“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 sa...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 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?” (less)
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 Indian...moreUsually 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.(less)
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 the...moreRe-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. (less)
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. So...moreIt 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. (less)
This book was a little on the racy side. Not something that I would normally read but I instantly connected with the main character Ana. She...more4.5 stars
This book was a little on the racy side. Not something that I would normally read but I instantly connected with the main character Ana. She is smart, funny, and oh so innocent. It was interesting to see her come out of her shell and open up for the man that she loves. This book was like a mash-up of Beautiful Disaster (without the violence) and Shadowfever (without the creatures). Two books I really enjoyed. (less)
Edit: 1/19/12, 3.5 stars because I really love the epilogue. I don't love this one as much as I do the first book in the series and I think it's about...moreEdit: 1/19/12, 3.5 stars because I really love the epilogue. I don't love this one as much as I do the first book in the series and I think it's about 100 pages too long.
“And now my past and my future are colliding in a way I never thought possible.” --Christian Grey, Fifty Shades Darker
If he only knew what was to come…
In Fifty Shades Freed Anastasia Steele finally gets the heart and flowers she has wanted since the day she first laid eyes on Christian Grey. After a whirlwind romance that one would call anything but normal, Anastasia Steele is now Anastasia Grey and Christian whisks her off on the honeymoon of her dreams.
Once the honeymoon is over…things really get interesting. Everyone comes with baggage, but Christian Grey has more than most. The skeletons in his closet has complicated his relationship with Ana from the beginning. And now Ana has to find the strength to deal with all the issues that come along with loving a man like Christian Grey. No matter how hard Christian tries to move on with this life, his exes just keep popping up when he least expects it. Leila is desperate to know what makes Ana so special that Christian chose to marry her. And Ms. Robinson still refuses to believe that Ana can fulfill all of Christian’s needs. His past relationship with Elena comes back to haunt him in the worst way.
“What did I expect? I married this man too quickly. I knew it—I knew it would come to this. Why. Why. Why? How could he do this to me? -—Anastasia Grey
And let’s not forget about Mr. Jack Hyde. After Christian had him fired and ruined his career, Jack has made it his personal mission in life to destroy Christian by any means necessary. I wasn’t really surprised in how this played out, but I did enjoy the twist.
It’s refreshing to read about a couple who aren’t “perfect” for each other. Both Christian and Ana understand that it will take a lot more than just love to make their relationship work. It’s a first for both of them. They have only known each other for a short period of time.
In Fifty Shades Freed, Ana and Christian’s love is put to the test time and time again, but no matter what, they weather the storm together. A great combination of romance and action, Freed is a satisfying end to a great series. Well done, Ms. James.
P.S. Hands down, Fifty Shades Freed has the best epilogue I’ve read in a very long time. I would buy this book just for it.
P.P.S. Taylor is awesome and deserves his own book. What can I say? He’s a badass.
“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...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 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. (less)
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 go...moreThis 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."(less)