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Whenever a book has Joe Hart's name on it I jump at the possibility to read it. But Hart's talent mixed with a cult and the boatman escort to the realm of the dead was beyond everything I ever wanted to read. And, allow me tell you, it so did not are was a amazing perspective hero with a lot of demons in her closed and locked closet. I enjoyed getting to know her and all she'd been through. The story had a lull around 60% until mid- to late-80%. Otherwise, it was filled with tension and hanging questions.
I follow Joe on Fb and Ig so I will know immediately when he has a fresh book out. I’ve read all of his books once, some of them twice, and he never disappoints. Imagine how thrilled I was when I was chosen as one of ten people to read We Sang in the Dark before it was available to the general public! Once again, Joe has chosen an interesting topic as his theme-religious cults. I’m always amazed at how much research goes into each of his novels. His characters were well developed and interesting. The storyline was riveting and fast-paced; I finished the book in a day and a half. There are twists and turns that hold you guessing until the end. I highly recommend this book, or any of Joe Hart’s books, if you’d like a amazing novel to read.
This was a novel with amazing characters, an interesting story, and amazing writing. I`m a fan of Joe Hart`s book and this one was about a woman who escaped from a cult. Years later, she works with people who have escaped from cults and is an expert in cults. But when her things from her past come back into her current life, she begins to remember things and there are things she must face. This story is interesting and exciting. I do love the characters
Very amazing book. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately, ok book after ok book. This changed it. Very well written. The kind of book where you say just one more chapter and then you’re sad when you [email protected]#$%!! The story line and characters were engaging.
It has been a while since I read a book I couldn’t place down. This is one of those. A thriller about a young, Texas officer who is unable to allow a murder case from her childhood go unsolved. Especially when the prime suspect, her friend, finds a young girl dumped in a field who refuses to speak. Every chapter leaves you hanging and you just can’t e amount of times I copied quotes from this book and threw them in the group text without context is honestly staggering. So a lot of lines created me giggle, or just melted me to pieces.Just the first paragraph sucks you in and refuses to allow go: “She has a bad, poor mystery to her. I can feel it deep in the hollow of my spook bone, the one my dad broke when I was a kid. My arm is never wrong.”Or another (and very true) favorite: “I hop out and toss the man a smile with lots of teeth when I pass by. Oklahoma girls are raised to do that like we are all pageant material, but we’re also prepared to stab you in the gut.”If you wish a mystery that keeps you glued till the latest page and is filled with awesome lines, this is definitely not one to miss!
Love this Texas based 4 Star MMARYOn an ominous night, ten years ago, Trumanell, a beloved little city legendary attractive queen and her good-for-nothing father went missing. Trumanell is presumed dead and the city is still obsessed with finding out what happened to her. They are just fine with her father staying away, but the entire city has never allow Trumanell go. Additionally, they blame her brother, Wyatt, for her disappearance. Although there has never been a single piece of evidence linking Wyatt to her disappearance, the whole city blames him and he becomes a social pariah, an outcast.Wyatt never got past that night. He, not only lives as a reclusive hermit due to the hate he receives from the town, but he actively sees and speaks with Trumanell. She keeps the house very clean and she weighs in on his life delicious. Did I mention that he's not exactly mentally stable?One day, Wyatt finds a barely alive, mute, one eyed girl on the side of the street laying in a circle of dandelions. Of course, he does what any unstable man would do and brings her home to Trumanell. Certainly Trumanell can take care of her. Right??Several people in city see him with the young girl in his truck and call the police. That's when Odette makes her appearance in the story. Odette is a police officer who has a long history with Trumanell and Wyatt. In fact, her life story is also linked to the night when Trumanell went missing. That night while fleeing Wyatt and Trumanell's house, she had a vehicle accident and lost her leg. She has a soft spot for Wyatt and convinces him to allow her take care of this Odette follows her obsession, finding out what happened to Trumanell, while simultaneously protecting this lost girl, she finds herself unable to trust anyone and fears for her life. Will she turn over the wrong stone and upset the wrong person? Is she wrong about Wyatt? Is he dangerous? Where did the mute dandelion girl come from? So a lot of questions!!!!WHAT I LOVEDThis is a story based in Texas and I love those, particularly when authors do not create all Texans sound like hicks. Also, I did the immersion reading with both the Kindle and Audible versions and the narrator's Texas accent was spot on!! Not over done but definitely not Midwest. LOVED. IT. ALL. Plus, Julia Heaberlin named several Dallas landmarks and neighborhoods. But that's all beautiful specific to me and may not be a huge deal to everyone.I loved Odette as a character. She was so multidimensional, intelligent in so a lot of ways, yet prone to making huge mistakes. So much about her show life was tied closely to her I was reading, I felt off balance the whole time. I had the feeling of being in a vehicle skidding on ice; sometimes in control but mostly out of control, never knowing where I would end up. I was never sure which characters I could trust. It always felt like something was waiting around the corner but then the question was, who is it waiting for? Who was in danger - was it Odette? The mystery girl? Wyatt?The fact that Trumanell and her father were never found left a lot of possibilities open, I kept wondering if they were going to present up. Heaberlin was brave enough to create unexpected choices for her characters. some were a small sad but they added a lot to the overall ere were some interesting themes in the book of you wish to go deeper; dandelions, prosthetics, family dynamics, loss, disappointment etc. The writing style was lovely, Heaberlin's writing was method better than it required to be for such an entertaining, suspenseful plot. Such vivid descriptions and spot on metaphors.WHAT I DIDN'T LOVEThere were a few things that didn't create a lot of sense to me, and didn't seem likely. But that's real of almost all e plot went off on a few unnecessary tangents. There were a few little story lines that could have been edited out which would have streamlined the story and created it a small more focused.OVERALLAnother success by Julia Heaberlin! A suspenseful, intriguing plot with screwed up characters and a writing style above par. I highly recommend it to my GR mates who love thrillers and to anyone from Texas who is tired of reading books where we are reduced to stereotypes.
A reading/reviewer mate raved about thriller, “We Are All the Same in the Dark”, by Julia Heaberlin, and her enthusiasm prompted me to purchase it. I’m so glad I followed her tip because this engrossing thriller was the excellent novel for a long plane flight; the time flew as quick as the pages!“Angel” is a young girl found lying in a field by Wyatt, who may or may not have previously killed his sister and/or father. Odette is the police woman who has spent years trying to search out the fate of her friend, Wyatt’s sister, Trumanell. She also has a long and complicated history with Wyatt. When Odette finds Angel in Wyatt’s house, she takes her under her wing to save.Angel and Odette both have “missing pieces”, both literally and figuratively, and their brief but profoundly impactful relationship is forever seared in Angel’s at’s all I wish to say about the intricate plotting. I loved the Texas setting and all the familiar references since I live in ere is one plot point toward the end that’s method too convenient. But that’s a relatively minor quibble compared to the rest of this engaging mystery.
Which mystery will you solve? Which mystery will she solve? Who can she trust?When I read a book I’m in it, I’m one of the characters, so I hope the character is likable. The main hero *is* likeable and while I don’t have any prostheses, I could still identify with and admire her - first Odette, then ’s harder to obtain a read on Tru, she died before meet the characters and even though she’s a [email protected]#$% who prevented a rape and protected her brother from an abusive father, those info come out in little e title relates to Odettes’s prosthetic leg and Angela’s prosthetic eye. O is trying to solve T’s disappearance and A is trying to search out what happened to O. The reader is left to sort out which of our characters created these women vanish.
Wyatt finds a young girl lying barefoot in a field behind a barbed wire fence just off the highway. She wears a scarf with gold sequins over one eye. Her dress is torn. She has a few bruises on her cheek & shoulder. He picks her up & puts her in his truck. He brings her to his home. Wyatt has no idea how she got there. He thinks maybe she's a runaway. She refuses to speak.Ten years ago, Wyatt's sister disappeared. The only clue she left behind was a bloody handprint. At the time, their father (also missing) was suspect #1. Wyatt was #2. But, they couldn't prove anything. For the past 10 years, Odette (a cop) has been obsessed with trying to search out what happened to Wyatt's sister.Odette takes the girl to an unofficial safe house (her cousin's home). They name her "Angel". Who is this mute, unidentified one-eyed girl found on the side of the road?Odette was 16 when they amputated her leg. She was in a vehicle wreck. She believes the universe brought the girl with the one eye & her (the girl with one leg) together for a reason. Then, Odette disappears. And, the girl with one eye becomes obsessed with finding a woman who was only in her life for a few days.
