Oh my goodness! Where do I start with this book? I have recently become a huge fan of Jodi Picoult. I'm loving her books. This book is so intense andOh my goodness! Where do I start with this book? I have recently become a huge fan of Jodi Picoult. I'm loving her books. This book is so intense and so interesting and so controversial. First of all I loved Cara and I loved Luke (although there is limited interaction there). I could NOT STAND Edward. Where does he get off seriously? It's interesting that all the books I'm reading lately have something to do with death in them. It's not on purpose it just keeps kind of happening. I was at the library with some time to kill and picked this gem up.
Knowing that there is going to be an unknown with Cara at the end and what happened in the accident kept me guessing through the whole book. I related with Cara from the very beginning. It was so sad to see her ripped apart by her mom (who started a "new" family) her brother (who left her alone for 6 years--no matter what the reason) and also Joe (although a stepfather I don't think he should EVER had taken sides in the situation and he especially never should have been Edward's attorney for heck's sake!) She's young but mature but really how much can a 17 year old take. Especially since she is feeling such extreme guilt. Would it have killed Edward to wait a month and see what happened to his father? Then make a decision. I think the way he so casually threw away his father's life was disgusting. No matter which way you play it, no matter what he thought of his father or what his father had "done" to him to even consider letting him die so quickly made me sick. (Again maybe I'm to close to the loss of a parent right now.)
I felt bad for Georgie but also thought, hey ladie. You knew who this guy was when you married him. Did you really think he'd change? (Why is it that people are always trying to change other people?) If you didn't want to marry and have a family with a man obsessed with wolves, why did you? I guess it's irrelevant but you can't change someone.
I kept hoping that the end would be happy, i.e. Luke would wake up and everyone could have a good cry and life could continue. But things just don't happen that way do they. (Most of the time.)
I love how Picoult has a depth to each of her characters. I usually either LOVE them or hate them. Like I said I wish the book had ended a little differently, but I really loved the read....more
**spoiler alert** I absolutely ADORE this book. It did take me a good 100 pages to get into it. But once I did I fell in love. (As you can see from th**spoiler alert** I absolutely ADORE this book. It did take me a good 100 pages to get into it. But once I did I fell in love. (As you can see from the time it took me to read it, under 24 hours.) This book sums up to me why I love to read in the first place. The storyline between the two sisters June and Greta was very interesting. I have an older sister and the relationship dynamic was quite similar. We were great friends when we were young, only 19 months apart. Then she outgrew me and I was all alone. Siblings can be quite mean. They know us so intimately that they know just where to hurt us, as Greta does time and time again to June. (BTW my sister and I are now great friends as adults, so it all worked itself out. ;))
The relationship that June had with her uncle was interesting to say the least. Although some would call it "wrong", how June felt about him I don't think that at all. Sometimes you do fall in love with people you aren't meant to fall in love with. And at 14 the love she felt (I don't think) was in any way wrong. I was glad that June had Finn. She really had no one else who loved her that deeply.
I ADORED Toby. Of course I loved Finn but it was hard to get to know him as he was dead throughout most of the book. My heart ached for Toby right from the introduction of his character. Sad, completely alone and in a despair only those who have lost someone close to them can understand. Having just lost my 62 year old mother to breast cancer his loss really affected me. As did June's. It was so interesting to find out who Toby really was and to fall in love with his character. I could picture him perfectly in my head. I was heartbroken at the end of the book. I knew the book would probably end with his death but it was so raw. When you find out that it was in fact Finn who gave AIDS to Toby and not the other way around it's heartbreaking. But it also shows you what true love is. Toby took that on himself and never regretted it or looked back.
It was so disappointing to see what June's mom did to Finn. To see that she made him chose them or Toby. Never both together. So that he would never be able to see the two people (June and Toby) he loved the most would be friends. But of course it would have been a completely different book if it hadn't happened that way. AIDS was such a different disease in the 80's than it is now. It was so scarey then and no one knew what to think about it. Most people fear what they don't know. It made me see the disease from a different perspective.
