Review: I had wanted to read this book for awhile, and after seeing previews for the movie, decided I best get on it. I rushed through the really good book I was reading, put *aside* a book by my favorite author, and snatched this Kindle boxed set up! And then.
I am pretty sure I've stepped into a time loop; one I may never return from at this rate. Slowest. book. ever. I don't mind a slow story build up if the author makes it interesting, but that's not what happens in this book. It's just slow,... Read more
Review: While it is a lot of fun to get to know these facts about the characters, I wish that they had been given in a closer format to actual short stories. These feel more like encyclopedia entries than stories. I wanted a bit more "show" than "tell." Read more
Review: I gave this 4 stars only because to my own surprise I loved the peculiar3 book series so much. I expected a continuing story line . However the lessons taught were very worth reading especially for 10to 14 year old kids who would be able to ask the right questions that would bring the lesson home. Read more
Review: I'm a huge fan of Steinbeck and couldn't believe I hadn't read "The Pearl" in high school. So, I bought it at Amazon and wasn't impressed with the book. While some of the author's observations about people, human nature, and towns/communities are really good, this book is somewhat blah. It's based on a Mexican folk tale, so I can't fault Steinbeck for the lack of plot, but something just seems to be missing. I also didn't like the end, it was somewhat gory and made me think "ewww" just like... Read more
Review: The cover drew me in with its stunning beauty, but the awe did not stop there. I was very intrigued by this well thought out world & its characters. There was so much to learn along this journey, my mind happily soaking it all up like a sponge. This being one of the few necromancy themed books on my shelf I truly enjoyed Chupeco's spin. So intense & full of wonder, emotion, & a glimpse into an unfamiliar culture with an added darkness that brought fear & heartache.
As with all... Read more
Review: Waiver/Potential Spoiler Alert: I am the only person I know who did NOT gush over the "brilliance" of "When We Were Liars." So when I saw that comparisons were being made, I pretty much had the ending before I read the first page. So why, then, did I purchase it? Because Lauren Oliver wrote it. I knew her writing would be well-crafted without being so deliberately stylistic. I knew her characters would be likable. I thought all this would make it better--but it didn't. A plot twist is al... Read more
Review: This is not a story that needed to be told. This is the most mundane chain of events masquerading as a novel. You could learn all of the effects of rape on a young woman that this book illustrates by watching one season of Law & Order SVU. There is nothing special about it. Nothing gripping, or heart-wrenching, really.
This is a book that will either work for you or it won't. I, for one, prefer my books to have some sort of, you know, story. I understand that the point of this book wa... Read more
Review: Very confusing in the beginning trying to keep all the players straight with so much back and forth between the characters. Once you settle in and become familiar with everyone "this is where it ends" becomes more and more of a page turner. Ms Nijkamp did an excellent job of making the reader feel we were right there sharing in all the emotions. I know this is suppose to be Young Adult Fiction, for ages 14 and up. I am well beyond that age and thoroughly enjoyed the story. I was given an ea... Read more