How did I not know about this book and why did it take me so long to read it? This is one of those books that makes you pause. You shut the back coverHow did I not know about this book and why did it take me so long to read it? This is one of those books that makes you pause. You shut the back cover and just stare off for a moment, moved by the insight, angered and saddened by the actions of the characters, and heartbroken by a story having to be written that is painfully necessary.
Gantos is a master storyteller. His words and sentences are genuine and his stories make you think he's got a window into everyone lives they're so uber-observant. And to prove his mastery- he does it in about 120 pages. ...more
The glitter of the Selection series dimmed a bit right from the first chapter-- I guess I still wanted more of America, not a projection into the futuThe glitter of the Selection series dimmed a bit right from the first chapter-- I guess I still wanted more of America, not a projection into the future with their offspring. But I pushed through and tried to get in to it but I wasn't prepared by the whiny and misguided Eadlyn. I admit I was intrigued by the idea of a male selection but didn't want to tolerate listening to Eadlyn.
I was slightly interested in the relationship she had with her twin Ahren but admit that I lost interest quickly again and skipped to the end where I'm glad I did and missed the middle. I appreciate Ahren's decision . Sadly, I probably won't continue to read the series or it's half-stories but I will continue to admire the gorgeous covers. ...more
The complexity of Vera and Charlie is the glue that sticks the book together because I felt a bit indifferent about how the plot itself unfolded.
The dThe complexity of Vera and Charlie is the glue that sticks the book together because I felt a bit indifferent about how the plot itself unfolded.
The death of Charlie has left a void in Vera, especially because she loved him and kept many of his secrets. She is enduring her own tragedy with her mother's leaving affecting the makeup of her family.
I was more annoyed by the lack of details on what were really the secrets and what was really going on, rather than being floored by it and flipping pages to find out but I know the value of a book like this in terms of teenage angst, dealing with issues that are overwhelming, and wanting to have someone in your corner. Likewise, the bit of fluff at the end wasn't as "realistic" as I would have liked. ...more
I literally pre-purchased the book on my Nook to HAVE when it was released. It's now more than six months after the release date and I'm just readingI literally pre-purchased the book on my Nook to HAVE when it was released. It's now more than six months after the release date and I'm just reading it-- for a reason that book lovers can understand-- you can never unnread a book and have it be your first time again. And I have uber self control then kick myself for not reading it the moment it came out (here's looking at Out of the Easy).
This has a devastatingly killer cover as did Kill Me Softly. I want to frame the cover art. Seriously. And knowing how much I loved the first in the Beau Rivage series, I wanted to believe this wouldn't disappoint. Did I become obsessed when I finally cracked it and wished I could be reading while I was driving or sleeping? Absolutely. It's past my bedtime.
It's sick and twisted. Gothic and at times a tad raunchy. Sexy and lustful. A horribly confused and generally annoying main character THAT I LOVED FOR THAT REASON. Give me a break, Viv! But it WORKED so well. There's the intersection of fairy tales, truly dark and horrific fairy tales. Ones I didn't know anything about. There's the underworld and the Rumpelstiltskin curse, , and heartthrob Huntsman Henley to pine for. The magical themed nights at the club and dancing princesses, the drunk Swan brothers. Must I go on?
And what I loved so deviously about it, it was a soap opera to the nth degree. Full on, nonstop. And all the images are swirling in my brain like a live-action movie. Cross does that so intensely.
I'm so impressed by how sentimental and emotional the book is without being explicit. It reminds me of some of the great Walter Dean Myers books thatI'm so impressed by how sentimental and emotional the book is without being explicit. It reminds me of some of the great Walter Dean Myers books that mix neighborhood, situation, coming-of-age, and hardship but with straightforward and up front.
