When a co-worker at my job handed me this book I wasn't thrilled to read it, I never heard of John Irving let alone read any of his books. So I began...moreWhen a co-worker at my job handed me this book I wasn't thrilled to read it, I never heard of John Irving let alone read any of his books. So I began reading the book because I knew my co worker would ask me what i thought of it so I couldn't NOT read it. And this is my life story with books I think I'm going to hate something but when I begin reading it I can't put it down. This book was hilarious from the beginning till end. And no that does not mean that this book is a comedy because there is tragedy here, there is infidelity and so much more. Garp was the son of a women who was considered a feminist but who didn't care so much for the term herself. This story is the life through his eyes but it begins showing us the world according to Garps mother first who was named Jenny Feilds. At the beginning of the novel I thought Jenny smothered Garp to much and she is the reason why he grew up to be the way he was. Garp is not your typical main character, I even kind of hated him at some parts because he was so arrogant and pretentious and had himself on a pedestal that someone needed to knock him off of. I got so mad the way he reacted when he found out Helen was having an affair with one of her students when he cheated on her not once BUT TWO times with TWO different baby sitters, he had no right. Garp and Helens marriage was very unconventional and I loved that especially the part where they did that foursome with there friends Alice and Harrison (well more of a switch between spouses) that was just to hilarious. This book is very original and that was very refreshing. The characters were people we all know in real life. The ending wasn't so much of a shocker because the way the story goes you kind of figured that Garp was going to get killed in the end especially because he was such an assholes at times lol. Despite his flaws I loved Garp and sympathized with him.
This book has ALOT of sex, Garp was full of lust and I thought that was so ironic because thats what one thing his feminist mother despised above all. Throughout the book Irving showed us Garps story but I was really upset that we never got to see a little more of his mothers auto biography because that would have been awesome. Irving should totally publish that as another novel "The Sexual Suspect" how awesome would that be?.
I read a review where someone gave this book two stars because apparently it promotes "feminist propaganda", so whats the problem with that?. The Youn...moreI read a review where someone gave this book two stars because apparently it promotes "feminist propaganda", so whats the problem with that?. The Young-Adult genre is so filled with so many cliches and generic story lines that it should be a relief to break away from that and read something different, and this book is different.
Graceling takes place in a world made up of seven kingdoms each ran by seven different kings. In these seven kingdoms there are people who are Graced with different abilities, whether its fighting, killing and mind-reading even simple things like swimming or cooking. In one of the Kingdoms Middluns lives Katsa an independent girl who is graced with the power of killing. She is the niece of King Randa who uses her grace to hurt any one who annoys him or disobeys him, no matter how petty the crime Randa would send his "Lady Killer" to do his dirty work. Katsa has a secret council who she has made up with her cousin and close confidants to help people from her own homeland and from the other kingdoms. When Katsa disobeys her uncle she is no longer welcomed in Middluns (without encountering the raft of her uncle who she can kill with her own hands) so she decides to leave with Po (a Lienid Prince) on a journey to find out information about his grandfathers kidnapping. They start out as friends but of course fall in love while they are together on this journey where danger is always lurking.
So that's a quick summary of the story now lets get into why I LOVE this book.
I love the fact that Katsa is independent and doesn't need a man or want one to marry. Katsa love Po's but tells him that she doesn't plan to marry, so instead of doing a "Bella and Edward" move they become lovers (Po's Idea), and so many people have a problem with that and I get there reasons but I personally think that was awesome because Katsa rather keep her freedom. I like the fact that it wasn't a typical young adult reading and that Katsa is a strong heroine who has better fighting skills than most of the men in this novel and who isn't a wimpy whining little baby and I think thats why alot of the people who read this book and gave it two star had a problem with that, Katsa wasn't your typical damsel in distress, she didn't really need saving. I also love the world this book takes place in. I can see myself living in any of these Kingdoms, the time and setting reminds me a lot of Eragon and where it took place.
For a debut novel I think Cashore did a great job, and this is a book you won't be able to put down because you are sucked into the lives of these great characters Cashore has created. I recommend this book to all YA Fantasy readers because this is a world you would wish you live in once you start turning the pages!.
