I am so glad that I stumbled across this book. It is a quick and light read, but filled with epic adventure, excitement, good versus evil, and likableI am so glad that I stumbled across this book. It is a quick and light read, but filled with epic adventure, excitement, good versus evil, and likable characters. Even the bad guys are likable. Feel good about giving this to any kid or non-cynical adult to read....more
I really enjoyed the characters, they were very entertaining, especially Georgie's mother. There are plenty of funny parts to the book, but the main pI really enjoyed the characters, they were very entertaining, especially Georgie's mother. There are plenty of funny parts to the book, but the main point is serious. Georgie is so wrapped up in her work, and herself, that she has allowed her husband to do all the work in the family and to give up on his own dreams. It takes a holiday separation and a "magical" phone to make her realize that everything she thought was missing was really just her not paying attention,
It well written, it's funny, it's got just enough drama and it may inspire readers to give just a bit more of themselves to the people they love.
I wanted to give Landline four stars, but it gets 3 1/5 because of the foul language. Rowell always seems to have at least one character who likes to toss out obscenities. It really bugs me because most people really don't do that. At least no one I know. It just is not necessary....more
The Monstrumologist series is supposed to be Young Adult Lit, I believe, but I just can't categorize it that way. I think you need to be older to readThe Monstrumologist series is supposed to be Young Adult Lit, I believe, but I just can't categorize it that way. I think you need to be older to read these gruesome scenes. That said, I really enjoy this series. As in book 1, the settings, the characters, everything comes alive through Yancey's word choices and deft handling of the language. Again, the relationship between Will Henry and Warthrop is the main attraction. We see both of them struggle with their arrangement and their own feelings about it go back and forth. As Will Henry and Warthrop are drawn into a new adventure by a woman from Warthrop's past, we get a peek into the man Warthrop once was and may still be, underneath all of his obsession and brusqeness.
This installment was a little bit scarier, for me. The "monster" in this case is not really a monster at all, or is he? Yancey kind of leaves it up to the reader to decide. But because it's so ambiguous, it felt a bit more possible, and so a bit more terrifying.
Warthrop and Will Henry are such tortured characters, not only by their own pasts, but also by each other. These may be in the horror genre, but they are really character driven and all about the people....more
I love Fannie Flagg's writing, and I love the way she wrote these characters, particularly those from Elmwood Springs. Flagg goes back and forth fromI love Fannie Flagg's writing, and I love the way she wrote these characters, particularly those from Elmwood Springs. Flagg goes back and forth from the cynical to the genuine. Small town to big city. Those that will let you give until you have nothing left, and those who will take you in and fill you back up.
Dena is a sophisticated and driven television journalist. She burns the candle at both ends and tells herself that her life is just the way she wants it, but for some reason she has a terrible ulcer and an empty void in her life. Her boss believes the worst about everyone, mostly because his own motives are so selfish and terrible. She is in an industry that doesn't care if she kills herself to get the job done.
There are a few people in her life, though, that never give up on Dena. There's no reason why they continue to love her and reach out to her, other than the fact that they do care. Dena has given no one any indication that she wants anyone to be a real part of her life. Her college roommate, Sookie, tells her she is going to be Dena's best friend whether Dena likes it or not. Her not-sure-how-they're-related relatives, Norma, Macky, and Aunt Elner continue to write to her, visit her, and call her "Baby Girl," and yet she claims to hardly know them. The cynic would say they are too stupid to realize that she doesn't care about them, but really, they are too good to not realize that she needs their care.
There are too many great characters to go into here, just know that you'll like them. The setting of Elmwood Springs will have you thinking you could like small town living. There is a great deal of humor, and plenty of drama....more
Funny, emotional, and relatable in places. A handful of characters were really likable, the remainder being only lightly touched on.
There was a goodFunny, emotional, and relatable in places. A handful of characters were really likable, the remainder being only lightly touched on.
There was a good message about not forgetting yourself, but I have to admit that James was very frustrating and seemed a bit childish. Overall, though, I didn't care. The writing was good and the dialogue (and Lizzie's inner dialogue) was very entertaining....more
I loved this book. The characters and the story rang true to me and I think it perfectly captured the emotions and excitement of first love. Some haveI loved this book. The characters and the story rang true to me and I think it perfectly captured the emotions and excitement of first love. Some have criticized the inclusion of the families of Eleanor and Park, that they were not believable or that they were a distraction. I felt exactly the opposite. Too often books and movies aimed at YA pretend that no families exist, that it's just the two of them, but that isn't reality. Rowell did a good job of presenting different family relationships and how they effected the main characters, even the effects on the relationship they were building.
