I loved this book. What can I say? It captured my attention right from the beginning. It was a very easy read and I simply could not tear my eyes awayI loved this book. What can I say? It captured my attention right from the beginning. It was a very easy read and I simply could not tear my eyes away from the book. Throughout the book, I could truly see how they were falling in love with each other more and more. Yet, both of them just did not feel it, until it was almost too late. The ending was just weird though, it didn't really make sense to me. However, it was pretty funny to read even though it was absolutely ridiculous. Still, it allowed them to have a chance to meet again and finally confess their love! :)
So. Jake was, simply put, amazing. How should I say it? He met someone he didn't even know on the road. Later, he found out she was in a way his 'enemy'. But did he refuse to offer help? No, of course he didn't! And that made me like him all the more. I mean, guys in romance novels tend to be egotistical creatures who only care about themselves and their revenge. But not all of course. Still, it made for a nice change!
I also liked Lucinda, or Lucy as Jake calls her. I found her to be a strong woman. I mean, in one night, she can turn away from everything she's known for her whole life and yet still survive. I can't say much of her character, except that I found her to be a really sweet person. For this novel, I felt that she was a perfect fit.
This book was the perfect length, not too long, not too short. How they fell in love was clearly depicted throughout the book, and halfway through, I could just see how much they were already in love. The supporting characters were fun to read about and they certainly added to the story. Jake's sister was a really good supporting character and I would love to read about her and her husband. I'm sorry, I forgot the sister's name. It starts with B, though! That much I remember. Hmm, I would say this book was a very different read. It wasn't the same as a typical contemporary romance but somehow I still found it very good.
However, the book was rather dry at certain parts, but those were few and far between. One more thing that was bugging me was that we never got to see what happened to Shorty and what's her name, Marsha? Not an important part of the book, but it would have been an amusing diversion. I also would have liked to know how did his sister and his dad find out that they were actually lying? I know it wasn't explicitly mentioned that his sister knew, but that was the inference I believe most would make. Lastly, I think her family background could have been more well-elaborated on. I would have liked to have read more about her mum in order to fully understand her feelings.
All in all, I felt that this was a very good book. Perhaps not the most interesting book in the world, nor the best, but it will give one a pretty amusing time reading it. Though the humor in this book was not a great sum, there was enough such that I did laugh every now and then. This book is certainly worth trying.
I didn't enjoy this book. Its a pity though. The book started off really well, and I felt that it had a lot of potential. But right after the good intI didn't enjoy this book. Its a pity though. The book started off really well, and I felt that it had a lot of potential. But right after the good intro, the rest of the book just went downhill.
So I felt that the heroine, Rebekah I believe, was a rather strong character. Most of the time she was likable, but sometimes she just annoyed me. And I felt that sometimes, she was way too strong. Like, I know she wants to be independent but can't she see she's in danger??
Anyway... Sigh, I don't really know what to say. Ok let's see, I would have appreciated some of Jace's POV. I just couldn't enjoy it cos there was little to none of what he felt. Hence, it wasn't convincing for me. I just couldn't enjoy it. I also didn't really like his character. I dunno, I felt it was very passive and not at all what I like in a hero. How should I say it? He was hot and all, yes. But I dunno, I didn't like how he went about romancing Rebekah. It didn't have any depth to it. To be honest, I don't know why they fell in love.
OH YES. I couldn't stand how the book just seemed to start in the middle of nowhere. I didn't read the first book, so perhaps that was the reason, but the first book was about other characters! Its like I couldn't understand why Jace loved her. I mean, I get the feeling he fell in love with her during his cousin's wedding, but I can't see how. I mean, according to what little of the background, they barely talk, he just kissed her then she slapped him. I dunno, I don't see how he can love her, maybe just attracted to her?
Sigh, I don't really know, I felt the romance was rather boring and it didn't capture my attention. All it showed was how he tried to get her to go out on dates with him. Erm, the conversations throughout the book felt a little stilted and it wasn't a lot.
