**spoiler alert** I wasn't totally taken with this book - I definitely had to read it to find out how things ended, but there were a few things that a**spoiler alert** I wasn't totally taken with this book - I definitely had to read it to find out how things ended, but there were a few things that annoyed me about Randi's decisions in life. I know she was not meant to be perfect, and this book would have been extremely boring if she had been. But in some ways I think her decisions as a mother were bad - for instance, letting her kids go and stay with a guy she knew was abusive towards her and had also been rough with her daughter in the past (Mike).
I also didn't really 'love' Justin. I warmed up to him as the novel went on, particularly in the last few scenes where he was being a nice family man. He just seemed really immature a lot of the time, and I didn't see him as a truly attractive male lead. I did like him better by the end of the novel though!
Part of me felt like this book had a lot of 'red herrings' or just tangents that seemed to maybe be going somewhere, but then didn't. For instance, Randi's one night stand with the 'weirdo'. His weirdness seemed to be given more significance than it needed to have. I also found myself reading a lot of detail about every action Randi took each day of her life, for e.g. all the homework she did, houeswork, etc.
I was glad that Randi stopped smoking by the end of the novel - her constant chain smoking annoyed me. But then, I am a non-smoker and a member of the 'smoking police' so no wonder that annoyed me. ;) As a kid I absolutely HATED it when my mum smoked nearby, even if she was outside - I could still smell the smoke coming into the house.
Anyway, that's about all I have to say about this book....more
I received a review copy of this book and am now writing my review. I didn't expect this to end so soon - and I was disappointed it did, because I wanI received a review copy of this book and am now writing my review. I didn't expect this to end so soon - and I was disappointed it did, because I wanted to read on! Christine Rains is developing an intriguing world and interesting characters who I definitely want to read more about, with lots of 'action / adventure' to keep me hooked. And of course there is some sizzling romance to provide a special kind of intrigue.
The book definitely left me with a lot of questions unanswered, which is natural since it's the first book in a series. I will be eager to read the second book in the series!...more
**spoiler alert** I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, since I'm not religious and so on. Luckily I wasn't in any danger of being preached to,**spoiler alert** I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, since I'm not religious and so on. Luckily I wasn't in any danger of being preached to, and managed to enjoy the read very much. After Eddie had met his "fourth person" and was about to move on to the fifth, I was intrigued and confused - who could possibly be more important than #4? But it all made sense when I figured out who the little girl was. That was quite a horrifying part of the story to me, but it was clearly the most important hurdle for Eddie to get over in order to find peace. I liked the mystery aspect in that Eddie had to wait till near the end to find out about the other little girl's fate as well.
I read this book for the Wine Drinking / Freo Dockers Barracking / Book Reading Club I've recently joined - our first book off the rank!
Oops, it's been a while since I finished this and now I have to try to remember what happened in it! The memories are coming back to me now...
I didn'tOops, it's been a while since I finished this and now I have to try to remember what happened in it! The memories are coming back to me now...
I didn't think Demelza would ever do it, but she did! I'll leave it at that and you can read the book to find out what I'm talking about. ;) This book had yet more tragedy to offer the characters, though some happy things occurred as well I guess... As usual they're few and far between! I can only imagine what will happen in the next book. I've got it ready to read once I've finished my current read!
Sorry, I know this is a crap review - I'll try not to leave my review writing so long in future. ;)
I shouldn't have finished this book tonight because how am I going to sleep?!? Many emotions are swirling around... but mostly sadness and, the main oI shouldn't have finished this book tonight because how am I going to sleep?!? Many emotions are swirling around... but mostly sadness and, the main one, FURY! I had no idea I would end up abhorring three different characters in this one book. George Warleggan, damn you to hell. But not before you get damned, most putrid Whitworth.You are the scummiest scum the pond ever saw. Oh, and Elizabeth. Congrats, lady, you finally made my shit list.
Heartbreaking end to this book in so many ways. I must read on fast to get some good news to make up for this!...more
This was the hardest one to read yet! Like others have said before ... "Ross, how could you?!?!"
I also felt sorry for Elizabeth even though I haven'tThis was the hardest one to read yet! Like others have said before ... "Ross, how could you?!?!"
I also felt sorry for Elizabeth even though I haven't liked her since the start of the series when she jilted Ross. It wasn't her fault that Ross forced his way into the home! It's pretty clear she was happy with what happened but still, she said no and that should have been that.
It was good to see Demelza's spirit rebel and to see her anger unleash itself. I definitely felt the most sympathy for her in all of this - to me she is the real hero(ine) of this book. It was funny when she realised that Captain Whats-is-face was actually a bit ... fat. But I just felt so sorry for her during this whole book.
I just knew that Ross would realise his mistake and see what an idiot he'd been. I can see where he was coming from too in that he'd loved Elizabeth all his life and nothing had ever been properly resolved. Still, I disagree with the "victim blaming" and slut shaming that I've seen evidence of in a few comments about this book. The fault lies entirely with Ross, in my book.
I'm glad that he's not a perfect character, because if he was that would just be boring....more
**spoiler alert** Sooooo, I loved this book as much as the last two. From reviews I've checked out of other books in the series, it seems it never los**spoiler alert** Sooooo, I loved this book as much as the last two. From reviews I've checked out of other books in the series, it seems it never loses its magic even though it was written over a man's lifetime, so I can't wait to keep reading! I am of course frustrated at the communication problems between Ross and Demelza, but if these problems weren't present, it wouldn't be nearly as realistic as it is. The characters definitely feel real and so well fleshed out.
