Read this after the second book, The Sweeting Thing. I think reading the series out of order doesn't hurt. Actually, I found myself far more investedRead this after the second book, The Sweeting Thing. I think reading the series out of order doesn't hurt. Actually, I found myself far more invested in learning how the characters were introduced after having already getting a feel for them.
The characters are witty, lovable and so very real! This book, Simply Irresistible, touched close to home as I really felt like I could identify with Maddie. (And that has never happened before!) Maddie, the mediator, the middle child, oh, my heart reached out to her.
I love Jill Shalvis' characters. They all have layers. They're complex, and undeniably flawed. Their lives are not always pretty or easy, actually, it's downright heartbreaking at times. Seriously, I felt like these characters are REAL, like they are my best friends. People I want to hold and comfort and reach out to. Especially, Jax (hehehe), the hero of Simply Irresistible ;) Just... can I hold him now?
While reading this book, I found myself laughing and in tears. All sorts of feelings were happening. Sometimes I didn't even know why. It could have been a line that probably wasn't even meant to instill any emotion and yet, somehow, I found myself gutted. And it felt so good. Sooo good. Shaking with bubbly beautiful feelings kind of good. Difficult to explain, but imagine a teddy bear hugging you from the inside. Yeah. XD
Would definitely recommend to anyone--EVERYONE.
Can't wait to see what else is in store for these wonderful characters. Since I read book two already, up next is Head Over Heels. :) Chloe!!!...more
Gah, I don't know what to say! This story, this amazing story took stories to a whole new level for me. Just tagging this... I was tempted to give itGah, I don't know what to say! This story, this amazing story took stories to a whole new level for me. Just tagging this... I was tempted to give it all the tags! It's a historical romance with a bit of action, a bit of mystery, a touch of paranormal. A great mix to make this story special.
I found myself holding my breath for paragraphs, maybe even pages. It's sooo good! XD This book is a serious triple threat. Kick-ass characters. A plot with so many twists and turns, it took my breath away. And the way it's written, my gosh! I'm in love with how scenes lifted off the pages. And the dialogue had my insides all a flutter. The banter, the barbs, the sparring! LOL
Miranda and Archer are just so damn perfect. I could cry at the thought of them together.
I can't even... I want to say so much more but I don't want to spoil it. This story I think is best kept as a surprise. The thrills. The secrets. The adventure. The journey. All these elements just waiting to be explored, experienced.
I felt breathless. My heart still aches!
Miranda has become one of my all time favorite heroines. She's witty, smart... ugh, she's just a heroine of heroines.
Archer, the hero, I can't believe how many times I fell in love with this character. OMG, if he were real? The things I would do to this man. Sexy and so mysterious. So wonderfully good! And that just sums up my thoughts of him from the prologue!
And Miranda and Archer together? They are one of my favorite couples EVER, and totally meant to be XD
It was refreshing to read a love story like theirs, a love that is solid and unwavering. Their love is magic and scorching hot!
(ETA: Bought and read this book after having won Moonlight (the second book in the series). And what a win it was, for it introduced me to what I think has become one of my all time favorites! Thank you for the first-reads! Will read and review the second story soon!)...more
Since this book is not officially out yet, I'm going to try my best to keep this review spoiler free.
Like A Night to Surrender and A Week to Be Wicked, A Lady by Midnight is beautifully crafted with an intricate plot that just kept me wanting to get to the end because I just NEEDED to know what happens. At the same time, I wanted to try and pace myself. I wanted to absorb every moment and just feel all the feelings that Kate and Thorne's story invoked in me.
And what a story it was! A Lady by Midnight fully deserves my five star rating. If I were able, I would give it more. More stars because it was beyond 'amazing.' It was awe-inspiring, really.
For Kate and Thorne are characters that I simply admire and respect.
Kate is passionate, smart and beautiful. She has a strength and confidence to her, despite what life has dealt her. There's no messing with this heroine. This woman gives everything she's got, she stands her ground, knows how to get what she wants, and I love that she LOVES completely.
