Did you like Tangled? Well, if you thought Drew's voice was hilarious, and can't wait to read more from him about his relationship with Kate? Go somewhDid you like Tangled? Well, if you thought Drew's voice was hilarious, and can't wait to read more from him about his relationship with Kate? Go somewhere else. Yeah, this whole book (other than a little epilogue thingy) is told from Kate's point of view. And while I love Kate, she's just not as funny. So, no, this book does not have the same kind vibe as Tangled. I'm not saying that to keep you from reading Twisted, I just want to warn you to get your expectations in check. It's still a good romance, it's just different.
It's a fairly compact story that starts a few years after the first book left Drew & Kate with their HEA. I liked it, but there were a few issues I had with some parts of the plot. Ugh. This one is difficult to review with giving spoilers, but (basically) after a huge misunderstanding, Drew screws up. BIG TIME. The entire thing was such a fairly obvious mix-up, and you'll kind of roll your eyes at the ridiculous 'snowball into nonsense' that ends their relationship. Honestly, if either of them had attempted to talk about what was happening, the story would've been over in 50 pages.
Him: You mean I didn't see what I thought I saw?! Her: No, it was something else entirely Him: So you love me? Her: Yes! And as an added bonus...
It's annoying when there's an easy answer just staring a couple in the face, but they're collectively too idiotic to open a line of communication. But I get it, there has to be something to shake things up, and in this case it was the old Jumping To Conclusions problem. Still. I'd like it to be a little less contrived.
But. The pace of the book bumped along nicely, and it didn't drag out the inevitable facepalm that Drew had coming to him...for too long. And Chase seems to be the kind of author who can get away with plot holes, because her writing is so friggin' bouncy and fun! Damn you, Emma Chase! *shakes fist* I mean, even with all my eye-rolling, I reallyreallyreally enjoyed reading this. Unbelievable! Part of the reason I liked it so much, I think, was because Kate's friends and her mother played such a large role in the story. I loved that her ex (from the last book) really redeemed himself, and helped her out so unselfishly. Her mom was awesome, and it was nice to get to know her in this story. It's so nice to see family & friends portrayed as a group that has your back! You know, instead of the usually passive/aggressive relationships I normally find myself reading about in chick-lit.
There was one thing at the end that for some reason really grated on my nerves. In fact, it annoyed me so much that I felt like I couldn't end this review without ranting about it! But don't click the spoiler tag unless you've already read the book or seriously don't care about spoilers, alright? (view spoiler)[ What the fuck was up with Drew's little comment in the hospital about how Kate was the kind of gal who would give him blow jobs and hand jobs until she 'healed up' down there! FUCK YOU! Ok, sure, he said he would reciprocate as soon as she was 'cleared by her doctor', but I don't care. No. She just had a baby a few hours ago! And there are stitches keeping her twat and her asshole two separate holes right now! So, no. She will not feel like sucking your dick for a while. Add on to that the crying, diaper changing, and feeding that a newborn requires, and I'd suggest he keep his dick hidden away from her for a while. Now, I'm sure there are women who wanted to 'please their man' in the delivery room, but I sure as shit wasn't one of them. And the whole insinuation that I'm somehow frigid because of that, pissed me off. Get real!
Also, who the fuck pops a boner watching their baby mamma breastfeed?! It's not sexual! There's a kid attached to the tit! *shudder* Do you get hot watching her drop a deuce, just because you like anal? Or maybe it's sexy when she pulls a tampon out?
Whew! Ok. So, yes, this was a fun romance, but don't expect the same thing as before. It's not as good as the first book, and the humor (while there) just isn't as funny. I'd still recommend it, though!
Cute. Not mind-blowing, but it was a really cute young adult retelling of Austin's Pride and Prejudice.
Dereck's (Darcy) parents are famous Hol3.5 stars
Cute. Not mind-blowing, but it was a really cute young adult retelling of Austin's Pride and Prejudice.
Dereck's (Darcy) parents are famous Hollywood actors, and he's learned to be cautious around people. Naturally, he comes off looking snobby... Elise's (Elizabeth) mother is the new prep-school principal, and her father is a teacher. Both are embarrassingly strict/wacky...
The plot sticks relatively close to P&P, but it still goes off on its own here and there. Only one sister is missing (but it was the boring preachy one, so who cares, right?), and the Wickham/Lydia thing played out a tad differently (but only a bit!). Overall, I thought this one stayed a bit truer to the original than another retelling I read last year, Prom and Prejudice, so I was pretty happy with that part.
