As I find with most “classics” this novel took some time to completely capture my interest. Once it did, however, I was completely enchanted. Our 21stAs I find with most “classics” this novel took some time to completely capture my interest. Once it did, however, I was completely enchanted. Our 21st century need for speed and immediate gratification takes a backseat as we move with Jane Austen through the every day lives and loves of her characters. The slow but steady pace of the novel allows the time to actually get to know and connect with the characters. Austen brings you fully into her world of 19th century England: with no difficulty you can feel the joys and sorrows, happiness and tribulations of the Bennet sisters and especially Elizabeth and Jane.
Classic themes: scheming mothers, class distinctions, vanity, pride,false assumptions and misunderstandings abound…until by the novel’s conclusion I could not help but find myself rooting for Elizabeth and Darcy.
I thoroughly recommend this to anyone who loves classics and doesn’t mind the slow pace that generally characterizes them. ...more
I almost don’t know where to begin with this one. When I picked up the book, I knew nothing about it or the setting. It’s about a girl whose father teI almost don’t know where to begin with this one. When I picked up the book, I knew nothing about it or the setting. It’s about a girl whose father teaches her to read…or so I thought. I was so wrong.
Death narrates this tale of a young girl’s life in Nazi Germany with both a sense of humor and surprisingly much compassion as well. And it is no easy tale to tell. There is unspeakable cruelty alongside unimaginable beauty. We see the worst and best that humanity has to offer…sometimes in unexpected places…and we are reminded of just who we are and what we are capable of…the good and the bad.
The authors writing took a little getting used to but the imagery in his text is amazing. Each scene evoking a full range of the senses. And despite the foreshadowing (I knew what to expect) I still found myself sobbing through the last few pages.
Although marketed as Young Adult…I have no reservations about recommending this to Adults as well. In short…Read this book....more
This book has all the makings of a great murder, mystery/thriller. It starts with a gruesome apparently ritualistic murder and then weaves in the supeThis book has all the makings of a great murder, mystery/thriller. It starts with a gruesome apparently ritualistic murder and then weaves in the supernatural elements so that they don’t overpower but rather complement the story.
I loved the plot and the main characters although I do feel that there was a little something lacking in the development of those characters…or perhaps it was simply the matter of fact style of the storytelling itself. If you are looking for rich language and a lot of emotional depth…this book does not deliver.
That said, I did find the story line very compelling and found the novel itself hard to put down. I even found myself having crazy dreams at night right along with the main character: Dani. The murder mystery was nicely wrapped up by the end…however the supernatural elements were still left unsolved…leading in to the second in the series….
If you’re looking for a simple Murder mystery read with supernatural elements thrown in and don’t mind waiting for the next in the series to have those answered…then this book won’t disappoint....more
Beatrice Munson really surprised me! I thought I'd enjoy it...I didn't realize how much it would genuinely touch me. This book is so much more than juBeatrice Munson really surprised me! I thought I'd enjoy it...I didn't realize how much it would genuinely touch me. This book is so much more than just chick lit. It is truly inspirational.
When Marissa's old high school nemesis moves in to the house across the street, Marissa braces herself to relive all of the insecurities that she faced in her teens...however the whirlwind that is Beatrice has quite the opposite effect on, not only Marissa, but the entire neighborhood.
Day by day, the women who'd previously been trapped in the stereotypical suburban lifestyle rediscover themselves and begin to actually live for themselves rather than simply keeping up appearances. One by one they rediscover their hopes and dreams and encourage each other to follow them.
My only complaints about the novel would be that the pacing just seemed a bit off at points and that I wasn't too keen on how the issue of the adopted child's adjustment was handled. A party being thrown for an adoption homecoming (especially an international one) was incredibly unrealistic and the child's rollercoaster from handling the homecoming with no issues, to becoming troubled, and then to adjusting was glossed over to the point that it would have been best simply left out as were most of the back stories for the children in the novel.
Overall though, I have no reservations in recommending this novel to lovers of the genre. This heartwarming story will draw you in, the characters will hold you, the gorgeous parties will amaze you and after a few laughs, a few tears, and some genuine soul searching of your own...you'll be happy to have picked up Beatrice Munson....more
This short book (really more a novella) had a little something for everyone. Steampunk, Magic, Romance, Mystery...you name it...this little gem had itThis short book (really more a novella) had a little something for everyone. Steampunk, Magic, Romance, Mystery...you name it...this little gem had it. The premise was interesting and kept me reading to see what would happen next. The world was fascinating...Victorian England but with a bit of a "mechanical" twist. And I'd almost forgotten how much I can enjoy a little (steamy) romance thrown into the mix.
All in all a short sweet fun and entertaining read...and for me a good mini introduction to the world of Steampunk. Just enough to wet your whistle for the rest of the series... (I'm guessing it's meant to be a teaser but stands alone well if you just want a quick read.)...more
I haven’t read a romance in a long time and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It started off as a simple travel/self discoveryI haven’t read a romance in a long time and I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It started off as a simple travel/self discovery/love at first sight story but then luckily for me morphed nicely into a bit more. I am generally not a fan of the whole love at first sight, divided by a ridiculous conflict, and then reunited to find lasting love type story: But this story managed to make me enjoy it nonetheless. The character development was well done and the setting in Ireland so gorgeous that I managed to find the love story believable despite itself.
Just when I feared there was no much more left to the story there was a small mystery thrown it to keep my interest though the end.
All in all, a fun quick read…a really believable love story and an entertaining way to pass a rainy day. I doubt I’ll pick up the others in the series…but I don’t regret reading this one. ...more
Dearly Departed was only my 2nd or 3rd “Zombie” read and I am constantly surprised by how much I can enjoy a concept that I avoided so thoroughly in tDearly Departed was only my 2nd or 3rd “Zombie” read and I am constantly surprised by how much I can enjoy a concept that I avoided so thoroughly in the past.
I can find no issue with Lia Habel’s writing style…the prose flowed very well and for the most part the pacing of the book was spot on. I loved the witty repartee and banter as well as the more thoughtful and introspective moments. There was a portion toward the end that felt a bit slow…but it wasn’t too bad. The only thing that did bother me were the POVs. I felt that there were entirely too many…and though I love Dual POVs the four or five in this book (including secondary characters) was just a bit much. I would have been quite content to hear only from Nora and Bram.
I absolutely loved the world building and the “science” in this one…to be honest that is what made the book. Habel went to great lengths to help us understand how this world came to be… Why the society had reverted to Victorian mores despite the technological advancements and some of the logistics behind the whole zombie issue.
The plot seemed to be stretched thin a bit at times and some of the antagonists seemed a bit over the top…but it carried the book along and me along with it without too many problems. I think that as with any dystopian, steam punk, zombie type book a bit of suspended disbelief must be employed.
I still have to admit that I have a very hard time viewing zombies in any sort of romantic lens…so that part of the story fell a bit flat for me….though I loved the deeper issues that the “romance” allowed the characters and therefore the reader to explore.
All in all an enjoyable read but I am not 100% sure I will pick up book 2 in the series....more