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'll...moreGrabbed 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 tho...moreThis 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. (less)
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 wanted...moreI 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. She...moreSnagged 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.(less)
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 it...moreMan, 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 take...moreThis 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. (less)
I have to hand it to Perkins, she can really make the n...more3.5 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!
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 s...moreVery 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! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!
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.(less)
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 k...moreIt'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.(less)
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 here...moreThis 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! (less)
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 ti...moreI'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.(less)
As a mystery novel? No. As a cute and funny chick-lit novel? Yes.
I asked my librarian to help me find a book that was good, but not sad, violent, or a...moreAs a mystery novel? No. As a cute and funny chick-lit novel? Yes.
I asked my librarian to help me find a book that was good, but not sad, violent, or about animals (What? I don't like sappy books about animals.) I wanted something mind-numbing to pass the time. Something kind of funny maybe? She gave me this book and told me, "My mother really loved it!". I really tried to smile at her when she said that. There's a possibility it looked more like a grimace. But I took it anyway, because it's just been one of those weeks. Well, I guess I need to send a Thank-You note to her mother, because it was exactly what I was looking for.
The plot is...hard to explain, and the mystery isn't really all that engaging. It's basically just a story about a nutty family of Private Investigators, and all of the good-natured damage that they do to each other. It may not sound like much, but I really enjoyed reading it. Definitely going to check out the rest of the books in this series!
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 sure...moreIt'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"]>(less)
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 into...moreA 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.(less)
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 f...moreAwwwww! 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"]>(less)
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 spoiler...moreI 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"]>(less)
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 u...more2.5 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. (less)
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 f...moreCute 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.(less)