This book isn’t worth wasting a full review on. The other brilliant reviewers of Good Reads have already covered a everything that is wrong with the bThis book isn’t worth wasting a full review on. The other brilliant reviewers of Good Reads have already covered a everything that is wrong with the books, and I feel like I would just be repeating what they have already said in ways far better than I could say them. So, instead of wasting time on a full review I’m going to make a list of all the places in the world that need angels more than the upper middle class sunny suburb of Venus Cove:
1. Somalia: Somalia is in terrible shape. There is no government, or at least no affective one. Since the Somali Civil War in 1991 the country has been in complete chaos. The travel wiki makes it very clear that if you go there, there’s a good chance you’ll get killed. The average life expectancy is about 51. The good news is their informal economy has been effected by the recession and manage to grow some, that makes up for the female circumcisions, death, lack of education disease, and chaos. Clear these people don’t need angels as much as the folks of Venus Cove, who have been terribly affected by this tragic recession hitting America.
2. Darfur: Humanitarian emergency? Ethnic cleansing of non-arabs? Genocide? Internally displaced peoples living in tents made of sticks and rags? Between 170,000 to 450,000 civilians dead and more than 2 million displaced from their homes and living in refugee camps? Fuck that noise. Clearly the well off kids living in one of the richest countries on earth need angels more than the mentally and emotionally scarred children who saw their families murdered for not being Arab enough.
3. Sudan: Slaves don’t need angels. Children being gang raped and families being sold to different owners don’t need angels. The free people living in Venus Cove need angels to inspire faith in them.
4. Burma:Sex slaves, human trafficking, forced labour, child labour, and a military that supports the use of rape and sexual violence as a means of control? Sounds peachy to me. Can’t see why they would possibly need angels. sounds like paradise to me. Though, I’m sure the christians there would appreciate being able to practice their religion without the threat of death rape, torture, or something else horrible happening to them. Just a thought.
5.North Korea:Death camps, starvation, complete isolation from the rest of the sane world, brutal control and human rights violations, not to mention the whole nuclear weapons thing and the already tense situation in that are. On the plus side DPRK, or rather the DMZ in between South Korea and the DPRK is home to a flurry of endangered species that are thriving there thanks to almost no human interference. Filling the place with bombs, mines, and threats of death has really done a lot to keep the poachers out.
It’s adorable enough to make up for human rights violations and death camps.
Red-crown cranes are lovely too.
An actual slum: Poor people need love too Bethany, maybe you should be kind enough to spread a little bit of that faith and love to them? I’m sure they would love to spend time in your unnecessarily huge house with all its wonderful accommodations. Especially since some of these places are just sheds in trash heaps that the people dig through to find food or things they can use or sell.
The bad part of fucking Venus Cove Seriously. You could at least fucking do this book. It can’t be more than a twenty minute drive. Every town has a bad part, even Venus Cove. Bethany should really be focusing less on teenaged girls’ hymens and more on the people who really could use an angel in their life.
***Please note that I know there are more places that need Angels, even the richest people in the world need angels. I just think that if god really wants to clean up the world he could send the angels somewhere they could help a lot of people with really major problems, instead of sending them to a fucking prom***...more
I have a test I've barely studied for this thursday, a french essay due tomorrow that I still need to proof read, an essay due friday that I still havI have a test I've barely studied for this thursday, a french essay due tomorrow that I still need to proof read, an essay due friday that I still haven't finished outlining, and I still took time out of my very busy day to read this book from start to finish. That's how much I remember loving this book when I was 12. This is the book that got me hooked on Historical fiction and history itself.
Remembering how fond I was of this book eight years ago, I decided to reread it today, and I'm glad I did. This book is just as good as I remember. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good historical fiction book for a child. It introduces younger readers to new cultures, values, and beliefs while keeping the main character relatable. Just as a warning though, the ending is very bittersweet, there is a polygamous marriage, and mentions of harems and a child being sold for food, so this book might raise some questions about those things....more
My first real review for this site, so don’t be surprised if it’s poorly written. I’m generally pretty poor about writing these things, so please be gMy first real review for this site, so don’t be surprised if it’s poorly written. I’m generally pretty poor about writing these things, so please be gentle with blasting me. Now then on to the review.
I’m not a christian. I haven’t been a christian for a very long time. I respect people’s beliefs and even find religion to be quite beautiful when it’s not being used to justify awful things, but it’s never been something I’ve found believable. Despite that, I still feel like Lamb is one of the most touching and amusing books I’ve ever read.
The story is told through the eyes of Biff, Jesus’ childhood friend, as he and Jesus (called Josh in this book) travel across Asia so Jesus can learn how to become the Messiah.
Biff’s voice is strong and well characterized, and he himself is a very well rounded character. At times he can be a pig, but he’s also a very caring friend who genuinely cares about Josh’s struggles. Josh himself is a wonderful character. As sick as this sounds, this is the first time I’ve read a story about Jesus where I was truly sad about him suffering and dying. Don’t get me wrong, I pity anyone who suffered such a hellish death as crucifixion, but this time I really felt like I was losing someone. Josh was such a sweet guy, and he was so human. There were times where I actually forgot he was supposed to be the son of god. So his death was crushing for me. The side characters like Mary Magdalen, the disciples, and Jesus’ teachers are also well rounded and brilliant.
Even better than the characters are alone are the character relationships. The interaction and dialogue between Josh and Biff sounds like real friends. They have chemistry, they get along, they fight, they pick on each other, miss each other, etc etc. It’s very well done. By the end of this book I could absolutely believe that these two people existed in real life, and we’re great friends.
The writing is solid. The story never got dull for me. From the opening line to the ending sentence I was hooked. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more, then I was disappointed that the story couldn’t go on.
This book is most definitely in my top ten. I first read it years ago, and even after several rereads I still find myself loving this book. I recommend this book for anyone, Christian, Jewish, Atheist, Muslim, or Hindu, looking for a good book with a lot of laughs with a great story. ...more
The cover looks strange compared to the other ones. I'm getting seriously sick of all the Jace and Clary covers. It's like these are the only two modeThe cover looks strange compared to the other ones. I'm getting seriously sick of all the Jace and Clary covers. It's like these are the only two models they could get to do the covers.
And seriously, it looks like they're contestants on Dancing with the Stars, not shadow hunters.
Edit: I just realized Jace looks like my gay neighbour. And now I'll never be able to read this series again without giggling like an idiot.