I didn't realize this was part of a set and the story of side characters from the first book until I'd finished it. So that's great for fans of book 1...moreI didn't realize this was part of a set and the story of side characters from the first book until I'd finished it. So that's great for fans of book 1...which I haven't got around to reading yet.
In a nutshell: it's chick lit/romance/contemporary and a light beach/vacation read. Probably good for fans of Elizabeth Reyes' books. Reese might remind folks of an crankier Stephanie Plum.
I enjoyed the characters and their banter/relationship. I liked Ben's blunt honesty and lack of apology for his behavior or philosophy in life. I liked Reese's humor, assertiveness and impulsiveness and her later ability to be a little more introspective.
I did feel she could have been more respectful/appreciative of her former-stepfather's love and care for her, and it made her come off entitled and a bit obnoxious in that particular corner (within reasonable levels, at least), but I otherwise liked her.
Funny, adventurous, and by no means are the women in the books unassertive fainting damsels in distress. I enjoyed the story and the take on Arthurian...moreFunny, adventurous, and by no means are the women in the books unassertive fainting damsels in distress. I enjoyed the story and the take on Arthurian legends - particularly the end notes comparing the original story to the retelling.
My only dislike is Lynet's often verbally abusive behavior and inability to make an actual apology, first to someone she perceives is a kitchen hand, and later to her friend. I would like to give benefit of the doubt and say her behavior stems from concern for the character she's haranguing, but that's a bit muddy. My overall feeling is that it'd be repugnant from a male character and so it is also, IMO, from a female. I otherwise liked her pluck and self-reflection later in the book.
Loved the character Roger and the Pink Knight. There were some laugh out loud moments.
I'd recommend towards the 6th grade level for readers. There are a couple bits in there that might be a little mature for younger readers. (less)
This seems like a great book for those recently diagnosed with Celiac's or gluten intolerance and feeling down about their food options. It's about 80...moreThis seems like a great book for those recently diagnosed with Celiac's or gluten intolerance and feeling down about their food options. It's about 80% food porn, 15% memoir, and 5% cookbook. It's fairly sure to remind those who can't eat bread of all the other yummy options out there, and for that I think it's great.
NOT having Celiacs and not really showing any symptoms of gluten intolerance, the food porn got a little repetitious after a while. I never thought I'd pick up a book that is so very obviously food writing and get annoyed that it was doing exactly what it *should* be doing, but there you have it. I sense that if this girl were to go on a show like Survivor, there might be a midnight drowning.
This should encourage someone feeling like their newly gluten-free lifestyle is out of options. You are not out of options. You have a LOT of options and she's filled most of a book with them. It's a change she might get you fired up to actually enjoy...
For me, it fired me up to go buy fancypants olive oil.
I half expected another Chelsea Handler style book, and instead was pleasantly surprised to find this intelligent, funny and insightful.
Sure there ar...moreI half expected another Chelsea Handler style book, and instead was pleasantly surprised to find this intelligent, funny and insightful.
Sure there are a few TMI moments, but much less than I'd expected. She's likable and has some good reflection on her past and herself. I liked her travel partner rules...though I think I fail half of them. Good travel writing mixed in here. I will say I think she has some great luck with safety...
I can also see areas where her life experience has influenced her writing for Chuck & How I Met Your Mother (70's show, I more or less missed).
Overall, I liked it & feel this might be a great read for those who enjoyed Robin's character on How I Met Your Mother. (less)
Junior Fiction and a great introduction to Arthurian legend before moving up to T.H. White's Once & Future King. I really liked it.
Since I had a...moreJunior Fiction and a great introduction to Arthurian legend before moving up to T.H. White's Once & Future King. I really liked it.
Since I had a parent ask me for "Game of Thrones for kids," this is often on my mind when I pick up a JF book. This (along with the Ranger's Apprentice series) could be a good fit - plenty of knights and jousting and trickery and a little bit of evil. And even a Tyrion Lannister along for the ride (that, or Dwarves in medieval fantasy literature are all sharp witted snarkypants... while Dwarves in high fantasy are stubborn ale loving grumpypants...).
I liked Terrence's story and the portrayal of Sir Gawain. Morris felt that Gawain was a bit abused in certain tellings, so he made a point to give him a more noble, knightly demeanor in this series.
Edited to add: some good humor in the book as well. (less)
She claims lack of emotion, yet also claims rage and love. Given how tiny of a trigger set her off into a murderous rage early on in the book, I'd say it's more too much emotion rather than not enough, and all of it locked in and locked on to ego as both motivation and survival mechanism. We all lie to ourselves, but it seems sociopaths take it to a higher level and use it to bluster both themselves and others.
