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
I'm not the right person to talk about this central figure of the book, so I’ll just stick to the story. It wasn’t particularly captiIsn’t it ironic? ♬♬♬
I'm not the right person to talk about this central figure of the book, so I’ll just stick to the story. It wasn’t particularly captivating or emotional but it was a well told and developed story. The only part that didn’t feel entirely right was the end. The reunion was short-lived, after so much build-up, so it felt somewhat undervalued. The same emphasis given to Eden’s search should’ve been put into her acceptance, which happens almost overnight. Jack’s perfection could’ve been taken down a notch too, not that I’m complaining, because I liked their relationship. I’m just saying it’s okay to have ideals, as long as you build them with a good dose of reality, not just the half. And I would’ve liked to know the other half.
The author’s grammatical tics, which she admitted herself in the acknowledgements, were hard not to notice. She forgot the expression “The chins lowered to their chests”“ used several times throughout the book.
Other than that, it's a good story. I liked the idea of living “Outside the Lines”. ...more
A sinopse deste livro, dividida entre três espaços no tempo - Uma criança indesejada, Um enigmático suicídio, Um segredo terrível – captou de imedi2,5
A sinopse deste livro, dividida entre três espaços no tempo - Uma criança indesejada, Um enigmático suicídio, Um segredo terrível – captou de imediato a minha atenção. Qual não é o meu espanto quando começo a ler, e passadas umas páginas, percebo que a história não segue exactamente estas três linhas no tempo. Na verdade, para lá chegar, é preciso passar por exagerados enredos de um livro que parece mais focado nos acontecimentos do que propriamente nas suas personagens. Talvez por isso não tenha tido grande interesse por nenhuma delas. Okay, melhorou consideravelmente a partir do momento em que a Cara passou a ser o foco, mas até então, e se a história tivesse sido linear, que a rapariga me perdoe, mas nunca atinei com a Franny e era bem capaz de desistir do livro. Oh, criatura mais egoísta! Ainda assim, continuei a não sentir grande interesse, e dei por mim a ler apenas “por ler”. O final é feito de novela, um tanto ou quanto rebuscado, dando ao livro todo um tom melodramático. Enfim, um livro que facilmente se esquece. ...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