Several years ago, I read the first book in this series, and I really enjoyed it. The characters were great, the storyAlso reviewed at Oh! Paper Pages
Several years ago, I read the first book in this series, and I really enjoyed it. The characters were great, the story interesting, and the pace perfect. As the series developed, I began to feel like Harris was no longer interested in writing a good story. Each new book was filled with continuity problems and storylines that made little sense. I was hoping that Deadlocked stopped this disappointing downhill slide, but I was hopeful on the verge of foolish.
Deadlocked drags along and does little to push the overall plot forward. Sookie has developed into a vapid and idiotic character. She constantly says ridiculous comments and behaves in irrational ways. Eric, once lively and exciting, is now unpleasant and unlikable. Bill just needs to go away and stop trying to get Sookie to like him. She doesn’t like you, boo. The relationship between Sookie and Eric is so nonexistent that I am surprised Harris decided to include feelings of frustration on Sookie’s part about the inevitable Eric/alpha vamp marriage. Just let it go, girl.
This book was boring. The series is annoying. The characters are worthless. I am upset about the development of the Southern Vampire series. It is apparent that Harris has no integrity or dedication. Her writing exemplifies her lost interest in the Bon Temps vampires. She exhibits little effort in her work and should have concluded this series about six books ago. My frustrations with this series are quite personal, because I become upset when writers do not feel the need to produce high quality work. To me, it seems that Harris is just looking forward to the conclusion of her contractual obligations. No worries, Harris. I’m right there with you....more
After reading every book that JLA has published, I was excited to discover that she wrote a new book about a girl who has a deadly touch. Ember must battle her instinct to protect her younger sister while accepting the help of strangers and navigating a new life that seems to be littered with secrets.
Ember is a really interesting character, and I connected to her and understood her emotions. Her fear and frustrations are understandable and her strength is admirable. She not only took care of her sister and mother but also successfully ran a household. Her dedication to her family is incredible. While I liked Ember’s character, I did not connect with Hayden. Perhaps it has something to do with JLA’s other male characters being so otherworldly and enchanting. I mean, who can compete with Daemon?
Overall, I liked Cursed and hope that the story continues. I want to know more about this world and what is really going on. JLA is so good at creating memorable characters and interesting stories. I am in awe of her talent and how she is able to juggle so many stories....more
Those chest pains I have been experiencing since finishing Hard Bitten have finally subsided after reading Drink Deep Also reviewed at Oh! Paper Pages
Those chest pains I have been experiencing since finishing Hard Bitten have finally subsided after reading Drink Deep.
Drink Deep picks up a couple of months after Hard Bitten. We see Merit’s coping with the events in Hard Bitten and her determination to move forward. Merit and Friends must deal with a new conflict and we are introduced to a few new characters. Chloe Neill does an excellent job of weaving in a surprising storyline that definitely took this reader by surprise.
Although Merit is navigating her emotions, she is still able to throw out a few hilarious remarks. Chloe sure does an excellent job of transmuting humor into words.
Chloe Neill has one again written a story that keeps her audience hooked. Although I found some parts slow moving, I am pleased with the story and eager to read the next installment.
Recently, an episode of Grey’s Anatomy aired in which an author felt that she needed to finish her book so that her readers could have closure. Her readers have been with her for years and followed her characters happily, so she felt obligated to finish the story before having surgery. After watching the episode, I started having nightmares that something bad happened to Chloe Neill and that we would never know what happened with Merit and the gang. It is a bit morbid, right?
The Chicagoland Vampire series is really good. The story is well-written, funny, and interesting. You should read it....more
Throne of Glass is the type of book that reminds me why I love to read. The sheer pleasure and joy of escaping into anAlso reviewed at Oh! Paper Pages
Throne of Glass is the type of book that reminds me why I love to read. The sheer pleasure and joy of escaping into another land and acting out in ways that are impossible in my daily life are the reasons why I love to read. This book made me want to get up and punch something and learn how to do a roundhouse kick. I was so full of raw energy after finishing the story that I felt the need to do something incredibly cool and amazing. I settled for writing this review and watching the Olympics Taekwondo match.
Celaena is an incredibly strong-willed and confident character, and I enjoyed meeting her. She is smart, loyal, and mature, and I immediately connected with her and understood her choices. She is such a well-written character that I felt myself rushing to finish the story so that I could discover what happens. What a horrible problem! Conflicting feelings about wanting to savor every word while battling the need to learn more. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a story and a character.
