This is not one of my favorite Nora Roberts books. The qualities I like about her books were in place. There was the proactive heroine and the sexy ma...moreThis is not one of my favorite Nora Roberts books. The qualities I like about her books were in place. There was the proactive heroine and the sexy male lead. The books also has Robert's wonderful descriptive voice, but I felt something was missing. To me the pair hooked up a little to fast, with none of the literary foreplay I've come to expect. I also felt that the ensemble cast was less colorful than normal.
I would say that this book is great for a vacation or beach read.(less)
This is one of my favorite Dick Francis books, and it is also the first he ever wrote. Kit Fielding is a lovable MC with a good heart. He is surrounde...moreThis is one of my favorite Dick Francis books, and it is also the first he ever wrote. Kit Fielding is a lovable MC with a good heart. He is surrounded by an equally wonderful cast of supporting characters and is embroiled in an unusual mystery. If anyone hasn't read Break In they really need to right away.(less)
I loved Jackson Pearce’s As You Wish, and I fully expected to enjoy Sisters Red. With her follow up coming out, I decided I’d better read SR. (okay, I...moreI loved Jackson Pearce’s As You Wish, and I fully expected to enjoy Sisters Red. With her follow up coming out, I decided I’d better read SR. (okay, I listened to the audio version, but it still counts.) There are some things that I really liked about this novel, and some things that made me cringe.
The premise is fantastic, two sisters hunting wolves in a modernized version of Little Red Riding Hood. Since I know Pearce is a skilled writer and understands the YA genre, I was thrilled with the way the story started out. Pearce does an amazing job of creating a fascinating story with her opening chapter, the second chapter when you meet an older, angrier, scarred Scarlett and she introduces the character of Silas is equally good.
For me the story started falling apart with the introduction of Rosie. Throughout the entire novel, Rosie is supposed to be the mufti-dimensional character, the one who knows there is more to life than just hunting wolves. But she is so whiny. I found it very hard to see my way through all the whininess and seeing the good hearted character underneath.
Silas is usually the type of male character I love to discover in YA fiction, honorable, smart, funny, and laid back. Sadly, it did not take very long before he became so passive as the story went on that I quickly fell out of love with him.
Personally, my favorite character in the novel is Scarlett. Of the three main characters, hers was the only motivation I could understand. Though at times it does seem like the wolf took a chunk of her mind in addition to her eye she does remain consistently focused throughout the entire novel.
Pearce does a great job with her descriptive writing, however I can’t help wondering if she could have created equally wonderful images if she’d used half the number of adjectives and adverbs. And her fight scenes are incredible, some of the most intense fight scenes I’ve read in a long time, and there are a lot of them. In some ways, I wish Pearce would have stuck to a fighting wolves plot, so she could have just had the girls fighting all the time, and let all the other stuff slide. I think the novel would have been more enjoyable that way. What I found most impressive about Sister’s Red was the way that Pearce describes the wolves. I don’t know if it was her intention or not, but she did a very job of using the wolves as a type of metaphorical example of sexual predators.
The two actresses that read the audiobook are amazing, and I would not hesitate to pick up another audiobook that they’ve read. (less)
I loved this book. It was a light hearted romance that also had a slight subplot about the importance about being true to yourself. It was a very inte...moreI loved this book. It was a light hearted romance that also had a slight subplot about the importance about being true to yourself. It was a very interesting take on an old fairy tale. Light, easy read.
Jackson Pearce should be an author who will be around for a long time to come.(less)
I don't think this book is quite as good as the Hero and the Crown, but it is still an amazing read. I've lost count of the number of times I've read...moreI don't think this book is quite as good as the Hero and the Crown, but it is still an amazing read. I've lost count of the number of times I've read this book, it's a very dear friend.(less)
This is the very first YA fantasy novels I've ever read. Not only do I have fond memories of The Hero and the Crown, I can honestly say this is a spec...moreThis is the very first YA fantasy novels I've ever read. Not only do I have fond memories of The Hero and the Crown, I can honestly say this is a spectacular novel. If you haven't read this book you need to right now. Don't hesitate a moment longer. This is a book that belongs on everyones bookshelf.