I can't stress enough that this is Brain Candy, because if you go into it expecting anything other than a fluffy Beach Read, you're going to be sorely disappointed. I was hoping for this book to be a nice distraction on a Sunday afternoon, and that was exactly what it was! ...more
Stephanie Perkins is the only author I can think of offhand that can write this kind of silly romantic drivel, and make me like it against my3.5 stars
Stephanie Perkins is the only author I can think of offhand that can write this kind of silly romantic drivel, and make me like it against my will. I mean, it's...insane! I loved it, ate it up with a spoon, and then had to go to bed with a stomach ache from all the sugar.
So here's the thing: If you haven't liked her two previous books (Anna and the French Kiss or Lola and the Boy Next Door), then you need to skip your happy ass right past Isla and the Happily Ever After. It's the same over-the-top syrupy sweet kind of love story, that tells the tale of these lovely and talented kids with too much money, too much freedom, and too many adorable places to wander off to for first dates. Did I mention that they appear to be more mature and introspective than 99% of the adults I know? Well, they are. *rolls eyes* And yet... I can't stop reading Perkins' stuff! God help me, I love this woman's writing! I'd love to justify it, but this is really the most unbelievably sappy stuff I've read since...well, since the last time I read one of her books. I have no excuse! *throws up hands* All I can say is that Perkins sucked me in, made me forget how much I don't enjoy overblown teenage love stories, and had me smiling and rooting for Isla and Josh. Yeah, that's right! I loved Josh, despite the fact that he was artsy-fartsy, and I loved Isla despite the fact that her biggest problem was deciding which college her parents needed to send a check to! Sue me. Or don't. Because, seriously, all you'll probably get out of that little venture is a pack of half-eaten gum, some ramen noodles, and a broken flip-flop.
The moral of the story? If you don't think you can suspend disbelief, because you have a low tolerance for bullshit teenage romance, then stay away from this! However, if you (like me) want to take some time away from real life, and spend it in a sugar coma? Go grab this book!
Surprisingly good book, especially considering I don't normally tend to like Chick-Lit! In fact, all of the problems I normally have with this genre...aren't there. There's no obnoxious friend that I want the heroine to kick to the curb. But normally the MC just listens to their horrible advice and smiles... There's no awful passive-aggressive family that needs to be put in their place. But normally the MC just coasts through the story oblivious... Miss Spelled features a likable heroine, an awesome I'll-Help-You-Hide-The-Body best friend, and a family who (although not perfect) are supportive and loving.
Bonus? It's funny! And not in that stupid 'Tee-Hee! Let's get drunk and talk about vibrators!' kind of way. This one actually made me laugh out loud (or as the kids say...LOL) a few times.
The best part was that I was totally wrong about how the story would play out. Read the blurb, and then tell me if this isn't what you would assume is going to happen: Aidan isn't really Mr. Perfect, and Lou finds out that maybe Hunter is the man she was supposed to end up with. At the end, Lou finds a way to reverse the spell and win Aidan back...only to realize that what she REALLY wants isn't so clear-cut. 'Cause that's The Formula that I've come to count on when I read these books. I'm not going to even hint around at what actually happens in this one, because half of the reason I liked this so much was due to the way it unfolded. But. The premise (while maybe not terribly original) is this: What if you went back and erased your biggest mistake? In Lou's case, it's the relationship she had with a philandering asshole, who turns out to be her fiancee's worst enemy. She tries to convince Hunter not to reveal their past relationship, but the visit turns into a debacle that could ruin her relationship with Aidan. Desperate, and low on options, she follows the advice of her best friend and buys a magic spell off of the internet. The spell is supposed to erase her from Hunter's mind, but by not following the instructions that came with the spell, she ends up doing more than that.
Alright. I'm sure I'm not the only person who's thought that things would be better if only I hadn't done that One Thing. And, of course, if I had a time machine, I could change it! Except. When I really think about it, if I hadn't done A, I wouldn't have ended up at the corner of B, which led to C Street. When I tried to cross C street, I got hit by a semi. That sorta sucked, and I had to go to D for extensive rehab on my legs. I stayed at D until I could walk again, and when I could, I found a job at E. The job at E was almost as bad as the rehab, but I met a nice guy named F there. He was blown away by my sheer awesomeness, and 13 years later... F, G, H, J, K, and I are quite happy together. Ok, you see my point. It's not just the things you did right, that led you to the things you couldn't live without. And that's what Lou finds out, too.
