Like many others who read Howl's Moving Castle before me, I wanted to read this book because I loved Miyazaki's animation based on it - who wouldn't?Like many others who read Howl's Moving Castle before me, I wanted to read this book because I loved Miyazaki's animation based on it - who wouldn't? It's extraordinary! And I was so, so happy when I realized I was loving the book just as I loved the movie, even if both versions can, at times, seem different stories. I think Sophie is a lovely, perfect heroine, and Howl is just too cute for words. I'm eagerly waiting for the next two books in this series to arrive in my mailbox, even if they don't have Howl and Sophie as protagonists, for I really enjoyed DWJ's writing and will surely read a lot more books from her. <3
I'm pretty sure the Bridgertons series is going to be one of my favorites of the year and certainly one of my favorites ever, why, you ask? Well, becaI'm pretty sure the Bridgertons series is going to be one of my favorites of the year and certainly one of my favorites ever, why, you ask? Well, because it's fun, entertaining, and ridiculously addictive! It doesn’t matter if the characters and the storylines are similar, or if I know how it will end - what keeps me going are those great scenes with the hero and heroine going at each other's throats, and Julia positively rocks writing them. In this one, the hero, Anthony, is the typical tormented rake who thinks he’s doomed to die young just like his father, and as so he doesn’t want to fall in love so it will be easier for him and the lady he’ll eventually marry; the heroine, Kate, is the bright, honest, plain spinster, with whom Anthony falls for, while courting (not really) her pretty, perfect in every way, younger sister. The two start off by disliking each other -a lot- and will really fight against their feelings, to the point of making me nervous...yes, even knowing for sure that their story had to end up with a “and they lived happily ever after” I would get anxious after some scenes where they don’t get along that well - Anthony certainly deserved a few slaps across the face, a gentleman does not tell a lady things like A man like me, dancing with a woman like you...WHAT?! I was horrified! It was almost like watching Lizzy and Darcy at the Meryton Assembly again!
BTW, I think I'll start casting actors I would like to see playing the couples of this series, just for the fun of it.
As an avid reader of this author, I can say that Marillier is a master in character development---and the male lead of this book, Faolan, is the perfeAs an avid reader of this author, I can say that Marillier is a master in character development---and the male lead of this book, Faolan, is the perfect example of this. Since his first brief and yet totally memorable appearance in The Dark Mirror, Faolan intrigued me, and while I'm pretty sure that happened mostly because he was so mysterious, and clearly a wounded character with a dark past (my favorite type), along the series he became more and more fascinating because there are just so many layers to him and I wanted to know them all, sob with joy, and thank the Gods for Juliet Marillier.
There are so many things I could say about this book, I could talk about the nerve-wracking action scenes, the political drama, Bridei and Tuala, Ana and Drustan, or praise Juliet's beautiful, engaging, totally addictive writing, but ultimately I'll always recommend The Well of Shades because it tells a glorious tale of two brilliant central characters who have so many personal demons to fight, so many wounds to heal, who believe they are unworthy of love and of all things good in this world, and who totally prove each other wrong in the end....more
This one was a good surprise. I really liked Kate, and even though the world she lives in and the situations she needs to get through can be confusingThis one was a good surprise. I really liked Kate, and even though the world she lives in and the situations she needs to get through can be confusing and quite overwhelming at times, I’m truly interested in getting to know more about her, and about it all. And of course, I need to know how her relationship with Curran is going to develop. “Here, Kitty, Kitty, Kitty...”
Liked it, even though I didn't understand a couple of things – hopefully the next book in the series will enlighten me. I think that somewhere in theLiked it, even though I didn't understand a couple of things – hopefully the next book in the series will enlighten me. I think that somewhere in the middle of Morgan's mission things get unnecessarily complicated and confusing, and I only have to blame the secondary characters for it. Didn’t like any of them (except for Nicholas). Really liked Morgan and Miach’s relationship, she’s so tough and has so many walls around her heart that I couldn’t imagine he could get through, but he did. Don’t get me wrong though, for the romance is almost inexistent in this book, one needs to be a patient reader regarding this subject and wait for new developments in the next books.
