I admit, that I have not read the first novel in the series, but I also do not feel like I really needed to, as I found myself attracted to the novel...moreI admit, that I have not read the first novel in the series, but I also do not feel like I really needed to, as I found myself attracted to the novel and understand it fully, so I didn't really feel like I was missing too much here. Usually I stick to the fantasy type novels, so the crime ones never really attracted me enough to pick them up. But when I won this one in a good reads giveaway, I thought that perhaps it was about time I started opening the doors to other genres and letting myself really get the full reading experience. And I am glad that I did. The chracters within this novel were well defined and the more I think about it, the more they remind me of the teen series, gallagher girls.
What I loved about this novel was the fact that it had this sense of power within it to draw the reader in and allowed them to really gain a full experience of the novel. you felt like you were becoming one with the characters. You found yourself feeling the fear that Eddie was feeling, as well as the love, the passion and the excitement. there was so much going on here within the novel, but it wasn't so much that you felt lost, or like you were just being rushed through it. It was almost like you were visualizing the novel whilst you were reading it.
It has made me more interested in getting hold of the first novel and reading it so that I can see how the whole story started, but it has also left me wanting more, to see what actually happened with the whole kelly situation. Does eddie go and see him and if so what does tommy want? How does he get over the fact that he has lost not just one girl but two, how is he going to allow his heart to mend and him to move on. I feel that the book is certainly fast moving and therefore very impacting in many ways.
I would certainly advise anyone to read this book, because the author clearly has talent and knows what he is doing when he writes. I wouldnt claim this to be a thriller though because it didnt leave me hiding under my duvet like a stephen king novel. I would certainly class this as crime rather than thriller. (less)
I was really surprised to read a second book from Karen Mcquestion, when I received her package, but I was also really excited to be given the opportu...moreI was really surprised to read a second book from Karen Mcquestion, when I received her package, but I was also really excited to be given the opportunity to read a second novel of hers. Its therefore no surprise that just from her two books I have grown to love her writing style and the way that she proposes the characters and the plot. This was only a short book, but it was very well written and you could see the depth of the plot that had been laid out to attract you within its page.
Although you would consider favorite to be a strange name, I feel that actually it was very captivating because it meant that you were not soon to forget the character, or who she was. she was one of those characters that were going to stick within your mind even when your finished reading. The plot is all a big mystery, where your not really sure what is happening. There is a mother that went missing for what appears to be no reason what so ever, for she was happy and content in her life. A father who is constantly away trying to make the big bucks by becoming famous and claiming hes psychic he always knew that something was going to happen, after it happened of course. Then you have the two kids, normal brother and sister sort of relationship, but have had to grow up fast in order to grow customized to the life style that they have been forced to live within.
For angie, life is just a matter of working through the days, but when someone suddenly wants to show her something, but goes about it in the wrong way, suddenly it seems like life is about to end. I think in some ways the book shows that we are quick to judge a persons actions without considering the person themselves. The character clearly has some sort of mental health problems which means his mind does not work as others, and as a result it looks like, to everyone else, as if he is out to kill the girl. But all he wanted to do was to show her the end ropes of the problems that never made any real sense.
The story is mysterious, cliche, but well written. I think that you can clearly figure out what has happened before you have even reached the ending, but I still feel that it is well written because you find yourself on edge with the characters. it was one of those books that could not be put down because they seemed to have this great sense of adventure within them. I do feel that perhaps the book could have been extended more, giving it that little bit of room for more expression and depth, but at the same time, perhaps too much more would have made it dull.
This author has won herself on my shelf and I will certainly be looking out for more of her books to review because I feel that she has a lot of talent to offer to the readers and that in time, many will begin to see the work that she puts into her novels. (less)
Now this is the sort of chick flick novel that I am more than happy to read, as it really allows the ready to dive into a journey that they had not pl...moreNow this is the sort of chick flick novel that I am more than happy to read, as it really allows the ready to dive into a journey that they had not planned on taking. I think that the book is aimed at a wide variety of audiences and I love the fact that the author has taken on the challenge of matching the different diversities. Perhaps this is what engaged me the most, the sort of almost fantasy style that it had in regards to the psychic, the crime side, and the love side. There just seemed to be a little of something for everyone. I think amny authors find this a hard challenge, and whilst I would say that it has not been perfected I think and feel that the author was pretty close to getting it there.
