I really enjoy reading stories about a love-hate relationship, where both people involved try to act indifferent towards each other but in reality theI really enjoy reading stories about a love-hate relationship, where both people involved try to act indifferent towards each other but in reality they are dying to be together. This is basically the plot of Private Arrangements. It was interesting when Camden and Gigi were trying to get the upper-hand, but I was not totally satisfied when they finally got together again.
I felt bad for Freddie.
I skippied the last chapter about Victoria and the Duke of Perrin. I was just not interested in their love line.
If you like a push-and-pull love story in an old century setting, this book might interest you....more
Honestly, I am still not sure how I feel about the story. The circumstances were not as complicated as theI am giving this book a 3.5 to 3.75 rating.
Honestly, I am still not sure how I feel about the story. The circumstances were not as complicated as the other books I have read before, and sometimes I could not help but think that America's problems were a bit petty. However, there was something in the plot that kept me wanting to read more so I ended up finishing the entire book. Just to be clear, I do not dislike the story but it was not on par with my favorite books.
The first nine chapters were pretty boring for me. The interactions between America and Maxon were too cheesy for my liking to the point that my toes were curling inward... and not in a good way. I was not a fan of Aspen, but I could not bring myself to hate him completely because he was so devoted to America. His character was like what most girls would say they want for their ideal man to be-- caring, always there for you, brave, passionate. But, I still was not rooting for him.
Maxon was a fine man, but there were times when I disagreed with his thinking. I disliked him the most when he was explaining to America why he did what he did with Celeste. Well, sure he had a point... a man has his needs, and America could not assure him about her feelings. But... ugh I don't know where I am getting at now... It just felt like there was something more in his personality that he had not shown yet. That was why I kind of understood America when she was having her doubts about Maxon's sincerety.
I am still unsure whether I like America or not. Sometimes I get annoyed with her for being so fickle-minded. But there were also times when I could relate to her sentiments, especially whenever she tried to decode Maxon's actions. It was so annoying when at one point she was so in love with Maxon, then she would suddenly switch to Aspen on the next chapter, and vise versa. But, when I thought about it this kind of decision could be tricky in real life. I could not bring myself to totally hate America's character (despite judging her decisions a lot) because at one point or another I could see myself thinking and behaving the way she did.
Oh well... I am looking forward to read the third book in the Selection series.
By the way, I really love the cover design of this book. I love the orange color of America's gown....more
Finally, I got to read a book that has kept me on edge again! This is the fourth book that I have attempted to read for the year of 2015. I did not geFinally, I got to read a book that has kept me on edge again! This is the fourth book that I have attempted to read for the year of 2015. I did not get to finish the last two books because they were so boring, which made me really frustrated. I thought I had lost my passion for reading because I just did not get the same feeling I used to experience whenever I read books. Thank goodness, I came across this particular book at a book sale event!!!
I was captivated right from the the first paragraph. The main theme of story was introduced right at the first page. I liked how all the details meshed well together, and there were no unnecessary parts added in just to prolong the story. I was able to quickly grasped the personality of each characters, and I was able to empathize with the female protagonist. I also liked the fact that the chapters were really short-- like three to five pages only. I think this was very effective for me because it made me yearn for more of the story so I had the urge to proceed to succeeding chapters.
This is my first time reading a James Patterson novel, and I think I might try another one. I recommend this book to those (young) readers who love mysteries, or even to those who are still new to this genre (like me). It might be boring to those who usually read mysteries, but for me the story was really intriguing. ...more
I swear, I tried so hard to finish this book but I just could not bear it! I got to page 233 out of 291 so I think it is fair enough to say that I'veI swear, I tried so hard to finish this book but I just could not bear it! I got to page 233 out of 291 so I think it is fair enough to say that I've given it a chance.
I bought this book because the cover design was intriguing. I also thought the plot would also be interesting. However, I could feel the boredom was kicking in after a couple of chapters.
I think the characters were underdeveloped. I could not empathize with any of the them, even with Solo, who was supposed to have a traumatic experience that caused him to hold a grudge over Terra.
The love story was pretty rushed. I gave up reading this book when Solo hesitated to push through with his revenge just because of Eve. Sure, they kissed once and held each other tightly while escaping from the Spiker building, but I don't think that was enough reason to stop his plan. For f's sakes, Solo planned and elaborately prepared this revenge for years, and he suddenly retreated just like that. Well, I'm not really sure what happened next after that because I stopped reading the book.
Not finishing a book rarely happens to me because it makes me feel regretful, but not this time. The story might appeal to other readers, but this one is not for me. On the bright side, this is an easy-to-read kind of book. ...more