I got this on a Free Nook Friday, so I thought I would give it a shot. I really wished I hadn't. The writing really wasn't the best, and I really hateI got this on a Free Nook Friday, so I thought I would give it a shot. I really wished I hadn't. The writing really wasn't the best, and I really hate it when characters fall instantly in love after only knowing each other for a matter of days. Erin especially came off as a little crazy. She's only 28 and she thinks this is her very last shot at finding her one true love and getting pregnant. She had tons of baby clothes, which would have scared off any normal male, not to mention Jake, who was already anti-marriage and -baby. I just don't get why he stuck around (except the sex really must have been that freakin' fantastic). It was just weird and didn't fit the character the author had established at the beginning. I guess it was to show how much he changed, but I felt like it didn't fit. I did appreciate that not too much time was spent on the characters' professions. Too often, authors use the librarian profession when they need a character who needs to be passive and quiet, and frankly I'm sick of it (although Jake did make those assumptions about Erin because of her profession).
Also, the author obviously hasn't spent any time around pregnant people or 6 year olds. One of the main characters finds out she's 3 months pregnant, and then worries about getting morning sickness. In my experience, morning sickness appeared WAY before the three month mark. The 6 year old wasn't consistent - sometimes he spoke like a 2 year old (e.g., "How many sleeps until we go camping?" - even my 4 year old knows the concept of days!) and other times as a normal 6 year old. I spent some time being confused about his age.
Fun drinking game: every time a character blushes. Seriously, that's all they ever did. And it wasn't just the female characters. Jake did his fair share of blushing, which I find odd in a man over 12....more
I picked this one up for a book challenge - and I'm very glad I did! I listened to the audiobook version, and it was FANTASTIC! I loved listening to tI picked this one up for a book challenge - and I'm very glad I did! I listened to the audiobook version, and it was FANTASTIC! I loved listening to the the narrator's (very sexy) Australian accent. I loved Don. He was equal parts Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, Moss from The IT Crowd, and Benedict Cumberbatch's interpretation of Sherlock Holmes (although Sheldon Cooper drives me a little nuts, so I prefer to think of Don more as the latter two). It was a pretty funny book, and I'm very glad I listened to it! Highly, highly recommended....more
It's official: I'm going to read anything Sonali Dev puts out. This is the second book of hers I've read, and for the second time, I was up until 4amIt's official: I'm going to read anything Sonali Dev puts out. This is the second book of hers I've read, and for the second time, I was up until 4am reading (for me, this is somewhat of a feat as I have a crazy work schedule and two young children, and I tend to fall asleep very easily while reading). Loved it. I loved the sexual tension between Samir and Mili. Romance books have been sucking for me lately (I get very cynical with the characters), but I really liked these two (although I'm totally over the "bad boy but he can reform if he just meets the right virgin" trope; however, it didn't bug me in this one). My only complaint about Mili was that sometimes it seemed like she had multiple personalities. Sometimes she was a shy village girl and other times she was a fierce, strong, independent woman. Still, I greatly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next book!...more
I really liked this one. It's definitely a romance, but not one that made me roll my eyes. I liked the characters and their backstory. I don't have muI really liked this one. It's definitely a romance, but not one that made me roll my eyes. I liked the characters and their backstory. I don't have much to say about it - I liked it and it was well written....more
I read this for a book challenge (a book published the year you were born), and I enjoyed it immensely. It was repackaged as a novel for young adultsI read this for a book challenge (a book published the year you were born), and I enjoyed it immensely. It was repackaged as a novel for young adults (which I'm not sure I totally agree with - not because of anything content-wise, but because I'm not sure this is something that most teens would read). There was a nice, easygoing plot line, although I do feel like Tessa was a bit of a Mary Sue. It was run-of-the-mill, but it kept my interest and I definitely will read more of Ibbotson's romances....more
Very fluffy, but I needed a "no-thinker" book and this was good for that. I do like the author's writing style and her characters, which tend to act mVery fluffy, but I needed a "no-thinker" book and this was good for that. I do like the author's writing style and her characters, which tend to act more like real people than most people in romance books. That being said, I still think they did stupid things, like (view spoiler)[who has sex after your best friend / mother figure dies? I mean, her body was barely even cold before they started jumping each other's bones! It was kind of weird, but maybe I just have a different view on death (hide spoiler)]....more
I like this one a lot, although I wish I had read the 8 books that came before it. A lot of things were referenced that I just didn't understand. I alI like this one a lot, although I wish I had read the 8 books that came before it. A lot of things were referenced that I just didn't understand. I also had problems remembering some of the names of people and places, so I was a little lost there as well. It definitely has a cliffhanger, so I'll be starting the next one soon. My library has it categorized as a romance, which is completely inaccurate. There was not enough romance in it to put it in that genre. I did like the characters of Aisling and Runuch, and I'm excited to see where their adventures lead....more
