It took me forever to actually read this arc because I never could get into it...
Seems I was right to do so.
While the concept is intriguing the execution is very poor - in fact, this read like a very rough draft of a novel. There is a lot of telling and virtually no show. The characters were boring, underdeveloped, and tstl.
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This was SO cute!!! Maddy's life is a peculiar one. She used to be quite happy when her parents...more
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This was SO cute!!! Maddy's life is a peculiar one. She used to be quite happy when her parents owned a bookstore... that is, until the Thimblewitch turned her parents into rats.
Maddy wants to turn her parents back into humans at all costs, which is why she goes on an adventure with her pet flying toad Ralph to find the Thimblewitch. But scare-crow guards (my favourite!) guard her Thimblewitch, not to mention the terrible Spider Goblins who haunt Maddie's steps.!)
But is the Thimblewitch all she seems? Who is the real enemy?
'Now my dears,' said old Mrs. Rabbit one morning, 'you may go into the fields or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. McGregor's garden: your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.'
HELP! I SUFFER FROM A TERRIBLE AFFLICTION! I CAN'T STOP READING THESE P&P FANFICS!
There really should be a support group for people like me, I...more
HELP! I SUFFER FROM A TERRIBLE AFFLICTION! I CAN'T STOP READING THESE P&P FANFICS!
There really should be a support group for people like me, I honestly cannot stop.
I've read some pretty terrible adaptations, but thankfully this wasn't one of those. Yes, there were a few things I disliked, mentions of Alice in Wonderland (which hadn't been published at the time), Elizabeth wearing corsets instead of stays, a bunch of historical inaccuracies, if I must be truthful.
But really, this is basically Austen fanfiction, I'm not here to complain about historical accuracy.
I loved how Darcy and Elizabeth behaved in character, just as all the other characters.
The premise is just as exciting as the summary promises it to be: on their way to London, the Bingley sisters, Darcy and Elizabeth are on their way to London when their coach is stopped by highwaymen intent on divesting them of their jewel and money. ...Until they decide they'll take Elizabeth to "entertain" the men. Darcy immediately jumps into action, proclaiming that Elizabeth is his wife. Which is how they're both taken hostage in hope of extracting a ransom from Darcy's uncle, the Earl.
Darcy and Elizabeth involve themselves in a web of lies, digging themselves deeper and deeper, while they try to survive together... really close together.
I don't want to spoil anything, but rest assured this is a nice addition to Austen "what-ifs", so give it a try!
This was a quick and entertaining read. Despite its shortness, Jeannie Lin managed to develop an engaging plot, develop a believable attraction and...more
This was a quick and entertaining read. Despite its shortness, Jeannie Lin managed to develop an engaging plot, develop a believable attraction and eventual romance between Jia and Luo Cheng, and deliver a satisfying ending. I can't really complain about how short this was because she managed to write a complete story in just a few pages.
But also due to its shortness, it lacked the convoluted plot, full of surprises and plot twists, that Jeannie Lin has so masterfully written and used us to. I guess I could have given this more stars, but since I went in expecting so much more I may have been a bit too harsh rating it.
Still, it's a great short and I definitely recommend it!
This book was recommended to me by Goodreads itself, based on my ratings and my favourite genres. To be fair, Goodreads tend...more
Actual rating: 2,5 stars
This book was recommended to me by Goodreads itself, based on my ratings and my favourite genres. To be fair, Goodreads tends to get it right. Not this time, though.
First of all forget the title. It has absolutely nothing to do with the story. I picked up this book thinking, "Yay! A book from the 80's! No clichés that became obnoxiously ubiquitous in recent times!" Yeah... no. Heads up, this book contains a love triangle - that by itself made me want to put it aside. But I had actually ordered it for my birthday...
So onto the plot. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of good things about it. Tevra, our main character, is at the top of her career. She's a no nonsense lady, she navigates well the sexist culture and the political traps that keep springing up.
That is, until she meets the Forest King and starts falling apart over her attraction to him. Despite being a strong and observant character (you can't get to her post without a gift for reading people) she is blind until the very end about the feelings of her closest friend/soldier, Hetwith. This dude could not have been more blatant about his interest.
The Forest King is basically an underdeveloped wishy-washy idiot who had been raised to be king but was so inept that he'd probably wear his crown pointy-side down.
Another thing, Tevra kind of sets out to be this experienced woman, one who's had lovers in the past and is unashamed and in control of her sexuality (as she should be). Yet, get her near a love interest and she acts like an inexperienced virgin.
Conclusion: a nice fantasy with well developed political intrigues, that got swamped by a love triangle and trite romance. (less)
Normally, I don't go for contemporary romance for the following reasons: - amazingly gorgeous people falling in boring love -...more
I absolutely LOVED this!
Normally, I don't go for contemporary romance for the following reasons: - amazingly gorgeous people falling in boring love - they're too damaged to trust love or to be in a relationship, but they're going to torture us through it anyway - the guy is always a modern day prince charming, I honestly think they're going overboard and becoming weirdly specific, it can't be long until we see "The Billionaire Dom Jaguar-Shifter Sheik Body-builder's Pregnant Girlfriend" hit the stores - I can't connect with the characters at all, they're always overdramatic, every day there's something dreadful that makes their love impossible - Almost none of the events are even remotely realistic
Not this book! We meet Cath, who is having a job interview with her creep of a future boss and takes a peek at the yummy guy sitting in another office. That guy is John. John is overweight and has been going through a bad break-up. He lacks confidence. He was taunted and bullied throughout his school years for being overweight.
Here's the thing, I don't mind chubbier guys at all. Oh, I'd take the muscular guy, the skinny guy, the whatever guy - as long as I found him attractive and we had things in common. As long as we clicked. As long as he was nice, trust-worthy, and I liked him.
