I don't know why or how I never had the honor of reading-yes,I did this- a Julia London book before. Oh well, you know what they say, everything has a...moreI don't know why or how I never had the honor of reading-yes,I did this- a Julia London book before. Oh well, you know what they say, everything has a first, and this book was mine regarding this author whose work I'll definitely follow.
Although I loved the book as a whole, with its fun sounding-if not a bit clichéd- plot and the witty banter between the hero and the heroine, I've had a tiny bit of hard time warming up to Honor's character. I loved her independent and somewhat shallow view of the world in the beginning, but what really got me to like her was her turn for the better as the story progressed. What started out as a slightly spoiled, heavily fun and games oriented lifestyle, quickly turned into one of inspiration born out of desperation and fear for her future and that of her family's. The transformation was subtle and yet present all the same, hidden in her serious moments when her facade had slipped. And that transformation was what made me put myself in her shoes and understand and ultimately like her.
George Eston, on the other hand, was a case of instant liking. He had all the characteristics of an historical hero, and yet in his continuous fear for his self made fortune, and his inability of resisting Honor's charm and their witty banter inbetween, Julia London has managed to make him unique. There's nothing more than reading the same character over and over again, so I was very glad for that.
The story itself was unusual, if I may say so. Actually, let me correct that. The story started out as usual for this genre, with the self made-and so hardly ever accepted by society- hero meeting the heroine who had an affinity for pretty gowns and a knack for making people uncomfortable with her forward attitude, and them falling in love. Everything is somewhat familiar so far and yet it all takes an unusual turn after that. I didn't know where the story was going. I knew that the couple were eventually going to work things out and end up together, but the how? It completely eluded me until it was time for it to sneak up on me. And I most definitely loved it when it did.
A lovely story of a courageous young woman who's just a little too forward for the likes of her society, and a gambling man who likes taking risks whenever he can, Honor and George's adventure was fun to read and I recommend it to those who like this genre. I can't help but add, that we already had a glimpse of what awaits Honor's sister Grace in the next book, and I, for one, cannot wait for that one also.(less)
Well, hello, new series that I will follow closely until the very end. I picked up this book for the fun pun of the title, and the pretty blue cover,...moreWell, hello, new series that I will follow closely until the very end. I picked up this book for the fun pun of the title, and the pretty blue cover, and of course, the fact that the plot was an interesting one with a lot of promise, and let me tell you, sometimes, it is okay to judge a book by its cover and its title.
For those of you who want me to skip the fangirling and go straight to the point, let me introduce you to Deidre 'Foxtrot' Lancaster. She's the executive assistant of one eccentric rich boss, Zelda 'ZZ' Zoransky. Life in the Zoransky estate can be described in one word as 'chaos'. I would've liked to say I exaggerated, but if I were in Foxtrot's shoes, well, I would've had a blast. But also been very tired. She deals with many different guests and their sometimes unusual demands, almost every kind of animal ZZ wishes to adopt, from cats and dogs to big, bad and ugly. She has to manage the household, arrange for all that's needed for the big estate. And lately, more responsibility, this time in the supernatural variety, falls on her shoulders too. Oh, and her workplace is near an animal graveyard which requires her immediate attention and savior abilities.
I know it sounds a bit confusing, but one gets the hang of things pretty quickly while reading. The messy environment is actually not all that messy, and the hodgepodge of people is actually very easy to distinguish. You get sucked right into the story, with all the supernatural and the mystery that needs attention, and you barely have time to process it all but somehow you manage. I think that's the success of the author. Information is sticking out from every other place but you pick them up and move on. Much like how Foxtrot has to do it.
When mentioning a mystery and having the grand duty of taking care of a graveyard for animals, one needs an entourage of course. And they were my favorite, I gotta say. Foxtrot is aided by an old friend Tango, a sassy cat who used up seven lives out of her total nine, and an ectoplasmic shape shifting beast of a dog ironically named 'Tiny'. Have you been seduced yet? If not, let me tell you, they meet an array of different animal spirits in the graveyard, and they also have to deal with the eccentricities of the still living ones. I can't introduce them all, besides, it's better if you meet them for yourself anyway.
As a series first, this book blew me away. I loved every single character that popped up in there, be it to say a few words, or dominating a few pages. I'm not even going to mention all the things I loved about the main trio because I wouldn't have enough time or space here. I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and I do recommend it to those who love supernatural stories with good characters, a fun plot, witty dialogue, and featuring our best furry friends. (less)