Most of the information in this book is stuff I consider to be common sense. It makes me sad that this is not true for most Americans. Pretty much allMost of the information in this book is stuff I consider to be common sense. It makes me sad that this is not true for most Americans. Pretty much all I learned is that I have an almost-neutral-but-actually-cool skin tone. I did not know this before. The lack of knowledge hasn't really hurt me. Information that was included in the book, but that I already knew: Speak well. Don't flash your goodies. Indulge – just don't overindulge. Don't sleep around. Take it easy on the make-up. Keep your friends close, and let everyone else go. I find it disheartening that America needs authors to tell them these things. My mother raised me to know these things. However, I really appreciate Christy writing this book, even though its necessity makes me sad, because I love knowing that I'm not alone. However, something tells me that everyone who reads this book is going to say "Honey, you're preaching to the choir."...more
I have to thank my library's teen librarian not only for recommending this book, but for accepting my book match form in the first place, even thoughI have to thank my library's teen librarian not only for recommending this book, but for accepting my book match form in the first place, even though I'm not a teen. I had a chance to enter to win this one on FirstReads and passed it up because I had decided that I'm over vampires. I'm not over vampires. I'm just over new vampires, and I'd call these guys old vampires. In the paraphrased words of I-don't-even-remember-who: "This is how vampires are supposed to be: bloodthirsty and ruthless." (Feel free to take credit in the comments if I'm paraphrasing you. But I'm not mediating if 14 of you claim credit.) I wish I had more to say. I still have a hard time reviewing books I liked. I guess this is as good as you're going to get, folks....more
Just some notes that aren't really a cohesive review: I liked Alex better before the narrator started using a Southern accent for him. I mean, it makeJust some notes that aren't really a cohesive review: I liked Alex better before the narrator started using a Southern accent for him. I mean, it makes sense that he should have one (sort of), but that doesn't mean I like it. This almost had me on Team Seb all the way, except that Seb-and-Willow had too many "we stick with our own" racial undertones for me to really want them to be together. ...I thought I had some other things to say, but they seem to have escaped me. If they come back, I'll let you know....
--Oh! I'll bet you money that Raziel didn't bite it like they hope....more
I liked it better when Alex and Willow didn't like each other. Once they decided that they didn't hate each other, it took about a week for "I'm in loI liked it better when Alex and Willow didn't like each other. Once they decided that they didn't hate each other, it took about a week for "I'm in love!" to occur, and everything after that was so sickly sweet that I wanted to bathe in lemon juice to counteract their sappy, gooey mess. Personally, the part I liked best was that night in the car when they still didn't like each other, and Alex was all, "I don't want to talk to you. Ever. So stop asking questions." That hurt. I almost cried. Everything after that just made me flinch. So if you're into teenage love stories that hit all the important cliches, then this is your bag. But it isn't mine. Unfortunately, angel apocalypses are my bag, so I will be starting the next book shortly. I'm kind of hoping that Alex and Willow will tone it down with all the mush. (Personally, I would have liked to see their relationship warm up more slowly so that the first kiss comes at the end of the book. But that's just me and I'm not a writer, so I'll shut up about it now.)...more
My biggest complaint with this book is the revolver. I'm no gun expert, but I'm pretty sure revolvers only hold six shots. Some might even only hold fMy biggest complaint with this book is the revolver. I'm no gun expert, but I'm pretty sure revolvers only hold six shots. Some might even only hold five. Sam's held approximately three times that many. Semi-automatics can hold 18, 20 bullets, but it's a very different gun. Come to think of it, revolvers need to be cocked for every shot, and Sam's didn't. …I don't think Robards should have called Sam's gun a revolver.
Besides that, no real complaints. Nothing that made me super excited, either. The only thing that surprised me was the inside guy (view spoiler)[Danny's boss. Crittendon? Audiobooks make names awkward later. (hide spoiler)], instead of Sanders. I knew there had to be an inside guy. Sanders was just so reluctant to save the four-year-old boy that I was sure he had to be dirty. Whups.
Also, someone should probably know that the blurb-y-summary-thing for this book is wrong. "The North Wales market town of Llanelen" has absolutely nothing to do with this book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
**spoiler alert** The cover's teaser and the title are really rather misleading. I expected the boyfriend to dump the MC right at the beginning, but i**spoiler alert** The cover's teaser and the title are really rather misleading. I expected the boyfriend to dump the MC right at the beginning, but it doesn't come until nearly two-thirds through the book. The teaser makes it sound like she and her competitor start heating things up in the Caribbean, but really, they don't actually do a lot of heating at all. You can tell they plan to, but it doesn't happen before the end of the book. And I like that. The book isn't about hot sex; the book is about Jenny figuring out what she really wants, and the relationship between her and Slaid is about a connection they feel I also liked that, while Jenny had some things about herself that she'd change (like the typical "drop x pounds" thing), she wasn't totally obsessed with her image. Some books that are labelled "chick lit" are really image conscious: everything's about how fat the narrator is or feels or what she wore or what they wore or how her hair just ruined her day. But Jenny George is so much more …grounded. Yes, her appearance matters to her. Yes, she'll dress nice and do her make-up. Yes, there are things about her appearance that she'd like to change. But these things aren't always on her mind, and they don't stop her from living her life; her mind is occupied with things that matter, like her relationships and her job. Not everything leads back to her butt. And I really appreciate this. I'm tired of books geared toward women being about either the sex or the size of the narrators butt. Or, in some unfortunate cases, both. Does that make this book literature? No. It's still light and fluffy. But it's more like popcorn instead of cotton candy. I like cotton candy once in a while, but I like popcorn a lot more....more
This one came up when I was looking for a book on bats to give to my brother for Christmas. It actually discusses the bats singing and the mice giggliThis one came up when I was looking for a book on bats to give to my brother for Christmas. It actually discusses the bats singing and the mice giggling rather briefly, but I found it all so fascinating that I don't care. While some of the science at the beginning gets a little dense, I found the book overall to be accessible for the average reader (AKA: people who aren't scientists), and the dense first section was made perfectly digestible by reading in small segments instead of gobbling it all up in one sitting. I particularly like that the authors use personal anecdotes and refer to themselves by first name. It helps to keep the writing from getting bogged down in science and titles and egos. (Now, if I can just figure out how to change my DNA on purpose for a certain result, and I'll be the happiest girl on the planet.)...more
Biggest complaint: The title of the book comes from a conflict that lasts about a half a page. (view spoiler)["Do I save my husband or my niece? Eh, hBiggest complaint: The title of the book comes from a conflict that lasts about a half a page. (view spoiler)["Do I save my husband or my niece? Eh, hubby's old; it's niece's turn." And then she manages to save them both, anyway. It isn't a choice if you manage to do both. I'm glad Féolan didn't die, but (hide spoiler)] don't title the book Bonemender's Choice if her choice is so inconsequential. Call it Bonemender's Journey or Bonemender's Challenge or something.
Second biggest complaint: The final pirate scare. I like that Bennett showed the understanding of her characters utilized in this plot-point (view spoiler)[namely that Tristan wasn't sitting around at home waiting for everyone to get back. (hide spoiler)], but the whole bit with Matthieu (view spoiler)[being thrown overboard and getting rescued by his uncle (hide spoiler)] was totally unnecessary to the story. It felt like Bennett was trying to squeeze some extra pages that she didn't need out of everything.
Conclusion: I still liked it. I probably won't read it again. If a fourth book were to come out, I'd maybe roll my eyes and be all, "Another one?" but read it anyway. I may read Bennett's non-bonemender book one of these days. If the teaser intrigues me. And I can find a copy in a library somewhere. We'll see.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more