I got this book as a freebie through Amazon, and started reading it. Life got in the way and I finished it this morning. Overall, I did enjoy the bookI got this book as a freebie through Amazon, and started reading it. Life got in the way and I finished it this morning. Overall, I did enjoy the book. It was a nice read, the characters were interesting, and flawed to some extent. The author gives a lot of description and sets the tone for the story very nicely.
There were a few things that I didn't like. The pacing of this story really didn't work with me. It happened so quickly, especially the main romance--the admission of love, the moving in, the 'end game' if you will. Alex was also a little too perfect. I like my men a little more flawed, but that's just me. :) The side romances (the sister, the assistant) also were super fast forwarded.
There were a couple of editing slips too. Author's intext reminders, or a few things that just weren't supposed to be there. Normally I can overlook things but "WHAT WAS HIS SURNAME AGAIN" makes me snicker. I wasn't overly fond of the present tense either. But that's another personal thing. Some people may enjoy it--I just wasn't overly warm to it.
I think with a bit more expansion of the plot and the character's lives I would have rated it higher. I did like it, and would recommend it to a few of my friends who enjoy books like these. I would like to read more of Jinni's work. ...more
I was sent a Galley copy of this book for a review. I am not compensated, nor influenced in any way.
I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Lacombe manages tI was sent a Galley copy of this book for a review. I am not compensated, nor influenced in any way.
I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Lacombe manages to weave stories and manage to make them both understandable and interesting. The female protagonist, Brooke is a little unlikeable, but as her's and Frank's story unfolds it becomes less grating to me. I really liked the use of flashbacks to progress the story.
I also really liked the social aspect of this story. We all age, obviously, and this story brings to light a lot of the challenges and difficulties that come with having a large aging population. And the fact that no one really seems to care. I don't think that society should so easily brush off those that took care of younger generations without a second glance. That's one of the reasons why I like this book so much, is that it lays things out--uncomfortable things, real issues and makes the reader look at them.
I didn't mind the medical jargon at all. I noticed a few readers did have difficulty with it. I think it added to the story considering Brooke's profession. I am familiar at these terms so they didn't seem out of place for me. ...more
I picked this up from the library after a friend recommended it to me. I'd really give this 3.5 stars, but I decided to round up. The story unfolds grI picked this up from the library after a friend recommended it to me. I'd really give this 3.5 stars, but I decided to round up. The story unfolds gradually, backwards. The reader is introduced to a postal worker, who finds a letter and a diary. From there the reader is introduced to three sisters, a wolf in story teller's clothing and an aunt who is also swept up in the fray. As a reader I felt for the sisters, and though they too did something horrible, it was justifiable. The horrible realization that the three share later on when they're reconnected with their aunt is undeniably disturbing. It's a good read, a bit challenging in it's disjointed narrative (there's three narratives overall) and the ending is a bit frustrating for me, because I want to know the third sister's story. ...more
This book is extremely slow starting, and once it gets going, it finishes almost too fast. I did enjoy this book more than last month's selection--I rThis book is extremely slow starting, and once it gets going, it finishes almost too fast. I did enjoy this book more than last month's selection--I read this for a book club. The characters are interesting and diverse and all around human. They make mistakes they do things wrong, they make corrections and sometimes things aren't as cut and dry as we want them to be.
This does feel like a first book--and as I said earlier, the beginning's a little stiff, but it's pretty decent. I will probably read the second novel when I get a chance. ...more
I've heard good things about this series, so I bit the bullet and once more ventured into the YA area of my bookstore. I ended up picking up a box setI've heard good things about this series, so I bit the bullet and once more ventured into the YA area of my bookstore. I ended up picking up a box set with the first four books of this series, and sat down to read the first one earlier today. It's a fairly quick read, and interesting.
I did like the different take on vampirism. I like the idea of the school, and I especially like that not all of the chosen make it. The Greek mythology emphasis is very nifty too.
It did however take me a while to stop rolling my eyes every time I saw the word vampyre. So far it's looking to be a promising series. I'll start Betrayed later today. ...more
This is book four of the Pendergast series, and it's slightly removed from his normal New York City setting. Instead they stick him in a podunk town iThis is book four of the Pendergast series, and it's slightly removed from his normal New York City setting. Instead they stick him in a podunk town in Kansas. Which is hilarious to me for some reason. And then the killings start. Gruesome, detailed, disturbing killings. The first scene at the ME had me all gagging and stuff. And normally I'm not affected by gore in book form. So just as a warning, this one seems a bit gorier than the others. Maybe for added shock value. Not certain. BUT. THIS BOOK. UNF. If I could, I would, but I can't and that's weird. >.> I really like all the characters in this one, and I really love the relationship and workings between Pendergast and Corrie. For me, it seems he's a bit more human in this one. Especially toward the end. I want to be his Girl Friday. Just throwing that out there. About halfway through the book I put it together, but I wanted to continue reading to see how Preston and Child put it all together, and it's really really good. The last three pages gave me goosebumps. Seriously. I think pages 562-564 are the most disturbing pieces of literature I've ever read, and I read a lot of weird things. I love this book. And I think from this book back, you can read them out of order, but from this point forward you can't jump around because there's an underlying plot. And you get pieces of that in this book, but it's vague enough that you aren't affected by it while reading.
Overall: Read this book. Read this series. Read everything that Preston and Child have put out. It will MELT YOUR FACE. ...more
I didn't really care for this book. Though well written, the author and his wife rarely seem to consider the long term when it comes to animal care, aI didn't really care for this book. Though well written, the author and his wife rarely seem to consider the long term when it comes to animal care, and often times they purchase animals just because they look pretty or can speak (when it comes to birds of course). Not the worst thing I've ever read, but I certainly won't recommend it to any of my friends. ...more
I wanted to like this so badly–and I’m also sensing a pattern with Green’s works for me. I find them so pretentious and almSee more reviews on my blog
I wanted to like this so badly–and I’m also sensing a pattern with Green’s works for me. I find them so pretentious and almost antagonistic in the way that they present the overly smart male protagonist and the whimsical, mysterious female that he undoubtedly falls in love with. Maybe because the narrative voice in TFioS is female, and I identify a little bit with the way Hazel presents herself and speaks that I didn’t find it as pretentious as the other books by Green.
My other problem with An Abundance of Katherines, is the pacing. It seems to drag and flip flop between the past and current events. It stretches out so slowly that it was almost a burden to finish. I’m trying really hard not to have any DNF books this year, and already six days in I was really tempted to just put it back in the bag for the library. I slogged through it, finding Colin boorish and just someone that I really didn’t want to read more about. The only slight ray in the dark was Hassan, but even that was drowned out by Green’s incessant reminders that he was Muslim, and throwing around Arabic/Islamic phrases. Please do not get me started on the footnotes, I hate them in text books, and I have absolutely no interest in seeing them in fiction (which is probably one of the reasons why I don’t read high fantasy either). ...more
I've wanted to read something by Hunter S. Thompson for a while, but hadn't taken the step to you know, actually pick something up. I settled on The RI've wanted to read something by Hunter S. Thompson for a while, but hadn't taken the step to you know, actually pick something up. I settled on The Rum Diary. I read this in the span of a couple hours and have fallen head over heels in love with Thompson's writing. The narrative leads the reader on a rum fueled drunken romp through the underbelly of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The descriptions left me in a fuzzy haze and craving the feel of sand under my toes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I'm looking forward to diving more into Thompson's literary library. ...more