This is an ARC, so it might have changes that would effect my opinion on it when it is completely polished and ready for stores. With that said, I fo...more This is an ARC, so it might have changes that would effect my opinion on it when it is completely polished and ready for stores. With that said, I found the beginning of the book had no rhythm and was patchy. I really couldn't get myself to keep reading it for any period of time. That was until I reached chapter 6, about half way through that chapter the book turned around for me. I was finally able to understand the characters and care about the story. I'm not big on war stories, so I can't say I loved this book. World War II plays a huge role in this book, so if you enjoy reading about that time in history you might enjoy this book. I really didn't care for Frankie and as I kept reading nothing every got me to want to know her. The last few chapters I could relate to her a little. But I really wish their was more to the story of Iris and Emma instead of so much focus on Frankie. In the end I'm glad I read it. I think we should all read something that isn't what we would normally read. I learned some things I didn't know about that time in history.
When I first started reading this book I thought it was going in the same direction as M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village." After reading a few chapter...more
When I first started reading this book I thought it was going in the same direction as M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village." After reading a few chapters I realized it was nothing like that movie. I totally got sucked into Mary's world. I could hear the Unconsecrated, a.k.a zombies, constant moans. I wondered, with Mary, is the ocean real in her world, would she ever taste the salty water. Mary struggling to come to terms with the fact that life inside the village was not about love but about duty was heartbreaking. She was Bound to a man that loved her, while she longed for the love of his brother, who was promised to her best friend. Mary loses so much I couldn't see how she kept going. Her world is turned upside down but she holds on to her dream. In the end is it worth it? What kind of world is she really living in? It was a great read. I really loved it. I wanted to laugh, cry and scream "RUN MARY RUN!!!" in some parts. (less)
Its a older book I have never heard of and is celebrating its 35th anniversary. I knew this book was going to be about incest, but boy I was not prepa...moreIts a older book I have never heard of and is celebrating its 35th anniversary. I knew this book was going to be about incest, but boy I was not prepared for what I was about to read. The story is told in first person by the victim of incest by her brother. We never learn her name. The characters are not named, besides "turtle", the main characters husband. And I guess there is really no need for their names. This sick, disgusting book is written almost lyrically. It is almost like reading a journal of a mad deranged woman. The book is full of long flowing sentences, that are beautiful, insane and funny at times. I was expecting to feel sorry for this character, but I felt nothing for her. She was/is just a sick twisted individual. She enjoyed her sexual relationship with her brother, who is just a horrible individual. I think she was just born into an odd family to begin with. Her sisters suicide is something that haunts her her entire life making her ask constantly "Does it run in families?" Although her relationship with her brother has ended years ago, she still longs for him, looks for him in every man she sees. The ultimate dream is to be with him. It was like looking it to the mind of someone I would want nothing to do with. I found the book just so disturbing I can't even tell you. I stopped a few times and didn't think I would be able to finish it even though its not even 200 pages. When I read, like most of you probably, I see it like a movie in my mind. I see the action, the places, the characters, usually their faces are blurry, but I see them. Well now I'm stuck with some images I wish I could erase. Around page 70 or so with the whole dog. Yes I said dog. Lord some of it was just so sick. And this is where I stopped reading the second time. "Nope. I just can't do it," I said out loud. Took me three times of stopping to actually go back and finishing the book. I was feeling bad about thinking of what I was going to say about this book. I don't like to be negative. But then I thought, well I'll just tell the truth and maybe someone will say "I wonder if I would find it as disturbing?" and read it. Be prepared to be left with some images you might not like to have stuck in your brain. (less)
I loved this book. The Opposite of Love was a great read. It was so well written and funny. Great humor, I read it with a smile on my face most of the...moreI loved this book. The Opposite of Love was a great read. It was so well written and funny. Great humor, I read it with a smile on my face most of the time. The novel is threaded beautifully with humorous moments and tear jerking scenes. You feel Emily struggles and are rooting for her all the way. Emily's life is so f@cked up, by her own doing, but you can totally relate to her. "Come on Emily get it together" you want scream at her. I guess it is catagorized as Chick-Lit., but it is written so much better than most of the Chick-Lit. I read. I can't imagine being disappointed by reading The Opposite of Love. Highly recommend.
Celtic Wisdom is about how christaianity came to a mostly pagan Ireland. "Christians believe that God is in all things, not that all things are gods."...moreCeltic Wisdom is about how christaianity came to a mostly pagan Ireland. "Christians believe that God is in all things, not that all things are gods." It spotlights the saints of Ireland giving not only myths and legends associated with each saint but also true facts about them. Most of you might be like me and have only heard of St Patrick. I found it very interesting reading about the other saints that are apart of the Irish rich religious history and their everyday lifes. The stories are short and interesting. I loved the celtic prayers that are in the book and the stories about how they came about, what they represent, and how they are still used today. I loved many things about this book from the size, the way the book was broken up, the Irish sayings/blessings that are found on top of some of the pages, and the beautiful photographs. I found it to be a very interesting & beautiful little treasure of a book.(less)
I really enjoyed this book. I like the characters. I wish there was more on the relationship between Lia and James. The book is basically about Lia di...moreI really enjoyed this book. I like the characters. I wish there was more on the relationship between Lia and James. The book is basically about Lia discovering her part in the prophecy and trying to stop it for future generations. Lia discovers, with the help of some unusual friends, how to deal with this responsibility that has been bestowed upon her. Nothing is really resolved by the end of this book, but there is going to be a book 2due out August 2010, Guardian of the Gate. I think there is a really good story here, the first book just had to get the story started. I have a feeling Lia might find it harder and harder to do the right thing. Looking forward to the story continuing. (less)
I loved everything about this book. It was sharp, witty, and moved at a fast pace. Lucy is a wonderful character you love from the start. She's quirky...moreI loved everything about this book. It was sharp, witty, and moved at a fast pace. Lucy is a wonderful character you love from the start. She's quirky, funny, kindhearted and always finds a way to get in over her head. The book has the right amount of mystery laced with romance. You feel the burden Lucy does having a gift and not being able to do anything useful with it when a local child goes missing and Lucy is haunted by the fact she can find lost objects, not people or animals. And when she touches a clients hand and images of his lost engagement ring comes flashing in her head of the ring on a skeleton Lucy's world becomes more than complicated. This is a perfect piece of chick lit. that you won't be able to put down.