I was expecting this book to have more humor in it. In my opinion, there was hardly any at all. It was actually kind of depressing. The author describI was expecting this book to have more humor in it. In my opinion, there was hardly any at all. It was actually kind of depressing. The author describes Imo's pain so thoroughly that at times I felt it too. I couldn't imagine losing a husband after 48 years like she did then having to raise 2 teenagers while she herself is in her 60s. I think the characters complimented eachother well but Lou's 13 yr old character wasn't very believable. I enjoyed reading from 2 different points of view but the story just didn't do much for me besides make me fear growing old and alone....more
I couldn't put this book down ! I'm so lucky to have received this from Goodreads First Reads giveaway! I love fairy tale retellings and this book incI couldn't put this book down ! I'm so lucky to have received this from Goodreads First Reads giveaway! I love fairy tale retellings and this book included a few different ones, including some Greek mythology. I really wish I hadn't of read the reviews before reading the book though because it gave away some of the story. The main character, Reveka, seemed extremely mature and learned for her age (13) but I really enjoyed hearing all her remedies. I became pretty attached to the zmeu Dragos, I hope the author continues Reveka's journey with him in the underworld. It's hard to believe this was the author's first book because the story was put together so well !...more
What a lovely, sweet book! I enjoyed it so much! I had never read about life in the 20s so this was a new treat for me. I especially loved that it tooWhat a lovely, sweet book! I enjoyed it so much! I had never read about life in the 20s so this was a new treat for me. I especially loved that it took place in South Carolina because it displayed the real southern charms of that time. The characters are so lovable. Even though they each have the faults, you can't help but be so impressed how well Allison Pittman developed them. Cullen is a war-torn veteran who is scarred and rough to look at which has given him a tough shell but he is so caring and understanding with his mother. Even with Lily even though he hates to admit his admiration for that crazy girl. He tends to have a sarcastic tone throughout the book which adds to the humor. Lily was a flapper whenever she fell upon the Burnside's estate. A lonely flapper with no money and heading no where fast. The Burnside family takes her in to help her back on her feet and give her some guidance. Little did either side know how attached they would get! Betty Ruth Burnside is Cullen's mother who has dementia spells. She is a spitfire! My favorite character of all! She's out of her mind crazy but so lovable and childlike even. Everybody revolves around her to keep her sheltered and safe, mostly from herself. Betty Ruth is what keeps this crazy bunch together because if it wasn't for her I doubt any of them would have hung around longer than a day. I don't want to say too much but towards the end of the book the family goes on a road trip to accomplish a few things. This road trip was both hilarious and tiresome. Just by reading I felt like I was right there taking the trip with them. Pittman is an amazing author and she really grabs you. I plan on reading more of her books... I just hope there are more characters like Lily and Betty Ruth!...more
I was excited to start reading this book because I'm going through an emotionally stressful time in my life right now and I think thiI give this a 3.5
I was excited to start reading this book because I'm going through an emotionally stressful time in my life right now and I think this book was meant for me to read. I'm not one to read self-help books or really anything that doesn't involve fiction (who likes to read about reality? BOR-RING) but I had high hopes for this book since I know Shirley Strawberry is a sassy no non-sense type of person.
I think most woman would be able to relate or take some advice from atleast one story in this book. I know I sure found some enlightenment with a few. Shirley doesn't preach to you like most self-help/advice books. She relates to each situation by telling us about situations she has faced through out her life, how she dealt with them and how she SHOULD have dealt with them. She mentions how she has made plenty of mistakes in her life and she's trying to help us from making those same mistakes.
She includes quite a few letters she has received from listeners asking for advice and I must say some of them are pretty crazy! She even calls one of the letters a "ghetto hot mess!". It's crazy to hear some of the hardships others are going through but it is also encouraging when I hear that others have gone through my similar situation. It's good to know I'm not that only one who's been there dont that.
I didn't get any kind of amazing life-changing advice out of this book but it sure was helpful and inspiring. I would totally recommend anybody to read this, whether they are going through a hard time right now or not because sooner or later we'll all need some advice to hold on to.
Honestly, I skipped through most of this book. Since I am a big Sookie Stackhouse fan I pretty much have already read the majority of whats in this boHonestly, I skipped through most of this book. Since I am a big Sookie Stackhouse fan I pretty much have already read the majority of whats in this book. The novella at the beginning of the book is really great! I enjoyed that the most. The rest is kinda like "oh yah.. read that before.. skip skip..' I enjoyed re-reading the main points in each of the stories though. Helped me remember more of the stories. The "secret convos" between Bill and Eric were pretty humorous. I really enjoyed reading those!...more
I liked this book a little better than the first one in the series. I guess it just had a little bit more character development and interaction that II liked this book a little better than the first one in the series. I guess it just had a little bit more character development and interaction that I really enjoyed.
