Five stars. Vivid story telling, my favorite sub-genre and setting, wonderful characters. I feel like I can't review this with enough justice. One ofFive stars. Vivid story telling, my favorite sub-genre and setting, wonderful characters. I feel like I can't review this with enough justice. One of my favorite bonuses: no conventional foul language. The boys had their own jargon instead, which I found endearing instead of distracting....more
3 stars. I loved the vivid imagery of life in Singapore in the 20s. The story telling was wonderful and there were enough twists to keep it interestin3 stars. I loved the vivid imagery of life in Singapore in the 20s. The story telling was wonderful and there were enough twists to keep it interesting. I'm grateful for my kindle, as there were also many things to look up and define, which is fine by me. I was a little disappointed by the ending though. It seemed a little rushed, and there wasn't much in the way of closure. I want to know how everyone's lives continued. How long do they stay at the palace? Does Aggie stay at the newspaper? The jewelry store? What about the man she meets at the end? It was done with enough finality to allude that there is no sequel, so I guess I'm just left wondering....more
Cursed was compelling enough that I finished it within a few days, but that is the best I can say about it. The characters are familiar, the plot remiCursed was compelling enough that I finished it within a few days, but that is the best I can say about it. The characters are familiar, the plot reminiscent of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, and honestly, Ember McWilliams annoyed me. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. When you suspect that you're living in a house full of people who don't like you, possibly want to kill you, and May or may not have kidnapped you for the good of your sister so that you both get to live well-fed in a mansion instead of on the streets, you don't scream at them about it. Because that'll get you what you want. *eye roll* Two stars. One, because it was compelling enough for me to finish it. Two, because only books I really don't like deserve only one.
It missed out on others because Ember annoyed me, it's a lot like other books I've read, and maybe it was just the Kindle version, but formatting was terrible. Also, where are the editors? Multiple time Ember said, "I could care less", meaning she cares to an extent, as opposed to "couldn't care less", meaning she cares so little, there is no fewer amount of cares she could give. Pet peeve....more
It's been a while since I read a book so unique, so wonderful, AND so in line with my own ideology. Let me tell you what I loved. I loved the lack of cIt's been a while since I read a book so unique, so wonderful, AND so in line with my own ideology. Let me tell you what I loved. I loved the lack of cliches. Really, who needs them? I loved the dependence of Remnants and Knights. Yes, I love the dependence, because I believe men and women are incomplete without the other. I loved the journey they were on. Their quest to save their prince and pick up other Ailith along the way. I loved Andriana learning to work through her fears and overcome her trials. I loved the love. When the bond between Remnant and Knight exists is such a way, there's no way they couldn't form deep love. I loved the restraint, because not every teenager succumbs to their carnal urges, and they are made better for it.
5 Stars, because there was nothing I didn't like, I can't stop raving, and because the author showed me that you can still write a book with overtly Christian themes and have it be so successful that Amazon promotes it. I will definitely be looking for the sequel, and in the meantime will be looking into the author's other works....more
I genuinely liked this book better than the first. Maybe it's because the relationship between Lexi and Marco reminded me of my own marriage, and it wI genuinely liked this book better than the first. Maybe it's because the relationship between Lexi and Marco reminded me of my own marriage, and it was overall a lot healthier than Gabe's and Regan's (who are totally cute and perfect in their appearances here, by the way). I liked the food aspect, though I'm sure if anyone ate as many eclairs as Lexi did they'd weigh twice as much by the end of the book. I really appreciate the authors diversity. Though the books tell the romances of two brothers, respectively, their styles of showing love and creating deep relationships are completely different. I applaud any author who can take a romance (the most rewritten of the genres - the stories all seem like you've read them before), many of the same characters, same setting, and make her sequel a totally different work of art. Bravo. I guess I'll be shelling out a couple more bucks for the next one.
