Quick review for a quick read. As per usual, Ellen Hopkins’ works tend to feel like I’ve ran a sheer emotional gauntlet. The experience leaves me winded in the aftermath (in a good way). How does someone describe the whirlwind that is this novel? It’s hard not to be drawn into it because you get so connected to the emotional journeys of the character within, how complex and complicated they are, and even hoping that – in the end – things turn out the best . I’ll admit I saw the twists in the relationship between these protagonists coming, but even with that the “Aha!” moment felt satisfying to watch as the stories came together.
Quick review for a progressive read. It’s hard to describe my reactions to this novel, because, on one hand, this is quite apt to Melina Marchetta’s style of writing – strong characterizations, compelling family-centered stories, and emotional revelations on the topics she touches upon (particularly with respect to race, violence, prejudice, etc.) I enjoyed the journey this novel took me on for the most part, even as it handed down its revelations progressively rather than in one felt swoop like the magnitude of the crime(s) this book centers upon.
Quick review for a progressive read. I read this over the course of a week, and it feels like I finished a marathon (in a good way). “Redeeming Love” came as a recommended read to me and it’s my first experience reading Francine Rivers. If there’s something to be said about her writing, Rives really knows her characters, conflicts, and has a way of weaving the narrative to make the most of the emotional gravity contained in the story.
Quick review for a quick read. I read this in a matter of hours, but all I really got out of this story was a “meh” read, unfortunately. Walker and Charlie definitely had chemistry and some fun flirtations in the mix (though there were some sensual scenes that made me cringe because they were awkward), but on the whole, I wasn’t really taken into this story very much even with the quirky personalities and side-characters this narrative had to offer.
Quick review for a somewhat quick read. I first started reading Virginia Hamilton’s books over 20 years ago, and if the author were still living today, I’d send her my gratitude on being a gateway for my love of reading (and I appreciated the brief bio and photo montage provided at the end of this book). My childhood library had several of her books, notably with the covers that were designed in the 70s and 80s (maybe a few that were a part of the 90s reissues). My first book from her was “The House of Dies Drear” and then I binge read the Justice and her Brothers series, among several of her works. So when I heard that Open Road Media had several of her books reissued, I jumped at the chance to peruse them. “Arilla Sun Down” was one of the books of Hamilton’s that I didn’t read when I was younger, so this experience was completely new to me. The book was based on Hamilton noting her own family’s multiracial background and using it as inspiration to write Arilla’s story.