I picked this book up because I read the author's Geek Girl series and loved it. I didn't like this book as much as the Geek Girl mysteries, but it waI picked this book up because I read the author's Geek Girl series and loved it. I didn't like this book as much as the Geek Girl mysteries, but it was still an enjoyable read.
I had two main issues with the story:
1. Let me preface this by saying I have read over 50 mysteries/cozies/detective novels and NEVER been able to identify the killer before the "big reveal." Until I read this one. By about 30% in I knew, and it was so glaringly obvious to me I kept thinking it was going to turn out to be a red herring, but it didn't. I had trouble accepting that the heroine could be so dense so as not to see it (not to mention Sebastian, who we're to believe is a badass FBI agent).
2. I didn't buy the heroine's career goal of being a therapist. She struggles to handle her own relationships, missing obvious clues as to other people's thoughts and feelings. Then when people begin coming to her for advice, she doesn't give anything more insightful than advice I could give to a neighbor. Seriously, she's supposed to have a Master's??
I liked the book, but not nearly as much as I thought. Maybe that's because this is YA, so it felt too warm and fuzzy, where**spoiler alert** SPOILERS
I liked the book, but not nearly as much as I thought. Maybe that's because this is YA, so it felt too warm and fuzzy, where the ex-boyfriend is the good guy and the other is the bad guy. I know some readers are likely pleased about this because it eliminates the potential for a love triangle, but I would have enjoyed seeing the main character feel a bit more conflict between the two guys....more
Ugh. What a stupid and frustrating book. NOTHING happens until the last 75 pages or so. Seriously, John just runs around being a not-very-interestingUgh. What a stupid and frustrating book. NOTHING happens until the last 75 pages or so. Seriously, John just runs around being a not-very-interesting teenager who just happens to be an alien. You could take out the whole Lorien storyline and not change much of the first 3/4 of the book.
The writing is bad. Really bad. First person present tense, which is a pet peeve of mine to begin with. To make matters worth, the author is either afraid of commas or has never met them. Either way, the book is written in short, staccato sentences. Maybe this wouldn't have bothered me if I wasn't reading it aloud to poohbear. Or if it was, you know, a decent book.
And my final annoyance: the main character sounds nothing like a teenager. When was the last time a fifteen-year-old boy thought about a girl's CHEEKBONES? "I'll take 'Never' for $500, Alex." ...more
This falls under the category of "good idea, poor execution." Everything about the book felt mediocre. I just wanted MORE. More character development,This falls under the category of "good idea, poor execution." Everything about the book felt mediocre. I just wanted MORE. More character development, more world building, longer time frame (it takes place over the course of a few days - a pet peeve of mine)....more
I love Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series, but unfortunately it doesn't seem like she's going to continue writing more of those stories. ThankfuI love Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series, but unfortunately it doesn't seem like she's going to continue writing more of those stories. Thankfully, I've discovered Tasha Alexander, who has created in Lady Emily a similar heroine/story that I thoroughly enjoyed....more
I love Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series and haven't been able to find anything similar. I stumbled upon this book while browsingSo much fun!
I love Deanna Raybourn's Lady Julia Grey series and haven't been able to find anything similar. I stumbled upon this book while browsing at the library, and while I didn't love it as much as Raybourn's series, this book was still very good.
I loved the setting. My favorite mysteries occur when a group of people are stranded together and any of them could be the murderer. There's something deliciously sinister about that plot device, and it isn't nearly as common as I'd like.
I didn't figure out the mystery (then again, I never do), and I liked the cast of characters, although it was hard to keep track of them all in the beginning. Some reviewers complained that the police gave Amory much more leeway than was believable, but I didn't mind. It was nice to read a mystery without the mean, overbearing police shtick.
