Read way too many times. Great for children and for adults. Written plainly; easy read. There is a sweetness to the voice rounding out the entire storRead way too many times. Great for children and for adults. Written plainly; easy read. There is a sweetness to the voice rounding out the entire story. I've read this with each of my children, and each loved it in their own way....more
I am a visual person. Book covers do influence me. When I first saw the cover of LIFE, LIBERTY,AND PURSUIT, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. ButI am a visual person. Book covers do influence me. When I first saw the cover of LIFE, LIBERTY,AND PURSUIT, I wasn't sure I was going to like it. But it grew on me, encapsulating the story to a greater degree than I could have imagined. It fits; it really does.
This story was a pleasure to read. The writing was easy to read, and had a poignant almost poetic flow to it. Scenes were ordered for a quick pace which made the story hard to put away at times. It didn't have or need any big, bad villians or paranormal monsters lurking around every corner to drive my interest. The character driven threads were plenty to keep me reading.
At times I found myself fully drawn into the minds and hearts of Eliza and David, as if I had known them...And herein lies when I began cheering for their success. I especially enjoyed the awkward moments of their relationship. I think most people, regardless of age, could relate. This story was sweet and quaint, yet real and true to the trials a newly graduated teenage girl would face. My favorite character arch was how Eliza and David grew together. Susan does a magnificent job of subtly mapping out the struggles and growth of a young relationship. It is a thing of beauty, and these two characters, in my opinion, will stand the test of time.
As a writer, I found myself learning from the ease of Susan's style. She has a way of soothing her reader into a scene, and then before the reader knows it the scene is over, filling them yet leaving them a little bit hungry. It worked. ...more
It's a fun read, lighter than a lot of other vampire stories I've read.
From the opening scene, I was hooked. Heather Brewer does a great job of conveIt's a fun read, lighter than a lot of other vampire stories I've read.
From the opening scene, I was hooked. Heather Brewer does a great job of conveying the 'normalcy' Vlad craves. She places him in every day, normal settings any eighth grader would have to butt up against. He has the best friend, crushes on the cute girl in school, and has Aunt Nelly--the responsible guardian. Of course as the story progresses, he finds himself in a few unusual situations which is expected of any paranormal story.
Vlad is an articulate kid with a thirst for blood. Although his thirst is quenched through blood bags brought to him by his aunt, he does desire blood. Real human blood. He's not bound by some animal or vegetarian diet. This is a sweet coming-of-age story, despite Vlad's genetics being half human/ half vampire. Sweet...yup, I said that. I think Vlad is sweet. He grows stronger, smarter, and more courageous and in the end must face a few tough choices. He grows between the pages.
Although this book is considered young adult, I would recommend it to a selective middle grade audience. Those kids who are avid readers and relish in the paranormal. There is nothing vulgar or sexual about any scene or word. It's tastefully, and yes, sweetly done. Bravo, Ms. Brewer.
I look forward to reading the next installment: Ninth Grade Slays....more
Destined is a legendary tale, told in a modern voice and spiced with Harrell's gentle nature and charm. Her rendition breaths new life into this timelDestined is a legendary tale, told in a modern voice and spiced with Harrell's gentle nature and charm. Her rendition breaths new life into this timeless story of honor, love, and betrayal, introducing Psyche and Eros to a new generation.
True to it's mythological roots, Destined follows Psyche as she struggles with the her fate of being chosen 'a daughter of Aphrodite.' One of my favorite aspects of this retelling was Harrell's utilization of two POVs. I find it interesting to see a story from more than one vantage point. But Harrell goes even farther by giving the reader an intimate view of Psyche through a first person voice, all while teasing the reader by leaving Eros in third person. This method gives Eros' manliness a boost and makes for a faster paced story.
And speaking of Eros, could he get any hotter? If Harrell's physical description of him doesn't get you, the words she gives him will. His bad-boy attitude only makes him more attractive as does Harrell's decision to write his voice in third person. But slowly, as the story progresses, his cockiness softens and he grows emotions, changing the momentum of the story. I quickly found myself wanting more and more of him, unable to wait for the flip of the page.
Psyche is a strong protagonist, which young adults can relate to and admire. Harrell's usage of some of Greek Mythology's characters such as Persephone and Charon really give the tale vigor, and leave a thirst for more Mythology on the tongue. What better influence could a writer have then to intrigue a younger generation to seek out the classics....more
Read it so long ago but from what I remember...I loved it and hated it for so many reasons. It did what it was supposed to do. Guess it got me. Love SRead it so long ago but from what I remember...I loved it and hated it for so many reasons. It did what it was supposed to do. Guess it got me. Love Stephen King....more