This is one of those books that I really went back and forth on for the rating. The difference is w Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
This is one of those books that I really went back and forth on for the rating. The difference is with this one, my amount of stars went from 1 to 5 to 2 to 5 to 4 and over and over. I just really didn't know what to think of this novel.
Gosh ... where to start ... when you begin reading Gone Girl, you think that you have this whole thing pegged within the first page. But then you read the third page and your views change and THEN you think you have it all figured out. It was almost with every page that something would change and you would think that you knew what was going on just to have your ass handed to you in the next paragraph and to be totally confused. Here ... it's like that game you play where you put your forehead on a baseball bat that is on the ground and you try to run around it then after so many rotations, you have to drop the bat and run to your team or whatever. That game is how this book makes you feel. You watch other people read this and you think that you can handle it and you won't get confused because you've been around the block - you've read so many books that you think the author can't pull the wool over your eyes. Well I call bullshit. I can guarantee that you can't figure this book out. It will keep you totally in the dark until the very last page.
The characters ... I can't say much because I don't want to give anything away so this will be difficult. Okay ... the characters are ... endearing. And deplorable. And the victim and the aggressor and the con-artist and so many other very contradictory words. I can't really talk about the characters. This feels like Fight Club. Rule #1 ...
I'll just say this, Gillian Flynn is completely twisted. She can write a book like none I've ever read. But a totally screwed up mind is the only one that could come up with the crap on these pages. That's all I've got. I can't say any more. I think that I'm glad I jumped on the bandwagon for this one and decided to pick Gone Girl up. And I'll probably read this one again because I'm sure there are things that I missed in my rush to read as quickly as possible so that I could find out what in the hell was going on. Geez. This is a messed up book. ...more
The first thing I saw when looking into this book was that it was compared to Mr. & Mrs. Smith Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
The first thing I saw when looking into this book was that it was compared to Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Bourne Identity. When I read that, I knew that this novel was for me. It's got the spy stuff (which I LOVE) and then its got the romance and excitement and suspense and what a wondrous combination it is!
I've read another novel by Devon Ashley, so I figured that I would enjoy this one as well. And man, did I ever. I couldn't seem to get enough. I positively devoured this novel. It was such an interesting spin on spies and I thought that with the characters being so young that it would really add a new twist and it did. Devon Ashley did a marvelous job in this basically barren New Adult/Spy sub-genre. To be honest, I really didn't know how this novel would go ... you would think that writing romancey-new adult novels would be a bit different from cranking one of these things out. Anyhow ...
As I've come to expect from Devon Ashley, the characters were very well written. I, once again, found myself connecting with each of the main characters even though I really had nothing in common with them. And that's a weird thing to transpire - I have NOTHING in common with these characters ... I'm not in my 20's, I wasn't living on the streets, I'm not a spy and countless other differentiations. Yet, I could really see myself in each of them. It was the weirdest thing. But that's the power of a great writer ... they can make you have some sort of connection with things that are so far out of your realm.
The story itself was really interesting. I didn't find myself skipping paragraphs to get away from boring parts or skimming pages because I just wanted to push through. No, I blazed through this whole thing because I was so excited to get to the end. Speaking of which ... the end was ... the end was bullshit. I was completely shocked and amazed and pissed and about 9 billion other things. Oh, this next one better come out soon, that's all I have to say....more
First of all, this cover is amazing. It's actually one of my favorite covers of the year! Everythin Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
First of all, this cover is amazing. It's actually one of my favorite covers of the year! Everything about it just made me want to read this book. Yeah, yeah ... don't judge a book by its cover. But everyone does and we just don't talk about it. Well, we don't talk about it unless you're in one of those underground book clubs that meet in secret and sit around and drink rather than discuss books all the while judging adults who read young adult novels and only picking up books that are on the Oprah Book List.
With derailment #1 out of the way, let's get this review started. I've never read anything by this author before but I would be open to another one in the future. This is a really nice coming of age novel and I enjoyed pretty much everything about it. Not all authors can successfully jump between past and present in a novel and keep the reader interested but Doxer did an amazing job of just that! Play of Light switches from past to present seamlessly and the novel couldn't have been written any other way.
The story as a whole was completely heartbreaking. The beginning of the novel just rips your heart out and then it continues to happen over and over throughout the entire thing - think Nicholas Sparks. Yeah. It was that sad. I just wanted the characters to catch a break. At any time. Any kind of break but they were dealt hardship after hardship. You would think that kind of novel would be horrible to read. And it was at times. There were some times that I just didn't think I could read any more because it was just too much. Too emotional, too sad ... just too much. The ironic thing was while I wanted to take a break from this novel because it was so charged that is what really pushed me to finish reading at the same time. I just had to know how this whole thing ended. I wanted to know if everything would be okay. I NEEDED everything to be okay.
All in all, a pretty good novel and I'm looking forward to what the author has in store for future novels. ...more
Oh, where to start. I blew through this book. And not for any good reason. I just had to finish it Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Oh, where to start. I blew through this book. And not for any good reason. I just had to finish it so that it would be done. That's a little general and with so many people loving this book, I do owe a big explanation. I mean, I'm definitely in the minority here. So maybe I'm just being super sensitive or picky because I just read something that was not my favorite ... I don't know. But here it is.
Let me start off from when I found this book. I haven't read anything by this author and I was looking forward to finding a new Romantic Suspense series to get hooked on. The premise of Full Throttle was really interesting and I loved the idea of the daughter of the POTUS falling for one of her "protectors" and all of that. But then I started reading.
Man. From the very beginning, I just got this undercurrent of immaturity just flowing VERY freely. Most of the comments coming from the characters and their inner thoughts sounded juvenile and ridiculous. There were all of these weird terms for shit and I just don't have time to check out the Urban Dictionary every five seconds to look up this awkward phrase when I should be enjoying a novel. Now, before you start in on me, yes. I realize that this is a New Adult novel. I get that. I've read dozens of New Adult novels and none of them have felt quite as patronizing toward that age as this one has. Come on. No self respecting twenty-year-old is going to talk like this and it just felt forced and completely insincere.
There were also tons of weird substitutions for saying crap or shit. It's just unnecessary. Well, it wouldn't be unnecessary if this was one of those books that didn't curse. I don't have a problem with books like that. More power to you, saint authors! But not cussing and thinking up weird shitty words and phrases is kind of negated when you are talking about a dude's junk in every other paragraph.
And that's another thing. I'm beginning to wonder if this was actually written by a horny 15 year-old. Now that's saying a lot!! I read tons of Historical Romance novels, now THOSE are filled with smut. Old smut, mind you, but smut none the less. And I love them. I love those trashy romance novels but the thing is, you know what they are when you pick them up. You know it's going to be a trashy romance novel and that isn't how it was with this one. I thought I was picking up a suspense novel and instead, I picked up a novel about a chick who when she gets into danger isn't thinking about survival, she's thinking about getting laid and the "rescuer" is thinking about his raging hard-on that he's had for years. Every two pages, there was a reference to this dude's penis. I'm okay with dick talk. It doesn't bother me but what does bother me is when it feels like that kind of thing is derailing the story. When you're reading a book, you can kind of feel where the novel is going to go next ... there's just this natural flow of things and man ... this book was like watching salmon try and get up that river only to be stopped by some dude swatting at them like baseballs with his junk.
Anyway ... not a fan. I probably won't try another one from this author. I've learned my lesson.
Like I said, I am in the minority with these views and the book comes out soon, so you should at least check it out. But keep in mind that I fully reserve the right to say "I told you so" if the need arises....more