The story is a long one, be warned, but once you're in there you just can't stop reading!
Narrated by a few characters, the plot is aA great Epic read.
The story is a long one, be warned, but once you're in there you just can't stop reading!
Narrated by a few characters, the plot is all about a game of thrones (as gets mentioned a few times in the book). I've loved the book, hated parts, didn't want certain things to happen, was sad, cried, laughed... all these emotions in one book!
What happens when a Kingdom is ruled by a man who slayed another king to take his place? What happens when that king dies and his son takes his place? What happens to people acused of treason? What happens to a family loyal to the king? What happens when that family moves apart? A game of thrones shows us what love and loyalty can do to a family, to a man. What lenghts people will go to for honour, revenge and the right to rule.
I can't really sum up the book in a short little sentence, so I'd rather recommend you read it :).
I loved the characters Arya, Jon Snow and Tyrion. I hated Sansa, Joffrey and Jaime. King Robert reminded me of Henry VIII and Cersei of Margaret Beaufort or even Anne Boleyn.
Arya is such a brave girl, she's not the average little lady that would do anything to go to the royal court, instead she longs to play swords with her brothers. She loves them all fiercely, even her bastard brother Jon. I expect great things from her in the following books.
Jon Snow, Eddard Starks bastard son... some of my friends have really interesting theories about him. He's the one who finds the wolves. Catelyn Stark, Eddard's wife, and not Jon's mother, seems to hate the poor child, this leads him to take the Black and serve the Wall. I'm looking forward to reading more about him.
Tyrion Lannister, wow what a character! A dwarf (really. A small person, not a dwarf like the one's you find in the auntie next doors garden) with a razor sharp tongue! He's witty, smart and says what's on his mind. You really can't help but like him, and you never know exactly where his loyalties lie.
Sansa Stark, the eldest daughter. She's the prim and proper one, hence the little love between her and her sister Arya. She digs her own grave in the end I think, because she so wanted a fairytale ending, even when it went against her fathers wishes.
Joffrey, oh goodness, a spoiled brat if you ever knew one. I didn't like him from the start. A nasty secret about him is revealed and I hope that lands him flat on his face! Cruel idiot is all I can say.
Jaime... not much I can or want to say about this one... I just think he's a pathetic character and I don't care what happens to him. Him and his sister deserve each other.
The story is totally fictional but it takes you back to a place where King Arthur might have lived, a place where The Others lurk in the dark woods. There are some epic battles, wars being plotted, a love story on the one side with a beautiful young girl, incest, violence... what more could you ask for in a book.
There was a little bit too much violence against animals to my taste, but hey, it's not my book. I guess that gives the story another gruesome side.
Jumping into the next installment, can't wait to see what happens to everyone.
Just reread this fabulous book and I can still see why I read them in the first place.
Harry Potter was really the first "super natural" book that wasJust reread this fabulous book and I can still see why I read them in the first place.
Harry Potter was really the first "super natural" book that was published for young kids. Thats before Vampire Diaries, Twilight and all the rest. Its so refreshing also to read about something other than vampires, and picking up a book you love is a sure way of getting you out of a reading slump.
Harry, as most would know, is a young boy living with his aunt and uncle. Their not exactly loving and they dont want anyone finding out that they have a secret, a secret about Harry who lives under the stairs.
When Harry finds out he's a wizard, his whole life changes and he becomes known as the boy who lived, the boy who destroyed Lord Voldemort! Or did he?...more
I've been one of those fans of Stephen King who loves his writing style but never seemed to read too much of his books.
I really thougth Carrie would bI've been one of those fans of Stephen King who loves his writing style but never seemed to read too much of his books.
I really thougth Carrie would be harder to read, but it was not, I truly enjoyed the book.
The book is very intense, and I felt so sorry for Carrie throughout it all. Not only is her mother a God fearing freak show who believes most everything in the world is filthy or wicked, but Carrie herself is such an odd character that she gets bullied at school and the kids make fun of her.
Of course she has special powers of telekenesis. Her mother especially hates this and believes it is a gift from Satan and that she must cut it out of Carrie. (Twice she has wanted to kill her child).
