I was hesitant about starting this book, because seriously.
Zombies. In love.
Are. You. Insane.
I thought, oh GOD, this is even worse than Abraham LincoI was hesitant about starting this book, because seriously.
Zombies. In love.
Are. You. Insane.
I thought, oh GOD, this is even worse than Abraham Lincoln: The Vampire Slayer one. The Walking Dead! That's the right approach! Then I heard it was going to be made into a movie and honestly, I was horrified. Even me knowing that Nicholas Hoult's gonna play the dead zombie guy couldn't convince me to give it a chance. because JESUS CHRIST enough of the horrible monster creatures turning all lovey-dovey on us humans
I mean, I'm old enough to know that looks can be deceiving and that one shouldn't judge the book by its cover, but I was dead set on writing it off, because the idea just seemed ludicrous to me.
BUT THANK GOD FOR TUMBLR and its amazing gif-making abilities which picked out the most hilarious quotes from the Warm Bodies movie trailer ("I'm lonely. I'm lost... Wait, I'm literally lost, I've never been in this part of the airport before." "Say something human." "Uuughsdfghhh." "Nailed it." and once I hit play, I saw how different it was.
And I got the book.
I loved EVERYTHING about this book. I loved the symbolism, how strange and graphic it was, I loved the narrative and R himself, his musings and how he captured the (un)life around him. I lost myself in the way Marion played with words, constructing and shaping them into poetic reflections and internal monologues, tickling my inner artistic side.
I couldn't NOT give this one in the series 5 stars. Not only we are introduced to a new character, which I loved instantly, but this one is the firstI couldn't NOT give this one in the series 5 stars. Not only we are introduced to a new character, which I loved instantly, but this one is the first book in the series where I actually laughed out loud. It's not that the previous weren't funny, because they were, but I have had such a fit of giggles like I had with this one. Also, things between Morelli and Steph finally moved forward after three books of cockteasing. I'm a huge fan of this relationship, eventho sometimes I have the urge to smack Stephanie for being so endlessly stupid. Suprisingly, the repeating pattern of how Stephanie finds out her "easy" FTA is actually a huge case after all and spends the entire bookchasing after the felon does not bother me much. I am used to watching lots of tv shows and un the beginning, the said pattern is what strengthens the structure. When it is all used up, I believe Evanovich will move on and change it. For me, this one was so far the best....more
Oh, holy Molly, how I love this type of novels. Bad boy gone good, but secretly being sweet and caring.
Dear Mrs. Webber, this is not healthy, you knowOh, holy Molly, how I love this type of novels. Bad boy gone good, but secretly being sweet and caring.
Dear Mrs. Webber, this is not healthy, you know. Creating such an amazing character and encourage the deep-rooted idea that we women can redeem the bad boy and create an angel granting our deepest wishes.
Characters were real, and though teenagers, not over-the-top dramatic. Very likeable and dynamic duo. I have to confess, Reid was getting on my nerves a lot in the beginning, even woken up some of my old issues (I believe it's called triggering?), but Dori as his equal counterpart provided a perfect balance.
And hot damn the guy had to be sexy. Reminded me a lot of Hart of Dixie's Wade, the careless womanizer that only tries to seduce the young woman, who hates him but yet finds him really attractive. The said womanizer can't help and teases the life out of the woman, who finally after a long time of that crap and hurt and all sees there might be something more to the guy and gives in to him. The womanizer then starts to change because of her and tries to be more, as a human being, be worthy of the said woman.
HE EVEN SAID SHORT SHORTS, FOR CHRIST'S SAKE.
So, like I said, compelling character development. I almost didn't recognize Reid towards the end. And I hope the 4th one will be about their story, because there are some unanswered questions like Reid's kid, Dori's parents and how life went after what happened and how they chose to deal with those issues....more
“‘Blood of my blood,’ he whispered, ‘and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me no
Just two things to start with:
“‘Blood of my blood,’ he whispered, ‘and bone of my bone. You carry me within ye, Claire, and ye canna leave me now, no matter what happens. You are mine, always, if ye will it or no, if ye want me or nay. Mine, and I wilna let ye go.’
I put a hand over his, pressing it against me.
