When I saw Trouble In Tinseltown on Netgalley, it looked like the perfect little read for my lunch hour! I’m not the biggest short story reader, but I...moreWhen I saw Trouble In Tinseltown on Netgalley, it looked like the perfect little read for my lunch hour! I’m not the biggest short story reader, but I find they do in a pinch, and are a quick and easy read when you’re not able to get into something fuller, and Aimee Duffy’s new series seemed the ideal thing for my lunch hours.
Trouble In Tinseltown is the first of seven short stories, following best friends Ciara, Gem and Elle on an around the world adventure of which I am insanely jealous. I dream of flying around the world, visiting hot, fabulous destinations, and the first stop for the girls is LA! Who doesn’t want to visit LA?
The girls are definitely a handful, mind, and I liked that the main focus was Ciara, the more level headed of the three girls and I enjoyed her flirtation with Zack. It’ll be interesting to see where it goes (if it goes anywhere since they’re off to Miami next). I enjoyed Trouble In Tinseltown, it was a cute, short read. It wasn’t perfect, but for my lunch break it was ideal. I can’t wait to go to Miami with the girls (I love Florida!).(less)
When I got an email from Diversion Books/Netgalley inviting me to read & review Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy, I thought it sound...moreWhen I got an email from Diversion Books/Netgalley inviting me to read & review Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy, I thought it sounded super interesting and on reading the first few pages, that initial though held through, but come the end of the novel, I was left with questions. I didn't understand why the novel only took place over the course of one day - it seemed way more drawn out than that, and it could have done with being set over a term or a semester, whatever, rather than a day.
I wanted to like Roberta so much - I liked her spunk initially, but it soon wore off, when she was telling little while lies here, there and everywhere. If you get your period and miss the start of class, just tell your teacher you got your period. There was no need for the big fat lie. It was childish.
I like Roberta's friends Annie and Mervin, Mervin in particular was sweet. Annie was a bit weird. The novel went some place with her, leaving us hanging come the end of the novel. I was just left with so many questions - why did Thaddeus spent a free period with Roberta & then flip a switch and go all cray-cray? What happened to Annie? What happened the next day, never mind anything else? It just wasn't my kind of read, there are better novels set at posh schools than this one.(less)
This novel started very promisingly, but it didn't manage to keep the suspense the whole way through. It just went on, and on, and on, and I eventuall...moreThis novel started very promisingly, but it didn't manage to keep the suspense the whole way through. It just went on, and on, and on, and I eventually got bored of Jessica and Dominic. It was like a poor man's Gone Girl, with an equally annoying ending.
The premise was interesting, but it just wasn't to my satisfaction. When you start a book that says the heroine is going to end up dead, you're intrigued and I was, but it didn't last. I got bored. Then the plot twist happened and it just went to a place I didn't expect or like.
And the ending! What is it with thriller writers and stupid non endings? I'm sick of them. I wanted to know what consequences there were, what happened to detective Kim and her family. Ugh. I was very disappointed overall.(less)