Dated, but kind of a Carrie Woodlawn in Alaska. Except not. Hmmm. I liked it, but wasn't wowed. Think I would have liked it more in 4th grade, and theDated, but kind of a Carrie Woodlawn in Alaska. Except not. Hmmm. I liked it, but wasn't wowed. Think I would have liked it more in 4th grade, and then would appreciate this as reread much more. ...more
meh. formulaic romance that is interesting only in that the question/issue/reality of this being about lesbians/bisexuals/whatever is a complete non-imeh. formulaic romance that is interesting only in that the question/issue/reality of this being about lesbians/bisexuals/whatever is a complete non-issue. cliched in that classic underdeveloped character/plot way, but at least it was a little interesting? clean also, which is nice. i can see an audience for this book.
full review to come closer to publication, thanks to Flux for the early read. ...more
I didn't realize how much I wanted this book until I read it.
I have read every Karin Slaughter book, starting back with book #Please read this book.
I didn't realize how much I wanted this book until I read it.
I have read every Karin Slaughter book, starting back with book #4. And as much as I loved every book before this, I truly think this is her best writing to date.
Perhaps because it's not a series, the characters are forced to develop faster, but they retain depth and humanity and horror and realism. The story is played out over the first week in Kate Murphy's Atlanta PD career and nothing feels rushed or lost or forced.
I adored the interplay of Kate and Maggie and Gail and Wanda, the "colored girls" and the old boys club. I had no trouble imagining the setting, and for some one that hates historical fiction because of inaccuracies, I loved this one because it left no stone uncovered.
Sure, Nixon has just left office. There's a black mayor and a black police chief, and women are dealing with the enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts. But people have a hard time with change, especially when it's forced upon them.
This book had so many levels - the difficulty with women supporting women (you never knew if they were going to last), how class affected world view (Kate vs. Maggie), marginalization of minorities, racism, homophobia, sexism, anti-immigration, Vietnam and WWII vets, neighborhoods that still prevented Jews from moving in and thought that Kennedy took directions from the Pope.
IT IS SO GOOD. It asks all the hard questions - people can be mean, and awful, but they can also be good - how is that possible? What happens when your world is split not along dichotomies, but what day it is? How each of us in the right situation has no idea what we would do, if we would pull the trigger, if we would have hidden people in our attic, if we just would have walked by.
There were some loose threads at the end, I noticed, and so I am desperately hoping that there will be another story in this time period - maybe not a sequel, but a companion.
Because the only thing that would have made this book better was a glimpse of Amanda Wagner.
Honestly, one of my favorites of the year. Great plot, great characters, excellent pacing. I picked it up to start reading again the minute I finished. ...more
so, the second books are even better because the stakes on the mysteries are even higher. plus, ROB. (yes, there are stars in my eyes.) he's the typicso, the second books are even better because the stakes on the mysteries are even higher. plus, ROB. (yes, there are stars in my eyes.) he's the typical bad boy, except he's not. he's protective without trying to change who jess is and what she does, but he still asks the hard questions and . . . i just love it.
safe house was really kind of creepy, with how close everything was. i liked the development of jess as "popular" and the spunk and sass, and DOUGLAS, are just awesome.
sanctuary was more high action blowing-things-up, but still had DOUGLAS and irritating great-aunt rose, and jess punching people and stupid karen anne haney. i loved the kid, i loved the baking, i loved rosemary on vacation. and chick! a total biker dude named chick. who knows people. i mean, it sounds so far fetched that you couldn't get on board, but i'm telling you, cabot is just that good.
every character has a flaw, every character has something that makes you care. plus there are actual comments on society and "moral of the story" moments, but you don't see them that way - you don't even really know they are there, which is another one of cabot's strengths as a writer.
though i have to admit, she doesn't make me want to visit southern indiana very much . . . ...more
i loved this series, and i am so happy that it's being re-released.
meg cabot is hilarious, and this series combines thriller tension with normal teeni loved this series, and i am so happy that it's being re-released.
meg cabot is hilarious, and this series combines thriller tension with normal teen angst in a very uncomplicated way. this jess actually reminds me of jessica darling from sloppy firsts - which is another series that i liked a lot despite myself.
i mean, sure. there's the part where jess talks about wearing short skirts and can't stop thinking about a certain grit . . . but it really didn't bother me. she's 16 and it makes sense. cabot does the very wise thing of keeping jess 16, in a way that feels real.
also, can i just say, that i love douglas? because i do.
excuse me, i have to go try to unearth my copies of the series now . . . or try to find some to buy somewhere. ...more
dude. i LOVED this. fast paced with characters that are revealed slowly, and the plot twists and how things still keep moving and how you don't know .dude. i LOVED this. fast paced with characters that are revealed slowly, and the plot twists and how things still keep moving and how you don't know . . . you don't know until the end.
sorry. first off. TIME TRAVEL. i am normally not a fan of anything time travel related, but this is awesome. plus it digs into all the kind of issues that would come up if you could really, you know, go back in time.
second. FINN. the threesome. i just. i really liked the characters and was totally pulling for them.
third. alternating POVs that totally worked in this really awesome way.
fourth. the way that the POVs and tenses and non-linear story-telling TOTALLY WORKED TO EVERY ADVANTAGE.
oh, heck. just read it. please. you won't be disappointed. it's pretty freaking awesome. ...more
honestly, i didn't love it. i didn't hate it. i thought it was more than some people gave it credit for, but it was slow, and i didn't really completehonestly, i didn't love it. i didn't hate it. i thought it was more than some people gave it credit for, but it was slow, and i didn't really completely GET it. which sounds so stupid.
better review to come, just realized i haven't logged in forever. ...more