This book was very relatable. If you have ever felt like you didn't belong to the norm for whatever reason, you understand the loneliness of the main character. Parents set you up? Check. Parents, relatives and friends find you weird? Check. All those feelings are beautifully, nearly poetically spelled out.
With the flavor of pre-WWI English, similar to Jane Austin the main character looks for love and feel quite unlovable. She learned that she doesn't go for men but rather for women. The word 'lesbian' isn't used. Gay refers to the tablecloth. In a time when all of this was far less accepted as it is now, one finds that we haven't come as long a way as we may hope.
This story is anguishing and sad. It made my blood boil. It was tender. There are times when the tears are so close. BUT it was dreadfully boring at times. I read it on my Tablet using Moon Reader Pro so it could read to me. I tried very hard to read while listening, but there were times I got so distracted that I realized that whole chapters had whizzed on by.
Some consider this a classic and it does have that feel about it. It's worth reading so that you can say you did. Maybe, if a read person narrated it it would keep my interest all the way through. I wonder if it has ever been made into a movie? I think it could be done quite well. The author gave many descriptions of gardens and lakes. It could be visually delicious!...more
In the GoodReads blurb, it says, "Triptych, a Mechanical Romance Tongue-in-cheek love triangle spanning from New Jersey to Arizona!" Let me show my stIn the GoodReads blurb, it says, "Triptych, a Mechanical Romance Tongue-in-cheek love triangle spanning from New Jersey to Arizona!" Let me show my stupidity here. I was able to get this ebook for free way back in 2012. Yikes! And I'm sorry it took so long for me to get at it. But in my own defense: The title didn't grab me. That blurb line didn't grab me. So it kept falling down me 'read it' list. And now that I have read it I find I don't understand the title or that first line any better.
Having had it so long, it was hard for me to know where I got it from. I couldn't find it on my Amazon or Smashwords lists. Finally, I located the email from GoodRead where the author, Java Davis, advertised her giveaway days for this book. Thank you, Ms. Davis. And I'm sorry it took so long.
As for the story itself, I found it fun and interesting. I found that Java was able to write interesting characters. The love triangle wasn't as angsty as other books make it. These characters were established adults growing through the experiences of their lives. Even the less-savory people in this book were real and in that case rather likable. As in real life, there are people that just have a hard time figuring out how to be adults. There are others who are forced to grab life and do their best for others and themselves. That is proven once again in this story. Religion or philosophies are analysed as truths the characters lived by and how everyone can find something useful in another person's point of view. There was no preaching. Just people adjusting to each other. I like that. I felt I learned something about life from these characters.
Another I read just to catch up with my goal. No pictures. :( But the story was fun. There were some editing issues and at places the language was awkAnother I read just to catch up with my goal. No pictures. :( But the story was fun. There were some editing issues and at places the language was awkward. But I loved the monsters and how they saved the day for some kids out trick or treating....more
As you can see this was a complimentary copy from BookRooster for review. So it isn't loan-able, sorry. But if I get around to reading this again, and I want to, I will buy a copy so I can share. It was that good.
And... there are pictures! Beautiful illustrations by the author as lead-ins for chapters. That is one area that made reading by text-to-speech a problem. I had to go to my Kindle PC or on my Android tablet to look at the pictures as they flew by as the Kindle read to me.
Speaking of that same feature, Usually the text-to-speech helps anchor me into the story. But this time I found myself far more distracted than usual. Things would take a turn in the story and I would miss it and suddenly the characters are in a far worse or far better place. I would have to go back and re-read these sections to see where, when and why it happened. I know that was me. That's why I maintain the five star rating.
So what if you woke up in a land of fantasies and were wearing a punk metal clothing and piercings, but you don't know why you are dressed that way or where you came from? And someone names your memory, because of the lack of one. And there are dragons... This is how the story begins and it never lets up. It is an adventure. There is a satisfying ending but it does feel open to a sequel. I'll read it! Love the characters!...more
Could I give this one 4.5 stars? I really liked it. But it got to be too long and was often confusing. I liked the idea of using whatever spiritual meCould I give this one 4.5 stars? I really liked it. But it got to be too long and was often confusing. I liked the idea of using whatever spiritual method (prayer, meditation, yoga,etc.) to block the bad guys' thoughts but it seemed the most rational, let's say atheist(?) got left in the cold when I think their rationale might have gotten them by, also.
This book continues The Angel & the Brown-Eyed Boy which, also, wasn't about angels. No matter, it was sci-fi the way I like it! I do love that Lady Grace is given just that as in the previous book we learned to hate her. The characters were believable though the worlds building left a bit to be desired... maybe that will be taken care of in the sequel. Can't wait for that!
By the way, I like the cover for this one better than the cover for the previous book.
This was a complimentary copy from BookRooster but I don't quite know how to let them know as it isn't on the list. Anyway, I am grateful to be able to read it....more
I don't know what to think about this book. There were promising threads of plot I wanted to see pursued but instead the story seemed to stay wrappedI don't know what to think about this book. There were promising threads of plot I wanted to see pursued but instead the story seemed to stay wrapped up in relationship angst. In many ways I found it depressing.
