I never used to be a fan of short stories. Usually when I read them, I felt like I was just getting to know the characters and familiarize myselfWow.
I never used to be a fan of short stories. Usually when I read them, I felt like I was just getting to know the characters and familiarize myself with what was going on, and then the story would end and it would be time to acclimate myself to a new one. Over the past couple of years though, I’ve started to change my views on short stories. I’ve come to realize that when written well, a short story can really make an impact.
Clare Wigfall is a gifted writer, who’s stories are absolutely wonderful. Each story leaves an impression on you, and each is a little different from the last. The common theme among the stories seems to be one of humanity; of characters searching for a sense of hope and freedom, that unfortunately, they rarely are able to achieve.
The stories are beautifully written, and compelling. I’m keeping my eye out for more from Wigfall in the future, as she is an incredible new writer....more
"Midnight Awakening" is the third installment in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series, and every bit (if not more so) as good as the previous two. This"Midnight Awakening" is the third installment in Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series, and every bit (if not more so) as good as the previous two. This novel stars Teagan, the deadliest and coldest of all of the Order, and allows readers insight into what makes him the deadly hunter that he is.
As the Order continues to hunt Marek, one of the oldest yet evil vampires in the world, we come to understand Teagan's past, and root for his future at the same time. We see inside the apparently apathetic creature, and learn why he has distanced himself from his emotions for so many years.
We are also introduced to Elise, a strong and independent woman, and yet another Breedmate; a specific type of woman bearing a particular birthmark which signals her ability to mate with and breed with vampires.
Each new book by Lara Adrian advances the story, reveals a little more of the world she has created, and introduces us to a new member of the Order. By far Teagan was my favorite, so I enjoyed Midnight Awakening immensly. I've said this before, but if you're looking for a new twist on the typical vampire story, her series is one you should pick up.
This is one of those books that caught my interest from the first page due to its subject matter. I work with at risk teenagers, so anything relatingThis is one of those books that caught my interest from the first page due to its subject matter. I work with at risk teenagers, so anything relating to their lives draws me in immediately. "Almost Home" is the story of seven teenagers in Los Angeles, who call the streets their home.
The story is told through the eyes of seven very different teens, with one thing in common. Each of them has opted to leave their abusive (or in one case, boring) home life and try to make a life for themselves on the streets of LA. Their lives consist of panhandling for change, avoiding cops, dumpster diving for their next meal, seeking out safe places to sleep and their relationships with each other, a necessity for some to survive.
The story is written for young adults, and I honestly plan to leave the book at work where the kids can read it if they'd like. It's a story of survival. Rather than romanticizing what life on the street may be like, it is honest, raw and brutal. It's a true account of the day to day problems and dramas that homeless teenagers face, once they take that step and run away from home. Stories of drugs, violence, rape and the things a person is forced to do to survive, not knowing where the next meal may come from.
"Almost Home" is gritty and edgy. Better yet, its REAL. It's a great read, and I'd recommend it to anyone who has any interest in the teenage mind. ...more
When I first heard about this book, I was immediately intrigued. Being a woman myself, how can I bypass a book which is subtitled "One Woman's SearchWhen I first heard about this book, I was immediately intrigued. Being a woman myself, how can I bypass a book which is subtitled "One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia?" I will admit, I was somewhat hesitant to read it, as I had read several reviews which weren't overly favorable, and which detailed the author's focus on her faith and spirituality.
That said, overall, I adored this book. I read it sort of slowly, as it was one of those books I wanted to take my time digesting, rather than plow right through. While I did (and I'll admit it) skim a lot of the parts which took place in India, (mainly devoted to spirituality and the search for answers through faith) the rest of the book spoke to me in very profound ways. In parts of the book, I felt like it was my own thoughts and words that I was reading on the page. You can't really identify with a book any more than I did with "Eat, Pray, Love.
