The follow up to Good Girls Do. I liked this a lot less than that book. The main character in this book is the sister of the main character in the las...moreThe follow up to Good Girls Do. I liked this a lot less than that book. The main character in this book is the sister of the main character in the last book, and I didn't really like her in the last book, but I did end up liking her better than I thought I would in this book. I also liked that they fleshed out several of the minor characters from the last book more. As for what I didn't like: I didn't like that there was a teenage character which the author seemed not to know what to do with. There was even a possible romance for her, but the author didn't do anything with it. I REALLY didn't like that there was a "mystery" in this book, so she skimped on the spicy (yes I said spicy) scenes in order to spend more time on the "mystery", which is it really a mystery if there's only one suspect??? She also seems obsessed with money, since everyone is now a millionare. And also, the main character in the last book, who I really liked, only shows up in the end of this book. Finally, the ending went together way to contritely. So yah, not so much!(less)
A funny book about a control freak who lives in a small town, whose new-age mother and sister move in with her. She then begins to loosen up and begin...moreA funny book about a control freak who lives in a small town, whose new-age mother and sister move in with her. She then begins to loosen up and begins a relationship with a guy she wouldn't have taken a second look at before.(less)
Shannon Hale is climbing the ranks in becoming one of my favorite authors, and this book helped a great deal, by being an automatic add to my favorite...moreShannon Hale is climbing the ranks in becoming one of my favorite authors, and this book helped a great deal, by being an automatic add to my favorites shelf. I read it in 2 days, and absolutely loved it! She has perfected the craft of Grimm's fairy tale reduxes.
Dashti is a mucker, which means that she has grown up in the steppes of Mongolia, in a gher, and also has the power of healing through song.
When she is no longer able to live in the steppes, she goes to town, and quickly is hired and trained to be the maid to Lady Saren. Unluckily, Dashti pledges to do her lady's bidding the same day that Lady Saren's father decides the fitting punishment for turning down the proposal of Lord Khasar, and instead wanting to marry Khan Tegus, is to wall her up in a tower...for 7 years. Dashti hardly hesitates before she agrees to go into the tower with Lady Saren, because her Lady bids it.
The book takes the format of a diary that Dashti writes from the tower. She finds that Lady Saren is unexplainably terrified of Lord Khasar, and, when Khan Tegus comes to visit, Dashti is shocked to find Lady Saren bid her to talk to him through the tower in her place. Over their several nights of discussions, Dashti discovers that Khan Tegus is a wonderful person, and, despite her efforts not to, she falls in love with him. This leads to several problems, not the least of which is that Dashti and Lady Saren have hardly begun their seven years of captivity in the tower.
There is so much more to this story. It has everything that I look for in a good tale, including a believable sense of place, a unique and fully realized main character, adventure, romance, and more. It has the sadness that turned me off from The Goose Girl, but in this book, it fits into a more realistic and well-rounded world, rather than being overwhelmingly depressing. In the end, I found this more like Ella Enchanted, one of my most favorite books, than any of Gail Carson Levine's follow-ups. (less)
Took me about 50 pages to like the main character. Before that I thought she was annoying and overly critical. After that, though, I ended up really l...moreTook me about 50 pages to like the main character. Before that I thought she was annoying and overly critical. After that, though, I ended up really liking the book, and found it funny and sweet.(less)
Well, this is probably reread number 8. Three of those were for high school or college classes. I know I can never reach Betsy's esteemed number of re...moreWell, this is probably reread number 8. Three of those were for high school or college classes. I know I can never reach Betsy's esteemed number of rereadings:)
The thing I remark upon the most each time I read it is that because you follow Elizabeth Bennet's journey, it's like you begin the story anew each time you reread it. It's really like reading it fresh each time. You are totally with Elizabeth when she thinks Darcy is rude and unlikeable in the beginning, it's maybe a little harder to find the merit as she does in Wickham on rereadings, but your liking of Darcy grows throughout the book along with Elizabeth's. I think it is the fact that you are totally there with Elizabeth Bennet, and seeing what she is seeing, that incredibly allows the journey of this book to be as moving the 8th time through as the first.
