Predictable. Confusing. A little bit boring. This woman is a great poetic writer, but...this kind of story, this hybrid genre (mix of fairy tales, adulPredictable. Confusing. A little bit boring. This woman is a great poetic writer, but...this kind of story, this hybrid genre (mix of fairy tales, adult fiction, fantasy, historical fiction...), if it can be called that, just isn't my thing. ...more
I believe there's a silent epidemic of great writers in Australia. Mr Martin Simons is just another proof of it!
I'm struggling with words right now, bI believe there's a silent epidemic of great writers in Australia. Mr Martin Simons is just another proof of it!
I'm struggling with words right now, because no matter what I say, I won't be able to describe the strong feelings this novel evocates in me. I will just tell you, this is a story you don't want to miss.
Jenny rat is very realistic, raw, gritty, brutal, terrifying and painfully honest story of self-discovery. This is a kind of book that will give you a healthy dose of realism. It has the kind of characters that will make you feel their struggle, frustration, anger, pain and happiness as if it was yours.
Gianetta Chinchinello or Jenny Rat is 14 years old street child prostitute. She is been dealing with a very difficult situation for more than a few years: she was in incestuous relationship with her father and she blames herself for his suicide. Because of that she reminds me a lot of Nabokov’s “Lolita.” It was hard to get past the fact that she let him do the things he did and still stayed with him and loved him. It was almost like she had a sort of sick fetish for it - but later on in the book, bits and pieces are revealed that helped me to view the situation differently. Her mother hated her because of that, and after fathers death she was raising her to prostitute her to child molesters. After her mother left her, she became a street prostitute, surviving rape on the streets, malnourishment and sickness.
Jenny was a very inspirational character. She has some kind of split-personality: one half is sweet artistic Jenny, and second half is rot and evil Dirty Little Rat, and her life is struggle all the time.
"There is Little Rat, and there´s Jenny, both. Like the restaurant woman, two of us. I´m tired. I can´t think properly. Can´t decide what to do."
"I am a little slut, a filthy rat. I´ve been spoiled, dirtied and I´m twisted inside. It´s all I am. Just used up and twisted. There´s only one thing I can do now, one thing I am good for. That´s all I have for you."
And than we come to Michael Ingram, or Michelangelo, Jenny´s personal angel and savior. He is consulting engineer and he´s living alone outside of town because he has some kind of agoraphobia. After he saves Jenny, he visits her in the hospital and she opens up to him so Michael grows closer to her, as if she were his responsibility, his daughter. She has no place to stay when she leaves the hospital, and Michael wants her to live with him. With the help of social worker, she ends up in his home...
They both are struggling to survive in a world with time on its hands. This book is full of sociological and philosophical issues. Characters are coping by discussing some of the key themes of Existentialist philosophy and literature, and briefly mentioning some of the main existentialist authors. Existentialist theories bored the hell out of me in my high school, but in this book I found it captivating.
It's difficult to take a serious problem like abusive relationships, incest, domestic violence, prostitution and homeless teens and convert them into a story that captures reality without going over the top drama, but this author did a fantastic job here.
Overall, this book blew me away. It truly truly did. It was an emotional ride from the very first page. Mr Simons was not afraid to show his readers that life and stories aren't always sunshine and roses. People hurt other people. Life events can break you. Some situations are nearly impossible to deal with. Sometimes fighting and surviving is the only thing you can do. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
WARNING: Be aware of some violence, language, and sexual situations.
*I received a review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley*...more
This was actually hotter than second Sinners on the Tour book, Rock Hard. Cant wait to read Henrys story!This was actually hotter than second Sinners on the Tour book, Rock Hard. Can´t wait to read Henry´s story!...more
**Free copy courtesy of author Diane Rinella in exchange for an honest review**
Few misguided GR friends told me to read this because they knew how muc**Free copy courtesy of author Diane Rinella in exchange for an honest review**
Few misguided GR friends told me to read this because they knew how much I liked Forbidden from Tabitha Suzuma. Boy...was this wrong.
Let me get this straight: I love to read taboo stories. I even like taboo erotica. Really there is very little out there that can shock me. Really!
I'm feeling bad right now because I hate to give bad reviews. I can say that I liked the author's writing and once I began reading this book I couldn't stop, but all the drama and the plot felt over the top, I couldn't connect with the characters and I think there's enough violence and tragedy in the world for me to read a book that made me cringe. And not because it is about incest. No. Because it doesn´t make sense.
