I cannot believe I have traveled this far in life without reading Rebecca. I have seen the Alfred Hitchcock film several times. It is one of my favoriI cannot believe I have traveled this far in life without reading Rebecca. I have seen the Alfred Hitchcock film several times. It is one of my favorites but have never read the novel. I am actually listening to it on unabridged audio and I am enchanted by it. Her descriptions are amazing. Mrs. Danvers is certainly creepy. It is a good book for narration. I am really enjoying it. ...more
Ugh. What can I say about this book? I could not get very far at all. I found the writing to be very dense, and the imagery very unpleasant. Maybe itUgh. What can I say about this book? I could not get very far at all. I found the writing to be very dense, and the imagery very unpleasant. Maybe it was the abuse, but I could not get past the first two chapters and I did not want to go on. This is a book designed and marketed to teens but I work for a library and I can't imagine any of the teens in my branch picking this one up. It would have to be a more mature teen and one who can stomach really descriptive dense writing. It sure didn't speak to me. ...more
Syrah Chen is the daughter of Ethan and Betty Chen and the family is very wealthy. Syrah really enjoys snowboarding but after a run in the back countrSyrah Chen is the daughter of Ethan and Betty Chen and the family is very wealthy. Syrah really enjoys snowboarding but after a run in the back country, Syrah damaged her knee and had to have pins put in. Syrah’s friend is Age who is dating Natalia even though Syrah would like him for herself. Syrah dreams of getting sponsors and becoming a snowboarding star. Syrah finds a friend in Lillian who she travels with to the hospital and helps her with a party she is having for the children. Lillian has a sister Amanda who has leukemia. Syrah comes up with the idea for having a snowboarding benefit to raise money for the children in the hospital. She finds an ally in her half sister Grace whom she thought hated her but Grace turns out to be OK. She also confronts Jared, the boy who broke her heart and she realizes she doesn’t need him anymore.
The book takes a long time to start. I had a lot of trouble getting into it and it wasn’t until after page 100 that the book started to pick up. It is hard to feel sorry for Syrah because she is so wealthy but she is a strong female character. The relationship with Age doesn’t seem to go anywhere, he disappears for the entire middle of the book and comes back right at the end and it sort of falls flat. The book is a little long and maybe it could have done without the part about the Cultural Revolution and the Leung family (Syrah’s mothers family) although interesting it adds another layer to an already convoluted story. ...more
I am having a huge problem with this book. It seems to be marketed to teens, and in the library where I got the book, it is clearly part of the teen cI am having a huge problem with this book. It seems to be marketed to teens, and in the library where I got the book, it is clearly part of the teen collection. The Two main characters are out of college, and are spending a lot of time talking about grants and fullbright scholarships, and almost nothing that would have interested me when I was a teen. Heck, it hardly interests me now. The book is nearly five hundred pages so you can imagine...
The book features artwork by Steven Weinberg, but it is lost in this massive amount of text that clearly needs to be edited. When you add graphics to a novel, they need to support the text and become part of the book. But the text in this book is so overwhelming, just paragraphs and paragraphs of letters that you don't really even notice the art crammed to the side of it, which is a real shame.
And the text flits around to the point of sometimes not knowing that you have switched countries.. or what you might want to know about the country is not included, or perhaps thing of interest to the writer just are not that interesting to a reader.
It was a clear attempt at something but really missed the boat. I am finding it agonizing to slog through it (I really feel like I am slogging through it ) but have to read it to facilitate a discussion. With teens, no less. I am hoping they make it past the first fifty pages, but that would be high hopes, indeed....more
This one takes some great liberties with the Titanic story and gets a little bit loopy. It is the story of five sisters, two of whom are clairvoyant,This one takes some great liberties with the Titanic story and gets a little bit loopy. It is the story of five sisters, two of whom are clairvoyant, who all end up on the Titanic. There are mentions of almost every person who was every person of the time period, and it makes one wonder how an ordinary person would run into so many celebrities! It seemed like the mention of the celebrities were what set it in this historical period and not much was in the descriptive details which it could have used more of. The plot was a little bit far fetched and without revealing anything it became even more far fetched, to the point of beyond believability. ...more
I cannot believe the number of four and five star reviews for this book! It is horrible! And I am only halfway through it. If you read the dust jacketI cannot believe the number of four and five star reviews for this book! It is horrible! And I am only halfway through it. If you read the dust jacket and look at the cover, you will not get what the book seems to promise.
I assumed (and wrongly I might add) that the book was realistic fiction about a teen girl who either witnesses a murder, or knows something about a murder and because she is a liar, no one believes her.
The book does have a murder (or does it? They mention the fact here and there, and then wander away from that plotline like it is unimportant.) Unfortunately, when you think you are reading a book about a murder, you are curious to know about the murder, and not the family history of the main character who seems to keep going off on tangents (and uniteresting tangents.)
Then the writer seems to have run out of ideas and lost track of where the book was heading so she then decides to take the book in a new direction that is totally ridiculous. It is so bad, it is almost funny and makes the book an unitentional comedy. I don't want to tell the twist because that would be a spoiler, but as I mentioned before, the person that reads the dust jacket and expects one thing will be quite suprised, and not pleasantly so.
