Monthly Archives: September 2011
I received a copy of Wayward Son through Librarything’s Early Reviewer giveaway and I’m glad the initial blurb caught my attention enough to make me enter to win a copy. It was a complex, inventive novel and will certainly fall into the narrow category of books that I remember well after I finished reading it.
Wayward Son is, at it’s core, and epic journey through time and ancient history, seen through the eyes of one of the Bible’s most notorious characters- Cain. Interestingly, the Bible never tells of Cain’s fate after being exiled, but this author did a brilliant job of building on the fable and turning it into something highly improbable, yet wholly believable at the same time. At the end of reading the novel, I felt as if I too had live through some of the most important events in human history.
At present day, the story begins with an archeological discovery and an ambitious employee of the Getty Museum’s, Amanda James. Through her the reader is taken on an unforgettable journey into the long, tumultuous life of Cain. Mostly, the present-day story line is used as a device for the historical backstory, and I did fine the modern line a little thin and not nearly as compelling as the rest of the book.
But make no mistake, this tale is a must read, and not just for people who gravitate towards epic, historical fiction. Wayward Son can’t be pigeon-holed that easy. It has mystery, murder, mayhem, religion, mysticism, love found and lost, interesting characters and and is superbly written. Check it out, you won’t be sorry!
It is rare that I find myself reading an honest-to-gods paper copy of a novel these days, but I received the ARC of Pretty so I once again found myself with the cramping hand that comes from holding open a book for extended periods of time. In this case, with this book, I did not mind in the least.
While not the sort of literature I’d normally gravitate towards, I’m glad that I ended up reading Pretty, if for no other reason than to discover the brilliant author. Jillian Lauren writes with a crystal clarity and introspective heart, weaving complex characters in with gritty, honest plot lines.
In Pretty we meet Bebe, a broken, scarred girl in search of a reason to live after life has “happened” upon her in some tragic, heart-rending ways. Her story may not be the most upbeat, but life rarely is (unless you’re one of those early-bird, always perky optimists- but really, even they have bad days, or years) and the lot of us have wondered at least once: What’s the point? Is this as good as it gets? How do I move on from here? And so on…
I’m not usually a highlighter, but sprinkled throughout the text are little gems of prose, so perfect in form that I yearned to write them down, to print them out in fancy script and hang on my bulletin board. I had to resist marring the book so I could pass it along for someone else to read… a book like Pretty just has to be shared.