Quase custa acreditar que esta é a mesma Debbie Macomber que escreveu Laços de Vida, o primeiro livro que li da autora, e que me desiludiu face à suaQuase custa acreditar que esta é a mesma Debbie Macomber que escreveu Laços de Vida, o primeiro livro que li da autora, e que me desiludiu face à sua escrita simples e juvenil, bem como os diálogos pobres, onde os adultos falavam ou comportavam-se como adolescentes.
Felizmente, e porque nunca se deve julgar uma autora por um só livro, aconteceu precisamente o contrário com A Estalagem de Rose Harbor. A escrita é simples e fluida, mas muito adulta. Tinha ali pelo meio um pouco de paranormal, mas isso não me incomodou, não achei que fosse introduzido de forma óbvia, mas num tom mais psicológico. Tenho um fraquinho por pequenas cidades, a beira-mar e almas atormentadas, por isso acabei por enfraquecer ao ler esta história envolvente e reconfortante sobre pessoas em busca de um sentido para a vida. Jo Marie Rose, Josh e Abby carregavam consigo fardos pesados que me tocaram de forma diferente. Foi um pouco como assistir a um filme que começa com drama e acaba com uma resolução feliz. É um cliché, mas às vezes um bom cliché sabe tão bem!
E um biscoito para o Rover! Quero ler mais sobre este pequeno guerreiro nos próximos livros e também sobre o misterioso Mark Taylor e, por sua vez, claro, a Jo Marie Rose.
É uma pena que A Estalagem de Rose Harbor seja fictícia, senão era capaz de fazer uma reserva para uma próxima vida. ...more
À semelhança do que aconteceu em terras do tio Sam - a mudança da autora para uma nova editora, Ballantine Books/Random House - também cá em Portug3,5
À semelhança do que aconteceu em terras do tio Sam - a mudança da autora para uma nova editora, Ballantine Books/Random House - também cá em Portugal, Jodi Picoult, que antes era publicada pela Civilização Editora, está agora nas mãos da Editorial Presença, que está de parabéns, pois esta edição é maravilhosa e já ganhou lugar nas minhas preferidas edições de Jodi. Adoro a capa, a ilustração do ambiente do livro, e o título, que é ao mesmo tempo triste e bonito.
Comecei a ler este livro de enfiada, pois a história começou de uma forma que me agarrou logo de início. Depois aconteceu o que acontece quando gosto de um livro; adoptei um ritmo mais lento de forma a saborear a história e prolongar a minha estadia dentro das suas páginas. Os elefantes, que são o foco do livro, são seres majestosos que impõem respeito, mas para ser sincera, nunca me fascinaram por aí além. O certo é que fiquei tão condicionada pela leitura que dei por mim a ver vários vídeos sobre o comportamento destes animais. Comecei a vê-los de uma outra perspectiva, não apenas como animais, mas como humanos.
