As I stated in an earlier (and only) GR update, this book did not grab me at the get-go but I was intrigued by the timeline premise used. As I got pasAs I stated in an earlier (and only) GR update, this book did not grab me at the get-go but I was intrigued by the timeline premise used. As I got past the 50% mark, I was pretty determined to finish it if nothing more than to find out exactly what happened. I did and it was a decent read. A solid 4....more
I LOVED THIS BOOK!! It's the first Tammara Webber I've ever read (and I didn't read this, I listened to it). There are some issues with the book thatI LOVED THIS BOOK!! It's the first Tammara Webber I've ever read (and I didn't read this, I listened to it). There are some issues with the book that other more expert bloggers have mentioned but as y'all all know, I am a visceral reviewer and I go with my heart/gut. And, I could NOT stop listening to it and riding Lucas Maxfield's emotional roller coaster. As for the issues stated by some bloggers about decisions made by the main characters, I don't think that's so much a writing issue as it is trying to get inside the mind of a college aged kid. And college seniors are still kids; still not totally relationship savvy, mature or able to see life through years of experience that most of us have. I can remember making some of the stupidest decisions of my life when I was in college (and beyond, actually) so I don't fault the book for being realistic in that sense.
This book is a parallel book to Easy, the story of Jaquelyn and Lucas...how they met, how they became who they were at the end of Easy. Easy is Jacquelyn's book...Breakable is Lucas' emotionally wrenching story. And a turbulent, sad, beautiful story it is.
To top it all off, it's read by one of my favorite narrators (who just happens to be Tammara Webber's son) Zachary Webber. He did such an amazing job as Lucas in this book...bringing to life all sides of Lucas..his pain, his rage, his guilt, his heart, his love, his struggles and his redemption. ...more
I wasn't sure that the solidity of writing and continuation of the Victorian way of speaking would hold through this second book...silly me. Silent inI wasn't sure that the solidity of writing and continuation of the Victorian way of speaking would hold through this second book...silly me. Silent in the Sanctuary was a delightful read..full of twists and turns and intrigue. What fun. Once again some of the phrasing had me in stitches, reminding me so much of the fabulous one-liners/conversations seen by Donwton Abbey's Maggie Smith. The plot is deliciously concocted, the attention to detail (setting the mind's eye to every scene), the continuing dance around each other by Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane, the entire Marche family!! Holy cow (to borrow a familiar FSOG phrase), such fun. I can't wait now to find out how the third installment of this delectable series begins and, of course, ends....more
I liked this book...didn't love it but it was a nice, sweet read...predictable but still nice. Remembering that I am as old as the hills, I can hardlyI liked this book...didn't love it but it was a nice, sweet read...predictable but still nice. Remembering that I am as old as the hills, I can hardly remember when I was in high school BUT do manage from time to time to drag up some of those memories. I was not then (and barely now) as mature as both Kyland and Tenleigh were in this book ESPECIALLY Kyland. It's not many high school seniors who can manage their hormones as well as he did for as long as he did. In addition, having the fortitude to make the kind of decisions he made with regard to Tenleigh. I DID find the focus on the gut-wrenching poverty of Appalachia refreshing...it's a part of our country that is woefully under reported and Ms Sheridan captured the paralytic nature of such extreme poverty and the class differences. It was also nice for Tenleigh's mother's batter with depression and mental illness to be highlighted with honesty and openness. Mental illness is a disease just like any other but so often stigmatized.
This is a sweet story set in a most rugged and desperate area. It is a worthy read....more
If you've been following any updates along the way, you will understand that this is a book that I read somewhat reluctantly. It was recommended by aIf you've been following any updates along the way, you will understand that this is a book that I read somewhat reluctantly. It was recommended by a friend and gifted to me by another--I couldn't turn it down, even though it did not initially read like a book I would typically choose. Well, I'm here to tell you that this was one of the MOST enjoyable reads I've had in a long time and I am now totally hooked on the Lady Julia series. Deanna Raybourn has such an exquisite sense of literary timing, I swear she could have been on writer on a comedy show in Victorian England (or even now!). Between the lushly described clothing and scenery/architecture, the beautifully crafted murder mystery, the simmering connection between Lady Julia and Nicholas Brisbane, the acerbic wit and technique of the character dialogues, the detailed and substantial character development, and the deliciously worded humor, the ONLY reason I finished it quickly is because I KNOW there is more. I have highlighted/commented on phrases in this book to the tune of 5 times more than ANY other book I've ever read AND increased my vocabulary again as much. And then there is the Tower Raven..one of the best 'characters' of the book ""I heard the croaky little voice say,'God Save the Queen'". If I didn't know better (and maybe I don't), it would appear that Ms Raybourn teleported back in time to capture the voices/phrasing and words of the Victorian Era and I swear the sights, smells and sounds as well. "And above all, no ruching, unless you want to look like some poor misguided woman's parlor drapes". The roles, challenges and gaps faced by men and women, straight and gay, servers and served, Christian, Jewish and Gypsy, are all so beautifully brought to life, I had to stop reading on occasion and just sigh.
