirk. Dark, wavy hair, as untamable as his spirit. Laughing eyes, green as a Cornish summer. Oh, yes. The devil was handsome indeed.
But it wasn’t just that.
The devil also looked weary. Fatigued by the world— and strangely vulnerable, this close. The devil put silver threads in his sin-black hair. Just a few, so a girl could only see them if she happened to draw imprudently near. He wore his cravat mussed, tempting feminine hands to put it straight.
Eliza’s nursemaid had it all wrong. The devil didn’t entice with perfection. He seduced with flaws.
His green, hungry gaze didn’t say, Follow me into perdition.
It said, Only you can save me from it.
It’s pretty funny that I picked this story up basically because it costs a buck and because I knew it wouldn’t take long to read. That’ll teach me, right? I ended up reading at turtle speed because I wanted to absorb every single word and every single feeling. Sigh. I sound like a 14 year old picking up her first romance novel and going all starry-eyed over it, right? I feel like it too!
What starts out as a chance, embarrassing meeting between a jaded rake and an immature young girl turns into several meetings over the course of years – each meeting revealing more and more about the characters and who they really are. You might think that stand-out incredible character development can’t really happen over the course of 100 pages, but you’d be wrong. Mr. Wright starts out as just another rake in just another romance novel, but let me tell you, that changes. HE BRINGS THE SWOONS.
To Sum it Up:
-Tessa Dare basically blew the top off my already high expectations of her writing abilities. Seriously. Even if you love her already, you have no idea!
-Some of the best character development I’ve come across in a long time packed neatly into novella form.
-THIS EBOOK ONLY COSTS ONE DOLLAR. YOU MUST BUY IT IMMEDIATELY. I’m not kidding. Right now. Gogogogo. (And, if you prefer, the paper copy is only $4!)...more
This review is completely spoiler free, but to check out my full review (including slight spoilers), check it out on my blog!
This series is a favoriteThis review is completely spoiler free, but to check out my full review (including slight spoilers), check it out on my blog!
This series is a favorite of mine for a reason - Ty and Zane are so real and damaged. How can I not spend WAY too much of my time obsessing over wanting them to find happiness together?
There is not a lot of happiness in this book, y'all. It's true. All the horrifying twists and turns everyone keeps talking about are just around every corner. I started getting scared to even turn a page - afraid I'd come across something even worse then what I'd just read.
But the happiness that you can manage to dig out from all the rest? More meaningful and hard-won then it ever has been before.
I am seriously shocked beyond belief by some of the things I learned in Touch & Geaux. I thought our boys had already been through a lot - but forget about it. That was nothing. In fact...knowing what I know now? I'll never be able to read the first six books in the same way again. Seriously: WHOA.
As for the ending? Yeah. It was a doozy. Part "YES! YEEEESSSSS! YOU GO BOYS!" and part "WTF, what else could possibly go wrong next." I thought it was a pretty awesome finish actually - a mixture of one of the most kick ass moments of the series with an "uh oh, the trouble ain't over yet" warning thrown in.
How they can expect us to wait a year to see what happens next is beyond me - but at least I can wait knowing that what Ty & Zane have can withstand just about anything the twisted mind of Abigail Roux can throw at them....more
Wow.Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz was such an awesome surprise, you guys. WHY HASN’T EVERYONE READWow.Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz was such an awesome surprise, you guys. WHY HASN’T EVERYONE READ THIS? Every single aspect of this novel blew me away: the writing and characterization are both master level. This will be on my Best of 2013 list in December. Guaranteed.
Before reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe I would have happily declared that there ARE no real secrets to the universe. I mean…either believe in Jesus or Stephen Hawking. Also, try not to get hit by a bus (but wear good underwear in case you do). There. Covered. Then I watched Dante and Ari develop over the course of the novel and by the time it was over, I was fully convinced that there are indeed secrets to the universe, and by gosh – these boys are in the process of discovering the answers. That is the power of excellent writing at work, my friends.
