I finally have completed my collection of Sunfires! Or at least the thick ones that are, in general, the best of the bunch. This one was, by far, theI finally have completed my collection of Sunfires! Or at least the thick ones that are, in general, the best of the bunch. This one was, by far, the hardest to come by. Every search led to a price tag of upwards of $100, and I wasn't paying that. Finally found a good copy on Amazon for 67 cents, plus tax.
With a price like $100, I expected this to be a really fantastic book. Like a super rare book because it was so good. The plot has everything you would think you would want. The immigration of the Irish to America is a fascinating topic of discussion. It just goes to show that Americans will find something to nitpick about no matter what race comes into the country. But I digress.
So we have an interesting part of history. We have a tragic, lonely main character who has to survive a new country by herself. Everyone she has ever loved is dead and she has been starving for the past two years. The trip on the ship is horrible. The story is so engaging at this point, what could possibly go wrong?
The freaking romance.
Everything about the romance story in this plot snatched everything that was amazing and engaging about this book and made it a to a snooze fest. Instead of our heroine struggling to find herself and her place in a new land, we have her in a good job that she happens to be perfect at with two "perfect" boys to pick from. I'm terribly sorry if that is harsh. If I had read this book in high school, maybe I would have enjoyed it more. But the romance seemed forced and unrealistic. After Kathleen going through such hardships, I don't want her to have some rich, aristocratic boyfriend. I want her with someone who will understand her pain and support her in her endeavors.
With the romantic suitor plot, it brought down my opinion of Kathleen. I really wanted to like her feisty, shy, and dreamer nature, and I did. She's a likable girl. There is a chapter after she arrives in America of the harsh conditions she finds herself in. That's perfect. Despite being the "BEST MAID 'EVA," her coworkers sabotage her and the family she works for are snobs(mostly). That's fine. She has a whole subplot where she goes to be an apprentice for a jeweler, and she wants to change the negative stereotype of the Irish in the Americans' eyes. That's great! But then we have to slug through her feelings toward two boys. I don't like either one of her suitors really, don't even remember their names. Both of them seemed to want to tell her what to do and feel at every turn, and neither seemed to be a good fit for her.
In the end, I feel like this book could have been AMAZING. The romance, which is the whole point of the book, just isn't there for me. It doesn't mesh. It's definitely better than some Sunfires I've read, but I'd rank it at about 10th place out of 15 if we are just looking at the longer Sunfire novels....more
There be spoilers ahead. I'll cover them, but just so ya know.
I absolutely HATE giving this book two stars. I would give it only one star, but the facThere be spoilers ahead. I'll cover them, but just so ya know.
I absolutely HATE giving this book two stars. I would give it only one star, but the fact that it's about Harry Potter saves it because I have undying devotion to the series. That and Scorpius Malfoy.
Scorpius and Draco are literally the only things I liked about this story. That upsets me so much. I am clenching my jaw and I'm just so ANGRY. This story was so horrible. I am so mad that I can't bring myself to like it. Why are there so many five star reviews? What book did ya'll read that I missed? I've read fanfiction better than this!
Here I am, sitting here trying to figure out why I didn't enjoy this book, and the thing that come to mind is the emotion. Maybe it's because I didn't see the play, but the script is just not emotional for me. I was never engaged with the characters. There are plenty of moments where I should be moved, where I should be happy or sad or angry, but I wasn't invested enough in the characters to feel their emotions. In the main series, I would get angry or excited for the various characters and events. I can't tell you how many times I cried during the last four books. I didn't feel anything during this story.
The plot of this play is very sloppy. There are several things that contradict canon. The main plot mover of the story are (view spoiler)[ Time Turners. Of all things. All the logic of time turners in book three are completely erased. There are alternate realities and people getting erased. What? Plus the scene at the end with Hagrid didn't include Sirius, which upset me. (hide spoiler)] The thing that upsets me in retrospect about this is it's a rehashing of Harry's story in a way. If I wanted to read Harry's story, I'll read Harry's story. I want to here about Albus and Scorpius. I also want Albus to not be annoying, but, that also goes back to the plot. The plot spends so much time focusing on old characters, it doesn't completely develop the old ones.