When you read a book by an author and you just know it’s going to be amazing and you see a second one and it’s amazing and then you hold watch for when the next book will be out and then it’s finally out and it just BLOWS YOUR MIND!! This book I just couldn’t place it down Julia Heaberlin takes her readers to another level of crazy, mystery, who is the killer! I didn’t wish this book to ever end because I wa so wrapped up with all the characters in the book and kept thinking ok we got more chapters left we can’t allow it end like this and by the end....MIND BLOWN! They only give you five stars but I’m giving it 10 because the rollercoaster ride I just came off of was amazing!! 🎉🎉🎉
I read too much and therefore not much surprises me anymore - this did. Builds so well, sucks you into all the amazing characters and then BOOM! What just happened?!? Man - so hard to place down. Buying here other books after I finish this review.
I have lived in Austin, Texas for decades but I plead innocent to previous knowledge of Texas author, Julia Haeberlin. Now that I have read this recent novel of hers, I’ve ordered three more of her books! That is how impressed I am her recent psychological suspense thriller. If you’re hankering for a mystery studded in rural Texas grit with an urban savvy and snaky plot, you’ve come to the right ere’s desert and desert mythology, the wide and starry sky, Texas wildflowers, little city suspicions, and the unsolved ten year disappearance of a nineteen-year-old girl, Trumanell Branson, and her father. Her brother, Wyatt, is a Boo Radleyesque hero who has always been the basic (but unproven) suspect. There’s a lot more in here to compel the reader; I was hooked from page one.Haeberlin captured my interest with her palpable humanity and atmospheric writing. This may be a police procedural, but it is also a character-driven portrait of a community still in pain. Odette, a police officer, is the protagonist with a private stake in finding Trumanell, as she was her friend, and Wyatt was her first and longterm boyfriend and lover. They grew up together. Odette’s father was the town’s top cop at the time, but he’s dead now for five the moment of Trumanell’s disappearance, Odette was trapped under her vehicle after an accident, losing a leg in the process. Much is focused on the symbolism of her prosthesis and her missing leg becomes a kind of motif of loss, pain, and strength. Odette is married now to a successful Chicago attorney, but created a mistake by returning to Texas with him and falling backward into Wyatt again in a weak moment. Can you love two men? Finn, her husband, and a dead ringer for “Emily Blunt’s husband,” isn’t going to tolerate ere are several mysteries in this little town. Wyatt finds a young, mute girl with a missing eye outside on the baked ground in the hot sun, barefoot. He names her Angel. A runaway? Abandoned? Odette has a covert group with her cousin, Maggie, daughter of the city preacher. They support these unmoored kids by arranging escape from whatever danger they are in. And she relates to Angel’s loss—Odette’s leg, Angel’s eye. It is reminiscent of some of John Irving’s themes (Haeberlin even contains a nod to Irving within the story)--abandoned children, missing body parts, and a touch of a dreamlike quality at times within the ld in first person from different characters’ perspectives, the story advances with a thrum and well-paced rhythm, misted with levity and pop culture references. I was turning the pages with anticipation and suspense, but at intervals I enjoyed slowing down to have fun interior moments, the characters’ imaginations and poetic observations. These emotionally tortured characters are relatable and sympathetic, often with a warm and mordant wit. Carefully mapped and executed, it would take a really sullen and cynical reader to not embrace this southern, tragic, and hopeful story. It may leave dust in your mouth but it’s also a breath of new air.
I'm embarrassed that I haven't Julia Heaberlin before, because she is a godsend in a universe of poor-to-mediocre prose and fiction. I love her characters as well as the original, feel-it-in-your-gut story line. Am about to order every other piece she's ever written. You should do the same.
One of my all-time favorite books! I bought this copy because my first copy required to be retired before it fell apart completely. Editing errors and all, this is a unbelievable want fulfillment fantasy. Or is it? Is Anne [email protected]#$%!&y actually in touch with the future, a parallel universe, or what?! Buy this one for your teenager, boy or girl, they may create it one of their favorites. Kind of spooky, but as you age the necessary parts, interpretation, and meanings change. I'm 69, and obtain as much enjoyment and meaning as I did as a sophomore in High School when I first read the story. Just different! I bought a copy of the book after I came back from Vietnam. It helped hold me (reasonably) sane. I still have that (worn out) book. If you've never read Anne [email protected]#$%!&?y, this would be a amazing put to start.
Unbelievable follow up to "The Child Stays in the Picture." and to really appreciate the book to begin with it's not amazing literature but the uniqueness of its authors' voice and story are so compelling, I have to give it five stars.Undoubtedly Mr Evans had some support writing this but I really like that it's in HIS voice -- the same syntax and rhythm you'll hear in his narration of his unbelievable doentary. Kind of a ''rat - a - tat'' rat package esque Evans is of a disappearing breed who knew old Hollywood the ''golden era'', and also were active in more contemporary times. There are very few of them, that knew the method deals really went down, was well acquainted, if not to say adept in, (with support from strong friends) the down and dirty wheeler dealing, yet he presided over some of the best films of the late twentieth his telling, luck, amazing looks, knowing ''connected'' people and road smarts place him in the right put at the right time, that found him improbably head of a studio with very small substantial experience. I suspect there was a small more to it than that but it's still an wonderful virtually all autobiographies it tends to be self serving, but at least his warts, stumbles, and missteps are told with some frankness and humor. The most compelling part to me is that he is one of a dying breed, the old Hollywood mogul, with just a whiff of the thugland clinging to him, yet sleekly cool and cynical in that raptor esque "Hollywood'' style, while remaining irressistably self deprecating and funny.He writes about his losses wryly, and seems not to care so much about failing fortunes, as much as losing his put in the ''game.''
This is one of those books that was a staple of my childhood days. I was in love with Helva ever since my mate who ran the local used bookstore pointed me towards this series, and if I read a series, I will do it all the method through. Helva is as true as any hero can be, she just dresses in steel rather than cloth. Now if someone could just convert the Rowan it Kindle, it drives me crazy to have all parts of a series except One pivotal book!
An interesting peek into the ups & downs & the inside globe of a very successful producer. Kinda sad in a lot of ways. He's had lots of beautiful women, but you see that he's not been amazing at keeping them. Also inspiring: his 3 strokes while still in his 50's was quite a blow, and he went broke at one point as well. Very intelligent guy, able to pull himself back up, even after all sorts of tragedy thrown his way. And still going strong!
The Ship Who Sang (1969) is the first SF novel in the Brainship series. Centuries from now, medical practice can prevent or cure most types of physical ailments. Some congenial defects, however, cannot be corrected. Still, the body can be encased in a shell and maintained in physical persons with the proper aptitudes can become the controllers of complex facilities such as zone stations and spaceships. Such persons are trained in a lot of practical skills and are conditioned versus the misuse of their powers. Upon graduation, their central nervous systems are connected to the sensors and effectors of their mechanical persons acquire a amazing deal of debt for their testing, training and installation. However, they can use their earnings to pay off this debt. Until such time, they serve the Central Worlds government in different this novel, Helva is a shellperson controlling a scoutship. She has a hobby of singing in any vocal range. With her control of the audio circuits, she can sound like a bass or a soprano. Moreover, she has excellent control of her the Brain of this ship, she is entitled to select a Brawn -- a normal person -- as her mobile crewmember. At the Brawn selection party, she joins the singing and amazes the nine candidates. They begin calling her "the ship who sings" and the appellation spreads.During the party, Helva falls in love with Jennan and picks him as her Brawn. Their first assignment is to rush a vaccine to a distant system plagued with virulent spore disease. Then they tangle with a vicious narcotic eir next assignment is the evacuation of the inhabitants of a planet with an unstable star. A lot of residents are religious fanatics and resist evacuation. On their fourth run, the women in the cloister resist so strongly that Helva starts preparing for e sounds of her engines impress the dangers of the situation upon the women and they crowd into the ship. There is not enough room for all within the ship, so Jennan stays in the airlock with three women. Just then the star explodes and the shock wave overtakes the fleeing ship. In the ensuing panic, Jennan loses his environmental controls and dies from the this story, Helva takes Jennan back to base for burial. While she is mourning the loss of her Brawn, she receives an urgent mission to take a physical therapist -- Theoda -- to support treat the victims of a zone plague. Theoda is also mourning the loss of her family several decades earlier in a previous zone plague.During that mission, Helva learns from Theoda how to accept her loss and continue on with her life. Then she is assigned a temporary Brawn -- Kira -- who is also mourning the loss of her beloved spouse. This time, Helva assists Kira to accept the loss. They also eliminate a religious cult that worships is tale recounts the major experiences of a Brainship with a unique talent and a persevering attitude. Unlike some of her associates, Helva does not adopt a cynical manner and a dismal temperament. Despite her troubles, she gets the job is story remained a standalone tale for over two decades. Then the author wrote several other works in this milieu in collaboration with other authors. The first sequel is PartnerShip. Enjoy!Highly recommended for [email protected]#$%!&y fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of advanced civilizations, unusual cirtances, and extraordinary people.-Arthur W. Jordin
I read his first book, "The Child stays in the picture"and that was beautiful good. This fresh book is OK. The dialogue always sounds like a B film however, but perhaps that's the method he really talks. His ego is large but to accomplish what he has in the past, I guess it's a necessity. He is trying so hard to remain relevant in today's Hollywood, and that isn't easy. so the book comes across as sad really, as he tries to remain a force. I do admire his fortitude, but to grow old gracefully may be something he finds difficult to achieve. Not sure if I like him or not.
