At First Sight: Annabel Greene is dreading the first day of school, even after a summer spent in near complete isolation; because school means she'llAt First Sight: Annabel Greene is dreading the first day of school, even after a summer spent in near complete isolation; because school means she'll have to face Sophie - her former best friend with whom she had a fall out at the end of the last school year. At home, things aren't easier: her family is dealing with her older sister Whitney's eating disorder, and their mom's only distraction from it comes in the form of Annabel's modeling career.
When school turns out to be as dreadful as she thought it would be - and with rumors about her flying about, thanks to Sophie - and after a particularly bad day, Annabel finds herself speaking to Owen Armstrong for the first time.
Owen is a bit of a town loner, known for being big (well over six feet tall), never taking his headphones off and having a violent streak - just the kind of guy Annabel would have never spoken to while being friends with Sophie. But he's also the only one who doesn't seem to care about the rumors as they strike a tentative friendship.
As they get to know each other, Annabel gets a crash course on Anger Management lingo, she learns that Owen likes all type of music and has his own radio show, that he always tells the truth. The 'Truth' is not something Annabel is very familiar with, not because she outright lies maliciously but because she's used to hiding her feelings behind white lies to keep her family happy, to keep them from worrying about her; because she sometimes just doesn't share what's happening to her- like what really happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends. Second Glance: Just Listen is is probably the last of Sarah's books that I truly loved - not just liked like Lock and Key, or thought it was OK like Along for the Ride. Annabel is the peace keeper of her family, the one her parents don-t have to worry about and she's not used to voicing out her feelings, but that all changes when she meets Owen, whom by telling the truth helps her find her own voice.
Now, I love Owen. I love that he deals with his temper, that he puts up with his little sister Mallory - much as he tries his patience - and that he's a pretty decent guy without advertising it. He can be a little snobbish about music, but no guy is perfect, right?
Also love how their lives start to slowly intertwine when they become friends - and that they truly become friends before anything else. Plus, I found the book quite funny, what with Mallory and Rolly - Owen's best friend - and just how crazy Owen gets about music.
Bottom Line: I actually love this book. It's one of my favorites both by Sarah Dessen and in general. I do think that it starts a little slow, and that it takes time for Annabel to build up her courage, but she's very likable and I find Owen kind of swoony (not as much as Wes, but no one is as swoony as Wess. Even Wes)
Favorite Quote: "There comes a time in every life when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you'd better learn to know the sound of it. Otherwise you'll never understand what its saying."...more
At First Sight: Remy Starr is kicking off the summer before college by finalizing the details of her mom's latest wedding - number 4 if you don't counAt First Sight: Remy Starr is kicking off the summer before college by finalizing the details of her mom's latest wedding - number 4 if you don't count her Dad, which Remy doesn't.
That's also when she meets Dexter, a boy who literally crashes into her, and upsets the balance of Remy's life. Remy isn't interested at first, but Dexter is persistent and gets under her skin and, after a series of casual, random encounters, they start dating.
Now, Dexter isn't at all like the boys Remy usually dates - he's messy, a musician and a bit of a vagabond, with no ties other than his dog Monkey and his band, Truth Squad - but Remy, the Queen of Breakups, can't seem to break away from him no matter how much she tells herself he's just a fling like many before him.
But things are changing, Remy's knows she's leaving soon, her friends claim she's smitten with Dexter and, at home, she has to deal with a new stepfather she doesn't entirely like, a possible future-sister-in-law who's forever reading self-help books and a brother who, despite all their shared experience, still believes in love.
The only thing that never changes is This Lullaby, the song Remy's father wrote for her upon her birth even though he never met her. The song she uses as a compass in relationships -which states clearing in the first verse 'I will let you down' - a reminder of how love really is... even if she isn't so sure anymore.
Second Glance: I've always thought that This Lullaby is a bit of a turning point for Sarah Dessen. Up this point, she had only written about the quiet-sidekick girls, the best friends, the girls that don't get noticed, the girls that watch; but with Remy, I think she wrote about the other girl, the girl who did and had a strong personality.
