Veronica Roth once more does an outstanding job of keeping the readers on their toes. Throughout the entire book there is a common struggle with maintVeronica Roth once more does an outstanding job of keeping the readers on their toes. Throughout the entire book there is a common struggle with maintaining loyalties, life and death situations, and internal conflicts that contribute to the main plot of the book.This book very much tests the friendships and relationships made in Divergent. Family betrays family, lovers lie and friendships are tested when the ultimate forgiveness is required. “Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.” Insurgent makes way for the development of Tris and Tobias'/Fours relationship. It's not easy or beautiful, there are a lot of obstacles and emotional baggage, with each keeping secrets from the other to try and protect them, which doesn't help matters. But it makes it real. They are forced into this tough situation, of course there's going to be struggles, and that's what makes it believable. ...more
Publishers Weekly When 17-year-old Mara wakes from a coma, she learns she was in an accident; her best friend, boyfriend, and his sister were all killePublishers Weekly When 17-year-old Mara wakes from a coma, she learns she was in an accident; her best friend, boyfriend, and his sister were all killed when an abandoned asylum collapsed on them. But Mara has no memory of why she was there. Hoping to escape her hallucinations and nightmares, she moves with her family from Rhode Island to Florida, and on the first day of school meets a handsome boy "miling at me like he knew me." Even as Mara's romance with Noah starts to simmer, her stress boils over, especially when her fantasies about bad people dying start coming true and she starts remembering the fateful night. There are plenty of haunting, cinematic images to capture readers' attention, but first-time author Hodkin has packed too much into this mystery, including a murder trial in the background and Noah's own secrets. Readers may enjoy drawing their own conclusions about what is real, but they will have a hard time tracking all the possibilities. And after so much windup, they will certainly feel let down by the scripted conclusion. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
18.10.14: ========= Well a book that I read in two sitting. I absolutely loved the book and I Started the second. It's the kind of books that grips you tight from page one and still has a hold of you long after you've read the last sentence on the last page. I found it absolutely captivating, riveting, smart, highly original, and brilliantly written and developed. The paranormal part is always apparent, and it has a nice, big mystery and paranoia and psychological edge to it that I wasn’t expecting. By the end of the book, there are still a lot of questions to be answered. Michelle Hodkin's writing was fantastic. The book flowed and the plot was great; characters were well developed and showed what she is capable of. I found I kept turning the pages and I always wanted to know what happened on that next page. She left you questioning, but provided just enough of an answer to make you keep going. Great Style, Great Twist at the end. As a bibliophile I loved Noah's room description, I liked how Mara takes a couple of books and ask for the synopsis fro Noah. Thanks Michelle Hodkin for a fantastic time with this book....more
I cried several times and just fell in love with Mia and all those who surrounded her, "her family". It's a truly touching and a wonderful story. I liI cried several times and just fell in love with Mia and all those who surrounded her, "her family". It's a truly touching and a wonderful story. I liked the way it switched back and forth, it made the pace faster for me, even though Forman moves from repeatedly past to present the story remains fluid and engaging. The depth of the emotions that Mia must navigate through is beautifully written. I really enjoyed the emotional journey through this book and would read others by Gayle Forman. From this book I was taught to not take everything for granted and not be be unhappy when we don't always get everything we want. Interesting how one can "see" family and friends while fighting to stay alive, trying to decide if it would be worth it when you have lost the people who meant the most to you. Amazing how resilient the body is. When it's not time to let go, then somehow the body says "wait". It's said that the hearing is the last of the senses to go, so a message to the family is: "Tell your loved one how much you love them and give the permission they need to "go" or "stay"....more
"The Fault in Our Stars" is a work that defies its genre in all the best ways possible. There is great benefit to all who read this. It’s not only abo"The Fault in Our Stars" is a work that defies its genre in all the best ways possible. There is great benefit to all who read this. It’s not only about two teens battling cancer; it’s about a lesson to all of us to live our lives every day, every minute. We should be thankful for this time especially if we are lucky enough to find love and be capable of giving. This story is beautiful, funny, heartbreaking and poignant. John Green truly told a great story of love, of life, of death, of humor. This is the first John Green book I've ever read and I am sure it want be the last one. Well the only mistake that I did is that I saw the movie in the middle of reading the book. So I took a little brake from the book. I love Agustus' metaphore with the cigarette. A great read even thought the theame is pretty hard, but it's part of our lives....more
This book provides the reader with a sense of the personal cost of the Spanish civil war on families. The writing is competent if not dazzling, and boThis book provides the reader with a sense of the personal cost of the Spanish civil war on families. The writing is competent if not dazzling, and both the frame story and the historical story embedded in it are quite compelling. Hislop gave me exactly what I was looking for: a fine sense of southern Spanish culture both in the present and during the time of the Spanish Civil War. Ms. Hislop's writing is so vividly detailed that you feel as if you are whisked away on an epic adventure to Spain where you have a front seat to bull fights, flamenco dancing and a stroll through the streets of Granada. My favorite character was Mercedes - her love for Flamenco and her guitarist Javier were an inspiration....more
