The big changes in our lives don’t happen the way we plan. The big changes happen in the little details. In the extra second it took for you to leav...more.
The big changes in our lives don’t happen the way we plan. The big changes happen in the little details. In the extra second it took for you to leave your house making you lose your bus; in the way the cashier talked to you; in the little kid that smiled at you from across the street. The big changes, the ones that really matter, arrive without warning and when you realize what happened it’s too late to stop it. When your eyes are open you can’t close them and forget what you’ve learned or seen. If you watched Constantine or Matrix, you know what I’m talking about.
The Plot — It’s revolutionary! Skeeter is a single girl living in Mississippi and wants to be a writer. Following the wise advice from a big shot editor, she comes up with the idea for writing a book showing the point of view of the help. At first you may think that this plot is not that exceptional, but you have to remember this was in the sixties, racism was in full force back then, and the place was Mississippi of all places. Black women, the ones that raised the white kids, cared for them and had to see them grow just to follow the same path as their racist parents. You can see how that side of the story can be dangerous to be given voice in a society that accept the beating up of an old black man as punishment for using the white folks bathroom. When the price of your words is so high, a book full of them can become a death sentence. See? I told you this plot were revolutionary.
The Characters — OH—MY—GOSH! Ok, ok, I need to calm down *taking a deep breath* since this book is told by 3 of the most amazing women I have ever met, I’ll focus on them first.
She is the first one we meet in this story. Aibillen is starting her new job in a new house. She take care of kids and helps the white moms to take care of the hose and their children. Once the kid is grown she moves on to another family. This is her life and she was fairly fine with it until her own son dies. Her heart darkens and she is no longer so forgiven as once she was. Now she sees the things that she once pretended not to see, her lost has changed her. In the Leefolt's house Aibileen takes care of little Mae Mobley.
Through her eyes we see changes happening and how appearances can be miss leading. Love runs deeper than blood or skin color. With Aibileen I'v learn that one word can change the destiny of a person. One word of encouragement can make a person believe in itself as much as a disproving one can destroy souls and crush dreams.
"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."
"Minny is "every Southern white woman's nightmare. I adore her."
She is wonderful and a kick ass maid. She cooks and bakes like no one, especially cakes, and have a fierce tongue on her snappy mouth. In everyone's eyes she is strong, tough and nobody messes with her. In reality, Minny is a cat that was burned too many times and learned to attack first and always be prepared for disappointments. After some stuff she goes to work in Celia's house.
There she faces situations and choices that change her in a deep way. With her I've learn that a hard exterior can hide a heart of gold, and that open up can be scary but sometimes is worth it.
Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan
She is the black sheep among the white and fluffy ones. She comes home after finishing college and is trying to find Constantine, the black maid that raised her.
She is a member of the Bridge Club and is also the editor of their Journal where she writes about the social events and stuff like that. She gets a job in a local newspaper and is trying to get her dreams started but all her mom can think is how her daughter ain’t married yet. Talk about disappointment.
Remember what I’ve said in the beginning of this review? About how the big changes can sneak up on you? Well, this started with little signals, but the one that I took to my heart and made me change was the advice that Skeeter received after sending a letter to a publisher. It was something like: “Write about what disturbs you, particularly if it bothers no one else.” How many times we see things that bother u, but is something that looks so normal to everybody else? Just because it’s done a long time doesn’t mean is right. After this you can start open you eyes as well, but be aware cose once you starts seeing you can’t go back to being blind. So, sparks happens and Skeeter puts the chain of events in motion to what would be the biggest thing that ever happened in her life and many others.
All the other characters as amazing too and have a fundamental part in the whole story. Just like a puzzle where each of the little pieces is irreplaceable. One in particular is:
Boogie man has a face, and a southern accent too. LoL She is the devil, but I can’t say I hate her. That’s just how she was raised, racist and mean to people. With her I’ve learned that even a terrible person like her can have a heart. Hilly is kind, sweet and loving with her kids. I can’t hate a person that can love that much even if she is evil. Because of her I knew I would love this book.
The Writing — Oh, the writing,,,, I love it, love it, love it,,,,,,,
Yep,, that’s pretty much what happened. LoL So, the story is told mainly by three POVs, Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter. In the beginning I thought that it could be confusing, but this author played so well that I was in love with it. The way she writes remind me of the book The Color Purple, in how the words have character and feelings in it. This is one of the most heartfelt and unique writing I have ever read.
The Audiobook Recording — Oh, the audiobook recording,, it’s enchanted *sigh*
It’s read by three different narrators, well, four actually, and this makes all the difference for me. Each one of them had its unique voice, way of speaking and that made them seem even more real. The voice, the tone, the volume it was all great. The reading had a great flow to it and the audio was pleasant to my ears. The interpretation of the text was simply sublime. Pay attention to these narrators cose these are keepers and one of them is in the movie:
Considerations — O laughed, I cried and I loved every minute of it. My grandfather was raised in a farm long, long, long ago, and I remember his stories about the woman that raised him from crib. She was a black maid and he used to tell me how he never forgot her. When he got sick, he called her name during the fever. Some of the stories in this book made me remember this and how I never really understood what that meant till now.
