Aggravating, irritating and frustrating. All Rosie and Alex have is an ending! Who wants the ending, when the beginning and the middle is gone? This iAggravating, irritating and frustrating. All Rosie and Alex have is an ending! Who wants the ending, when the beginning and the middle is gone? This is the most horrible love story of all times....more
I have been starting to write a review of Written in My Own Heart's Blood for the last half hour, concluding that I am completely speechless and unablI have been starting to write a review of Written in My Own Heart's Blood for the last half hour, concluding that I am completely speechless and unable to form logical thoughts after reading it. And it has to do more with the fact that it is the last book (yet) more than anything.
I am happy that it did not end in a cliffhanger, or cliffhangers, plural, as the last one. Everything is more or less resolved, thank God, so I hope that waiting for the book number #9 is not going to be unbearable.
The story is, as it always has been, captivating, intricate, full of interesting, intelligent and clever characters, as well as history that is thoroughly researched and medical problems too detailed for readers' comfort sometimes.
It also seems that Written in My Own Heart's Blood is more tragic and darker than the rest. Claire's hardships are slowly catching up to her, making her doubt morality of the world and ask a lot of questions of a "What's the point?" sort. And I love that it does not happen in one breakdown where miraculously she finds herself in the arms of her husband, talks through whatever it is that bothers her and then forgets about it. It is more of a long-term thing with sad, creeping thoughts. But Claire is still Claire. She is probably one of the most entertaining female characters ever. So much brilliance and humour in one person is ridiculously unfair!
If in the last book I was a little bothered about Jamie and Claire not being so much in the story, in this book I finally appreciated William's and Lord John's POVs - after all, no son of James Fraser could possibly be boring for long. And John is probably Claire's male counterpart.
Brianna and Roger's story was painfully logical and completely expected, though I am not complaining, because their family is the epitome of adorable.
And I did say once that I prefer all Frasers in one time, so I cannot give Written in My Own Heart's Blood less then perfect 5 stars....more
To Kill a Mockingbird is a tragic story made bearable by being told from the point of view of a child that does not understand the full extent of evenTo Kill a Mockingbird is a tragic story made bearable by being told from the point of view of a child that does not understand the full extent of events' seriousness. Children's innocence contrasts beautifully with ignorance and fear of fellow people. A child does not understand why an innocent man is sentenced to death when he is proven to be innocent in the court room - and the confusion, angry tears and arising doubt about goodness of people were characteristic only of the just and sensible lawyer and his children. A man died because people were too scared to stand up for what they believe in deep inside, and that is probably the worst trait of human beings. The tragic events were disguised as the background of the story, while most of the book dealt with Jem and Scout starting school, having their childhood adventures, believing in ghosts and dealing with kids' stuff, which was wonderfully humorous and absolutely cute. To Kill a Mockingbird reads like those children's books we have all read about incredible adventures, friendship, growing up... aside from the book's huge "hidden" message and tragic events....more
There are some books that are so special and thought-provoking you just want to keep them a secret, as little treats to think about and ponder over. IThere are some books that are so special and thought-provoking you just want to keep them a secret, as little treats to think about and ponder over. If I had to describe The Book Thief in one word, it would be MAGICAL, but alongside magical, there is also tender, compassionate, kind-hearted, forgiving and authentic, and above all wise.
It reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird with its children wise beyond their years and their moral compass that will make most adults embarrassed. The essence of children like Scout and Liesel is their immediacy - they do not wait, they do not accept excuses and they do not believe lies. They are also determined and fearless and it is truly fascinating to see them grow.
Markus Zusak is a very powerful storyteller who was able to breathe life into Death itself, creating an intriguing and thought-provoking narrator.
This story is slow-paced in the best possible way. The narrator gives away all the major events very early in the book, which makes it obvious that the point is not the ending, but the journey - emotions stirred, intelligent thoughts provoked, heartstrings tugged....more