Ahhh! So many mixed feelings about this book :) I always loved the movie, so it was a dream of mine to eventually read the book. I am glad I got arounAhhh! So many mixed feelings about this book :) I always loved the movie, so it was a dream of mine to eventually read the book. I am glad I got around to it. It was definitely interesting to see where the movie stayed true to book and where it strayed. I would say I was generally pleased with how the movie handled the book.
Scarlett -- I really hate her character, but I don't fault Margaret Mitchell's writing or grade the book on whether I hate a character. If anything, she provided interest in the story :)
Rhett -- He is so despicable, but soooooooooo appealing at the same time. He is definitely an unforgettable character in literature. I found him utterly fascinating, and his passages in the book made its 1000+ pages go by more quickly.
The historical side of things -- I must say it was kind of hard to read this book at times with its portrayal of slaves and the South. Then again, it's a brutal time in the USA's history, so I can't fault the author for trying to capture sentiments of the era. I have to say I kept thinking of how weird it would be for someone to try to write a "politically-correct" version of Gone With the Wind while I was reading it. That, or a Disney-fied version. I started laughing when I thought how Disney would glorify/slaughter everything.
Anyway, I"m torn about what to rate the book. Part of me would give it 3 stars, but the Rhett-loving-crazy side of me would give it 5 stars. So, I'm settling for 4 stars to even it out....more
A woman with amnesia pieces her life back together in the form of a mystery. Sounds like a bad Lifetime movie, n'est-ce pas? This book started out kinA woman with amnesia pieces her life back together in the form of a mystery. Sounds like a bad Lifetime movie, n'est-ce pas? This book started out kind of slow, but I wasn't able to put it down once it got going.
I won't say it's my favorite by Sophie Kinsella, but I really enjoyed the book. I still prefer CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET better....more
Katie MacAlister remains one of my favorite authors. This is the first book in a series that I have not yet read by her. She has such a wacky sense ofKatie MacAlister remains one of my favorite authors. This is the first book in a series that I have not yet read by her. She has such a wacky sense of humor. Take this zany quote from the book as an example:
"The cheerleaders in my groin were setting up fundraising car washes to finance a field trip to his groin".
Re-read 2011: I cried again reading this book, even though I knew exactly what would happen. Funny thing, that :) Original Review 2009: I went intoRe-read 2011: I cried again reading this book, even though I knew exactly what would happen. Funny thing, that :) Original Review 2009: I went into THE HOST thinking I was not going to enjoy it. As a 34 year old female computer scientist, I like science fiction television shows/movies, but I thought the book wouldn't be that good. I had a tough time getting through the first few chapters in the book. I thought the story was a bit too out-there for me, and a bit boring...
However, once the book settled in about 100 pages, I became engrossed by the story of this apocalyptic society of 20+ people living together. Stephenie Meyer's descriptive writing had me picturing every scene with vivid imagery. Her characters seemed more realistic because of their flaws - she didn't write people to be perfect like so many authors. I could feel the characters. I could picture the caves and smell the sulfur. The way Meyer was able to describe something as simple as a character's level of thirst, or sitting in solitude in the dark for hours without speaking or eating... It was gripping.
I could put myself into their situation and asked myself constantly what I would do if it were me. It wasn't so much a book about aliens and science fiction as it was an examination of humans and relationships. I routed for characters to learn from their mistakes. I saw hope in humanity reading this book.
I've read some reviews where people were frustrated with the author making characters to be misogynistic. I believe that is over-simplifying the complex situation that these characters were put into.
The book brought forth a lot of emotion from me. I sobbed during sections of the book because it was so moving and emotional - yet, I didn't feel depressed reading it. It was almost cleansing. I highly recommend this book (though there will always be people that don't like it). To me, it was very much worth reading. Just believe me that it will get better if you find the first few chapters a struggle to read. ...more
Re-read 8/22/10 -- I have to say that this book was just as good the second time reading it as the first. Even though I know what would happen, I wasRe-read 8/22/10 -- I have to say that this book was just as good the second time reading it as the first. Even though I know what would happen, I was moved to tears with the flowers/Rue scene. I ended up having to add this book to my 'made-me-cry' shelf. Looking forward to re-reading Catching Fire. Then, on to the newly released Mockingjay! :)
I loved this book. I hated having to put it down to go to work. I'm so glad that the sequel was already out when I read this, otherwise I would be dying to read it!...more
4.5/5 stars. A great start to a very promising series :) I actually read the Alpha & Omega series before starting this one, so I had some familiar4.5/5 stars. A great start to a very promising series :) I actually read the Alpha & Omega series before starting this one, so I had some familiarity with several of the characters before beginning.