In this novel we meet four women who have never met before, but somehow they all seem to need each other in there life. In some formation or another they are going to help one another overcome some sort of challenge or obstacle that is holding them back from reaching there dreams and aspirations. Perhaps the most interesting character of the four is jazzy, the girl with the pyschic powers of some formation. I think she is probably the character that I connected most with, not because of her special skill or talent, but because of the age in which she is. I love her boldness and ambitious personality that shines through the words of the author, that gave me this sense of feeling myself young, wild and free. I really felt that she needed the three older women to help her realize that she could be more than just the helping hand at the other end, that actually she could be anything that she wanted to be.
I loved the comedy side that seemed to be there within the pages and a few times I couldn't help but chuckle at what had been written. Yes of course, there are many unrealistic features to the novel, but isnt the sole purpose these days of reading a book, to get away from the concept of reality? or is that just for me? I think that the book represented for me that its ok to get up and take a chance in life, that sometimes its alright to not stick to the chart that we have set out and to go off path. It showed me that life is about making of it what we can and that this can mean facing the deepest of fears even when we don't feel we can.
I do feel that the book was well written because it draws you in and makes you feel like you are a part of it. your not just the reader holding the novel, but you are a character that has not been planned but has been invited into it anyway. Everything about it was engaging and I would love to know what happens to the characters, particularly Jazzy, in the future. Are they all going to meet up again or will they find a new path that gives them something better in life? (less)
The book suggests that life is all about the little secrets that we are too ashamed to share with others, with how they sneak back up on us to try and...moreThe book suggests that life is all about the little secrets that we are too ashamed to share with others, with how they sneak back up on us to try and take that ounce and shred of control that we have gained in our life. It is clear that the book is set back in a time that I myself am not familiar too. A time where it was not a good thing to have a baby outside of wedlock and marrying outside of your conformed religion was also a big no no in all manners. However, in this book we see two people from different backgrounds come together with a secret that ultimately is going to do its damn well best to tear them apart as well. I think that the book touches on a topic that could be catergorzied as taboo, for its the sort of, well what would you do given the circumstances, topic. It is well written though and you do begin to see the point of story from all characters perspectives, but at the same time it was lacking that little something, something which I can not put my finger on just as off yet.
I think that the story really plays out how having a secret child, and bringing them into the family is a big challenge. But for me it just represented the difference in the ways in which families conform. Now a days, although having a new child introduced at such a late stage would still be a challenge, it is much more acceptable and everyone tends to settle in easier on the topic. However in this novel, no one seems to be really up to it, and everytime the child does something that is not considered the correct standard or manner, it brings the situation even further into a black hole. To me it represented the need to work with the people that you have around you and it made me also appreciate the kind of lifestyle that I have now, where I have been granted the chance to experience what a real father should have been like to me.
The book was well written and I think that the author had some wonderful ideas when constructing the book. I don't think that it particularly flows fluidly throughout the whole novel and there are some bits that didn't quite sum up. Perhaps it was just the chaotic feeling within the pages, where there always seemed to be something going on. However one thing that the author did do, was capture my heart and tug at its strings. I found myself falling for the boy and wanting to protect him, especially towards the end. It made me realize that even when we think we have put someone within the best care that we can find, they may not be safe, and they could very well be in the worst sort of danger we could think up for them. I felt that she really displayed the character of the bastard child well, but also how the parents were being ripped apart with his attitude and behaviour. it really displayed the family diversity through different stages and that in many ways made it more belieavble and realistic.