I would recommend this book to all. In fact I think everyone should read this book. I read a library copy but I'm buying my own copy so that I can re-read it and mark all of my favorite spots. The book with almost all be marked.
Quotes I loved:
“I thought of all the different kinds of love in the world. I could think of ten without even trying. The way parents love their kids, the way you love a puppy or chocolate ice cream or home or your favorite book or your sister. Or your uncle. There's those kinds of love and then there's the other kind. The falling kind.”
“But maybe I am. Maybe that’s exactly what I am. Maybe all I wanted was for Toby to hear the wolves that lived in the dark forest of my heart. And maybe that’s what it meant. Tell the Wolves I’m Home. Maybe Finn understood everything, as usual. You may as well tell them where you live, because they’ll find you anyway. They always do.”
“The bed was warm and ordinary and perfect, and it had been such a long, long day. Probably the longest day of my life. I felt like I had proof that not all days are the same length, not all time has the same weight. Proof that there are worlds and worlds and worlds on top of worlds, if you want them to be there.”
“Don’t you see? It’s like we’ve known each other all these years. Without even seeing each other. It’s like there’s been this . . . this ghost relationship between us. You laying out my plectrums on the floor, me buying black-and-white cookies every time I knew you would be coming over. You didn’t know that was me, but it was.”
FAVORITE QUOTE IN THE BOOK (I think): "Yeah, okay, I'll drop it, I said, and although I held it back with every muscle in my body, what I really wanted to do was cry. Not only because Finn had never told me about this guy, but because there was no way to ask him about it. And until then I don't think I really understood the meaning of gone."
**spoiler alert** Such a cliffhanger! Holy cow, could there be any more story lines that are so up in the air? I was lucky enough to be able to read a**spoiler alert** Such a cliffhanger! Holy cow, could there be any more story lines that are so up in the air? I was lucky enough to be able to read all 5 of these books right in a row and not have to wait years and years for them to come out like most other fans. I think one of my favorite characters (throughout the whole of the series) is Jon Snow. I just love him and how honorable he is. He's always trying to do the right thing even if it's at the cost of his own happiness. I mean who wouldn't have wanted to be given Winterfell, his father's name, Val the wildling princess and everything that came along with it? He gave that up because he took a vow for the Night's Watch. Pretty awesome. I am really worried for him at the end of the book. I can't believe his "brothers" stabbed him. I know that since he can shift shapes into Ghost he won't be dead. But I REALLY hope that he doesn't die as Jon Snow. He is meant for so much more I think. Including defeating the others and saving his family. (I think that's how it should go.;))
One of my other favorite characters is Arya. I've loved her through the whole of the series as well. I hate to see her in a foreign country where she knows no one. However, I really think it's probably the best place for her seeing as any one in Westeros would probably either want to use her or kill her. I was glad to see that she was not permanently blind. I find the whole storyline of "changing faces" very intriguing and such a great plot twist. I wish she would own that she is also a shape shifter (or what ever it is the Stark children are). I wish they all would. Bran obviously has owned it. But since he's "broken" I think that it's his only refuge. But I think it's a power rather than something to hide. Jon especially should make it known as I think all around him would be more careful and fear him.
I was really hoping Rickon would play a part in this book. He wasn't in the 4th book at all and there was only a brief mention of him in this book. I guess his time will come but I would have liked to know a little more about what's going on with him.
And now to the character I love to hate. Theon aka Reek. I was not surprised to hear that he was alive. Although I can't say I was happy. Hate that boy. And as sadistic as it sounds I was glad that he had been tortured. (I feel horrible saying that.) But karma is a bitch. I did feel bad for him too though. It's all inferred about what exactly happened to him at Ramsey's hand. (Which I'm glad there wasn't more detail. My stomach could not have taken it.) I naturally felt pity for anyone who had been treated that way. Ramsey is such a vile character. I don't think that there is anyone in the series more cold blooded or ruthless. We see only a little of him but enough to see how evil he is. As far as Theon goes though I hope that he gets killed off and soon. Hate him.
