Sunset Key is part of a series of novellas that feature Blake Crouch's all-time favorite character creation: Letty Dobesh. You may be familiar with thSunset Key is part of a series of novellas that feature Blake Crouch's all-time favorite character creation: Letty Dobesh. You may be familiar with this character from TNT's television series: Good Behavior. Sunset Key is a story that you haven't seen on the screen though. This one was psychotic and I absolutely loved it! The main twist is revealed about half way through and it was jaw-dropping for me. Everything is running smoothly as planned and then bam! Oh what a fun ride though! I was on the edge of my seat watching this play out and then a smaller but still impactful twist/turn is revealed again at the end. I don't know how they would ever be able to integrate this novella into the television series but I would love to see it. I'm a huge fan of all things resembling La Femme Nikita and this is a story that would fit in perfectly to a series like that. Check it out!
The Pain of Others is the first in a series of novellas that feature Blake Crouch's all-time favorite character creation: Letty Dobesh. You may be famThe Pain of Others is the first in a series of novellas that feature Blake Crouch's all-time favorite character creation: Letty Dobesh. You may be familiar with this character from TNT's television series: Good Behavior. The Pain of Others is the Letty Dobesh story that most closely follows the television show, specifically the first episode. However, the endings are vastly different which makes the book worth the read. When I say vastly different? Yeah...it has been a long while since a twist like that made my jaw drop to the floor. Seriously, check it out!
"The word twilight suggests falling away into darkness, the strange, dreamlike in-between time, when day isn’t quite finished and night hasn’t quite b
"The word twilight suggests falling away into darkness, the strange, dreamlike in-between time, when day isn’t quite finished and night hasn’t quite begun. Kyra hovers in that limbo, not entirely herself without her memory and plunging into a terrifying night as her life unravels. However, she also finds beauty and hope in twilight. She remembers magical nights, when she walked the beach and discovered unusual marine species beneath the moonlight. And night always becomes day again. Darkness leads to dawn. She discovers her own inner strength and reclaims her life." -author Q&A
The Twilight Wife is a standalone, psychological suspense novel written by author A.J. Banner. After suffering a head injury, the heroine is struggling with memory loss. As with other novels with a similar plot, she comes across information, people, and experiences that challenge the memories she has been told. The Twilight Wife felt very familiar to me (think Before I Go to Sleep), but I very much enjoyed A.J. Banner's detail to the heroine's line of work as a marine biologist. This addition added lovely visuals for me while reading and even prompted me to look up a few terms/sealife words I had never heard of before. Although the bulk of this book isn't something I hadn't read before, I certainly don't regret reading it. Check it out!
My favorite quote: "None of us is bound by the past."...more
★★★ Sunset in Central Park is the second installment in Sarah Morgan's adult chick-lit/contemporary romance series titled From Manhattan with Love. I h★★★½ Sunset in Central Park is the second installment in Sarah Morgan's adult chick-lit/contemporary romance series titled From Manhattan with Love. I have been thoroughly enjoying this series. Ms. Morgan offers romance, humor, and very likable characters in a New York City setting which I love visualizing. Each book features a different heroine/hero and this allows the books to be read in any order.
Sunset in Central Park's heroine bordered a bit on the depressive side for my personal taste (hiding under a cranky/feisty facade) but her historical and presenting stressors were well-communicated to solicit reader empathy. The hero will already be known to readers who have read other books in this series and I appreciated the many, many cameos by other characters I've previously read and come to love. Thankfully, the heroine eventually finds her optimism, the romance blossoms along with her self-confidence and growing confidence in others, and all the fears she had about returning to her childhood home become joyfully unfounded. These aren't spoilers. You already know this series is one big happily ever after. Just enjoy the ride :)
My favorite quote: “Don’t you want someone to snuggle up to at night?” “No. This way I never have to fight for the duvet, I can sleep diagonally across the bed and I can read until four in the morning.” “A book can’t take the place of a man!” “I disagree. A book can give you most things a relationship can. It can make you laugh, it can make you cry, it can transport you to different worlds and teach you things. You can even take it out to dinner. And if it bores you, you can move on.”
