Such a fascinating look into the amish life and faith - things they don't distiguish between. They are actually trying to live their beliefs. I really...moreSuch a fascinating look into the amish life and faith - things they don't distiguish between. They are actually trying to live their beliefs. I really like that the point of the simple clothing and living has to do with avoiding prideful displays. We chose our clothing to show status, they choose clothing to not do that. It is a covering. No one in amish society is better than anyone else, no matter what. It's a good read, and really I'm eating this up. I hear they had a book before this, I may have to pick up.(less)
Very dark apocolyptic novel - which bears watching as it is the natural conclusion of the road we are currently on as a species. It jumps around from...moreVery dark apocolyptic novel - which bears watching as it is the natural conclusion of the road we are currently on as a species. It jumps around from one character's perspective to things in his present and the story of his past - specifically Oryx and Crake as people in his life and people responsible for the new genetically altered race. It is a fascinating read, and the scariest thing since The Year of the Flood - which this is the book to read before that - I didn't know that. :) Doesn't matter too much as far as I can tell.(less)
I wasn't sure about this book when I started, but honestly once I did I couldn't stop reading it. And I don't even like reading on my computer...which...moreI wasn't sure about this book when I started, but honestly once I did I couldn't stop reading it. And I don't even like reading on my computer...which at the time was the only way I could read it. It will take you well outside of your comfort zone, but it is a great story with tons of passion.(less)
You'll have to come to my blog to see my review. ;) http://lilacwolfandstuff.blogspot.com on May 4. But in the meantime I will say that it is a great...moreYou'll have to come to my blog to see my review. ;) http://lilacwolfandstuff.blogspot.com on May 4. But in the meantime I will say that it is a great story, wonderful writing and lovely characters. **update** Here, Home, Hope a novel by Kaira Rouda...in fact this appears to be her first fiction novel. This is a story about 39 year old Kelly, during a summer where she is feeling the ultimate boredom of being a housewife and the lives of her friends enter turmoil around her. She is so stressed that the story begins with her at the Dentist's office because she bit through her mouth guard.
It is a quirky tale, I love the TCT notes - things to change. :) Kelly writes them down and posts them throughout her house. Everyone she knows starts learning them and recognizing when she achieves one, especially her loving husband Patrick. Even when her friends and neighbors marriages fall apart, she knows she has a good one. Patrick will make you sigh and wish your man was more like that.
I don't want to get into it too much, but while dealing with her own unhappiness, she opens up her heart and home to her friends to help them during that summer even as she is starting her own business. The flow is pretty great until the last section. The wrapping up changes pace and doesn't fit the rest of the story.
That being said, it is a great story and I do highly recommend it. Even the hiccup at the end it was still worth while to read and I want to read it again.(less)
The fact that this is a self published book always surprises me. The cover is professional and the editing is superb. I only...moreFrom Lilac Wolf and Stuff
The fact that this is a self published book always surprises me. The cover is professional and the editing is superb. I only saw one error that I remember.
The characters aren't too in depth. Really the only person you get to know is Andrew (aka Ace), which makes sense as it's from his point of view. And the timeline is one week. It will shock you as much as it does Andrew when he asks himself if it's really been only one week toward the end of the book. I actually stopped reading and went back. lol
It's a light fast read. The story is well developed all the way through, and it has plenty of quirky moments. Nothing really beats the haiku speaking, Ninja Orchid lady. She sneaks up on Ace all the time and when she leaves, she always does some Ninja move in the middle of the street. Always good for a laugh.
The story is complicated but treated with an easy manner. I don't want to give too much away, but really it just illustrates why I was blown away that the timeline was only a week.
So yeah, it's a fairly light, quirky love story. Romance written by a guy...bromance? No that sounds wrong...LOL. It's good fiction, enough said. I saw a review that said it's romantic comedy...yeah that fits.(less)
The cover is brilliant. I don't think the characters are as HOT as described in the book but then again I'm 36 and not 19. It is colorful and eye catc...moreThe cover is brilliant. I don't think the characters are as HOT as described in the book but then again I'm 36 and not 19. It is colorful and eye catching. I had a hard time avoiding this book that I received from the author thru Goodreads. (Why was I avoiding it you ask? Because I have an ever growing list of books to review!)
The main character annoyed the living hell out of me. He whined a lot, and kept making choices that were making his life worse. Jasmine, the girl he obsessed over, was completely self-centered and mean. I hated that he kept wanting her, missing the good that was right in front of him. Ahhhh, young love.
Through his own pain he finds friends he never thought he would find. Mrs. Vesquez, a visiting professor from Spain, and Chester, a pot-head he met in the basement of his dorm.
Colin has a rocky relationship with his dad, an unhealthy obsession with the Beatles...but that was the one thing I actually liked about him. I could catch all the Beatles references.
Now I know you are thinking, "great - she hated this book." No, actually I really enjoyed it. Even though the main character got on my nerves I still held out hope that he'd pull his head out of his *ahem* a**. He's a very likable guy and that's why you will feel all that frustration as you read his story. The novel has such a smooth flow that I read it in a few hours.
I just saw the kindle edition is only $0.99 - so that's not a bad gamble, is it? I love all these cheap books. Unfortunately I did not see this for the Nook.
