**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**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. ...more
Seriously, as I continued to read this book, I started to hate Girtzko more and more. I enjoyed reading this f**spoiler alert** Gritzko is an asshole.
Seriously, as I continued to read this book, I started to hate Girtzko more and more. I enjoyed reading this for the most part, but the ending just ruins it for me. I'm glad he didn't really force himself on, her but letting her think that he really did so that she will marry him and love him regardless of what he does, ruined the ending for me. It's a shame too because the writing was good and kept me interesting in find out what would happen next....more
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 resI 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.
This was a freebie and a very short read. Even though it was short I really enjoyed reading it. I might have to check out some of the author's other wThis was a freebie and a very short read. Even though it was short I really enjoyed reading it. I might have to check out some of the author's other works now.
The only thing I really would have liked more of would have to be more sexual tension between the two main characters at the beginning. I felt like the timing in the story was rushed (of course it was because it's a short novella). They got married, the day after his sister came home, and then months passed. I wanted some sexual tension between the two during the time gap....more
I normally wouldn't pick this kind of a book up, but it was a free short story for the nook so I decided to give it a try.
This short story is about ApI normally wouldn't pick this kind of a book up, but it was a free short story for the nook so I decided to give it a try.
This short story is about April, a woman who got pregnant, married her High School sweetheart at 17 and now lives in the small town she grew up in with two more children. Her mom had always wanted better for her which April always took to mean that her mom wanted her to get out of this town and have a better life. Throughout the short story April reflects on her, now deceased, mother's words and wonders if her mother would be disappointed in her and if she could have had a better life if things were different.
I liked this book all the way up until the end.
I have never read anything by Kristin Hannah before. I did enjoy her writing style and I found myself relating a bit to April because my own mother has passed away recently. It is a good short story but I just don't like how things were tied together at the end.
I did it! I finally finished Flirting In Italian! This took me longer to read than I had initially expected and the reason why is because I started toI did it! I finally finished Flirting In Italian! This took me longer to read than I had initially expected and the reason why is because I started to get bored and annoyed with the story a little bit before the half way point.
I loved all of the art talk at the beginning which is why I was excited to read this book at first. I also loved the way that the author described Italy when Violet and the three other girls where being driven to the estate. It made me want to book a flight and go there myself!
I started to dislike the book when it became all about the boys and more specifically, all about Violet's crush, Luca. I knew that there was going to be a lot of flirting and making out with cute Italian guys but the actual plot of the story that was set up in the beginning (the mysterious painting) seemed to have been completely forgotten now.
The characters also became quickly irritating.
All of the Italian women were bitches! Seriously. Every single Italian woman that Violet and her friends met were perfectly beautiful and secretly made fun of the foreign girls in Italian. I don't know how Violet knew this since she doesn't exactly speak Italian but she does (Hint: Violet is a Mary Sue).
By the end of the book I was starting to lose all hope of ever finding the plot again. Maybe Henderson was saving it for the next book. But then the plot showed up again when they finally visit the estate where the painting is. So, the girls go there and everyone comments on how much Violet looks like the girl in the painting. Then someone tried to kill Violet. Yep. We find out who attempted to kill her at the end of the book too and everything seems resolved but I am still lost as to why and what exactly happened. I don't feel like it was a good wrap up to the book. Also, what does that leave for the next book? Is the second book nothing but Violet misunderstanding Luca and then making out with him? I'll pass on that.
Almost every fairy tale I can think of was in this book. It's fun seeing how many fairy tales there are and how the stories related to Sunday and herAlmost every fairy tale I can think of was in this book. It's fun seeing how many fairy tales there are and how the stories related to Sunday and her family, but at the same time it got a little confusing. There was too much going on. There were too many different fairy tales and magical elements happening at the same time that it got a little bit confusing without really ending anywhere for me. The setting is fun though. I wouldn't mind exploring a world full of magic, fairies and fairy tales.
About the romance, I did not really believe the romance between Sunday and The Frog Prince. It happened way too quickly, and I would have liked to see their relationship built up more.
There are a lot of easy and simple recipes in this book so it is perfect for someone who is a complete beginner in cooking and wants to try some JapanThere are a lot of easy and simple recipes in this book so it is perfect for someone who is a complete beginner in cooking and wants to try some Japanese recipes out. I myself bookmarked a ton of pages to try out!...more
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 sI 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.
Lucky, the Labrador dog, returns in The Lucky Little Labrador: Haunted Halloween! to save Halloween. Lucky is a dog that is always getting into troublLucky, the Labrador dog, returns in The Lucky Little Labrador: Haunted Halloween! to save Halloween. Lucky is a dog that is always getting into trouble somehow. In this “The Lucky Little Labrador” book, Lucky and Kevin go trick-or-treating but spooky things start happening around Kevin before and on Halloween. Kevin doesn’t have to worry though because Lucky is there to save him from all the scary things of Halloween.
This book is entertaining and funny. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself laughing at the part when Lucky runs off while trick-or-treating with Kevin. He got distracted by a squirrel and that is why he ran off. I could just picture that happening for real! The really scary part of the story is when Kevin has to go to Mr. Jenkins’ scary “haunted” house in order to find his dog. Kevin gets scared at Mr. Jenkins’ house so it is a good thing Lucky is there to protect him! The whole story is adorable though, and the ending was nice. The ending gives children a message about loyalty and family.
There are plenty of cute pictures in this book as well. The author uses real pictures of the Labrador and some other characters throughout the book. My favorite photo was of Lucky dressed in his dragon Halloween costume. He looked so funny and adorable!
I also like the short vocabulary list at the front of the book. It is a great way for children to learn some new words.
There were some great moments in this book that made me laugh for real. The story is very entertaining and makes for a perfect Halloween read.
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 seeThis 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!!!
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 honesProps 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... -.-
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