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By the middle of this book I extremely disliked almost every single character. Horrible people, that do horrible things to others including family pets (I mean geez really?). By the end of the book I couldnt stand the author as well for the grotesqueness in his mind . I should’ve place the book down halfway through but I thought there has to be an awesome ending that makes this book extremely worthwhile for all of these five star reviews . Nope.
I like trying fresh authors. I picked this book because 1) it had perfect reviews; and 2) it is set at Norris Lake where I have family. Before going any further, I will state that this review is based only on the first 25% of the book, because I could not create it past Chapter 14. I did read the caveats of violence, sex, and foul language, but they were understated in my e Prologue, giving background about a horrible happening in Afghanistan relevant to one of the main characters, was necessary. I obtain that. Then the main storyline took off, looking like a family reunion week at a Norris Lake rental house for some R&R and to mediate some old family enmity. The chapters were choppy, almost like a diary, and there were a lot of characters to remember and obtain to know. But I kept going as I often do, hoping things would obtain en suddenly in Chapter 14, in what seemed to be a secondary plot line, two young girls are brutally raped and killed. The info of this evil were WAY too graphic for me! I read a lot of crime fiction, but this was over the top. If this sample was representative of this author's work, I certainly have no desire for more.
I read this when I was home sick in bed. Would not have otherwise. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot, and the shifting suspicion. But the women were just props, aside from a little attempt at hero building for Kristin in the beginning. The others were just there as foils for the activities of the men. I had problem figuring out who Cathy was halfway through the book, and eventually Emma was mentioned again, and I had to go back and figure out who she was, because she was such a nothing nobody there was nothing about her to remember - except that she was someone's wife. Likewise Cathy, although the author created a production of how ugly and useless she was. I almost quit reading when I got to the description of Cathy, since the misogyny had gotten so strong. But the plot was mildly interesting, and I hate to give up on a book, so I stuck it out. Rachel remained a bimbo throughout. Emma and Gwen might as well not have been in the book, except that they inconvenienced their husbands, so that added to the men's e other weakness was the clear disgust/fear of aging, and the overblown descriptions of youth and vigor. I'm guessing the author was beautiful young when he wrote it, and hopefully he's gotten past his evident belief that 50 is ancient and used up, and eased up on his worship of abs.I did have fun aspects of the book, but was glad I'd gotten it for free. Hopefully by now he's learned that women are also humans, with their own personalities, thoughts, and motivations, which are equally as complicated and meaningful as those of men.
What Happened at the Lake by Phil M. WilliamsHave read the author's otther works and love the style he has of describing things to create you feel as if you are is one starts out with a stage from the war. Next it's onto a family vacation in TN and I had forgotten about kudzu-wanted to bring some home to RI with us ere are a lot of people, couples and those who are single and not everybody gets along with everyone. Brett is the college bound boy who's hot on Kirstin who is still 16 and is holding out for marriage years down the road. He wants tt had some words with others after his return from the battle and they all test to avoid one another. Alex, married to Emma is the brother who set up the whole thing and he enlists Matt to hold an eye on th and Rachel are engaged to be married... Love the setting and how it's all described. Gwen and Jeff had recently got hearing of all the fun things they are doing: rope swings, pontoon boat, kayaks and discovering the ightful horrendous happenings occur...family handle sit all and then is book has something for everyone-travel, mystery, thriller, romance and family life. So much action and adventure. Unpredictable, full of ceived this review copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Shocking, but realistic, “What Happened at the Lake” will grab you from the beginning and shake you to your core! A easy family get-together at the lake is set up by one of three brothers, Alex, to bring a fractured family closer together. Elderly parents, Harvey and Cathy, the daughter, Rachel and boyfriend Seth, Alex and Emma, Jeff and Gwen, and Matt gather at a huge rented house on Norris Lake in Tennessee. Alex and Emma bring daughter Kristin and her psychopathic (according to Alex) boyfriend, Brett, and their little dog. Fascinating personalities are thoroughly laid out for the men of the family, especially. This could be any family gathering as it plays out! The red flags are there, though!The author, Phil M. Williams has a clever imagination and weaves a story that is hard to forget. The descriptions of rape and murder are brutal and not for the faint-of-heart! But, more significant is the who-done-it aspect of the story. The suspense is built and released, built and released until you’re thinking, “NO, that did not just happen”! This is a cohesive, well-chronicled storyline of a nightmare vacation and a frightening, but entertaining read!
Phil Williams has made a amazing psychological thriller with this book. It begins with a bucolic family vacation of the troubled multi-generational Palmer family. Alex Palmer, the main hero tries, often vainly, to hold the bickering and cruelty at bay by keeping everyone busy with kayaks, a pontoon boat, and other activities. All of the characters are beautifully crafted and the book just sails along with murders, suspicion, recriminations, and a bit of irrationality by some.I loved this book and look forward to reading more of Mr. Williams' work. I give it my highest recommendation. Don't hesitate to this book and you'll be hooked, too.
This fairly short novel’s storyline is straightforward with a few twists. The protagonist(s) are likable, and most secondary characters were well-developed, except for some cliched characters. The author balances fun, satisfied times at the sunny lakeside setting with the troublesome house issues and the drenching ter the intense prologue with depictions of dehumanizing actions during war, the chapters that followed read like YA due to the choppy and almost simplistic style of writing. There is more religion in this book than I expected, but this may be a matter of private preference. Here are several examples of chapter names:Kristin and Ephesians 5: istin and WWJDAlex and God’s PlanAlex and Blessed GratitudeI chose the culprit soon after the 25% mark, and I started skimming after the 60% mark. Nearing the denouement, there was an interesting twist which felt very organic due to family dynamics. That said, the latest few chapters were so far fetched (in regards to law enforcement) that I had difficulty suspending addition to warnings given via the book synopsis, here are more for the faint of heart:1) Bloody murders take put front and center, as do very descriptive, violent rapes. I’ve read worse, but I’m a police procedural aficionado.2) A dear pet dies very badly.3)There’s a lot of adult language & God’s name in vain.4) If you are religious, there are sections in a Christian eulogy that might set your hair afire. The words cause the pastor of the church to obtain up and head toward the lectern.
What is with all the glowing reviews? Did we read the same book? I found this book amateurish, flat, dull, and insipid. The writing is pedestrian, about sixth grade level. There was nothing to discover, nothing new and new. The dialogue is uninspired, in fact, the whole thing is uninspiring. The chapter headings are cringey. The characters are unlikable. Detestable, actually. No one would wish this group to vacation together in the same house. They are just poor people, that you wouldn’t wish to know. The characters create stupid choices that no one in true life would make. (Seriously, who jumps off the front of a moving boat?) the method they act when things go wrong is not human nature. The method they act when things go well is just boring. I think you are supposed to feel something for some of these people, but it wasn’t there. It’s just a miserable cast of characters you feel nothing but contempt for. The ending is far fetched and hard to swallow. There are no motivations presented here, just nonsense that come from nowhere and makes no sense. In spite of the latest few pages trying to give some characters redeeming qualities, it just doesn’t work. I know somebody spent a lot of time on this, but why? I deleted this book from my kindle and regret the time wasted on it.I read reviews to search out whether something is worth parting with hard earned cash. I hate paying amazing for a book based on back-scratching or dishonest reviews, and finding out I bought something worthless. I do know that authoring a book takes wonderful effort. I know how hard it is. But that doesn’t excuse a not good product. I hate to be harsh, but I believe in telling the truth, even when it’s unpleasant. I hope that helps someone else.
I normally always finish a book but this was not a well-written or interesting or engaging book. It felt like locker room babble with entire parts of chapters devoted to issues with toilets, sewers, septic tanks and people stealing off to "pee" in the woods. Not even respectable YA fiction. The conversations were trite and written like text messages. The graphic descriptions of the murders were simply gross and disgusting, not an ounce of class. Not worth the time or effort. The fleeting attempt to incorporate poorly understood biblical and religious content was actually infantile. I got the book and felt it was still not worth it.