★★★ I started this series with installment #3 because this is the type of series that allows you to do that. You can come and go with no confusion. I l★★★½ I started this series with installment #3 because this is the type of series that allows you to do that. You can come and go with no confusion. I loved #3 which was themed perfectly for the holiday time in which I read it. Afterwards, I found the first two installments and quickly got started. Sleepless in Manhattan wasn't quite as enjoyable as #3 in my personal opinion, but it was a solid contemporary romance with surprising layers. The hero is plagued by a dysfunctional perception of relationships due to poor modeling on his parents' part. The heroine has been in significant medical treatment the majority of her life which caused her character to have some interesting complexities. This is a friends to lovers romance, but as you can see, it's not that simple. Given the complicated characters, I felt that they were still portrayed fairly superficially but I can recognize that this is not intended to be a literary fiction nor a boring case study. It's a steamy but humorous romance, so superficial is sometimes allowed and happily overlooked. I did very much enjoy Sleepless in Manhattan and am excited to continue on to #2...and yes, probably #3 (again :P).
My favorite quote: “Can we watch something romantic for a change?” “I was thinking horror.” Matt typed a reply to one of his emails. “Silence of the Lambs, or maybe some Stephen King-” “No way!” Eva recoiled. “I hate horror. Unless you want to wake up and find me shivering in your bed because I'm too scared to sleep alone, you'd better pick something else. No serial killers. No dead children. Those are my rules. Can we watch Sleepless in Seattle?” “Not unless the reason they're sleepless is because there's a serial killer on the loose.”
Very similar to Sharon Guskin's The Forgetting Time...or maybe The Forgetting Time is very similar to this one. I don't know which one was written firVery similar to Sharon Guskin's The Forgetting Time...or maybe The Forgetting Time is very similar to this one. I don't know which one was written first. I may take a few minutes later on to research it a bit more. Regardless, Yesternight was an engaging, mysterious, and thrilling story about the idea of reincarnation. Unfortunately, because of my exposure to The Forgetting Time, Yesternight was nothing I haven't read before but I very much enjoyed the mystery element and especially the twists and turns near the end. It added a haunting feel to an already haunting thought. Check it out!
My favorite quote: "Sometimes traumatic memories like to keep the doors to their chambers wide open so that their victims never stop hearing, seeing and sensing the horrors of their past. The memories roared and clawed and sank sharp teeth into a person's brain. As hard as the sufferer tried, she could never slam the door shut without someone, someone like a trained psychologist to help. In fact shutting the door wasn't even the solution. The memories themselves needed to be weakened, tamed, shrunken down to minuscule granules of dust that could no longer clamp down and destroy a person's life. Other memories however preferred to hide behind closed doors with thick metal locks. From behind the wood they snarled, they growled, they pounded their fists against the barrier and threatened to kick the door wide open to reveal their monstrous faces when their sufferers least wanted to see them. And yet the remained a frustrating mystery. Unconquerable until viewed and faced."
Update 12/30/16:: So I researched the publication dates and although The Forgetting Time was officially published first, both publication dates are close enough to theorize that the authors were writing their books around the same time. Unfortunately, I could not locate any online interviews with Cat Winters to gain insight into her inspiration. Although the main topics are eerily similar, there are societal themes and historical factors that indeed set these two stories apart. Both are lovely reads that I would recommend.
My favorite quote: “It interests me how we find ways to feel superior to another person, another group of people. It happens everywhere, and all the tiMy favorite quote: “It interests me how we find ways to feel superior to another person, another group of people. It happens everywhere, and all the time. Whatever we call it, I think it’s the lowest part of who we are, this need to find someone else to put down.”...more
Hot Winter Nights is a standalone contemporary romance written under James Patterson's BOOKSHOTS imprint (fast reads for fast times). At 160 pages/2 hHot Winter Nights is a standalone contemporary romance written under James Patterson's BOOKSHOTS imprint (fast reads for fast times). At 160 pages/2 hours, 52 minutes via audio, this is a quick and easy read, as the BOOKSHOTS selections are intended to be.
