I got this book on kindle because I like Nicole Murphy's enthusiasm for her writing and because I followed her on Facebook as she wrote it. I had readI got this book on kindle because I like Nicole Murphy's enthusiasm for her writing and because I followed her on Facebook as she wrote it. I had read her previous novel, The Dominion of Light, and knew that she tells a good story and creates characters you can quickly come to care for.
In Insolent, there are again characters who are lovable or despicable. The rich, young Elizabeth is very bookish and loving and caring and a bit uncertain of her own place in the world. Her relationships with her father, her younger brother and one sister are well written and wonderful. Her love interest in this romance seems predictable at first but has a few surprises in his character. The relationships with her mother and another sister and a brother-in-law and his friend add all the crisis situations which give this book it's drama and energy. There is a feel to Insolent which reminds me of Wuthering Heights.
The book is interesting enough to keep you going to the end although at times the editing is rough and the word usage is awkward, one word in particular is used often, but not quite in the way I think it means. I think of a smirk as an annoying smile, or one meaning the person smirking is anticipating seeing someone else as the victim of a prank. In both of Nicole Murphy's books, people smirk nearly every time they smile, even when they are happy and loving toward each other. With better editing, this story, these characters, and a few wonderful moments at the books end would have me giving this book 5 stars....more
I heard really good things about this book, and saw it in a list of books you should not miss even if you normally never read those genres. So I was iI heard really good things about this book, and saw it in a list of books you should not miss even if you normally never read those genres. So I was in a post holiday funk and decided to order the paperback knowing that I sometimes like ghost stories.
This is one strange and original ghost story. I like it but I don't love it. I like the concept of two ghosts finding each other after decades of wandering invisibly and unheard. I like the idea that some bodies are abandoned and soulless. I think I had an administrator like that actually. I like the indulgence of the senses once given a chance to reawaken them, smell and taste and sound and sight - but most of all touch and passion. I feel that the shy, Lonely woman who is suddenly seen after 130 years, exploding into an ecstasy of self indulgence after suddenly regaining a body is an interesting story.
I have problems with some of the author's choices. Most of all the ending leaves me feeling I can't feel sympathy for a woman, ghost or not, who can act so selfishly and use a 15 year old girl's body so harshly and leave that girl "deflowered" (for a term appropriate to her era) but also poisoned and pregnant.
But there is much I do like, beautifully imagined settings and emotions, wonderful voiced characters. Very flat secondary characters perhaps but Helen and James feel very well imagined.
I wonder if I hadn't read so many glowing comments if I would be less disappointed in the story, but honestly I think I'd forgive almost everything if only the bodies which were possessed were not do much younger and more innocent than the spirits who move in and make themselves at home....more
I was really excited to get this book, but I had a hard time setting it down because every time I did, my husband or son or a friend pick it up and saI was really excited to get this book, but I had a hard time setting it down because every time I did, my husband or son or a friend pick it up and said, "I should read this." In all honesty, I have probably addicted more people to John Scalzi's Old Man's War novels than to any other author's and now I have to fight them off. This book was written differently, in that it was published as 13 shorter stories first. There is, consequently, a bit more retelling of the details from each section at the start of the new section, but it works. The premise that earth has been kept underinformed in technology and information about the universe, while being farmed for colonists and "Old soldiers" is the same from the first novels, and some of the favorite old farts are still around. But this time earth knows and has pulled back and the supply has dried up. I still love the old minds sharing their new bodies with a brain pal as they become top of the line, green soldiers with smart blood and wonderful personalities. Read this novel - but get your own copy. Mine it claimed for months in advance....more
This book has so many reviews that it really doesn't need my voice added to the mix, but I want to say how much I loved it anyway. We picked it for ouThis book has so many reviews that it really doesn't need my voice added to the mix, but I want to say how much I loved it anyway. We picked it for our book club for January but the hostess has the flu and we postponed the meeting so I don't get to sit with friends and discuss it until next week.
Sue Monk Kidd is a wonderful writer and knowing that she had written this book made me look forward to beginning it, but I was really surprised by how deeply moving the story was anyway.
