I had my doubts about these collections - I'm a devoted fan of Miss Quinn, but I did not know any of the other writers and I was afraid their storiesI had my doubts about these collections - I'm a devoted fan of Miss Quinn, but I did not know any of the other writers and I was afraid their stories won't be as good. It wouldn't have been the first time I found other regency-writing authors not as good.
But I was pleasantly surprised. I could, of course, guess without knowing which piece was written by Julia Quinn - I've read enough of her works for that XD. But the rest were really close, and really good. I was also worried that four stories had to develop in the word count it usually takes for just one, but the plot was very well worked-through and everything made sense.
I loved the Lady Whistledown tid-bits and laughed a lot when someone wondered who she was. I also loved the connections with the Bridgerton series - every now and then someone from our favourite alphabetically-named siblings would make an appearance, or some of their matches, or even other connections. And Lady Neeley was delicious, especially with that parrot of hers XD
I loved this anthology and would be sure to read The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown....more
I love the Bridgertons and know I'd return again and again to these series. It's no wonder I'm reading this book for the third time around.
It's sassy,I love the Bridgertons and know I'd return again and again to these series. It's no wonder I'm reading this book for the third time around.
It's sassy, funny, deep and deliciously romantic. Out of all the Bridgerton books (which I adore, volume 1 to 8) The Viscount Who Loved Me and Romancing Mr.Bridgerton are at the top. La crème de la crème, sort of speak.
I love Kate and Anthony, on their own and together. They are both such complex, yet easy characters, and the hate/love chemistry they share leaves the reader smiling, charged with happiness and energy. Not to mention, with an aching stomach and mouth from all the laughing the couple evoke. Especially at the "Shake, Newton" and "Pall Mall" scenes.
I adored all the support characters, Bridgerton or not - especially knowing their antics from all of the other J.Q. books.
It was such fun returning to this book, even though I read it twice not an year ago. But I needed something hilarious and sweet - so I knew where to seach for it....more
I heard of these books a long time ago but I'm a bit cautious when taking up a series, especially about vamps, because nowadays theWell, that was fun.
I heard of these books a long time ago but I'm a bit cautious when taking up a series, especially about vamps, because nowadays there are plenty of those out there, and not many sparkling in the heap. But first a friend read the series and recommended them to me, then another got the paperback of Glass Houses so I thought - what the heck? Might try them.
I read it quickly even though I had school work to do, so that's a good indicator of how much I enjoyed it. It wasn't what I expected and the plot's background was different from other vamp books. The characters were all unique and eccentric, but adorable for it. I laughed and I 'awww'ed (sweet moments),got anxious a couple of times. Loved the ass-kicking and mind games.
What I didn't like was the slow beginning - it was well-weaved, but nothing too exciting happened. And I had a bad time adjusting to the 3rd person POV after reading so many books in 1st person. Though, it was a smart move on Miss Caine's side, because it allowed her to follow more freely the other main characters, and not to focus only on Claire. There were some small details that felt out-of-place or too childish somehow, but maybe that's just me.
My take - this book will impress most a 16/17-year-old.
Anyway, I'm already gunning to read the next one. And that's a definite thumbs-up for this one....more
It appears I've grown so used to the clichés out there that I've begun to love them, love being able to figure out what was happening before it happenIt appears I've grown so used to the clichés out there that I've begun to love them, love being able to figure out what was happening before it happened. I figured this only because Magic Bites came as a very unorthodox read, and I gave it four stars - for those who complain about the lack of originality, this is like giving an extra star instead of giving one less than the full score.
I loved the action in this one; the mythology of the world hints at such a complexity that one knows this book cannot be the end - in Magic Bites the authors barely scratch the surface of the cosmos they've obviously woven with great depth. Also uniquely presented were the characters; the heroine, though the kick-ass girl we adore to read about, is not so very confident in herself. A secret she has is hinted at, presented, but not even slightly unravelled or chipped at. Her support crew is a colourful bunch of greys, going more toward black one from the next. And then there is Curran - I cannot give him credit in an explanation; you would just have to read to know what I mean when I say he's a handsome disaster.
The plot was based on paranormals, but developed as a murder investigation with a twist. I love crimi, so that caught me. If you start this expecting (or reading for) a great romance on the side, like most paranormal novels have, you'd be disappointed. There is attraction and relationships are addressed, but the romance factor is very low, so choose another read if you're after that. The book was good for being an action/crimi/paranormal with a hint at romance.
If I have to make reference to another series I've read so as to give a clearer picture, I'd say this went along the lines of Karen Marie Moning's Fever; only in some characteristics, but still - if you're a fan of KMM, you would probably enjoy this. ...more
A great prequel to the Sword of Truth series. I'd liked to have read some more and different moments from before Wizard's First Rule, but this was preA great prequel to the Sword of Truth series. I'd liked to have read some more and different moments from before Wizard's First Rule, but this was pretty amazing, too. Liked the young Zed, and Abi and the Mother Confessor, and the rest - all the characters were amazing, as is characteristical for Goodkind. A really nice read for all his fans....more
The second book of the Percy Jackson series, and probably my favourite, takes our hero and his friends on a new, dangerous journey, the success of whiThe second book of the Percy Jackson series, and probably my favourite, takes our hero and his friends on a new, dangerous journey, the success of which would save Camp Half-Blood and its residents. But the sea of monsters lives up to its name and the demigods find themselves in some pretty tight situations.
