At the start of Unbroken , I was feeling as though “Unbelieveable” might have been a more apt title. Much of Louis’s mischief as a child was beyond beAt the start of Unbroken , I was feeling as though “Unbelieveable” might have been a more apt title. Much of Louis’s mischief as a child was beyond belief. There were too many death inducing incidents that Louis cleared un-scathed, and too many alleged run ins with the law to have not wound up in the system. He even mentions running with wild horses and meeting Hitler! Though this feeling of disbelief slightly abated as I continued to read, I still feel as though key events departed from the realm of non-fiction and transgressed into the land of embellished fiction. Perhaps this is to be expected when the story is relayed some fifty years after the original events occurred. Memories fade, and morph with time. Similarly, those moments that are confusing in our present are most certainly subject to our interpretation upon reflection. For instance, Louis recounts the events of his downed plane and states he must have been on the ocean floor, as he struggled to detangle himself from the planes wiring. He ultimately blacks out, only to later awaken, free of the wires, and is able to swim to the surface. This is clearly beyond belief. Had he have hit the ocean floor of the Pacific, his lungs would have literally exploded. Best case scenario, he would have needed to be rushed to a hyperbaric chamber in order to save his life. It was more likely he was found panicking by a fellow crew member as the plane had begun to sink, and was subsequently knocked out in order for his fellow crew member to cut him free of the wires.
Whether you believe each of the moments of this book occurred exactly as described or not, I couldn’t deny it was an incredibly readable tale that spoke of un-imaginable cruelty while also demonstrating extreme heroism, friendship, and inspiring hope. ...more
TheInfiniteSea clearly suffers from middle book syndrome. I struggled thru it, and cast it aside several times. I both loved and hated the multiple poTheInfiniteSea clearly suffers from middle book syndrome. I struggled thru it, and cast it aside several times. I both loved and hated the multiple points of view. However, I don't much care for the character of Ringer, and given that her POV is the most substantial, I found myself skimming thru a majority of the book. Those who enjoyed her character are bound to have an entirely different reading experience.
For those of you who haven't yet read this sequel, I feel confident in saying you could easily skip it as everything and nothing transpires over the course of the book. You could wiki the spoilers and be fully prepared to jump into book 3. What should have been a major reveal was mostly underwhelming, which is a shame, because the concept is fabulous and right in my reading wheelhouse. Ultimately, I fear this trilogy will not end well. And by well, I mean in a manner that will justify the reading of the series. Figners crossed I am proven wrong....more
These books are the written form of crack. They offer no mental value, but provide a fix for whatever lapse in judgment prompts us to seek out such thThese books are the written form of crack. They offer no mental value, but provide a fix for whatever lapse in judgment prompts us to seek out such things - I blame my ovaries. Sometimes, a lady just needs to swoon by reading about fictional highlanders who worship the woman who loves him in a way I feel no flesh and blood man does/would. The story isn't half bad either. In fact, I much preferred this installment to the Highlander series to those that come after (keep in mind, you do not have to read them in order to appreciate or understand them). ...more
You Had Me At Hello accomplishes what the most inspiring and endearing Rom Com’s aspire to: relatability, charm and contemporary timelessness.
The booYou Had Me At Hello accomplishes what the most inspiring and endearing Rom Com’s aspire to: relatability, charm and contemporary timelessness.
The book begins in present day. Rachel, our narrator, is an early 30 something staffer on the cusp of ending her 13 year long relationship with her fiancé Rhys. Thru Rachel, we are introduced to Ben, our prospective love interest and protagonist. Ben is Rachel’s long lost best friend from uni days with whom she hasn’t spoken for the past decade. When Rachel’s best friend Caroline mentions seeing Ben at a local library, Rachel sets out to the local to encourage a “chance” encounter. What follows is a story, told via a present day setting, and thru flashbacks, about what comes to pass when you encounter a lost love after 10 years and a mixed bag of life decisions.