The fictionalized story of the Grimke sisters would be fascinating even if told by another author. The true life of two girls who were born privileged and wealthy and into a prominent Charleston slave owning family but still grew up to become among the first vocal advocates for racial and gender equality is a little remembered, but naturally interesting story.
What shows the skill of this particular author is the addition of the fictional slave girl "Hetty Handfull" as a character who contrasts with but supports the other storyline.
This us one of those books that pulls you in and when it ends leaves you going to google, thirsty for more information. A beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking read....more
I feel bereft now that I have finished book five of this delicious series. I was lucky enough to discover these books when a friend gave me the firstI feel bereft now that I have finished book five of this delicious series. I was lucky enough to discover these books when a friend gave me the first and to be able to sit and read through all five was an extended delight. I have enjoyed the mystery and the pacing and the insight into the Irish murder squad. What I love most of all is the way the characters that are at the focus of each book change and as they evolve you get tiny glimpses of previous main characters. I was starting to feel that she was becoming predictable. Too many times the main character was intimately connected from childhood with the current situation and too many times the officer is destroyed as an officer after finishing the case - but this was new again and restored my faith in the author's creativity. I love her voice and the long scenes of description that melt into your senses like rich chocolate truffles melt into your taste buds.
Some of her language threw me off at first, I kept trying to rearrange the many sentences which end with the word "But" until I finally accepted that it happened so often it must be an Irish speech pattern. It didn't keep me from loving the novels but....more
This book was a selection for my book club and I think it was a good choice. I believe we all liked it and found something of value in this slice of hThis book was a selection for my book club and I think it was a good choice. I believe we all liked it and found something of value in this slice of history. It isn't exactly a time travel book but there are a couple threads that span a couple different eras and give if a bit of time travel feel. Two girls, very similar in some ways, find themselves together in very different times of their lives, and find their connection in the fact that both had to lose their birth family and suffer rejection before finally creating a new family. The main story is about a girl who was dumped onto the orphan train and sent off in hopes someone would choose her from the train filled with strays and take her home. It is a sad story but rings mostly true. The book has some hard to swallow stereotypes and a few coincidences that are almost deus ex machina creations to make the story conform to the authors plan. Still for the sake of the well researched story and the appeal Of some characters it is well worth reading. ...more
This book is well written and I really was torn between four and five stars. It is disturbing and lingers in my mind weeks after I finished it but itThis book is well written and I really was torn between four and five stars. It is disturbing and lingers in my mind weeks after I finished it but it wasn't really a pleasure to read. The story was intriguing and the characters were compelling but I did not like many of them. The surprise twist at the end was slowly revealed and even though it was an almost unbelievable twist you do believe it because of the tiny details leading to the reveal. Still even though I couldn't put it down it is not one I will ever read again, and I am a habitual rereader of novels. ...more
How to Live and Die in Crescent Rock was gifted to me by the author after I fell in Love with another of her novels, Fireflies. I really enjoyed thisHow to Live and Die in Crescent Rock was gifted to me by the author after I fell in Love with another of her novels, Fireflies. I really enjoyed this book too, but not quite as much as I did Fireflies. It feels less well polished, and it ends with a lot of unanswered questions which I'm not a fan of. Still it was a captivating read, with some stereotyped characters evolving to become characters with their own strong personality. By the end of the book I was involved enough that I really wanted to know the answer to the unanswered questions and I have no doubt that I will read the sequel.
Quinn and her family seem very stereotyped at first. She is the perfectly narcissistic cheerleader with the less popular sister and the busy parents with a few secrets of their own. Her friends and her enemies are people you meet in most books about high school girls, but they develop and a few of them you really begin to feel for. The young mother still in school, the shadow girl who is Quinn's hanger-on, the other students; feel real and believable.