My only complaint with this book is the language. I know people think that's just the way teenagers talk, but truthfully, it was pretty rare to hear it in my high school in the midwest in the mid-80s. I don't think as many people use foul language on a daily basis as we think. As for the nasty words written on Eleanor's books, that didn't really bother me. It was part of her experience and it seemed authentic to me and fitting of the character who had written it. Eliminate the f-bombs that littered the text and it would be perfect....more
I wasn't too excited to finish this series, but I did want to see who was behind all of it so I stuck it out. Tris and Tobias became even more irritatI wasn't too excited to finish this series, but I did want to see who was behind all of it so I stuck it out. Tris and Tobias became even more irritating in this book. The strong characters introduced to us in the first book turned whiny in the second and in this one they are downright dysfunctional. I realize they are teenagers, so it makes sense that their relationship comes across as very teenager-y, but everything else about them has a level of maturity that makes their immature way of dealing with each other hard to take. I know I am in the minority on this one, but I am just not a fan of the series....more
This series is just too focused on the romance between Tris and Tobias. I would have liked it better if it had stuck to the plot and the action. TrisThis series is just too focused on the romance between Tris and Tobias. I would have liked it better if it had stuck to the plot and the action. Tris and Tobias both began to really get on my nerves with their melodrama and never-ending dialogue of "you don't trust me!", "no, you don't trust me!", etc.... Give it a rest already and go shoot something....more
If you want to know what I thought of this book, click on this wise reader's review, she pretty much hit the nail right on the head: https://www.goodreIf you want to know what I thought of this book, click on this wise reader's review, she pretty much hit the nail right on the head: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
This is why you can't always trust the 4 stars on the GoodReads page for a book. You've got to read a few of the reviews to get a true picture. Blech....more
I received an early copy of The Paradise Guest House from Good Reads and I was really looking forward to reading it. I was not disappointed. AdventureI received an early copy of The Paradise Guest House from Good Reads and I was really looking forward to reading it. I was not disappointed. Adventure guide Jamie is enjoying a trip to Bali when her whole world is turned upside down by the terrorist bombings at a nightclub that many of us will remember from a decade ago. In a moment, everything has changed for her.
As the book opens, we first meet Jamie as she returns to Bali one year after the bombings. As she makes her way there, we can feel her reluctance to revisit such a traumatic event, yet we also come to see that she never really left it behind. We carry our experiences with us, some hang on to us tighter than others, and Jamie is no different. She has spent a year trying to get on with her life and come to terms with the events and how they have shaped her feelings and outlook.
As the events unfold, alternating between past and present, we are carried along with Jamie as she faces trauma, loss, fear, and strength, and we learn, bit by bit, everything that happened to her. We meet Gabe, the stranger who cares for her wounds after the bombings. He not only cleans and bandages the gash on her face, but he tenderly cares for her wounded heart and spirit. He has also experienced a deep loss, and as they get to know each other they find a place of security with one another. Circumstances separate them and the year that has passed has left Jamie wondering about Gabe. She has come to Bali to participate in a special ceremony to honor those who died, survived, or lost someone to the terrorist attack, but she is also there to find Gabe and see if the short time they shared one year earlier was what she felt it was, or if it's time to let go of the memory.
Jamie is hosted on her return visit by a Balinese man named Nyoman, who's wife died that night while she was working as a waitress. As Nyoman shares his very personal feelings of grief and hope with Jamie this, too, helps her to heal, to move forward with her life. Nyoman is a lovely, gentle soul with a kind family.
There are other great characters in this book, and each one is someone we could know or relate to. They feel very real and true to life. As a reader, you get caught up with them and hold out hope for them to find happiness after so much grief. My memory of the Bali nightclub bombings is as a terrible story on the news, feeling sad for those who suffered and confused, again, as to why. Something I appreciated about Paradise Guest House was that I gained a new perspective. I had never considered what it would be like for the gentle people of Bali, for so many victims seeking medical care where there wasn't enough, or the fact that it was a wide range of people who there, from all walks of life and for all sorts of different reasons. Sussman successfully shows us how interconnected we are as people, in spite of the size of our world.
When the last page is read and you find yourself with lingering thoughts of the characters, the story, the perspective, well, that's a good book. This is a good book....more
Imagine arriving in New York City at the turn of the century, immigrants from all over the world are arriving and melting into the city and its many cImagine arriving in New York City at the turn of the century, immigrants from all over the world are arriving and melting into the city and its many cultures, and yet there is no one else like you. No one who can really understand you, no one who can even know who and what you are. These are the circumstances facing a golem and a jinni. Even their names, Chava and Ahmed, are not their own. These magical creatures struggle to find a place in the world as they try to figure out their new lives.