Para mim, este livro foi uma experiência mais intelectual do que emocional. Nunca me senti particularmente próxima de nenhuma das personagens, a não ser Alice, que foi de quem mais gostei. Foi fácil criar empatia com ela desde o início e, de todas elas, pareceu-me a mais real. Serenity, bem, suspension of desbelief, right? Sou uma céptica, portanto tive de fazer um esforço para manter uma mente aberta. Virgil, é um tipo porreiro, mas nunca o contrataria como investigador privado. Álcool e eficácia não são uma boa mistura. E a Jenna, pobre miúda, só queria que ela encontrasse alguma resolução. (view spoiler)[O que me leva ao “The Sixth Sense”twist da história. Previ o estado, chamemos-lhe assim, de Virgil, algumas páginas antes de ser revelado, no momento em que ele diz a Serenity que se espatifou com o carro por uma arriba e sobreviveu quase por milagre. Yeah, right. Quanto a Jenna, foi uma surpresa bem elaborada mas que me deixou triste e desapontada. Triste porque percebi que Jenna estava morta, e todos os capítulos que se seguiram, basicamente o cerne da história, foram uma ilusão. Desvaloriza um pouco o teor do livro. Gostei da reviravolta, foi inteligente, e encaixou bem na história, mas poderia ter sido mais credível, sem ter de recorrer ao sobrenatural. Então uma miúda que morre aos 3 anos é agora um fantasma com 13 anos de idade?! Só podem estar a gozar comigo! (hide spoiler)]
(view spoiler)[Não sei se foi por ter passado muito tempo desde a última vez que li a autora, mas notei uma evolução na escrita. As pesquisas intensivas sobre os elefantes também enriqueceram o livro. O que não resultou para mim foi a combinação de elefantes e o paranormal. Foi um contraste entre o real e o falso que, como já disse, desvalorizou a história. E então quando eu tento manter uma mente aberta e querem-me fazer acreditar que os fantasmas crescem de idade, pfft. Se repararem bem, há uma pista na sinopse para um dos grandes twists do livro, que me fez rir quando acabei de ler o livro. Jodi, sua matreira. (hide spoiler)]
De resto, só tenho a apontar a tradução um pouco descuidada. Por exemplo, irritou-me o uso exagerado da palavra “garota” ou “garotinha”. Soa-me tão abrasileirado! Porque não simplesmente miúda ou rapariga?
Apesar de ter alguns problemas com os métodos de resolução do livro, foi uma bela leitura, e agora tenho de encontrar outro livro para preencher o buraquinho que este deixou ficar cá dentro.
Ainda não consigo deixar de pensar na pequena Jenna... :'( ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
And if no one sees you, are you really there at all?
Quando confrontada com tamanho hype à volta de um livro classificado maioritariamente por 4/5 es
And if no one sees you, are you really there at all?
Quando confrontada com tamanho hype à volta de um livro classificado maioritariamente por 4/5 estrelas, é inevitável a questão… what’s wrong with me, monster?
Primeiro vamos ao que de melhor tem o livro, que são, sem sombra de dúvida, as maravilhosas ilustrações, que por si só já valem a compra do livro físico. O conteúdo, infelizmente, não complementa a arte, no sentido em que não consegue alcançar a profundidade que as imagens transmitem. Em termos de escrita, é simples, como seria de esperar num livro para crianças, e provavelmente por isso não consegui sentir uma ligação à história e aos seus personagens. E também por ser uma short-story, os capítulos quase que passam a correr, nem dá tempo para permanecer no tempo. Uma das coisas que também me fez confusão foi o facto de Conor O’Malley ser um rapaz de 13 anos, mas parecer ter a mentalidade de uma criança de oito anos. Se o autor não tivesse revelado logo no início a sua idade, para mim tudo levava a crer que era um rapazinho pequeno e ingénuo, ao ponto de ainda acreditar em monstros e curas milagrosas.
Gostei da personificação do monstro, e do objectivo das três histórias, o pano de fundo que revela a derradeira verdade. Acho que é o melhor do livro. No entanto, e tendo em conta todo o burburinho gerado à volta deste livro, estava à espera de algo mais… impressionante. Não é que tenha achado a história má, de todo, tem de facto partes bonitas e tocantes, que nos levam a reflectir, mas fiquei mais impressionada com as ilustrações do que com a história em si. ...more
Birthright is proof that, as one should not judge a book by its cover, one cannot judge an author by a book. Nora Roberts is an acclaimed writer whoBirthright is proof that, as one should not judge a book by its cover, one cannot judge an author by a book. Nora Roberts is an acclaimed writer who has never elicited particular interest to me beyond the natural curiosity about her success. I always told myself one day I would test her talent, which eventually happened when I read the first two books of her crime series In Death, written under the pseudonym J. D. Robb. I found it interesting but not particularly special, so I wasn’t convinced. Now, once again, I got a hold of this book by chance, and found myself completely entangled in the story. I think I finally found the essence of Nora Roberts. It’s amazing how she managed to combine all my favorite elements in a book: a small town setting; Treasured Pages, a little family bookstore; archeology vs anthropology, fascinating stuff; the digging site; well-built characters; strong, independent women; great writing but excellent dialogues. Mix this with kidnapping, crime and mystery, and voilà! You’re left with a good book!