'No,' I said softly, 'nor can you leave me.'
'No,' he said, half-smiling. 'For I have kept the last of the vow as well.'”
It's true that the book one felt more compelling to me, I can't say I was bored anytime through the book or skipped any parts of it. Maybe because I was trained by George R. R. Martin and his A Feast for Crows. Or maybe it's a fact that just like with 'A Feast For Crows' I'm too in love with the universe to find it boring. I have to thank Outlander for that. There is not a person (maybe except Frank, I just don't care about that character at all) or a setting I'd find yawn-inducing.
“‘Aye well. Ye canna make an omelet wi’out breakin’ eggs, as my auld grannie says.’ ‘You haven’t got an auld grannie,’ I pointed out. ‘No,’ he admitted, ’ but if I had, that’s what she’d say.’”
Which means I didn't mind the long 'how was your day' descriptions or the intrigues and behind-the-scenes machinations. Moreover when it was crafted by Gabaldon's excellent writing.
“‘I’ll leave it to you Sassenach,’ he said dryly, ‘to imagine what it feels like to arrive unexpectedly in the midst of a brothel, in the possession of a verra large sausage.’”
What is the worst about this book (and not 'the worst' as literally worst, I loved it to death) is the sense of impending doom that flows through the pages, as the book opens 20 years later. So when you're reading Claire explain to her daughter WHAT THE HELL happened (as was my reaction), and you read all the domestic happiness, you know it ends in shit and it deflates you like a popped balloon.
“‘And what’s wrong wi’ the way ye smell?’ he said heatedly. ‘At least ye smell like a woman, not a damn flower garden. What d’ye think I am, a man or a bumblebee?’”
But, you know, the good deflates. The I-will-be-in-pain-but-I-will-like-it deflates. Also, it helped that I was emotionally prepared by the good people of Tumblr who liked my distress expressed in CAPS only too much.
Here, have one of my absolutely favorite funny gems from this book (as I am determined to post at least one in every review of Gabaldon's books because she's damn funny ) because they were much more precious, considering the plotline:
"He clapped his hands together triumphantly on my tormentor, a split second before the deerfly on his collar sank its fangs into his neck.
Scottish clansmen fought according to their ancient traditions. Disdaining strategy, tactics, and subtlety, their method of attack was simplicity itself. Spotting the enemy within range, they dropped their plaids, drew their swords, and charged the foe, shrieking at the tops of their lungs. Gaelic shrieking being what it is, this method was more often successful than not. A good many enemies, seeing a mass of hairy, bare-limbed banshees bearing down on them, simply lost all nerve and fled.
Well schooled as it might ordinarily be, nothing had prepared Jamie’s horse for a grade-A, number one Gaelic shriek, uttered at top volume from a spot two feet behind its head.
Please, sir, write more. And I'll just write what I wrote for my English class in high school (it was more than a year ago... I can't believe what I wPlease, sir, write more. And I'll just write what I wrote for my English class in high school (it was more than a year ago... I can't believe what I wrote, huh).
"Dying was the easy bit. It was during my life after death that things started to go wrong." Charlie, the narrator in Confessions of a Fallen Angel, begins his life-changing journey as a 10-year-old young boy, whose will to live brough him back from the verge of death, only to acquire an ability of premonition. Irish writer Ronan O'Brien in his first novel, published in 2008, captured the life of the main character from the rebellious years of his youth, through his rise, subsequent fall and his never-ending struggle with destiny.
Confessions of a Fallen Angel begins its story on the car park of fictional Dublin suburb, Rathgorman, where Charlie, 10-year-old boy, dies by accident during a football game, following by an out of body experience. However, he is eventually saved by the unknown passer-by, bringing back not only his life, but also the gift, which author rather refers to as a "curse", of foreseeing imminent deaths of people close to him. While Charlie struggles to fight the fate and save his best friend from dying, he unintentionally starts the series of terrifying happenings. When he meets his future wife and love of his life, Ashling, the events of his childhood are long forgotten. But then, the visions return...
