Wow, this was so good. I did make the mistake of reading a few reviews while I was in the middle of this book, but I have to say the reviews did not sWow, this was so good. I did make the mistake of reading a few reviews while I was in the middle of this book, but I have to say the reviews did not sway me away from this book. I read a couple that just gave this book 1 star and called the book cheesy and simple. I have to disagree. This was a great book in my opinion. The movie was actually recommended to me, and the person that I am....I ALWAYS want to read the book BEFORE the movie. After having read this book though, I don't honestly think I can watch the movie no matter the actors in it or how well a job they do in the portrayal. I just know I'll be disappointed. And I was very satisfied with the novel. I don't want the enjoyment of reading the novel to be tinged with the dissatisfaction of watching the movie. I've found too often that elements and characters are changed. And not just the small stuff, but things that I felt were important to the story and how it was told and more importantly that cause a character to react the way they do. It can completely change the hole story and I'd rather not have that happen with this one.
For me this was a great novel because it literally had me moved to tears. I don't think I can say that of any other novel I've read. EVER. So to me that in itself was a big deal. I had to put this book down because I was crying so much. I highly recommend this book to others. I think this will encourage me to read more by Foer because I enjoyed this one so much. ...more
This was a great find for me. There is mystery, intrigue, relevance with the times and a bookstore!!! A wonderful group of elements for me all in oneThis was a great find for me. There is mystery, intrigue, relevance with the times and a bookstore!!! A wonderful group of elements for me all in one little package. Oh and what a package!! This book literally glowed in the dark which was a funny little discovery as I walked to my bedroom, book clutched in hand, in the dark! After getting interested once again in this pursuit to solve an intellectual mystery I started searching Goodreads frantically for other books similar in nature, however the recommendations are just books that people who enjoyed Penumbra also enjoyed these other books....which sadly are not like Penumbra. So glad to have found this book and welcomed this story into the stories within my mind!...more
Greatest little find EVER in the library. I loved this little book and may consider buying a copy for my shelf for possible browsing again in the futuGreatest little find EVER in the library. I loved this little book and may consider buying a copy for my shelf for possible browsing again in the future. Great little tips inside for how to keep words proper use straight in your mind. I was happy to find that I knew the correct usage and definition of some of the words and was pleasantly surprised to gain quite a bit more knowledge. I fully admit that I struggle with grammar and am endlessly being corrected, but that is fine with me. I'm more than willing to keep learning and hope to master the bear that is grammar!!!...more
The minute I started reading this novel I was drawn in. I really liked the voice of the character Pat and while his perspective is very off kilter itThe minute I started reading this novel I was drawn in. I really liked the voice of the character Pat and while his perspective is very off kilter it was entertaining being inside his head for the duration of this novel. I rooted for Pat to recover and get well, I almost wanted him to get back with Nikki, but I just knew there was something that was going to prevent this from becoming a reality. The whole time I read I kept thinking this guy is going to snap. One of these times he is really going to snap. And surely he had to have snapped sometime earlier that lead to his being a patient for quite some time in a neural facility that he calls "the bad place".
I'm not going to give away any details, but I will recommend this book. I think it is heartfelt and honest. I'll leave it to you the reader to find out for their self if Pat finds his silver lining and happy ending in the movie that is his life....more
This was a GREAT find!! I'm so glad I read this short story! I remember getting it a while back for free on amazon and thought eh why not. Now I am soThis was a GREAT find!! I'm so glad I read this short story! I remember getting it a while back for free on amazon and thought eh why not. Now I am so glad I did. I'm now a fan of David Wailing and will have to check out more of his stuff. I really like his voice and his take on things. This short story looks at todays society and their all consuming need to be a part of the online social media but fast forwards to the year 2022 and speculates just how consuming this way of life could potentially become.