This is something that usually only shows up in reverse in contemporary romance: the chubby new girl that all men suddenly want - and that's great! People get so much crap thrown at them, they need these feel good books! And honestly? In real life I assure you there is always someone who sees that chubby girl and loves everything about her - because that's how love works. You love everything about a person because you love them. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
So it's nice to see some chubby men get appreciated as well. And John was so sweet, so honest, so earnest! How could anyone not want him?!
His romance with Cath was completely believable and really, really hot!
I need to get my hands on this author's other books!
I went into this book expecting something very straightforward and, while it was, it took an unexpected turn...more
Ciberpunk and kinky stuff? Count me in.
I went into this book expecting something very straightforward and, while it was, it took an unexpected turn which reminded me of the film Preaching to the Perverted.
Some things I loved:
- it was well written - it brought up how sex between consenting adults should be free to please all participants, regardless of social mores - it had a male romantic interest who is very much unlike most written and the female protagonist is attracted to him, because she likes everything about him
Some things I liked:
- Max, the dog! - How this was more of an exploration of how fluid sexuality is and not so much a mystery/romance - How the female protagonist debated with herself about complying with social expectations about removing pubic hair and how she, in particular, found it infantilizing
A few things I hated:
- I was expecting a tighter mystery - There should have been more about the romantic/sexual relationship between the two main characters. Yes, it was all resolved, but it was too quick, I needed to see more development in the way they functioned as being in an official relationship. - It was set in a circus. Yes I know I can't really complain because it's clear from the title, from the cover, and from the blurb. I didn't go into this book unwittingly. I just find circuses REALLY creepy.
All in all it's a good book, but certainly NOT for everyone. (less)
After reading one of Zenobia's letters to her brother, Ariq is more convinced than ever that she holds dangerous secrets, and that it's not in his b...more
After reading one of Zenobia's letters to her brother, Ariq is more convinced than ever that she holds dangerous secrets, and that it's not in his best interest to allow her to get too close to him.
Easier said than done, on both their parts.
Having to bide their time in the smuggler's dens, we meet the twins: two ruthless and creepy rulers of one of the dens, as well as someone from Zenobia's past...
This one was a bit slower - I'm spoiled, I admit it, Brook's dialogue is so addictive that when the story necessarily needs to spend some time advancing the plot, like a ninny I go, "But... the witty repartee... I need it..."
But this instalment ended on such a high note!
I was a bit under the weather, so I haven't been following this as assiduously as I should have, which means I got to gorge myself on 3 instalments at once. That's the worst! Now I'm debating whether or not to read Part IV right away, or just hoard it for a while longer. This is like a sickness! I love it. (less)
Attend the song of Deathface Ginny, and how she come to be A wraith of rage for men who'd cage and harm what should be free It all began when the Mason man took Beauty for his bride He quick turned a fool and made her a jewel In the crown of his glittering pride He'd loved that gal since they were kids, a Beauty for more than her skin, But he crushed that joy, when he made her a toy To tease before covetous men Overcome with the fear that he'd lose her, he built a prison of stone She said, "I'll die from despair if you put me in there!" ...If only he'd listened, if only he'd known. With no one else to talk to, Beauty prayed to the cold God that made her "If I can't see the sky then let me die. "And she begged for Death to come take her He ought to have sent a reaper, but when he heard her sad song from above He went himself for the girl And the end of the world began when Death fell in love He stayed too long in that tower, and his heart grew desperate and wild 'Til he gave what she asked and Death wept as she passed For Beauty left Death with a child. The sun set and the moon rose, one end and one beginning He freed Beauty's soul But he kept the child whole and Death named his baby girl Ginny He raised her a reaper of vengeance, a hunter of men who have sinned If you done been wronged, say her name, sing this song Sound the bell's knell that calls her from hell... Ginny rides for you on the wind, my child... Death rides on the wind!
So begins Pretty Deadly, and it sums up the story of several of its characters.
I LOVED the concept, I LOVED the artwork, I LOVED the colours... but the narrative didn't quite rise to everything it promised. For one thing, it was too disjointed. It needed to be disjointed for this tale to work and to give it that dreamy feel, but it meandered too much... I can't imagine how aggravating it must have been for those reading issue by issue, I was a little lost even with the whole first volume providing answers to my questions.
The concept is gorgeous, and the artwork and colours are absolutely amazing, look:
But, as I said, it didn't quite work for me. It took too many detours which, admittedly, were explained by the end, but made for a very frustrating reading experience until I got to those answers.
Mind you, the artwork alone makes this worth reading, but it still left me with the sense of something unfulfilled...
Still, that may just be me, so make sure to check it out! (less)
The time has finally come for Zenobia to reveal her secrets. ...Which aren't exactly what Ariq was expecting... Still, complicated though the situat...more
The time has finally come for Zenobia to reveal her secrets. ...Which aren't exactly what Ariq was expecting... Still, complicated though the situation may be, our two lovebirds seem to at last be trusting one another, and nothing can stop their love. ...Except their abduction.
Amazing as ever! And featuring the most romantic and epic love declaration, that has me fangirling like a twelve year old:
(view spoiler)[“You are my queen,” he told her, and clasped her hand to his overfilled heart. Though emotion roughened his voice, he spoke quietly. This was only for her. “I am your sword and your shield. I am your wolf and your steed. Mountains will tremble at my approach, for they know I will tear them apart if ever they stand between us. But you need not be afraid, Zenobia Fox, because my heart is iron and my will is steel, and before the new moon rises, I will come for you.”(hide spoiler)]
Oh, why? Why isn't the next instalment here yet?! I knew I should have waited to read this one!