Sarah is a fantastic writer and the world she created is rich and complex. The characters are multilayered and attractive. The love triangle is handled so well that I did not feel the usual pangs of frustration. In fact, I actually enjoyed this love triangle and looked forward to its development. I am so desperate to read more about this world. I recently discovered that Sarah wrote several novellas that take place prior to the events in Throne of Glass. If you are trying to decide what to read next, then you have definitely discovered it. Throne of Glass is everything that I have ever wanted in a book: great writing, great characters, and a great story....more
When I read the first book in this series, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, I knew that I found an entertaining story and hoped that many more books would When I read the first book in this series, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, I knew that I found an entertaining story and hoped that many more books would be published. In the last book, Maggie is Winston Churchill’s secretary and finds herself entwined in a complex spy plot. In Princess Elizabeth’s Spy, Maggie continues her adventure in a new role and has many more adventures.
The characters are complex, funny, and realistic. I loved Maggie and admire her intelligence and bravery. She is such a smart character and constantly surprised me with her maturity and passion. In a time when women were expected to do as they were told, Maggie fights for her desires and is so confident in her abilities that those around her also come to value her grit. We see some familiar faces from the first book and new people are introduced that add to the story and make it memorable.
Susan is such a great storyteller. I was still recovering from the whiplash that I sustained from reading Mr. Churchill’s Secretary as a result of all of the unexpected twists, and I do not think that I shall ever recover after reading Princess Elizabeth’s Spy. Susan really knows how to lead readers down a certain path, lay the groundwork for an idea, and then push them down a hidden hole just before retrieving them and throwing them in the opposite direction. I am a very observant reader and can usually figure out the twists and turns, but I was shocked at many developments and did not see any of them.
Another point that I would like to discuss is the historical nature of the book. I really had a sense of what it was like to live during World War II. To be a woman at this time and deal with the beliefs that dominated business and government must have been trying, and Susan did a wonderful job portraying this phenomenon. Furthermore, the uncertainty and fear that people experienced during this time also comes across well, and I often felt a little paranoid that my classmates were spies after finishing a chapter in between classes.
Overall, I really liked Princess Elizabeth’s Spy, and I highly suggest it. Even if you are not a huge historical fiction fan, this one is worth reading. It is more of a thrilling mystery that is set during an important time than a typical historical fiction. If you enjoy well-written mysteries that will truly throw the unexpected your way, then Princess Elizabeth’s Spy is the perfect book for you. I want the next book so desperately!...more
Jane Green wrote one of my favorite chick lit books, Jemima J. When I received Another Piece of My Heart, I was exciteAlso reviewed at Oh! Paper Pages
Jane Green wrote one of my favorite chick lit books, Jemima J. When I received Another Piece of My Heart, I was excited to read more of her work. Another Piece of My Heart is not a lighthearted, fun tale. It is a story that can easily be a biography of many parents around the world. In this novel, a woman becomes a stepmother to two young girls. Green documents the relationship between the woman and her children and explores how relationships change and evolve over time.
The characters Green developed are personable and realistic. Andi, our protagonist, is a model parent and the personification of patience. The two stepchildren are written well and could easily be based on real people. There were several scenes that evoked frustrated growls from me, and I was amazed that Andi was steadily persevering through maltreatment from one of her stepchildren.
The pace of the story is good and the storyline develops smoothly. One of my favorite aspects of the book is the inclusion of the point of view of one of the stepchildren. This addition adds a layer to the story that might have been lost as a result of looking at scenes from a mature lens.
Based solely on personal observation, I hypothesize that being a stepparent is a thankless job. Children can often place stepparents in negative roles and treat them poorly. Children can also adore stepparents and build strong and meaningful bonds. Green has crafted a story that explores both types of relationships and provides readers with an insightful look at parenting, love, and sacrifice.
If you are looking for a story that carefully examines love, relationships, and parenting, then I recommend that you read this book.
