WHAT KIND OF AN ENDING WAS THAT, HUH? WHERE WAS THE HAPPY ENDING? Oh my God.... Percy and Annabeth.... why why why why why
I won't lie, this book...moreWHAT KIND OF AN ENDING WAS THAT, HUH? WHERE WAS THE HAPPY ENDING? Oh my God.... Percy and Annabeth.... why why why why why
I won't lie, this book was the book that I was the most excited about in this series. This was the book that all the seven demigods were finally going to meet each other for the first time, and start their quest. AND of course, the Percabeth reunion (whooooooooooooooooooooo)!!!!!!
Rick Riordan hasn't failed me yet. His characters are still what I love about his books the most. Okay, so I know that I said that I disliked Jason and Piper before, but they're growing on me.(At least Piper is. Jason, I'm still not sure about. Something about that guy says traitor to me.... Am I the only one?) But everyone else, Percy, Annabeth, Hazel, Frank and Leo, I absolutely loved.
I have to say though, I expected more relationships built during the course of 500 + pages. Like some nice siblingy relationships or some tension, like with Percy and Jason for example. I felt like there were opportunities for them to have gotten to know each other more, like Piper and Hazel, or Leo and Percy, or Frank and Jason. But I suppose in their defense, they DID have to fight off monsters and enemies 82% of the time.
(view spoiler)[Frank, Hazel and Leo, though. I am so torn about them! On one hand, I find Hazel and Leo absolutely adorable together (although the Sammy thing DID kinda freak with my mind), but then I'd feel so sorry for Frank if this happens! UGGGG. Love triangles. You hate 'em and you love 'em. Riordan did pretty good on this part of the story and I'm definitely looking forward to how their relationship will blossom in the next books. (hide spoiler)]
Leo. He was, by far my favourite character of the series (aside from Percy, of course, but I think that's a given). He was funny, charming, but flawed and down to earth which made me love him more. (view spoiler)[I hated what Nemesis told him though. How he's always be the seventh wheel and that he won't find his place within his brethren. It just makes me want to root for him more. Sigh. (hide spoiler)]
The amount of action in the book was great, not too little and not too much. I love, though, how the demigods usually win their fights because of their wits and not just their skill in fighting. I think that's a nice message to have.
The only thing I was bothered by in the book, aside from the lack of relationship buildups, was probably being in Annabeth's perspective. It's just that, not hearing from her side of the story for so long (7 books in total may I say, 5 in Percy Jackson and the Olympians and 2 from The Heroes of Olympus), it was weird finally seeing what was going on in that head of hers. Especially when she was talking about Percy. I don't really know. It was just odd, like I guess that since we never got a view in her head for so long before, that I made up what Annabeth was thinking and it didn't necessarily match what Riordan wrote.
Anyway, there wasn't really anything that I disliked about the book aside from the two points I mentioned before, which I pretty much just overlooked because the plot was excellent and the characters were just brilliant.
That cliffhanger, though. I do not like the idea of waiting another year.
What I thought when I read the first line of Blood Red Road was, "woah, what the hell?!"
I actually said this out loud in my local library, where it's usually silent, so I earned a number eyes my way and a harsh shushing from the librarian at the counter.
The sentence, "Lugh got born first", surprised me. But I read on, thinking it was just some random typo (everyone makes mistakes, right?) Then I started to notice other mistakes like 'an' instead of 'and' and 'jest' instead of 'just'. That's when I realised that these mistakes were intentional. Then I did the whole hand smacking on the forehead thing 'cause I went on for a whole fifty pages or so thinking Moira Young had a really fucked up editor.
When I got to the end though, the different language became one of the things I loved about the book. I thought it added further to Saba’s personality and added further information to Saba’s world. Young’s style of writing is simple, which wasn’t a bad thing in this case; it made most of the scenes- especially the action ones- fast paced and all the more exciting. I was so used to this style of writing that I went around saying that Blood Red Road "warn't as bad as I wus sayin it wus" and that it was really "innerestin", accent and all.
The characters were awesome, each one unique, funny and relevant to the story. I'd also like to say that I loved Tommo. He was so cute especially when him and Emmi were doing some bonding. Maybe a romance will develop? Hope so :D
I found the romance between Jack and Saba... cute, although sometimes their remarks and so called "hatred" for each other felt forced. And the way he just left in the end?! I can tell this won't end well.