Ok,I could talk about this book seven ways till Sunday, but this is getting too long and I don’t want this to get larger than the book, so I’m just gonna say: I LOVE THIS BOOK AND EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT!
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On my Hunger Games’ review, I said that the book could be summarized in one sentence, well, the second book is not much differen...moreReviewed on 03/07/2012
On my Hunger Games’ review, I said that the book could be summarized in one sentence, well, the second book is not much different. The sentence is: "If you put enough pressure on coal it turns to pearls."
You must be thinking I’m really dumb, right? Pearls don’t come from coal.
Well, that’s not the point. I want you to take a deep breath and read this sentence aloud. Analyze every word and the meaning behind it. Nothing? Ok, since interpretation is something really relative, I’ll tell you what this sentence means to me and how I decided to see things. Coal is something that has nothing special about it on the outside. It’s not pretty, pleasant and you don’t give much tough about it. That’s Kat. She is the central character and is not very appealing if you think about her. She is cold and dry. That is who she is on normal circumstances. Coal, when under pressure, mind blowing pressure, reacts changing itself and, as we all know, becomes something shining and extremely precious, it becomes a diamond.
This also applies to Kat. Just like in the first book, Kat becomes something wonderful and magical when under extreme pressure. Ok, but what the heck the pearl has to do with everything? Ok,let me finish. *humpf* I see things like this, Kat is pressured to be what people want. To show glitter and shock everyone around her. That’s what everyone around her is aiming, but she doesn’t become a diamond like everyone expects her to; Kat stops being a simple and plain coal and changes to something that nobody would ever expect: a pearl. That’s what this sentence means, extraordinary things happens under extraordinary circumstances. At least to me, it’s what it means. Ok, now that I did my babbling, let to the main points about this wonderful book.
The Plot- Kat and Peeta are back to normal life. Yeah, right. Like there’s such a thing as “normal life” after the Hunger Games. Kat thinks that the worst is over, Peeta thinks the worst is over, I used to think that. We were all terribly wrong.
The Characters - In the first book we didn’t see much of the characters around Kat, but that’s understandable since she was focus in more important stuff like survival and lamb stew. In the second book the sight is larger and we get to know better the people behind the faces and the names. Peeta, he is trusty, loving, and charismatic and everything Kat isn’t. He is colorful while Kat is gray; he is light while Kat is shadow; he is the beautiful frosting on top of the wonderful cake while Kat is the coal that burns in silence and keeps everyone away burning even the ones she love. Gale, he is Kat’s soul hunter, her allied. She trusts him with her life, and the life of her sister. Still, her heart is something different all together. We meet President Snow and in the moment his name appears, this is the one that comes into my mind:
This is not the guy that will play him in the movie, but while I listen to the book this was the face that went with the voice in my head. With the lips a little more plump. LoL
The Writing - I love her writing. I could elaborate on that, but this is pointless. I love it cose it makes me see what the character sees, it makes me feel like the character feel and, above all, never fails to surprises me to the point of gasps taking me to the verge of tears.
The Audio Book recording - her tone, her passing, it’s all ok.
Considerations - I love this book. I love it more than the first. What a shock cose a lot of the reviews here says that the first was the best of the three. I wasn’t expecting much, but this one is really good. Here is the little spoiler, so if you haven’t read the book I don’t advise you the read this.
Ok, so the thing a love about this book and the whole series? I can never guess what’s gonna happen. What turn the plot will take and, most of all, how it always takes me by surprise and bring me to tears when I’m reading in public. Soooo embarrassing. The fact that kat and Peeta are back in the arena and all the changes that happens I feel like a deer lost in the big city. I keep getting blinded by the light and I can’t see things straight until it’s too late. But, most of all, I love how Kat says everything I’m thinking while I’m reading it and how freak out that makes me. The game in this book are really bloody, for real and I love how the things escalate, but there were 2 things that bugged me. 1- The fact that the killing was so fast that 3 days felt like 3 weeks. They were starving and thirsty all the freaking time. Hello, 3 freaking days. How’s that even possible? 2- The lame way that Haymitch won his Hunger Games. So lame. Aside from that, I was blown away by the twists and turns in this book as much or even more than the first. I want to say so much, but I can’t cose I don’t want to spoile it. Read the book and see how a Coal can become a beautiful, strong and shiny pearl.
