I first think I should say: this book completely not what I expected it would be. I read the summary after I recieved the book, and my thoughts were j...moreI first think I should say: this book completely not what I expected it would be. I read the summary after I recieved the book, and my thoughts were just: "meh". After reading the book, I have a feeling similar to "meh" but not really. I truthfully have no idea how to explain the feeling this book left me with. I am becoming frusterated trying to find a word that describes this novel, but nothing is coming to me.
Like I said, when I read the summary, I wasn't sure what to expect. I wasn't sure if I was going to be reading a realistic fiction novel, an inspirational family bonds novel, or a fiction novel involving magic. And after reading, I'm still not sure what I would classify this book as.
The author's writing style was quite beautiful, but I don't think beautiful is really the right word. It was in some parts eerie and downright creepy. But it was still beautiful. The metaphors used made the writing sound very ethereal. The writing was one of the things that kept me reading, because in some parts the storyline kind of slowed down.
The plot isn't something easily describable. I was sort of a mystery but a very slow paced one. I think we were supposed to focus on the relationship between Chloe and Ruby, and what made this book and writing so amazing, is that, as a reader, I couldn't see how the relationship between the two sisters worked. Ruby seemed strange and possessive, and Chloe seemed insecure and misguided, but it fit. This is the strangest thing about the book, the storyline, the characters, the setting, the emotions all fit, even though they shouldn't have. I don't understand why, but somehow the writing style made the story work.
As I write this review, I am starting to think that maybe I was wrong about my first thoughts on this book. I used to think that the author succeeded in writing a thoroughly creepy, not-creepy book by accident. But now I think this may have been the point all along. As I think about this, I am stuck by how amazing this novel really is. It made me feel things I don't have a name for, and maybe that was what the suthor was trying to do. Maybe it wasn't about the story or the creepy setting, it was about showing you how family can make you feel.
So this review probably made absolutely no sense, but I urge you to read this book, then try to explain it yourself. I think you will find it harder than you ever thought possible.
Pearl was not the book I thought it was going to be. This was not a bad thing, it was just unexpected. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I starte...morePearl was not the book I thought it was going to be. This was not a bad thing, it was just unexpected. I'm not sure what I was expecting when I started reading Pearl, but I wasn't expecting contemporary fiction, which is what Pearl turned out to be. Now, contemporary fiction isn't usually my thing, but I still really enjoyed this story.
I guess Pearl was full of surprises because the first thing that I thought when the book came in my mailbox was: Wow, this is a really thin book! With only a little over 200 pages, I finished Pearl in about three hours. After reading it though, I was happy with the length of the book, because I think it fit everything in perfectly. If it had been longer I think I would have grown bored. But with it's little size, Pearl is perfect for someone who just wants a quick, heartwarming read, or someone just trying out contemporary fiction (like me).
I really enjoyed the mysterious aspects of this story. I truly didn't know if Bean's mom was telling the truth half the time, and I was curious about what was really going on with the characters. Overall, the word I keep coming up with to describe this book is "light", but that isn't really right. Bean went through some pretty heavy stuff, but this book just had a "I'm just discovering life" vibe. In fact, I think that is exactly what this book was about. Bean is fifteen and she has had to deal with a lot more than most fifteen-year olds, but she still learned things and changed as a person, even though the whole story happened over a few days and a couple hundred pages.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed reading Pearl. While it wasn't a perfect read for me, I am glad I tried out a contemp. If you are little wary about Contemporary Fiction this is a good book to test the waters with. Also, if you are interested, this book is part of The Contemps book challenge. (less)
Not as good as the previous ones. I felt like this one was just setting everything up for a new mystery. And the story is getting a bit unrealistic. P...moreNot as good as the previous ones. I felt like this one was just setting everything up for a new mystery. And the story is getting a bit unrealistic. Probably won't be reviewing this one. But I still can't wait for the next one.(less)
Red Glove was just as good, if not better, as White Cat. Holly is a fantastic author, and she has managed to create a world where magic is normal and...moreRed Glove was just as good, if not better, as White Cat. Holly is a fantastic author, and she has managed to create a world where magic is normal and the only way to use it is to trick people.
First, let me say that Cassel is a genius. The cons he creates and the lies he tells are so perfect that he could probably pass a lie detector test. I am so jealous of his intellect and his cunning. I wish I could tell lies that are that convincing!
I love that Holly chose to have a boy as the main character and narrator. She does a fantastic job of creating the perfect male voice, and Cassel is just... wow. Also, the story lines that Holly comes up with are amazing. They show off Cassel's ability to come up with lies and tricks that convince everyone, sometimes on the spot. Like I said, the guy is a genius.
I also love how this series blends some much awesome together: crime, mystery, con, mobs, fantasty, magic and even romance. I'm in love already.(less)
This got stocked early at the Borders that I wandered into at the airport. Before going in I strictly chided myself, "Madison, you will not purchase a...moreThis got stocked early at the Borders that I wandered into at the airport. Before going in I strictly chided myself, "Madison, you will not purchase any books. You are only looking. Only." Yeah right. Whatever. I can't listen to myself. Because as soon as I saw this book I flipped. It comes out on the 26th. I bought this on the 21st. I read it on the plane in an hour and a half, during which time a flight attendant asked me what I would like to drink about 12 times before I finally registered that there was someone talking to me. I snarled at any family member who tried to bother me or remind me that CSI was starting (it was a rerun anyways). I was stuck to the seat with sweat and people were looking at me funny because I was pulling my hair out, about ready to scream, and, at some points, felt like I might cry. That should be enough to get the point across: READ THIS BOOK!
I'm serious though. There aren't words to describe how perfect, beautiful, and heart pounding this book was. This review is going to suck, because truthfully, I can't describe this for you. You need to read this series.
So obviously this is the third in a trilogy, but I've seen some people who didn't know that and who have just started reading the series from here. In my opinion, don't. It just isn't the same if you don't understand the characters. I would not have had the reactions I did if I hadn't read the books and felt what Belly went through, and learned what kind of guys both Conrad and Jeremiah were.
I picked up the first book at the library because I was going to the beach and the only time I would ever pick up a book like this was if I was going to the beach. These books are so much more that fluffy beach reads though. There is pain and loss and understanding and hardships. Do not be intimidated by the fact that these are what some people would call, beach reads or chick lit.
Alright, that is it. If I haven't convinced you by now, let me just say it one more time: you need to read this series. This will easily be making my top books for 2011. Easily.(less)