But one girl takes pitty on her after a bunch of her classmates humilate her at the locker rooms after she gets her first period (and shockingly does not know what it is).
Sue Snell asks her own boyfriend, Tommy Ross, to take Carrie to the Prom, because she wants Carrie to experience it too, to have the same fun and be normal.
All goes well, Carrie wears a beautiful dress that everyone loves, she and Tommy are having a great time and are then crowned Prom King and Queen, and that is where the good times stop.
Two of the "mean" crowd organise to have pigs blood spilled onto Carrie and Tommy, and in the event it pushes Carrie over the edge, and she goes on a rampage to destroy the town and the people who make fun of her.
The book was easy to read, it was quick too, nothing too long and boring to read, sometimes when an author goes into too much detail it gets a bit much to read, but this was perfect. Found it a delight and cannot wait to read more of him....more
Let me just tell you all that I’ve been wanting to read this book so much since the day I came across the many reviews of it on Goodreads. I was searcLet me just tell you all that I’ve been wanting to read this book so much since the day I came across the many reviews of it on Goodreads. I was searching through book recommendations that the site generates when I stumbled across the reviews, and they intrigued me so much, yet I never actively went out to look for a copy of the book. Only recently when I was doing some Christmas shopping did I notice a copy of “Flowers in the Attic” at my local bookstore, and I grabbed a copy.
The book kept me so interested that I finished it within 3 days (and I didn’t even read that much per day), I probably would have finished it sooner if I wasn’t too busy. The fact is that the book had so much going for it that I didn’t want to put it down!
The story starts out pretty normal, with a happy little family living in ordinary suburbia, a handsome father, beautiful mother, older brother and sister and twin boy and girl rounding it all out. We meet Cathy, Christopher, Cory, Carrie and their parents and they all seem so loving towards each other, the mother seeming eternally in love with the father, the children adoring their parents.
But tragedy strikes and with Corrine having no other way of getting her family out of their dire situation they leave in the night to end up at Corrine’s childhood home of Foxworth Hall, where her mother is a cruel old women, and her father is an ailing old religious man. But there is one catch. Corrine’s parents are stinking rich, but the only way for her to get her hands on these riches are to pretend that her children do not exist! So she lets her mother lock them in a single room with steps to the attic, and this is where the horrors begin.
Cathy and Chris grow up in this place, but the twins seem to be stagnating while the other two bloom. Shut up in an old dreary attic for about 3 years, no sunlight, no wind brushing against their cheeks, no feeling of the rain tumbling down onto their heads. The children receive rich gifts from their doting mother, until this too stops and she becomes less interested in her children.
Secrets are exposed, lies are told and terrible things happen to the children. The book is filled with fear, drama, horror, intrigue, love and beauty. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an easy read, although it being rather intense, it still is easy to read. ...more
The first of Freya North I ever read was Pip, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve always loved the way British authors write, with their quirky liPILLOW TALK
The first of Freya North I ever read was Pip, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve always loved the way British authors write, with their quirky little things that they say, and the dry humour that they have.
Pillow Talk makes you laugh, it makes you want to cry, it makes you want to swear at the stupid bimbo and it makes you feel that love does exist.
The story is about Petra Flint, a 32 year old jewellery designer that lives in London, oh and she sleepwalks (which makes out for a very funny story at the beginning of the book). She finds love again after 17 years from an unusual source, and the story unfolds about her, her love, her family and the reason why she sleepwalks.
Another part of the story is a heart-warming connection that Petra had with an elderly woman who she visited as a school duty when she was 15. She ends up loving the women as a grandmother and mourning her when she is lost, but receives a wonderful gift, which the story really revolves around.
If you want to read something simple that you don’t have to think a lot about (you know, some books you have to actually study to get what the story is about) then you’ll enjoy this one, and others by Freya North.
Her writing style is easy and fun to read, and like James Patterson, her chapters tend to be short, which makes you feel that you’re really making progress.