If, at some point, it seemed to me that the story might have been shortened? No doubt. Did it bother me? Not in the least. It’s a good sign when you’re not in a hurry to get to the end of a book. This is what good books are made of.
Memorable quotes: When Jake realizes why Callie never asked him if he loved her. “You didn’t ask,” he continued quietly, “because in our culture, verbalization of emotions is as important as demonstrations of emotions. Free communication between mates is essential to the development and evolution of the relationship. If you’d had to ask, the answer had no meaning.”
After reading Birthright, this book fell far short of expectations. I really liked all the elements of the story, especially the spectacular lands3,5
After reading Birthright, this book fell far short of expectations. I really liked all the elements of the story, especially the spectacular landscape. Loved the interaction between the townspeople. Reece Gilmore was an interesting character, but became more interesting after witnessing the murder and having her sanity put into question by almost everyone, given her traumatic past. Unfortunately, I don’t think she was given much depth. Same goes for Brody. I didn’t really like the guy, and even though he redeemed himself a bit by the end, I’m still not a fan; I thought the dialogues were feeble in comparison to other books. The story had everything, but at the same time seemed sparse. The last gotcha! part was good but the private investigation took a little too much. Yet, I didn’t see that coming (damn, I knew there was something about that kid and the dog playing in the lake). My money was on Doctor Wallace. Lo proved to be too dumb to be a killer. Needless to say, I was way off. I enjoyed the story, worth a few good hours of entertainment. The end, though, was cut too short.
A small note on translation. In chapter 3, page 38, there’s the following sentence:
– Sim, senhora. Ah, e só para limpar o ambiente, o seu filho é encantador, mas eu dormi sozinha ontem à noite.
It’s the Portuguese translation of the original English:
“Yes, ma'am. Oh, and just to clear the air," she added as she rounded the counter for an apron, "your son's very charming, but I slept alone last night."
Notice the expressions in bold, it jumped right at me when I first read it, and I actually laughed, because the translator took it literally, and she didn’t even translate the whole sentence. In this context “clear the air” means resolving a situation or making things straight. I think “só para esclarecer” instead of “limpar o ambiente” would be more accurate....more
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I’m not very fond of Harlequin books, but I do think they are light and easy to read. TheiI received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
I’m not very fond of Harlequin books, but I do think they are light and easy to read. Their downside is the lack of depth. There’s a lot to be said about this particular story. Rafael Revaldi is a gruff and hard to break shell of a man who convenes a meeting with his ex-wife. Lottie left him about 3 years ago because of a ruined marriage. Now, after a parachute accident which rendered him sterile, he makes her an offer. Carry their frozen embryo as, he eloquently points out, it is their only chance of being parents. Lottie herself can’t bear children since the death of premature Seraphina.
