Jane Eyre is one of those books that I've heard about for years and that I've been meaning to read but never seemed to be able to find the time. Now t...moreJane Eyre is one of those books that I've heard about for years and that I've been meaning to read but never seemed to be able to find the time. Now that I've read it I am kicking myself for taking so long to do so.
Even though going into this book I pretty much knew the whole story from discussions I've read on the web and through other books so there wasn't much that was a surprise. Yet knowing the major plot points didn't take away my enjoyment of this novel. Especially since there were so many more minor plot points that were waiting to be discovered.
All of the main characters have their flaws and it is because of those flaws that they are so endearing. Their imperfections humanize them and allow them to withstand the test of time. As much as I loved the story there were some parts that seemed a little contrived and others that stretched credibility and because of that I refrain from giving it a full 5 stars. Overall though I did enjoy following Jane around the English countryside, watching her fall in love with the brooding Mr Rochester and just living her life to best of her means. This is a story that will stay with me and one that I will recommend to others.
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is a book that I was really eager to read so I was very happy when I picked up a copy at ALA MW. This was one book that I c...moreHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is a book that I was really eager to read so I was very happy when I picked up a copy at ALA MW. This was one book that I couldn't wait to read and I started it almost immediately. And let me tell you that it was love from the first page. I was instantly drawn to the character of Sophie. I loved her voice. It was so fresh and unique and sounded so very real. Sophie is smart and she doesn't put up with anything from anyone. She enters Hex Hall at a bit of disadvantage from the others in her school as she wasn't raised in the magical world. But she doesn't let that disadvantage slow her down. Nor does the desire to learn all she can about being a witch mean that she's willing to compromise knowledge for what is right. Sophie has a clear head on her shoulders and its refreshing to see.
Hex Hall was a delight to read and I hated to see it end. Trust me on this one, when you read the ending you'll feel the same. Hex Hall is part of a trilogy so there is a bit of a cliff hanger to the ending. Which I have to say I hate! I so prefer books that could also work as stand alones. But at the same time the fact that I can't wait for the next book is a testament the amazing story and world that Rachel Hawkins has created. I loved the world that Hawkins created. She is a gifted writer and knows just the right moments to drop in a little bit of history that will add to the moment but not distract the reader with too much detail. Hex Hall will be available on 02 March and if you like strong heroines and a hint of magic and mystery then this is a story that I would recommend that you check out.
As originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere(less)
This is a book I wish I could read again for the first time. I find it hard to come up with the words on just how good of a story it is. But I did...a...moreThis is a book I wish I could read again for the first time. I find it hard to come up with the words on just how good of a story it is. But I did...almost 950 of them in fact. They'll post on my blog closer to release. But until then know. Near Witch is Amazing and everyone should pre-order a copy of it today. You won't want to miss this one.(less)
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean is the third and final book in her Love by Numbers series. The first two books dealt w...moreEleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean is the third and final book in her Love by Numbers series. The first two books dealt with twin brothers Nick and Gabriel St John who were both a bit rakish and (at least with Gabriel) seemed to enjoy breaking the rules of society. But of all the members of the St. John clan no one breaks as many rules as Nick and Gabriel's younger half-sister Juliana Fiori. Although, in her case, all the rule breaking is unintentional...mostly. You see, Juliana was raised in Italy where the rules of conduct are different. She is shipped to England to live with previously unknown brothers on the death of her father and has to quickly learn to navigate in a society that loves rules and has a quick disdain for those that don't quite fit in. And no one dishes out disdain more than Simon Pearson, Duke of Leighton. Which just means that he and Juliana are going to have one heck of a roller coaster ride to love.
I loved this book. I think its safe to say that Eleven Scandals is my favorite Sarah MacLean book to date. Juliana is such a fun character filled with spunk and strength and I couldn't get enough of her. Simon could be a total jerk at times with his condensation but I often felt sorry for this fictional man as he was no match for the feisty Juliana. And before anyone gets on me for spoiling this *IS* a romance novel so of course the two MCs are going to get together in the end. Although I have to admit that even this long time romance reader had her doubts that MacLean would be able to pull these two very strong willed characters together! But she managed to do so in a believable and totally heart achey way that left me a bit breathless from the non-stop push and pull of these two fabulous characters.
