Don't ask me why I read this...I really can't explain it. There are so many sex scenes within this book that James makes sex boring. I mean, who has tDon't ask me why I read this...I really can't explain it. There are so many sex scenes within this book that James makes sex boring. I mean, who has this kind of time?
I was bored. The writing is so, so horrendous. The characters are ridiculous, fantasy figures, who live in an alternate reality that somehow exceeds itself.
Yet....the series is mindlessly entertaining. Just like the movies....more
Small Great Things is my first Jodi Picoult. I had what is now perhaps an unfair bias towards her books, associating them writers such as Nicholas SpaSmall Great Things is my first Jodi Picoult. I had what is now perhaps an unfair bias towards her books, associating them writers such as Nicholas Sparks, who I find rather trite with their tried and true formulaic books designed to provoke the reader to have an emotion response.
If Small Great Things is at all reflective of Picoult’s other works, I’ve been severely underestimating her talent for writing challenging, thought provoking stories.
Small Great Things is a page turner. I had to discipline myself not skip ahead as I just had to know how the story would unfold. And what a story it was. I loved everything about it. The setting (hospitals and courtrooms are my favorite), the plot, and most of all the characters, no matter how off putting or frustrating they were at times.
As you can discern from the summary, Small Great Things tackles subject matter (race, privilege, prejudice, the justice system) that could easily become heavy handed in the wrong hands. Luckily, I did not get the sense that Picoult was attempting to be a spokesperson for something she herself has not experienced. Rather, Picoult developed well rounded characters in Ruth, an African American Labor and Delivery nurse, her white public defender, Kennedy McQuarrie, and the neo-Nazi father of the deceased child, Turk Bauer. The story moves through each of their perspectives and paints a picture of each of their lives that is as insightful as it is enthralling.
I learned something while reading this story. Perhaps even several somethings and I could not get it out of my head days after I had finished reading it. To me, that is a testament to a great piece of fiction....more
If Ove were real, I'm confident he would have been one of my most favorite people. He reminded me of my grandfather, and a bit of myself. I laughed, cIf Ove were real, I'm confident he would have been one of my most favorite people. He reminded me of my grandfather, and a bit of myself. I laughed, cried a bit, and had an overall positive reading experience....more
I hesitate to call this book brain candy, or categorize it as a beach read given the serious subject matter contained within these pages. However, BigI hesitate to call this book brain candy, or categorize it as a beach read given the serious subject matter contained within these pages. However, Big Little Lies is not a heavy handed book and at times, it is extremely funny and is always entertaining. Because of this, I do not feel that I was as properly horrified by the dark subject matter as I should have been, though one item, shared by Jane, had me so enraged that I lamented the injustices of the female sexual experience to my husband for half an hour...so there is that.
Since reading the book, I have watched the series on HBO, and though I enjoyed the book much more, the show more adequately addresses the horror of the characters personal circumstances. ...more
The characters - along with their feelings- are shallow and melodramatic. There is insta love times a million and there are so many sex scenes, that IThe characters - along with their feelings- are shallow and melodramatic. There is insta love times a million and there are so many sex scenes, that I found them boring by the end of the book....BUT, this book was compulsively readable, no doubt due to the elementary writing, and, though I am loathe to admit it, very entertaining. #sorry,notsorry...more
Though politics evokes a great deal of anxiety in me, I am constantly listening to and reading about it as I find it endlessly fascinating. However, gThough politics evokes a great deal of anxiety in me, I am constantly listening to and reading about it as I find it endlessly fascinating. However, given my constant immersion in the topic and discussion of American Politics, it becomes easy to assume that those who are part of opposing parties or political beliefs are inherently antagonistic with and towards one another. This book provides a peek behind the veil and demonstrates that respect and even friendship can exist among those who politically oppose one another.
I loved learning about the traditions, friendships, quarrels and life experiences and characteristics shared by these women. Such an interesting read that prompted me to re-think how I viewed the role of First Lady....more
A Court of Wings and Ruin was primed for success. It’s predecessor left readers with a whopper of an ending that would have lent itself well for thisA Court of Wings and Ruin was primed for success. It’s predecessor left readers with a whopper of an ending that would have lent itself well for this installment to become an edge of your seat entertaining, dramatic, and emotionally devastating read. Instead, I had to slog thru nearly 400 pages of what I believe to be unnecessary filler to get to the meat of the story. And once I did get to the meat of the story, the plot and relevant details felt hurried, in spite of the book’s length, and all too convenient. Though A Court of Wings and Ruin finds its rhythm at the half way point, the ending was nothing short of a cop out as there are no real losses, consequences, etc.
This is largely due to the character development of Feyre. My has shI burned thru all 624 pages of A Court of Mist and Fury and savored every minute.
This is largely due to the character development of Feyre. My has she grown! I still had moments where I wanted to grit my teeth at her behavior or thoughts, but Maas did a tremendous job of showing why the traits I found incongruent in A Court of Thorns and Roses were present, while also believably allowing Feyre to evolve past them.
Naturally, exploring Feyre’s dynamic with Rhysand helped on this front.
I shamelessly enjoyed reading their exchanges. It reminded me so much of another of my favorite books, Ink Exchange. In part because the bond between Rhysand and Feyre is so similar that of Irial and Leslie, but also due to the unique contradiction that is the Night Court. That same theme is explored in A Court of Mist and Fury and I, for one, find the complicated nature of the Night Court to be utterly fascinating.
As to be expected, this story does contain a romantic element. All good fantasy does. But unlike the superficial relationship that developed between Feyre and Tamlin, the bond forged between Feyre and Rhysand was utterly delicious. I attribute this to the amount of time Maas took to develop it. We readers are shown as their relationship evolves as opposed to being told it exists as we were with Feyre and Tamlin.
But this book is not simply a romance. In fact, the romance is more of an undercurrent than the theme of this story. A Court of Mist and Fury reveals the world that Maas kept hidden throughoutA Court of Thorns and Roses. Though readers have yet to be introduced to every court, we learn about them in greater detail. As holds true for the human world. And we are introduced to a treasure chest of new characters that were utterly charming.
I love it when authors develop their supporting characters.
For those readers who are fellow fantasy fans,A Court of Mist and Fury rang similar to other fantasy favorites I have read, most notably Ink Exchange which I have already mentioned, but also A Daughter of Smoke and Bone for reasons that I can’t fully explain. But these similarities do not prevent A Court of Mist and Fury from being its own tale. Maas has written and imaginative and intricate world. It's lovely, layered and cruel. The politics, lore and realm that Maas has weaved into what began as a rather frivolous story is nothing short of spectacular. ...more