Fourth in the Lakeshore Chronicles pulled me in immediately because I saw so much of myself in the too-wed-to-work Sophie Bellamy, although the horror of kidnapping that she endures has never been my experience. Then there is younger-than-her Noah Shepard, the local veterinarian and her temporary neighbor. Whoa! With a vet like him in the neighborhood, who wouldn't wish to adopt a cat or dog simply to bask in his beauty?Sophie obviously agrees, but being a mom to her teenage daughter, Daisy, and her baby son, as well as 12-yr-old Max is the reason Sophie quits her job and flees to Avalon, NY. Sophie needs healing and Noah provides it, but will Sophie a) acknowledge and then b) act on her love for him? The soccer moms treat her like something they'd scrape off the bottom of their shoes and another local makes clear she's method too old for Noah. Her parents' expectations that she will go back to her high-powered position as an attorney for the International Court further pile on the guilt about what she SHOULD do, refusing to accept what she WANTS to do, where she WANTS to e on, Sophie. Step up and be a true woman, the mom you wish to be, before it's too late. Will she hear my plea? Read for yourself.
This is a Jewish book in the same method that Sweet Lorraine and Dirty Dancing are Jewish movies. It's nostalgic for the old hotels of Fresh England and the Borscht Belt, summer camp, lokshen, shuffleboard, and the cha-cha. You feel you know the heroine and empathize when she crashes the "No Jews" hotel, with far-reaching consequences. While in locations it's a small too cute--it so neatly disposes of the characters' fates--I can't support liking it.
I fell madly, totally, and completely in love with the heroine of Elinor Lipman's The Inn at Lake talie Marx is around twelve when the short novel opens, and her family has just received a politely worded rejection letter from the proprietor of the Inn at Lake Devine: there are no rooms at the inn for people with Jewish names. The first half of the book recounts Natalie's comic attempts to visit the inn, her true but limited success, and the interesting people she encounters along the e second half of the book concerns the twenty-five-year-old Natalie's re-introduction to the inn and her romance with the innkeepers' always, Lipman's characters are quirky, yet real to life. They answer to true life situations in true ways, yet Lipman's compassionate eye for the comic shines through.
This is the first book in Susan Wiggs' "Lakeshore Chronicles." Olivia Bellamy travels to the Catskills to renovate Camp Kioga which is owned by her grandmother and grandfather. She had attended the camp as a child and counselor, and is now responsible for renovating it so her grandparents could renew their 50th marriage vows there. She hires Connor Davis, a contractor, who also attended the camp--and with whom she had a romance when they were counselors. This story is a trip back into time when life was easy and easy. A pleasant read and amazing begin to the series.
2.5 starsOriginally I rated this 3 stars, but then I thought about it some more and realized that I didn't care enough about any of the secondary characters to even really consider continuing the series. This is one of those family/anyone-loosely-connected-to-the-family sagas, so there are numerous threads to follow/pique your interest . . . except they didn't. With one possible exception (male MC's brother), I couldn't care less about any of them. SO. Docked half a star for the sheer mediocrity. Even the summer camp-ness elements couldn't hold this one from being solidly MEH
This book has some interesting info about the history of skiing at Lake Tahoe. Some of the interesting info in this book contains the following: CA skiing got its begin not as a sports per se but as a form of transportation over deep snow. Doctors were soon skiing for miles to treat injuries or deliver babies. Residents in the snow country skied to work. Black material scattered in the snow (typically wood ash) was used to accelerate the melting of the snow pack. By 1922, Truckee and Lake Tahoe had become principal destinations for motion picture producers and directors. Hollywood star Clark Gable became a common sight in Truckee's restaurants, bars, and hotels. Because of its proximity to the Transcontinental Railroad, access to the Sugar Bowl was closed for natiional security reasons during and shortly after Globe Battle II. Heavenly Valley was part of an exclusive group of four ski locations in the United States with vertical rises in excess of 3,000 feet.
Divorced, high-powered international lawyer Sophie Bellamy returns from her job at The Hague to Willow Lake to be rescued from the snow by Vet Nate Shepard when he discovers her in her vehicle which is stuck in the snow. She has been involved in a terrorist ordeal which had changed her whole perspective; and she yearns for her kids at Willow Lake. This would be the least favorite of the series for me.
This is a romantic story full with irony. Amazing read. A young Jewish girl is frustrated when her family wants to go on vacation to a resort but they are told that Jewish people aren't welcome there. She finds a method to stay there and later life makes some ironic twists that lead her back there.
So I have been chastised for not warning of spoilers (which I don't obtain bc so a lot of others do as well) so here is the warning...SPOILERS. This book dragged on and on and on and the only reason I finished it was to be able to write a review with a clear conscience. Sad reason to finish a book I know but there u have it. There were so a lot of characters with so a lot of threads going in sooooo a lot of various directions it was truly difficult to hold up with it all. I figured out the dad's girlfriend from the past and his illegitimate daughter as soon as each one was introduced. The obvious role that Olivia's maternal grandparents played was never resolved re the disappearance of Mariska (nor what happened to her). There was method too much of the going back to the past and coming back to the future going on and frankly I found most of the writing to be somewhat dull and uninspired. I would have liked more of the refurbishment of the summer camp as opposed to all of the characters being thrown about all over the place. I never felt the connection between Olivia and Connor bc they just didn't spend that much time with each other. There was very small flirting, virtually no tension between them until the latest of the book, it was just a huge fat nothing. I also like to have a clear picture in my head about the characters and the off hand comment about Julian being biracial makes me wonder if Conner is black or if Julian's father was. That was never explained either. Just an offhand comment which I found to be the typical course of this book. Very small of the dialogue seemed to mean anything between them (with the exception of Olivia talking to her niece about her parents divorce). Sometimes I rate books based on what type of a film and actors would be involved and this would be not a B rated film but D with lots of rotten tomatoes. This book did obtain a lot of really amazing ratings but for me it was a slow, boring slide into oblivion.
This funny, information packed tribute to a vital part of the 80's is a amazing method to spend some time. If you are a fan of the series it is worth the it. The creator of the Man Film Encyclopedia, Caliber Winfield, pays homage to THE MAN Jason Vorhees complete with slay count.
Fun, quick summer read. Not amazing literature but kind of quirky fun. I'd give it 3 1/2 stars if possible. Has all the important elements of a summer read....love, death, funny quips, conflict, some predictability, satisfied ending. What makes it stand out is an overall theme of overcoming antisemitism.
First of the Lakeshore Chronicles, this book takes us back and forth between the years when Olivia Bellamy was a camper, when she was a counselor and now, when she's been asked by her grandparents to support renovate the put where they wish to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. The guy she falls for at age 12, but thinks he's rejected her their latest year at Willow Lake, is as hot for her as she is for him, but Connor needs to protect his heart, too. Much of the story they play hot and cold with each other while dealing with massive problems of their past lives (his drunken father and his kid-brother who seems to have a death-wish; and she with a young woman she discovers is her father's love-child, her bitter, divorced mother and her fat-kid photo of herself, though she's svelte and lovely they finally resolve these problems is deftly handled the evening of her grandparents' huge party at Willow Lake.
I've become a Susan Wiggs fan for a lot of reasons, but having an author tell a believable story is the main reason. When Olivia returns to the camp where her childhood dreams ended, she finds herself in midst of finding how endearing a first love can be. We all love the amazing endings, but it's the story of how Olivia and Connor overcome their past mistakes to search happiness that keeps us turning the pages. Very enjoyable !
Fabulous writing as always. I did, however, want more of the book had been Sophie and Noah's story. It was more a family story with the romance as secondary, at least until the end. I was almost surprised to see it listed as a romance rather than women's fiction. Having said all this, it was beautifully written--albeit a bit lacking in conflict between Sophie and Noah--and I enjoyed it.
I have to admit, even loving Susan Wiggs' books, seeing this one was about Sophie Bellamy gave me pause. Nothing previously lent to liking Sophie. But this book is a combo of the films Baby Boom & Doc Holliday. And that's a amazing mix.
I hate to sound like a grade bcc school grammar teacher, but why can't author's who write about horror movies take more care with what they write? I am very tired of trying to drench meaning up out of paragraphs stuffed with m ok misplaced modifying phrases and clauses. This writer definitely knows his topics and understands why why people who are basically well-adjusted, constructive members of society can have fun unsavory movies like those that create up the Friday the 13th franchise. His sense of humor about the subject makes his book entertaining and engaging, until a sentence like this: " the reason I rank it fourth is for a number of reasons cSmacks one in the eyes like a rusty, dull machete (OK there's no misplaced modifier there, just a godawful sentence.)The book is worth reading for fans of these films, but I don't think it will victory them any fresh devotees.