Meanwhile, Percy has to face his new relationship with a unexpected half-brother, one, who is despised by all his friends for his very nature. Not only that, but his best friend has fallen into a trap, from which he might not get out alive, and his soul is tied to Percy's, so that if one died, the other will follow.
Rivalry, friendship, jealousy and bravery - all so skilfully interweaven in this thrilling adventure that you cannot stop reading it.
Like a re-incarnation of Dark Witch, with some differences, though considering the publishing dates it's more the other way around. Still, quite lovelLike a re-incarnation of Dark Witch, with some differences, though considering the publishing dates it's more the other way around. Still, quite lovely =)...more
This time Eve meets full-out resistence, is lebelled as the bitch that turn on her own and is shun and despiThis case was a ton of tension and hatred.
This time Eve meets full-out resistence, is lebelled as the bitch that turn on her own and is shun and despised by those who should stand behind her and help her on. Trying to make good on catching the killer of cops, and going after a cop puts her in a spot of complete isolation and anger.
The case is charged and intense, but so are the ties Eve has with her team and loved ones.
And that's why I consumed it for one day. Robb fans will love it....more
If you'd seen and liked the movie Inception (2010, Leonardo Di Caprio), then you'd probably enjoy the different take on mind control and brain-wave "sIf you'd seen and liked the movie Inception (2010, Leonardo Di Caprio), then you'd probably enjoy the different take on mind control and brain-wave "suggestions" that underlines the plot of this book.
Rapture in Death proved different from the first three novels forming the In Death series - in those I couldn't figure out the real culprit till the end, but in book four I had a pretty good idea who it was (not that I didn't have my doubts, the author is too good to leave me without those). The real mystery of the case was the how, and that made it original instead of boring.
I loved the complicity of biotech terminology messing with real-life situations. And the ethical qualms raised are so well-honed and justified by the events that you really get the shivers, just thinking what might happen in future years and how if things like the technology in the book come to be we might be reduced to mindless droids under the whims of those behind the controls.
I really savoured this installment, and not just because futurism, psychology and ethics fascinate me, but also because of the personal-relations streak in the plot. Eve and Roarke's connection gets more and more complex and enchanting with every next page, going from dark to tender to protective and dominant then back to fun, light, adorably sweet (without even a pinprick of fluff, mind you). And the support characters continue to amuse me.
I'm still waiting to be disappointed by uninventive or repetitive streaks in J.D.Robb's writing - and, at the rate that is not going, I'd have no choice but to remain a fanatic devotee to these books....more
I must confess, I did not think I would read this book. I was transferring my things from my desk PC to my new lSweet and funny, and really endearing.
I must confess, I did not think I would read this book. I was transferring my things from my desk PC to my new lap-top so I went with the audio variation of the novel while I was at it. I wanted to finish the series, as I like to do with all things I pick up - sometimes I'm even unreasonably stubborn.
It surprised me, it truly did. I was somewhat disappointed by book 1 of the Wallflowers, book 2 really caught me but book 3 sounded amazing but wasn't as good as I expected, so if this wasn't the last of the series I may never have gone with it. But the novel proved almost, if not as good as book 2.
The characters were funny, but also mysterious; the relationship went from hate to curiousity to true love in a very cute fashion - there was arguing, of course, as well as a bloodthirsty lawn game, but then there was deep feeling and adoration. There was a wishing well and a bit of a crime investigation was also involved in the plot. Actually, the story was like a patchwork of different events and feelings which came together more than nicely.
If you have liked other of Lisa Kleypas's works, this will hook you up, too....more
Loved it, though not as much as the third book, Slightly Scandalous.
I especially enjoyed all the historical background of Morgan's initial introductioLoved it, though not as much as the third book, Slightly Scandalous.
I especially enjoyed all the historical background of Morgan's initial introduction into the story - Brussels as it was during the return of Napoleon, and how she reacted to being so close to the battlefield. Though lady Bedwyn is only 18, she proves a character of depth and unnatural for her age maturity. And though Gervase was a rake, their story is much, much more somber and serious than that of Josh and Freyja.
Wonderful as always, but it's obvious J.Q.'s writing skills have developed with every book. As her first published novel, Splendid is intriguing and aWonderful as always, but it's obvious J.Q.'s writing skills have developed with every book. As her first published novel, Splendid is intriguing and amusing, but the language is not as good or as authentic as in her later books.
Still, I had great fun reading it and would recommend this novel to all Julia Quinn fans....more