**spoiler alert** I think I'm finding it hard to talk about this book because it was so many things at once (a bit of romance, a bit of horror, a bit**spoiler alert** I think I'm finding it hard to talk about this book because it was so many things at once (a bit of romance, a bit of horror, a bit of historical fiction). Yes, I really liked it (as Goodreads tells me 4 stars equals), but if I only wrote that this would be a crappy review.
With my favorite books, I find myself thinking about them when I finish or when I'm not reading them. Not necessarily about the characters (though sometimes), but mostly about the ideas. This books leaves me doing just that.
Briefly, this book is about a writer whose character comes to life (a little bit of Pygmalion and Galatea) and tries to seduce the writer's love interest. In that regard, it reminded me a bit of the 1980s movies Electric Dreams (a man's computer falls in love with the owner's girlfriend) and Making Mr. Right (an android made to look just like his creator falls in love with the creator's co-worker). This is what I mean about my favorite books being the ones that make me think about the ideas and how different stories told similar things differently. (And any book that makes me think back to fun 1980s movies is a winner, IMHO.) In the storytelling, I really enjoyed Elliot's attention to detail. Often when I read, I just don't care how characters look. But Elliot's descriptions of her characters were very vivid (and made me giggle on occasion). Same with descriptions of setting. (Well, places aren't really funny though, so no giggling there. Yes, I laugh at people's appearances. Yes, I'm a bad person.)
Additionally, the book talked about things I am ignorant of (Pushkin and Buddhist apparitions, for example). Thankfully, notes at the end could help fill in the blanks, but even without, I enjoyed that reading this book introduced me to these things that I could then explore. I love being given opportunities to learn.
Finally, and why I hid my review for spoilers (last warning, so leave now if you don't want to be spoiled about the very end)...
...I love it when authors kill their characters. I have this issue when I get too into a book where I always want to know what happens to the characters next. Next being after the book ends. So unless it's an endless series, I usually am disappointed in the ending. But when main characters die, I'm always satisfied. That's why I like Shakespeare so much (and apparently Pushkin is Russia's Shakespeare).
edit: I've edited my review to five stars. Upon reflection, I couldn't really articulate why it was missing that last star. And I think it was more me than anything about the book. I really didn't like one of the main characters, but I didn't think that was a reason not to grant the last star. I think if anything it shows Elliot's talent as a writer to create characters with depth....more
For the first few pages, every time her name appeared, I read "cat piss." Once I got past that, I really enjoyed the book. It's like if Margaret AtwooFor the first few pages, every time her name appeared, I read "cat piss." Once I got past that, I really enjoyed the book. It's like if Margaret Atwood were to write the Running Man for young adults. It could have gone to a sappy ending, but it didn't, and I was so relieved and surprised!...more
**spoiler alert** I've been Team Stefan from the first book, and I have to say it was well worth the wait! I pissed that he ditched her as soon as he**spoiler alert** I've been Team Stefan from the first book, and I have to say it was well worth the wait! I pissed that he ditched her as soon as he got what he wanted. Also from the first book, I hated Cody's "we can't be together because we're different" shit. I just have no patience for that. So, yeah, disappointed in the end. But I understand why it happened that way. :(
But gah! Carey's books are usually so well researched, but so much of the law stuff bothered me because it was so, um, no! I didn't mind calling the plaintiff's attorney the prosecutor, violating (maybe) the rule against perpetuities was ok, I could live with having no cause of action, ignoring pro hac vice, not really understanding how precedent works, the defense attorney's trial strategy that got to the right facts but for the wrong reasons, and ex parte communications, but that she ignored the 11th Amendment was unforgivable! Especially since she had so many options! She could have, maybe, not put it in federal court. That really added nothing to the plot (there was also no jurisdiction, but I digress). She could have had someone just acknowledge it's existence then use the plot devise of "well, he's a hell-spawn lawyer with the judge in his thrall. The court said sovereign immunity was waived because the Halloween party is a ministerial function." It's not, but whatever. I would have suspended my disbelief for that! I did it when I pretended that the plaintiffs had a viable case of negligent infliction of emotional distress.
