I'm so glad this is the penultimate book because I do not think I could continue reading this for much longer.
For starters, there are too many cat dea...moreI'm so glad this is the penultimate book because I do not think I could continue reading this for much longer.
For starters, there are too many cat deaths! Any cat death is too many but there are so much! Even a fox death, too!! Just stop!
Again, Zoey contributes nothing to the group, except to look pretty and cry and complain and be really pessimistic about everything. And she better not hook up with Aurox. I hated it when she had loads of boyfriends. And I'm not the only one who hated it, too. One of my friends stopped reading the series because all the cheating annoyed her. I mean, come on! How many boyfriends does she need when she's not even that interesting?!
The only characters that I actually like in this series are Aphrodite, Darius and Kalona, and only because they are badass, Aphrodite especially.
So glad that the next book is the last one...(less)
Ah, pirate romance. I'm a little bitty obsessed with pirates at the moment, as I'm playing Assassin's Creed 4 (which is amazing!). So, obviously, pira...moreAh, pirate romance. I'm a little bitty obsessed with pirates at the moment, as I'm playing Assassin's Creed 4 (which is amazing!). So, obviously, pirates on the brain. Funnily enough, I started this book before starting the game. Coincidence? Probably not.
This book is, obviously, about pirates. Sort of. It starts off with a man marrying his best friend because his Dad has forced him into it for the money. But then they fall in love, blah, blah, blah. Then she finds out and he leaves and becomes a pirate.
As you do.
Anywho! Just as he's about to be declared dead at sea (because he hasn't bothered to tell anyone that he's alive...), he shows up again. And tries to woo his wife back, who, understandably, doesn't want anything to do with him.
However, this being a romance novel, they totally do it after another few chapters. Happily ever after!
Even though it was pretty obvious, I really liked this book. I read the one with Griffin Barry and then realised that there was a little series about it! So I had to read them. I'm gonna be reading the one's with Colin Barry next.
But, yes, the review! This book has pirates AND romance! What more could a girl need?(less)
Aww. Karl is awesome. He moans about everything! But when you read some of his moans you think 'actually, he has a point.' Love it.
I love how American...moreAww. Karl is awesome. He moans about everything! But when you read some of his moans you think 'actually, he has a point.' Love it.
I love how Americans seem to love him as well, but he's so British, with his Hob Nobs and old British entertainers that they must have no clue what he's on about half the time.
He's so lucky being paid to travel the world! I wish I had more money (and time) to be able to travel wherever (and whenever) I want. But, soon I will! Hopefully...
The only negative thing I can think of in this book is that most of the photos of Karl have him with his mouth open and a gormless expression on his face. It looked a little bit staged when every single one has Karl with the same expression...(less)
So, I sort of have the same feelings about this book as I had about the first one. Except Lorelei's abilities are getting sillier. Like the going into...moreSo, I sort of have the same feelings about this book as I had about the first one. Except Lorelei's abilities are getting sillier. Like the going into pictures thing. What? And then everything she thinks to do with it afterwards suddenly works! No effort required AT ALL. Seemed a bit far fetched. And that's saying something, considering this is a paranormal romance young adult novel.
I can't really write much at the moment, as I'm going out to a bonfire party to watch the fireworks but I will say this: Cameron is hot. Hotter than Jared (the main guy). And I prefer the relationship between Cameron and Brooke to the one between Jared and Lorelei.
Also, I want to find out what happens and how they'll defeat the bad guys, etc.(less)
I liked the plot of this book and the banter between the friends but it got a bit too religious for me near the end, otherwise I would have given this...moreI liked the plot of this book and the banter between the friends but it got a bit too religious for me near the end, otherwise I would have given this book another star.
The heroine is another short one (seriously, they're either ridiculously tall or ridiculously short. Can't any author just write a normal height heroine? Please?)
