I have read countless books over the years, most of them being part of a series. Not long after their reading, the characters blur, as do the plots, tI have read countless books over the years, most of them being part of a series. Not long after their reading, the characters blur, as do the plots, to the point that they become ordinary and difficult to recount or recall. But every now and then you find a character you want to befriend, or a story you cannot forget, and sometimes, in the rarest of occasions, you find a book that has both. This series contains both. Do you know how special that is?
Kate Daniels and Company have become dear old friends. I can't believe that my time with them is so rapidly coming to a close. This series has been a mainstay for me over these past few years, always promising that I will benefit reading at least one incredible story per year. And I maintain that the Kate Daniel's series it is one of the best urban fantasy series on the market.
This installment of the series set the stage for an epic conclusion while tying loose threads and weaving in the significance of characters whose value had yet to be revealed prior to this book. There was so much story to digest, it was almost overwhelming, but so completely satisfying.
For those that may be new to the series. You must be read Kate's story from the beginning. Each book is vital. I have never felt as though books are being added to keep the series going, rather, books are added because it is truly going to take some time to explain Kate's story accurately.
And now I will patiently wait for book #10 because I'm not ready to let go just yet....more
“Men tell stories. Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history b“Men tell stories. Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war, and when it was over, we picked up the pieces and started our lives over.”
I adore historical fiction, and was desperately hoping to love The Nightingale. I wanted to read an interesting story that would provide a realistic portrayal about a period, that frankly, has rarely been told from a female perspective. The women of The Nightingale did not disappoint!
I simply could not put this book down.
I was in awe of the fortitude of these women and the haunting beauty of their life's story. As I read, mind my was filled with imagery and so. many. questions about love, hate, corruption, as well as my opinion of my own capabilities and lines of morality. I empathized, sympathized and cried uncontrollably. I'm fairly confident I sobbed my way through the last 30 pages. And yet, I walked away from The Nightingale inspired. This book has definitely earned a place among my favorite books.
In spite of reading countless reviews that stated, rather matter of fact-ly, that MeBeforeYou was not a love story, I somehow didn't believe them.
ThiIn spite of reading countless reviews that stated, rather matter of fact-ly, that MeBeforeYou was not a love story, I somehow didn't believe them.
This is not a love story.
I was not disappointed by the lack of romance. However, I think the lack of development in the romance department might have prevented me from obtaining the good cry I was secretly craving.
Honestly, I'm still unsure of how I feel about this book.
I neither liked or disliked any of the characters. They were all very vanilla, and mostly non-offensive. That isn't a bad thing if the story is captivating. And for the most part, I was captivated. I'm just not entirely sure why.
As I said, this isn't a love story. If anything, I thought of Will as a mentor to Lou and Lou as entertainment for Will. A finite sense of purpose.
And yet, near the end, we readers are meant to believe the Lou has fallen in love with Will.
I couldn't buy into that, namely due to the questions that gnawed at me throughout this story...would Lou have been even remotely attracted to Will if he had been poor? I found myself repeatedly coming back to this question because Will Turner was certainly an arrogant ass most of the time. He didn't offend me, but he did not incite any feelings of love in me. And that had nothing to do with his disability and everything to do with his lack of personality. His ass like tendencies appeared to be a personality trait that appeared to be attributable to him both pre and post accident. The only likeable trait of Will Turner was his worldly knowledge and life experience , which he achieved via his extreme wealth. What if he had lived a "normal" life pre accident? Would he be as appealing?
This line of thought leads me to my one major gripe about this book.
The author made it too easy on the characters and thereby, the readers, by making her disabled character incredibly wealthy. I have to believe, as difficult as Will's life was, it could have been significantly worse if money was an object of concern. That may seem like a small complaint, but it somehow made this story entirely unbelievable and therefore, rather impossible for me to relate to.
I actually really enjoyed reading about the impacts of disability to a person's life and the lives of the people who love them. It's a topic I'm ignorant about and I was looking forward to reading a book that would enlighten me. And to some extent, I was enlightened. But it could have been so much more enlightening.
On a positive side, it's an incredibly addictive, easy read and was mildly informative. It even managed to make me laugh. More than once.