That’s it! I think I’m done with Mary Higgins Clark. Someone beg her to retire! I have read quite a few of her books (and honestly can never remember...moreThat’s it! I think I’m done with Mary Higgins Clark. Someone beg her to retire! I have read quite a few of her books (and honestly can never remember which ones I’ve read and which I haven’t) and while I usually find them at least 3 star worthy she does annoy me. Many times you can figure out “who done it” before you’re even halfway through the story, so her plots are kind of obvious. Still, the books tend to be a semi-enjoyable ride other then the annoying fact that everyone in her books lives some sort of indulgent, wealthy lifestyle and they’re all kind of flat characters without a lot of depth. The main character, regardless of her circumstances of life, does things like through on her cashmere sweater and pearl necklace to have a simple dinner at home alone. These little things, they grate on my nerves. I try to remind myself that the author is older and perhaps she’s writing about an unrealistic way of life because it represents the ideals of her time. The annoyance of her characters not having much depth and their annoying ways of life take away from the books some. This book had all the usual annoyances but had completely lost me by around page 70. I could put up with the usual flat characters and their well-off lifestyles; that’s nothing new. I was able to swallow everyone believing the main character, Zan, had orchestrated the kidnapping of her own son two years before because of a new picture coming to light that shows someone in the distance that looks like her taking him. What I could not believe and ended up infuriating me to the point that I wanted to quit reading was that even Zan questions herself. There is a character that has spent two years trying every resource she could access to try to find her darling little boy, that knew she had been somewhere else when he had been kidnapped, and as soon as the pictures come out and people start doubting her she starts wondering if maybe she did kidnap him and if so then what did she do with him? I’m sorry, but I just can’t believe that a mother that hasn’t had a history of mental illness, substance abuse, or anything like that (although Zan did have times she couldn’t remember after her parents’ deaths, but honestly AFTER a time of great tragedy there’s parts of the time period that are a blur for a lot of people), she’s just not going to randomly think she did one thing and really kidnapped her son. I could have gone along with the ride, put up with everyone in the book believing that she must have been the kidnapper but I just can’t believe that an innocent mother that was positive of where she had been would suddenly start believing that maybe she really did do it. That was the point where I felt the book was completely unrealistic and questioned why I should keep reading it. I did keep reading it though because I’m a stickler for finishing a book. I didn’t read it closely though, I sort of skimmed through it so I didn’t absorb a whole lot of the information. I think that is the reason I didn’t see the real villain coming. I was surprised who was really behind the kidnapping. There was no satisfaction in the surprise though because I still don’t really understand why the villain planned and put into action the kidnapping. This grand, elaborate scheme and the book ends with me wondering why in the world that person would do all that. There is a paragraph that is intended to explain the motivation, but it feels more like a slapped on reasoning. Kind of like the mastermind and the details of the crime were revealed with an almost flourish and as an afterthought a few sentences were thrown in to give a motive. The motive might has well have been “because I can” because it makes about as much sense. (less)
I love the book Gone With The Wind. It is one of my favorite books and I have read it countless times. I watched the movie when I was young, and after...moreI love the book Gone With The Wind. It is one of my favorite books and I have read it countless times. I watched the movie when I was young, and after watching it I found an old copy of the book at my grandmother’s house and read it. I loved the book more than the movie, although it is one of my favorite movies, and anyone that thinks they know the story because of the movie must read the book. There are differences, including a greater insight into Scarlett and other characters. One should keep in mind that the book was written in the 1920’s. Attitudes were different. I think it is to be expected that the book gives an idealistic view of the South during that era. Honestly, if we think about the 1940’s and 1950’s now do we think about rationing, segregation, Communist threats, and the ever present threat of nuclear bombing, or do think of an idealistic view where mothers baked pies to cool in the window sill, fathers came home from work in a shiny car and read the paper, children played with hula hoops in the yard, and teens innocently sipped malts at the local shop? Controversy aside, this is a compelling story. Scarlett is not a likeable character. She’s vain, greedy, manipulative, and stubborn. Basically, she’s a teenager, which at the start of the book she is sixteen. Yet she also shows strength. That is one of the great things about the book, the female characters have strength which they express in different ways. One aspect of the storyline looks at how these women endure changes to their lives, changes brought about by circumstances that they have no say in because woman had few rights in that point of time. Margaret Mitchell does a wonderful job of creating characters that aren’t always likeable, Scarlett was not intended to be a really likeable character, yet you still are interested in the characters and what happens to them. (less)
When I was a teen, many moons ago, I was a Christopher Pike addict. This was one of the best ones. I quit reading Pike’s books once they hit a point w...moreWhen I was a teen, many moons ago, I was a Christopher Pike addict. This was one of the best ones. I quit reading Pike’s books once they hit a point where it was sequel after sequel. (Remember Me was fine being a lone book and not the first installment of a trilogy.) This is one of the few “teen” books that I kept once I outgrew that phase. Twenty years later and I still have it packed away in a box of books that I don’t want to part with because I’ve enjoyed rereading them but don’t have room on my over-packed bookshelves. I’ve reread it as an adult and it is still enjoyable.(less)
It had some entertaining moments, but not exactly wonderful. I might read more of the series. Jaine Austen is a likable character. Her emails from her...moreIt had some entertaining moments, but not exactly wonderful. I might read more of the series. Jaine Austen is a likable character. Her emails from her parents were very entertaining. I could do without Lance though.(less)
Ok, this sucks. This really sucks and I'm so annoyed. I have a year to wait for the next part!!!
