I am a fan of Nicholas Sparks and have been for quite some time. I have loved many of his past books, particularly The Guardian and The Notebook, but...more I am a fan of Nicholas Sparks and have been for quite some time. I have loved many of his past books, particularly The Guardian and The Notebook, but this book was a bit of a dissapointment. Although the characters were very likable, I found this book hard to really get in to. It didn't "pull" me in as most of his other works have. I did find that it was very easy to relate to most of the characters but there was not enough emphasis put upon Amanda and Dawson's relationship, so although you were very sympathetic for their situation and wanted to learn more about their relationship, it wasn't a surprise when things worked out as they did.
Sparks always manages to write very heartfelt yet heartbreaking stories but this book is just a bit below par. It is for the most part a very realistic book, although it does have a few unbelievable twists thrown in here and there, but there definitely could have been a bit more emphasis on certain parts of the storyline. Don't get me wrong, this is a great read and I would recommend it to anyone, it just fell a bit below my expectations for Nicholas Sparks and it definitely was not on the same level of some of his other works. I certainly look forward to seeing what he comes up with next. No matter what, he always gives us a very enjoyable read and I have all confidence that he will continue to do so. (less)
I have read a lot of books in my time, but I this has certainly been one of the most touching stories that I have read. This is a book that grabs at y...moreI have read a lot of books in my time, but I this has certainly been one of the most touching stories that I have read. This is a book that grabs at your heart and won't let go. It gives you valuable insight into what people who were involved in the Jewish roundup during WWII went through, from a unique "firshand" perspective. This book is a work of fiction, but is based upon historical facts and gives a vivid description of the time period and the Vel' d'Hiv roundup.
July 1942 marked a dark period in the history of France where thousands of Jewish families were rounded up and kept in the Velodrome d'Hiver for days with little to no food, no toilet facilities, no medical facilities, and horrible conditions. They were then sent off to transit camps in France such as Drancy, before being packed off to Auschwitz, a Nazi death camp. What is so unnerving about this whole incident is that the rounding up and mobilisation of Jews for deportation was done by the French authorities, a fact that is known by very few.
This book centers on two different character's, Julia and Sarah's, perspectives. Sarah is a young girl who was captured in the roundup and after leaving her little brother behind desperately tries to return to save him. Julia is a novelist who lives in Paris who discovers that Sarah and her family lived in an apartment that her family owns and sets out to discover Sarah's story. In the process she discovers that delving into the past can change not only your entire life, but the lives of others as well. This focuses on Julia's search for the truth, and for happiness in life.
Sarah's Key is a book that certainly makes you realize how lucky so many of us are. It gives you a very emotional, first-hand perspective into that time in history and makes you feel as if you are actually there. This is a very poignant and touching story that is most certainly worth a read. I personally would recommend it to anyone, especially those who have any interest in World War II and the Holocaust. (less)
War Horse is a very touching read that takes you into the depths of World War I in the final days of the Cavalry. Morpurgo has done a very good job w...more War Horse is a very touching read that takes you into the depths of World War I in the final days of the Cavalry. Morpurgo has done a very good job writing a story from a very different point of view than normal yet making it a very enthralling story, more so than usual because you are shown the perspectives of many of the different characters. Although this is a young adult book it is suitable for all ages, especially those who have a love for horses.
The story is narrated by Joey, a Thoroughbred-cross horse and takes you from his days as a colt with his beloved master Albert throughout his days serving in the calvary, assisting the hospitals, and more throughout the war. The author has taken care to be very descriptive and to develop a very touching work. At one point I had to put this book down because I was laughing and crying at the same time.
This is a nice and easy read that can definitely be finished within a weekend, and it certainly makes you appreciate our equine friends all the more. Many of us often fail to take into consideration the needs and feelings of our animals, and this is a book that makes you think twice when spending time with your animals. This book ultimately portrays the dedication and love of man and horse, and is just a truly great read.(less)
I had come across a news story about this book about a month before it was released. The story claimed that this book was going to be right up there w...moreI had come across a news story about this book about a month before it was released. The story claimed that this book was going to be right up there with Harry Potter and the Twilight series. When I first read the editor’s description of the book I will admit, I had my doubts but decided to give it a chance in order to see what all the hype was about.
‘The Night Circus’ is absolutely enchanting. Morgenstern draws you in with her magical atmosphere, many cliffhangers, plot twists, and thorough descriptions that make you feel as if you are actually in the middle of the ‘Le Cirque des Reves’ and it doesn’t take long before you decide that you never want to leave. Although at times it can move a bit slowly this is a book that you do not want to put down, it’s that absolutely riveting.
Each short chapter generally focuses on a specific character, one minute you are reading about Celia in 1902, the next about Marco in 1898, you never know what is coming next which is half of the fun of it but can make things a bit difficult at times. Because of this the story can be slightly difficult to follow, there were times when I had to go back to the beginning of a chapter in order to double what time frame I was just in, and I often found myself wishing that I was reading this in actual paper form rather than on my Kindle due to wanting to look back. This was such an enjoyable read though that I may just end up buying it in hardback form, as well. (As much as I love my Kindle there are just times when having the actual book in your hand adds to the experience.)
This is a fantasy, mystery, and romance wrapped together into a thoroughly delightful story that is so magical you don’t want to leave its spell. It is a much more mature read than both the Harry Potter and Twilight series and the romance involved is very discrete. The romance could have been focused upon a bit more in order to make it more emotional and believable as it was just a tad bit too dry and not elaborated upon enough to make you really get a feel for Celia and Marco’s relationship. But nonetheless, you find yourselves hoping that there is some possible way that they will be able to be together.
I will be interested to see if they are able to even remotely catch the magical feeling and details of this book if it is made into movie form and have a feeling that I will be very disappointed by any movie that they are to make. I just don’t see any way that they will be able to capture the feeling that you have when you are in this stories magical hold but then I’m always disappointed by any movie that is based upon a book that I have read. My fingers are crossed that Morgenstern already has a new project in the works and that I will be able to get my hands on it soon. I am definitely interested in seeing what she will come up with next. I believe that I’m going to become a ‘reveur’ and look forward to returning to the circus again soon. This is a book that will definitely end up in my collection of favorites.(less)
I'm a big fan of Sandra Brown. I've always found her books to be quite captivating. Although I enjoyed this book, I was not enthralled by it. Normally...moreI'm a big fan of Sandra Brown. I've always found her books to be quite captivating. Although I enjoyed this book, I was not enthralled by it. Normally, when I read a book, I can feel as if I know the characters, personally. That was not the case in this situation. With a little more elaboration and work on character portrayal this may have made a much more interesting story. But you just cannot get a sense of any true relationship between Honor Gillette and Lee Coburn. 'Lethal' was well written and entertaining, it was just missing something. This was a very suspenseful book but it was also very predictable, and the ending could definitely have used a bit more work. I would recommend this book to anyone, just don't expect it to be up to par with her other novels.(less)
Absolutely loved this book! Could not put it down and could not quit thinking about it. I can't wait to read Tatiana and Alexander and the Summer Gard...moreAbsolutely loved this book! Could not put it down and could not quit thinking about it. I can't wait to read Tatiana and Alexander and the Summer Garden!(less)