Meg (it's Anna really) is in the witness protection program with her family and she is now on her sixth move. This time she is determined to survive iMeg (it's Anna really) is in the witness protection program with her family and she is now on her sixth move. This time she is determined to survive it unscathed, meaning no clubs, no friends, and no boyfriends. And this time she is going to find out what her father did to get them into all this. Her mother is drinking too much, her little sister is withdrawing into herself, and her dad is not telling her anything.
I was intrigued by the premise of the book, probably because I don't read a lot of suspense stuff. The fact that it was set in Louisiana gave it a different setting than the usual. I liked that. I also liked the developing relationship she has with her dad.
The problems I had with the book were mostly minor annoyances, but it took away from my enjoyment. Yes her life is not the best but the way she goes about it I just didn't like it. Anna would whine about things like how going on the school bus her senior year was humiliating and made her a loser. She seems kind of immature about the situation, but she is a teenager and she does have her reasons so I tried not to let her complaining bother me too much. Also I didn't feel as much urgency or suspense as I thought I would. The romance with Ethan felt like too much too fast and actually unrealistic. Most of the time I can take some unrealistic situations (it's fiction for a reason) but I could tell the writing was trying to be realistic. I couldn't buy it entirely.
At times I could feel for her though. The second half I liked better, so if you don't like the beginning you may like it near the end. I can’t really talk about it without giving spoilers though.
Now the end left some unanswered questions and I slammed the book covers in frustration without reading the acknowledgments, but then I saw this is part of the series and simmered down. I might read the next book, but probably not....more
Pretty fun read; nothing way too in depth but a feel good comfort read. I always have to give authors kudo points for making me laugh because I find iPretty fun read; nothing way too in depth but a feel good comfort read. I always have to give authors kudo points for making me laugh because I find it hard enough to make people laugh even with voice inflection and facial expressions.
Each character’s personality stood out from one another, but I can't help but feel that it was more because they were cookie cutter stereotypes than really just letting the characters sink in (if that makes sense?). I know one of the lessons to the book was to be yourself and that everyone has some depth, which is a great lesson (I think that is true too), but I didn't really feel it. None of the characters really surprised me with hidden depth. For example, the cheerleader likes some indie bands and she likes some unconventional books, so now she must have some hidden depth. I couldn't completely buy into it.
Another goodreads reviewer mentioned how the death of Delaney's mother felt more like a bad breakup rather than a deep loss. Delaney mentioned how it was always her and her mother against the world, the loss of someone like that I would think calls for a little more page time,especially since it is so recent.
One the other hand I really liked the relationship development between Delaney and her father. There are too many YA authors who just leave the parents as an afterthought. They both own up to some of their misgivings through the process of the book and I always looked forward to some of their father daughter time. The magic included in the book added to a lot of the humor, and the romance in the book was very sweet. ...more
So there is a girl, named Marianne Daventry, who is currently living in Bath but is bored. Plus some old man keeps trying to woo her, so when the oppoSo there is a girl, named Marianne Daventry, who is currently living in Bath but is bored. Plus some old man keeps trying to woo her, so when the opportunity comes to go to a country estate with her sister, she jumps at it.
Miss Daventry is kindhearted but a little on the dense side. I mean seriously the main guy, Phillip, couldn't be more obviously into her and yet she just keeps convincing herself that there is no way. She has issues with her sister. More specifically Marianne Daventry doesn't feel like she is as pretty, as charming, etc. as her sister. This kind of contributes to why she is so insecure about herself. Marianne compares herself to her twin sister. Her dad is out of the picture after the death of his wife. Even though I thought some of the plot or character actions were unrealistic I had no trouble getting over it.
So Miss Daventry's story is set in the middle of the Austen era I believe. Anyone who is a fan of Jane Austen should definitely consider reading this, especially if you also like chick-lits. Edenbrooke sounds like a heavenly place to go and the grounds reminded me of Pemberly in the newer P&P movie.
This is funny but it really is a romance to get your heart strings tugged. It is so honey sweet that I just downed it in one day. I couldn't get enough of it. The characters, scenery, romance and plot I loved it all. I was in the best mood after reading it. So definitely give this a try if this is the kind of thing you like reading....more