It is the early 60s in Fresh England and the Marx family, Jewish, but not particularly observant, inquires about a summer vacation at the Inn at Lake Devine. When 13-year-old Natalie Marx's mother receives a answer with the respond that the guests at the Inn are Gentile and perhaps the family would be more comfortable somewhere else, young Natalie takes it upon herself to torment Ingrid Berry the innkeeper with letters and phone calls of her own, anonymously of course. Natalie also makes it her mission to wrangle a visit to the Inn, which she accomplishes by ingratiating herself to a young girl she meets at summer camp. Natalie's longed for visit ensues and the saga begins. This is an interesting and necessary period of bigotry and segregation in our country that went largely under the radar at the time, but came to the forefront during the African American struggle for equality during that same time period. After Natalie's week-long visit to the Inn, we jump forward to just after her college years and her further interaction with the Gentile family who took her along 10 years or so before which results in another visit to the Inn for the wedding of her mate to the innkeeper's eldest son. Lipman is an perfect storyteller who develops her characters well and keeps you interested throughout. This book is on my top 100 list, confirmed on this my second reading. Pick it up; you won't be disappointed.
I started laughing out loud in the first chapter when Natalie began her retaliations versus the anti-Semitic Mrs. Berry at the Inn. I found myself alternately laughing and crying with the characters throughout the comic and tragic happenings of Natalie's life. Brains are not Mrs. Berry's long suit, as is apparent from the first offensive letter she sends Natalie's mother; but though she is more stupid than evil, she still has the power to damage people, including herself. Natalie finds, however, that her Jewish relatives are hardly from prejudice versus others, when they boycott her sister's wedding to an Irish Catholic, nor even among themselves (Natalie's grandmother disdains her future son-in-law because he drives a fruit truck, at which point her husband recalls that she herself is the daughter of a rag dealer.)Mrs. Berry never does quite obtain it. Despite the older generation and some true tragic events, the book builds to a unbelievable finish and makes you wish to see all the children of Natalie's (and my) generation succeed all the way.
I learned about this book through the Readers' edition of Shelf Awareness, an e-newsletter about books. I'm so glad I read The Inn at Lake Devine.A young Jewish girl becomes mad at a hotel keeper's prejudice versus Jews, indicated indirectly but purposefully in a written response to the girl's mother's inquiry about reserving rooms. The girl determines to create the hotel keeper face up to the unfairness, and though her actions seem anticlimactic initially, they reverberate through the years, affecting several families.
This was my first introduction to Susan Wiggs and I'm not usually a reader of the romance genre. This book was offered for for the Kindle (perhaps as a teaser for future books in the series?) and the description intrigued me (and the was right). I found this to be an enjoyable read on a rainy weekend. Having attended camp as a child (Camp Oweki and Camp Inisfree), I was transported back to the dining hall, the lake, hiking, swimming, canoeing, etc. This certainly helped set the scene for my enjoyment of those parts of the book --- but also to some of my dissatisfaction with the Wiggs' description style was distracting. Or perhaps I was just disappointed in the things that she chose to describe ad nauseum. Some of those passages would have benefited from a tighter editor. Additionally, the slipping back and forth between the past and show was a bit disconcerting at first as it distracted me from the storyline with having to obtain my bearings, re-establish what was going on during that time, and I found myself doing some math to figure out the characters ages, when happenings occurred, with most books in this genre, it is fairly apparent early on what the final outcome will be, and the journey is in how an author gets them to the put where we all know we're headed. I enjoyed most of the hero development, but did feel distracted by a lot of of the characters that at the time seemed to be introduced for the sole purpose of appearing in future books in the series with no resolution of their part in this story. I know that there is more to all of them that what we were given, but from visiting Ms. Wiggs web page it appears that only a few of the characters from Willow Lake are featured in future books (there is a list of books in choronological available for download).After reviewing the chronological list of books from Ms. Wiggs' web site, I see that a few of the characters carry over from this book. However, none of the ones featured are characters in which I am interested! I will probably check the next in the series out of the library rather than it to read --- and even then, I think I'm only interested in Winter Lodge because of the tip at Polish recipes! ;-)Interestingly, when I first started this review I thought that Willow Lake was a four-star book. However, after writing the review and reading what I've written, I moved it down to a 3 . . . it's not a poor book, but I'm not sure (for me) that it's a four.
I purchased the book because the synopsis seemed interesting (I love romances) and because of the amazing overall rating - unfortunately I can't agree with the 4.5 stars: as some reviews have already underline, the author introduces us to too a lot of characters, with consequentely too a lot of plots and subplot; in this way, none of them is sufficiently developed and all the stories lack in deep and emotions.I was especially disappointed by the main one, between Lolly and Connor, because I found really intriguing the idea of a renowing relationship beetween the unbelievable woman, which deep inside is still an unsure, fat girl and the gourgeous looking and good-hearted man, who still suffers for past difficul choices, so I hoped the author could describe their feelings in a more detailed and realistic stead, everything is too smooth, there is no angst, no misunderstanding: considering both Lolly and Connor had suffered of heart-breakings, I was expecting more mistrust and anguish and a more tormented relationship; instead, they obtain along all the time, even when he suddendly refuses to create love to her (when they have already started), she is not offended, or shattered, or al least sad - she doesn't even give it a second thought and keeps on treating him as nothing happened, which is kind of absurd (how kind and satisfied a person can be?)So I don't think I will read any other romances by this author - I like less characters and more well-drawn!
Not too massive in the drama or the usual "tension" found in romance novels that tends to drive me up a wall, which is a amazing thing really. But I will say that the author place far too a lot of characters in this book, making me loose focus on the main two characters, as well as loosing a lot of info about them I would have liked to know. The in between nostalgia clippings also seemed fairly "meh" to me and I ended up skipping over them, though I noted that the recipe was heavily highlighted by kindle users.I really would have rather spent the time reading about Olivia and Connor instead of about the countless other characters that could have been introduced to forward the other books of this series. Olivia and Connor seem like interesting people, so I was fairly disappointed when I ended this book not really knowing much more than I had stated with.I think if the author had spent less time trying to cram as a lot of people in the book as possible to promote future books in this series, she'd have had a amazing book. Sadly, I will more than likely not read the rest of them based off this book.
Until Sophie nearly loses her life in a kidnapping, she doesn't realize how much she has missed out on her family life by pursuing her career in international law. She moves to a little city in Fresh York to reconnect with her son, daughter, and fresh grandson. There she re-evaluates her life and becomes involved with Noah, a country vet. Ms. Wiggs has the ability to make multi-faceted characters that will resonate with the reader. Although, I don't believe this is her best book, it is a fine read that will provide hours of enjoyment. Although each book is a complete story, it is best if the series is read in order.
I grew up on these movies and happen to be the same age as the author so I share much of his nostalgia for that same time period. I've been an avid fan of slasher flicks my whole life and Friday has been my I read through what his synopsis of each movie was summed up with in short reviews, I nodded as I recalled each movie in my head. Then it goes on to have how much each movie created and some statistics (kill counts, drug/drinking, boobs) and also has a segment about what it takes to 's filled with different pop culture references and anecdotes that I found funny and his sense of humor struck a chord with me. I enjoyed reading it despite the numerous spelling errors.Overall, I feel as if I should look for this type of thing on the Internet and read more about it and connect with the fans so I can have some conversation because I feel like telling people my thoughts on what I read.
Susan Wiggs has captured my heart. This series has ten books, and although I read them in order,(given the first as a gift) they can be read out of order. Susan makes sure she introduces all the characters as they come up. This is a series of feel good, satisfied books. There is laughter, tears, nostalgia, and irony in this book. The family relationships of her characters are true and I cannot imagine anyone not relating, or identifying. on some level with her characters. As I finish one I cannot wait for the next! Treat yourself, and meet this unbelievable author.
