I read Leaving Time and I absolutely loved it, so I had to read this short story featuring Serenity Jones, the psychic from Leaving Time. I loved gettI read Leaving Time and I absolutely loved it, so I had to read this short story featuring Serenity Jones, the psychic from Leaving Time. I loved getting to know her better and reading more about the tragic event that caused her "psychic decline". ...more
It was so far removed from what I expected in general, and even more so from Jodi Picoult. I have always loved her books, but shThis. Book. Seriously.
It was so far removed from what I expected in general, and even more so from Jodi Picoult. I have always loved her books, but she has outdone herself with Leaving Time. As far as I'm concerned, this book is pure genius.
Leaving Time is told from four different POV's, and in the beginning I was skeptical - That's a lot of narrators and a lot of room to confuse readers. But what surprised me was how easy it was to follow. Not once did I forget who the current narrator was (as I sometimes do in books with more than one POV).
And while the chapters full of elephant information, may seem, at first glance, to be just that - they are so much more. They are full of character, full of tiny details that make this story come alive. And they are absolutely and completely necessary to the story. If these parts don't make sense or seem pointless, I promise they aren't.
And as many other reviews have said, and as is usually present in a J.P. book, there is a wallop of twist at the end. I usually try not to guess the endings (I like to be surprised!) but in this case, I never would have guessed it, no matter how hard I tried. It left my jaw hanging open. When I had around 40 some pages left, I said to my husband, "I don't know if my emotions can even handle what's coming next."
My opinion of Room flip-flopped numerous times by the time I'd finished reading it. And I think that's apparent in the rating I gave it - right smackMy opinion of Room flip-flopped numerous times by the time I'd finished reading it. And I think that's apparent in the rating I gave it - right smack in the middle of the rating choices. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't all that stellar either.
Here's a break down of Room's good points, and it's not-so-good points.
What I liked:
* The writing itself, is incredible. Donoghue paints wonderfully vivid pictures, never leaving the reader to "guess" about the scene. When I was interested, I was fully immersed in the story.
* The POV was pleasantly surprising. I'm not typically into kid POV's, and, prior to reading, I wasn't sure if I'd like the book based on this reason. But I, quite enjoyed this unique perspective. Actually, every time I hear the word "melted", I can't help but say in my head "meltedy spoon", as that's one thing you Jack talks about a lot.
* The chapter called "Dying" was just incredible. Fantastic pacing, enormous suspense, and it was the chapter responsible for me choosing to finish the book.
What I disliked:
* The majority of the book was a boring, almost minute-to-minute break down of every thing Jack and Ma did in Room. The first two chapters were so dreadfully lacking in suspense, that I nearly gave up on it. I understand that the author needs to introduce us to Room, to the confinement of Jack's and Ma's life. I know that we need to see their situation, their struggles, the effects that their captivity has caused in them. But to go on for 98 pages of this?
I would have loved to see more suspense, more interaction with "Old Nick" more urgency, more.... danger in the situation. I just wanted more.
* The escape is too easy. Most books these days follow an implied pattern: do something, suspense, fail, do something, suspense, fail, do something, lots of suspense, succeed. And once in a while, it's nice when a book strays from this pattern. But in Room... it just all seemed too easy, too neat.
Room is like a mountain: a long climb up, a great big peak in the middle, and a slow climb down.
Don't get me wrong, Room was a good book. It was an enjoyable story, but it had some fairly big flaws, that in my opinion, I couldn't look past when choosing a rating.
Oh wow, what to say about Between Shades of Gray... Haunting is the word that comes to mind.
I was engrossed from page one, compelled to turn page aftOh wow, what to say about Between Shades of Gray... Haunting is the word that comes to mind.
I was engrossed from page one, compelled to turn page after horrifying page. The story of Lina, her family, and countless others is a somber one - of loss, of heartbreak, of fear, and survival. But it is a story that needs to be told. I'd learned plenty of Hitler and the Holocaust, yet Stalin was merely a name I recognized. I had no idea of the extent of his terrorism and genocide and more and more people should be aware. Ignorance breeds fear, and fear breeds terrorism.
I loved the characters. I felt as if Lina were real, sitting next to me, recounting her experiences. I could see what she saw, I could feel her sadness, I could imagine her shell of a body. The imagery was amazing.
My favorite parts of the novel were the perfectly placed flashbacks. I loved that each one was linked to the previous paragraph - just like real memories hit us, from a word, a smell, a sound - letting us see into Lina's past while she was still happy.
Calling this novel fabulous almost feels wrong because of it's contents, because though it's a fictional story, stories like it really happened, but it IS fabulous. Well done, Sepetys....more
Just finished this and my thoughts are wild, so I'll have to come back to do a proper review. However, I would like to say this:
Insurgent's ending isJust finished this and my thoughts are wild, so I'll have to come back to do a proper review. However, I would like to say this:
Insurgent's ending is like the season finale of all my favorite, high suspense television shows combined and then multiplied by twenty: The ultimate cliff-hanger. I may not survive waiting for Allegiant....more