I haven't really finished it - because of the moving I had to return it to the library. I liked it enough to entertain the thought of picking it up frI haven't really finished it - because of the moving I had to return it to the library. I liked it enough to entertain the thought of picking it up from another library some time in the future and finishing it, and not enough to need to finish it as soon as possible. I moved on, literally and figuratively. But, not a bad book, by all means. If you loved the first one, you'll enjoy this one as well....more
I am slightly embarrassed, because I liked it. Anyway, I am not blind, and the book is far from perfect. The most glaring flaw – POV is jumping betweeI am slightly embarrassed, because I liked it. Anyway, I am not blind, and the book is far from perfect. The most glaring flaw – POV is jumping between characters sometimes several times in the same scene – which is very annoying, even if I wasn’t trained by now to pick it up. Occasionally I had to come back and read a sentence again to figure out whose POV it is now. You get the picture. Then, the author occasionally goes overboard with descriptions and expositions, but I have to note, that it is not jarring most of the times.
Then, the situation is ridiculous and unbelievable. But, here goes praise: once I turned on me suspension of disbelief and dived into the story, I stopped caring about it. Because here goes what Amanda Brown did well. She wrote characters I liked and cared about – even if they started rather stereotyped. She dropped these characters into improbable situation and let them find their way in it. And it was nice. I loved that protagonists didn’t have a great physical attraction form the first sight, that they didn’t think about it at all, but made each other laugh and learn, and shared a companionship instead. And here is another thing I love: I think that the author has a talent for irony, and generally a god eye for funny. She mocks villains and secondary characters, and settings, and conventions, but she also mocks her protagonists without making them unsympathetic. That was what I loved in her first book, “Legally Blonde”. It is more ironic, and less fluffy and victorious than the movie, but the way the author pokes fun at Elle Woods, while sympathizing with her, is very dear to me. ...more
I was longing for something light, fluffy and cheesy, so I got myself Insatiable by Meg Cabot. Happily, I was able to get it from the library - imaginI was longing for something light, fluffy and cheesy, so I got myself Insatiable by Meg Cabot. Happily, I was able to get it from the library - imagine that, only a month after release!
Anyways, it is all that promised - light, fluffy and cheesy. Except I couldn’t read it - I am so over vampire romances. (Yes, Whedon’s vampires are a huge exception to me.) I liked the beginning when it seemed more of a quasi-vampire story, but as soon as love started I got bored. So I jumped ahead, and well, there are really good pieces there, but also there are quite a lot of vampires. And I am just that tired of them and their problems. (I LOVED reading everything about vampires when I was a teenager - duh! ) One thing that I really loved was the notion that a vampire always want to kill you dead - especially when they love you. And being dead sucks. Out of all the characters I now remember - and therefore think it was the most interesting character - the vampire hunter. He is a good guy, but annoying and psychotic, and you enjoy seeing him suffer, even though you want his side to win. About the girl of the book, I cannot say anything at all. Except that she has a healthy disgust for vampires until she meets the best of them. And her head is a mess. Which makes her super-special.
No, it is a good summer read. Two weeks after returning it to the library I cannot remember anything more substantial than a Marc Jacobs’ tote that the heroine coveted. And the fun fact that the events took place fifteen streets south from where I live at the moment....more
I haven't had this for a long while... the joy of buying a random book and loving it immediately... I haven't bought a book out of the blue for a longI haven't had this for a long while... the joy of buying a random book and loving it immediately... I haven't bought a book out of the blue for a long time. until this one. And since. My five stars are less about quality of the book, more about my love for it.
I still don't regret owning it. I think it was the arrow in the title on the cover that did me in. Here it is: This book is written for the generation of 25-35 yo people (me) who grew up in American culture (not me). I was reminded throughout the book just how clueless I am in the movies and music of the 80s-90s. I know if I could recognize the quotes scattered throughout the book I would probably enjoy it more – but why do I need to be greedy? I loved the book as it is.
The plot is as simple as it can be. A girl and a boy. They don't like each other, they like each other, they love each other. It's everything else that makes a book special: details, and dialogues, music and atmosphere and so on. The book is written from 3 rd person limited point of view – from both hero and heroine, which works very well in building interesting stereoscopic vision on the character, introspection and as a dialogue. We know what's going on in heroes' heads, and how their actions look from outside.
The characters are quirky and not too nice – which makes them real enough to care about their exploits. I've read a review on this book, where the reviewer criticizes these and similar characters for their unlimited quirkiness as main characteristic. I cannot say about all other, but with Heaven and Bradley –well, they would do stuff that would never occurred to me: for example, I can't open mail that is not addressed to me, like Heaven does, nor do I create a soundtrack for me life as does Bradley but I have no less quirks than Heaven and Bradley.
They are no more quirky and strange than you and I, it just our own quirks seem perfectly normal, as opposed to our neighbours' – and this is perfectly clear in the book as its characters are looking at each other rolling their eyes. Heh.
They both are very capable at what they love to do professionally – and though Heaven is the worst waitress ever, she has good PR skills, and though Bradley's business is not doing too well, he raises to challenge by the end of the book. I have to admit; I was slightly annoyed that after being fired from her PR company Heaven settled with a job she clearly hates, instead of looking for something more suitable. Then I looked in a mirror.
Another thing that unites the heroes in a more meaningful way and gives the story a very definite flavour is music. Bradley has a small recoding company, he creates a soundtrack to his life in his head and generally he just loves music – and for Heaven music adds a lot to her view on life, Universe and everything. The fact that the author was a writer for MTV really plays out well in it. In fact, I would be glad to have a soundtrack to this book myself. (I would have posted a list of songs here, but I lent to a friend – so another time.) Music adds sparkle and substance to the book, but not in a cheesy way, but as a part of creating more realistic character living in familiar Universe, just many other small touches.
The ending seemed a little bit rushed, and the resounding success Heaven and Bradley in all personal and professional spheres left me strangely dissatisfied – as if the story suddenly left my Universe for the Universe of Happily Endings. But really, it's a minor gripe and doesn't diminish the pleasure I had reading the whole story in any way. ...more