This book wasn't as L-O-L funny as 2FTM, but pretty much what you'd expect from the series. By book 3 there seems to be a pretty consistent theme wherThis book wasn't as L-O-L funny as 2FTM, but pretty much what you'd expect from the series. By book 3 there seems to be a pretty consistent theme where Stephanie Plum is given an "easy" bounty only to discover that it's really the tip of the iceberg on some crazy huge conspiracy. Lula wanting to tag along is interesting, I enjoy learning more about her (and Jackie, I like "staying in touch" with characters, which is why I was drawn to this series with so many installations). I'm interested to see if anything finally happens with Morelli and what him moving into the house means, the relationship definitely had a more friendly tone until Stephanie basically gave him a green light, which was different from the previous two books. These books are a pretty easy read (I've read three in less than a week) so I'll find out soon! ...more
One for the Money was okay, but I wasn't crazy about it. Two for the Dough definitely stepped up though, and I really enjoyed it. Loved all the GrandmOne for the Money was okay, but I wasn't crazy about it. Two for the Dough definitely stepped up though, and I really enjoyed it. Loved all the Grandma Mazur interaction- definitely a fantastic character! Seriously laughed out loud while reading this book, and that's definitely something I need atm....more
This book was good, not great. I have seen the movie, which I think made it a little anti-climatic because I already knew the majority of the story liThis book was good, not great. I have seen the movie, which I think made it a little anti-climatic because I already knew the majority of the story line. Normally when I read the book first then watch the movie I can spot tons of differences, but this seemed to follow along fairly well- well enough that the book didn't really feel that special. However, it's a good start to the series and I'm glad I read it for the background because the series does get better....more
An excellently written book. I tried for hundreds of pages to figure out "whodunnit" and was still blind-sighted. Of course, I'm also now a bit terrifAn excellently written book. I tried for hundreds of pages to figure out "whodunnit" and was still blind-sighted. Of course, I'm also now a bit terrified to even be on a computer....more
I loved this book, and I think it is a definite must read for anyone who has ever felt as though they are on the fringe of society.
*a few spoilers aheI loved this book, and I think it is a definite must read for anyone who has ever felt as though they are on the fringe of society.
*a few spoilers ahead*
At 23, I'm not exactly the target audience probably, since the main character is beginning high school and I've finished college already. I can't decide if it's a good or bad thing I read this so late.
It's good because it is quite melancholy, and there's a chance I would have slipped even further into that if I read it in my already-quite-melancholy state during high school...which could have been too much. On the other hand, that's precisely why it would have been good to read it then- to have something to connect to when all else seemed disconnected. As much as I connected with it now, it was more of a "Oh yes, I remember that" type of connection rather than a "Oh yes, I am going through exactly the same thing" connection. Still meaningful, but different.
Charlie is definitely a strange bird, but in a good way I think. I'll be honest and say that I didn't see the issue with Aunt Helen coming at all. In a way, I think it diminished the story to be honest. The reason Charlie was so easy to relate to was that he saw things just a little bit differently, and I felt like the Aunt Helen issue was supposed to "explain" why he was different. I personally would have liked it much better if it was just different...because he was different. No terrible trauma or anything, just a kid who was the way he was.
I also felt that way about him letting Patrick kiss him. He didn't seem to actively want it yet he couldn't say that to Patrick. I get that he didn't want to kick the guy when he was down, but at the same time he needs to truly be himself and say no. Letting someone kiss or touch you just to make themselves feel better is a terrible thing, in my opinion. It sends the message that you don't feel you have control over your own body and that is disheartening in my opinion.
I will say, this book is not about a true loner, which is what I expected for some reason. I think perhaps the point is that Charlie was/would be a loner except for the advice to "participate." As someone who struggles with that myself, I have to say that he had a much easier time finding friends than I ever had. He walks up to Patrick and Sam and boom, best friends who are older and cooler and yet still like you and introduce you to a ready made circle of people. Quite a lucky strike there, Charlie. I appreciate that it shows everyone does have a place, but he could have struggled a little bit more to find it. Yes, he had issues with friends...but he still had them. He had issues with his family...but it was still a caring environment. I mean, if I get hospitalized I'm having maybe 3 visitors (and 2 of those are my parents, the other is my husband).
