I've only seen Patti Stanger's show "The Millionaire Matchmaker" a few times. Having little patience for "reality TV", I was surprised to find how add...moreI've only seen Patti Stanger's show "The Millionaire Matchmaker" a few times. Having little patience for "reality TV", I was surprised to find how addicting her show can be, and how fascinating it was to see the dating match-ups hits and misses. I can't say I watched much of the show, but when she went on Oprah and they plugged her book, I went ahead and bought it.
The book contains a lot of dating advice, which is largely generalized to fit "any woman, any stage of your life" demographic as opposed to being limited to those seeking a millionaire. I fit into her target audience, as I'm a single female hoping to one day get married before my eggs shrivel up and die, so I read this book voraciously. The tips and advice she gave were eye-popping at times (in particular, the date code of "Coffee is cheap, drinks are an audition, lunch is an interview, and dinner means business - the business of romance."); practical in others (do a "dating detox" before you get out there to find your dream partner); debatable at times (always put on lipgloss/lipstick before stepping out in public, and you must lose the weight [though I admit, this one might be truer than I might want to admit:]), and informative at others (There are statistically more men in certain West Coast cities [LA, Seattle, Dallas, Phoenix, San Francisco:], than in East Coast cities [NYC and Jersey topping the list:]).
Overall, I liked the book because it gave me further insight into the dating world, the mind of a matchmaker, and the things to look for when searching for a marriage minded man. That sort of skill has been severely lacking in my past dating experiences, and I suspect, it has played a major factor in why I am still single today. I don't expect to incorporate everything Patti said, but I will say that a lot of it coincides with other dating-with-marriage-as-the-goal advice I've heard. I definitely plan on giving at least some of her tips a whirl with the next go-around.
I recommend this book to women who aren't sure how to really get their dating lives going, or, who like me, aren't sure what to look for in a guy or how to get the one you are looking for.(less)
This book was just a lot of fun to read, overall. Carriger creates a fascinating world and blends all her threads together seamlessly. It's got a litt...moreThis book was just a lot of fun to read, overall. Carriger creates a fascinating world and blends all her threads together seamlessly. It's got a little something for everyone: vampires, werewolves, preternaturals, steampunk, intrigue, danger, and romance.(less)
This book is very hard to classify. If I could rate it 3.5 stars, I would've. Three seems too few, given that I enjoyed the book enough to have some d...moreThis book is very hard to classify. If I could rate it 3.5 stars, I would've. Three seems too few, given that I enjoyed the book enough to have some desire to read the second, but four seems a mite more than I ought to give when I can't say I fully enjoyed it. The first 100 pages or so were hard for me to get through, but once I was able to get into the rhythm of things (and find myself intrigued by the illicit, forbidden affair developing between the hero and heroine), I became more interested. The language, though beautiful, at times caused me to backtrack and re-read. Some of the instances confused me. The Villain POVs were not what I had hoped, though I understand their purpose. Overall, it took me quite a bit of time to be won over by Percy and Alexi, though I ultimately did enjoy their journeys. The book is worth a read, but give it a long leash to hook you, as I found it too easy to put down in the earlier chapters (but, also quite hard to put down after page 200).(less)