Archive | July 2012

Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Dead to You (Kindle Edition)

Hardcover
243 pages
Published February 7th 2012
by Simon Pulse
Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It’s a miracle… at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn’t going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he’d be able to put the pieces back together. But there’s something that’s keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable…

Book Contains: Abuse, Violence, Romance and Emotional Distress.

MY THOUGHTS:

This was a very emotional read, It had me riveted to the very end.  Their were several twist that I found to be predictable but that is just how my brain works.  This was a very believable book although it did leave me asking some basic questions concerning the police end of things.  With those things being omitted that led me to question some of the events in the book.   With all that said the book was still very well done untill the end.  The ending just left you shaking your head and asking where is the rest of it.  I hope that this is not the last book because it leaves a lot of unanswered questions.  I would hate to find out that she is not planing to finish this story because there is just so much more story to be told.

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Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion

Kindle Edition
292 pages
Published  October 4th 2009
by Public Domain Books (first published 1818)

Written at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, Persuasion is a tale of love, heartache and the determination of one woman as she strives to reignite a lost love. Anne Elliot is persuaded by her friends and family to reject a marriage proposal from Captain Wentworth because he lacks in fortune and rank. More than seven years later, when he returns home from the Navy, Anne realises she still has strong feelings for him, but Wentworth only appears to have eyes for a friend of Anne’s. Moving, tender, but intrinsically ‘Austen’ in style, with its satirical portrayal of the vanity of society in eighteenth-century England, Persuasion celebrates enduring love and hope.

BOOK CONTAINS:  Romance, Drama and Deceit

I recently listened to this on audio and I can say that I love it just as much as the first time I read.  This book never gets old for me and is one of my absolute favorites of Mrs. Austen’s novels.  I never get tired of the passion that Anne feels for Frederick and the absolute refusal of Frederick to accept that he is still in love with Anne.  The drama and the struggle is so prefect that it draws me back to it as one of my go to books for life.

As far as the audio is concerned  I liked this narrator but she wasn’t my favorite.   I definitely will listen to this version again but I won’t give up on reading the book for the audio.  The audio is great for when you are pressed for time and you just need to get you Austen fix.  I do prefer the book version which is funny because I hardly ever prefer one over the other.  There is just something about holding her books in your hands and rereading a favorite scene over and over again.   I know that I will never get tired of reading this book.

As far as  giving a review of the book and its contents for people it is a little silly with all the movies and books out there.  Most every one knows what it is about but for those of you who don’t it is  a love story.  It is about two people who although are madly in love are separated by her family.   The family does not approve of him and persuades her to leave him.   Fast forward several years later and the stories finds them thrown together due to family connection.   Soon they  are  having to deal with those old unresolved feelings for each.  Although neither discuss these feeling it is clear they are both struggling with them in silence.   This leads to many misunderstands and very difficult situations for these to people.  In the end there is  resolution but not without a lot of bumps and bruises along the way.   I love the characters in this one more so than any of her other works because there really isn’t a bad guy or even a hero in this one.  This is just more of a realistic view on people and the misconception people have of each.  Also, it is a look at the human character as with the cousin who is all about his own interests.

I am sure when Austen wrote these books she didn’t know the impact that she was going to have on generations to come.   I for one have been so taken with these books and wish that she could have lived longer to write even more of these fabulous novels.  If for any reason you haven’t read these books yet then I say get to it, because they are extremely special and worth every minute.

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

I have heard so many fantastic things about this book that I just had to give it a go.  I have also been on a fairy tale retelling kick since I saw the new Snow White movie.

I have loved the story of Cinderella since I was about three.  I thought that this was a very original take on already fantastic story.  I loved that it has the science fiction element of her being a cyborg.   Also, you have the dystopian aspect with its futuristic disease and impending war.  Then there is that new aspect of an evil queen like in Snow White who wants her dead.   Although,  in this version the queen hates mirrors.   The evil queen brings this story up a notch at least in my opinion.    She is everything an evil queen should be.  She is vain, ruthless and completely uncaring.   She wants things her way and has no problem killing those who get in her way, actually she rather enjoys making an example of people no matter if they are guilty or innocent.

I also, like the fact that Cinder isn’t a damsel in distress like most of the old fairy tales seem to portray the female lead characters.   She had a lot of spirit and wasn’t one to rely on someone like a fairy godmother to wave a wand and help her out.   She has several issues through out the book along with many secrets that she has to over come inorder to end up where she want to.   She has to fight a lot for what she believes in through out this book and I have to say that is one of the things that make me love this  so much.

This book is not the typical fairytale there is more at stake than just a failed romance or a queen trying to kill for some selfish reason.   A whole world could become slaves or affected by a very destructive virus.   I like how you’re not sure how the author is going to take this story.  I am not sure that after reading this that the series is going to have the happily ever after ending and that is one of the things that makes this book so attractive.   I think all the elements just make this book a must read for the year and will be on my favorites for a long time to come.

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)

Hardcover
375 pages
Published  February 28th 2012
by Harper Teen (first published February 1st 2012)
I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her. I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

THIS BOOK CONTAINS: Violence, Death, Romance and Heart Break!

MY THOUGHTS:

I did not go into this book with very high expectations because of the mixed reviews it has had.  I read several reviews that were not impressed by this book at all.  I on the other hand found this book to be even better than the first.  

The book is told from now and then point of views.  Which at times, I have to say can make the book feel a little slow but not that much as in some stories.  Although, I loved the look back to see what happened between the then and now.  The now part kept the book moving  along with its fast paced plot, but the then helped fill in the blanks and explain things without making you feel like the story was dragging.   I know that this kind of writing style can be a little hard for some people to get into but l thought if fit the book perfectly.

 If you have reservation about reading this book don’t because I found it to be a refreshing sequel  that more than fits with this series.  This book to me was just as thrilling as the first if not more and that cliff hanger at the end was purely maddening.  I am on the edge of my seat to see what Mrs. Oliver has in store for us in the next book.