I really enjoyed this trilogy, and I enjoyed the journey that Christian and Ana took from Dom/Sub to "Happy (although still struggling with issues) EvI really enjoyed this trilogy, and I enjoyed the journey that Christian and Ana took from Dom/Sub to "Happy (although still struggling with issues) Ever After." Their relationship was both very real, but also very fictional. The realness was that their relationship wasn't perfect - they had issues, they fought, they disagreed. But on the other hand, their relationship was very un-real - the constant sex, the money and extravagance... Real for some people I guess, but not for most. For me, it made for a nice balance of reality and fantasy and allowed me to relate on some level with the characters.
I think the storyline was well-done, because as much as I loved this trilogy, I was not left wanting when it was over - I felt like it wrapped up well. (And my grades for school are appreciative, because it means I can refocus on my textbooks instead of ignoring them to join Christian and Ana every night).
I am lending my books out to a few friends, but I foresee re-reading these books again once I get them back....more
My guilty pleasure continues. As with the first book, this one was completely captivating. Although somewhat different than the first, I really likedMy guilty pleasure continues. As with the first book, this one was completely captivating. Although somewhat different than the first, I really liked the evolution between Ana and Christian, and their working through each of their issues. This was more romance than eroticism, whereas the first book was more eroticism than romance. Loved them both, though. And it kills me (in a good way) that the end of both books leave you with such a cliffhanger, I can't wait to dive into the next installment - I am supposed to be focusing on my school work and reading my textbooks. Instead, it I am on to book #3. :-)...more
**spoiler alert** If not for my book club, I doubt I would have read this book. But I am glad I did. If you're looking for advanced writing skill or o**spoiler alert** If not for my book club, I doubt I would have read this book. But I am glad I did. If you're looking for advanced writing skill or other literary qualities, go elsewhere. Luckily I am not concerned with literary qualities in my reading - I want an escape from reality, and this book delivered in a big way. Not everyone will like this book, clearly - just check the reviews, there are plenty of people who hated it. This was a guilty pleasure for me - reading about things I have little knowledge, escaping into a fantasy world of complex & contradicting emotions, taboo activities and some pretty hot and heavy sex. Frankly I loved Ana and Christian, they are polar opposites that each have their issues. And they manage to begin to help one another address their issues and work thru them. I can't say I enjoyed the end, however. Inside, I was screaming "Stop, Ana! What are you doing?!?" I can't wait to jump into book 2....more
I have no idea how much of the history regarding the "original" Romeo & Giulietta in this book is based on fact, and I don't really care - I was eI have no idea how much of the history regarding the "original" Romeo & Giulietta in this book is based on fact, and I don't really care - I was enraptured as if every minute of it were 100% truth (and I wasn't looking for a non-fiction). It's a little bit adventure, mystery, conspiracy, and certainly romance - and it all centers around one of the most well-known love-and-loss stories ever: Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.
Fortier takes a story that so many people have read, and expands on it in all directions. She sets up an entire history of the "original" events surrounding Romeo & Giulietta's relationship in the year 1340, the family feuds, and Siena. Then she carried that history all the way through Shakespeare's time to today's Italian setting, entangling the descendants in a mysterious conspiracy while they attempt to amend the sins of their ancestors and un-do the "curse upon both your houses." How she did this so successfully is beyond me, but rather than devalue Shakespeare’s work, I think it gave more life and mystery to the story.
This is one I could easily see myself re-reading in the future....more
I simultaneoulsy love and hate books that make me cry... As others have said, even though you know from the beginning that Tessa will not survive, itI simultaneoulsy love and hate books that make me cry... As others have said, even though you know from the beginning that Tessa will not survive, it still hits you like a sack of bricks. I think the most memorable and sad part was her "Instructions to Dad." I can only hope that when my time comes to leave this world, I am as emotionally calm & collected as Tessa - even though she is scared, she still handles it with grace (and a little deviant humor). A great story about the power of relationships and love; it reminds us to always "live like you're dying" (to quote Tim McGraw). ...more
A short, quick read. I have to admit I don't recall Bree in the Eclipse book, even after having finished this one... It was a decent book, and an inteA short, quick read. I have to admit I don't recall Bree in the Eclipse book, even after having finished this one... It was a decent book, and an interesting look at the world of more "normal" vampires in the Twilight Series... ...more
This book was a nice quick read, and it is definitely a cheesy love story, but if you aren't expecting this going into it, then you have clearly beenThis book was a nice quick read, and it is definitely a cheesy love story, but if you aren't expecting this going into it, then you have clearly been on some other planet for the last few years as Sparks' churns out one sappy love story after another, in book form and on the movie screen. It works for him, obviously. And while this book wasn't anything special for me, I enjoyed it. It was nice to escape to the perfect world that Sparks creates where everything works out in the end and everyone has everything they need, and true love wins out.
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 somewhereFinally 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!...more
Like all other Sparks books, this is simply a good book to escape into - a book where the men are perfect gentlemen, the women are naive and beautifulLike all other Sparks books, this is simply a good book to escape into - a book where the men are perfect gentlemen, the women are naive and beautiful, and a romance takes place that you will only find in the movies. Its not realistic, or complex, but that's what I like....more
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 grotI 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? ...more
**spoiler alert** Not the best book I've ever read. I felt as though I was listening to someone go on and on about their life, for no particular reaso**spoiler alert** Not the best book I've ever read. I felt as though I was listening to someone go on and on about their life, for no particular reason, and then in the end, it's all twisted around and everything you've just been told turns out to be a series of hallucinations...????? WTF??? I was left feeling confused and unsatisfied. The whole "mystery" around the death of Towner's twin sister fell flat. I didn't sense much mystery through the whole book - it seemed pretty clear: she jumped off a cliff and died... it's just that in the end you find out Towner has completely hallucinated Lyndley's childhood existance - I'd call that a twist, not a mystery....more
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 thaTime 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....more