I got this book as a research text for one I'm writing. I was sure that it was going to be informative but didn't have many expectations past point. I...moreI got this book as a research text for one I'm writing. I was sure that it was going to be informative but didn't have many expectations past point. I am pleased to report that it was also a fun read. The writing is not the best that I've ever seen, there were places were things felt of kilter, and a couple of spots where the authors felt like they lost their train of thought, but they had so much fun with the project that it did not seem to matter.
Before reading this, people need to know that the authors do reveal some of the secrets to some pretty famous tricks. (less)
I am going to begin by saying that Louisa Young has a very lovely, lyrical writing style. It was her writing, more than the actual story that kept me...moreI am going to begin by saying that Louisa Young has a very lovely, lyrical writing style. It was her writing, more than the actual story that kept me turning the pages. As far as the novel itself goes, I am far less impressed.
To me, this book simply had to much going on. I feel that the author felt that she had a whole bunch of things she wanted to write about that included art, beauty, WWI, and young love, and crammed them all together in one story. She did a wonderful job of cramming, and the subject matters do flow together nicely, but she failed to create characters that inspired me, or even ones that I even cared about, and if I don’t care about the characters, I have a difficult time enjoying the book.
The other problem I had with the book was a minor issue, but it is a personal pet peeve. The other switched from using one character’s first name to their last. I realize that she did this as a means of illustrating the changes in the characters life, but none the less it made me a little crazy.
The novel is orderly and nothing about it feels rushed. While it is a bit heavy to be a beach read, it would be a lovely choice for anyone who is looking to pass a rainy afternoon lost in another world. (less)
I first became interested in Five Flavors of Dumb when I glimpsed the title. Like everyone else, I have always been told to never judge a book by its...moreI first became interested in Five Flavors of Dumb when I glimpsed the title. Like everyone else, I have always been told to never judge a book by its title, but since I have come to learn that if a book has an amazing title the story is bound to follow suit. After reading an excerpt I was hooked.
The main character of Dumb is hearing impaired, the only person with this particular disability in her school and in her home. Hearing aids have helped the situation, but Piper’s main form of communication is her ability to read lips.
Piper is tired of her life. She misses her best friend who was the only person who really understood what she was going through. Her wildly popular younger brother is making her crazy, the closest thing she has to a friend is the only other member of the schools chess team, and her parents have just emptied the fund that was supposed to be used to finance Piper’s college education. Piper feels like her life is out of control.
Than the lead singer of a rock band three students, the same band that nearly sets the school on fire at the beginning of the book, have put together asks her to manage the band, giving Piper a month to have the band earning money. Piper surprises herself by taking the deal. The start is rocky. After just a week under Piper’s management the band swells from three musicians and a deaf manager, to the same manager and five badly matched, questionable musicians. Piper is forced to deal with fraying tempers, and music producer/tax evading convict, hate mail, fan letters, and disgracing a local television personality, and a televised brawl between the band members. There is also quest which involves rock greats Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain. Through each mishap, Piper learns a great deal about music and how it pulls people together and connects them in ways that no one could predict.
I loved the ending of this book. Unlike most novels where it feels like the author is in a burry to end the novel and tie everything together with a neat bow, Dumb slides to an ending that leaves you with the sense that the world is at peace with itself and in that moment everything is as it should be. You also get the sense that while this story has ended, another chapter in Piper’s and her band mates lives is just beginning, and that is going to be anything but smooth.
This novel is very character driven, as well as being a very compelling read. Once you have picked it up, you are going to find it very hard to put down.
I’ve been on this kick lately where I can’t seem to find anything I really want to read. It seems like everything is either paranormal or over-the-top romantic. I just wanted a good contemporary novel that was well written, had well developed and believable characters, and a solid ending. That is exactly what I got from Five Flavors of Dumb which is going on my best books of 2011 list.
Edited to add-I just reread this book and found it even better than the last time I read it :) (less)