Matt recently lost his mother to cancer and in his struggle to cope, takes a job helping Mr. Ray, the area's popular funeral director, at his funeral parlor. Matt takes solace in 'watching' the masses or services after his work setting up, cleaning cars, or being a pallbearer. In this position, he re-meets Lovey, a girl he met while first trying to get a job at a fast food joint, whose grandmother and caretaker passed. Their bond begins another reawakening for Matt in a geeked-out and quiet way. And while it was convenient to send his dad to the hospital for recovery and rehabilitation after a drunken hit-and-run as he deals with his wife's death in order to focus on Matt's story, I can understand the point about how everyone deals with loss. Mr. Ray dealt with it. Lovey dealt with her mother's murder when she was very young.
I love that this story is meaty but so touching. Certainly my favorite so far, knowing that Reynolds is becoming a powerhouse.
"Day after day, week after week, funeral after funeral, I searched for that person-- almost always sitting in the front-- and watched them deal. Saw them rock back and forth, the sound of their hearts breaking, weeping, sobbing, all in the pitch of pain. Desperately begging for help in a room full of uncomfortable people who want to be helpful, but just don't know how. Because they can't help. Nothing helps. I knew that. Every time I saw them, the closest ones, bent over in tears, it felt like a warm rain came down inside me. Even though I knew that I couldn't help them and they couldn't help me, just knowing that we were all struggling with this thing... that helped."...more
Save for some tidiness and neatness and some REALLY STUPID DECISIONS on Arlie's part that seem incomprehensible for a sixteen year old, this story wasSave for some tidiness and neatness and some REALLY STUPID DECISIONS on Arlie's part that seem incomprehensible for a sixteen year old, this story was intense and gritty in all the best ways. It was also emotional and touching in all the best ways. The secondary characters shone, specifically Mo, Arlie's best friend, in well-rounded scenes that make you want to shake Arlie. The narrative that is non-linear, flashing back to the situations that left Arlie severely scarred on her face when the meth lab her stepfather was running in their apartment exploded, along with the current story in which Arlie's mother has OD'ed and she is under the loving care and guidance of an Uncle Frank that she never knew existed.
Yes, there is some saccharine, but a very honest portrayal of a woman who burned many bridges with her addiction which is why Arlie didn't know about her family and Arlie was mothering her mother rather than being mothered. So now that Arlie is orphaned, but still intensely connected to her past, when her stepfather comes back for repayment, Arlie makes supremely poor decisions that endanger everyone's life, namely, her new blind boyfriend, that has helped her regain her sense of smell and taste, and learn to be cared for, though there are characters like Mo who have been trying to do that for a while. So while there are some issues never resolved or characteristics portrayed that never lead anywhere (Arlie's singing, Mo's dad, Dora) the story still has a nice arc.
It was a page-turner for me and the hard-knock situations that Arlie powers through do serve as a 'walking a mile in someone else's shoes' that teens enjoy. ...more
I thought I would be engrossed with the richness of some of the poetry at the beginning of the book but quickly lost traction with the investigationsI thought I would be engrossed with the richness of some of the poetry at the beginning of the book but quickly lost traction with the investigations by the researchers in discovering letters that hadn't surfaced previously.
I fear the book was a bit too intelligent for my attention span and while I can digest and appreciate words and romances from the days of yore, I couldn't focus long enough to dive in. ...more
And like similar books about cult behavior such as The Chosen One, Devoted, or Drought, the author handles the religion, brainwashing, prophecies, and behaviors with depth. And while this book seemed thick enough, it moved along and while not perfect, it seemed every scene or interaction added something to the book from Minnow's conversations with Dr. Wilson, to her interactions with the other girls in the juvenile facility, and all her flashbacks with Jude in the woods, and her time in the woods with the Kevinians. Secondary characters were just as important to the story as Minnow herself, a handless girl who suffered greatly and is being held in a facility on charges that she did something to kill, but it's more about her knowing what happened as one closest to the center of the cult than it is about what she did or didn't do .
