The subject of this is crazy: a polygamist community in Utah in which girls are married as young as 12 to men as young as 40.
This story of survival dThe subject of this is crazy: a polygamist community in Utah in which girls are married as young as 12 to men as young as 40.
This story of survival deals mainly with Rachel and Sara, two half sisters who live under their father's thumb. Sara is told to marry her uncle by "divine intervention" and Rachel has 18 men who say that they've been "ordered by god" to marry her. It is so obvious that all these men just think with their pricks. And it is disgusting what they do with the underage girls.
Despite all that, Sara and Rachel manage to escape in one form or another throughout the book in many forms. This story was very suspenseful at times, but overall there was a happy ending and justice served to some of the bigger culprits.
Avery's (who is actually 2 women) writing style was very wonderful. The story flowed, occasionally into humorous turns of phrase. They have a knack of writing not seen in many young adult authors.
I'm glad that I decided to read this book after all. I almost didn't want to, because of the subject matter, but then I figured perhaps I would learn something new. And I definitely did....more
This book was traumatizing. But I suppose everyone says that about V.C. Andrews. She honestly comes up with the oddest families ever, and then makes tThis book was traumatizing. But I suppose everyone says that about V.C. Andrews. She honestly comes up with the oddest families ever, and then makes them even crazier by tossing in such things as incest.
This one here, these four children (siblings) are locked into an attic for years because their mother is too afraid of her parents to acknowledge their existence. Honestly, what a horrible mother! Still, I suppose those mothers actually exist, and after reading this, I definitely know what NOT to do!
Anyway, the end of the book was both revolting and cheering. I wont go into details here, but there are a few more in this series, from which you can infer that the children don't end up staying in the attic!
Andrews' writing is great. Nothing where I drool over, but rather it flows well and moves forward well. Nothing to complain about at all, which is just as rare as having an author to drool over!...more
This story, although set in a world very similar to our own, speaks to a part of me that wishes for more structure. Not only that, but I do love the cThis story, although set in a world very similar to our own, speaks to a part of me that wishes for more structure. Not only that, but I do love the characters, the simplicity of Bran especially, and the very wonderful way that Maculategiraffe managed to show a slave's point of view without making a mockery of it: walking that fine line between submission and passion.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interesting in this genre (that being, m-m, m-f polyamourous relationships, slave-master relationships, and a darker side to life). It is a wonderful story even without the erotic bits thrown in, they just make it more fun. ...more
I got this book early this morning and I picked it up on the way to work. I couldn't focus all day for reading, and just now finished it!
It was such aI got this book early this morning and I picked it up on the way to work. I couldn't focus all day for reading, and just now finished it!
It was such a moving story about Kathleen O'Malley and her life in the "justice" system of Ireland in the 50's and 60's. She was taken from her loving, caring mother and put into a sort of "religious workhouse" for orphans all because she was born out of wedlock. She was raped and then put back into another prison-like confinement until she was 16. She she spend almost her whole adult life still in this prison due to the brainwashing she received at such a young age.
I was really really glad to read this book. It's nothing something easy to digest (sort of like A Child Called "It") but it did make me rethink my own childhood and how good I've had things.
I love Kathleen's candid take on her whole life. She has accepted what happened to her, and now wants to share with the rest of the world. Raising awareness for these things is just so important, I find. Plus, it makes me feel justified to be anti-institutions, especially religious ones....more
I think that this was one of my more favorite longer books in The Administration series, just because it had a greater focus on Toreth's everyday lifeI think that this was one of my more favorite longer books in The Administration series, just because it had a greater focus on Toreth's everyday life and his thinking in other situations than work and sex. I'm glad that he managed to get revenge for Sara (show's that he does have a certain type of morality and isn't totally psychopathic) although it wasn't one of his smartest moves ever. It's a great story in the series!...more
Okay, so I finally got up the courage to finish this super long novel! (837 pages as pdf, if it were published that's like, what, 1500 pages? More?)
ThOkay, so I finally got up the courage to finish this super long novel! (837 pages as pdf, if it were published that's like, what, 1500 pages? More?)
This is a free ebook that can be found on the link from the book page.
Quick summary: Sin is a dangerous psychopath who just so happens to be trained as an assassin. He's spent the last year locked up in a tiny box and now he has been released for a new mission. For this task, he needs a partner, but since he's killed all his last three partners, The Agency is not so keen on assigning him just anyone.
Enter Boyd: emotionally scarred after the death of his father, and then of his best friend and one true love, who was murdered right in front of his eyes. All he has left is a mother who doesn't care for him. She asks him to come in to The Agency for a job interview though. He is accepted.
Thus starts Boyd's and Sin's partnership, which at times is the worst thing either of them both imagined, but at other times the best partnership either of them have ever had.
My opinion: I gave this book 5 stars because it was overall just wonderful. There are a few flaws in it, though, which I will talk about more further on.
First off, I couldn't help but compare this novel often with the stories set in The Administration (see: Mind Fuck) series by Manna Francis. They are both set in a future sci-fi world after a large scale "world war three" which created a dystopian society in which the books are primarily set.
I disliked some of the nuances of this dystopian world, though. Not because they were distasteful, but rather because they weren't detailed enough. I just don't know enough about the world to picture it. But perhaps this is better explained in the squeal to this novel.
Secondly, I loved the characters. They were all realistic and understandable, for the most part. At first I really couldn't put Boyd or Sin into predictable categories, which, I suppose, was part of the plan of the authors. I loved some of the character descriptions, which made it very easy to visualize how they looked like (especially Sin, when he is first described!)