On a side note: Morgan from the cover totally looks like supermodel Gisele Bündchen.
I meant to say: The Last Wallflower! NOOOOO! It’s so hard to say goodbye…
This is Daisy’s book, the dreamer/romanThe Last Melon!!
No wait, wrong story.
I meant to say: The Last Wallflower! NOOOOO! It’s so hard to say goodbye…
This is Daisy’s book, the dreamer/romantic/bookish wallflower. She has been husband-hunting for 3 years but as we all know men can be idiots and the girl is still single – and as so, her father sends for his most dedicated employee, Mr Matthew Swift, and tells Daisy she’ll have to marry the guy. Daisy can’t stand the idea, because she loads Mr Swift, who she thinks is the very image of her father: someone who only cares for the business and making money. But it turns out Mr Swift wows everyone by being a quite impressive fellow - he is handsome, educated, sharp, and can make a baby stop crying in 1 minute or less. I thought it would be so much more difficult for him to sweep Daisy off her feet, especially because Lillian was determined to make him look bad, but it turns out that Daisy gives her heart away to Mr Swift shortly after the “Please, help me save this rude goose” scene, and that happens almost at the beginning of the story.
For some reason this last installment wasn’t, let’s say, as intense as the other 3 -although I reckon Devil in Winter is a tough book to follow, because it is THAT GOOD, please go read it- but I loved it nonetheless. One scene made me laugh so hard I lost my breath: Daisy trying to climb to Matthew’s bed. You see, she’s kind of short, and the bed was uncommonly high. I couldn’t stop laughing for a while because of that image imprinted in my head. Needless to say I also loved the scenes with all the other wallflowers and their respective husbands - it's so nice to take a peek at their married lives. *sigh*
So, yes! I want to read everything by Lisa Kleypas now. Everything!
**english review** Castles (and I’m so, so impressed this book isn’t called The Princess and the Dragon instead) tells the story of a young lady, Alesa**english review** Castles (and I’m so, so impressed this book isn’t called The Princess and the Dragon instead) tells the story of a young lady, Alesandra, a princess (oddly enough, I could never understand of which country) who grew up in a convent because her parents both died when she was a child, and who now urgently needs to get married just so an evil General won’t marry her by force and use her for political profit. Luckily, Alesandra’s father named her a guardian before he died, a good man who happens to have a single son -Colin-, he wants to see married. I think it’s easy to see where this is going. Still, Castles isn’t really a marriage by convenience story, even if Alesandra thinks so, because after a couple of incidents, Colin ends up as her guardian instead of his father, and well…a guy can’t really resist the stunning princess living under his roof, not even trying.
So this was only my second book by the author, but I’m going to say it anyway: it’s my favourite, even if the princess cried a little bit more than what I would have liked. The similarities between Castles and my other Garwood reading The Prize, were obvious: the lead male and female’s personalities, the way they fall for each other, and how they almost fight it, their insecurities, even their endless nights of passion, and so on; but there is something new in this one which caught me by surprise: a secondary plot with a murderer. It was scary at first, but soon I realized nothing could ever harm Alesandra with Colin looking out for her.
And I can say for sure this young lady was the main reason for me to have enjoyed this book so much. She’s such a likable character, and so funny! It’s truly enjoyable to see things through her eyes, with her being so bright and capable to pick up on everything, and also because she has the most innocent, trusting, and genuine spirit. I love how she speaks her mind all the time, even if it embarrasses her. Of course this mostly happens with Colin, and that’s why it is so entertaining to watch. And she’s a list-nutcase! She makes lists for everything, which tells the reader right away why she and Colin are so perfect for each other: because he’s a schedule-nutcase! Being his answer to Alesandra’s “Will you marry me” question, one of his most memorable speeches ever, something like: According to my schedule, I’ll be able to get married in exactly five years, so the answer is no. (Really, who has a 5-year schedule? Exactly: a nutcase.)
I loved the secondary characters, the buttler Flannagan, Colin’s brother Caine (so funny), and Nathan…Nathan…Nathan…he’s barely in the book but I fell for him anyway, all the while telling myself I wish Julie had written his story, and then I come to Goodreads just to find out that she has! It’s the book before this one (yes…I started reading a series through the last book, again), needless to say I’m getting it.
