I didn't realize that when I picked up this book that it was sort of a companion novel to Ella Enchanted. I found this book got my attention from page...moreI didn't realize that when I picked up this book that it was sort of a companion novel to Ella Enchanted. I found this book got my attention from page one and I really enjoyed the story of Aza.
While this book mentions some characters like Ella and Areida none of them really come back with a big part in this book. Lucinda is also present in this book but with a small part and sadly she seems to have reverted to her old ways of gifting without thinking.
The main focus is Aza whom I love as a character, I love seeing how she developed from beginning to end. Her prince disappointed me a time or two, but he redeemed himself in the end! Aza's family and zhamM are wonderful editions to this book...I really liked the roles they played in Aza's life. Queen Ivi, I just really didn't like her character. I felt she was not a person I would have liked whether influenced by evil or not.
As with Ella Enchanted, I was again surprised by the young age of our heroine in this book as well. I suppose that if you looked into history that perhaps that really wasn't so young at all but in this day in age it seems incredibly young. Thats just a personal hurdle I have I guess.
The singing thing is different, I didn't mind it so much as long as I was reading it. But I didn't care for all the odd little songs that were written throughout the book. Some I did like but most I didn't really care for and I wouldn't have missed them if they weren't there.
The only other thing that frustrated me was the gnomes names....I had no idea how to say them and they were spelled so oddly.
All in all, I thought it was a really splendid book and I enjoyed it throughly. (less)
I was not looking forward to reading this book very much as the first one didn’t really move to fast for me. However, I found the second book much mor...moreI was not looking forward to reading this book very much as the first one didn’t really move to fast for me. However, I found the second book much more enjoyable then the first one. It moved along much quicker for me. I have listed it as a romance again, and though its another year in the life of Bridget. This time she has found love but this books take us through her year long struggle to keep it despite all her short comings and issues and to regain it once she has lost it. As before I enjoyed the diary format and wasn’t bothered by Bridget’s continuous obsession with weight, cigerettes or anything else. Honestly, I think if Bridget were a real person I would like her. She is a bit scatter brained but all in all she portrays a very real type of woman, many of us would be able to relate to her. Plus she is just a genuinely kind and caring person, very real. If you have read the first book or seen the movie, you know she gets the guy, book two takes us into the next year. Bridget is still Bridget and doesn’t have much confidence and fears losing Mark to another woman and of course there are all the other mishaps and problems Bridget always has in her life. This book was filled with all kinds of problems, I laughed out loud many times. If you are the type of person who doesn’t like it when a movie is very different from a book or missing parts, you might want to skip either the book or movie. I was very surprised not only by parts left out of movie but at the blatant changes in some other parts, such as the trip to Thailand and the problem with Rebecca. As I mentioned in the review of the first book, I think the movie is better and again I think the movie was better then the second book. I did find the second book so much better though and so much funnier. I don’t know that I would re-read it as it was still a bit slow for me but I definitely would say it’s a good read at least once. You might even find that you learn something from all of Bridget’s self help theories!!
This has been my favorite book so far in this series, I love these ladies! I haven't read the books for awhile now but plan on re-reading them soon so...moreThis has been my favorite book so far in this series, I love these ladies! I haven't read the books for awhile now but plan on re-reading them soon so I can read book 4 and 5 now as well. These ladies are great and so funny, and I would love to just drop by their shop and visit with them. If you like mystery and humor give these books a try. (less)
These were really cute books, I think its a series of 5 now. The writing is funny, and paced well enough though a bit slow at times. The main characte...moreThese were really cute books, I think its a series of 5 now. The writing is funny, and paced well enough though a bit slow at times. The main characters are really cool women that you would love to know! This first book was like I said a bit slow for me but not so much that I didn't keep reading on to the next book or that I would never re-read it. Its a very light-hearted, fun book. In fact all the books in this series that I have read so far are that way. (less)
I had first heard about a series called Maximum Ride on Yahoo Questions and it sounded really good. As it was geared towards teens and young adults, I...moreI had first heard about a series called Maximum Ride on Yahoo Questions and it sounded really good. As it was geared towards teens and young adults, I picked it up for my older son to read. He loved it as did many of his friends and so I thought I would also like to give it a try. In looking for the order of the books I stumbled across Max again in When the Wind Blows and the sequal to it, The Lake House. Thinking this was the beginning, I read these books first. Now if I had read the authors note in the beginning of the Angel Experiment I would have known that these books were not part of the series. The only similarities are a girl named Max and a group of kids who are not quite human escaping from a horrible place called the school. Actually, there are one or two other common points in these books. However, I will let you figure those out for yourself. If nothing else, When the Wind Blows will give you an idea on how awful the school is for either Max. Where the Maximum Ride series is geared towards teens and young adults, When the Wind Blows is for adults. Its a wonderful book, I could not put it down. I have never read anything by James Patterson and now I find myself wondering why. I was drawn in from the word go on this book. I'm not sure what genre this book would go under, suspense maybe, mild horror, not sure. One thing I do know is that it was really, really good. Non-stop action, edge of your seat suspense, tears, romance, laughs, justice, you name it and this book seems to have it. I was completely appalled by the place called the school and what it was doing and found myself wondering if anything like that was going on in the real world. I am a firm believer in, if one person can think it up and put it on paper, another person can be looking for a way to create it in the real world. When you think about the possibilities, this book could really scare you! (less)