This was quite an interesting read. It reveals just how far one can lose themselves in a relationship with another person. In this case, it'...moreMy Review:
This was quite an interesting read. It reveals just how far one can lose themselves in a relationship with another person. In this case, it's not the healthiest relationship, and in the end is quite detrimental to our main character, but while it is a bit anti-climatic in the end, the story is well written and Max manages to extricate himself with something left of himself.
There are many other things I could say about this book, but we've all been in a relationship that maybe wasn't the best so you know the basic idea. However, knowing that this is somewhat of a memoir for the author, it makes the feelings evoked by the interactions of the characters that much more real.
Definitely a book to read at least once and I look forward to reading the follow up tale, Lounge Lizards.(less)
Faust’s imagery is so vivid that it’s hard at times to separate her descriptions from your own imagination as you are drawn into the world of the Immo...moreFaust’s imagery is so vivid that it’s hard at times to separate her descriptions from your own imagination as you are drawn into the world of the Immortals, Phuree, Tyst, and Chronos. The third book in the series picks up where the second left off, and it doesn’t stop until the very last page. This was a book that I couldn’t read fast enough and yet I found myself tasting it word by word as if it were a treasure to be savored and not devoured. It is rare that a book will elicit reactions from all the senses as the author weaves their tale, but Faust certainly has this extraordinary ability. At a time when vampires sparkle in the sunlight, it’s a breath of fresh air to have some truly unique and enticing Immortals to lust after.
As you might guess, I highly recommend this book and the series in its entirety. My only question for you is why haven’t you read it yet?
Now that all three are available, pick them up and lock yourself away for a weekend if it even takes you that long to consume them. You will want more of Faust’s writings as well as more of the characters you will grow to love. I can only wait for what comes next from Gabrielle Faust.(less)
I fully expected this to be a typical teen romance with a little bit of family drama thrown in. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this wasn’t en...moreI fully expected this to be a typical teen romance with a little bit of family drama thrown in. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this wasn’t entirely predictable and while there were some parts where I thought Emily wasn’t exactly doing the smart thing, in the end, I feel she made some good choice given her circumstances.
The story slowly reveals more and more about Emily’s perceived idyllic life as the daughter of a prep school headmaster. She’s grown up on the campus and now lives in the dorms with her friends, some who remain her friend and some who drift apart and are replaced by another. It reveals a lot about how someone who almost always follows the rules can fall for the “bad boy” and have her world turned upside down. Surprisingly, the most shocking lies she uncovers have only a little to do with bad boy Del Sugar. Although he is a classic bad boy, he isn’t the main focus of the story and yet he plays a key role in how Emily’s situation develops and unfolds.
A good coming of age story, and a worthwhile quick read if you want an intriguing story without all the nonsense that you usually find in young adult novels.(less)
Dog Blood is the sequel to Hater (my review here) and I couldn’t have asked for a better novel. It’s fast paced, and even more mind bending than the f...moreDog Blood is the sequel to Hater (my review here) and I couldn’t have asked for a better novel. It’s fast paced, and even more mind bending than the first. The world is now divided between the Haters and the Unchanged. Families are divided and separated while the Unchanged try to hold off the Haters who will stop at nothing to destroy all the Unchanged.
The story picks up with Mark, Danny’s cousin, who is Unchanged and his survival in the city center with his pregnant wife, in-laws, Danny’s wife, and a secret. It shows just how much the world has changed since the Haters began to emerge. It then flips over the Danny, our main character from Hater, as he struggles to survive out in the world as a Hater. Danny moves from group to group and searching for his daughter, Ellis, who was taken along with his sons by his wife when she runs away from him. He heads back to the only place he knows to start his search and it only gets more interesting from there.
This is one that is so hard to describe without giving something important away and this is one that you really need to read yourself to experience the full effect of Moody’s well researched and thought provoking dystopian fiction. Read Haters, and then read Dog Blood. You won’t regret it.(less)
I loved this book. It is a diary of Ernst, a clockwork man, who was built by a famed German clock maker. Not only does he makes some intriguing and be...moreI loved this book. It is a diary of Ernst, a clockwork man, who was built by a famed German clock maker. Not only does he makes some intriguing and beautiful clocks that are renowned throughout the world in the late 1800s, but he has made Ernst. Ernst begins by telling us that he is keeping this journal at the request of both his maker and an academic who suggested he write down his thoughts and feelings for others to learn from them.
Jablonsky does a wonderful job of making Ernst a wonderful narrator for this story. It is almost as if you are truly reading the journal of a clockwork man. The struggles he faces and how he does not quite understand things. I am at times reminded of Data from the Star Trek series as he is many years old but still learning the ways of the world and how people interact and do what they do to themselves and others. Although given the time differences, I believe Data had quite an easier time than Ernst. Automatons were considerably rare and anything out of the ordinary was thought to be the work of the devil and out to hurt people.
