Yes, I read the series. The story line is good, but it really is written for a young teen audience, not an adult audience. The writing is lacking (if I had to read one more time about Edward's "marble skin" ...) in more ways than one and the story is in part the only thing that kept me moving through. For the size of the books, they should be meatier in the story department though.
Very quick reads and enjoyable story line. Definitely not "great works of fiction" though.
This book could have been broken into 3-4 separate stories. As a whole, it took twists & turns & then twisted again, sometimes making it difficult to tell who was crossing who. I think it could have been condensed and told the same story more effectively.
as a continuation of the series, this series is more about reading a "day in the life" than solving any mystery or anything of that nature. The series is reminding me of the older books of a similar vein. This was a fast, enjoyable read.
This book was a very slooooow read. It took forever to get thru. I'm not sure if it was boring or just a disappointment. There was nothing that made me want to sit down and just read from cover to cover but actually made me wonder WHY in the world I was reading it in the first place. I'd heard such good things about it so it became a major disappointment. I really wish I'd read the other reviews before requesting this book.
I wish I'd read the mix of reviews before reading this book. I am not yet finished & currently debate whether to finish or not (probably will just to see if it maybe DOES improve but not sure I have the time to waste). I really picked it up more because of the buzz than anything else. This book doesn't deserve the buzz.
As noted by a few others, it rivals Twilight for it's poor writing, repeated phrases ("my inner godess" might make me puke if I hear it again) and lack of imagination. I've read a lot of "erotica" in the form of romance novels over the years and most of those were better than this.
I was incredibly disappointed in the relationship that develops between Christian and Ana that glorifies control issues that some people have. I "get" that some relationships in the bedroom do use this as their "fun" but when it leaves "the bedroom," it becomes abusive. I don't see good fiction as glorifying an abusive relationship.
This is the only reason I might finish - to see if Ana figures out that her naivete has put herself into an abusive relationship because she doesn't know any better. I'm assuming though with 2 more books, it's unlikely that Ana will figure out how she's been used.
While the book is a little slow going in order to get all the players in order, it shows a good picture of life in the middle ages for those who are titled. I think Goldstone does a nice job of showing the relationship between the four sisters. What I found most interesting was some insight into the politics of the period. My initial curiosity in the book was piqued when I had found the Berenger family in my family tree. The way we think of those in power now, versus the way they were in the middle ages is very much different even though there are some similarities too.
This book was wonderful! I truly feel that there are more people who really need to learn the lessons that *having* everything isn't *everything.* That you need to stop and respect the people are you to have that same respect returned and having the high paying career doesn't necessarily bring happiness!
In many of the books I've read, the relationship of Lady Jane to the Princesses Mary and Elizabeth is really not as clear as it is here. There is a real sense in the book of how Jane is only a pawn in the greater scheme of the religious issues of the time, which is truly unfortunate. While fictionalized to some degree, the historical story is well told.
This book is a fairly easy read and yet gets the science behind food and how we react with it across. Allowing the reader to determine what does/doesn't work for them is part of the authors' "Whole 30" program. The idea is to find out what does cause problems for you personally and not look at it as a one size fits all program.
Knowledge of how food affects us is power. Knowing what the food industry can do is even more powerful. Without this knowledge, we have no one but ourselves to blame for many of our health problems.
Having read Jillian Michael's book on metabolism, I left feeling that I had to eat this, that & the other thing and was thoroughly confused. This book clears up any confusion that I had.
Jillian goes into a LOT of detail about what eat hormone does & doesn't do as well as how it is affected, what foods are good/bad to help increase/reduce the hormone.
She provides an "eat this" to do that with each one also. I began to feel that if I ate everything she recommended, I'd be 300 lbs and gaining! Unfortunately, I don't think she really covered sugars and grains as far as other things they do to our system. I think if you are looking to fully understand how our food intake affects us and work on "fixing" your hormones and your health, Dallas & Melissa Hartwig's "It Starts with Food" may be a better starting point. It's written more for the average person in a common sense method.
While Jillian's book is incredibly detailed and a good reference, it can be overwhelming.
Weird does a great job of separating fact from fiction. From an ancestral viewpoint, her final notes on who descends in our current time from Katherine is interesting in itself. It reminds us that heritage crosses all lines. A very good historical read for those who may not need fiction mixed in.
What I really enjoyed in this book is the feel you get for 9th century life. It's view of the Christian Church at that time and how positions within the church were politically bought and sold is also a good reminder of of how much corruption existed at the time.