This book did not intrigue me as much as i thought it would have based on how much i loved Pina's previous novel "Bliss". Altho**SPOILER FREE REVIEW**
This book did not intrigue me as much as i thought it would have based on how much i loved Pina's previous novel "Bliss". Although "Chasing Sophea" was an ok read i have read other books with similar plot lines that do better with the split personality illness that some people face after a major tragedy occurs in their lives.
What happened to the main character (whose name i cannot recall right now for the life of me)was horrible and how her family acted afterward was shocking. The author's constant redundancy and cast of way out there characters was unbelievable at times and at other times down right annoying. There are great back stories for some of the character which had me reading with focus and then there were times i wanted to just flat out quit reading. I wanted to give it three stars for that very reason, the mixed emotions i got throughout my reading process, but naaa.
All in all it was not a horrible book, i had great expectations for a Gabrielle Pina novel after reading "Bliss" and was a little disappointed. But maybe my feelings stem from having read books that dealt with similar issues that wrote it better...i don't know. needless to say this was a one time read for me, i will not be reading it again nor will i buy it. (thank God! for public libraries)...more
when i was in 6th grade this book was read to my class by the school librarian towards the end of the school year. Every Friday we made a class trip twhen i was in 6th grade this book was read to my class by the school librarian towards the end of the school year. Every Friday we made a class trip to the library before the day ended and listened to him read us a book. this happened throughout the school year but "The Giver" was a book that stuck with me still after so many years.
Maybe i remember it most because the librarian never got to finish it, the last day of school ended in the middle of the week so he never got to finish it, i remember feeling incomplete because i was so enchanted by the story and the world Jonas lived in and what was expected of him. Although i forgot the title the cover of the book was always vivid in my head, so when i saw it years later my senior year of high-school i had to purchase it. Imagination and love of simple methaphor is required to enjoy this book....more
I found this novel by accident, while quickly browsing shelves at the local library, and let me just say it was the best accidental find i've had in yI found this novel by accident, while quickly browsing shelves at the local library, and let me just say it was the best accidental find i've had in years. From the very first line to the end i loved it, and as a reader i am not easily pleased by anything. I love stories out of the ordinary that captivate my imagination and run away with it. That is exactly what The Shadow of The Wind did.
Right off the bat the plot intrigued me, Daniel Sempere is taken to the a secret labyrinth of forgotten books - the place where books are brought for their final rest after the world has forgotten their existence - and told by his father to pick one to always care for and protect. He chooses The Shadow of The Wind and his life is forever changed by his fascination with the book, its author and his determination to uncover the mystery surrounding the doomed fate of all other works by the author.
What fascinated me most as Daniel started to get entangled in the mysterious web of the book and its author's history, was how Daniels life began to mirror Carax (the author of the book). The writing is almost poetic yet simple to follow and enjoy, their are subplots that run alongside the major plot so the book isn't one dimensional and boring.
Overall this is a fascinating read that is sure to take you on an adventure that will make you wish there were more pages to read after you turn the last page. Highly recommended for those who are not afraid to explore other worlds or allow a book to engulf their senses completely. ...more
This was i book i could gladly put down and not be bother with for time un-end but alas i had 14 days to read it, the library said so, and if i didn'tThis was i book i could gladly put down and not be bother with for time un-end but alas i had 14 days to read it, the library said so, and if i didn't tackle it now i never would.
Seriously, what is the big deal about this book? Its marketed and gushed about as a timeless romance but, really, all i discovered in its pages was a time conscious tragedy....more
To review this book in depth now would be unfair all i remember was loving the reading process, the characters, and the family**SPOILER FREE REVIEW**
To review this book in depth now would be unfair all i remember was loving the reading process, the characters, and the family secrets. the style, structure, and plot was very well thought out. and the fact that the novel is sitting on my bookshelf, by choice, in hardcover no less signifies my liking for it. i can't wait to re-read it (read it so long ago) then i'll come back an write a proper review. my rating stays though :)...more
Reading this book was like an up-hill battle for me. I have looked forward to reading it for so long and was expecting great th**SPOILER FREE REVIEW**
Reading this book was like an up-hill battle for me. I have looked forward to reading it for so long and was expecting great things based on all the praise-worthy reviews on the book jacket. Boy was i disappointed! The plot and synopsis of the story had such excellent promise but along the way the author dropped the ball. It was very difficult to relate or sympathize with Norah Henry, even though she is the one wronged by her husband's rash (but not unfounded) decision to lie about the "supposed" death of their mentally defected daughter while keeping her healthy twin brother.
Norah's self destructive ways and at times selfish childishness did nothing but annoy me and drive me farther away from her pain. What the author did really well was humanizing Dr. David Henry because reading the back of the novel i thought he was a monster. He was the only character i actually felt was not overly contrived. Phoebe "the memory keeper’s daughter" did not have a true voice in the whole novel and that was a poor choice by the author. The major climax and confrontation i was hoping would happen between members of the family never occurred; instead the author decided do something that was shocking but totally unnecessary to the digression of the conflict.
So why did i bother giving it 2 stars? Because the one question i wanted answered -- what would possess a man to do such a horrible thing as to not only give away his newborn daughter but then lie about her death? -- was convincingly answered and somewhat understandable. Also the book was beautifully written, and i appreciate any book that can evoke emotion based on simple sentence construction. So, i will look for other books by Kim Edwards -- at the library not the bookstore, for now....more
After just finishing the Harry potter series, nothing i picked up was remotely as compelling and i needed something to get me o**SPOILER FREE REVIEW**
After just finishing the Harry potter series, nothing i picked up was remotely as compelling and i needed something to get me out of the nostalgic stupor i usually get after reading those books. Then i found "Water For Elephants" available at my library and thought well i did alway want to read it so why not.