This story was sexy and likable, even with the love triangle which usually annoys me. It ended on a bit of suspense which didn't quite feel that suspenseful because of the fast-paced plot. My processing had to keep up with the chain of events and then it was over. I have read a number of the BOOKSHOTS selections and am enjoying the concept. Hot Winter Nights was no exception.
Absolutely stunning. Love this addition to an amazing series ♥
My favorite quote: "And just like that it was Christmas. No gifts. No music. No crèche. OAbsolutely stunning. Love this addition to an amazing series ♥️
My favorite quote: "And just like that it was Christmas. No gifts. No music. No crèche. Only lights. That’s all it took. The push of a button. It shouldn’t have been that simple, but it was. A little more light where before there was darkness. A little more beauty where before there was emptiness. All the bad things that were there before were still there, but at least there was one more small good thing in the world."
I hate the narration on this audiobook and I'm not really digging the story either. I adore Alessandra Torre and love the majority of her books. InsteI hate the narration on this audiobook and I'm not really digging the story either. I adore Alessandra Torre and love the majority of her books. Instead of adding one that I don't like to the list, I'm just going to pretend I never read it, which I didn't actually. DNF at 30%. I know, I know, I didn't even give it a shot. But the nasally narration...I could write a tongue twister about it!
Elle Kennedy is one of my go-to authors when it comes to adult romance so I anticipated enjoying her hand at the new-adult genre as well. The Deal isElle Kennedy is one of my go-to authors when it comes to adult romance so I anticipated enjoying her hand at the new-adult genre as well. The Deal is certainly one of the better new-adult novels I have read but it still didn't win me over. Regardless, I applaud Ms. Kennedy for incorporating some pretty heavy themes into this romance and managing to keep the sexy-factor strong. Emotions were high and the drama element was in full-force on both sides, but I was able to keep my eyerolls at bay. I enjoyed The Deal - 3 stars - but I don't think I will be continuing the series. HOWEVER, if you are a reader who does enjoy the new-adult genre, I highly recommend The Deal, and since Elle Kennedy is the author, I'll go ahead and recommend the rest of the series as well :)
My favorite quote: “Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don’t know how you ever lived without them.”
Sex Love Repeat is a standalone erotica novel written by the goddess that is Alessandra Torre. Unfortunately, I found this particular story to be a leSex Love Repeat is a standalone erotica novel written by the goddess that is Alessandra Torre. Unfortunately, I found this particular story to be a less than enjoyable piece of erotica. It's not because it's lacking the erotica component. That's all there is and this is an example of why I only read this genre from a select few authors. I need complicated characters and an engaging storyline to follow. This one tried but the sex was like every five minutes and I personally found most of the characters to be frustratingly unlikable, combine that with a big reveal at the end that caused me to be a little sad and a lot grossed out and I ended up like this...
Maybe if I read more erotica the creative coincidence wouldn't have made me look exactly like Kristen Wiig above, but I don't...and it did. Despite my lack of enjoyment with this particular book, I will continue to scream Alessandra Torre's name from the mountain tops. She's freakin' amazing and everyone should know it!
My favorite quote: “You don’t understand the true awesomeness of nature until you watch the sun rise on water that stretches across half the world. Or until you lay back on the board in the pitch black of night and listen to the world sleep. Until you feel the tug of water and know that you are dancing with a partner that could dip you into death should it feel the need. It is intoxicating, the heartbeat of the ocean.”...more
$10,000,000 Marriage Proposal is a standalone contemporary romance written under James Patterson's BOOKSHOTS imprint (fast reads for fast times). At 1$10,000,000 Marriage Proposal is a standalone contemporary romance written under James Patterson's BOOKSHOTS imprint (fast reads for fast times). At 145 pages/2 hours, 40 minutes via audio, this is a quick and easy read, as the BOOKSHOTS selections are intended to be.
