Amusing, Imaginative, Entertaining
Gaiman has a cadence and tone in his voice that carries the magic of storytelling; You cannot help but fall into the story and be content to stay there.
It is short so I was able to listen to it in one sitting and then listen again with my children on the same day.
I was deeply moved and inspired by these very different women who found their inner strength and used it to change those around them while still fighting to be recognized. A very interesting story of a privileged white girl fighting to be seen as more than an ornament or social climber and an enslaved black girl fighting to be recognized as more than property. Brought me to tears at a few points and filled me with hope at others. A lovely read and offers wonderful discussion for any book club.
Such an interesting story of two men of similar background whose lives go in entirely different directions. Moore's careful recounting of key moments in each man's life and how their decisions within and handling of those moments effected their future breeds introspection from the reader. It certainly made me think on what moments and decisions could have changed my own course in life. I was impressed that Moore sought to be truthful and plain in the telling rather than stir emotions and thoughts in the reader to support his own suppositions.
Lulling, Eloquent, but not as varying as I would have liked. She reads beautifully but there are only very subtle changes in inflection for the different characters and there are times when the main character of Nyx seems lacking in emotion. I think it was, in fact, part of the character but - not realizing that for a great deal of the beginning of the story - I did not enjoy the character as much.
I am a lover of Fairytale retellings and twisted versions and this dark, demonic retelling of Beauty and the Beast hit the mark for me. Both Nyx and her Demon Husband have been forced to live lives not of their own choosing and both have become bitter and resentful. Though they are enemies and their role is to destroy one another, their flawed, lonely lives are fulfilled by one another. I loved how this story came together. They were not the lovely, perfect, and incredibly-kind-despite-it-all couple but they matched each other in anger and passion. A deftly told story and an unlikely but beautiful love story.
Both of the readers of this book added a realism and strength to the incredible characters but I was really touched by Kirby Heyborne's portrayal of Josh Bennett. Every inflection seemed to hit just the right tone for this fractured character who was falling apart and coming together within the story. Wonderful Job!
This is a book I could listen to again and I stayed up late listening to. While the story involves a teen romance it is truly about two tragically broken people who find a reprieve from the pain of their lives and unconditional, unspoken support in each other. The writer did an excellent job of sharing the complicated emotions of victims: the self-loathing, loneliness, desperation, fear, guilt, shame, denial, etc. - every ugly and heart wrenching emotion that twists in the gut of a person who has gone through loss or pain; as well as the hopefulness and yearning for peace, comfort, love,forgiveness, and healing that exists in a precarious, tiny part of them. I was truly touched by these characters and this book.
I don't always like YA Fiction and sometimes those angsty teen characters seem a) cookie-cutter, b) altogether abnoxious, and/or c) overdone to the Nth degree. But while the main character, Alyssa, is a little bit of an angsty teen, it fits with her Mad world. I really enjoy this take on Alice in Wonderland which has been a favorite since I first learned to read. I am a bit tired of these books which are all told from inside the head of a teen girl but this girl does seem to have a little more introspection than her peers. And although she has two boys fighting for her heart, it isn't played off as a ridiculous love triangle as much as it is her own self-discovery. All in all, a good YA Fiction and I will continue the series.
Emporer Mullusk is fantastic. Scott Aiello did a brilliant job of narrating and I felt that his voicing of the characters truly added to my enjoyment of the story. Hilarious, intriguing, and just plain fun, I would recommend this title to anyone who is up for a little science fiction silliness.
I usually love re-tellings and re-imaginings of fairy tales but this one was really just "meh" for me. The author seemed to be trying too hard in the first couple chapters to make her character funny and interesting. Her internal dialogue became a bit obnoxious. This in conjunction with a reader that seemed to have a natural whine to her voice, made the character quite annoying to me. The overall story was pretty predictable and could have been fashioned after any number of similar "prince-in-disguise" stories. It mellowed at the end almost as though the author had matured a few years in the process of writing the book and it was enough that I was able to make it to the end. Still just "meh."
The author does a wonderful job of creating very real and believable characters; they are well formed and interesting. The story itself is quite interesting and makes you not want to stop until you reach the end. But just when your curiosity seems to reach a fevered pitch, you are let down within two minutes and the story is suddenly ended. Well done, I guess, because it made me wish for just a little more.
This was an amazing look into the mind of an autistic child. While he does not speak for all autistic children, I think that his observations are very educational for the rest of us and open a window into a world that it is nearly impossible to understand otherwise. It is obvious that he put great effort and thought into this book and it is wonderfully insightful in a simplistic way. I very much enjoyed this peak into his mind.
This book is a collection of essays by an obviously intelligent, well-read writer. For the most part, I found her observations amusing, touching, and completely relatable. However, there were a couple of the essays that had a certain tone of "I'm-so-much-smarter-than-you-are" which took away from the utter enjoyment of the whole book. However, overall, I loved the passion for books and reading that she so powerfully shared and I think all avid-readers will feel somewhat of a kinship in her stories because they too love books.
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