Ronan O'Brien's captivating way of storytelling catches the reader's attention from the first paragraph. Told in an Irish dialect, it creates an appealing atmosphere, strengthened not only by excessive use of swear words (which, strangely, do not spoil the book whatsoever) or caps lock, but by his fierce humor, observational talent and contemplative sections as well. O'Brien sought inspiration for the book in Brothers Grimm's fairy tales he'd been reading as a child and a Greek mythology, clearly defining the line between the good and evil and wanting to link realistic fiction with a supernatural element. His characters are fully believable, you have no other choice but sympathise with the main character, despite his self-destructive nature and occasional illogical actions.
Confessions of a Fallen Angel is a book I would recommend to anyone who wants to experience a spectrum of emotions, from laughter, happines and wonder to sadness, pain and heartache, with a gentle touch of supernatural. The fact alone that this is O'Brien's debut is terrific, because the book takes on an appearance of experience, although tiny corrections are needed. I can assure you that the book leaves a footprint in your heart, like it did in mine.
“Everyone who walks upon this earth leaves behind a footprint that will always be there. There is a goodness inside all of us and that is what prevails when everything else has turned to dust. And if we nurture that goodness while we are still alive, then we leave a bigger footprint and an even stronger sense of us lingers after we have moved on. If you remember nothing else after reading my story, remember that."...more
"You're real," he whispered. I had thought him pale already. Now all vestiges of color drained from his face. His eyes rolled up and he slumped to t
"You're real," he whispered. I had thought him pale already. Now all vestiges of color drained from his face. His eyes rolled up and he slumped to the floor in a shower of papers and oddments that had been sitting on the press - he fell rather gracefully for such a large man, I thought abstractedly.
In this third installment (or is it the second? I'm not good at this) we meet a dashing middle-aged huge-ass redhead, Caribbean Craig Na Dun, bat shit, voodoo shit, a demon spawn, visitor from the dead and a pile of hilarious remarks that sometimes equaled the hilarity of Outlander as a book #1. SPOILERS will ensue, as I will definitely, DEFINITELY scream my heart out for the things that happened.
“It’s like bicycle riding, I expect," I said. My head rested peacefully in the curve of his shoulder, my hand idly playing with the red-gold curls that sprang up in the thickets across his chest. "Did you know you’ve got lots more hairs on your chest than you used to?" "No," he said drowsily, "I dinna usually count them. Have bye-sickles got lots of hair, then?”
Fortunately, Voyager is much lighter book than her previous brother, Dragonfly in Amber. It doesn't bear the lingering awful feeling of dread like DiA does, as we open the first chapter with Jamie's POV and then continue with Claire and The Gang's attempt to find out what exactly happened to Jamie and if the time flows in parallel with the present-time, where exactly Jamie can be. So it starts out with little spark of hope on Claire's side and a forspent resignation at life on Jamie's part, while plunging us deep into the flashbacks of each other's life. Frank, to me, used to be a character I didn't miss, but after the flashbacks, I started to dislike him. I mean, I understand his life situation, his wife coming back after three years, pregnant, and telling him how much she loved her lover-slash-husband, I'd be a dick to Claire, too. But Frank's inability to have a normal life with Claire, even after trying, is more of a result of their incompatibility. Frank could never understand her on a level Jamie does. I mean, I don't hold a grudge against him wanting to take his not-so-daughter away from Claire to England, while acknowledging how a dick move that was. This all would make anyone bitter enough to do this. Much more screen time for Tobias Menzies, yayy!
“And they do say that abstinence makes the heart grow firmer, no?" "Absence," I said, dodging the spoon for a moment. "And fonder. If anything’s growing firmer from abstinence, it wouldn’t be his heart.”
I kind of LOVED Voyager and its parallels to book one, with Claire crossing through the stones and getting to know Jamie again (nevermind the literal parallels, like Jamie fainting from seeing Claire after 20 years - which, seriously, left me in tears - and Claire asking "That bad?" which was exactly what happened after their marriage 20 years ago). Also the humor of book #1 was back on, since the best lines always come from those two dorks being together.
"Laoghaire was not going to be pleased at hearing that her eldest daughter had eloped with a one-handed ex-pickpocket twice her age. Her maternal feelings were unlikely to be assuaged by hearing that the marriage had been performed in the middle of the night on a West Indian beach by a disgraced - if not actually defrocked - priest, witnessed by twenty-five seamen, ten French horses, a small flock of sheep - all gaily beribboned in honor of the occasion - and a King Charles spaniel, who added to the generally festive feeling by attempting to copulate with Murphy’s wooden leg at every opportunity."