Remy is the gravity center of her group of friends, in some ways she is the thing they have in common. She's hard to like at times - a self proclaimed cold-hearted bitch - and in this read through I had to admit I didn't like her friend Chloe all that much either. But there is plenty of charm in this book, and humor. Dexter is both of those things - charming and funny - and sort of carefree and optimistic.
The guys in the band were funny in their own ways and I have so many favorite scenes in this book - Monkey the dog always steals the show - and even though it took me a while, I did like Remy in the end.
Bottom Line: This Lullaby is a bit different from Sarah's earlier books, but it has a large dose of awesome, a nice, funny guy and a heroine I grew to respect and like. Also, more than other of Sarah's books, it is a love story at it's core.
At First Sight: Caitlin has always lived in the shadow of her perfect older sister Cass, but the morning of Caitlin's sixteenth birthday Cass changesAt First Sight: Caitlin has always lived in the shadow of her perfect older sister Cass, but the morning of Caitlin's sixteenth birthday Cass changes the rules of the game by walking out on all the expectations of her family and friends, and running away with her new boyfriend.
Caitlin is used to being the shadow, following her sister, and once Cass is gone, Caitlin finds herself drowning in the void that Cass left behind. Caitlin tries to get her mom's attention by entering the cheerleading squad, but her mom is too wrapped up in Cass being gone.
At a party a few weeks later, Caitlin meets Rogerson - a handsome older guy who attends the local private school, and she is instantly attracted to him, both because he's handsome and because he doesn't think of her as Cass's little sister.
Soon they begin dating, and Caitlin is wrapped up in Rogerson, his world and his friends as he slowly turns possessive and then controlling, and Caitlin starts to isolate herself from her own family and friends. One night, Rogerson hits her, and even though he doesn't really acknowledges that it happens, it turns out to be just the first time of many. But Caitlin is, by then, in too deep to back away.
Second Glance: There is a key point to this book and it is the fact that Caitlin is in an abusive relationship, but I want to start by saying that, to me, Dreamland has never been an Issue Book. Yes, it happens and it is an important part of the story, but for me it has always been about Caitlin trying to find her own way once Cass isn't there to lead the way - she takes a bad turn and ends up in a bad situation, but the bad situation doesn't make the book for me.
Now, this is one of those books that had me in tears over and over again as I read it. There were moments when it hit me so hard to realize just how lost Caitlin was.
There were parts of the story that I didn't entirely buy, but over all I think that the systematic destruction of Caitlin, the way her loved ones keep missing the signals - because they just can't imagine something like that happening to one of their own - is amazing and real and it hurts.
Bottom Line: Dreamland is powerful book that touches an important subject. It's also a story about sisters, and finding your own way. I can't read this book too often, it makes me cry too much, but sometimes I can't resist the pull I feel for it, and it does sit in the shelf of honor.
Favorite Scene: Rina cocked her head to the side, studying me. She wasn't a dumb girl; she knew something was up. But she still had faith in our friendship, forged in the war zone of junior high. She thought I would never lie to her.
"Okay," She said, finally, as if we'd battered some kind of agreement, "But if you need me-"
"I know," I said, cutting her off. It was right at noon: My safe time as up. The muscles in my stomach and shoulders were clenching harder as I picked up my backpack and began to move closer to the turnaround. I looked at her, sitting crossleggged there in her sunglasses, popping her gum, with no greater concern in her life right then than me. And I envied her, quickly and quietly, in a different way than I had all those years we'd spent together. ...more
At First Sight: Colie was not looking forward to spending the summer at her Aunt Mira's house, but she had no other choice since her mother - Kiki SpaAt First Sight: Colie was not looking forward to spending the summer at her Aunt Mira's house, but she had no other choice since her mother - Kiki Sparks, of the fitness craze fame - was going on an European tour to promote her products.
Colby, North Carolina might be a typical beach town, but Aunt Mira is anything but typical - she wears bright clothes that don't match, rides her bike everywhere, and her beach front house seems to be a graveyard of yard sell items that never quite work as they should.