Can’t finish this without admitting that I really didn’t care about the other topics in the story, like…Colin is supposed to be a crown spy (that’s the series’ name: Crown’s Spies, Castles is #3), and to be truly honest, I only know this exactly because of the name of the series. Also, as always, there were a few cheesy parts that made me laugh out loud with shame, or roll my eyes with disbelief, for example, when Collin thinks Alesandra smells of "roses and woman" *rofl*, or says stuff like "baby, you’re so tight" *roll eyes*, or touches her "liquid heat" *roll eyes+rofl*, but I guess historical romance wouldn’t be historical romance without these…omg-I-can’t-believe-I’m-reading-this moments.
Anyway, I really enjoyed this one, it made me laugh and want to read more of Julie Garwood’s books just so I can laugh again with the same kind of plot and characters. Yes. I’m not an idiot, I’m perfectly aware that her plots follow a recipe, but I don’t freaking care! *crazy laughter*
Homem rico quer-se vingar de um mais pobre, e consegue ficar-lhe com todos os bens de tal maneira que a família do último vai ficar na miséria assim qHomem rico quer-se vingar de um mais pobre, e consegue ficar-lhe com todos os bens de tal maneira que a família do último vai ficar na miséria assim que a dívida for cobrada. A irmã do homem pobre decide intervir, e o homem rico propõe-se a perdoar a dívida se ela se tornar na sua amante durante o próximo Verão. Ela aceita.
Quando se lê romances históricos com regularidade, chega-se a um ponto em que já pouca coisa é novidade, como foi o caso desta storyline para mim. No entanto não foi a primeira vez que li um livro com inúmeras semelhanças a outro, e tal nunca foi razão para não o apreciar, mas quando isto acontece, especialmente com os históricos, o eu gostar ou não, tem quase sempre a haver com o facto do livro me ter entretido mais ou menos, e na maior ou menor frequência de roll eyes durante a leitura -independentemente do tema estar muito ou pouco batido.
Dito isto, acho que posso passar já à parte em que confesso que li A Sedução quase que mecanicamente, e que muito antes da página 50 já os meus olhos tinham rolado na órbitas sei lá eu quantas vezes. E isto, que na minha opinião foi o grande problema do livro, tinha quase sempre a haver com o protagonista masculino e no facto de quase tudo o que ele diz rondar o foleiro, especialmente a sex talk. (Do género: Querida, vou-te levar às estrelas…*rolleyes*) Chateou-me ainda, que ele usasse com Vanessa, a protagonista, os mesmos “termos ternurentos” que claramente usava com todas as suas várias e prévias conquistas. Como se não bastasse ele usá-los sequer -- faço excepções, mas por norma qualquer “queridinha/doce/anjo” cai-me mal. Há qualquer coisa de depreciativo nisto, e muito mais quando o alvo é a amante coagida. Em suma, era enervante e distraía-me quase sempre. Sendo que o discurso não é a única foleirice da figura, de sua graça: Damien Sinclair, a.k.a. Lorde Sin. Haverá nome mais cliché para o herói de um bodice-ripper?...
De resto, não há muito a apontar. A Vanessa não foi heroína com quem me tivesse identificado muito, e digo isto mesmo sem ter a certeza do porquê, no entanto não é das piores; e o outro plot do livro, focado na relação aparentemente impossível dos irmãos de Damien e Vanessa, foi interessante, ainda que tenha muito pouco protagonismo.
**spoiler alert** Another Silhouette two-in-one novel by Roberts. I have to confess that these books may well not be high literature, but they are a fe**spoiler alert** Another Silhouette two-in-one novel by Roberts. I have to confess that these books may well not be high literature, but they are a feast for the soul and the heart of an audience. I will not be giving the world news by saying that Nora Roberts has certainly a very unique way with words, just as she seems to have an exceptional understanding with people, both how to describe them, and how to write for them, and therefore she's always aware of how to hold the reader to her plots. In Engaging The Enemy she does precisely that using four characters, two couples, whose respective shares fell a specific kind of hatred for each other, that kind of hatred which limits quickly merge with the limits of crazy passion, and after some hurdles, sayings and a whole bunch of stuff that tend to cast more dark clouds over the hard heads of the lovebirds, spreads, finally, inevitably, to the greatest of loves.
