I am a huge fan of historical romance which, admittedly, is a little odd for a 30 year-old black woman. But I can’t help it. Even in high school I wasI am a huge fan of historical romance which, admittedly, is a little odd for a 30 year-old black woman. But I can’t help it. Even in high school I was completely addicted to Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, the Bronte sisters and Shakespeare. Even now, one of my favorite authors is Philippa Gregory. This is probably why I completely adored A Dead Man’s Debt by new author Grace Elliot. It was like a Jane Austenish romance with an amazing addition of a palpable combination of tension and passion. I was riveted to my Nook reader from the beginning of this book and couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait for her next work of fiction.
Ranulf and Celeste are very sympathetic main characters. They both feel constrained by society's mandates. Ranulf's passion is painting yet he is unable to pursue it since earning a wage would bring disgrace on his noble family. Celeste refuses to marry as she doesn't want to be become a simple baby-maker stuck in a loveless marriage. She wants to travel the world and have a life of excitement. And she's willing to do it alone. Ranulf and Celeste's attraction is strong and instant. They are the answer to each other's dreams and the perfect pair. But, of course, their happiness is sabotaged by an insidious blackmail scheme. In order to protect the family name and hide the gambling debts accrued by his dead brother, Ranulf is forced to let Celeste go and become engaged to another. Fortunately, Ranulf and Celeste are such strong characters that they don't give up quite so easily.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of romance or period pieces. You can purchase from Amazon or from Solstice Publishing...more
I'm so confused. I saw a movie a couple of years ago called How to Deal with Mandy Moore and it had the exact same plot as this book. Was it the sameI'm so confused. I saw a movie a couple of years ago called How to Deal with Mandy Moore and it had the exact same plot as this book. Was it the same book and they just changed the name for the movie?
Edit: Okay so it was the same. Which means I never would have read this book. I hate seeing the movie BEFORE I read the book. I should have started with another Sarah Dessen book....more
Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter is the third book in the Gallagher Girl series. It was a pretty good book. While I really liked books oDon't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter is the third book in the Gallagher Girl series. It was a pretty good book. While I really liked books one and two, my biggest complaint for those books was that the stakes were never too high. All of the action always had something to do with a test or final exam for the spy school. The characters were great and the story was cute so I kept reading. In book 3, finally the stakes get higher. There is real danger involved as there is an attempted kidnapping in the first chapter. So, I should be happy right? Well, there are three things that just didn't work for me in this book.
1. I didn't buy the threat. It just didn't feel real to me. Yes, I know this is coming from a girl who can shoot fire out of her fingers. You can't get much more unreal than that. But in this book, the bad guys just didn't do it for me.
2. Zack. I thought he was adorable and sexy and mysterious in the second book, but in this book I thought he was kind of annoying. I mean, Cammie is supposed to be this ridiculously well trained super chameleon, but Zack is always getting the best of her. I just wanted Cammie to out smart him or out sleuth him or something. What's the point of all that training if he is always one step ahead of her?
3. It was a bit predictable. Either that or I'm just super smart and intuitive (I guess that's a possibility). But I predicted every single thing that happened, except one. I really thought Abby was going to turn out to be a bad guy (or girl I should say), but I was wrong about that. Everything else, though, I saw coming.
Don't get me wrong, it was still a good book. Definitely worth the read. It just wasn't great or anything. I liked the first two better....more
I liked this book. I really did. I read it in one sitting. I can't even explain why I loved it so much since now that I think about it, the story moveI liked this book. I really did. I read it in one sitting. I can't even explain why I loved it so much since now that I think about it, the story moved pretty slowly. There was a lot that could have been taken out in my opinion. And many of the concepts were in no way original. But I still really loved it. I know I'm supposed to hate the "Society" in this book and love Ky, but once again I'm the strange one and that's not how I feel. While I don't love the Society, I understand where they are coming from and what their purpose is. And while Ky is the sympathetic misfit that the reader is supposed to swoon over, I found myself rooting for Xander. I love Xander and I hope she ends up with him in a future book. But that wasn't the purpose of this book. I think the main point was that people should have a right to choose. That was my problem with the romance between Cassia and Ky. It still wasn't a choice really. It still felt planned since the Society knew all along what would happen with their little "experiment." In any case, I feel this book lived up to the hype. I don't often like things that are really hyped up beforehand or things that are too popular, but this was a rare exception....more
I was very excited about reading this book. I had seen it reviewed on so many websites and so many people had it listed as the best book of 2010. But,I was very excited about reading this book. I had seen it reviewed on so many websites and so many people had it listed as the best book of 2010. But, unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed with the book. I mean it was still an okay book, but maybe I had built it up too much in my head. Not sure. My first problem with it was that it was written in present tense. I despise books written in present tense. I find it so jarring. I mean once you write it down, it isn't currently happening anymore. It's in the past. Just write it in the past. Anyway, because there was so much hype about the book I plodded through determined to like it. Then I came to problem number 2. The Anna character. She was okay, I just wasn't in love with her like so many people were.She was a bit naive and I thought she was a bad friend. That's fine because I think a lot of girls that age are the same way. Teenage girls need to take a page out of the boy handbook and adopt the motto "bros before hos" or whatever. What is the female version? "Chicks before dicks" or something. Don't break up with your best friend over a guy! Chances are she'll be around a lot longer. She does learn that in the end so that was a good thing. On to problem number 3. Etienne. Sorry, I did not like him in the least. From his description, I didn't find him cute. I thought he was childish and petty. And he was a complete jerk for flirting with two other girls all while he had a girlfriend! No thank you. I'll pass. On the whole, the book was just okay when I really wanted to fall in love with it....more
I bought this book at a second hand shop for $2. I think it was the best two dollars I've ever spent. I started reading it because I recognized the RiI bought this book at a second hand shop for $2. I think it was the best two dollars I've ever spent. I started reading it because I recognized the Rizzoli and Isles characters from the new TV show. From the first page, the book was absolutely riveting. I loved it. Even simple character descriptions were so vivid and believable. Even though I haven't read the other books I didn't feel lost. Thus was an amazing read and I can't wait to read the others....more
This was an amazing read. I couldn't put it down and read it in a matter of hours. And then when I finished, I wanted to read it again! In Sleeping wiThis was an amazing read. I couldn't put it down and read it in a matter of hours. And then when I finished, I wanted to read it again! In Sleeping with Skeletons, Ms. Kennedy has created flawed yet sympathetic characters that make you root for them in unexpected ways. This book is a rollercoaster ride of intrigue and action with a heartwarming love story that follows you into your dreams. I loved it!...more
I highly recommend this book. It was so raw and riveting that I could practically feel the emotions and pain of the characters. The characters that MsI highly recommend this book. It was so raw and riveting that I could practically feel the emotions and pain of the characters. The characters that Ms. Simko created in this book are the strongest aspect. She makes you care about what happens to them. This doesn't diminish the fact that the plot and storyline are so action packed that I was often left breathless at the end of a chapter. This is a definite must read....more