It's a fun, funny, light-hearted romance...with just a hint of magic. Ladies and gentlemen, Anne has found a Chick-Lit WINNER!
I received a digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
Also posted at Addicted2Heroines Warning: I don't personally consider anything in this review a spoiler. But I will be talking about some of th3.5 stars
Also posted at Addicted2Heroines Warning: I don't personally consider anything in this review a spoiler. But I will be talking about some of the things that happened, and why they bothered me.
I have a very love/hate relationship with chick-lit. I love the fluffiness and humor. I hate the resolution at the end. And One Last Thing... was no exception. I was having the time of my life for the first 90% of the book. I honestly did not want to put it down. It was like bubblegum crack! In fact, I tried to make myself a new pot of coffee one-handed, in order to not let go of the book. It didn't work out well. I married a granola-cruncher who insisted that we get one of those reusable coffee filter things... My Family: Saving the earth one coffee filter at a time! Well, instead of being able to take the filter and dump it (like a normal caffeine junkie), I was trying to pry this thing out (one-handed), and it slipped into the sink. Where some thoughtful child had put a half eaten bowl of cheese dip. There is nothing quite as disheartening as looking at the only means of your next cup of coffee...coated in congealed queso dip. At any rate, I was really having fun with this story. The last 10%, though? Such. A. Letdown. Yes, yes, yes. Like all chick-lit the plucky heroine gets a Happily Ever After. But, like most of the chic-lit that I've read, the characters that I hated don't really get what they deserve. It all sort of resolves itself with a whimper, instead of the BANG! that I always hope for...but never get. And maybe that's because, underneath my teddy-bear like exterior, I'm an evil harpy who likes to see assholes suffer and squirm. I mean, is taking the High Road really necessary? *sigh* Ok, fine. Maybe it is...in real life.
Another thing that gets me about a lot of chick-lit, is that the heroines seem to get shitty advice from family and friends. Again, this one is not an exception. Lacey sends out an angry email outing her husband for being a cheating scum. Instead of giving her a high five, the entire cast of characters reacts with varying forms of dismay. Her family (with the exception of her father...I'll get to him in a minute) is supportive, but none of them think she did the right thing. Her husband sues her for slander, so her lawyer tells her to go hide out in the woods, where she can't get in any more trouble. And Monroe (the love interest) gets angry with her, because she thinks about taking a job writing those kinds of emails for other jilted women. And her father? He won't talk to her, and wants her out of his house ASAP. This part of the story particularly bothers me, because it was never addressed. During her short stay with her parents, Lacey observes how her father is sooooo sweet to her mother. Like letting the tap get cold before filling her glass. But in the next breath, he's telling her mother that she needs to quit coddling Lacey and feeding her pancakes, so she'll get out of their house. WTF?! What father does that?! And she's not even angry about it. Nobody in the entire story gets angry about it. Are you serious? I would be LIVID with my husband if he said something like that. But her mother is all, 'Hush, Dear. She might hear you.'. The fuck? Then Lacey got into a fight with Monroe, because he felt like she needed to pursue a 'real' writing career (like him), and let go of the (rather lucrative) offer made to her by a woman who wants her to write the snarky I'm Leaving Your Sorry Ass emails. I thought she made some perfectly valid points about him not trying to tell her what to do with her life...Thank You Very Much. But in a shocking turn of events, her brother and his friends all (of course) agree that she needs to apologize to him, though. After all, if they could find a good man, they'd snap him up in a heartbeat. Well, they're all gay...so maybe they would. And (of course) she realizes they're right. After all, Monroe has her best interests at heart. The fuck?
Alrighty. Like I said, I thoroughly enjoyed the lighthearted breezy feel of the book, and it was only the ending that really turned me off. Couple that with the fact that this sucker has rave reviews from almost everyone besides me, and I think that maybe I'm just not cut out for this genre. ...more
Grabbed this when it was free on Amazon the other day, because it looked cute.
Sort of a Bridget Jones-like vibe to it. If you enjoyed that then you'llGrabbed this when it was free on Amazon the other day, because it looked cute.
