Have you ever found a book that you just have to read out loud with a British accent? This is that book. Maybe it’sOriginally posted on my blog here.
Have you ever found a book that you just have to read out loud with a British accent? This is that book. Maybe it’s just me, but I love to read things that have a very British feel to them with an accent.
With that being said, I didn’t really like this book. I love the cover, I love the Hardscrabble children, I despised the story. It had a lot of potential, there were good moments, but for the most part it was trying too hard. The narrator was cute, I like it when the narrator speaks to you like you are always there (and it’s pretty obvious who the narrator is) but the ending scenes felt like the author just wanted to be as random as possible….like…REALLY random. I hated it! Finishing that I thought I would give this book 2 stars, which hasn’t happened in quite a while with a book that I’ve actually finished. Upon further reflection there were the redeeming qualities that I mentioned before, which brings it up to 3 stars, but that’s as far as it can go in my book…no pun intended. ...more
I really, really, really, REALLY liked this book. I like it enough to have read it, want to buy it, and want to readOriginally posted on my blog here.
I really, really, really, REALLY liked this book. I like it enough to have read it, want to buy it, and want to read it again. Franny is so imaginatively creative and yet so spot on. It took a little while for the story line to progress to a point where I was actually able to start figuring out what was going on, but rarely am I surprised in books and this one came pretty close. It's such an interesting world that Ms. Billingsley creates. Briony has such a unique way at looking at the world and I LOVED seeing her and Eldric's relationship progress.
I really liked Ms. Billingsley's 'The Folk Keeper' but this one is way better. It has similar elements such as an amusing and different protagonist, but this book is longer, has more character development and a better romance. Much better! I for sure recommend this, though the narration style may not be for everyone, but you should at least give it a try. Enchanting!...more
It took me a while to warm up to the idea of reading this book. Polygamy isn’t a subject that I willingly subject myOriginally posted on my blog here.
It took me a while to warm up to the idea of reading this book. Polygamy isn’t a subject that I willingly subject myself to reading about, but this book had such rave reviews that I wanted to at least give it a try. I picked it up this morning after finishing another book and didn’t put it down until this evening after finishing it.
Rhine was an easy narrator to follow and relate to. I understood what she was feeling, both in hating her situation but in feeling warmer towards Linden. Gabriel was a good sympathetic character and I am looking forward to getting to know him better in the future installments.
What most surprised me about this book was the relationship between Rhine and her sisters wives. I came to value their strengths and found their weaknesses just as annoying as she did. I never expected to find out what it might be like to share a husband with other women. I still shudder at the idea, but the way DeStefano presented Rhine with Cecily and Jenna, it didn’t seem so bad, in a bad kind of way, if that makes sense. They each meant different things to their husband and it was interesting seeing the characters change.
It will be interesting seeing the repercussions of Rhine’s decisions in the later books. The end was slightly anti-climatic, but I’m still kind of glad I waited to read this as now I don’t have as long to wait for the next installment. Not that the end is a cliff hanger, but I’m still eager for what’s next. Hopefully it has more physical action and suspense!...more
This is, most assuredly, my newest favorite classic! I can’t believe I haven’t read this series before (thank you AlOriginally posted on my blog here.
This is, most assuredly, my newest favorite classic! I can’t believe I haven’t read this series before (thank you Alison at the Allure of Books!)! Miss Amelia is too much to handle! And I can’t talk about this book without using exclamation marks!! I’m not really the ‘mystery’ reading type, but this novel has everything: hilarioius dialogue, hot archeologists, good friends, fiends that you don’t know until it’s too late, animated mummies and parasols! If that list doesn’t convince you to purchase it right now, or at the very least rent it from your library…you have other issues. This book is FANTASTIC. For now I am borrowing from my library (the next in the series is already in transit) but rest assured, this will make it into my permanent collection…and there’s around 17 volumes to look forward to *fan girl squeal!*
This book isn’t horribly fast paced, nor is the writing style what is commonly found in more present times. I LOVED it though. Miss Peters does a superb job building the characters and romanticizing the location. I really want to buy a pith hat and get on a time machine. So exciting (and I hate the heat!).
I must admit though, having read this series (FINALLY!) I realized a bit of a similarity to a steampunk newcomer, Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. There isn’t a lot, except for a very amazing female lead who can take care of herself with a parasol just well, thank you very much (and will you kindly remove your elbows from the table). If you haven’t read one or the other of these, you will like the other!...more
The world that Kagawa creates is engaging enough to keep reading the series. Meghan has her moments of being a forceOriginally posted on my blog here.
