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Granted, Bloodfever seems to have less forward momentum than Darkfever, but I still loved it. I like this voyage of self-discovery that Mac is on. She is growing up the hard way. I think the first person POV works beautifully, because this is fundamentally Mac's story. Of course, Barrons is a huge draw. He's delightfully enigmatic, querulous, and his feelings for Mac come through clearly, even though Mac doesn't really get it. I think Barrons is crazy about Mac. He is very possessive of her, and it's not just because she's his OOP detector. All the simmering jealousy pheromones are turning the air around Mac bright red and screaming "MINE". I could put a Supreme Court-winning case together about Barrons' feelings for Mac, but I won't belabor the point. Yes, he's a bit of a jerk, but I have to say I love him! He's a hard man, so he loves hard. I think I'm okay with that. Mac can handle it. I'm glad that KMM writes this series (thus far) in such a way that Barrons is compelling and desirable as a character, but he doesn't quite steal the show from Mac. I like the writing here, with some elegance, but not overwritten. Emotions are conveyed through imagery and the intensity carries through to my heart as I read. I feel Mac's anguish over her sister, and it takes me to that dark place where I am sure I would live if something horrible happened to my own sister. It helps me to identify with Mac in a way that I probably wouldn't normally, since we don't have a whole lot in common. That's the sign of a good writer for me. If there are any downpoints, I feel that some aspects are a bit too oblique. We get the whole "wink, wink, keep reading treatment" that I find irksome when it comes to series reading. Let's face it, I'm going to keep reading the books, so you don't have to lead me on. At the same time, I do think a little mystery is good, but maybe not so much mystery. I won't go on and on about the faerie stuff. If you know me, you know already that I have a huge fascination with all things fae, so it's a forgone conclusion that I would love those aspects of this book. I believe that KMM and I share a kindred love for faerie legends, and this is lovingly inscribed throughout this series and her Highlander series to a lesser extent. This won't be a long review like Darkfever. I think I've said enough about my feelings for this book. There were some parts that didn't really propel the story forward, but the writing, the characters of Mac and Barrons, and the city of Dublin are so engaging, that this one is a fiver for me. The emotional elements of Mac's story truly draw me in and don't let me go. And I'm totally down for more Barrons! I don't know when I'll get to Faefever, but I know I will be looking forward to spending more time with Mac and Barrons in the meantime.
This is an exciting book with the LDS perspective of the last days. The story opens with three large earthquakes that happened simultaneously. Three main story lines play out along with a couple of more minor ones. We learn about Dove, a Navaho orphan who has gang ties in order to survive. I initially did not care for this part of the book because I thought it slowed the story down and I had little sympathy for the gang lifestyle. However, it picked up speed as the story progressed and I soon could not wait to find out what was happening with Dove and his associates. We also learn to care about Merry, a LDS convert, young wife, and mother who happen to be a brilliant medical researcher. She has to prove that a large corporation's vaccine could irreparably harm those that its proclaiming would help. The third storyline are e-mails sent from a loving father who works with the Church to his son serving a mission in Taiwan. The e-mails in the book are some of my favorite sections. This wise father is sharing with his son the signs of the Last Days. He shares scripture references which I enjoyed looking up and reading. This book is the first in a trilogy. These books are no longer being published, but it's possible to find used copies online. I highly recommend this book to others who are interested in learning what could happen in the last days.
When I started reading this book, I quickly became engrossed in the story and in the style he used. I was sorry to hear that his account had been discredited, that he exaggerated or told some things that weren't exactly true. But I still thought it was a great book. Its fast pace and lack of quotations gave it an immediacy that I liked. It gave a glimpse of an addict's thinking and feeling that was very powerful. I appreciated meeting the characters that he met at the rehab center. It is definitely a story that might help someone to think twice before using potentially addictive substances. But the many of the needs he felt are part of all of us.
this book was just reviewed in the New York Times in a piece called "In the Noir Belt" and was described as a "bold and absorbing" novel about a town on the Monongahela River near McKeesport. Sounds terrific based on the review.
Ava is a mother a friend a daughter and a wife, but she has lost herself, fussing over her father Charlie (a wonderful character) her two daughters, not to mention holding down a job and seeing less of her husband. Something happens which forces things to change. Hilarious in places, was sorry the book ended i couldn't put it down.
This books takes you into Mother Teresa's inner spiritual life which is very different than one would expect. It is based all on her letters expecially with her confessors. She spent her whole life in a deep darkness which for some might seem questionable yet for those who have studied John of the Cross and others realize this was the way of the very spiritual souls. This is a great book but I would not recommend it for those who do not understand the Dark Night, especially the Spiritual Dark Night as it will probably not be as understandable without this type of theology. But it certainly reveals a very special woman.