Lia and Alice Milthorpe are twin sisters that just became orphans. Their father has died a mysterious death, just as their mother did many years earliLia and Alice Milthorpe are twin sisters that just became orphans. Their father has died a mysterious death, just as their mother did many years earlier. Following this tragic incident, Lia finds a tattoo-like mark on her wrist, her first clue that she is entangled in a mysterious prophecy that has a history of turning sisters against each other. Lia finds herself doubting whom to trust and what her role in the events shall be.
You know that quote "the opposite of love is not hate; it's indifference"? Well, that's how I feel about this book. I just didn't care about it at all. The book wasn't bad. When a book is bad, it works up negative feelings for me, and I end up with a ranting review of several pages. This book, however, was "meh" to the extreme.
Everything was dry, lifeless as a limp noodle. I could tell it wanted to be a gothic, A Great and Terrible Beauty-like tale, but it wasn't. Not in the least. There was no drama or tone or action. Lia had no personality and her narrtive consisted of telling rather than showing. All the characters did was sit and talk, walk and talk, ride horses and talk.
Alice was supposed to be a big bad sister that Lia was once close to, but I didn't get that impression. Alice and Lia were already distant by the beginning of the book, and perhaps if Zink had started out with them close, that would have created more tension.
There is also a love interest that doesn't even deserve mentioning.
And the Prophecy was all too easy to figure out. I was ages ahead of the characters and felt like a girlfriend tapping her foot, waiting for her boyfriend to catch up with her at the mall. There were several "surprises", but I wasn't particularly surprised.
I rarely don't finish a book. I believe in giving a book a chance. Well, I got to page 250 of this novel, and I couldn't care less about the ending. Huh. You know a book is flat when I say "couldn't care less". I hate that expression. There was this girl in middle school who said that about everything and I just wanted to punch her in the face. Anyway......
This book is a definite miss for me, which is kind of disappointing. The premise seemed intriguing, but as I didn't even finish the book, I doubt I will be reading the sequel. I am still astounded as to how people gave this book such good reviews. How did I miss that spark? Alas, my favorite thing about this book remains the cover. ...more
This book was offered to me free online, and it looked interesting. I've always found slave stories intriguing, if not frightening.
This one follows 14This book was offered to me free online, and it looked interesting. I've always found slave stories intriguing, if not frightening.
This one follows 14 yr old Ayanna, or Sarah, or Anna (whatever her name is), who has been enslaved since the age of four, on her quest for freedom. So she runs away and settles in a little town, where she sets out to be a teacher.
As you can tell from my rating, I didn't much like this book. I just despised the writing. I couldn't read more than a paragraph without the horrible writing yanking me out of the story. I don't know exactly what I detested. Just somethings about it was some clumsy and the overused adjectives were misplaced. There were too many anachronisms to count. I didn't like the narrator at all. She was stubbornly naive, but the author tried to make her perfect and it just wasn't working. The other characters were bland. Despite the authors extensive research, it just wasn't realistic enough.
It's been done better before, and I'm afraid I can't recommend this one. I really tried to like this one. I read ths book for a month and only got halfwaay through. I couldn't take anymore. ...more
I decided to read this book based off a Sparknotes recommendation. I've always been interested in Ancient Rome and historical-fiction, and this seemedI decided to read this book based off a Sparknotes recommendation. I've always been interested in Ancient Rome and historical-fiction, and this seemed to be a perfect combination.
This classic account by Robert Graves takes the form of Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero Germanicus's autobiography. Claudius is dismissed as a lame simpleton since his birth. Surprisingly, this is why Claudius manages to survive the murders and betrayals that surround him during the reign of three emperors, only to become emperor himself.
This is a good book. I realize that and repsect that. It just wasn't for me. The endless lists of characters were confusing, and their relationships to each other were very difficult to keep track of. Since there were so many characters, none of them were very much developed. The whole thing just seemed a little impersonal. My favorite parts were when Claudius actually had a conversation with people instead of just describing distant wars.
I did like the humor that was sprinkled in, and some of the characters were delightfully evil (I love you, Livia!). I read this very slowly, only reading around 60 pages a day. I think I absorbed it better that way. I wonder how accurate Graves was. I won't be checking out the sequel to this book, but I'm gonna get the miniseries on Netflix and see if I like it. ...more
Vampires are kind of a guilty pleasure of mine, so this novel, of course, was a must. I saw reviews going both ways, so I wasn't sure what to expect.Vampires are kind of a guilty pleasure of mine, so this novel, of course, was a must. I saw reviews going both ways, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This is also my first time reading Anne Rice.
I was not a very big fan of this book. The story was good, but I absolutely drowned in the writing. I still can't believe how blood thirsty vampires can seem so dull. Too many mindless descriptions, and I was often confused with what was metaphorical and what was actually happening. Other than that, it was just slow-moving. I'm sure there was action probably everywhere, but my eyes too dulled over to notice it. I didn't like Louis as a narrator; he just seemed like a whiny little baby to me. I understand that he was supposed to be all conflicted and depressed, but did it have to fill every paragraph? The vampires overall were enjoyable. At least they killed people, unlike these pussy "vegan" ones nowadays.
I did like the story, I just wish it was written differently. Much differently. I'll watch the movie, but I doubt I'll pick up another Rice novel anytime soon....more
This book was very slow moving. Iggy seemed like an interesting enough character at first, but he did little in the novel except wander around and beThis book was very slow moving. Iggy seemed like an interesting enough character at first, but he did little in the novel except wander around and be melancholy. This reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye certainly, but these two novels are not to be put in the same league. I just wasn't entertained by the story, and I could barely finish it. I'm glad I did read the ending, though, because it wasn't exactly expected. ...more
I was in a bad mood when I attempted to read this. I found it boring and superficial. I don't know. Perhaps I shall try reading it again when I need aI was in a bad mood when I attempted to read this. I found it boring and superficial. I don't know. Perhaps I shall try reading it again when I need a quick read. ...more
I could barely finish it. Not because it was difficult, but I could not dispel my complete distaste for it. This is a mystery novel for 11 year olds.I could barely finish it. Not because it was difficult, but I could not dispel my complete distaste for it. This is a mystery novel for 11 year olds. It was not surprising, addictive, or realistic. Not for me, and I doubt it will be enjoyable to anyone else. Also, eight was my favorite number, but now I'm seriously considering switching to the number 6. ...more