The action was paced, not giving away secrets all at once and Minnow's spunky attitude in the face of so much pain makes me love her all the more. ...more
Maybe I'm too much of a reader to actually like books about avid readers? For the most part I haven't found many of these types of books appealing. MyMaybe I'm too much of a reader to actually like books about avid readers? For the most part I haven't found many of these types of books appealing. My only favorite was Love Overdue because I wasn't even much of a fan of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and that ilk. The recent The End of Your Life Book Club walked a fine line.
So I wasn't amazed that this translated text didn't appeal to me. I generally dislike an adult novel told with letters and long narratives. The quirky characters weren't enough to save it though it seemed somewhat promising when the main character ended up in Broken Wheel after her pen friend passed, but this "small town" oddness got too odd for me to stay the course. ...more
This time traveling romance will be a hit as there's a bit of fluff but some weight and thoughtfulness. Our contemporary female character feeling a biThis time traveling romance will be a hit as there's a bit of fluff but some weight and thoughtfulness. Our contemporary female character feeling a bit aimless and contemplative runs in to a boy living in the 1920s on the beach of her summer home aka his home. This chance meeting and instant but odd attraction isn't apparent until their first few encounters lead to questions and some answers that there is more going on.
Cassandra is interested in helping Lawrence hopefully avoid tragedy while Lawrence is entangled in deceit by family and is struggling to pull himself out of it, while pining for the contemporary Cassandra in his suave, poetic way.
The whimsy of the title, cover, and multiple narrative between the two makes it dreamy and romantic but with a grittiness of the situation. Props for the use of the library to find out exactly what's going on and also for the romantic ending . ...more
I wasn't sure I would enjoy a book written in letters because they're so pretentious, but this one was transformative in that the letters were writtenI wasn't sure I would enjoy a book written in letters because they're so pretentious, but this one was transformative in that the letters were written to famous dead people as a way for Laurel to emerge from the PTSD she is experiencing after her sister's death . Laurel is a new student at a different school because May went to the other one. Laurel realizes she doesn't want to be herself, because herself isn't cool in terms of fashion, food choice, or family dynamics.
Instead, she begins dressing in May's clothes (and gets some attention that her father has been denying as he's buried himself in baseball to overcome his sadness of both his daughter's passing but his wife leaving as well), and the attention of some new friends who at first, she doesn't think (quite naively) know about her sister and of course, the boy, Sky, who (wait for it) knew May at the old school as he was also from that school and had a role to play in uncovering the mystery surrounding what Laurel is withholding from the reader. .
To me, the beauty of the story is the magical elements of believing in hocus pocus and fairies as a way to raise themselves above the pain and issues that were happening, the secrets that were being kept, the issues that weren't going away. The relationship between the sisters becomes painful and tragic and for me, not cliche. Dellaira writes an emotionally-packed character-driven story. ...more
Let's say that many will pick up the book simply for the stunning cover that does well to play up the strengths of the book and while it's not perfectLet's say that many will pick up the book simply for the stunning cover that does well to play up the strengths of the book and while it's not perfect, it's good and will be a read for those that enjoyed the TV series Revenge, like the concept of retribution, but also about kinship. There has been a disaster at sea, there are three survivors, a father and son of well-connected wealth and political means and a girl who barely survived while her friend died several days before the arrival of rescuers. But she's shocked to discover that the story of the shipwreck was blamed on a wave and not murderers coming aboard and slaughtering people before wrecking the ship.
Now it's up to this girl, and her friend's father, who encourages her to take on the identity of his daughter, to uncover the real story, try to prove what really happened as it's two against one, and seek her revenge as the readers get glimpses of a romance gone-wrong.
