Erm...... so I really have no excuse for enjoying this book, but that is exactly what I did: enjoy the heck out of it.
I mean, its premise and the act...moreErm...... so I really have no excuse for enjoying this book, but that is exactly what I did: enjoy the heck out of it.
I mean, its premise and the actions of the hero are all really rather offensive. He has her abducted and force-fed an aphrodisiac so she would sleep with him even though she very vocally unwilling - it's kidnapping and date-rape, really, if you can call being forcefully taken to meet someone against one's wishes a "date."
NEVERTHELESS, I really, really liked this book. The hero and his Russian servants made me laugh constantly, they were so funny.
But the true joy of the book is the heroine, I think. Katherine was magnificent with her no-nonsense, straight-shooting self.
That is all I have. I really liked the book, even though I really shouldn't. (less)
I put off reading Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series because I somehow had it in my head that I am not quite a fan of her writing style. I b...more3.5 stars.
I put off reading Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series because I somehow had it in my head that I am not quite a fan of her writing style. I bought the ebook upon a recommendation at Dear Author, and......
I am glad I did buy it. It does not quite hold a candle to more recent historical romances, but it is not bad at all, and I suspect that had I read it when it first came out, I would have thought it was wonderful. As it is, it is still quite a good read.
The heroine's name, however, is awful: Honoria Prudence Anstruther-Wetherby. Why?(less)
I actually thought the book started out well enough, but as we progressed further, the characters just became more and more annoying. Womp....more2.5 stars.
I actually thought the book started out well enough, but as we progressed further, the characters just became more and more annoying. Womp. Even so I am interested in checking out more of Abby Gaines' work. So I guess this kindle freebie did its job. (less)
An alright category romance. Interesting enough story, let down by the foolishness of some of the characters sometimes. All the pontificating...more2.5 stars
An alright category romance. Interesting enough story, let down by the foolishness of some of the characters sometimes. All the pontificating about motherhood and how guys who like kids couldn't possibly be horrible was also annoying.Not bad at all for a freebie.(less)
It was a nice story, and one that I enjoyed despite myself. The heroine and the hero were not TSTL per se, but that makes it ev...more3.5 stars, rounded up.
It was a nice story, and one that I enjoyed despite myself. The heroine and the hero were not TSTL per se, but that makes it even more annoying, when perfectly sensible people act like doofuses. It made the conflicts seem contrived. Even so, the story was well-executed.
Unfortunately, while I liked the main couple of this book very much, I am not inclined to go looking for the other books in the series, especially since the idiot brother is the hero of book 2. But book 1 was good fun. (less)
This is one of those that could have been a rollicking good time, but was spoilt by the characters.
With the exception of the h...more2.5 stars, rounded down
This is one of those that could have been a rollicking good time, but was spoilt by the characters.
With the exception of the hero, who was quite unconventionally lovely, and the heroine, who wasn't too bad, every character ranged from tedious to extremely annoying. and they were everywhere - the annoying characters, I mean, with their ramblings and uninteresting run-on sentences.
I quite enjoyed the hero and heroine and would have enjoyed the story much more if these side characters weren't present, or if they had been soundly put in their place, which, unfortunately, they weren't.
I have loved all 5(?) of Patricia C. Wrede's books that I have read, so when this deal was posted on Dear Author, and when the commenters had such eff...moreI have loved all 5(?) of Patricia C. Wrede's books that I have read, so when this deal was posted on Dear Author, and when the commenters had such effusive praise for the book, I absolutely had to get it. It was well worth the getting.
Set in regency London, in a world where magic exists alongside the church and all the trappings of English society that we know of, the story unfolds in letters two cousins, Cecelia and Kate send to each other about their lives, since they are separated for the summer. In their correspondence, magic is discovered, nefarious plots are thwarted, and love is found.
It took a few chapters to warm up to the epistolary format and the characters, but once I did, I had a lovely time. The language is perfect for that time, and I could not help loving Cecy and Kate. Their characters, especially Cecy's remind me of Ms. Wrede's trademark no-nonsense, very practical, quite awesome heroines. And by heroines, I mean Cimorene, who is made of complete awesome :D.
In the afterword, Ms. Wrede and Ms. Stevermer say that they didn't discuss the plot with each other, which makes the seamlessness of the events in the letters even more remarkable.
I second the praise from the Dear Author coomenters. This book was great!(less)
I got it because a friend liked a glowing review that landed on my timeline. It sounded like it would be as good as one of...moreI don't know what to think.
I got it because a friend liked a glowing review that landed on my timeline. It sounded like it would be as good as one of my all-time favorite HPs, also by Ms. Reid, so I bought it.
