I had so much fun reading the two books in this series back to back, standout reads for this year. Great worldbuilding, the multiple Londons are so inI had so much fun reading the two books in this series back to back, standout reads for this year. Great worldbuilding, the multiple Londons are so interesting. I really liked the characters too - Kell, Lila, Rhy and Alucard. My favorite scene in this book was the (short) one that had all four of them in it. I loved the nuances in Kell and Rhy's close relationship, and how they both work so hard on it. What a cliffhanger ending! I can't wait for the next one....more
What a lovely Beauty and the Beast retelling (and the Kindle edition is free on Amazon). Thanks to Mary Anne for leaving a comment on my blog to recomWhat a lovely Beauty and the Beast retelling (and the Kindle edition is free on Amazon). Thanks to Mary Anne for leaving a comment on my blog to recommend this. I'm getting ready to fly back to Singapore but will try review this once things have settled down. Will probably start reading its companion novel, Spindle (and also free), soon!...more
I picked this up based on Li's recommendation, she suggested Kylie Scott when I asked for contemporary romance recs. I thought this was just okay, didI picked this up based on Li's recommendation, she suggested Kylie Scott when I asked for contemporary romance recs. I thought this was just okay, didn't really think there was anything special with David and Ev's love story. I think I would have enjoyed it more if their night in Vegas was explained in more depth, instead of Ev forgetting all about it. I heard the series gets better so I'll probably read the rest of the books....more
Better than the first book. Mal is crazy in a funny way, I don't know how everyone else can keep up with him. A fun read with a hint of sadness. I likBetter than the first book. Mal is crazy in a funny way, I don't know how everyone else can keep up with him. A fun read with a hint of sadness. I liked that there wasn't a lot of drama between the two MCs....more
I grabbed this because I saw on Twitter that it was just USD0.99. It's a sweet romance with an intriguing premise and I finished it fairly quickly. II grabbed this because I saw on Twitter that it was just USD0.99. It's a sweet romance with an intriguing premise and I finished it fairly quickly. I liked both the characters and how straightforward they were with each other, there weren't any unnecessary drama between the two of them....more
Act Like It by Lucy Parker surprised me with how good it was. I even included Lainie and Richard in my recent list of favorite literary couples. I immediately wanted to read more books written by the author but saw that she only had one title that was out. Then I followed her on Twitter and discovered that she self-published another book under a different name: Artistic License by Elle Pierson. To make things even better, the Kindle edition was available for free for a few days. Of course, I grabbed a copy and read it as soon as I could (also because I was gently nudged by my friend Angie).
Going by how Act Like It sucked me in, I knew I should start reading Artistic License on a weekend or I would lose a lot of sleep. I was right. I read most of the book on a Saturday and ignored everything else that I had to do (as usual, I was supposed to do some chores). I couldn't put it down once I got in the swing of things. It was just too much fun to read about Sophy and Mick. I liked the unusual circumstances of their meeting, and how that incident brought them together. While there's initial attraction, both of them weren't looking for a relationship so they started off as unlikely friends. Unlikely because at first glance, it seems that they don't have much in common. In spite of their differences, they soon realize that they're able to read and understand each other very well. Sophy is an introvert and is painfully shy. She rarely opens up to strangers, only her family and friends truly see her bright and vibrant personality. She's happy in her solitude and she immerses herself in her art. For some reason, she instinctively trusts Mick from the moment they meet and she quickly lets her guard down around him. Mick has a tough exterior, matched by his looks, but is really such a sweet guy. He's had some nasty experiences in the past and definitely deserves all the friends that he could get. He needs people to back him up and stand up for him, and Sophy becomes on of those people in just a short amount of time.
I think the transition from strangers to friends to lovers felt very natural in Artistic License. Even as friends, both Sophy and Mick were wary of each other. They're both observant types, and they were careful around the other person. I thought Sophy's introvert nature was a huge factor in this. Also, Mick has his own reasons for not getting too close to someone else. I also think it gave their romance an unusual flavor. While I have always been classified as an extrovert, there are times when I think I'm an introverted extrovert. I could relate to Sophy needing her alone time, and trying to reconcile the idea of opening herself up enough to let another person into her life. She's worried of what she has to give up in order to be in a relationship, even if she does want to be with that person. It is a pretty big step for anyone, especially for someone who recharges by being by herself. Mick is the perfect gentlemen in the sense that he gives Sophy all the space that she needs. I really liked that there wasn't any unnecessary drama between them. They were honest with each other and there were no mind games. All the conflict were from external factors. There's a dash of mystery and suspense in this story, but the focus is definitely the development of Sophy and Mick's relationship. I really liked how the secondary characters played a part in the love story, like Mick's best friend Sean had some fun scenes and Sophy's mom also gave some great advice.
