I’ll admit I went into Brooklyn Girls with very little expectations, as I had never read Gemma Burgess before, and hadn’t heard much about the book be...moreI’ll admit I went into Brooklyn Girls with very little expectations, as I had never read Gemma Burgess before, and hadn’t heard much about the book before reading it. I was very pleasantly surprised with the adventure offered here!
Pia was a very likable character. A bit (a lot!) naive at times, yes, but still very likable. I absolutely loved that she worked on a food truck! It felt different from all the english majors, journalists, fashion addicts I most often see in chicklit novels (though some of her friends will certainly fit that stereotype). I also quite enjoy the idea of the series, with each book being written from a different character’s point-of-view, and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with the other girls.
What I liked less was the pacing, which I found uneven, and the length of the story, which I felt should have been a tad shorter. But it was still a fun and cute ride!(less)
Ce qui se passe au Mexique... reste au Mexique! se veut une histoire pleine d'humour, dans la lignée de la "chicklit" (Amélie Dubois est par ailleurs...moreCe qui se passe au Mexique... reste au Mexique! se veut une histoire pleine d'humour, dans la lignée de la "chicklit" (Amélie Dubois est par ailleurs l'auteure d'une série portant très exactement ce nom!) De page en page, les trois jeunes femmes traversent une foule d'aventures loufoques, de mésaventures gênantes mais aussi, heureusement, des moments dont elles se rapelleront avec plaisir toute leur vie! Le ton est léger, le rythme rapide et les rebondissements nombreux. Avec elles, pas le temps de s'ennuyer!
Le format du roman est lui aussi intéressant, les chapitres alternant entre le séjour et le moment du retour, alors que les filles récapitulent leurs aventures. Si les retournements sont quelque peu prévisibles, il reste que le roman se lit facilement.
Là où ça a moins cliqué, pour moi, c'est dans l'écriture. L'auteure déborde certainement d'imagination quand il vient le temps d'utiliser diverses figures de style, et justement, elles abondent un peu trop, alourdissant la lecture. Parfois, il vaut mieux en laisser un peu de côté et laisser la simplicité parler d'elle-même.
En bref, un roman drôle qui se laisse lire aisément quand on a envie de ne pas trop se prendre la tête, avec un rythme rapide qui rappelle celui d'un film comédique. Même si au final, c'était plus ou moins un livre pour moi, je suis certaine que plusieurs autres lecteurs en apprécieront les scènes chargées d'humour!(less)
I have made no secret of my love for Sophie Kinsella in the past, and while her latest offers in the Shopaholic series left me a little disappointed,...moreI have made no secret of my love for Sophie Kinsella in the past, and while her latest offers in the Shopaholic series left me a little disappointed, her recent standalone novels had been great successes with me. So, it's a huge understatement to say that I was looking forward to Wedding Night and had big expectations for it. Sure, the summary left me a bit cold, but I was confident Kinsella would sell it to me really easily.
Unfortunately, I had a hard time with this book. I read Angie's review on Goodreads and it said pretty much everything I had to say. While the book had me laughing out loud a few times (which, by itself, earns it a lot of stars!), I wasn't really impressed by the story or the characters. Both sisters were so over the top I had a hard time connecting with them. It also seemed ridiculous how Lottie and new husband Ben just... accepted everything that happened to them at the hotel. He's rich, so it shouldn't be a problem for them to jet off to some other hotel!
Also, I didn't care much for the multiple point of views. They felt unnecessary, and actually ruined a bit of the pace and surprises for me. The novel felt long, too.
In the end, I did have some fun, I just wasn't blown away by it. I'm glad it wasn't my first novel of hers, because sometimes she can be really brilliant at what she does. If you're looking to discover Sophie Kinsella with one of her better reads, I highly recommend you read either Twenties Girl or I’ve Got Your Number.(less)
I’ve never read Sex and the City. I’ve watched most of the episodes – some of them even twice (I blame insomnia). Yet I have never read the book that...moreI’ve never read Sex and the City. I’ve watched most of the episodes – some of them even twice (I blame insomnia). Yet I have never read the book that inspired the series. Listening to the audiobooks of Carrie’s younger years was then a strange experience, as the only Carrie I knew was from the TV show. While there were definite differences, I enjoyed it enough to listen to both audiobooks.
Back before her days in New York, Carrie was simply a small town girl. Living with her sister and her father, still haunted by the loss of her mother, Carrie only wishes to have an awesome senior year. But when love, gossip and secrets get in the way, Carrie starts to question all she had planned for in her life.
