I cannot believe the great reviews this book had. Personally, this book has been nominated for "Bonfire Material".
The plot is simple enough. A half-gyI cannot believe the great reviews this book had. Personally, this book has been nominated for "Bonfire Material".
The plot is simple enough. A half-gypsy private investigator is paid by a Gypsy man to find his lost (for 7 yrs) Gypsy daughter whom he has never seen since she married a handsome but shy Gypsy boy from another "royal-blooded" Gypsy family. Yeah, get used to the Gypsies...
So that is it, and of course, he starts investigating the case, trying to locate the missing woman. We get the private investigator's POV and the POV of 14 yr old JJ, cousin of the woman's husband, who lives in the Gypsy camp where the woman used to live.
The enormous problem I had was that before the great reveal of the woman's fate and the secrets the husband was keeping is... ALL THE INNOCUOUS, UNNECESSARY, BORING DETAILS. Seeeeriously!!! I had to literally force myself not to throw the book in the trash because I was decided not to let the book defeat me. The thing is, however shocking the reveals were in the end, 3/4 ths of the book were so incredibly tedious it was almost impossible to get to the good parts which were brief and frankly, so not worth it.
I really didn't expect this book to be as crude as it was. It was kind of hard to read at times. Yet I was immersed in it due to the fact that you wanI really didn't expect this book to be as crude as it was. It was kind of hard to read at times. Yet I was immersed in it due to the fact that you want to know what really unfolded between the "relationship" of two 15 yr olds and a middle aged man. Seriously, it's crude, filled with emotional and physical abuse, disgusting and heartbreaking. My heart felt so heavy at times. But all in all it's a good story. I do think it was totally worth the read. If a book can make me FEEL that much, it did a good job. Kudos Dorothy!...more
Aunque éste no es mi libro favorito de este autor, Gabriel García Márquez es un autor de los que sencillamente uno no debe dejar de leer ninguna obra.Aunque éste no es mi libro favorito de este autor, Gabriel García Márquez es un autor de los que sencillamente uno no debe dejar de leer ninguna obra. Escribe una prosa profunda y fantástica, desglosando la realidad de sus personajes con un toque bohemio y despreocupado muy entretenido en la lectura....more
This was a thoroughly entertaining short, fun read.
Prudence Elizabeth Perkins (Pru) is a young, rich woman living under the strong yoke of her grandmThis was a thoroughly entertaining short, fun read.
Prudence Elizabeth Perkins (Pru) is a young, rich woman living under the strong yoke of her grandmother. Her and Pru's father, who hasn't stood up to his mother in all his life, are forcing her to get engaged to a man she doesn't love just because her grandmother thinks she's old enough to be already married. Desiring to be able, for once, to make her own choices, she refuses and her grandmother determines she's not to have one penny of her family's money if she doesn't fulfill her grandmother's wishes.
Pru resolves to find a job and fight for her independence. So how does she finally abandon "Grandma's Royal Kingdom"? She finds in the classified ads an ad from Jack McCavett (a total hottie) looking for a helpful, pleasing WIFE to spend his days with. He promises food, shelter and money for a train if needed and that's what motivates her. She doesn't want to get married, but she thinks it's a wonderful opportunity. Food, shelter and a job? So off she goes.
To not spoil the story for y'all, I'll only say that all Hell starts breaking loose even before she puts her feet where Jack lives. Things are stolen, protests are made, people get murdered, she keeps getting in trouble and through it all, there's a wonderful love story in progress. Also lots of laughs and smoldering hot moments ;)
(I AM SO INCREDIBLY MAD! I WAS JUST FINISHING MY REVIEW FOR THIS BOOK AND THE FREAKIN WINDOW JUST CLOSED! JUST LIKE THAT! I DUNNO WHAT HAPPENED!! ARGH(I AM SO INCREDIBLY MAD! I WAS JUST FINISHING MY REVIEW FOR THIS BOOK AND THE FREAKIN WINDOW JUST CLOSED! JUST LIKE THAT! I DUNNO WHAT HAPPENED!! ARGH!!!!!)
As I was saying, the premise for this book was great. Incubus, you get all excited reading the title, right? Well no such luck everyone. The reading is oh-so-incredibly-slow you wish you could pluck your eyes out just to escape the BOREDOM it immerses you in. It is absolutely reproachable to an author that its book gets to page 200 without virtually anything of interest happening (except if you count the cooking and gardening skills of Cora, the narrator).
