Oh Stephen King, you suck me in every single time. I really enjoyed this book. I read it right after my run of Gillian Flynn novels (all of them) andOh Stephen King, you suck me in every single time. I really enjoyed this book. I read it right after my run of Gillian Flynn novels (all of them) and three Andrew Pyper novels and still needed more of this universe. King didn't fail me....more
This was a fun book. I was pouring through Gillian Flynn and Andrew Pyper novels (until I ran out of digital versions and paper versions available toThis was a fun book. I was pouring through Gillian Flynn and Andrew Pyper novels (until I ran out of digital versions and paper versions available to me through my library). Somehow I stumbled upon this book, I think through BookBub. It's a fun book. Especially for a person who hoped so much as a kid to have some of the gifts that Jess Ballard deals with in the book.
Nice read. Good YA novel that is less about romance and more about strong young women....more
This series is good. The story is interesting. The writing is good. The characters are well thought out.
I like that this book is written about empoweThis series is good. The story is interesting. The writing is good. The characters are well thought out.
I like that this book is written about empowering young women and not about a girl who has challenges and oh by the way meets a boy and falls in love in the process.
This sequel is Good. Capitol G Good. We pick up after Jess and Hannah Jess's newly discovered a twin sister she never knew about and this book is their tale. I like that EE Holmes didn't make them immediate besties. They don't know each other and they're only coming together under incredible circumstances. So there's some tension. There's some longing. There's connections being made that we as readers get to witness. It's wonderful character development.
I'm really excited to read the next book. I think this is a really wonderful series for everyone. I would suggest it to anyone....more
This is a great book! This is a fast read. But don't let that fool you into thinking it's not well written. This is a solid, well written, very well tThis is a great book! This is a fast read. But don't let that fool you into thinking it's not well written. This is a solid, well written, very well thought out book. It's very reminiscent of HP Lovecraft in the story telling and universe creation.
I love that the author makes it very clear that the Orsk furniture superstore is a total knock-off of Ikea. It's not a made up store to replace the real one so no one from the real store gets upset. Grady Hendrix totally has an understanding of retail work, business banter (cliches), and a lot of trips to Ikea.
The characters were fun. For a solidly entertaining book the characters have to have dimension. All of them do. Or maybe it's because I worked at Wal-Mart for three years during/after college that makes all these characters seem real. They were certainly real people in my retail experience.
The story really moves, much like the Rainbow Road (can't remember if that's what the real thing was called in the book), the path that moves your from living room to living room to kitchen and dining room to office and bedrooms in Ikea, I mean, Orsk.
When things get scary, and it does, things slow just a tad. And it's weird because we've got this great narrative going about working in retail hell and then WHAMMO we're in Cthulu Land! But I liked it. A lot of people said that the change was just too much or that the second half of the book felt like it was written by another author. I didn't get that. I was so into this book that I just kept going with it and it didn't feel separated at all.
The scary - yeah. I read this book at bedtime, in the dark (thank you Kindle Paperwhite!)and the book freaked me out. It was just right for making me jump at all the right places.
This is a good book for October. Go ahead and get your spook on with this book. You'll enjoy it....more
After reading this I remembered why I stopped reading the Shopaholic series. Becky never ever learns anything from any of her mistakes. Never. She conAfter reading this I remembered why I stopped reading the Shopaholic series. Becky never ever learns anything from any of her mistakes. Never. She continues to do the same thing over and over and over again.
It's the same story every book. This book she just happens to find out she has a sister. As the story progressed I got more and more annoyed. Like maddeningly annoyed. And then she cries and everyone feels bad for her, including me and that is what made me realize that this is the point of the story. Becky messes up, people get mad at her, she cries and everyone feels bad and helps her.
We're all enabling Sophie Kinsella to keep writing. Just as she's written all the enablers to Becky and her shopping habits and never really having to grow up or accept that she's really shallow, we're enabling Kinsella to keep writing about Becky.
Like everybody else, stop writing, Kinsella. Please. Just stop....more
The thing I love most about this book is that it is from the perspective of a teenage guy who is a pretty normal dude and not a douche bag like *coughThe thing I love most about this book is that it is from the perspective of a teenage guy who is a pretty normal dude and not a douche bag like *cough cough Edward Cullen cough cough* other male characters we've seen in YA lit.
