Should I say how much I love living in the Victorian England of Julia Quinn's novels???Well,I just adore it and I can't have enough of her books!After being completely fascinated by her previous book in the Bridgertons series,The Duke and I,I was trully eager for the next book!And I wasn't disappointed in the least!
This book follows the story of the oldest brother of the Bridgerton family,Anthony,who,as the first book promised,was a fascinating character!Well,Julia Quinn short of reinvents and reintroduces to her readers Anthony Bridgerton and creates a unique character who stays in your mind for a long time!Surely,from what I read about Anthony in the first book,I just couldn't wait to read about his story,but the result,just exceed my expectations!As was only logical,we got to know a lot more about him,and what we learned,well,all I can say is that one couldn't even imagine it from the previous book...Anthony is so much better, caring, insecure, strong and determined.
Katie on the other hand is a character with whom I can completely identify with,a female lead perfect for this kind of story!I loved her devotion to her family and her relationship both to her half sister and her step mother!The story follows more or less the same pattern with the previous installment of the series and the dialogues are hilarious!The witty exchanges between the lead couple are plainly delightful!
I just love Julia Quinns writing style!Her portrayal of the era reminds me that of Jane Austen's books,but she just takes her stories a step further adding all those spicy details an author of Jane Austen's time could never do!I love the language she uses,how real she can make her characters appear and the pace of her stories which never bore you.If not,you just don't want for the story to end,and when it does,you immediately want to sink in the next novel!
All in all,Julia Quinn was the author through whom I was introduced to the historical romance genre and for that I will always have a soft spot for her work in my heart!I just love those books!(less)
I picked this book after a friend at Goodreads higly recommended it to me.And i'm so glad i heard her and picked it up!It has everything i like in a b...moreI picked this book after a friend at Goodreads higly recommended it to me.And i'm so glad i heard her and picked it up!It has everything i like in a book!Action,suspence,romance and an amazing hero!
It's been quite some time since i read anything that doesn't fall in the category YA, paranormal romance or urban fantasy so this book was a much needed break!Stuart manages to grab you from the first page into her world and you just can't put down this book until the last page!From the first chapters you get sucked into a world of mystery,action,violence and betrayal so well written that it's almost impossible to stop reading!
Bastien is your typical alpha male and even better.He is ruthless,manipulative and doesn't feel guilt or remorse for any of his actions,but despite that he manages to be sexy and have a sensitivity hidden really good behind a mask of total indifference.Compining all those elements you get an amazing male hero,perfect for the setting of this book.Chloe on the other hand was just ok for me...There were times where i really liked her character and others where i just couldn't stand her stubborness and found her reactions a bit inconsistent...But maybe that's just me,i'm always weird in some things!
All in all,it was a really good book that anyone who reads romantic suspence should try reading.I know for sure that after Black Ice i will definitely try other books by the same author
OMG!I really didn't expect to like this book so much!Surely Morganville Vampires is a series with a certain hype but i didn't know what to expect of this book,plus,i didn't read any reviews before reading it which turned out to be a really good thing!Having not read i single review i avoided any even minor spoilers and that made me like this book even more because of the many unexpected turns in the plot.Most of the things weren't obvious and i found myself constantly turning the pages to see what happened next.
I liked every single character in this book.Though Claire is the main heroine,all of the surrounding characters are fairly good developed,at least as much as a first POV narration allows.I loved both Shane and Michael so much that at points i couldn't decide who was sexier...Claire is a fantastic character.She is smart,she's self dependent and she doesn't think that everything evolves around her.Granted,she's insecure at times,but who teenager isn't?
And i really enjoyed the sence of companionship this book has.It has been some time since i encountered a company where everyone really cares about each other.
The plot of this book is really good and engaging.It's full of action but not really overstreched scenes where the reader is tired or bored.Rachel Caine knows exactly where to end one scene end begin a new one.The romance is seizling although not the main focus of the story,something i also liked very much.My only complaint is the ending...I understand the need of a cliffhanger ending but not when it's done so obviously deliberatelly.The last chapter felt like it belonged to the next book or that it needed a few more lines at least.Fortunately,i immediatelly started the next book and my impression was that the last chapter was in fact the first one in the next book.I don't know ifi t's just me (and believe me i do like cliffhangers) but i felt that the ending was abrupt just to leave you wondering...
