It's rare that I dislike a book so much and yet still feel the need to finish it. That's how I felt about this book. And let me say this from the outsIt's rare that I dislike a book so much and yet still feel the need to finish it. That's how I felt about this book. And let me say this from the outset - there is nothing wrong with the writing. It's just that this book was not my usual reading genre.
Pretty Baby is told from three perspectives: There's Heidi, an upper middle-class activist with a penchant for taking in strays. Her husband Chris is an investment banker who travels a lot on business. And then there is Willow, a runaway teenage mom.
At first I felt no connection to any of the characters but as the story progressed I began to feel a bit of sympathy for Willow. She's had a rotten life. That's it, that's all I can say. I admired Chris - for his love and loyalty to his family. It was really hard to connect with Heidi - as a mother I can't begin to imagine her pain, but still....
Anyhow, there are plenty of mixed reviews on this one, so I suggest that you look at them before deciding to read this book. For me, it was a slow read.
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Initial Thoughts:It's really hard to review this book without spoiling the rest of the series so...here goes.... If you've ever wondered how our lovelyInitial Thoughts:It's really hard to review this book without spoiling the rest of the series so...here goes.... If you've ever wondered how our lovely Little One became the Red Queen, then this is the book to read. Lots of our favorite characters in The Queen - Griffin, Michael, Kingsley, Juliette, and of course, Soren. We meet a few new characters and some loose ends are tied up (not literally) with a few old characters.
This is one of my favorite series and I love how each book gives the reader a new perspective on the main characters. Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about a character, the author throws the reader another juicy tidbit. This is why I keep reading the series and am looking forward to more books by Ms. Reisz.
Full review to come closer to the release...
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Warning: This is not an easy book to read. It's dark, it's traumatic, it's shocking. It's every parent's nightmare scenario. It is frightening. It wilWarning: This is not an easy book to read. It's dark, it's traumatic, it's shocking. It's every parent's nightmare scenario. It is frightening. It will make you cry.
I knew what I was getting into when I picked up This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. After all, just a quick peek at the synopsis tells you everything you need to know. If you are squeamish, it's best that you skip this book.
The book is written in multiple points of view. There are many characters and at times I had to write down their names to keep them straight in my mind. It made the book a little confusing because as each character is introduced, we learn about them and what their dreams and aspirations are. In a way, the confusion makes sense because it mimics the conditions in the auditorium: Shooter on the loose and everyone is locked in. In between chapters are Twitter status updates and blog entries of students inside the auditorium and people wanting information.
This is the story of bravery. Two characters skip the assembly and rather than wait for the police and SWAT teams to arrive, they take matters into their own hands and work to unlock the auditorium, freeing some of the students. They are either brave or incredibly stupid, but their stories held my interest.
This is also the story of family. Imagine finding out that your brother is responsible for the carnage and having to confront him in front of your peers.
The subject matter is controversial. There can't be a happy ending. It is worth the read.
Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire for a review copy of this book....more