I liked this a lot! Certainly don't go into expecting a Chocolate book, but I rec it. And I like real life love stories. It's nice to know people real...moreI liked this a lot! Certainly don't go into expecting a Chocolate book, but I rec it. And I like real life love stories. It's nice to know people really do fall in love outside of fiction!
Though, really, I told Grace that Sébastien could practically be a Chocolate hero and that's one of my few complaints about the book. I wish we'd seen more of his flaws. (Presumably he has some! :D) My other main complaint is that I didn't get enough about them falling in love. It felt like it jumped from just getting together to making all these life changes for each other. And I wanted more of how they got to that place!
But ohhh. The family stuff was so great. That's nice to read, too.(less)
There's nothing really wrong with this series, but it's just not clicking for me. I wanted to try at least one book (view spoiler)[where Emily and Col...moreThere's nothing really wrong with this series, but it's just not clicking for me. I wanted to try at least one book (view spoiler)[where Emily and Colin were married, since I love established relationships (hide spoiler)], but I think there's just not enough whatever here for me. Whatever mysterious thing it is that makes a book work for me.
One plotline did bug me in this one. (view spoiler)[All the pregnancy stuff. It feels like we should've heard about Emily's deep fear of pregnancy before. Wouldn't it have been on her list of reasons to be wary of marriage? And I just KNEW she was going to lose the baby and the whole thing just annoyed me. (hide spoiler)]
I do like a lot of the supporting characters a lot, but not sure that's enough to keep reading.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I liked this one a lot more than the first one. The "courtship" aspect of the relationship is done really well. I thought Thea's fears were realistic...moreI liked this one a lot more than the first one. The "courtship" aspect of the relationship is done really well. I thought Thea's fears were realistic and handled well. I liked how David understood and respected her concerns. Both of them had really great families, which was also nice to see.
However, the book stalled a bit for me once they got together. I wasn't really a fan of the drama thrown in and I think each character's reactions to it could have been better explored. I sort of understood where each character was coming from, but it required mental leaps on my part. I don't think it was in the text.
And the book felt short. It's a novella, but they don't have to feel short. Or unbalanced maybe? The build up to the relationship was so well done that I didn't need much more once they were together. (Though I do wish we'd gotten more of the band and maybe seen more of Molly and Fox from Thea's perspective.)
But I did enjoy that first half of the book a lot.
Bring on Charlotte and T-Rex!
Thanks to NetGalley for the book. It comes out September 30.(less)
Five stars for pure enjoyment! I'd read one book by Linden before (What a Gentleman Wants) and while I don't remember the content of the book, I remem...moreFive stars for pure enjoyment! I'd read one book by Linden before (What a Gentleman Wants) and while I don't remember the content of the book, I remember it left me in that in between place of not being compelled to check out more books by the author, but also not deciding I would NEVER EVER read her again.
So when I came across this and the description and reviews were great, I was happy to give it a try. AND I'M SO GLAD I DID.
This was just the kind of romance I like. Lots of "You annoy me so much . . . I can't wait to see you again!" with a slow growth of feelings. No extreme drama at all, really. There were a couple of instances where I was so afraid it would get overly dramatic (family says something mean about the hero to the heroine, heroine walks in on another woman pursuing the hero), but IT DIDN'T. I love that so much.
And there was nice family stuff and ohhh. This was just right up my alley. My only complaint, really, is that we didn't get to see the brother's reaction to his friend and sister getting together. He was off screen for most of the book, but I'd have loved some brief conversation with either character about it.
I'll be checking out the next book in the series and hopefully reading more of Linden. The first book I read by her was an early one, so this one is closer to her usual work. Please.(less)
This is one of those, "Oh, I don't know!" ratings.
I'd figured I'd pass on this book, but when I saw it available on my library ebook site, I figured,...moreThis is one of those, "Oh, I don't know!" ratings.
I'd figured I'd pass on this book, but when I saw it available on my library ebook site, I figured, "Why not?" And then I started it, I thought I might dnf if it after a few chapters. Instead, I finished it all within one day, only taking a few adult responsibility breaks. So it's very readable, which is a huge point in its favor.
And I'd probably give the first half four stars. Oh, some things still bothered me. If I'm reading a dystopian, I'm willing to go with whatever the premise is (in this case, royalty can't have children, but the poorest women in society have a magic that lets them bear the royalty's children for them!), but I like the underpinnings of the society to make sense. In this case, it didn't really. Quite frankly, they didn't do a very good job of brainwashing the surrogates. Take the line in the description, "Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197)." Why wouldn't they take her name away from her as soon as she was taken away for surrogacy training? (Yeah, that's a thing.) Why wouldn't they install in these girls that they were super-special and super-important and what not and make them believe that giving their bodies over for royal babies was a good thing? That's what I'd do, if I were running an evil society.
But at the same time, sometimes Violet behaved like she had just learned what surrogacy involved instead of being trained for it for four years. It felt like fresh anger, which didn't make sense to me. (I'm not saying you should be okay with this situation, but, after four years, it seems like it would be a more resigned kind of anger.)
Anyway, those things bugged me, but I was still into reading the story. The thing that fascinates me about dystopian fiction is how people live within the society. What their lives are like. And I got that.
Then the love interest showed up at 50% and it all went downhill.
I guess I can buy that a teenager who's been separated from boys for four years would fall for the first guy she really talks to. But also . . . not really? I guess this goes back to not believing in the underpinnings of the society. She'd have thought she'd never be able to fall for a guy, so it seemed like a leap to suddenly have all her thoughts revolving around one. And they took way too many risks without considering the consequences.
And outside of the love story, there's a lot that isn't really explained. Kind of like the third Hunger Games where Katniss doesn't know what's really going on.
It ends with kind of an interesting cliffhanger, but I probably won't read the next book.(less)