So, I don't see why people find this book so remarkable. I thought it was mediocre at best. Normal story, normal characters. Nothing about it jumps ou...moreSo, I don't see why people find this book so remarkable. I thought it was mediocre at best. Normal story, normal characters. Nothing about it jumps out at me to scream "Hey this is a classical book that we should force students to read in school". Compared to what I've been forced to read, this was fairly easy, but nothing special(less)
This is supposed to be one of the greatest romantic stories in history, but I just...moreThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
This is supposed to be one of the greatest romantic stories in history, but I just don't see it. Romeo, in my humble opinion, is a lackluster character who is very unstable when it comes to his love life. In the beginning, he is head over heels for a girl who is not our heroine and then jumps to love Juliet based solely upon her looks. After this instant, magical love springs up in both characters, mayham subsequently occurs leaving them both dead. Which is supposed to show the romance all the more because neither could deal with the idea of living without the other. It all seems a little preposteous to me. The fact that the timeline of the story, from meeting til death, is a whopping five days does little to change my opinion.(less)
Do I really need to review Harry Pothead? Seriously people, you've seen enough about these books to get the gist of it and I'm not gonna waste my time...moreDo I really need to review Harry Pothead? Seriously people, you've seen enough about these books to get the gist of it and I'm not gonna waste my time with it.(less)
I'm not going to describe the plot or aspects of this book because, the only way yo...moreThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
I'm not going to describe the plot or aspects of this book because, the only way you can not have any clue what this book is about is if you have been living under a rock for the past 3 years. This book is relatively good. It is a very easy cliched read, but it still draws you into a different world which is all I can really ask of a novel. Yes, there are plenty of plot holes and grammatical issues, but in the end what stayed with me was the fact that I became completely immersed in that world. I read the entire series in a week (well 8 days) and I got so caught up in the story that I was on pins and needles at the appropriate moments. Does this book deserve a medal or any kind of literary recognition? No, of course not! But it does need to be known that it is a decent book and not as bad as many outraged reviewers claim (nor is it as good as many teens say).(less)
Sorry, but it has been a long process. Believe it or not, I originally started this book back in 2007 to do a research paper on and unfortunately I cannot read anything, no matter how good, if I am forced to. The simple fact that I have to read it takes it from a fun hobby to a dreaded task. I got about halfway through it then before just giving up and watching the film (the Kiera Knightley version) which I adore. I keep trying to watch the longer BBC one but every time I rent it or try to borrow it from the library, it’s scratched as a motherfucker and won’t play. But I digress.
Now to my review. I struggled a bit with deciding whether to give this 4 stars or 5 because although I love it, I hate it when people give classic books 5 stars simply because they are old and dusty and you are supposed to love them. I felt like I needed to justify my choice of 5 stars more and the reason I went with 5 is because I genuinely love the story.
I adore Elizabeth and the fact that she is headstrong and opinionated in this time when that was beyond frowned upon. I like Jane and her shyness. I LOVED Bingley and his charismatic charm. I also really love Mr Bennet and his sense of humor. Mrs Bennet & Lydia Bennet on the other hand were those characters you alway wanted to smack in the face for being so stupid…like so:
And then there is Darcy….
At first, like everyone else, I wasn’t very into him. He was standoffish and he insulted Elizabeth behind her back mere moments after meeting her! Seriously, what is wrong with you dude? I was fuming as much as Elizabeth…but then you realize that he is shy and awkward when conversing with people he doesn’t know and he does all this amazing stuff just to help Elizabeth. I followed Elizabeth right down the damn rabbit whole when she started to fall for Darcy.
My only real complaint, oddly enough, was the prose. I truly did not expect the way it was written to bug me. I am an historical romance novel fanatic so you would assume that this would be right up my alley, no?
But it really wasn’t. Apparently I only like to listen to them speak this way, not read it. When I hear them speak, it’s like aw! He is paying her an extreme compliment and using all these pretty words. When I read it, the dialogue I can handle, but the entire page of description that basically amounts to “they lived in a large house called Longbourne that had many rooms and a lot of land with woods”….well I wasn’t so into that. And when Mr Collins spoke, I had the biggest urge to just yell at him to spit it out already! Seriously dude, pull your head out of Lady Catherine’s ass and speak for yourself! Stop paying Lady Catherine compliments every other word! Trust me, we understand that you think she is the shit.
Wow…this is probably the crappiest review I have ever written, but seriously there are tons of reviews out there that really explain what this book is about as well as several films, so if my review has left you confused, please go consult one of them (or just google it) and they will answers your numerous questions.
