I got this book because it was a freebie from Amazon, and because I read an article about the "bonnet romances" that are becoming popular and I wantedI got this book because it was a freebie from Amazon, and because I read an article about the "bonnet romances" that are becoming popular and I wanted to know more. For a free book, it's a very good romance but if I paid the 7 bucks the paperback costs I would be pissed.
Now I've read my share of Christian fiction and romances and while the story and characters weren’t bad in this book, they weren’t great either. I had a problem when about halfway through the book I realized that 6 months time in the book had passed and I didn’t even realize it.
I also really didn’t see the spark between Jennie and Matthew. They hung out together for 2 summers when they where teens, and then she didn’t see him for over 10 years. Sure why not completely change your lifestyle and marry a dude you’ve known for a little over a year total…that makes complete sense!
I was really interested in the story at first, and by the end of it I really did like Jennie as a character, even if I didn’t know half of what was going on. When I got to the proposal I was just ready to be done with the thing. The story seemed like it ended very abruptly, but I guess if this is just the first book in a series we’re supposed to read the sequels to find out the rest of their story. ...more
This book had a nice collection of good stories that feature girls/women as the heroes and main characters. A few stories had odd writing styles, butThis book had a nice collection of good stories that feature girls/women as the heroes and main characters. A few stories had odd writing styles, but I suspect that they would sound better read aloud like most children's books. The only story I had a problem with was the retelling of The Arabian Nights, but that's just because I hate “cleaned-up” versions of fairy tales and thought the beheadings could have been left in. Most kids (yes even girls!) would rather hear about peoples heads getting chopped off anyways. ...more
If I was a kid I think I would have enjoyed this much more than I did. It’s a cute book, but the desc*I recieved an ARC of this book from Net-galley.*
If I was a kid I think I would have enjoyed this much more than I did. It’s a cute book, but the description of everything Griffin sees with his all-knowing detectives’ eyes gets a little bit irritating. His uncle’s an ass, as it the obsession with beating Sherlock Holmes, but luckily towards the end of the book that gets dropped. I was not a fan of the whole twee “I’ve got a robot butler named Watts and a Moriarty of my own” bit, but I doubt a younger child would pick up on the similarity. I thought the steampunk elements seemed pretty forced, but its big business these days so it’s understandable.
This book was very well written, the mystery was engaging, and it was fun to ‘solve’ it along with Griffin. He’s a good kid and a great role model. I especially liked the mini-mystery at the end of the books as I was a huge fan of Encyclopedia Brown and the CLUE series as a kid so it was nice to see that the tradition lives on. I would definitely give this book to a kid, as I think they would really enjoy it. Overall it was a great children’s book read!
*This is a Christian book. Griffin’s father is an Especial minister, so there is some talk of praying and God. It’s not shown in a huge way, nor is it a really big plot point, but it is there. ...more
Now can we have a Baby-Sitters Club reunion book plz?
----- Ok, so honestly I have no clue where to begin with this book. I read SweetHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Now can we have a Baby-Sitters Club reunion book plz?
----- Ok, so honestly I have no clue where to begin with this book. I read Sweet Valley Kids and Twins when I was younger (what girl didn’t?) but I never really like SVH or SVU because everybody and I mean EVERYBODY, was a bunch of petty, back-stabbing, assholes. It’s nice to see Sweet Valley hasn’t changed that much, because I found this book equal parts hilarious, disturbing, and just plain bad!
I have the Kindle edition and I don’t think I’ve ever used the highlighting feature this much before. Every other sentence was a poorly-crafted gem of epic proportions. I don’t think I’ve laughed as much in a long time, this book is insane that way. It completely passes by “so-bad-it’s-good” territory twice to come to a stop at “it’s-so-so-SO-bad-it’s–frickin’-unbelievable-and-hilarious”.
If you ever read a Sweet Valley book before and you didn’t immediately burn it or put it down you’ll probably like this addition, if only for shits n’ giggles. Seriously the drama gets ramped up 50 notches and the crazy is back in full force. I highly recommend that you have a highlighter nearby so that you can pick out your favorite parts of the book.
------ I'm totally serious about the BSC reunion book. That series is wayyyyy better. ...more
**spoiler alert** If you’ve been on the internet for any length of time you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘basic bitch’. If you haven’t, the urban dict**spoiler alert** If you’ve been on the internet for any length of time you’ve probably heard the phrase ‘basic bitch’. If you haven’t, the urban dictionary defines it as “one who has no personality; dull and irrelevant”.
That is exactly what this book is, it’s a basic book. It’s trying to ride the tide of popularity that dystopian YA novels have been receiving recently, and it just fails in comparison. The idea is very interesting (government mandated lobotomies) but it just fails in execution, not unlike another dystopia I read recently *cough*Bumped*cough*.
This book suffered from poor world building issues, that raised some questions but never answer them. Why did the government choose love instead of hate, what exactly happened to make electricity and fuel scarce, if you don’t allow population trade between cities why is there no restriction on the population growth? Writers really do need to have a reason for their dystopias other than “Eh, some scientist dude fixed people of love, and they lined up out the door for this cure. So now we force it on everybody because.”
On the plus side, the writing was well done, so even though I had issues with the book, I still wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. Lena really did feel like a stupid-in-love 17 year old, and her voice was totally believable. Alex was your typical post-Twilight perfect boy with a little Invalid bad boy edge. Hana was an awesome friend who went through as much (if not more) character growth as the main character. I have to say I much preferred the Lena-Hana relationship compared to the Lena-Alex one. On the whole, it was an enjoyable read, but I won't be reading the next two in this series.
Recommend for readers who like taylor swift and think their love is so perfect and pure it's doomed to fail and they will write a love song about it....more