Of the two novels, The Carrie Diaries was definitely the one that felt the most like any regular contemporary YA novel. Carrie, in her younger years, is as charming and insecure as any other teen girls. Family is not always easy, and nor are her relationships with friends and would-be boyfriends. Her relationship with Sebastian is a huge part of the story, but more importantly, we also see Carrie at the start of her writing career. This part was, for me, as close as it could get to TV-Carrie, even though as a whole, the story shared very little resemblance with the show. And I kind of missed it.(less)
I was going through my list of books read in 2012, slowly starting to prepare my “Best of 2012″ list (one of my favorite time of the year on the blog!...moreI was going through my list of books read in 2012, slowly starting to prepare my “Best of 2012″ list (one of my favorite time of the year on the blog!) when I realized I had yet to review some of my favorites this year. I’ve Got Your Number, read this past March, was one of those. I’m a long time fan of Sophie Kinsella. Even though I’ve grown a little tired of her Shopaholic series, her last two stand alone novels (this one and Twenties Girl) have been some of the most heartwarming books I got to read since I created the blog!
I’ll admit that I wasn’t expecting much when I started reading this one. The summary felt a little silly and predictable to me, but in the end, I should have trusted Kinsella to work her magic : the story was entertaining and fluffy and awww-worthy from the start.
Poppy and Sam had so much chemistry! It is quite obvious, even from the summary, to see where the story is going, but the author manages to make the book fun and charming all along. There’s no boring moment, and Sam and Poppy were so absolutely adorable together – whether they were arguing or having a nice sharing moment. The emails and text messages, which sometimes get intrusive in other novels, were nicely paced and added a touch of life to the story, making the characters even more relatable.
I also loved that there was more going on than a simple romance. We learn more about Sam’s business, while Poppy has to deal with finding her ring, dealing with the in-laws and getting everything ready for the wedding. This is not without a few surprises along the way, and the build up to the ending was simply exciting (oh, that scene in the woods!)
Even though I sometimes wanted to hit Poppy on the head with a huge, heavy cushion, it was impossible for me not to like her. As for Sam, he was really likable too, and I always appreciate how Kinsella writes charming yet realistic men. Sure, he has his secrets like everyone else, but he’s not the stereotypical “mysteriously broody man with a deep dark secret”. He’s quite regular, when you think of it, but his connection with Poppy is so perfect it makes them both extraordinary.
To say I absolutely adored this book would be an understatement! It’s one of these books where predictability is comfort, and it’s the way there that makes it all exciting. I absolutely loved it, and I can’t wait for the author’s next book! Fortunately I don’t have to wait much longer, and her next novel, The Wedding Night, should be available in May of 2013. (less)
Kristan Higgins has quickly become my go-to author when I need a “pick-me-up” read. Her romance novels are closer to what is commonly called “chicklit...moreKristan Higgins has quickly become my go-to author when I need a “pick-me-up” read. Her romance novels are closer to what is commonly called “chicklit”, with main characters who have more than love on their minds – which is essential to me. Fortunately, Fools Rush In was no exception to this rule.
I liked Millie from her first words. “I’m a stalker. The good kind”, she says on page one, and her description of a young teen’s crush immediately had me laughing. So even though she turned out to be the silliest of Higgins’ main characters (at least of the novels I have read so far), most of the time, I was just having fun watching her trying to seduce Joe Carpenter. And while we’re at it, can we just take a moment to mention how ridiculous Joe Carpenter’s name is? Of course, he is a carpenter not only in name, but in profession too. It is perfect in its context! Just by the name, I imagined him like a Ken doll. I don’t know why. The power of words, what a mystery! That’s the kind of silly details I really enjoy.
So, yes, I was having fun with Millie’s story. She had just enough personality and wits, with a history that explained her insecurities. Family was again an important theme, but I enjoy that Higgins always treats it differently. Millie’s complicated relationship with her sister is something that I have seen many times in novels, but it still worked well. Higgins writes with humor and charm, so I don’t mind when parts of her stories are, maybe, a little less original.
What I did mind, and really affected how I felt about the novel, was the romance itself. If you read the book’s jacket (which might spoil the book for you, so read carefully!), you’ll immediately know what I mean and guess why I was slightly uncomfortable with it. Millie and her loved one definitely had a great chemistry and connection; there was no denying that. They were, very obviously, a perfect match. However, context really mattered in this case. I had a hard time getting over that and it definitely tainted my enjoyment of the book. In the end, the situation was a bit of a mess and I can’t imagine that, in real life, things would fix themselves so smoothly. Not with these characters, anyway, but that’s just my opinion.
This being said, I’m still a fan of Kristan Higgins, but if you want to give her books a try, I would recommend starting with Too Good to be True or Just One of the Guys.(less)
This book confirmed my love for Higgins writing. I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved the humor, pretty much every aspect of it!
I want t...moreThis book confirmed my love for Higgins writing. I loved the story, I loved the characters, I loved the humor, pretty much every aspect of it!
I want to start with Chastity : she did feel different than usual characters we meet in the “chick lit” genre. Chastity is different : not only is she tall and muscular, she also has a passion for sports (running and rowing), a cute obsession with LOTR (very refreshing from the usual Jane Austen obsession, which becomes quite redundant even though I do agree with it!), and a very nice attitude in general. Chastity isn’t defined by her romantic life – or lack of. She has hobbies, a career, friends, and a huge family around her.