I enjoyed "Shadow and Bone" so much, I had hoped to en...moreOk, this sucks. This really sucks and I'm so annoyed. I have a year to wait for the next part!!!
I enjoyed "Shadow and Bone" so much, I had hoped to enjoy "Siege and Storm" as much. I was a little disappointed at first. Here's the problem I had - I reread "Shadow and Bone" as I was waiting for this to come in the mail. I wanted to refresh my memory. "Shadow and Bone" ends on a kind of high note, so to speak. Things are kind of optimistic, at least there's hope, but the reader is still riding that wave from all the excitement of what had happened. So I immediately dive into "Siege and Storm" and it is kind of slowly building. Now having just wrapped up the other book I was already in the adventure mode, so was antsy to get the adventure going again. If I hadn't gone from one book immediately to the next (as in literally put down the one and picked up the next with the other hand) then I don't think I would have had an issue with the pace in the beginning.
That said, this book was so good.
Early thought: I have been looking forward to this. When it came in the mail, I high fived my kids; they looked at me like I was nuts(less)
I have to admit, it did not hook me right away. I had started reading it, stopped, and ended up starting it again months later. I think the way the na...moreI have to admit, it did not hook me right away. I had started reading it, stopped, and ended up starting it again months later. I think the way the narration jumps between characters really contributed to my failed first attempt at reading the book. Yet the varying narration and how the lives weave together ends up adding interest to the book once you have gotten used to it. I rarely leave a book unfinished though and have been known to force myself to finish books that I am not enjoying just to give them a fair chance; this book is a great endorsement of that policy because if I had permanently abandoned it after my first attempt at reading it then I would have missed out on a very good book. Once this book got its hooks into me I could not put it down. I cared about the characters. They were written in such a real manner, dealing with their own suffering, loss, and short comings. The book follows the fictionalized story of Carrie, yet it also interweaves the stories of Nathan (a Union officer), the Griffin family (a poor, local family), Zachariah (a Confederate soldier), and others who are forever changed by a battle that would eventually be just another page in the history of a horrific war. It is a work of fiction that is thoroughly researched and written with the cooperation of the McGavock family. The story is about how people deal with personal tragedy and picking up the pieces after the world turns upside down. (less)
Pregnant teenager, Diana, arrives on the doorstep of her father's home, the father she's never even met, and things at Fuller Court change. In suburbi...morePregnant teenager, Diana, arrives on the doorstep of her father's home, the father she's never even met, and things at Fuller Court change. In suburbia, nothing is as it seems. I enjoyed this book. I didn't consider it suspenseful, but I did become interested in the characters. For me the disappearance of a teenage mother took a backseat to pealing back the appearances in suburbia and learning about the residents is Fuller Court as the learn about themselves. Some characters, they are hard to feel sympathy towards (yeah, I'm looking at you Joe and your belief that everything is up to other people), but even the severely flawed are interesting. I believe I would have given a higher star if I hadn't been under the impression this was a suspense. It didn't feel that way to me. I enjoyed the book and the the message that I got from the book (which to me is the neighbors aren't watching, that they are so busy hiding their own secrets that they don't notice anyone else's, but maybe they should pay attention and build a community instead of a bunch of people that live on the same street.)(less)
I am a quick reader, love cats, and like short stories, but this book bored me. Out of seventeen short stories I only found four to be decent. Two of...moreI am a quick reader, love cats, and like short stories, but this book bored me. Out of seventeen short stories I only found four to be decent. Two of the short stories I couldn't even finish; they were more excruciating then having a wisdom tooth pulled. It took me several days to read this book (unusual for me) just because I reached a point where I just didn't want to keep reading it. But I always feel like I have to give a book a fair chance, and especially with short stories, that means finishing the book. I finished it (mostly) and I can officially say, meh. (less)