Sort of a Bridget Jones-like vibe to it. If you enjoyed that then you'll probably like this one. It's not a copycat story or anything, but it has the same sort of feel. Sophie is in her early 30's, British, feels she's a few pounds overweight, and has a piss-poor lovelife. Although, it's hard to feel sorry for her since it's her own fault. Not the part about being British. Poor thing can't help where she was born after all... Kidding! Her boyfriend dumps her in the opening pages, and she spends great gobs of time trying to win him back. Even though she knows he's a useless dick. He rekindles his interest in her when she informs him that she's going to inherit a house and some money. And she knows that's why he's sniffing around again. But she thinks she can prove to him that she's awesome or something? I didn't get it. I honestly can't fathom being that desperate. I'd rather be alone than with a douchebag who comments on my weight, and continually 'forgets' his wallet. But..whatever. I guess there are women out there somewhere who can relate? I just... Ugh.
Her two roommates/BFFs are also massive tools. If I had to live with bitches that annoying, I'd probably be in jail. I kept waiting for the moment when Sophie would realize that these chicks were soul-sucking harpies, but it never happened. So again, I couldn't relate. They were obnoxious, and I would have kicked them to the curb a long time ago.
Her mother was the most obvious twat in the bunch, but at least there was some amount of retribution for that toward the end. Not enough, but some.
The love story thing between Sophie and Nick was...pretty bland. Why did they like each other anyway? Boring relationships is one of the reasons I don't normally gravitate toward chick-lit. But if you're a fan of this genre, you'll probably have no problem with the way it all plays out.
I did giggle quite a bit while I was reading, so this wasn't a waste of my time. It had a cute plot, witty dialogue, and funny situations. Not bad considering this isn't what I normally go for.
This was (yet another) cute freebie I found from one of the many email lists I subscribe to. I highly recommend that you take advantage of some of thoThis was (yet another) cute freebie I found from one of the many email lists I subscribe to. I highly recommend that you take advantage of some of those suckers. It's a great way to try out authors that you may not otherwise hear about, without worrying about spending your money on a dud.
Goldie is a witch who works for the three Baehr brothers, as an endangered (magical) animal advocate. She basically investigates poaching and animal trafficking. She also takes in animals and raises them in her home. So when magical creatures start showing up all dismembered, the Baehr brothers call on Goldie to work with the ordinary police to find the person responsible. Of course, she has to keep all the magical stuff hush-hush. Except that the perp pretty much kills the cop she is working with...and she has to use her power to heal him. So. Yeah, it kind of blows her cover. But don't worry, he's not only grateful, but he kind of thinks she's hot. Awwww. I should mention that she was previously involved with baby Baehr, so when she (sort of) gets involved with Mr. Ordinary cop, we have a nice little love triangle.
Anyway, they soon realize that it's not just magical animals that are the target of this mysterious person, but magical people as well. In fact, it starts to look like Goldie might be the next target...
Cute, with a twist ending that leads into the next book. ...more
I received a digital arc from NetGalley and the publisher.
It's being called the When Harry Met Sally for young adults, so right off the bat, I wantedI received a digital arc from NetGalley and the publisher.
It's being called the When Harry Met Sally for young adults, so right off the bat, I wanted it. I mean, is there anyone out there who didn't love that movie?! But this book isn't some rip-off retelling of the movie, so don't worry. No, it's just a really good book about two kids who meet in seventh grade, and how they form an unlikely friendship over the years.
Anybody who has ever had a really close friendship with someone of the opposite sex, knows that there are some awkward questions that you're forced to answer about the nature of your relationship. Over and over and over again. No matter how platonic it is. But what if the two of you over time start to feel less than platonic? Aren't the best romantic relationships build on strong friendships? Of course they are. Lust rocks, but real love is the shit that The Long Haul is made out of. But finding a BFF that makes your knees go wobbly isn't always easy. Or maybe recognizing that person for what they are is the hard part? And that's the gist of Better off Friends.
The story follows Macallan and Levi from their first encounter in middle school, to their last year of high school. The grow close, grow up, grow apart, and grow back together again. The cycles of their relationship are funny, sad, and heartwarming. By the end of it, I wanted to go back to high school and relive all of those bittersweet memories, too. No, not really! You couldn't pay me enough to go through all that angsty shit again! Sorry, kids. These are most definitely NOT the best years of your life. So. Don't kill yourself, or anything stupid like that. It gets better.
At any rate, this is the perfect kind of book to curl up on the couch with. It's sweet, cute, and it leaves you with a smile on your face.
So, Kaitlin's pals offer to help her paint her house, if she'll dip her toes back into the dating pool. SheSnagged this one as a freebie the other day!