For everyone who was dismayed to reach the end of Evans' classic autobiography, this will give you a short reprieve. While some of those tales are rehashed here, this book focuses largely on what happened after the book's publication. Not a masterpiece, but enjoyable. Mythical Evans' struggle with recovery from a stroke is particularly harrowing.
I bought this strictly for the gossip and to understand what a wealthy hollywood producer's life is like.He talks about Princess Grace and makes a comparison with Princess Diana. The shoe fits. I'm sure he is right about Princess Grace's marriage to Ranier. A cautionary tale for non royal young girls marrying royals, better marry for the right reasons or suffer the consequences. Neither woman was satisfied but loved her kids, trapping Grace is a graceless marriege. Grace should have taken Hitchock's offer, divorced Ranier, and married someone she would have been happier with. At least Diana had the courage to leave but not eresting to hear his banter about Nicholson, Sinatra, Jack Kennedy r the women, just ignore his crowing for what it is. Evans is an egomaniac, kind of goes with the territory.
This is the beginning of the Brain Ship series, and introduces us to the back story and the 1st of Ms [email protected]#$%!&y's heroes I first read this unbelievable book in the 1980s. I am currently on my 3rd paperback edition...I hold wearing them out. I bought a Hardback ver for my library collection. The stories about Helva are ones of overcoming the odds, and managing to search love and happiness. There are thrilling suspense filled chapters and funny/happy times as well....just like true life. I want I could obtain to know Helva in person..she is so real!! My BIG complaint...this is the ONLY one of her Brain Ship books NOT on kindle!!
Have not read a book like this in a long time. There are actually a few adventures and changes that create it much more interesting than most. I no doubt will come back and read it again. I enjoyed it tremendously and believe that you will fall in love with Helva, just like I did
I read his first book and liked it a lot. For some reason, this one didn't create it to my list of amazing books. I think his head and speech are still in the 70's and getting older is not his powerful suit. Although he might not be powerful anymore, his ego is still on high. Take a pass, he doesn't need the money.
I hated the method the book progressed. I had no idea what year or what happening was evolving. I loved "the Child Stays in the Picture" . . .(book and doentary). All Evens had to do here was convey what year he was flashing back to or when he was coming back to the present. I forced myself to [email protected]#$%!. Yuk.
I am going to go out on a limb on this one based on the a lot of other G-rated novels I have read by Anne. This purchase is a used paperback. I was not able to search a legitimate ebook copy. After reading the Dragon Quest series and Crystal Singer series and a lot of other novels by Anne [email protected]#$%!&y, I have no doubt that this one will be worth reading also. This book has been out of print for a long time even though it is the first in a series of three and the other two are available. The publisher should scan this one and create it available as an ebook like the rest of the series, Duh.
A lot of people seem to have jumped on the brain/brawn wagon since this book was written and I think it is quite sweet. Another of my favourites from this author, now nestled cosily in my Kindle, waiting for me to happily re-read it. The premise for this book is a brain ship with developing human characteristics, and, very much along the vein of the dragon books, the pilot and ship have to have a symbiosis in order to function as a team. Another of her imaginative stories which carries you along with the character's trials and triumphs. Every time I watch Ben 10 and see "ship ship" I think of it as a nod to Anne [email protected]#$%!&y.
This book is a real adventure into another world. Adi and Rupe have a friendship that is fun and supportive. But it gets tested once they are chased into the magical kingdom of the Dream Miners. Feasts, melody and magical waterfalls fill their time, but then they have to decide who can be trusted. Who's truth is true in a magical kingdom?I loved their journey and their friendship and I think readers aged 9+ will also love this story.
Absolutely magical story for mid grade readers through adult with just the right amount of sadness, danger, adventure and wonder. TL Cervantes has made a magical globe easy enough for kids to step into that is beautifully fleshed out. Her writing style casts a spell sophisticated enough for kids to feel as if they have been allow in on a secret land right along with Adi, the young protagonist. As an adult I never felt as though I was reading a children’s book. I will be watching for more books to come!
The Melody the Stars Sang is the story of Adi and Rupe, two brilliant characters that search each other by possibility when Adi is placed with a foster family while her grandmother gets medical care. The author uses music-oriented imagery to describe the beauty and the dangers of the globe throughout the narrative. After Adi's grandmother passes away, she is thrown into a bout of grief that is gut wrenching and something that middle grade readers may have similarly experienced. Readers are introduced to a 'getaway' globe called The Sidereal Kingdom when Adi and Rupe venture is globe is filled with memorable characters, attractive descriptions of sounds, smells, and sights. This is a surreal globe designed to be an escape and what a unbelievable escape this is! I loved the characters and worldbuilding, along with the unbelievable tendrils of melody threaded through the s in and of themselves are used as an escape from reality, which is a coping mechanism that is used by a lot of people. Personally, I use books to escape periodically into a fresh globe or a globe that is familiar and safe. Weaving the musical elements through the narrative is also a attractive note that lends itself to this coping mechanism. Particularly when I was around 10-13, I listened to melody in order to cope with different things. I love this idea for middle grade readers and reading about Adi's story of working through her grief is particularly relevant and timely for readers.I would absolutely recommend this book to any middle grade reader or parent interested in books such as this. Adi will keep a unique put in my heart from now on. I will be purchasing a copy of this book for my son to read when he is a small bit more skilled at reading. I am going to look into other works by T. L. Cervantes, who has a attractive and engaging writing style! I am so glad that I was approved for this book, it has been a joy to read and review!Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for providing a galley copy of this book in return for an honest review.
Adi is like a lot of kids, just trying to fit in. With only memories left to hold her close to her Gran, Adi escapes into nature to listen to the melody of the stars. There she meets Rupe, and the two become quick friends. Rupe is musically talented, Adi is not. However, it’ll take both their skills to conquer a growing darkness encroaching on their globe as well as a hidden kingdom of Dream i goes through a lot of growth and learning, which is done beautifully. She’s struggling with the death of her Gran, and this book does a amazing job with Adi’s emotions and struggles to cope with her fresh reality. She loves the Sidereal Kingdom, but what about when it threatens her friends? There’s a amazing exploration of friendship and finding the light in the midst of one concern was the transitions. They weren’t always well described, and this led to some confusion. In one instance, two people are traveling on a boat; the next moment, one person is measuring the depth of the water with a tool. Where’d the measuring stick come from? He’d just ripped the boats off of trees, so then when did he fashion the measuring tool? *spoiler* Also, when Adi and Rupe are shrunk, that moment didn’t come across at all until the author outright stated what had happened. More use of physical sensations to discover the globe would have helped (i.e., why did this hole we fell in obtain tremendously larger all of a sudden? Why is a leaf as huge as a bed now? What did it feel like to shrink? Do any scents obtain stronger the smaller you are? Is it scary to be miniature sized?). *end spoiler*That being said, the book is full of charm and explored lyrically with an eye for musical appreciation. I loved how you don’t have to be amazing at melody to explore melody and have it be a part of your life, which is the case with Adi. Whereas Rupe is amazing at playing music, Adi explores a various manner of musical expression. All the characters are fun and nuanced enough to create each one stand out. Globe building is enchanting. I loved walking through the Sidereal Kingdom. I hope in the future there’s a return journey. Creative concept, well-written despite its few hiccups every now and again, with amazing themes that will resonate with readers middle grade into adulthood. Recommended!I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley. This has in no method influenced my review.
We listened (endlessly) to the "Sing: Creation Songs" melody that goes along with this book ahead of the book release. The lyrics of the first song and the book are the same, so my children were reciting the book with me as I read it the first time. A attractive idea and gorgeous illustrations. My 6 & 3 year old both love it, and I've already bought a copy to give as a baby gift. Do yourself a favor and obtain the melody too. Amazing words to be sowing into your little's (and yours!) hearts.