And Thorne, I just love him. Such a man, this hero. Gahh, I wish to go on and on about him but it would totally give him away. I considered doing just that, but I'm going to do the opposite and keep my lips sealed. More fun. So, please, read this book and find out about this mysterious hero. Okay, one thing (since you probably know this about him from the previous books), he doesn't say a whole lot, but when he does speak--MY, OH MY. And even if, it's all about action, yes? Speaks louder, right? ;)
As I was reading ALBM, I noticed that it did have a different tone/feel than the previous Spindle Cove books. (I haven't noticed it in other series, not really.) ANTS is more daring, AWTBW was dripping with humor and charm, and ALBM has passion down pat. It's nice to have such variety in a series to keep things fresh. I suppose it has a lot to do with the characters. Each are so very different and complex, complete with imperfections that make them achingly human.
I adore all the awkward moments and the little details that make the heroes, heroines and Spindle Cove seem so very real. How I wish it were.
I just wrote a major spoiler. I erased it. Don't worry. Hint: It was about Dinner and Francine. Didn't you just love them? Well, in this story--Oh, just read the book already!
Lastly, I think I should mention the fact that I teared up at the first sentence. Actually, tears were threatening to fall at the words 'Chapter One.' I admit, the anticipation got to me! XD I mean, to be able to delve back into the world that I couldn't and can't get enough of... Just. So. Much. Awesome.
Please note: I was fortunate to have been granted access to an e-arc of ALBM in Edelweiss by HarperCollins. The book's expected publication: August 28th 2012.
Please read it as soon as you get your hands on it! It's totally amazing!!
Sorry, one more thing, I think one could love this book as a standalone, but I SERIOUSLY recommend reading this series in order! GET ON IT, and ship the lovely ships! :D...more
I was planning on not reading this right after finishing the second book because I wanted to savor it, but I'm in such torment. Peeta has been on my mI was planning on not reading this right after finishing the second book because I wanted to savor it, but I'm in such torment. Peeta has been on my mind the WHOLE day. And it doesn't help that he was in my dreams last night. Never have my thoughts been so occupied by a fictional character. Peeta, what have you done to me? Gah!
I guess I'll have to read the third book soon, or I fear I may go insane!
ETA: I finished. And I think I went insane anyway. I mean, what did I even read? Quite possibly the most gut wrenching story I ever came across. No words to describe what I'm feeling right now. It's too much, and not enough.
Finished this the previous night, but I couldn't bring myself to leave a review after such a frustratingly abrupt ending. Yes, I'm frustrated. Don't gFinished this the previous night, but I couldn't bring myself to leave a review after such a frustratingly abrupt ending. Yes, I'm frustrated. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed this enthralling story about a cyborg who must find her true self after her world turns upside down. The world that she lives in is not just suffering from a plague, but hangs in the threat of war. Whether Cinder's world finds peace again, rests in her hands.
The reason for my frustration is that it DID end with a cliffhanger that had me pleading for more.
The story is, of course, a retelling of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. It's almost comforting to have those familiar elements woven into the story. However, I was still surprised at the twists and turns, and I was pleased to find myself immersed and lost in whatever path the story took me on.
The characters are quite simply charming.
Cinder is refreshing, I fell in love with her character right from the start. Witty. Strong. Independent. A real, true to heart girl.
Kai, next in line to be emperor of New Beijing, makes a perfect Prince Charming. Ever the gentleman, Kaito suits the swoon-worthy role and makes it his own while wearing a hoodie.
And can't have a Cinderella story without her evil step-mother and step-sisters. I won't spoil the fun of the interesting spin on the love-to-hate villains, but I happened to love it.
As for the fairy god-mother, well, again I won't spoil it. But I have to say, she is my favorite character no matter her form.