Though at first Colie would have loved to just get out of there, she finds herself landing a job at the Last Chance Bar & Grill, where she's a waitress along side Morgan and Isabel - who have been best friends with each other since forever. Morgan quickly takes to her and though Isabel isn't so keen on her at first, she does take Colie under her wing, eventually.
Colie isn't sure what to do with friends, she has never had them. All her life she has been a bit of an outsider both because she used to be fat and because her mother moved her all over the country during her first few years of life. But at Colby, people just seem to accept her - her Aunt Mira doesn't care if she was fat before, Morgan is just the maternal type and Isabel is always at hand to delver tough love when necessary; and there is also Norman, the guy who lives in the basement of Mira's house and who seems to like her, just because.
Second Glance: I always sort of loved Keeping the Moon, it's just such a perfect beach read, lighthearted and fun. Sarah Dessen created a lovely story not only about knowing who you are but also accepting it, learning that it's okay to work in your own way.
It's a quiet, sweet story. With a large dose of friendship - the good, true kind that doesn't let you down - and a dash of romance. Norman is not the most swoony of the Dessen Boys, but he's very sweet, and one of my favorites actually.
Bottom Line: I think this is one of the more overlooked books by Sarah Dessen, but it's perfect for this season of lazying about enjoying the nice weather.
Favorite Quote: "For Mira, there were no lost causes. Everything, and everyone, had its purpose. The rest of the world, too often, might have missed that."...more
At First Sight: Running out on her wedding and leaving her groom at the altar was the last bad choice in a string or really bad life choices made by GAt First Sight: Running out on her wedding and leaving her groom at the altar was the last bad choice in a string or really bad life choices made by Georgeanne Howard, but it might also have been the wisest choice she had made yet. On her way out, she got a ride from bad boy hockey player John Kowalsky, who was leaving the reception at the same time as she.
Without a fixed plan - and used to depending on other people for everything - Georgeanne is ready to tease and flirt her way into his letting her stay with him for a few days. But John isn't very receptive to the idea, mostly because her now jilted fiance is the owner of the team John plays for and a vindictive SOB.
But the night was long, and both of them had too many demons too close to the surface. And so, after a night of wild sex, Georgeanne ended up dumped at the Sea-Tac airport with a plane ticket back to Texas and a broken heart.
That day, when Georgie hit rock bottom, was the day she began to build her life back up and, 7 years later, she's the co-owner of a successful catering company, has a great life and a daughter she cherishes more than anything. And running into John at a charity event is a very unwelcome shock.
John has cleaned up his act as a bad boy, knowing he's damn lucky to be alive and healthy after all the reckless behavior and drinking he indulged in. He's surprised to see Georgie and - when she accidentally drops her check book - decides to drop by her house and return it to her. He's curious to see why she's still in Seattle, and what happened to her after he left her at the airport (not his finest moment, but he thought it was for the best). The last thing he expects to find there is a little six year old girl wearing a fluffy boa, pink cowboy boots and looking at him through blue eyes that are surprisingly like his own.
Second Glance: I first read Simply Irresistible many, many years ago. And I loved it. It holds up well to the re-read and the past of time (it's set in 1989 and 1996). I loved the story of John and Georgie, and loved learning all the things that happened to make them who they are. I loved how John simply falls in love with his daughter and strives to be a good father, even if he's clueless about what little girls do and his daughter scares the crap out of him (as in, I SO don't want to screw this up), and that there is some build up to their relationship. Lexie was an amazing character, one of the best written children ever. And I really liked seeing Georgie's transformation from flirt and tease to a responsible woman.
Woven in, there is also the story of Georgie and John's best friends. Mae Heron - co-owner of Heron Catering - was still trying to recover from the loss of her twin brother when she first met Georgie and hired her as cook for her business, and then Georgie and Lexie became her family, filling up a bit of the void left behind by Ray. Mae hates the jerky-jock type and, upon first meeting Hugh Miner, she's convinced he's just that type. Hugh is John's best friend - the goalie of their hockey team - and he's fascinated by Mae from their first meeting, and pursues her come hell or high water, even though she seems so disinterested. Their relationship is certainly one of the funniest things about this book.
