Wasn't hooked from the beginning but I love, loved it in the end! I think this book has one of the most perfect endings ever! And such an original end...moreWasn't hooked from the beginning but I love, loved it in the end! I think this book has one of the most perfect endings ever! And such an original ending as well I guess the 4 stars is because I wasn't hooked on the whole thing but I would definitely recommend it to people. One of the best chick lits out there (less)
This is my first time writing a coherent review where I do not just go 'OMG I loved this book/I hated this book'. Well I shall try to anyway.
First of...moreThis is my first time writing a coherent review where I do not just go 'OMG I loved this book/I hated this book'. Well I shall try to anyway.
First of all, thank you to Rachel for the ebook in return for an honest review! :)
Ok, onto the story. Landon is our main girl (any 'A Walk to Remember' fans out there? :D) and she dreams of making it in LA, as an event planner. Basically she ends up working for Selah Smith (you can compare her to Miranda Priestly, but much much worse). Add an awesome co-worker/best friend, roommate and a hot guy, and you have the ingredients for a perfect chick lit.
I believe the story picks up a lot when she gets promoted due to someone being fired. We get to see her being more confident and assertive and well more drama happens when she is the key player in planning. The romance with the actual guy takes a while to get started but once it does, it is the most adorable thing ever. Their non-date (but really it is a date) is really cute. I need my own guy like that (trying to be spoiler free by not mentioning the name. I hope it makes sense).
One of my favourite characters in this book was Miko. She was such an awesome friend and co-worker. Without her Landon would be so lost in this industry. And I loved their ongoing coffee buying thing for each other, and giving names for each coffee drinking time. I need my own Miko as well. My life would be more colourful with her and if I worked with her, then that would the cherry on an awesome cake.
The other main character is Max, Landon's roommate. I liked that she was more open after an important episode and quite supportive of Landon and her man but before that she was always saying 'you never asked' when Landon finds out something new about her. I felt like there was a gap there. We did not really get real conversations between her and Landon where I could see that Landon was always talking about herself or something. Since I did not see that Landon actually does not ask I felt like Max was being annoying. But once she opens up a bit more I really liked her. She was not judgemental of Landon's man when they were still not official.
Also it would have been really satisfying if we could see what happened with Selah after the mini showdown near the end. I would have loved it if I could see that she was suffering, because karma thought it was time to visit her but it did not really happen. She was such a vile character so I thought we would get a mini duel if you like between Landon and Selah. We did get a hint of something because of what Miko does but I wanted moreeeee like a slap at least. But I guess we do not always have the privilege to insult our horrible (ex) bosses in real life as it could have terrible consequences. By the way are there actual bosses who are as bad as Selah? She is just something else, butting into your personal life but making it seem as if it is unprofessional of you to have a life.
If not for those points then it would have been a five star. Apart from that I really liked the book. It never bored me and I actually wanted the best for Landon and her dude (can't say who it is because I was confuzzled myself as to who she would end up with. Ok the other dude is not exactly a potential I guess, but I thought there was something there). There are some books I have read where I wanted the narrator to crash and burn because they just annoyed me a lottt, or maybe I am just a mean, mean person.
If you enjoyed The Devil Wears Prada (I have not read the book yet but I loved the movie. I know it is not the same thing but the story is similar) then you will definitely enjoy this book.
This novel consists of three smaller stories by different authors. I usually do not like short stories as I feel like everything happens way too quick...moreThis novel consists of three smaller stories by different authors. I usually do not like short stories as I feel like everything happens way too quickly but hey I liked this novel. I have to say though I could not finish John Green's story. It just seemed so slow compared to the other two. I am still planning on reading his actual novels as everyone gushes over them.
I really liked the other two stories. They were very cute and because it is around the Christmas time this is all happening I liked it even more as I love the feel of Christmas and the snow always helps. I also loved the fact that the characters from the different stories meet.
I have not read the first book in this series like a normal person would do so I did wonder if I would be totally confused jumping straight into the s...moreI have not read the first book in this series like a normal person would do so I did wonder if I would be totally confused jumping straight into the second book. Thankfully the book stands very well on its own as we follow Angie’s life and let me say: I love, love Angie! She’s such an awesome character.
She is such a flawed character, seems cold on the outside (btw I did not get this impression from reading it, as I was totally on her side and I thought she was like a teddy bear so I don’t know why she was seen as a cold-hearted bitch or maybe that’s just a fact of life. We think we are giving off one vibe when in reality it’s totally different. It totally made me think and become paranoid about myself. I usually have a serious face and I was thinking do people think I have a bitchy, don’t-come-near-me face just like Angie?)
The romance part is pretty straight forward but I loved the whole process of them getting to know each other and getting together. I loved how she got revenge on a certain jerk, although I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand I feel like she got her revenge way too easily but on the other hand I feel like that rude, horrible character got off too easily. Such a confuzzled person I am.
In some ways Angie reminded me of Grace from ‘Unsticky’ - Sarra Manning. I do not want to ruin both books but anyone who has read both, I hope you get what I am talking about. And I LOVE LOVE Unsticky so I loved that this reminded me of one my favourite books ever!
PS. I am worried that the book has ruined some stuff for Pia’s book (like what happens and how the story finishes) but I am sure the first book has enough surprises and actually the process of getting to a destination is more important than the end. (less)
As Sarra Manning mentioned Vaughn actually had a bigger role in this story and I loved that! I loved that we could kind of see what Vaughn and Grace's...moreAs Sarra Manning mentioned Vaughn actually had a bigger role in this story and I loved that! I loved that we could kind of see what Vaughn and Grace's life is like now.
Now onto the actual story. I thought the romance was a bit slow in the beginning but once it all warmed up it got very, very interesting. I don't know what that says about me, the fact that I need a bit of romance to make it all better but hey I think I'm used to it now.
Gosh I hated Ellie's father, such a ... But Ellie did have a loving family which was the cutest thing ever.
Overall I enjoyed the book a lot. Sarra Manning is one of the few authors where I've loved every one of her books I've read. (less)
A very cute book. Even when Mel was meddling in other people's businesses I still liked her and I cheered for her when she finally stood up for hersel...moreA very cute book. Even when Mel was meddling in other people's businesses I still liked her and I cheered for her when she finally stood up for herself.(less)
Ok this is definitely my least favourite Costello novel. It took me a whiiiile to finish it. Thankfully the second half picks up a lot of steam due to...moreOk this is definitely my least favourite Costello novel. It took me a whiiiile to finish it. Thankfully the second half picks up a lot of steam due to some drama which was just something else. I do think Evie got off easily at the end. She assumed something about Jack and well she gets forgiven quite easily in the end. I feel like she was more in the wrong and should have been the one to take action in trying to mend that and not the other way round but hey the act of forgiveness should be done more often. (less)