And I read it. I really don't know what to think. A far as angst goes, it was a very good, very angsty read, so if you're in the mood for that kind of an HP, go for it.
As for the characters, I don't think I liked the heroine very much, and the hero.....pfft. But then I wonder if I am just being too hard on her and too lenient with him. I dunno.
If I didn't have hangups about not rating books, I'd leave this one unrated. I really don't know what to think. One thing is for sure, though. It is definitely not going in my top favorite HPs - by Michelle Reid or anyone else!!(less)
I didn't enjoy this book very much. In fact, I skim-read so much that it should probably be put as a DNF and not a "read" book. Very, ve...moreMassive Yawn.
I didn't enjoy this book very much. In fact, I skim-read so much that it should probably be put as a DNF and not a "read" book. Very, very, flat main characters. Like I said somewhere, the 'villain' of the piece, the very English Lord William Wentworth, was so much more interesting than the main character, his love interest, his brothers (who will have future books) and their band of merry gentlemen put TOGETHER. That is not a very good thing.
Iain rubbed me wrong almost from the beginning. Soldiers follow orders for a reason. You do not deviate from those orders for a reason. Iain and his men are having a shoot-out with enemy 'Indians' on the American frontier (or is it French soldiers?) when he spies beautiful Anne, unconscious or something of the sort (goes to show how memorable the whole thing was for me). Noting how absolutely stunning this woman was, he decides to save her. And so he breaks formation with his guys. After some adventure and another battle and breaking formation yet again - because of a BEAUTIFUL woman - four of the men in Iain's battalion die (They are all supposedly noble Scots rangers who are fighting for the dastardly English for reasons...who cares?)
1. I never once got the impression Iain woulda done any of this if the woman wasn't pretty, because there was so much focus on how beautiful she was. That takes any honor, if there was some in the first place out of the whole thing for me. Strike 1.
2. Iain makes much of how he woulda done the same thing if he could have a do over, even though four of his men were dead. Fine. But I would expect more remorse for their death than a fleeting and very ephemeral sadness that they were dead and a defiant repetitions that you would repeat the same thing over again. These were supposedly your friends! Men of honor. people you knew, who you laughed with, who had your back in battles...Men who trust that you in turn will have their backs instead of getting them killed because you saw a beautiful woman and decided to play the hero. Some genuine and lasting grief would have been sorely welcome. Instead we get defiance and immediate fixation on girl's beauty. In the absence of remorse for dead friends that you got killed, 99, 999 strikes.
The only person worth mentioning is William Wentworth. he was at funny, sarcastic, perceptive, quite cold, ruthless...he had some depth to him. Not very much, but in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King. I very much want to know more about him, but since he has no book of his own, I am reduced to reading through the other brothers' books to get glimpses of him. Oh joy.(less)
When I saw that Anna Campbell had a new historical romance out I absolutely knew I had to request it. I was not wrong, not in the least. The book is w...moreWhen I saw that Anna Campbell had a new historical romance out I absolutely knew I had to request it. I was not wrong, not in the least. The book is written very much in the Tradition of Claiming the Courtesan and Untouched. In fact, as soon as I figured that out, I could pretty much tell where the story was going and just about how it was going to unfold. I was also right about all that. Even so, what kept me tethered to the story were the same things that kept me very invested in those two other stories: the writing. Ms. Campbell does some beautiful writing. How can the following passage not draw a smile:
"You're just playing with me." "Most definitely, tesoro. But your dilemma is your own fault. You're so irresistible." "Command your willpower, Mr. Merrick. Defeat this weakness." "I try, dear lady, I try." "I'll bite you," she said savagely "I'll bite you too before I am done."
From beautiful descriptions to heartbreaking tenderness, Ms. Campbell does it very well, and this book has it in spades. I loved the dialogue, when I was not smiling at some funny exchange - or the occasionally cheesy Romancelandia line - I was all caught up in the descriptions, or catching my throat at the haunting tenderness of it all - and mind you, I knew exactly what was going to happen. But I am not complaining about her formula, bot just because it works for me, but also because each set of characters to creates to play out the drama are wonderful.
I loved Sidonie and Jonas. Loved them. I loved that as much as possible, Sidonie tried to remain true to herself - and she never once tried to lie to herself. She wouldn't give herself to him when she did not want to or feel like she could afford to; but the moment she decided she wanted him, that was it. No prevaricating, no waiting for him to make another move, etc.
Another thing I loved about her was her perceptiveness. She could see through Jonas to the quick. Smart and beautiful and true. I started a bit when she referred to Jonas as a wanton in her private thoughts, and then decided I loved it very much! I never hear guys described as wanton in HRs, although the girls are always the virgins and they are the ones with oodles and oodles of debauching experience.
