Wow, I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would! Which is a very negative way to start off a review. Let me explain!
I normally avoid 'e...moreWow, I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would! Which is a very negative way to start off a review. Let me explain!
I normally avoid 'erotic' romance to be honest. It doesn't do anything for me and I get frustrated when you lose upwards of 30% of a story's plot to licking and nipples. I mostly skim-read those bits which heightens my awareness that there's not ALL that much plot behind the erections.
Not so the case with this book! I didn't skim a word and it held my interest til the end (and I devoured it in just a day, reading as I ate, on the treadmill at the gym!). Extra props for being a standalone but part of a 'series' all the same. So glad I've got the sequel, about Edward's mysterious rake of a brother, already waiting on my Kindle. PLUS, there is something rather sexier about erotic scenes when it's all corsets and ribbons and chemises, rather than tee-shirt and jeans, amirite??
Ellen is a fabulous character, warm and interesting, and modern and sympathetic without being anachronistic. You can tell that Jane Lark really knows her stuff and cares about getting the historical detail right. When I finished the book last night it was hard to acclimatise to being back in the 21st century, and that is always the sign of an expertly written historical novel.
Really looking forward to reading Robert's story.(less)
I love the idea of short-but-perfectly-formed stories to be read on phones. Lots of people complain they don't have time to read, but this sort of thi...moreI love the idea of short-but-perfectly-formed stories to be read on phones. Lots of people complain they don't have time to read, but this sort of thing rubbishes that - which can't be anything but good!
Great, quick read - looking forward to the rest in the series!(less)
I was pleasantly surprised by this little novella. It's short, but it holds your interest, even through some quite esoteric stuff. It ends on a major...moreI was pleasantly surprised by this little novella. It's short, but it holds your interest, even through some quite esoteric stuff. It ends on a major cliffhanger so I'm pleased to already have the follow-up on my Kindle and to hear that the third is being released not too long after. The author has a very gentle first-person writing style that carries you along in the immediacy of the story without being alienating to a reader.(less)
Harriet is one of my favourite YA protagonists - her voice is so strong, and it's not very often you have a character who makes you feel, laugh AND LE...moreHarriet is one of my favourite YA protagonists - her voice is so strong, and it's not very often you have a character who makes you feel, laugh AND LEARN!! I love all the 'geeky' facts in this and its prequel, Geek Girl, and kept stopping to read them aloud to my trying-to-sleep fiance.
I must admit thought that Geek Girl worked well as a standalone and was nervous that Model Misfit just wasn't going to work, but I needn't have worried. It's the perfect ending to the stories of Harriet et al - in fact, it's a wonderful ending.
I absolutely loved all the Japanese culture. Kawaiiiiii!! Chotto matte! I wish Rin was my friend - we've practically got the same name...
I loved Geek Girl and recommended it to anyone who wanted a light-hearted (but unexpectedly deep) British YA comedy. But I think I enjoyed Model Misfit even more! So the answer? Read both!(less)
I am absolutely LOVING this series. I am starting to find it difficult to believe that this isn't actually how it happened. The characters feel real i...moreI am absolutely LOVING this series. I am starting to find it difficult to believe that this isn't actually how it happened. The characters feel real in their lives and motivations and I absolutely love, love, love seeing the "real characters" like the Dudleys (view spoiler)[(I loved the inclusion of Guildford secretly marrying Margaret Clifford and losing his head for it) (hide spoiler)]. Elizabeth is a particular treat. She's had a happy, stable life where she's remained in the line of succession and her mother retained her head, yet she's still recognisable as the Virgin Queen of true history. I'm only docking one star because Minuette is starting to ever so slightly grate on me. I'm hoping she redeems herself in the final instalment - can't wait!(less)
Rating on the audiobook alone, I'd be more inclined towards 1.5 stars instead of a 2.5; BOTH the voice actors were dreadful. The American girl couldn'...moreRating on the audiobook alone, I'd be more inclined towards 1.5 stars instead of a 2.5; BOTH the voice actors were dreadful. The American girl couldn't do a "British accent" and the English guy couldn't do an American one. I also got very sick of the whole valley girl "Ohhhh myyyyyy godddddd, kill me nowwww!" aspect. But that wouldn't have annoyed me so much if I'd been reading rather than listening. It also would have gone quicker and not dragged.
Sometimes funny in places but I didn't get the romance and the characters all annoyed me. Epilogue made me cringe. Don't get the love for this one, sorry.(less)
I love the latest New Adult/contemporary stuff that is coming out my fair isle, the latest of which is Karli Perrin's stomping debut, Ap...moreHey everyone!
I love the latest New Adult/contemporary stuff that is coming out my fair isle, the latest of which is Karli Perrin's stomping debut, April Showers, following the eponymous April through her first months at Manchester University. It was a great read, engrossing and fast paced, chock-full of British wit and humour as well as a lot of this!
And one of these!
But fair warning, there's a DOOZIE of a cliffhanger and at the end my face looked like this:
If you're unsure about 'New Adult' (and especially if you're a fellow Brit) this should definitely be your starting point. April Showers exemplifies the genre, full of drama and humour. I hope the next installment comes very, very soon!