The parts about spirits/ghosts I found interesting. The part about the pagan/spiritualist school was interesting. Now maybe these threads will be caught up into the next book in the series--there is a next book, isn't there?
Now that I am writing this I see that I do want to see what happens next. Guess I will have to look up book two....more
Oh, I am so mad!!!!! I hate when this happens. I'm trying to clean up on books that have been sitting around for a long time. In this case, it was a SOh, I am so mad!!!!! I hate when this happens. I'm trying to clean up on books that have been sitting around for a long time. In this case, it was a Smashwords freebie. I know, what did I want for free? Nowhere did the ebook announce that it was a sample. I was reading along with the text-to-speech going. The indicator said I would finish this book in an hour. I thought it was a short story and I could free up a tiny amount of space if I read it. An hour later was an actual cliffhanger with the advertisement to get the real book on Amazon, Kobo, etc. So grumbling I clicked on the URL and saw that the real thing was actually FREE. Had it cost anything I would have backed away. But then the Amazon ad came up that I could get the Audible version for only $1.99. So I got it.
So far I kind of like the main character. I find it impossible that she and her sister had lived alone for so long and her not know how to hunt and fish. What have they been living off of? Then there is a tree that falls over from pushing it with her knife edge. TOO many impossible things. If she hadn't ridden on the motor bike for a long time, what makes her think she can drive it at such horrendous speeds? Okay, I know, I should have suspended disbelieve and just enjoyed it as a tale.
I think I will let this one go at one star for now, let some time go by and come back in with the narrator helping me. ...more
Still have a lump in my throat for this one. The story feels to be truth, like it happens everyday. In someways I am sure it does. Hard lessons to beStill have a lump in my throat for this one. The story feels to be truth, like it happens everyday. In someways I am sure it does. Hard lessons to be true to yourself and your friends. Hold your head up and enjoy life even if you aren't like everyone else.
I don't know how I came upon this little story. Kind of glad I got behind on my reading goals so that I was searching for short books on my Kindle. This was a gem! Kind of wish I knew what happened next....more
Sorry. I just couldn't get into this book. The writing felt forced. I felt nothing for the main character. Maybe it gets better after the second chaptSorry. I just couldn't get into this book. The writing felt forced. I felt nothing for the main character. Maybe it gets better after the second chapter, but...
This felt like a male book. Male main character. Just not for me....more
This felt Heinleinish! I love this kind of speculative science. Other worldly, alien beings=Earthlings, not the indigenous. The problems of two brainsThis felt Heinleinish! I love this kind of speculative science. Other worldly, alien beings=Earthlings, not the indigenous. The problems of two brains in one head. And Ms. Baldwin is brave enough to show love comes in many ways. There is intrigue which made this a bad book for bedtime as I couldn't put it down. I must admit it was slow starting but the set-up was needed. As opposed to other second books, this one could be a read alone, or out of order, as everything is explained without being bogged down in details.
I took my time with this book mostly due to my health. But had I been feeling great I think it would have been a book that would take a couple days.
The characters were well developed, except when they weren't. ;) When adult people can be reproduced they take a while to come into their own skin. The plot kept me wondering, how will they do this? Why is he/she acting like this? Can we really trust this guy? Or why doesn't she trust him? It just keeps you guessing. I loved it!
This was a free for review from the author. But had I bought it I would have said all I said above. It is my kind of book! Oh, and I love the afterwords, all of them. Thanks for sharing that much about the making of/writing of Friday and her works and playlist!...more
Loved the little monkey. The pictures were fun. Cute little adventure. I picked this up so long ago that I couldn't find traces within my email as toLoved the little monkey. The pictures were fun. Cute little adventure. I picked this up so long ago that I couldn't find traces within my email as to where I got it. Luckily the ebook's second page mentioned bibliotastic. This would be fun to read to little ones and talk about the situations presented....more
This was a fun fantasy. It took me away from our world to a world just getting started in technology and science, with magick blending right in. The mThis was a fun fantasy. It took me away from our world to a world just getting started in technology and science, with magick blending right in. The main characters were a fun, adventurous girl, Leila, and her brain-challenged friend, Sam. They are on an ill-fated quest. Who would want to do that? But these two manage to get into more trouble and have more fun in the process than seems possible. They meet some unsavory types that want to do them harm and other that just want to help but figuring out who is what keeps the reader guessing.
Characters, plot and world building are done seamlessly and suck the reader into this alternate, steampunkie place were magick has scientific backing, at least on that world.
There were a few editing issues that I wrote to the author about. None kept me from enjoy the story. I did have a hard time getting into the story at first but I think that was my brain not the fault of the author. From about twenty percent into the story I was hooked and didn't want to return to my own world.
