This book was so damn charming. It's a fun but scary read about two friends (best friends) who grew up together. They met awkwardly at a birthday partThis book was so damn charming. It's a fun but scary read about two friends (best friends) who grew up together. They met awkwardly at a birthday party for Abby, where Gretchen was the only attendee. Abby was more worldly, came from the wrong-side-of-the-tracks, etc. Gretchen grew up in a white collar family, sheltered from anything that could possibly harm her.
The book jumps ahead to Gretchen and Abby in High School. One night, while out at a friend's lake house, they and a couple other girls, decide to try LSD. Gretchen strips off her clothes and disappears into the woods. When Abby finds her, she's disheveled and visibly shaken.
The friends head back home and Gretchen changes, dramatically.
The novel takes place in the 80's in a private, Christian school. There's a lot of nostalgia in this book which makes it fun, the whole demonic possession makes it scary, and the relationship between the Gretchen and Abby makes it touching. ...more
Margaret Atwood pays homage to Shakespeare's The Tempest in her latest work, Hag-Seed. Atwood's main character, Felix, is a top theater director who w Margaret Atwood pays homage to Shakespeare's The Tempest in her latest work, Hag-Seed. Atwood's main character, Felix, is a top theater director who was usurped by his assistant Tony. Tony teamed against Felix and orchestrated his dismissal in a very humiliating fashion.
At the time of Felix's embarrassing exit, he was just starting work on his production of The Tempest to honor his daughter, Miranda, who died at 3 years old. Felix doesn't leave in tears, he leaves in red-hot anger. He then sells his belongings and moves into an isolated country shack for the next nine years.
This is very different from what I've read in the past from Atwood. This is an entertaining clash between Atwood's amazing ability at character development and a well known Shakespearean classic. One of my favorite things about this book was that Felix's voice in my head while reading sounded like David Rakoff, and that delighted me.
If you are new to Atwood, I'm not sure that I would suggest this as your first experience. If you want to dip your toe into some fucking amazing books, check out Handmaid's Tale or The Robber Bride.
Hag-Seed will be available for sale on October 11th! ...more
The Dollhouse revolves around the legendary Barbizon Hotel. For those unaware, the Barbizon was a women's only hotel/hostel where models, editors, secThe Dollhouse revolves around the legendary Barbizon Hotel. For those unaware, the Barbizon was a women's only hotel/hostel where models, editors, secretaries, etc lived in "safety" away from the men of New York. The narrative switches between Rose, a journalist in 2016, and Darby, a secretarial student in 1952.
Rose lives in the updated condos of the Barbizon with her boyfriend Griff. She runs into a woman in the elevator that rarely speaks and wears a veil over her face. Rose becomes fascinated with the woman, Darby, who has such an air of regal mystery about her.
Rose asks around about Darby and finds that she was one of the original residents of the Barbizon, currently living in a rent controlled apartment on the 4th floor. She also finds that Darby's veil covers a large scar that happened Halloween night of 1952. Darby ended up with a disfigured scare, while Esme, a maid at the Barbizon, fell to her death from the Sky Terrace.
Rose becomes obsessed with the story of Darby, and crossed journalistic ethics to find out more. While Rose's live unravels she becomes more and more obsessed with the story of Darby and Esme.
This was a fantastic read. It was a quick book, I gobbled it down like candy. It reminded me of The Valley of the Dolls. I loved the developing relationship between Darby and Esme. The end was a bit too quick for my tastes but definitely worth the read. ...more
Anton returns in another installment of the Watch Series. Anton, having spent the last decade teaching light magicians instead of fighting dark magiciAnton returns in another installment of the Watch Series. Anton, having spent the last decade teaching light magicians instead of fighting dark magicians, is pulled back into the field to hunt a vampire who has been sending a message to him.
While Anton is hunting down information to find the vampire, the world's prophets all receive the same prophecy at the same time. The message is cryptic but foretells the end of all Others, and then end of people.
Sixth Watch digs deeper into the Others that haven't received a lot of attention in the series. We get an inside look at the dark magicians, witches, shape shifters, etc.
I actually, just now, while writing this review realized that this is the last book in the series, which is depressing, I've been reading these books for years and rejoice at the announcement of a new installment. There are some bits that are very Russian, and maybe I don't get all the references because of that, but this is a fantastic series. Its a great urban fantasy that isn't a YA urban fantasy. The vampires do not sparkle.
I highly suggest this series and must say that I will miss it dearly. ...more
Jen Kirkman is a goddammit National treasure, in this book she goes beyond her first novel, in which she discussed her decision to not have children,Jen Kirkman is a goddammit National treasure, in this book she goes beyond her first novel, in which she discussed her decision to not have children, to her decision to live her life as she sees fit
Our goal in life should be to live it as we want. It's nuts that women still have to explain their decisions to others, to have to explain why a romantic partner isn't top priority in life, to explain that you left a relationship because you didn't want to be in it ...
We seem to still live in a world where we are supposed to live for others. Kirkman lives for herself.
If you find yourself in a bookstore, I highly suggest taking this book home with you, also pick up her first novel and listen to her podcast on the way home.
Favorite quote: "No! The answer is always no to the question 'Should I call him/her? Nobody should call anybody."...more
Jeanie Taylor is a recent widow of a man accused with a horrible crime. The narrative switches between several main characters. As the story unfolds,Jeanie Taylor is a recent widow of a man accused with a horrible crime. The narrative switches between several main characters. As the story unfolds, you begin to wonder what exactly Jeanie knew about her husbands alleged crime.
I devoured the book. I was completely hooked by page three with Jeanie's internal monologue "...I couldn't tell them I was glad he was gone. No more of his nonsense."
This was such a fun read, I highly suggest picking this book up. So much so, that I'm offering my copy as a giveaway. The first comment below gets my copy. I'll put an end date of 4/31/16 on this offer.
Visit iamjanesheart.com for a chance to win. ...more