I found this to be a very moving story. Sometimes it flowed right along, others it stuttered. Sometimes I wished it was done, others I didn't want it...moreI found this to be a very moving story. Sometimes it flowed right along, others it stuttered. Sometimes I wished it was done, others I didn't want it to end because I knew what was coming. But given the life Henry DeTamble leads, I'd have to say that sort of movement was only entirely accurate.(less)
I really enjoyed this story, but found myself frustrated semi-regularly. To me, there's nothing worse than conversation you trip over, and to keep run...moreI really enjoyed this story, but found myself frustrated semi-regularly. To me, there's nothing worse than conversation you trip over, and to keep running head into it in the midst of an otherwise smooth tale irked me. That said, the concept was incredible, and the story told really well. Even if I feel a bit cliff-hung by the ending.(less)
Welcome to A Christmas Carol: the Valentine's Day Version, a truly inspired retelling.
Marly has died, after a slow withering away, leaving her boyfrie...moreWelcome to A Christmas Carol: the Valentine's Day Version, a truly inspired retelling.
Marly has died, after a slow withering away, leaving her boyfriend Ben alone. And as most of us would probably be quick to do, Ben needs to lay blame. So he blames the world, and love, and life. Love tricked him, left him. He decides it can't be trusted. And that no one else should trust it, believe in it, or experience it either. If possible, this is even more heartbreaking thatn all that the original Scrooge looses out on due to Greed.
Ben's friends don't want to give up on him though. At least, not faithful Fred. Only Ben can't let him in. He can't stand to see him with his girlfriend Sarah, a continuation of the life Ben once had. With Valentine's day approaching, Ben begins to loose his hold on himself, and starts lashing out. That night, he gets lashed back.
Marly arrives in much the same fashion as in any other variant of the tale, only this time she's a teenage girl, and her chain is a chain made up of pieces of her past with Ben. Once a perfect length, it has been made ponderous because he can't let her go. It's too much for her to carry.
Unwilling to watch Ben suffer, and give up on life, she has arranged with three spirits to meet with him. He understands that she must have gone through much to get him this chance, that she wants to save him, so he tries to keep an open mind. Yet when the first spirit is due, no longer so sure, he resorts to hiding beneath his sheet.
The Spirit of Love Past brings Ben back to earlier days. Days before Marly came into his life, the day she did--and he failed to really notice. He travels through better times, beautiful times, and begins to remember what he's shut off. The Spirit of Love Present arrives on a thrown of Valentines and love letters, and travels with him throughout his town, celebrating love, showing him it still exists, that it is in fact not far removed from life itself. Indeed, without love, life can't survive.
He sees a special night with Marly, at the apartment of a friend. He sees the same apartment, with a new couple inside, sharing a special night. The very couple he errupted in front of that very day. Already his harsh words have planted tiny poisonous seeds between them.
The final Spirit shows him a loveless world. People ill-speaking the dead, Tiny and Tim broken up, not speaking. A distraught Fred and a furious Sarah. A furious Marly, if she were still alive. His appreciation for life renewed, Ben hopes to avoid facing the truth, but isn't given the option.
Ben wakes on Valentine's Day full of joy and loving everything. A young boy runs to the Florist to buy him their largest bouquet. He goes shopping and buys presents for all of his friends, to be delivered at the Anti-Valentine's Day party. Hehas set off with a passion on his new path: one where love and life are ell-encompassing, to be treasured.
I truly hope this book will be read in schools. It's a wonderful re-visioning of a Classic, with plenty of merit of its own, and at the very least would make for a great comparative essay. I had no idea what the story was about when I bought the book--the decision was made based solely on the author. But Marly's Ghost turned out to be more than I had expected, and will sit on the shelf reserved for my Favorite Books, to be read repeatedly.(less)
Marina's relationship with her brother Lex has always been different than that of normal siblings. Therefore, it’s not a shock to anyone when she take...moreMarina's relationship with her brother Lex has always been different than that of normal siblings. Therefore, it’s not a shock to anyone when she takes his apparent suicide so hard. But there’s more to the story than anyone knows. At least, so she thinks.
As Marina delves deeper into the mystery, struggling to understand what happened to her brother, hidden truths come to light. But none so large as those learned when she takes off to visit her father.
This is a story of love: how it can raise you up and pull you down, heal you and break you(less)
Bella Swan isn’t looking forward to life in Forks. Though her dad is easy to be around, she’s spent most of her life without him. On top of which, she...moreBella Swan isn’t looking forward to life in Forks. Though her dad is easy to be around, she’s spent most of her life without him. On top of which, she can’t stand the weather, and she knows she won’t fit in.
So when the first week of school is full of stares and whispers, Bella’s not surprised. Some of her classmates seem friendly enough, though some also seem overly friendly. All in all, things seem to be going fairly well. Until Biology, when her lab partner takes an immediate dislike to her, more along the lines of hatred.
When Edward Cullen stops coming to school, Bella assumes it must somehow be her fault, and can’t imagine what she did that was so bad. She finds out from a classmate that the Cullens are frequently absent, being big campers, and is somewhat appeased. But unprepared for Edward’s reappearance and attitude change.
While most of the school stears clear of the Cullen family, and Bella herself finds them intimidating, she’s also enthralled, especially with the ever-changing Edward. After he saves her life, it only gets more complex. The more she learns, the more curious she becomes, and the more reticent he is to tell her.