Aristotle and Dante meet when Dante offers to teach Ari how to swim. They quickly develop a friendship that leads them into a lot of questions involving culture, family and sexuality. You basically cover all the big questions relating to adolescence. Another bonus? Seeing them interact with their families was almost as awesome as seeing them together. Every single character introduced in Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is glorious.
At first glance, Dante is the more likable of the two characters. His individuality is showcased from the very beginning, and he has a much more open, affectionate and bold personality. Ari is not so good at expressing himself. He struggles a lot with trying to figure out who he is and who he wants to be – that is, in fact, the point of the story. Who are these characters and what are they trying to become?
I wanted to tell them that I’d never had a friend, not ever, not a real one. Until Dante. I wanted to tell them that I never knew that people like Dante existed in the world, people who looked at the stars, and knew the mysteries of water, and knew enough to know that birds belonged to the heavens and weren’t meant to be shot down from their graceful flights by mean and stupid boys. I wanted to tell them that he had changed my life and that I would never be the same, not ever. And that somehow it felt like it was Dante who had saved my life and not the other way around. I wanted to tell them that he was the first human being aside from my mother who had ever made me want to talk about the things that scared me. I wanted to tell them so many things and yet I didn’t have the words. So I just stupidly repeated myself. “Dante’s my friend.”
Once I really dug into the story, Ari started growing on me more and more. Just because he couldn’t successfully portray his emotions doesn’t mean he lacked them. I think he actually ended up being my favorite of the two boys (although let it be known that I am besotted with both of them). At one point in the story, he even does something extraordinary and heroic that had me gaping in awe.
Actually, one of my favorite parts of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is the ending when Ari owns up to his emotions and is finally confident enough in himself to express them. That actually stuck out to me as the real heroism of the story. Tears were involved.
Concepts ranging from destiny to cultural and sexual identity are all explored beautifully throughout the book and culminate in one of the most powerfully emotional endings..seriously you guys. ALL THE FEELS.
To Sum it Up:
-The writing and characterization both left me awestruck, you guys. Perfection piled on top of perfection.
-The struggles Ari and Dante face in regard to everything from cultural identity to sexual preference are flawlessly executed.
-I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS for this book. Pleasure and wonder and relief. Giggling and crying were both involved....more
This book is amazing. I give two types of books 5 stars. The first type is one where the book feels personal, like I relate to the characters and theThis book is amazing. I give two types of books 5 stars. The first type is one where the book feels personal, like I relate to the characters and the story just touches me somehow. The second is one where I want to run down the street, naked if necessary, to get everyone's attention to immediately go out and buy the book because the story is just so awesome.
This is the second. Yelena is an amazing character, and I was drawn to her from the very beginning. I think she was handled very well, she had to go through quite a transition during the span of the book, and it all seemed very believable and not rushed at all. Everything from her weapon training to her very basic induction into her magical abilities to the romantic bond she ends up forming is all so real feeling, not contrived or forced just to carry out the story. Yelena IS the story...and that is my favorite kind of book, one that revolves around the characters. Some of what she had to go through was heartbreaking...but those experiences were necessary to form her character, I don't think she would have been complete without them (plus there would have been a gaping plot hole...).
Also, for the record, her poison teacher Valek is my new book crush. His character is the coolest...I love assassins! I don't have much reading time with them...mainly just the Tales of the Otori (which are also amazing)...so reading about someone being able to kill a gazillion people at once was icing on the cake.
Anyway...I highly recommend this. It has it all. I LOVE the feeling when, once you finish a book, you immediately want to flip back to the beginning and read it over again. Its a confirmed case of book love....more
What a story! I had to reign myself in a bit, to keep from just inhaling the entire book at once-as it was I still read it in 3 days. I kept remindingWhat a story! I had to reign myself in a bit, to keep from just inhaling the entire book at once-as it was I still read it in 3 days. I kept reminding myself that you can only read your favorite books for the first time once, and after that it is never the same-but I could not help but race through this one.