The four kids are basically on the run most of the book and they just cannot get a break! It was a little unnerving reading it because I knew something bad was about to happen to them ALL THE TIME. It definitely kept it interesting though.
Derek has really become my favorite character. He's like the misunderstood superhero. He's portrayed to be a little harsh and mean but I think he just really cares about Chloe, more than he has let on. He's always there to save the day and get them out of trouble. Too bad the author has portrayed him to be really ugly and smelly lol
One thing that has bothered me through both books is that this necklace/talisman Chloe wears around her neck apparently has some big significance (I mean it's portrayed on both covers... must be a big deal) but they hardly even talk about the necklace. Only like two or three times in each book. IF that much. I really want to know what the big deal is with this thing ?
Some of my questions from the first book were answered in this one but I still feel like these a big chunk of information that I haven't learned yet. These books really keep you guessing. I really wish I had the 3rd book already so I could keep reading because it of course leaves off right before something major is about to happen. I plan on going out tomorrow to get it =] ...more
Let me start out by saying that Lily Bard is a bad a**! She's tough, determined, & doesn't take crap from anyone!
This book starts off with one myLet me start out by saying that Lily Bard is a bad a**! She's tough, determined, & doesn't take crap from anyone!
This book starts off with one mystery and ends up with about 5 or 6 by the end of it. Different from the first book in the series, which focused on only events surrounding one murder. I'll admit I got alittle confused with all the events going on, especially since Harris doesn't always explain who people are/they're background stories at first. I honestly thought the mystery death had something to do with the "fitness world" but ended up being about racism going around in the town. Touchy subject but Harris portrayed it well. You can't help but think about all the little back woods towns like Shakespeare around the country dealing with the same ignorant problems as this mystery. Made me want to go out & kiss some butt!
As the stories unfold you start to realize the connection between the events happening. Harris brings in a bunch of new interesting characters that I enjoyed being in there. Most were not good guys, but they were definetly interesting.... which is why I love Harris so much. Her characters are fun and exciting.
I really wish I could see a picture of Lily though because it seems like every guy wants a piece of her! geeez woman!
I enjoyed this book alot more than the first, which is saying something. I have already ordered the next 3 books in this series. I just hope Lily doesn't get hurt as many times as she did this time! There's not going to be any scarless skin on her body by the time Harris is done with her! ...more
I have really mixed feelings on this book. In the beginning I really enjoyed the characters, especially Arriane - she's so fun and crazy (literally).I have really mixed feelings on this book. In the beginning I really enjoyed the characters, especially Arriane - she's so fun and crazy (literally). But as the story went on, the characters personalities kind of were ehhh. I also felt like there were alot of loose ends, questions unanswered. I especially wanted to know who the hell was that guy in the cemetary posing as Cam's "dad". Stuff like that really urks me.
I also felt like there was no climax. The majority of the story was like setting up the plot, but in the end the plot wasn't even explained very well. I said to myself at the end "that's it? that's all you're going to give me??"
So now I feel like I HAVE to read the next book in this series to fully understand the whole story. I gave this book 3 stars because I really think it has potential, if only the author would have explained it better.
First let me point out that this was the first time I noticed the cool backside of the dust cover. This is the 2nd hardcover I have in the series butFirst let me point out that this was the first time I noticed the cool backside of the dust cover. This is the 2nd hardcover I have in the series but I didn't notice the cool other side of book #6 or #7 till now. I think it was an awesome idea to do that!
I wish I would have been as excited about the book as I was about the cover =/ ... I found myself getting distracted every 10 mins and reading just to "get through it". I've never had that feeling with this series!! I'm pretty sure it had to do mostly with the fact that the POV wasn't Zoey's most of the time like before. Instead, the POVs focused mainly on Stevie Rae & Stark with Zoey, Aphrodite, Kalona, Rephaim and Heath every once in awhile. None of them kept my interest like Zoey's POV. I mean I enjoyed the idea of mixing it up alittle but Zoey's my girl! She's what keeps me interested in this series! I do appreciate how detailed this book was though. Alot more complex then previous books in this series.