Like in Too Good to be True, Higgins chose not to write only about Chastity’s love interests, but also about her everyday life. Her family is an important part of that, and I enjoyed how realistic their relationships were. Sometimes a bit dysfunctional, sometimes just very normal together, they were believable. Since three of her four siblings were married with children, there were a lot of characters, but Higgins did a great job of describing them so it wouldn’t get too confusing.
As for Trevor and Dr. Perfect, they were both great guys, but it was obvious the chemistry was more present between Chastity and Trevor. I liked that Dr. Perfect wasn’t a total jerk though : the fact that he wasn’t perfect for Chastity, but still a nice guy, was true to life. I also found interesting that Chastity’s mom had a similar situation towards the end, but went a different way about it.
I had only one big issue with the book, which I don’t want to talk about too much since I don’t want to spoil it. Close to the end, Chastity poses some actions I couldn’t agree with, and she didn’t seem to think much of it. I would have loved to see her reflect more on that, maybe.
I really enjoyed this one, and I recommend it to romance readers but also to those of you who, like me, are not necessarily romance readers but enjoy the chick lit genre (if we can call it that). Especially if you like it with a good dose of humor!(less)
I’m usually not one to fall for pure romance novels, but Higgins’ writing felt a lot more like the chicklit I enjoy so much. It was cute, fun, sexy an...moreI’m usually not one to fall for pure romance novels, but Higgins’ writing felt a lot more like the chicklit I enjoy so much. It was cute, fun, sexy and perfectly entertaining, with a good portion of romance on the side for those who enjoy it!
Grace is an entertaining character, but also an interesting one. She’s a history teacher and a Civil War buff who enjoys participating in reenactments. She’s been inventing herself boyfriends from time to time through her life, so why not do it again? It sounds like a silly idea that can only turn badly, right? Well, yes; but it also turns out to be extremely fun. It’s written with humor without being completely silly. Just enough to keep things light and make you turn the pages quickly. Grace was also easy to sympathize with, and her voice was perfect for the narration.
I love that the story was more about Grace’s life than about Grace’s romance uniquely. Her family was complex, entertaining and frustrating at times. Natalie, Grace’s younger sister, was a little spoiled without being insufferable, but I really appreciated her older sister, Maragaret; I would have loved to know more about her. As for Callahan, he was sexy, yes, although a little extreme at time in his reactions. But the romance was cute and I fell for it completely.(less)
It’s no secret to those around me that I am a long time fan of Sophie Kinsella (mostly because Shopaholic was the first full book I read in English!)...moreIt’s no secret to those around me that I am a long time fan of Sophie Kinsella (mostly because Shopaholic was the first full book I read in English!) I have read all of her books written under this pen name, and there are very few that I didn’t like. Remember Me, for instance, is a book I would rather forget; Twenties Girl, on the opposite site of the book spectrum, is now one of my favorites Kinsella (if not THE favorite).
The great thing about Sadie’s ghost, is that it becomes some sort of “rational” explanation for the heroine’s erratic behavior. Lara isn’t as clumsy or irresponsible as, let’s say, Shopaholic’s Becky Bloomwood. She felt a little more grounded, but still a typical Kinsella character in spirit. While at first she seems to lack some organisation skills (unpaid bills and such), you can see that she’s just a great girl who wants to do things right. The true star of this book though, is her aunt Sadie’s ghost, who follows her around to the point that Lara’s friends and family start to think that something isn’t exactly right with her!
Sadie was such an entertainging character; fun, touching, curious, capricious, she was the kind of character that annoys you, then makes you laugh, until you just don’t want to let her go. And it’s exactly what happened : when I closed the book, I didn’t want it to be over. You would think that 435 of ghosty action was enough, but I would have read another chunk like this right that moment.
Lara recognizes herself in her aunt’s life, and she learns to know the person Sadie was when she was alive, and young and full of hopes and dreams. At the same time, Sadie’s reactions on the present time are extremely funny. She also has that fun trick to force people to obey her will, but I’m not going to say more about that.
I also thought that this novel had a little more depth than Kinsella’s previous works. Maybe it was because my grand-mother was having her 100th birthday on the same week I was reading it, but 105 years old Sadie’s lonely life in a home really made me sad (fortunately, my grand-mother is lucky to have visit almost every day of the week!) It makes you think on life and family, and how important those bonds are. I thought that Kinsella did a great job of writing on the subject without making it heavy and sad, but without ignoring it either.
I would think that fans of Kinsella will like this one, if not love. For those of you who have been tempted to try one of Kinsella’s work, Twenties Girl could be a good one. This is one ghost story that won’t scare you and will surely put a smile on your face!(less)