I read so little of this, that as bad as I found it and as much I feel I should say how bad it was and scream this from the rooftops, it wouldn't be v...moreI read so little of this, that as bad as I found it and as much I feel I should say how bad it was and scream this from the rooftops, it wouldn't be very fair.
I hated the writing style, that's ultimately what put me off, it did not pull me into the book at all. Turned me off completely actually.
Anyway, shutting up now, it could well have improved, who knows! (Doubtful)
I read The Seasons of Grace series by the same author quite some time ago, The Secret being the first book that got me into this author. I was suitabl...more I read The Seasons of Grace series by the same author quite some time ago, The Secret being the first book that got me into this author. I was suitably impressed enough to continue reading the series and ended up a fan! That was also my first foray into Amish fiction and since then I have developed a love and curiosity for the culture which needs to be satisfied every so often by reading fiction about it.
Since The Secret, I've read several other Amish authors and also enjoyed them immensely so its definitely not that aspect that has made me give this book up. Specifically to do with Beverely Lewis as an author herself.
I love the writing in her books, it's so simplistic but flows so nicely, it's a pleasure to read - it is easy reading, full of description and imagery which do transport you as a reader to PA.
Likewise the characters are simple but developed enough to evoke some sort of feeling one way or another. However, the characters in the Secret were far more attention grabbing then the ones here, I felt quite a bit of apathy towards the main character, not really caring one way or another what would happen in her situation. Hence in the end, despite being 60% in, realising I should give up.
Quite honestly, The Covenant's problem is the plot. It is dull, slow and uninspiring, in essence a very weak, basic plot which is that poorly executed, it feels as though there isn't one..Surrounds a pretty standard plot for Amish fiction, forbidden love between an 'Amisher' and an 'Englisher.' Not particularly exciting however I assumed, taking place over a series of a fair few books (4 I think), that something exciting must occur at some point! Wrong....nothing, at 60%.
There is a slow plot and a virtually non existent, snail paced one and unfortunately this novel falls into the latter category.
I am very disappointed and probably won't read any more books by this author. Not when there are many more Amish writers out there which have more...'VA VA VOOOM!'
I hate it when you come across that certain kind of book that for one reason or another, you just don't find it easy to rate in the slightest. The con...moreI hate it when you come across that certain kind of book that for one reason or another, you just don't find it easy to rate in the slightest. The conversation in my head yesterday whilst debating what to rate this book went something like this;
3 Stars - It's good and this wouldn't be too shabby a rating would it?
Actually yes, so 4 stars - I did really get into it after all, even if some of the writing was a bit confused at times. Actually scrap that, is 3.5 better?
Okay, Okay, 3.5.........middle ground....
But..........you did REALLY like it, some of the writing aside? OKAY, 4 STARS DAMMIT!!!
Am I sure? Yes, 4 stars it is!!
I really did like 'The Painted Girls'v - I found it mostly a pleasure to read! What caused the ridiculous indecisiveness about the rating was to do with the writing style / writing ability of the author because quite frankly, although never poor, was quite confused at times. We would have chapters continuing the story in the present day whilst then suddenly reverting back to a particular character's thoughts on something that had happened previously, leading to some confusion about whether I was reading about the here and now, this only occured maybe three or four times however and didn't effect my enjoyment of the Painted Girls too much, so I've gone with my heart's rating, four stars!
Allegedly 'The Painted Girls' is somewhat based on fact, revolving around a French artist, Monsieur Degas and his development as an artist. However his role was rather minimal. The book actually seemed to me, more of a family saga if anything.
The story is two fold. You have the story of Antoinette, an ex- failed ballet dancer, who act's as mother to the family of Charlotte and Marie (their own mother, constantly in a state of drunken bliss, drinking absynthe incessantly). She works hard and plays hard after meeting a certain Emilie Adabie. However, not everything is as it seems with Emile, he is quite rotten to the core.
You also have the story of her sister Marie which is where the basis in fact mostly lies. An aspiring ballet dancer with the ambition of making her way to the top, sidelines as a model for Monsieur Degas...
The story is very, very, very, bleak. It tells of a very hard and difficult life, filled with mostly misery, less joy.
I found the characters were very well drawn out and I did, get very attached. Despite how Antoinette ends up for a while, near the end of the book. Both very flawed but likable. You feel as though their plight is your own.