I loved the freshness and the direction of the story, and though the cliffhanger is leaving me hanging, I'll definitely hold on for the next installment of this wicked, steampunk-ish story that happened to break out of the mold of the classic Cinderella story and has left me quite thoroughly enchanted....more
Be still, my fluttering heart. My feelings are having feelings right now. Thank you Colin and Minerva for sharing your story. Or rather, thank you TesBe still, my fluttering heart. My feelings are having feelings right now. Thank you Colin and Minerva for sharing your story. Or rather, thank you Tessa for writing their story!
As this epic love story just needed telling.
Oh, Colin and Minerva. Truly one of my favorite couples of ALL time. Colin, so beautiful, so heartbreakingly sincere and genuine, and honest. And tragically misunderstood. Let me hold you Colin, just let me hold you! On the surface he plays the part of the relentless rake. But who is the man inside his shell? Just who is this man who knows how to touch, but is untouchable?
And then there is Minerva, who lives life behind spectacles to see things clearly, but unfortunately, the things of life and love remain quite a blur. So very intelligent in all things, but so unaware at the same time. She is hidden behind her own shell, will she be able to overcome her insecurities and allow herself to become the person deep inside?
What can possibly happen when Colin and Minerva embark on a week long journey together, alone and unattended? What these two come up with certainly surprised me again and again.
I am so very tempted to give away the details, wanting to share just what had me laughing, what had me tearing up. Every single page just had this certain little charming something. This delightful something that felt real and fresh and honest. It felt beautiful, uplifting and something beyond that that I can't put a name to, but I loved it. Loved it so very much that I feel that it's a MUST read, it would be a positively amazing thing if everyone could feel this feeling too. Love that leaves me giddy and filled with joy
Please note: I was fortunate to have been granted access to an advanced digital review copy of "A Week to Be Wicked" in Edelweiss by HarperCollins. The book will be released: March 27th 2012!...more
How can I even review this amazing book? I don't think I should even touch on the plot. It won't mean anything. A string of words to try and summarizeHow can I even review this amazing book? I don't think I should even touch on the plot. It won't mean anything. A string of words to try and summarize the story won't even begin to tell how awesomely unique and kick-ass the story actually is and what it means. I've never read anything like it.
Survival of the fittest. Self-depreciation. Inner turmoil. Unrequited love...
With all that in mind, no other story seems to compare. Even if the themes have been done before. I feel like I need to read it again just because.
I want my feelings back, to feel what I felt--OMG! It was as if my feelings had feelings. At the end of each part, I found myself stunned. I had to give myself a moment to breathe. To collect my thoughts. To just soak it all in because I felt like I was keeping it all in. These bubbling feelings. And the build-up to these moments, these earth shattering momentous moments were just too much. My feelings, my emotions they just exploded. I don't even know what happened. All I know is that tears were everywhere.
Had I known the story would invoke such strong feelings in me, I wouldn't have waited so long to read it.
And it's been months, maybe even longer than that since I had been recc'd this book. Oh, how cruel am I to myself for not reading this sooner?!
I must say, by reading The Hunger Games, it gave me a sense of being able to relive moments of feeling in love, and being loved. SOOOO GOOOD!
Gahh! Now I'm thinking of what happened in the end. I won't spoil anything. BUT OMG I NEED TO BE READING THE NEXT BOOK ALREADY!!!! ...more
Mission complete! Haha! I am proud of myself for tackling this book and finishing. I needed to finish. I mean, I could have missed something importantMission complete! Haha! I am proud of myself for tackling this book and finishing. I needed to finish. I mean, I could have missed something important for what is to come in book four.
I guess it's obvious just how much I liked this book by my excitement for getting to the end. And it's not because it was a page turner.
Oh, no. It was quite the book that couldn't be picked up. I am boggled at how different this book was from its predecessors.
The Duke was surely sprinkled with magic fairy(-tale) dust. How could it not have been? The story was just beautiful, it enchanted me like no other book of its genre ever has. Has there ever been another that affected me so? If there was, I don't recall. Nor did The Lord of Ice measure up to the second book in the series, Lord of Fire. Lord of Fire was just gorgeously written, wickedly charming. And just sooooo good. So good.
