It is easy for me to see why this is a beloved book for so many people. It is intelligent, clever, twist-y, tightly written and has many gasp-did-thatIt is easy for me to see why this is a beloved book for so many people. It is intelligent, clever, twist-y, tightly written and has many gasp-did-that-just-happen moments. It also has strong, admirable characters and a tortured, brave hero in Gen. It's the kind of fantasy not just written for teens, but smart enough to stand outside the YA genre on it's own.
As for me, I have the lowest rating out of all my friends on here O.o
What can I say? It's a book worthy of 5 stars, for sure. But I never rate the book, per se (it's hard enough rating as it is sometimes. I am often in a quandary over the whole star rating thing). My star ratings are an indication of my love/enjoyment of the book.
Here, my three stars say I liked it: I could see it's quiet brilliance but it just (sadly, weirdly) didn't do much for me. I enjoyed my time with it but it didn't capture me (or bewitch me) as it seems to have done for everyone else.
(this review isn't so much a review as a reason for my (lower) rating. As I know many of you will wonder what went wrong, haha. Nothing, just not a "me book" (Although I tried to love it, I really did ~ also, I actually think I enjoyed #1 The Thief more, contrary to popular opinion)...more
Ahh, I had really psyched myself up to love this book and... it just didn't happen for me.
There were some scenes in there I really liked, and some genAhh, I had really psyched myself up to love this book and... it just didn't happen for me.
There were some scenes in there I really liked, and some genuinely funny/sweet/sexy moments. Also, some of the prose was gorgeous - scenes in the rain were well done and atmospheric.
But mostly, I just feel like this didn't go anywhere. I kept hoping it would build towards some great moment but then the storyline started petering out and it all felt like a bit of an anti-climax really.
A lot of mates had LOVED and ADORED this - so maybe it was just me wanting it to be more - to go deeper or to somehow be more unique (the whole dead friend, dead parents, romance from the wrong side of the tracks is nothing new - and although it was well handled - it failed to stand out for me).
I found the beginning lacklustre (I'm not a huge fan of the drunken party scene in books), the middle picked right up (it had some great moments) but then I feel like the climax and ending never arrived. Still, it's a well written book and I think teens could really dig this. It doesn't get cheesy or melodramatic - which earned it an extra star from me.
The imagination and scope of Under the Never Sky is immense. Rossi’s debut is no small undertaking. It involves incredible world-building, weaving togThe imagination and scope of Under the Never Sky is immense. Rossi’s debut is no small undertaking. It involves incredible world-building, weaving together two worlds (one super-tech-y and sci-fi, the other like an ancient/primitive civilisation but even within that there were hierarchies (blood lords), traditions, and sci-fi/paranormal elements (whew!). Add to this, the alternating of two POVs, and you have a vast, complex and unique YA novel.
Under the Never Sky is often bandied about as a YA dystopian. It is not a dystopian, IMO. It is futuristic with sci-fi elements, most surely post-apocalyptic (but an apocalypse is never referred to in detail). Despite all the techno gadgetry, it read, to me, a little like a fantasy: two unlikely companions teamed up to help each other fulfill their personal missions. There’s a lot of travel and exploration and dangers along the way. They meet different characters, all crafted with their unique, lively personalities, and stay in different places: in caves, in fortified cities, trees, and in places with earthly relics of a time long past, etc.
The world-building is nicely done in snatches, lots of specific lingo to grab a hold of. I felt the more interesting parts of the world Rossi has created were often sidelined by the plot always moving forward. (I would get intrigued by a concept/idea/revelation and then BAM, next scene, moving right along...)
The prose is more descriptive than lyrical. Action sequences abound, and are well articulated yet I felt no emotion/adrenalin on behalf of the characters when they were fighting for their lives.
On one hand, I am quite in awe of the fabulous premise and diverse world Rossi created. On the other, I mostly don’t care. I think this is just a case of this book is just not my thing. The only things I can critique are all pertinent to my personal reading taste. For whatever reason, I was not grabbed by this book, yet I loyally trudged my way through it, admiring it in places, yet never bonding to it.