So, Kaitlin's pals offer to help her paint her house, if she'll dip her toes back into the dating pool. She agrees, but with the intention of getting the dates over with as quickly as possible. Naturally, she meets Mr. Awesomesauce in the process.
It's short, cute, and sweet. Did it blow my socks off? No. But it didn't annoy me, either....more
Man, there are a ton of great reviews for this book! This won't be one of them. For me, Almost Matched was a stinker on many levels.
First, I thought itMan, there are a ton of great reviews for this book! This won't be one of them. For me, Almost Matched was a stinker on many levels.
First, I thought it was supposed to be funny. Guess what? Not funny. At all. Natalie and her friends were goofy, but not funny. Oh look at us! We all sit around and talk about sex! Aren't we funny?! No. No, you're not. We made orgasm noises when we ate scones! Remember how I nearly didn't make it to the potty in time...because it was soooo funny?! Remember? Huh? Remember?! Uuuuuh... Tee-hee! We had a swordfight with a dildo and a breadstick! Sober! Did I forget to say that we did that sober? Aren't we hilarious?! *crickets chirping* So for humor, you get some sort of immature stuff that you might have laughed at...when you were twelve.
Second stinky aspect of the book? Their Heartbreaking Past Will Move You. Or at least, that's what the blurb says. I held out judgment on Mr. Wonderful's 'heartbreaking past', even though it seemed like it was leading up to something fishy. Surprise! It was truly heartbreaking! No. Just kidding. It was waaaay stupid. Ok. He has this mysterious 'thing' that troubles him. He seems to go to a dark far off place sometimes... By the end of the book he's having a debilitating panic attack because of this 'thing' in his past. Finally, we find out that his college girlfriend was killed in a drunk driving accident. But there's something he's not saying... *cue dramatic music* (view spoiler)[So I assume that he was the one driving, right? Yeah, no. She had been on a downward spiral with drug and alcohol for a while. They were at a party, she made out with another guy, clubbed Mr. Wonderful in the head with a beer bottle, got in her car, and got smashed. Literally. But, of course, he feels guilty. Ok. Reasonable. But not to the point of panic attacks! And yes, I read the 'extra' where we find out that he was in the passenger seat. Yep. That sucked. But seriously? If you're curling into a ball, because that's the worst thing you've ever had happen to you? Warning: Rude Awakening Ahead! See, there's this little thing called, Life. It happens to all of us. Get over yourself, dude. (hide spoiler)] I'm not crying over that one.
Third nail in the coffin was that this was a novella. I usually fly through them, but I had to force myself to keep reading this one. I couldn't believe something that short could feel like Game of Thrones. There was always another page! Ahhhhh! It's The Neverending Short-Story! What if my kindle was cursed?! You are now entering...The Twilight Zone. Or. It just sucked.
Lots of people seemed to love this book. I thought it was crap.
I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a cute idea! Take the characters from P&P, and put them in an elite boarding school setting. It mostly worked, too.
It was a decent YA takeThis was a cute idea! Take the characters from P&P, and put them in an elite boarding school setting. It mostly worked, too.
It was a decent YA take on Jane Austin's classic, but don't go into it expecting everything to be the same as the original. For starter's, Jane and Lizzie are BFF's not sisters. Lydia is Jane's younger sister, and the remaining Bennet girls get axed from the story altogether. Which was fine with me, 'cause they added the least to the overall plot... Also notably missing is the mamma drama from Mrs. Bennet. She and Mr. Bennet are just normal parents in this version. sigh Like I mentioned, this is a shortened version, so not every little twist and turn is the same. Which is not a bad thing! Just...different. And mostly really cute.
My only real problem with the story was the strange way the kids spoke to each other. It was almost like the author was trying to keep the spirit of the original language alive. It's a nice idea, but the characters didn't sound like teenagers. Or even adults from this century, for that matter.
So. Go into it expecting some changes and a bit of odd wording here and there. If you do that, there's a good chance you'll have fun reading this. ...more
I have to hand it to Perkins, she can really make the n3.5 stars It wasn't quite as adorable as Anna and the French Kiss, but it was still really good.
I have to hand it to Perkins, she can really make the nice guys irresistible. She has a gift. It's not that I dislike reading about bad-boys, but it's great to see the sweet guys portrayed as something other than the third wheel in a love triangle.
