This was a fun and super quick read. Ellie and her friends seem very realistic and I liked how much they differed from on another. It made them seem lThis was a fun and super quick read. Ellie and her friends seem very realistic and I liked how much they differed from on another. It made them seem like real people. The dynamic between Ellie and Antony was fun to read and I enjoyed their scenes together.
I did find that for the sixty pages of material there was a lot of mentions about things being PC or ableist or classist. I really love that Abigail Barnette/ Jenny Trout has these concepts in her stories. They're incredibly important especially in romance novels where things can get a little too ideal. I just found the concept to page count ratio to be a little bit much.
The novella is low on angst and very quick to read through, less than sixty pages. It's the kind of book you read while waiting for the bus or to get out of a reading rut. ...more
I really like the idea of a serial novel and The Arrangement is well written enough that I could have continued with the series. However at 3 dollarsI really like the idea of a serial novel and The Arrangement is well written enough that I could have continued with the series. However at 3 dollars each this story isn't worth it, especially when 20.... entries (these can't even be called novellas) later it still didn't look like the main characters were committed to each other. I can't spend 60 dollars on a story and not have the characters together by then. It really is a shame because Sean and Avery had a great dynamic and I would have loved to have seen that grow....more
I think that the third and final book in Clara and Alexander's story had the best plot. Finally something outside of their love life was going on! ItI think that the third and final book in Clara and Alexander's story had the best plot. Finally something outside of their love life was going on! It was refreshing. I'm still not sure why they love each beyond the great sex but I enjoyed these books for what they were....more
I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick read with some interesting characters. As with most romance novels there's some clichés to get past... okay,I really enjoyed this book. It's a quick read with some interesting characters. As with most romance novels there's some clichés to get past... okay, there's a lot of clichés but they were well written. The relationship between Alexander and Clara is rocky at best and I wish we had seen that stabilize in this book. The fighting does lead to some hot make up scenes though....more
This book has so much potential and yet it was such a pain to finish. C'est tragique. The idea of becoming a courtesan in France after a sudden breakThis book has so much potential and yet it was such a pain to finish. C'est tragique. The idea of becoming a courtesan in France after a sudden break up sounds like a blast to read about. A poor college student thrust in to the world of money and powerful men? Sign me up. I was so excited to read this book but after the first hundred pages it became a chore to read.
Initially I had no issue with the main character. Alexandra kind of stumbles in to this new lifestyle and her thoughts on it were fun to read. However, after a while, Alexandra's voice became grating. I thought the concept of putting French words here and there was clever, but it became distracting and irritating. Had I not studied French at university there would have been passages that I wouldn't have understood.French Trysts appears to be a fun read, you shouldn't have to get a translation app to understand it. The use of French could have been used to set the scene of the book but instead it made Alexandra seem just as pretentious as the men she was "dating". It also really irked me that Alexandra was a Ph. D student that wasn't taking her work seriously. How do you get that far in your education but not make it a priority? Between the preteniousness and the laziness in regards to her school work I just had no idea as to why I should sympathize with her.
I started out really liking this book. It seemed like it could be a light, fun read but by the last sixty pages I had the same feeling I had when I was forced to read books for classes at school. That's not a feeling you want with a book that's essentially a rom-com....more
This is a cute, fun romp of a book. I know that this genre is called chic lit, but I really think that romantic comedy would fit as well. I loved thatThis is a cute, fun romp of a book. I know that this genre is called chic lit, but I really think that romantic comedy would fit as well. I loved that it had this paranormal aspect to it but it wasn't a paranormal romance. Even though ghosts were involved it was never really dark or scary. It was just a fun read and I think that's important to remember when going in to this book. Yeah, there are a lot of cliches and you probably know how it ends, but isn't that half the fun?