To sum it up,Morganville Vampires is a series any YA fiction fan should read.It's fresh, full of surprises and an utterly engaging read!(less)
Nice YA series but nothing impressive.It kept me interested though and i kept turning the pages till the end.The only thing i didn't like was the lang...moreNice YA series but nothing impressive.It kept me interested though and i kept turning the pages till the end.The only thing i didn't like was the language,cause it's aimed at a more YA audience than myself, but i eventually got used to it.(less)
Another mediocre book in a very long string of mediocre books I keep picking up lately. The plot was all over the place and nothing like the suspensef...moreAnother mediocre book in a very long string of mediocre books I keep picking up lately. The plot was all over the place and nothing like the suspenseful erotica title I was expecting. The element of suspence was unfortunately put on hold in favor of as many sex scenes as one could read and then some more. The result was a story whose sex scenes I mostly skipped because there's a limit to how many different ways the main couple can have sex before I get bored out of my mind. Such a pity because this one sounded like a story right up my alley if there was a balance between the sex scenes and the rest of the story.(less)
Really good book!It began a bit slowly but after the first half i couldn't put the book down.Although if you have already read the other Brown's books...moreReally good book!It began a bit slowly but after the first half i couldn't put the book down.Although if you have already read the other Brown's books it's not so hard to predict who the bad guy is or how the plot will unravel,but that didn't spoil the fun.A decent reading(less)
I really had a difficult time rating this book...I would give it 4 stars,but i really liked only the last 80 pages of the book,so it wasn't fair to ra...moreI really had a difficult time rating this book...I would give it 4 stars,but i really liked only the last 80 pages of the book,so it wasn't fair to rate it so high since most of the book was just ok...This book has pretty much every creature you can meet in a paranormal book.It has vampires,mages,witches,Fey,seers,i mean everything...Someplace the writer even mentioned dragons...I really think that it wasn't necessary to put so many elements in the book.It made the politics even more complicated than politics usually are and to be honest i was quite bored at times.I also found a bit annoying the fact that there were so many fight scenes.To my opinion,only half of them were justified...Anyway,in overall it was rather a good book and i believe that the second one will be better.At least i hope it will be better!(less)
Good book in overall but nothing too exciting.I liked the fact that it was about people who control the weather - haven't read anything similar - but...moreGood book in overall but nothing too exciting.I liked the fact that it was about people who control the weather - haven't read anything similar - but i found the romance not so good developed and the end a bit hasty.One thing she fights for her life and the lives of those she love and the other everything has finished.Just like that!(less)
Forbidden Magic was an utter disappointment for me I'm afraid... I have seen the mixed reviews on Goodreads, but still I thought that I should give it a try. After all, the premise sounded more than intriguing and Cheyenne McCray is a big name out there.
So, I picked it up, only to be quite certain from the very first chapters that I wouldn't like it. I just had that feeling and I knew that no matter how hard I tried, I wouldn't be able to get into this book. And I'm sad to say, that my opinion of Forbidden Magic didn't change as I kept reading. Somewhere after the middle of the book I just started reading this on the fast forward. I just skipped the various and informative sex scenes and just read whatever grabbed my attention. As it is, I don't think I missed much...
The first thing I noticed were the incredibly cheesy names... I could maybe go with Hawk (the hero has wings...) and Silver (the heroine's hair are blond) but Moondust??? Please! But the cheese doesn't stop there... The problem with Forbidden Magic is that is far too cheesy and far too predictable for me to enjoy it... There's immediate lust and even if the sex part between Hawk and Silver arrives a little bit later than what I expected, Hawk's constant hard on as soon as he laid eyes on Silver and Silver's tightening womb caused every single time Hawk moved, irked me to no end... And since I'm talking about cheesy, I can hardly refrain myself from mentioning that incredible scene were Silver and Hawk perform the ritual to call more D' Danann warriors through a perfectly nice blowjob! Nothing more powerful than that guys!