Ellie has done an outstanding job on this book! She was so intelligent to create the pages powerful so small hands could have fun touching and pointing at the beautifully illustrated pictures! My daughter loves the page with the small girl twirling. That's the who she wants to be because the small girls dress "spins". And my son loved the page with the whales "those are so cool!" and as a mom I loved the message. Ellie cleverly weaves in a excellent notice about how God loves His children. Warning you will probably choke up as you obtain to the end because you know if your kid can fully grasp the love of the Father they will move through all the hard items in life with confidence of Whose they are. Thanks Ellie! We are so glad our book arrived! PS - I would take a picture for the review but the book is in my daughters bed with her :)
I heard Ellie and her sweet daughter sing this song at the Word Alive conference. I immediately purchased the book and CD for my two littles. I've even taken it into work for my preschool students and it was a huge hit! This would create an awesome bonus (paired with the cd) for birthdays and baby showers.
Such a attractive book! The story-line is cute and the illustrations are to die for! Amazing for kids ages 1-3 yrs. (just because it’s rather short and it will keep a younger child’s attention. Overall, a amazing purchase at an awesome price! I highly recommend this book!
Beyond impressed with this attractive children's book and we can't wait to give it to our daughter for Christmas. Our three year old loves to sing and is often asked by her brother to stop, until one day I told her that God created her to sing. This book brings even more truth and light to those words, that God created her to sing. The illustrations are gorgeous. Looking forward to gifting this to a lot of others this year too. Would create a excellent baby shower gift.
At my house, we purchased the CD “Sing Creation Songs” on iTunes a week before this unbelievable book came out. The CD goes along with the book. My grandson had the songs memorized, so he loved the book immediately. The story is precious and the illustrations are amazing. I have purchased six books and CD’s. And I may need to create another order. Everyone I know is getting one for Christmas.
I’m a large Ellie Holcomb fan and this past week I found out she created this book... so I had to obtain it for my 7 month old daughter who loves reading time and board books and is becoming more and more engaged with her books as the days go by. We listen to and sing Ellie’s sweet baby/kid songs to our daughter all the time so it was exciting to see one of her songs place into book form. This book is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and the illustrations are so full of color and joy!! Every single page is so beautiful and I love the diversity too. Love the method the book reads/flows. Uses lots of amazing literary devices like nature imagery and onomatopoeia making it really fun to read aloud/get silly and also amazing for the imagination! It’s fun discovering “who sang the first song?” and seeing God’s hand in it all and his amazing love for us. Love what this book teaches. Sweet for babies and adults alike :)
The story had a amazing start. Robert saves Nathan, they bond a small over the experience, and then they search a hotel to "shack up" in for the night. Then.... Robert turns a 180 and acts like what they did never happened. Robert is in deep denial of his ity, which hurts Nathan every time Robert sucbs to his urges, and then acts like a jerk and puts Nathan down immediately afterwards. Those parts created me so, so sad. Nathan is falling for his savior, but that savior "isn't ". It probably doesn't support that everyone Robert knows treats men like absolute sh*t, calling them that poor f word (I understand it was essential to the story, but I hated reading it every time).Now they're on the run from Robert's boss.... and that's kind of where the story stalled for me. They're in hiding, only an hour or so away from where Vogel is, and but I couldn't support but think, "uh, do you think Vogel is just going to forget about you?" You need to do something! Run, run far away... go to the police and have Nathan testify about what he knows... something!Overall, this isn't my favorite book by these authors. Like I have said, the story kind of stalled for me before the huge climatic ending. The cover really isn't that great. Nathan's hero looks like a girl, and it's just... awkward looking. Essentially, "hey, I'm bleeding and smoking a cigarette, but let's cuddle"??? And, the story required some more editing. There were words missing, wrong words (had for have), some spots I had to reread a few times to figure out what exactly the sentence was saying, and some little continuation errors. I normally give their works 5 stars, but for me, this one only earned 4.
This book is AWESOME.I love it so bert Zidane wants to die. He’s a “goon” for the crime lord of Houston, Mr. Vogel. After 20 years, to be a half-dead man, not living, just “working” (meaning beating and killing people), he decided one night to slay himself. That’s when he meets than is a young escort boy who meets the wrong client, Mr. Vogel. After using him, the gangster decided to slay him. That’s when Robert came to save his e girls are back, and they did their amazing show, this book is written in a pure K.A Merikan bert is awesome, he has my heart (and body if he wants). All his adult life, he lies about himself, about his ity. He’s so deep in the closet and in total denial about it that he can’t suffer living like that anymore. He can’t live with himself, and what he does for living is the latest straw. When he meets Nathan, he doesn’t wish to admit that he’s , and each time, he backpedals, hurting Nathan in the process. He’s strong, fierce, and would do anything for Nathan. But he’s also fragile and hurt. I love this character, hard and tender, powerful and fragile…. Human, just human!Nathan is adorable, strong, awesome, and smart. He wants Robert but refuses to take s*** from him. He wars versus him, he wars with him, he wars for him. Nathan isn’t the damsel in distress here, he’s a fierce fighter too, in his own is book is amazing, the story and plot are captivating, we alternate between Nathan and Robert’s pov. The writing is fluid and dynamic, and the characters are well developed, especially their complex ’s not a book about 2 guys on the run, like Bonnie and Clyde (or here Robert and Nathan). No, here we have a love story born in death, growing up in pain, fear and secrets and exploding in the ’s 5 OptimuMM’s for Rob and Nathan, my Bonnie and Clyde of the MM love!
A risky encounter saves two lives rather than just one, but the act of conscience comes with mortal consequences. Nathan and Robert are forced to run, to hide, to survive however they can as they test to search a method out of the mess they've both made and found themselves in. Along the method they'll face deep parts of themselves that they've been blind to, have ignored, have denied for years. They'll either survive or die, but the true question is whether they'll do it bert is troubled, to say the least. He's frustrating, hurtful, and yet I ache for him. To know who he is and then to deny it just to survive and hold scraps of what he's protecting is disheartening. When I look at him I just see survival. Not beautiful survival, or even powerful survival, just knee-jerk reactions to stay alive and provide for a family he distances himself from to protect. I search so much about him that's redeemable and I think he really grows and finds his method back to the light by the end of the story.I feel like I'm in the minority here in regards to preferring Robert over Nathan. Yes, Robert is deeply closeted and hurtful to Nathan and others, but despite the "I can't be " thing (which is beautiful understandable given his location, family's beliefs, and his professional restrictions and expectations), Nathan's behavior is deplorable on many, a lot of more occasions. Outing Robert, even unsuccessfully, because he's offended, knowing being can obtain them both killed regardless of Vogel's obsession, giving an impressionable young girl the idea to sleep with the guy bullying her because that's what he did, thinking nothing of spending someone else's money, getting Robert shot, exposing them over and over...I mean, I could go on but I think you obtain the idea, yeah? With Nathan's reactions over and over I question what's so amazing about him aside from his looks. There's a bit of caring and self-awareness that happens once they're with Robert's family, but even then those are flashes rather than an upward trend. Most of how Nathan describes being and his identity comes down to rather than who he really is. Being unable to express himself is and understandable frustration, I'm not faulting him for those feelings at all. What I am faulting him for is his treatment of Robert, his constant need to throw in everyone's faces when ignorant, hurtful things are said, and his self-centered actions. I'm not even won over by the e overall story felt disjointed, unfocused, and method too long for what the point was. Inconsistencies and content problems bothered me quite a lot and I wanted to skim so much of the story. It's Robert's redemption, making amends, changing for the better, and eventual honesty that saves the story from being a 2 star book for me. Lots of other people liked it, and that's totally great, so create of this what you will, but I went from being intrigued to disappointed very quickly. Also? The cover is unappealing. With a lot of unrealized potential I'm hard-pressed to recommend this story as a amazing representation of the author's real abilities.
