Review: A Temporary Matter – Jhumpa Lahiri


A Temporary Matter – Jhumpa Lahiri

A Temporary Matter

Title: A Temporary Matter

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Release Date: April 20, 1998

Publisher: Mariner

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 22

Source: Anthology

4 out of 5 stars


This is a short story in the anthology called Interpreter of Maladies. My boyfriend read this book for one of his classes, and said that I would enjoy the stories, so here I am.

This story follows a couple who suffer from communication issues because of their grief over their miscarriage. The two were in love at one point, but have fallen out of love and find themselves ignoring each other, and seeking out solitude. They get a message saying that in order to fix some power lines, everyone in the neighborhood will have to turn off their lights from 8 pm until 9 pm for a week. At first they dread the conversations they’ll have to have without electricity, but start having meals by candlelight. They play a “game” where they each tell one thing that they’ve never told the other while sitting in the dark. They listen and don’t judge one another. The man thinks that it might be possible to rekindle the love they once had, but it might not be able to happen under certain circumstances.

This was such an amazingly written story and I would recommend it! It took me by surprise, because with three pages left of the story, EVERYTHING was going so well, then the ending was just so sad. Reading this short story made me question why I don’t read short stories more often. I honestly think the reason is because I only ever read them for class, so when I do outside of class they feel a little forced, but I’m giving these a chance :)

The ending was so sad, and it just hurt my heart. I thought everything would work out, but not all things have happy endings. I thought it was a beautiful story, and can’t wait to continue on with the rest in this anthology!

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Review: The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon


The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5) – Samantha Shannon

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Title: The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Format: Ebook

Page Number: 78

Source: TBR Pile

A dreamer is born – the exhilarating prequel to the ground-breaking, extraordinary Bone Season series

‘Truly extraordinary and thrilling’ Andy Serkis

In the perilous heart of Scion London, a dangerous and valuable poltergeist is on the loose – and it must be caught before chaos erupts on the streets of the capital. Here, the clairvoyant underworld plays by its own rules, and rival gangs will stop at nothing to win such a magnificent prize.

Sixteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working for Jaxon Hall, the most notorious mime-lord in the city. He thinks she is hiding a powerful gift, but it refuses to surface. Maybe this is the opportunity she needs to secure her position in his gang, the Seven Seals…

4 out of 5 stars


I’m so in love with this series already it’s crazy.

This is the novella of Paige joining the team of Jaxon Hall. It follows her through her first few weeks of being a member and I think it added a lot to the story.

Throughout this novella I was kind of irritated at how Paige thought she was going to get fired all the time, but then I remembered that she’s only 16 years old. 16 and she is helping a powerful mime-lord. Of course she’s worried and concerned for the safety of her job! She’s just a kid still; she shouldn’t know all the certainties of life yet.

I liked that Paige was the one to figure out the miscommunications and issues with their little plan to capture the poltergeist. I thought it was cool, because it didn’t seem unrealistic. Okay, keep in mind this is a fantasy book, there are parts that are fantastical, but it seemed quite realistic for the book.

I also buddy-read this with Kenedie from afangirlsbookshelf on Youtube, and we both liked it. I cannot wait to read The Mime Order to see where Paige goes and where her journey takes her. I think this is going to be one of my new favorite series….

Series:

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)

The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)

Review: Outlander (Outlander #1) – Diana Gabaldon


Outlander (Outlander #1) – Diana Gabaldon

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Title: Outlander (Outlander #1)

Author: Diana Gabaldon

Release Date: July 25, 2005

Publisher: Dell Publishing Company

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Page Number: 850

Source: Bookstore

The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

 


5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Claire Randall goes to Scotland with her husband, Frank, for a honeymoon after the war. The two spend some time there learning and exploring around. They stay in an inn, and Frank learns more about his relatives through family trees. One day Claire goes and explores around where they’re staying and finds a stone circle; she goes around it and picks medicinal plants, until something strange happens. The standing stone start to buzz and sing. She walks around it listening when she touches it and is transported back in time to 1743. While she’s sent back in time she doesn’t know where she’s at, and doesn’t understand what’s happening to her, until a man comes and saves her from the shooting of Englishmen. The red-headed man swings her up onto his horse and they speed away. She’s scared of him and doesn’t understand why he took her, but then she finds out he’s been shot in the shoulder. Because she’s a nurse, she can help him, and does. They sit in a barn with candles flickering, and she has him take off his shirt and she tends to his shoulder. She hadn’t realized how muscular and handsome he was until that moment. She get embarrassed, but realizes that she has fallen for him sooner than she realized possible. They ride off with the rest of the crew of Scots and find safety. Will she ever get back to Frank? Does she even want to?

