I feel like I'm one of the last people to read this book! I normally do not read paranormal-type books with vampires, but I've had so many people reco...moreI feel like I'm one of the last people to read this book! I normally do not read paranormal-type books with vampires, but I've had so many people recommend this book to me that I just had to give it a go. I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. The first half of the book really dragged on for me, though. I kept waiting for something to happen. It was just page after page of dialogue between the two main characters, Bella and Edward, and learning about Edward's life as a vampire. It was interesting to hear his back story, but I wanted the story to hurry up a bit! Finally, about halfway through, things started to pick up and I couldn't put the book down! I am definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. If you are like me and do not normally read these types of books, I would recommend that you at least read the first in the series. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It's really a love story between a normal human, Bella, and Edward, the vampire. Definitely different from my normal reading style, but very enjoyable!
I have one word for this book - Wow! Sad, shocking, haunting, heartbreaking, depressing, but a page-turner that made me squirm on more than one occasi...moreI have one word for this book - Wow! Sad, shocking, haunting, heartbreaking, depressing, but a page-turner that made me squirm on more than one occasion! I wasn't sure what to expect from this book and was utterly shocked at some of the things that happened. Very well-written. You want to jump into the pages and rescue poor Ellie from the crazy world she is living in, from her mother's emotional issues to her father's infidelity. It shows the effect of mental illness on an entire family. It is a very sad story and one I won't soon forget. Well done, Ms. Pupek! (less)
This is a novel of short stories about townspeople in the town of Crosby, Maine. Olive Kitteridge is a piece of every story, so you learn about her ch...moreThis is a novel of short stories about townspeople in the town of Crosby, Maine. Olive Kitteridge is a piece of every story, so you learn about her character throughout the telling of the short stories. Beautifully written narrative. I really enjoyed it! At the very end, there is a Q&A with the author and Olive, which is quite entertaining!! I recommend this book!(less)
How do I, as a book blogger, review a book that is wrought with so much emotion and so much angst and turmoil that I w...moreMy Rating: 5 stars isn't enough!
How do I, as a book blogger, review a book that is wrought with so much emotion and so much angst and turmoil that I was sobbing by the end of the book? How can I adequately put into words how much of an impact this book had on me as a human being? I honestly don't know if it is possible to review this book effectively, but I'll give it my best shot!
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, especially of events in and around World War II. The Holocaust was an absolutely horrifying event in our world's history (and horrifying is putting it mildly), but I am, for whatever reason, drawn towards these types of fictional and non-fictional accounts of WWII. I don't know why. I break down crying every time I read a book about this time period, but I continue to seek out more of it. I wish I could explain it.
The Book Thief is a unique story in that it is narrated by Death. I was a bit leery at first because I wasn't sure how this type of narration would play out through the entire novel. I have to say that it worked wonderfully and I can't imagine the book told in any other way, without losing the power and overall feeling of the story. From the very first page, Death hooks the reader with His (Her?) account of his many visits to Germany during WWII. But, this story isn't just about Death, even though he was around quite a bit during that time. It is a story about a young German girl named Liesel Meminger, otherwise known as The Book Thief. It is a story about how books can help a person survive in a period of utter despair. It is a story of relationships; of love; of friendship; and of the power of the written word.
I've written and re-written this review many times. I've decided not to go into any details because I don't want to give away the magic of the novel. It is spellbinding, but heart-wrenching. It is a book that must be experienced first-hand. No review could possibly do it justice.
The Abby Cooper mysteries were the very first cozy series I started reading and they continue to be my favorites! I just love Abby! With her "cell pho...moreThe Abby Cooper mysteries were the very first cozy series I started reading and they continue to be my favorites! I just love Abby! With her "cell phone chirping" and her "intuition buzzing", it makes for a unique and lively character! There is one small thing that started to bug me when I was reading this book: Abby's boyfriend Dutch and his overuse of the word "sweethot". Come on, Dutch!! Throw in a "honey" or "cupcake" sometime and break it up a little!! LOL!! With that small annoyance aside, this is another great installment to the series and I am looking forward to reading the rest! I highly recommend them!! (less)