First off let me say this book is available on paperback, but come on, you have to read it electronically to get the full fear-factor!
This book will t...moreFirst off let me say this book is available on paperback, but come on, you have to read it electronically to get the full fear-factor!
This book will take you on a ride. It jumps around with stories, within stories within stories. It's a mirrored effect of people reading about people reading the book. Dee is the main character, living in a small town with a loser boyfriend. She works as a librarian but is held back by a mixture of her color and being an outsider in town. She moved there because of a...very good friend of hers who died there.
So she downloads this e-book and it takes over her life. The ghost in the book is all about murder and having his story be read. We move onto 4 other readers, but 2 of them are very short lived. After her boyfriend is believed murdered, she runs to find the other readers, to try and stop him. She first teams up with Elaine where she finds one of the original haunted books, The Story of Annabelle, and then she finds Madison. Will they finally stop him before it's too late?
It does jump around but it isn't hard to follow. He plays with fonts and bold to show different chapters, if it's the regular chapter or the inside chapters. If you like a scary story, then download this bad-boy and leave the lights on. Lilac Wolf and Stuff(less)
What a great book! Seriously, go get a copy and read it. Shoot it's only 99cents as an e-book!
This story is AWESOME. Let's start at the beginning, the...moreWhat a great book! Seriously, go get a copy and read it. Shoot it's only 99cents as an e-book!
This story is AWESOME. Let's start at the beginning, the cover is very simple, with the young girl in a simple white dress on the prairie. The story itself has excellent flow and the words are woven so that I would at times forget I was reading and just see the story move through me.
There are 2 main characters in this book. Katherine, the daughter and Jeanie, her mother. It starts in Des Moines, Iowa in 1905 with Katherine and her husband, Aleksey. He brings her mother and her mentally challenged sister, Yale to live with them. His idea because Katherine has never forgiven her mother for breaking up the family. Her mother is dying of cancer, but Katherine is really bitter.
It then jumps back to 1887 in the Dakota territory. Jeanie and her husband Frank have just arrived on the prairie to start a new life. Running away from the shame she faced surrounding her father's death and business dealings. Unfortunately she learns that life here is far too rough and unforgiving to allow for a man to be lazy and moody - which she comes to realize Frank is. Actually what she figures out is she no longer has the time to cover for him. They are lucky that they end up with great neighbors and form a cooperative to help each other.
Now Frank pulls some other stuff beyond just being a lazy-good-for-nothing and why she doesn't just push him down a hole, I'll never know. They had 3 children when they came and she was pregnant with another. Having had a hard time with all previous pregnancies, she does her best with what she has. The baby is born very early, too early but Jeanie fights for her Yale. This woman fights, and fights and fights for her children, and the 2 that were with her that year in the Dakotas grew up hating and resenting her for driving their father away.
It is a sad tale, although still beautiful. I also enjoyed all the detail of what a hard life it was to be a pioneer in the Dakotas. How people made a success of it was in part just pure dumb luck, because the land doesn't seem to help at all.
So, go pick up this book - I am giving it 5 stars and permanently adding it to my library to enjoy again and again.(less)
First let me give a shoutout to LibraryThing.com - this was my very first Early Reviewers win.
The cover is...well I guess vibrant is the word that com...moreFirst let me give a shoutout to LibraryThing.com - this was my very first Early Reviewers win.
The cover is...well I guess vibrant is the word that comes to mind. I really wanted to read it based on that alone. Honest, I didn't have a clue what it was about.
The story starts with Alice just after she got fired as from her job working with a Casting director Mona Hawkins - who was a horrible human being. She stops to get some comfort food and runs into a woman she knew in college - Polly Dawson. Polly is now married to the Director of the movie Alice was helping Mona cast. Polly doesn't notice Alice, as if she were invisible. Alice starts following Polly, mostly nosy and something to do.
Things take a turn when Polly turns up dead and Alice is the #1 suspect. She goes into hiding and starts stalking Charlie, another person she knew from college - this one she had a crush on. Charlie discovers her, invites her into his home and life. He will help her clear her name, and she will help clear his father.
There are a couple of mysteries in this book, and they keep you guessing right until the end. The characters are lively and realistic. I love how Karen Begreen describes Charlie's house with the clutter...and that Alice finds it endearing. I also enjoyed Alice's tv habit...finally, not pretending that we don't all watch way too much tv. lol
I couldn't put this down, so if you can get a copy to read for yourself. It's in hardcover and e-versions right now, but it will be released in paperback on August 16. Happy reading!
This is a Young Adult short story. It is an super fast read, I read it in less than an hour last night after we put the boys to bed. Being obsessed wi...moreThis is a Young Adult short story. It is an super fast read, I read it in less than an hour last night after we put the boys to bed. Being obsessed with Greek myths as I am, I couldn't wait to dive in.
I did really enjoy the story. It's a fascinating idea, and the characters are likeable. That being said, I think if Vianka took the time to add more details to cushion and help guide the dialogue it would grow into a fantastic book.
That being said, for $2.99 it's a pretty good short story. If you like witches or Greek myths, you should enjoy this.
I'm giving this 3 stars. I liked it, but it needs something more.(less)