Well, I got about two-thirds of the way through this sucker, and then set it down for over a week and a half. I wasn't bored exactly, the Roland flash...moreWell, I got about two-thirds of the way through this sucker, and then set it down for over a week and a half. I wasn't bored exactly, the Roland flashback just had a rather long lull, and I felt the pull of the many other books in my TBR pile.
Before I picked it back up, I had pretty much made up my mind to forget my usual review policy of trying to give series a blanket rating...because I didn't think I would be able to give a book I could set down for a week and a half 5 stars.
Then I started it reading it again and changed my mind.
Roland is such an amazing character, and as much as I loved him before...I am putty in his fictional hands now. I firmly believe that if you've had your doubts about him in the past, this book will change your mind. Not only for the story he tells about his past, but also for the things he says to his ka-tet near the end of the book.
I also loved the way King admitted how much he was dreading writing the flashback, because he is no romance writer. Once I was reminded of that fact, I appreciated Roland's love story much more, lull and all.(less)
Now we get to some real nail-biting action. This book is split into two parts, and each part will have you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering...moreNow we get to some real nail-biting action. This book is split into two parts, and each part will have you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering what the outcome will be.
This is my favorite of the first three volumes I think, although I mostly just consider it all one big story more then I consider it to be split up.
This book made me love all the characters more then ever. Roland especially. He cracked jokes AND faced down a demented train. He kicks ass. I also have a very big soft spot for Oy, I am very worried that something awful will end up happening to him.
Guess there is only one way to find out...onto the next one!(less)
In my head, Lauren Willig and her books are my best friends. I eat countless meals of fish and chips with Eloise, the modern day character, and drool...moreIn my head, Lauren Willig and her books are my best friends. I eat countless meals of fish and chips with Eloise, the modern day character, and drool with all the historical male leads with her. I have a deep affection for all these books, and this one was certainly no exception!
This book was on my mind a lot throughout the year of 2010. First, drama on the title format change. The past books had awesome titles like "The Mask of the Black Tulip" and "The Betrayal of the Blood Lily," but apparently the editors decided they needed to change the format to something more manageable. A lot of readers (including me) protested this one...and lost. Then - they changed the format for the cover art too. They wanted to replace the beautiful portrait covers with the stereotypical romance novel cover. Oh no they didn't. Readers protested this one too...and won (partly). They stuck with a more portraity look, but used a live model. Compromise.
Anyway...back to the book.
Okay, first off...to get the one thing I want to say that isn't positive out of the way. The modern day Eloise/Colin parts of this story are basically throwaway. Nothing really important happens and their relationship doesn't really make any progress. The only thing of note that happened was really just all set-up for what will happen with them in the next book. But...even though it was pointless, I still loved reading about them. I just anticipate reading more of them so much that I was disappointed this time around.
However, I was thrilled with the majority of the book. I feel like this one is quite a bit different from the rest of the series because we didn't get a lot of build-up/background with Laura in the previous books. Most of the other heroines have small to moderate parts in the series before they get their starring role. I believe Laura shows up briefly in the second book (correct me if I'm wrong here), but nothing of note. So...we meet her character for basically the first time here. Not a bad thing, just different. I enjoyed getting to know her with no previous knowledge.
I loved both Laura and Andre, and learning more about them as they learned about each other. I also loved Andre's kids and the way they brought out Laura's personality. The circumstances they find themselves in are pretty dangerous and high-stress (trying to avoid spoilers here!), so we get to know this family pretty intimately.
Lauren really is an incredible writer. She is brilliant in every aspect of her writing: characterization, plot, historical detail, humor, suspense...it is all there and it all shines. Seriously you guys, if you like romance and/or historical fiction and you haven't tried this series...you have no idea what you're missing. This series is the best of the best!
Orchid Affair will be released in just a couple of days, head to the bookstore on the 20th to pick up a copy!(less)
This book came in to my hands thanks to a very good friend of mine here on GR, and I definitely understand why she recommends it.
This is not a book to...moreThis book came in to my hands thanks to a very good friend of mine here on GR, and I definitely understand why she recommends it.
This is not a book to be enjoyed or to have fun with. It is a book about a very turbulent time in a nation's history...it is full of cruelty and injustice. But above all, it is a family saga full of drama and feelings. I definitely recommend it even though it is not an easy read. (less)
I really enjoyed this! It is the first story starring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and it was a lot of fun. I can already see how much I will enjoy...moreI really enjoyed this! It is the first story starring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, and it was a lot of fun. I can already see how much I will enjoy the further adventures of Holmes and Watson.
I have read in a few places that this is one of the weakest of the stories, because Doyle hadn't gotten his writing chops fully developed yet. Despite that, this was full of fun, adventures and surprise. The beginning of the second part dragged on a little bit, but once it became clear how it tied into the story it picked back up.(less)
I just re-read Northanger Abbey for the first time so that I could review it for Jane in June. I'm so glad I did! I loved it much more this time aroun...moreI just re-read Northanger Abbey for the first time so that I could review it for Jane in June. I'm so glad I did! I loved it much more this time around then when I read it for the first time several years ago. It is much funnier and more entertaining then I remember it being. The ending is very rushed, but then, Austen never got a chance to go back and edit it since it was published after her death. I wonder what she would have changed or fixed if she'd gotten the chance?
