While I did like this book, it was not one of my favourite Jodi Picoult books.
There was just something about this book, and I still can’t figure out w...moreWhile I did like this book, it was not one of my favourite Jodi Picoult books.
There was just something about this book, and I still can’t figure out what it is exactly, that I wasn’t able to connect with. The names drove me crazy. I wasn’t able to keep track of who was who and I had to keep going back to the beginning to remind myself who was who. It also didn’t help that there were these flashbacks that didn’t really add to the story, in my opinion.
What I did love is that once again Jodi made me believe in a situation that was so far-fetched. Do I think that a suicide pact is far-fetched? No, I don’t. But the way that the one in this book plays out is. Even after having read the book twice, I still don’t know the reason it happened in the first place. Not to mention, that Emily, who comes up with the idea never gives a reason for her wanting to commit suicide, not even to Chris who ends up being the surviving member of the pact. Even though he is never given a reason a reason, Chris decides to end his life simply because he can’t see his life being worth living without her in it. To me, that isn’t realistic at all and that is where Jodi Picoult’s talent really comes in. While I may not have believed in the circumstances, she did have me believing in the characters. My Rating
Have you read this book yet? If your answer is no, then why not?
Thirteen Reasons Why is one of those books that you read that leaves a lasting impression on you once you are done.. I personally have recommended it to pretty much everyone who has asked me the question “do you have any recommendations for a good book to read?” in the past month and a half. In fact, I sent my copy home with one of my assistants when she went on vacation. This is one of those books that I wish they would make part of the regular high school curriculum. There is so much to be learned from this book and so much relevance to a teenager’s life, no matter what decade it happens to be. I wish this book had been around when I was in high school. It would have explained so much to not only me, but my peers as well.
Not everyone who reads this book will like it. In fact some will hate it and some will tell you that it’s not believable. In my opinion, they are missing the point.
For me, the book wasn’t so much about suicide as it was about demonstrating the consequences of of our actions. To me, the book was about the fact that we are all connected as people and have the ability to influence each others lives, good or bad. The book was about recognizing that what seems like it’s no big deal to you and me, can mean the world to someone else. The book at it’s core, for me, is about recognizing that my actions and my words just aren’t about me and that they have the ability to hurt or to heal; enlighten or deceive.
That is the reason why I will read this book again and again and continue to recommend it to anyone who asks.(less)
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is absolutely masterful and after having read it, I can say that it has been without a doubt my favourite book of 2011. The Night Circus is one of those books that you come across very seldom and it's one of those books that leaves a lasting impression on the reader. The kind that you find yourself picking up and reading more than once, and every time you do read it again, another facet of it's brilliance is revealed.
The prose is lyrical and almost poetic and with that same sense of fluidity Erin Morgenstern has created a world that leaves the reader with a longing to experience it for themselves. The book is a feast for the senses. As you are reading you feel the silk of a dress worn by one of the performers, taste the food at one of the midnight dinners, or smell the caramel in the air as you walk from tent to tent exploring all of the delights that the circus has to offer.
I personally don't understand the comparison to the Harry Potter series. To me, the only thing that they share in common is that they are both written by extremely talented women, on paper, and they both deal with magic! That's it. To say that The Night Circus is the second coming of Harry Potter does a great disservice to both stories. The Night Circus is not a series, but rather one stand alone book. It is a richly written tale that uses the circus itself as a backdrop. It is not a book about magic. It is not a book about vanquishing the most evil wizard of all time. The Night Circus, at the end of the day, is a love story.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is to me, much more than a book. It is an experience to be savoured and treasured by all of those who read it. (less)
Now I know that I am a fast reader, usually reading at least one book a day, but I absolutely devoured this book. I think in total it took me an hour...moreNow I know that I am a fast reader, usually reading at least one book a day, but I absolutely devoured this book. I think in total it took me an hour and half to read it. That is fast, even by my standards. After having read the book all I have to say is why haven't I read a novel by Harlan Coben before?
I was hooked from the first page and when I finished the book, I immediately wanted to read another one. Unfortunately, Shelter is Harlan Coben's first forray into writing a YA novel. Having said that, I really hope he writes another one. The novel was the perfect blend of suspense, intrigue, humor, and sensitivity. The character's, who were all very different, came across as authentic and real in both their relationships and interactions.
The protagonist Mickey is currently living with his uncle Myron after having lost both his mother and father in some shape or form. Mickey is both a likeable character and an honourable one. He has a tremendous sense of right and wrong, and a very deep social conscience that is not usually displayed at his age. He, despite the recent trials and tribulations he has been through, remains steadfast in the belief that you should help those who are in need despite the personal cost, and displays this throughout the novel on his search for his missing girlfriend.