Although this is not the sort of book I would perhaps read again, I would be interested to see some sort of sequel produced where we find out what happened to the boy as he grew up. Did he get the life that he wanted and dreamed for and were the family united as a whole at any point. I do feel that there are many open ended questions throughout it but you can also see the depth, which gave it a thought provoking elegance. if you get a chance, then give this book a chance. (less)
I have never been the sort of person for a true life story, well other than a child called it. So when I was offered the chance to read this book I wa...moreI have never been the sort of person for a true life story, well other than a child called it. So when I was offered the chance to read this book I wasn't totally sure what I was going to make of it. Would I like it, would I get on with it, or would it challenge my reading limitations. Now however, I can say that I was totally glad that I picked up the book because it didn't have that whole, this is my life and this is my book about me feeling to it. It was more like a story, a film within a story if you life, because for me every page came alive with a different meaning and moral for the reader to learn from, but to also experience. The way in which this book is written certainly keeps you within the grasp of its pages, so that you are never left downplayed or bored. you always find yourself hanging on, going just one more chapter before I put this down and go do whatever it is that I need to do.
I think for me the book made me realize just how luck I was as a kid growing up. We all wish that we were princesses, being spoilt rotten with a big fancy house a four poster bed in our bedroom. But this book represented just how hard life can be, that sometimes what we consider our limitations are others treats and dreams. Ashley clearly went through a very challenging past, but through it all you can see that she is a character of great strength and power. Even when life was trying to knock them all down she never appeared to let it phase her for long and she always seemed to be aware of what was happening around her. I think the way that she displays her mother truly allows us to get a real eyesight for what it was that she had to live with. It made me laugh, cry and feel anger at the best of times. I think there may have even be times where I was screaming at the book in the hopes that her mother would listen.
In the end though, I found myself feeling a gentle hum of peace for her mum and for ashley herself. I felt a sense of great respect for them both because you could tell that though they were different in many different ways, they were also quite close and similar to one another. The connection they had was beautiful and it really made me feel warmth within my soul. I loved the way that Ashley made the pages come alive within my mind though. I felt I was in iran with her, that I could feel her frustration with the lack of education that she was getting, or the desire to be someone to someone else, or to be something. Every page just seemed to have the joy and passion within it that all books should have, and that was beautiful.
In many ways I found myself inspired, because it represented that you can come from a small place but still make something of yourself. It showed me that family dynamics are confusing and that sometimes we are going to hate those that are connected to us by blood. In the end though, through everything that they had been through, they were there for one another. I just felt that the whole novel was captivating and I truly loved the direction it flowed in. it was amazingly well written with so much depth and life to the pages that it was worth the read.(less)
It was a sort of fantasy novel without it being a fantasy novel. It was the kind of novel that made it different and made it more interesting in many...moreIt was a sort of fantasy novel without it being a fantasy novel. It was the kind of novel that made it different and made it more interesting in many other ways that books tend to fail in. I liked the concept of the novel and felt that it was engaging in its own sort of way because I was able to relate with the characters without getting fully engaged with them and with what they were expressing and stating. I loved the overall depth of the novel and the time it was set within. I think all to many authors forget that the time element is important to a novel, because that can sometimes help you to really put the picture together and then to become more involved.
The storyline itself, I wouldn't say it was a brilliant one. I think there is much room for improvement but it was still a good plot. It was the factor that you never really knew what was happening, or who could and could not be trusted. It almost had that sort of oliver twist feel to it, what with the two young kids just trying to make there way to somewhere safe in life. I think that the objectives of the novel are perhaps a little unclear and unclarified because for me it almost felt like there was a big hollow gap, where there was something missing, something that should have been there but wasn't.
Could this be better produced were the plot dragged out with more depth and detail and perhaps produced into a sequel, maybe. I think this would give it so much more room to grow and to really grasp the readers with everything that it has to offer. I don't think it would be the be all and end all of it, but I do think it would give it that much bigger and more extra room for growth and development in its own sort of style and way.(less)
I wasn't totally sure what to make of this book because there were parts that I both loved and hated. I felt that the concept behind the novel as very...moreI wasn't totally sure what to make of this book because there were parts that I both loved and hated. I felt that the concept behind the novel as very unique and you could clearly tell that there was something much more than your average story here within the pages. for me it felt like there was something personal, whether it be from the authors own experience or from something else altogether. The story itself was well introduced and written, with the four main characters clearly identified as individuals with a different story that linked into one. I felt that the characters were defined in a good manner that allowed you to connect and relate to them, which meant that the story was much more readable and understandable. Although we do not get to see the story from all perspectives of the characters, we still get that feeling from each of them, that they are all fearing, feeling and seeing different things, and that was enough to create an experiance of you being there with them within the pages. It is evident from the title that the novel is about the concept of love, and being anything apart from love, and although it is cliche and perhaps obvious, it works well for the concept of the novel, especially when explained later on in the book.