I had a hard time through the series distinguishing some smaller characters from others. Roose Bolton for instance, is he the man who was in charge of Harrenall when Arya was there? For some reason I thought either the mountain or some other Lannister took him out. But now he seems to be on the Lannisters side of things. Also in the free cities I had a hard time differentiating all the people who surrounded Danerys. So many foreign names and different countries etc. It was a bit confusing. I couldn't remember which war party was who and which were for her and which against her.
I have to say with the title of the book I had really hoped that Dany would have had more control over her dragons. I mean what good is it for her to be the "mother of dragons" and not be able to control them in any way. Isn't that what makes her special and the "blood of the dragon" is that they will "mind" her? I was glad to see her fly off on Drogon. However, when it came back to her in the narrative and she really had no control over him that was frustrating. I wanted her to come sweeping back to Meereen, take out her enemies and FINALLY go to Westeros and to war there.
I was thrilled to see Aegon was part of the story. Although again I wish that he had gone to Dany instead of listening to the meddling (although beloved) Tyrion. Can you imagine how awesome it would be to see the two "dragons" joined together. They could rule the whole of this world. (If George would just give them control of the dragons!)
And what the heck was up with the Dorne prince thinking he could control the dragons? What an idiot. Not sure what the point of that was other than releasing the two captive dragons. And why wasn't he handsome so as to at least give Dany pause. I like the Dorne story line though and would have liked to see a little more of that.
Last but not least (although quite impish) Tyrion. One of my favs again. He is so witty although it gets him in to so much trouble. I like that he isn't cowed by others. Well at least for the most part. I think he is very strategic and gets what he wants in a way Jamie and Cersei just can't. I wish that somehow he could align with Dany and be on what I think will eventually be the winning side. Interesting how he and Jorah get together in the story. I've always really liked Dany's bear. I think he is endearing. And I think he is one of the only people truly loyal to Danerys and one who would do anything for her. He is loyal (although in the beginning I know he wasn't). Loyalty is one of my favorite characteristics in a person. Fictional or otherwise. ;)
I loved seeing Cersei humiliated. Finally some karma for that bitch. I wish that Varys had taken her out instead of her uncle Kevan. Although I'm not sure what's going to happen there. Obviously I'm unsure what "side" Varys is on. I did love seeing him back in the story. It would seem he is on the Dragon's side. Clearing the way for Dany or Aegon (hopefully both somehow). Glad that Maester Pycelle is gone. He was starting to annoy. Not sure how I feel about the Tyrell's. But glad to see them overrun Cersei at least. (She is such a vile creature.)
Although I know I shouldn't I LOVE Jamie. I didn't like him at all in the first book. Probably mostly because I loved Ned Stark. But he really has grown on me and I kind of have the hots for him. Gold hand and all. Wouldn't mind a sex scene here and there with Jamie as the main focus. (Oh my.) How could one not lust after the man after all that is said about his looks. And as the story progresses he seems to be turning into almost a good guy. I was not happy to see him go with Brienne. Although I can't see George killing him off after all he's been through. But I know it's entirely possible since George often kills off beloved characters. (Sniff, sniff, Ned.)
I'm not sure when the next book comes out. Probably years to come. And I'm not sure how many more are in the works. (In my copy of book 4 it said that book 5 would be out shortly. But it took another 5-6 years from my reckoning.) But I have grown to love the series and I'm so glad I came upon it.
**spoiler alert** I think they just keep getting better every book. LOVED this one, number 4. Especially the end. Cersei getting what she deserves is**spoiler alert** I think they just keep getting better every book. LOVED this one, number 4. Especially the end. Cersei getting what she deserves is priceless! I definitely missed Bran and John and Dani. But I knew that the next book had their perspective. I even missed Tyrion.