Finally finished it and I can say it was the worst book I've read this year. If possible I would give it a 1.5 because I liked some characters, like L...moreFinally finished it and I can say it was the worst book I've read this year. If possible I would give it a 1.5 because I liked some characters, like Lil, but they weren't the focus, Katy was. And she is just so self righteous and judgmental through almost the whole book. It is grating! Talk about remove the plank from your own eye! She can't fathom through almost the entirety of the book that just because people can be different from her that they could be good & have their own relationship with God. She shows no growth until the very end when she suddenly does a 180. It just irked me to no end. The nonstop, childish judging just completely ruined the book for me. I didn't care if she got Jake back, by the end I was hoping he'd find a girl that could be more open minded while still holding her own convictions & beliefs, which Katy couldn't do. Sure, at the very end she does a complete 180, but by then I didn't care. The story of Katy would have been great if she could have evolved through the book, learned through her experiences that people can be different then her and she can still maintain her faith. Instead this was a dreadful, annoying, fairly boring book about a girl that keeps digging in her heels in her belief that her way is the only right way and anyone that lives or behaves differently should be pitied for not having her relationship with God. (less)
**spoiler alert** I read this book a few years ago with a friend. We’d both heard of it and figured it would be something good for us to read at the s...more**spoiler alert** I read this book a few years ago with a friend. We’d both heard of it and figured it would be something good for us to read at the same time so we could talk about it. I think this is my least favorite book ever. According to my mother I don’t like Sparks’ books because I’m not “emotional” enough; I think the book was just plan, old stupid. As many people have said, this is the story of a woman, Theresa, who finds a bottle with a letter written to Catherine. She goes to the trouble of hunting down the author of the letter, Garrett, and they fall in love. She falls for him; he manages to fall in love with her despite the fact that he was devastated by the death of his wife. Reality, he hadn’t gotten over it. He goes out in the ocean and flings messages overboard to her. But supposedly he decides he’s ready to move on with his life and start anew with Theresa. So he goes out to fling out one last letter to his dead wife, but a horrible storm hits. Now, he could turn around, go back out some other time instead of risking his life, or maybe even decide that he doesn’t really need to send her a last letter because perhaps his dead wife would have wanted him to have happiness. You would hope that he would not want to risk his life for the sake of his new love. No, he really must get that last letter out to his dead wife, despite the danger. His being hung up on his dead wife gets him killed. As if that plot twist wasn’t annoying enough, there’s how Theresa handles his death. She’s sad, misses him, and remembers him fondly. No anger about how he managed to get his fool self killed trying to fulfill his self imposed commitment to his dead wife. I was ready to fling the book across the room. Maybe I’m not emotional or sentimental enough, but I felt at the end that it was stupid. How is playing second fiddle to a dead woman romantic? I’ll admit, the idea of a guy loving his first wife so much is a little sweet, but he sure isn’t ready for a new relationship! And unfortunately, a big part of the book is the relationship and the love between Theresa and Garrett. Sorry, I just don’t see a love triangle between a woman, a man, and a dead woman a great read. (less)
I liked this better than Fallen and I have no doubt it is because Daniel is not in it as much. I think the whole series would be much better without t...moreI liked this better than Fallen and I have no doubt it is because Daniel is not in it as much. I think the whole series would be much better without the Twilight-esque love story. Since Daniel has agreed to stay away from Luce for a couple of weeks there isn’t as much of him in this story, and less bad love story. I do enjoy the angel and demon aspect though, and this book there is more unfolding of the world of angels and demons.(less)
Two problems, for me, with this: I don't really care much for the graphic novel format, and I am a fan of the TV series. I'm not opposed to graphic no...moreTwo problems, for me, with this: I don't really care much for the graphic novel format, and I am a fan of the TV series. I'm not opposed to graphic novels, it just isn't a reading format that I really enjoy. Being a fan of the show I had a vague idea of the direction the story would take (of course there are some major differences). I think the show allows more character development. Watching the show, I have gotten made over characters dying. Reading this, it made no difference if a character dies. This tells a story, and it is unique, but it lacks the attachment the show has built. The show takes much, much longer to get to the same point in the story, but you know characters and have reactions to what happen to them. (less)