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.
Talk about a lackluster follow-up. I was rolling my eyes so hard by the end of this book, it’s a wonder they didn’t stick that way. Christian and Ana fight over some misunderstanding, have makeup sex, talk, fight about something they talked about, have makeup sex, lather, rinse, repeat.
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 dynamic between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey is literary poison. It made me sick to read it, to the point where I had to put it down after every couple chapters because I was so disgusted...Do not waste your money or your time on such a worthless pile of garbage.
Fans of smalltown contemporaries will savor this delicious and heartwarming story, a refreshingly realistic romance between two great characters.
The prose is by turns passionate and playful, while the narrative is simultaneously lyrical and unsettling and erotic and violent...It may be one of the only love stories you'll ever read. This is the most thrilling and beautiful and most deeply disturbing aspect of the novel...
This new take on a familiar story would have been more powerful if Christian had shown the self-awareness and ability to change we saw through Ana's eyes in the original. Die-hard fans might argue this gives us something new, but it doesn’t—and it's boring.
Told from multiple points of view, this installment would make a fine action-packed film with three strong male leads.
I loved this book. It’s raw, gritty, and incredibly sexy. Joanna Wylde’s writing, characters and settings are skilfully penned, making for serious page-turners. The whole thing felt very real and very dangerous and I couldn’t stop reading.
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.
I strongly suggest everybody to read this book - maybe it will be hard at first but it will definitely be worth it!
All superb storytelling aspects combine to make Concealed in Death another intellectually engaging and emotionally satisfying novel. Loyal readers will finish Concealed in Death eager for volume 39.
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.
If Joss would have shared her concerns with Dash early-on, we wouldn’t have had a beautifully crafted story that tugged at our heart strings and given us a lesson that moved us forward through the relationship of Joss and Dash in a meaningful and emotional manner.