Thirdly, the writing style bugged me. Sometimes more often than others. Mostly this was due to the fact that the book at times read more like a manga than a novel ought to. For instance, cut scenes, or scenes where you just KNOW they were written more on how they were visualized rather on what action is going on. This was often times unsettling, although if you prefer manga style, then maybe you ought to read this book. (This is probably influence from the culture of the authors, but I have no proof.)
When it came to writing style in an action scene then I totally lost the overview. I wasn't sure how we got from point A to point B because the details weren't written as clearly as the emotional ground covered within a characters soul.
Fourthly, for the most part the book is very wordy. That means there is a lot of analysis of thoughts, emotions, feelings, situations, what-ifs, etc. That also means when it does come down to an action scene that the writing is rather skimpy. And that most dialogue is more like monologue followed by monologue of the other character, rather than two people conversing.
Fifthly, I loved the plot. Although it felt like it took 400 pages to actually get into the story, by the time Sin and Boyd made it to Mexico I had a pretty good grasp on the characters and their situations. Without all the former missions that they had to complete, the story would definitely have been lacking.
Overall, I feel that the story could have been cut into parts (which probably will be if it ever gets published) to make clear-cut lines between the different segments. But, as thing stand, the story is very well written (though annoying in structure at times), has wonderful characters, a thought-out interwoven plot and is set in a realistic setting. ...more
After I lost my first copy I re-bought this book. It took me 3 years to remember the title, but I finally remembered it and rebought the book. It's stAfter I lost my first copy I re-bought this book. It took me 3 years to remember the title, but I finally remembered it and rebought the book. It's still one of my absolute favorites....more
After reading this, I really don't know what to rate this book. It was so powerful, and yet, the plot wasn't overly amazing, the characters weren't imAfter reading this, I really don't know what to rate this book. It was so powerful, and yet, the plot wasn't overly amazing, the characters weren't impossible and the writing style was nothing super special.
Regardless of all that, I still felt like the book moved me, somehow. I know that when the end came about that it made me cry, and I am so glad that it was a HEA.
This was a crazy powerful book that was less about romance and love but more about achieving the impossible in the face of adversity (something I feel we all struggle with at any time in our lives). ...more
I enjoyed some previous Andrews novels (especially the 4 girls known as the Orphans) but this book just was freaky, annoying and just plain weird!
HeaI enjoyed some previous Andrews novels (especially the 4 girls known as the Orphans) but this book just was freaky, annoying and just plain weird!
Heaven lives in a rather 1800's way, out in the hills of some southern state, in really primitive conditions with her father, grandfather and way too many siblings to count. Her life sucks horribly, but things go from bad to worse: her mother runs away, her father starts showing an interest in her body, her younger siblings are sold into adoption by her abusive father, then her older siblings and soon enough it's all come to the point that we know it has: groppy-hands Daddy getting his filthy paws on the goods.
I stopped reading a while before it came to that point, but I was maybe a third of the way through the story and I'm sure that that was where Andrews was headed (isn't she always?).
On top of that, I was actually listening to the audiobook version of this novel. It was being read by this really old lady, granny of a voice, who had this squeaky high-pitch and just irritated the f*** out of me! Maybe with an actual book I could have read on, but I really don't see it happening at all; the story is just too icky.
Andrews, try writing something positive already; not so much abuse, incest, paedophilia, etc. ...more
The end of this novel was so emotional and consuming. I read the last 15% in one sitting!
I don't know whether to hate this book or to love it. ChengiThe end of this novel was so emotional and consuming. I read the last 15% in one sitting!
I don't know whether to hate this book or to love it. Chengi was very lucky by being found by someone who could love her, in Africa. Normally it's immediately into the slave trade for girls there.
There were times when I felt longing for her freedom and fulfilment of desires, but that doesn't mean that I will go off on such an adventure myself. This book touched something within me, and although it's an erotic novel, the focus is really more on the joy and flexibilty of being a woman rather than sex in every position. I think every mature woman ought to read this book; since we cannot all take the actual journey ourselves, at least we can find some truth amongst these pages. Perhaps many readers would find all the "as a woman, reality is like this" admonssions annoying, but I found most of them truthful for me. Who doesn't harbor secret fantasies or wear skimpy clothing in our western worlds to attract men?
I just dislike the end, but it fits to the overall storyline, so I won't say anymore to that. This novel ought to have a six star rating, it was that amazing....more
Wow... wait... I started reading this 7 months ago? Really? Still, it was necessary to have that really long break in between!
I really disliked this bWow... wait... I started reading this 7 months ago? Really? Still, it was necessary to have that really long break in between!
I really disliked this book while I was first reading it. The writing style (free prose, more like thoughts scattered; sentences broken and not proper and just mixed up) really annoyed me, but more than that the subject matter and the way the protagonist was acting was just... irritating.
Yet when I reopened the ebook and finished reading it 2 nights ago, I found the writing style really fit to the subject matter at hand; and on top of that it was fast to read, compelling and interesting.
This is a book more or less written from the perspective of a crystal meth addict and all her misadventures due to the drug. Sounds a lot like Speak, you're probably thinking. In a way, you're right, since all these teenagers-and-their-life-of-drugs-books are similar. But since the novel is actually written from a scattered, messed-up, shot-up-on-drugs mind, and that is 100% reflected in the writing style, it does read like you're actually partaking of the monster, crank, crystal meth, itself.
The whole last half of this book affected me so much... I really felt like I was in Kristina's mind, going through her stuff. Especially some of the situations she ran into, reminded me of my own days back in California and high school. Because I forged this personal connection to the book, it managed to reach up from the 1 star I felt it deserved when I first started reading to the now 3 star rating.
If the subject matter is your cup of tea, then this book is definitely for you. Otherwise... it might not be what you expect....more