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 w...moreI 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.(less)
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, don...moreHeh 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.(less)
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 ha...moreI 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.(less)
Another great book! Four stars for a fun, entertaining read. It held my attention, it was suspenseful but not over-pretentious, and Mary continues to...moreAnother 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!(less)
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 t...moreI 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.(less)
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 to...moreI 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"]>(less)
I just reread this book and was really sad that it only took me a few hours, because I was so in love with it. I really enjoy the dynamic between Zane...moreI just reread this book and was really sad that it only took me a few hours, because I was so in love with it. I really enjoy the dynamic between Zane and Danica. They are the recently crowned leaders of two nations who have been warring for so long, they've forgotten why. They just keep fighting to avenge their dead, and the cycle seems to be unending. Danica is calm and collected, always. It's part of her Avian Reserve to remain in control of her body, emotions, and passions. She can't help herself, though, from walking the battlefields to quietly mourn the dead. In the book's opening, she stumbles on a wounded soldier and comforts him, even though she quickly realizes that he is a prince of the Serpiente, the opposing nation. Still, she remains with him until he dies. This touching display quickly travels back to the new king of the Serpiente, Zane. He realizes that Danica may be just the kind of new ruler that could make a play for peace. It seems that all either of them wants is an end to the war, an end to the death. They agree to meet with mediators, who propose a most shocking settlement. The nations' subjects are sure this peace is impossible, but Zane and Danica are willing to do what it takes. The questions is: could snakes and birds ever live in peace together?
For me, this kind of storytelling is about as far into fantasy as I'll go, with the characters human (mostly, which is all I need), and while there are new terms and titles to learn, there isn't a new language to keep track of. That being said, I appreciate the...what's the opposite of personification, animalization? The animalization of the nations. The birds are stiff, and quite ungraceful on two legs. I can easily imagine them walking stiffly in their human forms, and it makes sense that they are reserved in physical affection. The snakes are the opposite: fluid in either form, quick to anger and emotion, and used to living closely and passionately in den-like communities.
The first time I read these, I was in love with the first two books, but the last two weren't really my cup of tea. Regardless, I'm desperately waiting for my set to arrive so I can continue falling in love with these crazy lovers.(less)
A very good read, with about the same pacing as Terrior and Bloodhound. Beka's former "Lovers" are absent, and the book begins with the death of her b...moreA very good read, with about the same pacing as Terrior and Bloodhound. Beka's former "Lovers" are absent, and the book begins with the death of her betrothed, but he's not anyone we know, and she didn't love him anymore, so we're not sad about it. The book could seem a little slow, as it's one long Hunt, but I felt it had enough variety throughout to keep me reading. There was also a little excitement as it is revealed that someone among their party of four - Beka, Tunstall, Lady Sabine, and newcomer mage Farmer - might be betraying them. Tension rises as Beka hesitates to suspect any of her friends, whether they be old lifesavers, or new ones. The end made me very happy, because it made it very clear that it was the final book in this series, but also tied it into Beka's descendent, Rogue George Cooper. I fully appreciate how tidy it was all wrapped up.(less)
A really good book. It still had me totally engaged, which is impressive. Usually by book 12, many series lose my interest. I liked the story line, bu...moreA really good book. It still had me totally engaged, which is impressive. Usually by book 12, many series lose my interest. I liked the story line, but I wish we saw more of the characters. It was like, book 11 part 2, with part 3 coming later.(less)