Henry Tilney is higher on my list of favorite Austen heroes then I previously thought. He would be the most fun to be around out of all of them, I think. He is very flirty and witty, but he is also a very loyal and kind man. He is very forgiving and understanding toward Catherine, even when she acts like a complete goose around him. Even though I think this is the least romantic plot of all her books, Austen got it right when she created Tilney, no doubt about it.
Catherine Moreland's coming of age is the star of the show here. I will re-read the other Austens when I'm in the mood for a classic romance story. This book I will re-read when I feel the need to laugh at (and be embarassed for) Catherine and her numerous adventures into idiocy and disaster. Bless her heart, she is so innocent and sweet - it really gets her into trouble. Our heroine-in-training is looking for an adventure throughout the story, and when she fails to find one that suits her fancy, she invents one in her head. Bad idea, Catherine. Bad. Idea.
This book is a lot of fun, and I definitely think it is worth a read! I don't know why so many people are down on it. It might not be your run-of-the-mill Austen, but it is still a classic and very much worth your time. (less)
I read this ages ago in school for a book report, and I just glanced through it again, and I remember it better than I thought I would. It is a very s...moreI read this ages ago in school for a book report, and I just glanced through it again, and I remember it better than I thought I would. It is a very sad story, and I do enjoy the plot. The funky symbolism and writing style are what knocks the rating down.
I really do need to read it again one of these days, especially since I have a good friend who considers it one of her favorite books. She was the one who inspired me to pick it up, glance through it, and give it a rating. (less)
Okay, really. How can you read this novel and not fall in love with everything about it? Everyone is reading it, everyone loves it. I can't think of a...moreOkay, really. How can you read this novel and not fall in love with everything about it? Everyone is reading it, everyone loves it. I can't think of another contemporary YA book with such widespread and practically unanimous support. And it is so well deserved! It is such a quiet and sweet story, it kinda snuck up on me. I fell in love with the book a little at a time, just like Anna and St. Clair.
So, instead of doing a traditional review, I'm making a list of five of the reasons that - in my opinion - this book stands out. Instead of stating the obvious facts about the general plot and characters being incredible, I'm focusing on the details that made the story.
1. Anna's dad. A tribute to the ridiculousness of Nicholas Sparks. How AWESOME is that? Really. I have never wanted to give someone a high five as much as I want to give one to Stephanie. I often get great joy out of making fun of the guy, and was thrilled that it was a part of this story.
2. Bananas, elephants, bridges, sandwiches, and Star Wars. The little things don't necessarily matter plot-wise. But: they're what make characters real people, and what make a book a story.
3. St. Clair's fear of heights, Anna's OCD and their mutual inability to face change. We don't need our characters to be perfect, we want them to be real.
4. John Green. He said this on Twitter (to Maureen Johnson): "have you read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS? It's like you and me and Sarah Dessen had a really sexy baby."
5. Mum, goinky, bloody, trousers. Deny it if you wish, but accents are hot. St. Clair didn't need one to melt readers of the book...but it certainly doesn't hurt.
So, if you haven't read this book yet - do yourself a favor and pick it up. Make sure and savor the details, they're what really make this book shine!(less)
I really liked The Body Finder, so I couldn't wait to pick this book up. (thanks Star Book Tours!)
I wasn't so much a fan of the mystery/fantasy side o...moreI really liked The Body Finder, so I couldn't wait to pick this book up. (thanks Star Book Tours!)
I wasn't so much a fan of the mystery/fantasy side of The Body Finder, but of the romance between Violet and Jay. I thought they were great characters, I loved reading about them! So nice to avoid the whole romantic triangle BS for once.
This book was a continuation of their relationship, I still love them together. No complaints at all about any of that!
And, in this book, I thought the mystery side of things was much better. I wasn't expecting that at all, and it was a nice surprise. I got really caught up in that part of the story, and was nervous for Violet and the people she was placing trust in. I won't go any further into that and spoil anything, but let me tell you - it is a very engaging plot.
So, if you liked The Body Finder, you are going to love reading this. It is so much better, and definitely has me wanting to see where Derting takes the story next! (less)
I read this book via NetGalley. It was my first Carly Phillips, and I really enjoyed it! Next time I'm in the mood for some fun, sexy reading I'll be...moreI read this book via NetGalley. It was my first Carly Phillips, and I really enjoyed it! Next time I'm in the mood for some fun, sexy reading I'll be looking up her other works.
Coop and Lexie are great main characters, and they had a ton of chemistry together! The supporting cast was also strong, including Lexie's kooky grandmother.
The plot was very engaging from beginning to end, the jewelry theft story they find themselves accidentally involved in is both suspenseful and funny.
This is a start of a new bachelor series, and if the other books measure up to this one it will definitely be a series I recommend!(less)
I started scanning before I was even halfway through this, and that should have been my first clue that I should abandon ship. Then I got a little ove...moreI started scanning before I was even halfway through this, and that should have been my first clue that I should abandon ship. Then I got a little over half through to this passage:
Luce: "It isn't that hard to be good enough for me." Daniel: Yes. Yes it is."
When I found myself wanting to shout "NO...NO IT ISN'T THAT HARD, YOU'RE A MORON!" I decided I was finished.(less)
This was very much just an "it was okay" book. The first half or so I thought it showed a lot of promise, but then the plot seemed to kinda fizzle out...moreThis was very much just an "it was okay" book. The first half or so I thought it showed a lot of promise, but then the plot seemed to kinda fizzle out for me toward the end and I ended up skimming quite a bit. Still, it isn't a bad read for YA fantasy fans.(less)