This is a VERY biased review. I never thought I would be giving a Christmas Regency romance four stars, but here I am. Don't be turned off by the book'This is a VERY biased review. I never thought I would be giving a Christmas Regency romance four stars, but here I am. Don't be turned off by the book's claims to be "Austenesque". While the characters do feel a bit like Austen could have written their personalities, and while Austen herself is a minor character in the book, that is where the similarities stop. There is no painful copying of Austen, and Austen's cameo feels surprisingly "right" for the book. The plot is simple, but it was the characters that really kept me reading. Turnip is perhaps funniest and most lovable hero I have yet had the pleasure to read, and Arabella is (in my opinion) a believable heroine - by the end of the book I wanted become friends with her. No, the book isn't Austen, or Dickens, or anything close to what you would want to be seen dead with (should you die reading, that is), but it is a sweet and funny story for the Christmas season, and one I hope to revisit next year....more
I honestly did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I thought it would be a nice little story, and I'd just drop it halfway. But something aI honestly did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I thought it would be a nice little story, and I'd just drop it halfway. But something about the characters kept me reading, and I found myself thoroughly enjoying their story and the writing. ...more
This book started out really strong. I loved Mercy's character, and the fact that she managed to be strong without being unrealistically bad-ass. TowaThis book started out really strong. I loved Mercy's character, and the fact that she managed to be strong without being unrealistically bad-ass. Towards the end of the book, however, I lost interest, partly because I had guessed the ending. So I ended up reading a bit of the end, then dropping it back off at the library from whence it came. All in all, it is a decent book, and while I'll never forget Mercy's character, I probably won't read any of the other books. The "kiddie-o-meter" (as Juju would say), is that this is definitely an adult book. While nothing too shocking happens, I'd still recommend it for 18+....more
My Ratings Translation: * = Dropped it/hated it. * * = Forced myself to finish/found difficult. * * * = Interesting, but not likely to be cracked open agMy Ratings Translation: * = Dropped it/hated it. * * = Forced myself to finish/found difficult. * * * = Interesting, but not likely to be cracked open again. * * * * = Liked very much, and will be/has been re-read. * * * * * = Loved, and has been worn to pieces
Please understand that this review reflects ONLY my opinion. I may have bad taste in books, but you are also entitled to your own erroneous opinion. I'll be posting a longer and (hopefully) more in-depth review of this book on my blog, but I just had write a little something here saying how much I enjoyed it. I have only read one other Higgs book ("Here Burns My Candle"), but I liked it just as much, and I have a feeling that there are going to be two new additions to my bookshelf by the end of the month. I read this book in a hurry. Alright, I read it in one day. One day is really too short a time to really take in all this book has to offer, and I intend on going back and reading through it again. Then I plan to read it again, during Christmas time. Initially I was worried. This was a romance. I like romances, but I am wary of them - even more so of contemporary christian romances. Plus, I knew nothing about the Moravian church except what I had heard of their brass. But the main thing I was afraid of was the characters. I hate reading a book and not feeling for the characters. I shouldn't have worried. Higgs' characters were so real to me, and I loved seeing them grow. One thing that I loved was the way she broke up and introduced her scenes. Everything about the scenes flowed well, and I read it from cover to cover without wincing once. Okay once, but that was because I thought I knew the MMC better than I did. I love this book, and I'm sure it will be on my shelf for a long while. Go ahead and give it a read if you are in the mood for a cute, serious, and engaging read. ...more
Collins has done it again. Although this time I suspected the ending, it didn't take away from the excellence of the book. It took me way to long to fCollins has done it again. Although this time I suspected the ending, it didn't take away from the excellence of the book. It took me way to long to finish this book, partly because it was so emotional. I think that there is a lot to learn from Collins as a story teller. I can't wait to read Mockingjay. ...more
I really didn't expect to rate this book so highly, especially while in the middle of the book. But by the end of the book I didn't feel like I had waI really didn't expect to rate this book so highly, especially while in the middle of the book. But by the end of the book I didn't feel like I had wasted my time. In fact, I thought it was a fast moving, interesting plot, a nice light (very light) read. But I do have a notecard of complaints (I do that to all my books - status updates on paper), most memorably:
1)"awkward dialog" 2)"Wizard North = Cool, Romantic North = Corny" 3)"TOO MUCH HAIR TOUCHING!" 4)"Not enough detail" 5)"Yep, still hate first person narrative"
Nevertheless, I liked it. I loved North (despite his constant hair touching), and I thought that Sydelle was a reasonably believable character. The ending made me smile, and despite my complaints about lack of detail, I found myself wondering about Syd and North's next adventure. I think that if a book makes me care about the characters, than it deserves a good rating, even with all of its technical faults. In reality I would give it 3 and a half stars, but that is impossible so I had to choose three stars. All in all it was a fun, easy read that I would recommend to a fantasy-loving younger sister or friend....more
**spoiler alert** I'm not really sure what it was about this book that hooked me. I think that, at first, I wanted to know what the Hunger Games reall**spoiler alert** I'm not really sure what it was about this book that hooked me. I think that, at first, I wanted to know what the Hunger Games really were. The author has a way of telling you things that intrigue you, but explaining them a few chapters later, so that you'll keep reading. But unlike many other writers, she manages to pull off this trick without making the reader feel like they're being played with. The second thing that really pulled me in was Katniss herself. I love the fact that she isn't this bad-ass feminazi, but she is strong. She is interesting, she thinks about things that matter, and she is motivated. The supporting characters aren't too shabby either, what with Peeta being one of the most interesting (and yes, adorable) characters in YA lit that I've read in a long time. I think my only complaint about the book is not really a complaint at all. I wish there had been more of a show of chivalry in Katniss' actions. I understand that this is dystopian lit, so I shouldn't expect too much of the characters in that regard, but I did cringe when Katniss killed Cato to put him out of his misery. Mercy killing doesn't sit well with me. ( On the other hand, both Katniss and Peeta did most of their killing in self-defense, and I do realize that without the brutality of the games, there wouldn't be much of a story. ) I know some readers thought that the end didn't resolve the book they way they would have wanted. They wanted the end to somehow fix the problems of brutality and totalitarianism that the main characters are facing. But that is impossible. It is impossible to accomplish that in one book. In my opinion, the end is perfect, because it promises to give the reader the rebellion that they so want. It would be inhuman to read this story and not wish for the Capitol to be obliterated. All throughout the book I was waiting for Katniss to wake up and start waging war against the government for all that it had done to her and the people around her. But in real life it takes a much longer time for people to get up enough courage to fight the system they have been used to all their lives - even a system that is demonic, like one that makes young children fight to the death, or one that disregards the elderly or the unborn. Katniss does eventually "wake up", and her realization that the Hunger Games are just beginning promises a greater conflict - not that of life vs. death, but of good vs. evil. So before you write this book off for not ending like a fairy-tale, complete with moral, remember that the end of the first book is really the beginning of the story. The real Hunger Games have just begun....more
This book, as wonderful as it is, definitely falls into the category of books that I enjoyed reading, but don't really intend to pick up again. I canThis book, as wonderful as it is, definitely falls into the category of books that I enjoyed reading, but don't really intend to pick up again. I can see why it is a classic (effective narrative, great symbolism, relatively fast-moving story, etc...), and I would recommend it to anyone, but it isn't something that I could go back and read more than once or twice. ...more
A beautiful, gripping book. So many people have commented on this classic, I feel that I can say nothing more meaningful than that this book is dear tA beautiful, gripping book. So many people have commented on this classic, I feel that I can say nothing more meaningful than that this book is dear to my heart, and that if you remember reading it in school, then read it again.