I need to mix myself a cocktail just so I can sleep tonight after finishing this book. I agree with mountie 9 about the kids. Can't my 2 year old just take care of himself for 24 hours so I can finish the book? (OK. KIdding. But not really. I do adore my son.) I won't try to write a formal review, but I can say that this book left me absolutely speechless. I was afraid I would be disappointed and that nothing could measure up to 1 and 2. And how could Collins actually give us a satisfying ending? Amazing. She did it. And I'm reading it again tomorrow. If my son lets me.
I really enjoyed this book. It's the story of a nephew whose uncle is an avid bridge player, but has gone blind. Alton is forced to be his uncle's cardturner. I liked this book because it made me laugh out loud. The characters are all so real and expertly described from a high school boy's point of view. I felt like I was entering into Alton's world. He's funny, sarcastic, honest and vulnerable as the narrator of this story. There is a good amount of information about the game of bridge, but with the option of skipping it and reading the summary boxes instead. Nice.
I have been waiting for this book ever since the last page of Chains. I was thrilled when my friend sent me a signed copy from the ALA Convention. If you have read any reviews, you know by now that this story focuses on Curzon's side of things. Initially, I was disappointed to find out I wouldn't be finding out about Isabel and Ruth the moment I opened the book, but I soon became enamored with this story. The main setting is the Civil War, Valley Forge. True to Ms. Anderson's amazing characterization in all of her novels, this band of brothers jumps off the page and continues to evolve throughout the story. After reading this book, the story and characters are so real to me that I feel that I've seen the movie. (Is anyone going to make a movie?)The only thing that disappoints is the waiting for the 3rd book!
I love this book, but more importantly, my 9 year old 4th grade daughter went crazy over this book! She is a very advanced reader and is very hard to please. Her reaction to The Genuis Files was "this is the best book ever!" I think it is appropriate for advanced readers in 4th grade and definitely great for 5th grade and on up to middle school. It was intriguing and captured my attention from the first page!
I was so happy to receive this book from LT's Early Reviewers program. Thank you! I have always loved Fancy Nancy and this book is no disappointment! I am so happy the authors chose this artist theme as we are an artistic family. My 7 year old daughter loved this book as she has loved all the others. Winner!
I received this book through Library Thing's Early Reviewer program. (Thank you, LIT!) I have to say that I could not get interested in this book. As you can see from other reviews, it is a book referring to the Gnostic Gospels and is written as a novel. I just couldn't get through it. In fact, as another reviewer said, I only put it in this library because of the Early Reviewer Program, but I actually gave this book to Goodwill. I'm glad they don't base our eligibility to get an early release book on positive reviews, because I'd have to make one up!