Other quotes I LOVED: Julia to Portia "Why did you come?" Portia's response "Because I knew you would be contemplating suicide in some highly uncreative form and I wanted to help."
Julia on her Aunt "Other people's aunts talked about knitting and forcing paperwhites. Mine quoted Job. I had little doubt she could recite the entire service fore the dead from the Book of Common Prayer."
Julia discussing Lot's wife "Serving as the family salt cellar for all eternity seemed a rather stiff price to pay for a little understandable curiosity."
And my personal favorite, explaining her husband's post death status "His penis, Mr. Brisbane. His stem of fertility, his manly root."
I simply cannot wait to get to the next one and learn more about both Julia and the mysterious and compelling Mr. Brisbane. And to see what other delectable words I can learn....more
4.5 stars...This was a terrific read. Much of the hype and 5 star reviews is deserved. Most of the time, I do not like a book that is broken up into d4.5 stars...This was a terrific read. Much of the hype and 5 star reviews is deserved. Most of the time, I do not like a book that is broken up into differing times...I get too distracted and lost. However, the was this was constructed, all I had was an intense need to find out what happened to Alex and Jess. This is a coming of ages story that is beautifully designed to milk every last drop of emotion out of the reader and the author has most certainly done that. Some of it was hilarious to the point I laughed out loud, some of it was sensual without being so overtly descriptive and profane as to be disgusting (and I am no prude here), some of it was poignant to the point of having to look up from the page and just sigh and some of it was so intense that the tears just would not stop. When a book elicits all that from me, it's a well done story. The characters of Jess and Alex were believable, the descriptions of the Texas ranch and area were vivid, the dialogues were valid and the situations nicely honed. The struggle of one small girl to come to grips with too many bad things and a miracle called the Masons, Jess being one of them, was told over a lifetime of events and ages.
Here's were the lack of a half star comes in...two reasons actually. One is editing...there were several editorial miscues that were distracting. Big woo but a book this well thought out and written deserves the best editing possible. The primary reason was the period of time following graduation from college...it just didn't ring true and there seemed to be an inordinate amount of time spent on a small portion of Alexa's life. It just didn't resonate. Other than that, this is a terrific book that should be savored because as the story keeps unfolding, the mindset of the reader is to not put it down until finished....more
I listened to this book, which is the second in the Irin Chronicles series. The first book blew me away, not only with the richness and depth of the sI listened to this book, which is the second in the Irin Chronicles series. The first book blew me away, not only with the richness and depth of the story and characters but also by the intelligent, moving and powerful narration by Zachary Webber. Audio books are always a crap-shoot depending on the narrator and this time Audible.com (or whoever produced it) got it right.
This is a wonderfully conceived and developed mythology and tale of half-breed angels (both good and bad), a woman, Ava, who struggles with voices that she cannot elude not knowing or understanding that she is an Irina (a remale Irin)and an Irin, Malachi (one of the half-breed good guys)--their story of falling in love and commitment and of the supreme sacrifice made by one so the other could live. The second book picks up where the first ended (thank god) and we learn of how Ava and Malachi's love endures beyond the pale and how Ava's love for him is the catalyst for an epic deed.
Unfolding along side this powerful love is the onslaught of the Gregori (the bad guys) and the Fallen Angels who control them as they war with the Irin (and Irina, as the women are called). The magical world of these beings is of such incredible depth that I often had to delay listening further so I could bask in the substance of the story and it's characters.
