Right off the bat I have to applaud Gillian Flynn for her severely flawed multi-dimensional characters. They're compelling even when they're not over Right off the bat I have to applaud Gillian Flynn for her severely flawed multi-dimensional characters. They're compelling even when they're not overly likable, this is just me drawing parallels between Dark Places and Sharp Objects. I want to applaud the author for that before I talk about the specifics of the book that loped off the last star.
Begin the spoilers:
(view spoiler)[ Diondra was one of my biggest problems. She was portrayed as extremely violent, murdering a bovine, leaving her parents without a second thought, and of course the cold blood mostly unmotivated strangulation of the oldest Day sister. She used heavy drugs and alcohol during her pregnancy, had no prenatal treatment - and yet still managed to have a perfectly healthy baby. Okay, overlooking the havoc drug-use does on a fetus, let's look at the parenting here. This is a girl who can't be trusted to pick up after a dog. I'm supposed to skip 24 years and just shrug over her getting up in the middle of the night alone with a newborn, as a single mom going from rich to on an exceedingly tight budget without any support and an extremely violent past? That was a very hard pill to swallow.
Trey's character was also very vividly painted. He was like clan-leader in violence, egged everyone else on, then ever so passively steps out. I understand you're supposed to be pointing fingers at him but the way he moved from cow slaughter to feed store had me clucking.
Then when I found out the Angel of Debt was responsible for half the murders I literally went palm to forehead. It just seemed, silly. Especially tangled with the fact that all these murders happened on the same night. Even Diane's reasoning about just wanting Libby to "try harder" after an apology that took 20 years to get to just seemed like an excuse, it was like all these loose ends got bundled into a functional yet mess of a knot.
That being said, I raced through the book. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The first half of the book was exciting and hard to put down, even the middle flowed nicely, but at the end I was biting my lip a little harder with each page. It didn't come together right. Still, I liked the book and will read more from the author.
I liked this book, it was good but turned out pretty predictable. The beginning and middle felt like the strongest points definitely, the ending wasn'I liked this book, it was good but turned out pretty predictable. The beginning and middle felt like the strongest points definitely, the ending wasn't bad but seemed a bit of a cop out when compared to the overall tone. Still the character had a strong voice and it was written very well....more
I did not like this book, it was overall well written but a well written disapointment at that. The time jumps were often confusing detatching me as aI did not like this book, it was overall well written but a well written disapointment at that. The time jumps were often confusing detatching me as a reader from both the story and character, maybe this is why I never felt fully invested? All these chapters and at the end Elaine is the same outline of a character as on the first page. This combined with the lack of happening made the book very dry....more
What a quick read! The story was interesting, characters likable and overall a good book but it was very rushed, especially the end. Also not really aWhat a quick read! The story was interesting, characters likable and overall a good book but it was very rushed, especially the end. Also not really a YA book like classified, more 8 to 11 ages....more
This book was great overall, character driven without being tedious and very emotional. I could not put it down which secures the 4th star. On that noThis book was great overall, character driven without being tedious and very emotional. I could not put it down which secures the 4th star. On that note, I had two main issues with the book. Will was such a nothing character, the others were so three dimensional yet he lacked a real personality. He was always vague and barely around yet the few instances he is has them considering changing life choices for each other? It seemed more crush then life changing relationship. My second issue is hard to explain- I just felt at times I had no idea what the characters were talking about. It was usually a joke or banter in dialogue which I would reread several times and not quite understand. Overall, I do reccomend this book despite the minor loss of one star, when the author has me highlighting notes in a book that's going right back off the Kindle when the loans over than it is safe to say she has accomplished something many cannot....more
Why are amazing books so hard to review? I find myself lamely summarizing the experience as it made me feel so much 'stuff'. Vera is so developed andWhy are amazing books so hard to review? I find myself lamely summarizing the experience as it made me feel so much 'stuff'. Vera is so developed and relatable, she has a life that parallels the readers then drifts off course yet still manages to tie in with emotions that are so hard to describe. I feel I do this book no justice - just read it!
