Since We Fell

“Since We Fell” is a slow-burner of a thriller that will have the reader ever eager to keep the page turning until the very end. When I say slow-burner, I mean slow-burner. When a reader first picks up this book, they may question what genre they’re actually reading. As they stick with the story, they will not be let down by the talent of Dennis Lehane.

In the beginning, the reader is introduced to Rachel Childs, once a news reporter, now a shut-in. The reader is given a look at her job, relationships and how she ended up in her current position. It seems like a normal book, leaving the reader to wonder when does it become a thriller, or where is the mystery.

Dennis Lehane knows how to keep the reader waiting, and pondering  about the moment the story will transform. Some parts of the story may have the reader questioning their purpose, or why it was included. In the end, it all contributes to the story, and the characters development. As the reader gets to know the characters. they may find themselves beaming at their accomplishments, or shaking their head for the not so great moments. Dennis Lehane has a way of keeping the characters relatable and fully alive to the reader.

Another great part of Dennis Lehane’s writing is how he includes the twists in the story. They come in the most unexpected ways at the most unexpected times. He makes sure the reader isn’t able to guess how, or where the story is going. In a way it adds to the mystery, giving it a little oomph.

This is the sort of book that will blow the reader away. From the beginning they will be hooked, waiting, wondering for the story to reveal itself. From there the suspense only builds, further gripping the reader’s attention until the very last page. The reader will not be disappointed by the work of Dennis Lehane.

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The Lying Game

“The Lying Game” is a book that contains more than just a simple mystery for the reader. It’s a book that shows the power of friendship, the powerful bond behind it, the strength and protection a mother may feel, and the power of grief and love.

“The Lying Game” is a story of four women, who are reunited once again with a simple text sent by one of them in need. Once these women are together again, in some ways it’s as though nothing has changed, while at the same time everything has. Old memories are brought back to life, while differences over time make themselves known.

Ruth Ware’s talent is on display as she tells the story through the eyes of Isa. She keeps the reader hanging on, eager in anticipation, waiting to find out exactly what happened to bring everybody together, and the big event in the past. As the story goes on, the reader will get flashbacks from old memories. These memories, triggered by everyday objects or places feel so real, and natural, sort of like they would in real life.

One of the best parts of “The Lying Game” is how it’s such a thrilling read. Ruth Ware will leave the reader in anticipation, trying to fit pieces of the puzzle together, coming up short realizing there is still some information missing. In other parts of the story the reader will feel the urgency of the characters as the past comes back to haunt them. This is the sort of mystery read for anybody looking for something different in this genre.

The Monuments Men

“The Monuments Men” is a book that seeks to capture a different story of events during World War 2. This story is one of the men and women whose job it was to protect, and find artwork and other historical pieces in Europe. In a way, they were modern day treasure hunters.

Those who are featured in “The Monuments Men” either had a background in art, with knowledge on how best to treat the artwork or sculptures, or they stumbled on the right people who thought they would be good for the job. They found a lack of equipment needed to help efficiently complete their mission, support from their unit, and a lack of knowledge of their existence. They didn’t let this stop them, and were resourceful in their accomplishments.

“The Monuments Men” is a story that deserves to be told so that people may know more about what happened. The only downside for the reader is that at times the story is hard to follow. The writing goes with the events of the war, and follows the soldiers and other helpers where they are in relation to the current battles. At times it is a bit more difficult to keep track of who is where, and which is which. Beyond the story line that may have some more difficult moments, there is a lot of history and story to be read awaiting the reader.

Warm Bodies

“Warm Bodies” is a refreshing twist on the typical romance, zombie, mid-life crisis story. In “Warm Bodies” Isaac Marion has found a way to capture all of this in a new way for the reader to experience. The writing of this book has the power to capture the reader’s attention and reignite their imagination.

“Warm Bodies” is about R, a zombie in a sort of mid-life crisis. In his case it’s the zombie version. He shuffles about his life, wandering the empty airport and feeding when necessary until the day he meets a girl. It’s not just any girl either, there’s something special about her. After she enters the story he starts to notice himself changing. This leads him to protect the girl, desiring more from life, and entering into a sort of zombie romance.

One of the best parts of this romance is how the guy tries to get the girl. When R tries to woo the girl, it isn’t quite up to the typical standard. Honestly, even a zombie has limited options in this post-apocalyptic sort of world. Hats off to R, who with limited options, and basically no brain power, charms a girl and gets her to believe again.

