Noooo! Don't run away from the cheesy cover! I promise this book, and the series is so much better than the covers. I kinda stopped reviewing books, aNoooo! Don't run away from the cheesy cover! I promise this book, and the series is so much better than the covers. I kinda stopped reviewing books, and in fact I didn't really want to do it at all anymore, but when I read this book I loved it and then I finally started in on the rest of the series and I was totally blown away. The Echo Company series is nothing like I thought it would be and I certainly didn't think it was going to be this amazing. I'm going to review this for the entire series just because they are so short and honestly felt like one book altogether, so warning if you only want the summary for the first book.
Michael, or Meat as he's nicknamed by fellow soldiers, is eighteen and has just been sent to Vietnam. He hates it and has no problems letting others know. He's grumpy, sardonic, and very homesick, but more than that he is so very real. Like seriously, he sounds like an authentic teenage boy, and trust me I know how they sound...I live with one, so it's absolutely amazing, and very disturbing, to read about someone so young going through such a horrible experience. There are a group of supporting characters, other soldiers, who are just as young and just as real and all of them, including Michael, are easy to get attached to, but a warning, this is a war story and you probably shouldn't get too attached to anyone.
The battle scenes are visceral and move at a rapid pace, and just like the characters themselves feel very real and, I can't express this enough, NOT surrounded by cheese! Honestly, it's nothing like the cover. Ok, moving on. All the parts in between the fighting are quiet and sad and funny and moving and, wait for it...real. I really need to come up with a new word, hold on...lifelike? truthful? naturalistic? unidealized?
Now we come to Rebecca. Oh how I love Rebecca. She is definitely one of my top two favorite female characters in a book. She is a twenty-one year old nurse stationed in Vietnam, and boy she is not at all what I pictured a nurse to be in a war zone. She is strong but oh so sweet and silly, which is hilarious but also heartbreaking in this setting. She likes to wear pigtails and sings to anyone who will listen, and even those who wont, but when we get down to the nitty gritty it's all really just an act to keep her patient's spirits high, and maybe keep herself from drowning in sadness. But you're probably wondering, 'But Nina, is she realistic?'. And to you, random person who might be reading my review, I answer...of course she is.
So, where does Rebecca come into play in this war story about a teenage boy? That would be book three, which is in her point of view, and near the end of it she finally meets up with Michael and the boys. I totally admit I was waaaay too excited about their meeting up, and honestly it didn't really go as I thought it would, with grumpy Michael acting a lot less grumpy and a lot more gentlemanly when he finds a nurse crawling around in the middle of the jungle.
So, what have we learned about this book? #1. IT'S NOT CHEESY! #2. It's...realistic. #3. The characters are all likable and engaging, and...realistic. Ok, I'll stop. #4. The writing is truly amazing. #5. It might actually teach you a bit about the Vietnam war if you're like me and know nothing at all about it. #6. IT'S NOT CHEESY! ...more
When Liz attends a USO dance with her friends Betty and Julia she meets a solider named Morgan. They both feel an attraction towards each other but whWhen Liz attends a USO dance with her friends Betty and Julia she meets a solider named Morgan. They both feel an attraction towards each other but when Liz returns from the bathroom she finds Morgan dancing with Betty. Assuming he has fallen for the blonde and curvaceous Betty, like everyone else at the dance, Liz makes a hasty retreat.
After Morgan saves Betty from a drunken sailor she practically drags him to the dance floor, afterwards he looks for Liz but is unable to find her. The next day Morgan is given a note from Betty, along with her picture and address, and is told that she would like to write to him while he is overseas. At first, Morgan has no intention of writing to her but after reading her first letter full of kindness and compassion he feels a rapport with her and changes his mind.
Betty only wishes to find her prince charming and thinks the shy and down to earth Morgan may be the one. Knowing her writing skills leave much to be desired, she asks her roomate Liz to write to him while still signing it from Betty. Liz agrees to only one letter but after Betty leaves the country and Morgan writes back she feels she has no choice except to continue writing to him in Betty's name.
At first I was afraid Betty would be one of those annoying girls who think they're better than everyone else but I thought her story, a naive girl who becomes a strong woman by realizing her self-worth and understanding that she doesn't need a man to give her life meaning, was very significant. Likewise, Julia's story was just as meaningful, and Liz and Morgan's letters were heartrending and touching. Overall I thought this book was outstanding and I will definitely be looking out for other books written by this talented author....more
In 1940, four Germans are rescued by a Spanish sea captain. Before departing, a one-eyed German gives the captain a gold emblem. The story behind theIn 1940, four Germans are rescued by a Spanish sea captain. Before departing, a one-eyed German gives the captain a gold emblem. The story behind the emblem and the Germans is not revealed until sixty years later, to the captain's son.
In 1919, Paul Reiner is a young German boy who knows almost nothing about his dead father. He and his mother, Ilse, live with Baron von Schroeder and his wife, Brunhilda (Ilse's sister). In the Schroeder's house, Paul and his mother are treated like servants, but after a surprising revelation, Paul and Ilse are thrown out and Paul spends the next fifteen years trying to find out the truth about his father's life and death.
The only thing I really disliked about this story was Alys, I thought she was kind of annoying and I didn't really feel anything between her and Paul. It felt like their relationship was a little rushed, if not forced. Other than that, I thought this was wonderful. I'm not to sure about the comparisons to Shadow of the Wind but i'd be lying if I said I didn't think they were similar. I loved the way Gomez-Jurado writes and I will definitely check out some of his other books....more
What's there to say, other than that I'm totally in love with this series! I was kinda hoping to finally give 5 stars to one of these books but I feltWhat's there to say, other than that I'm totally in love with this series! I was kinda hoping to finally give 5 stars to one of these books but I felt it wasn't quite there for me. I thought the mystery was a little boring but it was far less convoluted than the last book. And Hero! I'm such a Hero fangirl, she's just made of awesomness. I was hoping for a little more Hero/Sebastian but I know the buildup to their relationship is really the best part; all I have to say is I cannot wait for the next book!...more
I'm not one for romances, so when my mom (who only reads romance) said she had read a book by Sandra Brown I was a little hesitant. I was ready to givI'm not one for romances, so when my mom (who only reads romance) said she had read a book by Sandra Brown I was a little hesitant. I was ready to give up on it before I had even started reading it, but I'm so glad I didn't.
It is 1934, Ella is a widow who runs a boardinghouse and keeps to a routine of constant cooking and cleaning, as well as looking after her undiagnosed autistic son Solly. When Mr. Rainwater rents a room Ella doesn't know that he and his secret, though it's not really a secret to the reader since we're told in the beginning of the book, will change her life.
Mr. Rainwater is very kind and gentlemanly but always seems to anger Ella by somehow upsetting her well ordered life. When Mr. Rainwater starts spending time with Solly he realizes Solly is not the town idiot that everyone believes him to be.Meanwhile all around them is the evidence of the depression and racism.
I loved this book, and I was very surprised by how good it actually was but I do have one negative thing to say and that is it needed an extra chapter or two. It's not a bad ending, though it is sad, it's just very abrupt.
I don't often cry while reading a book, in fact this is only the second time I ever have, so just be warned to have tissues....more