I thought The Elemental Mysteries was a spectacular series...I was not prepared for The Irin Chronicles to be as good (if not better) and I am now bereft of this world until Book 3 is released. If you enjoy paranormal romance (hell, paranormal LOVE) coupled with a very powerful and smart writer AND a gifted narrator, DO NOT MISS THIS SERIES....more
This was an audio book--I've gotten pretty interested in life at The Shade and beyond. This is not 'seri-ass' literature by any stretch, but it's notThis was an audio book--I've gotten pretty interested in life at The Shade and beyond. This is not 'seri-ass' literature by any stretch, but it's not supposed to be. it's a very entertaining read/listen conducted by a host of pretty good narrators. It's not often one hears more than one or two narrators but this has several. The saga of Derek and Sofia, Ben and Lucas is an interesting one and since there are a number of books in this series, obviously a lengthy one. As the stories unfold, I'm sure The Shade will develop more and more of its mythology and the characters will be come more and more substantial. This is a solid 4 stars for me....more
4.5...what a lovely read this was. I had not known of it until I had it downloaded and noticed I'd not read it (along with another 180+). I had read T4.5...what a lovely read this was. I had not known of it until I had it downloaded and noticed I'd not read it (along with another 180+). I had read Take This Regret a long time ago and loved it...had no clue this was the prequel. So, now I want to go back and re-read TTR. Ms Jackson has a nice voice that allows emotion and love to be felt rather than read. I'm going to go Ms Jackson's site and find out what books of hers I haven't read and put them close to the top of the TBR list and then will go look for them on audible. The depth and substance of her characters is pretty clear in her writing and I hope translates to audio as well. I have long stated that (as a 69 year old), it's hard to remember being in the young adult age range and have often expressed the reservation that people of that age in many novels just have a maturity attested to them that they really don't have. However, true love can happen at that age and it's such an intense time, it's nice to revisit those days (daze).
If you've not read Lost to You, by all means do....more
This is an audio book and a superb rendition of a wonderfully creative and developed story. I swear I have a girl crush on Elzabeth Hunter and The ScrThis is an audio book and a superb rendition of a wonderfully creative and developed story. I swear I have a girl crush on Elzabeth Hunter and The Scribe only confirms how much I love her writing. Not only are her mythology, stories and characters crafted with intelligence and it but also I LEARN something every time I read/listen. I keep Wikipedia at the ready at all times so I can look up a name or a place that is not usually seen or heard of. The Scribe is a rich tale of magic, love, spells, beings with a special place in the world, beings who stalk them all over the world. The Scribe's primary focus is Turkey, so now I know much more about Turkey than I did when I started. What a fascinating country it is. But, foremost, it is a tale of the connection between Malachi and Ava...a connection that reaches into each of their souls and hearts to pull them together, never to be apart emotionally. Y'all know I am a visceral reviewer and while I am thrilled for the smartness of Ms Hunter's writing, I am also riveted to the story with my heart. And filled with affection for the Band of Scribes that is fighting desperately to keep themselves together following a catastrophic "Rending" where so many of their 'kind' were killed. It's a deeply moving book because of the beauty of the story, the solidness of the characters and the promise of more to come.
Zachary Webber's narration is perfectly accomplished and he makes this book come to life with the power and intensity I just KNOW Ms Hunter would want. Too bad he was not used on her wonderful series The Elemental Mysteries....more
OK--I really struggled to finish this book. It had such potential but the writer chose to take the low road rather than the high. It deteriorated intoOK--I really struggled to finish this book. It had such potential but the writer chose to take the low road rather than the high. It deteriorated into a melange of torture, abuse, sadism and totally unrealistic circumstances. What could have been an intense character study on what happens to people in dire situations was not attempted. Rather we got lots of sex (and it wasn't even erotic, to me anyway), story lines that seemed to be made up as they went rather than developed and a lack of understanding of any of the characters with the sole exception PERHAPS of the female lead. And I can't even remember her name, if that tells you anything. I enjoy good erotic scenes but need the substance of a solid story with meaning. This doesn't have it....more
I enjoyed The Pact and am a Karina Halle fan; especially of the Experiment in Terror series. I haven't gotten into the Love in English book(s)--just dI enjoyed The Pact and am a Karina Halle fan; especially of the Experiment in Terror series. I haven't gotten into the Love in English book(s)--just doesn't appeal. The Paft is an interesting study of love, friendships, challenges, sabotage, dishonesty, honesty and all that stuff that people do to each other and themselves. Ms Halle is a good writer but I wish she had been a little more substantive in her character development. ...more