I wanted to read this book before I saw the movie, but that didn't happen. So my review of the book is influenced by my comparison of it to the movie,...moreI wanted to read this book before I saw the movie, but that didn't happen. So my review of the book is influenced by my comparison of it to the movie, and I wish I had read it first because I think I preferred the movie.
The book was ok, I enjoyed it well enough, but it was slow going. Where the movie was suspenseful, the book was less so. There were still moments, but it didn't have the same effect as seeing scary things appear on screen.
I did love the descriptions of the house, the grounds, and especially the surrounding marsh. But again, I'm not sure I would have pictured it the same way if I hadn't seen the movie's version of it. I didn't like the differences between the family situation of Arthur and what happens with the village children (don't want to give anything away) in the book and the movie, because again I thought the movie version had more impact and was more interesting.
Even with all that though, I still thought it was a good book and worth reading. But if I had to pick between the book and movie, movie wins.(less)
Much better than the first two in the Stefan's Diaries series!
I really wasn't looking forward to this book after not enjoying the previous two very mu...moreMuch better than the first two in the Stefan's Diaries series!
I really wasn't looking forward to this book after not enjoying the previous two very much, but was pleasantly surprised. I don't know if it was just the story or the fact that Stefan and Damon were in their more familiar roles from the main Vampire Diaries series, but I just thought everything was better overall.
I liked the story and the new characters that Stefan and Damon met along the way and wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. Events towards the end also kind of tied in with some of the later Vampire Diaries books, so it was nice to have that connection in there. (less)
I have to say, this book took me by surprise. It was chosen by my book club and I went into it not knowing anything about it. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan turned out to be a compelling book though and I really enjoyed it.
The story is written as an autobiography of Lily and is an account of her life, mainly around her relationship with Snow Flower. They were matched together as young girls and went through many trials and tribulations to end up in places very different from where they each began.
While reading, I felt completely immersed in 19th century China and loved all the details about the time period, even if they were often horrifying. The chapter about the girls beginning their foot binding was particularly difficult to read because it was such an awful process, but at the same time you could understand why they had to do it. That pretty much became the theme of the book as the women were constantly being forced to do things that they didn't really want to because that was tradition and the way things were done. There was no changing it and no one wanted to disgrace their family.
In the end, I couldn't put it down and I definitely recommend it. I'm glad I read it and it gave me a better understanding of the culture and time period during which it took place. (less)
A great follow-up to Bloody Jack! I tore through Bloody Jack and couldn't put it down, so I was honestly a little worried that the next book wouldn't...moreA great follow-up to Bloody Jack! I tore through Bloody Jack and couldn't put it down, so I was honestly a little worried that the next book wouldn't live up to the first. I can't say it was as good, but I think that is because of the setting. While Jacky being in the boarding school was interesting, and she still got into plenty of trouble, I just preferred her being at sea. I enjoyed all the new characters and all of the situations that Jacky got into. Never a dull moment with that girl, that's for sure. Overall it was a lot of fun and I'm definitely looking forward to the next one.(less)
Loved this book! I just picked it up randomly because I assumed it was about pirates. I had no idea it was about a girl pretending to be a boy or that...moreLoved this book! I just picked it up randomly because I assumed it was about pirates. I had no idea it was about a girl pretending to be a boy or that she was chasing pirates, not becoming one. The story was great and I couldn't put it down. Mary is a great character and I loved her insight on everything that happens and how she dealt with the changes she was going through while being on a ship full of men. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
I just finished this book for the second time and I'm sure I'll be reading it again in the future. While I've read and enjoyed many romances, this is...moreI just finished this book for the second time and I'm sure I'll be reading it again in the future. While I've read and enjoyed many romances, this is one of the few that I loved and that really stuck with me. I love the characters and plots of both stories and really have nothing negative to say about them. The historical settings were great and the progression of the couples' relationships was more realistic than in many romances where people meet and end up married like, a week later. (less)