I also enjoyed Jonas' character very much. The vulnerability about him, and the fact that like Sidonie, he did not try to lie to himself. I'd wax more poetic, but my hands are getting tired of typing. :/
Finally, I also very much liked how true love did not make everything run smooth. Even after the admission of love, there were Sidonie's hopes and dreams and plans to consider, and Jonas' hang-ups to stand obstacle. I loved that they did not just vanish, and that the couple had to attempt to work through them.
I wasn't sure what rating to go with after I was done, but in the end, I settled on five, I had a roaring good time reading it, and will definitely revisit it. What more can you want? This makes me 3 for 3 with Ms. Campbell!
*ARC provided through NetGalley, honest review, no money, etc - alla that jazz.*(less)
Most definitely not one of the better anthologies out there. I loved the Kate Daniels novella, which I'd already read, and Shannon K. Butcher's entry...moreMost definitely not one of the better anthologies out there. I loved the Kate Daniels novella, which I'd already read, and Shannon K. Butcher's entry made me very interested in the series, but that is just about it. Every other short story I found flat and dull an boring. Rachel Caine's left me unmoved, and I DNFed Deidre Knight's story: just couldn't be bothered with it. I skimmed chunks of Jim Butcher's entry and did not even bother with Carrie Vaughn's because Kitty Norville isn't my cup of tea.
I don't remember any other character who became so beloved so quickly as Peter Grant has. This time around, the mystery/casualty was of no interest/im...moreI don't remember any other character who became so beloved so quickly as Peter Grant has. This time around, the mystery/casualty was of no interest/importance to me, but I read and enjoyed it because it was important to Peter, and so became relevant to me. (less)
....Aaaand we're back!!! When I reviewed book 1, The Lost Hero, I stated my dissatisfaction with the...moreJust some rambly thoughts:
4.5 stars, rounded down
....Aaaand we're back!!! When I reviewed book 1, The Lost Hero, I stated my dissatisfaction with the plot, which I found dull and boring, and the characters, whom I found lackluster, wooden and just didn't identify with.
Well, Mr. Riordan didn't let me down in this installment.
The narration is back up to his usual inspired levels, and I attribute that in no small part to Percy Jackson. Mr. Riordan created a winner when he made up this boy's character. Everything about him embodies leadership, but it also embodies humility, self-depreciation, and just general.... awesomeness. He's come into his own. Having Percy lead this cast was infinitely more pleasurable than Jason's "leadership" in the previous book. Add Percy to the list of characters that I admire very much. Dude personifies everything that is good leadership and loyalty and friendship. I am deeply appreciative of this fictional character.
Also buoying the book up are the two other demigods who form 2/7ths of the "Seven," (way to state the obvious, LJ!) - Frank and Hazel. Loved them! I complained about the lack of growth of the characters from the previous book, but I can't say the same here. By the end Percy, Hazel, and Frank were different and better characters than they were at the beginning. Hazel went from slightly Mary Sue-ish to a girl who was able to stand down a giant. Frank transformed from a boy who was the joke of his regiment to someone who knew he had an indispensable role to fulfill.
I am not explaining it very well, but what I am trying to say is that by the end of the book, they were more comfortable in their skins, and they wore their roles and their fate much better, and I loved that transformation very much.
I prayed The Son of Neptune would not disappoint me, and it didn't. I am very very excited for The Mark of Athena, which is a far cry from my reaction after meeting Jason and his bunch.
Frankly, this was sub-par and not at all worthy of Rick Riordan and the characters he's created (By that I mean Percy and Annabeth, not...moreAfter Reading:
Frankly, this was sub-par and not at all worthy of Rick Riordan and the characters he's created (By that I mean Percy and Annabeth, not the new people. The others' creation was sub-par to begin with).
What we have here is some very shoddy work. Too many cooks spoil the broth and the many narrators made for a choppy and boring story. The characters were very flat. Mr. Riordan has managed to create a singularly annoying character in Coach Hedge. Piper and Leo are not far behind. Jason the cardboard cutout is just hanging there. Even Percy and Annabeth have become unidimensional characters filled with lots of angst and unnecessary emo.
Flat, uninspired, slipshod, bad. I could go on and on with more synonyms but you catch my drift. So unworthy of Mr. Riordan's legacy. It's hardly believable that he wrote this.
I am very sad to say this book is not worth the time, money, or effort it takes to acquire and read it. Here's a fervent hope that book 4 would be better, because the bar for this series has just been set at a new low.
-------------------------------- Our dudes are supposed to be a team, but from the absolutely stunning cover, it seems Percy and Jason are fighting. Bites fingernails. But oh well, in that case.... Crush him to bits, Percy!!! (less)