In the first story of this volume, A Will And A Way, the couple consists of Pandora McVie, an artist dedicated to jewelry making, and of Michael Donohue, a screenwriter for a television series. The two are almost cousins, who despise each other since forever. A despise that is accompanied by a share of mutual desire. When these two lost souls, accustomed to the isolation of their lives, inherit, in equal parts, the whole legacy of their beloved recently deceased uncle, with the condition that they live together in a house that is also part of the estate, and says a lot to both, their first reaction is that this is the worst that could have happened, however, over time we'll see the development of an intimacy both tender and vibrant, which will become a habit and dependency for them. I really liked this story, the predominant theme can even be a love-hate relationship between the protagonists, but since the topic appeals to me and I always come back to it to relax from other readings that require more of my sanity, I dare say that reading Nora Roberts is good for health. If nothing else, it makes one's heart to beat faster, and therefore the entire body gets a extra irrigation!
Still, my favorite was the second part, Boundary Lines. Jillian Baron and Aaron Murdock, owner of two farms joined together by a very special lake, and separated by a fence that appears to get ruined a lot, can be neighbors but had never laid eyes on each other until the hot summer day when Jillian decides to take a swim in the lake I mencioned before, and Aaron goes through there also. The spark is immediate but Aaron will have a lot to ride to get to the broken heart Jillian carries in her chest, guarded by thick and successive layers of pride and self-preservation. The magnitude of the fiery love-hate, of the tender and unbridled desire, of the crazy-mad passion, of the hopeless dependance and love between these two, is several times higher in exponent compared with the couple from A Will And A Way, or perhaps it's just because of the wilder scenery around them (which made me remember Irish Thoroughbred so much!)....more
There are lots of boring passages in this book, and it makes me angry because it had so much potential! If only the author could have cut back stuff lThere are lots of boring passages in this book, and it makes me angry because it had so much potential! If only the author could have cut back stuff like: what's going on with Lady Julia’s family members (boring, I don't want to know), and servants (again: I don't care to know! Why is this important in the first place?). I also didn’t like Lady Julia herself or Brisbane -she’s too cold, and cold heroines get on my nerves, and he isn’t charming enough for me. Also: there’s no romance between the two! What the hell! I feel like asking for my money back. I know they probably get together in one of the next books, but really, I don’t have any desire to read them.
Jesus Christ, I had this one sitting quietly and unread on the shelf for so long that I should be punished for it.
So this was different. Quite differeJesus Christ, I had this one sitting quietly and unread on the shelf for so long that I should be punished for it.
So this was different. Quite different. Ok, I’ll say it: what a weird book.
I honestly had no idea what to expect from Incarceron, having read a few contradicting reviews before. It looked like you either loved it or you got bored as hell just a couple of chapters in and didn’t even bother to finish the book. Well, in my case I can’t say I loved it, but I did read it enthusiastically, and I was quite eager to find out what was going on and how it would end.
The story is told from the POVs of the two main characters, one of them is Claudia, a privileged young woman who lives on the Outside and is about to get married to someone she doesn’t like, and the other one is Finn, an Incarceron prisoner who can’t remember most of his life and insists he came from the Outside.
Everyone laughs at Finn because, well, getting in or out of Incarceron is almost impossible---only this one person named Sapphique made it out once upon a time, and that’s mostly legend. At some point both Claudia and Finn find themselves in possession a crystal key, through which they start communicating, and thus plotting a way for Finn to get out of the prison, because lucky for him, Claudia’s father is the warden.
I really liked Claudia for most part of the story, I enjoyed her fiery, passionate, no-one-can-tell-me-what-to-do manner, especially because she’s always surrounded by very important people with all the authority , people who could easily lock her up in a chamber somewhere and throw away the key, but she’s fierce and smart and entirely unstoppable.
Finn was okay too, but really, my main interest in the story was Claudia, and how she was going to succeed.