Well, of course there’s a lot to be said about this particular course of events, but not much was felt by me. I didn’t like the formality of the whole affair. There’s romance, sure, but it’s shadowed by the past and the constant rinse repeat of the same subject. The sudden reconciliation at the end was totally unconvincing. So this guy, who is basically an a-hole, spent years resenting his ex-wife and all of a sudden puts his pride aside and let’s live happily ever after? End of the story? Sorry, this makes no sense to me. Too much focus on angst. Not enough on happiness. I found it flat and lacking, but I wouldn’t expect anything else from these books. ...more
Este livro chamou-me a atenção pela sua sinopse intrigante mas, infelizmente, acabou por desiludir. What you see is what you get. A escrita da autoraEste livro chamou-me a atenção pela sua sinopse intrigante mas, infelizmente, acabou por desiludir. What you see is what you get. A escrita da autora é excelente, e isso estimulou a leitura, caso contrário, duvido que tivesse continuado até ao fim, pois não gostei muito da estrutura do livro. Eu gosto que a história seja contada, não relatada, e basicamente, este livro é um relato de 432 páginas sobre o milagre das três crianças, e uma possível quarta, que contra todas as probabilidades, sobreviveram a uma queda de avião e as subsequentes reviravoltas políticas e religiosas, que são as partes mais aborrecidas do livro. No meio de tantos relatos, entrevistas, e até transcrições de chat desnecessárias, as que mais me interessaram foram apenas a Lillian Small, o Paul Craddock, e a inesperada última parte sobre o Hiro. Ou seja, as histórias sobre os três sobreviventes, o que deveria ter sido o conteúdo do livro. A autora poderia ter desenvolvido muito mais este enredo das crianças malévolas, que embora seja um cliché, não deixa de ser interessante. A última parte foi muito interessante, e aí sim já parecia um livro, mas aquele final é tudo menos satisfatório. Fiquei a saber o mesmo. Aprecio o livro pela sua originalidade, embora me parecesse muitas vezes que ao invés de estar a ler um livro, estava a ler o jornal, e pela escrita magnífica, muito ao estilo de Stephen King. Tenho pena de não ter sido um livro mais gratificante....more
The feeling I got when I turned the last page was of satisfaction. I entered the book with few expectations, and I ended up being pleasantly surprisedThe feeling I got when I turned the last page was of satisfaction. I entered the book with few expectations, and I ended up being pleasantly surprised by how the story pulled me into these various relationships through time. I think this is what it comes down to, the people we encounter on this path called life. I was particularly touched by the story of Penelope and Richard Lomax, and I confess that it was then that I became really interested in the story. At first, I had my doubts concerning this particular structure of each chapter being titled by a different character, but it does fit almost perfectly. It's not a book I’d want to read a second time, or will stay with me for long, but it was enjoyable to read, and most important of all, a good company.
P.S.: What an odd thing that it was first published the year I was born......more
A classic case of promises not delivered. The plot and cover were appealing, which mistakenly led me to expect something deep and maternal. I was disaA classic case of promises not delivered. The plot and cover were appealing, which mistakenly led me to expect something deep and maternal. I was disappointed to realize the writing style didn’t combine with the story, and there was a lot more telling than actually showing. Even so, I gave it the benefit of the doubt, but when doctor stone showed up, unexpectedly, after maybe about three random encounters, not one of them romantic, and kissed Libby Morgan, I had to face the obvious. This was not, at all, what I was expecting. So you can have an idea, it was the equivalent of running into a stranger in a supermarket, swapping a few words, for the same number of times, and kissing him, just like that. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I like to think there’s more to it than that. And the story is just like that, a series of chance encounters between characters, without further development, sometimes mixed together, no clear direction. It’s like talking about oranges, and then including lemons. That’s how I see it really; sometimes it was sweet, another bitter. The writing seemed rather juvenile; the dialogues were cringe worthy, and when Libby almost went down on her knees begging for love it was like reading a bad teen drama. Hard to believe considering this is an adult novel. It’s a shame, because with these characters and plot, this could’ve been a very good book. ...more
Finally, I’m done. There’s not a whole lot to say about this… thing. I honestly can’t call this a book, because that would be demeaning towards otherFinally, I’m done. There’s not a whole lot to say about this… thing. I honestly can’t call this a book, because that would be demeaning towards other authors that do know the art of writing. You can’t just simply throw a bunch of random stuff into endless pages, and by the way, the number of pages does not a story make, and consider it legitimate for printing and ultimately, distribution to an audience. I doubt this was even skimmed, let alone read before going to print. So what, a story is downloaded by a lot of people, and that makes it a book?! I can’t help to think that nowadays they publish according to popularity and not value. To hell with value. Who cares if it’s a book about a silly girl falling in love with a 12 year-old ghost? Yeah, I was never a good student at math, but even I know how to put 2 and 2 together. If you failed to notice that crucial mistake right at the beginning of the book, no wonder the rest of it is just terrible. And what’s with the overused exclamation points!!! And the perfect guys (is there a single guy she hasn’t described as being a god?), and the annoying amount of fangirling, teenage drama, and overall silliness?!