Anyway, Forbidden Magic leans more on the erotica side with paranormal elements than a paranormal romance story. There's too much sex, a bit meaningless at times, and those scenes where Junga, one of the demons, has sex in various positions and with various partners were completely unnecessary. There were at least three scenes where that Junga chick explores the submissive side of her human body and why should I care?
The plot like I said is cheesy and predictable, the character development barely there and even though the writing style is good, I'm afraid it couldn't save the whole book for me.
All in all, Forbidden Magic has received so many mixed reviews for a reason. Sadly, I find myself with those reviewers that didn't like it although I think that it's more a matter of preference. For some people to love it, it must have some qualities that I failed to notice.
Interesting book but only because it was one of the first speciments of naturalism.I found the main heroine annoying but i enjoyed the background of t...moreInteresting book but only because it was one of the first speciments of naturalism.I found the main heroine annoying but i enjoyed the background of the book(less)
It's a book i can't say i like but i didn't hate it either!I really liked the whole idea of a girl becoming "extraordinary" all of a sudden but though...moreIt's a book i can't say i like but i didn't hate it either!I really liked the whole idea of a girl becoming "extraordinary" all of a sudden but though the idea was good,somewhere in the middle of the book i kind of lost my interest... The characters though likeable,were a bit shallow(?) i don't know if the right word to describe them is that,but certainly i would have liked the writer to take some time to describe them better.In general,if i could give a 2.5 star,that would be my rating,since it's certainly a book with some potential and fairly good written but i feel like sth is missing(less)
Scandal in Spring is my second least favorite book in the Wallflower series with the least being the first one Secrets of a Summer Night.And that's not because this book is bad,it's just that after Devil in Winter,this one is simply not nearly as good,but still better than other books in the genre...
The story of Daisy and Matthew is sweet and sexy,in her own way,but nothing groundshaking.I didn't get to know anything new about Daisy in her story,something that happened in both the previous books of the series but I have to admit that I love Matthew!In his own way he made me love him above all the male leading characters of this series.I don't know if it was his inner strength or the vulnerability he showed at times that made me love him so much,but I just couldn't help it!
I loved all the twists in the end,regarding Matthews past,and how the story concluded and the only reason I didn't like it as much as the previous two books rests in the fact that I found the romance between them more subtle in a way.I somehow didn't get the fireworks I got in the previous books,but I enjoyed Scandal in Spring nevertheless!
All in all,Scandal in Spring may not be my favorite book in the series,but it was one I enjoyed reading and as always,Lisa Kleypas made me crave to read her other books even more! (less)
I hadn't realised how much I had missed Julia Quinn's writing style until I picked up one of her novels! I mean she's among those authors that just ca...moreI hadn't realised how much I had missed Julia Quinn's writing style until I picked up one of her novels! I mean she's among those authors that just can't fail me with their work and her stories are always a delight to read. So, it isn't really a big surprise that I absolutely loved To Catch an Heiress!
Most good authors have a distinctive quality, that certain something in their "voice" that makes the reader tell apart their writing style from that of any other. And in Julia Quinn's case, that certain quality is her humor. I mean her stories are so lighthearted and funny that are a pure delight to read! Her stories are not overly sensual, there's definitely some sex there, but it's not the main focus of the story. Her writing style is more playful and the romance is focused more on the constant bickering between the couple rather than their scorching hot encounters. And I had so missed that!
To Catch an Heiress is as good as one might expect from Quinn and then some! I loved Caroline and Blake's story, I loved their constant fights, Caroline's carefree personality and her ability to see good in every bad thing that happened to her in her life and Blake's wounded heart. To put it simply, I just loved everything about this book!
I really can't say anything about the character development or the quality of the writing style. They are impeccable, as one might expect from an author like Julia Quinn. She has a way around words and add to that her incredible humorous tone and you've got in your hands one hell of a story!
Honestly, I can't make that review long, even if I wanted. All I have to say about To Catch an Heiress is that every lover of Historical Romance should definitely give this title a chance. It's so fast-paced and funny and sweet that you won't even realise when you'll reach the final page! (less)
Really liked it!I loved the way Moning writes not to mention that i agreed with many of her heroine's points of view!Well built characters,especially...moreReally liked it!I loved the way Moning writes not to mention that i agreed with many of her heroine's points of view!Well built characters,especially Mac and at last a book about the Fae that i actually enjoyed.Definitely i'll keep reading this series!