They really did meet in death! It was the night when Robert Zidane and Nathan Edwards were supposed to die. Instead, it became the beginning of a attractive love story.If you only like the fluffy and sweet rikan, don't read this book. Robert and Nathan will obtain their HEA but their story is a wild ride on the dark side, and they both came out of it bruised and bloodied. And so much in love!Robert and Nathan are complex characters. Robert is the epitome of denial, drawning in self-loathing. Nathan, on the other hand, is out and proud, but he has learnt to rely on his amazing looks only. People can't damage you if they don't know what's on the bert needs a amazing spanking for his behaviour towards Nathan in the first half of the book. But I 've heard stories about South US and you know...considering that's where he was born and raised, plus his background and his line of "work" later on...you obtain the picture.But when Robert decides to obtain over himself and be there for Nathan, or rather be there with Nathan, prepare yourselves to obtain wooed.I really liked Robert's family. More often than not, families are represented as overly supportive, or overly evil. The Zidanes are offensive and close minded at first. But their behaviour comes from ignorance rather than hate. And when there's love, everyone can turn around at some point, which is exactly what happened expected, the latest 10% of the book had the trademark heart-pounding, breath hitching action. It's in these scenes that the MC's love for each other 's no secret that I'm a fan of these authors, and I'll read anything they place out there. But, it's these dark, gritty, out-of-the box love stories that obtain me the most. The type of stories that are here to say that love can be found in the most brutal, impossible places. Like a cemetery.Highly recommended!
5 So a lot of feels stars!I've said it a lot of times, but I must say it again. I am such a HUGE fan of these ladies and their books. Once again they take us on a adventure with two men that takes you from the edge of your seat action, to humor, and to a love story you completely fall in to. Their stories are special and smartly written. I can't obtain enough of their books and gobble each one up. As I did this e book begins with Robert walking through a cemetery while drinking and agonizing over how far his life has sunk. He'@#$%! rock bottom and doesn't see how anything can obtain better. He has a lot of regrets. Especially when it comes to his job. At the young age of sixteen he joined a gang when he wanted to create fast money. Unfortunately once you join the only method out is in a body bag. Robert decides that night to take that matter into his own hands. That is until he comes across than left Toronto with a plan to use his looks to create cash until he can save enough to begin up his own business. He plans on making this cash by being an escort or better yet, finding himself a sugar daddy. Things don't go well when he gets mixed up with the gang's closeted boss. The same night Robert is roaming the cemetery Nathan finds himself zipped up into a sleeping bag and is moments away from being buried alive. Robert stumbles upon two men digging a grave with a very alive corpse. He see's this as an opportunity to save a life instead of taking one. From here is when things obtain bert's first impression of Nathan is that he is the most attractive man he's ever seen. With Robert Nathan feels a kind of safe that he has never felt before. But soon that safety is uprooted and things go than is scared and makes some mistakes that ends with Robert being on the poor end of it. It's humorous and frustrating at the same time. They have a lot of ups and downs getting back to trusting one another a 100 e romantic relationship between the two men is quite the rollercoaster ride. Nathan wants Robert and Robert wants Nathan. It's just unfortunate that Robert doesn't believe he is . Robert is deep in his denial and thinks he can control how he behaves. Then there is Nathan while who has depended on his looks for so long he doesn't believe anyone would wish the true him. Robert's past is dark and he is drowning in his mistakes and the guilt from them. Nathan is trying to hold the hope alive that there is a possibility for him and Robert, but it's hard when every time they're intimate Robert goes cold and blames his moment of weakness on Nathan. Robert was beautiful poor but knowing how he was raised and then having to really tuck that part of him away because of his job you can't support but understand even if your @#$%ed at him for it. But eventually Robert can't deny his feelings or who he is and boy when those walls came crumbling down did he and Nathan create me feel all the feels. Just so damn amazing together. Super sweet. Robert completely redeemed lets not forget that these men are in hiding and on the run. Robert's boss in closing in and soon the gig is up. Robert's family plays a huge role in this, especially his brother Hank who I absolutely e ending was everything! I swooned and had the largest smile on my face when it was over. Loved it. Loved the couple. Loved the plot. Loved it all! Pick this one up dolls!Happy reading! xx
Holy cow, I could not place this book down. It is a murder mystery combined with an unlikely love story with a plethora of fascinating side characters. Each hero was fully nuanced and the info in each stage were pitch perfect. Buy and read this book. You won't be disappointed.
I have been extremely busy with life, and I've had no time to read anything for my own pleasure till yesterday....... I devoured this book. So needles to say I am not fresh to K.A. Merikan writings and I always prepare myself mentally before I read anything from them because these women are not afraid to tackle anything! But this book was really sweet !Well anyways I went in blind reading this lone, standalone book. AND YES I am a sucker for opponents to lovers books and omg I looooovvvveee angst. somethings about the main characters suffering and then finding a reason to live is so delicious for me to read!I absolutely loved how Robert (oh bless his heart) struggled for years with his ity. I could only imagine for every crime and every life he took away, must have chipped away something from his soul. He is a various man than what he was in his mad 16 year old scene so it was amazing to go in the latest leg of his journey to see him reflect on his actions and accept who is. And Nathan, OH my sweet Nathan, seriously if anyone hates Nathan for his past has no heart. He did what he thought was right and he did what created him feel right in the past but then he met Robert and Robert met Nathan and omg the chemistry and sweetness between them was so amazing. Even the scenes were condensed with passion and love, even if Robert didn't wish to recognize it! Hahaha and seriously when Robert tried that @#$% with Nathan about he not being after all that hot between them, I couldn't control my laughter when Nathan was like Piece out then! But the angst between them was just fabulous !Robert, this huge hunk of bear would literally fall apart, die if Nathan hated him, granted it was Roberts fault for all that drama but omg it was endearing to see how much they love each other and how much they had to learn for one another.I give this book a five stars because I love their dynamic. It didn't feel dragged out when they wrote this story and they had an amazing family dynamic. My only complaint is that I wish more! Not enough info with everyone else and little minor typos here and their (but that's just me being nit picky here). If your looking for a sweet, suspenseful, short, love story, this is it! and this was exactly what I required in the mist of chaos in my life.
I have fun MM Romance but once in a while I wish to obtain away from all the mushy, fluffy stories on the M/M bookshelves and dive into something dark and gritty. A story that isn't afraid to straddle the fine line between thriller and romance. Stories that take us on an adventure into the dark side of the human soul without being paranormal or scifi. On one of those my reading adventures, I discovered this pair of writers and their Guns and Boys series. I'm glad I did.While Robert and Nathan are not Dom and Seth, this story still packs a related gritty punch. Even with the lives they lead in the criminal underworld, Nathan and Robert still have some humanity that you can't support empathizing with and cheering to succeed. Together they chug enough steam to cloud your ereader.If you have fun dark romance, then this gripping story is right up your road as it was up mine. Grab your ed by KayI volunteered to review this book
This was [kisses my fingertips like a real Italian].First, the worldbuilding was delightful. It was unabashedly Latinx in the food, the colors, the language; and even beyond the obvious, it's woven into all the coziest parts of the world. Everything felt so lively! The society was appropriately infuriating, starting from the myth that served as the book's prologue. I wanted to throw punches starting on page three.(But I feel it's worth noting that this righteous anger was fun, in a way, because it never felt hopeless. And unlike Ember in the Ashes, the threat of rape didn't smack you in the face every chapter. That was nice.)I love Dani so much. Our protagonist, the reader's centerpiece for the rebellion, is initially NOT here for a rebellion. She is a frightened survivalist of a young woman who uses a sharp ytical mind and a hundred masks to fake her method through high society. She has so much heart and spends so much time smothering it.Which means that there is so much delicious hero development and dynamic to be had here. Dani changes, and she changes the people around her and reflects them in such interesting ways. And the romance...! It was unbelievably tender. I was holding my breath the whole time. I think the plot was very well paced, especially considering Dani's ytical habits. And I was so invested that I nearly threw the book when I finished it.But the latest thing I have to talk about is the writing. The phrasing was so vivid. Every aspect of a description was in motion, and every action was colorful. It was captivating. I obtain the feeling Mejia's writing is only going to obtain more enchanting from here.
To me, it seemed as though life just happened to the protagonist and we witness her confused reactions. Maybe it was just too YA for me because I found myself annoyed with her angsty self doubt. When she did act, she created impulsive, not good choices. The real strength of a Primera seems to be in line with all of those "Brenda asks to speak to the manager" concept, meh execution. It would be cool to see more casual Latin/Hispanic influence in other novels though. I did like that part.