Okay, it got me at the end!! Really want to get my mitts on the second one now. Prime example of how you can write a great book, but if it doesn't fit...moreOkay, it got me at the end!! Really want to get my mitts on the second one now. Prime example of how you can write a great book, but if it doesn't fit into an obvious box, agents and publishers will say its not marketable. Well done Susan Ee for proving them otherwise!!(less)
Well, I don't disagree with the fuss! A great read - really different - and I loved the slam poetry (mental note: Google a slam poetry nig...moreA high 3.5.
Well, I don't disagree with the fuss! A great read - really different - and I loved the slam poetry (mental note: Google a slam poetry night in London to go to). Only the usual niggles that I get with 'American' 'New Adult' books; Layken cries herself to sleep over and over and over again over someone she's known three days; she's meant to be quite mature, but she strops around the house and slams doors and is a dreadful little brat. She's just not someone I can relate to! Will on the other hand was much more sensible and restrained - he could have been a British guy, haha!
I'll definitely add the next book to my TBR, BUT I hereby protest as usual that sometimes, books should just be standalone - the ending was strong enough, in my opinion.(less)
Camryn has a dreadful case of the Mary Sue. She doesn't eat junk food. Her hair is the 'pe...moreOkay, I just don't get it... I'm sorry!
1.5 stars rounded up.
Camryn has a dreadful case of the Mary Sue. She doesn't eat junk food. Her hair is the 'perfect' shade of natural blonde (by her own admission). She's drop-dead devastatingly rape-inducingly gorgeous. But oh no! She's NOT completely perfect, because the *cheerleaders at school* never liked her, because she was going out with the OMGBEST guy instead of one of them. Boo hoo!
I could get past the Mary Sueishness - I have done so many times before. What I couldn't get over was the constant, CONSTANT slut shaming. Camryn's two-dimensional best friend likes to gossip with her mate about sexy times and do the nasty with her long-term boyfriend. THAT SLUT!!! A motel receptionist gives a little smile to a handsome guy during the booking transaction. SLUUUUT!! Camryn's scum-bag ex-boyfriend cheated on her - but it was the fault of the "red-headed slut" he did it with. Camryn constantly reiterates that if you have ever had a one-night-stand, you are 'slutty' blah blah and it goes on - a constant refrain.
'… and then Christian Deering, my Ian rebound guy, and the jerk who cheated on me with some red-haired slut.'
'She [the receptionist pulls it [Andrew’s credit card] from between his fingers and all the while watches every little move his hand makes until it falls away from her eyes down behind the counter. Slut.'
"'Have you ever had a one night-stand?' […] 'Well, I was just wondering…because I've never done something like that.' 'Why not?' he says so casually. […] 'Well, it's kind of slutty, I guess.'
"'No, I would never think you were a slut unless you went around screwing a bunch of guys, for which I then would be in jail because I would have to beat the fuck out of all of them […].'"
Eurgh, that's enough.
By Camryn's 'moral code' me and pretty much all of my girlfriends are super sluts. Strangely enough, there's no mention that the glorious Andrew might be a manslut, even when he admits to his varied and many sexual escapades. That's apparently okay.
Speaking of Andrew, what the hell? He's a passive aggressive LIAR who uses (penetrative) sex as a weapon and basically douches around the place making decisions that make no sense. But it's okay, because he has a cool tattoo and plays the guitar and loves giving oral sex, right?
Okay, so I thought it was going to be a road-trip story, not 50 Shades Lite. The sex scenes themselves were jarring and oddly written, almost as if the author was embarrassed and wanting to get it over with asap - just adding it in because, especially lately, "sex sells". Golden rule of adding sex scenes - does the book work just as well without twenty minutes of nipple-licking and ass-pounding? Yes? Then get rid.
Too many pop-culture references. It really dates the book and they are - for the most part - completely unnecessary. Also, always a bad, bad move to be too specific about what/who your leading man looks like, because it treads on the toes of a readers, who more often than not, will be projecting their own proclivities onto the character. Also, Kellan Lutz?? Really?? Well, each to their own...
I found the handling of the theme of depression clumsy and actually downright uncomfortable. When you tackle something like that you need to do it confidently and sensitively. It felt like Camryn's 'depression' was there as an obstacle, rather than a legitimate part of the character. That might be because Camryn - like all the characters - was generally one-dimensional and unbelievable.
Finally, the (view spoiler)[brain tumour plotline. For crying out loud. Are we meant to believe he spent eight months absolutely fine and suddenly fell into a coma? I'm not a doctor, but that's just ridiculous deus ex machina at work. As is his miraculous recovery. (hide spoiler)] Give me a break!!
Just when I thought I had mere paragraphs to go and it would be over without any more eyerolls, there was the (view spoiler)[pregnancy revelation and immediate marriage proposal (hide spoiler)]. I had a couple of lines to go, but I just turned my Kindle off. I'd wasted enough time on this derivative, cobbled-together, over-hyped mess.
It is amazing when indie authors are 'picked up' by the big publishing houses, but when I think of all the amazing self-published works that were passed over for this dross, I feel terribly sad...
I've given 'Tethers' five stars because I felt it was really exemplary of its genre - all of its genres!! Part fantasy, part sci-fi, a little bit stea...moreI've given 'Tethers' five stars because I felt it was really exemplary of its genre - all of its genres!! Part fantasy, part sci-fi, a little bit steampunkesque! Full review to come!(less)