This was an interesting read, not as good as Home Alone, and a bit younger than I expected, but it was alright. I liked Joe, I thought he was sweet anThis was an interesting read, not as good as Home Alone, and a bit younger than I expected, but it was alright. I liked Joe, I thought he was sweet and didn't deserve to be left alone for a week, because he didn't seem old enough to handle it. I just wanted to pat him on the head and say "there there"....more
This was an interesting read. It took me a while to get into it as the third-person narration can sometimes seem as if you're an outsider looking in,This was an interesting read. It took me a while to get into it as the third-person narration can sometimes seem as if you're an outsider looking in, and this very much felt like that. It was a tad stilted, a tad awkward, but I soon got into it and it ended up being a really enjoyable book. It was relatively drama-free, too, which is always amazing, although I knew Anna's other personality was going to end up causing trouble for her - she was too naive, too willing to just spill random details of her life without thinking about the consequences (and as such she came across as a VERY young 18 compared to Alfie, Nina, Molly and Sean).
I'm not sure which genre this falls in. It's not young adult, that I know, and it sort of straddles the line between New Adult and Chick Lit, and it can work for both genres. Keris Stainton is a fantastic writer, and I loved the Liverpool setting and once I got into the book, I really got into it and it ended up being a really interesting read. I especially loved how all the characters had their own storylines, it wasn't just about Anna, it was about all of them and it was so, so nice to see them all get along without a bitchy one in the group. It was so refreshing....more
I really enjoyed this. It was so much fun and totally current, completely on-trend for the time we live in. It definitely has me wondering which realI really enjoyed this. It was so much fun and totally current, completely on-trend for the time we live in. It definitely has me wondering which real life celebs can't be bothered to tweet (in fact, I don't think any of them do except Stephen Amell whom I trust implicitly).
I loved getting to know May, although she was SO obtuse when it came to Alex (or is it Adam? I've had a stressful month and my recollection part of my brain has fallen to pieces. I'm almost sure it's Alex though - either way, it's a four letter fellas name that begins with A). I almost wanted to smash her in the face she was so stupid, especially since this is a girl who doesn't deny how pretty she is (vain came to mind in one scene in particular).
But overall this was a fun, quick read. I liked May, and it was a nice insight into the social media mad generation (of which I used to be part of, but like Alex/Adam I couldn't really care less about any more). Inevitably, like most things, social media gets old (but it does get addictive first) but it's just really never what you want it to be, and I don't miss it.
Emily Benet is such a fun author, and this book is a gem....more
This was so cute. It was so nice to see Stephanie not being a bounty hunter, but it was also BIZARRE. Also: Can we talk about the endings to these booThis was so cute. It was so nice to see Stephanie not being a bounty hunter, but it was also BIZARRE. Also: Can we talk about the endings to these books? THEY ARE SO ABRUPT. Or is it just me? I really enjoyed this one, although the culprit was sooooo surprising. I can't wait for number 12, but am I the only one who's ready for Stephanie to settle down with Morelli? OR RANGER. JUST PICK ONE....more
Oh GOD. This book was awful. When I first started reading it, I thought it was cute. But Rebecca is one of the most selfish characters I've ever met.Oh GOD. This book was awful. When I first started reading it, I thought it was cute. But Rebecca is one of the most selfish characters I've ever met. She's clearly meant to be based on the beloved Rebecca Bloomwood, but they're so far apart it's unreal. The only thing they have in common is their first name. Rebecca was just so vapid, selfish, self-absorbed. Jesus Christ, she didn't even know what country her boyfriend was in, which wound me up no end. She barely showed up to work, coming up with excuse after excuse (ridiculous excuses as well, mind) and I just wanted to punch her in the face.
I kept persevering until I couldn't persevere any more. There's only so much whinging and whining you can put up with, until you want to tell someone to get a grip and Rebecca sorely needed to get a grip. She didn't live in the real world, in fact the real world was barely a speck on her horizon.
I don't actually know how anyone could like or warm to Rebecca. She was not redeemable in the slightest. Eventually I had to give up on this book. I don't mind a bridezilla at all, in fact it can be very entertaining, but Rebecca just didn't care enough about ANYBODY ELSE to get out of her own bubble of selfishness and that is what I hated. Rebecca was too calculating and too much of an idiot for me to ever warm to her. I'm just surprised it took me until halfway through to see that she would never change. Ugh. ...more
So, this book was not amazing. The beautiful title and beautiful cover suckered me in... and it was all just a bit meh for my tastes. I'm sure I've heSo, this book was not amazing. The beautiful title and beautiful cover suckered me in... and it was all just a bit meh for my tastes. I'm sure I've heard good things about this book, but it just wasn't for me. I like my main characters with a teensy bit more spice. Yes, quiet is fine, but to not even stand up for yourself, when the guy you like is a douche? Wren, I was disappointed in you. And Gray was a douche. From trying to catch mini hotdogs in his mouth (AND CHOKING ON THEM!!!!!), to calling Wren "Weenie Girl" (UGH), to just general doucheness, I couldn't warm to him. Wren was WAY too good for him. He had no reason to be a jerk, rich does not equal jerk. But Gray was a jerk. Again, and again, and again; and instead of telling him exactly where to take his jerk self, Wren just forgives him all the time. Ugh. Talk about being passive.
I don't generally mind insta-love; I do prefer a slow burn, but sometimes your eyes meet across the room etc, and it's all Ted Mosby "I'm going to marry that girl", but I didn't quite understand what made Wren or Grey have that insta-love. Being saved from choking? REALLY? HOW ROMANTIC.
I kept reading, if only to find out what was worse than Grey writing term papers for money, and it was so much worse. It actually made me feel icky, and it was breaking the law, I'm sure. BUT YAY LET'S FORGET ABOUT THAT BECAUSE IT'S LURVE APPARENTLY. Wren really needed a reality check, no one would forgive what Gray did that easily.
So yeah this book annoyed me, way more than I actually thought, until I started writing. It wasn't amazing, and that makes me sad. And Gray was no love interest I was interested in....more
This was such a cute read! I sold at the word DOG. Which is a very common occurrence for me. Dogs are just the best, and though it was sad to read thaThis was such a cute read! I sold at the word DOG. Which is a very common occurrence for me. Dogs are just the best, and though it was sad to read that Jane had lost her dog, it was awesome to see Maybe in her life, whom Jane rescued when she was on her way to her aunt's B&B. Although I preferred when Maybe was called Penny, because it was actually a bit symbolic to a scene in the book.
This was a sweet, simple read. Kinda sad (okay, a lot sad) and I could sort of see where Jane was coming from wherein when her husband and dog die within weeks of each other, she was sadder about the dog. Now I get sad when humans pass away, we all do, but it guts me when I hear of a pet passing away. I've had that happen, a few years ago now, and it was awful. The worst thing ever. Not that I'm saying a human passing away also isn't the worst thing ever, but hearing about a human who I didn't know passing away and a dog I didn't know passing away, the dog hurts more, for reasons I can't really explain. Perhaps I'm just not wired correctly.
I love when books show the main character changing as the novel wears on. At first, Jane is completely resistant to staying at her aunt and uncle's B&B and helping out while her aunt has an operation, so it was nice to see the B&B grow on Jane, and show her there's more to life than San Diego and working in a cubbie.
It was a good read, a way to while away a lazy Saturday afternoon. There wasn't much romance, which was a shame, but after what Jane goes through you can hardly expect her to be ready to love again (with a human at least). ...more