You know how sometimes when you read a book, one that someone convinced you to try, and you are completely blindsided and blown away when you fall deeYou know how sometimes when you read a book, one that someone convinced you to try, and you are completely blindsided and blown away when you fall deeply in love with it? Well, that is exactly what happened to me when I read Friday Brown by Vikki Wakefield. I have a very very select few of my absolute top shelf favorite books, and in my entire lifetime of reading it’s only got 8 books on it. One of those books is Friday Brown.
Falling in love with a book like that is actually rather rare. Though, when I find an author I love, I do immediately grab another book I may not dive into it right away. I worry that if I really hate a second book then it’ll tarnish the love of the first book. I can be a little bit of an over-thinker. Also, Vikki Wakefield has a very strange voice. It’s darkly poetic almost. When you read her books the cadence of the characters is just very… strange. It worked well in Friday Brown, but every time I would try to pick up All I Ever Wanted I would chicken out. The writing style in the first two chapters is slightly disconcerting at first.
I am so very glad that I pushed through it because this has got to be one of the most heartwarming books I’ve ever read. I told my close friend, who I’ve convinced to read it, that All I Ever Wanted was about beauty where most people would only see filth. That’s, I feel, the perfect description of what Vikki Wakefield does in this book. She tells a story of poverty, and crime, and what society would see as the ugly of the world and she fills your heart with all the love instead.
“When you’re a child, what you see and hear and comprehend can be sorted into little boxes. Then, as you live and learn, all those boxes open up and become rooms. The more you experience, the bigger those rooms get. If you’re lucky enough, there are some people you will love, and who will love you, long enough to see their boxes grow into vast spaces. You’ll understand things that had no meaning. You’ll find dark corners that only light up for the briefest moments. But when you keep getting lost, you just end up with a pile of boxes.”
Although this is classified as a YA novel, I would not at all recommend this to an impressionable teenager. Some of the things that happen in this book are likely too realistic for a young mind. I believe that a book for the young should have a certain amount of black and white. That what is ‘wrong’ is clearly addressed. However, as an adult, I know that things aren’t always that simple. Bad Guys aren’t always held accountable. And you know what, it wasn’t really the point of the story. The point of All I Ever Wanted was about roots. It was about family. It was about knowing where home is. Knowing who has your back.
‘Who, being loved, is poor?’ -Oscar Wilde
In the end I feel like I’m standing on pretty steady ground with this author. She’s written two books; I’ve read both of them. Both books made me cry. Both books get 5 stars.
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Have you ever played that game with your significant other, the one that goes 'Would you still love me if..."? Would you still love me if I grew hairHave you ever played that game with your significant other, the one that goes 'Would you still love me if..."? Would you still love me if I grew hair all over my entire body? Would you still love me if I had Hobbit feet?
How about this one, 'Would you still love me if I was suddenly the opposite gender?' For some, that's probably a real toughy. I know my own husband very gently told me that while he still would love me, he's not sure that he could remain intimate with me. I'm not offended, human sexuality is a complicated creature.
It brings up one of my favorite debatable topics: What is Attraction? We all know what we're attracted to in the immediate, but what about those husbands or ex's that that didn't fit your type? What about attraction that grows in places where in the beginning there was none? Is it still about someone physically, or is it about the person they are inside that you got to know? And if that's the case, if it's about the person inside, what does gender have to do with it?
These are the questions that are posed to you in Static. Alex is a shifter, except in this world a shifter changes their gender. It isn't about a superpower, or a battle with a big bad. This is simply about having the ability to be who you are in your mind. If your brain says, "I'm a boy," shifters have the ability to make their body match. Wow, I mean that is quite a concept. On top of all that, Alex's boyfriend Damon never knew that Alex was a shifter, only finding out the truth because Alex was forced into becoming a static male. Damon is heterosexual, and he's been in a two year relationship with Alex in her woman form.
That's some deep stuff.
In addition, Static talks about what it must feel like for those who are Transgender yet do not have the ability to shift. How there's a whole world of people with the ability to make their body match their mind. It discusses those who vehemently oppose any lifestyle that isn't deemed 'normal'. It discusses the emotional impact on someone who's different.
So, I could tell you about how the book starts off so abruptly, with very little back story, that it felt jarring. I could go into how the writing itself was only so-so, and the actual plot was a little weak. I could talk about how Alex was sometimes a little whiney, though really, could you blame him? All of those are true, and the reason why this book is only 4 stars. I'm not going to, though. I don't want to leave you with that; it was so secondary to how much this book stretched my imagination. I have found myself asking everyone I know how it would impact them, and their relationships, if they were suddenly the opposite gender.
I love a book that makes me think and question life, and Static delivered, absolutely. At the end of the day, the idea's presented in this book are what will stick with me, likely forever.
I know you can't see me, but I'm blowing out a big sigh.
Here's the thing, I loved Experiment in Terror, up until Come Alive. And I liked Come Alive,I know you can't see me, but I'm blowing out a big sigh.