... and here's my issue. I want to get off the romance wagon, for once I was stories to be about other things and this could have been one of them that didn't trump-up this boy, Grey, and from there craziness ensues. I want some deep politics or cover-ups along the lines of Gabrielle Zevin's trilogy that was more about the heroine or reluctant heroine rather than the romantic angle. So for that I was disappointed, though at it's core, it's a unique enough story to capture a reader's attention. ...more
I know I'll be in the minority on loving the book as much as many who will categorize it with favorites like Bridge to Terabithia or Tuck EverlastingI know I'll be in the minority on loving the book as much as many who will categorize it with favorites like Bridge to Terabithia or Tuck Everlasting and mixed with a contemporary hit like The Fault in Our Stars where the collision of love, questions about life, and finding your way merge to tell a timeless tale. Yes, I get it, I just didn't like the writing that felt odd for odd's sake rather than genius or unique enough to stand on its own.
But I can certain get behind Peter Stone's existence in wanting to find somewhere for himself because he's increasingly internalizing all of the outward noise, but instead, meets a dying, quirky girl who can show him a bit more about himself and make him appreciate his family.
So, again, I get it, it just didn't knock me over the head with lyrical writing to make me believe it. ...more
I haven't read the adult version, just this children's adaptation which I thoroughly enjoyed and was equally heartbroken by Joe's upbringing YET the fI haven't read the adult version, just this children's adaptation which I thoroughly enjoyed and was equally heartbroken by Joe's upbringing YET the fact that he persevered is inspirational- captured intelligently ad thoughtfully by Brown. Though it's about all of the boys in the Husky Clipper and how they went from lumberjacks and manual laborers to Olympians, winning gold in rowing at the most controversial Olympics in history, readers journey through the process with Joe, a boy who had to fend for himself since he was about ten years old.
With a father who was aimless without a woman, when Joe's real mother died and he took up with Thula, he followed her whims and anger and essentially found alternate arrangements (exchanging his boarding at the school for him continually working to keep the schoolhouse warm and chop wood or with relatives) and at a certain point just turned him out completely making him 'find his own way'. This was also during the beginning of the Great Depression which is discussed along with the impending war abroad and the politics of Hitler. Brown weaves all together seamlessly and effortlessly. The story, along with the numerous pictures, describes the situations, the sport, and the camaraderie. And what I liked best of all was the arch as Brown describes having met Joe in his old age before discovering the story and how he was affected by it and learned about it to write the story.
I can see this appealing as a sports book or as a memoir with the backdrop of the Great Depression and the American experience along with the war and it's affects on the boys as they became men. Likewise, Joyce is a saint and her story is equally as powerful, sticking with Joe when most girls would have been looking for riches, truly 'getting' Joe and wanting him to succeed. Their love story is equal parts romance and stick-to-it-ness. ...more
I wanted to like it a bit more than I did because the story is genius and creative and the atmosphere Fowley-Doyle creates is lovely, but there was aI wanted to like it a bit more than I did because the story is genius and creative and the atmosphere Fowley-Doyle creates is lovely, but there was a bit of the magic lost on me as the story began that I wasn't completely wrapped up.
A season every year when the characters must be extra careful because it's literally the 'accident season'? Awesome. I'm on board. There are mysteries within the family, a bit of a haunting with a girl named Elise always with bits and pieces of herself and clothes in pictures of Cara and her family? Nifty.
But I found the middle a bit daunting and found myself skimming until the mysteries were uncovered .
Creative cover that does justice to the story, as a debut it was good and future books could be stellar. ...more
Throughout the story I was a bit confused which is part of the magical realism elements that build the story along with the pacing moving through multThroughout the story I was a bit confused which is part of the magical realism elements that build the story along with the pacing moving through multiple perspectives with the meat of the story being Roza's captivity with a mystery man. She's also just a well-developed character with a Polish background that's fun, awesome cooking skills, and a sensitivity that I picked up on. Finn, an oddball in their town of Bone Gap, saw the abduction though isn't able to identify the man .