My first debut novel of author Deborah Smith was simply delicious, and I don’t have that much to say about it, because when I really like a book, someMy first debut novel of author Deborah Smith was simply delicious, and I don’t have that much to say about it, because when I really like a book, sometimes I can’t put into words this feeling, because I know words aren’t enough. You just feel it, plain and simple. And I felt the whole story, almost from the beginning, when I felt that wonderful click, and my brain registered the potentiality of what I was reading, right until the end. The story, the captivating characters, the wonderful scenery, invoking my own childhood, the phenomenal writing, and good development of the book, this is beauty. I only regret not having had the opportunity to spend more time with the characters in that pure harmony environment after the storm had passed, but major developments create great stories, and this is a great story....more
Nunca vou compreender esta necessidade de modificarem o título original de um livro com a tradução para a nossa língua. É fácil de perceber qual é o mNunca vou compreender esta necessidade de modificarem o título original de um livro com a tradução para a nossa língua. É fácil de perceber qual é o maior amor do mundo, mas a história também explora a camada de dor que todos nós temos de suportar de forma a alcançar a felicidade, daí o original The Underside of Joy. E depois de ter terminado o livro, senti, de facto, o outro lado, aquele que se esconde por detrás da ilusão da felicidade. Confesso que fiquei surpreendida pelo nó na minha garganta. Primeiro, porque quando se trata de temas sérios, a escrita simples e esparsa nunca me cai bem, acho que a complexidade do tema exige a mesma complexidade de narração. No entanto, e apesar da sua simplicidade, ou talvez por causa dela, não sei, conseguiu comover-me e cheguei ao fim com um sorriso no rosto. É um livro encantador, emotivo e cheio de esperança. E vale sempre a pena lembrar que mãe é quem ama e cuida... "Parir é dor, criar é amor."...more
It's a young adult, so I know I couldn’t expect much more than a reasonable reading. It’s not a bad book, at all, but I would say that it's more targeIt's a young adult, so I know I couldn’t expect much more than a reasonable reading. It’s not a bad book, at all, but I would say that it's more targeted to young people, not just teenagers but also children, because the writing is very juvenile, as if we were telling a story to a child, hence my suggestion. Nevertheless, it’s an easy and quick read, and it can be enjoyable with a little bit of fun, although I will never, nor do I want to, really, understand the issue of age and romance. It brings a new meaning to the word creepy. The talking animals and the well, added an emotional tone to the story. It’s a very strange little book. Personally, I don’t believe in an afterlife, but I thought the regression process created by the author was creative. ...more
Better than Dark Places and Gone Girl, I think, it kept me interested till the end, but I got to say, this is one hell of a disturbing read, and muchBetter than Dark Places and Gone Girl, I think, it kept me interested till the end, but I got to say, this is one hell of a disturbing read, and much more dark, gritty, and sick. Once again, though, and here I go again, it seems, the author does not invest in the characters, and keeps rushing the endings, which makes the whole experience anti climatic. The suspect did this and that, end of story. A little more substance never hurt anybody, it only adds to the credibility of the story. It wasn’t a shock to discover the killer’s identity, as some of the blurbs suggested; to me it was obvious and predictable, which was disappointing, because I really wanted to be caught by surprise by one of the latest writers of psychological thrillers, and lately I can’t find one single book capable of that feat. I still think Gillian Flynn is a good writer in the genre, but has some improving to do, perhaps in a future book. Among her published books, this is the one I would most like to see adapted to the screen. ...more
