I do not know just how to tell how much I loved this book. This novel had some of the best situational irony I have ever read. Two detectives who cont...moreI do not know just how to tell how much I loved this book. This novel had some of the best situational irony I have ever read. Two detectives who continuously get in each others way because they do not know the other is a detective. It was too funny.
Not only that, but the cast of characters was great. Everyone had their own personality, even the rarely mentioned ranch hands. And behind every character and suspicion lies a beautiful theme: "I once was blind, but now I see."
Annie and Branch are blinded by their assumptions and pasts. It keeps them from seeing what is right under their noses and what the future could bring. For private eyes, being blind can cost them their jobs... and their lives. But worse, it can cost them the plans God has for them.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
"Right? Or is writing like everything else in my life where I don't quite measure up? Loved, but not quite the Gabrielle they had in mind. Fine for hang...more"Right? Or is writing like everything else in my life where I don't quite measure up? Loved, but not quite the Gabrielle they had in mind. Fine for hanging out and talking with, but not cool enough to include in plans. 'Perfect,' yet not someone to be seen with. Why did I think writing would be any different?"
I am pretty sure that this is the first book I have ever highlighted parts from, ever. I found myself reading it on my kindle thinking, "I wish I could mark this somehow... What, I can!". It was like Stephanie followed me around through out high school and wrote about how things had made me feel. Okay, so my years of HS did not have as much drama, but I still connected with everything Gabrielle felt.
Gabrielle is smart, sarcastic, and feels invisible. Not only is she suffering through school and not-so-nice-friends, but she is trying to get published (something I am doing now as well). The writing and re-writing, making things work, and feeling anxious about people reading her work. She is someone I really want for a friend.
This is an amazing read for any bookworm and any girl who has felt the same as that quote. I am so glad that I read it.
This a unique retelling of Cinderella. I loved it. Seriously, Cinderella in Bejing China as a cyborg (yes, a lot of c-words)? I have never read anythi...moreThis a unique retelling of Cinderella. I loved it. Seriously, Cinderella in Bejing China as a cyborg (yes, a lot of c-words)? I have never read anything even close this before. As happens in a lot of retellings, the plot was obvious pretty much from the second chapter, if even that far in. Still, I didn't care because it was great to relive a beloved story in a new way.
My favorite part was that this book was clean. So many YA I have tried to read were far more NA. If I wanted that, I would read those books. I don't, I want something I can share with my little sister, not something I have to hide from her.
On top of that, Cinder is real. She doesn't go completely nuts and unable to help herself around the Prince. She has a legitimate reason for trying to stay away from him. And she is suffering through things that are relatable, even after World War IV.
Note: I had someone question the cyborg part of the story. By cyborg they mean people who have been in accidents and needed limbs or other things replaced with machine parts. It is like in I Robots when you find out that Spooner was in an accident and had his arm and three ribs replaced with robot parts.
This was a truly sad novel. Melancholy filled the pages, to be relieved at the end with hope. Few books make me want to cry, however, this one did. I...moreThis was a truly sad novel. Melancholy filled the pages, to be relieved at the end with hope. Few books make me want to cry, however, this one did. I found myself afraid to speak or break into tears. An author that can make that happen is gifted.
Every part of the story fit together well. The pianos, the short chapters in first person (something that usually annoys me but this time did not), and the simple questions of Robin's son. I am vary glad that I read this book and look forward to reading others by Ganshert.
This book just found itself on my favorites list. It was awesome.
First I liked the whole premise about a girl during prohibition. I have not read anot...moreThis book just found itself on my favorites list. It was awesome.
First I liked the whole premise about a girl during prohibition. I have not read another book in that time period and thought it was great. Most authors, I believe, do not want to get into the "is alcohol evil or not?" so they leave this time in history alone. To me that is a sad thing because it was such an important time in American history and has such applicable lessons for today. Ann Tatlock earned my respect in that she tackled this and that she did such an amazing job with it.
The research done for this book is completely evident without feeling like a history textbook. Details, dates, and facts all blended seamlessly with fiction. The characters unique and their issues were handled beautifully. My personal favorite was Jones, though many might not agree with me, because he seemed so real. Link had to be my second as he made me laugh.
The facts about Al Capone were interesting to me. I remember learn about him in middle school, but we did not learn some of the things mentioned in this book. Not only was Capone a criminal in this book, but he was a person, something I believe many people forget.
This book drew my emotions through the wringer. So often I felt the pain and betrayel as though I really was Cora. You know an author is amazing when...moreThis book drew my emotions through the wringer. So often I felt the pain and betrayel as though I really was Cora. You know an author is amazing when the reader feels personally involved in the story. So many times I wanted to jump inside the book and help Cora wade through the backstabing, manipulation, and confusion.
And the romance! So sweet and yet heartbreaking. To know that you love one man while everyone tells you that you are never meant to be. Then for them to thrust a Prince Charming at you instead. Sometimes I think I far more upset about it than Cora was.
I can not wait for the next book (coming out in October) in order to exsperience more of Cora's adventures.
This book was heart breaking and captivating. Susan Meissner has a way of drawing out your emotions and making you feel the regret and loss of her cha...moreThis book was heart breaking and captivating. Susan Meissner has a way of drawing out your emotions and making you feel the regret and loss of her characters. I can't think of another author that places me so firmly in the choices and lives of the characters as to feel like I am suffering the same.
This book is not a beach read, it is for someone who really wants to get deep into both the past and present. I will probably still be thinking about this story tomorrow and the next as I contemplate the choices made and how they are mirrored in my own life.
Note: After reading some other reviews where the "ghost" element was questioned, stating that in the Bible Saul was rebuked for speaking to ghost, I will give this allowance. At first, I agreed with this. I was confused at the tale of ghosts and why they were used. Once I had finished it however, I saw that the point was to let our ghosts (our skeletons in the closest) die. I do not want to give anything away but ask that you read to the end before making a decision about the author's and publisher's reasons for publishing this book.
I have been a fan of Mr. Batson for some time now and I have to say that this book is my favorite. The world he created in this one held more depth a...more I have been a fan of Mr. Batson for some time now and I have to say that this book is my favorite. The world he created in this one held more depth and life. The characters were relatable and real, not cookie cutter or cliched. The conflict was the best part. With most fantasies, the conflict is on a world scale and while this book has that too, there is also a lot of personal conflict that shows these characters to be human. All in all, I loved it.(less)