With its intimate portrayals of the maids’ relationships with their employers and the children they care for, “The Help” appeals to readers who feel they are getting a behind-the-scenes peek into a dark period in the country’s history.
Were this tale more artful, more literate, more lifelike, or realistic we should not have 500 pages of whips, chains, large breakfasts, and sex in the shower. (...) And then likely, in reading Fifty Shades of Grey, this reader’s face would not have had to turn the at least 20 shades of red that it did this time through.
After reading the book, I feel like I managed to pick up the main ideas that Oscar Wilde was trying to convey.
The ploys for future stories were obvious and unlike a couple of twists to the Tohr and No’One storyline, were predictable which lessened their emotional impact.
There were two things, though, that bothered me: The writing, and the villain.
Featuring one of Roberts's cleverest heroines yet, this intricately dramatic book only confirms that Roberts is a master of the genre.
I...thought everything in this book was moving too fast...They've known each other for weeks, not months or years, weeks and now he wants to marry her. And then she actually says yes. I seriously felt like this whole thing with them moved way to fast.
Ione deftly moves through the complicated, imaginative plot with clarity and flair. Sexy, creative, darkly fanciful and chock full of action, devilry and intense emotion.
The writing isn't the best and it could have used some serious editing to cut out the repetition but that didn't stop me enjoying every minute of it.
Fans of smalltown contemporaries will savor this delicious and heartwarming story, a refreshingly realistic romance between two great characters.
"Lolita" is unlike most controversial books in that its edge has not dulled over time. Where "Ulysses" and "Lady Chatterley's Lover," say, now seem familiar and inoffensive, almost quaint, Nabokov's masterpiece is, if anything, more disturbing than it used to be.
The first trilogy was a fantasy. This book is far more realistic – and creepy beyond belief. I would never censor anything my daughter might want to read when she is older. But if she wants to read Grey, I’d make sure she knows that if anyone ever treats her like this, she should run like the wind.
Told from multiple points of view, this installment would make a fine action-packed film with three strong male leads.
Filled with rough language, no-holds-barred sex, the rumblings of a biker war, and threats from the past, this fast-paced novel entertains while setting up the next book in the series.
I would recommend the book but only if you are a fan of the author and obsessive about reading everything she writes. Otherwise, much as it pains me to say it, I would pass on this one.
The Annotated Sense and Sensibiity is a lovely addition to any Austen-philes’s collection, and a wonderful way for readers to immerse themselves not only in the timeless story, but in the customs of 19th century rural England.
If I'm ever stranded on our imaginary desert isle I hope I have a trunkful of books. But if I can only take one I think Pride and Prejudice just might be it.
All the In Death books have their mystery and their more personal parts. I thought both these aspects were well done here, so I’d recommend Concealed in Death...I’d say this comes in at a solid B on the strength of the mystery and the Mavis backstory.
Luckily, Melting the Ice did get better by the second half of the book. While the conflict was still a little ho-hum, I was happy see Carolina start to thaw out.
In the series starter of her latest series Surrender, Maya once again is giving us great characters who compel us to keep reading to see what happens with these characters.