I did have two small issues with the book. Vera's father was very demeaning to her, simultaneously he loved her, but did not support her making adult decisions while forcing them on her. I felt very mixed up about him because of his contradictory personality. This ties in with my second issue about pets, his reasons for being against them despite Vera's love for them seemed so backwards. Very "I love you but only if you're living your life how I would live mine." (view spoiler)[ I mean come on the girl's mother abandons her at twelve and her only friend dies, let her get a freakin' puppy. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more
If I could give this book 3 1/2 stars I would, but it still isn't up to par for four.
It was an okay book. Anne was at times likable but most of the tiIf I could give this book 3 1/2 stars I would, but it still isn't up to par for four.
It was an okay book. Anne was at times likable but most of the time she was just prattling on and on about nothing of substance, a lot of the book seemed to be like that. I understand this is a children's book - but so was the Secret Garden, and the writing and storyline in that was exceptional. Marilla was very coarse though she claimed to love Anne, she did nothing but passively insult the girl until maybe the second to last chapter. I liked Matthew but he wasn't featured too much. The book just went on and on, I think I would have liked it had it ended much sooner....more
Sometimes I have dreams I'm not even in, there's no me at all - simply characters that are people and their story. This book was exactly like those drSometimes I have dreams I'm not even in, there's no me at all - simply characters that are people and their story. This book was exactly like those dreams, except, well, it made sense.
One of my favorite things about the book was the poetic style it was written in, even simple sentences had an atmosphere that made you feel as if the emotions were coming to life. Everyone from Lennie to the more briefly mentioned characters seemed so real and could by sympathized with. I felt so deeply for Len trying to make sense of her actions based on grief, shaming herself for the way she felt, one of the better things about the book was the depiction of Len's feelings. What stuck with me the most was when she mentioned every time she thought of her sister and what she couldn't tell her it was as if she died again - that she died several times a day.
There were many predictable directions the book could have taken. (view spoiler)[ for example, when Joe won't take a second look towards her after he catches her with Toby I was half-expecting a damsel-in-distress moment, I kept waiting for Len to fall out a window or get hit by a car. Or an easy way to make Toby into a bad guy and throw out the whole situation was to have him stalk her or try to hurt her but the author was well beyond these cop outs and I should have known better by this point! (hide spoiler)]. Nelson handled a subject that is so hard to peg, so intimately, that I rushed through the book then was furious when it was over, she truly has a musical way with words and I'll be picking up anything else she comes out with. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
It's pretty hard to rate a book poorly when it has such a popular audience and honestly I'm stuck between one and two stars. That's the cap. I felt n It's pretty hard to rate a book poorly when it has such a popular audience and honestly I'm stuck between one and two stars. That's the cap. I felt no sympathy for the characters in the book, they seemed one dimensional and unreal. There never seemed to be anything happening despite the occasional action sequence, everyone was like a stick figure with a total of one quirk (view spoiler)[ tattooed, angsty, injured. The way the mother 180'd at the end just added to unreality. Barbie never really showed us she was strong by the end, instead we were told she was strong, just like we were told how injured she was and how great Mab was. It wasn't experienced, Ashley was just a hateful ex to give Todd any sex appeal at all, he was uninteresting and flighty, Griffin was mopey with twitching importance through-out the book. (view spoiler)[. I expected so much more. (hide spoiler)](hide spoiler)]...more
This book was so very immersive, I had great difficulty putting it down then had the audacity to be upset when it was over. I felt deeply for the cha This book was so very immersive, I had great difficulty putting it down then had the audacity to be upset when it was over. I felt deeply for the characters, they were all very real and you couldn't help but sympathizing with all of them to a point. I never wanted to leave Caroline then was rooting for Sugar throughout hoping she was the final destination. The plot was interesting though singular and didn't become repetitive though at times I did find myself grating against a particularly un-interesting piece of text detailing the perfumery. These characters became real to me, near the end there was no hope of me putting the book down and it has secured a spot on my favorites in how it has come to life. I was so moved by Sugar by the end, not ready to leave but hopeless to put the book down for a moment. (view spoiler)[ I was not happy with the ending however. It left so open which is of course up to the author but I expected more, or for at least to end on Sugar's monologue rather than the omniscient narrators- I enjoyed the toying and leading from the author but to end like that was frustrating. (hide spoiler)]...more