Equal parts humorous, nostalgic, and romantic, You Had Me At Hello is the kind of treasure I love to find. The dialog was witty and delightfully frank. If you somehow manage to read this little gem without being charmed by these characters, there may be something wrong with you. A certain re-read if ever there was one. ...more
Oh to be young and feel the thrill of experiencing love, lust and miscommunication for the first time. Bitterness hasn't taken hold, nor have the lessOh to be young and feel the thrill of experiencing love, lust and miscommunication for the first time. Bitterness hasn't taken hold, nor have the lessons learned from past mistakes as those mistakes have yet to happen. It's an awkward, exciting and vulnerable emotional/mental state...and it has the tendency to make us more than a little stupid. I'd like to say it gets better with age, but adulthood does not remedy the idiocy of love's keen sting.
The Infinite Moment of Us does a great job of displaying all the mental trials and emotional triumphs that coincide with falling in love for the first time, or even with someone new. It’s a quick read that personifies what it means to be young, in love, and full of hope.
I give extra points to Myracle for refusing to fade her scenes to black. The sex scenes are tastefully descriptive....more
Apparently I have a reading sickness that can only be assuaged by reading a series of books about time traveling highlanders. They truly are ridiculouApparently I have a reading sickness that can only be assuaged by reading a series of books about time traveling highlanders. They truly are ridiculous... And a great deal of fun to read with a good dose of steam thrown in for good measure. Better yet, you don't have to read them in any sort of order to make sense of them, so feel free to read which ever ones are available at the local library. Having said that, this installment marks the end of the series and having read Moning's fever series, you can certainly see how she attempted to set the stage for The inevitable crossover.
Thus far, dark highlander is still reigning supreme, but he could be dethroned by Daegus. Stay tuned to see if my leather loving highlander loses his crown. ...more
I must be going thru a smut phase, and Karen Marie Moning is a reliable source. Make no mistake, the Highlader does not in any way compare to her FeveI must be going thru a smut phase, and Karen Marie Moning is a reliable source. Make no mistake, the Highlader does not in any way compare to her Fever series; however, it provides a satisfying read and you can easily delve into the world without having read the other books within the series.
If you can look past the insta-devotion, survival instincts being construed as "fiery passion few possess" and the fact that our hunk has chosen a Highland Blacksmith as his chosen form (random much?), you should be able to enjoy this read easily enough....more
I reaped the benefit of a few years distance from this series, otherwise I imagine I would have struggled to make it thru this alleged final volume. TI reaped the benefit of a few years distance from this series, otherwise I imagine I would have struggled to make it thru this alleged final volume. The magic, and steaminess, of Bitten is long gone. In its place are overly complicated evil plots, a vast number of kidnappings, and a supernatural world that is at times, ridiculously overwhelming. Having said that, I couldn't not read the series finale, though I doubt the series will end here. Though that special something that appeared in earlier volumes no longer prevails, I have become incredibly fond of the characters, and I enjoyed seeing each of them achieve some sort of resolution. Granted that resolution was a sappy sweet happily ever after, but I would have been pissed if Armstrong forced her readers to read the demise of any of the characters they have come to love. All in all, it wasn't a bad way to spend a Sunday, and had this been the start of a series, and not the end of one, I would have rated it a notch higher. However, I'm holding firm to my 3 star rating, because I know Armstrong can do better. It appears her years writing YA has caused her to censor her adult works, which fills me with disappointment. Until next time Ms. Armstrong, and please, write in some steam...you're good at that....more
It's a rare book that can cause me to feel shame for reading it. 10 pages in, I knew pressing on could potentially cause my brain cells to atrophy. IIt's a rare book that can cause me to feel shame for reading it. 10 pages in, I knew pressing on could potentially cause my brain cells to atrophy. I can't say for sure if any of my brain matter truly did perish, but I'm going to partake in the Sunday Times crossword puzzle just in case. This was literally, the worst book I've ever bothered to finish.
Branded possesses all the self published fails. 1. Mary Sue who is insanely insipid but instantly adored....check 2. Insta love with a super rich, ridiculously handsome but oh some humble good guy....check 3. Grown adults sharing the same bed yet somehow refraining from acting on their sexual impulses....check (and boring given that I only read this garbage for the steam!) 4. Sappy, sugary sweet happy ending...check.