OH & I also like it better when everyone's at the HON, together! not scattered in every which way. boooo >_< But I have a feeling I'm going to enjoy the next book better... I'm not going to say why because I try not to put spoiler's in my reviews, oh that reminds me...
what in the HELL is Stevie Rae going to do about Rephaim?! She's digging herself into more & more "poopie" as she goes. Come ON girl! Get some sense into that country noggin' of yours!!! Plus I think P.C. Cast should include a picture of this raven mocker she has pictured in her head... I'm having a hard time imagining Rephaim as the Raven Mocker my Cherokee people know... yuckkk.... (Sorry that frustrated me throughout this book)...more
It took me awhile to get into this book but i partly blame it on being busy with school. I ended up really enjoying this book though. It's nothing likIt took me awhile to get into this book but i partly blame it on being busy with school. I ended up really enjoying this book though. It's nothing like I've read before. The whole modern day faerie is new to me and I loved the way Marr introduced me to it. I loved how she describes the different types of faeries and how theres different courts. Some things would confuse me but everything came together as I kept reading. I don't want to give too much away but it's not your usual love story(s). Aislinn (pronounced Ash-Lin but I can't help but pronounce it like As-Lin) is not like any other protagonist ... actually none of the characters can be described as typical. It was very refreshing to read about a whole new set of personalities. Since I knew this was the first book of the series I was afraid that the book would end on a cliff-hanger like most do, but it didn't. Which is what I like. I'm glad it ended the way it did because I don't feel like I have to read the second book to really appreciate the first one. But I will definetly continue with the series. I'd love to see how these characters develop further. ...more
I've had this book in my wish list since November 2009 and I finally got it for Christmas this year! From the beautiful cover to the intriguing summarI've had this book in my wish list since November 2009 and I finally got it for Christmas this year! From the beautiful cover to the intriguing summary, i was instantly drawn in!
Soooo....Okay I'll admit... this story was slowwww! It was basically just Grace, Sam, Grace & Sam, Grace & Sam, Grace & Sam .... alot of emotions but not much action. The whole time after they mentioned a character i was like... okayyy where did this character go & whats going on with them!?!?!?
BUT once I was about ... 75% through the book, thats when things picked up. That's when characters developed other that Grace & Sam... that's when I couldn't put it down!! The last 25% was a complete 4-4.5 star rating but I had to give it a 3.5 because of how slow the other 75% was.
I'll DEF read the next book, Linger, since of course the book left off on an amazing turn of events! Nice save, Stiefvater! I believe the next book will be a whole lot better because the characters are now fully developed....more
I read the first 4 books in this series a year ago and I have no idea what took me so long to purchase this last book. I loved all the books, includinI read the first 4 books in this series a year ago and I have no idea what took me so long to purchase this last book. I loved all the books, including this one. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long to read this one because it took me a while to remember all the details of the previous stories.
What I really love about Riordan's stories is that they are action packed from the first chapter. This specific book had the whole "end of the world" feel to it which made me feel anxious and what could possibly go wrong next? The main characters really have a string of bad luck but they are so determined! I caught myself cracking up acouple times and remembered I did the same with the other books in this series. Most of the characters are pretty funny in their own ways.
If you've ever had even just the tiniest interest in Greek Mythology, I totally recommend this series. The characters are all great and well developed as well. Can't wait to get started on the spin off series, starting with "The Lost Hero". ...more
This was my first book (i think) that involved ghosts or talking to ghosts. It was new and interesting for me! Chloe isnt exactly the most exciting orThis was my first book (i think) that involved ghosts or talking to ghosts. It was new and interesting for me! Chloe isnt exactly the most exciting or likable character to me but the story was interesting enough.
I enjoyed trying to figure out what all the other characters "problems" were. I dont know why but I like to read stories that involved group homes/boarding schools/etc ..
One thing that annoyed me was the dialogue between characters. It's like the author didn't like for the characters to finish their sentences. what the heck, let them talk! The characters were constantly butting into the other person's sentence which was just beyond frustrating.
I kinda felt like the whole "supernatural" thing was forced too. Nothing was really building up to it and it didn't really go into much details about supernaturals either. hmmm... I guess the second book will fill us in?? But I'm going to try not to criticize the author's writing style too much because I really did enjoy the story!
One other thing that bothers me is when a book leaves off without an ending, so you don't have a choice but to read the next book to find out what happens. Thankfully I have the second book in this series so it's not too much of a burden, but still >_<
Okay so to sum it all up, YES i did enjoy the story! I definetly recommend buying all 3 books in this series at once though (I'm sure the 2nd one leaves off just like this one did)....more
I'm going to start off by saying I LOVED this book! Tricia is recently divorced and decided to move to a quiet town in New Hampshire to start a mysterI'm going to start off by saying I LOVED this book! Tricia is recently divorced and decided to move to a quiet town in New Hampshire to start a mystery bookstore, which she has always wanted to do. I really related to Tricia because I've always (and probably will always) have a secret desire to open my own shop. I also love her sassy cat, Miss Marple. What I loved best about this book is that it didn't lag. There were clues and twists popping up constantly. The characters were all enjoyable and quirky as well. You just never know who you can trust in this town! I kept thinking I figured out the mystery... about 3 different times... and I pretty much did figure it out for myself probably right before the characters did. I suggest this book to everyone, especially cozy mystery lovers! Read about how this town lost its title as "Safest town in America"! ...more