Plus, the romance in it just cannot be beat. A romance for the ages! (less)
Quinn is a princess, in a magic-filled world which is below this one. The only thing connecting our world with hers is an enchanted wishing well. Quin...moreQuinn is a princess, in a magic-filled world which is below this one. The only thing connecting our world with hers is an enchanted wishing well. Quinn and her friend Cam have always wanted to travel to this world through the wishing well to see how things are, and one day they snatch the opportunity to do so. Things go wrong though, and Quinn travels through without Cam, and without knowing how to get back to her own world. Luckily, she is met by 2 teenagers, a boy and girl, and their grandfather. The grandfather is aware of the connected worlds, and takes her in. Quinn is shocked at how different this world is from the one she knows, but she comes to enjoy it, especially Adam, one of the teenagers she is living with. The only problems are a guy named Zack, who knows she can do magic with the help of an enchanted ring, and keeps stalking her, waiting for his chance to take the ring from her, and the fact that despite how much she loves this world, she has a destiny waiting for her in her own...if only she can get back to it.
I thought this would be more like the Disney movie Enchanted. They are very similar in plots, except that she is 16 in this book, and has to deal with high school. I quite liked it, but the book is starting to feel a bit dated, and until you figure out why, it seems like a crazy coincidence that the grandfather knows that she was going to come through the well when she did, and that was why I took a star off. (less)
This is the story of a woman who gets married after 3 months of knowing the guy, and after marriage, his behavior becomes increasingly erratic. Follow...moreThis is the story of a woman who gets married after 3 months of knowing the guy, and after marriage, his behavior becomes increasingly erratic. Following the honeymoon from hell, she discovers that he doesn't sleep, his spending is out of control, he lies to her, and he's getting more and more violent. It ends up that he's bipolar, and she's very unhappy with him, but when you've said your wedding vows, and really want to mean them, when do you decide that enough is enough? I knew someone in college who had an abusive boyfriend, and I saw a lot of her behavior in this book: being freaked out right away after a situation, but after the fact, mentally downplaying what had happened, and wondering if you were actually to blame for it. It is hard for the lady in the story to know when to call it quits, and she sticks around a lot longer than I would have if I was her. If you're looking for a romantic comedy type of book, but with 90% of the comedy traded for drama, than I would recomend this book to you. But, if you're looking for a light romantic comedy, than this isn't the book for you.(less)
I read this book because it had good blurbs from Meg Cabot, and the author of The Devil Wears Prada. It ended up being a good read, but I very much di...moreI read this book because it had good blurbs from Meg Cabot, and the author of The Devil Wears Prada. It ended up being a good read, but I very much disagreed with several of the things the main character says and does. Within the first 15 pages, Rachel sleeps with the fiance of her best friend since High School, Darcy. Things get more complicated when the 2 of them start falling in love with each other. Darcy and Rachel have had what you would call a toxic friendship. No matter what Rachel does, Darcy has to one-up her. This is the reason she uses to justify sleeping with Dex, Darcy's fiance. I mean she brings up slights Darcy had done to her in junior high. Sure, Darcy is a bad friend, but stop being friends with her, don't use it as a justification to sleep with her fiance. There's a line in the book that particulary bugged me (very paraphrased): "With the exception of Kristi, the rare perky cheerleader who was also good in math and science, none of the women at the party had done well in high school, but their mediocrity didn't matter now that they were just wives and mothers." I read that and was like, 'excuse me?!?' My library's copy also had not been edited well, and was missing many commas. Also, books told in present tense usually really bug me, but I didn't even notice this book was in present tense until chapter 21! I have a hard time giving a book with a main character that I can't see eye-to-eye with a great rating, even though, really, it doesn't make the book a bad book. Still, I wish I could give the book 3.5 stars, because as a piece of escapist modern romantic fiction, it was an enjoyable read, in a way that made it akin to Sex in the City. There was some good humor in it, especially the way she justifies her choices to an imaginary jury throughout the book, because she is a lawyer. Also, all of the characters were very believably written, and you could see these characters being real people, flaws and all. In time, I'll probably bump the score up to a 4, but right now I feel like my enjoyment of it was dampened by a main character who I couldn't identify with her choices. There is a sequel to this book, called Something Blue, and Darcy is the main character. I found her highly unlikable in this book (more even than Rachel) but I think I'll at least give it a try.(less)
**spoiler alert** Well, I was reading it, and decided to be naughty and peek at the ending, and she marries her cousin! That might be an okay thing to...more**spoiler alert** Well, I was reading it, and decided to be naughty and peek at the ending, and she marries her cousin! That might be an okay thing to do in England, but it's not so cool here. Anyway, didn't really want to read a romance between 2 cousins, so I quit reading it.(less)
This was a yummy fun girlie book. It was a completely enjoyable indulgent read.
