I positively adore Amanda Quick and I absolutely love her historical romances. Except this one.
This book disappointed me. I was expecting something hi...moreI positively adore Amanda Quick and I absolutely love her historical romances. Except this one.
This book disappointed me. I was expecting something hilarious and something that would cause my heart to flutter in my chest. But it definitely wasn't this.
Apparently, Amanda Quick wants to try writing paranormal romance since the genre sells like hotcakes, but this attempt is utter failure. She doesn't use any vampires in the book, but she might as well thrown in a little vampire action in the mix, since vampires are hotter than psychics. However, there are no vampires. Only people with psychical abilities, such as mesmerists, predators and people who can see auras. And we also have to add naturalists and Darwinians in the bunch.
Venetia is a spinster/photographer. She was employed by the Arcane Society, a society populated by the secretive, reclusive eccentrics who are obsessed with the arcane and uncanny, to take photographs of various antiquities in the Arcane House, which I must point out is hidden from civilization. This presents Venetia a chance to fulfill her goal to not remain a virgin for the rest of her life, to experience a night of passion with no strings attached.
Venetia's prey is Gabriel Jones, of course, men are know as weak species when it comes to resisting allure of women and Gabriel failed to fight Venetia off, so they spend a night together.
But after the interlude, despite the fact that Gabriel had more than a one night stand in mind, thieves arrive and the two lovers are parted.
Venetia then sees in the papers that Gabriel Jones is dead by a fire. She's saddened by the news, but needs to move on since she's the family breadwinner. She poses as Mrs. Jones, a widow photographer and puts up a business. The supposed to be Mr. Jones died from falling off a cliff, engulfed by raging waters in the Wild West.
But of course, Mr. Jones comes back and claims Venetia's special abilities to locate the thief and ultimately as his "wife".
___ What I love about Amanda Quick's romances is that they're light, funny and entertaining. However, she attempted to make this a thriller, throwing clues here and there. Then tosses psychical abilities, alchemy and other scientific mumbo jumbo, destroying the lightness and funniness of the story. But still, it was entertaining.
But still, despite the complaints, I wasn't actually suffering from reading it, thus the three stars. But I felt it was actually generous of me, because I can't make myself give Amanda Quick something less. (less)
Aliens are taking over. Not the violent kind of aliens. But consider them scary, for the humans are their ships. And unfortunately, the weak willed hu...moreAliens are taking over. Not the violent kind of aliens. But consider them scary, for the humans are their ships. And unfortunately, the weak willed humans are apparently erased, and the aliens take over.
The story starts with the implantation of an alien, who will be named Wanderer, into the body of Melanie Stryder, a rebel human. Melanie is very strong willed, so even as Wanderer takes over, Melanie is able to establish memories into Wanderer, and their wants soon become one.
Melanie, even without the alien inhabiting her body, is deeply in love with another human named Jared and fiercely protective of her brother Jamie. This strong love for the two humans leaks out and sort of infects Wanderer. Wanderer develops the same love and want to protect the two humans.
Melanie and Wanderer, though them being one, manage to join forces to protect and find their loved ones. They find the human habitation, which Crazy Jed, managed to teach Melanie in a form of puzzle. At first, she was bound to be killed since the humans thought she was a seeker, but Jed managed to save her and put the decision of her survival in Jared’s hands.
Jared thinks that Melanie is gone and would like to get rid of her, but Jamie protects her. Wanderer, despite being an alien, manages to fit in, and with all her effort, become human, Ian, falls in love with her.
Wanderer, becomes a very useful addition to the human habitation, for she manages to slip in the city and get goods without being questioned.
It’s actually a very good and imaginative story, however, if you’re in search of the tingling sensations Twilight brought you, sorry this is not the book. This book focuses more on survival rather than romance. But still that shouldn’t discourage you from reading this. Also, I give praise to Stephenie Meyer, cause only she could make love triangles/ quadrangles work, without anyone getting a broken heart.
BTW, don’t think this is a human’s story. This is rather a story of how an alien slowly becomes human. And how love conquers all, even species. But hey, I still don’t think it would be a good idea to marry my pet dog. (less)
BEWARE. You’ll catch fire (or rather be on fire) once you read this book. And there’s no turning back.