Go ahead, pick it up, its real chick lit and you’ll love it! ...more
This wasnt to bad, I must admit that sometimes Gregory gets a bit boring, but I liked the White Queen. Little bit to much detail at some points that aThis wasnt to bad, I must admit that sometimes Gregory gets a bit boring, but I liked the White Queen. Little bit to much detail at some points that are utterly boring, but good non the less...more
Sorry, but if you liked this book, rather don't read my review...
I really don’t like when the male character isI don't even want to give it a star...
Sorry, but if you liked this book, rather don't read my review...
I really don’t like when the male character is someone who is always good looking, always gets the girl and just assumes that she will fall for him, Travis is such a nonchalant guy and it pisses me off because he just assumes that Abby is going to fall for him… the way he talks and uses slang makes him seem like this wannabe gangster type guy, yet apparently he gets straight A’s… very confusing. This book is really hard for me to read with the type of language Travis uses. Abby also acts like a nerdy high school girl who seems to be disgusted by a guy, I find that very unbelievable. When most girls reach college, they’ve outgrown that haven’t they? The story seems a bit juvenile to me. And first she hates him, then in some way they become friends, he tutors her and we’re not even far into the book and he is picking her up over his shoulder and she’s giggling? What on earth?
Everything that Travis and Abby do seems so far-fetched. She doesn’t care what other people think of her? Bull… what 18/19 year old girl really doesn’t care? Travis being all sweet and caring and acting like she’s his property when they’re not even dating? Sounds really stupid to me, no girl in her right mind would stay on at this guy’s apartment because of a bet she lost, when she was in love with another guy… I would have moved back to my own place so fast!
And after she sleeps with him and then goes back to her dorm room he tears his apartment to pieces, why? It’s not like she died! It’s not like he won’t ever see her again!!! Why can’t he just try and “woo” her like a normal guy, why go ballistic? Really, this whole thing is terribly far-fetched, not sure how it came on to the American Best Seller list.
It just gets worse, promoting unsafe sex just because you think you’re sure you won’t get pregnant? Unsafe sex with a guy like Travis who’s slept with half of the girls in the University? It’s unbelievable!!! Then she starts using the pill, big whoop, in the REAL world that takes about a month to kick in, you can’t just go sleeping around after you took one little pill, idiot! I also don’t get how it could seem remotely right to anyone to be sleeping in a guys bed as a bet, but dating another and NOT think you’d be called a slut?
Travis is such a weak character. First he is this tough rough guy, beating up other guys for money, sleeping around, drinking, and then he turns to putty over a girl? Has this author lived in the real world, because that very rarely happens? And then they go out, and he becomes all possessive over drinks and a guy looking at his girlfriend, dude, make up your mind! Are you going to be the little whipped boyfriend, or the angry domineering boyfriend? Travis falls to pieces when Abby isn’t around, yet he’s supposed to be this huge powerhouse of a guy whom no one wants to mess with, so how does he all of a sudden become this weakling?
“Do you know what co-dependency is, Abby? Your boyfriend is a prime example, which is creepy considering he went from having no respect for women at all to thinking he needs you to breathe.”
Well said by Abby’s roommate Kara… Just the way Travis talks, the language he uses, it’s enough to make me want to vomit, who talks like that? Seriously! Did this author do any type of research before writing this book? Does she know what relationships are about? This story could have been something good, but all these small things screw it up and make it hard to like. At least it’s a quick read, but that’s about the only good thing I can say about this. I was constantly rolling my eyes while reading because everything seems so unbelievable in this book, this is NOT what it’s like in the real world people! I also totally agree with a review I read on Goodreads, this was supposed to be a YA book, but there is unprotected sex, threesome sex, all kinds of sex, drinking, fighting, swearing and goodness knows what else going on in this book. Travis isn’t at all good bf material, he fights, he swears, he has an incredibly short temper, he gets jealous, he yells and screams at Abby, he uses girls for sex, he has sex while Abby (the supposed love of his life) is just in the other room…
Abby is also very confusing… she doesn’t want anyone to know her past, she goes to a different town to a new school and changes the way she dresses, but why not just change your surname? It’s not like Abernathy is this common surname that everyone hears all the time. She also tries to hide who she is, but at her party she drinks like a fish, because that’s how she was in the past, so why do that if you don’t want anyone to know your past? And at poker night? Why not just sit out! She really isn’t very good at trying to keep the past in the past. She could see these people knew poker and would know her if she played. I think she wanted them to know.