This was a complimentary copy from the author for honest review. Thank you for letting me read this. I look forward to more books by Evelyn Ink....more
I received this book free for review by author. After spending the last month and a half on GRRM's Ice and Fire series (each book being over 1k long)I received this book free for review by author. After spending the last month and a half on GRRM's Ice and Fire series (each book being over 1k long) I was looking for something light. I expected lighter than this what with the title. But Sticks, Stones and Dragon Bones was hefty in content, though, for a much younger audience. Pre-teen girls would love this book. I know I would have as an 8-15 year old. I loved that it was fem heavy after the male yuckies in GRRM's world. Four sisters set out on an adventure to rescue their older sister. Turns out they are on another world. I would have loved this as a kid! Girls in the books I grew up with, found knots in their knitting to be the extent of their adventuring. That's why I ended up reading guy sci-fi/fantasy.
My favorite aspect of this book was the vocabulary. What fun! Thanks for not dressing down for the audience! The world building and character development were beautifully done. All quite exciting!
But this was too short. I, so, wanted more, right now! I barely got to know the people and place when I was left high and dry, or was I still damp from the drop in the river? I fear it will be quite a while before I can read the next installment, I am very disappointed. That was the only reason for four stars instead of five. Great start, though!...more
I have to admit to vacillating between three and four stars. If it were on story alone it might rate five stars but there were so many things I had aI have to admit to vacillating between three and four stars. If it were on story alone it might rate five stars but there were so many things I had a hard time with. The beginning is way too romantic and gushing without my even caring about the couple. That goes on for SO many chapters. I would have liked to see Lilly and Shep separately grow into strong individuals of their own right before anything else happened. That didn't happen much. The good part of the first few chapters was a feeling that editing had taken place.
Please remember, I do love the story and eventually almost all the characters. But there were so many holes in the plot. War? What war? Only strongest together but rarely together. Both seem to have the same talents, so how could they be stronger? And Who are you, Ms. author? George R.R. Martin? You have killed off some important characters here. (Just kidding.) Okay, I understand that you have a couple more books to follow this one, and I will read them to see what happened.
I got this book free from the author through Libboo for an honest review. And Libboo is a lot of the problems. I think it is their formatting that made the book lose all paragraphs and threw the reading process into the sewer. Interrupting the flow of story to hear the commercial was as bad as commercials on television. If you think that keeps the reader/watcher engaged you need to watch real people. We record things to avoid commercials. While reading something for Libboo I tend to go read an email while I waited (ADD, here)and by doing so I miss the first sentence or two of the next chapter. Often the commercial falls in such a way that I had to go back and reread the last couple lines of the story. Wouldn't the commercial at the beginning and end of the book be sufficient to remind the reader where the book came from?
Again, I need to say, I did love the story. Yep, there's another but... If you read like I do using text-to-speech, you find a lot more errors that by reading silently. Many words had spaces in them, such as, 's he'. I read along with the robot voice so I see the errors. But if I had been driving or been busy multitasking those would have led to misunderstandings much greater. I was a little worried about misspellings when in the acknowledgements the author thanked her editors for 'thier' help. I assumed that they didn't get to read the acknowledgements before the book was published. From the middle out toward the end the errors increased as the story got more exciting.
Story is why I still haven't downgraded the star rating. I couldn't stop reading. And it will lead me to get book two to see what happens. Thank you for letting me read this fun book....more
I picked up this book through BookRooster.com. I received it after Spirit Bound by the same author, Meghan Ciana Doidge. Whereas Spirit Bound stars aI picked up this book through BookRooster.com. I received it after Spirit Bound by the same author, Meghan Ciana Doidge. Whereas Spirit Bound stars a strong adult female lead, Theo, Time Walker stars her young adopted child, Beth. As Beth grows up before our eyes, I learned to like her. But mostly I got tired of how she seemed--well, immature. Mooning over her brother while another adoptive brother mooned over her, whining about her lack of talents or gifts of magic.
Okay, I am not the audience this book is aimed for. But I think this may have been for the middle-grader, not even for a young adult, much less for a 65-year-old who wishes she had learned to time walk. There were parts of this book I liked, but I wish it would have had more of the Spirit Bound, Theo, in the story. She does show up after dealing with the aftermath of an Earthquake. But I missed her spirit.
Don't take my word for it. I have been looking at the other reviews and most are of higher praise than mine. I might just be in a mood or something. I will try to read more by this author. I think I would like to meet Beth as an adult and see what she's has made of herself and her abilities....more
Allison Moon's story-telling is the best! This is the sequel to Lunatic Fringe. Both books have satisfying endings,wondrous characters, plots, sub-ploAllison Moon's story-telling is the best! This is the sequel to Lunatic Fringe. Both books have satisfying endings,wondrous characters, plots, sub-plots, and writing. Her vocabulary wasn't at third grade level, nor were the internal lessons of differing sexuality too much info-dumping. AND Allison Moon has ME reading a book about werewolves, and loving it!
I would have loved to be able to read a book like this as a teen. Back then this information was hushed. Nowadays teens might feel they already know this stuff about sexual identity. But even if you know this, the story holds its own.
One of the things I found most surprising was that I wished I could experience this level of being a were/shapeshifter. I felt like running through the forest and living in a tree-house, Ms. Moon made it all come alive. Characters breathed, puked, had periods, bathroom scenes. Real life! It is about time!
Thank you, Allison, for letting me read your books at a discount. Though the ending was satisfying, I hope there is a book three. I love the series! ...more