A story of unlikely friendships and relationships, a girl who refuses to accept defeat this is a story that will reignite the imagination of the reader. This is a book for just about every sort of reader.

Unbroken

“Unbroken” is a powerful, inspirational book written by the talented Laura Hillenbrand. This is a book that when the reader turns the final page, they will take a moment to sit, and savor what they just read. It’s a book that hits the reader with all the feelings to include a book hangover.

“Unbroken” shows a different aspect of World War 2 that isn’t heard as often. There are only a few stories about the Japanese and some of the events that happened in the Pacific Ocean, because typically the focus is on the events that took place across the Atlantic Ocean. This book brought to life the stories of a man and several others their experience during the war. Even with such a powerfully written book it’s hard to imagine what Louis Zamperini endured. While his story may be unique, he was not alone in his suffering, there are many other stories like his.

Not only will “Unbroken” open the eyes of the reader to what someone may have experienced during World War 2, it shows the reader some of what they experienced when they returned home. After everything they endured, when they returned home they acted differently. Unfortunately, there didn’t seem to be an explanation for their behavior, so they were unable to get the help they needed. Imagine, how much more of a strain this would’ve added to them and those in their life and trying to help them.

“Unbroken” not only gives the reader a look at history, it’s a story of somebody who didn’t quit. Once Louis Zamperini found running, he worked to make his way to the Olympics. After his first time competing there, he made it a goal to compete there again in four years. When at war, even with the Olympics cancelled he would still run to practice when he was able to. After his return home, some things changed, but he still found a way.

What also sets “Unbroken” apart from other non-fiction books is the style of writing. This is a book that reads like fiction; another aspect keeping the reader turning the page. Laura Hillenbrand has incredible talent that isn’t hard for the reader to recognize.

A Million Junes

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“A Million Junes” is a book that contains the power to fully captivate the reader, along with more magic and beauty than the synopsis is able capture. The synopsis gives the reader a glimpse into the world that awaits them in Five Fingers, Michigan.

 

Behind a beautiful cover, awaits a story that will have the reader thinking about Romeo and Juliet with a family rivalry between the O’Donnels and the Angerts. Except here, it’s so much more with a magical sort of twist. Emily Henry’s writing has the power to change the reader’s thinking on the possible outcomes of the book throughout the story. Somehow, she changes the direction of the story, and sneaks in other points of conflict without the reader realizing, or being able to predict how it will all come together.

As can be expected, forbidden romance has a big role in the story, and Emily Henry found a way to turn it into something more. This is a story that is filled with adventure, friendship, teenage worries, grief and self-discovery. The reader will find these mixed throughout the story as they travel along. Don’t worry, the cliché moments of a forbidden teenage romance were included. The story wouldn’t be complete without them.

 

 

Emily Henry has an incredible talent and ability to capture so much in her writing. Within the book awaits the contemplation’s of a teenager, captured fully to include a desire to see her father again, defy family wishes and spend time with the mysterious boy who moved back home, and figure out why certain events are happening. As the story blossoms the reader will be engulfed with the emotions and troubles that await the teenage characters, while also wondering how will the mysterious curse be broken. The writing is truly magical.

A Dance with Dragons

“A Dance with Dragons” is the final published installment in the A Song of Fire and Ice Series by George R. R. Martin. As with the other books in this series, the reader will not be disappointed, except for the fact that there is not another book published. There are a few events at the end of the book where the reader is left dangling.

When first starting “A Dance with Dragons” the reader can be thrown off because they have to jump back in time. This book starts off with the characters not included in “A Feast for Crows”, thus starting off with where “A Strom of Swords” left them off. So, after adding more characters and events, the reader has to keep that in the back of their mind while they catch up with the rest of the characters. It can be a lot. The good thing is that towards the end everything comes full circle and all the characters are included when the timelines match up.

What can draw a reader to read this book in spite of the series being unfinished, especially myself, is that one finds out what the characters left out of “A Feast for Crows” were up to. It wouldn’t be complete if George R. R. Martin did not add in more characters, or give some of them their own focus. The various viewpoints portrayed can show the reader some perspective on what is happening in the story.

There are a lot of consistencies throughout the series that stayed true in this book. This includes the amount of detail that George R. R. Martin illustrates, and the amount of characters the reader has to keep track of. It takes an incredible amount of talent to create such a detailed, intricate story. It’s no wonder that this series was created into an HBO TV series.

