The Light Between Oceans is a gripping story filled with fallible yet decent characters. Even though I felt driven to continue reading I was filled wiThe Light Between Oceans is a gripping story filled with fallible yet decent characters. Even though I felt driven to continue reading I was filled with a sense of dread - knowing there were going to be repercussions for the decisions that were made. Not knowing how high a price Tom, especially, was going to pay for wanting happiness for his grieving wife, Isabel. Ultimately, I am pleased I was able to finish (within one day) and quite relieved by the post script style ending. I'm quite impressed by this debut novel and look forward to reading more of her work. ...more
I cannot deny my appreciation for this brilliantly crafted tale. The alternating perspectives - Nick's in the present and Amy's ascending chronologicaI cannot deny my appreciation for this brilliantly crafted tale. The alternating perspectives - Nick's in the present and Amy's ascending chronological diary entries kept me fully engrossed. I can't recall being this equally discomposed by the main characters in any previously read novel - Amy and Nick may have outwardly appeared to be fairly regular people, but reading their respective psychotic and narcissistic thoughts was very discomforting! I thought the author's use of parenthetically descriptive phrases and insertion of quizzes into Amy's diary entries was ingenious. I'm a reader who seeks out books with promising endings. Even though I felt hopelessness and bitterness were the prevailing emotions in Gone Girl, and the ending was quite unsettling I shall not regret my discovery of this very gifted author. ...more
I was caught up in this story right away and enjoyed it to the end. Since I was so impressed with the third in the trilogy I am eager to read the firsI was caught up in this story right away and enjoyed it to the end. Since I was so impressed with the third in the trilogy I am eager to read the first two now!
Easy by Tammara Webber is a perfect example of a recommendation gone...right. Several recommendations, actually. This novel far exceeded any expectatiEasy by Tammara Webber is a perfect example of a recommendation gone...right. Several recommendations, actually. This novel far exceeded any expectations I had when I began reading. After just a few pages the writing and story grabbed me, and I was captivated. There were incidental things (names, mostly) that offered me some feelings of connection on a personal level. There was so much to appreciate about Easy - as a whole and in the details. The characters all felt "reasonable" in that they weren't fictionally exaggerated. Their dialog and interaction with each other seemed plausible. Their emotions felt in sync with their experiences. Jacqueline's condition over the break-up with Kennedy, and her friends' "assistance" in trying to help her get over him were quite believable. The introduction, subsequent appearances, and finally, becoming acquainted with Lucas in the book was done so seamlessly. Lucas, whose tattooed and lip-ringed looks may have appeared to be at odds with his innate goodness, was a remarkable character! I could attribute to him many complimentary labels, but essentially it's all there in him; in the book.
There are several themes dealt with in Easy, which I felt were handled very well. They had a real world quality about them. Some of it was raw and frightening. Some of it was subtle and thought provoking. The characters of Jacqueline and Lucas are exceptionally intuitive, empathetic, and intelligent. He notices much more about her than her looks and she discovers much more lies beneath his. Mostly excellently done! ...more
I don't believe I've ever used the words, "I couldn't put it down" in a review. I didn't wanPoetic, lush, grand, passionate, heartrending, touching...
I don't believe I've ever used the words, "I couldn't put it down" in a review. I didn't want this encompassing feeling to go away. I didn't want the stirring of my emotions to settle. I had to continue reading until it was done. I'm so tired and drained, but, oh, the ending of this beautiful, beautiful novel was worth my current state of tiredness. For now I feel I can sleep and dream of Gabriel and Julianne and yearn for the continuation of their indescribable romance!
Love Unscripted was such an unexpected delight! How fortuitous it was that I chose to find out about it from amongst the slew of recommendations on GoLove Unscripted was such an unexpected delight! How fortuitous it was that I chose to find out about it from amongst the slew of recommendations on Goodreads and Amazon. Also, that I did not discount it based on the "Hollywood" connection. (For some reason I usually disregard novels having to do with the movie industry.) Although the character of Ryan Christensen is an actor it's the portrayal of his honest human emotions that was the draw for me and not his celebrity. I quite enjoyed how the story began and how the introduction to the characters was written; especially how Ryan and Taryn met. Certainly, their individual and remarkable physical appearances account for the first hint of mutual attraction, but it is soon apparent that this is but a starting point to so much more between them. Ryan is absolutely terrorized by rabid fans and hassled by paparazzi. Taryn offers him sanctuary and soon becomes his home. His peace. His comfort. Her normalcy and empathy are the calm from the storm of his tempestuous life. I really enjoyed the way their relationship developed: their conversations; the gentle elbow bumps, finger pokes, and foot nudges; playing poker and pool; quoting movie lines; time at the lake; sharing meals; and how all those things made the beginning of their sexual relationship an understandable and honest next phase. Both Ryan and Taryn's considerate behavior is indicative of their respective upbringings. I thought the author did a remarkable job conveying the characters' emotions, how they dealt with the difficulties of their opposing lifestyles, how they strived for honesty and openness with each other, and how they fought through opposition and heartbreak for a shared future.
The combination of the engaging story and characters with whom I could empathize made this a dream read! I read the entire 670 pages within one day and would have been pleased to continue. Fortunately, those of us eagerly awaiting the next installment in Ryan and Taryn's story have "only" to wait until August 31, when Love Unrehearsed is released.