I feel like this review is making it sound like I didn't like the book, which I really really did. I guess it's just easier to put into words what I would have improved versus the already great parts.
I really enjoy this series. This book gives you more background on Lizbeth, which I appreciate. It was so good that I stayed up reading it even thoughI really enjoy this series. This book gives you more background on Lizbeth, which I appreciate. It was so good that I stayed up reading it even though I was on the road driving 1700 miles and staying in somewhat questionable motels and perhaps arguing with the husband, because that happens when you are hauling all of your earthly possessions halfway across the country. Can't wait to start the final chapter, I'm hoping that Michael and Lizbeth will finally truly resolve their issues. No matter how they end up (friends, lovers, partners, etc), I just want them to get to a good place with each other....more
This is a bit of an "easy" book. It's written for young adults, and some parts of it are clearly a little unrealistic. However it was cute and sometimThis is a bit of an "easy" book. It's written for young adults, and some parts of it are clearly a little unrealistic. However it was cute and sometimes I need a break from the heavy, so I'd reccomend this. If you are into history and puzzles (think National Treasure-ish) then you can enjoy this....more
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book, and there are only a few things that could have bumped it up to four stars. Short version- it's the stor**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book, and there are only a few things that could have bumped it up to four stars. Short version- it's the story of a reporter who is injured in a roadside bomb and goes to live with her grandmother in Amish country to recover. The main character is very relatable and sympathetic, especially when it comes to her feelings about children.
My biggest problem was that once she decides to marry an Amish man, I would have liked to read more about her spiritual decision of joining the Amish. There were talks about how the elders felt about it and the logistics, but I wanted to hear about the personal, spiritual side of it more. ...more
The final book in any series is always difficult for me to process, simply because it seems more final to part with characters after m*spoilers ahead*
The final book in any series is always difficult for me to process, simply because it seems more final to part with characters after multiple books rather than just one.
It was definitely interesting to see a different side of Salander. Since she was in the hospital, she obviously couldn't be quite as pro-active about the situation as she was previously.
It's funny to think of how abnormal most people consider her to be (and clearly she isn't average) when you begin to see how far so many people are willing to go in order to help her- Dragan, Blomkvist, Modig, the hackers, even Berger.
Speaking of Berger, it was nice to see a different side of her. In the first two books she seemed to mainly be just a stock character who was attached to Michael. In Hornet's, we see her as an individual- in a different work environment, inside her marriage, and in relation to other women. Seeing the relationship between her and Blomkvist through her eyes versus his shone a completely different light on the complex interaction between them.
In general this book seemed more focused on women- previously it has seemed to be equal between Salander and Blomkvist (mainly because one was always working on something with the other one). In this book, Salander and Blomkvist are both working for Salander. Even though Blomkvist does get his story out, he maintains throughout that his main purpose is justification for Salander- justification *through* the media rather than the story being the main draw. In addition to the obvious Salander there is Berger's side story, as well as Figuerola (sp?), Linder, and Modig. Since the beginning the underlying theme has violence against women; in this book we truly see the different ways that women fight back.
I didn't really feel that Figuerola's attraction for Blomkvist was that believable- it seemed remarkably fast and just odd. She made a big deal about knowing about him & Berger yet seemed to feel like it was all or nothing with him, if she knew the deal going in she should have been a lot calmer about the whole thing.
The ending with Blomkvist and Salander seemed...lacking. I guess that was the point, however. To have them simply be.
