I'm quitting this a third of the way through. I'm not sure what exactly the point is of a modern adaptation of Austen if so much of the language feelsI'm quitting this a third of the way through. I'm not sure what exactly the point is of a modern adaptation of Austen if so much of the language feels as though it's trying to ape her style. I assumed the point would be to retell these stories in a modern context, and, for me, that should include the voice of the novel as well. I waned to quit when I was 15% in and still on Mr. Woodhouse, a good background character but one that should stay there, and I finally had to give up.
I was leery of this series of re-tellings to begin with (though I've heard good things about the Sense and Sensibility adaptation), and this book did nothing to inspire confidence going forward. Maybe once some other people read and review I'll give this another shot....more
I loved the first half of this book, but the second half went totally off the rails. The ending was just beyond implausible to me. While I appreciateI loved the first half of this book, but the second half went totally off the rails. The ending was just beyond implausible to me. While I appreciate that Suzanne Enoch tries to develop and embrace realism when confronting the difficulties of marrying outside of one's class, this was just flat out silly to me, And it's too bad, because I loved Nate and Emily and their story in the start. Just...sigh....more
I was really with this book up until the very, very ending. I loved Jason, I loved Winn, I loved their harebrained adventure. I loved their chemistryI was really with this book up until the very, very ending. I loved Jason, I loved Winn, I loved their harebrained adventure. I loved their chemistry and how much they seemed to LIKE each other. But. (view spoiler)[I hated that Jason went back to England and proposed to another woman. I hate it. I hate it that he courted her for SIX months before he did it. I understood the WHY of it in theory, but the actuality of it was kind of awful, especially knowing that it turns this girl into the ice princess I know based on the next blurb she becomes. (hide spoiler)] But Winn. Winn! And I love that Kate Noble writes so many hero and heroine's who are of a similar age.
I couldn't rate this the 4.5 stars, potentially rounding up, that I had intended to until I read the end. I also couldn't rate this any less because I just full stop enjoyed so much of this. ["br"]>["br"]>...more
2.5 stars. This book absolutely does not need the multiple points of view, and knowing what all the other characters think really slowed this book dow2.5 stars. This book absolutely does not need the multiple points of view, and knowing what all the other characters think really slowed this book down. It also made all Lia's endless hand-wringing about things silly since we knew exactly how the other characters were thinking. There was less plot than I expected, but more than in the last book. Despite the fact that this book seems to adamantly insist that the love triangle is resolved, it spends an awful lot of time on the issue.
(view spoiler)[And, frankly, we don't get enough of Kaden's point of view to make how hard this is supposed to be worth it. Not to mention the fact that he doesn't REALLY see it or figure it out is kind of hard to believe considering how much emphasis is placed on him watching things. All I know is, despite what I'm being told by Lia and Rafe and the book, I am really afraid the last in this series is going to pull possibly the most annoying switcheroo of all time. There were some hints about other things Rafe was keeping from Lia, about promises he fully intended to break that concerned me. Not because it made me dislike him - he's a future king and I like that he's kind of a bossy know-it-all, especially when he has the personal skill to back it up. But because I don't know what it'll mean for Lia (hide spoiler)]
I'm rounding up because, though I wanted more from this book, there were some really great scenes. (view spoiler)[Kaden thinking about how Rafe let him win their sword-fight was so excellent and well done and the biggest emotional punch i got from him. (hide spoiler)] I liked the writing a lot. I liked what a mess Lia was. I thought the world building was better and that the story, though predictable and plodding at times, was tighter. I'd have been thinking more 2.5 stars to round up to 4 but for the fact that once again, this is a book about the men coming in and out of Lia's life, only that didn't feel like a statement as much as I think the book WANTED it to. For all her happy speeches about people not owning her and choosing her own destiny and playing a hell of a game herself, her thoughts and fears were still awfully focused on these men. I don't know. It didn't feel quite right to me.
That said. So long as my gut instinct is wrong about the love triangle mess, (view spoiler)[and so long as Rafe doesn't fucking die, because I swear I feel like we're careening toward that (hide spoiler)], I really think the last book in this series has potential to be really cool. This book certainly exceeded its predecessor, and so part of me this hopes that, like Marie Lu's Legend series, we build up to the heights I think this series and this writer are capable of.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
2.5 stars. I liked this better than its predecessor, and I was going to rate it 3 stars until we got to eh epilogue and all of a sudden (view spoiler)2.5 stars. I liked this better than its predecessor, and I was going to rate it 3 stars until we got to eh epilogue and all of a sudden (view spoiler)[Derek is sucking breast Milk out of Sara, which, to each their own, but that is not pour moi (hide spoiler)]....more
You can really, really tell this is a book that was written in 1993. For the first half there is, with the exception of one scene, pretty unabashed crYou can really, really tell this is a book that was written in 1993. For the first half there is, with the exception of one scene, pretty unabashed cruelty between the characters, including Alex essentially forcing himself on Lily (and sort of forcing himself on Penelope and thinking about how he could bully her into bed wtf?). Most of the sexual encounters in this book involve Lily saying no and trying to push Alex away while he forces her into submission. I felt uncomfortable reading these scenes at times.
