I wish I had known two things when I first read this book: 1) It was translated from its original language and 2) It was originally a digital series iI wish I had known two things when I first read this book: 1) It was translated from its original language and 2) It was originally a digital series in Indonesia.
The translation is very good, but every once in a while the description or dialogue felt somewhat stilted or disjointed. This is by no means the translator's fault, nor do I think it was the author. I feel that many times when a book goes from its native language to English some of the flow or beauty can get lost. As for the fact that it was a series released in smaller chunks- that makes a lot more sense with how the story is told month by month over a series of years.
Needless to say, I did very much enjoy the book and the lives of Kugy and Keenan. ...more
An intimate portrait of the White House through the eyes of the Chief Usher and his dealings with the First Ladies. This book was part memoir, part hiAn intimate portrait of the White House through the eyes of the Chief Usher and his dealings with the First Ladies. This book was part memoir, part history book, and completely delightful. Mr. West manages to do something I didn't think possible- separate politics from the genuine people he served during his tenure at the White House while giving the reader an amazing peek into what it took to run the White House and what it was to live there. ...more
I've had this book sitting in my bedside table for ages, but it took me a long time to get enough head space and time to actually start. Big Little LiI've had this book sitting in my bedside table for ages, but it took me a long time to get enough head space and time to actually start. Big Little Lies is the best kind of book- characters who spring from the page fully formed, a slow burn of a mystery, and a constant compelling movement forward in the story. At one point, near the end I actually stopped to text a friend about that bomb of information that was dropped and I still had no idea who actually dies. I plan on starting the HBO series to compare to the book, but I cannot imagine anything being better than the book. ...more
I received an advance reader copy of this book and was asked for an honest review. I read the first installment of the Good Hope Series (Christmas inI received an advance reader copy of this book and was asked for an honest review. I read the first installment of the Good Hope Series (Christmas in Good Hope) and fell in love with the Bloom sisters and the little town of Good Hope.
Marigold Bloom has returned to Good Hope as her career as a hair stylist in Chicago took an unexpected turn. As she continuously tries to impress upon her sisters and father, she is not going to be there for long. And yet, she reconnects with Cade Rallis, the town's interim sheriff and a one night stand after her friend's wedding several months previous. It was clear those few months ago that Cade and Marigold shared a connection, but now that she is back in town, it is undeniable to everyone.
I definitely enjoyed another look into the town of Good Hope and loved seeing some of the peripheral characters as they came in and out of the local establishments. It reminded me a lot of growing up in a small Midwestern town, much like my own life. It also hearkens back to some of my favorite stories in the same way that Maeve Binchy was always able to weave characters together over the course of several books. The way in which the relationship between Cade and Marigold progressed was sweet and believable, but I particularly liked how Marigold began to change throughout the course of the book. Her changing views on success and how a person should measure that as compared to her sisters and family felt very familiar. At the end, it felt like it all wrapped up a little too quickly, but not so much that it really annoyed me. This was a great Christmas Break read for me and I was thrilled to have the chance to review it and read it in advance....more
**spoiler alert** This book was recommended to me by the librarian when I filled out a questionnaire to help generate new reads for me. I had mentione**spoiler alert** This book was recommended to me by the librarian when I filled out a questionnaire to help generate new reads for me. I had mentioned I was a sucker for a good cozy mystery and let the librarian know of a few series I liked. Aunt Dimity's Death was one of her suggestions and I'm thrilled with this book! It had just the right blend of cozy and puzzle to keep me happy. It is the first in a series and the author does an excellent job of really making the first book all about getting to know the main characters and what motivates them and makes them who they are. My only complaint was that the last few pages (the epilogue) seemed a bit rushed. Even still, in some ways I can understand why it was included because there is no mystery in weddings and what not if there is no murder or crime to solve. All in all, I really enjoyed the series and look forward to reading more! ...more
The depth and detail of how this musical came into being, the commentary on all those why were involved and the footnotes from Lin-Manuel Miranda forThe depth and detail of how this musical came into being, the commentary on all those why were involved and the footnotes from Lin-Manuel Miranda for each song were amazing. ...more
