**spoiler alert** I've been wanting to get this book for a little while now, but I didn't have an ereader until recently. So, I unconsciously had high...more**spoiler alert** I've been wanting to get this book for a little while now, but I didn't have an ereader until recently. So, I unconsciously had high expectations for this book. I was so excited to start it. I loved everything I read in the summary. I loved the time period. The Wild West/gold rush setting. There being a hot Chinese man as the main lead. The romance genre. So, how did this book live up to my expectations? I'll be placing this one on my favorites shelf.
The book was great in setting up the time period, the hardships and racism of that time, and the town "Gold Mountain". Overall it was a good blend of historical correctness and romance which I absolutely loved. There were some good action scenes in the book as well like when Quiang got involved with the Triad or when he went to get revenge against the people who attacked Leah and Clara's business. I felt that the story flowed very nicely together. The romance took some time to build up and was believable. When Leah and Quiang finally did get together it did not feel like their scenes were interrupting the flow of the story but instead fit right in and complimated it.
Now, I only have one complaint with this book.
When Clara died I was sad. I didn't expect that. At first I thought it was just a way to get her out of the picture so the two main characters could get together and leave town, but then her ghost came back. I seriously was not expecting someone's ghost to hang around and help the main characters. Ok, I was fine when Leah first saw Clara's ghost because she was still sad over her friend's death and it was kinda sweet. I was not fine when some random Chinese guy who was paid to kill Quiang and Leah saw Clara's ghost, became immobolized and was killed as a result. He had never seen Clara before so why could he see her ghost? This book was great in setting up a believable and realistic representation of the time period and the town only to throw all of that away by bringing in the unrealistic element of ghosts. And if you know me, you know I don't really like ghosts interfering like this. I honestly was not expecting a ghost coming in and saving the day when I started this book. Also, Clara's ghost continued to follow Quiang and Leah around.... watching them. I know it was supposed to be nice that Clara is guarding them but I think she needed to move on. (less)
In DeStefano's world, all of the countries except for the USA have been destroyed and now girls die at age 20 and boys die at age 25 all thanks to gen...moreIn DeStefano's world, all of the countries except for the USA have been destroyed and now girls die at age 20 and boys die at age 25 all thanks to genetic engineering and science. This means that young girls are getting married in their teens and some are even kidnapped and forced into marriage. Usually, the young guy ends up marrying more than one girl too which leads to some potentially interesting sister wives drama and friendship.
This is exactly what happened to our main character, Rhine. She gets kidnapped and finds herself in a marriage along with two other young girls where she is expected to produce children until the whole dying at 20/25 thing is fixed. Rhine does not like it in her new home though.
I don't normally read Romance novels with a baby/pregnancy theme, but the digital version of this novel was free and the idea of going to a island res...moreI don't normally read Romance novels with a baby/pregnancy theme, but the digital version of this novel was free and the idea of going to a island resort for a week to have hot sex seemed like a pretty nice idea to me. So, I decided to download "Irresistible Forces". I wasn't aware that this book was part of a series but I don't think that makes too much of a difference in terms of the actual plot for this book.
I enjoyed reading this book but at the same time it was just kind of average to me. Maybe it would've been better if I was more invested in the series as a whole.
Firstly, I am in love with this cover! Look at it! It is even more beautiful in person. I also like the little designs that got carried over from the...moreFirstly, I am in love with this cover! Look at it! It is even more beautiful in person. I also like the little designs that got carried over from the book cover above each chapter heading.
I loved this book. I really like the whole fairy theme/world. I've also found myself laughing at some points in the book. XD
The only thing that I did not care about in this book was the set up for the romantic love triangle between Megan, Ash and Puck. I did not like Ash when he first appeared in the book. Even later on I still didn't really care about him. Hopefully he gets better because right now I am just not invested in him. Also, I just don't feel like Puck is that great of a match for Megan either. It is really just the fact that he is A Midsummer Night's Dream Puck which to me is just..... yeah, I love Puck and A Midsummer Night's Dream but no thanks.
I just want to see Megan take on The Iron King and kick his butt!
I was not expecting to like this book at all. In fact, I really did not like the beginning, but I was enjoying the story and characters by the end.
I s...moreI was not expecting to like this book at all. In fact, I really did not like the beginning, but I was enjoying the story and characters by the end.
I still do not understand why the author used the strike-through text option so many times. I can see what Mafi was going for when she used the option when she had Juliette wrtie in her diary, but she also used the strike-through option in other places in the book. I guess it might have been to show Juliette's conflicting feelings about things but instead it just felt annoying and unnecessary. The other problem I had with the writing was how Mafi would repeat random words, again to show Juliette's thought process but it also got annoying fast.
Despite what I just wrote about the writing, I did enjoy the book. Shatter Me starts to get interesting about half way through the book when the action starts to pick up.
At the Foot of the Lighthouse is a short story that can be found for free at Tor.com. Even though it is free it is defiantly a story worth reading.
