Ro is a young girl with a broken heart. After finding out her boyfriend cheated on her, she just couldn't face seeing him everyday at the mall. So RoRo is a young girl with a broken heart. After finding out her boyfriend cheated on her, she just couldn't face seeing him everyday at the mall. So Ro quits her job & goes to work for the local Renaissance Fair for the summer as a face painter. She doesn't expect to have any fun until she meets Will, a nice guy who helps her get situated in her new surroundings. Things really start to look up for her when she comes face-to-face with Sir Christian, one of the Faire's jousting knights. He is totally hot and she is definitely ready for a fairemance (a no-strings-attached summer fling). Should Ro really fall for Christian or is Will the better guy?
This is a fun, coming-of-age story where the heroine grows up quite a lot in a short period of time. Ro gets more independent in her art by leaving the face painter's bible behind and doing her own thing and this help her to decide to study art after talking to many of the faire's lifers who have already learned that life is too short to not do what you love with your life. ...more
Tulia Rose has a decision to make. She left her boyfriend in New York and let him finance a trip for her to Europe for 6 weeks so they could take a brTulia Rose has a decision to make. She left her boyfriend in New York and let him finance a trip for her to Europe for 6 weeks so they could take a break from their relationship and possibly start fresh when she returns. While in Paris, she encounters a sidewalk artist and has to decide if what she has back home is worth working on, or if she should allow herself fall in love with the artist. This artist won't tell her his name so she starts to call him Raphael after the Raphael cherubs art he has recreated in chalk on the sidewalk. She is inspired to write a novel from his story of how he met his true love, and this is where the story gets interesting as Tulia's novel about the artist Raffaello Sanzio and the love of his life becomes part of this novel and the storylines run in parallel to each other. Tulia explores what might have happened near the end of Raffaello's life in her book as she discovers his paintings throughout Italy & Europe. She also explores her feelings for Raphael and tries to figure him out. Will she go back to her boring life in New York? Will she stay with Raphael? Read the book to find out!...more
Soulless is a comedy of manners (aka romance) set in Victorian London. Alexia Tarabotti, spinster, and Lord Maccon, Earl of Woolsey, fall in love throSoulless is a comedy of manners (aka romance) set in Victorian London. Alexia Tarabotti, spinster, and Lord Maccon, Earl of Woolsey, fall in love through a set of adventures that would make most proper spinsters faint. Miss Tarabotti is interested in science and just happens to be a preternatural who doesn't have a soul. Her soullessness allows her to touch those with extra soul who happen to be werewolves or vampires back into their mortal selves. Lord Maccon is a werewolf in charge of sorting out why both rove werewolves and hiveless vampires keep disappearing.
I am not a fan of most vampire or werewolf fiction that has been popular lately, but I will admit I was riveted to this book and can't wait to read the other 4 books in the series. Carriger has taken the stereotypical traits of vampires and werewolves, and made them the reason behind a lot of the fashions and mores of this time period. Vampires, for example, are very pale, so the fashion is to be pale. The other part of this book that made it a lot of fun was a nod to steampunk science. It is melded together very well with witty and memorable characters. I can see it being popular with those who like a wide range of genres, including romance, paranormal fiction, steampunk fiction and historical fiction....more
The New York high society of the 1880s never saw Lucy Carlton coming. She suffers from hysteria and has already gone through 10 doctors in 4 years whoThe New York high society of the 1880s never saw Lucy Carlton coming. She suffers from hysteria and has already gone through 10 doctors in 4 years who haven't been able to cure her when her husband, William, takes her to Dr. Victor Seth. Dr. Seth is a neurologist who specializes in women's issues and treats his patients through hypnotism. Lucy Carlton is a hypnotists dream patient who takes to suggestion perfectly. This leads to Dr. Seth giving into temptation and suggesting to Lucy that she should act more like a modern woman than a society wife and lady. How will her straight-laced husband deal with a wife who no longer docilely does as she's bidden? What consequences will happen to her and her marriage? This novel looks at this completely male-dominated society and what happens when a woman is brave & brazen enough to buck the system.
The synopsis on the back of this book mentions that this Henry James's milieu & customary setting, but I saw more Kate Chopin in it than James. ...more