3 Stars: +1 Well written, easy to read +1 Entertaining - I had a hard time pulling away! +1 A Sequel on par with the original -1 Excessive foul language - a major turn off for me. I hate reading it. It's distracting. -1 Not life changing - but let's face It, very few books are worthy of this star....more
Heh heh. Wow. This was my first real step into a (grown up) romance novel. I wish someone had told me before that this would be a pg-13, almost R, donHeh heh. Wow. This was my first real step into a (grown up) romance novel. I wish someone had told me before that this would be a pg-13, almost R, don't read this with your parents kind of book. I'd gotten sick of the pathetic plots of YA romance and decided to try things written for my own age. Now if only I could find a happy medium. While the story line wasn't one I'd read 1000 times before, sometimes the vocabulary was so distracting that instead of creating the excitement desired, it just left me laughing. For example, ""You have the wrong deer, sheriff," a low and sexy voice called from the back." I read that aloud to my husband, whose response was, "Why is he trying to seduce the sheriff? And in front of the whole town? And why is he trying to seduce ANYONE with a deer?" And really, I don't care how long it's been, and I don't care how sexy he is, if a man has directly cost you 11 jobs in 6 years, you don't even let him touch you, let alone try to jump in his pants because he glances at you angrily. It doesn't work like that. Three stars: one for good writing, one an adorable mother-daughter relationship, and one for an entertaining read. Missing one for unnecessary vulgar language and another for lack of life-changing message....more
I got this as a Kindle First book, and it was my first time getting one, so I wasn't sure what to expect, quality wise. And to be honest, I kind of haI got this as a Kindle First book, and it was my first time getting one, so I wasn't sure what to expect, quality wise. And to be honest, I kind of had to trudge through the first few chapters. Ruby wasn't really a character I could relate to. For one thing, Ruby obsesses over her closet of shoes. I have, like, three pair, so we were already a little at odds. Then Ruby makes her first kill, and I was hooked. The plot had me eager to read on, and by the time I was half done, I couldn't put the book down. Just when you think you might have things figured out, you actually don't. Just when you think you know who the bad guy is, you're wrong. Over and over again. And the end was twistiest of all! Four stars: one for being technically sound, one for being a fun, original story that STILL has me trying to piece it together, one for making me love a character I couldn't relate to, and one for having me sucked in completely. The only thing that keeps it from being five star is that it didn't have a life changing message that leaves me thinking after I put it down, but so few books do. 4 stars is the most most books can ever hope to gain from me....more
Another great book! Four stars for a fun, entertaining read. It held my attention, it was suspenseful but not over-pretentious, and Mary continues toAnother great book! Four stars for a fun, entertaining read. It held my attention, it was suspenseful but not over-pretentious, and Mary continues to be a character to love. And James! You know what, I'm going to do it. I'm going to call them a power couple. Ms. Yee continues to introduce a strong female lead who doesn't need a man in her life...but gosh dangit James Easton just makes things so much more fun. And he's not a stupid, flat character either. He's smart, witty, and flawed. It's beautiful. If you're looking for a fun, intriguing, light read, pick up this series!...more
I can honestly say I enjoyed this book as much as the first. Still only four stars, but unlike the first - in which my complaint was for the lack of tI can honestly say I enjoyed this book as much as the first. Still only four stars, but unlike the first - in which my complaint was for the lack of that extra umph, that life-changing something, that some books have - the extra star was lost because I didn't feel Mary grew much. She may be more responsible than she previously was, but that growth happened between books. Overall, four stars for a thoroughly entertaining book that leaves me ready for the third. If you're looking for a Victorian-age heroine who can hold her own while solving problems and occasionally getting help from a handsome man who finds her shenanigans adorable and entertaining, this is a good series for you. Plus, it's an easy read, which may or may not be a bonus....more
I picked up A Spy in the House because I was craving some YA Historical Fiction with a Victorian setting. I gave it 4 stars because it was very fun toI picked up A Spy in the House because I was craving some YA Historical Fiction with a Victorian setting. I gave it 4 stars because it was very fun to read, and the story line was intriguing. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries and Victorian London. The only reason it missed the fifth star is because it is an easier read, one that doesn't leave me feeling changed in any way.
I appreciated the theme of female empowerment. A young woman is more than welcome to marry and live her life as a wife and mother. Sometimes, that's what they truly desire, and that's great. Other times, they need to go out and make something else of themselves. There's no reason a woman shouldn't become accomplished or serve in the same capacities as men, if THAT is what they truly desire. More than anything, though, if you can find a way to do both successfully, why not? I really feel like Ms. Lee found a way to balance these two options without really demeaning either. To be honest, I'm really hoping that (view spoiler)[ Mary marries James and they become a dynamic crime fighting duo of epic proportions together (hide spoiler)] in future novels.
So, overall, plot was fun, protagonists were likable and believable, villains were twisty and overall surprising, and the book solidly held my interest throughout. Bring on the next!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more