The details described and the characters themselves are well portrayed and this story is so vivid in description it is not hard to fall into the world of Ernst’s first life and subsequent life after many years in isolation. His choices are difficult but he succeeds in all that he sets out to accomplish.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone. It is a quick read that will draw you in until you cannot wait to find out what will happen next.(less)
This was an interesting book. Richly detailed and filled with mysteries all around, I couldn’t wait to find out what was happening to Tim. Malfi manag...moreThis was an interesting book. Richly detailed and filled with mysteries all around, I couldn’t wait to find out what was happening to Tim. Malfi manages to tell the story without giving too many hints as to what is going to happen and the ultimate reason behind the trip to Nepal. There wasn’t as much mysticism as I expected from the description, but there was enough to justify the references to it as the story unfolds. For someone who would love to trek across the mountains of Nepal, but will probably never actually do so, I found this book to be a great way to experience some of the highlights and pitfalls of an expedition such as this. There is a darker side to the trek that only adds to the pitfalls the team encounters.
I would suggest this book to anyone with a heart for adventure and looking for a good mystery.(less)
It’s like Twilight, but for the thinking adolescent. It has not only a strong female protagonist who actually thinks for herself but it was eerie and...moreIt’s like Twilight, but for the thinking adolescent. It has not only a strong female protagonist who actually thinks for herself but it was eerie and unpredictable, which is not always something easily come by in young adult fiction.
The story was unique and while there was a bit of a love story in it, the secrets that abound make it a small part of the story and not the main focus.
It's clear that this author knows what she's doing and while I don't know what name she writes her other books under, I can't wait to see what more she writes in the paranormal category.
So read this book. Forget about Bella and Edward and/or Jacob. Instead find an empowered female who takes the lead in trying to discover just what her mind has blocked when she witnesses her parents slaughter. You won’t regret it.(less)
I’m not usually much for serial mysteries as I rarely find myself wanting to read about the same character searching out the answers to some murder or...moreI’m not usually much for serial mysteries as I rarely find myself wanting to read about the same character searching out the answers to some murder or other mystery. However, my roommate picked it up before me and suggested I might like it.
The story moves along at a good pace and the characters, while not fully developed, are developed enough to keep the story moving along. I didn’t particularly fall in love with the main character, Liv Bergen, who by the title will no doubt make an appearance in a future story to solve another mystery. However, she was at least a decent sleuth in this story.
The murders were well thought out and descriptive but not over the top in the gore, especially in the few cases where the murders were particularly gruesome. It felt like Brannan did her research when she was writing the story and while I had the murderer picked out from pretty early on, she did manage to throw some doubt here and there as the story unfolds.
I do think that if you like serial mysteries where you will no doubt learn more about the lead as further stories come out you will definitely enjoy this book. And if you’re looking for a quick weekend read with a decent story, you can’t go wrong with this choice.(less)
While I was reading this book, I was trying to think how I would describe it. And yet now that I’ve finished reading it and sat on this review for...moreWhile I was reading this book, I was trying to think how I would describe it. And yet now that I’ve finished reading it and sat on this review for a few days trying to flesh it out in my head, I find that my first thought still remains the best way to describe this book.
There is such depth to this tale, and it is filled with such emotion that it reminds me of a great piece of music that could almost bring you to tears. It’s heart wrenching and yet, peaceful, bringing you from start to finish while exposing you to numerous thoughts and emotions you may not have expected from such a book. Blackwell clearly did her research into the world of music to create such a profound piece of literature.
Because I could continue to lavish praise upon this book, I wanted to instead share a memory that came to mind while reading this book. I have been a pianist for many years and by and far my favorite piece is Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto. Unfortunately, I am only able to play a few pages of it, and being such a difficult piece, it is a rare occasion to hear it performed live. The first year I moved to NYC, I had the opportunity to hear it played with the NY Philharmonic. I am not an overly emotional person as anyone who knows me personally will attest to, but when that piece was played, I had tears of such joy streaming down my face for most of the performance.
For a piece of music to touch me in that way is a rarity and for a book, it is even more so, and so I would recommend this book to anyone, but most especially to those with a deep appreciation for music.(less)
Karin hits this subject matter right on the head. It's not our fault we're still single. We're not too picky, too crazy, too needy, or too independent...moreKarin hits this subject matter right on the head. It's not our fault we're still single. We're not too picky, too crazy, too needy, or too independent. Yes some people have found their mate, but it doesn't happen that easily for everyone. And we don't need to change who we are just to land us a husband. I've found in many of my relationships, that I've changed who I am sometimes in small ways, sometimes in bigger ways, but in the end I wasn't happy in a relationship that I couldn't be myself in. Karin picks apart a variety of comments a single woman will hear and usually dread hearing and analyzes it from her point, another woman in that situation and even gets a man's point of view on the topic as well. It's a clearly thought out book, with a lot of great advice on how we may not have found the one yet, but that's not a reason to settle for whoever comes along next.