The world- building was very well done- oh, I sound like I'm talking about meat here, "would you like your steak well done, medium rare, or rare?". Scratch that then. The world building was really good (better, now?), very vivid and very... deserty, if I can say that.
In short, Blood Red Road was a fun intense read that I enjoyed very much. Five Stars!!
This was basically what was going on in my head while I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone :
The exciteme...moreThat was some pretty intense stuff I just read.
This was basically what was going on in my head while I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone :
There were tears
Over and over again, especially towards the end. Oh, the bitter and tragic end!!! Brimstone!!! Are you dead? Is Issa dead?? Yasri? Twiga? Are they really dead or just stuck in 'Elsewhere'? The confusion! The frustration! The tears!
And the cycle goes on again....
Breath, Ela. Calm down. You need to write something productive.
Okay. Let's try this again.
Now that my brain has recovered from its brief moment of delirium, I want to warn people that this book contains Instalove.
What?!? you say. Is it... deadly?
Well, no, actually, it wasn't deadly. In fact, I didn't bother me at all.
Okay, I lied. Yes, fine, it did bother me, but only in the beginning. Naturally, when Akiva and Karou first laid eyes on each other and confessed their unexplanatory love, it practically stabbed me in the heart, with me being an Instalove hater and all. I mean, up until that point, I thought the book had a fucking fantabulous story. I would've stopped reading, I think, because it just got so unrealistic and rushed. But I wanted to know what had happened to Brimstone (and Zuzanna helped too; she remained as funny as ever during these parts).
I just realise now that I've been blackmailed. I kept reading because of Brimstone, and I never actually find out what happened to him, just a "They're dead" from Akiva. I don't believe the guy though. I want to hope for the best.
Sneaky Laini Taylor....
Anyways, the Instalove matter was resolved in the end and there was actually a fairly legit reason why it had to take place (unlike the other Instalove cases out there where their reasons are just bullshit).
Which brings me to my next point:
When things get too boring, or too rushed or too.... Instalovey, do not stop. Keep reading and you shall be rewarded.
Yes, this is true. You have no idea how confused I was during the middle of the book, especially during the change from Karou to Madrigal. I was actually pondering the three star rating I was going to give this book, not once, but several times. But I read on, again in pursuit of the knowledge for Brimstone. When I finally got to the end, the story felt whole. I wasn't left with any questions (except for the Brimstone one I keep asking :D) and the story felt concluded.
So that is a lesson my dear readers, read on. Let the patience wash over you....
I loved all the characters. They were all unique and original and all relevant to the story. Karou was kick- ass. I loved that chick. I also liked Zuzanna especially. In the times when I got bored, or when things got to intense, Zuze always lightened up the mood with her humor and made me want to read on. I also loved the chimaera family. I love the way Brimstone loves and protects Karou. I found him annoying in the beginning, and it was only until the end, when I found out his deal with Madrigal and Karou that I understood him.
The world building was magnificent. In a space of only 400 or so pages, Taylor fit in not one, but two worlds, both Prague and Eretz (and 'Elsewhere' if you'd want to include that :D). And both of them were described very vividly and detailed, that I am very much impressed.
In the conclusion, I advise you fellow impatient readers to keep reading on although it my get confusing at times. You will not regret it. Promise :) (less)
One of the things about me that can tell you if I really like a book or not, is if I've bo...moreThis is me right now:
I can't even. John Green. That man.
One of the things about me that can tell you if I really like a book or not, is if I've borrowed a book from the library, read it, but still want to buy it from the bookstore. The Fault In Our Stars is definitely those books. I am so in love with this book, that I am tempted to buy every single edition of this- paperback, hardcover, whatever- but such expenses is too much for my wallet.
John Green continues to baffle me with the way he writes his books; his prose, his characters, the plot- everything. He could make me laugh like a mental patient one minute, and then bawl like a five- year- old the next. The way he writes and the things he writes about is so relateable to any teenager out there and I love that he understands. I mean, trying not to sound like Patrick here during that chocolate selling episode in Spongebob, but I love that man. The amazingness is to much to describe.