I will admit Roza's time in captivity and her multiple attempts to escape were the most intriguing while some of the other characters slowed me down. The mystery involved in who this man is keeps a reader reading along with seeing where Finn's relationship with "Petey"/ Pricilla will go. The story is a bit odd but equally dramatic .
Odd is good, this is an odd/good story that's not revolutionary or fantastically written, just done right by magical realism standards-- certainly not for everyone, but will have appeal to readers wanting a creepy mystery....more
I couldn't connect though I don't think it is anything against the book or the writing, rather, I just wasn't feeling Willowdean's sassy attitude andI couldn't connect though I don't think it is anything against the book or the writing, rather, I just wasn't feeling Willowdean's sassy attitude and great self-esteem in the face of a new romance, a mother focused on looks (though not overbearing, just how she was raised and sees herself), and entering a beauty pageant.
For as sizeable as the book was, I couldn't sustain finishing it and skipped to the end where I realized I didn't miss much in between. Maybe if it was more succinct? Maybe I wasn't in the mood for a plucky Southern girl? I'm not sure but I know I'll likely purchase a copy for the library anyway as there are positive reviews and many encouraging comments that they felt humored by Willowdean as a chicklit-esque read. ...more
Magical realism that isn't strong, but done just right. A romance that does not give away anything or overpower the true story. A gutsy female protagoMagical realism that isn't strong, but done just right. A romance that does not give away anything or overpower the true story. A gutsy female protagonist hellbent on making it. Historical adventure trekking across the Oregon Trail. Realistic portrayals of Native Americans, African Americans, gays, religion, families, and lives from that period. Awesome title.
All of these are winning combinations from an author who can do it SO WELL. While I'm disappointed that the over 400-page book couldn't just be a standalone and is instead one of a trilogy, I understand that she's created a plucky teenaged girl whose parents were murdered at the hand of her father because she has a gold-sense-- the ability to perceive gold. She abandons what she knows and uses her hard work earning her keep along the United States' toughest terrains to 'make it' out in California-- while pretending to be a boy to make it easier, while pining for Jefferson , while fearfully awaiting her next encounter with her possessive murdering uncle, while still HOPING that there is something for her at the end of her journey.
This journey is thoughtful, adventurous and while slow in the descriptions, I realize it's a historical novel which usually goes hand-in-hand with rich descriptive language. Enjoyed it tremendously. ...more
While the mystery is certainly what sustains the book through it's lengthy pages, Jo as a main character is what readers enjoy the most in a time periWhile the mystery is certainly what sustains the book through it's lengthy pages, Jo as a main character is what readers enjoy the most in a time period that we love to learn more about. The social issues of the time period in the late 1800s is a setting and story that Donnelly can do well, though it can be tightened up. The annoyance and shock of views that the elite New York families had, especially toward girls is eye-opening, so when Jo decides she's going to challenge traditional expectations, she's a character any reader would root for. I didn't find her too annoying though the mystery could again, have been solved in a shorter amount of time as she and others are interested in identifying what truly happened to her father. ...more
What a powerful book in a short amount of time. With a range of emotions, characters, situations, and explanations, Schmidt masterfully shares the stoWhat a powerful book in a short amount of time. With a range of emotions, characters, situations, and explanations, Schmidt masterfully shares the story of Joseph, who at thirteen impregnates the love of his life, Madeline. They were in love. He the son of the plumber fixing the bathrooms in her mansion where Madeline is left to herself while her lawyer-parents work endlessly and leave her semi-supervised with a nanny. Their love is instantaneous and they share an affinity for the planet Jupiter.
Fast forward to his time now on an organic farm with Jack's family. Joseph has left the juvenile facility where he's been, though the reader is not sure why until midway through, and is shunned already in their school and most angrily by presumptive adults. Joseph seems to take it in stride though readers know he is struggling internally-- readers an instantly on his side and endeared to his situation-- when all is truly revealed
Jack is in Joseph's corner through it all. He is just as heartwarming. Jack's family is wonderful. And with most of Schmidt's work there is always an homage to libraries as saving graces as Joseph walks to try to find Jupiter himself.