The author, Elizabeth Gilbert, realizes one day that she is hopelessly and utterly unhappy with her life. She is married, owns a house, has a job...and none of these coveted things bring her any sense of joy. Knowing that something needs to change, she files for divorce and plans a trip which will forever change her life. Gilbert spends a year abroad, four months each in Italy, India and Indonesia, seeking love, faith and balance. The book is divided into three sections; one devoted to each country she stays in, and each very different from the one previous to it.
If you've ever questioned life, wondered if you were where you really wanted to be, this is the book for you. It's funny, its sad, its profound...its wonderful, and I'd recommend it highly to anyone.
This is the second of Coelho's works I've read, and at the moment I'm fighting the urge to drive to the bookstore and buy copies of all his other bookThis is the second of Coelho's works I've read, and at the moment I'm fighting the urge to drive to the bookstore and buy copies of all his other books. Previous to reading "Veronika Decides to Die," I had read his most famous book, "The Alchemist," and loved it. Naturally, I devoured this one as well. Paulo Coelho is a very awe inspiring author.
His stories are simple, gentle and full of insight. They're the type of books that you read and never forget...the messages stay with you for years to come. In "Veronika Decides to Die," we meet Veronika, who wants to commit suicide. Not because she's led a tragic or traumatizing life in any way; but rather because she is bored with the mundaneness of her day to day living. Her attempt is not successful, and she wakes up in a mental hospital, where she meets people who change her, and the way she views life, forever.
The moral of the story is simple and real; its stresses the importance of living. Live like there will be no tomorrow. Don't live in fear--in fear of whatever it is that limits you and holds you back from achieving a sincere happiness. Be it fear of rejection, failure, judgement or even death itself. Veronika realizes that only when she is able to let go of her fears, fears she hadn't previously acknowledged or recognized, only then can she truly live.
I loved it. I love Paulo Coelho. I'm going to get copies of all his books and read them in the very near future.
Wow. I really enjoy historical fiction novels, and several people had suggested Edward Rutherfurd to me, but until now, I'd never gotten around to oneWow. I really enjoy historical fiction novels, and several people had suggested Edward Rutherfurd to me, but until now, I'd never gotten around to one of his books..its absolutely incredible..its so well researched and written..and it keeps you engrossed through every page.
Beware, before you run out to get this book, its huge. It's over 1000 pages long, and its not really the type of book you can sit and read for hours upon hours. There's a lot of information included, and some of it needs to be digested, before you can continue on. It took me a while to wade through it all, and I was enjoying it..
The book starts out in prehistoric times and works its way forward through history. From the building of Stonehenge, to the black plague..its all here..and its told with characters you come to love..
If you like historical fiction, give Rutherfurd a try. I haven't read any of his others, but Sarum is definitely worth the time it takes to read. ...more
I'm pretty sure that no matter what I say I about this book, my words won't be able to do it justice. It's an incredible book; brilliant, educationalI'm pretty sure that no matter what I say I about this book, my words won't be able to do it justice. It's an incredible book; brilliant, educational [to an extent] and highly entertaining. By page ten I was hopelessly lost in its story, and fought sleep to stay awake and finish it.
The story is told from the view point of a man named Jacob. His viewpoint alternates between present time, where he is an elderly man in his 90's, in an assisted living facility which he despises, and also from the past perspective, as he recalls his days as part of a train circus in the 1930's. When young Jacob's life turns upside down, he jumps a train, not realizing which particular train he jumped--and his world is changed forever.
The story has a bit of everything; history, romance, animals, mental illness, corruption...its all in there, and its all in there in a way which leaves you incapable of putting the book down. I learned a lot of things I didn't know before reading this book. The intelligence of elephants is far higher than I ever gave them credit for. I learned about the epidemic of "Jake Leg," which afflicted thousands of lower class folks in the 1930's. Not to mention how much I learned about the inner working of the train circus industry.
At the end of the story is a note from the author, which for that alone the book is worth reading. Sara Gruen is very insightful and passionate, and I have a great deal of respect for her as a person and an author now.
My words aren't doing this story any justice. There's so much to it. It's a complex work of historical fiction, and its one I hope you all read.