I loved this re-telling of Hansel and Gretel. The main characters Ansel and Gretchen are trying to carry on with their lives after being kicked out by...moreI loved this re-telling of Hansel and Gretel. The main characters Ansel and Gretchen are trying to carry on with their lives after being kicked out by their stepmother. Unfortunately, fate has a way of stepping in and re-routing destiny. For years after the disappearance of Gretchen's twin sister, they have feared the woods and the witches they believe live there.
I liked the detail of this story. I haven't read Sisters Red by the author yet. So some of the connections between this book and Sisters Red were lost to me. The plot flows along at a steady slow pace until the last few chapter. At this point the pace picks up and we find out the secret that the candy lady, Sophia, has been hiding.
I liked the characters but Ansel seemed a little secondary, Gretchen is the main star of the show. I feel she really grew as a character and found a strength that wasn't too far fetched to be believable.
Overall I enjoyed Sweetly and I can't wait to read what Jackson Pearce has lined up next. (After I read Sisters Red of course.)(less)
This book was wonderful. It really captured the sadness of losing a loved one. I felt myself relating to the characters, I cried when they cried, and...moreThis book was wonderful. It really captured the sadness of losing a loved one. I felt myself relating to the characters, I cried when they cried, and laughed at Mary's cheeky comments. I adored the moments between daughter and mother. The author was great at bringing about touching scenes without making them come across cheesy or cliche.
The amount of dialogue used was sufficient I feel for the setting of the story. I loved the language used by the characters and how they played off each other. I do not know much about Ireland or it's language but to me the setting seemed very realistic even though there was a ghost involved.
The love felt by the four women and their acceptance of the beginning and ending of life. Even though Mary is just on the edge of womanhood, she has a mature nature that shows she will be a strong woman once she grows up. The parallels between Mary's excitement of coming womanhood and Emer's apprehension about her impending death reflected each other in a subtle but moving tribute to the processes of life and death.
There wasn't anything spooky about this ghost story. It was more of a reflection on the different stages of life. The author provided a well paced and touching story that spans through each characters lives. Their childhoods, their adulthoods, and for two of them, their deaths. I felt the flashbacks where written in a subtle yet effective way. They tied the story together beautifully and left no questions unanswered.
I will definitely be looking for more works by Roddy Doyle.
(I received an eGalley of this book on behalf of Abrams from NetGalley. I am grateful for the chance to review this and enjoyed it very much.)(less)
Imagine Twilight but with Fallen Angels. Yea that is this book in it's most basic form. The ONLY saving grace to keep it from falling into the deadly...moreImagine Twilight but with Fallen Angels. Yea that is this book in it's most basic form. The ONLY saving grace to keep it from falling into the deadly "Minda's most hated books" category is that Luce is a little less annoying than the Queen of Mary Suedom, Bella Swan. That is not to say they aren't strikingly similar. Both heroines fall in love with a guy while he is basically giving them the cold shoulder. Both heroines gush about how BEAUTIFUL and PERFECT he is... and how irresistibly drawn they are to him. Both heroines are flat and make completely idiotic decisions even though they are supposed to be "oh so intelligent ya know cause they make good grades and stuff".... Lemme just say not all "intellectual girls" fall for the first pretty face that comes their way. BOTH HEROINES ARE STUCK IN A GRIPPING LOVE TRIANGLE!!!!
Seeeeeeeeeeeee.... That and the simplistic writing of both books mark them as THING 1 and THING 2. Impossible to really tell apart unless you understand that the devil is in the details. Thankfully, Lauren Kate didn't try to put sparkles where sparkles don't belong. Although she did put Gold Eye Shadow/Eyeliner on one of the dudes? At least thats how I interpreted it as looking. Now this works when Suzanne Collins does it to a character, Cinna, but you know all those crazy capital people wear weirdo fashion anyways.... OK back to my point. Thank you Lauren Kate for sticking KINDA..... to the whole Angels lusts after women mythos.
The plot didn't really take off and even appear until about the last (checks book really fast) 50 pages. (Bear with me if it appears at a different point in your book...I'm working from the Ebook here.) Then things got interesting but were not explained until the EVIL VILLIANESS unveiled her plot. WHY ARE THEY ALWAYS DOING THAT!?!?!?! Just have your plot in your mind and keep your lips sealed so 1. You don't waste time talking when you should be killing your victim. 2. You don't reveal, make things so easy for the reader!!! Sometimes a challenge is OK Alright, yea, you are right it would make people complain cause they wouldn't know why the villain killed the victim, good point. (Talking to my head voices again)
Truthfully I almost threw this book across the room. The 40 straight pages of divergence from the "whodunit" plot into a stroll through the life and l...moreTruthfully I almost threw this book across the room. The 40 straight pages of divergence from the "whodunit" plot into a stroll through the life and love of an American teenager was mind numbing. But I guess it is needed to make you believe in the romance. *sniffs* Of course I have never been one for romance.
