I have the John Travolta cover, which is weird, but poop happens, I guess. This was a mix of "What the freak happened!?" and "I can't take anymore!" MI have the John Travolta cover, which is weird, but poop happens, I guess. This was a mix of "What the freak happened!?" and "I can't take anymore!" Murder mysteries are rough for me, and the military aspect of this one made it both more interesting and harder to handle in more than little bits and pieces. Definitely did not figure out the murderer until the detectives did, which may or may not be a good indication of skillful authorship. Like I said, I'm not super big on the murder mysteries, so I might not actually be a good judge of skill and such....more
I didn't know this one was part of a series until I finished it, but I do remember thinking that Ruby had enough backstory for her own book. I didn'tI didn't know this one was part of a series until I finished it, but I do remember thinking that Ruby had enough backstory for her own book. I didn't enjoy the book as much as I wanted to, because while I felt like I should have been able to identify with Pearl over our similarities, I just couldn't. Or rather, I could, but then she'd say something a parent would say, or she'd narrate like a stuffy old matron, and the little bit of progress she'd made with me would be lost. I suppose the plot was pretty interesting, and Andrews managed to keep its convolutions from confusing me, but I found the whole thing just a hair far-fetched and the narration just a hair (okay, maybe more like 17 hairs) too stiff to really enjoy it. And I've got to say, not that it really made a difference to my enjoyment at the time of reading, Pearl is such a leaky faucet. She's always throwing herself on her bed to sob or realizing that tears are streaming down her cheeks or letting her tears mingle with the rainwater… It didn't bother me much as I was reading, but it's definitely coloring my perceptions of the character and her book now that I'm thinking back for this review. Overall conclusion, it wasn't a waste of the quarter I probably paid for it, but I won't be reading any of the other books in this series. I probably won't read anything from this author unless her characters are adults and the teaser-blurb really, really intrigues me....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
So this was probably one of my first sci-fi books, which is perhaps why I still like it. I was ready to be too old for it and add it to the sale box,So this was probably one of my first sci-fi books, which is perhaps why I still like it. I was ready to be too old for it and add it to the sale box, but find that maybe I still like it enough to keep. I blame this on having read and enjoyed it as a kid. We always like things better when we enjoyed them as children first.
One thing that frustrates me, though, is that I never had a moment like Puck, where I realized that Job X was the coolest job ever and that's what I want to be when I grow up, no question. I did the usual childhood waffle (Author! No, astronaut!! No, librarian!!! No, musician!!!! No, president!!!!! No, owner of a private island!!!!!! No, veterinarian!!!!!!!), but that's as far as I ever got. I'm still kind of in the midst of that waffle (though I've at least eliminated astro-naught (ha!) and politician from the list), and find myself getting no closer to an answer. Woe. But I fear I've lost you, random review-reader. My point is that seeing someone else have this moment of clarity makes me feel frustrated at my lack of clarity. And perhaps a wee bit jealous. But mostly frustrated. Pretty much a personal issue that has nothing to do with the book's plot, characters, or writing.
Conclusion: Engaging enough that I'm not ready to sell it off just yet, though goodness knows I could use the space and the cash. But perhaps not appropriate for the average adult reader. Unless you need a break from all that depressing grown-up cra– I mean, driv– I mean, um… stuff....more