Before I close, I have to comment on the (romantic)relationship between Perry and Aria: it didn’t work for me. For the first half of the novel, they have an antagonistic/indifferent vibe, yet even in that there was no tension, no anticipation, no undercurrent of sexytimes to come. They were just...there. Then, like the flip of a switch, at the magical 50% mark, she noticed his smile, he couldn’t stop waxing poetic about her violet smell and BAM = love. I felt like there was no groundwork for their attraction and friendship, despite not really beginning it until halfway through the book. Baffled.
My two star rating is purely indicative of my personal enjoyment (I always rate based on how I feel about a book, not so much on the objective merit of the book). I’ll happily endorse the book as a creative and original YA read to those people who are intrigued by the premise....more
Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour reminded me of a feel-good teen road trip movie: the way Amy and Roger would meet random people along the way and have emoAmy and Roger’s Epic Detour reminded me of a feel-good teen road trip movie: the way Amy and Roger would meet random people along the way and have emotional connections/discover meaningful things about themselves/overcome issues and struggles.
It employed a lot of cliches and was predictable the whole way along (in both plot threads and character ARCs). Having said that, a lot of the cliches are cliches because people enjoy them: the make-over, the sleeping together (chastely) in the same bed, the misplaced (and crippling) guilt over a loved ones death.
I did enjoy it but I guess I wish it had been more original.
I could anticipate each character ARC (from why Amy felt guilty, to what would happen with Roger’s girlfriend and the relationship between Amy and her mum and brother). It would not have bothered me (I sometimes enjoy that anticipation/foreshadowing) as much if there had been some awesome, random things happen on the trip to create greater conflict or just add something unique/unexpected ~ but they pretty much had smooth sailing the whole way.
I wish there had been more chemistry between Amy and Roger (even though I realise the story wasn’t entirely about that, it was still an important plot thread that fell flat for me).
In retrospect: I feel like, after spending a whole book with Amy and Roger, I don’t really even know them: their personalities or their dreams or just the vibe of who they are. They only existed for me as characters who were overcoming certain issues over the duration of the road trip.
Sorry that my review is *mostly* me saying things that let me down. I guess I am using goodreads here to debrief myself after feeling a little let down (due to my high expectations).
Matson did a good job of gradually taking Amy from one grief-ridden point in her life to leaving her in a place of hope. It is a quieter, ultimately feel-good read with solid (but not page-turning) pacing. I liked all the extra little visuals in the book (receipts and photos and journal entries) that gave it a little bit of a quirky edge :D ...more
Instructions For a Broken heart was not the book I imagined it would be. Based on the blurb and the cover (and even the endorsement quote from JennifeInstructions For a Broken heart was not the book I imagined it would be. Based on the blurb and the cover (and even the endorsement quote from Jennifer Echols) I was expecting a romantic coming-of-age book set against a gorgeous back-drop of Italy. It just sounded lovely, perhaps quirky (with the notes and the characters all being drama students) and also quite swoon-y.
Jessa was altogether too sulky and self-absorbed. I realise this was a character arc, but, gosh, it niggled at me and really didn't endear her to me. Also, Sean, the cheating boyfriend, was painted to be such a complete douche it made me wonder why she even was with him to start with, let alone be so shattered that their relationship had ended.
The setting felt decidedly un-atmospheric. They had excursions to some places but I didn't feel transported at all (not even when they went to Pompeii). The whole thing could have unfolded back in the states just as easily and I felt frustrated that one of the selling points of the book (the European setting) fell flat.
I had assumed, from the blurb, a new (hot) guy would come bounding onto the scene to help Jessa after her shattered heart. But he didn't turn up (!) and right at the last chapter when Jessa realises another guy was into her, it concludes with setting up their relationship. It seemed tacked on and could have ended without leaving her with another guy. Especially as there weren't really any sparks or romantic build-up between them throughout the book. It was so subtle it hardly counted.
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2.5 (wavering between "it was okay" and "I liked it")
Forgotten is right in the pocket for the current YA climate. It offers a contemporary storyline w2.5 (wavering between "it was okay" and "I liked it")
Forgotten is right in the pocket for the current YA climate. It offers a contemporary storyline with a twist that gives the book a vague supernatural vibe (London can “remember” the future). The sale of Forgotten went down in a heated bidding war and the rights were bought internationally. Already it has been optioned and early reviews report the hype is true ~ to expect originality, a swoony romance and a wild twist towards the end of the book.
