I received this book through the goodreads.com giveaways.
I didn’t love this book, but I also didn’t hate it. The stories felt separate to me. They did I received this book through the goodreads.com giveaways.
I didn’t love this book, but I also didn’t hate it. The stories felt separate to me. They didn’t seem to have a real connection other than Sawyer’s dreams. It wasn’t explained what triggered these dreams in him, they just started to occur. There was not any mirroring of Sawyer’s life and Sam’s. This is why I felt their stories seemed disconnected. I enjoyed Sam’s story quit a bit. It seemed to me that Sawyer’s story was just a set up for Sam’s. That Sam’s story could have been a book in itself, while Sawyer’s felt a little unnecessary. I do rather wish that the book was entirely Sam’s story. The only part of Sawyer’s story that I enjoyed was the ending at the retirement home. Which I thought was perfect. ...more
I revised this book through the goodreads.com giveaways.
It took me quit a while to get though this book. However, the story did keep me guessing. I cI revised this book through the goodreads.com giveaways.
It took me quit a while to get though this book. However, the story did keep me guessing. I couldn’t tell you how many times I changed my opinion on which character was the murderer. That being said, I felt who the murderer turned out to be was a bit unbelievable. I am not sure whether that was because I didn’t expect it or because it just didn’t work. The character’s personality went from one side to the other so quickly and with little to no warning that it seemed unrealistic. I know that this book is only the first installment in a series, but it left questions that I felt should have been answered in this book. For instance, the author left out the health status of a character that in my opinion was very important. You don’t know whether or not this character lives or dies a week after the incident occurs. To finish I am not sure that I would buy the second book to find out what happens next. ...more
I received The House of Memories by Monica McInerney through the Goodreads.com giveaways.
I enjoyed this book. The book allows the reader to see many dI received The House of Memories by Monica McInerney through the Goodreads.com giveaways.
I enjoyed this book. The book allows the reader to see many different ways people grieve, like avoidance and denial. You also see the way one person’s grief affects another. At first I could not stand the character Jess at all, but as the story went on you come to realize that she isn’t the person she tries to come across as. I loved her tattoo and the meaning behind it. And even though the story is told from several different points of view, I thought that it flowed very well. I didn’t have any problems following the shifts in characters as I have in other book. ...more
I have received an advanced reading copy of Clara by Kurt Palka through the Goodreads.com giveaways.
I found that this book reads more like a textbookI have received an advanced reading copy of Clara by Kurt Palka through the Goodreads.com giveaways.
I found that this book reads more like a textbook that someone attempted to write in novel form. There is more information about what is happening in the world and other’s lives than in Clara’s. The detail of which was spent on her professors and their classes also made me feel like I was back in college reading a text book.
I suppose that I would have liked the book more if there had not been so much philosophical discussion, or perhaps less detail about the world. I feel that so much time was spent on what was happening around Clara than to her until towards the end of the book. I understand that these events and discussions shaped Clara’s view on things, but I feel that a shorter reference would have helped the story flow better. During these parts of the book I felt myself drifting away from Clara’s story. This made the story more difficult to return to and continue to read.
I also found that the shifts in time to be difficult to follow. Most times they were not clearly stated, and I would have to figure out in which time of Clara’s life was being discussed. On a few occasions it would take a paragraph or two to be able to tell that there had been a time shift. Although this was not difficult to then switch the story line in my mind; I did find it very inconvenient.
With all this being said I did enjoy the part of the book that was Clara’s story. I have never read a book that was a story about people who were a part of the NAZI party. I found that it interested me very much to find out what they went thought and how they handled being a part of a system that they may not have wanted to be. Even though I previously stated that the detail of the time was a bit too much, I was rather moved by the detail of the bombings. I suppose that this detail about the bombing made me appreciate the horror that these people lived through.
In the end I wish this book had had more detail of Clara’s story. However, it was an informative book, and had good and lovable characters. It just wasn’t what I was expecting when I read the description of the book. I feel that this could have been part of the reason I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I’d hoped. ...more
I have to say that before finally receiving this book, I was just like the little boy in the book. I wanted so very much to find out what happened toI have to say that before finally receiving this book, I was just like the little boy in the book. I wanted so very much to find out what happened to everyone and to know their happily-ever-afters. I just couldn’t wait. I loved the first book and the second one was no let down. I loved the fact that there were little hints and clues to the other’s stories. I only wish that we didn’t have to wait to read them.
The only part that I had trouble with were the few parts with just Allegra and Obsidian. During these parts it was a bit slow. However, other than that it was a fabulous book. It will be going on my favorites list. I’m looking forward to the next book. I can’t wait to see who’s story will be next. ...more
I do agree with other reviewers that the storyline of this book does resemble that of BBC’s Robin Hood series. Although I believe that this fact onlyI do agree with other reviewers that the storyline of this book does resemble that of BBC’s Robin Hood series. Although I believe that this fact only pertains to the first half of the book. I have to say that I didn’t mind this fact, because I loved the series. With that said, I really enjoyed this book. Although it took me sometime to really get into it.
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I loved the characters Jack and Crispin. Jack was always so brazen and funny. I loved that he was so against being loyal to anyone but himself, and then he cannot help but be loyal to Aubrey and Crispin. I also loved how much Jack cared about Madeline and didn’t let the fact that she is a nun stand in his way of showing his affection. Crispin was such the perfect gentleman, and he truly did have the Loyal Heart. I loved Crispin and Aubrey’s relationship after the wedding. The way that he loved her so much but wouldn’t put any pressure on her to love him in return was perfect. I didn’t realize that I was holding my breath for them until Aubrey declared her love for him and I finally started to breathe again. Although it wasn’t the most originally way that this declaration came about, it was still satisfying.
I must admit that I did not like the characters of either Buxton or Ethan. Buxton from the get go was completely off is rocker. It seemed that every time that the story came back to him that he slipped more and more into insanity. I was hard for me to believe that he could have become sheriff in the first place. Ethan was an alright character until Aubrey didn’t choose him. Then I think that he went a bit crazy as well. Although in my eyes he did redeem himself at the end when he tried to comfort Aubrey.
There is one more think that I would like to mention about this book. In all the books, movies, television shows, etc… I have never found myself to like the character of Prince John. However, for some reason this book made me kind of like him. Obviously not enough to forget that he is indeed not a good guy, but enough not to despise him I suppose. This could be attributed to the fact that I was probably comparing him to Buxton unconsciously, and most anyone compared to Buxton would seem like a good guy. Whatever the reason though I did like Prince John. ...more