I enjoyed this book immensely. As a casual follower of gymnastics, I understood the change away from the "Perfect 10", but I have fond memories of theI enjoyed this book immensely. As a casual follower of gymnastics, I understood the change away from the "Perfect 10", but I have fond memories of the athletes who worked so hard to achieve that mark. I loved the historical information that was included in this book, from Nadia to the Magnificent Seven to the impact that it could have on the upcoming Olympics. This topic was covered in detail and I love that the author interviewed so many people who were and still are such integral parts of this sport.
There were times that the book seemed to go into a level of detail that made the book drag a bit, mainly because there were occasions that felt like the author was rehashing information that had been discussed earlier in the book. Overall, though, this book was very well done and I really liked it....more
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I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to***I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***
I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to see that this book was being published. Three novellas by three of my favorite authors? It was pretty much a dream come true and I had very high hopes for how good they would be. Thankfully, these novellas delivered on that, for the most part. I really enjoyed reading these stories. Each one was well developed, particularly given the short amount of writing that they had to deliver on the stories.
Dee Henderson's novella was beautifully written. The characters were fun to follow. The plotline was interesting. However, I'm not sure that this was her strongest story that she's written. There were parts of the story that came across as unrealistic, particularly when you think about how little time passes in this story. One of the main things that I struggled with was the romance. It just seemed like it moved at a disjointed pace in the story and parts of it seemed to not necessarily fit with the personalities of the characters as they are written in the rest of the story. Also, the resolution was a bit unbelievable. It left me with too many questions about how the police did not resolve the case sooner. (I apologize for being so vague. I just don't want to give anything away.)
Dani Pettrey's novella was my favorite of the three. It had an interesting plot. It provided a fun backstory for her Alaskan Courage series. The story was crafted well and was easy to follow. She managed to make the story take a good turn that I wasn't expecting, which is hard to do in such a short amount of writing.
Lynette Eason's novella was a fun story to follow, but the romance felt rushed. Throughout the story, I kept thinking that the characters went from being just friends to jumping into a romance pretty quickly. Given that the story plays out over only a few days, it left me feeling a bit disappointed simply because it detracted from the believability of the story. ...more
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I enjoyed reading this book. The dep***I was given an ARC of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the work.***
I enjoyed reading this book. The depth given to the characters was nice to see. Charlotte was wonderfully set up to be the "villain" of the novel, but given a good backstory that made her reasoning understandable. However, I wish that some of that backstory had been given earlier in the novel. It took so long for anything to be explained that it made her immensely unlikeable until very late in the novel, even when you could tell that she was supposed to start being more relatable. Without that backstory information, she just seems shrewish, despite her softening at times. Lauren is a nice character, but her reactions at times are a little unbelievable. She makes choices that seem to be normal and understandable, then randomly changes those decisions, sometimes without a very believable explanation. Her designer background was interesting and I loved reading through the story of her fall and redemption. It's nice to see a story that resolves the threads of the story. I just wish that more attention had been paid to the romantic storyline with Cody. That part of the story felt stilted. I could tell that he was supposed to be the romantic interest, but for much of the story, it felt forgotten, suddenly picked up for a scene, and then forgotten again.
Overall, this story was a pleasant read and I enjoyed it. I look forward to Kathryn Cushman's next work....more
This was a beautifully crafted book. It had so many different twists and turns that I never saw coming. I love that about this series. It keeps me gueThis was a beautifully crafted book. It had so many different twists and turns that I never saw coming. I love that about this series. It keeps me guessing. I had my moments of shock when a murder happened that I didn't see coming and when a betrayal happened from one of the most unlikely of sources. This book left me feeling like I had been kicked in the gut in the best way possible. That moment of wondering if anyone is who they are on the surface makes this book so great. As a reader, it made me question everything that I had assumed about this book. I fell in love with the characters all over again. I laughed with them. I cried with them. I am suspicious right along with them. This is the way that I wish all YA books would be: fun, funny, heartbreaking, suspenseful, creative, and it kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end....more
This was a fun read. There was a double-cross that I saw coming, then another that I definitely did not see coming. There was a romance. Swords. HorseThis was a fun read. There was a double-cross that I saw coming, then another that I definitely did not see coming. There was a romance. Swords. Horses. Time Travel. Pretty much everything that makes a book fun to read. I can't wait for the sequel....more
This book was so good! With so many suspense novels, I figure out who did it so quickly that it makes the novel feel predictable and boring. "Always WThis book was so good! With so many suspense novels, I figure out who did it so quickly that it makes the novel feel predictable and boring. "Always Watching" was not one of those novels. I thought I had figured out who did it early on and was so incredibly wrong. Lynette Eason is a master at crafting novels with intriguing characters, descriptive settings, beautiful romance, and driving suspense. "Always Watching" lived up to my expectations for her books and I can't wait for book 2 in this series to come out....more
Irene Hannon has done it again! I loved this book. Cole and Kelly were such fun characters to follow. The book followed a familiar theme, but still haIrene Hannon has done it again! I loved this book. Cole and Kelly were such fun characters to follow. The book followed a familiar theme, but still had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. It was a fitting ending to a great trilogy....more
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I enjoyed this book a lot. The world was richly developed. I could see it clearly in my mind's eye. I loved the main character of this book. She was a flawed character, which made her immensely more likeable in my opinion. In so many cases, characters are too perfect. Their actions aren't believable. The Princess was flawed. She doubted herself. She believed that she was not pretty and therefore no one would want her. This made her so much better of a character and made me really like her. Her responses to the events around her were what I would expect of a person, not the perfect actions of a fictional being.