Lord, and Augustus. And the metaphors. And Hazel and Gus together. I absolutely loved how their relationship was very real and nothing seemed fake or cheesy (not that I expected fake cheesyness from John Green). Such perfection. I loved it. I loved all the other characters as well, Isaac, Van Houten, Lidewij, and how they were all relevant to the story (because I hate useless characters).
There's nothing negative for me to say about this book. The Fault In Our Stars was pretty much perfect.
In the end, I loved, loved loved this book; it was hilarious, witty and insightful. It just made me loved John Green more and more excited to read his other and future books. So now, if you excuse me, I am off to the bookstore hopefully to find a copy of The Fault In Our Stars.(less)
I think this book should come with a sticker at the front saying: WARNING: this book contains intense surprises...moreAlso posted on my blog, YA Anonymous.
I think this book should come with a sticker at the front saying: WARNING: this book contains intense surprises and mind- blowing suspense and may cause extreme cases of tears, laughter and severe heart-beat rates. Because for me it SO did.
Which is to say that I loved this book. Maybe more than Divergent, actually. It totally exceeded all expectations I had and ended that reputation of the second book in trilogies being the worst.
One of the things I would like to applaud Veronica Roth for was how she wrote Tris and Tobias's relationship. After that absolutely gorgeous way the two of them got together, I was worried about how Roth would continue their relationship. The obvious easy thing to do would just pop pointless make-out sessions in there that would suggest that they were still going strong, but, like in the first book, I was glad that their relationship remained real. In this book, the Tris and Tobias's trust and loyalty of each other are tested. Secrets are kept, lies are told, and yet, the two still somehow keeps it together with their faith and belief of one another. I love the way Tobias believes so much of Tris that it pains me that he is only a fictional character. It really does.
Roth's characters remain as one of my favourites. They were fantastic, and full of personality and definitely believable. The only thing I disliked about the characters was the fact that, yes, Roth introduced many great characters, but she killed them off in half a second when I would've liked to get to know them more. You know when you are successful at character writing when your readers mourn your characters deaths.
I know that in the first book, most of us had problems of believing the world that Roth created; how would a world with only five virtues work? Well, most of the questions were answered for me in this book. Obviously not all of them. If that were the case there would be no need for a third book. :) In Insurgent we get to visit all of the factions (which was great; I was always curious about how the Amity headquarters looked like) and more and more was revealed about how, exactly, Tris's world became the way it is. Which means that there was a whole lot of action, suspense and drama, and I know how much you all love this sort of stuff. :)
So. The things I liked: Tris and Tobias's romance, the other characters (and their relationships with each other *shh, Uriah and Marlene*), more information about this world, the action, the drama, the suspense and the surprises. The things I didn't like: the sudden deaths of my (beloved) characters and the fact that I did not buy this book.
But the latter can be easily fixed. Off to the bookshop I go...(less)
It was one of those times of the year I was having, when it was summer and everybody was off on vacation except fo...moreAlso posted on my blog- YA Anonymous
It was one of those times of the year I was having, when it was summer and everybody was off on vacation except for me, when all of the good T.V shows have ended and the movies out at the cinemas were either too kiddie, or needed an I.D (which I didn't have), and when I didn't have anything good to read (stupid library).
Divergent was a book I'd wanted to read for a long time but I didn't have enough money (it's not my fault the malls have "End of Spring" sales) and the library kept on cancelling my request (I guess they didn't have enough money either). But my mother, thankfully noticing my pouty face, gave me Divergent as a late birthday present. And then I did a little happy dance because it meant not spending the rest of my summer like a zombie. You know, if the book was as good as everyone's been saying.
And it was. To me, Divergent was my cure to my post- The Hunger Games hangover. Yes, it was really that good. It had all the things I crave for in a book: kick- ass characters, an easy to follow but elaborate plot, non- cliche romance, and humor, of course.
Why yes, there is a romance, and no, it is not Instalove (I can just hear your sighs of relief). It's a nice cute type of romance, not rushed, and it didn't include those rapey, stalker types of guys (not naming names *coughs*). Nope, just Four(view spoiler)[/Tobias (hide spoiler)], whom I like very much. So, I approve!
