I couldn't resist this book when I stumbled upon it at the store only hours ago, and I read it page by page without stopping.
This book has great advi...moreI couldn't resist this book when I stumbled upon it at the store only hours ago, and I read it page by page without stopping.
This book has great advice and suggestions for women who are struggling with dating and relationships. I have experienced a lot of what was mentioned in this book.
Mr. Harvey is open, straight-forward and blunt in this book which was refreshing and to the point. I prefer this sort of honesty and no holding back.
I recommend this book for all women in search of understanding men and their relationships better.
Gave it four stars because I can't say that I agree 100% with everything written, though just about. I'm not a man, obviously, so I cannot argue most of what was written, though I may not agree whole-heartedly about the parts written about women. However, almost 100% of it, I do.
This made for very interesting reading and it made perfect sense to me based on my own personal experiences in relationships with men. A good book, and a great recommendation for many. ;)(less)
I did it. I finished the 5th book of the series. I'm not quite sure how to put into words what I thought about it.
First, it seemed long. In compariso...moreI did it. I finished the 5th book of the series. I'm not quite sure how to put into words what I thought about it.
First, it seemed long. In comparison with the other four books, which were quite short. There were parts of the book when I found myself shaking my head in confusion. Re-read many sentences to try and figure out what Ms. Smith was actually saying in her story. These were moments when I plowed through and tried to ignore what I was missing.
There were some parts of the story I did enjoy, which is what kept me reading. Mostly because I've started watching the tv series on CW with my sister and even then I become frustrated because of the changes made. Not bad changes or anything, simply change. How hard that is for me, when as a reader, one wants to see on screen what was read in the story.
Alas, the ending left me curious to find out what happens from there, so when the sixth book comes out in 2010, I will pick it up, despite the flaws in the writing, which were many, the story was still fun to read for the characters and some of the craziness... er uh, creativity, that was so dramatic in this book, kept me curious for more, oddly enough. What can I say, but that I do enjoy supernatural fiction stories and though the writing was not that great, the story kept my interest.
I suppose the phrase, "Ignorance is bliss," suits well when it comes to ignoring the flaws and enjoy the story itself, if you are able.
Finished the 3rd book in the series, and I'd have to say that so far this was my fave of them. I found myself turning pages quicker and quicker with this one. So much more going on and I was rather impressed with the author's pace and all the activity and action. I will anxiously wait to see if these events take place on the CW tv show in time. I hope so. Still lacking in character development, (so many characters) though the story is opening up more and more and I find myself not putting the book down.
I was very surprised by the ending of this book. Very surprised. And what a great ending to keep me reading further. Well done, Ms. Smith. ;)
Hard to express without giving anything away for virgin readers of this series, so I'm selecting my words wisely.
I could visualize everything happening very well and makes for a fun story to read.
Thumbs up on this one!
On to the 4th book!
Dark Reunion: (3 stars)
I have a hard time rating this series anything more 3 stars, however, I'd have to say I'd rate this one 3.5, not quite a 4 -though close. I'm torn between the 4th and the 3rd over which I liked better. Probably the 3rd, though I was intrigued a bit by unsure of what was happening in the 4th. Definitely hit a nerve of resembling Twilight series even more like another deja vu, so wasn't too surprised of some events that happened, though I read further and oddly admit to sleeping with my light on for a couple nights after reading, LOL. Vampire stories tend to leave a bit of a vivid imagination for me and once I tap into that creativity, it runs wild.
My curiosity thickens as I wonder if the tv show will stay true to the books or not.
Well, on to the 5th of the series! I am more interested in learning more about the characters Damon and Bonnie. I'd say the author has caught my interest in these two both individually. I prefer to observe the sidekick characters and the sort of influence they have in the story. Always one protagonist and one antagonist selected as ones to pay attention to outside of the lead characters. (Oh and who is Ms. Flowers, already? This keeps me reading...) Onward reading!
Ok I'm halfway thru this book which contains two books in one. So, I've finished The Awakening which is an introduction to our main characters Elena and Stefan, with other school friends and of course the antagonist, Stefan's brother Damon who appears later in the story.
Two stars because I'm already forgetting what I read, it hasn't captivated me as a reader. I'm reading the book(s) because I'm curious to view the tv show starting tomorrow. The promo for the pilot tv show has me interested. The book, not so much. I haven't cared that much about the characters, so maybe better character development would have changed this for me. I'm hoping the next book will improve and keep my interest more.
