What can I say? The story line was interesting enough toThis review also posted July 9, 2012 on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer: http://wp.me/pPz8s-2xJ
What can I say? The story line was interesting enough to keep me engaged. It wasn't a book I spent hours reading at night, but it also didn't take me a month like other books. More the middle of the road type of read which kept me just interested enough to keep going.
I have to say, I wasn't overly fond of the main character. She was quite unlovable, even before her mother died. Though it was noted as a character trait, I had a difficult time understand why she steadily pushed people way... and often she had a mean streak about it. She was also quite immature at times, particularly toward the beginning of the book. The story spanned her life from about 14 to 20. However, she seemed to behave more like a 5-6 year old at times during the first part of the story. It was odd and made it difficult to connect with her.
As for the story itself, I'm not really sure how to classify this one.
Was it a Christian novel? It did have a Christian undertone, particularly toward the end. However, her Christian disbelief seemed to be resolved rather quickly. It really lacked the journey which I normally enjoy with Christian books. Christianity was more of a light switch for her. One moment she didn't believe, the next she did. All of a sudden she was a better person for it. When I think of someone changing, I imagine it comes in increments. For her, it seemed she took on a completely different personality.
Was it a romance? The relationship she had with her beau was fun, but so little time was spent on it that the romance lacked depth. I truly would have loved to explore more of the romance. The relationship seems to have so much potential... like they were two halves of the same whole at times. Yet the time we spent with her beau was too insignificant to really call this a true romance.
Overall, this book had a lot of potential and was intriguing. However, I think this book could have offered a bit more.
Did I enjoy the read? Yes. I certainly don't think my time was wasted. But as I mentioned, it was lacking the oomph which really makes a book great....more
I'm going to have to reflect on this a bit. BSDM really isn't my 'cup of tea' as Kitty likes to put it. Beyond the BSDM the style was interesting andI'm going to have to reflect on this a bit. BSDM really isn't my 'cup of tea' as Kitty likes to put it. Beyond the BSDM the style was interesting and reminded me a bit of The Story of O... the movie that is, since I've never read the book.
Give me a few to gather my thoughts, and I'll be able to come up with a review....more
For the longest time... okay, for the last couple of years, I've wanted to read a romance written by a male. Lorenzo il Magnifico gave me that opportunity. It's one of those books which hit me on a psychological level.
It was interesting to find the main character in the book had a lot of the same insecurities I have going into new relationships. Luke offered a sort of rawness he shared with the reader, and it made him a character I could relate to... understand and appreciate.
One of the things I loved about Lorenzo il Magnifico is the vulnerability a lot of women miss when writing from the male perspective shows up in this book. Society says men are supposed to be butch and stoic. :) I've been married (add some dating years in) long enough to know the stoic shell hides a lot. It was nice getting into Luke's mind and see he was just... well, human, rather than the unemotional brute I see so often in romances.
So we had a bit of gay love happening. :) What did you expect from a gay romance? It actually reminded me a lot of Queer as Folk. When Luke wanted sex, he simply went to the place were the guys were and got it on. He didn't have to play games or pretend he was not into.
And it made me wonder, what would life be like if women didn't have to play the chaste games... if women weren't called sluts for seeking sex when they wanted. After all most people enjoy sex (men and women alike). Yet women have to put up the appearances that they're not that interested in order for society to view their behaviors as acceptable. I have to say... for straight guys so eager to get it on, they're really screwing themselves over with the name calling. :)
Despite the stigma still surrounding being gay, it seems very liberating to do away with the sex games heterosexual couples play and just do. I liked that about Lorenzo il Magnifico....more
Complete review available on my website: http://wp.me/pPz8s-2yd This book surprised me a bit. I'd expect a lot more, but by the end of the book, not muComplete review available on my website: http://wp.me/pPz8s-2yd This book surprised me a bit. I'd expect a lot more, but by the end of the book, not much had been resolved.
I wasn't at all fond of the heroine. She thought she was quite clever, but sadly she wasn't very bright. She was a horrible judge of character, made extremely poor decisions, and pretty much made life difficult for those around her with her actions. I honestly can't think of one thing the main character did which enhanced the book.
For the most part, she acted more like a secondary character than the star of the show. As such, it made it difficult to want to follow her journey.