She also has a gift for making you care about people you have nothing in common with. Take Lola, for example. On a normal day, I'd probably find her to be the most annoying heroine ever written. She wears wigs, tiaras, and false eyelashes as part of her everyday costume. Me? I hate mascara. Why anyone would purposely put effort into dressing up just to...be, is totally beyond me. And yet, I liked Lola. Even though I didn't understand her need to wear itchy stuff on her days off, I really liked her.
As a bonus, Anna and St. Clair are characters in Lola's story. Awww. I just can't get enough of those two!
So I needed something fluffy to take with me on vacation, and since Kat's update feed was all cute with the gifs, and the comments, and*Re-read 2014*
So I needed something fluffy to take with me on vacation, and since Kat's update feed was all cute with the gifs, and the comments, and the whatnot about this one. Well, I decided to take it with me, and see if it was a s good as I originally thought. And it was...sort of. I'm not sure what was going on in my life at the time of the first read, but this time around, I was reading it in bed at night. So? Wait for it...wait for it... While listening to my husband farting every five minutes, and complaining about how our lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table had given him food poisoning. And that was after long days spent in the hot sun, chasing four kids though theme park after theme park. sigh This didn't exactly put me in the mood for a romantic book about finding love in Paris. I'm letting the original 4 star review stand, because it's certainly not Ms. Perkins' fault that I was engulfed in noxious fumes while reading her book.
*Original 2012 Review*
Awwww. How cute is this book, you ask? SO cute.
While it's not anything that will change your perspective on life, it's definitely a great way to spend the day. I'm not sure guys are going to fall all over themselves to get their hands on this little piece of chick-lit heaven, but I'll definitely be recommending it to all the girls in my life.
Even my crusty heart did a little *pitty-pat* at the end. Love those two crazy kids!...more
Very Valentine is my personal definition of a Boring Book. The entire story could have been told in 75 pages. Maybe 50. NO, I'm not kidding. I'm sure sVery Valentine is my personal definition of a Boring Book. The entire story could have been told in 75 pages. Maybe 50. NO, I'm not kidding. I'm sure some people enjoy endless descriptions of clothes, shoes, flowers, smells, more clothes, belts, hairstyles, hair colors, hairpins, food, more food, how to cook said food, what kind of shoes the person who was cooking the food wore, what the inside (and outside) of every @$*!ing building looked like, the history of every building Valentine went into....and let's not forget the makeup! Who the @#*! cares what kind of makeup her mother and sisters were wearing?! Not me!
The only thing this book didn't describe was a good reason to like the main (or any) character in the book. It SUCKED!
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone I liked. Blech....more
It's an Argeneau book. They all seem to have basically the same sort of plot...ish. It's not a bad thing necessarily, but if you've read one, you've kIt's an Argeneau book. They all seem to have basically the same sort of plot...ish. It's not a bad thing necessarily, but if you've read one, you've kind of read them all. Still, I'll be the first one to admit that I find them a fun way to pass the time, and A Bite to Remember is no exception. It's got a halfway decent mystery and a cute romance (although I did get a bit bored with the love scenes and had to start skimming). I'd recommend it for the beach, but not for a book club. Well, unless it's a Lynsay Sands' book club....more
This could have been a cute paranormal romance. You know, something light and fluffy to take your mind off of things. Could is the operative word hereThis could have been a cute paranormal romance. You know, something light and fluffy to take your mind off of things. Could is the operative word here. Vampire Next Door was a hot mess. It was just a whole lotta crazy rolled into one story. The main plot line is about a vampire who is still in mourning over his dead wife, and a witch who is afraid of the dark. Supposedly. Unfortunately, this was one of those books that introduced too many twists and wacky side stories. Worse, most of the new twists were resolved within a few pages, and with little or no effort on the part of the characters.
Also, most of it made no sense in any reality. For example, Mr. Vampire needed to make some money. Obviously there would be limitations on what he could do, right? I mean, if he's going to burst into flame when sunlight hits him, being a lifeguard is probably out of the question. Still, I can't possibly fathom why he would take the advice of the witch's hillbilly cousin, and try to set up a still in order to sell moonshine. Moonshine? Really? That's the honest-to-God best thing you could come up with!? What about a night watchman? Cab driver? Convenience store clerk? Or, better yet, since he evidently roamed around at night as a freakin' crime fighter, why didn't he just steal money from the bad guys?! But, no. His only option was to become a bootlegger. Riiiiight. That makes sense.