Bottom Line: Over all, Simply Irresistible is lovely contemporary story that you can read, and read and read. It does start a little slowish, but it's fun all the way through. ...more
There is something about a good romance novel that lingers, that stays with you well after you have put your book down, a sense of hope and lightheartThere is something about a good romance novel that lingers, that stays with you well after you have put your book down, a sense of hope and lightheartedness. And Then He Kissed Her (book one of the Girl-Bachelor Series) is one of those books.
Emma Dove is a girl-bachelor; the 1890’s equivalent of a working, single girl of today, she works hard, is very efficient and professional; and has a secret yearning to become a published author. In fact, that desire is what keeps her working for the handsome and devilish Viscount Marlowe – London’s leading publisher – she hopes that one day he’ll find her manuscripts worthy of publishing. So she keeps Marlowe’s life running smoothly and every now and then submits a new manuscript for publishing.
Harry, for all that he’s Lord Marlowe, hasn’t lead a charmed life. With a bad marriage, which ended in a scandalous divorce some years prior, Harry turned to his own wits to make fortune and take care of the many females of his family (three sisters, his mother and grandmother). Now he’s a successful publisher and leads his life just the way he likes it: without any regard for society’s rules. In part is his lack of regard for society’s rules what keeps him turning down Emma’s books as she likes to write about etiquette, a subject he finds boring and unprofitable.
When on the day of her thirtieth birthday Emma realizes that Harry is never going to publish her books, she is hit with an epiphany and decides to take her life into her own hands, quitting her steady job and taking her book to Harry’s rival, Lord Barringer, and convincing him to publish her. But Harry wants Emma back, his life without her is chaos and he'll do whatever it takes to get her back, engaging in a battle of wits and romance. Lots of true romance.
And The He Kissed also has something that is very hard to find in romance these days: tension - at first just tension born out of two different personalities which then turns into sexual tension - and it makes for one amazing read.
There is also a large cast of supporting characters – Harry’s family, Emma’s friends from the boarding house where she lives, her landlady, etc. – who enrich the story and the lives of Emma and Harry.
This book is a true delight, a rare jewel: Funny, well written, charming and romantic in the true sense of the word. This one is a Must Read
Re- Read, lol, this was actually one of the first reviews I ever wrote. ...more
At First Sight: Sir Ian Moore has dedicated his life to the diplomatic corps of the British Government, and is known as a most proper gentleman. He enAt First Sight: Sir Ian Moore has dedicated his life to the diplomatic corps of the British Government, and is known as a most proper gentleman. He enjoys his job and the international politic intrigues he gets to be a part of, so he's quite put out when he's given orders to return to England and deal with Miss Lucia Valenti barely a fortnight after he had been assigned to Anatolia.
Lucia has been shuffled about all her life between houses of relatives, schools and convents, never with a place to call home. Being the illegitimate daughter of a Prince and a famous courtesan, Lucia is beautiful and vivacious and really good at getting herself into scrapes.
After one last scrape - that involves her younger half-sister, the Prince's legitimate daughter - Lucia is sent off to England, to be placed in the care of Sir Ian Moore, and he's charged with his most complicated diplomatic mission to date: to find Lucia a proper, boring husband.
But that's easier said that done as Lucia isn't ready to just go along and be married off. And, as much as Ian would like to see her as a spoiled, irritating beauty, the more he gets to know Lucia, the more he realizes that couldn't be farther from the truth, that Lucia's bold, saucy exterior hides a very vulnerable heart.
And Lucia can't help to feel attracted to Ian, who is good and honorable and at times so stuffy that she just wants to muss him up and make him liven up a little.
Second Glance: She's no Princess is the fourth in a loosely connected series, usually known as the Guilty Series, but it can be read perfectly well on it's own, and I gotta say that it's one of my favorite books by Laura Lee Guhrke. I keep going back to it year after year for a re-read, because I just enjoy it so much.
