Beautiful Ruins is a beautiful book with a beautiful title and a beautiful cover. I was so very pleased that the inside matched the outside. Complex and flawed characters are supported by the changing scenery, and connections that span years and oceans surprise and delight. I highly recommend this one.
Beneath the Bonfire: Stories is a collection of ten short stories with a weaving of common threads: all the tales are set in the midwest, nature plays an important role, and the characters are beautifully painted with colorful brushstrokes and definitive lines. I enjoyed some stories more than others, but together they all created a complete picture. Butler writes with an easy, poetic style, capturing the reader's nostalgic imagination.
This is my second Jonathan Tropper novel and it has sealed me as a definite fan. I love his honest and unapologetic style. His novels are real--but surprising--and oh so witty. I laugh, I cry, my mouth drops open in shock. From the beginning, the reader feels like they are careening down from the top hill of a roller coaster, the story gathering momentum as they traverse the twists and turns, coming to a stop only after the last line of the novel. The Book of Joe is a grown-up book for those of us who come from small towns with all those small town secrets.
I was a mixtape expert. Or so I thought. I spent hours searching for the best songs to reflect my complicated teen-age emotions. This fun book brought back all those old memories. Intriguing stories, nostalgic photos and playlists will have you digging for your old tapes. If only I could have made a career out of creating mixtapes...
I thought this book was beautifully written. The writing style reminded me of Edith Wharton's, while the love story reminded me of classics, such as Pride and Prejudice. I will definitely be reading more from this author.
Oh how I love the writing style of Eva Ibbotson! Some may say it's too descriptive or too flowery, but I find it enchanting. Yes, her stories may be predictable but that is what I enjoy about her. I know I will be swept off my feet into another world.
I wanted to read this book after seeing the movie that left me with many unanswered questions. I was not disappointed. This is an intriguing and inspiring story of The Bielski Partisans and how they survived! I couldn't put it down!
Rape is a difficult subject to tackle, and the author does a good job of not dancing around the difficult parts. In Exit, Pursued by a Bear, the main character, Hermione, doesn't remember being raped because someone gave her a drugged drink. So while she's told she is a victim, she doesn't remember it and she doesn't feel like one. It's definitely a different twist, and her strength was refreshing. My only complaints were sometimes I found the story a challenge to follow because of the writing style or word choice (possibly because the author is Canadian??), and with it being set in Canada, I had a difficult time with the cities and locations.
Exploring Autobiography from the Literature and Writing Workshop Series by Scholastic. Contains three stories, "Breakthrough to the Big League" by Jackie Robinson, "The Invisible Thread" by Yoshiko Uchida, and "The Moon and I" by Betsy Byars.
Exploring Science Fiction reader from the Literature and Writing Workshop Series by Scholastic. Contains three Science Fiction stories: "A Wish Named Arnold" by Charles de Lint, "Little Green Men" by Barry B. Longyear, and "The Flying Machine" by Ray Bradbury.
This is the third book in the Fever series. My review is for the entire series. I picked up the first book with no idea what I was getting into. I thought it was just another paranormal romance. The plot sounded intriguing. I ended up reading the whole series in 5 days...and then starting over to reread it. I read through it so fast the first time I missed some twists and clues. Well, and I just was so consumed I wasn't ready to say goodbye. I have no idea why this series is so addictive. I don't typically read romance novels, and actually had no clue when I started that this was one. I could have done without the detailed sex scenes. I'm just one of those readers who likes to leave more to the imagination. But the plot and characters sucked me in. Like everyone else I became enamored with Barrons. Who was this man? I still feel some things were left unanswered but I'm okay with that...for now. So, I advise you start this series when you don't have much else going on. Be prepared to be a little obsessed.