Then there was the witch. She's not only afraid of the dark, but she's also afraid to leave the building they live in. M'kay. This probably should have played a larger part in the story, but after a few panic attacks, it sort of floated to the background. I'm assuming they'll get her some professional help at a later date.
The hillbilly cousin I mentioned earlier was one of the more annoying characters in story, so (naturally) she played a large role in what passed for a plot in this thing. Note to all non-rednecks: Y'all is plural. Not singular. It refers to more than one person. Was the author trying to be cute when she had the character refer to every single person as y'all, or was she just trying to make the bimbo sound even more idiotic than she already did? The world may never know.
Here's the short list (in no particular order) of small grievances I have with this book:
1) When the pregnant chick went into labor, why was it a big deal that her husband's flight home got cancelled because of snow? He was a shape-shifting bird for Christ's sake! Fly yourself the f@!#% back home!
2)Why did they have to go get the Dragon-lady (that they barely knew) to help them set fire to Mr. Vampire's evil maker? Was there a shortage of gasoline and matches?
3)Speaking of the Dragon-lady... The back-story was that if she didn't get sex on a regular basis, she would sneeze fire. So (naturally), she had to become a prostitute. Because apparently there is not only a shortage of gasoline and matches, but also of men willing to have meaningless sex...without paying for it. She couldn't have a boyfriend, I guess. I mean, who would want to settle down with a woman who actually needed to have lots and lots of sex, right? Yep. That must be it. *bangs head on desk*
4)If the sex scenes were any cheesier, I could have eaten them on crackers. Fang me, Baby! Seriously? Yes, seriously. She actually said that when he was getting ready to tun her into a vampire...while they were having sex, of course. And, NO. I don't care if that was a spoiler for someone. I think of it as a public service to warn people when they are about to read something that damn dorky.
I guess I could keep ranting about all the other stupidity in the book, but I feel much better now that I've gotten some of this off of my chest, so I think I'll call it a day. If you decide to read this, consider yourself warned! ...more
I'd recommend this for someone looking to read a bit of humorous PNR fluff. It's not what I would consider hilarious, but I did crack a smile a few tiI'd recommend this for someone looking to read a bit of humorous PNR fluff. It's not what I would consider hilarious, but I did crack a smile a few times. As long as you're not expecting anything that blows your socks off, this should fit the bill. I didn't love it, but I did like it enough that I'll probably check out another book in this series....more
It's my fault. I didn't like Insatiable, but I thought that maybe that was because I didn't realize it was part of a series when I read it. I was sureIt's my fault. I didn't like Insatiable, but I thought that maybe that was because I didn't realize it was part of a series when I read it. I was sure that was why I thought the ending of Insatiable was retarded made no sense.
Well, I was wrong. The ending to this one was just as stupid made no sense, either. (view spoiler)[ She actually ran off with the emotionally retarded guy from the first book. I swear to you, I really thought that he was possibly autistic! Like Cabot was trying to show that just because you have a disability, you can still lead a full life...and all that good stuff. Then to find out that he was just a guy who was closed off with a bunch of weird habits? Ugh. So why did she fall for him? Maybe because he's blond and doesn't talk much? I don't know, and it was never really explained, either. (hide spoiler)]
Anyway, it wasn't just the ending that was bad. The whole thing was just awkward. I think it was supposed to be funny. It wasn't. It also wasn't interesting. Which is something that I tend to look for when I choose a book.
If you feel the need to read everything that Meg Cabot has ever written, then by all means, pick this one up. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend this series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Mouth To Mouth was fun and sexy, with a little bit of mystery thrown in to make it interesting. The plot isn't mind blowing, but it was good enough thMouth To Mouth was fun and sexy, with a little bit of mystery thrown in to make it interesting. The plot isn't mind blowing, but it was good enough that I would definitely recommend it to someone who is looking for something that would make a great Beach Read. ...more
A little show to start off with, but it turned out to be a pretty fun romance. I ended up loving Heath. Anabelle was a little hard for me to get intoA little show to start off with, but it turned out to be a pretty fun romance. I ended up loving Heath. Anabelle was a little hard for me to get into at first, because I couldn't decide whether she was spunky and cool, or insecure and self-defeating. I ended up liking her more towards the end, but I still kind of found it hard to picture her with Heath.
My favorite part was when Portia ended up looking like a Smurf. The side story between her an Bodie was pretty cute and unexpected.