This story looks at the invention of what is called an "AutoMate" which is defined as a digital avatar of yourself that streamlines the things you did, sifts out the internet chatter you don't need and brings all of your data into one place freeing you up to live your life. Intriguing? And not too far behind reality I'm willing to bet. For instance Amy, the character of the story, her mother passed away two years ago but opted to continue her presence out in the internet social construct. It is not as strange as you would think since I just heard a couple weeks ago on the radio that Google is giving people the option as to what happens to all their data when they die....yeah people this is real.
I found this to be a cute story and also a scary one as we watch Amy's AutoMate take over and begin living a life Amy is not living in the real world. She finds herself to be completely lost when she can't figure out what is going on when the AutoMate is a bit haywire. She has a complete meltdown and is set to kill her internet presence when she can not get it back under her control. It is scary to think someone can become so one with their presence online and completely disconnect from the real world. This future world has lost the ability to communicate and there are even laws in place that speak against speaking aloud.
Granted this was sooo short it really packs a punch and speaks about the world we live in. It is a double edged sword in a way our reliance on the social networks. This story will really make you evaluate your own interactions on the web and wonder should a line be drawn and if so where?
Highly recommended. And even if its not free, you know what you will be pleasantly surprised I think!!...more
For starters, I have to say I really enjoyed this novel! I'm so glad I contacted Ms. Johnson about reading and reviewing her novel. I was intrigued wiFor starters, I have to say I really enjoyed this novel! I'm so glad I contacted Ms. Johnson about reading and reviewing her novel. I was intrigued with the description and I was not disappointed at all. I was only disappointed when I had to put the novel down so I could sleep last night!! Needless to say, I am looking forward to book two in the trilogy. This was a great set up for a series because there are still so many unanswered questions that leave he next books room to explore and discover. I'm hooked and will be continuing for sure!
Meghan Elam is a 17 year old outcast and former orphan who was very lucky to be adopted into a loving family. She struggled with visions, hearing voices and recurring dreams that she never really escaped. Plus her ever changing eye color is just icing on the cake. Despite countless treatments, nothing ever seemed to help. After having been labeled crazy by her classmates, she realizes she is better off keeping the strange happenings to herself. She has a great group of friends with whom she has bonded with given the fact that the five of them are all outsiders. They reminded me of a modern day Breakfast Club, but the twist is they are all real friends rather than friends for a day. So the beginning of the novel does a great job setting up Meghan's life with her friends and her attempt at some kind of normalcy that she tries to maintain even after the craziness begins when Cade comes into her life and offers her an explanation to those voices and visions. She is Faelorehn. A fact that will begin to shine some light on who she is as things begin to unfold.
Meghan is a strong female character which I loved! I would much rather read a story with a strong female than a weak one who becomes complete mush when confronted with an attractive boy. Ok sure she is human and does swoon over the boy, but she is capable of carrying on with her life as well which makes her a much more compelling character than say Bella in Twilight. Yay for having a backbone! I really enjoyed Cade as well. We don't see him too much with this novel. We really only get snippets of him but I'm hoping we see much more of him in the future. Cade is a mystery and I look forward to learning more about him.
The Celtic myths and lore are intriguing because with the market so saturated with Vampire and Werewolves THIS novel offers something completely different. I enjoyed learning about the myths along with Meghan rather than feeling I needed to do some research to find out just what the heck all of this is. Learning along with her helped me connect with the character more. I enjoyed learning about the legends and making the connections with Meghan to the world she was learning existed alongside her own.
I admit the pacing of this is gradual and for some people it may be too slow, but for me this worked very well. I liked the fact that everything didn't completely culminate at the end and get wrapped up in a neat little bow. As I said there are some unanswered questions lingering that have me wondering just where things are going to go.
One of my favorite quotes:
"If I were an ordinary high school girl and if her were an ordinary high school boy, I would be hoping for some romantic liaison on his part right then. But neither of us was ordinary and he was definitely not a high school boy."