Solid three star rating. Reading Gone Girl made me want to look into other books by Gillian Flynn, just so I could see how her twisted mind would workSolid three star rating. Reading Gone Girl made me want to look into other books by Gillian Flynn, just so I could see how her twisted mind would work around another horror story. Now, I like her writing, it’s simple but blunt, proof she doesn’t need fancy vocabulary to make a point, the power of her dark and gloomy imagination, but even with all that combined this book failed to be thrilling. The parallels between now and then were great, it was certainly interesting to follow two different times of their life at once, to try to understand the dynamic of the family, getting clues to unravel the mystery of their deaths, but they were too close together, and small, too small for us to really acknowledge, giving us little time to spend with the characters, and thus making me feel disconnected from their story. I can’t say I was compelled by a single character in this book, and it’s not because they were mean, or had bad blood, it’s simply because I feel like they could have been better developed. There were also some things that were plain dumb, like the devil worship bit, but as a whole I consider it a good book. As for the ending, well, I definitely expected more out of that mystery. ...more
There's a first time for everything, and this was my first time reading Dorothy Koomson. I must say I was a little disappointed not to have been sweptThere's a first time for everything, and this was my first time reading Dorothy Koomson. I must say I was a little disappointed not to have been swept away by the story, both for being a cherished author by readers, and also because this is the goal I want to achieve when I open a book. I think it was due to the content of the story; it’s not a subject that interests me to the point of devouring pages eagerly. Instead, it was a fluid read, and one of its strengths is it never becomes boring despite its length. The writing is very good, deep and compassionate, and although the debated issue is not something I like to deepen, the author managed to keep my attention and wanting to know how the drama would unfold to its end.
The ending was also disappointing. I think everything was handled too casually. The suspect was never a real suspect because it was never introduced into the story, just as a minor character, nothing important. And a story of a crime requires development so that its conclusion is satisfactory, and that includes victim and perpetrator. In this case, the author made a mistake by giving more emphasis to the drama and leaving aside the criminal part. I was under the impression that she neglected this aspect, which leads me to think that the crime was unnecessary to the story, because all the drama eventually encompassed the entire book. The last bit of the book also could have been better, after all the build up about the Rose Petal Beach. It felt a little flat.
However, despite these flaws, and some inconsistencies, as a whole, I think it was a good book, but definitely not something I would like to read a second time....more
**spoiler alert** I should explain, since this has already happened so many times, that I don’t have a tendency to pick hyped books, but when I do, I**spoiler alert** I should explain, since this has already happened so many times, that I don’t have a tendency to pick hyped books, but when I do, I do have a tendency to not be so hyped up about them as everyone else. And surprise surprise, Gone Girl fits right into the why the hype category. Will this stop me from avoiding these kind of books? Not in the least, sometimes, the hype is warranted, but other times, oh boy, does it make me frustrated!
I should also tell you that, although the glowing spectacularness wasn’t that spectacular after all, I discovered a new author who knows how to write a good thriller, despite my disliking of her conclusions. Writing, characterization, and structure are excellent. When it comes to the story, however, I had a few setbacks. I think the first part dragged a little, I found myself much more interested and engaged in the story on the second part of the book, when there’s the first “big” twist. I don’t think it was a twist, per se, I think by then, with all the information we had, plus more than two hundred pages yet to read, we all had to at least assume something like that would happen. What I assumed was that, perhaps, trying to escape from an abusive husband, Amy staged her own homicide and ran away to have a new life. Turns out I was right about the staged crime scene, the rest, not so much. It never crossed my mind that she could be this psycho bitch, and Nick the “innocent” person in all this, given that he too has his fair share of guilt. I thought: “Good, this should be interesting, a psycho woman for a change.”
And it was interesting, and twisted, and complexed, but at the end of it all I feel like it wasn’t that thrilling. Somehow, it lacked. Don’t get me wrong, I think this was a good thriller, it just wasn’t great. Maybe this is because of that damning last part which I didn’t really like. I appreciated all the media attention and perversity that came with Amy’s return, but this is where the story went downhill. It went from an intelligent, thoughtful and complexed thriller, to plain sloppy.
