Not rating this one, because it became clear really quick that it's not the right book to start with if you're not familiar with the Cynsters series.Not rating this one, because it became clear really quick that it's not the right book to start with if you're not familiar with the Cynsters series.
I fell in love with the cover, but I was overwhelmed by the number of characters. I should go back and start at the beginning....more
This story was a fun and quick escape. If you can't hop a plane to Jolly England, consider it a consolation prize.
I was seeking some comfort-foodesqueThis story was a fun and quick escape. If you can't hop a plane to Jolly England, consider it a consolation prize.
I was seeking some comfort-foodesque chick-lit, what I found was a much deeper story than I first realized. Hadley is on the way to her father's wedding. As she misses her scheduled flight, it's clear that the first time she will meet her to-be stepmother will be the day of the wedding. Talk about awkward.
Being of the Lindsey Lohan "Parent Trap" generation, I imagined that something would go wrong with the wedding, or the father would suddenly realize that the to-be stepmother is a horrible person, or she'd just skip the whole wedding to hang with the sweet guy on the plane.
Refreshingly, the story took a braver approach. Through the next twenty-four hours, Hadley, aided by Oliver, the boy on the plane who is easy to talk to, realizes the importance of facing the family awkwardness, having unconditional love for one's family, and supporting the happiness of others. Wonderfully mature. And although the true statistical probability of love at first sight might be slim, the story handles meeting an amazing someone new like a pro.
I hope to read more from Jennifer E. Smith in the future!...more
This review is going to be tricky because I don't want to give away spoilers. The book is described as a what-to-read next if you're a fan of 'The FauThis review is going to be tricky because I don't want to give away spoilers. The book is described as a what-to-read next if you're a fan of 'The Fault in Our Stars' and/or 'Eleanor and Park'. I haven't read either of those titles, but I thought the concept of 'All the Bright Places' sounded fairly unique. Only slightly reminiscent of manga from the 90s, where upset characters jump from high places.
Violet is your typical girl who had a normal life until tragedy hit her family. Because of her grief, she doesn't know where she fits in anymore. She struggles with depression and a major phobia.
Finch is a misfit with a dysfunctional family. He marches to the beat of his own drummer, and most the time, enjoys being different. His zest for life comes with equal bouts of depression and fascination with death.
The two characters are thrown together by chance, forcing Finch to keep a secret for Violet. Suddenly, Finch seems to be the boy that won't go away when the two are assigned a class project together.
Overall, I feel that Niven did a really good job on Finch's character. He was a little like an unpopular Ferris Bueller with depression. Up for anything, but with a very real struggle. His character will probably stick with me for years to come.
The author's note was heartbreaking. I almost wish I'd known that Niven was inspired by true-life events before reading the book. It makes it all the more touching and tragic, and drives home the fact that kindness, awareness, and outreach are key to saving lives....more
**spoiler alert** I don't know how Gabaldon does it. Just when you think the story is over, she adds new layers. Each book is a detail-rich epic chopp**spoiler alert** I don't know how Gabaldon does it. Just when you think the story is over, she adds new layers. Each book is a detail-rich epic chopped full of emotional ups and downs. There are times when I love and hate the characters, but the immersive story keeps me reading and wondering what will happen next.
The second novel in the Outlander series, Dragonfly in Amber, ended on a huge emotional cliff-hanger. Claire returns to her time while pregnant, leaving Jamie to face a battle that most likely means death. The years fly by. Claire is certain that Jamie died that day on the battlefield. But amazingly, she finds new historical data that proves he survived. So, after twenty years, she decides to return through the stones to find him.
I held my breath for the moment they were reunited. I enjoy the strong, yet equally tender connection that Gabaldon created for the couple. The dialogue and everyday historical details truly bring the story to life. Again, I don't know how she does it...I wanna know how much research she does everyday. All the nitty-gritty aspects of daily eighteenth-century life are there. My only complaint is, at times, the author goes into too much detail about minor characters. Realistically, Jamie moved on with his life after he thought Claire was gone forever, but the author's style spares none of the details. She dangles the carrot of promised reunion, but forces you to tread through drama I'd just as well be told than shown. She's a wonderfully smart author who creates an all-access journey with each book. But, part of me wonders if she enjoys torturing us. However, regardless, I'll be reading the next book and waiting until I can watch the second-half of the show....more
A wannabe summer romance with the wrong boy. Secrets to save a girl from pain and to keep up an honorable family name. A creepy, heartbreaking end. FaA wannabe summer romance with the wrong boy. Secrets to save a girl from pain and to keep up an honorable family name. A creepy, heartbreaking end. Fair warning: Sad, tragic ending alert.
