Once again, the love story doesn't progress too much- which I love in a YA book. We can still have a love story without jumping into sex. In this bookOnce again, the love story doesn't progress too much- which I love in a YA book. We can still have a love story without jumping into sex. In this book I guess there are times when maybe they do more, but the book doesn't focus on that and I like that.
This book, the main character struggles with internal issues and forgiving herself. There are many external conflicts as well, but I felt that it wasn't the stereotypical second book in the revolutionary books series.
Alright, so I've been meaning to write this review for a little while, and therefore some of the thoughts may not be as clear as they once were. ThisAlright, so I've been meaning to write this review for a little while, and therefore some of the thoughts may not be as clear as they once were. This book was good, but there was one aspect that bothered me. Before I get into that (since it may contain some spoiler alerts) I will say that it is well written and most people would enjoy it, so don't choose not to read it just because I'm not rating it 4 stars. I did love many aspects- seeing old Italy, being immersed in a new culture, seeing them come to America, getting a view of the opera world and many other things.
Part that bothered me. I read that the author was intrigued by the love story of her grandparents and how they were meant to be and how they loved each other and stuff along those lines. What bothered me was how I do not feel she portrayed that. Enza loves Ciro. I feel that when reading this book. Enza and Ciro are good for each other and belong together- I see that. I even come to feel that Ciro appreciates Enza, but I don't feel like Ciro truly loves Enza. Now let me explain. Ciro is a player. He loves women. He seems to be able to devote himself entirely to other girls in the book but keeps on running into Enza and you hope he will fall for her, but he never seems to. Then he gets shipped off to war and sleeps with various women- it doesn't matter what they look like or who they are. Ciro is a sex addict and therefore does not really care as long as the woman makes him feel good. He comes back from the war and there's a beautiful set of pages where he talks about how he realized that he's always been looking for Enza but didn't realize it. How every European woman he slept with during the war was an attempt to find Enza and he saw something of Enza in all of them. It makes me feel like Ciro has changed and that he truly does love Enza. But then my hopes are dashed when just a chapter or two later, while these pages are fresh in my mind he ends up at a dance. He gets upset but NOT AT ENZA. He ends up seeking solace in a girl that reminds him of a girl he slept with in Europe who SUPPOSEDLY reminds him of Enza. But even though Enza is right there, in plain sight of him, he ignores her, despite that he is not upset with her and runs off to be with another woman. This is not true love. This does not show that Ciro loves Enza so truly and purely. And then Ciro lies about the whole thing. He danced with another woman in front of Enza, practically flaunting it in her face before running off for more intimate things with this other woman. It's as if he was an immature child trying to get even with Enza, but they weren't even in a fight for him to react this way. And what bothers me more is Enza talks of wanting to dance with Ciro and despite Ciro wanting to dance with every other woman in his life, he NEVER dances with Enza. There are no more incidents in the book mentioned of Ciro being unfaithful after that night, but I wouldn't doubt that there were other times, especially since this love story is based off of real people. Maybe the other times were more hurtful and not documented. And even if Ciro is a sex addict, this does not mean that he doesn't love Enza, but I believe the book never portrays his love for Enza. It shows how Enza was good for Ciro and how Ciro doesn't regret marrying her, but is that partially because Enza is more forgiving than some women would be with husbands running off having affairs? Did she help him overcome that and prove his loyalty and devotion for her? We never see that.
So, my main problem with this book is if you are reading it looking for a story of true love. It is definitely a love story on Enza's part. And you see changes in both Ciro and Enza. But to me, you should read it if you're more interested in culture. In feeling a part of old Italy or Old America. How it was for immigrants, or to see a part of the opera world. I was actually inspired to make gnocchi for the first time after reading this book and tried coming up with some similar sauce to the one Enza makes for the opera singers. I just didn't like that the author seems to think that they had some great love story and that was her motivation in writing it, and I felt like it was lacking from Ciro's end....more
Alright, so first off, I marked this book as religious even though Mark Twain's voice is actually kinda anti-religious. It features a group of 3 boysAlright, so first off, I marked this book as religious even though Mark Twain's voice is actually kinda anti-religious. It features a group of 3 boys who become involved with an angel named "Satan" who is supposedly the nephew of Satan but was born and named after Satan before he fell. I did not agree with most of the things this book was teaching through the character Satan, but I think it brings up a lot of good questions. First off, I believe angels are not better than mankind. I believe moral sense makes us, as humans, superior in some ways (not to angels, but to a creature that doesn't have it). I believe angels are either spirits waiting to have their chance at being human or a being who has "succeeded" in this life and has earned immortality. The author's differing idea of an angel though didn't ruin the book for me. It created a character that made me think about things- about mankind. Why do we do awful things sometimes? What makes something right? To end my review, I'll include some of the quotes I liked best:
"Oh, it's true. I know your race. It is made up of sheep. It is governed by minorities, seldom or never by majorities. It suppresses its feelings and its beliefs and follows the handful that makes the most noise." (p. 58)
"You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of your imagination. You may not see your ears, but they will be there." (In a short story included at the end of my kindle book)
The book mentions God doesn't really exist and says everything is a dream. It says laughter is mankind's best weapon. It mentions a lot of things but in the end, I felt it was a great book that makes you think about things and where you stand and whether or not you agree with the messages being shared....more
Alright, so this one I was intrigued by. It didn't go as I hoped or planned. That isn't why I knocked off a star though. I didn't like the ending. ThiAlright, so this one I was intrigued by. It didn't go as I hoped or planned. That isn't why I knocked off a star though. I didn't like the ending. Things were still left incomplete for me. Part of that was Thomas' decision that the past doesn't matter, only the present and the future.... But the past was what drove the mystery for me. And although some of it was cleared up, not all of it was for me. I also felt like the tragedy at the end was... well I don't know how to say it. In the Hunger Games, when her sister dies, I felt it was unnecessary, and just thrown in there because the author didn't really know how to end the book. I didn't feel quite the same with this one, but I still felt like it was a cheap way out that didn't exactly resolve all the conflicts but instead just kind of conveniently removed them. Although, in some ways the tragedy also resolves some of the motives of the character that at times still seemed mysterious. So I felt there were good things about it, but also that it was an easy way to end the book. I was still satisfied though.