Here's the thing, I loved Experiment in Terror, up until Come Alive. And I liked Come Alive, I liked Ashes to Ashes. But some of the magic went away for me. The same happened with Sins and Needles. I really liked the first one, the second was okay, and then I was a little disappointed in the third one.
I didn't go into this book with a lot of excitement. I'm going to read Love, In English, too. I just don't think I'll go into that one with a lot of excitement either. I'll keep reading Karina Halle's books until I find the magic again... does that make me a super fan because I keep reading them even though I'm mostly let down lately? I think yes, but I'm sure the other fans out there who always give her 5 stars and say how amazing she is would disagree.
Donners was good. Surprisingly good. I know that others had a hard time connecting to Eve and Jake, but I didn't. I liked that Eve was innocent and untouched and Jake was gruff but exceptionally gentle. I liked that there was something sweet about their relationship and the flirting made me smile because it was just really... not to be redundant but, sweet. I loved the concept of the Native American monster and how it was kind of like zombies, but not exactly. Very very unique. In fact, through most of the book I was excited and thinking that it would get 4 stars.
Buuuuuut, then we got to the end and everything just felt really rushed. A rushed climax, a rushed resolution and then an epilogue to throw a little neatly wrapped bow on everything. So, again I found myself a little disappointed.
I think, personally, I would have preferred that Sins & Needles been a one book story and this one had been a trilogy. I think with this story there were the makings of something original, something I'd never read before. I can even visualize where the books could have been split into at least two separate stories.
Oh well... overall not bad. 3.5 stars
(A small nitpick, I didn't like that the heroine in this book was named Eve. I know that in Sins & Needles her name was Ellie, but she went by Eve a lot in the story and it made me have a hard time separating the characters. Every time I read 'Eve' I pictured Javier. It's just a personal nitpick, nothing against the story.)...more
Well then... I blew through that pretty fast, and I can tell you already that I'm moving right into book nYou Have Forgotten the Face of your Father
Well then... I blew through that pretty fast, and I can tell you already that I'm moving right into book number 3.
We get two new characters, and I really liked them both. Eddie is a wise-cracking junkie, saved by Roland and Odetta is a civil rights activist from the 60's who lost her legs. Both of them are awesome.
Hmmmm, I started this with a fancy title but I don't remember all that I want to say. If the first book was a long prologue, this book was a really long chapter 1. That's not bad, I couldn't stop reading so it kept me interested, it just is so obvious that this is not the end and better stuff is coming.
One thing, I miss Jake. I like Jake. I would really like to see him come back. (Good thing I hear he's gonna.)
Sucky review... ah well, here's a quote to pretty it up.
"Why do you keep looking back there?" the guy in charge had asked. "From time to time I need an antidote," Eddie said. "From what?" "Your face."
My friend has been hounding me to start this series... to be fair, I've been hounding her to start Eleanor & Park,'Ware the Man Who Fakes a Limp
My friend has been hounding me to start this series... to be fair, I've been hounding her to start Eleanor & Park, so it's only fair. And so, I finally did, lol. I was putting it off for a while because I heard that it was better to read other King's first as there's some crossover in this series and it makes more fun. I've said this before and I'll say it again, I'm a crossover fangirl. But the problem arose that I was putting this off to read more, but I wasn't reading more. Soooo, I bit the bullet and dived right in, throwing cares out the window.
It was odd.
That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it has to be said. It's an odd book. I get the sense that it's a very long prologue. It felt like a precursor to what's to come later, and so I'll read on to see. It did it's job and left me intrigued for more.
The moonlight on Jake's face reminded him again of a church saint, alabaster purity all unknown. He hugged the kid and put a dry kiss on his cheek, knowing that he loved him. Well, maybe that wasn't quite right. Maybe the truth was that he'd loved the kid from the first moment he'd seen him (as he had Susan Delgado), and was only now allowing himself to recognize the fact. For it WAS a fact. And it seemed that he could almost feel the laughter from the man in black, someplace far above them.
And in just those few little pages I'm immediately transported back into A's lonely world. Except this time it's worse because the lastHello-Goodbye
And in just those few little pages I'm immediately transported back into A's lonely world. Except this time it's worse because the last life you leave is the story of Sam and Mark and I really liked them. Granted, Mark wasn't really Mark at the time, but I still wanted to know what was going to happen, how it'd play out. If that's how I feel as the reader, imagine being A! Dipping into all these lives and then being ripped away again, never knowing what is going to happen to these people that for one day you cared so much for. It's heartbreaking.
And, since I didn't mention it in my review for https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Day, can you imagine jumping into all these different lives and for one day, until midnight, living whatever horrors or beauties that they do. Having to leave that abused 5 year old child there to live in torment while you move on. OR, to have to leave the perfect family you've always dreamed of to be ripped away at midnight to someone else's life.
The imagination you must have to create this tragic existence. I have absolutely no idea how Levithan can end this series that will even remotely leave us satisfied....more