One of my favourite moments was seeing Ross finally throw George Warleggan over a banister, too. Awesome moment. I did fear temporarily that it might land him back in court, but it makes sense that George would be too embarrassed to take the matter any further (legally at least). I definitely think it could end up being the start of more trouble for Ross though.
I already have hints about what happens next with Ross and Elizabeth, and Elizabeth and George (from reading the blurbs for future books...d'oh I guess in a way they're spoilers I should be avoiding!). I'm curious how it's all going to work out, but I am worried for Demelza and what pain she might feel. The confusion between her and Ross is already too big and they're not working to clear the air the way I would like.
As you can see, I'm talking about them like they're my friends! That's how I feel. I am very attached to these people, and even to the lice-ridden Paynters and other supporting characters. The world of Poldark continues to be a richly painted world I can easily envision, and that I feel I'm a part of....more
I felt this way a few times during this read, particularly at the end. There were a few deaths in this book and two of tI CAN'T BELIEVE THAT HAPPENED.
I felt this way a few times during this read, particularly at the end. There were a few deaths in this book and two of them in particular I found very disturbing. One was quite satisfying, I must say even as a self-confessed pacifist.
I love this series, absolutely love it. It's funny, tragic, romantic, real. I got a sinking feeling towards the end as the sore throat sickness was spreading through the district.
Quirky supporting characters continued to shine in this follow-up to the brilliant first installment. I just love Jud with his "tedn right, tedn just..." etc.
My thoughts are fragmented in the aftermath of this read but needless to say I am hooked on the series, and am already started on book #3. I'm going to have to stock up on the remaining books so I can just keep churning through.
On a final note, it was good to see at least one "bad guy" get his just desserts in this book....more
It's always a bad idea to say "I'll do a proper review later!" because you end up not doing one, often enough. But I definitely needed to give this boIt's always a bad idea to say "I'll do a proper review later!" because you end up not doing one, often enough. But I definitely needed to give this book a few more words than what I had left below. I was one of those who had never heard of Winston Graham, though I guess the name "Poldark" does ring a faint little bell. I still had no idea what the book was about. I saw it featured in a Book Depository 50% off sale, and so felt impelled to find out what this series was all about.
Little did I know it was such an epic series with something like 11 books in it. I've only read the one so far, and I loved it. It made me laugh and also made me swoon. The supporting characters are a great strength of this book, though of course Ross and Demelza provided more than enough intrigue to keep me hooked. But I love the quirkiness of the supporting characters, like Prudie and her "craw'ers" (lice), and Jud and his "tedn right, tedn fair, tedn British" (to paraphrase).
I'm very much looking forward to getting back to this series with book #2. I've just taken a break to finish off another series first.
**spoiler alert** These two books were quite different to the original trilogy - there was far less threat of imminent death and destruction, and no "**spoiler alert** These two books were quite different to the original trilogy - there was far less threat of imminent death and destruction, and no "climax" in which a major character met their demise. It was still an intriguing story. At first I thought I was Team Kile, but I could totally see why Eadlyn fell for the guy she fell for - Eric is definitely swoonworthy. It did feel a little bit like a whirlwind romance that unfolded very quickly, but at least it wasn't love at first sight.
I did really enjoy these two books, however I wouldn't say they were as gripping as the original trilogy was....more
**spoiler alert** This was a great read, just like the first three in the series - it was fun reading about a girl who had to discover the brutal trut**spoiler alert** This was a great read, just like the first three in the series - it was fun reading about a girl who had to discover the brutal truth about herself (e.g. she's a bit unlikable actually) during the Selection she begrudgingly agrees to.
During this read I was pulling for Kile, though I also could see an intriguing side to Erik. Since I'm now nearly done with Book #2 I can't much remember what happened during this book. I guess it wasn't particularly eventful if you compare it to the first three books, in which people are constantly under threat of death or injury due to the rebels. I still enjoyed this book - but kept waiting for some huge disaster to happen. It didn't, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. ;)
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this third book in the story of America and Maxon, equally to book #2, though this one might've had a slightest edge due t**spoiler alert** I enjoyed this third book in the story of America and Maxon, equally to book #2, though this one might've had a slightest edge due to the sheer amount of action that occurred. I was glad that things got resolved within the group of Elite, and very saddened by what happened to Celeste at the peak of the action, but what a relief that it all worked out in the end.
I thought it was maybe a bit convenient that Aspen's unrequited crush was killed off in the end. I was also really exasperated with America for taking so long to tell Maxon about Aspen - in fact, she took so long that she didn't even tell him before he found out himself. But I guess that's a common plot device.
I would like to say I was disappointed to find "we'll have to make due" in this series, as it's meant to be "make do" if we're being really correct about things. But other than that, I don't have much to complain about. Great trilogy that gripped me from for at least 2 / 3 of the journey.
I liked this one better than the first one, as it was no longer just America struggling with her choice - it was also Maxon struggling with a choice oI liked this one better than the first one, as it was no longer just America struggling with her choice - it was also Maxon struggling with a choice of his own, and America realising she had to figure out what was going on in her head and heart.
I really enjoyed the development of the plot line with the Italian family, the rebels, etc., and was gripped by those aspects of the story too.
Oops, I forgot I finished this one! Another great episode in the Debt Collector series here - I was fascinated to learn more about the Madam and whatOops, I forgot I finished this one! Another great episode in the Debt Collector series here - I was fascinated to learn more about the Madam and what she's really up to with her 'business'. Now I just want to see what Lirium ends up deciding to do, after he's got himself out of his current predicament in #4! Hope we get to see more of Apple Girl & the kids....more