Did you read that blurb? lovelove. First the cover (and title) snatched me and then the blurb had me hooked. I love finding books that I've heard nothDid you read that blurb? lovelove. First the cover (and title) snatched me and then the blurb had me hooked. I love finding books that I've heard nothing about and taking them home with me along with the promise of finding something special.
This Irish chick-lit(ish) tale has small elements of magical realism and a fun vibe that's a smidgen reminiscent of Sophie Kinsella/Meg Cabot (that's the best I can think to describe the style, with it's humour and quirky protag and her family and friends, but it's still not quite the perfect descriptor as O'Neill has her own distinct flavour going on).
Reluctantly Charmed is whimsical with a plot that is wild in it's vision and escalating drama. I loved that about it (the unharnessed charm, marching along to it's own Irish beat). The setting is charming (Dublin! and then countryside Ireland!).
I loved the off-beat vibe that felt distinctly Irish (and otherworldly to this Aussie girl here) ~ from it's rowdy pubs to it's superstitious folklore of eras gone by. Who wouldn't want to be charmed by the possibility of fairies. But not all fairies are good, or are they even real? There's an element of the unknown with foreshadowing on certain characters and there's also manic momentum as each successive letter is published, bringing with them more bedlam, uncertainty and promise.
There is a hot Irish-charm-swoon guy (which I would have welcomed more pages devoted to him, haha). He's a little elusive but brings all that sexual tension and leaves it in his wake.
My one criticism, for me as a reader, is even though the plot was always moving forward and all elements/scenes felt essential, there was just so many threads going on that it really cluttered things up towards the end and seemed to make the ending drag out a little and events take forever to finally unfold. Although, this could have been reader's anxiety ~ desperate to power through and see how the climax explodes all over the place and how the resolution would tie up (you will not guess it, guys).
I love how unexpected the whole book is and it's effortless smiley, breezy style with a wholly original premise (although some elements touched on chick-lit tropes). And that wicked ending! Woah ~ beautiful mix of surreal and real, perfect and painful, sexy and surprising. One minute I was grinning away, smashing through the pages and the next I was startled and genuinely touched...
I liked it, truly, a lot. When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about getting back to reading it. And when I was reading it, often post-midnight and drowsy in bed, I was forcing my eyelids open to keep going in true book-addict-just-one-more-page style. Pumped to see what Ellie O'Neill has next and so glad to have found a new fave author <3...more
Started off promising but I found the bumbling string of (comical?) disasters on the road trip tiresome and the ending really twee with everything jusStarted off promising but I found the bumbling string of (comical?) disasters on the road trip tiresome and the ending really twee with everything just working out unrealistically perfect (i felt this undermined the true-to-life struggles presented earlier in the book. it went from being realistic to overly sweet hollywood-style gimmick)I feel like a scrooge for being a downer on this one as obviously the message, etc, is great but it was not the romantic feel-good kind of read I'd hoped for. Obviously not for me. ...more
I really enjoyed this. It felt fresh, effortlessly funny (not try-hard chick lit humour at all) and the romance had a delightfully satisfying slooooI really enjoyed this. It felt fresh, effortlessly funny (not try-hard chick lit humour at all) and the romance had a delightfully satisfying sloooow burn thing going on. I love UK chick-lit and am so happy to have found a new fave author :) Excited for her next novel!...more
Have to confess, the beginning few chapters of this one were a little tedious/painful but the book got muchI really do love reading Sophie Kinsella.
Have to confess, the beginning few chapters of this one were a little tedious/painful but the book got much better as it progressed. Kinsella is the master of embarrasing/humliating her heroine, but in such a fun way. I was (surprisingly) touched by Sadie's tragic love story :'(
And, as always, Kinsella's leading men bring on the swoon. YUM. (next time, Kinsella don't wait until page 120 something to introduce the love interest! I could always use more of Ed). Also, best meet cute ever, haha. Still chuckling.
If I were the editor, I would have pared some of the superfluous scenes down (especially in the first half). However, this book is as crazy, silly and fun as her other novels and is the perfect rainy day comfort read.
I am seriously craving some more Kinsella now, can't wait for her 2012 release :)
For me, this was Sophie Kinsella's weakest novel to date. I am all for embracing ridiculous and implausible plots for the sake of a good chick lit romFor me, this was Sophie Kinsella's weakest novel to date. I am all for embracing ridiculous and implausible plots for the sake of a good chick lit romp(in fact, I eat it up for the sake of hilarity and swoony good times), however, I've Got Your Number failed to charm me like other Kinsella books have.
I don't mind a contrived plot if it lends itself to humour and smiley, cringe-y, addictive conflict (as Kinsella usually delivers) but I found this more frustrating than endearing. The heroine was Kinsella's usual ditzy cannon ball of disaster, just not as funny. The leading man was fine, but not as swoony. The plot bumbled along predictably without that extra bit of pizzazz.
I guess, really, I love Kinsella for her feel good, guilty pleasure, hilarious goodness and I expected more from this book. I still enjoyed reading it and breezed through, yet I felt unsatisfied at the end. Kinsella still rates highly for me on my guilty pleasure/pure good fun shelf and I'll still be faithfully reading more of her work. I don't recommend this one to Kinsella virgins though :)...more