I don't normally read non-fiction and have never read an autobiography before. However Pixel of Ink brought this to my inbox for $2 and the synopsis aI don't normally read non-fiction and have never read an autobiography before. However Pixel of Ink brought this to my inbox for $2 and the synopsis and photos looked interesting so I gave it a shot. I rounded up to a four star but this bio is really more 3.5+.
If you're a really moral person, this probably won't be for you. There are some upsetting/questionable life choices and actions Marshall describes which might bother some. That said, there's a lot to be said for someone who is so unflinchingly honest in their recounting of their life. Also, Marshall is a hard-driving, survivor of many things and is tenacious to the core. I liked reading about her work ethic and desire to succeed. Some have complained this is a name-dropping memoir of sorts. Well--she has the names to drop. Those are the people she ran with. So what? After reading her life, they all sounded pretty human to me. Her natural and informal narrative style, almost conversational--was enjoyable and easy to follow.
Recommend for Laverne & Shirley fans and those who want the human side of the coin of hollywood, with the caveat that Marshall's bio is not for the "judge-y." At all.
This came through my subscription to Pixel of Ink, otherwise I don't think I might have discovered it. I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis. It dThis came through my subscription to Pixel of Ink, otherwise I don't think I might have discovered it. I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis. It didn't seem like a typical romance novel. And as the author states in his notes in the back, it really isn't--it's a love story.
What's the difference? Well... in a word: Winfield. He could write about math and I think I'd give it a go. He's that great at telling love without trivializing it with sappiness. He nails both the male and female POV, which is complicated and difficult to pull off. I wanted to hear what the MCs thought and I liked knowing. Usually first person is too flat for me to get a sense of what I want to feel while reading so Winfield scored large there. Others might not care but I loved the setting of Seattle and Bainbridge Island. I'm a native and Winfield knew the weather, sights, sounds, plants and everything down to the finest detail. I saw it all in his writing and enjoyed remembering through his eyes. He so obviously lives there.
Winfield perfectly captures the awkwardness, loss, guilt and reawakening of Jane when she loses her daughter in senseless tragedy. She soon discovers there's happiness for her if she's willing to own her fear and not let it command her. I loved Jane's bravery in this work. It's not showy, and sneaks up on her until she can't deny she'd rather have joy... than wonder if she could have. Caleb isn't bothered by their age difference. It's interesting that the portrayal of Caleb is more about a person, who regardless of their age, knows who they are and acts on their desires with a freshness that is not usually seen. It transcends age. He wanted Jane and it was crystal clear to him. It was a biting role-reversal that left me re-reading certain sections to experience that unusual shift the author put the reader through. And what was glorious was that a man wrote it. It's not a female author's wishful thinking of what SHE thinks a man should feel. But a male author who actually knows it's possible; brilliant.
I liked Winfield's writing so much I might snatch up something else from his catalog... and yeah, Jane's Harmony is a one-click. Try this story; I'm still thinking about it a few days later. If you like a unique love story about two human beings finding each other at the worst of times and coming together despite it, this is for you. A delicious novel. 5 Stars....more
I've already admitted to being a fan of Ms. Young, having read two of her paranormal books in two of her different series. When this new contemporaryI've already admitted to being a fan of Ms. Young, having read two of her paranormal books in two of her different series. When this new contemporary romance was released I wasn't as interested because I'm generally not a straight romance reader. However, The reviews and buzz gave me whiplash and ODS got sent to the top of a skyscraper TBR list. I dove in and finished it in two nights. First, let me say that the genre does not exactly fit the book: it's not strictly romance, it's actually erotica that has romance as well. An erotic romance novel. This is mature, steamy, edgy with a lot of emotional dynamic that is borderline dysfunctional and not meant for anyone under eighteen. That said, I hope every person over eighteen reads it. Ms. Young has outdone herself with this work.
