Marina Gladkaya Gladkaya itibaren 23010 Colorina, Province of Sondrio, İtalya
** spoiler alert ** I'm not surprised to find that Stephenie Meyer recommended this book - the love triangle here reads awfully familiar, but maybe I will be surprised in reading the rest of the series. As it stands, I found this book to be thrilling, although sluggish getting going. I kept expecting a rally of the troops to fight the Capital, and with each page I became more irritated with Katniss and her fellow tributes for not realizing their potential. Ending with a heart-racing bang, I am excited to see where Collins will lead this tale - so long as something actually happens to change the political environment. Otherwise it might be an interesting but wholly depressing story.
It was in between good and just ok. Cute story but not overly engaging. It was fine.
First of all - I loved that story! The characters feel real - you know, flawed in a way that make you root for them even more. I loved the European settings too and I was so happy, that for once I didn't need to constantly convert inches and pounds into meters and kilos, lol It seems many readers here don't like Antonio, but I really do. I feel sad for him, because it seems he didn't live full on until he met Seb. He's been like in a mausoleum or something. I can't even imagine what it's to come home to a woman you don't love or want and never loved or wanted. To keep pretending and lying for almost a decade for the sake of your child. It's so depressing and I think it's much worse than Seb's life, although I admit that it's Antonio's own fault, but I'm happy that at the end he found the strength to break free and to be with a person who he loves. So Ant seems like a quite likeable character to me and I sympathize with him very much. It's just that Seb's the main character and he's the focus of the story, but I like them both and so happy they ended up together :) What I didn't like though is the Erica thing. I just don't get why it's needed? I loved their friendship with Seb and I thought she respected his sexuality and she's a good friend for him - his only friend even. And it turned out that all that time she just wanted to get into his pants and frankly it's just disgusting. Also I'm not sure a gay guy would that easily sleep with a girl and I dunno enjoy it like it's no big deal? It seems kinda strange for me. If the girls did turn Seb on I think he'd have tried it earlier. And what else I don't quite understand is the arrangement between Antonio and Maria. Since she knew about his homosexuality all along and from what we know she hadn't tried to 'convert' him and they hadn't slept together than why would she mind if he's having male lovers? I do understand why they got married in the first place, but how could she expect that a young healthy man'd live without any sex at all??? Honestly that part really confuses me, coz it's implied Seb's Antonio's first lover since Daniel, so is it really that Antonio hadn't had sex in almost ten years??? And Maria too? No offence, but it seems too unplausible. Seb's spontaneous infatuation with Markus also seemed kinda popping out of blue. Markus himself didn't irritate me, he's a nice guy and he said the right things, but I was actually angry with Seb or rather confused. If you're loving someone atm, how can you fall so fast for another person? I get that he's frustrated with Antonio and has every right to be, it's just... the catalyst for The Talk between Seb and Antonio didn't feel right to me. If it hadn't been the 'chemistry' and just Markus' words that get to Sebastian I'd be okay with it, but as it is - not so much. But whatever, I'm happy that they hadn't hooked up and I choose to interpret Seb's words to Ant about still going to meet Markus later that he's going to hang out with him just as a friend. Otherwise it'be strange to say it to Antonio, I think. Also I can't really pick a side in an argument between Seb and Ant. I mean Seb's right per se, that their current situaion made all of them unhappy, but I can't actually blame Antonio for what he did back then. He had do marry Maria, they hadn't another choice. But I'm glad that he did the right thing after that conversation with Sebastian and... put them all out of their misery, I suppose. And I'm glad he remains on such a good terms with his son. As I said, other than that I enjoyed the story very much. I loved the ending too, I don't think it's too abrupt, it's just that that main story - Seb and Antonio's relationships - was resolved so for me it seems rather superfluous to delve into secondary relationships too much after that. Something has to be left to our imagination, lol. Oh and i LOVED the twist with Tommy! How he turned out to be so perceptive and understanding - nicely put. I also loved the epilogue. I have to admit I'm sucker for happy endings and I'd never read a story before checking the ending first to make sure it's all fine and dandy at the end. Pathetic I know, but I'm reading web literature mostly for escapism and I really don't need a reminder that things can be shitty and unhappy. I don't mind angst and drama, of course, coz that's what makes a good story, but I need it all figured out and resolved at the end. So here I was really happy to see that Seb and Antonio are still together for so many years - it brings real closure for their story I suppose.
read this. Right now.