I was incredibly optimistic about Forgotten. It sounds utterly fabulous and different and the Aussie cover is gorgeous.
London Lane can see her future but her past is blank. Each day she wakes up she cannot remember what she did the day before (or any days prior). It’s a fabulously intriguing premise ~ also absolutely HUGE and baffling with mind-boggling practicalities. Cat Patrick dives straight into the story without much explanation as to why or how.
A quick snapshot of what the plot consists of:
future memories (flash-forwards) of a mysterious funeral and London trying to take notes and investigate.
London falling in love with the super gorgeous new boy at school (falling again and again)
London and her best friend, Jamie. Jamie is making some relationship choices and London can foresee just how it will all end in tragedy. There’s tension in London and Jamie’s relationship ~ plus London trying to tinker and see if she can change the future in her memories.
There’s lots of school scenes, date scenes and home scenes with London and her mum (her parents are divorced ~ another half mystery London is unsure about).
Patrick writes well ~ her prose is smooth and tangle-free ~ no convoluted sentimental passages that bog the plot down. The prose makes it such an effortless and appealing reading experience. It’s succinct and rather pleasant. In fact, the entire book feels FRESH.
While there is a slight “mean girls” plot-line it doesn’t feel cliche. Likewise ~ the friend and family relationship dramas are handled with more subtlety than melodrama. The characters are immensely like-able (the secondary characters stay firmly in the background, as their 2D selves ~ just as well as there was enough going on with the main characters to care too much about the minor players).
As for the romance (which is being pushed as a huge selling point) ~ it’s fun and flirty and PG. Because London meets Luke for the first time day after day ~ there’s plenty of new revelations about how gorgeous and hot and incredibly awesome he is. While I didn’t personally swoon over him ~ he was like-able character (though at times a bit of an enigma) and the constant references to his hotness didn’t bother me (as other authors who attempt the same thing can often grate on my nerves) ~ I think because I liked London I mostly thought it was sweet watching her gush every day.
So the thing is:
I am always prepared to go along with an unlikely premise for the sake of a compelling story. I adore guilty pleasure reads and am such a sucker for YA romance. However, I was constantly unnerved while reading Forgotten by plot holes, inconsistencies and a lack of explanation of London’s condition. Things constantly niggled at my mind and pulled me out of the story again and again which really hindered me settling in. I did not feel like I was a part of the story alongside the characters (which is how my favourite books make me feel). I felt like i was watching it all unfold from a very detached distance while scratching my head.
In all fairness, it is a doozy of a premise, hugely ambitious and I’m guessing practicalities had to be ignored just for the sake of continuing on with the story. No one wants to get bogged down in the nitty gritty and science of it all but, for me, it still needs to be plausible and consistent.
It wasn’t just that premise did not make sense, but entire plot points would unravel if you give yourself a chance to think about them. Likewise, other plot points are unnecessary (such as all the elaborate note-taking and reading of said notes everyday) if London truly can see in the future (her future self could have read all the notes...) Character relationships seemed implausable and the logic of the whole thing was a little bit “what the?” No one (teachers, friends, doctors, people in general) even knew of her condition (apart from her mum and Jamie her friend) and no one seemed to notice London inconsistently fudging her way through school (and life).
As for the ending. OH MY GOSH. It wasn’t the flipped-out spinney twist I had heard about ~ it was a sudden tacked on drama. The ending was convoluted and rushed and felt more like a weird extended epilogue-style run-down of (unlikely) unexpected events. Until then, it was a contemp read with a twist and then it nearly changed genre altogether ~ but with no suspense or foreshadowing to prepare the reader (or build anticipation) for the shift. I do not think it was handled with finesse at all ~ it was as if I was suddenly reading a different book. There was barely any integration of the climax with the rest of the book. It almost felt as if Patrick was nearing the end ~ thought up a whole fantastic scenario and wrote a synopsis for it as the resolution.
Despite all the things I loved about this book, ultimately I felt like I fudged my way through and contrary to all the hype I am pretty much disappointed. This book was not for me and yet I think teens will love it regardless.
