This story was incredibly chilling. I didn't really care to read it, really, but then a friend recommended I read it this January and I did and I'm stThis story was incredibly chilling. I didn't really care to read it, really, but then a friend recommended I read it this January and I did and I'm stunned by how good it is. It's a very chilling, scary account of just 24 hours, but it went under my skin in no time....more
Sarah Sargeant, full-time actress and most-time waitress, has finally found the right man. Of course it has tOriginally reviewed on Words in a Teacup.
Sarah Sargeant, full-time actress and most-time waitress, has finally found the right man. Of course it has to go downhill when she leaves London for LA and finds a sexy picture of her man’s ex in his planner. She turns from snuggly to prickly in under a second and while she may not be able to sing (despite what her CV says), she’s certainly able to scream and proves just how batty she can be.
Let’s get straight down to business. This book made me happy. A lot of things make me chuckle and even laugh, I can smile at certain books and they may warm my heart, but I was genuinely happy while reading The (Im)perfect Girlfriend. Lucy-Anne Holmes is an amazing writer who really does make you laugh a lot, Katie Fforde wasn’t lying on the back cover of Holmes’ newest book.
As you can see from the title, this book is the second in a series, which I hadn’t known at the time when I started it. Didn’t matter though, because I felt like I wasn’t missing out on any information at all. (We will see how I feel when I finally read the first book, maybe there was something really blatant that I missed?) The main character is delightful and I want her to be my friend for really selfish reasons such as a wallowing-partner and also feeling better about myself. Sarah’s a mess even at the top of her game, but that’s what I adore in her. She’s no perfect birdie with legs a mile long and hair curling just so, nope. She’s simply a mess and I love it.
The writing was entertaining from start to finish, I loved Sarah’s thoughts and unabashed foot-in-mouth-ness and her general attitude towards her problems, because I could really identify with that (I may be an adult in numbers, but let’s be real, I’m a twelve-year-old). But despite her being completely batshit, she’s a wonderful human being who ends up being there for her friend when she really needs it and I think that just made me love her even more. Aside from Sarah there is a host of fabulous characters in it and I loved them all (except perhaps for Simon, who mostly just makes me squint and angrily stare at the book).
The author did a great job with everything she touched upon in the book — from the more squicky adventures involving plastic bags to the serious topics that usually make me run and cry because I can’t handle them, I enjoyed it all without problems. The one thing I wasn’t really down with was the end because it just didn’t match what I wanted to happen. It didn’t come as a surprise, but I would’ve preferred a different end, because this one makes very little emotional sense to me.
Still though, I was delighted and happy, so four and a half teacups it is. :D...more
I'm sure two weeks down the road I'll end up agreeing with all the less thaOriginally reviewed at Words in a Teacup.
Let's get right to it: I loved it.
I'm sure two weeks down the road I'll end up agreeing with all the less than glowing reviews I've seen on some points but for the time being I loved it.
Things I Liked • Katsa. She's very different from what society expects of her but that's what I love about her. Some may call her a Mary Sue, and I guess that's well within their right to do so, but I thought she was an incredibly compelling character. Frustrating at times, yes, but compelling all the same. She's a tomboy if I ever saw one (though that is no surprise considering what her Grace is), but she also questions herself. She's not acting the part of special snowflake and she has genuine worries that I can empathise with a lot, especially her fear of herself and what she can do. • In general, I was very pleased with how many female characters there were who weren't helpless. Perhaps unrealistic for the general time period but I enjoyed it all the same. Bitterblue was smart and quick on the uptake. Faun only had very few scenes but I was delighted to find out about her. Even Po's mother's agency gave her more to be than just his mother. • Speaking of women, I was so pleased when I realised that Cashore didn't just handwave real-world lady issues like periods and how to have sex. She didn't go into specifics, but just that she mentioned it in passing was a very nice addition. I always do wonder when girls go on adventures and don't worry about things like their period. • The romance. Of course there was romance. Is there ever a book without romance? Probably not. But it was slow and quiet and well-paced. I wasn't overwhelmed by it the way I often am with books that aren't outright chicklit. Katsa and Po were amazing together and of course, as with any story that contains romance, the pair was separated at one point and it slayed me. Everything from Katsa's fiery disdain of him to the revelation of what Po did for her was utterly delicous and I ship it so hard. • The plot itself. It was interesting from start to finish and I enjoyed it very much. There was something fascinating about the Graces and to learn about the mystery surrounding Bitterblue's family. I thought that was very well done.
Things I Didn't Like • Bitterblue sounds way too mature for her age, even under the circumstances. She doesn't read like a ten-year-old at all. Like. At all. But then I can forgive that in favour of the engrossing plot. • The plot twists were foreseeable. Though I feel like this might be more of an issue for others than it is for me. I actually thought it pretty nice to be validated in my suspicions and would've been disappointed if Katsa had evaded certain doom just because she's the MC. That would've been more unrealistic than I would've liked, I'm sure.
And then she swung the door open and almost sat down on the floor in astonishment, because before her in the hallway stood Raffin. He was muddy and smelled like horses. "Did we get here in time for the food?" he asked. "The invitation said something about pie, and I'm starving."
Ahhh, a man after my own heart. You can always lure me in with talk about food. :D
All things considered I enjoyed Graceling very much and would definitely recommend it. :D...more