Also, in most books, when there's a romance in the first book of a trilogy, I usually hold to them being destined to be together. For the first time, I think I sided with the second person, but not completely. I felt more things should've been resolved between the first couple. I realized why things were strained and why they moved on, but I still felt that the first relationship was unresolved and therefore, although I was cheering for the second one, I didn't love how it all happened. Just my opinion though....more
So the sequel. I still felt the pull to read it. Once I knew the "basic" plot line I was kinda worried this book would be disappointing, but I wasn'tSo the sequel. I still felt the pull to read it. Once I knew the "basic" plot line I was kinda worried this book would be disappointing, but I wasn't disappointed. Things started coming back and the betrayal was heart-wrenching. Still plenty of action in this one, and not knowing exactly what would come next....more
I felt like this was a cool book, leaving you wanting to know what happens next and try to figure out what is actually happening.
I was impressed withI felt like this was a cool book, leaving you wanting to know what happens next and try to figure out what is actually happening.
I was impressed with the author's writing style. Reading this I felt like it was a talent to be able to write such short chapters with cliff-hangers almost all the time. It made it hard to put down. Definitely a great book for any who love page turners or who liked Hunger Games. Although this is different, I feel it is definitely in the same genre....more
Alright, so I read this book mainly because it was written by SE Hinton, the author of "The Outsiders" and because I had inherited it from someone cloAlright, so I read this book mainly because it was written by SE Hinton, the author of "The Outsiders" and because I had inherited it from someone close to me.
It was good. It was set in a time of fighting and gangs and I can't exactly relate. The young boy cheats on his girlfriend but doesn't seem to understand that he did anything wrong. SPOILER ALERT: I thought the book would lead to the boy being in prison. Towards the end of the book I did feel more of a point though. The young boy has an older brother who sees things a little differently. He's the one who talks about "rumble fish" or what sounds to me like betas- fish that if they see even their own reflection will try to kill the other fish they see. They fight to fight. I felt like there was some insightful things covered, including removing oneself from the world instead of facing it. Trying to forget things to move on, but possibly never being able to. Anyways, I kept reading because it was short, but to me, the insightful things didn't happen until the last few chapters....more
Really enjoyed all of these books. It gives a good, humanistic view of these women from the Old Testament while still reserving a special spot for theReally enjoyed all of these books. It gives a good, humanistic view of these women from the Old Testament while still reserving a special spot for them among people to be admired. I felt like he quoted his sources accurately so you can know what's fact and see the fabrications if you want, or just get into the story and get an idea for what these women MAY have been like.
Because of the sisters both being married to the same man, this book becomes a little enlightening. It shows how they can be jealous, and reasonably so. When reading the scriptures I always pitied Rachel. But after reading this book, I pity Leah more. Yeah, she had more kids, but did she really feel any love from her husband? I feel it's best to be loved and feel loved than win a contest of who has the most kids. I realize polygamy isn't normal now, though there are tv shows about how it does still exist... but even without that in marriage, there are times when guys have multiple girlfriends. And that, if the guy isn't careful, can end in the wife feeling jealous. If we feel we have to compete with other lovers, past or present, we can be put in the shoes of Rachel and Leah....more
Really enjoyed all of these books. It gives a good, humanistic view of these women from the Old Testament while still reserving a special spot for theReally enjoyed all of these books. It gives a good, humanistic view of these women from the Old Testament while still reserving a special spot for them among people to be admired. I felt like he quoted his sources accurately so you can know what's fact and see the fabrications if you want, or just get into the story and get an idea for what these women MAY have been like. I really liked this one and I think I related to Rebekah the most....more