Also, the plot twists are very predictable. Both major plot twists I called long before they were revealed. Let's talk about that for a moment. (view spoiler)[ First off, Delphi is not a very menacing character. I was not intimidated or threatened by her at all. I figured she must be a villain because she was very out of place in the story. Then the fact that she was Voldemort's daughter. You have got to be kidding me. I cannot see Voldemort having sex with anyone, least of all Bellatrix Lestrange. Sure, she worshipped the ground Voldemort walked on, but I can't see THE Dark Lord LOWERING himself to have sex with her. (hide spoiler)]
Other nitpicks come from the fact that this is a script. There are no descriptions of scenes really. There is no new world building. Plus, many characters are absent. Luna. Neville. George. Molly. Arthur. TEDDY. Hugo. Evidence of any offspring of secondary characters. Shoot, Rose, Lily and James are practically not even there.
A few other nitpicks I have are this. I disliked reading so much Ron/Hermione fluff. With all the controversy of JKR saying Hermione should have been with Harry, the Romione felt forced. Others may enjoy it, but it wasn't for me. Also, I'm tired of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff never getting any love. What they said about a certain Hufflepuff makes me boil with rage. There is no way that would have happened.
I'm sorry that this is such a negative review. I wish I could have enjoyed this like others have, but I just didn't.
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I'm not quite sure I'm rating this so high. I keep feeling that Nora Roberts is losing her touch, which I've been writing in these reviews of mine forI'm not quite sure I'm rating this so high. I keep feeling that Nora Roberts is losing her touch, which I've been writing in these reviews of mine for years. The plot is extremely similar to the witch plot of her other trilogy that was released a few years ago. I enjoyed this book, so far, more than the other series. I like the characters a bit more, and I definitely like the setting. I like the tropes of all the different characters having a different power that makes them otherworldly. And of course, the way the book is written is very easy to read and be sucked in to. However, as with every Nora book, it feels like a Nora book. There isn't anything new or fresh to it. The characters feel like every other Nora character. The plot feels like a typical Nora plot. It's a little tedious to read, and I didn't read a lot of chemistry between Sasha and Bran. Now, I will probably continue reading this series because, as with any Nora book, it's very addicting. I don't know why I keep doing this to myself....more
Not convinced are you? DON'T READ THIS!!!! PLEASE!!!!
Usually when I give one stars, it's because the writFirst things first, JUST DON'T READ THIS!!!!!
Not convinced are you? DON'T READ THIS!!!! PLEASE!!!!
Usually when I give one stars, it's because the writing is atrocious or the characters are stupid and un-relatable or the plot is un-followable. This doesn't really have any of that.
What it did was made me hate Jake.
So assuming you have read Monument 14, I'm going to spoil that. You've been warned.
As Jake was in that book, I liked him. Despite his flaws, I enjoyed him as a character, because he felt real. I don't know much about popular high school jocks, but the fact that he named his girlfriend's breasts after Disney Princesses and spent most of his time getting high felt like something that real high schoolers would do. He seemed like a nice enough guy, if not a bit stupid and annoying. I certainly liked him more than his buddy and Dean (at times). I even bought the fact that he left the other kids to fend for themselves.
But in this book! UGH! Perv alert. I did not expect to get such insight to teenage sex. I never wanted to read such. It's gross. There is some of that in Monument 14, and I hated it then too. But this! The girl's underage, and he is paying her with chocolate. Ugh. It just really makes me sick.
PLEASE JUST SAVE YOURSELVES AND DON'T READ THIS!!!!...more
Very nice historical fiction book for kids. I was rather impressed by the discriptive language. The author really paints a picture with her words to aVery nice historical fiction book for kids. I was rather impressed by the discriptive language. The author really paints a picture with her words to actually see what is going on. I enjoyed Thomas and Birdie.
