Finding Claire Fletcher is a brutal, heart wrenching story of a girl kidnapped at age 15 and subjected to emotional, mental,and physical torture for 1...moreFinding Claire Fletcher is a brutal, heart wrenching story of a girl kidnapped at age 15 and subjected to emotional, mental,and physical torture for 10 years. Through it all, Claire struggles to keep hold of hope, her memories of her life before her capture, and herself. Even when she feels helpless and despairing, she never stops fighting.
Honestly, Finding Claire Fletcher was truly a joy to read from the first page to the last. It was...awesome, amazing, thrilling, exciting, and many other descriptive words that I'm too enthralled to come up with at the moment.
Lisa Regan is an incredibly talented author and I can't believe that FCF is her first novel. I found no fault with the writing and the descriptions were superb. I was engrossed from page one. I laughed, cried, and became infuriated along with Claire and because of Claire.
I would (and do) recommend this book to anyone. I can't say enough good things about FCF or Lisa Regan. (less)
You can find this review and others at my review blog Pages & Prose
Jennifer lives a life of lies; lies to make her happy, to make her feel th...moreYou can find this review and others at my review blog Pages & Prose
Jennifer lives a life of lies; lies to make her happy, to make her feel that everything is okay in her life. The problem?
The lies aren't working.
She's stuck in a relationship with a man she doesn't even like and she's plagued by dreams of a large, black dog. While at a party with the annoying fiance she leaves after a disagreement and takes a drive only to end up at the Devil's Tower (which confused me because I still have no idea what it was). She spends the night, decides to go for a walk the next morning (in heels and a cocktail dress, no less. Now, that's pure awesomeness!), and ends up in Fairie World.
That's when the fun starts. For Jennifer and the reader.
I have to say that Jennifer/Gwynn is one of my favorite heroines out of the books I've read lately. She's tough, intelligent, and, for the most part, highly logical. Those irritating ladies who seem to misplace logic as soon as they're faced with a hot guy get annoying. Jennifer was not one of those chicks and I loved it. Sure, I didn't agree with all of her decisions, but I understood why she did them. She was pretty badass.
The world was complex and well thought out. I loved that Fairie World was dark and somewhat sad. As an adult reader, I want the dark because not everything is bright and beautiful in life. That's how I picture my fairies. Gorgeous to look at and scary as hell up close. I was completely sucked into their world and didn't want to leave when the book ended. Only one series of books have had that effect on me, Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts, and that, in itself, was a revelation. I like/love certain books but I'm not sad to leave the world when they end like I was here.
Write more, Jeffe!
It took awhile for me to get into the book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. The reason I gave it 4.75 out of 5 stars is because in some places the writing was confusing. It was almost too much description, which I never thought I'd say. I'm aghast at my words! But, they're true. And, this is a small thing, but it bugged the crap out of me for some reason, (view spoiler)[ stop talking about your contacts! I don't care about them. And, anyone who wears contacts knows that you never, ever put them in water to soak. Bad, bad Jennifer! (hide spoiler)] My other complaint is that I still don't know what was so special about Jennifer/Gwynn or why Rogue called her. Fill me in!
Honestly, this book was awesome. Intelligent and beautifully written. I will definitely read more of Ms. Kennedy's books and I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys non-cookie cutter type heroines, heroes, and worlds. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)