Loved it! Archie got hot. Love the art and the story. Think this reboot was such a good idea. It's High School U.S.A with all it's familiarities but alsLoved it! Archie got hot. Love the art and the story. Think this reboot was such a good idea. It's High School U.S.A with all it's familiarities but also with a very modern spin without overly-relying in technology.
On one hand it’s really well written. Ms Shalvis is really good at writing likable characters and tougI have mixed feelings about Second Chance summer
On one hand it’s really well written. Ms Shalvis is really good at writing likable characters and tough situations without making the story feel depressing, and SCS deals with a doozy: Lily’s sister died after attempting to free-climb a mountain because Lily had bragged that she had done it, and Lily feels responsible about it.
There is also the whole thing with the Kincaid family and the resort they own, and the father that keeps screwing them over years later.
I really liked the Kincaid family, even if they were a bit too Sequel-bait-y for me sometimes, they were fun to be around most of them time. I think I like the oldest brother best though. But Aidan is okay too.
But see, the book had one big hurdle I couldn’t get over: the relationship Lily and Aidan had ten years before was pretty much non-existent and it makes absolutely no sense how affected they are by it.
They spend most of the first half of the book acting like the other was The One Who Got Away, when really? they just kissed once.
Sadly, I didn’t buy them together, though they were pretty likable individually....more
Quick Summary: It’s go time for Olympic hopefuls Josh and Courtney, as the national paris champiTaking the Ice
by Jennifer Comeaux (August 17th, 2015)
Quick Summary: It’s go time for Olympic hopefuls Josh and Courtney, as the national paris champions they are almost there... if her nerves, his family and their competition don’t get in the way.
Okay, so I love figure skating. I’m a fan, I follow the season and I obsess over my favorite teams. I LOVE this sport and one of the reasons why I love Jennifer’s books is that she gets it.
But lets go back to the start. Taking the Ice is the third book in the Ice series, which has been chronicling Josh and Courtney’s story since they were rivals to becoming partners and I’ve adored them every step of the way.
Courtney and Josh are different from each other - she’s very outgoing, he’s more introverted - but they complement one another very well, they both bring the best of each other and it has been lovely to see them grow so much as a couple and as skaters.
I also loved that there were no big misunderstandings between them, they always have each other’s backs and are there fore each other no matter how their performances go.
Plus, I got to hang out with the extended cast of characters of the series over all (and of the Edge series, which tells the story of Josh and Court’s coaches).
Over all, Taking the Ice sucked me right in, I started reading it an I couldn’t stop, it’s such a feel good book. And it ended this series in such a good note.
And I can’t wait to read whatever Ms. Comeaux publishes next ....more
I confess I never got into the whole Maiden Lane series, I'v read less than half the books. I just never liked the whole Ghost of St. Giles thing. I wI confess I never got into the whole Maiden Lane series, I'v read less than half the books. I just never liked the whole Ghost of St. Giles thing. I was intrigued by this book because it mostly takes place outside of London and of St. Giles, and Im glad I read it because it was delightful. It is part of the series but it also works well as an stand alone, because I had no idea what went on in the last four books and it didn't affect me at all.
Highly recommend this one, a really good historical romance. ...more
Lovely read, but it was very shot, more of a Novella length, really. But I liked Olivia and I think I'm going to like following her adventures in theLovely read, but it was very shot, more of a Novella length, really. But I liked Olivia and I think I'm going to like following her adventures in the future. I also enjoyed the ilustrations and seeing another angle to Grandemeré...more
It's no secret that I love Meg Cabot's books, I've read them pretty much all, even the older historicals she wrote under other names. And I actually rIt's no secret that I love Meg Cabot's books, I've read them pretty much all, even the older historicals she wrote under other names. And I actually really enjoyed where Forever Princess (Princess Diaries 10) ended - it was, I think, one of the best endings to a series I've seen.
So it wasn't without trepidation that I approached Royal Wedding, and I have to confess that it took me a couple of tries before I could really get into it and read it through - though that might be in part because I was stressed at work - in any case, I did finish it the other day and it was a lot of fun.