This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The story is great, and the characters will pull you right in. I, myself, am currently awaiting the sequel (with not enough patience).(less)
After her summer in NYC, Cyd Charisse has a slightly different outlook on life arriving back in California. Happy to have her freedom, she’s lookingg...moreAfter her summer in NYC, Cyd Charisse has a slightly different outlook on life arriving back in California. Happy to have her freedom, she’s lookingg forward to the year, which she plans to make the year of Shrimp.
Much to her dismay, Shrimp is MIA, and rumors abound about his whereabouts and whether he’ll be back or not. After running into his brother’s girlfriend, Cyd finds out that he will indeed be back, but with a slight change: his parents.
As it turns out, that will be only the first of many surprises, and it won’t be the year Cyd, now CC, expected. The uneasy peace with Nancy, the making of actual girl friends, who turn out to be not so bad, the roller coaster of CC and Shrimp. But through it all, CC learns a lot–about herself, people in general, and life.(less)
This is the fourth of the Frog Princess books, a series that began with The Frog Princess, one of many modern-day fairy tale retellings I've read in t...moreThis is the fourth of the Frog Princess books, a series that began with The Frog Princess, one of many modern-day fairy tale retellings I've read in the past few years. This wasn't my favorite of the series, but it was a good addition nonetheless.
In this portion of the story, almost all is right in Emma's world. She's got her true love, she's ended the family curse, and all that remains is to win over Eadric's parents so they may be married. With this in mind, the happy couple sets off to Eadric's Kingdom, Upper Montevista, to negotiate arrangements.
They arrive to discover Eadric's brother has been kidnapped. With her magic, Emma is able to conclude he's been taken by the trolls and is as of yet unharmed. Though Eadric's mother has no love of Emma's gift, she grudgingly concedes they'll need her help, and thus the two set off to save young Bradston.
Along the way they have no share of obstacles, from banshees to vampire bats, and of course the trolls themselves. But throughout it all, luck somehow stays with them.
A cute love story with a happy ending, a good choice for anyone looking for a light read or a quick pick-me-up.
I don't think this series needs to be read in order, though my general recommendation for any series is to do just that. If you're considering No Place for Magic, I'd definitely recommend The Frog Princess, which was my favorite of the four.(less)
Every bit as amazing as it’s prequel, if not more so. To do this book real justice I may have to go back and read it again…for reasons I can’t really...moreEvery bit as amazing as it’s prequel, if not more so. To do this book real justice I may have to go back and read it again…for reasons I can’t really go into without ruining too much, I read it a little too fast.
Picking up where we left off at the end of Twilight, Bella is now recovered from her attack, still dating Edward, and now has a job at a store in town. Life seems pretty much perfect, except for the minor detail of her still not having what she wants.
Despite her wishes, the Cullens have planned a Birthday party for her, and while she’s displeased, she tries to cut them some slack, once Edward points out that they’ve not been able to celebrate a real birthday in over a hundred years. And party-lover or not, she has to admit they’ve gone all out.
But, clutz that she is, it isn’t long before disaster strikes in the form of a paper cut, leading to Jasper having to be dragged from the house, the rest of the family (other than Carlisle) quickly following after. Once she’s been stitched up and bandaged. Edward brings her home, and his gift to her makes the night perfect despite the badness. In fact, she can’t imagine a better birthday.
But it isn’t meant to last.
Abandoned, Bella spends the next handful of months in a daze. At a complete loss, Charlie has know idea how to help her. But she refuses to leave Forks, and so all he can do is watch her struggle on.
Eventually, sparks of life return, as Bella vows to become reckless, purchases two used motorcycles, and heads down to La Push to see Jacob Black about fixing them. While there, she remembers how much she liked being around Jacob, and her visits quickly turn into a regular thing. Between them, and the sound of Edward’s voice in her mind with each reckless act, Bella begins to feel alive.
And then Jacob turns on her.
Life quickly becomes on trial after another, as Bella refuses to let Jacob go, and after a mid-night visit does some hard thinking to piece the puzzle together, much to the chagrin of his new friends. Then a cliff-diving stunt gone bad sets in motion a whole ‘nother set of events, even more incredible and harrowing.
Even more than Twilight, New Moon will leave you eagerly awaiting what comes next.(less)
Witch Baby always felt out of place. With her tangled up hair and purple eyes and anger, she was never as soft and gentle as her almost-mom Weetzie, o...moreWitch Baby always felt out of place. With her tangled up hair and purple eyes and anger, she was never as soft and gentle as her almost-mom Weetzie, or her half-sister Cherokee. Only Angel Juan could ever make her feel like she belonged. So when he tells her he’s leaving, that he needs to go to New York and be on his own, she can’t understand, and runs away. When she wakes up and realizes she didn’t get to say goodbye, she decides she’s going to follow and look for him.
When no letters follow his first postcard to her, she becomes even more frantic, and knows she has to go. She asks permission to stay in Charlie Bat’s apartment, and sets off for the city.
Upon arrival she metts Meadows and Mallard, two kindly gentlemen who take care of Charlie’s apartment during the year. They take her to dinner, but as it turns out, they’re Ghost Hunters, and are off to Ireland. Witch Baby would wallow in her aloneness, if not for the appearance of a spectral Charlie.
With his help, Witch Baby wanders the city, usually searching for Angel Juan, sometimes sidetracked by her Ghostly Grandfather, but almost always gaining a new appreciation for life.
In the end, she follows her heart, which leads her to Angel Juan, and to some realizations about the dangers of the way she wants to cling to him and keep him to herself.(less)