In a lot of ways this book is predictable, but still, there are lots of surprises along the way and jaw drop moments for the reader, especially towards the end. It’s like “WOW, WOW, WOW. WHAT’S HAPPENING??” and along with Claudia, these moments kept me going. That said, the ending was a bit disappointing, I’m not sure why… it just wasn’t what I was expecting.
I still haven’t decided if I’ll read the next book in the series, but I might read something by Catherine Fisher again.
Whitney, My Love, the second book in the Westmoreland series was, in fact, Judith McNaught’s debut novel, first published**english review + spoilers**
Whitney, My Love, the second book in the Westmoreland series was, in fact, Judith McNaught’s debut novel, first published in that glorious year of 1985. Supposedly, it was this one book that started the modern Regency romance genre -and modern historical romance in general-, and as so, Whitney, My Love is also known as the classic of classics within this vast category. Pretty impressive. But enough from the author’s final note and Wikipedia.
In short, this book tells Whitney and Clayton’s exasperatingly inconstant and insanely passionate story. It all starts with a very young and rebellious Whitney being sent to France to live with her aunt and uncle because her father has had enough of her mortifying unladylike doings and huge crush on a neighbour -the two things that make her the town’s favorite target for mocking. When she comes back a few years later, all grown up and wiser, but no less infatuated with that neighbour that she’s hoping will now look at her under a whole new light, she finds out that her father sold betrothed her to a wealthy and powerful Duke in order to pay his astronomic debts. That said, this is the story of Whitney and that same Duke.
I enjoyed this one. Judith did not disappoint me -didn’t expect her to-, even if in my heart I know that the first book in this series, A Kingdom of Dreams, will never lose its place as my favorite. I loved that she came up with a story for this couple that in several ways reminded me of Royce and Jennifer’s. The cherry on top of this cake for me is the pretty much always present fiery hostility that seems impossible to dissolve between the couple, combined with those heavenly scenes in which they make each other laugh out loud with silly stories. I was also thankful that in this one too there were a couple of enlightened, rational, non-evil secondary characters capable of outsmarting both hero and heroine in every single lover’s quarrel they go through, for these heaven-sent can always see the problem and guide the thickheaded duet into the right path *high-fives the secondary characters*.
The heroine. Whitney is the typical outcast female lead; her father doesn’t get her, the neighbourhood ridicules her, and she’s always noticed for the wrong reasons until the day everyone wants a piece of her. She’s restless, irreverent, outspoken, funny, loves to ride like a man, and I’m still not sure if her relationship with Clayton transforms her personality or not. She did disturb me a bit at the end with all that Oh Clayton, you can hurt me if you wish (say WHAT, Whitney?!), but then it occured to me, she’ s just kinky, let her be.
The hero. Clayton is a tough case, because you can’t help but liking him, the author basically wants the reader to drool everytime she describes him -tall, broad-shouldered, dark-haired, killer gray eyes…and then on top of this he does all kinds of prince charming things, but he keeps spoiling the whole deal everytime the alpha male beast inside takes over, for he is the pinnacle amongst the most possessive, jealous, demanding and hottempered male leads. Amazingly enough, it wasn’t the alpha male lunatic behavior that bothered me, but the wild and thoughtless way he would always jump to conclusions (the wrong ones) without even trying to rationalize. It was maddening. Really, I thought I was going mental…I got to a point where I felt like a badly injured horse begging its master: just shoot me…end my misery…pleeeaase…I’m pretty sure this was around Clayton’s high point of assholeness when after seeing a stupid note he gets to the conclusion Whitney has been fooling around and acting the whole time with him. Man, seriously? SERIOUSLY? Can someone please hurry and give this imbecile his pills, because he must be missing a whole week of dosage if his brain is coming up with this stuff. Grrr. This part made me so mad! I literally slammed the book repetedly onto my forehead hopping it would hurt him.
To finish. I’m recommending this one to historical romance fans everywhere, with the promise of a 700 pages emotional roller coaster, where the feeling of kicking and screaming, laughing and crying, send flying across the room all the things within reach, including the book itself, will be your only and constant companion.