I'm so torn as to how to rate this book. It's beautifully written and well constructed and so wonderfully thought out. For me though it was just painfI'm so torn as to how to rate this book. It's beautifully written and well constructed and so wonderfully thought out. For me though it was just painful to get through. It wasn't my kind of book. If you like creative narratives that are little more about someone's thoughts rather than "so and so said this and I said this". If you like symbolism and books where the author deliberately chooses each word and constructs each sentence with a lot of thought behind it, then this book is for you. If you're merely interested in the history of Amelia Earhart and typically reading books that range from paranormal to chic lit... you'd be better off finding another book....more
I love the Sophie Scaife/The Boss series and I had hoped to find the same love here. I didn't though. Barnette's writing has obviously grown a lot itI love the Sophie Scaife/The Boss series and I had hoped to find the same love here. I didn't though. Barnette's writing has obviously grown a lot it the past four years.
I think that this story has a lot of potential. Past lives and interesting vampire lore. A vampire that needs sex in order to retain humanity-- is that not the perfect erotic romance novel set up or what? However, I feel that Barnette didn't take the time to flesh this story out like it needed to. The reader is left to come to too many conclusions on their own.
I had a hard time connecting with Cassandra or falling in love with Viktor. I never really got to know them well enough. While it seemed like Cassandra had an interesting back story Barnette didn't sift through it enough. Cassandra is a call girl but doesn't like the work, so why does she do it? It was never explained how she got in to that line of work and since it was mentioned that she didn't like it I feel like we did need a reason.
This book reads like a novel that hasn't been edited or read through. It reads like a very good novel that hasn't been edited or read through, though. Grammar wise the book is great but there were some odd things like the apartment missing a TV and then one being there a few chapters later. And just the general lack of... Expansion on the details of the plot.
This book is a pretty present with nice wrapping paper and bows. Something pretty must be inside it but Barnette never takes the time to open the present up to find out.
(Ps. A lot of people have complained about the m/m scene in the beginning of the novel. Different strokes for different folks. That being said, I know that if you buy the book off of Barnes and Nobles there's a disclaimer in the summary. I really like that Barnette writes characters who have sexualities that aren't black and white.)...more
It's 2015. Can we please have half stars? I'd give this book 3.5 stars if I could. It was beautifully written, so my issues with it are mostly personaIt's 2015. Can we please have half stars? I'd give this book 3.5 stars if I could. It was beautifully written, so my issues with it are mostly personal. I found that sometimes Maxwell's writing became, not wordy or purple, but perhaps excessive. One moment that sticks out to me is when Juliet sneaks out with Romeo and her escape from her balcony and up the garden wall takes up 4 pages. Four pages of "action". It was because of this writing that I would lose interest and a book that interested me a great deal took me well over a month to read.
Maxwell did a beautiful job recreating the story of Romeo and Juliet. I loved her additions and tweaks to the story. I think she made the relationship much more realistic and made me sympathize with the characters more. They didn't seem like stupid teenagers, just people making hasty decisions because of love and circumstances. One of the changes I liked the most from the Shakespearian story of Romeo and Juliet was that there was a bad guy and a better explanation as to why the families were fighting. I really loved how the villain and the fighting families intertwined. Once again, this just fleshed the novel out more and just made everything a bit more believable.
According to the Q&A at the end of the book, Maxwell is first and foremost a historical novelist and that really showed in this novel. I feel like I could take and pass a test on this time period. The amount of research that must go in to her novels is astounding but it really fleshed out this novel for me.
Another thing I liked about this book was that Maxwell gave both Romeo and Juliet a love of poetry. I think that the inclusion of verse throughout the book tied it back to the play very well. Using Dante was another way of keeping it tied to the era that it was set in.
Aside from the wordiness the only other thing that bothered me about the novel were the few chapters from Romeo's point of view. They weren't spread out through out the story consistently, they seemed to be an afterthought or something the author did to build Romeo's character but than forgot to take out during publishing. The only time they were of use was when (spoiler that's not really a spoiler) Juliet had taken the sleeping potion. It allowed for the action to continue since Juliet is the narrator of this novel by and large. I don't mind duel points of view but if that's what Maxwell had intended there were other scenes that I would have loved to have had Romeo's perspective on.
Overall this was a beautifully written and constructed book that sometimes just became a bit too excessive in showing what was going on....more
A little underwhelming overall. When you can continuously put the book down during the last 30 pages of the book something is wrong. I did, ultimatelyA little underwhelming overall. When you can continuously put the book down during the last 30 pages of the book something is wrong. I did, ultimately, like the resolution of the book. I found it very realistic and refreshing. Which might have been what made it underwhelming, unfortunately.