Lucia and Ian are two wonderful characters and I so enjoy watching them fall in love time and again. They definitely have the whole opposites attract thing going on. And, different as they are, Ian and Lucia are two very decent people to their core.
The cast of secondary characters is nice and remains unobtrusive to the main couple -though you do get a few updates on the characters of previous books, like the Duke of Tremore and Ian's brother Dylan - and I like that, because the focus remains on these two.
Bottom Line: She's no Princess is a great story of opposites attracting, it's fun to read and makes you spend a really good time. Perfect to read one afternoon and to just get lost in a story that will leave you with warm fuzzies afterward.
Favorite Quote: "Sometimes, Englishman, I don't understand you. I love you, but I do not always understand you." - Lucia...more
At First Sight: Mia is a regular New York City girl. She's not popular but she has good friends. She shares a nice apartment with her artist mother anAt First Sight: Mia is a regular New York City girl. She's not popular but she has good friends. She shares a nice apartment with her artist mother and spends the Summers with her diplomat father and her grandmother in France. Even if she's on the brink of flunking algebra and - to her own mind - she's the biggest freak of Albert Einstein's freshman class; she's doing all right.
But her regular life is disrupted when her dad shows up with HUGE news. It turns out he's not just any rich diplomat, he's in fact the ruling Prince of Genovia and since he recently discovered he can't have any more children, Mia is his only heir.
Mia doesn't know anything about being a princess, being one has never been her dream, all she wants is to pass the ninth grade. But now she's stuck at Princess Lessons with her tyranical grandmother and unable to tell anyone... until all hell breaks loose.
Second Glance: The Princess Diaries is the first of the series - that eventually included 10 books and a few novellas. Personally, I think this is one of those books that helped put YA in the map.
It's funny and chatty, and fast paced. Mia was such a teenager: a little whinny, self deprecating, funny, obsessive, but I liked her all the way through. I liked her 10 years ago and I liked her last week when I re-read this book.
Even if the pop culture references are getting a little dated, the spirit behind it remains so I don't mind it. Also, I don't always agree with Mia -in the things she does and believes in - but it was fun to visit her again.
I still hate Lily, love Michael and think Tina is the awesomest friend ever. Grandemere is her own brand of evil and she's always fun to read about - she's one of those people you love to hate.
This was my first time reading the book in English but it was awesomely fun.
Bottom Line: If your looking for a quick read that will make you laugh and have a great time, look no further - this is it!...more
At First Sight: Gossip columnist Melissa Fuller was late for work again, but this time she had a pretty good reason: she found her next door neighborAt First Sight: Gossip columnist Melissa Fuller was late for work again, but this time she had a pretty good reason: she found her next door neighbor -an old lady of about 80 years of age - face down on the carpet and she had to call the police.
This not only landed her in hot water at work but also left her in charge of a Great Dane called Paco until Mrs. Friedlander's grandson Max can be located. Only that Max is too busy shacking up with a super model to return to NYC to tend to his grandmother, so instead he blackmails his former college roommate John Trent into pretending to be Max and taking care of the dog.
John isn't happy with this plan, but he does owe Max so he agrees to the charade... only to be enchanted by Mel once the meet... only that she has no clue who he really is!
Second Glance: The Boy Next Door is the first of Meg Cabot's novels told entirely through emails - I think it was one of the first ever to do this - and it's just so much fun.
Not a lot of people know this, but the book was first posted free at her Author's website (www.MegCabot.com) for a long while (that's where I read it first) before being turned into an actual book.
The book is funny, full of pop culture and a very quick read. It is also very New York City and very much a book of the 90's - this was the beginning of emails as part of every day culture, you must remember and there are so many cute little details from back then woven into the story.