First, there was something both familiar and strange in Mia's voice, she's a lot calmer than she used to be as a teen but she still has a tendency to freak out (though her freak outs don't last as long and she's a lot more assertive). Michael was adorable, and I like that they are still together and going strong even though they both acknowledge that they don't get to see each other as much as they'd like (and then they take steps to remedy that).
Lily as a lawyer and Tina as a doctor totally made sense to me, I liked seeing where Mia's old pals were and that at least these two (Tina will forever be my favorite) were a big part of the story. I didn't enjoy the subplot with Boris, though, that needed resolution.
Another thing, I liked seeing Mia's perspective about her sister, Olivia. I really loved that relationship - and I really recommend the companion book "From the Notebooks of a middle-school princess" because Olivia is adorable, though it is a bit of a set-up book - and how she embraced her. That's 100% Mia.
All in all, I enjoyed the book, it was like meeting an old friend I hadn't spoken to in ages, it was fun to see what had changed and what hadn't.
I do recommend it, specially for long time fans. ...more
Quick Summary: After 10 years building a career in Bollywood, Ria is finally going home for her cousin Nikhil’s wedding, whom she loves like a brotherQuick Summary: After 10 years building a career in Bollywood, Ria is finally going home for her cousin Nikhil’s wedding, whom she loves like a brother. But in going back to Chicago she will also have to come face to face with Vikram - her childhood sweetheart - and all the lies she has ever told him.
That was pretty much my reaction when I first got my e-galley of The Bollywood Bride. Last year, The Bollywood Affair was one of my favorite reads and Bride was one of the two books I was REALLY looking forward to it.
Let me start by saying that The Bollywood Bride is a very different story from Bollywood Affair (which was, over all, a light-hearted story). But equally as good.
The story is told from the perspective of Ria Pakar, a Bollywood star with the reputation of an Ice Princess. Underneath that, she’s hiding secrets and holding onto lies she has been telling for the last ten years.
As a young girl, Ria suffered from selective mutisim following a traumatic event (that I won’t spoil); which only got better when she was allowed to spend summers in Chicago with her aunt and uncle, and her cousin Nikhil, and Vikram. Mostly it was all about Vikram.
Again, I’m not going to spoil the stuff that went down and tore Vikram and Ria apart because it was part of the awesome of the story. They are both very complex, have lots of layers and break your heart a little bit more each time one of those layers are peeled back.
In the end, I could see why Ria did what she did, and why Vikram felt as he felt and yet there was always this bond between them. It was good stuff.
Another thing I loved was how deep it went into the Indian culture without ever getting in the way or feeling preachy. Because of Nikhil’s wedding we were treated to a lot of traditions and celebrations (and food) that are part of the culture.
Plus, I really loved the family at the center of the story. Ria’s aunt and uncle were amazing and so supportive and sweet. They took Ria in and showered her with love, even when they didn’t agree with her, they loved her unconditionally.
It was just fun seeing them interact with each other.
So yeah, I highly recommend this one. It will make you cry and then it will make you hopeful. I really loved it. ...more
I'm a little conflicted about Batgirl of Burnside, which compiles 7 chapters of the Batgirl comic. I know it's supposed to be a bit of a reboot as parI'm a little conflicted about Batgirl of Burnside, which compiles 7 chapters of the Batgirl comic. I know it's supposed to be a bit of a reboot as part of the New 52 event and all, but I felt like I was missing something, like there was stuff I was supposed to know and I didn't.
That said, I still could understand pretty well what was going on int he story, and what Barbara Gordon was doing, and how she was moving on with her life after an accident, but I felt like I had almost no clue on what people's relationships to each other were.
Still the book was interesting, the artwork was cute - even if there were a few too many shots of Barbara in her underwear for me - and there were lots of things that I really liked, like her new Batgirl costume - I WANT her letter jacket - and my favorite panels were actually the ones where she was hanging out with her friends, though I admit they got a bit crowded sometimes.
All in all, though, I kind of want to keep reading this story, make sense of it more as it were, because, like I said, very cute artwork and a really modern approach to the character. ...more