I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves.
-Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away."
-Phillip K. Dick

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

This book is about a girl who falls in love more than once, and learns that life is quite harsh, especially on your own.

Goodreads Synopsis:
When Kitty is called up to London for an engagement on "Grease Paint Avenue", Nan follows as her dresser and secret lover, and, soon after, dons trousers herself and joins the act. In time, Kitty breaks her heart, and Nan assumes the guise of butch roue to commence her own thrilling and varied sexual education - a sort of Moll Flanders in drag - finally finding friendship and true love in the most unexpected places.

I don't even know where to begin. I felt many different emotions while reading this book. I felt my heart flutter at the concept of love, and felt my heart break when tragic events happened to Nancy. I felt that Nancy herself had grown from the innocent young girl into a woman who knew exactly what she wanted, but had to journey enough to get there. This was probably one of the best books I've ever read as far as Historical Fiction goes. I found it far better even, than Fingersmith, of which I enjoyed reading so much. I did however find that some parts of this book were really not my cup of tea, but as a whole it wasn't a terrible book. Even the parts I didn't like seemed to make the book seem full and complete. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading Historical Victorian Fiction, who doesn't mind romance between women, and can enjoy a good plot. If you've seen the mini series, this will prove to you far better than that.

Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

In her name: Empire by Michael R. Hicks

Genre: Sci-fi/Survival/Romance

This book is about a boy named Reza who has encounters with an alien race during a war, who ends up becoming a captive of their race and learning their ways.

Synopsis From Goodreads:
In the first book of an epic futuristic fantasy trilogy, this is the story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war with the alien Kreelan Empire. Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting and dying to honor their god-like Empress. Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand experiment to see if humans have souls, and if one may be the key to unlocking an ages old curse upon the Kreelan race. Enduring the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza and a young warrior named Esah-Zhurah find themselves bound together by fate and a prophecy foretold millennia before they were born. Publisher's note: This book is the first section of the original novel IN HER NAME, which is now the omnibus edition containing the entire trilogy under one cover.

I thought it was pretty intense. For a few moments in the beginning I felt a little like it might be another story like Halo or Ender's game, which I wasn't displeased about by any means, but I soon discovered, it's very much different. The main character Reza has a lot of character development, and we even get to see him fall in love, not once, but twice in one book. I have to admit I found myself tearing up at a few parts. The ending however, made my heart break. I was a little disappointed in some parts though, I will admit. For instance, I almost lost interest when Reza becomes a captive of the alien race on their own planet. I guess I just didn't like some parts of the story. I did however find my interests rekindled when he starts to fall in love with one of them. Overall it was a good book because I didn't mind the short and brief battle scenes that occurred, nor did I mind the romantic side stories. I'll have to say though, that the beginning before he learns their way was my favorite.
Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Annie on my Mind - Nancy Garden

Genre: Lesbian/Romantic/Young Adult

Basically this is a love story about a young girl who falls in love with another girl. I don't know how more to say it than that without giving a lot away.

Back Cover:

"If you don't put that ring on this minute, I'm going to take it back," Annie Whispered in my ear. She leaned back, looking at me, her hands still on my shoulders, her eyes shining softly at me and snow falling, melting, on her nose. "Buon Natale," she whispered, "amore mio."
Merry Christmas, my love," I answered.

From the moment Liza Winthrop meets Annie Kenyon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she knows there is something special between them. But Liza never knew falling in love could be so wonderful...or so confusing.
I thought this book was a really sweet love story between too girls who are discovering what it really means to love someone else. More than anything, it's a story about love, and it was touching, and had a good moral which is this: "Don't let ignorance win," said Ms Stevenson. "Let love."

My favorite part of this book was this "Have you ever felt really close to someone? So close that you can't understand why you and the other person have two separate bodies, two separate skins?" I think that really describes what it means to love someone.

So if that doesn't make you want to read this book, then you're missing out. If you like love stories you might find this to be quite good. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves shy romance.
Shame on anyone who thinks evil of this.