If I were to be so bold as to make any comparisons, when honestly I don't think there can be this story is a one of a kind, there are elements that reminded me of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series just with the fact that Meghan never knew of this world and she now has to learn how to become a part of it. I loved the Mortal Instruments and I find that I am just as hooked on this series as I was with Clare's novel....more
This is the second installment in the Otherworld series by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson. I had forgotten how much I get caught up in this series! I just loThis is the second installment in the Otherworld series by Jenna Elizabeth Johnson. I had forgotten how much I get caught up in this series! I just love these characters! When I sat down with this book.....IT ALL CAME BACK TO ME. I was hooked once again and was regretful every time I had to put this book down.
This book picks up where we left Meghan after Faelorehn. She has been healing and recouping over the summer after her run in with the Morrigan. While Meghan has been healing she has been a bit reclusive and Cade has been MIA, which has caused her to become a little obsessive over him. But hey lets face it I would obsess over him too!
Meghan gains more exposure to the Fae part of her origin thanks to Cade when he finally makes an appearance. He gifts her with a Merlin for her birthday so that she has her own spirit guide and he can then take Fergus with him back to Elie. She learns to care for the little bird and the bird becomes her protector. Meghan goes to Eile on three occasions over the course of the novel and Meghan begins to learn more about herself, her magic and her origins. She also learns a little bit more about the mysterious Cade. I admit I fell in love with Cade. I didn't think I could like him any more than I already did after Faelorehn, but what do you know I was wrong.
In terms of pacing, while the last book worked to set things up this novel has a lot more action and a lot more going on. We learn a lot more about the characters and their world of Eile.The bulk of the action takes place in the Otherworld while the mortal world is relatively calm. Don't mistake me, I don't consider Meghans encounters with the fae creatures in the mortal world to be calm by any means, but the amount of action between the Otherworld and the mortal world are very different. Well I'm not giving out the details because I want to leave that to the reader to discover, but the ending left me anxious and waiting impatiently for the last installment in the series. I can't wait to join these characters again and to see just where things are going to go....more
I have seen Nancy Werlin's novel Extraordinary in the library before but never picked it up. I didn't look into reading it because for some reason I tI have seen Nancy Werlin's novel Extraordinary in the library before but never picked it up. I didn't look into reading it because for some reason I thought it was part of a series or something. It wasn't but there was something about that that made it stick in my head telling me to read Impossible first IF I could ever find it in the library at the same time I went in to get books. Finally at a new library I find the book and pick it up. I knew little about it and aside from the back cover telling me that there was something to do with the song "Scarborough Fair" I went in blind. Which is completely fine with me.
For starters I'm glad I read this book. I really enjoyed the characters and the story line. Parts of it were predictable like for instance the truth behind this mysterious character Padraig Seeley who is introduced who has NO prior knowledge of working in a hospital let alone in a mid-wife setting, but strangely enough he charms the woman into hiring him and placing him exactly where he wants to be. Ok a little obvious that he is going to play an important role. The other aspect that was predictable was Zach the neighbor boy and friend of Lucy the main character. It was pretty obvious from early on that while there weren't sparks in the beginning and he had his life on course, this summer coming "home" would change things drastically. Although it was predictable I still liked the character so it worked ok for me. As for the ending itself while expected, of course there is a happy ending when are we not given a happy ending?, I wasn't 100% sure that the ending would be exactly as I thought. A slight twist which makes it, but I didn't feel the tension you would think you could expect in the culmination of this build up in story.
Lucy is 17 and the most practical and logical girl you could imagine. It was a bit odd really, but I could see her point at times. Without giving too much in terms of spoilers away, she becomes pregnant and seems doomed to live out her family's curse IF she believes there really is a curse, HOWEVER, if she is able to complete the tasks she is given she may be able to free herself. Her tasks are:
~ Make a magic shirt without needle or seam ~
~ Find an acre of land between salt water and sea strand ~
~ Plow the land with a goats horn, and sow it with one grain of corn ~
So the novel then follows Lucy through the course of her pregnancy to find out whether she is successful or not in freeing herself, her unborn child and her family line from this curse. Luckily there is little meandering and not a lot of extraneous time spent on the story. There are passage of time we don't see, but are acknowledged at the beginning of chapters as X amount of time has passed. It does not ruin the effect or the flow of the novel.