I really enjoyed the character of Mercy. She was so down-to-earth, and yet she saved everyone's butts numerous times throughout the story. I always love a strong woman in my urban fantasy books! The lesbian-femiinist-women's-college-graduate side of my personality loved that Mercy was a mechanic. And for Volkswagons. WoohWooh! :)
I am intrigued by the love triangle that has been introduced between Mercy-Adam-Sam. After this story, I think I am more interested in Adam, but we'll see if I continue that trend as I read the other books in the series. I loved Adam threatening to eat Mercy's cat, despite having it sitting in his lap and likely loving on it. :)
The reason I'm giving it 4.5 and not 5 stars has to do with the mystery that gets solved in the end. I was a little confused by parts of the mystery, and I felt it was a little muddled together.
That being said, I still loved the book. I look forward to reading the rest of the series :)...more
At first I wasn't sure if I would be able to get into this book. I thought it started a little slow, and I kept putting it down to read other books. HAt first I wasn't sure if I would be able to get into this book. I thought it started a little slow, and I kept putting it down to read other books. However, once Elena (the heroine) arrived at Stonehaven to see her old pack of werewolves -- I was hooked.
This book reminded me a lot of the book Stray by Rachel Vincent (another book that I really enjoyed). Happily, they were different enough that I was able to enjoy both of them for their own merits :) I liked how the story was written from Elena's point of view. I felt her emotions stronger through this viewpoint, I think. I liked her better than Faythe in STRAY because I didn't find her nearly as grating.
In the end, though, the real reason that I loved the book lies in the character of Clay. Kelley Armstrong made me feel such compassion for his character. I could totally picture the lost puppy dog waiting at Christmas for Elena to return. It broke my heart to think of him not getting Elena, despite the past. And, oh... what a past it was. Their sex scenes were fun to read, by the way. Sometimes, I wish the heat factor had been increased, but Clay's playful scenes made up for the missing bits, I think.
I will definitely read some of the others in this series. I really enjoyed the book :)...more
Re-read in 2010: Still loved the book. If anything, re-reading made me like the character of Jace even more... --- I stayed up all night reading this boRe-read in 2010: Still loved the book. If anything, re-reading made me like the character of Jace even more... --- I stayed up all night reading this book. It got to be too exciting and I had to know how the main character would get out of the situation she was in.
I will say that I liked the secondary love interest better than the main one. I don't know if the next book in the series features the same characters, but if it does, I will cheer him on. Go Jace!...more
4.5/5 stars. I picked this book out because author Jeaniene Frost had listed this author as one of her favorites. After reading this book, I can see w4.5/5 stars. I picked this book out because author Jeaniene Frost had listed this author as one of her favorites. After reading this book, I can see why she did.
There was a lot of action. The main heroine had a nice snarky sense of humor that made me chuckle out loud a few times. It isn't as romantic as some of the books I read, but it does have sex scenes. I look forward to reading the next in the series....more
This book didn't make me laugh out loud, but I did enjoy the snarky latino heroine. I think the author was obsessed with the color puce and chickens.This book didn't make me laugh out loud, but I did enjoy the snarky latino heroine. I think the author was obsessed with the color puce and chickens. I'm almost surprised there were no puce colored chickens in the novel. ;)
I plan to continue the series since I enjoyed this one :)...more
This book was sooooo good. I had originally checked it out from the library, read about 40 pages and knew I had to buy it immediately. I waited patienThis book was sooooo good. I had originally checked it out from the library, read about 40 pages and knew I had to buy it immediately. I waited patiently until the sequel came out, knowing I didn't want to read it until I would be able to read the second book right after finishing the first one.
One of my favorite parts of Urban Fantasy is a snarky heroine who is kick-ass and can hold her own with any arrogant alpha-type male that comes along. Merit fits this mold perfectly, and I adore her character.
There are numerous love interests in this story, and all the characters share depth and are fun to read about. I wasn't bored by any of the side characters or plots, and that's always a refreshing feel in a book.
The ending showed plenty of intrigue, and I plan to start book 2 in the series tomorrow. Can't wait. I just hope it lives up to my expectations! :)...more