All in all, I found this a very enjoyable and easy read. It can get a bit suggestive at times, but it's really nothing more than you would see on TV in any primetime show. (less)
I really, really did not like Matched, but as a follow up Crossed was actually pretty decent. I ended up...moreReview Originally posted at All I Ever Read
I really, really did not like Matched, but as a follow up Crossed was actually pretty decent. I ended up reading both books back to back so I was able to keep going with the story. As a result, I really can't help but compare the two books.
I must say that I enjoyed the setting in Matched much more. For me, having the characters leave the city for the Outer Provinces lends credibility to the whole Dystopian aspect. I felt that it gave Crossed a sense of danger and excitement that I found was lacking in Matched. There were so many plot twists that I found myself unable to predict what was going to happen next; something that I greatly enjoyed.
Once I got used to them, I loved the differing viewpoints. In my opinion, it really helped keep the story from revealing itself too soon. Plus it was really nice to get a look inside of Ky's mind. I found his viewpoint to be very refreshing and almost pure in his feelings. Plus, it was a bonus to have male characters, who while very different from one another, were not absolute morons. It was so nice to just finally get some decent male love interests. I am really tired of this whole trend in YA of girls always falling for the pining after the controlling jerk. Kudos to Ally Condie for creating two different male characters in Xander and Ky who aren't actually jerks masquerading as the ideal choice.
I have to say, that now I am kind of bummed that I have to wait a whole year to find out just how this series ends.(less)
I could just leave my review at that and I would have summed up what I felt when reading But I Love Him by Amanda Grace. Told in reverse chronological order But I Love Him chronicles the love story between Ann and Conner that was doomed from the very beginning.
I liked this book because it made me feel for the characters; both of them. It’s so easy when writing a story that chronicles abuse of any kind or the demise of a relationship to create at least one character, usually the abuser, that is just so horrible that the reader hates them. They often come across as having no redeeming qualities and by the end of the book you are waiting and hoping for them to get a dose of their own medicine. By contrast the victim is usually not really someone that readers can identify with, and spend the entire book shaking their heads wondering why they don’t just get out. That is not the case with this book.
In But I Love Him, Amanda Grace introduces two characters you can’t help but feel for. There is Ann who is the All American good girl who everyone loves and appears to be genuinely good person who wants the best for those around her. Conner on the other hand is not so much a bad boy, but a broken boy. He comes from an abusive home himself and seems to want to break the cycle of abuse, but he either doesn’t know or posess the skill set to do so. Ann wants to help Conner and wants him to be better, and it’s over this year that she comes to realization that she can’t save him, but rather she has to save herself.
This is the first book I have read written by Kate White. I have to say, if they are all like this, then I need to read more of her work.
The Sixes, like The Twisted Thread by Charlotte Bacon, is a book about a murder and secret society of mean girls. Actually girls aren’t just mean, they are sociopath’s. Sociopath’s with far, far too much time on their hands.
Phoebe Hall is a famous writer recently a part of plagiarism scandal. As a way to lay low and recover from this scandal she is offered a place teaching a writing class at Lyle College by her long time friend who is now the head of the school. Shortly after her arrival, a girl is found drowned in the river just off campus. During the investigation into her death, the school administration gets wind of a secret society of girls that may be operating on campus. Desperate to contain possible damage to the school, Phoebe is tasked with using her journalistic talents to investigate The Sixes.
Phoebe’s investigation, predictably, stirs up a hornet’s nest and makes her the target for this group of mean girls on crack. It’s actually scary the complete lack of respect for authority or personal safety that The Sixes show in their bid to intimidate Phoebe from finding out the truth about them. In the course of investigating The Sixes, Phoebe unwittingly becomes involved in the investigation for the killer that appears to be haunting Lyle College, its students and Phoebe herself.
Kate White has done a phenomenal job in weaving all the different back stories together into one cohesive and dynamic thriller. I guarantee that this is one ending that you won’t see coming.
Let me start this review off by saying that I have a cast iron stomach. I also have a pretty warped s...moreReview Originally posted over at All I Ever Read
Let me start this review off by saying that I have a cast iron stomach. I also have a pretty warped sense of humor and I am not usually bothered by things that would make most people spend the rest of their lives on a psychiatrist's couch. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott disturbed me so much that it actually made me physically ill.
I have read books about abuse and I have read books about child abuse. None of the other books I have read have have communicated the utter devastation, degradation and hopelessness that is demonstrated in Living Dead Girl. It's not enough to just say that Alice is a victim and to get glimpses of the abuse that she has and is suffering.
What makes this story so profoundly disturbing is the insight into both the minds of Alice and her captor/abuser/tormentor Ray. To see that Alice knows that she is never going to get out of this, in the traditional sense of being rescued and going home, but rather that the only way out for her is death and to watch her accept and welcome this is absolutely horrifying.