The world that Kagawa creates is engaging enough to keep reading the series. Meghan has her moments of being a force for good as opposed to being just a bystander, but not as many as I would like. I want to see more of her strength of character, and she has potential, but it hasn’t grown as much yet. Maybe in the future books she’ll get stronger. Ash and Puck have to save her butt like every other second and yes, she stands up for getting things done, like going after that thing that was stolen (ha! No spoiler there!) but it’s like, yes, good for that but you’re just kind of extra weight because if something happens you’ll need to be protected and draw effort away from that thing that you are trying to accomplish.
If she grows stronger and is able to stand up for herself, and it seems she has that desire and is just as frustrated by her inability to do things herself so this actually might happen, I think I could really like to grow her even more as a character. If things get deeper and more complex this could be a really really good series, one of my favorites.
Another point against Megan, love triangles are hard. Meghan doesn’t handle hers well. You know who she likes the best, but she totally leads the other on and that pisses me off a little. Again, still the middle of the series, so I feel I’m judging her a little harshly, but I expect her to be a bit more mature, not waffling all the time back and forth. ...more
You know a book is going to be EPIC when you laugh after only reading through the chapter headings. I guess that raised my expectations a little too high. The Author’s Note, which I never ever read, was actually quite interesting. Vivian Van Velde comes up with some exceptional questions having to do with the Red Riding Hood story. I mean really, most fairy tales that we grew up with have many, many things wrong with them that we don't pause to think about until we are older, if at all!
That being said, the story’s premises were interesting but kind of difficult to get through. I could see promise in them, but they were too simple and not engaging enough. I had to force myself to finish it. This brings it down to a 2 stars, but an extra half added for what it could have been. ...more
I started this book with a great deal of trepidation. Usually a story grabs my attention with the action and storyliOriginally posted on my blog here.
I started this book with a great deal of trepidation. Usually a story grabs my attention with the action and storyline, but mostly from the tension of a girl and boy falling in love. This is slightly shallow, I’ll admit, but I’ll also admit I love it. Thus, though I found Amelia’s narration to be exceptional and hilarious, she already catches her man (this isn’t a spoiler and you know it) and so where is the tension going to come from for the next books? My fears were wholly unfounded, I am very pleased to report. I actually liked Emerson and Amelia much better as a married couple. Elizabeth Peters deals with the joys of marriage in the most realistic and yet non-specific means possible but really, I giggled way too much with this book. Amelia is in tip top form and I enjoyed getting to know her little family better as well as going along for the ride as she solves yet another mystery.
Random Aside: After getting halfway through this I simply had to watch the Mummy again. It was perfect. Evie, whilst not as competent as Amelia, gave great inspiration. The movie was a lot better done than I remembered, especially considering it was done before 2000. I kind of have gotten snobby about special effects when it comes to movies, even some presently are horribly done, but the Mummy’s effects only added to the overall feel and helped get me more in the mood for archeology, mummy’s and Amelia!...more
This was the first book from this author that I have read so I didn't know what to expect. What I found made me absoOriginally posted on my blog here.
This was the first book from this author that I have read so I didn't know what to expect. What I found made me absolutely ravenous to read her other works and very, very impressed.
This was the type of story with an engaging, amusing narrator and your along for the ride not knowing what to expect. Not that I know all of the story plots out there, but I can usually guess what's going to happen given enough hints. I find books that do that to me enjoyable but I like being surprised. This book surprised me! I didn't know what was going to happen and by the time it does I'm so astounded and pleased that I want to finish it all the faster to find out more.
Overall this book was very refreshing and I am very happy that the authors most recent book, Chime, is waiting for me on my shelf. Though the narrators voice in this was snarky and insightful, there was a time or too that I was a little lost. This might not be for everyone but I give it my wholehearted recommendation....more
Adorable. Juliet Marillier truly is a master story teller. I love almost every single one of her books. For some reaOriginally posted on my blog here.
Adorable. Juliet Marillier truly is a master story teller. I love almost every single one of her books. For some reason this one never appealed to me until recently but I am so glad that I picked it up. The covers of her books so perfectly set the tone for the worlds that they usher us into. This one is whimsical with a darkness underneath it but goodness that prevails without. I liked how there were aspects of classic fairytale elements, but they didn’t dominate to where this was just another retelling. This is a story all of its own and I loved it!
