Claire North is on my Author Watch list. Every time I see her name, I grab her book and hope for the best.
I've really enjoyed this title, and I've enClaire North is on my Author Watch list. Every time I see her name, I grab her book and hope for the best.
I've really enjoyed this title, and I've enjoyed telling other people about it. I've enjoyed sitting and meditating on it, thinking about and exploring the idea, letting it keep going and expanding in my mind.
the ending was open; anything could have happened. and I'm okay with it, because any one of the options could be good, and right; it's complete and it's fine. ...more
Out of every JP book I've read, this is really pretty bad. Patterson's writing is redundant to the point of saying literally the saNo.
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Out of every JP book I've read, this is really pretty bad. Patterson's writing is redundant to the point of saying literally the same sentience multiple times (I counted four). the plot was weak, and I guessed all the "surprises" before I got through the third disk (out of 9).
still exciting, but really not worth your time....more
I quit about 1/3 of the way through... it really stressed me out and annoyed me for two reasons.
1. Normal (suicidal) guy who has never killed anyone sI quit about 1/3 of the way through... it really stressed me out and annoyed me for two reasons.
1. Normal (suicidal) guy who has never killed anyone suddenly has no problem taking someone out in cold blood? naw fam. 2. suicidal guy kills a guy and suddenly can't live with the stress and freaks out, so he goes to a lawyer?? no. sorry. no....more
This is not the best James Patterson book I've ever read. I figured out the bad guy about halfway through the book and was not surprised. HOWEVER, I eThis is not the best James Patterson book I've ever read. I figured out the bad guy about halfway through the book and was not surprised. HOWEVER, I enjoyed this book significantly more than many other JP books I've read, because of the characters. I absolutely love Detective Harriet Blue, I think she's amazing and hilarious and a sarcastic ass and I love it. I love the development, the confusion, the raw emotion. I love the game the bad guy is playing the whole way through.
Definitely going to continue with this series, and I recommend it to anyone looking for a kick-ass heroine cop as the protagonist....more
Excellent narration, beautiful story and complex character development, and a surprising twist near the end of the book.
This book deals with some heavExcellent narration, beautiful story and complex character development, and a surprising twist near the end of the book.
This book deals with some heavy psychological stuff, and really got me thinking. I was very involved in the characters lives and development, and I was very satisfied with the way the story ended. As long as you can handle some slightly intense scenes, any fan of thrillers and psychological stories will enjoy this book!...more
This book outlines the story of the Kurim Case, a case taking place in another country, and it reads like a report or a professional document. It is nThis book outlines the story of the Kurim Case, a case taking place in another country, and it reads like a report or a professional document. It is not a novel, but the story is still written with the intention to get the reader's attention, ask questions, bring to to a climax, and leave with a conclusion.
In the beginning of the work, he warns the reader that there are some details that someone with sensitivity should be cautious of. This warning was only mildly warranted; there were only a few instances where the torture endured by the victims was outlined in such graphic detail, and in the scheme of things, by a fluent reader of crime novels, it was some of the less violent and disturbing that I've read. That being said, if you can't get through your typical crime novel, or a James Patterson torture scene, best leave this one off your list.
All in all, I tore through it very quickly (it's short, so I listened at work, and read it in one sitting). It kept me engaged and interested, and I'm very satisfied with the work as a whole. I would have liked just a little more detail and breakdown of the mental disorders and psychological influence that happened (I love that kind of stuff) but for a fan of true crime who wants a quick engaging read, this is a great book!
The narrator was also very good. Narrators can make or break an audiobook production, and Sprance definitely made it....more
I wanted to give her a chance. I wanted to hope that someone this clever and with such backing would have hired a better editor or have had people peeI wanted to give her a chance. I wanted to hope that someone this clever and with such backing would have hired a better editor or have had people peer review her work or something. But no, it's the same old same old.
I have 3 major problems with Meyer's book(s). the same problems apply to all of them, not just this one.
1. The concept of the plot is very good, but it's basic and underdeveloped. there could have been so much more mystery behind everything, and it could have surprised and shocked me. but it didn't. I figured it all out very quickly and then rolled my eyes when the main character was shocked by the "plot twist."
2. The writing is atrocious. straight-up bad grammar, poor sentience structure, and who the hell writes an adult novel and cuts the sentence off before the expletives? I want the expletives! Ok if you're writing a teen novel I get it. But this is sooooo not a YA novel. it's about a scientist who tortures people for the government.
3. The characters were not unique or special. this felt exactly like The Host. Which felt exactly like the Twilight series. So basically, she can only write 3 characters: under-developed female with no personality, super-sweet pushover guy, and super-asshole guy. Awesome. Remind me why you're a best seller?
I'm giving it two stars instead of one because even though it was horrible, I still got about a third of the way through it (which is more than I can say for some other horrible books I've read in the past). ...more
On one hand, the plot and story has a lot of potential, the writing is pretty good and keeps me reading,This whole series has me feeling all mixed up.
On one hand, the plot and story has a lot of potential, the writing is pretty good and keeps me reading, and the characters are well developed and complex.
But on the other hand, there's a lot that I don't like. Most prominent, the main character in this story is a young girl abused to the point of a sexual identity crisis. (S)he has no identity, is very confused, and has very little guidance on the matter.
The plot also seemed to drag a little in this one near the end. The beginning and middle was fairly well paced, but it wasn't nearly as well thought out and complex as Wake of Vultures. And it didn't really end the way I wanted it to.
This series is not one I'm going to continue. Part of it is because of the slowness and disappointingness of the plot in this novel, but the other part is the subject of Nettie/Rhett's identity crisis.
I feel like because she was abused by a man she hated, and neglected by a woman who was supposed to keep her safe, she lost all respect for women. She didn't want to be a part of that "woman" stuff. So instead she decided to become what she had respect for: the men in the horse training camp.
But rather than become a strong heroine, she became a broken confused scared young girl who tries to change who and what she is because of past experiences.
And I know the author was trying to make a statement about something, but I feel like it's done more hurt than it's helped. I wish Nettie/Rhett would learn that she is indeed perfect just as she is, she wasn't born in the wrong body, and that being a man or a woman has nothing to do with who you are or how you act.
Somehow I doubt that'll happen. So I'm retiring this series and moving on to greener pastures.
first of all, listening to the audio, it was a bit silly. The accent switched between American and British,**spoiler alert** This book is devastating.
first of all, listening to the audio, it was a bit silly. The accent switched between American and British, and it was weird. The story itself was bonkers (which is to be expected, this is Hearts we're talking about).
What killed me is there's no way for this story to turn out happy. And I am 100% sure of it, so I quit right after the meadow scene. I'll let it work itself out happily in my head. Because I don't feel like having to explain to my boss why I'm crying about a YA novel.
So in my head, Jest took Cath to the Hatter, who made her a hat to make her brave. She marries the king, kills him, kills the jabberwock, and partners with the white queen in Chess to save their kingdom. And she marries Jest and becomes the happiest girl in the world.
EVEN THOUGH I KNOW WHAT HAPPENS AND THAT'S NOT IT. Here, Marissa Meyer, just take my heart and stomp on it already. ...more