Usually I like romances, and I LOVE Jennifer Crusie. However, lately I've been in a romance slump, where the characters and situations in the books juUsually I like romances, and I LOVE Jennifer Crusie. However, lately I've been in a romance slump, where the characters and situations in the books just piss me off. I had to read a romance for my library's summer reading challenge, so I thought a Crusie would be more amenable to me. Sadly, I didn't really like it: the characters and the situations pissed me off. I wanted to reach through the pages of the book and slap the characters silly for some of the stuff that they did. For example: the two main characters felt like they weren't compatible, as she is a hippy and he is a Republican - and I get that, as that's me and my husband (except I'm not a hippy, but I am more liberal than him) - but they focused waaaaaay too much on their differences, so they were surprised when they fell in love. I can attest that opposites do attract (I'm a little bit normal, my husband is a little bit geeky), but it seemed like their whole relationship was based on mutual lust. I don't know. Maybe if I was in a better mood, then it would have been a better read. Honestly a 2 1/2....more
I've been in a romance rut lately (they've just been pissing me off because all the characters make really stupid decisions and I just don't have patiI've been in a romance rut lately (they've just been pissing me off because all the characters make really stupid decisions and I just don't have patience for that), so I was hoping SEP would pull me out. And damn if she did! (Although I'm still eschewing most romance books.) I wasn't sure if I was going to like this at first because of all the inner dialogue with Annie's puppets, but thankfully it wasn't too heavy-handed. I liked just about everything about this book. Thanks, SEP. :)...more
Eh. It was ok. I read her contemporary story that goes along with this and absolutely hated it, but I thought this was better (which is not to say thaEh. It was ok. I read her contemporary story that goes along with this and absolutely hated it, but I thought this was better (which is not to say that I loved it). It was very much a drinking game, though - every time the word "wallflower" was used (and yes, I know that with a title such as The Wicked Wallflower there would be SOME mention of wallflower-dom, but I feel the author used the word waaaaaaay too much). I liked the guy fell in love with the girl first (usually it's the other way around), but I have a hard time believing in reformed rakes. I also didn't like the part of The Fortune Games, as I felt it was a rip-off of The Hunger Games. I get that it was a parody, but to me if felt like the author was too lazy to come up with her own ideas....more
I found this as a freebie from one of the many emails I get. At first, I was excited - I've been on a romance kick lately, and I felt I needed to readI found this as a freebie from one of the many emails I get. At first, I was excited - I've been on a romance kick lately, and I felt I needed to read something contemporary. There were so many things wrong with this that I don't even know where to start. It's sad, really, as it had so much potential. Ok, ready? Here we go with what I disliked:
1. That it was only a third of the book. When I downloaded it, I didn't realize that it was the first in the series. I'm really not liking the way authors and publishers are starting to do that. I know it's so they're hoping you'll be hooked by first installment so you'll want to read the others, but it didn't work in the case, because....
2. The writing was atrocious. I've never been one for pop culture references in my books, and the first few chapters were littered with them. Also, there was too much "OMG"s for my tastes. The editing was poor, too. On one page, it was champagne, but on the next, it was Champagne. Is it too much to ask for to get a little consistency? Also, editor, if your author is starting a sentence with a number, it's spelled out: Forty-six people, not 46 people.
3. The main character, Jane. Oh, Jane. Where to being with her? First, I'm getting irritated that whenever an author needs a shy, unassuming character, they pick librarianship as the chosen profession. AUTHORS: not all librarians are quiet, meek, stick-in-the-mud wallflowers like you portray in seriously all of your books. A lot of us are vibrant, engaging, funny, and outgoing people. Hell, some of us even have tattoos and piercings. I have been out with my coworkers where we're the loudest people in the restaurant. The way you depict librarians is demeaning, so cut it out (end rant). Also, it's weird to me that a 28 year-old professional doesn't know how to use Facebook. My grandfather can figure it out. Additionally, I didn't like how clingy Jane got towards Duke. She knew it wasn't a real engagement, yet she got very needy with him after only knowing him a week. Maybe it changes later in the series, but I wasn't impressed enough to go read those (so I guess I'll never know!).
4. The plot is unbelievable. I mean, INCREDIBLY unbelievable. We first meet our heroine at a party at the New York Public Library. Ok, I get that. Events happen at libraries. However, this seemed more like a club party than something a library will host. I've never been to New York or the New York Public Library, so maybe they do hold events like this. I was willing to dispend my belief until this: Jane enters the special collections room, and notices tons of empty glasses and drinks lying around, plus two people going at it in the stacks. No library, nowhere will EVER let this happen in their special collections room. There is a reason why those items are in that room, mainly because they are rare and fragile and shouldn't have things like alcohol or semen accidentally spilled on them! At my own library, there is a special code to get into the room. I can just imagine the higher security that NYPL would have. And then, there's this: the day after Jane meets Duke, he sends her a Facebook friend request, and then her friend changes her relationship status to engaged with this guy. I know of NO ONE who wouldn't be weirded out by something like this, especially with someone they barely met. Most guys would be like, "Bitch be crazy" and then block her as fast as possible.
I'm actually very disappointed in this, because it seemed like such a cute idea (an engagement is announced without either person really knowing each other and then romance ensues). However, I don't think it works with the technology of today. I am interested in reading the book that Jane is supposed to be writing (also by Maya Rodale) - it's a Regency novel and in it, the announcement appears in the paper without either participant knowing about it. I'll give that one a shot, but I'm done with the contemporary version.
I just read over this, and my review is almost longer than the installment I read! (I'm being facetious.)...more