Little Women is just one of those books I could read again and again for the rest of my life! Since its plot is not twisted or very elaborate, its such...moreLittle Women is just one of those books I could read again and again for the rest of my life! Since its plot is not twisted or very elaborate, its such a fun light read in which you can drown in the lives of the March sisters.(less)
I'm in love with this book. I've read it three times already and I probably will continue re-reading it because I absolutely LOVE the way it's written...moreI'm in love with this book. I've read it three times already and I probably will continue re-reading it because I absolutely LOVE the way it's written and how good a closure it is. It is kinda sad that some major characters have to die, but well, it would have been a "fairytale" had it not been this way. J. K. Rowling is an excellent writer and I can't do any less than admire her writing skills for taking me through such a magical world (pun intended! lol).(less)
**spoiler alert** Finalmente terminé este libro, y aunque me avergüenza la lentitud con que lo terminé, me alegra sobremanera el no haberlo abandonado...more**spoiler alert** Finalmente terminé este libro, y aunque me avergüenza la lentitud con que lo terminé, me alegra sobremanera el no haberlo abandonado. Esta historia tiene una trama increíble, poblada de misterios y mientras uno más lee, más asuntos por resolver aparecen. Para entenderlo completamente y confirmar ciertos tópicos que me interesaron mucho -especialmente en cuanto al Budismo y el Zen- tendría que hacer una buena investigación, pero aún así, me ha abierto los ojos a una manera de vivir muy interesante y de la que he sacado muchas reflexiones útiles en mi vivir.
Lo recomiendo totalmente aunque advierto que hay que tomar lo expuesto con su granito de sal, pues al tratar el delicado tema de las religiones y en especial el Catolicismo podría resultar ofensivo y tildado de "hereje", pero en el sentido puramente literario, es una excelente historia de ficción.
* El yo es una ilusión. * Y soy una mota de polvo de estrellas, una partícula de energía, de materia, de conciencia, salida del vacío y abocada al vacío. * El sol no cree en la noche. * La Resurrección da sentido a la existencia, la cual, sin ella, no sería más que un instante en la nada. * La fe no requiere un objeto. ¿Tener fe en qué, en quién? Poco importa. Lo fundamental es tener fe o no tenerla. La fe no se adquiere mediante una demostración científica que siempre puede refutarse con argumentos heréticos. * El paraíso: la mejor invención de todos los tiempos. Suprímalo, y no quiero ni pensarlo. Mantenemos a la humanidad en el temor del castigo eterno. Sin atrición, ¿qué impediría al mundo caer en el caos? Sin paraíso, ¿qué les quedaría a aquellos que han apostado por el sufrimiento, ese camino necesario para la salvación que Jesús mismo siguió? * La naturaleza de la religión consiste en mantener a los hombres bajo la dependencia de lo sobrenatural. * No se puede ayudar al prójimo más que cuando este lo quiere. * La existencia es fugaz como un sueño. ¿Por qué pues preocuparse de lo provisional o transformar ese instante en pesadilla? * Si queréis alcanzar la clara verdad, no os preocupéis de lo justo o lo injusto. Los conflictos entre lo justo y lo no justo son la enfermedad del espíritu. * Cada persona tiene una visión propia de las cosas, y que por tanto todo es ilusión.
- Me gustaría saber que las cosas son tan sencillas. - El ser humano se complace en complicarlas.
* Al abandonar la comunidad de los hombres, se había desembarazado de las convenciones absurdas que la rigen y que defienden ferozmente hombres como X, X, etc. Las cosas del mundo ya no tenían poder sobre él. Había puesto su atención en el aquí y el ahora, erigido la nada a su alrededor, se había reconcentrado en sí mismo. Buscar el más allá fuera de uno mismo era absurdo. La Iglesia y la ciencia no habían encontrado nada.(less)
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" lif...moreThis 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["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
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 come...moreSince 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.(less)
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 writ...moreMoi 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 :)(less)
(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...more(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.(less)
This was a thoroughly entertaining short, fun read.
Prudence Elizabeth Perkins (Pru) is a young, rich woman living under the strong yoke of her grandm...moreThis 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 ;)