I was a little wary of this one because I like fantasy, but not too over-the-top fantasy. But I...moreRead this review and others on my blog,Shady Tree Reads
I was a little wary of this one because I like fantasy, but not too over-the-top fantasy. But I took a risk and I am so glad I did! The first chapter immediately hooked me because P.C Cast's writing is engaging and never boring.Obviously Rhiannon (the other version of Shannon) is not a very nice person and I loved how Shannon slowly gained back the trust with the people in Partholon by treating everyone better. Her witty remarks and forthcoming attitude had me adding Shannon Parker to my list of awesome heroines along with Stephanie Plum and Sookie Stackhouse. The love story developed nicely, it wasn't cheesy or too complex, just simple. ClanFintan is definitely swoon worthy enough to say: forget vamps and werewolves, bring on the centuars! By the end of this book you will fall in love with Partholon and all its inhabitants as surley as Shannon did. (less)
This is my favorite book in the series. I like a little heartbreak in the books I read, and th...moreRead this review and others on my blog, Shady Tree Reads
This is my favorite book in the series. I like a little heartbreak in the books I read, and this had just enough to make Divine by Choice extra special. When Shannon gets pulled back to Oklahoma, I loved her life in Partholon so much that I cried. It takes a lot for that to happen, trust me. (Usually Jodi Picoult is the only one who can make me cry). But don't worry, Shannon still has her spunk and the storyline is even more captivating than the first. Her relationship with Clint is complicated and even the reader can't decide what they should do about it. I love the idea of people having a mirror image in another world. We get to see a little more of Rhiannon, and although I mostly hated her I also felt sorry for her as well. The ending is heart-wrenching but good, and the book as a whole is an amazing sequel to the first one that I loved so much.(less)
This was hard to read, but at the same time, hard to put down. The Rwandan Holocaust is someth...moreRead this review and others on my blog, Shady Tree Reads
This was hard to read, but at the same time, hard to put down. The Rwandan Holocaust is something I knew nothing about, and I was shocked that it happened so recently and like the Holocaust of WWII, even allowed to take place. I felt so frustrated that nothing prevented this travesty from happening. Immaculee loses everyone she loves to murder. She huddles in a tiny bathroom with other women and prays for relief, but also for the ability to forgive. Yes, forgiveness is the main message of this incredible story. When I turned the last page I felt truly inspired, because it made sense. Although others might not deserve forgiveness, it is the best thing we can give ourselves. Staying angry will not change anything, and the ones who wrong you do not care if you are angry or not. Forgiveness can give you freedom. That is why her survival story is not just about her physical survival, it is about her mental survival as well. I am sure most people who went through what she did and came out alive did not fare so well in life as she did. Her mental attitude saved her from a lifetime of hurt, anger, and despair. If you can handle bearing witness to the atrocities that take place in this story, I highly recommend reading it for two reasons. One, to educate yourself about the Rwandan Holocaust if like me, you knew nothing about it. Two, to experience the power of forgiveness through Imacullee's eyes. You will never forget it. (less)
Melinda is starting 9th grade and she carries a horrible secret inside. If she wanted to share...moreRead this review and others on my blog Shady Tree Reads
Melinda is starting 9th grade and she carries a horrible secret inside. If she wanted to share it, it most likely wouldn't matter anyway, since all of her former friends refuse to talk to her. Ever since a summer party where Melinda called the cops to get it busted, she is ridiculed and exiled from her peers and consequently loses her ability to socialize. When the truth finally reveals itself, Melinda must choose to run from those who can help her or find herself again and speak.
This book was moving and gave a realistic portrayal of a cynical high schooler who does not know how to express herself after a traumatic event. Although a short and quick novel, Speak is a must-read.
I loved Melinda's character and her witty, funny quips about the high school experience. I laughed out loud at many parts, which is a nice relief from the intensity of the subject. Her “friends” were jerks, and had me grinding my teeth in frustration at times. Her art teacher was a wonderful character and addition to the story. The ending was simple but perfect. (less)