In my opinion, this book is well written. I have no problem picturing the the lake or the camp where most of the activity takes place. Likewise, I can easily envision the Town during the scenes in NYC. The book skips back and forth between current times and memories, not only of the main characters but also their parents. I'll admit that took a small getting used to, but not much and I think it added a amazing to the enjoyment of reading the book.What I like best about the book was the characters. Ms. Wiggs drew me in by making me care about the young boy, from the wrong side of the tracks, whose father was an alcholic and the chubby girl whose well heeled parents were getting a divorce. As adults, both of these characters have developed into thoughtful, responsible people who place others before themselves.But I was also drawn to the bi-racial half brother, Olivia's best mate and even Max, the ten year old cousin who was having problem with his reading. There are a lot of characters from various walks of life in this book, and I think Ms. Wiggs successfully blends them into an extended family by letting the setting of the camp equalize them and give them insight into their companion's fore I bought the book, I knew it was the first in a series. Therefore, I wasn't troubled that a number of questions remain unanswered. What became of the former girlfriend who gave birth to Olivia's half sister? Did Pamela's parents play a roll in breaking up the relationship between Olivia's father and the love of his life. Will Julian go to college or ever fly jets? The list goes on, as do the story possibilities. I've already ordered the second and third books and am looking forward to the entire is book may not be for everyone, but it was an enjoyable read that held my interest.
A satisfying novel about 2 people who are brought together after having been in love when they were young. This story is about the interactions of family and how the mistakes of parents continue to affect their kids throughout their lives. It is also a story of live and the power it contains. The power of grandparents wanting to recreate their wedding, 50 years later, and the grandchildren who give up their lives, for the summer, to recreate the stage of that wedding.A very satisfying romance and more.
If you wish a quick, easy, light hearted summer novel, this would please you! This is a amazing book to either zip through, or casually meander without the worry of losing track of the story. Place it down, go for a swim, or a weekend vacation. When you come back to it, it will be still new and memorable. Better yet, take it with you, if you go away.. Simply put, a excellent summer time book, "ready to wear", so to is is a sweet, amazing humored, yet, sensitive story about a young, jewish girl facing one of her earliest experiences of predjudice. At the age of 12 years, she encounters the reality of her family affected by religious persecution. Her family inquires as to reservations for a summer get-away and is blatantly slighted by the vacation resort called The Inn at Lake Devine. Provoked by the answer that follows in response, she instantly becomes a young advocate, mailing material alledging the resort's transgressions. Dating back to 1962, the memory of her family being rebuffed by the gentile Vermont Inn becomes somewhat of an obsession for Natalie. The sweet comedy alights from the relationships that originate and the ones that are celebrated at this very resort. A passive/aggressive or love/hate relationship is developed between the inn and Natalie AND the relatives between the e fun is seeing the end result. Not bitter, not mean spirited, it is sweet rewards for Natalie who carries a damage in her heart long enough to do something about it.
Living in an zone that has a high Jewish population has given me a amazing appreciation for this culture of people. I thought this book beautifully captured the prejudices that can exist in both Gentile and Jewish families. I not only enjoyed the story, but also the Yiddish terms I am familiar with.
I like this series. It is fun, play, funny and I just really connected with it. The characters have some issues like most people (after it is a supernatural tale) and they are one is excellent and nothing is absolutely excellent in this book. Everyone, all throughout is just trying to figure things out as they go along. There are family problems, relationship issue and etc... Not everyone gets along, feelings are confused and misunderstanding lie is typical book protagonist. She avoids things a lot and she isn't sure about what to do in certain situations, but she is an honest, good, and kind person who loves the people around her.I don't know what is going to happen with the love triangle but I know who I am voting for. I really like both Derek and Lucas but I have to say that I am hoping it's going to be her and Lucas. I guess I am just going to have to wait until the next book "Taken At Dusk" to search out.
I loved the book though maybecks cussing habits I'm not a fan of. over all this book is amazing I would like if Charlene would be mentioned more she and Finn are my favorite charactersI'm 12 years old and I love this book amazing job as alwaysAnd the same for the Peter and the star catchers amazing bookReally builds up my imagination hold writing I hope to be a amazing book writer like you one day and I have a questionI'm trying to write a book now but I don't know we're tostart it would be cool to write a book on how to write a bookLoL I'm your largest fan can't stop reading your booksmy greatest wishes sarynette
What a terrific series! I'm a newly retired middle school teacher and grandmother of three, so reading "kid lit" appeals to me - forget child lit though, this book is for all ages. High energy, complicated characters, mystery even about the "good guys" - it's all there.I handed the first book to my grandson who said he wanted to nap in the vehicle - after reading the first page he was hooked and convinced me to read it too. #2 continues the excitement, hero development, and high interest. I live near WDW, so the familiar backdrop of the book has my curiosity going strong. My grandson and I eagerly await each fresh book in the series.
Kylie and the gang are back with a whole fresh set of challenges to face as a mysterious threat menaces Kylie from the shadows. As if that weren't enough, Kylie is receiving cryptic warnings from a ghostly woman covered in blood. What's a girl to do when she's in danger, worried about an endangered loved one yet unknown, and has the largest mess of a love life ever? It's up to Kylie to figure it all out before it's too late. Prepare to follow along as Kylie takes on an increasingly risky supernatural nce not much time has passed between Born at Midnight and Awake at Dawn, Kylie hasn't really changed all that much yet. As she begins to learn more about her characteristics, however, that won't be the case for long. In a lot of ways, Kylie is still the same stubborn girl that we saw before. However, her approach to some very unusual occurrences is a clue that she is coming into her own at a rapid rate. She develops some truly [email protected]#$% characteristics that left me shocked and scrambling to come up with an explanation that fits, which is not as simple as it may seem, at first. Where I liked the changes in Kylie, however, I found myself increasingly annoyed by Derek. He becomes much more insecure and jealous in Awake at Dawn, which is just not becoming at all. I came to prefer Lucas much more this time around and am definitely leaning toward that particular pairing at the moment. He was a much more appealing male counterpart for Kylie this time. I guess we shall see if that remains real in Taken at Dusk.I really enjoyed the direction the plot took with Awake at Dawn. It had every bit as much mystery and tension as Born at Midnight, all the while developing in its own special way. There was no repetition here, which I was very glad of. Instead, the storyline is so new that there was no method for me to completely guess what would happen based upon the latest book. The pacing was wonderfully rendered and I was, once again, picked up and carried away along with the characters the plot revolves ake at Dawn is an perfect continuation to what promises to be a truly fun series. Though I lost my patience with a couple of the characters, I still enjoyed the interaction between the varying members of the entire cast of characters, as well as the descriptions provided of both their physical appearances and their personalities. I was fascinated enough with the story that I promptly bought book 3 in the series, Taken at Dusk, as well as preordered book 4. This speaks volumes as to how much I've enjoyed this series, so far. I hope for more amazing things to is review originally appeared on my blog, Starting the Next Chapter, on May 25, 2012.
So I don't mind love triangles as long as they are done right. Unfortunately this series isn't one of those. I search the whole emtiinal strife Kylie lives to be exhausting. It's obvious she is created for and meant to be with Lucas so why hold with the angst of her chasing after Derek. I don't think I can create myself one more book in this series.
Years ago, I owned the vinyl ver of this unbelievable environmental ambient album. However, over a length of time, several moves & Hurricane Katrina, I lost this item. It's re-release in a fresh digital format has allowed me to reunite with the & gentle ambience of the piece. Listen with headphones for a truly awesome sonic experience.
Though this book was not as amazing as the first in my opinion, it was still beautiful interesting, especially for those of us who haven't been to the park in over 15 years. This book mainly focuses on the Animal Kingdom part of the park and also Maleficent and Chernaborg. Hardly any other characters are mentioned (Aladdin and Jasmine breifly, Ariel has about a two page part..) which that was disappointing to me as I wanted more hero interaction, but was left with only the two poor guys that were talked about constantly. Though the story line still moved along rather quickly, I just kept wishing for more characters and more parts of the park. Hopefully in the next book they'll do just that.
Our son picked this book from a list of pre 6th grade needed summer reading for school. He found it OK in the opinion of an 11 year old. We had the book as well as the electronic ver with audio. The electronic ver (on the phone) helped if we were out and about (and in traffic) with time on our hands and did not have the book. Had to create the best use of time because he is aprocrastinator. The audio helped us (working parents) as we listened to quiz on his understanding of the content and for his book report.
