This book won't appeal to everyone, but to some it will touch them at their very core. This is a beautiful book, with a strong female lead who is extrThis book won't appeal to everyone, but to some it will touch them at their very core. This is a beautiful book, with a strong female lead who is extremely intelligent and flawed, which makes her very real. It is a coming-of-age story that deals with choices, perception, and what it means to be a woman in a man-made world.
This is not a ground-shattering book. But it is very good company. Sharon Shinn certainly knows how to spin a good yarn, and her characters are incredibly well rounded-out, flesh-and-blood beings. It is very atmospheric, seeped in a romantic old-lore feel. I would describe this as a "comfort read" that completely envelops you in its fold and makes you think, gently, on issues that are important for any young woman.
Read this book if: -You love 3D characters -You love good storytelling -You want good company in a book -You need to lose yourself in another world
I loved it, and plan on reading it again. And again. And yet again....more
Thud. Tears stream down Harrison's cheeks. Thud. He covers his ears. Trace and Grace hold hands. I hold mine together in front of my face, the edges of myThud. Tears stream down Harrison's cheeks. Thud. He covers his ears. Trace and Grace hold hands. I hold mine together in front of my face, the edges of my thumbs against my lips like I'm praying and I am praying. I wasn't raised to believe in God, but sometimes when I ask for things to happen, they happen. This is what I want to happen: I want the doors to burst open.
This book- this book is a minefield and you're not getting out of here without your skin peeling right off.
I am not kidding.
This book takes a big chunk of your guts and swallows them between its pages like it's no big deal, and you feel this reeling throbbing pain as you wonder what the hell just happened.
Think you're in for just a thriller? Absolutely not. This book wants something back from you.
Courtney Summmers throttles the reader from the word go and drags them into the messed-up world she's created, and more specifically the messed up psychological world her characters are trapped in.
Don't read this book if you're not ready to come face-to-face with raw, naked human emotion of the worst kind: grief, shell-shock, fear, anger, guilt, loneliness, longing. Courtney Summers treats them all with an incredible balance of subtlety and absolute starkness and, as another reviewer said, it is precisely this balance that demands you to fill in the gaps with something of yourself.
The writing is incredible: perfect pacing, gorgeous word-images, and a skill at atmosphere and mise-en-scene that I've hardly ever come across. The first chapter was the best I have read in a very long time. And Sloane, the protagonist, the most jaded, broken voice I've ever come across. She is seriously screwed up, shell-shocked, passive and brave, and I loved her.
Also, the last part of the book- wow. It had me reeling and bumped this to a 100 star read.
Hats off to Courtney for amazing story-telling....more
"But the wilderness had found him out early, and had taken on him a terrible vengeance for the fantastic invasion. I think it had whispered to him th"But the wilderness had found him out early, and had taken on him a terrible vengeance for the fantastic invasion. I think it had whispered to him things about himself which he did not know, things of which he had no conception till he took counsel with this great solitude - and the whisper had proved irresistibly fascinating. It echoed loudly within him because he was hollow at the core..."
I'm sorry. Nothing that I say can ever do this book justice.
I am quite literally without words. Heart of Darkness is one of those novels that embodies a monumental feeling and then leaves you wondering just how you can describe this to anyone.
Though a short novel, it is by no means light. This novel is dark, oppressive and overpowering. I'm sure it means many things to many people, and to me it embodies darkness. It transforms nature into something alive, menacing, pouncing. It turns silence into a presence. And the heart of men into a place of cold and madness. It explains the relationship between the wild unknown and our fascination with it, the intuition that inevitably drives us forwards towards the savage and primitive.
This needs many readings to fully grasp the essence. It is short, but it oozes out with meaning....more
Those blue, blue eyes, icy blue, looking back at me as if I could warm them up. They’re pretty powerful, you know, those eyes, pretty beautiful, too.Those blue, blue eyes, icy blue, looking back at me as if I could warm them up. They’re pretty powerful, you know, those eyes, pretty beautiful, too.
The editor was right by warning the reader that this is a scary book. Because here I am, with a huge dose of Stockhold Symdrome and feeling suddenly cold and confused now that Ty is gone.
Ty the kidnapper.
Actually, this was going to be a 4-star book. I didn't think the story was very challenging, all through the desert part (at least, not after reading The Phantom of the Opera). I didn't think Gemma questioned Ty enough or argued withe nough strength; and I thought Ty was rather on the soft and mushy side, instead of threatening (again, compared the The Phantom of the Opera).
It's the end that got to me. After spending so long in the restful silence of the desert, feeling its warmth and protection... suddenly there were cold rooms and frantic people, and everyone so jarringly ignorant of what had really happened... and me. Me with Stockholm's Syndrome. Only it's not so easy, is it? You can't label such strong, muddled feelings.
I think Gemma made the right decision in the end. And, like her, I'll feel a heartbreaking tug-of-war of emotions every time I think of Ty....more