If you like very "real" books then this is for you. If you want something to take you away from your current worries... Find something else. ...more
I do so wish we could do half stars. This book is just thrilling enough that I finished it but not so thrilling that I wanted to read it in one day. II do so wish we could do half stars. This book is just thrilling enough that I finished it but not so thrilling that I wanted to read it in one day. I could set this book down for weeks at a time but get sucked in to it again the moment I picked it up again.
The narrator of this book is an imaginary friend to a boy on the autism spectrum. His voice, his perspective and his story were all very interesting to read and delve in to. The world of imaginary friends was well thought out and felt very, for lack of a better word, real. ...more
A very quick read, the story is short and to the point. This is nice because sometimes you do just need a book that you can sit down and read in one gA very quick read, the story is short and to the point. This is nice because sometimes you do just need a book that you can sit down and read in one go; this is definitely that book. However, this also leaves you wanting more. In this case, I would have liked to see have seen more of a relationship develop between Garrick and Bliss. I would have liked to have seen them get to know each other a little bit more, it's implied in some time jumps through out the story but I'd rather read about it than just be told about it. Since we didn't see that connection being built it sometimes rang false when Garrick mentions (numerous times) that he's worried about her. They do have this instant connection, which is fine-- it's fiction, I just would have liked to have seen a little more chit-chat between them.
One thing I really liked about this story was that the world building was done very well. Bliss had a group of friends and they all had histories together. Carmack did a very good job of jumping in to Bliss's world and giving us the realistic group of friends. It was also really nice to see a main character have more than one or two friends. The group of friends developed within Bliss's major was very real to life and really made a lot of the book for me.
I would have liked to have seen a little more between the last chapter and the epilogue but both the final chapter and the epilogue did a great job of bring the characters full circle and showing their development. Perhaps my favorite part of this book was that it was a one-off novel! There are two more in this series that follow characters we already know but I have no commitment to buy the next one to find out what is happening with Bliss and Garrick-- that's a nice change of pace!
I have read and loved all of Jackson Pearce's previous books. I've slammed through each one and loved every moment of it. Purity took me two years toI have read and loved all of Jackson Pearce's previous books. I've slammed through each one and loved every moment of it. Purity took me two years to get through. The only reason I finished was because I had this hope that it would turn around because I loved her other books so much.
Purity felt contrived. I wasn't emotionally connected with any of the other characters. The amount of religious content in the novel surprised me. It was like a bad Lifetime movie from start to finish.
eta: after skimming other reviews I'm wondering if I just got a defective copy. Hey, to each their own....more
Another amazing addition to this series. A wonderful balance of sexy times and hard times. Barnette does a wonderful job of balancing both the steamyAnother amazing addition to this series. A wonderful balance of sexy times and hard times. Barnette does a wonderful job of balancing both the steamy scenes and the intense plot lines of this novel. While at times certain things felt a bit outlandish, I think that's part of this series. There is a fantasy element to these stories and some of the happenings in The Ex can be written off as plausible in this world.
My one harp about this book is that there were some really heavy plot lines that dealt with rape, suicidal thoughts and disordered eating. While eventually two of those things were dealt with nicely and led for some great character development, one heavy item in the novel was glossed over in a single conversation. It seemed a bit forced for these characters that we've gotten to know over the past four novels. It was an interesting story idea, but I didn't care for how it was dealt in one conversation and then never brought up again.
The Ex also dealt with a lot of arguments from Sophie and Neil (which might be quite scary considering the title! never fear though; this novel doesn't even have a cliff hanger). I felt that these arguments were handled with care and were realistic; couples fight and then make up, that's how it goes. Not every fight is a relationship ending one or one that needs to end in days of separation for some angst before the big finale of the novel.
We also really saw Sophie coming in to her own in this novel. I really liked how she was coming to terms with her place in society now that she was a billionaire. That mental journey for Sophie was handled well and it was nice to see that happen very naturally.
I felt like The Ex wrapped up Sophie and Neil's storylines very well, however, there's another book on the way. I'm excited and impatient to see where this next story takes them. ...more