OMFG STEFAN! So hawtt and perfect in this book! Balloons, ravening, the sex!...more
This is my favorite book. It might be kind of depressing how much I can identify with Mrs. de Winter, but the book spoke to my awkwardness and sense oThis is my favorite book. It might be kind of depressing how much I can identify with Mrs. de Winter, but the book spoke to my awkwardness and sense of being out of place....more
**spoiler alert** I'm really entertained that the cover on goodreads says "Dusk Watch." As though Lukyanenko said "hell nyet I don't want anyone to co**spoiler alert** I'm really entertained that the cover on goodreads says "Dusk Watch." As though Lukyanenko said "hell nyet I don't want anyone to confuse my book with Stephenie Meyer."
This is my favorite of the Night Watch (confusion with GRR Martin and his other others still ok?) series (so far) but it took me for friggin' ever to read it. Because at the very beginning, he said this book was of no importance to the Night or Day Watch. I kept on picking it up then setting it down after a few pages. Because if the Watches didn't care, why should I?
Because the Inquisition (which I did not expect)!
Mild spoilers below.
Ok, so the first story in this installment is about an investigation exploring the belief that a human can be turned into an Other. Not just a werewolf or a vampire, but a magician. Unpossible, right? Twists and turns through the story, and if you've read any of the books by now you should know they tend to end with Gesar on the puppet strings.
Or was he?
The next story takes us to Russia's country side where a powerful dark witch saved two children from a family of werewolves. She has ties to Gesar's past and apparently knows how to turn people into Others.
In the last story, the witch's book that teaches you to turn people into Others go missing. Anton, Edgar, and Kostya (remember him from Night Watch?) are on the hunt. The end is out of this world....more
Read this book before the baby is born. Although, as many people have stated, Dr. Karp's 5Ss may be intuitive, it's less intuitive to try them all atRead this book before the baby is born. Although, as many people have stated, Dr. Karp's 5Ss may be intuitive, it's less intuitive to try them all at once and to realize that babies need big motions and loud noises. So, for those of us that can't go personally watch babies in Indonesia or who don't want their child to be at their breast 24/7, take the time to at least skim this book....more
**spoiler alert** First up, I got this book from Goodreads's first reads program.
Ohmygodohmygodohmygod! I am so happy this is a series, and I really c**spoiler alert** First up, I got this book from Goodreads's first reads program.
Ohmygodohmygodohmygod! I am so happy this is a series, and I really cannot wait for the next book! I just put this book down seconds ago. I had thought I had the ending all figured out. Wham. No.
Ok, so this book is about Cassie Robichaud, a widow in her mid-thirties who works as a waitress in a struggling cafe. Cassie's kind of damaged and has low self-esteem. But this changes when she joins a secret society dedicated to empowering women. Through sex, of course.
This book was surprisingly sex-positive. I mean, I know it's erotica and it damn well should be sex-positive, but from my (albeit limited) experience in reading erotica, this isn't something that should necessarily be presumed. I've read erotica that slut-shamed the characters or that was non-con, but this was all about breaking down shame that hold Cassie (and others) back and teaching that sex is not something that's dirty (even if you're doing it where people prepare food with some guy you just met). One way that Adeline illustrated this was by an almost complete lack of words that one would think would be used in erotica. And she didn't fill it with "inner goddess"-type euphemisms either. Her sex scenes were about people making connections and about Cassie learning about herself rather than just a collection of dirty words.
I love some of Adeline's imagery, the way she describes some of Cassie's emotional baggage as physical things that walk along with her.
Ultimately, I'm a little disappointed in the ending. Yeah, heartbreak is disappointing, but it's almost as though Cassie didn't learn anything. After completing the S.E.C.R.E.T. steps, Cassie was given the choice: join S.E.C.R.E.T. or not. The catch is that she can't pair bond if she joins. So at the end, Cassie chooses love. But he chose someone else. So, even though she was in love (with an asshole), she decided to join S.E.C.R.E.T. As though she didn't learn to be free after all....more
I really enjoyed the latest Grace Murphy story (that's what she said). It was fast paced, funny, and full of surprises. (I'm editing this to say thatI really enjoyed the latest Grace Murphy story (that's what she said). It was fast paced, funny, and full of surprises. (I'm editing this to say that I got the book off Kickstarter because I think that is what I'm supposed to do...)...more