The ending had a cliffhanger feel to it. As I mentioned, little had been resolved. However, there's no indication this is book one of a series.
Normally, I don't stick with a book this long (34 days, Goodreads says). However, the book was like following breadcrumbs. I kept expecting more... hoping an event would redeem the entire book. Alas, this book remain just shy of interesting--enough appeal to get me to read a few paragraphs at a time but not enough to keep me engaged for very long.
I started this book expecting to truly enjoy it. I'm just so shocked I found so little to like about it. Overall, this book left me unsatisfied....more
Replication had two story lines. The first centered around Abbey, a gal who's moved into a new school from DC to AK after her father landed a new job. I have to say, I wasn't at all impressed with this portion of the novel. Abbey came off as snobby and a goody-goody. I'm not quite sure what her problem was. I will say her attitude did nothing for the storyline. When she wasn't snubbing those she'd labeled beneath her, she spent the rest of her time reading.
:) Now I'm all for reading... I'm a big reader myself. But I don't want to read about someone else reading. I want to read about people doing interesting things.
So looking through my notes, I didn't have a lot of nice things to say about Abbey. In truth, Abbey had quite a lot of potential for growth. Unfortunately, her growth came as a verbal proclamation rather than showing she truly changed.
The second storyline was related to the Jason Experiment with Martyr being one of the Jasons. I very much enjoyed this portion of the book. The only gripe I had was Martyr seemed a little too perfect. He was altruistic to a flaw. Still, I kept coming back to the story to read what would happen next to him.
I would love to read follow up stories to the Jason Experiment... see how Jason 3:3 faired as well as the other clones. Even though the clones seemed to be two dimensional characters (for instance 3:3's altruism), they were a fascinating bunch.
This novel also had a Christian undertone. If God made humans with souls, did clones (made by man) have souls also? Hmm...
Overall, this was a great novel. I truly cared about some of the characters. And like I said, I would love to learn more about their lives. 4/5 star read for me....more
I’ve been dying to try a young adult M/M romance. I’veExpect my full review January 14, 2012 on Ramblings of an Amateur Writer: http://wp.me/pPz8s-26N
I’ve been dying to try a young adult M/M romance. I’ve read a few m/m adult romances and have had a hard time getting into them. I’d hope adding the young adult element would pull me in where other novels had not. What I found was although this is a coming-of-age novel, it is NOT a young adult novel. Yes, the protagonists are young (18), but the sexual scenes are very adult. While the level of sex in the novel surprised me, it didn’t detract from the work at all. In fact, I loved the realism, which really helped make it into a discovery, coming-of-age novel. Well done, Ms. Snow!
When I first read the prologue, I was apprehensive about this piece. The prologue didn’t grab me at all, and after reading the entire book, I wish it’d been omitted. If nothing else, it would have been nice for me to the type of person to skip prologues. After the first chapter though, the book had me hooked.
One of the passages I loved from the Zero Knot was:
“You weren’t a Freebird who’d soon be earthbound. You were an alien, and you’d never be anything else.”
It’s such a beautiful truth. A big part of adolescence and even life in general is about finding yourself, trying to fit in. But what happens when you figure out you’ll never fit in the way society expects you to? No matter the outside image you portray, you’ll always be you inside… and that you is different from the established norm.
That sums up The Zero Knot in the nutshell — young men, despite living outside the social norm, coming to terms with who they are. Throughout it all, Ms. Snow splashed enough humor to keep me laughing when I wanted to cry about the injustice of an unfair world.
Who I’d recommend The Zero Knot to? That’s a tough one. I want to say everyone because the story line was so touching and provided such understanding. However, the graphic nature of some sex scenes makes this work suitable for adults. Parents should definitely read this one through before they consider passing it along to their teen.
I received this work from the publisher in exchange for a review....more
This was a short read; this will be a short review.
I read this and totally wanted more. I absolutely love Julie Cross’s style of writing. The humor is fantastic. My only issue with this prequel is it left me sort of hanging. I’d hoped to find out how Jackson and Holly became an item, but it was more of a snippet of their relationship while Holly was dating David.
So basically, it was a decent read, but missed the mark in terms of filling in the “how did it happen?” elements from Tempest.
I’m really looking forward to the sequel of Tempest....more