I really liked Phillips' writing style, so I'm sure this won't be the last of her books that I read....more
The Season is the first book I've read in the Historical YA genre, so I'm not really sure how good it is in comparison with anything else out there. FThe Season is the first book I've read in the Historical YA genre, so I'm not really sure how good it is in comparison with anything else out there. For me, it fits into the beach-read category. It's pretty light and fluffy, and requires little or no effort to follow the plot.
The story goes like this, Alex (Alexandria) and her two best friends are going into their first Season, and none of them are interested in marriage. Supposedly, they are all independent thinkers. Anyway, Gavin is Alex's (and her brothers') childhood friend and neighbor. His father, the Earl of Blackmoor, has recently died, so now he is the new earl. As the Season starts, Alex and Gavin realize that they both feel more for each other than friendship. Ta-da! So, there you have the love story. It's pretty tame even by YA standards, but if you're looking for a clean romance then this should fit the bill nicely. I figure it also gets a few brownie points because at least these two have known each other forever, so there's none of that insta-love that seems so popular right now.
There is also a murder-mystery thrown in to make things fun. However, it's painfully obvious who the bad guy is pretty quickly. He basically stands there twirling his mustache and doing that Mwahahahaha! laugh...while wearing a name tag that says, Hello, My name is Villain. In fact, it was so obvious, that I actually thought there had to be some kind of a big twist coming. Nope. It was him. ...more
Cute short story about Mia (and friends) spending their spring break building a house in West Virginia (think Habitat for Humanity) for a low-income fCute short story about Mia (and friends) spending their spring break building a house in West Virginia (think Habitat for Humanity) for a low-income family. It's a very short story, so I don't know whether or not it's worth buying unless you're a Princess Diaries' completist. However, proceeds for the book do go to a charity....more
I don't know why this one got so many low ratings. Princess Mia is one of the better installments in this series (my opinion, naturally). (view spoilerI don't know why this one got so many low ratings. Princess Mia is one of the better installments in this series (my opinion, naturally). (view spoiler)[Personally, I've thought Lilly was a terrible friend since the 1st book. Why anyone would be upset that they aren't friends anymore is beyond me. That kid grated on my nerves! The rest of the bad reviews seem to stem from the fact that people expected Michael and Mia to end up together by the end of this book. Was Michael really so great? Ok. He wasn't a bad guy, and Mia's excuse for ending their relationship was beyond retarded, but she needs to date other people. Even though I'm not crazy about J.P., either. And finally, Mia is in therapy. Is this really shocking? The kid was a huge ball of weirdness. She was bound to explode one day. Love her therapist, though. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Awwwww! This was such a cute series, and I'm so glad I read it. I was satisfied with the way Cabot ended it, too. (view spoiler)[ I liked that Lilly fAwwwww! This was such a cute series, and I'm so glad I read it. I was satisfied with the way Cabot ended it, too. (view spoiler)[ I liked that Lilly finally redeemed herself, and that Michael and Mia finally grew up and made it back to each other (so sweet!). (hide spoiler)] It was nice to see Mia acting a bit more mature, even though she still had (in quite a few cases) that Mia-like cluelessness that sort of made me want to smack her upside the head. But, I guess that's kind of what makes this series what it is, so I can't really complain.["br"]>["br"]>...more
2.5 stars. It's not awful, but there's not much of a story here. Lilly and Michael spend Christmas in Genovia with Mia. Lilly acts rude, and Mia gets u2.5 stars. It's not awful, but there's not much of a story here. Lilly and Michael spend Christmas in Genovia with Mia. Lilly acts rude, and Mia gets upset. Meh. Skip it unless you feel the need to read everything from this series. ...more
3.5 stars. Can't believe this is book 7, and Mia is still a sophomore in high school! There are only 10 books total, right? Are we going to get to see3.5 stars. Can't believe this is book 7, and Mia is still a sophomore in high school! There are only 10 books total, right? Are we going to get to see her graduate from high school? Never mind. Doesn't matter. I'm still liking this series. In this one, more than the last one, you can tell that things are going to start changing for Mia. I think Cabot is doing a good job introducing the way friendships/relationships can change (or end). ...more
Very entertaining, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one! But. I think the thing(view spoiler)[ finding out that Michael was not a virgin (Very entertaining, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one! But. I think the thing(view spoiler)[ finding out that Michael was not a virgin (hide spoiler)] Mia flips out over in this book is not in any way realistic. I can't imagine a 16 year old girl freaking out over that 200 years ago...much less now. ["br"]>...more