Okay. So I'm seriously having a hard time rating this book. The author is a talented writer with a witty sense of humor and fun characters, but there is so much going on, and the book is so all over the place I just feel completely lost after reading it. After researching information about the author I think this is supposed to be based on another series? That's grand and all, but what about those of us who haven't read the other series? I just feel . . . lost. At the beginning I loved it, mid way I was scratching my head, the end there were so many characters I couldn't remember who was who.
Sigh . . . I was so into this at first and I feel disappointed. I might try to read the other books by Kenyon so I might be able to understand this series better because I liked the writing so much.
It feels wrong, somehow, rating Anne's diary, but she was truly a very complex, interesting, and insightful young girl. Every time she spoke about her future, I was crushed knowing she never got one.
I would recommend this to everyone, young and old.
Selma Blair did a fantastic job narrating, giving the right amount of emphasis for how a teenage girl might actually talk.
Some have said they don't understand what was so horrific about the book, or how they hated Anne being a teenager and saying, many times, that no one truly knows her or "understands" her. Here's the truth: I don't think anyone in the annex really did know her, and only after the war ended did her father get to see insight into his daughter's emotions and internal turmoil. What's so horrific about this story is how it abruptly ends. The fact the 8 Jews in the annex had to hide from the world just to stay alive. That, in the end, it was all for naught. What's so horrific is the terrible way they died, and for no reason whatsoever.
Those who gave negative reviews seem to not have grasped the point of Anne's story. They focus too much on it being a diary of a young girl and less on the reality of her situation. Juxtapose her life with what was going on in the world. How her being Jewish didn't make her any different than any other teenage girl. Her religion, race, wasn't who she was. THAT'S the point. She was brave, naive, an autodidactic, and had hopes and dreams. Maybe some of the naysayers out there should take a page from Anne's diary and try to live it. Tell me how it was terrifying and horrific. Because, guess what, it was.
I wish she had survived to continue her stories. I imagine her to be a writer with rich and challenging writing that would make you think. Her loss is unimaginable.
Another five shining bright stars for Molly Harper, who can entertain, humor, tell a wickedly delicious story, and actually have real depth with her plots. If you haven't gotten on the Harper bandwagon yet, my only question is: WHY NOT?
And One Last Thing . . . had me in stitches, nearly crying, and nodding my head at how spot on this story is. After being in love with Harper's paranormal books, this was a different change of pace. However, Harper keeps up the witty remarks, fun characters, and over-all sense of feeling as if everything is happening to you. Only if I was that funny. I think what really made me love this book in particular was the fact I'd gone through a divorce myself, and if I had it to do all over again, I would have sent out a hilarious and not-the-least-bit contrite newsletter to all our friends/family.
As far as the narration, Amanda Ronconi is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. It's Ronconi's voice and characterization that gives all of Harper's books that little extra bump. She has such a finesse with brining books alive that I don't know if reading Harper's books will ever be the same without Ronconi's voice.
Keep on writing, Molly, for I am forever your loyal book-reading servant. Same goes for Amanda, because I'll buy just about any book she narrates!
Karaoke scene was epic.
When Penny first spoke to the club.
I love The Beatles, so of course I devoured this book. It's fun and light and inspirational. I wish there had been more of a conclusion to the book, but I enjoyed what I listened to. Would recommend to anyone just needing some fluff in their reading.
*starts singing* Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band . . .
The POV switch was smoother than it would have been if I had read this novel.
Not that I can recall.
Though I'm still confused about the world-building aspects of this novel, I enjoyed it very much. I'm usually not a fan of the POV switch, but this was done quite nicely and didn't feel repetitive. Now I'm jonesing for the next in this series!
Hilarious. Adorable. Fantastical
Molly Harper . . . what can I say? I love your humor and the plots you write. I hope to read many more books from you in the future. Plus, I loved the little details about KY you put in there (hello from a former WKU student), which made this book all the more enjoyable. Please, please never stop writing, and I promise to never scream in your face again (again, sorry about that little RT mishap in Chicago).