I loved all the characters; they were all relevant to the story and all had a legit relationship with each other, not just dangling uselessly in the novel (I refuse to name names *ahem*). Tris wasn't annoying to me at all, she was definitely (view spoiler)[ "Dauntless" (hide spoiler)]. Better than the whinny "heroines" we get now... And I liked Will. No, me liking him doesn't relate to the fact that he has the name of one of my top YA crushes (yes, I'm talking to you, Mr. Herondale). No, he's funny, okay? Humor's a good enough reason to like someone, you know. Sheesh. ;)
Roth's writing was very descriptive, which made Tris's world become very real. There was an actual story behind this world unlike in some other books (still not naming names....).
So, yeah. I loved Divergent. I am very much looking forward to the sequel, because after that killer of a cliff- hanger in the end, who wouldn't? ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Yesh! After the little break down I had after learning that I am not getting Will's love letter to Tessa because I did not pre-order from Barnes and...moreYesh! After the little break down I had after learning that I am not getting Will's love letter to Tessa because I did not pre-order from Barnes and Noble, I am pretty happy that at least, I'm getting this letter.
I shall find out your secrets, Will Herondale! Mwahaha!!!
Yay!! The Son of Neptune won Best Middle Grade & Children's book in the Goodreads choice award 2011!! (I'm sure my vote helped.... :D)...more UPDATE:
Yay!! The Son of Neptune won Best Middle Grade & Children's book in the Goodreads choice award 2011!! (I'm sure my vote helped.... :D)
I am so glad I bought this book. And I regret not buying the previous one in the series 'cause I'm slightly confused. But that shall be solved soon. Away to the bookstore I go....
Damn it. Just damn it.
****WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS****
The next installment in the Heroes of Olympus trilogy had everything I missed for a year: the humorous, witty dialogue, the always awesome cast of characters and, not to mention, my beloved Percy Jackson. Shit, I missed Percy. The loss of the light- hearted humor hit me hard, though Leo did a very good job of filling in that spot while Percy was napping (yes, napping). But it just wasn't the same. The short of all this is that I'm very happy that Percy's back in the books.
I actually really liked the new characters especially the horse, Arion. I mean, who doesn’t like a swearing horse? Ha, and that little comment he made about Frank being a “Chinese-Canadian baby man” just cracked me up so much, my mum gave me nervous glances from across the room.
And on the note of Frank, I like him (but not as much as Percy- yet). I really felt for him about his family issues and- squeal- romantic issues. Aw, him and Hazel’s so cute together! Especially when they were being all flirty like (poor third wheel Percy). But, and I had to bring this out here, I’m guessing there’s going to be a love triangle(s) involved.
Here’s my theory: So, you know how Hazel’s old “boyfriend”, Sammy’s related to Leo, right? *cue nodding* Well, what if Hazel’s all over whelmed with him look exactly like Sammy, that she starts to have feelings for him? Gods, what’s going to happen to Frank?
And, another thing I also had to put out here, what’s going to happen with the Piper, Jason thing, especially now that Reyna’s in the story?
I'm really hoping that the romance doesn't take the reins of the story. 'Cause that was one of the reasons why I loved reading the previous series- the lack of romance driven plot. Oh, I'm not sure I'm going to like this....
On to some non- romance related things now….
Riordan did a pretty good job with the Roman camp, very vivid in the space of 513 pages- most of them didn't even take place in the camp. I must say though, Camp Jupiter made Camp Half- Blood look way budget.
The multiple points- of- view didn't bother me; each narrating character (Percy, Hazel and Frank) each had a significant voice that helped me distinguish which character was who. On a negative note (sadly), I felt that this book lacked the flow that, for me, The Lost Hero had. Sometimes I'd get extremely pissy 'cause while I'm reading, say, Frank's point- of- view, I'd be consistently wondering what the hell was happening to Percy. This annoyed me so much during the time Frank was unchaining Death and Hazel was fighting Alcyoneus and Percy was fending off the shades. And I only got to read about how Frank felt during then while he was basically committing suicide to unchain Death. Which he would've obviously felt very sad about. I really would've much rather read about how Hazel was doing (no offense, Frank. I still love you).
So then this made me feel that the ending was rushed. I thought that the battle with Polybotes back in Camp Jupiter (the final battle I always look forward to in a book) could've been spread out a little more. It was just basically “Hazel’s doing this, Frank’s doing that, Dakota’s sipping Kool-Aid”. It was all too distracting, really. Mentioning what everybody else is doing made me worry for them, instead of having my full attention on the current character’s point- of- view, which in this case was Percy.