One element used in the story that I really enjoyed was the use of letters and a diary. I always like when they are used to supplement a story. In this novel they were to allow Lucy's birth mother Miranda to speak to her sanely while she is not able to do so through the course of the novel. One particular element I didn't care for was the repetition of the song "Scarborough Fair". I understand it was a key to the story that really without there was little point or base, but I didn't care for the lyrics. I really enjoy a song with a good story and to me if not for the story of the novel the song really lacks a point for me. I did like the end version however that Lucy and Zack have created, and think it was nicely done. While I didn't care for the song, the fact that is has such a varied history does allow it to helps set up the events of the novel, without which we wouldn't have one. So in a way because of the other there seems to be a point for the other.
All in all I'm glad I read the novel. I liked the characters and the element of mystery and the Elfin Knight. It was a quick read and an enjoyable one. Every time I picked it up I didn't want to put it back down again. ...more
This turned out to be a new favorite of mine. I was sucked into reading it because it does have a gorgeous cover design and as per usual I am a suckerThis turned out to be a new favorite of mine. I was sucked into reading it because it does have a gorgeous cover design and as per usual I am a sucker for checking out a book BECAUSE of its cover. I nearly put it down about 80 pages in when little to nothing was happening. Apparently this novel is a retelling of Grimm's fairy tale of the 12 Dancing Princesses. I knew nothing of the fairy tale aside from what I googled when I first started reading the novel. That said I think I didn't have as high of expectations as other people had who knew the Grimm tale and was really glad I continued to read it rather than put it down.
I enjoyed the setting and the code of conduct that was required for the time. The corsets, the hooped skirts, the curtsying and the dancing. The proper etiquette for addressing gentleman and the whole courting aspect. I always love novels that give a glimpse of a time past. The mannerisms and the phrases like "dash it all" was great and even introduced a few words I had never even heard of. I looked them up and they all were of the same time period so kudos to the author for having done that bit of research.
The pacing is slow and it gradually builds overtime. For some people that may not work, and usually I would say I am one of those people, however the pacing worked after getting into the novel. The continual night after night of dancing was repetitive and redundant yet I'm not sure how that could be avoided given that was a majority of the events that take place in the tale. How can you really expand on that?? Anyways the novel really focuses on the relationship between the girls and their father the King. The pacing helped to show the divide between them and is gradually overcome.
While there are twelve sisters there is only real development seen with the oldest three. We get to see them fall in love which was nice. The names were a bit silly in my opinion, but even now I can still tell you all twelve as they were alphabetical stair steps in the flower family: Azalea, Bramble, Clover, Delphinium, Evening Primrose, Flora, Goldenrod, Hollhock, Ivy, Jessamine, Kale, and Lily. Bramble was by far one of the funniest because she as so spunky. The gentlemen, although I'm blanking on Azalea's beau I really liked him the best!! He reminded me of a character from an Austen novel. The gentlemen, and there really only three who have a key point in relation to the girls, don't play a huge role to the story but they are likable.
The little bit of magic that is seen in the novel could have been more exciting if it was a bit more developed. I'm still not sure how it all worked and we never see anything actually performed. Things just happen and while I was able to suspend my disbelief and say ok fine that happened I can't explain it. It was just "magical". Thanks to the magic I was happy to see a happy ending when I honestly thought there might not be a happy ending after all.
All in all I'd say the novel turned out to be a new favorite. One I would consider purchasing so that I had it and would be able to read it again one day. It may be awhile before I would read it again, but I would still like to know that I could should I decide to....more