I first learned about We Were Liars from the Goodreads Choice Awards. Suddenly, it came highly recommended by everyone. But I was a little skeptical if I’d enjoy it. When you read a lot, you get burnt out on certain genres and plots. Summer love + the wrong boy + a Wuthering Heights influence =…seems like I’ve read that before.
Yet, for me, ‘We Were Liars’ was an effortless and enjoyable read. It has a classic, timeless, but relatable, feel: yearly family gatherings, quirky family members, slight dysfunction, and a greater sense that something isn’t quite right or things are not as they seem.
An easy summer read. Great for people who enjoy fiction with a twist. ...more
Hilarious and sweet read! Probably, the best Harlequin manga I've read...and Harlequin manga has been one of my guilty pleasures for years.
A lot of tiHilarious and sweet read! Probably, the best Harlequin manga I've read...and Harlequin manga has been one of my guilty pleasures for years.
A lot of times Harlequin manga can come off as overly dramatic soap opera-y. Other times, they seem to suffer in translation. Yet, To Marry a Stranger is very well done. Although the initial meeting of the heroine and hero is a little far fetched, it's not more so than most romantic comedies...and certainly not more so than most shojo comics. It's sorta Beauty and the Beast-esque. Fun....more
An intimate, cute look at sweet and funny moments captured in short comics. It is very adorkable, and lovey-dovey, and probably not for you if you donAn intimate, cute look at sweet and funny moments captured in short comics. It is very adorkable, and lovey-dovey, and probably not for you if you don't like mushy stuff.
Made me smile and feel slightly less crazy doing some of the same things....more
So, how many times are you randomly browsing in a bookstore and find the next book in a series that has been on hiatus for years??
My reaction exactly.So, how many times are you randomly browsing in a bookstore and find the next book in a series that has been on hiatus for years??
My reaction exactly. This one snuck up on me. No idea the author decided to finish it.
Comparing the new volume to the bonus material in the back, the author's art has definitely improved.
I really should have re-read volumes 1 and 2. This volume makes a point to show that the main characters are not a couple, and could be interested in other people. I guess, in my memory, I assumed that their relationship wasn't in dispute. The humor that I remember in the old volumes, was also toned down. Overall, this was a more serious and dramatic volume. None of the humor Hatori is known for in Ouran Host Club....more
Overall, more unique, quirky goodness can be found in Rainbow Rowell's newest work. Having also read Fangirl this year, I'm really getting a sense ofOverall, more unique, quirky goodness can be found in Rainbow Rowell's newest work. Having also read Fangirl this year, I'm really getting a sense of Rowell's style. I like and can identify with her nerdy, somewhat nonconventional main female characters.
At first, Landline reads like a slice-of-life of a marriage with young children that is on the rocks. There's a real sense of struggle and sadness in the story. Of wanting to do what's right for family but also wanting to advance career goals. Later, magic phone calls add an element of fantasy. For me, the magic calls were really downplayed. I assumed the story would center on the awesomeness of this power, but I really have to stress that the focus of this story is maintaining and strengthening marriage. I was expecting a little more of a romantic comedy, so I also have to stress that the story is fairly serious. It has funny moments, but also has lots of stress and family disfunction.
Most of all, I enjoyed the sweet holiday ending. It was classic Christmas movie worthy....more
The whole concept of this graphic novel sounded interesting, so I requested it from Netgalley. I am a little bit of an American Revolutionary War nerdThe whole concept of this graphic novel sounded interesting, so I requested it from Netgalley. I am a little bit of an American Revolutionary War nerd. And you don't see it come up in historical fiction or graphic novels very much.
What I found was an action-packed adventure, a romance, drama, history, and fairly nice art, all rolled into one.
