Eyes on You had me riveted. I literally gobbled 3/4th's of the book in one night and if I hadn't needed sleep I would've finished it all. I don't ofteEyes on You had me riveted. I literally gobbled 3/4th's of the book in one night and if I hadn't needed sleep I would've finished it all. I don't often fly through a book in one night but this was an easy breezy read and I was definitely in the mood for it, which helps a lot.
There's not that particularly "special" about Eyes on You, it's the typical mystery - someone is stalking Robin the main character who is a co-anchor on a show called The Pulse that deals with various celebrity issues, etc, anything trending in the media pretty much. Suddenly as her star is rising with the release of a new book that is quickly becoming a bestseller and her stardom on the show, she's got someone in her midst that is very unhappy with her success. She begins to get creepy notes, and other incidents that make her very uneasy. The events ratchet up until she fears for her life, wondering who it could be that has a terrible grudge against her and what they're willing to do next.
Even though I said there isn't anything particularly special about this book - it's definite a great read for any mystery lover. It's got all the good marks of a good beach read that keeps you glued to it's pages until the very end, drinking up every word.
My previous read of Kate White's was her novel, The Sixes. In my opinion, Eyes on You is much better and it kept me compulsively reading a lot more than her other novel did. But then again, I have a thing about stalkers and such that keep me glued to the pages more than other mystery premises. ...more
50 Children got off to a great start - we learn the conversation that lead to the ultimate rescue of 50 children from Nazi Germany and Vienna. However50 Children got off to a great start - we learn the conversation that lead to the ultimate rescue of 50 children from Nazi Germany and Vienna. However, after that brief glimpse of that conversation we then move into very slow territory. We are shifted around almost haphazardly from story to story - small snippets out of the lives of the Jews living in Germany and Vienna, and we don't even get enough of their story to remember their names, although each of their small stories of being harassed and worse by the Nazi's is heartbreaking and memorable, it felt kind of like a camera at a party and it's being jostled around from one guest to the next and we don't get to see the full picture. I had trouble getting into it until nearly 40-50 pages into the story.
Before we start getting to what I considered the "meat" of the story - the actual tale of the Kraus' attempt to rescue the children and all they had to go through, the obstacles they had to overcome here and then abroad, didn't even begin until we learned a little too much (in my opinion) of the family and who was related to whom, etc. Not that that isn't good information but it was just SO much to take in and even try to remember and keep straight in my mind.
Once we're finally on our way with the story of the Kraus' deciding to attempt this untenable plan, that everyone was against and were constantly dissuaded from undertaking, the story become almost unputdownable, especially once Gil and his compatriots reached Europe. It was great to see pictures throughout the book - to really illustrate the point of what the average Jew had to witness and suffer through, even in some small measure. Seeing every shop and restaurant, movie theater and opera house closed to them. Public parks out of their reach and not even allowed to sit on certain street benches. It is not easy to imagine, it is easy to picture in your mind but it's not easy to understand what that would feel like on a visceral level. Seeing the pictures of the graffiti all over with the words "Jews Forbidden" (in German of course) makes it more real. I say that because even though I *know* beyond a doubt the Holocaust was real.. it just seems so incomprehensible, it's hard to imagine this happened in the 20th century, that we could still have such barbarians in our society.
Since it's no spoiler to say that obviously the mission was successful, it was fun to hear the stories of the children's experiences once they were on the boat to America and once they had landed. Reading of their experience of eating Jello-o with bananas in it made me laugh - the children thought that the "red stuff" was a preservative to keep the bananas from spoiling, so none of them wanted to eat it, they scraped it away from the banana slices, and then one child tried it and told them all it was delicious.
At the end of the book there is a list of most of the children (the ones they could find) and it told their stories after they landed in America and up until the present period. So we did learn about the kids in a meaningful way, there stories of growing up and living lives of prosperity and happiness with families of their own, warmed my heart.