OH YES I FORGOT THE DEMON SPAWN IS ALIVE. Of ALL the characters in this book, for some of them which I still hold swimming-in-the-sea-of-denial hope (Murtagh. I KNOW HE'S DEAD, SO?), some which came back, miraculously still untouched (Ned Gowan, Fergus, Geillis), she, SHE HAS TO BE ALIVE? I had the strongest feeling Jamie married someone to feed the children, and frankly, out of the sheer loneliness, but of all the women in Scotland, he married HER? No. Just no. Laoghaire turned out to be exactly the little brat she was when she was 16, what a surprise.
"It has always been forever, for me, Sassenach," he said simply.
I was really very very pleasantly surprised that Geillis Duncan was alive after all. I guess the motto "if you haven't seen them die, they didn't" George R.R. Martin taught me was finally put to test, and passed (with, f.e. Black Jack or Geillis herself). I mean, damn, she did some mean stuff towards the end, but she was such an interesting character. I'm glad we got to know more about her in the process.
Nice foreshadowing in the books - with Brianna's and Roger's ability to travel (they're SUCH CUTIES) and Jamie losing his photos. Wanna bet he won't have to be that sad about it, since he'll be seeing her in person? If I had 1mil dollars, I'd bet on that happening.
To be honest, you need to read the book only if for the scene where an injured, feverish Claire grabs Jamie and gives him a blowjob, while he tries to communicate with a boat crew person on the other side of the bolted door. It was hilarious....more
"When I asked my Da how ye knew which was the right woman, he told me when the time came, I’d have no doubt. And I didn’t. When I woke in the dark un"When I asked my Da how ye knew which was the right woman, he told me when the time came, I’d have no doubt. And I didn’t. When I woke in the dark under that tree on the road to Leoch, with you sitting on my chest, cursing me for bleeding to death, I said to myself, ‘Jamie Fraser, for all ye canna see what she looks like, and for all she weighs as much as a good draft horse, this is the woman.’"
Or, a quote that perfectly describes the nature of the entire book.
There is a time, in my case at 1:30AM, when you find yourself wheezing with repressed laughter, as not to wake up your entire family, over the perfectly witty and comedial scene, when you tell yourself: YES. This is it. Now I can't do anything else until I finish this book.
“And you, my Sassenach? What were you born for? To be lady of a manor, or to sleep in the fields like a gypsy? To be a healer, or a don’s wife, or an outlaw’s lady?” “I was born for you,” I said simply, and held out my arms to him.
Outlander was a big surprise for me. I expected a history romance, with a bit of action and adventure, but I never expected the intensity and the greatness. Diana Gabaldon is an author with incredible gift with words and with characters and the story progression. I loved the way she not only brought out the big scenes, needful to the story, but rather focused on Claire and her day-to-day struggles.
And AH, THE COMEDY. Mrs. Gabaldon managed to lace even the most boring descriptions or reflexions with a sarcastic remark or a humorous comment, so you never felt like you have to get through the part. Speaking with a voice of Claire Beauchamp, you couldn't help but fall in love with her.
"It was a “warm” Scottish day, meaning that the mist wasn’t quite heavy enough to qualify as a drizzle, but not far off, either."
That was also true for serious scenes. And you felt like yes, you are crying, but the character's strong, unbroken spirit is helping you make it through, as if you were right beside them.
“'How do you feel?' I asked, anxious. He sat slumped in the saddle, without much sign of his usual erect grace. I got the other half of the grin. 'I’ve been trying to decide which hurts worst—my ribs, my hand, or my arse. Tryin’ to choose among them keeps my mind off my back.'”
And I'm not even mentioning my unwavering love for Jamie Fraser, the clown, the fighter, the lover, the master, the devoted husband.
"That was one of the conditions I set for takin’ ye. I said I’d wed if I must, but damned if I’d consummate my marriage under a bush, wi’ twenty clansmen lookin’ on and offering advice."
"“I’m too hungry to be a threat to anything but breakfast."