The authors James Patterson and Hilary Liftin may have been trying to keep readers on their toes with a bit of fun mystery but I just found it incredibly confusing. It was like watching someone spend their last dollar gambling on a shell-game scam. By the time the ending came, I still don't think I had entirely processed the who and what of everything but I didn't waste too much time so I can't really complain. There are definitely some winning bookshots out there so if you come across one then consider checking it out.
My favorite quote: "I’ve always said—kids hate school and adults hate work. That’s where we go wrong—making work into a chore. We need to find our passions.”...more
Cecelia Ahern's The Gift is a lovely addition to holiday fiction. It leaves readers with a beautiful message about how precious and impactful the giftCecelia Ahern's The Gift is a lovely addition to holiday fiction. It leaves readers with a beautiful message about how precious and impactful the gift of time is. Not just time on this earth, but the time you purposefully set aside for those who give your life quality and purpose. Nurture those relationships before you lose them. The Gift is worth the read. Check it out!
My favorite quote: "Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasures. It is time that we do not have enough of; it is time that causes the war within our hearts, and so we must spend it wisely."...more
End of the Innocence is the third and final installment in Alessandra Torre's erotic/romance trilogy titled Innocence. I thought the addition of thrilEnd of the Innocence is the third and final installment in Alessandra Torre's erotic/romance trilogy titled Innocence. I thought the addition of thriller/mystery elements was a surprise in the second book, but I obviously had know idea what Ms. Torre had up her sleeve! Ms. Torre had me glued to every page of this book and I loved it! This has been a great trilogy that I started out loving but honestly didn't have high hopes for the long run. I was wrong. I don't re-read many books, much less entire trilogies/series but all of these books were put right back on my list for a re-read. Alessandra Torre is a goddess. Have I said that yet? Check her out!!
My favorite quote: "The horrific thing about having everything you wanted is the constant fear that it would all disappear."
Masked Innocence is the second installment in Alessandra Torre's erotic/romance trilogy titled Innocence. Masked Innocence picks up where BlindfoldedMasked Innocence is the second installment in Alessandra Torre's erotic/romance trilogy titled Innocence. Masked Innocence picks up where Blindfolded Innocence left off, and has a similar writing style as it starts with a glimpse at a later scene and then slowly catches up. However, a significant difference between the two books is thriller/mystery element...and then a huge revelation at the end. Ms. Torre definitely knows how to keep her readers invested in a continuing storyline! If you enjoy erotic series/trilogies, consider picking up Innocence. Please read in order though. It's not just sex thank God- there are great characters and an interesting story to follow as well. Check it out!
My favorite quote: “Julia, you are incomparable. I know what I risk in straying from you, what I would lose if you left me. I promise to never kiss, caress or f**k another woman without you there, watching it happen. And I promise to allow you to be as unfaithful as you want, as long as I am there to make sure you’re satisfied.” His mouth curved into a grin and he brought my hand to his mouth, kissing it gently. “Or flirt.” “What?” “You can’t flirt with women either. And by the way, you really do suck in the romance department. Hallmark will never put that last paragraph on a card.”
I just finished reading another one of Alessandra Torre's books in which Brad DeLuca's character played a small role as a divorce attorney. Let me claI just finished reading another one of Alessandra Torre's books in which Brad DeLuca's character played a small role as a divorce attorney. Let me clarify, his role may have been small but his presence was massive. I had to keep reminding myself who the main character was. To avoid spoilers, I usually wait until after finishing a book to read reviews and that's when I realized there is a whole series dedicated to DeLuca. Needless to say, I jumped right on him...um, I mean the books. I jumped right on his books. Yeah.
