Not as good as the first two stories, but still a heartwarming story of the importance of family, love, friends, and time together with the people we...moreNot as good as the first two stories, but still a heartwarming story of the importance of family, love, friends, and time together with the people we care about.(less)
This is an excellent book. I really liked the different points of view from the three women, as well as the POV of the other maids via their stories t...moreThis is an excellent book. I really liked the different points of view from the three women, as well as the POV of the other maids via their stories told to Skeeter. The women in this book are ALL amazing, in differing ways, some make you want to hug them, others make you want to slap them upside the head... All the characters draw very strong emotions from the reader, be they good or bad: Minny's stubborness and straight-forwardness, Aibileen's caring nature, Elizabeth's lack of affect for anything, Hilly's (unbecomming) passion and hatred of all things different from her idea of "good", etc.
The whole book is a series of vignettes looking into the lives of the three women, but it flows extremely well, it doesn't come across as choppy or disjointed. While the stories in the book cover serious topics of race, family, love, hate, societal "norms," etc... There are little snippets of humor that make you laugh out loud, and help keep the book a little lighter. I just love some of the comments made by Aibileen and Minny about life.
This book is very deserving of the multitudes of praise it has received, and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested.(less)
Time travel is always a difficult concept to wrap your head around - the old addage about the chicken and the egg comes to mind, when you consider tha...moreTime travel is always a difficult concept to wrap your head around - the old addage about the chicken and the egg comes to mind, when you consider that Henry, as an older man, experienced things with Clare, as a young girl. So, Henry has not acutally experienced said event that Clare tells him all about until decades after it happened... If you think about it too much, it will drive you crazy.
All that aside, I think the author did a nice job of keeping me from going crazy - overall, the book progressed choronlogically through Clare's life, with a few jumps forward or backward here and there. I didn't seem to have too much trouble keeping track of where and when we were in the book. The viewpoint changes also gave the book an interesting dynamic, especially since some events were described from both points of view, at different sections of the book (The biggest example here is the scene where Clare runs out of the house in the morning wearing her nightgown, because she thought she heard someone calling her name from the clearing. She finds her father and brother talking to a Henry from the future. Without giving anything away, that same scene is later described from Henry's point of view, giving it extra dimension and detail.)
The love story brings attention to a few things for me: (1) The concept of fate and free will: As Henry describes it to Clare on many occasions, everything has already happened in their life, because a future version of himself is out there in the folds of time, having already experienced it. So do we really have free will to change how things will happen in our lives? Does knowing how it will end affect the choices we make now? (2) The concept of a soul mate: Does it exist? How will we know when, and if, we find that person? Are they really the RIGHT person for us, or just who we're destined to live our lives with? (3) Time travel: Does going to the past have the ability to change the future and affect someone's path in life, or worse, their entire existance?? (Ever seen the Back to The Future movies? After accidentally meeting his mother in the past, Marty had to get his mother and father to meet to ensure his own future existance) Or is it like Henry says, its all set and already happened so it cannot be changed?
While being just a simple love story for me at first, this book really got me thinking... An unexpected, yet happy suprise.(less)
This was disappointing - It is a story of a family torn apart by murder, and the trials and tribulations they go through to cope with "the horrible tr...moreThis was disappointing - It is a story of a family torn apart by murder, and the trials and tribulations they go through to cope with "the horrible tragedy" and how they come out on the other side after many years of coping... All in all a nice story... HOWEVER, this book is SO much longer than it needs to be - so many events are detailed which really add nothing to the story line, other than extra fluff about the characters' lives. I listened to this book on audio CD, and can say that I was frustrated that I wasted the time it took to listen in my car - I can't imagine how frustrated I would have been if I actually sat down and read the book. The overall story was rather boring with a few moments of intrigue. I just watched the trailer for the new movie coming out, and it looks as though they have added a lot of extra suspense to the movie that does not exist in the book...
In short - I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. It's just not worth it to me.(less)
I enjoyed the second installment of the Meredith Gentry novels. The plot was developed much more than in the first book, and this book was not so grot...moreI enjoyed the second installment of the Meredith Gentry novels. The plot was developed much more than in the first book, and this book was not so grotesquely full of sex like the first - a nice change, because although I enjoy a little fun in a romance novel, I had my doubts about these books having any plot whatsoever. Luckily, I have been somewhat wrong.
The story in a nutshell: Meredith still has to become pregnant to claim the Unseelie throne, but when a rogue creature kills hundreds of humans threatening to disrupt the alliance that allows Faerie to remain in America, Merry and her "studs" must come to the rescue.
Not overly complex, and a little sluggish at times. But all in all a good read - good enough to continue the series with anticipation for what happens next - Will Merry become pregnant? Will Andais actually let Merry have the throne if she does? Who will the father be? What will Prince Cel do upon his release from torture? (less)
Finally finished!! This book took me a really REALLY long time to read, because it just didn't keep my attention.... The first 2 books were somewhere...moreFinally finished!! This book took me a really REALLY long time to read, because it just didn't keep my attention.... The first 2 books were somewhere between great and good - stuff happened! This book, however, was a slow, agonizing crawl from one page to the next about the sex she keeps having to awaken powers in the male creatures surrounding her....okay..... I enjoy some sex in a book, but that was all this book was, and it wasn't even that great of sex!! I am getting a little bored of Meredith's ongoing sexual escapades that don't do anything to move the story forward. This book really could have been about 75 pages long - the LAST 75 pages! That's the only time something really happened in the book. In all reality, I would say this book could have been completely skipped in the series, without losing much!(less)
If only there was an ability to rate 4.5 because this is certainly worthy of more than a 4-star rating.
I really really liked this book. I loved that...moreIf only there was an ability to rate 4.5 because this is certainly worthy of more than a 4-star rating.
I really really liked this book. I loved that the author placed so much focus on the training for the poisons, the food/cooking, and the development of Yelena's magical abilities. Snyder does a great job of developing the story at a fast enough pace so as not to lose interest in the book, but still takes the time to provide details about the taste of the Criollo and the process by which Yelena tastes the Commander's food for poisons, how she studies and learns about the individual poisons, etc.
I was immediately captured by the characters - I instantly loved Yelena, Rand, Valek, Janco, Ari and the others. And hate doesn't even describe my feelings about Brazell and Reyad.
I can't wait to read the other books in the series and watch Yelena grow into her powers!(less)