Here's another book to add to the "I couldn't finish it" pile. Again, a bitter disappointment. So much potential, but I just can't get into it. AfterHere's another book to add to the "I couldn't finish it" pile. Again, a bitter disappointment. So much potential, but I just can't get into it. After suffering through the first 200 pages, I've cast it aside.
The story is that of a family in Bosnia, captured in the midst of the war between the Serbs and the Muslims. Afraid to walk on the streets and risk sniper fire, falling asleep each night to the sounds of mortars exploding. In an attempt to fight back, the seventeen year old daughter becomes a sniper herself, and then, honestly, I don't know what happens, because that's where I gave up.
Irena, the young girl, doesn't become a sniper until around 160 pages into it. The first 160 pages are about living with nothing, fearing for her life, and so forth. The thing is, what could be a powerful story, instead comes across as jumbled and disconnected. The characters themselves have no depth whatsoever, I think because the story is so disorienting. I never really was able to get sucked into a story, as it was all over the place. No cohesive story means no connection with any of the characters.
This book has gotten rave reviews from a lot of people. However, I will not be complying with popular opinion this time..
When I finished reading this book, I sort of inwardly groaned. I don't like writing scathingly negative reviews...its just not who I am. So I won't---When I finished reading this book, I sort of inwardly groaned. I don't like writing scathingly negative reviews...its just not who I am. So I won't---for one, I just can't do it, and for two, the book isn't that bad. What it is is cliched and full of grammatical errors....to the point that with me, they interfered with the story and started to get on my nerves.
The story is about a friendship that begins between two young neighborhood kids. As the kids grow, so does their relationship and they fall in love. At the height of their relationship, the girl's (Lavender) step-father gets a new job and moves the family away. The relationship crumbles yet neither of them ever moves on.
Years later, the boy (James) is happily engaged to another woman, though he has never successfully gotten over his love for Lavender. The very same day he gets engaged, Lavender reappears in his life; sending his heart and mind on a rollercoaster ride. See? Cliche.
To me, it was the same story I've read a dozen times, just with different characters. The good news is that the author tosses in some serious twists and turns--James has a PYSCHO brother who tries to kill him, James marries a PSYCHO woman who has a million issues of her own, backstabbing friends...there are several times where you're like "whaaa?" as the plot twists and turns. Honestly though, even the twists are somewhat cliched. Like a bad Hollywood movie.
It is what it is. It's not terrible, just not earth shattering. With a new editing job I may have even enjoyed it for the most part.
On a completely positive note: the author is only sixteen years old, which is what I attributed the cliche-ness to. She is still young. To be published at such a young age is a huge accomplishment...and I have no doubt in my mind that in time, I will see more from this young lady, and that I will be impressed more by her future efforts.
Before I wrote this review, I checked out reviews on amazon and barnes and noble...she's getting rave reviews there, from teenagers I suspect, due to the vocabulary used in them. I think its excellent that they're loving this book. Kids today don't read enough, and if this is something they enjoy, then put it in the hands of every teenager. (Just hope they don't use it for grammatical examples..or the written word is in trouble..)
On a scale of 1-5, I'd probably give it a 3. Okay, but not great. Rating the author on a scale of 1-5, I'd give her a 5, as I'm completely impressed with her, and look forward to reading more from her -- a few years down the road.
My mother taught me that valuable lesson that she learned from watching Bambi long ago: "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all." TMy mother taught me that valuable lesson that she learned from watching Bambi long ago: "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all." That said, I should stop there.
But I won't. This book isn't terrible...but its not good either. It has a lot of potential..it really does..but it was disappointing. The end was rushed, like the author got sick of the story and just wanted it to end. I loved the beginning of the story..the character development was great..real, sincere women that you find yourself wanting to understand. The plot was different, and I like it when I find something original..but like I said..it got too rushed, and that was when the whole book became a flop for me. Sad, but true.
All in all, I'd say don't waste your time or money. Don't bother with this one.
I've only watched the show "Desperate Housewives," a handful of times in the couple of years its been on tv. As I read this book, I found my mind compI've only watched the show "Desperate Housewives," a handful of times in the couple of years its been on tv. As I read this book, I found my mind comparing what I was reading to what I had seen on those few times I did chose to tune into that particular tv show. The story sort of has that feel to it.