I‘ve always been drawn to dystopian, fantasy, and political fiction, especially with a female lead. But, I rarely read about people who look like me, a latina woman, much less stories about queer Latina heroes. When I picked up this book, I was pleasantly surprised that not only was Dani a latina, she was “first generation” of sorts, being the first woman in her family to attend an elite school. She’s also, much to my delight, QUEER. There are a lot of things I like about this book, but what I love most of all is Mejia’s beautiful, and tender rendition of one’s gentle, confusing, and exhilarating first-queer love—and how beautifully she incorporates consent! It seems almost expected, but very rarely do I ever read love stories that incorporate consent so naturally. This is how young readers should think of a safe, equal relationship. As a queer survivor of assault, I feel safe reading Carmen and Dani’s words to each other as they start to fall in love. It’s not hyper-ized, or rushed. It’s a beautiful, slow burn of a love story in the face of rebellion and fear burning all around them. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Would it be hyperbolic to say that I’ve been waiting my whole life for a book like this? Reading We Set the Dark on Fire created me feel fifteen again, devouring every immersive fantasy book with a twist of romance that I could obtain my hands on. But where those books fell short in both diversity and female empowerment, We Set the Dark on Fire excels and ing with a brief folkloric backstory, Tehlor Kay Mejia’s shining debut novel submerges its reader in the hierarchical globe of Medio and its fraught borders. Medio’s tension with its border towns and what lies beyond its literal border wall finds roots in the mythology established at the beginning of the text: The disintegrating relationship between brother gods, both desirous of the same wife. Ultimately, the Sun God won the right to have a relationship with both an earthly queen, Constancia, and the Moon Goddess—his Primera and Segunda wives—over his brother, the Salt God. Scorned and cursed, the Salt God was banished. Mimicking this folktale, Medio’s contemporary social system is built around the upper classes having a Primera wife, who runs the household, and Segunda, for beauty and harmony. While the upper echelons superficially thrive on this model, the border and beyond—territory of the Salt God—suffers and is subjected to increasing jia’s worldbuilding in the first few pages of this novel are brilliant, thorough, and engaging in a method that doesn’t feel beleaguered. Though Medio’s globe may seem leagues away, its tumultuous border disputes feel so grounded in our contemporary moment that readers will instantly latch onto this novel. The orders that those who would risk traversing Medio’s border wall be shot on sight seem jarring when reading the novel, but then I turn on my TV or begin social media and I’m reminded, once again, of the exigency of a novel like ditionally, Mejia’s masterfully and lovingly made globe plays excellent backdrop to the complex relationship between fresh Primera wife, Dani, and Segunda wife, Carmen. Dani, an undoented immigrant from beyond the wall, smuggled across when she was a child, has managed to stay under the radar, even through her fresh marriage to the most eligible and most politically well-positioned bachelor in Medio. But her passing comes at a cost: being indebted to the rebel group La Voz. As Dani performs increasingly dangerous tasks for La Voz, she becomes further entangled with their mission. Complicating matters is her at-first catty relationship with Carmen, but as Dani and Carmen grow more intimate, Dani’s investment in the revolution becomes all the more precarious.We Set the Dark on Fire sets the scene for what (I hope, please Tehlor Kay Mejia, please, tell me there will be more) promises to be a robust and revolutionary universe. Carmen and Dani’s relationship, alone, is a revolutionary prospect. We are getting more and more queer Latinx books for young readers, but to see this kind of representation in a fantasy novel is just lovely and unbelievable (even if the plot of the book is dark and gritty). Like I said, this is the kind of novel I would have loved as a teenager. It doesn’t overemphasize its love story, but it makes Dani’s unfolding attraction to Carmen feel organic, naturally growing from their situation and Dani’s own burgeoning self-awareness. What’s more, the attention to Dani’s growth and empowerment will resonate with young readers, seeking related empowerment from the texts they read. Finally, Mejia’s choice to create this a Latinx story is calculated and necessary. The names, foods, and contours of Medio’s locations bespeak Latinx culture, but Mejia is careful to not overemphasize and caricaturize. This globe feels true because it’s grounded in something real. Mejia’s given us a bonus in this lush, rebellious, queer, Latinx l-in-all, We Set the Dark on Fire’s otherworldliness, its devotion to powerful and multifaceted female Latinx characters, and its queer romance subplot create it impressive, and Mejia’s immersive prose create it lasting. To be fair, it may be a small difficult to obtain into because it does move slowly, building tension at the same time as the reader digs deeper into Medio’s innerworkings; even so, it’s worth the wait. For fans of Anna Marie McLemore’s books, We Set Fire to the Dark is a must-read. We’ll be talking about this book for years.
If you are ready to write a trilogy (or whatever), you still have to end the first book at a reasonable stopping point. It is not a spoiler to say that this book ends on a cliffhanger—not cool.If I had been thrilled by the rest, I'd continue to read the series anyway, but I found the plot derivative (despite the laudable twist) and the writing e writer has potential, and I hope the author is not too wrapped in this series to do more writing with more original storylines.
I wanted to like this one, I really did. The premise is awesome, but it promised more than it could deliver due to bland characters that lacked any sort of , characters are beautiful huge for me. I can place up with a not good plot or poor prose for some solid characters. And I was okay with Dani for the first half. But then she turned into one of those "I overheard some info I don't really understand but I HAVE to tell you, because I know more than you after a week of doing this than you do after years." Like...really? She's been helping out for a few weeks, in a minor role, and suddenly she thinks herself the most necessary thing ever. It grated on en theres Mateo. Pure evil, not a single redeeming quality. If maybe he wasn't a complete jerk maybe it could have been more interesting? Given Dani some more internal conflict about betraying him? But nope, he's pure evil and we're supposed to hate him instantly. Instead, I just rolled my eyes and ignored him.And Carmen. I actually liked Carmen for the most part! She's interesting, she has a bit of depth, she's not *just* black and white like everybody else. Unfortunately, the author was also a small too massive handed with her, and it all fell apart for me at the climax.And the twist. Which I saw coming from, well, nearly the beginning. It was more of a chore waiting for it to happen, than it was exciting when it finally did overall, I really wanted to have fun this book. But the characters are very one-dimensional, the plot is predictable, and the twist isn't a twist at all. There's nothing exciting that happens, and unfortunately is was more of a chore to finish than a joy.
So, I totally had judged a book by its cover on this one. I was SO excited to read it because of the beautiful art, and got even more excited reading about the Hispanic influences on the novel. The representation in this novel is great, and the romance felt genuine. Definitely wasn’t forced or contrived, and I was really rooting for them.Overall, there were some aspects in this globe that I don’t think have been fully fleshed out, but the book was great. You’re kept wondering until the very latest few pages, and I’m already SO ready for book 2.4.5/5 stars- I would recommend this to fans of the genre, in addition to less avid readers if they’re searching for LGTBQ representation.
I think my expectations were too high for this book. WLW! Latinx! Dystopian! Only to be allow down by bland, overly descriptive writing and not enough action. There may be potential here, but the writing style needs serious work. I probably won't be picking up the second novel.
Amazing debut! I enjoyed the writing and the globe this book takes put in however I felt the romance required more depth and felt a small rushed as well as the plot at times, though I would definitely say this book is more plot massive than anything else. It was definitely a fast read, the pages seemed to fly by whenever I could search the time to read and I enjoyed the story the entire time. I will be reading the sequel and recommend this to YA fantasy readers looking for books with necessary messages and diversity!
Okay. So first what I loved: the themes and apt handling of a hot subject via a fantasy world.About half method through the book I was very disillusioned with what I saw as a lackluster and not very well done romance. But I continued because the plot as a whole was SO DANG GOOD! It’s highly relevant especially to America where the idea of immigration and illegal status is a major problem right now. I love the mythos of the island nation and the globe building that went into it. Major props on those fronts.But for things I didn’t like. The romance. It seemed very rushed and sudden, Dani even sees the love interest in underwear and is more intimidated and self conscious than anything else. Later after she starts having a crush, she thinks about what she saw. But it just was a very lackluster attraction that seems to spring from no where. It starts after the LI apologizes for being an unrepentant jerk who created Dani’s school life beautiful bad. And immediately everything is not only forgiven but Dani is also now in love. I would have given the book four stars with all of this in mind. As disappointing as the romance was, the rest of the book was so amazing and well written that I kept reading and enjoyed it.Until the final chapter. Wherein I can’t go into info without major spoilers- but it’s kind of just a giant mess that left me writing notes to express my “wtf is event and not in a amazing way” thoughts. To summarize: Dani proves herself, and a hero thinks a amazing thing to do at that point is to threaten her life to the degree of making Dani second guess everything she’s done the whole book. That seems like a amazing plan. What a successful rebellion this will be. *sarcasm*I am unsure if I will read the sequel or not. And I do wish to say I still recommend this book to people looking for representation, or just a amazing book about a rebellion. Because it’s got a lot of really high points. I just did not have fun it as much as I would have liked.