The hero(?) is hot! And I know he's supposed to be 16 but, since he's technically the Angel of Death, then he's older, so it's okay to like him. But it might be a bit creepy on his part, considering he's thousands of years old...
The 'Sanctuary' that showed up at the end and consisted of random townsfolk seemed a bit too timid and feared Jared a bit too much. Yes, he's the Angel of Death but don't tremble at his feet! The grandparents got a bit on the annoying side with the 'Your Grace' stuff, too.
There was a bit about a quarter of the way into the book when the three friends are looking for Jared and Cameron and Lorelei 'conveniently' remembers Jared's real name from her vision. It pops into her head literally seconds before she tells Jared she knows. It was odd and seemed a bit too convenient for my liking.
It took me a while to realise what the paranormal being in this series would be (grim reapers, essentially) but I liked that I had to guess.
All in all, this was a nice, quick read but, as I mentioned above, it got a bit too religious-y for me near the end. But I want to read the rest of the series!(less)
I've loved this series - mainly because I'm a huge fan of romance and crime thrillers and this has both! I like how this series doesn't always focus o...moreI've loved this series - mainly because I'm a huge fan of romance and crime thrillers and this has both! I like how this series doesn't always focus on the romance. The mystery is the main thing.
As always, I love the main guys in Meg Cabot's book and Cooper is no exception. If anything, he's probably one of the best men that's she's written. He's a proper man! No overly-tanned, overly-greased, skin-head men here!
I liked how, in this book, the heroine had a gun. Usually, it's the bad guy, but not this time!
Sorry, I have to go out now, cos I'm doing stuff for my birthday (which is tomorrow. 23!!). But I will update this later!(less)
Even though I have given this the same score as 'Dante's Girl', I have to admit that I didn't like this one as much. I still liked it, though. I just...moreEven though I have given this the same score as 'Dante's Girl', I have to admit that I didn't like this one as much. I still liked it, though. I just didn't think Mia was as good a heroine as Reece. She seemed a bit whiny (which, yes, she has lost her memory but sometimes it can be a bit much).
I liked how this book has got some of the same themes as the last book - set in Paradise, a Caberran falling for someone from Kansas, etc. However, some of the annoying themes from the last book got carried over into this one, too. For example, whenever Mia thinks of something, she then goes 'So I tell them'. Which she does A LOT. Seriously. It happens at least once a chapter and there are a lot of chapters. The same thing goes for using the same word repeatedly and then saying 'apparently, I use "word" a lot', or 'I've got to stop saying "word"'. Admittedly, Mia did stop using the 'word' thing about halfway through the book. But she kept going with the 'So I tell them' thing. Meh.
Not much else to say about this book, as I like it and dislike it for most of the reasons I liked and disliked 'Dante's Girl' (and also, the reasons above) but I really hope that Gavin's book does not have him getting together with Elena. He can do so much better. And I really want to know when it's going to be released! It says it was supposed to be out in Spring but it's nearly Autumn!(less)
I like when books don't immediately introduce the hero. It gives us a chance to get to grips with the story and also let's us get to know the heroine...moreI like when books don't immediately introduce the hero. It gives us a chance to get to grips with the story and also let's us get to know the heroine a wee bit.
I also like when the two main characters don't get along at first, and the guy teases the girl. This was even more interesting, as she was pretty innocent about our time, considering she's from the 16th century.
I preferred this book to the last one, mainly because (spoilers!) she gets to stay in the future. But poor Lorenzo! He's left all alone! Hopefully, in the next book, we'll find out that he met someone (end spoilers)
I also preferred this book because Austin is hot! And the moments between him and Less could get pretty steamy - even if nothing really happened between them. It was just described VERY well.
All in all, I really liked this book and I can't wait for the next one!(less)
I have wanted to live in France for so long now, even before I went to Paris in 2008. Reading David's point of view of living in Paris just makes me w...moreI have wanted to live in France for so long now, even before I went to Paris in 2008. Reading David's point of view of living in Paris just makes me want to live there even more. Paris or Nimes, I'm torn between the two.