I do find it sad that the causes of Antisocial Personality Disorder/Sociopathy are muddy and unclear, and therefore there doesn't seem to be much by way of both understanding or rehabilitation for these people.
I could ponder over sociopaths a bit more, but really, I'm not interested. Their lack of empathy towards others seems to create a mirroring lack of empathy towards them. The only other conclusion I came to from this was: ask yourself "what do they stand to gain from this?" when someone who shows sociopathic personality traits suddenly cozies up to you, and then: grab the kids and run for the hills, and while you're at it, burn the bridge behind you.
This seems like pretty decent common sense, though, for sociopaths and any kind of destructive personality in your social or familial sphere.
Great book with some good humor, humanity and perspective. Some of her meanderings in spiritual philosophy are unusual to me, but it was interesting....more Great book with some good humor, humanity and perspective. Some of her meanderings in spiritual philosophy are unusual to me, but it was interesting.
I will say I liked Here If You Need Me much, much better. I think more because I loved the insight into her work with the Game Wardens and Search & Rescue.
So, personally, I feel I'd recommend HIYNM first, then let the interest in that book lead readers to this one. (less)
Good book - it could have been trimmed down a bit further, but then it'd be a pretty skinny book. She had some good points to ponder over and at times...more Good book - it could have been trimmed down a bit further, but then it'd be a pretty skinny book. She had some good points to ponder over and at times I wished it was on the kindle so I could highlight the relevant bits.
That said, it was also depressing as heck. At least even the author jokes at points you might want to curl up and cry. She's not terribly wrong in that. There were a few things in there I felt didn't really jive for me, but overall it was thought provoking.
The overall theme? Trust no one, especially not your own brain.
It's a worthwhile read, but I recommend reading it alongside something like a Janet Evanovich or something else slapstick and cheery.
My friend's Mother wrote this and self-published through a Christian publisher. I read it over the weekend on our girl's getaway.
Sandy mixes Christian...moreMy friend's Mother wrote this and self-published through a Christian publisher. I read it over the weekend on our girl's getaway.
Sandy mixes Christian Fiction with a touch of Sci Fi and Amish lit in a story where, in mid-winter, a geomagnetic storm knocks out power everywhere...including to a new, upscale housing development in Amish country.
I was entertained that the Amish were cheerily sitting around playing Boggle while the English folks were over in their house freezing and piled into a living room with a drunk, bitchy Beechwood soccer Mom (and you thought a power failure in winter was bad in itself!).
She did a nice job painting the local atmosphere of NE Ohio, particularly spring. The segments about the food the Amish were cooking up in their non-electric run home made me drool a bit. I could totally go for a peach cobbler, now.
I picked this up as a "what the hell, I'll try it" sort of risk on a daily deal, liking the idea of insight and perspective into a non "superstar" pos...moreI picked this up as a "what the hell, I'll try it" sort of risk on a daily deal, liking the idea of insight and perspective into a non "superstar" position in the NFL (which he did give).
Broncos fans will love this - in particular the tribe of Mike Shanahan. Glowing accolades there.
Not being a big football fan, the details on plays and strategy flew past fairly harmlessly (I recognized some - slightly - as my Grandfather was an End in the CFL, but he never really talked football and we never really asked. Certain things were pretty evident, though: injuries, psychological effects, etc.). Everything else - information on the politics, injuries, the stress, the very human side of it...that, I soaked up, and I loved.
It's kind of an oddball book, as far as author voice: moments of poetic musing are tucked in right beside "jock strap" candidness. It left me a bit turned around in a couple spots, but the overall effect was actually kind of interesting.
I liked that he leaned towards the spiritual/intellectual guys on the team, and I imagine as he writes more, this back and forth between brutal honesty and poetic language will gel into an interesting style.
I finished the book liking Nate Jackson. He just seems like a decent guy and through the process of writing the book, entering into a stage of reflection about his life and direction and success vs. mistakes. In the author notes, he compares writing it to pulling out a giant thorn, and that is fairly evident.
I liked his more acidic observations. Particularly his disgust with Cleveland's Mangini and the bullshit tactic of bringing in a military vet and trying to use him to teach his team a lesson. That whole thing was just... horrific. He's got some other moments of disgust that I appreciated.
On a side note, I'm a bit surprised at the designation of Highlands Ranch as a "Swingers Capital" - but I think I've heard the expression before. Is that a snark on it being a family community with potentially bored housewives and strained marriages, or an actual real reputation it has? I can't really put into words the expression on my face when I wonder on that.