I really enjoyed the way in which the characters personality was represented in such a way that you could hear them within your head. It showed that love is not about what we are taught or brought up within, but that it can be a mixture of fates and turns and that its often just a complication of the times and the mannerisms. The author has touched on the topic of adultry here within the novel, but she has also gone into the reasons as to why it occured and I think by the end of it you understand that it happened due to fear and isolation. The man was losing the woman that he loved and he wanted to be with someone who would not forget him and who would need him around. Unfortuantely for him, his son also happened to fall in love with the same person.
I think for me the book identified the factor that we often fall in love with those who make us feel more useful but that sometimes we can find ourselves challenging the reasons they give us for love. For me it represented strongly that love is a constant battle of change and willingness, and that we have to overcome these obsticles before they become an elephant in the room. The triangle represented in the book was well produced with words and you really did get a clear understanding and knowledge of what was happening and how. you never felt like you were out of place within the novel, or that the book was drifting off because it always seemed to stay on track. I do feel a little let down by the ending and I do think that there were loose ending within the book that were never clarified or cleared up. But other than that it was well written and it was an ok novel to read.
Its not the best novel that I have read, but for what it was, it was different. it wasn't perfect and was far from what I would consider award winning must read again, stay on the memory. it was more of a heres a book to make you really think about complications in love and life, enjoy. the author does have talent and I look forward to reading more of her published novels, for she clearly knows to how to engage the readers interest.(less)
This was the second novel that I had received from the author, and I admit that compared to his other one, H20 I certainly enjoyed it a lot more. I fe...moreThis was the second novel that I had received from the author, and I admit that compared to his other one, H20 I certainly enjoyed it a lot more. I felt that the story line here was a lot more relatable to, in that you were really able to connect to the characters and what it was that they were experience. In the novels you can clearly see that religion is of some importance to the novel as it seems to be a main feature in both of the novels that I have read. In this book however, it was not the main focus, it was merely a shadow guiding the path if you like and that in so many different ways made the book more attractive because I didn't feel like I was being preached to. Laura Ann seemed like the sort of character that you would want to connect and relate to because you can see that she is the sort of person who is caring and considerate but does not want to go down the path of failure and will therefore do whatever is needed to prove that she can fight her battles alone. The beginning is a little sad because we see her father die. I would say that this piece perhaps a lack of emotion in consideration of her fathers death, but I suppose it is just a novel, nothing more nothing less.
For me, I would probably say that the most irritating part was the fact that the author seemed to repeat her name a little to often. It just seemed to pop up all the time when a she or her would have done. This was only a minor factor though and was not something that made me dislike the novel or the story line. To sum up the basic plot though we have a daughter trying to keep her fathers farm going and to pay of the morgage she has taken out. In order to do so she has given up her eggs to earn more money, and it is a thing that she is ashamed of and has kept secret. We then have uncle jack who really wants to get his hands on the farm and will do anything he can to make her life hell, but he is an abuser who is married to her aunt. Ian is the second guy in the story, a copper who loves and adores Laura ann and over time makes this evident and clear to her. Then finally we have Sophia, the person who recieved the egg donation and is now pregnant.
I felt that the story line and plot really showed and represented how difficult being a donator and a reciever is and that sometimes meeting someone that we never intended to even know about might just be the saving grace in life. I think the book represents a lot of life battles that we often refuse to talk about or acknowledge because it questions what is right and what is wrong from both non religious and religious points of views. This book did have apoint and story line to it, but I would say there are still faults within it that brought it down a little, such as the fact that the ending felt rushed, that there were characters with a story line behind them who seemed to not be important at all (so why bring them up in the first place?)