Read this book, seriously. If you are on the fence thinking history is not for you, time travel is not for you, romance is not for you-forget that. This book has a perfect balance of everything, to satisfy everyone. It will be the most satisfying 900 pages of your life-and possibly the fastest too!
Claire and Jamie will almost immediately feel like real people to you, and you become so immersed in their story that the fantasy just fades away and you feel like you're reading something that really happened. There is romance, but there is also brutality: but it is written EXACTLY how it could have happened in that time period. ...more
I loved this addition to the series, you guys! Check out my non-spoilery thoughts on my blog. I'm gonna include some spoilery things here....
(view spoI loved this addition to the series, you guys! Check out my non-spoilery thoughts on my blog. I'm gonna include some spoilery things here....
(view spoiler)[I'll be honest. I was worried about there being too much Nick & Kelly in this book. I adore them, and I was already on their bandwagon after finishing T&G before realizing other people were too! But still - this was supposed to be Ty & Zane's turn.
I realized a few things while I was reading, though. For one thing - Nick & Kelly ARE important. I mean, come on. There are very few people more important in Ty's world than his buddies. He and Nick have a lot of issues that need to be dealt with before Ty can "ride off into the sunset."
Also, the C&R series itself began - and will end - with that freaking drug cartel. The story arc of the series has always been headed there, plot-wise. But now, we also have the Sidewinder series offshoot. I feel pretty confident that Ty & Zane will be popping up there just as often as Nick & Kelly have popped up in the Cut & Run books. Those friendships run both ways!
Plus, there was still plenty of awesome Ty & Zane moments. There might not have been a lot of sexy moments - but let's take quality over quantity, shall we? I'll be happy to argue to the ground that the hottest scene yet was included in this installment.
Also: the proposals. Please, I swoon. I have spent a lot of time trying to decide what the best proposal for them would be - romantic, funny, off the cuff? I would like to give Abigail Roux one huge pat on the back for giving us ALL of those possibilities.
As for Nick & Kelly's proposal - that was a gorgeous scene. The contrast of the way they became engaged so quickly vs. Ty and Zane's situation was so great! Neither situation was better than the other, it just fit the different characters' personalities. (Part of me does wish it had taken place in their series instead though, I must admit.)
Anyway - bottom line? I loved this installment! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Truly excellent - so much awesome was packed in that I don't even mind (much) that it is just a novella.
SO MANY amazing one-liners, I lost count of hoTruly excellent - so much awesome was packed in that I don't even mind (much) that it is just a novella.
SO MANY amazing one-liners, I lost count of how many times I lost it laughing.
Also, a little bit of Ty & Zane was thrown in at the end, and Zane made an appearance in the bonus short story as well. I will take any scrap of my boys that I can get, so I was super happy about that. ALSO - a couple of questions I had (like about whether or not the boys were separated once they reported for duty) from the end of Touch & Geaux were answered. Also nice to see a glimpse of them saying goodbye to each other at the airport, even though the focus this time around was on Nick and Kelly.
Their chemistry was so fun and intense and immediate and SO UNLIKE Ty & Zane's, I absolutely loved it. Friends-to-lovers can be really great when done well, and it was definitely done well here.
Really great addition to the Sidewinder/Ty & Zane universe, and will definitely help hold me over until March. Less than 5 months to go until Ball & Chain!...more
This book has faults. The story was pretty far fetched at times-but I suppose in kind of an endearing "fairy tale" way (which is funny, since a greatThis book has faults. The story was pretty far fetched at times-but I suppose in kind of an endearing "fairy tale" way (which is funny, since a great deal of the book is extremely horrible and depressing), and the main character didn't really have any flaws.