Mick needs to learn another language so in comes a college grad who is supposed to turn the brawny, beefy hockey player into a speaker of a romance laMick needs to learn another language so in comes a college grad who is supposed to turn the brawny, beefy hockey player into a speaker of a romance language though he's a tough Russian. The physical attraction takes hold and their lust takes the novella into new adult territory.
With the inclusion of sports and language, this was meatier than others I've recently read. ...more
The cover is the only thing that even merits a star because the writing is awful and the characters are flat and uninteresting. Everything is told ratThe cover is the only thing that even merits a star because the writing is awful and the characters are flat and uninteresting. Everything is told rather than felt, the budding romance is bordering pathetically creepy and odd, and the spoilers and twists are unimaginative mostly because it's spelled out as it's being revealed. ...more
**spoiler alert** Certainly the most fast-paced and thrilling of the series, this one includes Marty, Kristen's abusive and unstable ex who comes back**spoiler alert** Certainly the most fast-paced and thrilling of the series, this one includes Marty, Kristen's abusive and unstable ex who comes back to hold the two of them hostage. He also decides to give up Kristen's secret that she's pregnant while not having been able to tell Vincent herself.
A little more substance to this one than the previous ones but the game playing in terms of a future relationship that will now include a child is a bit fanciful. ...more
Jealousy takes hold as Kristen and Vincent begin to entangle their lives and Kristen discovers more about Vincent. Likewise, Vincent hears dribs and dJealousy takes hold as Kristen and Vincent begin to entangle their lives and Kristen discovers more about Vincent. Likewise, Vincent hears dribs and drabs about an abusive relationship Kristen had previously.
Disliked the stupidity of main character in terms of their sexual relationship. ...more
The shocking truths and revelations along with the personal journey of Pistorius' situation is astonishing and a worthwhile read for the average persoThe shocking truths and revelations along with the personal journey of Pistorius' situation is astonishing and a worthwhile read for the average person, not just people working in healthcare and with the disabled, not just those parents who have children with disabilities, but everyone.
Pistorius was stricken with an illness around twelve that left him as what anyone assumed was a vegetative state in which he was "alive" but not with it. He lost motor function, speaking, and all abilities to care for himself and outwardly express anything. But years into this state, Pistorius regained his cognition, only to be inhibited by his lack of communication. The story shares the heartbreaking truths of what he endured and how far he's come, from being a ghost boy to being an international speaker and husband. There's hope that no one should just give up on someone and that everyone should be treated with respect. Interspersed throughout his motivational story (though it doesn't feel like that for good measure, it's just a human interest story needing to be told because he's not heavy-handed, preachy, or disgruntled-- even when his mother looked him in the eyes and wished him to die, even when he was being sexually abused in a day home, even when those around him told him the straight truth including the heartbreak of first love, a PT who said it would never work) are snapshots of time, photographs, and situations that he had little control of until he was introduced to voice technologies, which, though not easy, allowed for speech when he had none which meant advocacy when he couldn't before, and contributing to to science and technology for others.
In addition to being a straightforward memoir, it's also about family dynamics, relationships, and the mind especially with those curious about the inner workings of geniuses like Stephen Hawking. ...more
This is a near-perfect book and it reaffirms some faith I have in committees in picking award winners. With much to love including Gabi herself, it'sThis is a near-perfect book and it reaffirms some faith I have in committees in picking award winners. With much to love including Gabi herself, it's humorous instead of depressing in a format that I can leave more than I can take (but it works wonderful in this book)-- written as a chronological journal of her senior year, and it's about family, relationships, and culture.