This whole story is a bit how we all want things to be in our fantasies, we want the bad boy to become all good and sweet and kind, we want them to change and we want to show our bad side a bit, but this I just bordering on ridiculous. It’s way too far fetched!
Travis yet again guilts this girl into things, first the bet, and now by not telling his family that they broke up. He seems incredibly stupid and thick headed, not understanding when poor Abby tells him that it’s a bit inappropriate now for her to be there, but he just keeps going on how she promised, my goodness dude! That was when you were a couple!!! You broke up! Can one person be so ignorant? So self-centred? What and asshole! But then again Abby is stupid enough to fall for it, she pretends to be all hurt and leaves him, but she seems to just be seeking attention.
Travis is a stalker! He pressures Abby into doing things, and when she doesn’t want to he flips out or just does it anyway. Like at his house, he wants to sleep while holding her, he wants to kiss her etc, what the hell happened to when a girl says no it means NO!
Abby seems like an idiot, and incompetent of doing anything for herself, Travis carries her up the stairs, carries her to the bed, what the hell? Can’t she walk? Is she lame? And then after being assaulted by Ethan she says she wants to go back to her dorm room, but magically Travis talks her in to staying with him… she must have a bloody rubber arm because he manages to twist it very easily. Another thing, why does she dance with him if she hates him so much? Walk away retard! And then Travis threatens the poor guy she does dance with, what the hell is wrong with this guy, he’s a narcosis! When he doesn’t get his way he threatens everyone with violence. The dam girl doesn’t want to go with you you lunatic! What the hell of a picture does this paint for the youth out there? But then again Abby doesn’t really paint a great picture either, because she goes ahead and has sex with him.
Oh goodness and then she asks him to marry her… what a load of bull, this story is so unrealistic it’s not even funny. This guy is so confusing, he first acts like a child, then like a killer, then like a lunatic, and then like a baby. He revolts me.
This story was so bad. Sorry but how did this reach the New Yorks Best Seller list? ...more
REVIEW: Death of the Mad Hatter Synopsis: (From Goodreads)
The Jack prophesied: If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart wouldREVIEW: Death of the Mad Hatter Synopsis: (From Goodreads)
The Jack prophesied: If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart would rule the Red Court until Time ceased to move forward. When a second carried on for infinity, every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?) who’d end the Reign of Terror. However, it all hinged on the One-Eyed Hare being able to convince an uninspirable Heir that the impossible was indeed possible—like stopping time—and that Love was worth a Beheading.
Heads would Roll… Hearts would Break… In the end, would it matter who Reigned
Ms Sarah J Pepper asked me if I would like to review her book, Death of the Mad Hatter, and how could I refuse, when I love fantasy novels so much. The cover of the book of course also captured my attention, which I know isn’t always fare as one should not judge a book by its cover.
So when reading the title of the book and seeing the cover you might realise that this book has some relation to the Classic Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I will admit that this put me off a little as I don’t generally like books that are a remake of a classic, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It’s not a remake, so don’t panic, it’s kind of an extension, but not really. Just read it, I bet you’ll love it.
The story is about Ryley Edward Edgar, a boy that has moved too many times in his life than he would care for. His father, Robert Edgar, is in an Institution; as he’s gone a bit mad. So Ryley and his mother live alone and don’t talk about his father’s history or where he is much. Ryley also has a best friend, Dax, who is the only other person who knows the truth about Ryley’s dad. Ryley obviously goes to school, and has a thing for a red haired beauty named Courtney, so as he’s trying to get her to like him, a new girl enters the picture. Alice Mae is a bit weird, she doesn’t dress like everyone else and she just seems like she’s from another world. Ryley doesn’t care for her much at the start, she infuriates him, drives me crazy, but for some reason he can’t get her out of his mind. It might be because she’s just plain weird, or the fact that she knows something about Ryley’s dad, something she’s not sharing.