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Really good start for this series,, I luv this mix of kick ass lead character+loads of sarcasm+drop dead sexy guy that you want to punch and kiss at t...more
Really good start for this series,, I luv this mix of kick ass lead character+loads of sarcasm+drop dead sexy guy that you want to punch and kiss at the same time
Grab your free pass and enjoy the ride ;)
Reviewed in 09/02/2012
The plot - As simple as it says on the synopses. Vamps got out of the coffin, people go gaga over it. Some don’t like to know they are snack and there are others that can’t wait to get on the menu of some hot vamp. Merit is the first. She is like:” Oh, vamps. You are so dead to me. Go to your tomb or something.” But then she gets attacked and voilà, she is one of them now. Karma’s a bitch. Someone should’ve told her this.
The Characters- They are fun and I like them already, but this is just the first book so I don’t have all that much to say about them. Just that Merit is a kick ass baby vamp, Mallory is a super-duper friend, I love Merit’s grandfather, he is the best. Catcher, well, I wouldn’t mind if he catches me. Got it? Cached me? LoL Ok, is not that funny, but he is pretty hot and that’s the point. Morgan is so charming and wickedly smart. I really have to keep my eye on him. Ethan, Ethn, Ethan, What will I do with you? He is one piece of hot, blond, wicked, kick ass, drop dead sexy, want to bite you, want you to bite me vampire. Is it just me or just got hot in here? Oh, lets not forget the nerd. Jeff is sooo nerdylishous. I would totally date him and would be unforgettable. When we kiss would be like atomic explosion <.clapping hands and spreading my arms for emphasis.> Yeah, legendary stuff right here.
The Written - This author has this light writing that is effortless to get into. She got my attention and my smile for all the story. It’s first person POV and it’s Marit’s POV so I get to see every detail of the hotties that she meets with. Besides, her inter monologue got me cracking up LoL really fun writing right here people.
The recording for the Audio Book - Nice reading, nice voice and nice interpretation of the text. She doesn’t forces the guys’ voice and gives them the attitude I love so much in the writing. I really like it.
Considerations - This is the first book so we get only the tip of the iceberg in terms of story and development. But I can say that this book set me up for a great ride. I love this book but I’ll be honest: this is for pleasure, guilty and delicious pleasure.
The Plot - It's original, really original. Kaylee has a secret that no one knows. When...moreReally, really good start to a series. Luv it.
The Plot - It's original, really original. Kaylee has a secret that no one knows. When she is near someone that is going to die she screams. Not just an 'I broke my foot scream' but a really, really 'tear up your throat scream'.
The Characters - This is a short story, so I couldn't know much of them. Nevertheless, it was enough to know that Keilee is a teen with some really dark secret and has to hide or else she'll be in deep shit. Her aunt is trying to be eighteen again, her uncle loves her and wants the to help, but doesn't know how, her cousin sounds like a bitch to me, and so on. But the character that really gave me the creeps was Lydia. Who the heck is she? And, most important, what the heck is her secret?
The Writing - This is one of those writers that make things come to life. Reading her description of the scream building up inside Keilee I could literally feel it inside of me. I could hear it in my ears. By the time I was done with it my throat was sore like I had screamed along with her.
The Recording - Really good, but the guy's voices wasn't a guy's voices. She read as it was, without forcing the voice to make like a guy's voice. That was nice and better then if she had tried, cose her voice is really girly like, and would have been weird. She has a nice tone and does the reading very well.
Considerations - I've heard lots of great things about this series before and it was on my TBR list for a long time, but I never got around to read it. I was missing out. This is a breath of fresh air and I needed something different to read. The thing that I luv the most was the way that the little things were being uncovered and the more I discovered the more I needed to know. The air of mystery was breathtaking and the straps were just down right creepy. In the end I had to stop myself from jumping into the next book. (less)
When I read the prequel My Soul To Lose I was so excited to read this series that I actually did a little squeal when I started...moreReviewed on 01/02/2012
When I read the prequel My Soul To Lose I was so excited to read this series that I actually did a little squeal when I started to read this. But, let me tell you, this book is really good, but you can’t compare to the prequel, not at all. As always I try to do my review without any spoilers, but some little secrets always escape trough the cracks. All I can say is that this will certainly not spoils the end; cose is really a great end. Really, really great. The whole book was saved by this ginormous, wonderstastic end. I’ll stop babbling and get this review done now.
The Plot - Girl lost her mother, dad is nowhere to be found, lives with her uncle that loves her and is cute for his age (witch he doesn’t appear to have), with her aunt that has a obsession for youth, fitness and popularity and her cousin that is a pain in the but with her ballet body and stuck up nose. Wow, that was a long sentence, sorry about that. LoL Kaylee is weird special and when somebody is about to die she screams her head off. I really like this plot and was one of the reasons that made me want to read it. It’s original and it really made curious about it.
The Characters - This is when it gets complicated cose in the prequel Kaylee was this snarky and “talk back” girl but now she is just,,, not it.