Marilyn (Mirla Geclewicz Raz) is a dear mate of mine from high school. We would have sleepovers & I vividly remember her parents. The tattoo on Mr. Geclewicz’s arm, his humor, his kindness. He was very out spoken & welcoming. I remember Mrs. Geclewicz as also being kind, welcoming, a bit more reserved (now I’m aware that her feelings went into her attractive poetry) & a very amazing cook.I am so proud of Marilyn’s accomplishments, this book is the icing on the cake. She did a unbelievable job & I was thoroughly engrossed throughout.Everyone should read this book, especially those who have doubts about the Holocaust even existing, it happened people, no if, ands, or buts!Thank you Marilyn❤️
This is yet another story of two ordinary people caught in horrific cirtances. How they deal with the pile upon pile of abuse, persecution, inhumanity and near death experiences catapults them into a category of people who defied the odds — whose resilience and decency was a win of sorts versus the Nazis and their legions of supporters. What makes this memoir various from the hundreds if not thousands of other Holocaust stories is the honesty with which author Mirla G. Raz approaches her parents’ stories. You can easily picture them talking to you in their kitchen. As the author’s first cousin ( my father, Leon, was Danek’s brother), I am incredibly indebted to her for undertaking this difficult emotional journey in a quest for some understanding, some kernel of meaning in a time in modern history that defies comprehension. Of course there is no method to explain the unexplainable, but Raz successfully puts a face on just two of the Holocaust victims and truth may be all that is accessible to us.
For several years I worked in a therapeutic setting for male juvenile offenders. What a bonus this book would have been back then. Before I begin into my accolades, allow me state that there are elements of this book that a lot of adults may search to be lacking in authenticity. In other words, Zach at times says things that I know someone with his troubled mind would not say. Most certainly he would not have finished this program as quickly as he does in the novel.But remember this: the book was not written for adults although I highly recommend for e other reviews provide you with info about where Zach is and why he is there. So I will not do that. Instead I wish to focus upon why we need more books like this. Millions of children grow up in hostile homes. And so much hurt is done by parents who do not have the skills required to be effective parents. Most situations are not as overwheming as Zach's, of course, with his a lot of addictions as well as his seeming inability to relate to anyone, to trust anyone. The reader, however, will not know the full reason until the end. In other words there is a e book is very engaging, skillfully written albeit not exactly authentic in the voice of an 18-year-old in a few places. I quite literally did not wish to place it down. So I spent the entire day reading it. And now I am about to order three copies as bonuses to people I think will search it a rich experience.
When I really really love a book, I read it VERY slowly. I read this one like I was a snail. Emotional and real, the words are poetry. But then again, this author is a poet.I started with his most popular book, Ari and Dante, and then worked my method backwards through his YA novels; I liked them all, but this one was my favorite. I'd recommend it if you are working to test to figure out the meaning of life and fun s*** like that.I'm going to read his regular novels next, and definitely test out a volume of his poetry. I don't buy poetry, if that gives you some indication of my view of this book and it's author.......
The Birds Sang Eulogies: A Memoir is a strong retelling of one family’s history and experiences in the center of the storm that was the Holocaust. The writing is crisp and concise, including both narratives filled with info of the writer’s parents’ experiences, as well as quoted remembrances of thoughts, feelings and events. Though some info are quite painful to read, an accurate recounting of the experiences of the time could not be anything else. This is the first time I have read an acc of thoughts going through the mind of a Holocaust survivor while he is trying to survive the horror and depravity surrounding him. The reader gets a vivid picture of the day to day existence and horrors each inmate e book is divided into two parts: the experiences of Raz’s two parents, Danny and Anna, who had very various experiences, each with their own terrors and challenges. After liberation, Danny and Anna meet in Germany and start their life together. A lot of years later, the writer and her daughter journey to Poland, the land Anna and Danny fled so a lot of years ago. The book also includes attractive poetry written by Anna.I highly recommend this book. It Is personal, and absorbing. It will increase your knowledge and understanding of the effects of the Holocaust on those directly affected, as well as their families, for years to come.
Like other reviewers, I picked up Latest Night I Sang to the Creature while still in the afterglow of the unbelievable Aristotle and Dante Explore the Secrets of the Universe. I read the little blurb here on Amazon and thought, "Why not?"For a book that starts out sceneless and fragmented, I'm surprised I was as drawn to the book as much as I was. The prose is very simplistic and voicy at times; other times it's lyrical and thoughtful. That juxtaposition perfectly encapsulates Zach--even if Saenz's decision to take on Zach's distinct voice kind of shunts it from being a "literary" novel. Substance over style, but only by a razor thin margin.I couldn't place this book down. Like Ari and Dante, I was immersed (albeit uncomfortably) in the globe of Zach and, after some time of pondering whether or not I should be rooting for him, became absolutely invested in Zach recovering at the rehab facility and remembering how he got there. If you don't fall in love with him immediately, he grows on you. I promise. And so do the unbelievable cast of characters also staying at the center. I was downright surprised by how much they all grew on me--even the supporting characters with only a few lines here and e street to recovery for Zach is not an simple one for him or for the reader. I admittedly cried while reading the entire second half of novel. The serious problems that Saenz boldly tackles pull no punches, but they are never exaggerated to add melodrama. This kind of novel could easily go schmaltzy, and I've read a book or two that embrace the schmaltz and become somewhat irresponsible in how they approach rehab or mental institutions (any books that heavily feature romantic/ attraction between patients/clients makes my eyes roll to the back of my head). Saenz avoids these pitfalls and did his research. What we obtain instead is a attractive story of triumph in the face of not good trauma. Saenz is very gentle and tender with his characters, especially when his characters can't be gentle or tender with themselves.But I will warn that there is triggering material in this book, namely addiction, and physical abuse, and violence. Ultimately, Latest Night I Sang to the Creature is a rewarding novel, but one that might be overwhelming for some people with their own creatures to sing to.
A book that really grabs the reader's attention and keeps keep of it all the method through the end is hard to search these days. This is what I thought, until I read this book. The author keeps the reader captivated and on their toes the whole time. It can be hard for a teenager to imagine what is happening, but the author place detailed imagery in that created it feel like the reader was actually there. The author used clear and concise writing, which created it simple to read. In the novel, the reader can sense the author's tone of voice; which stays consistent throughout it all. The author invoked a emotional impact to the reader, through the actions that the main hero Zach had to go through. This appeared when the author talked about why Zach was in rehab and all the struggles he had gone through. Reading what happened to each of patients was horrific but very eye opening. This book has several life lessons within. This book should be a mandatory novel for every teen between the ages of 16-19, because it is a real eye opening novel. I would most definitely recommend this novel to everyone.
One of the best books I have ever read. It is remarkable that the Holocaust survivors in this book were able to remember so much and in so much detail. You read it and gain better insight on what life was like for European Jews. It is no Hollywood movie story line, it is the truth. There are different perspectives and experiences in the book from Holocaust survivors, kids of Holocaust survivors, politics, and humbling poems written by Anna. This book is readable for all levels of understanding the Holocaust and you will learn how one survives during the worst and then thrives after.
This is not a amazing piece of literature but it is a amazing book nonetheless. I was weary by some of the same material treaded over and over again but very much valued having a window into the process and experience of an addict in rehab who came to terms with his addiction. It is tender but the reason why Zach is thrown into rehab is just too darn extreme. I don't wish to give away the ending so that is about as clear as I can be about that. And that ending or overall context for how he ends up in rehab actually takes his family off the hook for their contribution to his addiction. Anyway, I really did value it for the insight into how brave someone has to be to counter their "demons."
I love this so much!! I was sobbing during all the goodbyes and dear Jesus the letter that Raphael wrote to Zack was so beautifully emotional...I sat down for 2 mins and cried! I felt like the book was well written because when Zack felt these emotions concerning the other characters I felt them too. I believe that anyone who wants a soul searching, mind griping, emotional tale about a boy trying to search his was should read this book!! I promise you it is worth the read!!!SPOILER ALERT:!!!the moment I going out that sacks parents had been murdered by his brother who also committed suicide I felt so...sad for him. And when Sharkey left I was so disappointed because I wanted the characters to have a satisfied ever after moment!! And instead he left because it was to much to bear. I absolutely love/hate Adam!! He's so awesome in the ways he helped Zack out but at some point his receptiveness irked me!
I picked up this book one morning when I had a small free time to read; I didn’t place it down until I had finished it late in the evening. Harrowing and heartbreaking, it is the best book about the Holocaust I have ever read (and I’ve read a lot of them). The conversational passages, the tone, the descriptions and the multi-generational perspectives are layered in such a method as to provide the reader with a deep context in which to grapple with the horror of this tragedy. This book is profoundly moving and impactful. It should be needed reading for every high school/college history course, particularly as juxtaposed to globe happenings today.