Well, not literally, but figuratively rather. As...moreBEWARE. You’ll catch fire (or rather be on fire) once you read this book. And there’s no turning back.
Well, not literally, but figuratively rather. As I was reading, I felt like I was on fire, for I had to finish this as soon as possible, since the fire was consuming me. But despite the licks of flame on my being, I can’t conquer the courage to vanquish the flames until I read the last page, since the fire felt good, despite it being painful.
Suzanne Collins, makes another excellent job, in making us love Katniss and Peeta, and in turn, makes us loathe the cruel Capitol (especially the wretched President Snow). She also makes us sit at the edge of our seats, seeing as the book was extremely fast paced.
Winning the 74th Hunger Games isn’t enough for Katniss Everdeen to be free from the Capitol’s clutches just yet. After having a visit from President Snow, Katniss has to work doubly hard to make the people believe that her ultimate act of rebellion (attempting to commit suicide by eating poisonous berries on the previous Hunger Games) is just an act done out of love, on the victory tour. Her failing to do so, would cost the lives of the people she loves the most.
And fail she did.
Every 25th-versarry is special. But the 75th Hunger Games (also known as the Quell Games), is much more special than any other. Instead of the normal participants being drawn, previous victors are the ones who will join. And Katniss is no exception. Being the only female victor of the Hunger Games for District 12, she’s an automatic contestant.
Capitol is overly eager to get rid of her, and assassinating her, wouldn’t stop the uprisings and would rather make things worse. So another Hunger Games for her. But she’s not saving herself this time. It’s Peeta she needs to save. Peeta who is much more valuable alive than dead. Peeta, who can move crowds with his words.
Besides, the Capitol isn’t stopping unless she’s dead, so what's the use of her getting out of the games alive? Knowing the Capitol, they have tons of tricks up their sleeves.
But the rebels have one weapon up their sleeve too.
The mockingjay. The mockingjay is also one way of torture by the author Suzanne Collins. (Waiting for the 3rd book's release is painful as it is!) (less)
First and foremost, I would like to applaud Audrey Niffenegger, for the beautiful writing of The Time Traveler's Wife. The writing is implicitly exqui...moreFirst and foremost, I would like to applaud Audrey Niffenegger, for the beautiful writing of The Time Traveler's Wife. The writing is implicitly exquisite, and the plot is absolutely unique.
I bet everybody knows Henry DeTamble and Clare Abshire's love story and the miseries they share, since Henry clearly can't stay in one place in one time.
However, despite all these praises, this book just wasn't enough for me.
(1)The plot was interesting, but still I was bored, that it took me seven days to finish it. And when I say seven days, that is absolutely slow for me, since I am a voracious reader.
(2)There were some parts of the book that disturbed me. One example is when 35 year old Henry visited 13 year old Clare and noticed her
"breasts and legs and hips, all newly minted."
(3)The mention of cunt and cock, felt pornographic for me, this made me uncomfortable. It's not that I'm a prig, but the aforementioned words seemed inappropriate in this book, since Henry and Clare's love story was decent.
(4)I also appreciate Audrey Niffenegger's desire to sound really smart, using: monoaminergic antagonist blah blah. That does sound smart, however, I caught one detail wrong. The book says that agranulocytosis is the destruction of the body's ability to make white blood cells. granular white blood cells - neutrophils, eosinophils and basophils agranular white blood cells - lymphocytes and monocytes <-cytosis> - increased cell count therefore: agranulocytosis is the increased count of agranular white blood cells, mainly lymphocytes and monocytes. thus it could also mean decreased count of granular white blood cells, BUT NOT ALL white blood cells. *If we're talking about the body's inability to make white blood cells, in general, she could have said aplastic anemia instead, where the body fails to make red and white blood cells.
(5)Almost everybody knew of Henry's genetic disease but I would it a wonder that he wasn't made into a media freak show. Also, how was he able to keep his job, if he disappears in the middle of his shift and reappears in all his naked glory?
(6)Lastly, I failed to sympathize with the characters, which I think is vital for me to appreciate the book.
It saddens me, that despite the beauty of the words Audrey Niffenegger uses (with the exception of cunt and cock of course), this book failed to wow me. Somewhere along the way, it just didn't work for me, and I could say, it's completely my loss.(less)