The story is about Paige Atwell, our soccer mom. Paige lives in a suburb of Denver, with her husband and her two kids. Paige is content with things in her world, until one day, her friend Karen confides that she is having a passionate affair with a Spanish model from her art class. This news sends Paige's mind reeling, as she comes to the conclusion that her life is too plain and simple.
Paige begins to obsess over this reveleation, wondering if maybe she needs to commit adultery to spice up her own life and happiness level. Soon after, Karen is found dead in her garage, suffering from a head wound suffered during and apparent accidental fall.
Paige doesn't buy the fell down and conked her head theory, knowing the secrets about Karen's life that she knows. What ensues is Paige's desperate attempt to solve the murder of her friend, get her own life back on track, and keep her sanity.
The story is cute..several times I actually laughed out loud as I was reading. It reads very quickly and keeps the reader pretty engaged throughout. This would be an excellent book to take on vacation with you, or just to curl up on the couch with one snowy afternoon. You'll laugh and you'll shake your head just like I did at Paige's antics. Overall, a decent read. ...more
"Tallulah Falls" is the story of Tallulah Addy and her spur of the moment trip cross country to help her friend Maeve, whom she knows is in terrible t"Tallulah Falls" is the story of Tallulah Addy and her spur of the moment trip cross country to help her friend Maeve, whom she knows is in terrible trouble. Tallulah first meets Maeve at a motorcycle convention and is immediately drawn to the charasmatic, free spirited girl. Maeve confides in Tallulah that she is bipolar, and that she has plans to change the world, which she dutifully records in her private notebooks.
One day Maeve just up and disappears and a few days later Tallulah receives an email from her stating that she needs her help. She says she's in Orlando and needs Tallulah to bring her notebooks. No questions asked, Tallulah leaves her home in Oregon and sets out to save her friend.
Tallulah encounters a lot of difficulty that she didn't anticipate. For starters, the guy she was travelling with just up and stranded her in the middle of nowhere, but not before he took all her money from her. Homeless, vehicless, and broke, Tallulah is forced to take a job as a vet tech, in which she not only learns a lot about vetinary science, but about human nature, and most importantly, about herself.
The story is sad, uplifting, real and raw. It's geared for young adults, eighth grade and up, and the feelings that Tallulah struggles with are ones that most young women will find themselves relating to.
"Fall on me" is Rowan Lore's sequel to her novel "Orange." This novel continues with the story of Demen, and her struggle to find a balance in life. A"Fall on me" is Rowan Lore's sequel to her novel "Orange." This novel continues with the story of Demen, and her struggle to find a balance in life. A balance that includes a relationship, friendships and of course, her career.
Fall on me contains primarily the same characters that the first novel did, with the introduction of a few new ones. I have to say that the ending made this book worth reading for me. The end was great.
These stories are straight forward and real..while they're fiction, they're very plausible. The story could easily be about you or I and our day to day lives..there is nothing far fetched or extreme about it. If you're looking for an escape; a chance to live someone else's life for a while, I'd suggest these books..they're quick reads (I read each of them in a day's time) and they're uplifting while not being hokey..if that makes sense.
The entire time I was reading this book, my boyfriend kept accusing me of reading porn. I guess he formed his judgement based on the cover..so I decidThe entire time I was reading this book, my boyfriend kept accusing me of reading porn. I guess he formed his judgement based on the cover..so I decided the best part to start this review is to let you all know that this book is not only NOT porn, its about as far from porn as they come.
The story is about a young woman named Demen. At a fairly young age, she is orphaned when her parents die in a plane crash. After a few years of living recklessly, not caring whether she lived or died, she used some of her inheritance money to start up her own magazine, "Orange."
The story is of Demen's life; her relationships, her career, and her struggle to come to terms with the possibility of losing things that matter to her in life. I admit, I even got teary eyed at one point as she triumphed over a major obstacle.
It's a decent story..I did stumble across some misprints and typos, but that's the picky English teacher in me. All in all, its a decent read.