And the ending was the worst that could have happened for such a solid book. I hated it. For such a wicked story, it needed a more than average ending. You had the fuse of an explosive couple; all you had to do was light it up with an explosive ending. Big flop.
Nevertheless, Gillian Flynn is an author to keep an eye on, and I’m curious to look into her other books. ...more
**spoiler alert** I tried, I really did, everything was going well, the romance was not up to much, but hey, the suspense and thriller compensated, an**spoiler alert** I tried, I really did, everything was going well, the romance was not up to much, but hey, the suspense and thriller compensated, and I was sure this would be at least a 3 star book, which is good enough, that is, until I fell in that big mud pit of an ending. After so much dirt, I’m sorry, but I couldn’t force myself to give this more than a fair 2 star rating. And that’s being gentle, because this is definitely one of the worst books I’ve read by Nicholas Sparks. It’s the first negative review I give to one of his books, but like his stories, this too was quite predictable.
Once again, I started reading one of his books similar to the one I read before, which was Safe Haven. They’re both a romance mixed with suspense and thriller. This just brings to light the fact that the author likes to recycle. And now I could make a joke about garbage, but let’s not go that way.
I actually appreciate this new vein of his; it’s refreshing to have a little break from all the cheesiness. But recycled stories, just like garbage, tend to let liquid spill, and there’s always a bad smell telling you something is wrong. Oh wait, I did go there.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, when I finished reading this book, I called him a very bad name, because I was angry, disappointed, frustrated, you name it, I just wanted to throw the book against the wall! But then, after a moment to calm down, I had to admit that, well, except for that monumental fail in the end, this was a good book, at least for the thriller part. As a whole, I think it was too slow in the beginning, and the romance wasn’t convincing. It seemed like something that was just there to give place to the thriller, which makes me think there was some carelessness in the plot development. It’s as if the author was more enthusiastic about the thriller, and neglected the romance.
The thriller was well achieved, as well as the suspense around this enigmatic character of Richard Franklin. It is predictable, as most of his books are, but also because psychopaths are predictable. We’re so used to reading, seeing, hearing about them everywhere we already know their profile, so their behavior doesn’t surprise us, it only reinforces the obvious.
I don’t know what much else I can say, it’s a good thriller, but Sparks had to ruin it all over again with his stupid routine of killing someone in his books. As if humans weren’t already enough, now he’s turning to animals. It doesn’t even make sense, all of this for what? So we could finally understand who was Julie’s guardian? That was pretty clear from the beginning of the book, it was completely unnecessary to kill the dog just to make a point and make it all sappy.
Urgg, I can’t even… what a waste. Damn you, Nicholas Sparks....more
Lacey isn’t your typical teenage girl, she’s one of a kind, because she’s the only one who can save the world with her telekinetic powers, but problemLacey isn’t your typical teenage girl, she’s one of a kind, because she’s the only one who can save the world with her telekinetic powers, but problem is, she gets into trouble and is sent to Clear Waters, a rehabilitation center for troubled teenagers, and that’s where she’ll begin the first step of this journey through Altered – Revelations of the Evolved.
This is a pretty good concept, and a good start to the story, with Lacey getting used to the everyday routine of Clear Waters, meeting new and interesting people, but unfortunately after the initial pages, as the story progressed I think the execution lacked. The language is very basic, everything just happened too fast, the dialogues were poor, and I couldn’t make any kind of connection with the story and characters.