I despised 'Maman' - the mother of the family. Nothing but a lazy, good for nothing drunk that, rather than look after her children as she should be, sits around drinking absynthe all day. Occasional references are made to Charlotte, the other sister however she does not have a major role as such...
Overall, great book, once I got out of my reading funk and settled down properly to read this, I really read it and read it quickly!
Definitely my kind of book! However, the pace is quite slow, takes a while to get into and the writing style may not appeal to some however if you persevere as I did, you'll find something thinking that it was worth the time invested...
Since '50 Shades', a lot of authors seems to wanna give the whole dom / sub erotic story a go and there are many people like me, more willing to try the genre and find something that is just as good. Inevitably the problem is now, that every erotic book which has a dom / sub theme will invariably be compared to '50 Shades.'
'50 Shades' really got me into erotic lit.
Prior to this, I wouldn't be able to even go near the said erotic section in the book store without blushing, now it's all pretty much the norm for me. Nothing I'm not willing to try- book related of course!
So far though, despite reading a few erotic novels, I'm yet to find a book that captures the attention the way the way that '50 Shades' did. Poor if not average writing, of course, but it can't be denied...it was still pretty darn addictive and compulsive to read and let's face it, Ana and Christian were pretty f'''''g awesome!
'The Winner takes all' is no exception to my experience of erotic novels, well, so far. It is a good enough read but just not quite a compulsive read as '50 shades' despite it being quite apparent that the author is desperately trying to make it so.
The male protaganist is almost Christian's double. I pictured him in exactly the same way and barring the fked up mentality of Christian Grey, his personality could have been copied and pasted from '50 Shades.'
The author is more original with our female protaganist (not really very AnaESQUE) luckily or the book would just seem like a poorer copy of '50 Shades'
The storyline is interesting enough but fairly cliched. Woman has a crush on her boss. Boss has a crush on woman. Boss bangs woman! However, this isn't all. The author tries to add depth, turning the novel into something slightly more than just a pure erotic novel. So when we think we just have a boy meets girl type of book, the author introduces the psychotic brother of the protag and blackmail and intrigue galore and is for the most part pretty well done if not grim (you really do feel for the female protag.)
However, when first introduced, the sex scenes and blackmail pretty much took place within the same chapter. It appears that the author might be just trying to do way too much all at once and smacks of trying too hard.. It doesn't turn it into a bad novel, the storyline is interesting enough and does keep you turning the pages, it just seems overly 'plotty' whilst skimping on character development. We know that our girl has a troubled past but it is only merely hinted at and is never resolved or mentioned properly which is disappointing as it would have given her character some extra dimension!
That said, this isn't a bad go at all and I quite enjoyed this and would be open to reading more of this authors work for something light that doesn't require too much thinking, something to while away the time with. (less)
I have made it to page 70 and am not prepared to read any further.
What I have read is basically utter crap. Sacred Games- the author's second book was fantastic, completely the opposite to this relating to the llves of Police Officers and Gangsters. Very easy to grasp, this book, I couldn't tell you what it is supposed to be about because it literally turns into several stories within another and basically not very good stories at that. It starts off set in Modern day India where it is discovered that a person or soul from a previous Indian male is trapped in the body of a monkey, This monkey is wanted dead by Yama- a spirit of the past of sorts because of the guys bad karma. In order to put of his death he states he will create the 'Big Indian Story' and tell stories to captivate Yamaha and various other persons attention for so many days. So we are then told a story which ends up turning into a story within a story.
My opinion is that the author was trying to be clever and epically failed to be honest; the story is boring, holds no interest for me and the characters feel wooden, stilted and not quite real.
Following this, we are brought back into the present and another person tells a story. The son of the Indian family who just came back from America. Now this story made zero sense at all, all about drugs, kissing women and basically getting depressed. I'm sorry but where is the interesting story in that? Or am I too stupid to get this?
Nothing wrong with Vikram's writing - it feels very accomplished, nicely descriptive but without being over the top with just description but I just don't get what he is trying to do here. His writing isn't as straightforward as it is in 'Sacred Games' but it's the way he has decided to tell the story that's made it so, not the writing itself. I think that if I had read this first, I would never have read anything by him again. So luckily this wasn't my first read by this guy, I would maybe try future books given how highly I thought of his second novel.
Absolutely ridiculous and boring, and will end up on my overrated trash shelf. Considering this is supposed to be literature, I'm in absolute shock. To me, this is not literature, this is trash basket material. Sorry Vikram. I absolutely hated it. (less)