Oh my God. This is one of those books which just hook me in, and I finished reading this spellbinding novel in just under 2 days. The characters are a...moreOh my God. This is one of those books which just hook me in, and I finished reading this spellbinding novel in just under 2 days. The characters are all achingly real and sad, and Piet especially is one of my favourite characters in terms of development and moments written of. The prologue was actually a bit too revealing, in my opinion, as i realised halfway throughout the book who all the people in question were, but thats not to say that I enjoyed it any less. I'm only 15 so most of the issues in 1950's Kenya were things i'd only treaded on whilst reading this book. i have to admit, some parts of the conversations about a newly independendent Kenya at the start were quite dull, but i realise that it would be what a lot of Afrikaners would be talking about with neighbours and friends, so i'm happy the Keating sisters included those parts. CONFESSION: i cried at the end of this book; not full blown sobbing, but a couple of tears were definitely shed, and it was the same thing for the sequel, A Durable Fire, which was breathtaking in itself. i'm normally very tough in books like these, when i know a tragedy is loomingly ominously at the end, but as i read this book in such a quick pace, the disaster was very heartfelt, and i felt sad for all the characters and myself because i had nearly finished the book and would land back on boring Earth instead of the idyllic-sounding Kenya which is a glory even with all the clashes between the countries and tribes. These Keating sisters are awesome story-tellers, and the way they describe the elephants especially is stunning, and i envy the three girls and their families for being able to experience all these captivating situations in the wild land that is Kenya. i have to admit Blood Sisters is near the top of my Favourite Books list, along with the sequel, and i have already started whining at my parents to take me on a safari to Kenya; who knows, i might even meet a daring adventurer like Anthony there! ;) (less)
this book is short and sweet, and i read it a few years back, when i was only about 12. now I'm 15, and i guiltily confess that i still love this book...morethis book is short and sweet, and i read it a few years back, when i was only about 12. now I'm 15, and i guiltily confess that i still love this book for it's story and fast pacing, which is rare in books more recently. the main hero is very likeable, but he's just about the only one; all the others are jsut creepy beyond belief, and I thank God that i dont have any classmates like the ones Josh unfortunately has. i would say that the way Spencer ends chapters is very great and intriguing, and the ending especially is great. i wish that it was longer, so i could enjoy the story for an even longer amount of time. (less)
This book was great. i was hooked in the moment i read the first line, which i always do when searching for new books. "I'm dying," said the voice. i me...moreThis book was great. i was hooked in the moment i read the first line, which i always do when searching for new books. "I'm dying," said the voice. i mean, how can anyone not be intrigued by that stonker of a first line? the rest of the book was thought-provoking, and i found myself spellbound in the troubled world of Dusty, Josh, and the Boy, who was a fascination all by himself. Tim Bowler was great at describing the world encircling Dusty and her friends, and i have never read snow being described as beautifully and majestically as Tim Bowler managed to do in this novel. absolutely stunning. i must admit, i had loads of unanswered questions at the end of the novel, but i didnt dwell on them in a frustrated manner, whilst cursing Tim Bowler with every name under the sun for leaving me out of the loop; instead, i realised the story just became that much more enthralling by all the mysteries and unanswered questions clogging it up.
the Boy was awesome, and i wish i could meet someone like him in my life, (though i doubt it would ever happen) The way he said everything Dusty and the readers needed to know in only a few words just left me stunned, and i applaud the author for creating such a mysterious, alluring character who swam around in my head all these years. (i first read this book when i was about 12 or 13, now i'm 15 and am on the hunt to buy a copy as soon as possible)
What really drew me to this novel was the title; the death was mentioned before the life, and I was curious as to whether this would interlace with th...moreWhat really drew me to this novel was the title; the death was mentioned before the life, and I was curious as to whether this would interlace with the story inside. Thank God that it did, or I would have been seriously disappointed. Another thing worth noting was the cover of the book...it's beautiful, and I read this book a few years ago, in 2005 I think, and yet that cover of two boys behind that beautiful, luminous sky is still sharp in my head. Well, well done to the designers is all I can say, and the cover also fits in with the whole story, too, so that's an added bonus.(less)