Jane has had 13 bad boyfriends. These experiences have left her given u...moreThis was a yummy fun girlie book. It was a completely enjoyable indulgent read.
Jane has had 13 bad boyfriends. These experiences have left her given up on love, other than the vague hope that Mr. Darcy will come sweep her off her feet, reinforced by every countless viewing of Pride and Prejudice. When Jane's distant elderly aunt comes to visit, she sees in Jane everything that Jane tries to keep secret, so when the aunt dies, she leaves Jane a trip to Pembrook Park in her will. Pembrook Park is the place to go for women who have watched Pride and Prejudice one (or numerous) times to many. It indulges their fancy by recreating a Jane Austen movie set: costumes, food, manor and all, and populating it with male actors ready and willing to sweep the visitors up in a romance. At first Jane is distracted by the falseness of it all, but soon she gets into it, and involved in a romance with the very Darcy-like Mr. Nobely. But, as the romance deepens, Jane finds herself questioning how much of their relationship is real, and how much is his acting...and also how she will leave with her heart intact when the vacation is over.
Shannon Hale is the author of several well-written YA Grimm's fairy-tale redux books, and this is her first book for adults. I'm pleased to report that she made the transition remarkably well. I was really impressed with how well she wrote the Jane Austen style dialogue between characters, as well as Jane's thoroughly modern internal dialogue. I also was impressed with how much there was for readers of Jane Austen to pick up. Not so much that non-readers (for shame!) would feel confused, but enough so readers would know that Hale did her homework, and was not just capitalizing on the recent popularity of Jane Austen's works. There is a good deal of Bridget Jones in Jane, which is not a bad thing in my mind, but worth noting. All in all, fluff, but cotton candy-like fluff in its sweetness, which is fun to read now and again.
P.S. Can you tell I enjoy writing my own synopsis for the books? 'Cause I really do!(less)
Well, I gave the last couple of books that I read before this one 5 star reviews, and it took me FOREVER to read them. I just found myself not wanting...moreWell, I gave the last couple of books that I read before this one 5 star reviews, and it took me FOREVER to read them. I just found myself not wanting to pick them up. Now I come to this book, and I read it in a day and a half. I stayed up late to finish it...and yet, I didn't want to give it a 5 star rating, because it's pure fluff. What can I say? I guess I just really like fluff!
We last met Lizzie Nichols in France, in the first book of this series. She met a great guy, and discovered that her true passion is updating old fashioned wedding dresses.
This book is when the fantasy turns into reality. She's returned to New York from France with her boyfriend, they are now living together, and she is now pounding the pavement searching for the job of her dreams.
Things never do go off without a hitch, though. Lizzie finds the job she's been searching for...but her notorious big mouth gets her the job with no pay! And, she can't help herself from dreaming about a marriage proposal, even though her and her boyfriend have been dating for 2 seconds, and even though his friend warns her that he's not the marrying type.
Things have a good possibility of going catastropicaly wrong for Lizzie.
Okay. I was a little bothered by the writing style until I got into the book. It's like it's a diary, or she's talking directly to you, but it's never explained why that is.
Also, the inside jacket says, "But Lizzie's notoriously big mouth begins to get her into trouble at work and at home almost at once—...back on Fifth Avenue, when she makes the mistake of bringing up the M word (Marriage) with commitment-shy Luke." This literally happens within the last 50 pages, not almost at once.
Well, there's a sequel out in June, and I'm sure it'll be just as fluffy, but I just can't help myself. I've already requested my library to purchase it!(less)