I'm not sure if this book is just *meh* for me because I didn't take to the main characters, Damien and Miranda. I admit, I found Damien distasteful before I even started reading. His character just didn't sit well with me when he was introduced in Lord of Fire. Just something about him. And I don't think it is because of his ice cold nature. Perhaps it is because I never came to terms with what he did. I just can't forgive him. And there's more to it than that, there's his personality. He's stale, boring. And he's rather overbearing. He does have his good moments, however. He plays a good knight in shining armor and saves his damsel in distress, Miranda.
Miranda, oh Miranda, maybe it is best I don't even comment about her.
I am almost glad that Lord of Ice didn't focus on their romance. I literally had to skip scenes when it was just Damien and Miranda. Them being together. Ugh. Please. Just. No.
Their scenes together didn't mesh well. Didn't flow well. And it was most awkward to read. The dialogue between them was just... *eyeroll* And there was no chemistry whatsoever. Just how are they together? And why? Why?
If you are still reading this awful rant review, I do have some nice things to say. I like the action/suspense aspects to the story. As I do love suspense! I also like how the story was about a person, and not about just a relationship (even if I didn't really like said person). And lastly, It was interesting to come across Bel, Robert, Alice and Lucien again. Their parts weren't all that substantial. It was more about letting us know that they were there, living and still loving their significant others as they should be. And all the mentions of Lucien just made me squee!
So, that is why I give this story three stars. Actually, two and a half, if it were an option. ...more
The colors. The voices. The FEELINGS. Everything is so very real it hurts.
Diccan, the hero, is the most conflHow to express my feelings for this book?
The colors. The voices. The FEELINGS. Everything is so very real it hurts.
Diccan, the hero, is the most conflicted and multifaceted hero I've come across. He's smooth, but funnily enough, not when he actually wants to be. And he's so very unpredictable, which I love.
Grace, the heroine, is one special lady. Love how she has real people thoughts. She's sadly hidden by her insecurities and fears. All I wanted to do was root for her and hope that she gets what she deserves, which is sooo much more than she cares to admit to want for herself.
I love the hero and heroine together. Their relationship had been put to the test, and frustratingly so. However, the trials and tribulations were necessary and only made their love sweeter.
It is very rare for me to like the hero and heroine in a story equally, and I am happy to find it in this story.
And the way the story is written? *Shivers all over*...more
All 5 Stars goes to Lord Lucien Knight. Very well deserved. Mysterious, gorgeous Lucien is not what everyone imagines him to be. Every one sees him liAll 5 Stars goes to Lord Lucien Knight. Very well deserved. Mysterious, gorgeous Lucien is not what everyone imagines him to be. Every one sees him like the devil. How tragic. They fail to see that Lucien is all the more gallant, strong and so very clever.
Misunderstood to his very core, Lucien isolates himself from everyone. Including or rather, perhaps, ESPECIALLY, from his once always present twin brother, Damien. Lucien lives behind measured walls, puts on his mask of indifference and plays the devil role he is resigned to. That is, until he meets the good girl Alice Montague. Giving her the ultimatum that will ultimately seal both their fates, she reluctantly agrees to stay with him for a specified amount of time (which is one of the most hilarious scenes, I might add).
Alice is just the one to bring out the true Lucien to the fore.
He's very much the perfect embodiment of a romantic hero. Tormented. Passionate. An unsung hero that just wants to be loved. In his mind he doesn't deserve it, he doesn't deserve Alice.
Now, Alice, sometimes I feel like her character falls a little short. Not sure how to describe it, but I was left with the thought: "Does she really deserve Lucien?"
Well, anyway, who am I to question their love? She makes him whole, happy, complete. And vice versa. That's all that matters. (And really, Lucien already won all the stars. So, still an "amazing" read.)
The story reads like an action packed movie. Scenes with stunts and guns and swords and heroes on horses and ladies in white dresses. And a romance to die for.