Quick General thoughts- overall a good book, but very slow beginning. Took until the last third to really get going. With that said, the last Hurd cliQuick General thoughts- overall a good book, but very slow beginning. Took until the last third to really get going. With that said, the last Hurd clips by quickly and with great tension. I'll be waiting for Book 4!...more
One of the big criticisms of this book seems to be that it was predictable, but I disagree. There were moments that I was completely shocked about cerOne of the big criticisms of this book seems to be that it was predictable, but I disagree. There were moments that I was completely shocked about certain choices that would have to be made. I can agree that,at times, certain parts of the book felt distinctly like books that came before (Hunger Games and Divergent) and there are times when Mare feels distinctly Tris like in the third book. However, Cal's foil to her isn't quite as annoying as Four is to Tris. Plus, I feel like Mare is a more Multidimensional character. All in all, I look forward to the next book. Too bad it's not until February 2017!...more
It was a pleasant surprise to be contacted in order to receive an advanced reader copy of Summer in Good Hope! This ARC was provided in exchange for aIt was a pleasant surprise to be contacted in order to receive an advanced reader copy of Summer in Good Hope! This ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review and I'm pleased to report that I enjoyed this next installment of the Bloom family of Good Hope very much.
The book opens with the wedding of Ami and Beck (Christmas in Good Hope) and Primrose Bloom is thinking about her life. Prim's husband died two year previous in a climbing accident, which is not how anyone in Prim's life thought things would go. Her husband, Rory, had cystic fibrosis and lived life to the absolute fullest and was an adventure seeker; no one would have predicted faulty climbing equipment would bring Rory to an even earlier end. Prim has just moved back to Good Hope after being down sized from her job in Milwaukee and isn't looking to do anything more than get on wither life and raise her twin boys. Little does she know that the next few days will send her on the path to reconnecting with a man who has loved her since the fifth grade and was once one of her closest friends.
I love books that build on a town or family, with each book giving the reader a different angle on life in a small town. I grew up in a small town in Michigan, so the Good Hope series has a certain comfortable and familiar feel to it. It's midwestern living at its best (and sometimes worst) when it comes to small towns. Cindy Kirk has a solid grasp on each of the Bloom sisters and Prim felt distinctly different than her sister Ami, and yet similar enough that it wasn't hard to fall right back into the rhythm of the first book. Max Brody, who was introduced in the first Good Hope book, is ever the same as before, but as he works with Prim on the Cherries July 4th festivities we get a deeper look into his own personal life and it creates a depth that you don't get in the first book because he's a secondary character. All told, this was a gem of a book that I easily finished in a little over two days and left me wishing the next installment was already out! The characters were familiar and believable and I really found myself rooting for Prim to truly connect with Max and find happiness. My only real qualm was that I always find it a little difficult to swallow that people would go through an entire courting experience and become engaged in a month or two. For me, it's something small and more easily reconciled in this book because the history between Prim and Max is so long (all the way back to 5th grade). Some may find this point much harder to get passed, but overall this is a book that I would definitely recommend to a friend or reread when looking for a sweet and well written romance. I'm looking forward to the next book and more of Good Hope!...more
**spoiler alert** A fantastic end to a great series! This book kept me up late on more than one occasion and the gripping way in which Howey propels t**spoiler alert** A fantastic end to a great series! This book kept me up late on more than one occasion and the gripping way in which Howey propels the reader and the people of Silos 17, 18 and 1 toward and huge culmination was superb. My quibble would be that I feel slightly let down that we don't get any idea of the other silos and what's going on there. It felt like the last 20 pages or so were desperately trying to wrap up the plot of the three silos, but that there was almost a void of contact with the others. This to me is a smaller thing, although I'd love to see another set of stories focusing on any of the other silos. All in all, the whole series is one of the best I've read in the last 6 months. ...more