I enjoyed this book a lot, even though it contains a lot of elements that normally annoy the heck out of me (girl falling in love with her captor, wom...moreI enjoyed this book a lot, even though it contains a lot of elements that normally annoy the heck out of me (girl falling in love with her captor, women sitting around waiting to be married off while the men go off to war). Perhaps it was because it was quite well written and the characters were developed well. Even the love interest, whom I initially hated because he was kind of a big fat douche, became a likeable fellow once you get to know him better and his backstory explained. And the main character, even though she at first just tries to be a good daughter and please everyone, and even though she gets knocked up (barf barf), ends up being pretty strong, intelligent, and kicks some ass. Many parts of the book were very sad, though. Still, I'm interested in reading the third book in the series.(less)
I stumbled across the eponymous website a few years back, and I have to say it changed my life. So now...moreThis is the only wedding book I will ever read.
I stumbled across the eponymous website a few years back, and I have to say it changed my life. So now that I am recently engaged myself, I had to read the book that started it all. I used to be so against the whole idea of marriage and weddings, because all that I knew about it was what was represented in popular culture. Ariel Meadow Stallings and Offbeat Bride showed me that you don't HAVE to have a big foofy white wedding full of meaningless "traditions" (barf). You can do whatever the hell you want, all that has to happen is what is most important to you and the person you love.
This book isn't so much a how-to or a checklist of how to have an offbeat wedding, as a personal story and an affirmation of individuality. That was what I loved about it. Sure, there are plenty of helpful tips and bits of advice along the way, but the most enjoyable part of this book is just the story of Ariel's and her husband's own path to their wedding, having to navigate weird stereotypes and cultural expectations, and maintaining their personalities and their sanity while planning a big celebration of their love. As someone who also likes to walk off the beaten path, I found all of Ariel's views to be very refreshing. I can't even count the number of times I said "hey, yeah!" in my head while reading the book. Also, Ariel is a hilariously sassy writer. In fact, I wouldn't mind being friends with her.
Anyway, I would recommend this book not only for offbeat brides, but offbeat grooms as well. Even if you aren't planning a wedding anytime soon, this is a fun read that will also make you think, and might just knock a lot of your preconceived notions about weddings (and marriage, and cultural expectations and gender stereotypes, etc.) on their asses. In fact, I am rather hoping my fiance will read the book at some point (hint hint, cuz I know you will read this review :P )(less)
I really enjoyed this unusual story. When writing from the point of view of an animal, one must be very careful to make it sound true to that animal s...moreI really enjoyed this unusual story. When writing from the point of view of an animal, one must be very careful to make it sound true to that animal so that it is believable, while still creating memorable characters. I believe the author of this book did very well in this regard. The sheep in this story were very anthropomorphic, but they were still unmistakably sheep. Even though they were the cleverest sheep in all of Glennkill.
However, I didn't feel that the actual murder mystery part of the story quite lived up to its potential. I still had a lot of unanswered questions at the end of the book. The motives of a lot of the people (the human ones) were rather unclear, and at the end everything seemed to be resolved a little too tidily. All in all, though, it was an interesting story with a very creative manner of telling.(less)
Once the action got going in this book, it kept me up until 4 in the morning because I just couldn't stop. I thought the premise was interesting and t...moreOnce the action got going in this book, it kept me up until 4 in the morning because I just couldn't stop. I thought the premise was interesting and the action exciting. However, I felt that the characters didn't have much depth to them, which made it more difficult to get attached to them. Hence the fact that I'm only giving this book three stars. I liked it, but I didn't love it. Still, though, I definitely thought it was good enough to warrant reading the sequels (which I will probably do fairly soon) and to pique my interest in the upcoming movie.(less)