I found myself completely trapped by the story, the setting, and the characters! What could be better than a combination of India, mythical stories, an enchanted curse, and incredibly perfect young princes? And the romance … I better not say too much except to say … it was gush worthy, butterflies in the stomach inducing, and breathtaking! Everything was in place for the perfect read.
At first I didn’t know if I would like the writing style. Each chapter went back and forth between the past and the present. However, I think that helped the readers get lost in the story, always guessing and wondering what was going on. It really made “The Wilds” feel real and distressing. It also showed the growth Lena went through as you saw her before and then after. The thing I liked best about Lena, is that even though her life was turned upside down, she stayed true to herself.
I think what kept pulling me back to it, was that Stephenie Meyer strongly endorsed it and put it on one of her “Must Read” lists. I’m not saying I’m a Stephenie Meyer nut … I’m just thinking that an author who has been so successful tuning into the masses, might know what she is talking about. So, against my better judgment, I decided to give it a try. Wrong decision.
I’m a romance nut. I love the sweet stories of love and adventure, but it’s so hard to find this genre of book not filled with inappropriate garbage. Rachel Higginson does an amazing job creating a storyline where your heart tugs for the relationships penned, as well as, keeping some decorum in the descriptions.
Lauren Oliver writes about a very sad world in which love is considered a disease that will kill you. I can’t even imagine a life without feeling love for my children … love for my spouse … love for my friends and family. Love is where true happiness lies. If our society came up with a cure that takes us past feelings … I personally couldn't think of anything scarier.
The premise was good. The story itself was okay. It just seemed a bit slow. Nothing much really happened. I could probably summarize the book in a few sentences. Don’t get me wrong … the story wasn’t terrible … it actually kept me curiously interested and I kept reading until the end, just to find out how it would finish.
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When this book very first hit the bookstores, my daughter bought it for me as a birthday present. Being so new, I had not heard much of a buzz so I didn’t have any expectations. Expectations or not … this novel is amazing! It is one of those books that kept me up late into the night reading. If I was to simply say it was story about the life of black maids in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960's, I would be doing it a disservice. The author succeeds in showing that we are more alike than we realize. This book shows the triumph of the human spirit. Thanks Kassie for giving me “The Help“.
Here’s a quick look at what “The Help” is all about: