Milly and Twiss are two sisters separated in age by two years. They appear to be opposites but the ties between them are very strong. Milly is beautifu...moreMilly and Twiss are two sisters separated in age by two years. They appear to be opposites but the ties between them are very strong. Milly is beautiful and soft-spoken and does whatever it takes to keep peace. Twiss loves the outdoors and dirt under her fingernails and taking chances and being sarcastic. There are problems in their parents' marriage. The dad cares only for golf, it seems. The mother feels neglected, as though her life has passed her by. The dad moves to the barn and the parents communicate by notes carried by the girls. Then a cousin comes to visit. Bett is curious as to why her uncle is in the barn and she visits him there. Twiss feels some jealousy; she's always been her dad's favorite, plus she has a crush on Bett. No spoilers here, but the turn of events will keep you enthralled and this book will haunt you long after it's over. As they grow older, the two girls rescue injured birds and try to nurse them back to health. We follow the sisters into old age, and as a septuagenerian, I wonder how this young author could know the mind of old people so well. This book is perfectly written and you don't want to miss it.(less)
While this is not the book for everyone, I had to give it five stars because of the genius of the writing and symbolism. It shows how being abused by h...moreWhile this is not the book for everyone, I had to give it five stars because of the genius of the writing and symbolism. It shows how being abused by her brother for years and then being part of the Manson Family with all of the drugs and orgies messed up the mind of a young woman until she considered herself only half mortal. 9/11 figures strongly into the story also. It's deep; it's dark and it works.(less)
I won a free copy of this book. It was a good story but I found the writing a little stilted. Did anyone besides me wonder if the main character was tr...moreI won a free copy of this book. It was a good story but I found the writing a little stilted. Did anyone besides me wonder if the main character was trying to convince me, or himself, that there was nothing going on with the nurse. He made excuses every time he kissed her. I think a wife would know the difference between a friendly kiss and a romantic kiss. Sorry that I can give it only three stars.(less)
This book will be on my list of all-time favorites. When Blessing's mother finds her husband with another woman, she takes her two children and goes b...moreThis book will be on my list of all-time favorites. When Blessing's mother finds her husband with another woman, she takes her two children and goes back to her parents' home in the Niger Delta. No modern conveniences that they were used to having. Blessing becomes a midwife assistant to her grandmother when she is very young. The descriptions of the birthing scenes are some of the best I've ever read, similar to the foot binding scenes in Lisa See's Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. We see the damage done in Nigeria by the big oil companies, the warring groups of young men, the poverty, the lack of education, interracial relationships, and we marvel at the fortitude of these people. What a wonderful cast of characters. I will never forget Blessing.(less)
I feel that I was led astray by the cover on this book. I expected some chick lit thing, but then I saw a photo of the author. I didn't feel a connect...moreI feel that I was led astray by the cover on this book. I expected some chick lit thing, but then I saw a photo of the author. I didn't feel a connect between her and the book I imagined. (I have nothing against chick lit books; I just feel they don't require much thought to process what's between the covers.) I investigated Sonya Sones, read about her awards for her YA books and decided to get those and try them out on my granddaughter, who is an avid reader. I read three of the YA books, passed them to Hannah and received tons of praises from her. I'd already given them two thumbs up, five stars, a high five, and a promise of extra 4th of July fireworks next summer in their honor. The Hunchback.... certainly only raised Ms Sones a couple of notches in my opinion. First, I'd never seen anyone write in the style she uses. She writes in verse, once in a while a rhyme is there, sometimes free verse, but so perfect in timing. If you're not a verse lover, don't let that stop you. You will be so engrossed, you won't realize it is verse. This is the story of Holly, whose one child, a daughter is leaving to go to college. At the same time, Holly's aging mother is undergoing some scary medical tests and treatment. Throw in menopause, an artist husband who seems to enjoy arguments, and you've got the book. If you're a woman who has ever sent a child off to school, who's worried over an elderly parent, who's argued with your spouse, and/or who's had hot flashes, then this book is for you. You will be so delighted, you will want to contact me and thank me for steering you to this book. I'll be waiting to hear from you.(less)
Sweet little faith-based novel about an Amish family who run a bed and breakfast, and of a disgruntled man and a young pregnant woman who seek refuge i...moreSweet little faith-based novel about an Amish family who run a bed and breakfast, and of a disgruntled man and a young pregnant woman who seek refuge in the inn at Christmas time.(less)
If you liked THE HUNGER GAMES, you'll love PURE. The best dystopia I've ever read. We know there will be two more books in the series plus a movie. My...moreIf you liked THE HUNGER GAMES, you'll love PURE. The best dystopia I've ever read. We know there will be two more books in the series plus a movie. My concern is I won't live long enough to see it all come to fruition. I admire Julianna Baggott and her talent, no matter which name she uses to publish. (Bridget Asher, N.E. Bode)
In PURE the devastation was far reaching, causing melding of bodies or objects with bodies. Our heroine, Pressia, has a doll head for her left hand. A mother has a child molded to her side. The child will never grow up but is a permanent part of the mother. Those who were vaporized even further have become Dust with the ability to come out of the ground in swirls to terrorize those who can still function and are know as the Wretches.
Meanwhile, the chosen few are safe under a huge dome of controlled climate, with clean air and programs to make them stronger and smarter. These people are the Pures.
When one teenager Pure, Partridge, flees from the dome, searching for his mother who didn't make it before the devastation occurred, he meets Pressia and they continue the journey together.
I can't talk without spoiler, I'm afraid, so I'll just tell you this is a book you don't want to miss. It's a strong five stars from me.
I have an uncorrected proof of the book with no strings attached, because she heard my plea of old age and bad health. I love Julianna Baggott.(less)