Jocelyn "Joss" has recently graduated from college with a terrible past hurt that irrevocably changed her life, which she carries with her. Stoic and guarded, Joss lives her life with everyone kept at a safe distance and that's just how she likes it. When events transpire to force a change of scenery, she chooses a gorgeous new life and feels a clean slate has been put before her. Soon, her perceived future peace is shattered by a instant chemical attraction to a man she meets by pure chance. Braden isn't someone she wants to get close to. He represents everything she's worked so hard to avoid in the eight years since the tragedy of her family's sudden death. At this point I'm thinking: Okay? It is awful but.... then Young covertly introduces all these subplots that were so engaging I didn't know what new thing she'd land on the pages as I faced a new chapter. I loved the different friendships and supporting characters but what I loved most was the internal monologue of Joss. She would think something and then respond out loud with something different than what she really felt. That was her modis operandi. As the book progressed we begin to see her internal thought processes slowly sync with her verbal manifestations. Her struggle to become whole after her years of self-imposed denial and solitude made her reversal to health all the more sweet. As the reader I was really rooting for her character. I haven't said anything about the sex yet. WOW. It wasn't just sex scenes guys, it was in-your-face, HD TV live stuff. Joss is sucked into a bat of chemistry that she simmers and stews in. The description! The language! It was all so raw but told in a whisper. I don't know how she did it but it was never cheap, just real. Hats off to you, Ms. Young. You showed us and didn't tell.
Overall, with the glut of recently awesome contemporary romances out there: Flat-out Love, Beautiful Disaster, Easy, On the Island... if you thought those were great, this one is sure to be great for you as well.
Okay, so the only biased thing I'll mention is how much I personally LOVE the cover artist for On Dublin Street! The author deserves attention for this fantastic, earth-shattering romance in addition the cover artist who showcases it so well. ...more
I know, I know... so why review a book that is selling so well and has a boatload of five star reviews already? Because, it's THAT good! Did you go nu I know, I know... so why review a book that is selling so well and has a boatload of five star reviews already? Because, it's THAT good! Did you go nuts over Hunger Games? Sick and tired of all the sappy angel stories out there? Then you've got a great fit in Angelfall, because it's none of that. It's a take-no-prisoners read that will leave you really wanting the next installment.
The story is essentially about an angel apocalypse. The angels decimate earth and we are now under their strange rule. In this world our MC, Penryn, is busy looking after a wheelchair-bound seven year old sister and a Mom that is constantly bordering on unpredictable psychosis. The family slowly starves in an environment where water and electricity are sporadic at best and gangs have taken over suburbia. This is a dark, urban fantasy that has tension strung taut in a way that makes the reader stayed glued to the pages, wishing for Penryn's safety and dying over the sister's kidnapping. Did I say dying? Ugh! Ee paints such a startling and clear portrait of gritty survival, the reader can't help but be drawn in.
What I liked: the pacing and the flow. This story moves! And it does so in such a way that the reader is getting "fed" little tidbits of intrigue in a fairly consistent way throughout the entire tale. I love the MC. Penryn has never been soft, but she longs to be. Her inner girlie has never had a chance to manifest and she is left being the provider for her family after her father deserts them. I love a MC under pressure and Ee knows just how to cook it! I never feel pity for Penryn, but I root for her. That is the mark of a clever storyteller. Where you wish to assist the MC but you don't languish in their pain and angst. Awesome! I like the dark angel that she befriends and the mystery of their relationship as it evolves.
What I didn't care for as much: I thought it was a little short for a full-length and didn't feel like her relationship with Raffe was clear at the end. Maybe it wasn't supposed to be? I will definitely be picking up book two. This is the first angel book that has really made me want the subsequent installment. Romance and angel lovers might also enjoy The Saving Angel Series by Tiffany King. That series is "softer," with more romance and alpha male vibe. With the current trend in Angel Lit there is no shortage!