I was excited about reading this book, when I first started reading it I saw that it reminded me a little of James Patterson Maximum Ride series and I...moreI was excited about reading this book, when I first started reading it I saw that it reminded me a little of James Patterson Maximum Ride series and I was scared because I loved that series at the beginning but then it just went downhill from there. The writing seemed a bit amateur, and I know this is a young adult novel and all that but sometimes it just felt to cheesy and corny, but the characters and plot in general was interesting and had me wanting to keep reading. I thought the ending was a little bit pathetic like he really let Caine and Diana walk away, I was so pissed but hey thats because they need a second book right which I'm excited to read the second book and I'm glad this is a saga, because if its like maximum ride where theres like 7 books already, I am not going to be a happy camper.(less)
This novel was like a combination of the times travelers wife and that movie meet joe black with brad pitt lol. I really liked the concept of the book...moreThis novel was like a combination of the times travelers wife and that movie meet joe black with brad pitt lol. I really liked the concept of the book because its intriguing, waking up in a new body everyday and then falling in love with one person is a great storyline.
This is a love story but its more than that as well, because Levithan is showing us so many things.I learned by reading this novel that though we all look different, have different circumstances in the end were just human beings that want to just be okay. This story is so sad but then again its full of so much hope and love and it makes it into a beautiful novel that def made my favorite list.
Despite the fact that I feel that Levithan could have elaborated more on the others out there like A, and included more of Poole instead of leaving that towards the end, I still give this book 5 stars because it was wonderful.(less)
I loved this book but boy did I hate the narrator. Beatrice de Lacey is obsessed with Wideacre and she would do ANYTHING to have it. I respect and adm...moreI loved this book but boy did I hate the narrator. Beatrice de Lacey is obsessed with Wideacre and she would do ANYTHING to have it. I respect and admire her determination to get what she wants and what in reality is rightfully hers as much as her brother Harry who is heir. I sympathize with her because she is living in an era where females were not equal and were just breeding machines for the men...but with that said DAMN this book was just sick SHE WAS SICK. Every page i turned and read was just more extreme than the next, the things this chick did to keep her home was just shocking and it was just pure madness from the beginning to the end....but I loved it. Phillppa Gregory managed to make me love and hate a character/narrator equally its amazing. I love her writing.(less)
This was my first Gaiman novel, read the first two sandman and honestly didn't really like his writing style (GOSH I KNOW) but yea, a co-worker lent m...moreThis was my first Gaiman novel, read the first two sandman and honestly didn't really like his writing style (GOSH I KNOW) but yea, a co-worker lent me this book and I was a bit skeptical but the concept interested me and I began to read this book and go figure was instantly hooked. I always love reading stories centered around London, but this book was underground London. I enjoyed the characters especially Richard, even though he was a bit of a push over but towards the end of the novel he gets his act together and grows some balls. I liked how him and Door didn't have any romantic feelings towards each other but the way she was described made it seem she was younger than Richard so that would have been weird.
My only complaint is that this book has some bits missing, it was about 370 pages and I think Gaiman could have developed it more and give us more of this underground place because I feel like we got so much of the characters but not much of the scenery which is important since this is an underground world that Londoners don't know exist. The ending was a bit abrupt as well, and at first I didn't even know if what Richard went through was real and I liked the aspect of it because it made the story a bit ambiguous and up for readers own interpretation.
I really enjoyed this novel. At times I felt it was really fast-paced and that the author could have given the readers more to the story of Hanna beca...moreI really enjoyed this novel. At times I felt it was really fast-paced and that the author could have given the readers more to the story of Hanna because I really didn't know her that great in the novel. I love Schlinks writing though and the story line in this novel made it an enjoyable read.(less)
This was a reread for me, and I enjoyed it just has much as I did when I first read it. Though I know Jasira is young and a misunderstood preteen that...moreThis was a reread for me, and I enjoyed it just has much as I did when I first read it. Though I know Jasira is young and a misunderstood preteen that lacks love from both her parents, its hard to like her as a person. Shes a frustrating character for me, but it made the novel interesting. I enjoyed the fast pace or the novel and the writing, fast but good writing. Glad I reread this.(less)
I read a lot of YA Fantasy, but I can say I am fairly new to High Fantasy. I really enjoyed the build up of the plot of this story, as well as the cha...moreI read a lot of YA Fantasy, but I can say I am fairly new to High Fantasy. I really enjoyed the build up of the plot of this story, as well as the characters and the world Luthadel. Each and every character was someone that I enjoyed reading about, the main characters Kelsier and Vin underwent a lot of change throughout the story and I enjoyed reading it. The other allomancers that were the backup characters were also great and fun to read about. Overall I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the sequel. (less)