I believe it was a great subject to write about, but POORLY, POORLY executed. It goes on and on narrating trivial stuff, most of which could be either omitted without losing focus or condensed in a significantly smaller way. There's no reason to point out how one of your characters files and cuts her toenails. It's just plain pointless.
If I finished this excruciatingly slow book it was because I was expecting some action or just write the harsh review it deserves for wasting my time so bad (I'm only thankful I didn't buy it, it was a gift, and no, the previous owner hadn't read it).
There are probably only two or three parts in the whole book I could say were on to something good: Helen's narration, Adele's haunting and the hauntings at Cora and Henry's house. Those were the parts I was waiting so much for, but so scarce and then waved off of any importance from Cora's point of view I couldn't believe how skeptical and detached that character is. It made me lose my interest in reading. It is annoying how she can be "terrified" and even faints by seeing an incubus rising from her friend Adele's body but the same thing happened to her (except even scarier), and it's a FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE, and she acts like nothing important happened. That bitch is totally inconsistent and I dislike her character to the point of wanting her existence to be banished from Literary History.
I end up giving the book 1.5 stars just for those few parts where it was mildly interesting. And encourage everyone to NOT read it. Ever....more
Moi j'aime ce petit enfant! =D Il me fait rigoler beaucoup!!
I'm not a fluent french speaker, so a friend recommended this book to me since it is writMoi j'aime ce petit enfant! =D Il me fait rigoler beaucoup!!
I'm not a fluent french speaker, so a friend recommended this book to me since it is written in such an easy and simple way. It was so easy to comprehend I hardly needed a dictionary. Also, I laughed a lot all the way. Nicolas' and his friends life is not all fun and games but they certainly can be amusing.
Highly recommended for French language beginners :)...more
Since I read the rest of the Twilight series... I guessed it wouldn't hurt to read this one. A little clarifying, obnoxious to the extreme when it comeSince I read the rest of the Twilight series... I guessed it wouldn't hurt to read this one. A little clarifying, obnoxious to the extreme when it comes to that reckless infatuation the characters have... Nothing extraordinary, but obviously wasn't like closure. The book needs to be finished....more
This book was a rollercoaster. And not in the good way.
The book is divided in 4 parts.
Part 1: Mainly introduces us to Evangeline and her "normal" lifThis book was a rollercoaster. And not in the good way.
The book is divided in 4 parts.
Part 1: Mainly introduces us to Evangeline and her "normal" life as a young nun. Then a mystery starts unraveling and she begins discovering secrets about a couple of nuns thanks to a young artist (Verlaine) making the part of an investigator of a filthily rich man (Percival Grigori III) with "dark" purposes ('cuz he's a nephilim). This part is very interesting and makes you want to know what the hell is the mystery.
Part 2: Madame Celestine's flashback of her Angelology raising days come and it becomes boring and repetitive for the most part. Yes, we do get A LOT of info about angels, nephilim and their background but the way it's told I could've just opened Wikipedia and learn about it. The info is not presented in an attractive way for the reader. Everything gets dumped at once and I felt truly overwhelmed at the amount of "angel info" I had to read and there's not much of a story, just a few going to class or to research here or there and Celestine's envy, curiosity and self-pity over Gabriella.
Part 3: Thankfully, things get pretty exciting here. A "race" is on. Angelologists? vs Nephilim; Good vs Evil, yadda yadda. I really enjoyed this part. But (view spoiler)[Verlaine's and Evangeline's instant infatuation annoyed me. What is it about some writers!? We (readers) mostly LIKE romance, but quit it with the "Instant Love" recipe 'cuz it kills the feeling!! People that have only met FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS cannot be IN LOVE! They can be attracted, yes! Hell yes! But instantly in love and wanting to spend their lives together and throw their old lives away for the other at the same day (or the next)?? It just doesn't work for me. (hide spoiler)]
Part 4: Things got waaay out of control here. There was an exciting twist, I admit that. I kinda liked it. But the ending was SOOOOOO majorly disappointing it made me wish I hadn't bought the book at all. The cover and the People Magazine review tempted me. It said something like "Vampires? You will not be able to read about them after you've read this!" My answer:F*CK YOU PEOPLE MAGAZINE. You obviously haven't read some AWESOME Vamp books. The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Night Huntress and even Sookie Stackhouse could wipe their butts with Angelology.
No offense Ms. Trussoni, it was a wonderful concept but not so well crafted. I really wanted to like it, LOVE IT, but it just didn't deliver. Props on the cover though! 3.5/5...more