So that’s Ryley’s story, in the real world. Then there is Alice Mae’s story in Wonderland and the real world. Alice Mae is a young girl who, after chasing after a rabbit that was eating at her vegetable garden, falls down a rabbit hole into Wonderland. There she meets the Mad Hatter, more commonly known as M.H., and all sorts of other creatures. It is here that Alice Mae here’s the Bleeding Hearts Prophecy for the first time… “If the king loses his head, then the Queen with a Bleeding Heart would rule the Red Court until Time ceased to move forward. When a second carried on for infinity, every creature in Wonderland would tip their Hat to the misfit girl with a Boy’s name (or was it a boy with a Girl’s name?) who’d end the Reign of Terror. However, it all hinged on the One-Eyed Hare being able to convince an uninspirable Heir that the impossible was indeed possible—like stopping time—and that Love was worth a Beheading.
Heads would Roll… Hearts would Break… In the end, would it matter who Reigned”
It becomes clear to her that M.H. wants to kill the Queen of Hearts so that the reign of terror can end. So some things happen (I don’t want to give it away) and Alice Mae starts working for the queen for various reasons. Her mission… find Robbie Edgar’s son in the real world. Thus brings us back the Ryley in the real world meeting Alice Mae.
Her plan is simple, get Ryley to fall in love with her and then lure him to Wonderland, where the queen will most probably behead him so that the Bleeding Hearts Prophecy can never come true. Only problem is that she doesn’t just pretend to fall in love.
This book was just so fun to read. Getting to know the characters, Ryley, Dax, with his kind heart, Mick who starts flirting with Alice Mae and thinks he’s a knock out, Irwin with his stutter, Becky the noisy witch, Courtney the beauty with the red locks, Crazy M.H., Mr Ruth with his one eye, Hearts with her wicked ways, the Joker and his dangerous toys, Jack without the tongue, insane Robbie in the institution, Alice Mae’s crazy aunts. There are so many, and all are wonderfully written. I felt like I could really see all of them, I got to live in this imaginary world where they all came to life.
The story of Ryley and Alice Mae is such a beautiful one, really. The way the author described their encounters together sometimes made me blush and wish for that too! Sometimes authors get really mushy, especially in a young adult book, but Ms Pepper did it really well. It wasn’t over the top or erotic, it was just blush worthy and beautiful to read. I admit that when reading my emotions get tangled into the pages, but I never once felt like rolling my eyes at the antics that happened between these two characters. I do have to say that the reason I didn’t give this one 5 stars is that besides what I just said about the way the relationship between Alice Mae and Ryley went, there were other parts in the book where I did do a bit of an eye role. Not much, mostly at the beginning, but it did put me off a little, the way Ryley acted in the beginning. But it all did improve.
I therefore give this book 4 stars. A joy to read. ...more
A very dark look at Victorian times, lots of gory details. But sometimes the book just didnt really make that much sense to me??? It was a page turnerA very dark look at Victorian times, lots of gory details. But sometimes the book just didnt really make that much sense to me??? It was a page turner... loved the darkness of it all...more
I'm giving this one 3 stars because it started out really slow for me, but then picked up, and in the end I just wanted to finish it to see what happeI'm giving this one 3 stars because it started out really slow for me, but then picked up, and in the end I just wanted to finish it to see what happens! I must say that from half way to the end I'd give it 4 stars. Really got my heart pumping with antisipation.
I found Susan a likeable character. Strong women usually are to me, and she's not only smart but savvy too. I was disapointed in the Strathmore character, I really liked him and didnt expect what happend at all! I hate when that happens in a book. David was a bit on the weak side to me, but I did like Megan, even if she only featured for a very short time, she had some spunk.
The idea of the book could certainly be true, but I hope nothing like this really ever happens. The suspense will keep you on edge until the end. If you are reading it or planning on reading it, give it a shot, get through the first part and you'll love the second....more