During our meeting at the BEA, Karin and I discussed how this book came into being. Karin, like many women in their 30s and 40s, constantly gets questioned by friends and family why she hasn't found herself a man and settled down yet. Now I've met her, and Karin is not an ugly hag who's past her prime in any sense. She's beautiful, confident, and we truly had a blast. I can't imagine it would be any different when she meets a man. But while she did come close to getting married once, she realized that it wasn't right for her and in a way I'm glad she did. I don't think this book would have come into being had she settled down with someone who wasn't quite right for her.
I recall one part of our conversation about how many women feel their biological clock ticking and that's what forces them to settle for the next guy who comes along who while not her ideal man, would make a good baby daddy so that she doesn't have to grow old without a child and a family. One of Karin's friends would tell her, 'Oh my biological clock? I can't hear it. It must be digital.' Perfect! I think I threw her for a loop though when I commented that while I off and on have had the desire to have a child, rare as it is, that if it came to the point that I was ready for children, I am not concerned with where they come from. I'd be perfectly happy to adopt a child as there are plenty in this world that need a loving home. So while my clock is ticking, to steal her friend's phrase: it must be digital.
Karin's insight into the world of why people ask us these at times rude and embarrassing questions is truly worth a read. She's light-hearted and funny, yet full of worthwhile information.
I encourage you if you are a single woman who gets this barrage of questioning or even one of those who does the questioning to pick up this book and get a little insight into your life and realize that you don't need to change who you are to find the man of your dreams. It Just Hasn't Happened Yet!
And keep an eye out for her new website AuthenticallyMe.com which will have not only inspiring words from Karin but from other seeking to maintain her identity in a world that encourages sacrificing who you are to find the one you love.
The book starts out with two women cruising down the road attempting to find a turnoff to go and see a show at some back road biker bar. When they can...moreThe book starts out with two women cruising down the road attempting to find a turnoff to go and see a show at some back road biker bar. When they can't find the road and discover that they've driven all the way to the state border, they just keep on going. I was intrigued to find out where this book would lead.
Cathie has sent her children off to college and is left by herself and in a desperate attempt to meet some people she places and ad for a women's weekly group. This is where she meets Denise. A strong willed, in your face woman who survives through making things work for her whether it's her art and framing shop, or going to tag sales and convincing people to practically give her things for nothing.
Cathie doesn't realize it then, but Denise is fighting MS. As time goes on their friendship grows and faces the struggles all friendship face at one time or another, and Denise's MS symptoms present themselves more and more often.
This is truly a heartwarming story of a woman who has been given the short end of the stick when it comes to life. A single parent of two children, no viable means of supporting herself and her family, she does what she needs to do to get by. And yet she manages to survive and flourish learning from life and eventually from Denise that sometimes you have to stack the deck in your favor to make it work out in the end.
You'll find yourself laughing along with them and maybe even crying at times.
Truly a wonderful read and I would suggest that you pick it up if you like a good story of friendship.(less)
This book really moves along. While it took me a while to read it, it wasn’t the books fault so much as I just didn’t have time to sit down and read i...moreThis book really moves along. While it took me a while to read it, it wasn’t the books fault so much as I just didn’t have time to sit down and read it in one fell swoop. The characters are well developed and in just a short amount of time it’s easy to find yourself lost in their world. Sinclair uses a concept of two peoples one who cannot survive in the light, the Darkborn, and one who cannot survive without it, the Lightborn. The two groups maintain a semblance of peace from this curse for many years until all that they hold dear could be shattered by the outliers, the Shadowborn.
Sinclair takes an atmosphere where old technologies are still new, and entwines her peoples in a well thought out manner. She takes in to consideration how these two so seemingly different groups afflicted and benefited by the light can co-exist and at times form alliances with the other. The Darkborn are sightless and with the development of their senses, they are able to interact and move around with sonn, in simplest terms, a sonar-like sense. Although most of the time, if Sinclair didn’t mention it, you wouldn’t realize that these people are blind.
To avoid any spoilers, I’m not going to elaborate much more, but this is a book worth reading. I look forward to Lightborn, and the forthcoming Shadowborn. Sinclair has a unique and interesting trilogy that is in your best interest to check out.(less)
Excellent start to what should become a powerful trilogy. This is a true vampire story, none of that silly sparkly woe-is-me brooding vampire stuff th...moreExcellent start to what should become a powerful trilogy. This is a true vampire story, none of that silly sparkly woe-is-me brooding vampire stuff that has been so popular lately. The story is gripping, interesting and well written. I am excited to read the next installment to see what happens.
It’s almost reminiscent of classic mass virus infections like Outbreak, yet so much more.