I did fly through this book, which was surprising. The first time I tried to read it I got about 60 pages in and picked up something else. It's been a bad few months in terms of reading for me.
I felt so unsatisfied at the end. I don't know if there will be a sequel or not but I would like to know what happens to Deuce, Fade, and their compan...moreI felt so unsatisfied at the end. I don't know if there will be a sequel or not but I would like to know what happens to Deuce, Fade, and their companions. Some things were left unresolved and I really wanted to know what happens next. It felt like there was no conclusion at all. Just a sudden jarring stop in the middle of the road.
I like that the author took the time to research what life would be like after the apocalypse. And it makes sense the way the surviors are grouped into small enclaves with no knowledge of each others survival.
I think the point of the book was to tell a story of how diffferent societal enclaves would react to the same situation, the end of the world, and build their group based on what traditions were necessary for survival in the environment surrounding them. I think it also demonstrated how important it is to allow growth and new ideas shaped by changing circumstances to influence the development of the group in order for the society to survive.
I like the characters somewhat and felt Deuce was portrayed as a strong character. But I hate how many young adult heroines allow themselves to become entangled in tricky situations and then hit a mental brickwall with the inability to reason their way out. Basically, I hate when love triangles happen in a perfectly good story. This one was unnecessary and soiled the plot. (less)
Got this free from Barnes & Noble. The first story isn't really that interesting. There seems to be more "tell" than "show" within the flow of the...moreGot this free from Barnes & Noble. The first story isn't really that interesting. There seems to be more "tell" than "show" within the flow of the story. (less)
If you are a beginning reader this book would be good to read the language is tolerable and the plot is ok. I just did not like it. I did not like the...moreIf you are a beginning reader this book would be good to read the language is tolerable and the plot is ok. I just did not like it. I did not like the character of Edward and his inability to accept he is a vampire and that is the way it will be until he one day has his head ripped off and is set aflame. I did not like Bella because I felt her characterization was very bland. I know this books are very popular but I just couldn't take them.
*Edited* I suppose it just isn't my genre and I'm sorry that I did not like it but I hope Meyer goes on to be known for something more than Twilight. I'm sure she has the ability to write a gripping novel that does not include this much romance. I hope she does. The flaws with the book have been well described by other readers and are all over the internet. Bella = Mary Sue, Edward = Obsessive/Jealous to the Point of No Return, The Story Line = Very Very Simplistic, and of course the later books just get more twisted according to others.
I read this book, well actually listened to the audio-book, a few years ago. I did not like it very much. It seemed that Bella was too obsessed with Edward with no real explanation other than he was "perfect." I personally feel that the author's description of his "perfection" was over kill. Maybe if it was toned down then the book would have gotten more stars. I felt it took away from the story and really only served as a blanket explanation as to Bella's obsession. I felt that the James character could have been explained a little better. Meyer should have took the time to extend the story out at least far enough to explain why he was so darn obsessed with drinking Bella's blood, other than explaining that he wanted to hurt Edward.
In actuality the other characters received more attention in my opinion and better characterization. I was then told by a friend who is a HUGE fan of the books that I NEEDED to read the book. So I did. I felt exactly the same. Then when I watched the movie, which is never a replacement for reading a book, I was so appalled that I wanted to actually run from the theater. The movie explained all my aversion to the book. I did not even realize completely that the book bothered me that much.
I'm sorry for this bad review of a book that is loved by others. It is just not my cup of tea. I hope everyone else will love it. I however just couldn't take it. My apologies to lovers of Twilight.(less)
I have read one other Laurie Halse Anderson novel, Wintergirls, both Wintergirls and Speak have a way of grabbing me by the heart strings and making m...moreI have read one other Laurie Halse Anderson novel, Wintergirls, both Wintergirls and Speak have a way of grabbing me by the heart strings and making me believe I am in the story. There is something about the way Anderson writes that makes me believe I am Melinda (actually my name IS Malinda...) or in the case of Wintergirls, makes me believe I have an eating disorder because I am that dang wrapped up in the story. (True story, I had to eat a 10 piece Chicken Nugget from Mickey D's to convince myself otherwise.)