I think it needed a more moderate narrative, structure and character development, and although I believe that these aspects contributed to the detriment of my reading, I still think it’s a nice, easy and quick read. ...more
I expected this to be a realistic, emotional, and memorable read that would stay with me for a long while, like it happens with those books you fall hI expected this to be a realistic, emotional, and memorable read that would stay with me for a long while, like it happens with those books you fall helplessly in love because they are so good. As it happens, it turned out to be just an okay read, which I found too exaggerate and unrealistic. This might have been because of the writing, or maybe it’s just a matter of taste. I personally don’t like simple and sparse writing, because I cannot feel the depth of the story, and that’s what happened with The Sky is Everywhere. It has some great, beautiful lines, but that’s about it, and most of the time the story sounds like a pre-teen’s ramblings about boys and life in general, and not the grief stricken girl who just lost her sister. Everything is interconnected, but it took too long to get to that place where the story can still be saved, namely when Lennie and Gram destroy the copy of Wuthering Heights. Considering the amount of times the book is referenced in the story, and how it’s already been used by countless authors, and how it seems a general rule that every girl in a YA novel has to have that book as a classic favorite, I too felt like tearing it to shreds.
The romance was unbelievable, no matter how cute and funny, I couldn’t believe this relationship. It all happens too fast for the reader to catch a pace. One moment, Lennie is involved with Toby, the next she’s wrapped around Joe Fontaine. This all added to my finding all the intense dialogue, and declarations of love, only after a few days, completely insubstantial. Like I said, the story was a bit too much over the top; it felt like the author was trying too hard to sound like a cool and quirky teenager.
However, there were some things that I liked, and made this a perfectably acceptable book. For one, I liked Gram, she’s the only character I liked and was interested to read more about, and even she felt underdeveloped, which is too bad. I would have liked to read more about eccentric Gram. The book touches a very emotional theme, and that’s maybe the only realistic part of the story. Also, the scattered poems throughout the book are cute, and it all wrapped up pretty nicely at the end.
This is my first Santa Montefiore novel, so maybe I’m still a little in the “getting to know you” phase before I really feel connected to her stories.This is my first Santa Montefiore novel, so maybe I’m still a little in the “getting to know you” phase before I really feel connected to her stories. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel much of a connection with the characters, as much as I did for the beautiful settings. I’m a country girl myself, so I love nature, and the way the author describes it as being magical is absolutely wonderful. The writing helps matters, as it is fluid, intelligent and mature, exactly how I like a book to be written. I have to agree when people say Santa Montefiore is a great storyteller, I can’t begin to imagine how she could come up with such a story and stick with it till the end. I, for one, found it difficult to agree with some of the decisions taken in the book, mainly infidelity. Putting that aside, I was able to enjoy the story, as it is divided into seasons, and takes back and forth so that Miranda and Ava’s stories intertwine in order to create a path towards the resolution at the end. ...more
In the second installment in the In Death series, Nora Roberts, aka J. D. Robb, continues to shine for the quality of her writing, but when it comes tIn the second installment in the In Death series, Nora Roberts, aka J. D. Robb, continues to shine for the quality of her writing, but when it comes to the development of mysteries, not so much. I have to say I’ve read other authors making a better work of weaving a web of mystery thriller, and keeping me interested in the story, and its resolution till the last page. It’s not necessarily a fault of the author, but just a matter of taste. I like complexed, unpredictable and difficult to solve thrillers. Roberts is too basic, easy, predictable, and sometimes even a little boring in her repeated procedures, which I found too many times unnecessary.
My second impression of Roarke is more favorable, he seems like an interesting enough guy, but then again, I still fail to see what’s the big deal. Maybe he’s just not my type. Eve is still the bad ass cop we all know, but in this second book, she seems a little out of it. I’m not doubting her capacity as a police officer, I just think it took her too long to reach the obvious, which made her loose too much time with what were clearly useless clues. Their relationship is more believable in this phase of the story, since they are already well acquainted with each other.
The futuristic aspect has improved, but I still don’t think it has the kind of importance it deserved, or better yet, needed to contribute to a great world-building.
Maybe I’m being a little harsh, I don’t know, I get like this when I’m frustrated with a book that could be so much better.
So, all in all, another easy read from Nora Roberts, nothing out of the ordinary, but entertaining.
Further into the series, still to consider, though. ...more