In a way this was a short book, in another way a long book. We got to follow them for 20 years! To be fair, those last 5 years were a sort of epilogueIn a way this was a short book, in another way a long book. We got to follow them for 20 years! To be fair, those last 5 years were a sort of epilogue so that we truly know they are happy even after many year. And if you cry spoilers now, really! This is a romance. Of course they live happily ever after. Duh.
These two are idiots. Hannah and Richard meet when they are young. So yes I could see why it just never happened then. He is at uni, she is going. They live on different continents. They turn into good friends.
Later they do have that chance, but oh they are still idiots! They deserve a hit over the head. They are meant to be. And yes I get why they break up...it's in the blurb, it is not a spoiler. But still *hits them over the head*
So we get a few chapters or a chapter for the years going by. He is living his life, she hers. And then then. Oh, still idiots! *hits them over the head*
But yes of course they will finally get that they are meant to be together. They both know it, it just that they are both so stubborn.
As for the epilogue that goes on and on, well I sort of get that now too. Maybe they author really wanted to show us that this time, this time they wont break up. Not after 2 years, not after 7 ;) Cos I would not have put it past them. Idiots as they were.
But I do wish that we would have lived more in the moments, instead of watching year after year go by.
This was one of those, oh what to call it, calm ones, not slow, just silently being there. A story that just happens, but one I could not put down.
VivThis was one of those, oh what to call it, calm ones, not slow, just silently being there. A story that just happens, but one I could not put down.
Vivien grows up in postwar London. Her parents are Hungarian immigrants who fled before the war broke out. She knows nothing about their past. She loves books, she loves clothes, and she does not want to be like them always inside, always careful. It's the story of her growing up.
But that is not the whole story. She is curious and she reaches out to the uncle her parents does not speak about. And the second story begins, the story about his life, and the life she did not know her dad had. And all those little things that makes sense now.
The story of life in Hungary could have been a story in itself. War, persecution, starvation. You name it. But then I liked Vivien and the flashbacks to that life. I liked the calm way it was told, fine, slow way it was told, but it's not slow! I did finish it in a day.
I am gonna be totally honest here. I was lost for like the first 100 pages. My brain was one big ? I had no idea what I was reading. And when I finishI am gonna be totally honest here. I was lost for like the first 100 pages. My brain was one big ? I had no idea what I was reading. And when I finished I was still a bit ?!?!?.But the book was still so good, so even though I was lost in a cloud of confusion I could still not put it down. Weird...so weird.
I am just gonna simplify the shit out of things so my brain can keep track even years after so I know wtf I am talking about.
Ok, we have a spaceship. We have lots of bodies, I forgot, all dead or not? Anyway The AI in the ship is in all of them. So like zombie army walking around all linked to the ship. All doing their own thing, all being everywhere. Oh, like the Borg? Let's say that brain.
And that is why the book is so bloody confusing. First we have the wtf are these things? Then there is the whole aspect of one zombie drone talking to someone, while another one is talking far away to someone else. Not to mention that the ship thinks of everyone as She. So I feel like the entire universe is female. Good for us, but yes I see someone as female, later see they are male, but still talked about as female.
But then I got the hang of things..sort of. We see "Breq" 20 years before and now when she has saved someone frozen for 1000 years. And Breq is what is left of the ship.
And then there is some kind of "evil" ruler who also has lots of bodies, whaaat? Nooo, more confusion..you will see.
But damn the book was good, if I hadn't been so confused it would have been a 4. But even in my confusion i never wanted to put it down....more
This was really sweet, really sweet. I kept waiting for some kind of drama or something, but nope it stayed sweet, and I liked that. I really liked thThis was really sweet, really sweet. I kept waiting for some kind of drama or something, but nope it stayed sweet, and I liked that. I really liked that.
Sweet. That should tell you everything there is.
But, Beth has a past which consists of idiots. You are better off without the for sure. She gets a job as a PA. She is perfect for it.
Rylan is a baseball player, with 4 dogs. This is important to know cos the dogs and especially Atlas takes center stage. Yes and I do realise that in a short time I have read 2 books with dogs named Atlas, and me not liking dogs, do love dogs in books.
Atlas is a smart dog and thinks Rylan should be with Beth. She makes great snacks! But Rylan likes blondes. Oh Rylan, silly man. But everyone else, family and friends finds Beth sweet.
And then they lived happily ever after :)
I enjoyed it. The small town, his fellow players. The attraction growing between Beth and him. The dogs. Very sweet....more
Oh this was a silly light fantasy romance. Do not expect any world building. It starts off in a country and then suddenly there are lots of more thingOh this was a silly light fantasy romance. Do not expect any world building. It starts off in a country and then suddenly there are lots of more things. Like it took a 1 day to walk to the elves and I was all, whaat? Cos wasn't they fairytales? Or wait, just, never mind. The world building lacked
But if you want a little romance about a woman who has nothing and meets a cute guy, who then turns out to be a prince, and whose family are assholes to her (well not all). And then we find out she was more than just a silly little peasant. And she is an awesome healer too btw, and everyone loves her. And then they live happily ever after.
Oh and there is a bad guy, but to not worry, it takes 80% of the book, one week, for all nations to meet him in battle. And then it's over in 10 pages and there is this loooooooooooooooooong blah blah blah where they find happiness.
But hey, it was ok, I just think it could have been fleshed out more....more