Brad DeLuca is a bit lost in his life currently but he is simultaneously always in control if that makes sense. He loves women, or rather he loves passing the time with sex, and when young newbie intern Julia enters his line of sight, he goes in for the kill. But fresh-faced, pencil skirt Julia has a few surprises. She is a challenge if there ever was one. She doesn't just fall at his feet like most women seem to. But predictably, that just makes him chase her more. After all is said and done, Blindfolded Innocence offers dominant characters, clashing personalities, a forbidden office romance, plenty of erotic satisfaction, a bit of kink, and one hell of a Las Vegas scene. Those who have read this book will know exactly which scene I'm talking about. This was a great book that hit me when I was in the perfect mood for it. I one-clicked the rest of the series and I'm about to gobble them up like Thanksgiving dinner! Check it out!!
My favorite quote: "The act of sex is healthy, normal, God-given. It's the emotions and entitlement that everyone attaches to it that is harmful."
Oh this was a fun bit of erotica. Sexy latino Beatriz makes a living (and a hobby) out of writing reviews for various sex toys. Of course she has to tOh this was a fun bit of erotica. Sexy latino Beatriz makes a living (and a hobby) out of writing reviews for various sex toys. Of course she has to try them all out in order to write an honest, proper opinion. Poor Beatriz.
When heading out to her sister's wedding, she gets her next assignment: to write a review on a sex position manual. However, it's not like a goodreads book review...like this one. She has to review the actual positions. Kinda hard to do that by your lonesome. That's when a second-chance romance makes an appearance and the rest is history. If you like creative spins on erotica, you've got to check this one out. It's short, fun, and it's Tiffany Reisz. You can't really go wrong.
My favorite quote: "No sex position, no matter how well-written, can make up for the lack of a good partner. A good partner can make even awkward sex enjoyable. If the sex doesn’t work, at least you can laugh about it together." ...more
Re-read 12/8/2017: I just love this audiobook experience! Great light romance set during the holidays ❤
Re-read 12/25/2016: Such a fun holiday romance IRe-read 12/8/2017: I just love this audiobook experience! Great light romance set during the holidays ❤️
Re-read 12/25/2016: Such a fun holiday romance I couldn't wait to reread. The audiobook narrator for the female lead character sounds exactly like Marilyn Monroe. It might be annoying to some but I loved it.
Original review 12/07/2016: Hallmark needs to make an adult channel just for books like this! I want an adaptation so bad. Miracle on 5th Avenue is a great holiday-themed romance (with adult content) but it's definitely not all happy googly eyes. A damaged, grieving, angry man: a famous crime writer with writer's block who has met his worst nightmare...but also his muse. Hate and anger turns to lust and sexy times. If this type of Christmas book is up your ally, check it out!
My favorite quote: “The news presents only the bad side of humanity, Mr. Blade, and it does it on a global scale. It doesn’t report the millions of small, unreported acts of kindness that take place on a daily basis in communities. People help old ladies across the street, they bring their neighbors tea when they’re sick. You don’t hear about it because good news isn’t entertainment, even though it’s those deeds that hold society together. Bad news is a commodity and the media trade in that.”
★★★ Bedmates was a surprise in a good way. I listened to the audiobook as a way to pass time, not really excited about the synopsis, almost letting the★★★½ Bedmates was a surprise in a good way. I listened to the audiobook as a way to pass time, not really excited about the synopsis, almost letting the title expire back to the library catalogue...but there were some pretty complex themes incorporated that made me very glad I gave it a go. I have unintentionally read an overflowing handful of books lately about veterans and the aftermath of their combat experiences and Bedmates is another. I always applaud authors for showing the nightmare that some of these men and women face. Perspective and appreciation is a good thing. Lots of angst and romance, a bit of role reversal since we have a "bad girl" instead of the typical "bad boy", and lovely softening emotions. Check it out!