Looking back to the beginning of the series, George R. R. Martin has outdone himself. In the beginning, there were hints dropped about some creatures, or magical beings that could make an appearance. Now, in book five more of the things are coming alive while summer is quickly nearing an end. When all the timelines line up in “A Dance with Dragons” the reader can get the sense that the books are coming to something big and epic that George R. R. Martin has taken his time leading up to. The story is finally getting good, and even more intense, and the reader is left waiting and withering for the next book in the series to be published.

The New Better Off

“The New Better Off” is a book that will capture the reader from the first sentence. Courtney E. Martin has a way of capturing the reader’s attention and really getting them to think about how things are today, compared to how things used to be for previous generation. One can notice how some things have changed for the better with time, while other things are left to the reader to decide based on the information given.

One of the striking things about the book is the style of Courtney E. Martin’s writing. She has a way of relating with the reader on a personal level. When she shares experiences and views, it adds to the quality of the book making for a more remarkable experience.  What Courtney E. Martin created was a mixture of research to show what she found, mixed with personal experiences.

“The New Better Off” presents a wide range of topics for the reader. Depending on one’s background some of the topics may bring about new ideas, some topics may hit home, and other topics may just be relatable. The main ideas behind the book are that times are changing, success is defined differently and the younger generation has different desires for life. This is a good read for anybody looking for insight, or just a thought-provoking read.

A Feast for Crows

“A Feast for Crows” is the 4th book in the A Song of Fire and Ice series written by the talented George R. R. Martin. What made this book different is that it focused on a certain part of Westeros and the Seven Kingdoms, rather than all the areas. With this change, new characters were introduced, and it felt as though more happened over the course of the book.

While I enjoyed the introduction of the new characters, I felt that it slowed down my reading some. George R. R. Martin didn’t’ make it as obvious who they were, so as I began to read about them I would search for clues. After I found the clues to figure out who they were, next I had to find out how they fit into the bigger story, and who’s side they were on. Sometimes, I would still be mildly confused . I’m not used to so many new characters being introduced into a book that already seems to have a thick and involved story line.

George R. R. Martin amazes me with his writing. The characters are detailed, the plot is thick with drama, each character is an individual with a purpose while still having bigger part in the overall story. There are battles taking place, people on missions to search for missing children, and medieval times with magic qualities. I get the feeling that the events that have taken place are leading up to something epic, I’m just not sure what yet. Also, I can’t believe that somebody can keep a reader hooked for so long and not leave them bored.

There is one downfall as a reader, one cannot get attached to any of the characters. I am a typically supporter of the good guys in the story, and George R. R. Martin has turned it into a form of weakness. He has made them his targets, thus bringing out a range of emotions for me as a reader. I’m fairly positive that anybody who witnessed me reading could attest to this fact. I was definitely more vocal and animated reading this book, and the others in the series prior to this.

A Storm of Swords

Hats off to George R. R. Martin and his writing. I am blown away by his work. He has a way of holding the reader’s attention leading up to a big event. For myself, when I was about halfway through the book I sat back realizing something big was going to happen and I wasn’t bored in the time it took building up to it. Instead I was caught up in the imaginary world he created.

“A Storm of Swords” is the third installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, AKA Game of Thrones. Both titles fit the books well, because of the various battles that seem to be taking place. There is the ongoing battle surrounding the Iron Throne that rules the 7 kingdoms. In the battle for the Iron Throne there are those who are in it to maintain power, others who seek power moving up through the ranks, and of course those who are trying to keep it in the family and will tell whatever lies necessary to accomplish this. The other battle, involving ice and fire is just starting to show itself. It has been revealed that the dead can come back to life, and there are things and magic beyond the wall that have only been told through stories.

The downfall of this series is that it is dangerous to be attached to the characters. It seems like every time I like one, or find myself cheering for them, something bad seems to happen. Or, the opposite could happen where something bad happens to somebody I don’t care for, and they change for the better. It’s safe to say that George R. R. Martin likes to keep the reader on the edge of their seat not knowing what to expect might happen to the characters.

It’s hard to talk about this book without giving much away, and I don’t want to spoil it for those interested. It’s full of blackmail, sword-fighting, death, plotting, sex, weddings, violence, and now there’s magic and mystery. It’s a sort of magical medieval time. The biggest thing that gets people is the amount of characters. It can be a lot, and the books take time to get through. But I think it is worth the commitment.