I am very curious to see how other readers feel about this one when it hits the shelves....more
I read the first book in this series She's So Dead To Us last year and it was an addictive guilty pleasure (I did feel sheepish reading it but gosh itI read the first book in this series She's So Dead To Us last year and it was an addictive guilty pleasure (I did feel sheepish reading it but gosh it was surprisingly good. I gave it three stars of good times). It was not my usual kind of contemp read but it was easy to get sucked into the angst (!) and drama (!). Scott knows how to use a hook, when to pull a twist and how to keep her plotting tight and edgy ~ she's got quite a sizable bibliography and it shows she knows what she's doing.
So, it's been a while since I read the first one but I was up for another guilty high school drama.
It took me a while to get back into this one (and you do need to read this series in order) I maybe should have refreshed myself on secondary characters. Anyway, I found the pacing to pick up after page 65 or so.
I liked Jake and his doofy grin, he's hopeful and vulnerable but tough on the exterior. Ally, however, argh. She completely fell apart ~ making bad choices and being a general, moody teenager.
The premise isn't as tight as the first book. There's lots of drama and distractions aimed at keeping Jake and Ally apart. Most of these relied on miscommunication, assumptions and bad behaviour. The characters are the rich kids and they play out that way: Scott embraces the stereotypes. Everyone is tanned and gorgeous, they party hard and they are all tangled in relationship dramas.
I don't know what happened here with this book and me? Maybe my reading tastes have changed, but this guilty pleasure was way too much angst for me and I didn't get much pleasure from it at all. I do not think this book is as strong as the first in the series (but it should be said I am not the intended audience, haha)
This book has a similar vibe to Simone Elkeles: the love/hate, alternating POV's but where Elkeles is more melodrama and sexytimes, Scott is more Gossip-Girl-esque/high school drama. It's an easy book for teens to get into, they guys are all absolutely hot and it should do well commercially ~ especially for teens who like their reading light but still juicy. It's like a One Tree Hill kind of book...
That's it for me and this series. It was a brief love affair ~ my inner teen needs a bit more depth. This caused way too much eye-rolling for me...
One more note: haha, love the cliffhangers. They are abrupt and quite classic! (just like a season finale of an angsty TV show)
Thanks to S & S galley grab for the e-galley :)...more
This is what I thought The Mockingbirds would be: a powerful, heart-felt, intriguing and emotional read. It has a lot of components that appeal to me This is what I thought The Mockingbirds would be: a powerful, heart-felt, intriguing and emotional read. It has a lot of components that appeal to me like mad: boarding school, mysterious society, fierce vigilante justice with a traumatised but strong and sympathetic main character.
I was SO thrilled to finally have a copy, especially after reading so many fab reviews.
Unfortunately, I found myself... kinda bored while reading this.
First off ~ the first chapter is intriguing. The prose utterly appealing ~ kind of sparse and sharp and a little bit ache-y. I liked that.
I also loved all the little references to ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and I adored the music stuff ~ the Mozart, the piano playing and the passion for classical music. It was really well-expressed and very cool.
However, as the book progressed, I found myself not caring much due to not being able to connect to the characters. I don’t know what it was about Alex that just made not feel anything, really, about her plight. Because I think date rape is horrific (as anyone would). Yet she was so distanced from me, I couldn’t feel her emotions. I didn’t feel compelled by her story.
The other characters all seemed interchangeable with each other ~ none of them rose above just being characters in a book. They felt flat and one dimensional. The love interest had no real spark ~ but, hey, he was a great sensitive guy.
Because I didn’t connect to the characters, I wasn’t whisked into the story and it made it harder for me to suspend my disbelief regarding the set-up of the novel. For this kind of premise ~ I really need to be engaged and rooting for the main character which unfortunately didn’t happen for me. Little things regarding the plot snuck in and bugged me. Sigh...
I am obviously in the minority here. There’s mostly high ratings and glowing reviews ~ yet reading through a lot of them it seems some people are all pumped up about the importance of this book in addressing date rape. It makes me wonder if people liked the book due to the powerful message or if they genuinely had a brilliant time reading it, you know?
Overall, I found it to be a stark kind of dull read. Yet, it really is just my objective opinion. I did like the idea and kudos to the author for tackling such an intense and relevant subject. The prose was well written (perhaps a similar vibe to Courtney Summers) so I’d still consider reading Daisy Whitney’s future books ~ I guess I’m just disappointed I didn’t connect more to this title.