I absolutely love reading the battles that Percy’s involved in; he’s always kick- ass and smart, but this time, in this particular battle, it was weird to me. I got that Percy had a plan, yeah, working together with Terminus (a god) to defeat Polybotes. But the friggin statue didn’t even do anything! He just stood there, pretend punching the giant and talking bullshit and somehow, this could defeat the giant. Can I just ask, how the fuck does that work, that the god just stands there and gives his word that, yes, let’s join forces, and the demigod does all the work? If that’s what’s going to happen in the next books, forget it. A wave of the hand by Zeus and Percy does everything? Na.
But I am willing to over look these things because I love Percy too much and I’m actually excited on seeing how the romance goes on with Percy and Annabeth, and Jason and Piper (and Reyna?), and Hazel and Frank (and Leo?).
My gods, it’s gonna be a long year….
*hides under bed to process all this information* (less)
I have to admit, I'm a curious person. So when I heard that people were saying this book was very similar to Match...moreAlso posted on my blog- YA Anonymous
I have to admit, I'm a curious person. So when I heard that people were saying this book was very similar to Matched (which I loved), I just had to find out. Because I was absolutely, absolutely sure that no dystopian book would top Matched.
After finishing, I could see the similarity between the two books, as both books focus on the aspect of love as a forbidden thing. But each of the two authors had very different takes on it.
Basically, in Lena's world, love is thought of as a disease. So when she falls in love with a boy called Alex, she has to hide it from her family and her society, who would ultimately imprison her like her mother.
This plot, love as a disease, I think is a very hard topic to pull off and make believable because love is very much welcomed in our world. But Lauren Oliver did a fantastic job at it. Each idea was backed up by information, such as The Book of Shh. Her writing had a "pretty" prose and was engaging, something that I always look for in a book.
I loved all the characters, all were very fitting as relevant to tell the story. Though, I have to say, I didn't like Lena in the beginning of the book. She wasn't that strong confident, "I don't give a damn about you, I'm gonna fall in love and deal with it" type of person but when the book hit the middle, I could see her transitioning into just that. I can tell she'll be lick- ass in the next book (especially after what the poor girl had to endure at the end).
The romance isn't what I would call Instalove. Okay, so there was the instant attraction as soon as they met (which is normal, I think, as a teenager myself), but the rest was fine. No indescribable pull. No "I can't live without you" cliches (though the next book would finalise that for me). Nope. It was cute, in that cute "first love" type of way.
I am very, very much looking forward to the next book, as I think it would give us a better view on Lena's character, whether she weaken or strengthen despite her circumstances. But, Alex. I will miss those amber eyes of yours.
First of all, I'd like to applaud Maggie Stiefvater. *cue clapping*
I know from experience how hard it is to distinguish each character when your book...moreFirst of all, I'd like to applaud Maggie Stiefvater. *cue clapping*
I know from experience how hard it is to distinguish each character when your book has multiple points- of- view. This is especially hard if the characters are of different sex. I've read books where the guy sounded so much like a girl that I thought he was going to open up about his sexuality at some point.
This was not the case for Shiver.
Sam Roth was very much a boy, a guitar playing, poem loving boy at that. He has experienced a very painful past that still haunts him and endures a a present with no hope of a human future. Enter Grace Brisbane(boo! *thumbs down* Just kidding :p). She too has has experienced a traumatic childhood attack by werewolves. But before things got worse, a yellow- eyed wolf morphed into a human to carry her out of the scene. Fast forward several years and Grace still remembers the mysterious yellow- eyed boy who carried her out of the woods. A fateful meeting and Grace and Sam are reunited, sparking a romance between them.
I love Sam. Unlike the rapey "bad boys" we get nowadays in YA books, Sam is just the freaking bomb. He's just so cute and very compassionate, and the way he wants to do things right with Grace is so sweet . If only the guys in my tiny town are like him. It would make me a very happy girl. I even wrote it in my letter to Santa:
I hope I've been a good girl this year and I hope you make my wishes come true. I would really love a real- life Sam Roth (you, know. From Shiver?)....
Loved my little sneak peak of my letter to Santa? Yeah, I thought so.