My favorite quote: "Don't give up on being happy because of what might go wrong, because a lot could go right."...more
Wow...Seth Grahame-Smith can pretzel-bend history like nobody's business. The well-known nativity scene gets an epic reboot. I won't spoil any details Wow...Seth Grahame-Smith can pretzel-bend history like nobody's business. The well-known nativity scene gets an epic reboot. I won't spoil any details but this book is full of action, suspense, blood, but also faith and redemption. This was definitely a fun book to read as long as you can see it for entertainment and not take the distorted Bible story too personal (depending on your religious preference). Check it out!
My favorite quote: “Hug your children...Kiss your mothers and fathers, your brothers and sisters. Tell them how much you love them, every day. Because every day is the last day. Every light casts a shadow. And only the gods know when the darkness will find us.”...more
This super short story brought to mind several important life lessons:
1) You never know what you would do in a particular situation so don't judge. 2)This super short story brought to mind several important life lessons:
1) You never know what you would do in a particular situation so don't judge. 2) Everyone deserves compassion and a helping hand. 3) We are all hypocrites in some area of our lives. 4) Our biggest blessings can stem from our worst times...aka the blessing of brokenness.
My favorite quote: "...a woman can run faster with her skirt up than a man can with his pants down. But he had failed to point out that when both of them finally stopped trying to run, it was only the woman who could not escape the consequences."...more
Winter Moon is a Seven series novella (#7.5) written by Dannika Dark. This paranormal/shifter romance series may be officially complete but thankfullyWinter Moon is a Seven series novella (#7.5) written by Dannika Dark. This paranormal/shifter romance series may be officially complete but thankfully there's a little wiggle room for something short and sweet. Winter Moon is a lovely catch-up with all the characters from the series while offering humor, suspense, romance, and tons of Christmas spirit. I was super happy to poke my head back inside Ms. Dark's fascinating world and would definitely recommend this holiday read for fans of the series. Check it out!!
My favorite quote: "Snow had a way of making the world appear quieter, reminding its audience of how tranquil and elegant mother nature can be."
“Our immortality comes through our children and their children. Through our roots and branches. The family is immortality. And Hitler has destroyed
“Our immortality comes through our children and their children. Through our roots and branches. The family is immortality. And Hitler has destroyed not just branches and roots, but entire family trees, forests. All of them, gone.”
The year is 1943 and World War II Nazi-occupied Italy played its part in the persecution, deportation, and ultimate murder of the Jewish people. However, Amy Harmon manages to incorporate so much beauty in this very dark time. From Sand and Ash is full of contrasts: life/death, hope/defeat, courage/fear, compliance/rebellion, faith/doubt, love/rejection, desire/restraint... the list goes on. But such is this magical life – we cannot survive the depths without having at least a flicker of light, and even more so when the world is at war and a beautiful people are being destroyed simply because they exist.
Amy Harmon has created incredibly human characters full of complexities. She has also replicated the palpable emotions that coincide with tragic times, but the themes of family, love, and resiliency shine through. For me, this was an incredibly rich reading experience that gave me hope. Hope that with every negative, a positive can be found and with every person full of evil intent, there will be another who will choose to do the right thing. I loved this book ♥
My favorite quote: “Fear is strange. It settles on chests and seeps through skin, through layers of tissue, muscle, and bone and collects in a soul-sized black hole, sucking the joy out of life, the pleasure, the beauty. But not the hope. Somehow, the hope is the only thing resistant to the fear, and it is that hope that makes the next breath possible, the next step, the next tiny act of rebellion, even if that rebellion is simply staying alive.”...more
The Vanishing Year is a standalone, mystery/psychological thriller novel written by Kate Moretti. I found this story to be a consistently engaging reaThe Vanishing Year is a standalone, mystery/psychological thriller novel written by Kate Moretti. I found this story to be a consistently engaging read for me personally, with a plot twist that I did not see coming AT ALL. I ended the book totally flabbergasted.
The more I thought about the the turn of events, the more I thought that many elements featured beforehand didn't quite make sense given the nature of this revelation, but I decided to not be nitpicky and just enjoy the speechless feeling that I love about these types of reading experiences. Check it out!
