There is no real plot in this book. The only real thing that keeps it moving is Hannah's constant jealousy. That's it. If at an...moreWhat.the.hell.was.that?
There is no real plot in this book. The only real thing that keeps it moving is Hannah's constant jealousy. That's it. If at any earlier point Hannah decided to finally wake up from hibernation and open her eyes, her brain and common sense would have easily figured out that she was just adding wrinkles to her forehead over nothing. Then the book would end, because there would be nothing - absolutely nothing - left. Would have save precious time it would.
And one more thing that saves time? Not reading this.
I happen to come across this title as I was browsing through Amazon's Kindle Store, and it was the exact kind of historical romance I was in the mood to read so I picked it up and moved it ahead of my to-read pile. Fantastic decision, because Eye of the Beholder is an exquisite romance novel! It was such a beautifully gentle and tender romance I nearly swooned.
I have read very little of 19th century American romances so I started with a clean slate. While I loved to read about arranged marriages in regency romances, there's still a difference, albeit small, between those and the marriage in this book, which resulted from ad-postings. Ad-postings! Soon enough however, the book made me realise that it is a beautiful foundation for a sweet romance - and now I'm hoping to read more romance books of this era! Most likely with the author too.
Mary Peters knows she is unattractive, which very much explains her lack of a marriage prospect. What makes her stand out as a character however, is that despite that, she knows her worth. She's independent and strong-willed, and whilst she is aware and is often times hurt by the fact that she is merely plain, she has accepted it and continually found a way to move beyond it. It was easy to symphatise with Mary as it is clear her world is outwardly judgemental, and even easier to admire her strength because she works to overcome this lack of outer beauty, which I'm sad to say, her (and our, for that matter) society almost labels as a disability.
Mary's insecurities and hurt does affect her and Dave's relationship in the book, but ultimately, she is not hindered by this. And the message that carries through is a positive one - it really is about building a marriage, trust and affection on the basis of inner beauty.
Eye of the Beholder has very varied group of supporting characters - there is Neil Craftsman, arrogant villain extraordinaire. Dave, Mary's husband, is a chivalrious, caring gentleman who from the very beginning has clearly appreciated Mary's inner beauty. It was a joy discovering a leading man that was not highlighted for his looks, but for his gentleness and kindness. Usually romance novels has excessive focus on how handsome the hero is, but Ruth Ann Nordin that no beautiful face can ever be truly memorable if an unpleasant person lurks behind it. There are assortments of other secondary characters and events that together highlights Mary and Dave's romance as well as the message of the book in general: inner beauty shines through.
The plot does have the tendency to drag as the conflict occurs towards the end; however, since Dave and Mary's marriage have practically begun from scratch, I felt that that some scenes were essential to show how they have progressed in their relationship.
Ruth Ann Nordin writes books that readers are bound to revisit again, and again, and again. Eye of the Beholder is one I shall read a lot in the coming years, that's for sure.
PERFECT! <3 I'm checking out the author's other works because I just fell in love with this!(less)
Oh dear God this book is insane. It could have easily killed me with its hilarity, and to be entirely honest it might just be the most hilarious, most ridiculous book I've ever read. I wish I read this when I was younger - I'd have loved it! Or well...it could have easily killed me then. It's just too funny!
Tallulah Casey is seriously insane. In a good way. She is a character so full of life it's hard to not be uplifted whenever I open the pages and read about her adventures ... or I beg your pardon, misadventures. Her voice is genuine, and really a lot like a young teen. You can sense her naivety and insecurity, and it is easy to relive your very own interesting teenage experiences with her. Or compare it with hers, and with it comes the nostalgia. I think that's one of the best things about Withering Tights - as an adult, it not only filled with the the exuberance of a teenage spirit, but also made me reminisce the many misadventures of my own teenage life!
With a cast of equally vibrant characters with Tallulah, Withering Tights blossoms to a book with a life on its own. It's easy to get into the flow of the plot; apart from Tallulah's easy narration, one can expect hilarity at every other page, indignation in between, and a lot of fun mishaps sprinkled throughout.
A little caution on the narrative's tendency to exaggerate, though. Although admittedly, it is so very hilarious, at times it's bordering on stupidity rather than naivety - it's primarily what I disliked about the book, really. I felt that Tallulah as a character with brains was somehow sacrificed just so the humour could continue. My thoughts then, at those points were dominated by - 'surely no teen could be that stupid!' But there you go.
Having said that, I'm sure Withering Tights will be a hit for kids and kids at heart alike. It's hard not to like such a vibrant, hilarious book! (less)
I am once again ensnared by Rachel Vincent's The Soul Screamers Series. There is just that extra oomph in this series that puts it above the many others I've read- I'm not going to deny how addicted I am to it. And in more ways than one, Kaylee Cavanaugh is my heroine of choice!
I was fascinated by the world of the bean sidhe in My Soul to Take and in its sequel Rachel Vincent does not let up in unleashing more of the horrors of the netherworld. Fortunately, I was fascinated by these too. I find it enchanting really, and Kaylee is a strong narrator who both satisfied and stirred my curiosity. I was continually surprised and horrified along with her; she's such a genuine character, one I consider as a reflection of myself in fiction. I think one of the characteristics that truly define her is what she gives the readers - the ability to see themselves in her.
Not only do we learn more about the netherworld, we also see Kaylee beginning to realise the extent and limitation of her bean sidhe abilities. Having just recently discovered her heritage, she is still set to explore it; but as always, danger is connected to exploration and she is not exempt. Thus, Kaylee takes us into action-filled adventures in both realms, dodging both raging hellions and condescending human adults alike. Spurred by her moral compass, Kaylee once again dives heads first into danger, but who wouldn't in her place? Rachel has truly and effectively conveyed her character's motives and intent behind their actions in My Soul to Save.
Apart from the fascinating mythology, the action-adventure that makes you fly through the pages, we also see more romance. But not only of Nash and Kaylee, but of the reaper's also. Tod - despite his tendency to always appear aloof - shows his one weakness in this book, and I'm sure I'm not the only reader whose heart went out to him. Although Tod messes up a a little at the end, one can understand why. Despite his ungentlemanly actions, I think the jury's still out on Tod's behaviour; for the romantics at heart like me however, he did what did for love, and that says a hell of a lot of things. I admired his assertiveness, no matter how disillusioned he ended up
Rachel's mythology, plus her fantastic set of characters has fully cemented Soul Screamers on my favourite YA series list! (less)