I really like that the villain of the novel was not who I expected it to be. Various other characters are presented as possible villains, but end up being helpful to the Princess in the end. The villain is presented more like a wolf in sheep's clothing: kind, helpful, and sympathetic, then tricking and becoming completely evil.
This novel was not without its' flaws. At times, the story became confusing because there were a variety of terms that are in italics that are not normal English words, which left me wanting to know what they meant. Unfortunately, the word's meaning were not always well explained, leaving me frustrated because it took away from the story. Also, the flow of the story was not consistent. At certain points, it felt like the story was racing along, then at others it would feel like the story was slogging through the mud. Sometimes the descriptions, particularly of places in the story, would be so long and overwhelming that it detracted from the story.
Overall, this was a good, entertaining read and I greatly enjoyed it....more
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I was intrigued by the concept of this novel. The description grabbed*I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
I was intrigued by the concept of this novel. The description grabbed me and I was looking forward to reading it. The cover art was gorgeous. However, I was disappointed. I was not at all impressed with this book. In many ways, this book had the plotline of a bad teen TV movie. The main character, Maddie, came across to me as shallow, vain, and conceited. It takes a long time for any positive aspects of her character to emerge. Maddie's parents don't appear to care about her beyond what she is able to do to increase their position in society. The two major male characters, Liam and Rand, are pretty much one-dimensional characters. It's pretty obvious from the beginning who Maddie is going to end up with. For such a short novel, it takes a long time to really feel like the novel is really going somewhere, which can be contrasted with the ending feeing rushed. The entire novel talks about this talent show and how important it is, then it is never shown as part of the novel. It shows Maddie getting ready for it the night of, then skips to well after the talent show occurs. This novel spends an inordinate amount of time talking about the characters' bodies. If as much time had been spent on character development as discussing the various aspects of their bodies, this would have been a much better novel. As a whole, this novel needed to be better developed. The plot dragged in the beginning and rushed through the end.
My overall impression: This novel needed more plot development, better character development, and better pacing. I would like to see this author continue to write and develop her craft because the concept was interesting, but the execution was flawed....more
I enjoyed reading this book. I have read books by Susan May Warren, the author, before, but not for quite some time. I was plesantly surprised to discI enjoyed reading this book. I have read books by Susan May Warren, the author, before, but not for quite some time. I was plesantly surprised to discover that this book was every bit as good as I remembered her books to be. The characters are well developed. The setting is richly described. The plot is well developed and moves along at a good pace: not too fast and not too slow. I loved how the story shifted back and forth between the two women's perspectives and brought them back together again toward the climax of the story. This story was well crafted and I look forward to reading the sequels....more
In my opinion, this wasn't one of Irene Hannon's best works. Due to the fact that I've read quite a few of her novels and that I love figure skating,In my opinion, this wasn't one of Irene Hannon's best works. Due to the fact that I've read quite a few of her novels and that I love figure skating, I had high hopes for this novel. I finished feeling disappointed. it felt like the plotline dragged and took too long to set up. Instead of jumping into the story and reading it straight through to the fi,ish and being unable to put it down, I felt more like I was slogging thorough it. The characters felt flat. The story showed promise. I just wish that I had felt more connection to it. I know that Irene Hannon is a fabulous author and I have truly enjoyed many of her books. This just wasn't meant to be a new favorite. Knowing how good she is, though, I look forward to her next novel....more