This novel is set in Sweden and you jump in to an immediately fast paced plot, with lots of twists and surprises. It's a mainstream novel now, but isThis novel is set in Sweden and you jump in to an immediately fast paced plot, with lots of twists and surprises. It's a mainstream novel now, but is surprisingly deep. It touches on journalism and ethics, business and economic theories, and then builds in an in-depth family mystery with a huge cast of characters. You can trust no one, and you can't even pretend to know what happens next. My suggestion to any reader of it would be to turn the pages slowly and savor it, because you'll be so sorry to see it end. You'll also want to be sure to install heavy duty encryption on your computer as soon as possible, and you'll never read another article in The Economist in the same way again. I also have to mention that the author wrote at a high caliber of skill, there was no dumbing down of the literary aspect as some bestsellers often seem to do. This is the best novel I've read this year. The slow beginning puzzled me as to how this was going to be a mystery novel. The transition from a journalist's fall in the world of magazine publishing and economics into the the mystery and its eventual difficult outcome was so good, and so enhanced by the quirky and misfit character of Lisbeth Salander that I didn't want to leave the story, the area of Sweden, or the characters behind. I thought I had it all solved about halfway through, but I was nowhere near being right about what happened to a missing girl nearly 40 years ago. If you like cold case mysteries that are well-written with fascinating characters and a look into the world of hackers, you'll love this book. I'm glad that a few pages of the next book were included at the end of this one. I could have read on forever in this book, because the continuity of the story flowed along so well, and I hated to see it end. I'm just very sorry that the author's works are being published posthumously. Stieg Larsson didn't get to see his books published and the book world lost a wonderful writer.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The book unveils the story of the Guernsey Islands during and recently after WWII and how the war changed the lives ofI thoroughly enjoyed the book. The book unveils the story of the Guernsey Islands during and recently after WWII and how the war changed the lives of the inhabitants. The form of the book suits is subject and adds to the suspense and drama, allowing for changes in voice and perspecitves that may have been more difficult in a different form. The way the authors weave together the various characters' stories is engaging, basically, each character letting you see what they want you to see, while at the same time giving insight to the other characters that they didn't. I'm happy to have read this story. The residents' tales of wartime in the village, told in letters, were compelling. I was enjoying the more light-hearted present-day (right after the end of the war, that is) story as well, until I felt jarred by the ending. Even though I realize Ms. Barrows had to finish the story alone, I wish she had given more time to the ending so I could have believed in it. ...more
Review: The entire Aurora Teagarden series are fun little mysteries that keep you guessing til the end. I got bored with it towards the end because itReview: The entire Aurora Teagarden series are fun little mysteries that keep you guessing til the end. I got bored with it towards the end because it seemed to not relate too much to her personal life which didn't appeal to me. ...more
This novel is a decent thriller. Patterson writes in such a way to keep the pages turning with his short sentences and action packed storyline. The peThis novel is a decent thriller. Patterson writes in such a way to keep the pages turning with his short sentences and action packed storyline. The personal aspect of the kidnapping of Cross's niece adds some drama into the story. The story has plenty of thrills and chills, but there is certain realism to it, lots of young women disappear all over the country, things like this happen, there are no supernatural demons and creatures that lurk in the imagination, this can be real. When I was reading the book I kept thinking, what if that happened to me, what would I do? Fight to the death of course, hopefully the bad guy's death. I enjoyed this book immensely. It is true that there are some very graphic descriptions of violent acts involving female victims. Graphic descriptions of violent acts are not rare in books of this genre, and I don't see the complaints if the victims are men. So, if you have a serious problem with violence against women this book is probably not for you. ...more
A very good book, fast reading. This book continues the Ladies Murder Club. Patterson's characters are well developed and quite believable as well asA very good book, fast reading. This book continues the Ladies Murder Club. Patterson's characters are well developed and quite believable as well as likable. I look forward to his next foray with Lindsay Boxer a recommend to all mystery/detective fans. 4th of July, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is a very good book. It's a classic suspense novel with an extremely eerie vibe. This makes a hard book to put down.I enjoyed this book. Especially the two storylines, which go in parallel (the trial of Lindsay and her murder investigation). Overall it was an entertaining book. Patterson's style of small chapters (2-3 pages) is very addictive ... just one more chapter ... and another one. I am not sure how realistic the trial is, but the trial showed some real issues from two sides. It is also extremely fast paced and enjoyable as it contains a twist that caught me off guard(that I should have expected)....more
Apart from the break-neck pace, I love the way Patterson squeezes in contemporary facts and events in his thrillers. This latest in the Women's MurderApart from the break-neck pace, I love the way Patterson squeezes in contemporary facts and events in his thrillers. This latest in the Women's Murder Club series is every bit as nailbiting as the first two, but with a slight twist: this time, the solution to a grisly string of bombings cannot come without the expense of having to lose someone very close to our amateur detectives.
