Wild by Cheryl Strayed
From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail 5 Stars!
This is a gut wrenching memoir of a young women’s search for meaning and self discovery. It is without a doubt the best memoir I’ve ever read. Cheryl’s voice is so real; her honesty is profound. After reading it I was obsessed for days about hiking and I almost bought a pair of trail boots… Every emotion known to humans comes through her words in exquisite detail…a wonder of a novel!
Hate has no measure. Hate is beyond measure. Hate is evil in every sense of the word. Hate will never drench the flame of Love. For it is love, it is love, it is love, it is love, it is love, it is love a million times over that will conquer hate.
The Illuminate Files is a fast paced and exciting science fiction story told almost exclusively in interviews, texts and by a slightly deranged Artificial Intelligence.
Kady Grant and Ezra Mason are to teens living off world in an isolated planet in the far future. When their mining planet gets blasted not only with devastating bombs, but a horrible virus that causes the infected to become killer zombies, these two must find a way to save everyone on the rescue star ships.
And so begins this convoluted story that just keeps you turning the pages with twist after twist. Kady Grant is one kick @** heroine with steel for nerves. All of the swear words are redacted, so anyone can read this novel. The schematics of the starships and battleships are fantastic.
Great dialogue and wonderful writing makes this novel a must read! The sequel is due out in September. :o)
The Bird and the Sword, by Amy Harmon 4 Stars
This is a fantasy story about a young girl whose words can become real. In her world, those with gifts like healing or shifting or telling, are being hunted. It is against the law to have magical gifts. Lark sees her mother killed in front of her for something Lark did. So she doesn’t speak. Her words are only in her head, but still, they have magic. Tiras, the son of the King who killed Lark’s mother is secretly gifted as well.
There is evil about in the land. Strange flying creatures are killing people everywhere and Tiras, fully grown and now king after is father’s death, has come for Lark and he needs her and her words to combat the new evil.
So this is the story of their fight for good over evil and along the way they fall in love. But love has its dangers too.
The writing is excellent and is a nice read. I fully enjoyed it and recommend it. I think YA readers will really enjoy this novel.
Four Stars for the Court of Mists and Fury
Eventually, I got into the story and it was surprisingly good. Though the first few chapters put me off and I think they could have been improved on. Having said that, the rest of the novel was exceptional for a fantasy novel. It was the initial graphic sex sequence that put me off more than anything and fortunately, there was only one more.
The characters of Rhys and Feyre are fully realized and totally believable. They are exceptional characters and I fell in love with both of them. Though I’m not generally a fan of fantasy, I was able to suspend my disbelief and I cheered for both of them.
Feyre is a woman who graves independence over love and protection. She is her own woman and consequences be damned. I love that about her! Rhys is a man for all seasons. His evolving love for Feyre is clear and concise, and he is ready to sacrifice himself to not only save her, but to save his people. He wants to protect her, but he also recognizes she cannot be owned. She is his equal partner in everyway.
The writing is terrific, filled with emotion and gut wrenching moments. The story moved forward in a logical progression with twists and turns that kept my interest. There were times when some of it fell a bit short, logically, but all in all it was a great read. The ending is a cliff hanger with a promise for more danger and excitement in the next book. I anxiously await her next installment in the series.
Disappointed to say the least. I rarely give a bad review, just lucky I guess to find good reads, but…
This is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.
First off, the leading lady, Feyre has become a whiney version of her former self. Complaining about everything. The book goes on and on about trivial things and I put it down in exasperation. Picked it up again, thinking, well….
Secondly, I gasped, and not in a good way, regarding the ubiquitous graphic sex scenes. Sara J. Maas? I’m surprised. I wasn’t expecting all that stuff from you. Now, I don’t mind some sex scenes, if done in an artsy way, but…EW! It didn’t make sense and didn’t move the story forward in any way.
If someone else has read this, please tell me the story gets better, because I’ve about 500 pages to go and at this rate I’ve wasted $8.99 on my Kindle.
If I do manage to slug my way through, you can bet I’ll do an HONEST review.
I seldom read co-authored novels and I didn’t mean to this time, but I’m glad I did!
Four Stars ****
Broken Stars is actually an excellent story, character driven over plot, and well written. The two protagonists, Lilac and Tarver have great chemistry and their dialogue, both verbal and inner, is authentic and interesting. It’s mostly a chic-lit novel.
The two meet on board the galactic starship, the Icarus. Lilac’s father is a mega businessman and the richest man in the universe. He is the builder and owner of the starship.
Lilac is his privileged daughter, haughty to those beneath her like Tarver who is a war hero. She must behave this way to avoid entrapment by those who seek her fortune, and to keep her father from destroying anyone who he feels is beneath their status.
The Icarus goes down on a terra formed planet that is uninhabited, or so Lilac and Tarver , the only survivors of the thousands on board, think.
While they struggle to survive, the two become close, though it is only through many travails that they come to rely on each other.
No spoilers here, but there are surprising twists and turns before the inevitable conclusion. The ending is satisfying. The characters are so well drawn I hated to see them move on. I think another novel just about their lives in the future would be worth the read.