Since I've read Need, I've been dying to read the next book in the series to see what happens to Zara and her friends. I don't read a lot of young aduSince I've read Need, I've been dying to read the next book in the series to see what happens to Zara and her friends. I don't read a lot of young adult and urban fantasy books, but when I do I love getting lost in a completely different world and this book was perfect to do just that.
The story starts off a few months after Zara and her friends solve the problems they were facing with the pixies, however they are all aware that this was only a temporary solution. The group are always on the lookout for stray pixies and do their best to keep everyone else safe, but now a new king is around, one that is much younger and stronger, and he believes that Zara is meant to be his queen. Astley is trying hard to convince Zara that contrary to her belief, not all pixies are bad but like humans, there call also be good pixies and he happens to be one of them. As Zara becomes more concerned for the safety of her friends, she starts to believe that maybe Astley is being honest and things take an interesting turn. How far will Zara go for her loved ones?
I found the second book in the Need series to be so much more intense than the first book. The pixies and weres plot starts to thicken and I thought that this made the books a lot more interesting. Zara still annoys me a little at times and she makes me want to scream at her for her choices, but I like how her character is developed and in the end she is much stronger. The mushy teenage love is much more frequent in this book and if there was one thing I could complain about is that these could have been reduced, but to make things worse Zara has two guys to swoon over, so that's to be expected. I was able to get over that part though and it didn't hinder me from enjoying the book. The ending is definitely a cliffhanger and left me with so many questions. When I finished this book I just had to know what happens next, where is Nick, will Zara remain the same, aaaa this is not fair!
Overall I like how Carrie Jones is developing the story, and now I have the next book to look forward - Entince which will be released later this year. I have to get hold of that one as soon as I can....more
Hearts in Atlantis is the second book I read for the War Through the Generations - Vietnam War challenge. When I was choosing the books to read for thHearts in Atlantis is the second book I read for the War Through the Generations - Vietnam War challenge. When I was choosing the books to read for this challenge, I picked this one simply because it is written by Stephen King and I love his books. My plan is to read all his books, eventually!
This book is made up of five novellas mostly based in the 60's, where Atlantis is essentially America. In the first novella, "Low Men in Yellow Coats", Bobby is a normal eleven year old who hangs out with his best friends Carol and Sully-John. When his new neighbor Ted moves in, Bobby finds a friend in the old man as they share their love for books and Bobby is introduced to Lord of the Flies. From there Bobby learns of the true evil some people are capable of and takes his first steps towards adolescence. Although this is not directly related to the Vietnam war, it prepares you for what's coming next.
The second one, "Hearts in Atlantis", is narrated by Pete. Currently a freshman at the University of Maine, Pete and his friends become addicted to playing Hearts and are risking flunking out, which at that time meant being drafted for Vietnam. In this story, Carol has moved from Connecticut and goes to the same University as Pete, but Carol has changed a lot since her adventures with Bobby and Sully-John.
In "Blind Willie", Willie Shearman is a Vietnam veteran who is doing penance for the biggest misdeeds he committed in his life, helping to beat Carol when he was a bully in his adolescence and the atrocities he committed in Vietnam.
"Why We're in Vietnam" details Sully-John's post-war experience when he attends a funeral of one of his fellow veterans. Even though a few years have gone by, Sully-John is still haunted by his experience in the Vietnam war, and especially by old mamasan, a Vietnamese woman that he has watched being brutally killed. Old mamasan visits him often and does so one last time as he's stuck in a traffic jam driving back from the funeral.
Finally, "Heavenly Shades of Night are Falling" is the closing story in which Bobby returns to Connecticut to pay his last respects to his childhood friend. He is looking for answers and perhaps for redemption, when he meets Carol once again and discovers the fate of his friends.
Hearts in Atlantis is not what King is usually famous for, i.e. horror and gory scenes but it reminds me more of Different Seasons by him, however I enjoyed this book much more. I started to like it from the very beginning and could not put it down until I finished it. My favorite story was definitely the first one, I loved the young Bobby and Ted and would have liked to see more of both characters in the other stories. The first novella also contains references to The Dark Tower series, which I have not yet read so far but after this book I am eager to find out more about it. The references to Vietnam are not always direct, but it gives you a lot to think about and more than once I had to stop and digest what I just read on how the Vietnam war divided the country and the repercussions that came after. King's style of writing in this book is as good as ever, he really cannot be beaten in that regard, every time I read a novel by him I remember why I like this author so much!...more
I read Jane Eyre when I was in high school, but twelve years or so later I couldn't remember a thing about it. I started reading it last year when itI read Jane Eyre when I was in high school, but twelve years or so later I couldn't remember a thing about it. I started reading it last year when it was chosen for a group read, but other books got in the way and I stopped. Now I finally started it again and manged to finish it. I was amazed how the only thing I recalled about it was the woman in the attic, everything else seemed like I was reading it for the fist time. I must have not paid much attention to it when I read it in high school!
Jane's parents died when she was only a child and she was left under the care of her uncle and aunt Reed. Her uncle loved her like one of his own, but once he died Mrs. Reed sent Jane away to Lowood Institution, a charity school far away from Gateshead. Life at Lowood was not easy, the girls had to go by with minimal food and and inadequate clothing, but Jane felt better knowing she didn't have to face her spiteful aunt and cousins. Fast forward eight years later, when Jane is a teacher at Lowood and she decides to start a new adventure. She gains the position of governess at Thornfield Hall and now Jane is in on her own. Her master, Mr. Rochester, is a moody man that is twenty years her senior, but although she knows better Jane falls in love for the very first time. One evening Mr. Rochester proclaims his love for her and asks Jane to marry him. Things are looking up for Jane however on her wedding day a mad woman in the attic is revealed and Jane's dreams are ruined. That same night she flees from Thornfield Hall but her heart remains with Mr. Rochester, she cannot rest before she goes back to find out what happened to the man she loved so much.
Wow this is a true classic, Charlotte Brontë's style of writing is amazing and this book has everything. It's intense, full of suspense, and and a romantic love story all at the same time. The character development is excellent, Jane is determined, smart, independent and complex and although she wasn't bestowed with good looks she is still a strong character. I really loved Jane and throughout the book I kept thinking how things would have been different had the story taken place today. I really wanted Jane to stay with Mr. Rochester, but in those days a woman living with a man and not being married would have been unheard of. I was glad that in the end both Jane and Mr. Rochester were finally happy though. I did think that there were quite a few coincidences that aren't so believable, but I still enjoyed the story and if like me you read this book ages ago and don't remember any of it, I recommend that you give it another try.
This has been one of the best books I've read so far this year, I love reading classics such as this one! ...more