I don't really have anything negative to say. It's short, simple, and easy for me to read to my students. They seem to get a kick out of it....more
I watched the entirety of the anime show last year and positively adored it. I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This manga was just asI watched the entirety of the anime show last year and positively adored it. I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. This manga was just as funny as the show. The only thing that bothered me was the little author's notes in the middle of the story. It disrupted my flow. Anyway, this is a VERY funny and entertaining story. I wish I could read them all. Between this and Fairy Tail, I'm going to bankrupt myself, my e-book and my closet space!...more
So, I have recently started reading 3 new or new to me Nora Roberts book within this year. So far, this is the only one I've finished. I really likedSo, I have recently started reading 3 new or new to me Nora Roberts book within this year. So far, this is the only one I've finished. I really liked the premise and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Thus I finished it within a week. This is the complete opposite of The Liar, which I still haven't been able to force myself to pick back up.
For me, this one was a page turner. The excitement didn't pick back up until 2/3rd of the way through, but I felt invested in the characters. I loved Naomi, and wanted her and Xander's relationship to succeed. I liked how they fell in love with one another, and I ADORED Tag. I also really enjoyed Naomi's family, and wish they had been in the book more. Not to say this book didn't have it's faults. As mentioned above, you don't really have much action/suspense till near the end. Also, this was the first time I called the killer in a while (Yay me). I take this as both a good thing and a bad thing. I didn't like Naomi's confrontation with him at the end, either times. They felt rushed and anti-climatic.
The other main problem I have with this book is the over-used Nora-isms, as I will call them to myself from now on. A Nora-ism is a plot point, character, or word phrase that Nora has used in previous books. I will now list them here. You can see the book it comes from, but not what happens. Don't click the spoiler tag unless you've read both books.
I'm sure there are more. These are just the ones that I can think of off the top of my head. This is a problem for those of us who have read many Nora Roberts books. It's getting hard to read the same things over and over. It's boring. I love her style of writing, but I want her to come up with some new ideas.
Anyway, it's definitely worth a read. It was much better than her last book in my opinion.
For a YA book about the end of the known world, this was pretty decent. It was one of the few books to catch my attention in my recent bookstore expedFor a YA book about the end of the known world, this was pretty decent. It was one of the few books to catch my attention in my recent bookstore expedition, and I finished it in one day. Went out and bought the other two books immediately. I don't have a lot of time to read anymore now that I'm an adult, and this one was a nice change in pace to what I usually read.
So, to the nitty-gritty. One of the things I love about this book is the premise. The world is ending through a string of natural disasters, such as gigantic hail, devastating waves, and volcanoes. Add the radiation factory down the road that releases a bunch of toxins in the air. It only takes place a few years into the future, so the world building felt unique but also plausible. The Internet (Network) goes down. (Cue horror music) NOT THE INTERNET! I bunch of kids get stuck in a giant Target and then have to survive.
What I most enjoyed about this book was the fact that there was no romance. At least not with the main character. There are romantic subplots, like who likes who, and there is a LOT of that. However, it felt different. We have to listen to Dean's unrequited love, which you don't get often in a YA book. It felt more real to me in any case, because I have experienced a lot of that.
Anyway, thinking back on it, the book was a little slow, and the characters could've been more developed. I didn't had problems distinguishing them, but I read it all in one day so I couldn't forget anyone. I'm definitely reading the others and I'm just enjoying them for what they are. Don't expect prize winning material, but it's not a bad way to spend an afternoon....more
THIS COME'S OUT NEXT WEEK! HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS! I WANT TO SCREAM BUT I CAN'T BECAUSE MY STUDENTS ARE WRITING RIGHT NOW!!!!
AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHTHIS COME'S OUT NEXT WEEK! HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS! I WANT TO SCREAM BUT I CAN'T BECAUSE MY STUDENTS ARE WRITING RIGHT NOW!!!!
This was really adorable. It just took me back to the summer between Middle School and High School when I read the first six books like three times each. The Mediator is one of my favorite series, and this mini book was a smart idea. It really got me prepared and excited for the main series novel. I loved the mystery with the ghost, and the proposal was so typical of the characters. Of course, it was also romantic, but not like grand gestures romantic. Romantic in terms of "these characters are so perfect for each other that any proposal is perfect". Anyway, very fun read....more