I must admit, I was a little lost cause I'm not familiar with Volumes 1 and 2. However, I plan on going back and getting the full story in those volumes soon....more
One of my most anticipated books of 2015 did not disappoint! A unique read with focus on family secrets. It was refreshing, as most regency romances (One of my most anticipated books of 2015 did not disappoint! A unique read with focus on family secrets. It was refreshing, as most regency romances (and historical romances in general) focus on destitution or personality flaws in the main characters. While Sir Kenworthy's marriage scheme is crazy, above all, he loves his crazy family more...enough to sacrifice his future, his bride's, and that of his future children.
Although I guessed the secret before the main character did, I held my breath for her reaction. I couldn't decided on how it would end! So many choices and complications. So many lives and reputations hanging in the balance. A true page-turner for me! I'm only sad that the next book in the series has yet to be announced...*sigh*....more
This book contains a collection of letters that Yankee solider Edwin Weller from Havana, New York wrote to his lady friend, Nettie Watkins, during hisThis book contains a collection of letters that Yankee solider Edwin Weller from Havana, New York wrote to his lady friend, Nettie Watkins, during his service. Prior to the Civil War, Edwin Weller worked in Nettie's brother-in-law's store. I guess no one will ever know if they "admired" another before the war, however they were good friends, and over the course of the war they become secretly engaged. Edwin's letters are sweet, a great source of historical information, and at times, teasing and flirty.
Sadly, some key elements are missing, at no fault of the Weller family or author. While a great source of information, only Edwin's letters survived, making the book one-sided. It's left to the imagination what Nettie's replies to Edwin were. Seemingly, based on Edwin's letters, we can assume she talked about friends and parties in Havana, was jealous that Edwin had a photograph of another girl, and had other male suitors. This book would be golden if Nettie's side of the romance had survived.
Unfortunately, it also seems that a few key letters are missing. While the flirting builds over the course of the letters, there's no letter that outright asks Nettie to marry him. It's like they go from friends to secretly engaged during a big gap. It's understandable if the letter was lost, however, I would have liked more comments from the author on his opinion or family memories of what happened during this gap. The moment of engagement is kinda key in a courtship. I was interested in how he'd word his question.
Overall, it's an interesting history read, a good example of long-distance dating in the wayback. It shines a lot of light on how the war and fighting was communicated to female friends and family in the North. Edwin is usually cheerful, focuses on the good, and at times seems more like he's on vacation than at war....more
Prior to this book, most of the new adult I've read has been light on story and heavy on steamy scenes (good or bad depending on what you're looking fPrior to this book, most of the new adult I've read has been light on story and heavy on steamy scenes (good or bad depending on what you're looking for, I guess). If you're looking for a deep and emotional new adult, with family drama, Left Drowning is a good choice.
It successfully captures some of the loneliness of college, overcoming personal challenges, and learning the meaning of unconditional love. In a nutshell, Blythe has a complicated history and family life. As she struggles through finding people to identify with, she randomly meets an outgoing drama major, and later the rest of his family (four siblings, if I remember correctly, all in college). She falls for the drama major's brother, but both of their pasts and families are complex. Perhaps too complex to make it work, or could it?
Personally, I didn't care for the love interest, Chris, much. His moodiness got old. I was rooting for Blythe and the drama major from the start. But the drama, complications, and side plots kept me reading....more
Lots of action and running around in the first volume of this manga. Not a lot of character development for my taste. I didn't really understand if thLots of action and running around in the first volume of this manga. Not a lot of character development for my taste. I didn't really understand if the main heroine, Miko, comes from a special family that recognizes and fights against demons or if everyone in their world is aware of the unseen world. Also, Miko seemed suddenly in love with her captive demon, Kagura. He accuses her of being in love with him, and she just is, because she's dreamed about him. Kinda killed the romantic tension for me....more
For years, I repeatedly read that Georgette Heyer is a good author to check out after Jane Austen. Heyer sat on my to-read list, unread, until this yeFor years, I repeatedly read that Georgette Heyer is a good author to check out after Jane Austen. Heyer sat on my to-read list, unread, until this year.
The Nonesuch started a little slow and I felt bombarded with characters. However, once the plot thickened, I really enjoyed Heyer’s wit. The author’s ability to create an immersive community and sense of humor did remind me of Jane Austen. Overall, it’s a sweet read for Regency fans. I wasn’t crazy about the name Waldo. I kept picturing “Where’s Waldo” in my mind, placing the hero in a red, striped shirt....more