I'm not entirely sure I can say I liked the book. It was somewhere between 'okay' and 'like', though what that is is pretty hard to gadge. Still, while I don't see the huge, mass appeal to it, it wasn't horrible and was work the casual read.
While a little slow to start, there's a lot of mystery and intrigue (and of course, laughs) that makes putting down this book fairly difficult to do. I took my time and savored it, not wanting to plow through the Moore book I've been waiting a good, long time for to be finished in a day, but if I knew I had a catalogue of his others to get through, I wouldn't have put it down once it got going.For those who've read all of Moore's books (like I have), I can only describe it as A Dirty Job meets Fool. The feel, flow, and story are much like the former, the linguistics (as in not overly modern) are like the latter. Seeing as how those two are among my favorites, it's easy to see how I can give it such a high rating.I read the ebook version, and while there weren't supposed to pictures of the mentioned paintings in it, there were. I'm fortunate enough to have a colored ereader so I got to enjoy the paintings, but I did find that it made it had to follow the story. I think this is because the captions blended with the rest of the font/text, unlike it does in the hardcopy.My final word on the book is this: Well done, Mister Moore. You did not disappoint.
This book takes Fifty Shades of Grey, kicks it's ass up and down the block, and then jumps on it repeatedly. What lacks in Grey is here in Bared in a way that makes you want to keep reading and not because you feel there is crack laced within the words. While it does have it's share of steaminess, it's not shoved in your face repeatedly, and done with more taste and ease than in Grey. More so, what the characters go through, their emotions, and even their damage feels far more real.Whether it's done intentionally or not, Day pokes fun at some of the things Grey's James does, referencing her characters usual fondness of Brunette's (Leading lady Eva is blonde), mocking a bit of the sub/dom relationship and what it means, along with a few other jokes along the way. A far better, more sophisticated read than Grey.
As much as I enjoyed the plots involving Hyde and "Blip", this was probably the least entertaining of the series. I found it slowed more than the other two ever did, and if I wasn't determined to finish, I probably wouldn't have gone through it as much as I did. As an over all to the entire series, this was an excellent journey to go through, and truth be told I often forgot how little the two characters really knew about each other, or even how long they'd known each other.
I was let down by the ending of this one. It felt like a lot of lead up to something epic only to have it come out as mediocre. That being said, the rest of the book was pretty good, and even though Katniss started to slip back into that stupid, oblivious persona that was in the first book she didn't go all the way back, so those moments were tolerable.I will say that I disagree with some of the reviews on here that she made her choice of between Peeta and Gale based on who didn't leave her in the end. To me, the choice seemed obvious from book one. But again, that's where we get into oblivious Katniss.
I was bored the whole book. I like a flash back, but to me, there was too much of the same stuff involved every time we saw what the eighties were like. There was never anything *new* about the scenes until maybe the last one or two. Also, I found their "reunion" to be completely unbelievable. I honestly can not fathom how two people, after 25 years of not seeing each other, simply kiss and fall into bed without saying so much as "Hi."
What can I say about Catching Fire other than it was better than The Hunger Games? For one, I found Katniss far less oblivious and stupid than the first book. That in and of itself made it more enjoyable. The conspiracy is tantalizing, and far more intriguing than a bunch of people in an arena doing "Survivor" without the tribal council but with death. And it has a great lead in to the third book which holds promise for more interesting plot twists and turns than before.
It's not a story in the traditional sense, and I'm not even entirely sure I could say what it was about. But, it was still good, and still a page turner. I would have liked it more if there was more of a conclusion to the storylines.