Oh. My. Gosh. I haven’t read a book this good in so long. This book was slow in the beginning, but I blame that on me and my lack of time to read. I fricking loved this book. It was full of time travel, very attractive Scottish men, and dangerous situations. This book was witty, sexy, fun, and adventurous. I love historical fiction, and this just reiterates why I love it so much. I took a really long time to read this, but now I just want to read the next one. Like right now. I haven’t been this excited about a book since the beginning of the year; it is genuinely one of the best books I’ve ever read. The plot was so great; it was so long, but it was definitely worth it. I loved the aspect of the traveling across the Scottish highlands on horseback, and Jamie. Oh man.

Characters:

I love Jamie Fraser. He’s one of the very attractive Scottish men I was talking about earlier. He’s perfect for Claire. She needs someone who is sweet, and innocent, and nice. She needs Jamie so much more than Frank; Frank is stupid and irritating, and I’m judging anyone who likes him. Jamie is so tender and awkwardly adorable. I can just picture him blushing when something happens and he gets embarrassed. Gosh. So cute.

I also love Jenny and Ian, Jamie’s sister and brother-in-law. They come into the story about halfway to three fourths of the way through, and they’re perfect. Jenny and Jamie have the best sibling relationship out of any book I’ve ever read. They have a little boy named Jamie and it’s precious.

Claire is one of my all time favorite characters. She’s stubborn, smart, and happy when she’s with Jamie. She made the right choice to stay in 1743; she shouldn’t ever go back to 1945… ever. Don’t leave Jamie.

Who Would I Be?:

I would most definitely be Claire Fraser; even though she struggles living in the 1700s she is perfectly placed there. She gets to be with Jamie, and I mean… Jamie. She gets to travel across the countryside, and she learns how to wield a dagger. That’s pretty cool. She is a nurse, so she can actually help people. She’s amazing. AND she gets to be married to Jamie. If you haven’t noticed, I also love Jamie.

I cannot wait to read the rest of these books! Thank you, God, for making people who can write.

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Review: Save as Draft – Cavanaugh Lee


Save as Draft – Cavanaugh Lee

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Title: Save as Draft

Author: Cavanaugh Lee

Release Date: February 1, 2011

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 336

Source: Bookstore

SAVE AS DRAFT @Readers A love triangle evolving over e-mails, texts, and Facebook messages that makes you wonder if the things we leave unsaid—or rather unsent—could change the story of our lives.

6:59 PM Feb. 14th via twitterfeed

Sent: Monday, February 14, 2011

From: Izabell

To: Reader

Subject: Save as Draft

Are we Facebook friends yet? I’m the wactress (waitress/actress) turned lawyer who lives her life online. (Don’t we all these days?)

Anyway, I’ve got this problem. . . . There’s this guy. His name’s Peter. He’s my best friend and co-worker, and we just started dating, which is potentially a huge mistake. But, that’s not all. There’s this other guy, Marty. I met him on eHarm, and he ran with the bulls in Spain. I can’t get him off my mind. What a mess. I’d love your advice if you can take a second out of your crazy, high-tech life. Shoot me an e-mail. Or text me. Or BB messenger me.

And friend me if you haven’t already! You can find me on Facebook under Save as Draft.

Izabell

2 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Izabell is a pre-lawyer who’s obsessed with everything dealing with the internet. Izabell decides to sign up for eHarmony after some begging from her best friends. On her sixth match she finally feels herself clicking with this guy, but she cancels a date because she feels attracted to her best guy friend. Izabell talks it over with her best friends and decides to follow her heart. This whole book is written through emails, texts, and Facebook messages and quite honestly, it was dumb. I was really looking forward to it because it’s something so different. I was so utterly disappointed. I don’t understand how someone would get stuck in a situation where they would cheat on their boyfriend. I mean, honestly. Use some common sense. It’s just irritating to read something like that because it is totally saying that it is acceptable for girls to make bad choices with their boyfriends and other guys. It’s so unacceptable. There were other flaws with the writing, but it was so irritating to read.

Characters:

I honestly didn’t like any of the characters. They were so fake. I mean, duh, they aren’t real, but dang. It was like the author hadn’t met real people or hung out with real people. No one acts like that. Why would you email your boyfriend if you’re sitting right next to him. It’s so dumb.

Who Would I Be?:

I guess Izabell because she’s the only character. There was no character or plot development. I would be her so I could change her bad choices. It’s just irritating because, like I said, she was cheating on her boyfriend with another guy. She didn’t know how she felt. Blah blah. If you don’t know how you feel, pick one of them.

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May Book Haul


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  1. Password to Larkspur Lane (Nancy Drew #10) – Carolyn Keene
  2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple
  3. An Off Year – Claire Zulkey
  4. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) – Jenny Han
  5. Law of Attraction (Anna Curtis #1) – Allison Leotta
  6. Save as Draft – Cavanaugh Lee
  7. Covenant: A Novel (Ethan Warner #1) – Dean Crawford
  8. Paint it Black – Janet Fitch
  9. Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet – Jennifer Homans
  10. The Skin Map (Bright Empires #1) – Stephen R. Lawhead

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