I loved how Jamie (seems to) leave Cersei hanging in the end. I think she is such a horrible character! Even though Jamie is all she's ever loved she still treats him horribly and then send him off. When she needs him she just thinks he'll be there. I'm glad he doesn't fall for it (at least I don't think he will, here's hoping). I'm super intrigued to know what has happened to Arya. She is probably one of very favorite characters and I really hope she is not blind. That would be tragic. She's had to overcome so much already, this would break her I think. I wish so badly that John knew Bran was alive and that Arya knew Bran was ok. I wish all the Stark's just knew that they were all ok (at least the ones who are). They are definitely my very favorite family in the series. (I was crushed when they killed Ned off in book 1.)
Very interesting what's going on with Catelyn. I actually get really annoyed with the decisions she makes. At least the past ones. It seems she's quite different now that she's come back from the dead. Hopefully smarter and more just. It'll be interesting to see if she really does kill Brienne.
I feel bad for Sansa, I HATE Littlefinger. He is so creepy and the fact that he betrayed Ned makes me furious with him still. I know that he still loves Cat more than anything/anyone so he thinks he'll replace her with Sansa. Gross. I did LOVE that he killed Lysa though. She was so vile. There was way TMI with the two of them and their "love" story. I don't really like this little Aryn boy. I think they'll kill him off soon so it doesn't really matter now. At least Littlefinger is betrothing Sansa to someone decent, let's hope.
I'm excited to read the 5th one. But I guess there are going to be 2 more and they are years out! Yikes, how can I wait!...more
**spoiler alert** I decided to read this series because I thought it looked "The Lord of the Rings" ish. I also heard that HBO has made a series out o**spoiler alert** I decided to read this series because I thought it looked "The Lord of the Rings" ish. I also heard that HBO has made a series out of it so it must be good. However, I didn't want to watch a series with foul language and gratuitous sex and violence. So I checked out the book from the library. I really liked it and although it is an Adult fiction book for me it doesn't cross any lines. There is some language and there is some sex (although very little and not in great description).
I loved the character Daenerys. I can just picture her in my mind and how strong and beautiful she is. I loved that she finally got free of her horrible brother and realized how much power she herself had. Can't wait to see what happens with the dragons in future books. (Incidentally I also liked her knight Ser Jonah. Great character.)
I was disappointed in the Catelyn character on a number of levels. I didn't like that she just let her crippled son and 3 year old baby to chase after the Lannisters (Cersei is horrible and disgusting and Jamie is completely without honor). I'm not one who thinks women should be in the castle knitting however, Cat caused many problems. When she took Tyrion it not only started a war but ultimately caused the death of her husband. Who by the way I LOVED!!! What a great man. I was really sad he died and won't be in the series. I loved Arya but of course hated Sansa. Robb is easy to love as is Jon Snow. I hate the way Catelyn treats Jon. Get over it already.
I also loved Tyrion's character. So witty. He's also turned his weaknesses in to strengths in many ways. It was nice to see his father finally give him some praise in the end.
Overall a great book that and I look forward to reading the series.
**spoiler alert** Oh I loved this book. It was beautifully written and drew me in from the first page. I couldn't believe what a horrible character Pi**spoiler alert** Oh I loved this book. It was beautifully written and drew me in from the first page. I couldn't believe what a horrible character Picoult had created in the Nazi SS Soldier. But I am sure that there were many like that and probably worse. I love anything WWII so this was a great find. I loved Sage and really felt for her. But I also wanted to scream at her and tell her to get over it. Life is hard and it doesn't mean that you have to hide.
At first I didn't realize that Josef was going to be the "other brother" but after I figured it out I realized why he wanted to be killed. After all his sadistic brother WOULD NOT have wanted to be killed. He was horrible and probably didn't think he had done anything wrong. But his brother on the other hand knew from the very beginning that what was happening was wrong. I just wish that Sage's grandma could have met him and either thanked him (I'm sure she was somewhat thankful) or spit in his face. Or both. Great read....more