There aren't many authors out there that can make you thoroughly despise a main character as well as Philippa Gregory does. I really disliked MargaretThere aren't many authors out there that can make you thoroughly despise a main character as well as Philippa Gregory does. I really disliked Margaret in The Red Queen and I didn't think it would be possible for me to despise another female character as much as I despised her.
Then I met Beatrice Lacey in Wideacre, and she is just an awful, awful, awful person. There is nothing to like about her. She is a manipulative, murdering, conniving, despicable person through and through, and that is what I enjoyed so much about this book. Just when you think she can't possibly stoop any lower, she does!
The teaser for this book suggests that Beatrice is a strong-minded woman who doesn't conform to the social standards of her time, but her story isn't really about a woman forging her own path. Nope. This story is about a woman who will stop at nothing to destroy everything she touches, all for the sake of her beautiful childhood home, Wideacre, and she even manages to wreck that.
Judging from the poor reviews here on GoodReads, it looks like Gregory turned off quite a few people with Beatrice Lacey. I suspect people were more turned off by Beatrice's capacity for evil than anything else. Wideacre is well written and it's thoroughly enjoyable. I can't think of one dull moment! It's not very often that I read a book and hope that the heroine gets exactly what she deserves. Gregory delivers and then some. I'm looking forward to the second installment of the Wideacre trilogy. ...more
A 17-year-old girl by the name of Sienna Nealon has been living at home with her mother for twelve years. She has never been outside of her house, sheA 17-year-old girl by the name of Sienna Nealon has been living at home with her mother for twelve years. She has never been outside of her house, she doesn't have any friends, and her mother insists on Sienna being fully clothed with shoes and gloves on at all time. When Sienna misbehaves, her mother locks her in a human-sized steel box in their basement.
One day, Sienna's mother vanishes and Sienna finds two strange men in her home. She breaks her mother's number one rule and leaves her house. Suddenly, Sienna finds herself on the run from a vicious psychopath named Wolfe and a secret agency that will stop at nothing in their pursuit of finding her.
My sister recommended this series to me. It's action packed and easy to read with a great storyline.
I'm a huge Brandon Sanderson fan. I first became aware of him as a writer through Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Then I discovered (and devoureI'm a huge Brandon Sanderson fan. I first became aware of him as a writer through Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. Then I discovered (and devoured) his Mistborn series. He is one of my favorite epic fantasy writers, and I'm not really surprised that the man can also write young adult fiction like no one else's business.
The story is about a group of ordinary people that are gifted with supernatural powers after a burst of energy in the sky. These powerful new beings are called Epics, but they aren't admired or loved. Instead, they are feared because they show no mercy in their desire to rule. A group called the Reckoners is their only opposition, and they exist solely to study and eliminate Epics.
When the Reckoners meet a young man named David, whose very own father was murdered by Steelheart when David was a child, they aren't sure what to think of him. They are suspicious of David at first, but they eventually learn to trust him and treat him as one of their own, especially when they find out that David's only desire is to see Steelheart dead.
A friend gave me a copy of Sanderson's Steelheart for Christmas. This is the first book in his Reckoners series and it is every bit as good as Sanderson's other novels. It's fast-paced and exciting to read. Anyone who has read a Brandon Sanderson novel knows that you can expect a system of magical superpowers that is always out of the ordinary compared to other fantasy writers in this day and age. Plus Sanderson's take on superheroes is just about as cool as it can get.
All of Lucky Santangelo books are high paced and full of action, but in Book Four, Lucky's Revenge, Collins takes one step further into the realm of uAll of Lucky Santangelo books are high paced and full of action, but in Book Four, Lucky's Revenge, Collins takes one step further into the realm of unbelievable. The storyline is still terrific though, and it's great reading nonetheless.
The Bonnatti family is after Lucky again. This time, Santino Bonnatti's wife Donatella is out for revenge for her husband's death, and she blames Lucky! After moving quickly behind the scenes to take Lucky's beloved Panther Studios from her, we also learn that Donatella also has something to do with Lennie's death.
Lucky, being Lucky, can not let it go. She is out for revenge, and she'll stop at nothing until she avenges Lenny's death and gets her studio back!...more
I'm a huge Nasty Gal fan; I've been ordering from them since 2010 because they are one of the few North American clothing retailers that will ship toI'm a huge Nasty Gal fan; I've been ordering from them since 2010 because they are one of the few North American clothing retailers that will ship to Taiwan.
When I heard that Sophie Amoruso, the woman who started Nasty Gal and built it into the empire it is today, had written a book about being a girlboss, I thought I'd give it a try. I've been on a biography kick lately, and I figured she'd have something good to say, especially since I'm a woman in business and her story is one of those bootstraps to riches success stories.
There is no denying that Amoruso has accomplished a lot. She is obviously a hard worker that doesn't take no for an answer. I admire her spunk and her determination to succeed, but her writing style just doesn't do it for me. I know she was trying to go for a girl empowerment style of book, but she came off as sounding like a condescending know-it-all. I wonder if this is her persona in real life or if her writing style had more to do with her editor. In either case, it's super annoying, and I couldn't help rolling my eyes a couple of times.
I know what she'd say to that though! She say that you shouldn't care what people think about you, which is arguably one of the best lessons she has to offer in her book.
"No matter where you are in life, you'll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.”
I liked the current female success stories that she included as references, especially Christene Barberich's entry as editor-in-chief of Refinery29.com. Amoruso shares some interesting stories about how she got started. I especially liked her story about finally going to an investment meeting, being totally unprepared for it, and coming to the realization that everyone in those meetings respected her, even though she didn't come from a traditional business background. (Neither do I!)
I suppose after reading Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead that I was expecting something more along the lines of a book offering solid business advice and advice on being a woman in a mostly male dominated business world. Amoruso's business anecdotes are offered with a tongue-in-cheek attitude and her #Girlboss hashtag just made me cringe. She reminds me a bit of Lady Gaga trying to gather her minions as Mother Monster. Those kinds of gimmicks just don't fly with me. This book seems like it was written more for her than for her fans.
If you're looking for a business book that tackles the issue of women in business, this is not it. If it's an interesting biography or a rags to riches tale that you're after, than maybe Girlboss is for you.
I didn't know anything about On Beauty when a friend passed this book on to me to read, but I did know the name Zadie Smith, and I've heard great thinI didn't know anything about On Beauty when a friend passed this book on to me to read, but I did know the name Zadie Smith, and I've heard great things about her writing. I really enjoyed this book!
This is a story about two families that are very different. Howard Belsey is an Englishman that teaches at a college in New England. He has been married to his African American wife for 30 years, and they have three children together- Jerome, Zora, and Levi. Howard's arch rival is a Trinidadian scholar named Monty Kipps. The two men are constantly butting heads, while the rest of their family members ricochet off each other in many different ways. Howard and Kiki are trying to get past his affair with a close friend of theirs. Jerome has fallen in love with Monty Kipps's daughter Vanessa, Kiki and Monty's wife Carleen strike up a deep friendship, and Zora brings home a young man that is tied to both families.
On Beauty is beautifully written with vibrant, likable characters and a great storyline.