Looking for a saucy, hilarious, disturbing, and intimate (yeah, I went there) book? This is it. It has everything I could ever want: royalty, love, luLooking for a saucy, hilarious, disturbing, and intimate (yeah, I went there) book? This is it. It has everything I could ever want: royalty, love, lust, danger, and fun. I'll never tire of being grossed out by Charles II or completely enamored with Gabrielle D'Estree's love affair with Henry IV.
I've read this a few times and will pick up again at some point because it's that damn much fun. ...more
I picked this up at my school's library because I loved her book, return to sender. but this one was just.... meh. I had to force myself to finish reaI picked this up at my school's library because I loved her book, return to sender. but this one was just.... meh. I had to force myself to finish reading and really then it was only out of semi-boredom and nothing else to read.
I didn't like how the book started off the garcia girls' story later in life and worked backwards. also the point of view changed from entirely third person to suddenly a chapter was in first person. it seemed choppy and off. I might have liked the switching POVs more if it had been first person and each girl was telling her own story. but no. it was just strange. not a book I'll ever read again. ...more
this was such a hard book to read - I've known far too many rape/molestation victims. far, far, far too many. but I loveholy cow where to begin.....?
this was such a hard book to read - I've known far too many rape/molestation victims. far, far, far too many. but I loved how speak handled it. little bits of information dropped, build up of melinda's depression, more information, more build up.... I didn't even mind reading the rather short page on which it described her rape because it wasn't over-the-top or in-your-face. it just was. brutally honest and dark without reading like my worst nightmare. intense but thought-provoking. no wonder this book has gone down in history. no freakin' joke. someone once told me that speak is a book that every woman should read. I see why, crystal clear.
this was the second book by L. H. A. that I've read and I went into with some serious trepidation. I hated wintergirls. with the passion of a thousand volcanoes. I loathed wintergirls because I felt like L. H. A. fell completely flat on capturing the real essence of eating disorders by making the MC seem like a spoiled, selfish brat who never actually had anything bad happen to her. her problems were created by her - in her own head. she caused her own problems over.... absolutely nothing. where was the trauma? the scarring? the emotional need to be perfect? it didn't freakin' exist.
but speak? wow. you nailed it, L. H. A. the writing is amazing, the voice of melinda is true and perfect. I felt like I really was listening to a 14 year old talk. If she had written her as an adult I would have probably hated it for the same reason I hated wintergirls. but this one? no way. melinda was 100% pure and honest. how would a barely-out-of-childhood girl who'd never done anything with a guy be able to deal with such a violation? making her almost mute was brilliant. there are some dark, terrible secrets that lay behind the silent ones' eyes.
like I said, brilliant. and terrible. and absolutely perfect.
I had a hard time getting into this book. It wasn't bad - quite the contrary. It was well-written and the setting was great but I'm not a fan of "cleaI had a hard time getting into this book. It wasn't bad - quite the contrary. It was well-written and the setting was great but I'm not a fan of "clean" historical romance. Give me some blood and sex and deception. If I'm going to read a relatively chaste book it had better have some more redeeming qualities to it and this one just didn't have enough for me. Oh well. ...more