I have read the Saving Angel Series by King and really enjoyed the paranormal, soulmate theme in those books and thought I'd give this new, YA crossovI have read the Saving Angel Series by King and really enjoyed the paranormal, soulmate theme in those books and thought I'd give this new, YA crossover work a try. It was so vital, so real, so engaging I thought about it every moment I couldn't get back to reading it! You know a book's good when you become sad that it's coming to an end, when you lose sleep over reading it, when you want to reach inside the narrative and defend and protect the MC from the vicious onslaught of her life. That's what Wishing For Someday Soon is. It's a powerful tale about a brave human being that sacrifices her very welfare for someone dear to her heart. When true joy presents itself she can't be sure that she can embrace it. The prospect of love and trust is so foreign to Katelyn that at first, she doesn't recognize it for what it is. This is such a powerful book. I am seldom moved to tears but found myself stopping the reading of it twice, to regain my composure so I could read further. It's a stunner, leaving the reader dazed throughout and yearning for more at its eventual end.
What I liked: I loved the way King presented the book so cleanly but still with realism. It wasn't this anemic performance of stilted and one-dimensional characters, oh-no. It was a deep narrative given by a 17-year old senior, having seen the inside of twenty different schools in so many years, connecting with humanity as little as possible. King showcases a paralyzing loneliness inside the confines of a narrow hope that Katelyn holds onto with surgical finesse. I was blown away. King was absolutely masterful in painting a picture of stifling and insidious abuse. But she didn't allow the reader to wallow in it. There was enough joy and potential for happiness interspersed during the novel that the reader isn't mired in sorrow. Those flashes of happiness, blooming romance and the protective males that King is getting known for, all comes into play in this terrific narrative.
What I wasn't that fond of: this isn't a series! I have high hopes for more books done in this style from King. And although I really liked her angel series, I am a Forever Fan now that I've read WFSS. It reminds me of Sophie and Carter and Flat-out Love. If you've read the preceding novels, this story is sure to be a good fit. Although the plot is utterly different, it evokes the same feelings as those.
Rich, riveting and unforgettable, WFSS is a read for lovers of real-life teens in tough situations that triumph over the challenges of their life....more
Okay, I'm re-titling this book to, "Flat-out Brilliant." This is an exquisite read that has all the elements to give it general appeal and still edifyOkay, I'm re-titling this book to, "Flat-out Brilliant." This is an exquisite read that has all the elements to give it general appeal and still edify the romantic. Wonderful. The author is obviously very bright, glib and knows exactly how to turn a phrase. WoW!
I've never read anything like this but somehow, and this may make a great deal of sense to a few and none to others, FOL reminds me of "Water for Elephants." I think it's just that good. FOL draws you in with its impeccable pacing and depth of story line, the intrigue of knowing that, as a reader, we're just skimming the surface and there is much more there. This is less a novel of romance, then by far a novel of self-discovery.
Julie moves in with her mom's old college roommate's family when her college accommodations fall through. At once she is thrust into a family dynamic rife with strangeness, mystery and subterfuge. Julie cares and finds herself bonding with the youngest member of the family, Celeste. A strange girl who is socially unavailable and awkward, Julie reaches out, and in so doing, learns more of a life lesson with the family than she ever could have hoped she would in college. I had the mystery figured out about mid-way through and knowing it did not lessen its impact in the least. It was shattering, heartbreaking and profoundly sad. The author knows what a sucker-punch it is and she closes on a happy note but the melancholy lingers. I found myself thinking about it a whole day later. Rare for me, usually, I'm already on to the next book, engaged in a new story. Not this time.
I did have a few points in the book I didn't like as much. The romantic interest at the end didn't seem to appear as taken for Julie as I thought he needed to be, given the build-up throughout the novel. And the ending seemed a little "rushed." After all the patient waiting to finally see everything come together felt like the bow was wrapped too quickly on the package. My final peeve ( and I know, flog me) is that Julie is an "old" name. It is not a name commonly found in the age group that the MC belongs in and that rung false to me.
Overall, a MUST read! I will read anything Jessica Park writes. She is so funny, with the tightest and brightest dialogue, I laughed out loud on many occasions while reading it. Genius!...more