On a side note, do the words “stepparent” and “stepchild” seem negative to you? I have always believed this, and I was pleased to learn that Italians share my sentiments. According to my Italian professor, when referring to stepchildren or stepparents, Italians will say, “The children of my wife” or “My mother’s husband.” This is done in an effort to reduce the negative feelings associated with the traditional labels. ...more
“Every Other Day” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes documents the story of a high school student who is overcome by supernaturaAlso reviewed on Oh! Paper Pages
“Every Other Day” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes documents the story of a high school student who is overcome by supernatural abilities every other day. The novel begins by providing the audience with a quick glimpse into the fantastical life of Kali, an exotic mixture of Italian and Indian. Kali’s ordinary day at high school takes a sharp detour to the extraordinary when she befriends the quirky Skylar and mysterious Bethany. As we follow the girls and others on their journey, the reader is immediately interested and eager to learn more about the world in which the characters live. The novel ends just as it begins: exciting and intriguing. Barnes does an excellent job of describing characters and events. My favorite part of the novel is the impeccable use of correct grammar. Seldom do young adult novels employ proper sentence structure and correct diction. I am so tired of reading a novel in which the author is unable to use varied sentences and relies heavily on clichés (I am looking at you, Stephanie Meyer). The reading experience was pleasurable as it did not make me want to run over to the publisher and admonish the group for its inability to find an author who went to school. My least favorite aspect of the novel is the death of a character. It is, in my opinion, an unnecessary death. The story does not seem to develop as a result of the death, and I am unable to ascertain the reason for the deletion of the character. My overall impression of “Every Other Day” is that it is a fun read, and I am patiently waiting for the next installment.
*Received from publisher (netGalley.com) on 10/15/2011. ...more
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks explores the life of a woman whose cells are used in medical laboratories worldw Also reviewed at Oh! Paper Pages
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks explores the life of a woman whose cells are used in medical laboratories worldwide. Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman living in Georgia, discovered that she was terribly ill and sought the help of doctors. In the 1950s, when segregation was loud and proud, Henrietta received treatment from white doctors. While Henrietta slowly died, her doctors discovered that her cells were immortal. That is to say they needed no assistance in multiplying. Her cells could be multiplied and used repeatedly in various research efforts. Before and after Henrietta’s death, doctors collected tissue samples from her, without her or her family’s consent, and began using her cells in medical research. Doctors would eventually sell her cells for hundreds of dollars while her children and family lived in poverty. The total amount of money generated from sales of the HeLa cells is in the billions.
Rebecca Skloot spent years researching and writing this text. Her dedication to telling Henrietta’s story is evident, and readers will appreciate her commitment to presenting the facts in an accurate and bias-free manner. Many of the concepts discussed in the text are complex, but Skloot breaks down the issues so that individuals who have a loose grasp on science can understand. This book examines medical ethics and race and how the two intersect. It is a compelling read that will encourage readers to think about their medical rights and how little control we have over the tissue samples and blood taken during routine medical examinations. Skloot's debut novel is thoughtful and engaging.
You should read this book, because it is a fascinating account of a mother who died tragically, but whose cells continue to thrive today. The text will help you understand how African Americans have been used in medical experiments for years. If you are interested in learning more about medical experimentation and bioethics, this is the book for you. ...more
When Earth is destroyed, the population moves to Mars to create a new community. Lunara, a small colony, is developed Also reviewed at Oh! Paper Pages
When Earth is destroyed, the population moves to Mars to create a new community. Lunara, a small colony, is developed on the moon to mine minerals from passing meteors. When Lunara is invaded, a group of survivors travels to Mars to seek answers.
Fans of science fiction will enjoy Lunara: Seth and Chloe. The world Davenport created is rich with details. The story is fast paced and storyline is well-developed. Davenport provides a significant amount of background information to provide his audience with important facts.
Though I do not usually read science fiction, I am impressed with Davenport’s writing. It is evident how much time and effort the author put into his first novel.
*Received from First Reads Goodreads giveaway ...more
After receiving a copy from Goodreads, I can tell you that this guide is excellent. The business school section is comprehensive and provides a signifAfter receiving a copy from Goodreads, I can tell you that this guide is excellent. The business school section is comprehensive and provides a significant amount of information. One of the most interesting aspects is the inclusion of the average starting salary of graduating students. Overall, this is a great guide for anyone who is serious about graduate work and looking to apply to the schools that best fit a set of criteria. ...more
If you are having trouble with the critical reasoning portion, I suggest you pick up Powerscore's Logical Reasoning Bible for the LSAT. It far outstriIf you are having trouble with the critical reasoning portion, I suggest you pick up Powerscore's Logical Reasoning Bible for the LSAT. It far outstrips the material covered in the MGMAT book. ...more