Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Water for Elephants Review

Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
Series: N/A
Book #: 1 out of 1
Read: August 10, 2012 - August 14, 2012
My Rating: 4 stars

Author's Synopsis:
An atmospheric, gritty, and compelling novel of star-crossed lovers, set in the circus world circa 1932, by the bestselling author of "Riding Lessons." "Gritty, sensual and charged with dark secrets involving love, murder and a majestic, mute heroine (Rosie the Elephant)."Q"Parade."

Jenkies' Review:
As you may know from my previous blog postings, this was not my typical book that I like to read. I like settings that are placed in the present, future and dystopian settings. I gave this one a shot because I heard it was really good from multiple people. In the end, I'd say I'm overall pleased with my decision to read it. It was one of those books that had me in tears in a couple of parts, but not nearly as much as I expected I would.

One thing I really like about this book is it flips from the main character. Jacob, during his younger days when he was traveling with the circus to when he is in a nursing home. One thing I find lacking in other books is I am always curious what happens next. This book has a surprising ending, which I enjoyed thoroughly, but I am pleased with just leaving it at that for the ending. At times, I felt like the book dragged at parts. At the end things happened so quickly in comparison. I, personally, would have liked to see more time spent on the last 50-75 pages of the book.

I've got questions! I want to know more! Maybe, just maybe, Sara Gruen will write a book solely on what happened in between the circus-life and nursing home. I think that would be an interesting read!


  1. I'm glad you liked this book, it's one of my favorites :) She also wrote Ape House. It was decent but not nearly as good as Water for Elephants.

    1. Thanks! I'll have to look into it! I haven't heard of it.. :)


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