I put off reading this book for a very long time, knowing it would be a super emotional read. And it was.5+ stars
I loved this book. I hated this book.
I put off reading this book for a very long time, knowing it would be a super emotional read. And it was. As soon as I began to read it, i was immediately caught up in the story, and i fell in love with the characters....especially with Lou.
I won't bother getting into the plot, since other's have given the rundown on that in a much more eloquent way than i ever could...especially now, since i only just finished reading it an hour ago, and quite frankly my brain is fried from all the crying and raging at the universe (okay...that last bit might be a slight exaggeration...but only a slight one).
I will say this; Jojo Moyes wrote a beautiful book. Even though I went into it anticipating the eventual ending, I still found myself wishing that one aspect of the story was handled differently (view spoiler)[ Will telling Lou she wasn't enough. I GET why he felt that way, and i even understand why he felt like there was no other choice for him. But the cruelty of what he said to her, was just horrible. I truly hated him in that moment...much like Lou did. Also, he couldn't tell her he loved her? I know he basically expressed how he felt in other ways, but....i wanted that moment between them. (hide spoiler)] ..... It is only because i loved everything leading up to that part of the book so much, that i didn't knock off one star from my review.
There is a scene that happens right before the epilogue that is hands down one of the saddest scenes i have ever read in my life. If not THE saddest. I was completely gutted at the end, and i guess it is a testament to the author's skills as a writer to make me feel so much while reading this book. I just...wish it didn't hurt so much. :/...more
So...I seem to always have the unpopular opinion. For me, the previous book, Dragonfly in Amber was a much more interesting read for me.4 - 4.5 stars.
So...I seem to always have the unpopular opinion. For me, the previous book, Dragonfly in Amber was a much more interesting read for me. I preferred all the quiet, emotional moments in DIA than the seemingly over-the-top adventures in the second half of Voyager. Not to say I didn't still devour this book like a starving man.
As with the first book, I found myself being extremely frustrated with Claire throughout Voyager. Constantly doubting Jaime when he has proven himself time and again to her. Yes, the situation with (view spoiler)[ LegHair (hide spoiler)] was messed up. BUT....she was gone for 20 flipping years!!! He wasn't supposed to have a life without her? It's not like her life didn't continue when she left him. And while she was admittedly far from happy with FR...it is extremely selfish of her to just assume that if Jaime did survive that he would remain alone forever. But...I digress. That is obviously a sore subject for me, Claire's double standard way of thinking....so I will leave it alone now.
Anyway, I liked the addition of the new characters...especially LJG. I for one think John Grey is in incredibly interesting addition to the series, and while I realize that fans either love him or hate him...i personally love him, and am even more excited to read his side books that tie into the main series.
So, to wrap up....I enjoyed Voyager quite a bit. Was it without bumps in the road for me? No. Did I find myself wanting to punch Claire in the face at times? Yes. But, the overall world that Gabaldon has created here is addictive and well written enough to keep me coming back for more....more
There is no way I could even begin to express the effect this book had on me. Especially as I only just finisheAll the stars in the bloodydamn Galaxy!
There is no way I could even begin to express the effect this book had on me. Especially as I only just finished it less than an hour ago. And my emotions?!? My emotions are completely and utterly f'ed up.
That ending? Pierce Brown you are an evil, evil man. I can't remember ever feeling such a rush of warring emotions as I did while reading the last 10 pages of Golden Son. It truly messed me up. It was exquisitely brilliant in its execution. But also terribly tragic, shocking and heartbreaking.
I can't even imagine having to wait a YEAR for the story to continue.
Pierce Brown is hands down the best new author to come around in years. ...more
One of the best things about the Addicted series....besides the fact that it's probably the best written and emotionall 5+ I Love Lily & Lo Stars!
One of the best things about the Addicted series....besides the fact that it's probably the best written and emotionally fulfilling series out there right now...is the fact that K&B always give us a healthy dose of our favorite characters with each new release. There are no 50 page novellas to fill in the gap between regular books in the series. So, even though this is listed as book 1.5 in the series, it's a full length story. And I for one, couldn't be happier.
Ricochet focuses on Lily as she tries to cope with the absence of Lo, while he battles his alcohol addiction in rehab. Lily is of course, battling her own demons, and is struggling with the idea of staying committed and faithful to Lo while he's away. Which means no sex for 90 days. A tall order for a sex addict who has is without her support system for the very first time.