I give this two stars because, for me, it was just okay. ...more
I found it hard to engage in the story and wasn't really into it until the halfway mark (and even then I felt restless while reading it ~ as if wai2.5
I found it hard to engage in the story and wasn't really into it until the halfway mark (and even then I felt restless while reading it ~ as if waiting for some awesome to happen). Having said that ~ I think this will make a cute and fun movie (it has been optioned).
Also, I wanted some fun and wild dares while roaming around New York at Christmas and I expected a romance (a hip, funky one) and I guess it all just played out differently to what I imagined.
Some of the lines were cute/funny but then sometimes it felt a touch try-hard and choreographed rather than real.
I feel bad for not loving this, hey. I know lots of my friends just ADORED this one. sigh...
I do very much <3 the Aussie cover though :)...more
My first Jennifer Echols book was Going Too Far which I enjoyed to the point of feeling sheepish about how much I loved it. It was compulsively readabMy first Jennifer Echols book was Going Too Far which I enjoyed to the point of feeling sheepish about how much I loved it. It was compulsively readable with a lot of slow-burning sexual tension YA style. Instant fan-girl.
However, I am completely baffled by her latest book Love Story :/
The set-up is all there for a classic love/hate romance: misunderstandings and that fun kind of antagonistic behaviour between two romantic leads.
But it's like she set up the premise then decided to make it a softer more heart-felt love story and somehow the book seems confused about what it is trying to be. It's a mish-mash of a story ~ trying to be funny/quirky/flirty one moment and then deep/meaningful the next. I can't quite put my finger on why but it just felt like the story wasn't all there ~ like there were some great ideas and an awesome set-up and she tried to take it it deeper and somehow it just all flopped out wrong.
I have always been impressed with the way Echols builds romantic and sexual tension between her characters but it was lacking here. Erin and Hunter both knew they liked each other and they fumbled along with that knowledge until the end. There was no tension sizzling underneath it. Echols is also the queen of sexytimes but she kept it quite tame (blink and you'll miss it) in here. Hunter was a nice guy with some sweet lines but he wasn't swoon-y for me. (I think maybe Echols does bad/misunderstood boys best)
I also missed some of Echol's trademark grin-worthy dialogue. I like her usual snappy one-liner style and long-running jokes yet didn't find much humour in here.
Without Echol's usual pizazz and spark in the core conflict, it was easier to notice other areas that didn't seem fine-tuned. The setting was not strong, secondary characters firmly 2D and the overall cohesiveness of the story felt loosely pulled together. (I can overlook these things for a good romp. I sometimes think 2D secondary characters are perfect in certain books, yet they needed to be more fleshed out here to help carry the burden of the flailing story)
I felt like reading this was like reading a warm-up to a real story. When I finished I thought: is that it?
My review feels a bit muddled and I think that is because I am still muddled about this book.
Can't wait to see what you guys think :)
(Thanks S & S galley grab for the egalley :)...more
This was a breezy enough read with a writing style reminiscent of Sarah Dessen. The next door neighbour family dynamic was well crafted and my fave feThis was a breezy enough read with a writing style reminiscent of Sarah Dessen. The next door neighbour family dynamic was well crafted and my fave feature of the book. Swoony readers can probably get a good swoon over Jase Garrett (niiicely done).
Unfortunately, it just didn't match my reading tastes. I found the plot fairly slow moving and then all of a sudden crazy-town. The melodrama was what killed it for me in the end. Not so much the twist, but the way certain characters were crafted into over-the-top villains, stunned me right out of the story. ...more
Linger gets off to a slow start - which I didn’t mind b/c the prose is engaging and I liked the characters from last time - so it was nice to settle iLinger gets off to a slow start - which I didn’t mind b/c the prose is engaging and I liked the characters from last time - so it was nice to settle into the groove.
Problem is - the slow start lingers until halfway through the book.
200 pages of Not A Lot Happening.
At which point I check the blurb to try and figure out what the book is about anyways - because half way in and I had no idea.
sooo... after finishing it i’m still not sure what it is about? what were the stakes? what did the protags want? :/
Some points: I think the prologue (a key scene from the climax) served as a way of having at least something happen. so after 300 pages of meandering around we know it is going to get to a point.
