**spoiler alert** Though it took me an unusually long time to get through, I'm definitely giving Outlander a solid, well-earned five-stars.
It seemed s...more**spoiler alert** Though it took me an unusually long time to get through, I'm definitely giving Outlander a solid, well-earned five-stars.
It seemed slow to start and I had a bit of trouble getting into both the language and the story, but once I did it completely sucked me in and I happily immersed myself in the plot.
The characters, I thought, were fantastically written and well-developed and I thoroughly enjoyed the strength and tenacity shown in the protagonist, Claire. The romance and love story that bloomed between her and her male counterpart, Jamie, was absolutely brilliant and one of the best literary pairs I've had the pleasure to read about in ages.
I'm not generally one who is at all drawn to historical romances for the most part, but I found the paranormal elements of this (ie: Claire being transported from post World War II UK to the mid 1700s Scottish Highlands and finding herself smack in the middle of a brewing conflict with the English and Scots) exceedingly well written and absolutely captivating to read about.
I'm so looking forward to moving on to the follow-up and am excited to see where the story is going to develop following Claire and Jaime in 1744.
Rating: Pg-16 Some language, sexual scenes and situations, dark and adult themes and violence and gore.(less)
**spoiler alert** So I'm finally getting around to writing a review for this book. The Twilight Saga are some of my favourite books around and New Moo...more**spoiler alert** So I'm finally getting around to writing a review for this book. The Twilight Saga are some of my favourite books around and New Moon is, in my opinion, the best of the quartet. (Even though I'm firmly Team Edward and Jacob has way more play in this one) So though I'm slightly biased by my love for the characters, the story and yes, even the movie(s) and all the media that go along with them, I'm unashamedly giving New Moon 5 stars.
My reasons for listing New Moon as my favourite of the four books has a lot to do with the way it's written. While Meyer has a tendency to ramble in her books, in New Moon it works well to help convey the state of Bella's depression. The emptiness the character feels is almost palpable and though Bella is not a character I feel is in any way strong (this may have something to do with the near-constant crying, fainting and clinging to Edward), the way her struggle to feel something, to remember Edward, I thought was one of the few times her character shows any sense of conviction (apart from the obvious wanting to become a vampire).
There is much less dialogue in New Moon than it's predecessor and yet the novel manages to keep moving swiftly and with not much downtime, despite few "action" scenes. Those action scenes that there are (ie: cliff diving, racing through Volterra) are all exceedingly engaging and are written so that, personally, I couldn't make my eyes move as fast as my brain wanted them to in order to figure out what was going to happen.
The outcome of this book, as with Twilight, shows a semi-resolution in which the trials that the characters have suffered through throughout the story come to a close, and yet there is still that looming question that has me quickly moving on to read Eclipse - will Edward give in? Will Bella get her wish and become a vampire?
Rating: PG For some violent scenes and an overall undercurrent of sexuality. (less)
This ranks way up on the list of some of my favourite books. Of t...moreMy favourite of the bunch, by a mile and a half.
Reread (as always...): August 2013
This ranks way up on the list of some of my favourite books. Of the three Mortal Instruments books, I loved this one the best (Stupid Jace!), although the whole series was fabulous.
The characters were so well written and I was constantly laughing, grumbling at the goings-on, and trying to will my eyes to move across the page faster so I could finish the story, which I then, of course, had to go back and re-read right away.
Highly recommended. Go read it, if you haven't already. Like, right now...(less)