Going into this book, i was curious how K&B would handle Lily and Lo being apart, because one of the best parts of the first book, Addicted to You was the intense dynamic between them. But, if anything, this book solidified the reader's understanding of LiLo's unbreakable bond. These two people love each other enough to be strong for each other. To battle their demons separately in order to be stronger when they come back together.
This book is really where we start to get to know Rose and Connor....(my personal two favorite characters in the series). On the surface, Rose seems like an Ice Queen, but in reality she is fiercely loyal and devoted to those she loves. The way she loves and supports Lily, and makes it her mission to understand her sister's addiction...without question or judgement...is why Rose will always be the true backbone and hero of this entire series in my opinion. And then we have Connor (whom i will spend a GREAT deal of time drooling over in my reviews of later books in the series). He's an outsider to the group, but even though he appears to be arrogant and self-centered...okay, maybe he IS those things...but underneath it all, he is also fiercely loyal to those he cares about. In Lo, Connor finds his first true friend, and in Rose he finds a partner in crime.
Other reviewers have commented on this, but this book had some of the sexiest scenes that didn't involve two people being in the same room with each other. Let's just say Skype can be your friend.
When Lily and Lo finally do reunite, it is handled in a completely believable and realistic way. Yes, there are awkward moments, which is to be expected when one person has been off in rehab learning a completely new way to live. And yes, Lily does wonder if Lo will want to be with her now that he is on the road to recovery. Will he consider her too damaged, or a risk to his sobriety? Other authors may have decided to pile on the angst...separate the two characters...make them (and the reader) suffer through endless pages of them being miserable apart. But not in K&B's world. They know that they best, really the only, way that both Lily and Lo can hope to succeed in fighting their demons, is by doing so together. And i freaking love that.
I heart and soul of Lily & Lo's story, is their unwavering devotion to each other. And that is one of the many....many....reasons I love this series.
Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I've read in 2014.
"I'm not some damsel in destress you can swoop off her feet and save, Prince6+++ Stars
Absolutely fantastic. One of the best books I've read in 2014.
"I'm not some damsel in destress you can swoop off her feet and save, Prince Charming. I'm lost in a world so dark you wouldn't be able to to find the light of day again."
I have spent the last couple of days trying to figure out how much...or how little...to say about this story. I am a firm believer in diving into certain books completely blind, and letting it take you on a journey that you're not prepared for. This is definitely one of those books. The less said about the plot, the better. It makes for a much more captivating reading experience IMO.
But, this is a book review after all, so I will do my best to convey how much i enjoyed the book without giving too much away.
This book had me at the first sentence.
I am always up for a dark and twisty tale....and judging by the very first chapter of this book, I was in for a wild ride indeed.
This has to be said: The first chapter is dark. About as dark as it gets. It may stir up some rather intense emotions, and can be hard to read. But, keep in mind that darkness is important to understanding the actions and RE-actions of the characters throughout the book. One character in particular...and the heart and soul of the book (for me at least) (view spoiler)[...Leo/Adam... (hide spoiler)]. If you can hold on through the first chapter....the rest of the story is SO worth it.
In a nutshell, the story centers around Riley, a woman who has basically lost everything and been forced into the Witness Protection Program. Initially, she is a terrified young woman, completely dependent on the man who has taken it upon himself to protect her. The emotional journey that she takes, and how much she grows as a character is one of my favorite aspects of the book.
There are three main characters, and they all equally important to the overall success of the story. I know that I am not alone in my preference for the 'Bodyguard' character over the actual leading man (Slate is a good guy, but my heart belonged to "Adam" from the beginning. I'm such a sucker for a tortured soul), but the dynamic between all three was perfectly executed by Martinez. It didn't feel forced in any way - and considering the circumstances the characters find themselves in? It would have been easy for that part of the story to feel a bit over the top or contrived. But, it all worked so beautifully. I honestly can't say enough about her skills as a writer.
This was hands down one of the best books I have read in 2014, and i can't wait to see what this author is going to do next,
"Fuck your fairytale. I just want you. I'll make my own God damn happily ever after. But you're the one who is mistaken. You'll be at the end of that story, beautiful. You either come willingly or you force me into the dark after you, It doesn't matter to me, because either way I'll find you."