The most successfully drawn people are Alec and Meg; Lamprell has perfect pitch when it comes to marital discord...But by the end, this guidebook reads like it has gone through a Cuisinart, leaving a choppy, chaotic mess. Arrivederci, Roma. The wise reader will stick with Fodor’s next time.
Such a setup might sound short on comic potential but Eberlen’s touch is, for the most part, wonderfully light and there are not a few occasions when the musicals-mad Hope nearly steals the show.
The jump — a few precious moments of dizzying freedom and possibility — is the core metaphor in a novel of remarkable power, precision and compassion.
“The Sleepwalker” is an engaging and eminently readable book. In the midst of its compelling mystery, Bohjalian introduces big questions about the nature of family, about heredity and sexuality and rationality. Its ever-quickening pace leads to fascinating reveals - and while you might see some of them coming, you won’t see them all.
This is a short novella that is filled with lots of emotion and interest. It is definitely part of a series but that doesn’t matter as you quickly get involved with Rory and Max.
Top talent Feehan’s darkly dangerous and sexy world of shapeshifting leopards returns for another scintillating installment.
A pleasant read with no major surprises, the novel profits from the author’s skill at illuminating the most profound (and burdensome) of human desires—to love and be loved.
Many-layered, thought-provoking and – in its love story – delicate as a chrysalis, this is an old-fashioned novel of ideas that is strikingly and compellingly modern.
So much as happened to them, both as a couple and individually. Their powers have grown and evolved. Their relationships with other characters in the series have matured. And their love for each other has solidified into this powerfully passionate union.
Though not always thought-provoking, they are quick and easy reads that leave readers satisfied because no matter the sorrow, her empowered heroines triumph.
Some characters are frustrating with their inability to see the big picture, but in the end, this is significant to real-life growth and change.
This leads to a series of stories that can feel a bit homogenous, but Moyes’ engaging writing keeps things enjoyable. While there's nothing earth-shattering in this collection, it’s a pleasant and charming read.
...there are times in Serious Sweet when the transitions between present day and flashback narratives feel jarring and uneven. However, for most of the novel we are immersed in Jon and Meg’s internal worlds, an immersion that is at times deeply affecting.
This story is an absolute delight, a guaranteed roller coaster of passion and privilege and charm and want and lust and soft hearts in gilded cages. Author Emma Chase had me laughing and crying and yearning throughout the entire read.
...a work of fiction demands more than intermittently perceptive moments to come to life. Unfortunately, The Mothers lacks the narrative and linguistic energy to sustain a reader's belief in the world that Bennett has contrived.
The result is a gossamer web that feels miscellaneous even by the loose standards of this celebrated franchise. More than ever, the rewards are local and properly humble, as in every moment experience and wisdom triumph over the blinkered clichés they regularly confront.
With a memorable, full-of-feeling narrator at its helm, this moving exploration of the effects of mental illness and a family’s new normal marks Wunsch as a writer to watch.
...this literary version was phoned in, a hazy half-world described for an unloved correspondent on the way to some more interesting story.
The growing friendship and attraction were fun to explore, but I did struggle with several parts of the plot. There were times when Sterling and Camryn’s actions didn’t really make sense to me...
This is one of those rare beautiful novels, and somehow even feels like one of Sparks' best works yet.