Awake at Dawn starts not long after Shadow Falls has ended. Kylie is still at camp for the supernatural trying to figure out what she really is. As her abilities begin to develop she starts to question what she might really be from vampire to werewolf even considering shapeshifter but she learns that she’s not one of those. She’s something else but no one has a clue what she could really be. The only method she’s going to search out is by finding her father’s birth parents. The only issue he’s not a very helpful ghost so she enlists the support of a Personal if camp and dealing with being a supernatural isn't enough to hold her busy. Kylie has two potential love interests. She can’t seem to forget Lucas the werewolf who she has a past with that ran away from camp in the first one and Derek the half fae who can sense her attraction. Throw in a ghost who wants her support but isn’t giving Kylie enough information. Soon bodies are turning up in city accidents to the humans but victims of a rogue vampires. Parent’s day is just around the corner and Lucas has returned to camp. It’s enough to hold her busy. Will Kylie figure out what she really is? Who the ghost is trying to save? Will she choose Derek or Lucas?I really like Kylie as a hero even if she is caught in a love triangle which I can’t stand. Typically love triangles are android game over from the begin but I'm too enchanted by Kylie’s story. I think the characters are amazing her mates Miranda and Della are each special with their own stories hidden within Kylies. I’m torn on which guy I like for Kylie but it’s hard not to cheer for the werewolf Lucas. I’m curious to see how this will play ake at Dawn in the second in an exciting young adult paranormal series. It’s a paranormal boarding school type series where the supernatural learn to live together with the plan to live among the humans. The author has made unbelievable characters that are engaging, simple to connect with and memorable from Kylie all the method down to her kitten socks. I’m really torn on the guys but I think Miranda and Della have their own special stories one of which has a fresh series. The author has made an enchanting put for Shadow Falls filled with mystery around every corner. The author has done a attractive job creating a captivating story her writing is smooth it was simple for me to obtain lost in the book. I had a hard time putting it down for true life. I really loved the whole camp feel it’s the kind of put I would wish to go if I was in Kylies shoes. I’m dying to know what Kylie really is and can't wait to search out in the future books. All of which I have ready to go. One of those books teens as well as adults will have fun if they like the supernatural concept this series is a must read.
Full of the life's mysteries of the paranormals, you can't support but search yourself falling in love with Hunter's highly addictive series. It has everything you need from suspense to romance and even a small Kylie still continues to place up with Miranda and Della's antics and constant feuding, she is still struggling to search out just what she is. Oh, and besides that? Kylie has now found out that she likes blood. No method can Kylie settle on being a vampire. She has also found out that she has been getting faster at running and the ability to hear better. She really can't settle on being a werewolf! That would be just horrid. Ugh, the worst! In the midst of all of this that she is dealing with, Lucas has left camp, and even though he is gone, Derek can't seem to obtain over the fact that he thinks Kylie is still crushing on him. Hmm, maybe that's why Kylie has been dreaming on Lucas? Although, Derek doesn't know that. That's on the lie has enough to with as it is, but now she thinks she's being followed. Actually, she knows it. Nobody seems to believe her though. The wolf that found her in the woods a coincidence? What about the things she feels passing her in the woods? Something's just not right in Shadow Falls. As Kylie gets closer to finding out just what she is, she's also getting closer to the mysteries lying in the woods.
I originally heard this in college decades ago and used it as background so I could study without having to listen to the noisy neighbors. Time passes and when my girlfriend suggested finding some melody for meditation, this popped into my mind again. She loves it for that! And I like it for Tai Chi as well. Largest surprise was that the 2 canaries we have love to "sing along" with the birds on the disc!! I also use it at work to block office noise and support me focus. Works very well for that.
A lot of years ago I purchased an album that claimed it was the "Psychologically Ultimate Thunderstorm", with the B side as "Gentle Rain".It ended up being my most favorite album and I nearly drove myself crazy collecting all the series done by Syntonic Research/Atlantic. A few were released on CD (3) ( Ultimate seashore, dawn and dusk in Fresh Hope, PA, and Tinntibulation) but the remaining albums never were, no matter how a lot of times I wrote letters to the company asking them to do y years later I trusted a professional to create digital copies of all of the remaining ones onto CD and I have never regretted music, just true sounds.Dawn & Dusk is a must have for anyone who has ever spent time on the Northern East Coast and misses the sounds of the birds and/or crickets that populate the area. It is as if you've never left.
This one was not as amazing as the first. I realize I am an adult reading a book for young adults but anything to do with Disney I will read. The characters and the method they act or speak is appropriate for the young adult. So I know it is the book for them. It is, however, a strong, sometimes funny, and is very believable. (hey, it could happen). But what I love most about it is the author is spot on where the parks are concerned. Every thing is in its put as it should be as he goes about the plot. So, if your kid reads these books be sure that if you end up at Disney you can follow the book in each park and know that the Kingdom Keepers are taking care of business.
My daughter got the first book in print form and loved it. So we bought her this second book for her Kindle e-reader (the kind that's amazing for reading books -- not the Fire). She loved this one as much as the first one so I think we're going to obtain her the rest of them e said the Kindle ver was much handier for reading any time (she rereads her books a *lot*).We are a family of Walt Disney Globe park lovers and both my daughter and my wife said this entire series of books is really amazing for park lovers.
I was completely captivated by the first book in this series and I am satisfied to report that "Awake At Dawn" was at least as good. This book is very much a continuation of the first book and probably wouldn't be enjoyable as an entry point to the series. Kylie is still trying to explore what supernatural she is. She is trying to convince her mom to allow her stay at Shadow Falls when it goes from a camp to a year round school. And she is trying to forget Lucas and forge a relationship with Derek. Kylie is suddenly coming into more powers. And someone is murdering girls in city and it maybe somehow be connected to e characters create this series. What a fun concept! A supernatural camp, where there are vampires, werewolves, shifters and more. This leads to all types of jinx and amusing interactions. Kylie's two roomates are unbelievable additions to the series. There is witchy Miranda and vampire Della who are always at odds but care for each other very much. Being a group of teenage girls ensures plenty of romantic drama. Several reviewers think this book is slow to begin but I have fun the day to day lives of the characters enough to be fully entertained at all times. There are some laugh aloud scenes as lie and her mates feel like realistic teenager. I like that the children always have consequences to face for their actions. And I am on squad Derek even though I think I may have chosen the losing side. He just seems like a amazing guy and he doesn't wish to play games. Lucas seems to thrive on android games but he comes through for Kylie each time. Holiday and her kinda romance is also an intriguing side e story leaves us hanging quite a bit. I was not all the method happy with the ending of the story. This can turn a lot of readers off but I know I am hooked enough that I will grab up the next installment.
I really enjoyed this book! It wasn't awesome as the first book in the series but I still had fun reading this!One of the best parts about this book was seeing Kylie begin to figure out who she is! During the latest book, I was on the edge of my seat because I could not figure out what Kylie was! It's really interesting to see her go through various changes in this book!One part of this book that I did not love was the love triangle that is sort of happening. Most of the time I am not bothered by love triangles, but for some reason I just did not like how this worked in this book. One min she was pining for Derek and then she was thinking about Lucas! I just wished that she would focus more on one boy then thinking about both, but that's not how love triangles work :)I also really enjoyed seeing Kylie grow as a character! In the first book in this series, we really got to know her and as a reader I wasn't sure what to create of her! I liked seeing her become more independent in this book!Overall, I enjoyed this book! Not as amazing as the first but I am still looking forward to the next book in the series!
I have this CD in a player that repeats the dusk track over & over all night very softly. Then I have the player programmed to play the dawn track when I wish to wake up in the morning. I work on a ship at sea and have been sleeping like this for 2 decades. Wonderful, peaceful, serene method to sleep and wake up to the natural sound of birds.
WXXI-FM, 91.5, Rochester's classical public radio station opens its day with an excerpt from Dawn at Fresh Hope, Pennsylvania. A lot of listeners have commented that they appreciate 'the birds' as a pleasant method to wake up. The recording is perfect apart from the minor criticism that the sounds are 'looped' and persistant scrutiny reveals that the the same birds reappear, as do a couple laughing and a jet plane. These are insignificant intrusions and shouldn't affect your enjoyment of the CD.
I had this album while in the navy in the mid seventies. I chop it over to reel-to-reel tape and, while serving aboard the USS JAMES MONROE (SSBN-622), would occasionally slip it onto the ships entertainment system. Quite interesting to keep comments from the squad when we'd been underwater for 60 days and begin hearing birds and things!