Riveting plot twists. Bullet paced turn of events. This novel packs in just about everything you would expect from a wholesome crime thriller. If you've read the first 2 in the series, you'd probably be even better off as you could relate more easily to the fears and idiosyncrasies of our intriguing protagonists.
Don't know how Patterson does it, but he just keeps on getting better and better! Couldn't put 3rd Degree down. ...more
הרעיון להציג את השואה מנקודת מבטו של כלב הוא מקורי ומבריק. יצירה שמשלבת את דעתו של האדם בפיו של ידידו הטוב ביותר. שמחדדת את חייתיות ה'אדם' הנאצי מול 'הרעיון להציג את השואה מנקודת מבטו של כלב הוא מקורי ומבריק. יצירה שמשלבת את דעתו של האדם בפיו של ידידו הטוב ביותר. שמחדדת את חייתיות ה'אדם' הנאצי מול 'אנושיותו המוסרית' של הכלב. אין זה רומן,סיפור אהבה, או מתח אלא סיפור מסע בדרך אחרת , מאוד מיוחד ומהנה לקריאה
The idea to show the holocaust from the viewing point of a dog is something original and original. Its a creation that combines a man opinion in the mouth of his best friend. It also focuses the cruelty of the nazi "people" against the " moral humaneness" of the dog. It isn't romance, love story, or suspence, it is a story of an other journey, something special and enjoyable to read....more
This book is about appreciating your family history. It is based on a Jewish family and their struggles, but you do not have to be Jewish to love thisThis book is about appreciating your family history. It is based on a Jewish family and their struggles, but you do not have to be Jewish to love this book. I am a "sucker" for books with love of family and faith--- and adding a little romance never hurt anything! Few authors can capture history, human emotion and romance as well as international bestselling author Naomi Ragen. In "The Ghost of Hannah Mendes: A Novel", she expertly interweaves the tragic chronicle of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews with the spellbinding tale of Hannah Mendes, a true historical figure of unconquerable spirit and will, and the moving story of a modem American family in danger of losing its cherished heritage. The novel is absolutely riveting. It is a wonderful mix of culture, history, romance, mystery and suspense. I found it an enchanting and charmful way of learning a piece of history through fiction. This is a wonderful book for people who view history as boring. One can feel the cruelty that was felt by the jewish people during this time through the eyes of a fiction character. Which in turn, leaves one with a new perspective and respect for culture and history. The words simply flow and keep ones attention. ...more
What an unusual concept for book, this story of a man obsessed by capturing the ultimate perfume. I'm not sure what to think of this book. It was defiWhat an unusual concept for book, this story of a man obsessed by capturing the ultimate perfume. I'm not sure what to think of this book. It was definitely interesting in its vivid description of Paris and various places in France. The imagery that the author used was fantastic and really made you feel as if you were there. I did not really enjoy the story and plot. I didn't really think it was that entertaining even with the crazy ending....more
Review Steinbeck's peculiarly intense simplicity of technique is admirably displayed in this vignette - a simple, tragic tale of Mexican little people,Review Steinbeck's peculiarly intense simplicity of technique is admirably displayed in this vignette - a simple, tragic tale of Mexican little people, a story retold by the pearl divers of a fishing hamlet until it has the quality of folk legend. A young couple content with the humble living allowed them by the syndicate which controls the sale of the mediocre pearls ordinarily found, find their happiness shattered when their baby boy is stung by a scorpion. They dare brave the terrors of a foreign doctor, only to be turned away when all they can offer in payment is spurned. Then comes the miracle. Kino find a great pearl. The future looks bright again. The baby is responding to the treatment his mother had given. But with the pearl, evil enters the hearts of men:- ambition beyond his station emboldens Kino to turn down the price offered by the dealers- he determines to go to the capital for a better market; the doctor, hearing of the pearl, plants the seed of doubt and superstition, endangering the child's life, so that he may get his rake-off; the neighbors and the strangers turn against Kino, burn his hut, ransack his premises, attack him in the dark - and when he kills, in defense, trail him to the mountain hiding place- and kill the child. Then- and then only- does he concede defeat. In sorrow and humility, he returns with his Juana to the ways of his people; the pearl is thrown into the sea.... A parable, this, with no attempt to add to its simple pattern. ...more