The voice comes into its own a small farther in than I would like. If the author didn't have the credentials he does, I'm not sure I would have stuck with the beginning writing that was basically sceneless. BUT, I'm glad I'd read about him and the book before I read it so that I stuck with it, because it turned into a touching novel that created me cry and drew attention to those connections that happen outside of the traditional realm. I love seeing unlikely relationships take shape and how sometimes it happens that an older, unrelated person, helps a younger one. I love books that present how connections happen all kinds of ways. Finally, GREAT title.
This book by Mirla Geclewicz Raz, is one of the best written pieces on the topic of The Holocaust's acc of Human Suffering, Human survival and Man's Inhumanity to Man I have read. The narrative by the author and her Daughter Keren followed by the heart touching testimony (in their own words) of her Father ("Danny") and Mother ("Anna") during one of the most horrific periods in the history of the globe goes beyond human comprehension unless you were there. The book actually puts you there as much as it can. A lot of times the Author's Father refers to the fact that unless you were there you cannot really comprehend the horrible and inhuman treatment of the Jewish population and millions of other that suffered at the hands of the disgusting beings that inflicted such pain and torment upon others. This book is a must read so no one ever forgets what atrocities were inflicted upon others by sick, evil and disgusting beings. The book is extremely thought provoking and has brought back a lot of memories and questions I have asked a lot of times about this period in the history of the world. As time goes by, there are less and less survivors of the horrible period. This book I view as not only a tribute to Mirla Geclewicz Raz's Family but a tribute to all Families who suffered and perished at the hands of pure evil! Not only should this be a needed reading in any history/other classes, but also for those who ever doubted this happened. It should be read by all races and ethnic backgrounds. I will admit, that this was not an simple read, but well worth the emotions and tears it brought to my being while understanding the pain and suffering of all the victims. Kudos to Mirla Geclewicz Raz for having the courage to place this in writing and to her Family who survived and was able to share with her what happened. And to all the millions of people that did not survive and have had their Families torn from them, that they rest in peace eternally and forever be inscribed in the book of life.
Prose: Raz's volume is part oral history, part memoir of gathering that oral history, and part composed narrative history, with passages offering context or fresh perspectives from Raz and her daughter, Keren, interspersed with the recorded spoken accounts of Daniel and Anna. The written passages are crisp, clear, and to the point, though occasionally touched with a poetic sensibility appropriate to the project's gravity. (Sometimes, especially early on, these composed passages begin abruptly, not establishing clear context about why, for example, we're reading about the author's trip to Fresh Orleans or Framingham.) The oral history passages are riveting, all well edited and un-repetitive, often peppered with the idiosyncratic pleasures of true people's true speech, even in some wrenching passages. The judicious excerpts from Anna's poetry also work well here.Originality: While there are a lot of reported accounts of the Holocaust available to readers, every real acc is unique, and Anna and Daniel's stories are alive with fresh, surprising, harrowing detail.Execution: This book captures the drift of everyday life during a historic crime, providing clear-eyed yet terrifying accounts of the events. The multiple voices are shrewdly woven together so that both of the volume's two major sections, one dedicated to Daniel's story and the other to Anna's, succeed not just as reminiscences and historical inquiry but as urgent storytelling. That said, there's something awkward in the method the opening pages transition from a strong essay from Raz to diaristic entries with headings like "Trip Back East" and "May 2017." This is the only put in the book where the narrative logic and momentum is unclear; since it occurs so close to the book's opening, some readers might not yet know that the author will earn their trust.
Starting in the show and transporting us through time and place, the memoir is a moving tribute, not only to Raz's parents’ memory, but to the resilience of all Holocaust survivors who have gone on to make lives of meaning and grace. The reader can almost hear her parents’ voices in her transcriptions of their words, allowing their testimony to speak for those who could not. They give us an unfiltered insight into what their globe was like before, during, and immediately after the war.
I bought this book after I fell in love with his writing in "Aristotle and Dante explore secrets of the universe". I knew that this book was not a romance (really I do read a lot of books in other genres :)), but topic matter hinted strongly that I need to be in the appropriate mood before starting this one. So it stayed in my TBR for few months, but yesterday I picked it up and I could not place it down, literally. I think this novel is another proof of the obvious - amazing writer can create any topic interesting and engaging. Not that I have not read about enough traumatized people in m/m romance novels (this book is NOT a romance of any kind), but I do not remember recently (or ever) reading a book which is devoted to the recovery from addiction almost exclusively and we are deeply in the head of Zach's (the narrator). Zach is in rehab and trying to recover from the alcoholic addiction. He does not remember how he got there (or he does not wish to remember) and the story also deals with him slowly allowing himself to remember the other trauma he experienced. He interacts with his roommates, his therapist, he also has a lot of imaginary conversations :), and this is beautiful much all that happens in this book and I loved being an observer of that. It is a very hero oriented is very painful being in Zach's head, but it also raw, honest and very exhilarating to see him slowly moving to the better put in his life. There are no guarantees that he won't relapse to drinking, there are no guarantees of anything, but we can see that he has a amazing possibility of having more and more amazing days .
I'm not a reviewer of things for the most part but after seeing lots of negative reviews on here I figured I'd throw my experience in. I just got my copy in and for an lp/ record this is incredible. It has lows like nothing I've heard from a vinyl pressing. Usually with records I have to turn my subwoofer up a few db to obtain any of the low frequencies I enjoy. With this pressing I had to immediately turn the subwoofer down about 10 db as it was shaking my house waaayyy too much. Perhaps all the poor reviews just got poor pressings idk. As far as mine, it's quite impressive. I'm not particularly a Billie fan but I am a fan of well produced music.
I ordered this record for my daughter for Christmas. When she opened it up, we noticed it was extremely warped. Also the record had some type of animal fur on it and skips really poor intermittently. We tried cleaning the record and no different. Her record player is brand fresh and all our other records play fine! So I know for sure there’s a defect. Reading these other reviews definitely confirm my issue!
When I saw Loreth Ann White*s fresh book IN THE DARK was one of November's First Read choices for Prime members, i jumped on it.Every book I've read by Loreth Ann White has been a five star read, and IN THE DARK is no exception. The book sucked me in immediately and transported me to the remote forests of Canada's British Columbia. I know when I FINALLY hear my husband loudly proclaim "your hair is on fire!!", he's been trying to obtain my attention for a while!What set's IN THE DARK (and White's other books) apart from other mystery/thrillers is the extra Adventure Story aspect. The setting for IN THE DARK is remote, pristine and dangerous, It is also eerie, and will surely give most readers an unsettled creepy feeling. The tension and stress steadily mount in a harrowing story that create this an perfect reading experience. (You sure wouldn't wish to live it!)The characters in this story search themselves in a put where any problem can become a life or death struggle, that only an elite find and rescue squad can extract you from. Iassure you, "trouble" is too insignificant a word to describe the situations unfolding for eight guests of a remote e story unfolds from two alternating perspectives. The find and rescue squad are called in by a seasoned huge town homicide detective, who has recently transferred to a remote outpost. Two hunters have found a plane on the banks of a river and there may be survivors. The detective and Cassie, the woman who heads up the find and rescue team, have tragic pasts, which bond them in friendship, despite their obvious differences. This is not a romance novel, though there is an unacknowledged attraction between the two. I found myself empathetic, and deeply drawn to them e alternate perspective follows the eight individuals who are the focus of the search. They come from various industries but have two things in common: they are successful in their fields, and they are hoping to land a lucrative contract servicing a soon to be opened luxury resort, at an undisclosed but remote location, accessible only by float e characters themselves reference two books that are reminiscent of the situation they search themselves in: Steven King's THE SHINING, and Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE (formerly titled TEN LITTLE INDIANS). Both references are spot on, and the plot shares similarities with both books.What ensues as the strangers realize the depth of their dilemma and that they have more in common than they first realized, compounds the issue and leads to deep mistrust and suspicion among them. When they should be working together, they are in danger of turning on each other as the tension and stress e plot is well done and the pacing almost frantic. I could hardly place this one r those of you sensitive to such things: this book includes only passing references to and I didn't message any poor language or grammatical errors.
Ms White starts the circle wide and w each chapter starts winding it tighter and tighter. A tip to Agatha Christie's "And There Were None" is calculated, but not slick. Characters are carefully drawn so that while I have no private dealings with Find and Rescue people, Ms White created them feel the book, dear readers. You will, probably like me, read it in one sitting.