"'When I woke, I was trussed up in the wagon wi’ the chickens, jolting down the road toward Fort William.' 'I see,' I said quietly. 'I’m sorry. It must have been terrible for you.' He smiled suddenly, the haze of fatigue gone. 'Oh, aye. Chickens are verra poor company, especially on a long journey.'”
I fell in love, absolutely. With the book, with the setting, with characters (JAMIEEE), with the story, with the language, with the history, with the mistery. I fell in love through the giggles and the tears. Can't wait until Dragonfly in Amber gets delivered, so I can once again plunge myself into this wonderful gift. ...more
Did I mention how completely in LOVE I am with Lauren Oliver's novels?
I have to say that at first I didn't like Sam, because she’s… well, bitchy, snotDid I mention how completely in LOVE I am with Lauren Oliver's novels?
I have to say that at first I didn't like Sam, because she’s… well, bitchy, snotty and arrogant. But then, when all of this starts to unravel and you see why she does the things she does and you see what is it all about, you get her. With each passing day, you’ll get to learn a completely new information that adds to the twist and the end…
The end makes you feel like you want to live the fullest.
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Ahhh dammit. This book hit very close to home, because I too grew up feeling ugly. At 5'2, with curly hair and braces, I was mostly overlooked, while bAhhh dammit. This book hit very close to home, because I too grew up feeling ugly. At 5'2, with curly hair and braces, I was mostly overlooked, while being very in love with this beautiful and intelligent hot bod boy I knew since I was a child, so I felt very emotionally connected to the heroine. It amazed me how perfectly she descibed the thoughts that very often also swam in my head and the outlook on life people like her, people like me, have. It may be the reason why I loved the story so much, which means I'm biased, but do I really care? I loved it. LOVED IT. All the characters, their emotional trauma and the three dimensionality I didn't expect. Actually, I didn't expect much depth at all, since from the moment I added it to my to-read list to me actually reading it, I forgot the synopsis entirely. I thought I was in for a PG13 read, judging from the civer, but boy, was I surprised. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me feel everything. And Bailey was the biggest jewel I didn't expect. Oh, how positively suprised I was. Such a good book. Such a good read....more
So, SO good. My words can't even describe the greatness of this book. I'm pretty sure I fell in love with Levi after his third sentence in CAN I JUST.
So, SO good. My words can't even describe the greatness of this book. I'm pretty sure I fell in love with Levi after his third sentence in the book.
"Have you ever seen an alpaca, Cather? They're like the world's most adorable llamas. Like, imagine the cutest llama that you can, and then just keep going." (that's the third sentence.)
It had everything. Characters of every sort, from Reagan, who was utterly hilarious with her over-the-shoulder remarks and IDGAF attitude, to ever smiling, here-have-my-heart-I-didn't-want-it-anyway, super friendly Levi, two twins that couldn't be more different and alike, the meta-version of what I'm pretty sure was Drarry fanfic (nobody will ever make me believe that Baz and Simon weren't Rowell's version of Harry and Draco). I'm not into slash fic but in those few excerpts I could see the potential and the draw that it can create. It had funny and witty dialogue, but very deep and insightful when it needed to be. Some of the comebacks were something like what you see on Tumblr with 100k+ notes.
I think this is something every fangirl (especially on Tumblr) should read. Mandatory reading, girls. It's fantastic and bull's-eye dead on.
I enjoyed this trilogy very, very much. Mostly because what Jenny wrote was so much like my own story that I couldn't put the book down. It never failI enjoyed this trilogy very, very much. Mostly because what Jenny wrote was so much like my own story that I couldn't put the book down. It never failed to surprise me, to rip my heart out and crush it to the smallest pieces. I've never connected with the heroine so much in my entire life. She perfectly described the heroine's feelings and I couldn't help but relate. Aside from relating, it was beautifully written. Recommend....more
I've been a sucker for Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's novels since I was fourteen (yes, and my mom didn't know about it, thankfully) and Ashes in the Wind stI've been a sucker for Kathleen E. Woodiwiss's novels since I was fourteen (yes, and my mom didn't know about it, thankfully) and Ashes in the Wind stays strong my most favourite romance book from her or any other historical romance writers....more