Unfortunately, the same prologue gives away the ending and therefore any mystery that could’ve been built into that plot-line. It also robs readers of any satisfaction they may get in figuring things out before the protags do. Makes for a rather passive reading experience - being told the ending before the story has even begun.
Then there’s Cole, hot muso boy. Naked. A lot. And making out with Isabel. some people didn't like them. I did. Mainly as at least it felt like something was happening when they were on the scene whereas Grace and Sam’s scenes fell completely flat for me.
As for Grace's parents. sigh. I don’t care if parents are used and abused for plot purposes. I get that. But I do like it to at least seem organic. Their reactions didn’t entirely make sense to me and didn't seem in line from what we know of them from Shiver.
Obviously, judging from the ratings and that it’s a best seller, I am in the minority here (as I often am).
The prose is gorgeous, though as times meandering. As much as I loved reading the lyrical stuff- I was tempted at times to skim to try and get to some action...
I felt like I read this simply for the sake of reading.
I also feel like Shiver is a great stand-alone book ~ it wraps things up quite nicely and I would prefer to leave this series at that.
Note: I don't read a lot of YA paranormal romance* ~ so keep that in mind, haha ~ if you love the genre, you'll probably enjoy this more than I did.
I have immensely enjoyed the first two books in Jenny Han's Summer Series. They are a bit fluffy and full of ANGST and DRAMA and produce the occasionaI have immensely enjoyed the first two books in Jenny Han's Summer Series. They are a bit fluffy and full of ANGST and DRAMA and produce the occasional 'eye-rolling moment from me ~ but they are also charming and nostalgic and summer-y and somehow authentic to the teen voice. I found them utterly compelling and deliciously addictive curl-up-in-the-sun summer goodness. Good times.
I was absolutely hanging out for the third and final instalment. Especially thrilled with the characters having aged and it being more in the upper YA spectrum that I so loved (with college-aged protags)
Rave reviews of this book did not prepare me for the train wreck experience of reading it.
As a reader I do not appreciate being manipulated by an author into feeling one way or another about certain characters. I prefer characters to be written with authenticity and subtlety and being drawn into a story and being allowed to make up my own mind about how I feel.
I can handle characters behaving badly (I LOVE you Tom Mackee!), however, this story was completely biased. One character was continually showed as flawed, the other either had his flaws romanticised into strengths or, in most cases, shown to be continually superior with no flaws.
It was a recurring theme even in minor circumstances, eg: character A is messy, can't cook and liked drinking. Oh! but character B is so tidy, a healthy cook and displays mature drinking habits. It actually felt patronising to me as a reader.
I did not feel annoyed at the characters. I felt annoyed at the author who wrote with such an obvious bias. Who took a charismatic character and turned him into a bland douche with no stage presence at all so that her readers would all sway to her POV and guarantee a satisfying ending. I felt Han compromised her characters for the sake of a contrived plot.
The plot itself didn't have a lot of heart.
Belly herself did not even seem excited about her choices so I am wondering why she made them and why she stuck to them when they were creating such havoc on her relationship with her mum and adding stresses to her life. It did not make sense.
For a novel that deals with a character becoming engaged and approaching their own wedding, it was decidedly unromantic with no tingles of wedding-bell anticipation. Han has proved in earlier work that she can create nostalgia and magic and you think a wedding themed book would be a sparkling setting for her to show-case her talents. Instead it felt weary and dogmatic and contrived: it seemed the main event of the novel was there as a way to add (forced) conflict rather than as a character-driven choice.
There was a lack of swoon for a book that is billed as a romance. Belly wasn't swooning and neither was I. Which is a shame as Han has previously showed she is a master at creating just the amount of lovely-sighing-tingly-swoon.
As for the final ending of the trilogy: it ended how I wanted it to end (I had been hoping for that outcome since book #1). However, by the time it did end I found I had somehow become so disengaged that it was all rather anti-climatic for me.
I do not know how such a promising series stretched out to become such a mess. I am wondering if the author cares for her characters or just used them as pawns to create a (lacklustre and predictable) drama.
I am also feeling out on a limb here amongst so many rave reviews. It's been exhausting. I need someone to commiserate with. I need a massage and nice strong drink.
(I can't say I really like this one ~ but 2 stars for old-times sake) EDIT: the more I think about this book the more it annoys me. I'm going with my rarely given 1 star rating 'I didn't like it' ...more