By the way, anyone else who is a fan of this book and/or the films, go watch Lost In Austen. If you haven’t already seen this, please, I beg you, do it now. This BBC mini-series is probably one of my favorite things ever. You get to see a modern day English girl switch places with Elizabeth and she messes everything up and it is so hilarious and awesome and has the most perfect ending ever. Seriously, GO. BUY. IT. NOW. The hynotoad commands you! (less)
This book was both better and worse than I had hoped it would be. Better because it...moreThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
This book was both better and worse than I had hoped it would be. Better because it was written in first person, which I adore, and because it was in relatively easy to read language. Honestly, the way it was written reminded me of a modern day young adult novel. It was worse because I couldn't really identify with Jane. I get the passion for Rochester and I was sympathetic towards her trials as a child, but, well, in all honesty she was just too christainy for me. The whole book was God help me with this, God help me with that and it seriously irked me. Jane as a whole irritated me as well. When she leaves Rochester in the middle of the night without giving him time to make things better, I wanted to smack her. She ran away with very little (and I mean VERY LITTLE) money and no where to go, expecting some magical force to see her through. Ick.(less)
YAY! Julia Quinn.... This is the tale of Olivia Bevelstoke finding her husband. I have to say, Sebastion is definitely one of my favorite romance novel...moreYAY! Julia Quinn.... This is the tale of Olivia Bevelstoke finding her husband. I have to say, Sebastion is definitely one of my favorite romance novel heroes. If you've read Julia Quinn before, this novel should please as much, if not more than her previous works. It's funny and touching. Humor is something that can be forgotten in romance novels, but never in a JQ book. (less)
With massive amounts of vampire romance novels out today, it's good to know there i...moreThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
With massive amounts of vampire romance novels out today, it's good to know there is at least one truly good series. Charlaine Harris' spin on the supernatural world is a very good one. This is the first book in her Sookie Stackhouse series and it has not only romance, but suspense and murder as well. This book is told in an alternate reality where vampires have "come out of the coffin" and announced their existence to human kind. As the world is acclimating itself to this revelation, murders are happening in Bon Temps and nobody can figure out whose doing it. Sookie (our first person narrator) is a twenty something who has a disability. She hears other people's thoughts and this makes dating more than a little difficult. So when she discovers that vampiric minds are silent as the grave (so to speak) to her, she seeks to be in the company of Bill, Bon Temps first vampire. All in all, great storyline with plenty of romance and suspense.
To fans of the TV show, as in most things, the book is very different than the show. Some characters are the same, but things progress differently and some characters act differently.(less)
This book was very good and not at all what I expected. I was expecting something b...moreThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
This book was very good and not at all what I expected. I was expecting something between The Vampire Diaries and Dead Until Dark. This book is like neither of those. Rae "Sunshine" Seddon is a baker for Charlie's Coffehouse. She is kidnapped by a clan of vampires and literally chained to the wall across from Constantine, a vampire also held captive be the clan. They eventually escape, but in the process awaken Sunshine's past regarding the magically element of her family that she has all but forgotten about. This story draws you into Sunshine's world. It's a world where any number of dark or magical forces (vampires being the worst) have always existed. And she is not the typical heroine because she doesn't want adventure and she isn't what anyone would call brave. All she wants out of life is the bake great food at Charlie's and read about paranormal activity from the comfort of her rented rooms. But that isn't how it happens.(less)
Ah....Mr Gaiman. The Graveyard Book is exactly what you expect from the mind that brought you Coraline. This is the tale of Nobody "Bod" Owens whose f...moreAh....Mr Gaiman. The Graveyard Book is exactly what you expect from the mind that brought you Coraline. This is the tale of Nobody "Bod" Owens whose family was murdered when he was an baby and he ends up being adopted by a ghost couple in a nearby graveyard. Funny, scary, and perfect are desciptive terms that come to mind. (less)
This novel was very different than I expected it to be. I adore the film, so I was shocked to see all that had been changed from the novel. However, t...moreThis novel was very different than I expected it to be. I adore the film, so I was shocked to see all that had been changed from the novel. However, this was a great read and I actually like Howl a little better in the novel than the film. (less)
This is one of my all time favorite historical romance novels. I'd say that I was completely drawn into their world, but really that's not all that gr...moreThis is one of my all time favorite historical romance novels. I'd say that I was completely drawn into their world, but really that's not all that great a compliment for me to give a historical romance novel since I'm always drawn into their world even if the novel sucks (ie The Duke's Indiscretion by Adele Ashworth). I honestly can't tell you much about this book since it has been several years since I've read it, but I do remember that it is perfect. From the opening page to the last word, absolutely perfect.(less)
So I’m sure I put enough mawkishness into the review from Sloppy Firsts that you guys don’t want to hear anymore, so I’ll simply say that rereading this novel made me endlessly happy. Now, to review this amazing book.
Second Helpings picks up six months after Sloppy Firsts left off. It starts off with Jessica at a educational summer camp for writing where she finds a new OOOH (Obsessive Object Of Horniness) who turns out to be just as gay as the last crush to end all crushes. Poor Jess, she just can’t find a heterosexual male besides He Who Shall Remain Nameless. For the first portion of this novel, she refuses to even write Marcus’ name in order to psychologically trick herself into believing that he doesn’t exist….yeah, that so doesn’t work. Then summer’s over and it’s back to high school. WHOO for being a senior. Mostly, this novel continues in the same fashion Sloppy Firsts did. We follow Jessica through her first real relationship (because Scotty and Marcus don’t count) and through more tough times ahead.
If you liked Sloppy Firsts, you’ll like this as well. If you loved Sloppy Firsts, but hated the ending, well this one makes up for that. You get to see Jessica grow and flourish with some stumbles along the way. I am really striving to write this review without gushing over how much I adore it and as you can see, without the gushing, it doesn’t add up to much. Basically what I’m saying is that these novels are amazing and every one should read them if they are at all interested in a honest look at what high school is really like these days. (less)
I hated this book, downright despised it. This is hailed by so many people as the m...moreThe review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews
I hated this book, downright despised it. This is hailed by so many people as the most romantic book in the history of writing and I have one word to say to that BULLSHIT. Heathcliff is an abusive asshat and Catherine is selfish and spoiled. I really have no words for how bad this is. Let me just put it this way, if you are at all a fan of happy endings, the DON'T READ THIS. If you want your characters to ride off into the sunset....yeah so not happening here.(less)