Bottom Line: A quick romantic comedy of mistaken identities, emails and dogs, The Boy Next Door remains a lovely story to this day. ...more
At First Sight: After her Mom's marriage to Andy Ackerman, sixteen year old Suze Simon has to move across the country - from NY to California - so sheAt First Sight: After her Mom's marriage to Andy Ackerman, sixteen year old Suze Simon has to move across the country - from NY to California - so she and her Mom can live with Andy and his sons (Sleepy, Dopey and Doc, as Suze calls them). And even though Carmel-by-the-Sea is quite pretty, and Suze has an amazing view of the ocean from her bedroom window, that doesn't take away from the fact that her new room is haunted by a (very hot, droll-worthy) 150 year old ghost.
Yeah, Ghost! For as long as she can remember, Suze has been able to see and talk to the dead - and even to punch them in the face if they are not cooperating - as she is a Mediator, and is her job/cosmic-joke-on-her to help them get to wherever they need to go after they die - or to kick them there if the need arises.
But Jesse isn't like other ghosts, for one he's good looking, for two he doesn't plague Suze to help him with his unsolved business. He is also not very supporting of her Mediating, particularly after mediating puts her in the path of the ghost of Heather Chambers, a particularly violent ghost who's out to get Suze.
Pretty quickly, Suze realizes that just because she moved, her problems didn't move away. Luckily, she has new friends, a fellow mediator (Father Dominic, her new school's Principal), her stepbrother Doc, and Jesse to help her out.
Second Glance: Mediator is one hell of a story over all, and it's actually my favorite Teen series by YA Lit goddess Meg Cabot. Shadowland is a great kick of of the series, as all the major characters are quickly established, and Meg does a wonderful job of summarizing Suze's story pre-Carmel and getting to the main plot fast.
I love how Suze is so kick ass, how she's ready to go on with her mediator duties much as they annoy her, how she quickly warms up to her youngest step brother Doc and really starts to care for him. She's very funny and resourceful, and so everyday normal - if you take out the whole mediator factor. And Jesse, well, I love him. He is not as much in this book as he is in later ones, but that's understandable since they just meet, but I just love when he pops in, his interactions with Suze are always fun to read.
Bottom Line: Shadowland is funny, fast paced, quick read that kicks off a great series. It has great characters and a nice plot. Not my favorite Mediator book (that would be book 4 Darkest Hour, and then maybe book 6 Twilight (the only good Twilight) ) but it's still a kick to read.
Favorite Quote: "It isn't often that I run into a ghost who also happens to be a hottie, but this guy... boy he must have been something back when he was alive because here he was dead and I was already trying to catch a peek at what was going on beneath the white shirt he was wearing very much open at the throat, exposing quite a bit of chest, and some of his stomach , too. Do ghosts have six-packs? This was not something I had ever had the occasion - or a desire - to explore before." -Suze. ...more
At First Sight: Kate Mackenzie didn't think her life could get more crazy after her boyfriend of 10 years told her he isn't ready for commitment, whicAt First Sight: Kate Mackenzie didn't think her life could get more crazy after her boyfriend of 10 years told her he isn't ready for commitment, which resulted on Kate having to crash on the couch of her best friend Jen's tiny apartment.
But, at least, she has her job at the New York Journal, which might not be changing lives, but that she at least likes. That is until her boss - Amy, the Tyrannical Office Despot - forces Kate to unjustly fire a widely popular dinning room employee, Ida Lopez because she refused to give pie to Amy's boyfriend Stuart Hertzog (legal counsel for the paper Kate works for)
Now sweet Mrs. Lopez is suing the paper, and Kate is in the middle of it all.
Enter Mitch Hertzog, Stuart's brother and lawyer in charge of the Lopez case. At first, Kate doesn't want to like him - he's a corporate lawyer! - but she soon realizes that he's nice and kind, and tie-him-to-the-bed hot.
And Mitch is all of those things... and he likes Kate too.
Second Glance: Told in a series of funny emails, IM-conversations and notes scribed on whatever, Boy Meets Girl is my favorite of the Boy Series by Meg Cabot. I love how I can just fly through this book.
It's incredibly funny, the pace is snappy, and it is surprisingly cute and romantic. And it always amazes me how Meg Cabot can fit so much family drama, humor and romance into a book told in Emails, because somehow you do feel like you're getting to know these characters. I love that.