I did enjoy the book, a lot better than the first novel that I read by the author, but I still think that his writing style is one that you will either love or hate. for me its somewhere in between. my good heart nature wants to learn to like it but my conflicting personality is not sure it can. either way the author has potential I think and believe, to write something truly mind blowing. perhaps he just needs a lesson from the likes of people of jodi picoult or like wise.(less)
I can't say that this is the sort of book that I would normally read. It was too much of a chic flick novel for my liking and I found myself getting a...moreI can't say that this is the sort of book that I would normally read. It was too much of a chic flick novel for my liking and I found myself getting a little bored before I even reached the end of the novel. Although the book is perhaps amazing to those who have a liking to these sort of writing styles, for me it was tasteless and common. It was skipping from one chapter to the next without a real sense of plot or purpose to it. The only thing that I could really grasp from the pages was that it was about one woman trying to discover herself so that she can be the person that she has always longed to be. However, it was written, in what I felt, was such a jumbled way that the context and flow just felt very somewhat scattered for me which was a real shame.
I did like the characters and felt that they were well produced. you found yourself beginning to like the main character especially because she seemed to express a lot of things that women go through. However, I felt that perhaps she was also under developed in other ways, because she still seemed like the fantasy sort of woman, the woman we long to be but we all know its far to impossible to reach and to ever become.
The outline of the book I felt could have been worked upon better. the plot was there and you could see that it was trying to flow in a manner that meant you could really sink your teeth into the pages and what it was expressing, but at the same time it just felt like there were bits and pieces missing or that the author was rushing through the chapters to reach the end. Perhaps it would have been better if it had slowed down a little and either been made into a longer book or perhaps a series of books. for example, the ending for me was just so rushed through that you actually felt like you were being pushed to finish the book.
Whilst this is not the sort of book that I would pick up again and read, I did like the style it was written and it did have both its good and bad qualities to it. Its worth a read if you like the chic flick style. (less)
Considering that this is really not the kind of book that I read on a day to day basis, it is one that I highly enjoyed. The while story line from beg...moreConsidering that this is really not the kind of book that I read on a day to day basis, it is one that I highly enjoyed. The while story line from beginning to end was captivating in the sense that I was really drawn into the story and all it was that was being told. I did feel that the introduction to the main character was rather long, but after reading the rest of the novel, you could see that it served its purpose in explaining to you his life story and the sort of person he is now, but also how other characters came into the picture and into the scene. Thomas is clearly a man who has many a dream and ambition and although he trails of the path a few times here and there, he eventually gets to a point where he is satisfied enough to settle down and enjoy the freedoms that he has, or well that is until someone frames him and takes away his freedom and rights.
I loved the way that the author represented this, because you automatically became conneceted to thomas. you felt the confusion and the fear, you started to wonder what on earth it was that they were accusing him off and how they had such evidence when you had no idea about it. you understood that no matter what, you were screwed over, because someone had framed you, and they had done a good job about. The only question is why, what was there meaning and purpose for doing such thing and why is no one telling you more information when its what you need. You can tell that the author has thought out the plot carefully, wanting to draw you in so that you never really knew what was happening and all the mean time wanted to go on the dangerous adventure that the others were placing themselves within.
The chapters flowed together and despite the fact that characters were introduced all over the place, you never really found yourself confused. you seemed to stay fairly on track the whole time, and you always knew where abouts you were. Watching, or rather reading, the novel through the eyes of the different characters for me really seemed to open my eyes to what was there and deeper within the pages. it certainly had you hooked, there was no worry or concern about that one. I do think that perhaps the introduction was a little over drawn, but I would have to say this would be my only cristicism. in general, I found myself wanting to read the next novel in the series immediately, but alas I do not have it to hand.
The cover, I would say, does not do the novel any justice. as pretty as the painting is, it does not really represent what the novel is about and I think that perhaps a more eye catching and riviting cover would really draw you in, because as much as they say, do not judge a book by its cover, many a reader, including myself, still does. Lets be honest, the captivating pictures always draw you in. (less)