To fellow listeners: I suggest you move this series up in your to-read pile. Trust me.
Absolutely. This is a must read for anyone looking for a book that uses all the stereotypes yet keeps it refreshingly light and funny.
Jane was, of course, but we can't forget Zeb! Mainly because he cracks me up and is unflinchingly loyal to Jane.
The attitude! Amanda totally made the book funnier than it would have been if I would have read it.
I had low expectations for this book...and now I feel like an idiot for ever thinking negatively of it! This will go on my to-be-read-again-and-again-and-again shelf. :)
The listening experience was 5 stars, it was the horrific writing that gained my one-star rating.
Maybe, and only because Tavia Gilbert narrates the next two in this series.
Audiobook narration was brilliant, as always with Tavia Gilbert (and the reason I bought this from audible in the first place), but the story was like a regurgitated piece of steak. Tavia saved this book. Thank His Noodly Appendage for that!
7) The only real praise I have for the actual writing of the book was from the killer's perspective. Only in small doses though. After about the third time of reading something in his POV, I was going,
I'll just make a quick list of things that immediately stand out to me.
1) A character is killed at the beginning of the book (Tom), which is fine and all, but the main character, Shaley, is in a state of grief and sadness throughout the novel, though we have absolutely no connection with the dude who was murdered. I'd say about three minutes was spent on Tom's character before he was whacked off. There wasn't even any substantial flashbacks to show Tom's and Shaley's friendship as the investigation unfolds (unless you count her remembering him shaking a hand). So instead of sympathizing with Shaley, I wanted to rip her arms off and beat her (or myself) with them. Which brings me to . . .
2) As much as Shaley is saddened and cries over the above character, she goes shopping the next day with her bff for fun. This was a WTF? moment. If you've lost a close friend, you understand that the last thing you feel like doing is
I didn't read a single thing about this book before I bought it. It looked good and everyone had been talking about it so why not? This book was not at all what I expected--it was much more. J.R. Ward does it again with her brilliant writing. She knows just how to lighten a situation by her clever metaphors and witty writing. I wonder what book two will have in store for us!
What can I say about this wonderful book? First, the whole idea of the Iron Fae was brilliant and masterful. I really do enjoy it when an author can take a topic over-used and turn it into an original piece of fiction. Some reviews stated they couldn't believe how the main character acted. That's ridiculous--she's a teenager whose only problems in life are school, friends, and family (not in that order). Meghan Chase ends up turning into a very mature, self-sacrificing adult. Maybe some people have their lives so together that they never make rash decisions like poor Meghan, but I'd probably be just as impulsive as she was. Regardless, she was a character that brought out many emotions in me.
Puck was a delightful character as well, and his sense of humor was a great relief. It was a perfect mix between him, Meghan, and Ash.
All I can say about sexy Ash except YUMMY! It's totally Romeo/Juliet and what can I say? I'm a sucker for that crap. Forbidden love and all that jazz.
This was a beautiful book and I can't wait to continue on in this world that Julie Kagawa brought to vivid, stunning life. Bravo!
Gena Showalter's writing and imagination does not fail in this book. *But* there was too much plot. Way too much going on. Aden's story was fascinating, as was Mary Ann's. How their lives intertwined and all the elements that went with it was intriguing and intense and . . . too much. You have the alternating POVs, the different story lines, subplots for each POV, and, on top of the main aspects of the story, you have *their* subplots. Does that make sense? And honestly, I could guess the plot from the very beginning. Way to go for not masking the hints very well. Sometimes NO hints are the best. Could have flat out told me exactly who Eve was the first time Aden sees Mary Ann. Also, I really hate poetic, cryptic sentences that make you scratch your head afterward.
Yeah. It was just a lot to have in one book. Hope the next is less of a tangled web and more of a flowing story.
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