Another amazing book by drew harmon!! the storms of tarshish is a darker and more menacing tale than it's precursor uncle arctica. the style of writing moves with the plot, giving the book a unique feel as blake barber undergoes his journey.
a shorter piece than the first, but just as action packed and brimming with adventure, the storms of tarshish found it's way into my reading pile. i am always hesitant with second books in a series, always worrying i will be dissapointed by forced character developments or dry plots, but the storms of tarshish did not disappoint! a feisty blake barber and mia devlin set sails in the caribbean in aims to locate blake's ever so elusive uncle. finding themselves caught up in extravagant schemes of drug lords, human trafficking, and terrorism, our main characters are pushed to their physical and mental limits. 'uncle arctica" dealt with themes about coming of age and discovering independence, but as blake grows older the world becomes less about whether you are a child or an adult, and more about whether you have what it takes to make it in this world as an individual. blake must wrestle with not only the greater dangers writhing around him, but also with the monsters within himself as his character, faith, love, and loyalty are put against great odds.
the style in which this book is written is tantalizing and the language rolls off ones tongue. the word choice is not only enjoyable, but also refreshing in the sense that drew harmon does not try to hard to force synonyms into a paragraph. each word has a specific purpose that is important to the way in which the story presents itself.
i love this book and i can't wait for more from drew harmon. i recommend this book to anyone who wants an exciting and captivating story to light up their imagination (even if it darkens their perception of humanity). #read#books#book#stormsoftarshish#drewharmon#reading#amazing#goodread#enjoy#sailing#pirates#humantrafficking#druglords#adventure#stories#caribbean#sea#travel#unclearctica#puertorico#jamaica#terrorism
I just finished reading margaret atwood's the handmaid's tale. the plot was interesting and the way in which certain societal messages were portrayed were thought provoking, but .... was there too much provoking and not enough thought? i am extremely in support of feminism and social equity on almost all levels, but atwood's work felt a little too on the nose. she used extreme scenarios of a schism in american society where certain groups of woman were owned by rich and successful men for the sole purpose of breeding. the main character is one of these "handmaids" a name derived from scripture, a key guide in the new society.
although the plot was interesting in and of itself, the writing style was slow, solemn, and overly poetic, like a melodramatic teenager's ode to melancholy. almost satirical, the book tries to use description and repetition as a tool to forward the mood and theme of the story. i was not a fan of the speed of the story or those repetitions, so perhaps others will appreciate it, but i was not grasped by the method.
this book was a creative piece that i can enjoy in concept, but the messages were too exaggerated upon reflection to take too seriously. if anything is taken from the handmaid's tale it is that we must check out government and society so that we don't just let actions be taken without rationalization.
My brother got married yesterday. the wedding was beautiful and such an amazing start to a wonderful union between two people who truly love and cherish each other. i hope all the best to them and their future together. #wedding#weddings#florida