Another think that Sarah MacLean managed to do with her book was to make me gasp aloud. This isn't something that I do with books. Laugh out loud yes. Yell at books when a character makes me angry (more often then I care to admit) but gasp? I can't recall the last time that happened. But it did in Eleven Scandals, right around page 159 where something happened that I never expected and so I gasped in pleasant surprise. That same scene was already a fun one as it saw the appearance of a beloved character from MacLean's YA book The Season and that had made me all giddy. Then you have this bit of shock and....well....it just further shows just what a roller coaster ride this book was.
In the end, Eleven Scandals, was a lot of fun. Juliana is a total fish out of water and I loved her little mistakes in coming up with the right vocabulary when trying to describe something. She was bold and unapologetic and despite her mistakes she was always honest about her self. She wasn't perfect but she never pretended to be. She simply tried her best and people had to accept her or not for who she was and because of that she makes a great role model for girls of today. Because who doesn't struggle with identity and tries to fit in? I loved this book and recommend it to all...and I also learned recently that the heroine of Sarah MacLean's next book actually makes her debut here for those observant enough to catch it. I admit i rushed through my first reading of this book but I think that trying to figure out the heroine of A Rogue by Any Other Name is more than enough reason for a reread of Eleven Scandals...not that I need a reason but it helps in rationalizing why I am ignore the bagillion other books in my house waiting to be read. ;-)(less)
Like so many others I’ve been counting down the days until the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. We first met Isla back...moreLike so many others I’ve been counting down the days until the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. We first met Isla back in 2010 in Perkins’s book, Anna and the French Kiss, and my heart went out to her character in that story. Long before we knew that the final book would be her book I was hoping that it would be as there was just something about this shy, awkward girl that resonated with me. It has been a long wait since Isla was first announced and while I was sad at the times when it was delayed I do think that she was worth the wait. There is just something so special about Isla’s story that is hard to put into words. Its just so poignoit and beautiful and I just want to live within its pages. I devoured this book the day it landed on my doorstep as I couldn’t wait to experience this world or Perkins’s writing again for the first time.
I am a wreck. A complete and total wreck. This book has left me a jumbled mess and I spent a good 10 min willing more words to appear on the blank pag...moreI am a wreck. A complete and total wreck. This book has left me a jumbled mess and I spent a good 10 min willing more words to appear on the blank pages. This book is so f***ing unbelievable. Put it on your wishlist...you don't want to miss it!!! Because 5 stars isn't a high enough rating...
Just when I think that Sarah MacLean can't top her last book she goes and does it. I loved this story more than her others. I loved the tension betwee...moreJust when I think that Sarah MacLean can't top her last book she goes and does it. I loved this story more than her others. I loved the tension between Bourne and Penelope. I love how with MacLean's books there is always a bit of a doubt on weather or not the MCs will work things out in the end. I love how her characters are always so real and flawed and despite those flaws you just fall in love with them. Penelope is a strong female lead - not quite as feisty as Juliana (but really, who is?) but not quite on the shelf spinster as Callie either. She is a product of her environment and I enjoyed watching her learn to break the walls that surround her. And Bourne...totally broken and totally swoon worthy male lead. What is it about the ultimate bad boy that just makes a girls heart melt? Whatever it is, MacLean excels in writing it. I think Bourne might be her most broken and irredeemable hero to date (I say to date as there are 3 other fallen angels that we have yet to hear the back story on). All in all this one was a solid win. It kept me up at night and then made me late to work the next day. It made me forget all my planned tasks for the evening just so that I could read and savor the story. I am already dying for book 2 and book 1 hasn't hit the shelves yet...this is not good for impatient me. Not good at all.(less)
***As originally posted on my blog Tickettoanywhere.net***
Anyone who has been a regular reader of Julia Quinn has heard about the Smyth-Smith family,...more***As originally posted on my blog Tickettoanywhere.net***
Anyone who has been a regular reader of Julia Quinn has heard about the Smyth-Smith family, or rather their annual musicale which is infamous for being bad. Very very bad. And yet anyone who is anyone always makes an appearance and suffers through. But no one suffers more than the 4 girls who are conscripted to perform each year. In Just Like Heaven we are introduced to Honoria Smythe-Smith who plays the violin in the quartet and unlike some in her family she knows just how bad they really are. And unlike her cousins she decides to embrace the bad and try to make the most of it by giving it her all.