Unfortunately, I don't like Micah very much as a main character. She just is rather bland and uninteresting and then the book keeps trying to convince you that she is a liar, and even now she is lying. But if you have a character like this, you end up just not caring. I sort of have a "yeah, whatever" feeling towards here, and that is never good in a protagonist.
I think this book is utterly forgettable, and eventually will end up on the discount racks, forgotten.
This was a horrible novel, written in verse about Ava Bender and her boyfriend Jackson. Apparently, when going out to a secluded teen hotspot, Ava darThis was a horrible novel, written in verse about Ava Bender and her boyfriend Jackson. Apparently, when going out to a secluded teen hotspot, Ava dared Jackson to jump into a pool from a ledge and he ended up hitting his head on a rock and drowning. The ghost of Jackson begins to haunt Ava by turning on the CD player at random times, showing up in the mirror, haunting her dreams and sometimes slamming cupboard doors. Ava cannot tell anybody about this and feels guilty and starts spending her time in her bathrobe at home. Eventually she begins to realize that Jackson wants her to give up her guilt and let him go. She does and is happy. The end.
The book is poorly written. Told in verse, the writer seems to have only decided to write prose sentences and chop them up to look like a poem. It didn’t seem like any thought was put in to actually creating poems, just chopped up text. The story was kind of bland with nothing new here, and Ava was really just typical and really didn’t stand out. Even her friends were basically caricatures and you really couldn’t tell one from the other. Though teens might read it because it is in verse and they can get away with a book report in about ten minutes, it sure was lousy. Put this one back on the shelf. ...more
This series I just couldn't get into. It had a demon prince who came to earth in the shape of a human high school student but he had a large tattoo onThis series I just couldn't get into. It had a demon prince who came to earth in the shape of a human high school student but he had a large tattoo on his back that would indicate that he was the prince. He also arrived with his cat, who is also in the form of a human who becomes the nurse at the school who is there to protect him. Then we have three demons who come to search for him but need to find the tattoo, to know where he is. His demon fiance also arrives as the school guidance counselor and other assorted underworld creatures are also on the hunt.
To me, too many characters made this a mess and it was hard to follow the plot. It seemed to jump from frame to frame and from character to character and I was not sure what anybody was doing... I made it barely through the second book and could not make heads nor tails of it, so I had to return it and move on. It had an interesting concept, just not great execution. ...more
I got a little over halfway through and could not bear to go on. It was amusing in parts but the parts were few and far between. There were too many cI got a little over halfway through and could not bear to go on. It was amusing in parts but the parts were few and far between. There were too many characters to keep track of, and some would vanish for a bit and when they returned I could not remember who they were. The book also meandered away from the main plot at times, if there really was a main plot, at this point I am not sure. I could not imagine the main character being a detective... he was so stoned throughout the book I can't imagine him even having the energy to leave his house. It got to the point where I did not care if the detective solved the crime, if he ever found his friend Shasta, even if she was still alive, and what, if anything, was the Golden Fang. I just lost all my will and was not bothered to care. And if I am not bothered to care, I really can't finish a novel.
Though it may just not be for everyone, many people have given it higher ratings. I think if you are reading for a glimpse into the sixties, a bit of risque humor and not much plot, this one might just be for you. ...more
This is the story of Sarah T, who, with Sarah A, Sarah C and Sarah B all form a group called the Sarah’s who take part in petty larceny and steal thinThis is the story of Sarah T, who, with Sarah A, Sarah C and Sarah B all form a group called the Sarah’s who take part in petty larceny and steal things from town. Unfortunately, during one of the heists, Sarah T gets flustered and urinates in public making her instantly unpopular with the Sarah’s and she feels like she is going to be voted out of the group. Sarah A, the leader, comes up with a plan that they each have to pull a stunt to make them prove their worth to the Sarah’s. Sarah T decides to steal a coin jar from a 7-11 that would take money away from an impaled horse. Unfortunately, she didn’t realize that the other Sarah’s placed the coin jar there and she becomes unpopular again. Sarah A has trouble with Vance, her brother who is off his meds and acting like a lunatic. As Sarah A was adopted she is asked to leave and move in with Sarah T for a while until Sarah T gets in trouble with the police because her car was seen when she stole the coin jar. Sarah A moves into a cabin and discovers that next door there is a woman who might have college essays they need and decides to steal them but by this time the other three Sarah’s decide they want no part of this. Sarah A doesn’t want to give up the crime run, but the other Sarah’s are her friend and are their for her.
Not a bad story if you can keep the Sarah’s apart. Personally, I kind of thought Sarah C and Sarah B were interchangeable, and I wasn’t sure about the part about Sarah T urinating in public. She was supposed to be in high school. I would have expected that from a much younger kid. The plot was interesting and fast moving and you were not sure whether you wanted Sarah T to be voted out of the Sarah’s for her own good or want her to belong. Vance was a little bit unsettling and the whole incident with the knife and the bedroom was a little bit over the top. I think teens might read it though, the paper back format is appealing. ...more