All I have to say is thank the lord that this book was only 170 pages long. I don't think I could have handled reading much more.(less)
There are very few things that actually creep me out. I mean things that bother most people, I wouldn't even bat an eyelash at. Take me to a horror mo...moreThere are very few things that actually creep me out. I mean things that bother most people, I wouldn't even bat an eyelash at. Take me to a horror movie where everyone is freaking out at the gore being depicted on screen and I don't even bat an eyelash. Take me to a movie where the main characters are professing their undying love for one another while gazing into each others eyes and I am most likely to cover my eyes in horror. Yes, I know it's weird, but that is just the way I am. Having said that this book had some scenes that just made me my skin crawl, Jennifer's Leg being just one of them.
In Dexter by Design we once again have the return of our favourite serial killer and his dark passenger. Gone is the hapless Dexter that we saw in the previous book when confronted by something more sinister than himself. We catch up with Dexter as he is on his honeymoon in Paris with the ever annoying Rita. While he is unable to indulge in his favourite hobby during his vacation, he does find some rather interesting and disturbing performance art to pass the time.
Upon his return from Paris, Dexter is immediately confronted with some very, very different homicides that are a bit puzzling to him. While once again trying to help his ever ungrateful and self-absorbed sister Deborah, Dexter ends up getting himself in a bit of hot water while finding out that not all objects in the mirror are as they appear.
This was a different, but enjoyable version of Dexter. It was nice to see him back to his old self, but at the same time being kept on his toes and realizing that sometimes he is his own worst enemy.(less)
Debra Anastasia is crazy, but in a good way, and I love her for it!
Really, I don’t have any idea where she got the idea for the book in general, let alone the things that happen in the book, but damn, it was quite impressive.
I have been wanting this book for a while and it was one of my first, if not the first, Waiting on Wednesday picks. I was lucky enough to win a copy through Debra’s Goodreads giveaway, and I am so happy that I did. I could not stop laughing. While this book and the situations in it were laugh out loud funny it was also hot as hell.
What I love about this book is that the characters were engaging. I wanted to be Emma. She was so awesome and down-to-earth. I loved that she wasn’t some damsel in distress waiting to be saved, but was willing to take the bull by the horns and get it done. I equally loved Satan Jack. I wanted to keep him for my own so I can see how much naughty bad fun he can get up to!
All in all, I loved the book. I found it very easy to read and follow along and can’t wait for the sequel!
So I am not really sure just who turned me on to the Penn Cage series by Greg Iles. If I did, I would give them a huge hug, because this series has tu...moreSo I am not really sure just who turned me on to the Penn Cage series by Greg Iles. If I did, I would give them a huge hug, because this series has turned out to be pretty amazing.
The Quiet Game is the first book in the Penn Cage series and of course, I read it after I read the second book, The Turning Angel. Reading it second is probably why I didn't give it five stars as I was comparing it to the second book. If you haven't started this series yet, please read this one first. Don't read the books out-of-order as it really spoils them.
The book is really, really raw. Penn Cage returns to his home town after the death of his wife to find out that his father is being blackmailed over a decades old mistake. It all revolves around the 1968 unsolved car bombing and murder of a member of Natchez's black community. As you can imagine, there was a fair bit of racial tension at the time of the murder, and now that Penn is digging into the case, the tension ratchets up once again. It seems that most people in the town know something, but aren't willing to talk for whatever reason.
The case does get solved in the end, but it doesn't have the same resolution as one would suspect of a civil rights era murder case. Added to that, Penn doesn't investigate the case as a lawyer, even though he is a former prosecutor. He investigates it for both moral and personal reasons and it is refreshing to see a character struggle with his decision and trying to balance his need to help his father and his wish to protect his daughter at all costs.
*Warning* Like most books that deal with civil rights era issues, the language in the book is strong and has definitely reflects the atmosphere of the situation. My Rating
So as of now, everyone already knows of my total fangirl love and appreciation of James Rollins and his Sigma Force series. Oh, you didn't know, well...moreSo as of now, everyone already knows of my total fangirl love and appreciation of James Rollins and his Sigma Force series. Oh, you didn't know, well now you do!
This is book number two in the Sigma Force series and it is the first one that I read. I honestly didn't feel that I was missing anything from the story by not having read book one (which is called Sandstorm by the way).
From the opening moments of the book, the action and suspense doesn't stop. From the massacre in the cathedral in Cologne, Germany, to the famous lighthouse of Alexandria, James Rollins once again takes the reader on a never-ending trip filled with action, adventure, suspense and drama. Add to that a healthy dose of History, Science and the ancient art of Alchemy and you have one book you won't be able to put down.
I have said it before and I will say it again, the best part of the Sigma Series is that though Rollins manages to wrap up whatever mystery is the subject of the book, the overall mystery of the series, gets resolved a little at a time. All in all, it leaves you satisfied at the end of the book, but wanting to get on to the next one to get the next piece of the puzzle.(less)