I would like to give this book 4 stars but i just can't. I've had this book for a year now and it took two attempts to finally finish reading it. It'sI would like to give this book 4 stars but i just can't. I've had this book for a year now and it took two attempts to finally finish reading it. It's not really a page turner until the end. I kept reading because I wanted to know what would happen when the book came out and i was really disappointed when it did. I have to say the most interesting part of "The Help" is the "Too Little Too Late, Kathryn Stockett, in her own words" section. It felt real. A part of me wishes that the whole book would have been written from Aibleen's or Minny's point of view. I was bored with Miss Skeeter's chapters and couldn't wait for them to end. So with that being said, if you're looking for a something nice and fluffy to read you might want to pick it up....more
Usually when I read this series I skip over this book because I know it will make me upset. Time and time again Ma states that she doesn't like IndianUsually when I read this series I skip over this book because I know it will make me upset. Time and time again Ma states that she doesn't like Indians and their neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Scott proudly declare that "the only good Indian is a dead Indian." Pa and Laura are the only people in this story who aren't prejudiced against the Indians. I love the Little house series but this book is my least favorite of the bunch....more
Oh how I cried! I would (and probably should) rate this book higher. But I can't right now, because my heart is broken. I guess I should have expectedOh how I cried! I would (and probably should) rate this book higher. But I can't right now, because my heart is broken. I guess I should have expected that from a book narrated by death. The thing is...I laughed and smiled just as much as I cried.
This quote from the book sums it up perfectly. "I'm always finding humans at their best and worst. I see their ugly and their beauty. And I wonder how the same thing can be both."
If you're looking for a happy ending, go look somewhere else......more
Re-read November 2012... Yep, I cried...several times. Still one of my all time favorites.
I hadn't planned on reading this book so soon. I went to theRe-read November 2012... Yep, I cried...several times. Still one of my all time favorites.
I hadn't planned on reading this book so soon. I went to the library to pick up Piper's Son because I had just finished reading Saving Francesca. But Piper's Son was still in transit from another library and wouldn't arrive until the next day. So I picked up Jellicoe Road because it was the only Marchetta book on the shelf. I'm so glad I did.
This book deserves more than five stars. This is my favorite read of 2011. I'm heading to the bookstore first thing in the morning to pick up a hardcopy. Jellicoe Road joins my list of all-time favorite books. ...more
It took me a minute to get into Piper’s Son because I was caught off guard by Aunt Georgie’s POV. No one told me. Her POV just came out of nowhere. SoIt took me a minute to get into Piper’s Son because I was caught off guard by Aunt Georgie’s POV. No one told me. Her POV just came out of nowhere. So of course I resisted her POV at first. I didn't want to be in her head. But somewhere along the way I became more interested in Georgie’s story than I was in Tom’s. So obviously Marchetta knew what she was doing. This is a great story but Jellicoe Road is still my favorite Marchetta book. ...more
Nobody Owens aka Bod is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Owens as a toddler and is given the Freedom of the Graveyard. Over the next several years Bod embarksNobody Owens aka Bod is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Owens as a toddler and is given the Freedom of the Graveyard. Over the next several years Bod embarks on numerous little misadventures that end up preparing him for his showdown with Jack, the man who killed his family.
This is such a delightful little story and l love it; especially the characters. Silas is a badass guardian who is neither dead nor alive and he has a neat little way of making people do what he wants them to. Bod is so brave and honorable even at the tender age of five. I almost like him as much as I do Harry Potter. I even like the bad Ghouls. They were funny and had awesome names like the 33rd President of the United States, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, & the famous writer Victor Hugo.
This is one of my top ten favorite reads of the year and I highly recommend it to everyone. ...more
“It’s against the rules of humanity to believe there is nothing we can do.”-Evanjalin
So I just added another Marchetta book to my collection. It’s s“It’s against the rules of humanity to believe there is nothing we can do.”-Evanjalin
So I just added another Marchetta book to my collection. It’s sad really. I don’t even know why I bother checking them out from the library first. I always end up buying them after I read them. Once again Marchetta has brought me to tears and made me fall in love with all her characters. It’s like she takes you to the darkest place possible, breaking your heart into a million tiny pieces, and then slowly puts it back together; and yet you thank her for it.
Finnikin of the Rock is such a beautiful story. It will make you think about the world we live in today. Why do we let certain things happen? Why do we often tell ourselves that there is nothing we can do? How do we choose what battles to fight? These are all the questions that Finnikin must answer for himself.
I love this story as much as I do Jellicoe Road….well, almost. Jellicoe Road will always be my favorite Marchetta book, but Finnikin is a really close second.
Favorite quotes “He knows no other way but ugliness,” Sir Topher said quietly. “He was taught no other lessons but those of force. His teachers have been scum who live by their own rules. No one has ever taught him otherwise.” “Am I to forgive?” she said, her voice shaking with anger. “No,” he said sadly. “Pity him. Or give him new rules. Or put him down like a wild animal before he becomes a monster who destroys everything he encounters.”
“You list the dead. You tell the stories of the past. You write about the catastrophes and the massacres. What about the living, Finnikin? Who honors them?” ...more
“Everything in Charyn seems far more complicated and tragic.”
I was perfectly okay with disliking Froi until the end of Finnikin of the Rock when he sa“Everything in Charyn seems far more complicated and tragic.”
I was perfectly okay with disliking Froi until the end of Finnikin of the Rock when he said to Trevanion, “I’ll never do anover evil fing if we stay here. Never.” He was just a young boy who wanted to protect the people he had begun to love and think of as his family. It brought tears to my eyes and I had to let go of the grudge I was holding against him for what he tried to do to Isaboe. Everyone makes mistakes and he was trying to become a better person. And now three years later in Froi of the Exiles, our boy Froi is all grown up and Queen Isaboe has sent him on a mission to Charyn. But nothing in Charyn is as it seems and soon Froi finds himself questioning everything, including his bond to Lumatere.
Froi of the Exiles is somewhere between a 3.5 and 5 stars for me after the first read. So I will just settle for 4 stars right now. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did Finnikin of the Rock. Froi of the Exiles was too dark for me. The first book was dark but it had enough laugh out loud moments to balance it out. I laughed just as much as I cried. Not so with Froi of the Exiles. This second installment of the Lumatere Chronicles had me in a constant state of disbelief and horror at the things that happened in Charyn. Don’t get me wrong I really did enjoy this book but it was so gut-wrenching to read. I had to take several breaks. In the words of Aunt Mawfa all I kept thinking was, “poor Quintana, poor Lady Beatriss, poor Lucian, poor Froi, etc.” I was afraid to read the next chapter because I just knew something bad was going to happen. This book had so many twists and turns, I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride. I have no idea how Marchetta comes up with this stuff. Fans of the Lumatere chronicles are in for a real treat. Once again Marchetta does not disappoint; but she will make you cry….again…and again…and again. Oh just have a box tissues ready.
I’m really looking forward to Quintana of Charyn. She is one interesting character. I can only imagine what it will be like to see things from her point of view. I plan to read Froi of the Exiles again before Quintana of Charyn is released in October. ...more
This is such a beautiful little story about adoption. Mei Li is bullied because she doesn't look like everyone else in her family and so her "fairy goThis is such a beautiful little story about adoption. Mei Li is bullied because she doesn't look like everyone else in her family and so her "fairy godfather" helps her to understand that it doesn't matter what her family looks like as long as they love her . Love, Love, Love this story. It brought tears to my eyes. Oh, and did I mention it rhymes.
"It doesn't matter where you were born, or if you fell out of the sky. She is your real mom, you're her real kid, and I just told you why."...more