Life is a balance picks up where MISGUIDED SENSITIVITY left off. While this can easily be read as a standalone novel, I highly encourage readers to pi...moreLife is a balance picks up where MISGUIDED SENSITIVITY left off. While this can easily be read as a standalone novel, I highly encourage readers to pick up a copy of MISGUIDED SENSITIVITY and read it first just so you get the full and thorough picture of Philip’s journey through his younger years, after becoming a child of divorce. I found LIFE IS A BALANCE just as fascinating as his first novel as we now follow Philip as he makes the move to Florida, reconnecting with his dad, and in search of himself. But it seems he is unable to shake the “old Phil” he left back in Missouri. He continues to learn lessons from each of the girls he has relationships with, but are these lessons really benefiting Phil in any way? While living at his father’s he basically has free reign and begins to experiment with the partying lifestyle, dabbling with combinations of drugs, sex, and alcohol. An open heart and an open mind serve him well throughout his experiences . As he continues to sort and feel his way through his journey, eventually he experiences a significant loss and betrayals by those close to him. I found LIFE IS A BALANCE a captivating and quick read. It’s a book you definitely don’t want to miss! Highly recommended!(less)
OMFG!!! Finally!!! I've been waiting to read about Qhuay for like. . . FOREVER! It's going to be a long 7 months to wait, but knowing that the next bo...moreOMFG!!! Finally!!! I've been waiting to read about Qhuay for like. . . FOREVER! It's going to be a long 7 months to wait, but knowing that the next book belongs to them, makes the wait worthwhile. Soooo excited! I screamed so loud I scared my poor cat!(less)
“Read sometimes for the story . . . Don't be like the book snobs who won't do that. Read sometimes for the words - the language. Don't be like the pla...more“Read sometimes for the story . . . Don't be like the book snobs who won't do that. Read sometimes for the words - the language. Don't be like the play-it-safers that won't do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book.” ― Stephen King
I came across the above quote on another author's page. When I read it, it struck me immediately that it summed up my experience with latest book I'd read. It has been a long time since I've read a book that affected me as much as "Cry to Heaven" did. I can now say that this book is one of my definite favorites and has earned a spot on my "cherished books" shelf, right beside my signed and numbered "Imajica" and a tattered copy of "The Brothers Karamazov." I had read Anne Rice before. The usual : "Interview with a Vampire" and "The Vampire Lestat." I found them both enjoyable and then moved on to "The Vampire Armand" - which I found far more appealing and admittedly, became one of my favorite stories. But "Cry to Heaven"? Wow . . . where do I even begin? This novel was such an amazing, breathtaking read. A heartfelt book full of lush prose and emotional suffering shown in such exquisite detail that you cannot help but feel the anguish of the protagonist yourself. When an author is able to make you empathize with a character so deeply, you are undoubtedly going to be invested in their journey. I savored every word of this book and was so sad when it had finally come to an end. For the past few days, since I've finished the novel, my imagination has been reeling in the world that Anne Rice so lovingly constructed, hesitant to leave, wondering what can possibly top such an experience. I highly recommend it. (less)
Should you pick up this book? Is TORN the right novel for you? Ultimately you will have to decide, but I can tell you a few things about it that may h...moreShould you pick up this book? Is TORN the right novel for you? Ultimately you will have to decide, but I can tell you a few things about it that may help you in your decision.
What it's not: - high literature. This is not a literary novel. It is commercial fiction. And it is a teen drama at that. -for the sqeemish. If you are easily offended by drugs, sex, cursing and other unmentioned unfortunate real life circumstances this is not the book for you.
What it is: -focuses on a group of affluent teens from orange county, CA...their lives, friendships, struggles -a GLBT novel. Characters explore sexuality: gay, straight, bisexual, and lesbian -for older teens. This may be debatable since maturity in teens can very widely, but it was my intention that this book be for older teens due to the mature content.
If you are still undecided and have any questions about the novel, please feel free to message me with your questions. I am more than happy to answer whatever may be on your mind. And happy reading whatever you chose to pick up! :)
I have to admit that the scope of this novel was beyond me. The number of characters, places, and intricately woven political plots left me for the mo...more I have to admit that the scope of this novel was beyond me. The number of characters, places, and intricately woven political plots left me for the most part...lost. I had a vague understanding of what was occurring, but not the depth of understanding that the author has obviously intended from the included maps and list of characters. I count this as my own shortcoming. I imagine most people can grasp political intrigue novels better than I can. The first 200 some odd pages were easier for me to follow since this focuses mainly of Phedre's past and how she came to be a courtesan. I did enjoy reading about that and her training with Delaunay. Unfortunately, after that, I couldn't keep all the plot twists and bits of key information straight. Carey is a skilled writer and her story was entertaining-it just wasn't the novel I was expecting to read. (less)