Well, I take that back. Fiona, the main character, was in love with Joe. That is a fault, in my eyes. They grew up together, were in love, and had big plans to get rich together. Well, through a horrible chain of events, they ended up on opposite continents. I'm not saying that what happened was really Joe's fault - the whole thing was so pathetic, I was mad at him at first but really just ended up being sorry for him - but I am not a member of Joe's fan club. He is alright, I just think Fiona is better then him. I forgave Donnelly for making Fiona so perfect - because really, she earned it. Bless her heart, she really got run through the mill in the story.
Okay...now for the two main reasons I loved the book beyond all reason:
1. Nicholas Soames. He is officially one of my favorite characters of all time. He DID have his flaws (spoiled rich kid), but bless his heart, he did not live an easy life. I fell in love with him, and so did Fiona (in a friendly way). Their close friendship and devotion to each other is one of the main reasons I forgive Fiona for being perfect. I cannot say enough that I love this guy. From the very second he walked into the story, I knew it was getting five stars. I felt such an emotional connection to him, I have never wanted to be friends with a character so much. Ever. He melted (and then broke) my heart.
2. The book made me feel. Just a few words into Page 1, Donnelly put me into the story...she just makes you feel like you are right there. Once I was in, she never let up. I was a part of that story from beginning to end, and that is a gift. No matter what problems the plot might have, you cannot ignore an author - or a story - that so fully captures you. Her descriptions and words are gorgeous. Also...I cried like a baby at one point (obviously I'm not going to tell you why, but when you read the book - then we'll talk). I mean...I put the book down for a few minutes and just sobbed. A book hasn't done that to me in...I don't know how long. I felt silly, but I couldn't help it. The story broke my heart.
There was a happy ending though, no worries. Don't let my crying put you off.
This is a great story, it is a long one...but I really think it is worth the time. It, in many ways, isn't very original...but there are plenty of twists you won't see coming. It is a strange combination of Gaskell's North and South, Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo, and heck...I'll even through in the musical Rent. (Ha! If that isn't an intriguing combination, I don't know what is.) ...more
Jennifer Donnelly does it again! She is definitely at the top of my favorite authors list.
One of the main things that kept me from being 100% in loveJennifer Donnelly does it again! She is definitely at the top of my favorite authors list.
One of the main things that kept me from being 100% in love with Tea Rose was Joe Bristow. His character was very well portrayed, don't get me wrong--I just didn't have much use for the guy. He did a couple of things in this book that really pissed me off. Then I finally realized...Donnelly is just so bloody brilliant with characterization that Joe was just being a man! Stupid, bull-headed and...wrong! He could have been a real person. Once I made that revelation, I liked him better, not his fault after all :) Plus...he did a couple of really cool things in this book. He decided to run for Parliament and he didn't even think he had a shot at winning-he just wanted to corner his opposition into making promises to help the poor that Joe was dead set on making sure they followed through with post-election. I thought that was so amazing and selfless.
"Sid" was the tortured hero. Here again is Donnelly's talent shining through. Normally, these types of characters have to be taken with a grain of salt. Not Sid. She takes you straight into his head and you see what he is going through. We saw him in the background of Tea Rose, and he comes forward in this and steals the show. He is one of the most truly portrayed characters I have ever read about. Every single thought she puts in his head was a MILLION percent dead-on.
The plots of these books are very edge-of-your-seat/hard to read at times/beautiful on their own...but when you put in her gorgeous lyrical writing and unparalleled talent for creating real and magnificent characters...she can't be beat....more
I loved this story so incredibly much, I can barely form words. A.J. Fikry is a bookseller on a charming small island, but charming is definitely notI loved this story so incredibly much, I can barely form words. A.J. Fikry is a bookseller on a charming small island, but charming is definitely not a word you would use to describe him when the story opens. He is cranky, alone and barely a notch above completely miserable. By the time the story is over? Everything has changed. Also, you will have done the whole laughing/yelling/crying trifecta all the best books cause you to experience
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 yI 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....more
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...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...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....more
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 untiOriginally 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....more