Apparently this is JM’s young adult series. It did have a slightly lighter feel to it, so the YA made sense, but only after the fact. I have the second in the series and am really excited to start reading it and find out more about this amazing family and the world they thrive in....more
This is the second dystopian book that I’ve read in the past month or so. It was fantastic! I must admit that readinOriginally posted on my blog here.
This is the second dystopian book that I’ve read in the past month or so. It was fantastic! I must admit that reading about a zombie apocalypse makes me want to get a little fitter, put some food into storage and learn how to use a bow (or at the very least snares). All the same, this was a great book. Ann did a marvelous job recreating a degenerated society, one that was easy to follow and understand. Deuce is a good character. She’s tough but has a soft spot, one she eventually embraces. It stinks that this is the beginning of a series. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE!
The first half of the book grabbed my attention a little more because it was so different. The second half felt a little like The Road meets I am Legend, however, the last few chapters started getting really interesting. Let’s just say that we don’t know everything that there is to know about Deuce. There is A LOT of potential for this in future books and I really hope the author properly develops it. I also really, really, really want more development between Fade and Deuce. This would make me happy, very happy....more
This was a fun, quick read. Wayland North reminds of Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle in the bestest way possible! (onOriginally posted on my blog here.
This was a fun, quick read. Wayland North reminds of Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle in the bestest way possible! (only watch the movie though, the book isn’t nearly as exciting!)
This story was unique and kept me guessing. The romance was ADORABLE! Sybelle is a strong character and is not all as she seems. North is young still but oh so sweet and I really enjoyed getting to know both of them.
I was really surprised at how young the author is, she’s a year younger than me! But she wrote a lovely book that wraps up nicely though I truly wish it would continue! There wasn’t really an intense climax, the romance was cute but could have been more sparks. A good comfort book. Definitely a classic to be put on my ‘read again’ shelf! Thanks to Small Review for recommending this so highly!...more
I didn’t feel like reading this book for the longest time. Not sure why, just didn’t seem my cup of tea. However, IOriginally posted on my blog here.
I didn’t feel like reading this book for the longest time. Not sure why, just didn’t seem my cup of tea. However, I kept seeing so many rave reviews from other bloggers and decided to give it a try. I wasn’t disappointed.
This isn’t a high literature book but it was diverting and adorable. I really liked Lend and Evie was an easy character to follow. I actually thought she was older than 16 as sometimes in literature 16 year olds annoy the heck out of me with how shallow they are. Her obsession with Easton Heights aside, Evie tried her hardest and as her relationship with Lend progressed I found my own stomach doing little happy flips!
Props to the author for coming up with a new twist to paranormals and fairies. I’m excited to see what happens in the series next!...more
After getting hooked into the FRIGGIN' AMAZING world of Amelia Peabody I had high hopes for this series also by Elizabeth Peters. I shouldn't have gotten so excited.
After the hilarious dry humor and wit of Amelia, Vicky was too light and modern, not enough substance to her as a character or to the story line as a whole. I've heard that the series gets better as time goes on (as in a better guy shows up...hey, romantic tension is one way to keep me interested) so I will eventually try the next book in the series, but for now, this one was a forced finish and not very suspenseful at all.
Not to say it didn't have it's good moments, but after reading the fun filled life of Amelia Peabody, this book just couldn't compare. If you are new to Elizabeth Peters maybe if you try this series first and build up to the Amelia Peabody books you will be better served. ...more
Paula was an easy character to relate to. She was sensible but still had desires and dreams. I actually liked this oOriginally posted on my blog here.
Paula was an easy character to relate to. She was sensible but still had desires and dreams. I actually liked this one a little bit better than the previous in the series, Wildwood Dancing. The covers of these books add a really nice whimsicality to the stories and fit perfectly.
I’m a sucker for love stories and while this one claims to have a love triangle…but you can tell who she’s going to end up with. All the same it had good chemistry and build up. Obviously there will be another one, the thing all of the sisters were all working towards didn’t happen and plus, the littlest sister needs a chance. I'm looking forward to re-entering this world and seeing what happens next (and who falls in love with whom!).
It wasn’t anything too complicated but it was still a fun read. The fact that it was realistically (to my un-scholarly eye) set in old Constantinople was the perfect icing on the cake....more