By the way, I suspect that (view spoiler)[Mary is a ghost, and that's why she has powers. She actually did die when sh...moreLOVED IT! Couldn't put it down.
By the way, I suspect that (view spoiler)[Mary is a ghost, and that's why she has powers. She actually did die when she tried to kill herself, but she doesn't realize she's dead. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Such an incredible love story -- I loved it! This is a book that is so happy and romantic that I was smiling while reading it. I love how the author s...moreSuch an incredible love story -- I loved it! This is a book that is so happy and romantic that I was smiling while reading it. I love how the author stayed true to the times by making this a "proper romance" that Jane Austen would approve of. (less)
I love the Graceling realm!! Another fantastic addition to this series. I loved Bitterblue -- and the romance in this book was beautiful, even if it d...moreI love the Graceling realm!! Another fantastic addition to this series. I loved Bitterblue -- and the romance in this book was beautiful, even if it doesn't have a happy ending (yet.) Hoping there's more to come in this wonderful series! I also loved the connections between the Graceling Realm and the Dells.
One of my favorite things about this book was that unlike Katsa and Fire, Bitterblue does not have a special power. Katsa and Fire are physically strong women, whereas Bitterblue is small. Bitterblue's strength comes from her mind -- her way of not allowing Leck to control her mind was by doing complicated math problems in her head, and this mental way of overcoming a problem symbolizes Bitterblue's general method of dealing with anything that crosses her path. She is strong, but still vulnerable. Her love for others and determination to do what is right even if it's hard for her is what makes her a great and respected ruler.
And the LOVE STORY is fantastic! It reminds me of the beginning of Aladdin, when Jasmine sneaks out of her palace as a commoner. When Bitterblue is pretending to be "Sparks," the reader gets to see a side of her that we might not have otherwise, a side of her that isn't weighed down by royal obligations and can have fun and have a romantic tryst. This makes her such a three dimensional character. And the royal reveal scene was done so wonderfully! It was heartbreaking to read!
There are also so many great mysteries in this book that are solved through the story. Yes, it's long, but I found myself needing to know what was going to happen next.
I hope Kristin Cashore continues this series, because I want more of the Graceling Realm!(less)
This book received a lot of attention from the media, and after one of my best friends recommended I read it, I decided to give it a try.
I'm happy I r...moreThis book received a lot of attention from the media, and after one of my best friends recommended I read it, I decided to give it a try.
I'm happy I read it so I can be aware of what the fuss is about. However, I do not understand the hype that surrounds this book. I didn't love it, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, unless they want to read it to be able to discuss their opinions with everyone else who is talking about it.
- I liked the beginning of the story: up until about 60% of the way through, I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
- The ending. I'm extremely happy with Ana's decision at the end. It was 100% the right decision, since she was in an abusive relationship and unhappy (even though her happy moments with Christian made her mistakenly believe she was happy, I do not think she was.)
- Katherine and Elliott's relationship. I wish I saw more of them.
- My #1 issue with this book is that so many women are going around declaring Christian Grey their "dream man." WHY would anyone admire him?! He is crazy, abusive, disrespectful of women, a control freak, and a stalker! NONE of those traits sound appealing to me. Also, throughout the book I wasn't even given enough information about his past to sympathize with him. I flat-out didn't like him.
Example: "I like the control [hitting you] gives me, Anastasia. I want you to behave in a particular way, and if you don't, I shall punish you, and you will learn to behave the way I desire."
That is in NO way attractive. If in real life anyone says that to a person, they should get far away and get a restraining order.
It's not the BDSM lifestyle I'm opposed to -- it's not my cup of tea, but if both people participating enjoy it, that's their business. Ana was not enjoying it -- she tried putting up with it because she feared Christian would leave her if she didn't, and it was making her unhappy. I do not believe that is a healthy relationship.
- This story began as a Twilight fan-fiction, with Ana as Bella and Christian as Edward. In Twilight, the reason Edward is attracted to Bella even though Bella is average is because she is the one person whose mind he cannot read. This makes her extremely different from everyone else, and allowed me to believe their relationship. There was no reason given to me throughout 50 Shades why Christian would be interested in Ana, and I never believed their relationship.
- The length. This book was way too long, and needed more editing to par it down. When I reached the 70% point, I was ready for the book to end. It dragged on much longer than necessary.
- I wanted to strangle the "inner goddess." Did she really have to be mentioned so many times? Along with the subconscious, at points it sounded like Ana had multiple personality disorder.
I do not recommend this book, unless you are curious about the hype and want to be able to discuss it with others. There are so many other great books out there to read. The only reason I gave it two stars is because in the first half, I was turning the pages and curious about what happened next. This book glamorizes abusive relationships, and I did not support the "romance" in it one bit. I will not be continuing with the series.(less)
The beginning was slow, but the book picked up for me about 70% in. I could see how the rest of this series would be great! I'll probably give the sec...moreThe beginning was slow, but the book picked up for me about 70% in. I could see how the rest of this series would be great! I'll probably give the second book a try at some point. (less)