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Dalila (2013)

by Eleanor De Jong(Favorite Author)
3.72 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: It was an enjoyable read, especially toward the end... but it was definitely one of those books where I am practically yelling at the characters (in my head), "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! / NO, STOP! / AHHHHHH!" Case in point, where Samson decides to let Phicol go. Should have done away with him then and there! And then, the scene where Delilah cuts Samson's hair... sigh. I knew it was coming, of course. But the entire time I was reading it, I was thinking, "You are an idiot. What the hell are you doing?"That aside, I have no complaints. The characters were likeable, the descriptions left me feeling connected to the time and place, and the plot was evenly paced. Not bad for a first novel. :)
review 2: I couldn't feel remotely connected to the main character, a
... morend feel imune to her spoiled brat's charm that apparently infects most people around her. She can get away with anything, having freedom to be out and about with virtually no questions asked by anyone of her household. I can't really understand what in her character can make people have such strong feelings for her of love/hate like Ekron ( who starts off likeable, ends atrociously and is quickly substituted as confident and friend by Joshua), love and devotion from the israelites rebels and Joshua, love and trust from Samson and forgiveness from Ariel and Samson's Mother after her dumb and dumber antics, in her lame attempts to redeem herself. My favourite part were the few pages where her life becomes miserable, even if they are too short. Poor Samson, though, such a great character at times, when he shows what kind of leader he is, such a lame character for his misplaced trust in this lascivious teenager. He doesnt want revenge for the execution of his two best friends but would undertake it in a heartbeat for Delilah's family, even though he already seems to be aware of her meetings with Phicol. And by the way, how did he find out about that in the middle of a heartfelt talk about revenge over the loss of Delilah's family. He does seem to care more about them than her or Ekron... Its a pity, in the end everyone else suffers and dies except little Lady Fauntleroy! This book lacked development of story line and character growth. less
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Why, why, whyyy? I won't lie. This book's ending made me cry; such a bittersweet one.
A very interesting theory as opposed to the usual one we were told,enjoyable read :)
Couldn't put it down. Beautiful, and harrowing.
Really good read.
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