The flashes of paranormal are mild and would be ok for middle grade readers I think. There are no sex scenes, no heavy duty blood and gore, but still enough dangerous beasts and creatures of the night to be interesting in a way similar to the old tales around the campfire. Well done, Bree Wolf....more
Twelve year old, Gabriel’s real world is filled with bickering parents and a sense of isolation and loneliness. Is it any wonder that he would ratherTwelve year old, Gabriel’s real world is filled with bickering parents and a sense of isolation and loneliness. Is it any wonder that he would rather be living in a computer game, surrounded by loyal friends and off on important adventures? A nasty surprise comes when the parents who he feels have long ago abandoned him, decide to take away his only friends by sending him to stay with grandparents he hasn’t seen in three years, in a micro town, WITH NO COMPUTER. They seem to think it is for “his own good.” After all, THEY don't have any problems.
Gabriel, once at his grandparents, in the bedroom where his grandmother grew up, is practically agoraphobic, wandering the tiny home and staring out the windows and longing for his world of adventures. Then his Grandma tells him, with a huge wink, “only those who go out into the world will find adventures. Those who peer through windows rarely do.”
His grandfather throws in his own encouraging advice, “start small, No one starts out big. Take one step and see if you feel like taking another. If not, try again tomorrow.”
Stepping outside plunges him into riddles and hunts and a world that doesn’t fade into the background when he finds a computer to borrow. How can a computer game compare to a real life Damsel needing rescued from a tower? Or who really needed rescuing? Just a 5 star read, with a few tears thrown in as seasoning. ...more
I love teaching, and I love writing and I love this book. i saw the movie a long time ago but it didn't move me as much as the writing did. The interwI love teaching, and I love writing and I love this book. i saw the movie a long time ago but it didn't move me as much as the writing did. The interwoven voices of a young teacher and her struggling students as they face discrimination and prejudice and a world of nay-sayers and overcome it all, are magical in their ability to touch nerves and bring sympathy and hope. There are other similar stories, Music for the heart, or the books by Torey Hayden, came to mind for me, but this one has the added benefit of showing multiple points of view as the underdog class transforms into the proud, shining stars they always had the potential to become. I look at this as a veteran of 25 years of teaching, and I know the sacrificed time for family and home that this kind of commitment to students takes. I think this book reminds us that while raising our children to break the cycle of poverty and despair is a daily struggle, it is a struggle that can lead to the most amazing rewards....more
I listed this novel as both mystery and poetry, although it isn't poetry, her descriptions are so creative and evocative that they read like poetry. II listed this novel as both mystery and poetry, although it isn't poetry, her descriptions are so creative and evocative that they read like poetry. I picked up this book over a year ago and then didn't read it, but once I started, I found myself obsessed with it. I love Rob, Cassie and Sam - the three murder squad investigators working together to solve the mystery of a young girl found dead on an altar stone in an Irish Archaeological dig where the workers are on a time crunch, knowing a highway will be built there in spite of the protests led by the dead girl's father. Yet even though this murder is seemingly the main story in the book, it isn't why I was obsessed with the novel. I loved the bruised and damaged Rob Ryan and the mystery surrounding his own childhood as one of three best friends in this very site back in his childhood, and how he is the only one of those three friends who came out of the woods, and how only Cassie knows this, and how wonderful they are as friends and partners. And I loved and hated this book because it doesn't tie up all the loose ends and give me the answers I wanted, and it pretty clearly explains that I can't expect those answers to come in the sequels either. But I will read the sequels because Tara French's voice becomes an addiction....more
I'm not sure how I lost track of this book, but as I constantly upload new books, sometimes the ones I am reading slip several pages deeper into the kI'm not sure how I lost track of this book, but as I constantly upload new books, sometimes the ones I am reading slip several pages deeper into the kindle. I'm sorry. I was given this book by the author after I had read and loved a couple of his other novels and I really did enjoy this one as well, once I found it again.
This is a mystery, a detective story with a magical twist, and a love story most of all. Derek Ridder is a good guy, and has not one but two worlds to save. He also has a niece who sees him as the hero he can be. The problem is, he sees himself through eyes clouded by the grief of having failed to save the woman he loved from a suicidal man who used her train as his method of suicide.
It will take facing a really evil crazy man, finding an impossible new love, learning magic and making a huge and unexpected sacrifice before you reach the end of this story, but even if, like me, it takes you over a year to get to the end, it will have been worth it. For those who love wizards and fairies and unicorns and good versus evil, cute baby Pegasus added as a bonus. ...more