An interesting premise of one persons behavior can create a profound ripple effect on others. The book is so fast paced that is doesn't allow the reader to become overly emotionally about a teen suicide.
Clay Jensen is a sympathetic, likable and relatable character. Hannah Baker is a bit frustrating making empathy for her difficult. Hannah's many reasons for her suicide seem a bit weak given that through her narration she seemed to have such a strong and clear understanding of her own actions and motivations, the actions and motivations of others and how it all affected her. Oddly, she seemed a little too well adjusted to turn to suicide.
Sending tapes to those she held responsible for her suicide felt a little more like a revenge story than a story of a spiral down into utter hopelessness. The tapes made her as petty and manipulative as some of those who wronged her.
Flaws aside, the story is compelling and will keep you interested until the very end.
A wonderful fictional account of the short and tragic life of Lady Jane Grey. A young girl who was caught up in the power hungry Protestant faction of the Tudor court, desperate to keep the fanatical Catholic Mary Tudor away from the throne. I had known little about Lady Jane Grey's very brief reign as Queen of England and found the book sparked my interest to do the research to learn more.
The story is told through the points of view of many characters that keeps it interesting. Great read
This is an amazing story, perfectly paced and masterfully told. Generally I avoid war stories of any kind but reluctantly made an exception based upon the high recommendation and urging of a friend. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn't pull myself away until the end It kept me up til the wee hours of morning, finishing it in less than a day. It truly is a Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption that you will not soon forget. Just one point of caution; the survival part of the story is not for faint of heart Nothing gratuitous just a clear account of the cruelty and dehumanizing treatment of WWII POW"s. Beautifully written but sometimes emotionally draining for the reader. Impeccably narrated as well.
I've read and re-read and thoroughly enjoyed each of the first 12 books in this series. More and more the series has become just the same thing over and over; Stephanie's car blows up, she and Lula eat vast quantities of fast food, Ranger is hot, Joe is hot, Grandma Mazur is eccentric and there is pineapple upside down cake for dessert. The plots have become flat and the dialog predictable. Generally character development has stopped. Notorious Nineteen is just a little bit better than the last few books in that we've learned a little more about Ranger but for the most part it seems like Evanovich has been just calling them in... you can no longer sense the author's investment in the characters or story line.
Don't misunderstand; I will read the next book and the any after that but it's time for some forward movement, it's starting to feel like the same book over and over again. I'm completely invested in the series and love each of the characters so I am a die-hard fan who will keep reading whatever comes. For those of you who haven't read any of the series do not make this your first book, it is not the best or even very good. Go back and start with book one... you will be hooked too.
The narration couldn't be any better Lorelei King is the best!!! She gives each character a personality and makes them come alive.
I was very disappointed after reading so many good reviews and talk of an adult version of Twilight. After reading it, I’m thinking more Twilight meets Bewitched and nothing too adult about it except some adult beverages. Wonderful idea, very poor delivery. The editor failed the author miserably… this was much too long, too many extraneous details that in no way added to the story or character development. The heroine, Diana, is repeatedly described as a strong, independent, powerful witch but her actions were not at all. She was the ever suffering victim; helpless, subservient and dependent. Our hero, the vampire Matthew, wasn't quite as annoying as Diana but very cliche as a secretive, brooding and angry Vamp. The poor character development and their lack of believable chemistry left me unable to care about either of them. The grand romance was tepid, at best. It had a very adolescent feel about it. Lots of chaste cuddling and kissing and some strange need for abstinence.... even post-marital abstinence. Really? A couple of weak explanations were offered but nothing that even helped build up any anticipation for more. Each new character that was introduced included how that character smelled…. Yes, that’s right smelled. We might not get a physical description but we never missed a scent. OK, I get it Vampires have an extraordinary sense of smell and apparently witches do too but does the reader need to know the scent of each and every character? I failed to see what any of those scents added to the story line. Too many long drawn out scene descriptions about the mundane; eating, sleeping, drinking tea, drinking wine, bathing and yoga.I found the plot or plots or lack there of to be completely contrived; the historical references would have been pretty cool if they arose more naturally in the context of the plot. Those references were just dropped in here and there with no apparent purpose. We were reminded early in the book that vampires do not eat, they drink blood and have no sleep requirements. But when those restrictions didn't work into the plot things changed: When he had a dinner engagement he ate albeit with a certain preference for raw meats and nuts. Matthew drank so much more wine than blood. And then when his attention needed to be diverted to work into the story line... he slept. One evening of kissing and cuddling sent our Matthew right into a deep sleep complete with snoring. He didn't wake when Diana got up and went outside, as he had specifically warned against, and was promptly abducted!And then it ended… just ended! I understand leaving room for a sequel but each book should also stand alone. This did not. Big disappointment. I hung in there to the bitter end but doubt that would have been possible if not for the very good narration. So I slogged through it but never came to care enough about the story or the characters to have any interest in a sequel.
Second's Away picks up right where Shelter leaves off. I think you'd get much more from the book if you read Shelter first. Generally I wouldn't read a Young Adult kind of genre but I had become so invested in the Myron Bolitar series (Mickey Bolitar's uncle) I couldn't miss this. It is a light read and sometimes I think the plot takes a back seat to the action but still it is very entertaining. What attracted me to the book is not Mickey but Uncle Myron, who plays only a minor role in the book and we see him through a new and less favorable point of few... seeing flaws that we never knew he had. All in all... Harlan Coben brought it again!!
What a fun, entertaining read! Well written and Wil Wheaton was an incredible narrator with perfect comic timing.
I was hooked in the first chapter and could tear myself away.
So thought provoking and what a fun read!! Enjoyed every bit of this book.
I am a big fan of the entire Stephanie Plum series. This story is good, same humor we've come to expect but the narration ruins it completely. I went back to the book for the one, the narration was so bad I wasn't able to make it through the audio edition.
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