I have finished my first ever fantasy book and I loved it! Yes it took me like a week to read because every time I started reading I got sleepy (thankI have finished my first ever fantasy book and I loved it! Yes it took me like a week to read because every time I started reading I got sleepy (thanks work!) but with just over half the book read I got stuck in tonight and didn't stop until I'd finished. Oops. Not what I had intense but it all got so juicy!
I can't wait to read more in the series! I love the world, the characters, I'm shipping Celaena and Dorian, though I like Chaol, too. So either or! But so far I'm team Dorian, because he's just so sweet!!!!
Princess Nehemiah is also AMAZING. Spin off or what?!?!??!???! I need the other books from the library ASAP!!!!! And for the love of god I hope Fleetfoot survives all the books. For the love of dogs, SJM, make it so!!! ...more
I've waited five years for the Katy Carter sequel, and it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. *sadface* Here's the thing: Back when I read Katy CarI've waited five years for the Katy Carter sequel, and it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. *sadface* Here's the thing: Back when I read Katy Carter Wants A Hero, I LOVED it. It's one of my favourite books, and it's to me eternal frustration that my copy has gone AWOL, and I've been meaning to get another copy for ages, I just haven't gotten around to it yet. So ever since Ruth announced the sequel I've been excited to read it, because Katy Carter Wants A Hero was amazing, absolutely, truly amazing. Funny, fresh, witty, it even had a freaking lobster named Pinchy, which was not stupid/OTT at all, and fit the story *perfectly*.
Flash forward five years and Katy's in a rut, and in a mess. She's telling secrets left, right and centre, she's worried Ollie's been abducted by hard-working aliens and is having an affair, and it's the same old Chick Lit cliche where a conversation would do wonders for their relationship. That's probably what annoys me most about books nowadays, is that in the vast majority of Chick Lit novels I read, a simple conversation, a few words, could solve a thousand problems and worries, without all the unnecessary to-ing and fro-ing. The 2016 Leah is not so enamoured with secrets that pile up like domino's, when she just KNOWS they're going to come out anyway, so why not just be honest about them in the first place? Why, when Ollie found out about the whole Throb thing, did Katy not just fess up then? When drag it on longer than she needed that she had to write two more books for Throb. But the most important question: in 2016, what the hell does it have to do with St Jude's - or any school - what one of their teacher's girlfriends does as a job? NOTHING. AT ALL. EVER. It's none of their business, at all. It felt like a 1950s throwback, where a woman can't do anything, or was shamed for it.
I wanted to love Katy Carter Keeps A Secret, and there were bits I did like, it still had that warm and witty style, Katy is still pretty endearing and I'd still love to be her friend, I just wish she were more open and honest to Ollie, the man she's been with for five years. Secret keeping is what happens in books where characters are only just starting to date, not when they're in a serious, five-year relationship. This just missed the sparkle from the first book, the conversations Ollie and Katy had, it's hard to have a conversation when you're a) keeping secrets and b) are basically like ships in the night. The best part about Katy Carter Keeps A Secret was Nicky, he was absolutely hilarious, I'm not joking and SPOILER PINCHY IS ALIVE. Seriously, that made my day. Pinchy is my hero.
Overall, it was a quick, cute read, but it could have been so much more. ...more
Kate Hewitt has been a must-watch author for me since I read her book This Fragile Life a few years back. It was such an emotional read, it made me crKate Hewitt has been a must-watch author for me since I read her book This Fragile Life a few years back. It was such an emotional read, it made me cry, even about a subject that's something so far away from my own life, which I always think is a good thing. So I've tried my best to keep up with her novels and nowadays she's writing a series set in Hartley-by-the-Sea, in Cumbria. I haven't actually read Rainy Day Sisters, and I don't think you particularly have to, although Juliet & Lucy are in this book, but not a lot is mentioned of the plot, what happened, etc, so you can easily read these books as standalones.
Now and Then Friends tells the story of two girls who used to be friends, Claire and Rachel, and their very different lives in Hartley-by-the-Sea. Claire finds herself there after an incident with her fiance in Portugal, and Rachel finds herself stuck there permanently due to family health issues, the two were best friends way back, but not any more, and it's fair to say Rachel holds a bit of a grudge about it all. In fact, Claire's brother Andrew, was spot on when he said Rachel had a chip on her shoulder. It was the size of Great Britain, in fact. Though I will say, for everything that Rachel went through, I could understand why she had a chip on her shoulder. I could understand why she nagged her sister's, Meghan and Lily to do better, to help her out, to tidy up.
This really wasn't a cheerful read. Rachel is downtrodden, rightly so, and I felt stressed on her behalf. Everything in her life was fraught with worry, and Meghan and Lily irritated the living daylights out of me, with their inability to just bloody help. Or for Meghan to actually take care of her son, Nathan. If I was Rachel my head would have exploded in anger, I'm not even kidding. It was Claire's story that I really enjoyed though, I mean I liked Rachel, but her chapters always had me fretting for her, whereas Claire's story actually saw her stand on her own two feet for once, and see how she liked it, including getting a job in the local shop-cum-post-office. After a lifetime of being told what to do, by everyone, it was really nice to see her do her own thing, and realise what she wanted in life.
I really enjoyed Now and Then Friends. It really wasn't the most cheerful of reads, at times, but it was nice to see Claire and Rachel's friendship re-blossom. It was also lovely to read a book set in Cumbria. This was such a good read, and I'll definitely have to go back and read Rainy Day Sisters, and here's hoping there'll be a third Hartley-by-the-Sea novel soon. ...more
Smash & Grab is one of those books you're either going to love or hate, depending on how "real" you like your fiction. Some will scoff at teens puSmash & Grab is one of those books you're either going to love or hate, depending on how "real" you like your fiction. Some will scoff at teens pulling off bank jobs, but I love it. There's something so exciting, so thrilling, about reading about bank robberies and base-jumping and other adrenaline-filled pursuits. It just gets you so excited! I know, morally, that bank robbing isn't right, duh, but they do it without harm! It's all good! But if that's not your jam, don't read this book. It is so my jam, though, and I loved it.
What I liked most about Smash & Grab were the characters. In a book like this, you have to love the characters to really agree with what they're doing, and Lexi and Christian are amazing MCs. They come from completely different sides of the tracks, but they're sole goals are the same: to provide for their family. Although Christian's threat comes as an actual, physical threat, so it's not like either of them woke up one day, thinking they'd rob banks. There's way, way more to the story than that, and that's what makes this book so readable, so enjoyable, so hard to put down.
This is the kind of book you can pick up and lose yourself in when you don't want to be part of the real world for a day or so. Is it perfect? Probably not, but I just read it for what it was - a fun, heist-y, bank caper and I didn't think too hard about how hard (or easy, as the case may be) it is to rob a bank. Though I kind of feel like this book should come with a big warning, in neon writing that says "Do not try any of these things at home", just for any budding robbers or base-jumpers, looking to get a thrill, reckon they can do it themselves. Don't be silly.
I did for a long time wonder how Smash & Grab would end - because surely something so criminal cannot end happily? It cannot end with people walking into the sunset? Well you'll have to read and see, but it did give me pause for thought, and I actually kind of liked the ending. I would also really like either a) a sequel or b) a companion novel featuring the other characters in the book. I would so get behind that. I'd be first in line to read any sequels/companion novels. I really, really enjoyed this. This was such a cute, fun read, perfect for fans of Ocean's Eleven. ...more