Loved, loved spending my summer with this book!
Nice story with a now-familiar cast.
I appreciated the main character most of the time, but in the end, I found her a little too good to be true. She came to the story with trauma behind her, and while I love that she didn't wallow in her misery, she didn't seem very affected by it either. I found the romance to be VERY low key. I did enjoy the setting.
The set up and premise of this book are right up my alley, but I was bored. It did make me think about the effects of poverty on children and entire neighborhoods. The smallness of their world and the quickness of the violence was well depicted. Maybe that's why I didn't enjoy my time there. They didn't like living there, and neither did I.
I like Max and I like British humor, so I enjoyed the prose. What I didn't like was a sort of meaningless and death and rebirth that kind of devalues the characters. If characters are easily killed and brought back to life, why do I care if they're in peril? So I'm not sure I'll read the next one.
The Civil War ghosts at the center of all four books were my least favorite part, but this book, arguably the one that leans on them the most, may be my favorite. The analytical heroine is a bit overdone, but I liked this romance as much as Rafe and Regan's.
Not my favorite of the four, perhaps because I'm on a strong heroine kick. All the women in these books have backstories that produce scars of some sort that our hero helps her overcome. Cassie's scars seem to make her less world weary--like Savannah in the previous book of the series--and more, well, simple-minded. Devin seems more inconsistent than the other brothers, all patient for 12 years and then unable to be patient for a week.
Couldn't put it down. This book goes in my guilty reads pile, but I did enjoy it. Not sure how someone's eyes turn to Ice or if I'd really like to hear a man snarl though.
I'm almost halfway through, and my library loan ended. At the moment, I'm not feeling a drive to check it back out. Thoughts? Does it get better? I think too much time passed between reading the first one and starting this one, and I've lost the plot a bit. Consequently, I'm not all that into this one.
Another quick adventure wth Max. I like a woman who isn't always trying to be nice--at least on paper 😀.
I'm a bit of an Anglophile, and I love books about England. I appreciate the vignettes, but I did get tired of listening to the grumpy old man narrator at times. A little editing would have strengthened this book. So I liked this book, but I think I could have loved it.
When I really like a book, I reach a point at which I want to carry the book around with me, like a child carries a lovey. Upstairs, downstairs, wherever I am. Maybe so I can read whenever I get a spare second? Or because I want my new friends with me? Whichever, Lila, Kell, Alucard, Rhy...you're going to the bus stop soon!
For the most part, I found this book to be very helpful. It was a little repetitious at times, but maybe that can't be helped because people may skip around in the book, and some information is relevant to various issues. Overall, a good book.
I've started employing some of these strategies with my 8yo, and I'm already seeing changes in her behavior. I'm also trying to use them on myself! Time will tell. I'm resistant and not the best patient.
On a more encouraging note, many of the coping strategies are mechanisms I have discovered on my own. That said, the ones that are new to me might help both of us!
I picked this book up to find new ways to help my anxious 8 yo. Little did I know that apparently my way of coping with the world is exactly what she's trying to teach kids not to do! I think I see a problem here....
I always wanted to be McGonagall when I grow up, but reading her backstory, while it makes me admire the character more, may also make me think I'd like to look into Molly Weasley a bit more.
Nice, quick dip back into the world of Harry Potter. Affirmation of Rowling's brilliance, as if we needed more.
This book of essays about knitting makes me want to put down my reading and go knit! Not sure that's a good thing...as I said earlier, the Barbara Kingsolver is glorious, and it was nice to "meet" people like me who can't watch TV without busy hands. So kindred souls!
When I read this in high school, I hated Gwenhyfar and loved Morgaine. Now I find myself much less partisan; I understand Gwen better, even if I still don't like her. And I sympathize with Morgaine less. I wouldn't say this is a perfect novel, but it is a force, and it's point of view was groundbreaking--and perhaps still is.
The author calls a particular type of scholar Tweeds. My friends and I used the term Tweedy to describe the guys who make long, rambling comments about their own work after hearing our papers without asking a question at all. This book is itself a bit Tweedy. There's so much observational exposition that I forgot people died at the beginning! Have to put it down for awhile. Hibernating.
I'm really more halfway between pick and so-so. It was cute, but kind of flat. Maybe if I hadn't already read Jasper Fforde I would have been more impressed. The main characters are likable, and the story moves quickly. I wasn't excited to spend time there though. I wanted to be, but I wasn't.