This is definitely one of those books/series that I could envision the young adults enjoying perhaps, though even as a young adult I was more entertained by other authors/stories. I can see why this was made for tv instead of a movie. Very simple reading and lack of character development could be enhanced by actors on camera and lacks more substance for a film and I feel would be compared too much to Twilight and not a huge hit. (Maybe I'm wrong)
My immediate reaction to this story is how identical it is in relation to the Twilight series written by Stephenie Meyer. Very alike indeed. Once the thought enters my mind, I start to become bored. Altering my thoughts and tucking them aside, I continue reading. I want to find out how Ms. Smith continues her story. I'm curious to find out what happens in the 2nd book, The Struggle and keeping fingers crossed that I'm not disappointed. Onward reading. ;)
The Struggle: (3 stars) I have finished the 2nd book and found it to be filled with more action and the story unfolds into more layers. I found myself more curious with what would happen next. Still I feel the character development is lacking to some degree, unsure that the author has done this on purpose or not.
I was more in tune with the story in the 2nd book. And will view the first pilot episode on tv tonight on CW. I'm curious to see how the tv show turns out. The previews have me interested and I am easily entertained with a good story.
I rather agree with other reviews from other readers that my interest follows the depths of the antagonist Damon. I am quite curious to see what the author will provide for us in reference of this multi-dimensional character. As a reader I tend to analyze this character and try to predict the outcome of what this character will do next. Also there are still some unanswered loose ends and curious to find out what these will be.
I felt the writing was not the best though I see improvements as I continue reading.
If it were not for sharing the story(ies) with my sister and the fun of something new, esp the new tv show...I may not have ever picked up these books. I will continue to read them to have the stories to share with my sister, though my interest is distracted by other books I'd rather be reading, but will quickly finish the series and therefore have some fun conversations about it. (I wonder that I may grow bored of it real soon and on to other ventures/stories...only the other books in the series will tell), til then...I'll keep reading and will provide further reviews when the time comes.
I couldn't put this book down, read it straight through for an average of 3-4 hours. Put it down only to write a few quotes down etc.
Couldn't help bu...moreI couldn't put this book down, read it straight through for an average of 3-4 hours. Put it down only to write a few quotes down etc.
Couldn't help but wonder out of curiosity how Mr. Bowen would write an entire book on the topic of 'stop complaining.' I was delightfully entertained with a few stories and the whole idea of wearing a wrist band as a reminder to stop complaining, intrigues me. I've ordered my own purple wrist band to give it a shot. I, too, need improvement in this area. We all complain on a daily basis and interestingly enough, even when we consider ourselves to be quite positive people.
I enjoyed this book and will re-read it again sometime. Great idea to convert the world to "A Complaint Free World." I'm a believer every little improvement we make within ourselves we are a step indeed closer to a better world!
This book is one that requires multiple reads. I'll definitely keep this book to re-read over and over again. (Thank you cuz Wendy, you are...moreA big WOW!
This book is one that requires multiple reads. I'll definitely keep this book to re-read over and over again. (Thank you cuz Wendy, you are right about this book! Thank you for sending it to me. I greatly appreciate it. Took me awhile to read as I read about 60 pages into the book and had to put it down to fully understand what I had read and pondered over it. Then when I picked it up again, I couldn't put it down!)
So much information to absorb and take in, this book is one to re-read time and again. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend it.
This is one of those spiritual books with much to enlighten one's soul and life journey. Eye-opening lessons to be learned.
I learned a lot about myself while reading the chapters in this book. Ego versus Being/Doing. I'm still in awe of the depth of what was written by Tolle. Very impressed indeed.
This was the first book I've read by Ms Picoult, and what a great story.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this book and I wasn't sure...moreThis was the first book I've read by Ms Picoult, and what a great story.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this book and I wasn't sure which direction it would go. I kept predicting one thing and then another and the ending actually took me by surprise. I was finishing the book while at work and I was very teary-eyed. Such a sad ending, though a tremendous feeling of love as I read the last few pages. This story captivated me with a controversial topic and characters I could envision. I will definitely read more from this talented author.
Thank you Ms Picoult for a change of pace and something to touch my heart and soul. I would recommend this book to others.(less)