I still think that she is cool and all. I found her suspicious thoughts about the motives that a certain hot guy has to come near her after years without even noticing her in school especially amusing. Nash is this hot pop guy that out of nowhere starts to talk to her in a club that she sneaks in to and looks like he’s got the hots for her, but all she think about is: why? The others characters appear along the story too and they have a little of a background but not nearly enough for me to care much about them. As I said before, the best part of this book is the second half and is then that the fun really begins, when the book ends. What a shock,,,,,not.
The Writing - I like her writing and the fact that she makes me feel and see what Kaylee does in a way that got my throat really hurting. I found myself having to listen to this book with a glass of water by my side. In the end of the book I looked around me and felt like I was that girl from the movie Signs from all the glasses I had. Yeap, put that together with that ending and that really got me scared. Creepy just doesn’t cover it.
The Audio Book Recording - I like this reader. She doesn’t force the guy’s voice and her tone is really pleasant on my years. I don’t feel sleepy and, overall, she does a pretty good job and making feel inside the story. I like it.
Considerations - Aside from the whole girls meets hot guy, the turning eyes that get really old, really fast and stuff from school, witch I don’t care much, this story is really good in a sense that plays with, well, death, in a way. If you could find a way to know when you will die, would you like to know? There is such a thing as good and evil when it comes to the grim reaper? If you knew that saving a life would cost another life, would you risk it to save someone you love? Who is to say who will live and who will die? There’s a price to everything and this applies to all things in life, not only life and death itself. I love that this author really gave me a run for the money on Kaylee's mystery. I honestly would never guessed what’s her secret and what all the screaming was about. As this is the first book, is all about the what’s, how’s and who’s, but I have height expectations about this series.
I recommend this to anyone that wants something new to read and likes the company of a hot guy wile looking for the meaning of life. Yeap, pretty heavy stuff right here, LoL
There's no way around it, this is a kick ass petunia book,,
Full review is yet to come, but right now I'm busy with the sequel,, can't talk, got to go...moreThere's no way around it, this is a kick ass petunia book,,
Full review is yet to come, but right now I'm busy with the sequel,, can't talk, got to go
Update: october 17, 2011
Full review here I come =D
The Plot – It gets more and more intricate and the more you know the more you see how much you still don’t know. I really like the way the things get uncovered little by little and keeps you asking for more. I can’t held too much info at a time,, lame, IKR? That’s why I like this slow way of showing things. The plot is more complicated and every step of the way it gets more dangerous. When you think you figured things out something around the corner appears from nowhere and crush your little perfect and save world. Yep,, it’s addictive. The ending is always cliffhanging. I hate and luv this at the same time.
The Characters - Ok, this is the third book of the series and is pretty much settled that I love them. And the ones I hate, I just love to hate. Mac = LUV, Barrons = LUV (I could bite him anytime), V’lane = panties on the floor, LM = LUV TO HATE,, yep,, the list go on and on.
The Writing - As great as always and I’m sure I’m hooked on this author for life. If her other books are as great as this series I’ll have my overdose on her ‘cose I’ll read them all. LoL. Really, the writhing is really engaging and I really feel like I’m inside Mac’s head, like I’m actually in the story seeing it all. It’s a magic experience. That’s what I love about first person narrative. It grips you and pull’s you inside.
Considerations – In this book we finally get to see what the feck the dammed book really looks like and it’s,, well,, unsettling. I love how the stories merge and our legends becomes their (the fey) legends too. Any theory that makes me ponder over any of my believes, is a theory worth it of my time. And also, Mac has this life lessons and she says things that make me think in really important stuff like: “The chocolate is so good because is fattening or is fattening because is so good? Would I like it so much if it didn’t have any consequences?” Yep,, these are the big life questions we should really focus on. LoL
The Audio Book Recording - I like her reading so much that I started to look for other books that she read just to listen to her voice more. Yep. She is really, really good.
All I can say is,, I recommend this to everyone and now I’ll leave you with some visual aid:
This is so Unseelie Prince to me,,,, it give chills just to look at.
The book starts backwards, so you think: what the hack, now I already know how it ends. The book it’s spoiled. But you are very wrong. The story it’s...moreThe book starts backwards, so you think: what the hack, now I already know how it ends. The book it’s spoiled. But you are very wrong. The story it’s told by Jhon and he take us trough his memoirs and how his life changed. He tells about his difficult relationship with his dad, his love life and about the war. The magic in this book is the development and the reasons that take Jhon to make the decisions that eventually take him to his destiny. In how you can spend your life without understand the people that you love the most and that we should take them as they are even with they little flaws that actually are not really flaws, it's just the way they are. There is just one thing that I think, Jhon went to war, but he didn't describe anything that really happened there, not a battle, nothing. That was a downer. I think that it's kind of a void in that part, but besides that, the book it's really wonderful.