Gabi's father is a meth-head in and out of their home but a generally good guy from what Gabi chooses to remember and her mother who is an overbearing Latina who continually criticizes Gabi's weight but also talks about their religion and being a good girl. Gabi's struggles are identifying what truly is a 'good' girl and a 'bad' girl when she sees examples that don't make sense. Her mother gets pregnant by their father (though they'd never married to begin with) when Gabi's in her senior year. Gabi's best friend ends up pregnant. Her other best friend comes out as gay and lives with her for a bit before he goes to live with his aunt that is a little more accepting.
There's social commentary and feminism is a digestible and thoughtful way and with a few pictorals a la The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, it solidifies the book as accessible. I can see many reading the book and connecting with Gabi or any of the other cast of characters that make up the story. She's got a thoughtful boyfriend after a few trial and errors. Likewise, it's not a clean book with many references to sex and the body but en point and not salacious. The artsy-Gabi writes poetry to express her thoughts and eats to feels her feelings.
The romantic element is endearing but the family and friendships and self-actualization are the gems. It is a truly fantastic REALISTIC story that I will share again and again (and will speak for itself). ...more
**spoiler alert** I can appreciate a good love story but the transcendental love-for-the-ages that makes a man leave his family as if living a lie to**spoiler alert** I can appreciate a good love story but the transcendental love-for-the-ages that makes a man leave his family as if living a lie to be with a woman that he left so many years ago in Burma was a bit too much for me. There was an auspicious beginning with a cryptic monologue by a man in a teahouse in Burma to a woman he had been waiting for but had never met was intriguing but I was lost on it for the rest of the book.
Perhaps I didn't like that the book was filled with monologues by various characters like Tin's American wife who had been left (along with his daughter who is the central character of the story) because I don't like the whininess of the characters. I also couldn't appreciate the depth of the romance as I can with other stories (whether lighthearted or deeply felt) which may have been a combination of the writing or maybe that a reader can already assume that Tin is a horrible man who up and left his family (regardless of when you discover what happened).
So, unfortunately, this was a no-go for me. And it seems from other reviews that it's a polarizing book where there's often no middle ground-- you can either appreciate it or not. ...more
What a beautiful sequel. I can't figure out whether it's Gretchen and Daniel as vividly portrayed, realistic, romantic, and courageous characters thatWhat a beautiful sequel. I can't figure out whether it's Gretchen and Daniel as vividly portrayed, realistic, romantic, and courageous characters that make the story or the atmospheric mystery and history entwined that make me feel so loving toward Blankman. It could also be the cover, the secondary characters, the writing, ah, well, a little of all of it makes for a nearly perfect story.
A follow up to Prisoner of Night and Fog, Gretchen has been living comfortably with the Whitestone's while Daniel troops along writing social stories for the paper close by, but duty calls when Daniel is framed for a murder and Gretchen and Daniel decide to go back into the lion's den and return to Berlin where they want to solve a murder and thereby another mystery to take down Hitler before the Enabling Act passes and Hitler has ultimate power. Because of Gretchen's upbringing with her Uncle Dolf, she knows the Nazi party and her uncle and the dangers it brings, so she changes her appearance and reunites (though untrusting) to some of her friends and family where what has happened paints a desperate picture of how things are changing under Hitler's all-encompassing control.
A historical fiction duo that is rendered with the best of them. ...more
With such a beautiful cover I'd like to keep the artwork and throw out the book. I was blown over by Cruel Beauty and it's Beauty and the Beast retellWith such a beautiful cover I'd like to keep the artwork and throw out the book. I was blown over by Cruel Beauty and it's Beauty and the Beast retelling and expected so much from this one, a combination retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and The Girl with No Hands. There was potential for a gothic tale like the first with dangerous love, beauty, treachery, deviousness in the darkness of a forest but with Rachelle being a bit bratty and annoying and the writing not as wanting as in the first, I couldn't get in to it. So I kept reading a bit more hoping that things would change once the foresthound appeared and that led to a brief moment before it fell apart again.
So sad that I couldn't enjoy it. I'll try her next installment though, just in case....more