I don't believe that this was written by Sara Gruen. I think it was written by Nora Roberts. It's a straight up romance novel, complete with the ghostI don't believe that this was written by Sara Gruen. I think it was written by Nora Roberts. It's a straight up romance novel, complete with the ghost of the dead wife giving her blessing. Then, at the end, Gruen tries to legitimize her book by throwing in a bunch of facts about the end of WWII, as if the war had anything at all to do with this story. That sound you hear is me, blowing a raspberry while flashing a thumbs down....more
I enjoyed Shelly King's writing style and I loved Hugo, but I could not get myself to care about Maggie and Rajhit. If this had been a movie, I wouldI enjoyed Shelly King's writing style and I loved Hugo, but I could not get myself to care about Maggie and Rajhit. If this had been a movie, I would have said the two actors had no chemistry. I don't know if it's because their relationship happened so quickly, or because we only read about the sex and not about any kind of emotional or mental connection, but I didn't believe that they were each other's Great Love. I was also disappointed by the identities of "Henry" and "Catherine."...more
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed remembering some of the Man of Steel's finer moments, but the book itself wasn't very well-written. The journal entries an3.5 stars. I really enjoyed remembering some of the Man of Steel's finer moments, but the book itself wasn't very well-written. The journal entries and newspaper articles were kind of hokey. I think a better book would be an actual history book, not a book pretending to be written by a comic book character.
If you aren't very familiar with the DC universe, this book might be confusing for you. There are lots of "Circumstances caused [character] to be catapulted into the future/murdered/resurrected/cloned" without a lot of explanation as to what those circumstances were. It's also confusing how various heroes and villains continue to pop up after they've been killed or sent to the Phantom Zone or Stryker Island.
Still, I enjoyed remembering story lines I had forgotten and learning some more about the stories I never read. And I loved the artwork.
As a coffee table picture book, this book gets five stars. But the writing is so juvenile, it gets dropped down to 3. ...more
I'm a little torn on how to rate this book. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't without its flaws. Most of the plot "twists" were utterly predictable. I alsoI'm a little torn on how to rate this book. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't without its flaws. Most of the plot "twists" were utterly predictable. I also thought, at times, the book tried too hard to capture the vernacular - Ian, for example, is British, and every sentence he utters is loaded with British slang. It couldn't have been more obvious if every sentence had begun with "Cor, blimey." A little British slang would have been fine, but I think the author went too far. Also, the titular Amelia is an exceptional English student who wants to be a writer. I find it hard to believe that someone who loves words so much would use the textspeak shorthand. "you're still coming tmrw right? I HAVE to c u. things have been so bad; cld use a good friend." It didn't bother me when other teenaged characters used this shorthand, but it didn't seem right for Ameila. Also, where was the editor? My copy had its share of typos.
All of that being said, I still really enjoyed this story and didn't want to put it down. While I was able to predict much of it, I still enjoyed reading how it unfolded. I really liked the way the book was framed - with Kate finding these clues and Amelia's chapters explaining them, or sometimes with Amelia telling what happened before Kate finds the clues, and we as a reader know something Kate doesn't. All in all, I think I'd give it 3.5 stars. It's a good read for someone who's looking for a little Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars meets Gone Girl.
By the way, I read this mother-daughter book immediately after reading Defending Jacob, which was about a father-son relationship. Interesting to compare the two....more