I did *really* enjoy the way Salander had to be told about her responsibilities as a citizen. Her status as mentally incompetent has been such a controversy that it was good to see her shook up about the full impact of it being revoked....more
This book was decent, a worthy read but not spectacular. Again, it was part of a series that wish I had read the first part of. Just because I'm a stiThis book was decent, a worthy read but not spectacular. Again, it was part of a series that wish I had read the first part of. Just because I'm a stickler for background information. I don't believe that this took away too much from the story however. The basic premise of the story was intriguing, and not the cookie-cutter type of mystery that seems to be floating around these days. Kendall is fairly easy to like and respect, but her new partner is infuriating at times IMO. The damsel in distress is just not what appeals to me. Like so many other books unfortunately, I felt that the author tried so hard to keep the mystery aspect going that it was "Who did it, who did it, who did it, THISISWHODIDITANDWHY OMG OMG OMG." Maybe I'm just super picky because very few books have been truly pleasing to me lately....more
A good book, not wonderful but intriguing. I believe it would help to have read the previous novels, as there were allusions to some things that I amA good book, not wonderful but intriguing. I believe it would help to have read the previous novels, as there were allusions to some things that I am almost positive were covered in previous novels and helped give some background to the characters. ...more
This book would have 4 starts, except it was a bit slow in the first half. After completing the book I believe those slower parts where meant to giveThis book would have 4 starts, except it was a bit slow in the first half. After completing the book I believe those slower parts where meant to give a background (which it did) but it wasn't until the last 150-200 pages that the story really grabbed me. I definitely encourage everyone to give this a read....more
Nora Roberts is one of my favorite authors, like in the top 3. So it's not really a surprise that I loved this book.
It's set in the Blue Ridge mountaiNora Roberts is one of my favorite authors, like in the top 3. So it's not really a surprise that I loved this book.
It's set in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia (yes, I picked it because it reminded me of home). While I've read tons of her work, this book was somehow different. It was good, definitely. Just different. I'm almost not sure how to categorize it.
There are several different themes going on in Tribute. The main character is Cilla McGowan. She's moved from sunny CA to a family farm in VA she was finally able to buy from her drug addicted dramatic actress mom. The farm was purchased by Cilla's grandmother, Janet. Janet was one of the shining stars of Hollywood in her day (from the descriptions I'm thinking very Marilyn Monroe-ish). She supposedly committed suicide (the drug addiction is apparently hereditary), but Cilla has always wondered if there may have been another person involved. Although she never met Janet, she has always lived in her shadow. Cilla's mom followed in her Janet's footsteps in Hollywood, but was never on the same level. She also pushed Cilla into showbiz, and did her best to give her the same pills she & Janet were addicted too (it was just for stage fright, no big deal). Cilla rebelled and eventually quite acting...a decision her mom never understood or respected.
Cilla moves to VA and rebuilds the farmhouse that her mother let go to ruins. While she's there, she meets this very hot and friendly cartoon author (he does books, but they have cartoons...all very odd). Also, she keeps getting hate messages and break ins that show very clearly that someone wants her to get the hell outta dodge, and quick. Our heroine is obviously not wimpy enough to do this, and there's a big scene at the end where you find out who & why. It's very intriguing, I honestly didn't figure out who the antagonist was until the last 10-15 pages and even then I was in suspense until I found out for sure.
All in all I definitely recommend this book. It has romance and mystery and believable characters...what more can you really ask for?...more
I've read several of Sparks' works and usually enjoy them, but it took me a while to get into The Last Song.
This may be just because I have heard someI've read several of Sparks' works and usually enjoy them, but it took me a while to get into The Last Song.
This may be just because I have heard some recent things about him being an ass, and my perception of you (general) as a person greatly reflects my view of you when it comes to things like attractiveness and talent.
But, I heard that apparently he already had thought of/done a deal for the movie before starting on the book so maybe that's the problem.
Most of his works are love stories. This one definitely had romance, but IMO that was NOT the focal point of the story. The relationship between Ronnie (short for Veronica) and her father was what really the heart-wrenching part of the plot. Even that didn't really get intense until we find out he is dying (shocker, right?). I was about 65% of the way through before I started bawling the way I usually do in his books. So while I ultimately still got my super emotional attachment issues with this novel, it was definitely a lot more work to stay interested in the beginning. He may be slipping. ...more
An interesting read. The protagonist is presented as almost indestructible, and after a while it's to the point where it's her survival instincts bordAn interesting read. The protagonist is presented as almost indestructible, and after a while it's to the point where it's her survival instincts borderline on just impossible. But definitely an intriguing story....more