Speaking of the Smythe-Smith cousins I have to say that they really added some levity to the novel. I really enjoyed when the four girls were together...especially when the musical was getting close. I found myself chuckling a loud a few times. I did have a hard time buying the romance between Honoria and Marcus. The two where childhood friends, thanks to Daniel but had little interaction once Daniel left England under some unfortunate circumstances. When the two reconnect the situation they find themselves in is a bit outlandish.
The middle part of the book tends to drag out far too long and as a result the ending is rushed. And during that long drawn out middle the two characters just sort of spontaneously decide that they are in love. There was no real build up or tension and so as a result it was a bit of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the characters of Honoria and Marcus and I believed their friendship and enjoyed the scenes they were in. I just wish that more time had been spent building their actual romance. The story was cute but it lacked depth.
What made this novel for me is the aforementioned interactions between Honoria and her cousins. I fell in love with this family and loved getting an inside peak at the musicale that I've read so much about in other Quinn novels. Its because of these cousins that I look forward to reading the other books in this series. I can't wait to see each of them develop and come into their own.
***As originally posted on my blog Tickettoanywhere.net***(less)
Loved it! Was like living in a dream...and I was sad to have woken up when I hit the last page.
More later when it's closer to release
*****************...moreLoved it! Was like living in a dream...and I was sad to have woken up when I hit the last page.
More later when it's closer to release
********************************** As reviewed on my blog tickettoanywhere.net
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is one of those rare books that is almost impossible to describe. Because in the describing you just give away the plot and when that is brought down to mere inadequate words the magic seeps out of it. This is a book about a circus. Its a book about people and magic and mystery. Its a romance and its intrigue. Its all of those things and yet none of them at the same time. Its a book that more than anything I just want to crawl inside and spend the rest of my days living in its world.
While I may not be able to clearly define what The Night Circus is I can tell you what its not. Its not a series, what you find in these pages is all that you will get. This was a hard one for me to deal with in this day where almost every book that comes out seems to be a series. Which is funny as I am suffering from series fatigue but I did not want this story to end. Although I loved how the story played out. All the threads that it contained were woven so intricately and subtlety that when you hit the end and you sit back you discover this amazing tapestry of a tale has been created.
This isn't a book with a lot of bells and whistles. There are no bangs or thumps in the night. There is no villain or orphaned hero who must rise up and save the day. There is just Celia and Marco. Widget and Poppet. Isobel, the twins, Bailey, Chandresh, Frederick and Prospero the Great. There are just ordinary people living extraordinary lives. Caught in this web of magic an mystery that is The Night Circus. Its a simple story with a slow burn and yet at the same time its not.
The Night Circus isn't YA. Its not Harry Potter or Twilight or whatever the next great series or widely talked about book will be. This is a book written for adults. But the themes and the story can have loads of cross over appeal. This is a book that can span generations and a 90 year old grandmother can enjoy reading and discussing it with her 17 year grandchild. Its a book that I think can appeal to both men and woman. To me, The Night Circus defies classification or labels and that I think that is giving main stream media a run for its money. People like to label things. If you like x then you're sure to like z or book a is the next c. These aren't the sort of tags that you can place on a book like The Night Circus.
The Night Circus is a book that stands all on its own. Its unique and wonderful and its a story that I've never seen before nor do I expect to see it again. Its a bit like the circus that is described in the book, one day it appears where before it was not and it will linger on in your memory long after it is gone.(less)