Becky Brandon is probably one my most favorite book characters of all time. like ALL time. She's the best. And she doesn't fail to ALWAYS make me laugBecky Brandon is probably one my most favorite book characters of all time. like ALL time. She's the best. And she doesn't fail to ALWAYS make me laugh, and whenever she does embarrassing, I am embarrassed for her as well.
I've been reading the Shopaholic series for forever. And I love the Shopaholic movie so much! It's my most fave rom com movie!!! I can watch it over and over, I just love Isla Fisher so much! Anyway. I'm so carried away now.
I don't know there was going to be a 7th book until I saw it was being published. BUT I was nevertheless excited. Whilst this is not my favorite book in the series, but it was still enjoyable. Becky Brandon neé Bloomwood takes Hollywood! She's as ridiculous as ever and she still has some consumerism (a.k.a. shopaholic) issues going on but I don't think it was out of hand. Well, most of the time. BUT it's fun to read about her fiction life because I know a lot of women can relate to her. And it's so good to read how you think when the last book ended, it's all good to her blah blah blah, yet life still continues, and she still changes and emerges successful all the time. She gets problems due to her crazy thinking and really funny beliefs which makes me crack up all the time. BUT I do learn from her experiences even if I know it's fiction. And I don't really want to give out the story that much because it will lose it's essence, I will say though that I loved and enjoyed it so much. :) AAAnd I can't wait to read the next one..which apparently is set in Las Vegas....more
I feel like this series has led me astray, lol. The beginning of the story (first book) is so much different than the last book is. Where the story beI feel like this series has led me astray, lol. The beginning of the story (first book) is so much different than the last book is. Where the story began, the ending is way way far from what you'll expect it to be. I guess that could be a good thing, if you're into surprises. BUT honestly you guys, I was just lifting my right/left eyebrow (varies differently every time) the whole time I was reading The Descent. ESPECIALLY the LAST BITS of the book. I really didn't see it coming and it was so far-fetched that I felt like the last book's plot was just created because it was what people wanted?
If you've read the book/series, READ on, because if you haven't, I don't think my next words will mean so much to you or make sense.
Anyway, as I said, I felt like the last book was forced. That's one of the major down lay in series books. When the series has created a huge following, there would be many sides and opinions on the story. On the author's defense though, maybe she intended the ending with this in mind the whole time she's writing the book. I don't know if it's my trust issues clinging to me, BUT I felt like I was deceived into the ending haha! I'm reading so much into this. The POINT is the Descent is so FAR from the Taker. Jonathan, the love of Laney's life, the sun to her moon, the reason for her being, and she's mooning so much about him in the first book, then in the last it just abruptly changes and she realizes it's all a bloop? After 200 years of existence??? While reading I'm thinking what if she just lived her normal years, would she still have the same decision she had in the end? All these immortality thing makes me think a lot of questions for these folks! ANYWAY, I am not kidding when I say the whole "I denied myself from realizing who I really love" (spoiler she loves Adair) thing and JUST realizing it in the third book, and not even an inkling to it in the first or second book??? NOT buying it! IF she had those inclinations in the first and second book, then the whole thing is fairly acceptable. Anyway, I'm just rambling here.
I can't deny I'm in like with the writing of the book. Smart dialogues and fast paced for a slow setting. Very fast read too!...more
I have to be honest guys, it's been three months since I finished this book, so please bear with me! :)
Rosamund Hodge is a sharp writer and she has pI have to be honest guys, it's been three months since I finished this book, so please bear with me! :)
Rosamund Hodge is a sharp writer and she has proven it yet again in Crimson Bound. I remember first reading her first work Cruel Beauty, and seriously that book is one of my favorite books last year and of all time! Comparing both works, I still like Cruel Beauty first just because of the chemistry between Ignifex and Nyx. Somehow, I just didn't feel anything between Armand and Rachel. And to be honest (is this a confession session? ha!), I read this book because I thought this was the Red Riding hood retelling that I read a synopsis about but it's actually Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses. ;)
Okay, now that all of that is cleared up, what else do I think of this book? If I remember correctly, the writing is so effectively clear and descriptive. The plot twisted on the right places. It's full of action and I read the book whenever I had the chance because it was that exciting! I love high fantasy fiction so if you like this genre, I'm sure you'll love this book too. It has all the right ingredients we look for in a good high fantasy read- great story+ solid background + cool characters. I just didn't like the romance bit of this book, it was honestly so meh. But the rest of the story? It was really really well written. Seriously guys, I think I've lost my ability to review books, haha! My words have left me.
Anyway, to summarize: if you like the synopsis and you like high fantasy and you like Rosamund Hodge, there's no reason for you not to read this book. ...more
I was supposed to make a video review on this BUT as always I got lazy etc. So I'll just make my written review as always. lol.
12 stories. 12 curiousI was supposed to make a video review on this BUT as always I got lazy etc. So I'll just make my written review as always. lol.
12 stories. 12 curious and awesome stories from 12 awesome authors. And my most favorite is Myra Mcentire’s story, because it is kind of true to Christmas- or I mean it mentioned the nativity story- which is the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. Aaaand other than that it was super fun and even a month after reading it, I can still remember that specific short story.
I also loved stephanie perkins’—it's the most romantic story of the 12! Well, not all of the stories had couples but most had. I forgot the name of the girl and boy, but I know it involved a live Christmas tree, decorating it, and wonderful conversations. Stephanie can make a tiny pebble interesting. What I mean is she crafts such interesting and easily lovable stories and characters even with only 30 pages of them.
Anyway, all I can say about the whole book is that I will surely read it the next Christmas holidays to come! It's so good and it made me feel the holiday feels. I appreciate all the 12 stories because I know the challenge in writing short stories is you have to be able to make a good and memorable one..in just a limited number of words or pages. To have it have a meaning yet short enough to be a short story. So challenging yet cool when you do so.