I also enjoyed reading about the Queenstown setting of the book. It's a refreshing choice of setting, not the more common US or UK locations in romances. I've never been to New Zealand but now I want to visit it because of the descriptions in Artistic License. Seems like a great place for a vacation. The author shared this picture of the setting on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_LucyParker/statu...
No matter what name she writes under, I will definitely be watching out for this author's next book. I hope one will be released sooner rather than later!...more
Read this for the 2016 Graphic Novel / Manga Challenge. Series review originally posted at Chachic's Book Nook.
The only book challenge that I signed uRead this for the 2016 Graphic Novel / Manga Challenge. Series review originally posted at Chachic's Book Nook.
The only book challenge that I signed up for this year is the 2016 Graphic Novel / Manga Challenge, and I went for the Modern Age level. This means I need to read and review at least one graphic novel per month. On the reading part, that's definitely not too difficult to accomplish! The reviewing part is more difficult. I received Vol. 1 of The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrations), Matt Wilson (Colorist), Clayton Cowles last Christmas and I bought the next two installments right after. I read all three volumes together so I'm consolidating mini reviews of them in this post.
Vol. 1: The Faust Act - So many people were gushing about WicDiv and it kept being mentioned whenever I asked for graphic novel recommendations. I was excited to get started on Vol. 1 because I thought the concept for the series was brilliant. I was intrigued when I read the premise, and immediately wanted to find out more about these young men and women who turned into gods, and manifested their powers by performing concerts. They thrived on these performances, and the audience loved them. Kind of similar to how much influence rock stars and pop stars have in the real world, just a little bit more intense. I thought the artwork was gorgeous and reminded me a bit of Jem and the Holograms, one of my favorite animated shows when I was younger. Vol. 1 served as a quick introduction to the series, showing readers a wide range of characters. I enjoyed reading it but I was mostly confused by the time I reached the end. I felt like I couldn't get a clear grasp of the storyline. Good thing I already had a copy of Vol. 2 with me so I could dive right in.
Vol. 2: Fandemonium - Vol. 2 continues with the story that Vol. 1 started and introduced a few more of the gods. I went through Vol. 2 pretty quickly because I wanted to understand what was going on. And yes, I did get some of the answers that I wanted but even more questions were raised. Just when I thought I would finally see everything come together, BAM! Something else happens that I can't figure out. I know I'm being very vague here but I don't want to accidentally mention any spoilers. Similar to how I felt when I finished Vol. 1, I wanted the next installment ASAP. I was lucky I started reading these just as Vol. 3 was released.
Vol. 3: Commercial Suicide - I was so glad Vol. 3 was readily available in Kinokuniya Singapore. I didn't have to wait too long to find out what happens next. Going into Vol. 3, I had no clue that the illustrations would be different from the earlier two installments. Each chapter was illustrated by a different artist. While the idea may seem appealing to other readers, I really liked the original artwork and wanted the story to continue in that way. I found the abrupt changes jarring. On top of that, I still felt mostly confused even if I was already in the third book in the series. Sadly, it was a disappointing read for me. I just wasn't invested enough in the story or the characters.
After reading three volumes, my conclusion is that WicDiv isn't a series for me. There's too much violence, too many questions, and not enough answers. I wouldn't have minded the violence if I loved the story, but sadly, that wasn't the case here. As always, I'm glad I tried something new. But I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that I would have a better experience with my March graphic novel read....more
I've heard good things about the Chronicles of Elantra series but I kept putting it off because I'm not a big fan of series that never seem to end. HoI've heard good things about the Chronicles of Elantra series but I kept putting it off because I'm not a big fan of series that never seem to end. However, the lovely Estara sent me a Kindle gift of the first three books after I blogged about this quote from the author. And I knew it was time to give the series a try since I already have copies.
I liked the characters and the worldbuilding and I didn't have any major issues about the story, but I found myself confused throughout most of the book. Like something would happen and I felt like I only understood half of the scene. I find it hard to explain why, maybe because I'm not that familiar with the world? Maybe this first book will be better as a reread. I'm still curious enough about the world to give the second book a try, maybe it will be easier to get into because I'm more familiar with the characters and the setting....more