This is a unique book for those who are interested in the Holocaust because this is the single biggest rescue of Jews into America during this period. There were so many obstacles and it gives you hope for even the most difficult tasks are possible if you persevere and do all you can within the framework you have to work with, for the good of others. It's a testament to the goodwill, kindness and the power of average people to do good things even in the darkest times. ...more
The Book of You was nearly unputdownable. The suspense had my heart racing at times. I was never sure how far things were gonna go and at times it gotThe Book of You was nearly unputdownable. The suspense had my heart racing at times. I was never sure how far things were gonna go and at times it got downright scary for the main character (and thus me the reader!) I did expect kind of a bigger twist at the end then there was, or perhaps to be more fair - a different twist than there was. But overall the story is completely gripping and I would've finished the book way sooner if I didn't need that dratted sleep!
I'm definitely going to be looking out for Kendal's other work!...more
I finished Mind of Winter into the wee hours of the morning, once I got to a certain point I just couldn't out it down for my life. This is not only aI finished Mind of Winter into the wee hours of the morning, once I got to a certain point I just couldn't out it down for my life. This is not only a very creepy psychological read, it's also got a very emotional element to it. You can't help but be drawn into this Christmas day gone horribly wrong. You'll be aghast at the last page ( don't you dare take a peak it'll spoil it for you!)...more
Not sure how ot classify this except for a contemporary. It was a fast paced read - I read it in one sitting! Which is SO rare for me!I had only pickeNot sure how ot classify this except for a contemporary. It was a fast paced read - I read it in one sitting! Which is SO rare for me!I had only picked it up to read a few pages to see if I was in the mood for it - I wasn't sure.. and then BAM I was just reading one page after the other and I looked down and was 50 pages in and figured "well I must be in the mood for this if I've read 50 pages in and haven't even thought about stopping"
This is a book about grief, and friendship, synchronicity and coincidence .. life and what it means to be human. I loved it! I love the theory of "The Good Luck of Right Now"
Even though this book is about grief - and all the forms it can take, and people who don't necessarily fit into the standard ordinary mold (really who does on closer inspection) .. it's very uplifting. I found myself cheering the main character on and I wanted him to find what he was looking for.
The Good Luck of Right now is a beautiful read; I love books that make you think about different philosophies on life. I loved the format, a novel written in letters - I just finished Love Letters to the Dead (another one I loved) and it's very much like a diary format except instead of just writing in a diary they are addressing their thoughts to a person.
I do have to say I guessed the "big surprise" that had alluded the main character until nearly the end, but that's not what the book was about in my opinion. It's not a mystery so it didn't bother me I figured it out. I was more interested in what the MC's reaction would be.
The more we live the more we lose - as in those we love, things - important and not, and this book is like a balm for wounded souls everywhere. It just fills you up and reminds you that life goes on, and no, it might never be the same, but it has the possibility to be good. We have the potential to make something of ourselves no matter what age we are or what our pasts have been. ...more
Really Liked this one! It had just the right amount of creeptasticness! Especially the end. I also liked how the main character developed throughout tReally Liked this one! It had just the right amount of creeptasticness! Especially the end. I also liked how the main character developed throughout the book. At first she was a tad pathetic, with the friends she hung out with and not really being true to herself. By the end of the book she had a much better grasp on the important things and who she was. I appreciated that, I like to see characters develop when they go through things.
All the Truth That's in Me is so powerful of a book! It's one I will be thinking about for awhile. Judith is a special character - all the charactersAll the Truth That's in Me is so powerful of a book! It's one I will be thinking about for awhile. Judith is a special character - all the characters are so vivid and easy to relate to.
I was expecting a contemporary read but was surprised to find out that it's actually got a historical setting. Although it's not SO historical that it overwhelms the story, if that makes sense. I feel like Judith's story wouldn't have been much different if it had happened in modern times.
All the Truth That's in Me had me rooting for Judith, crying for various situations and I'm very glad how the ending turned out. There were some real surprising moments throughout the book.
Definitely a must read for those who love a good tale, mystery lovers and those who like contemporary - you'll like this I promise! And for historical mystery lovers too! Grab this! :D...more