I felt Bechdel's art style was delightful. I am really not into psychoanalysis, however, so much of the book's content was wasted on me. I fe...more2.5 stars
I felt Bechdel's art style was delightful. I am really not into psychoanalysis, however, so much of the book's content was wasted on me. I felt the author spent too much time discussing her own therapy. Moreover, I haven't yet read the first graphic novel, so the references to it and events that were mentioned in it were infinitely frustrating for me.(less)
I expected to like this book much more than I did, what with the high ratings from some of my friend and overall from Goodreads. I did enjoy the plot...moreI expected to like this book much more than I did, what with the high ratings from some of my friend and overall from Goodreads. I did enjoy the plot of this book, and I enjoyed the fast-paced story. I read this in an afternoon, in one sitting.
That said, I felt the world-building suffered somewhat for the plot's speed. There is really no reason why the characters in this book need to be vampires; they could just as easily be magic-users and it would make no real difference to the plot. Moreover, I did not get the sense of immersion in a parallel or otherwise fantastical world that I want from my fantasy/paranormal stories. I am unsure if this is because the plot was so self-contained at the academy, or if it's because it just exists in our current world.
Ultimately, I did not hate this, but I have not yet decided if I will continue the series or not.(less)
Overall, the story was fairly good as a young adult mystery. Juroe did an excellent job making the world and her characters seem realistic for the tim...moreOverall, the story was fairly good as a young adult mystery. Juroe did an excellent job making the world and her characters seem realistic for the time period. That is to say, Scarlette's world sucks and Scarlette herself is fairly naive, just as she would be. I also liked the somewhat slower pacing and world-building of the novel, and felt it was a neat, unique take on the Red Riding Hood tale.
However, the book suffers from too many "big reveals" at the end, such that the pacing began to seem off. This problem also made the ending seem a bit too neat and thrown together to me. Additionally, the Kindle version I read also suffered from many editing errors ("scarred" for "scared" is one example) that distracted from the flow of the novel.
I recommend this book for anyone who likes twists on fairy tales or wants a breezy young adult mystery to read through.(less)
This short book is a fantastic introduction to holiness, or freedom from sin, and its role in the Christian life. The book first defines holiness and...moreThis short book is a fantastic introduction to holiness, or freedom from sin, and its role in the Christian life. The book first defines holiness and sin, and explains why it is so very important to pursue holiness in the Christian life. It then moves into tips on how to recognize sin and an exhortation to guard one's self against it. Then, the pursuit of holiness is discussed in the context of how it relates to other elements, such as free will, faith, God's power, etc. Ultimately, the book addresses why Christians, despite being set free from sin, must still work to become free from it.
The book is never very specific, instead serving as an abstract guide for sin in all forms, which I really appreciated. Nonetheless, that could be frustrating to some readers, since it neither provides a clear "list of sins" (although arguably that's because it's difficult to make an absolute one), nor does it provide much practical advice other than to pray and read your Bible daily.
I found the book functions better as a means of convicting someone to pursue holiness, not as a practical guide on how to do so. Although I have been a Christian since I was a child and knew sin was "bad," this book is one of the first books I've personally encountered that drives home just how integral it is that Christians work to vanquish the hold of sin in their lives. I strongly recommend reading this with a pen and notebook beside you.(less)
I expected to like this book more than I did. The book was written by a mother of nine children, coming from Christian subcultures like that of the Du...moreI expected to like this book more than I did. The book was written by a mother of nine children, coming from Christian subcultures like that of the Duggars of 19 Kids and Counting fame. The book is definitely written to mothers forming households within these communities. The book is divided into two sections. The first is about homemaking ideology. The second is full of practical tips on home management.
The first section was very dicey for me. On one hand, I really enjoyed the depictions of Christian character and raising children to live in obedience to God. The dynamic presented between family and husband, in which he is largely absent from the home and when he speaks, everyone absolutely listens without question, was fairly terrifying, though.
The second section I expected to be even more practical. It did have some great tips (although most won't be new to anyone who studies productivity methods), but overall some of the sections were repetitive and nothing was life-altering in terms of the tips.
Overall, I was definitely not the intended audience for this book. While parts were interesting, if you are not a very conservative Christian, you might be better served by other books on home management.(less)