What an awesome read, i truly enjoyed this book. Jacob Jankowski's story was touching, intriguing, endearing, and humorous all wrapped into one. Sara Gruen did a wonderful job of pulling this skeptical reader into the world of the traveling circus, the social hierarchy facilitated by the circus management between the performers and workmen, the evil nature of the equestrian director, the greedy circus manager, the sweetness of the animals, the freaks and creatures of the sideshow, and smack in the middle is Jacob and his infatuation for Marlena the equestrian director's wife. i could almost smell the cotton candy, and feel the motion of the train.
The juxtaposition of a innocently determined Jacob in his early 20s against a cranky Jacob in his 90s who despised aging occurred through a seamless transition. i truly can't imagine anyone hating this book. This story is not earth shattering or over the top, but that is what i love most about it. its a simple story of love and adventure, despite its subplots of mystery, murder, and revenge. ...more
What an unexpected read. I can't even remember what i was expecting when i was first intrigued by it on amazon's urging that i**SPOILER FREE REVIEW**
What an unexpected read. I can't even remember what i was expecting when i was first intrigued by it on amazon's urging that i would love it based on another book i bought a while ago. But what i found inside its pages was not that. And at first i was disappointed because i just could not get into it, breaking into the first 50 pages was a back and forth struggle between excitement and boredom, but now that i have finished it and go back to look through it again i cannot fathom why.
The juxtaposition of Aniday's story against "Henry Day's" was most compelling of all about this book. Especially since Keith Donohue did not parallel their time or experiences. Two days could have gone by for Aniday while we could be three years into Henry Day's story in the next chapter. Yet there would still exist that thread of connection between the two characters, that goes far beyond being the same person in two very different lives. It was expertly done without confusing the reader. I love the story as well, at first i hated the impostor Henry, but in time understanding and even sympathy replaced that feeling. Both their inner-struggles to remember who they once were was tremendously sad.
This is a wonderful tale, i don't know if i would call it a "fairytale for adults" like most people have described it, but it was hard for me to wrap my head around the concept without asking what if this could truly happen in our world today, (like little kids must wonder when reading fairytales)that would be a scary world. This is not the fairytale where dreams come true or the princess gets swept off her feet but prince charming. I promise the fairies in this tale are more human that myth. ...more
This is my first time reading a true horror novel, i have never really been into this genre. Generally i prefer horror in films and not in books, butThis is my first time reading a true horror novel, i have never really been into this genre. Generally i prefer horror in films and not in books, but all in all this was an interesting read. Ok that's a lie, this was a straight up CREEPY read. I was often trapped between shudder and disgust. The novel accomplished what it set out to - terrify readers, make us squirm, make us thank God that we are safely in our homes away from the horrors of such a place - but for the inquisitive reader (like myself) the bottom line is, it was a pointless read. Without giving anything away, let me just say, there was no concrete explanation for why the "ruins" (if in fact, it could be called that) existed, or how it came to be. The author was asking a lot by wanting me to willingly suspend disbelief without this explanation, so often at times while the creepy scenes unfolded and got more and more bizarre i found myself removed from the "ruins" and the characters with their frightening dilemma, because it was just too much to process, too much to swallow, too much to let my imagination go with it and accept that such things could ever happen. I was unconvinced. Although i was disgusted, freaked and chilled - but ultimately left unconvinced.
I just wanted to get to the end to see how it would all wrap up (pun intended) not necessarily because i cared about the characters. Many of the arguments they had and their actions/reaction were repetitive, which was a bore to read. But just when those moments arose and i was tired of reading, the action picked up almost immediately and i wouldn't be able to put the book down. There is no doubt in my mind that Scott Smith is a talented writer when it comes to gaining riveted attention from readers, its the convincing part that gets me wondering. Even still I'm intrigued to read his other novel.
Lovers of horror and all things creepy will be be in readers heaven with this book, it was well written, plotted and executed, just unconvincing.
Another so-so read, i was so excited for this book, especially after all the rave reviews of her first novel. Maybe i should ha**SPOILER FREE REVIEW**
Another so-so read, i was so excited for this book, especially after all the rave reviews of her first novel. Maybe i should have started with that one. This book is creatively written, Jennifer Egan knows how to draw the reader in immediately by raising their curiosity (and the dark horrible prank Danny pulled in his youth did that for me.)
Her best accomplishment is the narrator's voice and how it weaves the story in and out making you wonder just how he knows so much. At first, the writing style was down right annoying (especially for those who, like me, are punctuation crazy) but once you get into the plot, you understand why and it plays into the essence of the story (this is how i choose to explain those horrendously written first pages). Egan's build of mystery and suspense was great, but lagging at some points and confusing at others -- you don't know what's real, what's imagined, this is fun at first, but then...
I was rooting for this book to blow my mind with its ending as the mystery unraveled and came to a close, but while one part of the narration fantastically surprised me, a sudden switch in narrator stole the WOW! factor of a satisfying resolution, and it just fell short, rendering it pointless and disjointed from the previous narration.
It was a good, creepy, hold my breath at times, read. Till the bombshell of his identity was revealed i was still going back and forth as to who the narrator was, which is a good testament to Egan's writing skill because i usually solve mysteries before they are revealed. Read it, enjoy it, critic it, move on. Its not one of those stories that stays with you, oh well. ...more