The story is good. I think it's pretty original - minus the love story of course - the Casters, what happens to a teenage girl when she is forced to follow her family's "career". It's very interesting.
I also like the rhythm and flow of the writing. It was comfortable and not choppy. Ethan's voice was very well defined.
I also think that the authors did a really great job of writing about a small Southern town. Being an outside growing up (junior and high school years) in a Southern small town a lot of what they write rings very, very true. I was really impressed by how they captured Southern small town community without it being a horrid stereotype....more
I have been trying to think of the best way to write this review without dissing the book but being true to myself.
There is a lot of hype about the boI have been trying to think of the best way to write this review without dissing the book but being true to myself.
There is a lot of hype about the book as the movie came out. People in my office talked about it and politely left out any spoilers so I wouldn't have the book ruined when I finally got my copy from the library.
Was the book good? Yes and no. The writing was terrific. I thought Flynn did a great job with the voices of the two main characters. I got exactly what she was trying to convey.
Nick is a total douche. He reminds me of the frat boys I see around campus who are, as Amy points out, always looking for the non-existent Cool Girl. He's cute and has a little personality that the girls acting like Cool Girls pick up because he's pretending to be The Guy. But as we read on we realize that he's a total douche. He even says that he's a sleazeball. He talks about how his face makes weird grins when he's not necessarily trying to grin, kind of like RBF (Resting Bitch Face). It's not that he means to look sappy at that particular moment it's just how he sets his face subconsciously.
It's hard to like Nick at all when paired with Amy's Diary Amy (AsDA). AsDA has this journal and she talks about this man she loves. He's hurting her. She tries, maybe didn't try hard enough but now she is trying and she wants him so much.
We're being fed things about Nick - he's cheating on AsDA, he admits it - that make him seem straight up like the guy who is doing away with his wife.
But the thing is...as much as a douche Nick is, he's just not smart enough to pull it off.
At the halfway point we find out who Amy really is and it's not AsDA. The Real Amy is a psychopath.
And that's where I stopped reading the book. Realizing that no one in the book, except maybe Rhonda Boney, the cop working the case, is remotely good or not as bad as everybody else, turned my stomach.
In which case this probably makes the book really great. That Flynn can make me sick to my stomach, to need to stop reading the book because her characters are so unconscionable. Nick is a douche and Amy is a psycho and her parents are leeches and Go is okay but we don't get enough of her to really make an opinion.
I gave it three stars because I just didn't like the story. Maybe it was over-hyped by the time I read it and I expected too much. Maybe I should give it four stars because, like I said, the writing is really, really good. I did finish the book but only after I read the wiki because I needed something to soften the blow of seeing the change between AsDA and Psycho Amy. ...more
This is a beautiful book. Not just the beauty that Paris holds but color! This is a book for color lovers, for graphic designers to get inspbeautiful!
This is a beautiful book. Not just the beauty that Paris holds but color! This is a book for color lovers, for graphic designers to get inspired, for people to look at their own cities and find its multihued palette. Absolutely divine!...more
The run down: Jodi, a middle aged white woman joins an acquaintance from her church, a middle aged black woman, for a women's church conference. TheyThe run down: Jodi, a middle aged white woman joins an acquaintance from her church, a middle aged black woman, for a women's church conference. They get matched up with several other women (a couple of white ladies, a Japanese woman, a Chinese woman, a Latina and the rest black women) as part of a prayer group. It evolves into an actual thing and Jodi questions how she worships and when she does it.
The good: I like how Jodi questioned her faith and how she expresses it.
The bad: pretty much the rest of the book. The biggest problem I had with this book, besides Jodi being soooo annoying (the beer vs wine thing), were Neta Jackson's stereotypical descriptions of the other women. The women were not original. And I found it pretty offensive that she tried to write the dialects of the women. "Oh, Guuuurrrrlll!" "Oh no you didn't" "head waggling". Okay, the head waggling was less of dialect than a gesture. I just, wow, I could not get passed that. I actually checked to see if Neta Jackson was black or white (you know, black black - that's how Jackson described one of the women in the group, not African black but black black).
I just have this feeling that Jackson has little to no experience with people other than other white women. And what experience she does have isn't genuine to her. She sees the facade or the Hollywood stereotype of women of color.
I can't finish this book. I just struggle too much with Jodi and her relationships with her family and her church people. Too annoying....more