"The Golem and the Jinni" is as much a story about each of us as it is about the titular characters. Helene Wecker has surrounded her leading characters with great supporting characters, each with their own backstory and their own road to travel, from a young socialite to a troubled ice cream man who can't look at anyone's face. Wecker illustrates beautifully how these paths intersect along the way to help deliver each character to their fate. Can we overcome our true nature in order to live as we want to be, changing our nature to rise a bit higher and consciously choose how we will live? Can we find the good in circumstances that arise from the selfish choices of others and go forward to make things better? Can we accept our challenges and find the patience to make our way through those difficult times? These are the questions (and the answers) that Wecker presents in this well written and thoughtful story. ...more
This book is full of depth, in the characters, their experiences, their relationships, their failures, and their victories.
Harold Fry is as ordinaryThis book is full of depth, in the characters, their experiences, their relationships, their failures, and their victories.
Harold Fry is as ordinary and average as he can possibly be. Never wanting to be noticed, he's never done anything special, until the day he spontaneously begins a five-hundred mile walk. Along the way, he discovers much about himself, those he loves, and what he really wants from his life. His wife, Maureen, is just about as dead inside as Harold, and when she realizes he's gone, she finds herself becoming as introspective at home as Harold is as he walks the length of England.
As we travel along with both of their journeys, we see how special being ordinary really is. Harold Fry's pilgrimage unfolds through wonderful writing and treats us with little nuggets of wisdom worth remembering....more
I like it. I didn't love it, but I liked it enough to read it all in one sitting. It may have helped that I was trying to avoid the chore of paintingI like it. I didn't love it, but I liked it enough to read it all in one sitting. It may have helped that I was trying to avoid the chore of painting trim, but not much. There were some comical moments that were good, and the fact that the story began to center on a mystery was great. I liked some of the characters, mainly Charlotte, and I disliked others, mainly Miss Charming, whose "pip pips" and "what whats" really got on my nerves. I love the idea of a vacation to another era, but I find the actors meant to play a romantic interest for the duration kind of icky. The appeal for me would just be the experience of another time, but I suppose that wouldn't be quite Jane Austen enough. My favorite part was the very beginning, the prologue. It was very well written. Bottom line, if you are an Austen fan, you'll like this one....more
If I could give half stars, I would give Matched three and a half. It was a quick read for me, which is just what I was looking for this week. I thougIf I could give half stars, I would give Matched three and a half. It was a quick read for me, which is just what I was looking for this week. I thought it was pretty good, but I didn't just love it, and it didn't leave me thinking about it for very long after I finished. I liked enough that I am invested in finding out what happens, so I will be getting the next books and following it through to the end.
What did surprise me is that there are really some hostile comments about this book in the reviews. I'm not sure where all that anger is coming from. I haven't read "The Giver", so I don't know if Condie rewrote it as Matched or not, but I guess I don't really think it matters, even if she did. Tons of books are rehashes of other successful books. Big deal. I have read other books knowing full well going in that they were rip offs of something else. Criticizing a book is one thing, but going after the author's religion and suggesting she was only published because of a religious conspiracy is just not cool....more
While this final book in the trilogy was my least favorite, it was still quite good. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing a heroine in YA fiction who is cWhile this final book in the trilogy was my least favorite, it was still quite good. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing a heroine in YA fiction who is capable and brave. She brings out the best in others and doesn't whine and moan about her circumstances. Her concern for others is her priority. I think of another popular trilogy and how annoying I found the heroine to be. Always a bit sad for herself and content to let those around her make things better. Anyway, this trilogy is so much better!
Abby is on her way to save Dante and her family. The river of time is deteriorating and everyone is at risk as the prospect of time ceasing to be becomes more and more likely. Of course, we see more of Zo, and the mentally unstable Valerie, who is under his control. Getting to know the character of Orlando/Leo is a treat. The time spent in the 16th century seemed current to me, though. It was only when specific references to the era were mentioned that I remembered where they were.
I love the relationship between Dante and Abby. They have a great give and take. They both carry the weight of their relationship with trust and a sense of their own responsibility. Again, a much better example for adolescent readers than another red-hot literary couple I won't mention.
While I felt like the end was stretched out a bit more than it needed to be, it wasn't enough to bother me. I was satisfied when I closed the back cover. I will definitely be waiting for more from Lisa Mangum....more