I felt absolutely nothing for these characters. Siblings, Lily and Donovan... I have no idea who I disliked more. They lived all their lives like perfect siblings and next moment they want to get in each others pants. Lily is pathetic and Dovovan has some serious issues. For some reason, I did not feel sorry for them, and when it ended, I had no book hangover. Christopher, scrawny English boy is only character that is easygoing and fun-loving in this book, and even he made my eyes roll a few times. And loving/Nazi mother doesn´t even make sense.
The theme is interesting, but some of the dialogue was weird or flat-out dull. The flip flopping, wish-washy thoughts and feelings of the characters, mainly of Lily- "I love Christopher/Donovan, oh but am I in love with him," was just ridiculous. I think the author tried to do too many things with this story and the execution was lacking.
All in all, I can’t say I really recommend Love´s Forbidden Flower. On the other hand, it was a novel that kept me entertained and captivated, but the overall impression it left with me was one of disappointment.
Sorry, Ms. Rinella, but if I'm going to dive head first into dysfunction, I'll stick with Tabitha Suzuma's stories.
My favorite quote: "Today, somewhere among the roses and petunias, my sanity squirted out of my brain and fertilized the backyard."
I have been meaning to read this books for years now. But, somehow, never got to it. Thankfully, I finally picked up this amazing story of facing andI have been meaning to read this books for years now. But, somehow, never got to it. Thankfully, I finally picked up this amazing story of facing and overcoming your fears, of accepting yourself, of having strenght to love again and being loved. Kendra touched my heart very deeply.
Scars is very powerful book. The author, Cheryl Rainfield, is a former cutter and an abuse survivor, and that fact makes Scars even more chilling than it would have been otherwise. The story is so real that I did not want to put the book down, I read it all in one sitting, and I was not disappointed. It's fast-paced, suspenseful, educational, and most of all, emotional. I loved the author's use of art as a language, I loved also the mystery surrounding the abuser and I loved her therapist Carolyn. I admire Kendra the most because of her strength and determination, most of all I admire her strenght to move on and to forgive her ignorant mother after all the bad things that happend to her. Scars isn´t just book about pain, to me, it´s about coping and recovery.
This is a must read. Jaw dropping book. It is heartwrenching. It will never leave you....more
I cant eat. I cant sleep. I can work... This book haunts me! I can't erase it out of my memory. This book will stay with me forever!
Life can be lovelyI can´t eat. I can´t sleep. I can´ work... This book haunts me! I can't erase it out of my memory. This book will stay with me forever!
Life can be lovely and painful and lonely and terrible all at once. You don´t belive me? Ask Sarah O´Brien. She found hope in the midst of the pain. Sarah's story elevated the deepest of pain to amazing heights. I think I may not ever forget her story.
Amazing. Thank you Kate Avelynn for writing this book. ...more
I wanted to love this one. I really did, and I liked it...but I didn't love it.
I loved the Romantic Poets and this was an interesting way to spin theI wanted to love this one. I really did, and I liked it...but I didn't love it.
I loved the Romantic Poets and this was an interesting way to spin the lives of historical figures (John Keats, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley) into modern times. Their transformation into three high school students was just amazing and very well done. So Shelly definitely brings back the spirit of Romanticism. The characters were well describe and the plot... well the plot is not only graphic but destructive (and a bit boring sometimes, sorry Mr Roth). There was drugs, sex, pedophilia, incest, suicide, teen pregnancy, abortion and every kind of hurt you ever felt.
I think that this book would be a great movie. If you like the Romantic Poets, give this one a try.
"...Learn to deal with the truth of dying, and you´ll experience the awesomeness of living. Death and love are real. That´s all I know on earth, and all I need to know....more
O M G ... This is the most beautiful, heartbreaking, tragic love story Ive ever read. Tabitha Suzuma is such amazing writer. It was a very emotional readO M G ... This is the most beautiful, heartbreaking, tragic love story I´ve ever read. Tabitha Suzuma is such amazing writer. It was a very emotional read for me, I cried all day long, and I feel so bitter right now......more
What can I say about this book... This book really disappointed me. I couldn’t endure the dullness and lack of surprises. There are some likeble charactWhat can I say about this book... This book really disappointed me. I couldn’t endure the dullness and lack of surprises. There are some likeble characters: witty and sarcastic Jace, cute Simon, Alec...And after so much sexual tension between Jace and Clary they found out that they are brother and sister: Yuck!!! The incest!!! My guess is that it will turn out at the end that Jace and Clary aren't siblings at all and because of that I will keep reading. I'm still hoping for an improvement but so far I'm not a big fan of the series...