The Rest Falls Away... was different from what i expected it to be.And in a good sense different!At the begining of this book i couldn't help but feel like reading a Jane Austen novel.Not that the writing style was same or the story in any way,but the picture of the 19th British society Gleason built had the same "feeling" with the one Austen used to describe in her books.All those balls,the husband pursuit the society events and structure were so vividly described that i just fell immediatelly in love with this book!
The characters here,were ok,most of them.I didn't get to know them really well cause there weren't any in depth character development,except perhaps Victoria's character,but still,the reader only had glimpses of how she felt and why she acted the way she did at certain points.I'd like for her character to be more developed,to get a glimpse of her feelings towards accepting the huge responsibility of her family legacy.Instead,i just felt that Victoria herself,just didn't fully undeerstand what she got herself into except maybe until towards the end.Only under that perceptive i could justify some of her irrational decisions.Anyway,it's a 5 book series,so perhaps,more character development is on the way!
The story behind this book is trully intriguing!I mean, a vampire slayer in the 19th century who hides her weapons in her hair in plain view?Amazing!Somehow i felt,that if any Jane Austen's book was to be altered and enriched with a paranormal addition,that was the way it should be done.But again here,i felt that the plot had some holes.I didn't get how the Venators sensed the vampires among them.I mean,at first,i thought they could always sense them,but then after a certain,minor surely,incident i had to rethink it.It was like an eclectic vampire perception.Anyway,i spotted some other inconsistencies but all of them were of little importance in the main plot,so i just skipped them.
The romance on the other hand,was,just lukewarm.It had potential,and i believe in the next instalments of this series it will get better,but in the first book,it just didn't catch my interest,neither of the two Victoria's romantic interest in this case.Somehow,the romance felt rushed with the one and not fully developed with the other.Although there is also a third potential romantic interest and i'm betting on it to be the best,at least in terms of sexual tension and development.At least i hope it is!
All in all,The Rest Falls Away is a thoroughly entairtening read (don't mind me whining all the time above,it's just me,i'm really whiny about everything!) and you don't get bored for a minute!I already ordered the second book and i can't wait to see how Victoria's story is continued!(less)
Oh well! What can I possibly say about Something Wonderful that will do this book justice? Honestly, this book is so much better than words can possib...moreOh well! What can I possibly say about Something Wonderful that will do this book justice? Honestly, this book is so much better than words can possibly describe, so good that I'm staring dreamy eyed even while I'm writing this review and think about it all over again!
Something Wonderful is maybe the best Historical Romance I have read to this day! Yeah, that good! It's so sweet, so well written, so incredible, that I urge everyone to read it, if you haven't already! You gather by now, that I really loved this book and then some more! And before saying anything else, a HUGE thanks to Giota from A Story Untold for insisting that I read this book immediately! It was totally worth it!
I won't say anything about the plot of this book. Believe me not knowing anything, just made me love it even more, so I don't want to spoil things for anyone. All I'm going to say is, that Judith McNaught is one incredible writer and this book just has the same beautiful writing style as her other books. The plot is engaging and you can't possibly put down this book, even for a single minute. As soon as you start reading it, there is no stop! Believe me! I skipped sleep to finish this one, I even skipped meals!
Alexandra is the most honourable and true heroine I have ever read, so kind, so good, that I just loved her to pieces! Jordan, is incredible, swoon worthy and all! A couple whose story will just stick to my mind for long since I finished this book.
All in all, Something Wonderful is indeed a wonderful story as the title proclaims, a very touching and sensitive story that will melt you! Just pick this book. You won't regret it, especially if you are a fan of the genre! (less)
What can i say about this book!Although i can't say i liked it,i can't either say that i didn't.The story had certainly much potential but the outcome...moreWhat can i say about this book!Although i can't say i liked it,i can't either say that i didn't.The story had certainly much potential but the outcome dissapointed me.Up until the first half it was pretty good but after i felt like reading again and again the same things with different words.The action was circular,repeating the same situations and the romance boring.I'd really want to like better this book cause the storyline seemed interesting.(less)