I actually liked Grace. I mean, I hated that she stole Sam from me, but as a person, she wasn't like the Bella Swans out there. She wasn't "nothing" without Sam; she was still very much functional and still thought of herself with a future. And with Sam, she still made plans about her future, like going to a decent college, getting a red coffeepot, things like that (unlike someone I know, who'd go to Alaska to bullshit her own dad just to be with her vampire boyfriend). I felt sorry about her relationship with her parents, though. Poor thing.
The world- building was excellently done; I would very much love to live in Mercy Falls. And the werewolf thing's pretty much what I'm looking forward to. Who wouldn't love some hot werewolves? Except Shelby. She's just a psychotic bitch (ha, ha).
Well, I really, really, really enjoyed Shiver and I am very much looking forward to the sequel.
Okay, so I'm upset that I've finished Unearthly. Really, about 3/4's into the book, somewhere when Clara was out fishing with Tucker, I was filled wit...moreOkay, so I'm upset that I've finished Unearthly. Really, about 3/4's into the book, somewhere when Clara was out fishing with Tucker, I was filled with some ridiculous glee that I didn't want to finish the book. I did of course. And loved it.
After being stuck in the limbo of No-Good-Book-To-Read syndrome for nearly a month, reading Unearthly was like being in the sight of glory (see the pun there?). Unearthly had everything a good book should have, an original plot, a loveable cast of friends and family, a believeable main character and swoon- worthy love interests (I have to say, though, Tucker was my absolute favourite).
Cynthia Hand's writing flowed naturally and described vividly without being over the top. It was easy to get into and after the first five hours of continuous reading (with me under the covers of my duvet, flashlight on, 1:00am) I was surprised to find myself already halfway through the book.
The romance. *sighs* It was perfect. It wasn't in that cliche love triangle way where the boys go, "No, you can't have her! She's mine!" and result in some sort of fight. Both boys, Christian and Tucker, were accepting and mature in the end; Christian, with his acceptance of Clara's love for Tucker and Tucker, with his acceptance of Clara's purpose with Christian (I don't know for sure though, for either of them; we'll have to see in the future books). I loved how both romances grew in their own time, neither of them rushed or hurried. In the end, Tucker won me over with the romantic tension between him and Clara, and not to mention that it's FORBIDDEN! Ah, don't you just enjoy a good forbidden romance...
Unearthly was filled with tension, romance, mystery and had me craving for the sequel.
Oh, it's going to be a long wait cause I miss Tucker already...
I'd wanted to read The Help for a while, but that massive queue for this book at the library was pretty detracting...moreAlso posted on my blog: YA Anonymous
I'd wanted to read The Help for a while, but that massive queue for this book at the library was pretty detracting. I can tell you now that this was my first time being number 243 on a reserves list. Not even for Twilight, did I end up having to wait for so long. Four months I had to wait. And I wasn't even sure if I could finish the whole book and three weeks didn't seem like enough.
Turns out, the wait was worth it and I didn't even need the whole three weeks, I finished well within the return date.
The topic that this focuses on was a topic I was unaware of. I mean, I was aware that discrimination was happening in the world, but I never knew it was ever this bad. Plus I think Kathryn Stockett did a fantastic job at this. I was amazed at how simple her style of writing was and yet she could excel at describing an environment like this one. And this is her first novel! Goodness…
One of the things I loved most about the book was the strong narrative voice. Even with three points- of view, I could flick to a random page and be able to tell who exactly was speaking. There would never be a time where I’d sigh with relief when a particular person’s chapter ended, in fact, I dreaded that moment because I desperately wanted to know what happened to Minny when Johnny came home. Which resulted to me reading on, and on, until, before I knew it, I’d finished.
Another thing I liked was the fact that the one word of which was the name of the characters oozed personality. It’s like you can just say, “Skeeter”, and I’d be able to tell you what she’s like on the spot. I would do it now, of course, but you’re here to read about how great The Help was, not so that you can admire my many talents. And another thing I liked was that all three main characters, Aibileen, Minny and Skeeter’s lives were linked in some way and so were the other ones. Nothing annoys me more than useless characters.
I loved, loved loved, The Help. It was easy yet informative. Serious yet humorous. So go read it now! While I’m off in search of the movie… (less)