This is a sequel to the first Kingdom Keeper book and it was, as I understand, a few years later. It was also something of a disappointment... or the one where Pearson got a small lazy. Not that I wish to pick apart a kid's book, but there are a handful (or two) of inconsistencies that raise flags and take the reader out of this adventure. A lot of are minor, like confusing which hero did what and whether or not clues would mean anything to characters who weren't privy to certain conversations. There are some logistic issues, such as whether the keepers are banned from all the theme parks or if their agreement as DHIs was limited to the Magic Kingdom. And there's a question of how they manage to hold in contact using their Nintendo DS systems for chat and maybe audio? However, the first and most persistent concern was the name of a main character. Is she Jess or Jez? (If you've read the 1st book, that makes more sense.)All that aside, however, this is a nice second installment to an on-going series that explores the Disney mythology and provides children (and adults) with adventure-filled stories. This one takes put mostly in the Animal Kingdom as the keepers attempt to search and rescue Jez, who has been kidnapped. They face a lot of challenges of course, not the least of which is an alternate DHI server that threatens to capture them in Sleeping Beauty Syndrome (asleep and can't wake up) should they drift off. And this time, Maleficent is joined by the most evil Disney villain ever: Chernabog (from Fantasia). And the slight tips at leadership lessons from book one blossom a small more in this book. I won't give away any spoilers, but the story provides a resolution while still leaving plenty of plot lines in play for book three, which... I haven't read yet.A note to parents: there is a bit of suggestiveness throughout the books - both in language (Maybeck has a mouth on him apparently) and in relationships (very mild, but it's there - you sense a love triangle in the making). And, of course, behavior you don't wish your children emulating (lying, etc.).- from trudatmusic[dot]com[slash]raw (9/11/12)
This book opens several months after the first book ended. The host program has been shut down to fix some flaws, but tonight it is reopening. Finn and the other four teens are part of a huge parade celebrating the event. But what starts as a celebration turns to danger as a large storm comes rolling in. Finn sees monkey running through the crowd watching the parade. Then Jez, a mate of the hosts, is kidnapped. Before the night is over, Maleficent will escape from her the aftermath, Finn learns some horrid things from Wayne, the old Imagineer who has been their tutorial so far. Animal Kingdom is set to obtain their own holographic hosts soon, but their server is flawed. The Overtakers plan to use it to trap Finn and the others next time they go to sleep. So they must infiltrate Animal Kingdom, Jez who they think is being held there, and destroy the server before any of them fall asleep. With a lot of of the animals in the park part of Mal's army, that won't be easy. Can the children figure all this out before they obtain too tired to think?The Disney fan in me enjoyed this second behind the scenes mix of adventure and fantasy. Heck, the action drew me in so fast, I often had a hard time putting it down, reading the latest 100 pages in one e characters could have been a bit better defined, although we did obtain to know them better than in the first book. Despite the fact that I was hooked, the pace slacked a small in the middle and I got frustrated by how small was happening. But when it picked up again, I was hooked. It would have been nice to see more of other popular Disney characters involved in the story instead of once again focusing on Maleficent as ese books will absolutely appeal to Disney fans everywhere. I am anxiously awaiting the next chapter in this saga.
If you thought being a teen was hard imagine not knowing what you are much less what you should be doing. Oh, and the fact that she's just learned her father isn't really her father and her parents are getting a divorce. Kylie is at a unique camp that, to the rest of the globe is a camp for troubled teens. It's actually a camp for supernaturals who are trying to learn about their own gifts, how to obtain along with the various supernatural species as well as how to hold the fact that you aren't human from your mates and lie is having a tough time. She's learned she's a ghost whisperer and the ghosts coming to her looking for support aren't really amazing at communicating. She's told she's got to save a person she loves, but doesn't know who or from what. Between not knowing what else she is, dealing with her parents, a ghost waking her up every morning but not giving her any fresh information, two guys she's attracted to and the fact that her body is changing and she's picking up fresh abilities; Kylie's plate is ere's a amazing of angst in this book. Definitely justified, but that end of it is starting to feel rather heavy. While the main focus of the book is on Kylie, there's plenty going on with secondary characters to give the story a nice rounded feeling. The series so far is definitely interesting and there's plenty going on to hold it moving at a amazing clip.
Though a few of the info were fuzzy, it did not take me long to dive back into Kylie's globe and character. I love her voice, the sarcasm, the emotion and the kindness and loyalty to her friends. She wants and needs answers, and she takes the avoidance tactic, which I am so familiar with. I really connected with her in the feeling like an outcast at times though. That is a theme in this book and it feels like a theme in my own life. But I really like how she with it, and it is so well written how she makes friendships and slowly builds them. And oh the drama in here, there are scenes I totally loved, and could imagine so clearly. Shifter war anyone? Create out session? Oh yes, please. C.C.'s style is amazing and she draws me right into the globe of Shadow Falls. The range of supernatural all in one place, working together is awesome, as well as the set-up with the tension and the antagonists. It's amazing to watch Kylie come into herself and figure out exactly what she is, and it leaves me with questions and speculations. I also liked how she created better decisions for herself instead of being weak, even when it was hard. I love this series and can't wait to create time in my schedule to read the rest!
I'm really enjoying this series! Kylie is a amazing selfless heroine who is torn between two beautiful young men. She's confused about her DNA she's supernatural but she doesn't know if she's a fairy, werewolf, vampire or a witch. She can't search out because her dad who is the one with supernatural DNA but he's dead. She met him because she's also a ghost whispered and that's how he introduced himself to her.Everyday she is changing and growing but she's still confused about her origin. Kylie spends her time in this book searching she hopes she finds out what she really is. Her mother had no idea that she's supernatural and Kylie had to convince her to allow her stay at shadow is book is full of action and it keeps you on your toes. It also has a bit of mystery to it and young love romance and confusion on which handsome boy to choose. You won't be disappointed!I'm can't wait to read Taken at Dusk Next!
This is a book two and there will be spoiler for book one (The Tiger At Midnight) in my review.I was a bit nervous to begin this 450 page sequel, but I flew through it. The pacing is amazing from the start.Kunal is working on his shifting and senses while he and Esha are hoping to stop the caravan they believe Reha to be in. Things don’t go as planned and Esha decides that they need to meet up with the team, Bahandu, Arpiya, Aahal, Frahan, and Harun. They need to come up with a plan. The caravan appeared to be well guarded, so they’re even more sure that Reha was there. Kunal goes back as a soldier to search out what he can undercover. Even though he was betrayed by Laksh, Kunal decided to confide in his friend, Alok. Kunal found out that he would need to go to Gwali for the Mela. It is likely that the princess is being held in the citadel. Alok decides to join e group meets up to come up with a plan to obtain Reha. Kunal doesn’t feel like a full part of the team, but he goes in completely, even agreeing to enter a competition. King Mahir, Harun’s father, could tell that Kunal is Samyad and starts teaching him their history and how to control his changes.During this time, Esha struggled with her emotions. Is she Esha or is she the Viper? She wants revenge for her parent’s deaths, but if she veers off the plans, it risks her whole team. She still has feelings for Harun and gets confused. She also knows that she’s falling in love with Kunal. Can she betray her squad by hiding things or will she betray Kunal?Kunal was saying she had a choice, that she could be the Viper or e question was, who was she?Things are weird and off with people battling for power and change. There are rebel groups and others around and it makes it hard to create alliances with anyone. A lot comes out about the past and how the stories have changed over time. Magic isn’t even the same and very few people seem to know the truth. Only the royals.Even ages ago, mankind couldn’t control their greed for power. Did this never end? Would they always be stuck in this cycle?There is a lot of info in the book, but the pacing seemed amazing for me throughout. I was pulled in right away and the ending makes me wish the next book yesterday. There were some crazy things that came out and one was a huge surprise for me.I gave this book 5 stars. Thank you to Wunderkind and Epic Reads for my review copy. Quotes taken from arc and may change before final publication.Warnings for a lot of death, blood, fighting, and betrayal.