While reading Speak I found myself...not speaking. Seriously, I was that into the mindset of Melinda that I stopped really saying much to my family. I had to keep taking breaks in order to come back to reality. Sort of like when you play Sims for too many hours. (Once I played Sims 2 for so long that I kept trying thinking I needed to give my husband commands to make him do stuff...and Sims 3 is so much worse HaHa...I keep wanting to use the "motherlode" cheat when I need to buy something. Anyways back to the review.)
I checked this out from the library because I figured it was high time I experienced what most high school English classes are examining as part of their assigned reading. I went to high school in a small town and we didn't read things like Speak...we stuck to the older classics and Animal Farm. I wish I was a high school student again just so I could have someone to discuss this book with...indepth and for many hours.
You know how people say there is a difference between showing and telling in a novel? Well this definitely showed more than told. Definitely well worth the time spent reading. The characters were appealing, the subject matter was touching, and the voice or lack there of in the heroine's case was moving.
Melinda came across as a very troubled and emotionally shattered young woman. She found herself lost, and no one seemed to care. Now I know some would say that there is no way a girl could exhibit these signs of distress without someone noticing and trying to get to the root of the problem. That is not always true. Young adults slip through the cracks everyday because people can't tell who is just a moody teenager and who is showing signs of depression, mental illness, or any other emotional/physical trauma. It happens every single day....every single minute....every single second. And the heartbreaking thing is that it doesn't just happen with children and young adults...it happens with mature adults, senior citizens....even our animals.
That is what makes this book so mind-blowing....because we all could end up like Melinda. (Maybe not experiencing exactly what she did but experiencing some sort of trauma.)
All I can say is I am very happy I read this book. And it will be one of the first books I recommend to anyone who asks. (less)
I tried many times to listen to this book on audio, finally I gave up and decided I will just read it. How convenient as well that my husband and I we...moreI tried many times to listen to this book on audio, finally I gave up and decided I will just read it. How convenient as well that my husband and I were stuck in a bus station until the bus arrived. So with hours to kill I read the book aloud while he listened.
He was glued to the pages. I was glued to the pages. The story is entrancing and pulls you in. You want to know what happens next and it is very hard to put down. Now he wants an ereader of his own, we travel a lot and an ereader is the best option for us. Any book that can make my non-reading husband want to pick up a book and start reading definitely gets four stars in my book.
Yes I know it is targeted toward young adults. But as an adult I can admit it made me feel like a kid again. The magic of the story drew me into the world and now I want to continue with the next book. The writing was funny and I can see why this was such a hit series a few years ago and why the spin off series have received good reviews.
(view spoiler)[ Percy Jackson is coming to terms with the new found knowledge that he is the son of a Greek God. And not just any Greek God mind you, he is the son of one of the BIG THREE, Poseidon. See back in WWII the Big Three (Zeus, Poseidon, Hades) agreed to father no more children with mortals. Their children were too powerful. Percy was never supposed to be born and there are a lot of beings who would like to see him dead. When Percy is accused of stealing the Lightning Bolt of Zeus, he is given a quest to clear himself of innocence and save the world. Through many dangers and obstacles Percy and his companions uncover a plot to overthrow the Olympians. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Edit: Nov 9, 2013 Finished reading this a few minutes ago. I do not feel I could add anything to my review written pre-reading. All my opinions and feel...moreEdit: Nov 9, 2013 Finished reading this a few minutes ago. I do not feel I could add anything to my review written pre-reading. All my opinions and feelings about the book are as true after reading the book as they were after pre-reading. I feel in an organized manner, this book laid out the main points and reasonings behind the members who are actively rebelling against the new GR policies. The discussion of the meaning of censorship, starting on page 177 of 211, was particularly interesting to me.
This book retains the 4 stars I originally rated it, well earned and well deserved. _______________________________________ Looking forward to reading this soon. I've tried to keep up with the subject on which this book is based, but I'm positive I have missed at least half of the conflict. (This book is 211 pages long, I had to have missed quite a bit.)
The preface, titled "How this book got written", gave the basic background of the conflict and illuminated why the author chose to pen this book. While critics may contend that this book is just a glorified revenge piece and has no place on Goodreads, I believe this book is valuable as a documentation of the experiences of those "21" reviewers who were censored in their attempt to speak out against behavior they found unfavorable. I believe this book shows that it is not "off-topic" to discuss author behavior. As a consumer I would honestly like to know what type of author I am supporting. Even if my support only amounts to having their book on my huge to be read shelf.
I am rating this four stars at this time based on the skim read I have done of the book, my interest in the book, and my opinion on it's validity. It is my right to rate as I see fit and this is me exercising that right. (less)