My favorite quote: "Evelyn never believed in happily ever afters, warning against falling in love with an idea over a person. Ideas are infallible, people are not. Don't confuse the two. She was an optimist, but never naive. There's a difference, she'd say."...more
Fool Me Once is the second installment in Katee Robert's adult contemporary romance series titled Foolproof Love. In my opinion, this story was heavyFool Me Once is the second installment in Katee Robert's adult contemporary romance series titled Foolproof Love. In my opinion, this story was heavy on the sex and very light in terms of characters in my opinion. It sounds like stereotypical erotica but the book doesn't quite fit in that genre either which made the reading experience a bit confusing. I enjoy Ms. Roberts as a romance author and will definitely continue to read her books. Her stories are fun and sexy which makes for a good read. This one in particular just didn't quite work for me personally; however, check it out for yourself. You might love it!
My favorite quote: “Strip?” She blinked. “I thought this was some kind of seduction. Aren’t you going to run me a bath and slowly remove my clothes while whispering sweet nothings in my ear and then wash my hair while I bliss out?” “What the hell kind of books have you been reading?” “Fiction, obviously.”
As gifts, I've given countless coloring books to both children and adults. Sadly, I've never given one to myself. Well, I can't say that anymore! Can'As gifts, I've given countless coloring books to both children and adults. Sadly, I've never given one to myself. Well, I can't say that anymore! Can't wait to get started!!
Mata Hari...was she a spy or wasn't she? Did she serve as a double agent for Germany and France throughout World War I or did a malicious allegation w Mata Hari...was she a spy or wasn't she? Did she serve as a double agent for Germany and France throughout World War I or did a malicious allegation with zero evidence destroy her life? In this re-imagining based on nonfiction accounts, author Paulo Coelho says no. Her only crime was her choice to be an independent woman, exposing the world to feminism for the very first time, and for that she lost her life by firing squad.
As Mata Hari waited for execution, one of her last requests was for a pen and paper to write letters. Over the past two decades, Germany, Holland, and the U.K.’s MI5 released their files on Mata Hari which provided tons of insight and information into her life. Mr. Coelho combined information from these letters, a researched timeline, along with creative liberties to write a first-person account of Mata Hari's life starting from about age sixteen.
I loved Mr. Coelho's summarized portrayal of this amazing woman. I wish this novel was longer because I wanted to know her much more. However, I highly respect that Mr. Coelho didn't just make stuff up to fill the pages. I'd like to think that The Spy is as fact-based as possible and if the book feels too short it's because you can't write what you don't know. Fairly recently, I read another re-imagining about nonfiction characters where the opposite was done and I have lost all respect for that particular author. The Spy is the first book I have ever read by Paulo Coelho and I look forward to exploring his other work. But most importantly, I look forward to doing my own research about the amazing Mata Hari. If you enjoy stories about strong women who push the boundaries for our gender, then do some research for yourself...and consider checking out The Spy!
My favorite quote: "The Greeks have a word full of contradictory meanings: metanoia. Sometimes it means repentance, contrition, confession of sins, the promise not to repeat what we did wrong. At other times it means going beyond what we know to stand face to face with the unknown without recollection or memory, without understanding how it will be to take the next step. We are bound to our lives, to our pasts, to the laws of what we consider right or wrong, and suddenly everything changes. We walk the street without fear and greet out neighbors. But moments later they are no longer our neighbors. They put up fences and barbed wire so we can no longer see things as they were before. So it will be with me. With the Germans. With men who decided to find it easier to let an innocent woman die than to recognize their own mistakes. It is a shame that what happens today already happened yesterday and will happen again tomorrow. It will continue to happen until the end of time or until man finds out he is not only what he things but mostly what he feels. The body tires easily but the spirit is always free and will help us get out one day from this infernal cycle of repeating the same mistakes every generation. Although thoughts always remain the same, there is something stronger, and this is called love."...more