I'll admit. The first thing I ever heard about this book was actually on YouTube, watching a video of the first kiss between Tim and Ivo from the moviI'll admit. The first thing I ever heard about this book was actually on YouTube, watching a video of the first kiss between Tim and Ivo from the movie version of this novel. After clicking around, and finally watching the whole movie, I decided that I couldn't get enough of the story, and high-tailed it to the library to check this book out.
I couldn't decide for whom I felt more sorry: Tim or Ivo. One of the coolest things I liked about the characterizations was their quirky-ness. Despite being a college kid, Tim loves opera, and Ivo loves fossils. The two don't seem like they would mess, but they do, somehow, and their relationship quickly develops. Isabella added a nice twist to the story, especially at the end, and that particular twist is one of the reasons I love this story to death. ...more
Note: Molli and I met online, and as a friend before I became a fan of her writing, my review might be influenced by my fondness for her. :)
I was realNote: Molli and I met online, and as a friend before I became a fan of her writing, my review might be influenced by my fondness for her. :)
I was really excited when I found out Molli was self-publishing her book-a novel I had tracked the writing of on various social media sites. Unfortunately, real life responsibilities and obligations kept me from reading the book until now. Being on vacation, I made sure to bring my copy with me so I could read and hopefully finish the book while away. I ended up reading the book in one session on a sunny afternoon.
I think Molli's strongest aspect of writing is creating an environment for the reader to lose themselves. Perhaps because I am familiar with the family life culture she portrays in the novel is why I can relate with the Walker's, but I think anyone reading this story will immediately feel the warm, homey feeling reading about the Walkers creates. And yet I could also relate to Quinnlan's family and the struggle that comes when career life becomes more important than family life.
I liked that I could relate to both of the main characters, as it made their story more sympathetic. I especially loved all of the side characters, and I hope Molli explores their stories as well in the future. My favorite Walker boy is Ethan, so please write a story about him Molli! :)
Overall, the love story is nice, but not epic. (view spoiler)[And maybe that's what Molli was going for-a nice, slow Southern romance. But like another reviewer mentioned, their romance when they were younger burned brighter. When they hooked up by the end, it felt calm and almost like the characters were settling. Certainly they made adult choices, and I liked that Quinn wanted to heal herself before entering into a relationship with Jonah in the long run. Personally, I like my romances to burn and burn bright, and while this is definitely a solid and adult relationship, it was just too grounded in reality for my preferences in romance novels. (hide spoiler)]
Another slight nit-pick: (view spoiler)[Sometimes I felt the back and forth between the past and present relationship drama was too random. I'd turn the page, and there was a flashback, and I couldn't feel the connection to the present happenings. It wasn't always, but it was certainly more than once. I also felt like there were too many of them. I think the novel could have been stronger with a short prologue describing how they broke up and what they were before, and then telling the rest of the story in the present. (hide spoiler)]
I'm excited to read more from Molli in the future! I'm sure her next work will be as an enjoyable read as this one. ...more
**spoiler alert** This book was recommended to me by a close friend of mine. It was really the only reason I finished the novel. The first half was ve**spoiler alert** This book was recommended to me by a close friend of mine. It was really the only reason I finished the novel. The first half was very lovely; I loved gaining an entrance into Saskia's mind and her world with her friends, Marco and such. It took me a while to understand all that Saskia was saying, especially with the mentions of "Tylerian weather". That one took me a while to get.
The character of Jane was a nice addition because she helped Saskia discover who she was a person. Also, through Jane, I was able to understand more of Saskia' world. However, once Thomas entered the picture, I got very confused. The relationship between Thomas and Jane seemed too far-fetched and wrong. And trying to straighten out Lauren's side of the story versus Thomas' side of the story was another matter!
In short, I really enjoyed the first half of the novel for the imaginative prose, but once Thomas came back to "Wonderland", I thought the novel went downhill. I especially disliked the ending; it seemed Brian Hall added on the part with Russel without much thought; I really didn't see any development in Saskia's character. Also, the readers and Saskia never learned what her name meant, which was a running bit the entire novel, and that made the novel incomplete....more
It's always a clue that a book is good when I drop all other books I'm reading and sneak peeks during class to keep reading, therefore finishing withiIt's always a clue that a book is good when I drop all other books I'm reading and sneak peeks during class to keep reading, therefore finishing within a day.
I've started, and yet to finish, a couple books that claim to help a person with aspirations of writing into writing that best seller that's hidden in them, just waiting to hop out.
This is not the view point Ariel takes.
What I enjoyed most about this book was her interview with other authors who have "made it" in the sense that their books have received awards, and they've been in the spotlight and all that goodness. I especially liked the different exercises the authors provided. And witty quotes are always a plus.
I have to say that I agree with other reviewers in that Ariel's definition of famous doesn't mean J.K. Rowling famous. But that isn't a bad thing. And the emphasis on self-publication and ideas to get your stories out there in the world were very helpful.
I'd recommend this book to any aspiring writer who thinks that they don't have the time, money or talent to publish the next best novel. In reality, if I knew such a person, I'd hand them this book and say, "Start writing!"...more
This didn't even deserve one star, to be honest. Maybe it's because it's the third book I've read this year that I'm massively disappointed with, butThis didn't even deserve one star, to be honest. Maybe it's because it's the third book I've read this year that I'm massively disappointed with, but I am so tired of romance books with abusive and violent "alpha" males as the romantic lead. All I want is a good romantic novel for a nice summer read in the sun that doesn't have horrible male leads. Is this the state of romance novels post-Twilight? This shit sucks....more
Maybe it was because I was doing other things while listening to this, but I could not get engaged in this book, and I hardly remember any plot otherMaybe it was because I was doing other things while listening to this, but I could not get engaged in this book, and I hardly remember any plot other than *SPOILER* the doctor saves the day. :/...more