Hmmm. Not sure what to say. There is SO MUCH about this book that I absolutely LOVED! It would have been 5 stars and on my favorites & re-read lisHmmm. Not sure what to say. There is SO MUCH about this book that I absolutely LOVED! It would have been 5 stars and on my favorites & re-read lists ... Except for 2 things.
1. I have heard so many authors speak about how books shouldn't be rated for content, like with movies. They say that the cover and first chapter tell you what to expect from a book - language, violence, sex - how much, how severe, and how descriptive. Well, the prologue gave plenty of opportunity for this book to show what language and sex would be in the book, but it was not a good representation. It felt like a "bait and switch". And it was really annoying to feel like I was going to be reading one kind of book only to have it change on the 4th CD of the audiobook. And really, totally unnecessary for the switch. Which us even more irritating.
2. The ending!!! What? If it's weren't for the last track that said "If you liked this book, them you should read ______ book", I honestly would have thought I was missing the last CD of the audiobook. The story was so interesting and complicated and twisty! And then you finally start to figure out the talisman and more info about it and then the book is over. What the heck does it have to do with the future problems? How come she can do things that the others can't? What about Mr. Mims? What about the emotions thing? How are they going to fix the future problem? SO many major things are not explained and it is not clear from the book, Goodreads, or the author's website/blog if there is a series and there is a 2nd book that continues the story. SO FRUSTRATING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But other than those things, I LOVED the book. The story, characters, and the humor were great.
EDITED TO ADD: Finally found reference to a sequel in the works. Working title is "Brothers and Sisters" and centers around a new couple with Julia & Nick more in the background, but still in the story. It was ridiculous where I found this info .... It should have been much easier, especially considering how the book ended....more
I really appreciated the points made in the book. I love Sheri Dew and her no-nonsense view on things. Her reasoning clicks with me. I didn't necessarI really appreciated the points made in the book. I love Sheri Dew and her no-nonsense view on things. Her reasoning clicks with me. I didn't necessarily learn anything new and earth-shattering, but still good to be reminded of things I already knew/believe/discovered on my own....more
My 10-yo just finished and then asked me to hurry up and read it so that she can talk to me about the ending.
-------------- UPDATE: So cute! I wish theMy 10-yo just finished and then asked me to hurry up and read it so that she can talk to me about the ending.
-------------- UPDATE: So cute! I wish the Netflix episode based on the book was longer than 30 minutes, because this book would make a fun movie or tv series. So imaginative. And even though it's a high school setting, the characters and story feel very middle-grade so I don't have a problem with my girls reading it....more
This would have been 5 stars but for the f-bombs scattered throughout.
*** Don is a hilarious protagonist and I absolutely loved seeing the world throThis would have been 5 stars but for the f-bombs scattered throughout.
*** Don is a hilarious protagonist and I absolutely loved seeing the world through his eyes. I laughed out loud frequently while listening to this book, which is rare even if I'm enjoying a funny book. ****
Given that this was a book-club pick, and given some others experience with not wanting to finish/start that book due to the language (which I totally understand and have done with other books before), I have been thinking a lot about profanity and vulgar language. What *is* profanity? Why is it used? Why is it offensive to some? Why is it not offensive to others? Why are some words worse than others? Are "made up" substitute words any better than the real profane words they are replacing? Why do some people swear? Why do other people not swear? How/Why does the situation or culture or people/person impact whether someone will or won't swear? Why does that matter? Etc.
I have my own thoughts and ideas on these questions. And I definitely have my own beliefs as to why I personally do or don't swear. I do struggle with the conflict of my reading material not always closely following the standards I follow in life, although it's usually not too far out of line. But still. It's my own personal moral dilemma, as I'm sure everyone has their own they deal with....more
Adam and the wolves were captured for a big chunk of the book so it was mostly just Mercy trying to do things on her own. Not bad, but I enjoy more thAdam and the wolves were captured for a big chunk of the book so it was mostly just Mercy trying to do things on her own. Not bad, but I enjoy more the interactions between Mercy & Adam and how their characters play off each other....more
Okay, so I really liked this story. Right from the start I was drawn into the characters and their stories. It was a totally great book for when you'rOkay, so I really liked this story. Right from the start I was drawn into the characters and their stories. It was a totally great book for when you're in the mood for a great love story. And i have a hankering to visit the Isle of Skye now! Great setting and mood for the story.
One caveat - when I'm in the mood for a romantic story, I can suspend a lot of reality and just go with it. But if I was going to nit-pick, James was out of line several times. It seems like the line between harassment, or creepiness, or stalking, is in whether the actions are accepted (or rejected) by the other person .... and I think James was not always appropriate in his actions at times, given the circumstances that brought him and Andrea together. But because Andrea isn't necessarily opposed to his attentions, I could let it slide. But the fact that it was obvious enough for me to notice it while reading and just trying to go along for the ride tells me that it was too much. If we only had one POV (like Andrea's only), it would have seemed worse to me I think....more