It’s not very often that a sequel to a YA sci-fi or fantasy novel can equal the quality of the original. For me, Catching Fire (Hunger Android games #2) is a rare exception. If you go through the huge ones, Insurgent (Divergent), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Fresh Moon (Twilight), even the underrated Legend sequel, Prodigy, it’s commonly accepted that the first is better by a beautiful significant margin. I believe that Swati Teerdhala’s The Archer at Dawn is now another exception to that e Tiger at Midnight both introduced the stakes and focused on the cat-and-mouse love story between Esha and Kunal. The Archer at Dawn has the opportunity to build on the Hindu mythology from the first book while also expanding our knowledge of those main characters and even the secondary ones. I compared The Tiger at Midnight to Legend, not exactly on the level of quality (Legend is, in my opinion, one of the greatest books in the genre) but because the story outline seemed similar. The Archer at Dawn breaks that mold and becomes a special narrative to itself. I never found myself comparing it to another story, which added to my overall enjoyment of the book. At the same time, we obtain to see more of Kunal and Esha as characters, as Teerdhala spends more time fleshing them out. This is possible because less time is spent on the love story arc and the two characters spend more time apart, forcing them into situations where we see a various aspect of their personalities or backgrounds. This also means a deeper exploration of secondary characters such as the other members of the Blades or Kunal’s mate Alok. I also felt the action took a step up in this second book and the reader had more first-hand evidence that Kunal is a very skilled fighter instead of just hearing it said by e Archer at Dawn is not perfect, as I still didn’t understand all the choices created with the plot and the method this installment ended left me sad and again, seemed unnecessary plot-wise. However, the inspiration of Hindu mythology makes this series special (I now would whole-heartedly endorse it over its most famous comparison, Kids of Blood and Bone) and even still it has room to improve in a future installment. I’ll wait patiently for that next one to come.I received an eARC of The Archer at Dawn courtesy of Katherine Tegen Books and Wunderkind PR, but my opinions are my own.
THE ARCHER AT DAWN is a unbelievable sequel in the THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT trilogy. This second book picks up where the first one left off, again giving us both Esha and Kunal's perspectives. Esha, the Viper, is torn between duty to her cause, her own desires for revenge, and her growing feelings for Kunal. She has small time to think of these private conflicts, as she travels to the Sun Mela, a religious time of celebration and contest, and the time is nearing for the Crescent Blades (the rebellion led by her and Harun) to act.Kunal is now becoming central to a lot of the rebel plans, and he is finding himself torn between his loyalty to the soldiers, the family he did not know he had, and the rebels whose cause he has taken. His feelings for Esha are ever-present, but when she seems to hold things from him similar to the cause, he wonders if she actually trusts him. He is also torn by his friendships with soldiers- one of whom is working for a rival rebellion (the Scales) and cannot seem to leave him out of the e Sun Mela reveals Vardaan's fresh plots, as Harun and his father (rulers of Dharka) are there under the guise of a peace treaty, but Vardaan (disputed ruler of Jansa) is hiding Reha, the lost princess, and clearly has bigger schemes afoot. The timeline is shortened for the Blades' action, and they must Reha and replace Vardaan. Vardaan is also running a contest of war skills that Kunal will enter while they investigate to obtain closer to where they need to ever, nothing is quite as it seems, and all sides are playing the others with potentially devastating consequences.What I loved: This book had me completely hooked on the contests, the mysteries, and the romance. This series is really unique, based on Indian history and Hindu mythology, and while the world-building is less in the sequel than the first, which laid everything out, we still obtain these connections and further info here. This did not feel like a filler book to flesh out a trilogy. A lot happens here, and the contest really keeps the pace e hero development here really shines, as we witness the internal conflicts for both Esha and Kunal. These effect in some interesting discussions of loyalty, romance, trust, and revenge. For instance, Esha's need for revenge can hinder her progress and cannot correct the past/cannot bring back her parents. She debates over the value and need for it as well as the internal feeling of hatred that penalizes mostly herself.I also really loved the twist at the end that I did not see coming. I love being surprised, and this definitely surprised me. There are a lot of political android games being played, and it seems as though the bigger android games are just beginning. It is going to be difficult to wait for the final installment in this verdict: Atmospheric and unique, THE ARCHER AT DAWN is full of magic, action, and truly special characters. This sequel really builds on the first book to make an engaging and captivating story that is well written in its own ease note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my g_3322-2A mind plowing action packed sequel, to The Tiger At is quick passed engaging series draws its clever inspiration from some of ancient Indian history and e second installment takes off right at the end of, The Tiger at Midnight.We were introduced to Kunal and Esha’s characters are otherwise known as a Senap soldier, and the Viper in the first book. Esha is a legendary legend, no one knows her real identity is except for her best mate Prince Harun.Kunal has been in training as a soldier since childhood to be a highly skilled Senap.When a celebration and a deadly tournament in Jansa, called Sun Mela, is to take put the two will travel there for diplomatic reasons. On the other hand one of the reasons is to rescue Dharka’s long lost princess Reha.A Princess who might be able to save the land. The rebels will infiltrate the royal court to rescue the princess who has hidden away by a tyrannical king.A lush and vibrant Ya Fantasy that will hold you on your toes, with electrifyingtwist.Kunal and Esha’s relationship is a passionate secret, as they search themselves having to sneak amongst the shadows.A pulsating adventurous book of royal intrigue, and captivating well developed characters will have you submerged within its fantasy action pages
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)The Archer at Dawn gave the characters I loved zone to grow. It asks us if we can ever truly change and how one tries to change. Can we go back to what we knew a completely various person? One moment can change our life and The Archer at Dawn is all about the moment after. Whether it be living with the consequences of our actions or using our past to create ourselves a fresh future, The Archer at Dawn is all about characters and has the characters I know and love, Esha and Kunal, and it's full of banter and mangoes. Featuring dual POV, it allows us to experience the fresh shifts in consciousness and worlds for both Esha and Kunal. They are so various in some aspects, but also driven by a thirst for change. Even more fun, Teerdhala introduces a tournament in The Archer at Dawn! While The Archer at Dawn is certainly more political than The Tiger at Midnight, it is action packed on all fronts.
The Archer at Dawn was everything I could have asked for when it came to an explosive follow-up to The Tiger at Midnight. Esha and Kunal race to search the lost Princess Reha and to bring peace to their countries. They, along with the Crescent Blades, create plans to infiltrate Gwali during the Sun Mela. While Kunal tries to master his newfound powers that come with his recently discovered identity, and when Esha finds that the usurper king isn't what she thought, and searches for the people who ruined her life, things of course, go awry. Kunal and Esha must search the princess before it is too late, but forces bigger than their own may obtain in the way. Will they rescue the princess and restore harmony to their world, or will they lose themselves-and each other-in the process.I absolutely adored The Archer at Dawn. Frankly, there was nothing I didn't like. Swati Tweedhala is a heck of a writer. I love her writing style and the method she incorporates Indian history and culture into her colourful narrative. I loved seeing all the sweet romantic moments between Kunal and Esha. They are such a precious OTP. The world-building is just as impeccable as the first book, and I couldn't obtain enough of the political intrigue the Sun Mela offers. And that twist at the end of the book, as well as the ending itself, was phenomenal. The Archer at Dawn is everything a sequel should be, an exciting story about love, revenge, and resistance. Very well done
The Archer at Dawn is the second installment in author Swati Teerdhala's The Tiger at Midnight trilogy drawing inspiration from ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology. The story takes put in the lands of Jansa and Dharka, two lands bound together by magic that descended from twins Naria and Narian. The land requires a blood ritual from their bloodline, but thanks to a coup by the pretender King, Dharka is suffering. A Princess who might be able to save the land, is the janma bond unravels, increasing natural disasters are event more frequently. While one land, Dharka, seems to have survived and thrived, Jansa is in the middle of dark days. The story alternates between Esha and Kunal. Esha is a legend, but no one knows who she is except for her best mate Prince Harun. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal ha is a co-leader of a group called Crescent Blades. They all have the same goal: remove the pretender King and install him with the lost princess Reha if they can search her before she is lost to them. Esha wants to final the long lost princess and bring peace to this ancient globe but she still holds tightly to her need for revenge. She has learned that Kunal was her childhood mate before the coup, but there's so much more to who he really is which I won't spoil.Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan and to become one of the Senap. When Esha and Kunal first met, it was under various circumstances. She was set up as the murderer of Kunal's uncle General Hotha. He was tasked to bring her in at all costs. When Esha learns who Kunal is, there seems to be an immediate freeze in hostilities. After all, Kunal has more than a few surprises of his own that he is trying to work r Esha, not only does she obtain to play the role as the formidable Viper, but as a Lady in Prince Harun's court and his adviser. Meanwhile, Kunal is being pulled in by emotions, loyalty, and fresh avenues which leads to a stunning ending. He becomes a participant in the Sun Mela and ends up with the moniker The Archer. Kunal and Esha’s relationship is as passionate as it is secret. The two must hide their relationship from everyone at court, forcing them to search creative ways to communicate and finally meet among the palace shadows.On the flip side, Esha must also with fresh threats and fresh feelings especially when it comes to her best mate Prince Harun. The story has all the beats of a classic heist, with our protagonists making elaborate plans to sneak through the palace, break into the citadel for reconnaissance, and use the ongoing celebrations as cover for their daring exploits to search their nation’s missing treasure: Princess ng Vardaan’s court is resplendent with glittering jewels and decorated pavilions at every turn, providing the excellent backdrop for political maneuvering filled with secrets and deception. The destroyed janma bond, an essential element of the land that was broken by the division of the regions during the violence, creates a countdown for Esha and Kunal, who must search the princess and re-create the bond before the countries’ droughts and famines create it impossible for civilians to survive.