There are some characters returning from The Boy Next Door - and a few references to what happens there - which was very nice, I loved catching up with them too.
Bottom Line: Though I always felt like the ending was a bit abrupt, I really love Boy Meets Girl, as I said, it's my favorite of this series and a read that never fails to cheer me up. ...more
At First Sight: After almost a year of dancing around it, Suze Simon finally has the one thing she wanted the most: Jesse de Silva - the ghost that usAt First Sight: After almost a year of dancing around it, Suze Simon finally has the one thing she wanted the most: Jesse de Silva - the ghost that used to haunt her bedroom - has admitted he loves her and they are together.
Or as together as a 16-year-old girl and the ghost of a guy who died in 1850 can be. But Suze is happy, except when Paul Slater - fellow mediator who seems to know more about their powers than anyone else, even Father Dom - is around, threatening first to send Jesse's ghost to the shadowland... and, later, to prevent him from even dying in the first place.
Jesse keeps telling her not to worry about it, but Suze can't help to wonder... what If Jesse never died? and they never met?
Second Glance: Twilight is the last* book in the Mediator series and I confess that it's probably my favorite. I waited and waited for this book and I was happy at how it all turned out - for the most part.
Over the course of so many books, Suze and Jesse have become friends and they have fallen in love, even though they know theirs is an impossible situation, that doesn't make their feelings any more real. In this book, we finally get to see how Jesse was like when he was alive and I loved getting to know him that way too.
Suze is still one of the most kick-ass heroines ever, and I actually love the choice she made, in the end, regarding Jesse (I'm sorry if I sound cryptic, but I don't want to spoil).
All in all, I really enjoyed this book, particularly the second part. I do have a small pet peeve with this book, but it regards the ending and it's really a small thing.
Bottom Line: The Mediator is my favorite series by Meg Cabot and Twilight one of my favorite books, I loved the progression of the series and the places this book takes you to. Over all, I thought it was a great ending* to a great series.
Favorite Quote: "Because he's honest." I said. "And he's kind. And he puts me ahead of everything else-"
"If you think I would leave you alone with her again," he said, his gaze never wavering from Paul's face. "you don't know me at all in this future you speak of."...more
At First Sight: Lord Aidan Monfort, Earl of Mowbray hasn't been back in London in over ten years, not since he put on an appearance shortly after he wAt First Sight: Lord Aidan Monfort, Earl of Mowbray hasn't been back in London in over ten years, not since he put on an appearance shortly after he was injured in the war and the scar on his face managed to scare off everyone.
But now he's back, maybe looking for a wife; though sure everyone still sees him as a monster. So, when his cousin points him toward Lady Clarissa Cambray during the first ball he attends, Aidan can't believe his luck: Clarissa is funny and sweet and is practically blind without the glasses her stepmother won't allow her to use.
Clarissa's season in London, so far, had been rather dull and right down miserable, thanks to her stepmother, who insists no man will offer for her if she wears her glasses and is constantly scolding Clarissa for the all scrapes she gets into due to her lack of sight.
But that changes when she meets Aidan and they strike a friendship that quickly turns into love.
And, to top it all off, it seems like some of those scrapes Clarissa has gotten into might not have been accidents after all.
Second Glance: Love is Blind is a silly, cute little book. And I mean it in the best way - the characters are nice and sweet, and they do fall cutely in love with each other and who they are under their flaws.
There is a bit of a mystery that has something to do with something in Clarissa's past, but it's really a small part of the book. And I really liked how Aidan takes Clarissa's past in stride (you find out what early on).
The book is not very historically accurate, and there is not much to the book other than a cute love story; but it is fun to read.
Bottom Line: I don't think Love is Blind is one of the best historical romances ever, but it's funny and sweet and very fluffy, and if you're in the mood for something like that, I highly recommend it.
Favorite Quote: "Oh, do stop gawking at Clarissa," his mother said impatiently, apparently put out. "She will be your wife soon enough, and you might gawk at your heart's content." (Chosen because it sums up the tone of the book)....more