David's book is a sort of autobiography of his life in Paris, with almost everything revolving around cakes. I also liked the recipes at the end of each chapter and have saved a few to try.
I love the sarcasm in this book - I'm British, so we're supposed to enjoy any and all sarcasm.
Not much else to say about this book, except it was funny, interesting, delicious and has fueled my motives for moving to France!(less)
This is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from Lydia's point of view, where Lydia speaks, like, 'modern speak', like. Which got a wee bitty annoying....moreThis is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from Lydia's point of view, where Lydia speaks, like, 'modern speak', like. Which got a wee bitty annoying.
Anywho, I liked how we could see the story from Lydia's perspective. She's just as obnoxious but we can see that she's doing her best to help her family and was actually behind everything!
I liked how she reference modern things with a classic twist: her 'soaps' are gossip that she hears from one of the servants whilst she's up to her arms in soap suds (the servant, not Lydia. She hates manual labour). Another one I liked were the 'Jackson Five' brothers who looked after their sister.
She's a bit pathetic when it comes to Wickham. She doesn't actually mention anything about his looks and seems to think that the sun shines out of his bum. She doesn't realise that he doesn't love her and is only interested in the money that she can get for him. And the sex. Which is weird to think about Jane Austen's characters 'doing the nasty'.
So, if you liked Pride and Prejudice and want a 'modern' twist to it, then I would recommend this book.(less)
First and foremost: if you have not eaten midget gems or custard creams before then you have missed out and need to try them now!
Now, onto the slightl...moreFirst and foremost: if you have not eaten midget gems or custard creams before then you have missed out and need to try them now!
Now, onto the slightly less important stuff. This is a sort of modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice (in a way) but with a few twists and the actual Mr. Darcy in it.
Now, this must be the only book I've ever read where the main character doesn't fall all over Darcy. Instead, she points out how tiresome it would be to be with him constantly, which, now that I think about it, makes sense.
Also, the Mr. Darcy in this book was supposed to be the Mr. Darcy in P&P but he doesn't really act it, apart from being brooding and intense. Mr. Darcy would never take an unmarried woman out in the middle of the night, alone, just to go horseback riding! How indecent!!
The main character of this story, Emily Albright, is a huge book aficionado who is a manager of a bookstore and doesn't like to party. She goes on and on and on about how dull she is, and then suddenly she's prattling on about how she used to get stoned all the time in college and drinks a lot whenever she goes out! Make up your mind!
Also, I know the author's British but she seems to think that we are all really stingy. There's a scene where Emily gives a taxi driver a tip and his face 'lights up'. Emily assumes that the British don't tip. We do tip. It's not included in our bills, like in the States, but we do tip. And we give more than our recommended 10% as well.
Despite all that, I really liked this book. The way it was set out, all the side characters (what's not to like about four sweet, old granny's and a cute guy?) and the way Emily gets into our 'British humour'. I would recommend this for anyone looking for anything short and sweet. (less)
Gail Carriger is back! (I realise she never left, but when I discovered her books, she'd already written six, so there was a lot of Gail).
I love the w...moreGail Carriger is back! (I realise she never left, but when I discovered her books, she'd already written six, so there was a lot of Gail).
I love the way her books are written: the style, the steampunk, the comedy, the suspense, the romance, I love it all! The way her books are written, I want to live in a steampunk Victorian England (or Scotland, seeing as I'm used to the weather here, etc).
I love how sarcastic her characters can be (especially Sidheag. She's awesome. And I'm not just saying that because she's Scottish). I also really like Captain Niall (for, among other reasons, the fact that he seems to be the main eye candy in this series).
Also (spoiler alert!) Lord Akeldama is in this book! I loved him in the Parasol Protectorate series and he's back!
I can't wait for the next book in this series (or anything else that Gail Carriger writes, to be honest).(less)