I have heard the expression being sucked into a great book, I can't help but feel more enveloped by a great book. It turns my head, runs me through t I have heard the expression being sucked into a great book, I can't help but feel more enveloped by a great book. It turns my head, runs me through the pages and overcomes procrastination which as an amazing feat for any book to overcome for me. This was my first experience with historical fiction of the non-tudor period, at least my first willing experience. The book didn't leave me wanting, I had a great deal of trouble putting it down. Things the author wrote would get stuck in my head like fragments of a conversation coming back to me at night, I was supremely disturbed by some things and others I needed to keep reading to find what happened next. Some one else wrote that the characters were very true to themselves and this is what put the book up a par above standard reads. Despite a few opinions I've seen-well one- I don't believe the book had a great moment of reckoning or sudden change, the characters seemed to develop over time and react to the things that happened to them. I gave it four stars instead of five for two things that I felt a bit disappointed in - just personally. (view spoiler)[ I had trouble sympathizing with Trudy as an adult. I could imagine her as a person just not quite the person described to me, I also didn't like Anna so headstrong, such a fighter for her child, became so locked up frail and quiet at the end. She seemed a bit like a different person, though I can understand where the author was going with her (hide spoiler)]. I loved that this book wasn't predictable, the true to life cast of characters instead of just typically cast roles, the plot seemed to move quickly. In the beginning it was hard to get used to the lack of quotation marks and the switching point of view from Trudy to Anna, but very quickly it became seamless. I'd be deeply invested in hearing what was next from one character just to be thrust into the other character having left them with just as much anticipation!
I liked the way the book was written. While the writing style and wording choice was different it felt natural, not rigid. It was like a new way of looking at things. As some one not deeply into studying the time period I felt quite swallowed by the book and the character- mainly Anna, I will be sad to see her go. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was a very plot-driven book, in that it was good. I had trouble putting it down wanting to make sense of new information and find out what was h This was a very plot-driven book, in that it was good. I had trouble putting it down wanting to make sense of new information and find out what was happening next, Dashner did a great job in building suspense. The biggest reason this book isn't getting four stars for me (and given the option would likely land at two and a half stars) is the character development. The main character wasn't very likable, he wasn't all that interesting and at times struck me as whiny and quite flat. Teresa was even flatter a character than Thomas, she was boring and in-interesting. Their combined dialogue would've made me put down the book if it had been there in the beginning, the conversations had no substance or emotion, I didn't buy their relationship as something extremely passionate or (view spoiler)[ rolling over from a time before (hide spoiler)]. The reader was told Teresa is smart without being shown it, the same can be said for Thomas minus examples where he acted impulsively rather than intelligently. I liked both Newt and Chuck more than Thomas who were not in any way main characters- they simply had the personality he lacked, even flawed in certain ways. I just felt Thomas didn't react properly to anything emotionally, though the book was still a page-turner thanks to the plot. I expected less from it and am pleasantly surprised, if I can hunt down the second book at a library I'll be reading it tonight. I hope the characters are a tad stronger. One other problem I had, though I feel is personal and so did not reflect in the rating is the description of (view spoiler)[ the Greivers. I could not visualize them at all, blobby but animal also machine and terrifying. I mainly kept seeing masses of jelly with dog heads and random weapons rolling around like spiked hedgehogs. I'm curious if anyone else felt they were hard to see? (hide spoiler)]
In short very plot-driven, low character development. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book was not for me. The characters were flat and uninteresting, the concept of the religion itself wasn't explained properly and was extremely This book was not for me. The characters were flat and uninteresting, the concept of the religion itself wasn't explained properly and was extremely difficult to picture, the actions sequences were somehow written in the same mundane way as the narrator driving to work. I would just expect a book about bounty hunting androids to be, well, exciting. And it wasn't. I gave two stars for creativity, the mood-organ and androids were great ideas to build off of but despite the interesting ideas there seemed to be a great nothing happening. ...more