The only disappointing aspect for me was Milo. I thought I had things all figured out with him, but I was completely wrong. (view spoiler)[I was convinced all of his playboy behavior was really just a cover for his true profession - a spy! (Yes, a bit dramatic I admit.) When he showed up at the hotel, I was even more convinced of his "secret." Turns out he's just a regular old playboy. Boring, and also annoying, because why is Amory so willing to forgive his philandering??? (hide spoiler)]
I'll definitely be continuing on with this series!...more
Reading this book was like riding a roller coaster. I hated the first few chapters. The main character was so completely unlikable that I was *thiscloReading this book was like riding a roller coaster. I hated the first few chapters. The main character was so completely unlikable that I was *thisclose* to stopping at about 20 pages in. I forced myself to keep going, and found myself actually enjoying the book. Then the ending came, and the book dissolved into a hot mess.
(view spoiler)[So...Cordy dies. WTF? It came completely out of left field. I guess the author needed to raise the stakes, but it didn't feel like it really fit in with the story, and I'm not sure it made sense for Zara to do it. For as heartbroken as we'd expect Lex to be (and which she claimes to be), she seems to move on really quickly. As in, a few hours later she's asking Driggs who the girl is in the picture he carries around. Um, what? Your twin sister has just been murdered and you're worried about your barely-boyfriend's possible other love interest? It just felt so self-absorbed. Then, immediately after Cordy's funeral, Lex just up and LEAVES HER PARENTS to go back to Croak. And her father LETS HER. WHAT?! It was so ridiculously unbelievable, and it pissed me off. A lot. (hide spoiler)]
I also felt like the author was trying too hard to capture teenage relationships/dialogue, so the book comes off as a bit farcical. And the romance...well, I don't even think you can call it that. It was socially awkward and weird, and I still don't know what Driggs saw in Lex.
Halfway through the book, I would have said I was definitely going to continue on with the series. After finishing, there's no way I'm picking up the second book. The horrible ending combined with the other annoyances makes this series a no-go for me....more
This is probably one of my favorite cozy series (can I say that after only having read the first book?). I like when cozies incorporate a bit of the pThis is probably one of my favorite cozy series (can I say that after only having read the first book?). I like when cozies incorporate a bit of the paranormal, and this book does it SO WELL. The main character comes from a family that may or may not be charlatans, which she fully acknowledges. And her interactions with the potential charlatan family members? SO FUNNY! She's half annoyed and half tolerant, with a little bit of exasperation thrown in. It's such a fun, cute dynamic they have going, and it really added to the story.
This was one of the mysteries I've read where 20% of the way through the book I'm like, "I figured it out already. Why is it taking everyone else so long to put the pieces together?" Turns out that I was completely wrong, which I loved. The author is very good at using red herrings to distract the readers, and I was definitely taken in by a few of them!
I also really liked that the main character is an actual police officer (although on temporary leave). It made her smarter than many amateur sleuths (no bumbling around), and also meant I didn't have to suspend my disbelief of while a common citizen was attempting to take over a murder investigation.
Overall it was a great read. I already have the second book on my nightstand, ready to go! ...more
Eh. I was really excited to read this, but found it utterly lackluster. The worst part is that I can't even pinpoint exactly what was so bad about it.Eh. I was really excited to read this, but found it utterly lackluster. The worst part is that I can't even pinpoint exactly what was so bad about it. I guess it's just that everything felt so "eh" to me that I didn't care one way or another whether the hero and heroine got together, and the whole election-vote plot had me yawning. (Would there really be this much hullabaloo to secure one measly vote? I spent most of the book questioning the believability of that.)...more
I hated the first half of this book. I HATE HATE HATE when stories begin with the heroine thinking, "this guy did something awful to me, but he's so gI hated the first half of this book. I HATE HATE HATE when stories begin with the heroine thinking, "this guy did something awful to me, but he's so good looking I want to have sex with him anyway." WHAT?! I've been disappointed by other recent Frost novels, so I almost stopped reading.
Despite my initial dislike (hatred) of the book, I persevered. And actually ended up enjoying it. Ivy remains an idiot, but the plot, world building, and whole God/Angel/Demon idea had me flipping pages late into the night. I was fascinated with how the book delves into the idea of someone trying to avoid their destiny might be how they actually end up fulfilling it.
