I loved this book. Sometimes it's easy to be disappointed by other authors taking a stab at Jane Austen fiction, but I was not at all disappointed witI loved this book. Sometimes it's easy to be disappointed by other authors taking a stab at Jane Austen fiction, but I was not at all disappointed with Ms. Grange's take on this Pride and Prejudice character.
A quick easy read, written as a diary by the infamous George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice. Wickham's Diary takes us from Wickham at age 8 right up to the point where he crosses Mr. Darcy by trying to run off and elope with his sister Georgiana.
It's very interesting getting a better feel for Wickham, who at 12 seems pretty okay, but we start to see why he becomes the type of character he does. Then going through the teen years and his years at Cambridge. He's not a likable type, but that doesn't take away from this book at all because if you have read P&P you don't want him to be a good guy - he's the ultimate bad guy. It's fun to see him develop and see little glimpses of Mr. Darcy from Wickham's point-of-view.
There is not much more I can say and not give things away, but if you enjoy the offshoots of Jane Austen fiction then you will enjoy this diary. I think Ms. Grange has stayed completely true to the character of George Wickham that Jane Austen created and has given us a wonderful backstory into his life and personality.
I will now be in search of Ms. Grange other diary books because this was such a fun format to read. ...more
I loved this book. I did not want to put it down and honestly felt like I could see every character's point-of-view. That's not to say that I liked alI loved this book. I did not want to put it down and honestly felt like I could see every character's point-of-view. That's not to say that I liked all the actions of certain characters, but I honestly could see why they acted the way they did.
Night Road is all about the characters as is typical in a Kristin Hannah novel. I like that this time she used two different generations in the book. First there is the mom, Jude, and then there are her children Mia and Zach and Mia's best friend Lexi. The first half of the book revolves around the teenage years of Mia, Zach and Lexi with the most emphasis on their senior year of high school when the unthinkable happens. I really liked each character. They were different from each other, yet worked well together and I could see the storyline falling into place. Of course tragedy strikes and life changes and that is what the second half of the book is devoted to. Seeing how the characters changed was very interesting and I liked seeing the growth of some and the stagnation of others. I really understood the characters better than any of her earlier novels (which were all excellent to me) so this one stood above the others because of this.
The storyline moves at a nice pace, I never felt like it was too slow or too hurried at the end. Of course I would have loved for it to go on longer, but felt the ending was fitting and a good place to end. Ms. Hannah does a wonderful job plotting this one out and I love how she moves from one time period to the next without feeling like you missed too much.
I can't say anything but good things about Night Road. It's an amazing book and I loved every minute. The characters will stay with me for some time as well as the storyline. The storyline actually taught me a few things and I am thankful for these lessons in such an entertaining read. If you love Ms. Hannah's earlier books, I say run out and get this one. If you like authors like Jodi Picoult, Elizabeth Berg, Emily Giffin and others like them, then try out Kristin Hannah's Night Road - I don't think you will be disappointed. ...more
Shattered Souls was one of those books that to me was so intriguing and different that it was hard to put down.
I picked this one up on a day I was hoShattered Souls was one of those books that to me was so intriguing and different that it was hard to put down.
I picked this one up on a day I was home sick from work. It was one of those blah days that I really didn't expect any book to capture my attention, but Shattered Souls captured my attention from the very first page. I liked Lenzi, I wanted to know more about her so I kept reading and then the story kept building and the plot kept accelerating and next thing I knew I was halfway through the book. It really grabbed me.
The characters were interesting. Lenzi was my favorite and I really liked Alden as well. Zak annoyed me at times, but I think that was the point. No matter whether I liked them or not I fell that Ms. Lindsey did a wonderful job with the characters. I felt I really got to know them, especially Lenzi and Alden and at the end I wanted to know them even more. I think they will even stick with me for some time to come.
I loved the ghost story part, it was well done and had me intrigued. The fact that Lenzi could talk to lost souls was really interesting and gave the book that little bit of extra thrill. There is also romance and I loved that angle of the book - it is young love at it's best and I enjoyed reading it.
If you like your young adult reading with paranormal mixed with romance then this is the book for you. If you like your paranormal to be a little different from the average book, then this is the book for you. If you enjoy well-plotted and interesting characters then run, don't walk on December 8th to get a copy of Shattered Souls (or use your finger to pre-order online from an indie bookseller). ...more