So if you like snark this is the book for you. Yes it was funny at times and I was laughing out loud. There were somethings that sure if you want to t...moreSo if you like snark this is the book for you. Yes it was funny at times and I was laughing out loud. There were somethings that sure if you want to take in an offensive mood you could but come on it's Tina Fey I don't personally take anything she says as a personal attack. For one she doesn't know me and for two I just don't know her as a person (although this book does help with that) and I can't say where she comes from.
THOUGHTS/OPINION: First and foremost I do not under any circumstances read Stephen King due to horror and to be honest I just don't do horror. When I f...moreTHOUGHTS/OPINION: First and foremost I do not under any circumstances read Stephen King due to horror and to be honest I just don't do horror. When I found out he did a time travel novel and it involved JFK I immediately yelled SOLD! Also this was my first audio book sort of... I listened to a nonfiction book as a beginner so in a way this was my first attempt at fiction in audio format. I enjoyed the man who did the audio and his attempts at accents as well as pitches. This led to giving each character their own thoughts. It also separated them in my head to help with any confusion that might have occurred. Needless to say that part was very enjoyable. I admit that I did and yet didn't realize how long of a time commitment this was going to take on my end. 30 CD's seriously look at that again 30 and each one was at least 45 minutes to an hour long. A HOUR LONG I just gave 30 hours of my life. While the book was good, it wasn't 30 hours of my life good. There were parts where I seriously rolled my eyes, wondering did you just take a hour to describe a 5 minute fight and than turned around and took 5 minutes to describe something I would've been good with having a hour long conversation about?!? That's a Stephen King novel. They are long and very, very, very detailed. Some like that I do not. So I fast forwarded a lot toward the end, which should've been the exciting part and had the first part of the novel moved quicker I'm sure I would not have felt the need to fast forward the latter half. The story in general was good. There were a few moments of stunned graphic detail that made me either want to stop or continue but felt dirty afterwords. There were moments where I sat back and thought about it and he did make you think about the cause and effects of time travel. I do like how it all tied in and well needless to say had a lesson to think about that made me go... that actually makes total sense. There were parts where I questioned if he was serious and he had parts in his story that made me want to go and research more of the JFK saga. There was a lot of cussing (so be warned if that turns you off) and there was violence (that was described graphically as well). Also there was sex scenes and I can't say it would have matter if a man or a woman wrote it there was a lot of sex involved which of course not shockingly enough was with a *gasp* virgin that makes me mad (why did she have to be a Mary Sue with sex she was divorced seriously?!) anyway that would be a side rant. Clearly there were things I enjoyed Mr. King is an excellent writer with a lot of details. The story does make you think and has stuck with me. Those are 2 qualities I look for in a book.
FINAL GRADE: I would give it a B- (cussing, sex, and violence plus a quick peek at IT another novel involving a killer clown was thrown in for fun).
Would you recommend this story? If you don't mind the above warnings then sure.
Is this a part of a reading challenge? new author and yearly reading challenge.(less)
TITLE: Thieving Forest AUTHOR: Martha Conway COPYRIGHT: 2014 TYPE: historical fiction PAGES: 416 SERIES: not that I am aware of
REASON FOR READ: Netgalley ha...moreTITLE: Thieving Forest AUTHOR: Martha Conway COPYRIGHT: 2014 TYPE: historical fiction PAGES: 416 SERIES: not that I am aware of
REASON FOR READ: Netgalley had it up and ready for readers
SUMMARY (from Goodreads): On a humid morning in 1806, seventeen-year-old Susanna Quiner watches helplessly from behind a tree while a band of Potawatomi Indians kidnaps her four older sisters from their cabin. With both her parents dead from Swamp Fever and all the other settlers out in their fields, Susanna rashly decides to pursue them herself. What follows is a young woman's quest to save her sisters and the parallel story of her sisters' new lives.
Over the next five months, Susanna tans hides in a Moravian missionary village; escapes down a river with a young native girl; discovers an eccentric white woman raising chickens in the middle of the Great Black Swamp; and becomes a servant in a Wyandot village longhouse. The man who loves her, Seth Spendlove, is in pursuit after he realizes that his father was involved in the kidnapping. Part Potawatomi himself but living a white man’s life, Seth unwittingly sets off on his own quest to reclaim his birthright. He allies himself with a Potawatomi named Koman, one of the band of men who originally abducted the Quiner sisters, but who now wishes to make his own retribution. Together they canoe through the Black Swamp and into enemy territory looking for Susanna, and while they travel Koman teaches Seth about their shared heritage.
THOUGHTS/OPINION: I struggled with this book. On the one hand I adored it and would push and push to read it. On the other hand it would drag and I would have to force myself to push through. There were times when the book moved too slow to where I almost was completely over it and then all of the sudden it would rush through the parts I wanted it to go slow. All in all not a bad historical fiction novel the history was written in such a way I didn’t feel as if I was reading a history book. The characters were fleshed out well enough and they all evolved in one way or another. While there were some personal things I had issues with the book in general was a nice read.
THINGS I LIKED I enjoy when characters grow and evolve and I have to say all of them did just that in this book. One or two took a step back but at least it was movement. None of the characters mentioned or introduced in this book remained stagnate. The main character Susanna did grow but also maintained some of her original thoughts which is fair. There are things we will grow and learn from and yet they may or may not change our deep seated beliefs. It was good to see the sister either adapting to their situations or not adapting. They all went through hardships and trials and for them to reach the point where they did to survive I have to say was the best part. I liked that Indians were not the bad guys they actually helped the sisters at different points. This wasn’t a book that wanted us to think that all Indians are like this. This book in fact showed at least 3 different tribes and how they interacted with white people and each other. I enjoyed reading about the different tribes and different viewpoints a lot.
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE I thought the ending was rushed. I felt as if I almost didn’t get any of the closure I was looking for. It felt like I read and read and read over the sanctuary and the snake bite and what that was like and yet I didn’t even really get to know what the heck happened at the end. I wanted more I wanted to know what was happening with all their lives at the end not just a quick glimpse and oh there we go congrats you finished. (I am trying not to spoil it here) but dang I wanted more. I almost felt like that’s it? That’s all of an ending I get? Don’t get me wrong this didn’t turn me off from the book I just didn’t have that sigh of wow great wrap up.
Favorite part or line from story: I liked the part with Seth and Susanna (which is also the part I felt was rushed and didn’t get enough attention) but I have to say Seth had me from the beginning.
Would you recommend this story? yes
Is this a part of a reading challenge? New author and yearly challenge (less)
Not bad I sadly read a spoiling review about it and now regret it. I kind of had it figured out and wish that I had just continued to read and allow t...moreNot bad I sadly read a spoiling review about it and now regret it. I kind of had it figured out and wish that I had just continued to read and allow the spell to unwind when it was suppose to. (less)
I have to admit that I like this book better then PLL I know that is a sin but its true. Although the character is just as bad there are some redeemin...moreI have to admit that I like this book better then PLL I know that is a sin but its true. Although the character is just as bad there are some redeeming qualities to them. in other words contrary to PLL there are some nice people in this book. AKA Ethan and Emma, plus the parents. Now don't get me wrong I did already watch the TV show but this one is a lot better by far. I do like how the EVIL Sutton is dead in the book. I like it a lot cause let's be real she is awful! More to come on a full review later.(less)