And, m primary problem: I just wanted Lily to be with Derek (Oh, Derek, your mainpain and your cockney accent). Whhhhhyyyyyyyy were they not paired up? WHY?! WHYWHYWHY?! Oh, for sure Derek is an ass in this book, but I EXPECT him to be a morally ambiguous ass. Not to mention it is significantly more believable that a gaming hell owner would cheerfully raise a little girl born out of wedlock.
I guess overall this book felt a little helter skelter. I got the strongest sense of Lily when she was with Derek. I didn't much care for Alex and found his turnaround much too quick. (view spoiler)[Also, I hate the trope where someone outside of the main couple is like, la, can't you tell he/she loves you?! (hide spoiler)] I didn't care about Penelope's plot at all. And I felt like Zach was described as unsuitable because he was the third son of a Marquess at one point and then became a Viscount a few pages later?
I don't know. I disliked so much of this book. I was rooting for an entirely different couple, which never (and shouldn't) happen in a romance novel. I just really don't know. I SHOULD rate this a one. I really didn't like so much of it. But...I liked Derek and loved his scenes with Lily.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This book wasn't helped by the fact that there was an almost identical movie starring Jake Johnson and Zoe Kazan which I ultimately liked better. ForThis book wasn't helped by the fact that there was an almost identical movie starring Jake Johnson and Zoe Kazan which I ultimately liked better. For me, the interesting story is the aftermath of the deception, especially with Alec, and that's totally glossed over. Not to mention that the setup of this was confusing. (view spoiler)[How did the cops know the girls had come from a party at Alex's house? How did Alex get there before her parents? No one checked for a form of ID anywhere in the car before/during their transport to the hospital? It was just all so implausible to me. (hide spoiler)]
Of course, the flimsy setup wasn't helped by the flimsy characters. There simply wasn't enough to any of them to feel much of anything. Jenna was such a generic girl villain, Alex was totally boring, Josh was only REALLY seen through his reaction to Ella's death and not as a person, and the entire idea of THIS kind of high school social hierarchy felt almost laughable to me. It was just so sopay and ridiculous.
Honestly, this should probably be one star rather than two. It's 1.5 at best, but I didn't actively hate it while I was reading so much as I spent a lot of time rolling my eyes. This boko could have been so much better, but everything was just so very meh.
Got almost 2/3 in and had to barely skim the rest. Everything about this felt totally flat and one note. The romance was cheesy. The drama/backstabbinGot almost 2/3 in and had to barely skim the rest. Everything about this felt totally flat and one note. The romance was cheesy. The drama/backstabbing was repetitive and monotonous. The characters were one dimensional. I just didn't feel anything. This was a total waste of diverse characters and a fun setting. Save yourself the time and watch Center Stage instead....more
While I enjoy that the heroes in Victoria Alexander's books tend to be emotional bumblers for the most part, I did not at any point believe that JonatWhile I enjoy that the heroes in Victoria Alexander's books tend to be emotional bumblers for the most part, I did not at any point believe that Jonathon read like a 32 year old Victorian man. This was complicated, as it usually is in Victoria Alexander's books, by a rational female character, in this case even moreso because Fiona was honest about her feelings hopes, and fears from the very get go (something which hasn't happened in any of the other Effington books I've read). I was glad, at least, that it wasn't a willful misunderstanding that provided conflict, that there was in fact a lie and some justified anger.
I also have to say, having read all 11 of the Effington books pretty much in a row, they are deeply, deeply derivative, repetitive, and formulaic. Which wasn't as frustrating as I expected it to be, but it is definitely noticeable. It makes me glad Victoria Alexander has taken such a long break from this world/these characters, even though there are so many background characters whose stories I want (she writes amazing background characters), and I have to wonder if they'll ever be written....more
3.5 stars. My favorite of the series so far. It was a little shallow, but so fun and the banter was great. I liked how well founded Gwendolyn's lack o3.5 stars. My favorite of the series so far. It was a little shallow, but so fun and the banter was great. I liked how well founded Gwendolyn's lack of trust was, and that the conflict was simple, straightforward, and wrapped up accordingly. I also love the way Victoria Alexander writes friendship between her male characters, though I wish I saw more of that with the female characters as well....more