The...moreAt the Foot of the Lighthouse is a short story that can be found for free at Tor.com. Even though it is free it is defiantly a story worth reading.
The story takes place during World War II at a time when the United States was at war with Japan which lead to internment camps in the USA to be made. The main character in At the Foot of the Lighthouse, Amy (also called Aki-san by her grandmother), is a young Japanese girl living in an internment camp during this time.
At the Foot of the Lighthouse takes a sensitive subject and, using rich descriptions, gives the reader a new take on what it meant to be an American and a patriot at that time.
This started off fine but then just went downhill as the story continued. Rosemary became a complete Mary Sue.
Also, the love between her and Finn see...moreThis started off fine but then just went downhill as the story continued. Rosemary became a complete Mary Sue.
Also, the love between her and Finn seemed a little rushed at the end. They get married because of some legal issues over the land Rosemary brought but I never felt like the issues between them were resolved before or after the marriage. Rosemary didn't want to marry Finn because she did not want to be a replacement for her dead sister and we are told that Finn doesn't think of Rosemary in that way but he never really convinced Rosemary of it. I also found it weird that the whole town right away wanted Finn and Rosemary to get married. His wife and her sister just died but omg they need to get married right now! Because it is like the proper thing to do!!!
I picked this book up because I got it for a really good price, the cover is so pretty and the story sounded interesting.
To me, a lot of scenes in thi...moreI picked this book up because I got it for a really good price, the cover is so pretty and the story sounded interesting.
To me, a lot of scenes in this young adult book gave me Lifetime Movie vibes. Now, I love Lifetime network movies but I did not enjoy reading this book. The relationship between the girls and the other characters at times felt a little fake or over the top.
Props to Brandi for having to deal with a nasty divorce and LeAnn, but I had some problems with this book. Namely, the rape and cutting jokes. I hones...moreProps to Brandi for having to deal with a nasty divorce and LeAnn, but I had some problems with this book. Namely, the rape and cutting jokes. I honestly came to really dislike Brandi because of this book.
Trigger Warning for rape jokes, cutting jokes and domestic abuse jokes.
(view spoiler)[ "But, man, was it fucking hot! I used to joke that he "raped" me. Rape jokes are never funny, except when they are." (p. 37)
Except no. Rape jokes are never funny. She also refereed to the time when she was obsessed with reading about Eddie and LeAnn in tabloids and online as her "virtual cutting days".
"[Twitter is] like an abusive boyfriend I keep going back to. I call it Battered Social-Media Syndrome." (p. 82)
Aside from that mess, the book was pretty boring too. It was the same thing over and over again. Also, so much of it just screamed rich white woman problems. There were some moments where she was talking about her emotions throughout the divorce and how she learned to move on in the end. Those parts were somewhat interesting but so much of this book was just... -.-
I love the Real Housewives but I really did not like this book. It was not funny and it got repetitive fast.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The Iron Daughter is the second book in The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I absolutely loved the first book in this series so I was excited to fina...moreThe Iron Daughter is the second book in The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I absolutely loved the first book in this series so I was excited to finally get the second book and start reading it.
The first book ended with the defeat and death of the Iron King. So what else could go wrong? Well, it seems like that even thought the Iron King was defeated, the Iron Fey are still around and they have a new leader! Before the iron fey come back though, there is some court drama between Meghan and Mab, the Queen of the Winter court. The drama basically revolves around Winter-Summer fey drama and Meghan's feelings for Prince Ash. It is forbidden for a fey from the Winter Court to be with a fey from the Summer Court so this gives us a little tragic Romeo-Juliet esque story.
In this book, Meghan and the gang have to leave the fey world and make a trip to Earth. To be honest, while this was a nice break from fey world drama, I found myself skipping some parts here; namely the prom scene.
Really though, the fey court drama and the fight with the new foe, iron fey, are my favorite parts of this series. I don't care about Meghan's school drama. :p
Another interesting thing that happened in The Iron Daughter is that we learn about Puck's feelings and thus the love triangle is introduced! I have to say though, although the love triangle plot device is overused in YA literature, I think it works with the Iron Fey series. It makes sense and I do not feel like Puck's feelings are so out of place that they are completely unrealistic. They were friends for a while and he spent enough time around her to maybe develop feelings.
I am still not a fan of Ash and would much rather see Meghan with Puck or no one. Ash treated her like crap throughout the whole book until the end and even in the end he is not that nice and loving. He gets jealous over some guy at Meghan's high school trying to flirt with her. I just don't see the appeal in a guy who is a jerk to you then gets jealous at everything. He's not worth it, Meghan!
Ironhorse and Grim are still the best characters though. but I think Ironhorse needs to go to a day spa and learn to relax! He keeps yelling (ALL CAPS).
Over all, I loved this book and was not disappointed. The writing flows together nicely and there was no part in the book where I felt like things were dragging on so much that it made me want to put the book down. Also, the cover art is still so beautiful.(less)