*ARC provided in exchange of an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no method biased.*HOLY. FREAKING. SHIZ. I need a moment, or ten. That’s really all I can say. I did NOT see any of that coming. At all. None of it. Wow. I’m gonna gather my thoughts for a second here because there is so much to say, but I don’t even know how to say … talking about the book. This picks up almost immediately after the end of TTAM and follows our favourite couple (idc about anything else, Kunesha ARE a couple) on their fresh journey, this time in Jansa. Fresh alliances are forged, fresh opponents surface, and in the midst of all the conspiracy are Kunal & Esha, trying to do the right of the first things I noticed in this book is how much Teerdhala has improved in every aspect writing – from the plotting of this book to the characterization. Everything was much more vivid in this book as compared to the latest one. I loved that!We got to see the development of Kunal, Esha, and even Harun in this book. I was really surprised by how much I got to see Harun in this one. He grew as a hero a lot. We got to learn more about him as a person, and his motivations behind doing what he did, behaving the method he did. His relationship with Esha was explored too, and I really liked their dynamic.But, coming to our main characters – Kunal & Esha. I really liked how Esha shaped in this book. She was still the Esha we’d seen in the first book, but she was much more intense here, with respect to everything. It took me a while to obtain used to the actual depth of her emotions, but once I did, I could see why she would do the things she did. Her relationship with her best friend, Arpiya, whatever he is, Harun, and even her handmaid, Aditi, was beautiful well fleshed out. It wasn’t just Kunal and Esha like it was in the majority of the latest book. In fact, come to think of it, Esha had the fewest scenes with Kunal. Yet, their relationship was beautiful well done, and we got to see them grow closer, trust each other more, and rely on each other to obtain them through the whole this book, we got to see Esha struggling with balancing her identity as the Viper, as a leader of the Blades, and who she was herself. The conflict was really nicely place across, and we could see how difficult it was for Esha to exist as all three at the same time. She always felt like she couldn’t do anything without jeopardizing her role as someone else. I really liked the whole narrative where she tried to balance everything, and decide who she wanted to be. While she’s not completely there yet, she’s moving forward and I love ing to Kunal, he was still the same ole righteous Kunal who was only trying to do the right thing, but at the same time, not. Kunal’s sense of duty as a soldier conflicted a lot with the mission he had taken on. On top of that, forces other than the other soldiers and the Blades came out to play and created things even more difficult for him. He did create a lot of questionable decisions in this book, but the motivation behind doing so was always noble, which is why I’m not as angry at him as I should be. Keeping myself in his shoes, the chance that I would have done what he did are beautiful high, so I do see where he’s coming from, even though I want he had handled things e other minor characters that came into play in this story – Aditi, Esha’s handmaid, Lord Mayank, a nobleman, King Mahir, Harun’s father, and Princess Yamini of another neighbouring kingdom, as well as the rest of the Blades – all brought a lot of spin to the story and steered it in directions that I hadn’t even imagined. I will freely admit that I did not see about 70% of the plot twists coming in this one. That created the reading experience so much better for me. Something would happen and I would just gape at the screen like for 5 minutes, trying to process that it actually happened. It was so amazing!We even go into more of globe building in this one, ancient history being explored, more kingdoms coming into picture, and learning more about the janma bond. I really liked how all of it was explored and brought to the attention of the reader in bits and pieces as the story unfolded. Another really amazing aspect of this story was the court politics, which I never thought would play such a crucial role in this book, but it did. And it was really well done l things considered, I think that The Archer At Dawn surpassed all my expectations after having read The Tiger At Midnight. The second book in itself is reason enough for you to pick this series up! I absolutely cannot wait to read the third book after how the second book closed, and I’m sure you’ll be the same!
In this awesome second installment the author has set up a master piece of is book picks up at the end of tiger at midnight Esha and Kunal are paired up with the Dharkan rebels and the Crescent Blades. What i love most about these characters is how multi layered they are. Esha wants to final the long lost princess and bring peace to this ancient globe but she still holds tightly to her need for revenge. Kulan is coming to grips with his fresh found royal status but also struggles with his underground rebel status.A majority of this book centers around the plot to search and rescue the long lost princess. Along with this their also this hot burning passion between Esha and Kulan but she also struggles with her feelings for another along with her burning need for revenge. She calls that into question quite a few times along this journey. Does she allow that go and embrace what the squad is striving for?With this being the second book their are quite a few very interesting plot twists that i did not see coming. I was along for the ride hook, line and oh my god you got to be kidding me how can this be. This series is interesting and captivating..
Back in 1981, Canadian nature recordist and movie director Dan Gibson was stepping into unknown country when he released this album of nature sounds. The key is the whole thing is assembled as just two pieces (taking up one side each of those old vinyl albums) and then released with that STUNNING cover photo. It took off, tying in with the burgeoning environmental movement. And now the imitators are EVERYWHERE. But you can't beat the original...especially quality-wise. So a lot of imitators can't obtain the recordings so crisp, clear and is pack is simply 30 mins of a stream and birds in a northern climate, then 30 mins of canoeing (complete with the sounds of the oar in the water) on a northern lake, again with appropriate bird life sounds. The inspiration, I think, is Ontario's famed Algonquin Provincial Park.Unlike most of Dan Gibson's current Solitudes offerings, this comes without music. And some might just like it that way.
I first owned this on an LP. It's brought a lot of hours of relaxation over the years. As an MP3 it's simple to program into my melody player, and now it's programmed in as wakeup melody on my Gentle Alarm application for my Kindle Fire. As the description says: no music, just nature sounds. It's like being out on a lake, with the birds sounding just like in nature. I'm so glad this is available!
I was a canoe tutorial in the Boundary Waters Canoe zone and have spent a lot of days on Small Indian Sioux and Loon Lake. The sounds in this collection bring me back there instantly. The sound of the paddle gliding through the water is wonderful. You can even hear the water trickle off the end of the paddle. The only thing missing is the feeling of riding the canoe through the water. I listened to this collection for a lot of years on cassette. I am thrilled to search it in the CD format.
A creshendo of time, place, and fresh love. The old rich mansions disappear due to sea levels rising, yet the not good are left to live with their polluted lake, and to search their abandoned treasures at the bottom. Why was the rich, and their method of life not worth fixing, or fighting for?
This is a amazing book, and I’m giving it 5 stars for amazing writing, a amazing solid story and amazing characters. However, I do wish to say that the center of the book and even up to 80 percent had me feeling depressed. The main characters were negative, pessimistic downers who Were down on God. Thank goodness for epilogues! Plus, the fact that this story follows two separate couples was at times distracting, and I didn’t much like that couple. lol. But the ending for both couples created the suffering worth it I guess lol. Again, 5 stars for amazing writing. I adored Sunset Lake.
I’m giving this book a three because I usually love this author and I can’t bear to give her less than that from loyalty. This book is wordy and the characters are not that great. The main hero was too wish-washy for me and the male lead, oh my goodness, I felt like the author wanted a British hero but knew nothing about writing about the UK. I am British, and this guy was like a knock-off from Downton Abbey. He’d have been more believable if he was a Jason Statham type, but alas he was the Hugh Grant type. The earlier book in this series were amazing books, but they have gotten less than stellar after book six or so. I will re-read some of her old books instead and consign this one to the donate pile. Very disappointed in the couple, whose chemistry I did not believe at all. The storyline was OK, but without the sizzle of the two leads, this one was just meh.