I'll definitely be on the lookout for the second in the series....more
I like Christmas stories, and I like friends-to-lovers plotlines, so this book was basically perfect for me. :O)
I loved the rapport between Sam and JaI like Christmas stories, and I like friends-to-lovers plotlines, so this book was basically perfect for me. :O)
I loved the rapport between Sam and Jack from the beginning. It's fun and snarky, and I definitely laughed out loud a few times while reading. Jack was sweet and romantic, and not an over-the-top alpha hero like you frequently find in romance novels. It was refreshing to read a book starring a nice guy. (Julia Quinn also rocks at nice-guy heroes!) Sam was a bit angsty at times, but it was believable and never overdone.
The small town setting was fun, especially with the holiday competitions going on around town. We met a few interesting side characters that I get the feeling will star in upcoming books in the series. Sam's interactions with her father were fun and endearing, and there's a bit of romance happening for him, as well.
My complaints? (Because there's always something!) 1. I would have liked the story to be a bit longer. Because Sam and Jack were already friends, the relationship still felt well-developed, but I just wanted more of the story.
2. The ending felt a bit rushed. It was adorable and definitely had that "Awww" factor, but I wanted more. This is the first in a series, so I'm sure I'll be seeing these characters again in subsequent books, though, which helps....more
Financial thrillers aren't exactly my normal genre. (I actually needed to create a new shelf, because none of my existing ones were sufficient for catFinancial thrillers aren't exactly my normal genre. (I actually needed to create a new shelf, because none of my existing ones were sufficient for cataloging this book!) I only read it because PB wanted to read something other than YA fantasy or adult romance, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying it.
I'll be completely honest, and admit that a lot of the financial stuff was way over my head. I think it could have been explained better for the average reader (or am I just less savvy about the financial sector than the average reader?--hmmm...). However, despite not being clear on some of the financial intricacies going on, I was still able to understand and follow the story.
My major qualm was that the writing was a bit too descriptive for my tastes. There are lots of extraneous details that didn't add anything to the story. The author takes the time to describe things like the different types of tables at a farmer's market - not exactly something relevant to the plot, or even very interesting. I supposed it's intended to help readers feel like they're right there with Silas, but I thought it was too overdone....more
Edit: Since originally writing this review, I've had to eat my words, big time. Not only did I finish the rest of the series, I've read Richelle Mead'Edit: Since originally writing this review, I've had to eat my words, big time. Not only did I finish the rest of the series, I've read Richelle Mead's other books as well. I still stand by my original review (this is probably my least favorite book of hers), but for others who might have felt the same way about this book, I suggest persevering through at least the second in the series before making a decision about it.
I honestly don't understand all of the positive, glowing reviews this book received. I thought it was pretty horrible. This is the first book I've read by Richelle Mead, and I have to say that I am less than impressed with her writing skills.
There was not one likable character within the book (maybe Dimitri, but only because he's a sexy Russian!), and Rose was particularly unbearable. She comes off as having a huge attitude problem: snotty, sarcastic, and self-involved. I think she was intended to seem strong and spunky, but she just came off as a very mean person. She spends time lamenting how mean everyone has been to her and Lissa since their return while (hello!) she's dishing it right back just as bad. All the swearing bothered me too. Generally it doesn't, but it felt really forced in this book, like the author was trying to show us how "tough" Rose was. I think it is very hard to read first-person narration when you can't stand the narrator, which is probably the main reason I won't be picking up the next one. (Although I do admit to being mildly curious what will happen next.)
Aside from that, there was no character development whatsoever, the relationship (or lack thereof) with Dimitri was lukewarm at best, and there are many instances where things are told, not shown, which makes for boring reading.
So if I have so many complaints, why not give it one star, you ask? It kept me occupied one night when I couldn't fall asleep, and I did actually like the plot. Now if only a better author could have taken that plot and made it into a series that was actually readable......more