TO READ OR NOT TO READ...that is the question. I'll do the reading in various genres of books mostly fiction, some popular and some you may be less familiar with. I do read some non-fiction but rarely. For those of us who are capable of getting lost in a world of make believe; stick with me and hopefully I can point you in a direction that will save you from a waste of life or entertain you into the wee hours of the morning.
Note to reader!
I try not to reveal too much of the book's major plots but some times I can't help it to give an overall idea of what I personally thought. I try not to ruin the book for anyone and sorry if I do so. Any of the books I write about have been read recently so that the review is fresh in my mind. Some books I will reread and post again later but if you have a request let me know, it will take me a while to go through my library again.
Also I try very hard to find the cover art from the actual book that I have some times this is not possible and I may result to a more common known cover. At no time will I ever post a book cover with a movie poster on it I like the originality and imagination of books movies just ruin what the readers imagination is capable of creating.
Rating Scale: The books I post here will be set on a rating scale. The scale being from 1-5 one being most likely to read again and 5 being least likely to read again.
I re-read this book trying to prepare for the next new release this summer, but I did not get far in the series and the new book is now out. They are so long that it takes forever to get through them and there are 6! None the less I did manage to finish book two again. I love these books. I am looking forward to the upcoming Starz series based on these books too, hopefully STARZ does better than HBO did with true blood. When you first begin the book you think that you have missed something from the last book, maybe this is the third book on accident? No worries if you thought this, when I first read the series I actually looked it up to make sure it was the second book. In case you haven't noticed the author likes to play with time and she takes full advantage in this book. You start in the future and flash to the past rather abruptly; this method did well keeping the reader engaged and wondering what happened and maybe skipping ahead to see. You have a bit of a "wait what happen" moment at the major time jump and you have to get nearly to the end to find out what happened. We get to see Jamie and Claire's kid and the story explaining where she came from because she certainly wasn't there the last time we checked. My big initial question was why on Earth would Claire leave Jamie to go back to her normal time? I will say that on the whole I liked the story and activity of a courtly Paris entrepreneur much better than the stable boy at Leoch with nothing. The couple move to Paris and try to stop a war. We also get to see Jamie's actual home of Lallybroch if only briefly. There are a few crazy characters that I love and wish we would see again: the apothecary owner is one of my favorites and of course Buton the hospital nun's "assistant". Jamie proves himself an ass a few times but most men do so I guess that isn't news. One of these instances was very bad and almost cost Claire her life. You see a very different life style for the couple in this book, now they have money and political standing while previously they had no money or anything else but their family. The upgrade is lavish but it is more dangerous and conniving too. I had difficulty of keeping up with the politics and plots all around in this book, my mind is just not devious enough to play such games, trying to look at a situation from so many sides, it was almost as bad as the politics in castle Leoch. The book ends in the present and with a pretty hard slap for Claire.
So I have finished moving (sort of) and started into reading again. I began with the series' newest release 2 years in the making Merry Gentry. I have one word after this long anticipated book...DISAPPOINTED. I know that stories go in waves and they can't all be winners but man sad day. I actually finished the book a few days ago but afterwards I was so mad I couldn't even think about writing. I should have know when I saw this ridiculous cover that it was gonna be a let down. I like consistency and changing it up mid-series is ridiculous, you don't even associate this book with the other books in the series. Not all of the book was a let down though, it started out strong, Merry has her babies and seeing how they all turned out and their mixes was pretty cool. The combination of all the men in the babies was interesting, even if the sharing fathers were completely predictable. If you've read any of the series you will know which fathers shared a baby. My sadness and anger began in the middle of the book and peaked at the very end. By the time I turned the last page I was so mad I couldn't even sleep. They say if a book gives you a strong emotional response that means it was a good book, but I just don't think so in this case. There was no climax in the story. There was a villian, a plot and potential for a great climax (ha ha) but as happens it was disappointing in the end. You read a book especially these books for a big finish, the aha! at the end or to see certain characters get what they deserve and there was none of that this time. The big "climax" began 40 pages before the book ended, which when your reading does not seem like enough time at all to wrap up properly, (which for the record it didn't) and when is came to what could have been the good part the author was like okay this this and this happened the end. A confession, revenge, a new monarch, a funeral and banishment all summed up in 2 pages the reader heard nothing else of it. No details no elaboration just done. It was complete horseshit! I could have done with out the never ending Frost, Doyle, Merry triangle and substituted it for those lost details. She explains everything else in lengthy detail why not this?! The finale is supposed to be the best part of the story its why you read a book. There was just so much waste in this book. I had no problem putting it down because I was getting bored. I would bet the author wasted 2 chapters on the exact same character descriptions used in all the other books. Yes, it's good to remind the reader who is whom especially after such a long wait but this was a bit much. It was like she was introducing them all over again TWICE! Waste waste waste. Two big twists happened at the end and one had no explanation, I imagine it is setting up for the next book but how do you drop a huge bomb on the reader and not give them an elaboration? Its just this is how it is now sorry. Sadly, after the first few chapters Merry doesn't even interact with her kids unless she is randomly holding one during a conversation. They were always being watched by the fathers while she is off doing princess/goddess things. I haven't been this mad at an ending since the Sookie books ended so pitifully. This book has a feel that the author looked at the calender and realized this book was due tomorrow and it was only half finished; so she wrote the end the night before it was due and called it good. Maybe I should just stop reading series' as they progress it's like the writers don't care anymore or just give up and let it all go to shit.