Another thing was that I couldn't understand how 10 days before meeting him again, she was so afraid of love, afraid of guys in general. But within those 10 days, she suddenly fell in love with him. I just can't believe it.
Sigh, I really dunno what to say except I felt the book was too short and that may have resulted in there not being enough space to go more in depth into the character feelings.
All in all, I didn't enjoy the book. I did like the chemistry between them though, especially at the beginning. Towards the end though, it just kind of dwindled away and I didn't like it all that much. And I don't like Jace. He's kinda too weak? for my tastes. Maybe not exactly weak, but not strong either...
I honestly cannot understand why other people enjoy this book so much. Maybe its just me, but I really really really couldn't stand it....more
I liked this book. The beginning was a little slow but the action at the end really caught me by surprise. And I've read this book before. I knew therI liked this book. The beginning was a little slow but the action at the end really caught me by surprise. And I've read this book before. I knew there was gonna be a trick somewhere but when it came, it still caught me by surprise and I really admired Darren for his ingenuity.
Now, Darren is more mature than the previous book. Its been about 1.5 years after all! I guess he should have grown up a little even though his body wouldn't have matured.
Evra, the snake boy, was also a character I enjoyed reading about! I didn't think he was that mature though! But he was quite funny.
Heh, Darren got a girlfriend though he's like 12/13? Haha just kinda weird to read! Not a very important part of the book though. Thought he should have let her know somehow that he was leaving though!
All in all, I enjoyed the book and I could see that Darren was more mature and he started to become pretty smart! Heh, the action at the end was really good too! ...more
So I really liked this book. It was action packed and I loved the Trials. They were really difficult but I really like seeing how Darren was able to oSo I really liked this book. It was action packed and I loved the Trials. They were really difficult but I really like seeing how Darren was able to overcome each and every one of them. TBH, I didn't want the Little Person to go to his rescue, I had hoped he would somehow pull off an amazing win!
But overall I really enjoyed the book. I wished he didn't flee at the end, but could actually face his death bravely. It would have been the right thing to do. But because he left, he discovered the vampaneze threat and the traitor which made his leaving necessary. Heh, I loved the words he shouted at the end, before allowing the water to pull him away! It told me that he was really mature now.
All in all, this was a good book, I would say. I really enjoyed all the trials!
I couldn't stand the ending. Why why why did that person have to die?? Why not someone else? Gosh, I really admired that character, such a pity that hI couldn't stand the ending. Why why why did that person have to die?? Why not someone else? Gosh, I really admired that character, such a pity that he/she/it had to die. Kinda sucks...
But overall the book was not too bad. The action was a little boring for me, but I liked seeing how Darren had an epiphany during it. He realised that vampaneze were just like them, they just had different beliefs. Yet, vampires would slaughter them, and take pride in it. That part of him made me see that he had really grown up and was no longer a kid, even though his outer appearance would be like one.
The ending was really cool. I love Paris omg! He's so like a cute old man who's mischievous and all! Haha and Arrow was really funny when he was rubbing his bald head and said he had suddenly got an idea. I dunno, it just made me laugh..
Overall, it was a good book and the end threw me a little because I thought I had remembered that event as happening later in the series! But, overall, the ending was good.
Gosh, I wish true love prevailed in this book, where the lovers would have a HEA... But what can I say? It's not a romance after all... Read it to know what I'm talking about! ...more
I really enjoyed Splendid, it was a very light-hearted and easy reThis review is also published on Always a Booklover .
First read from 3 - 4 Jan 2014
I really enjoyed Splendid, it was a very light-hearted and easy read, yet not too simple that the plot is practically non-existent. The characters in the book, Alex and Emma were just so perfect for each other, you couldn’t help but root for them from the start. Sure, Alex is a bit too high-handed at times. Make that way too high-handed. He is essentially a male chauvinist. But well. I kinda do like guys like that. Sometimes it annoys me like crazy, but other times, I just love them. They’re just… irresistible to me. Heh, any feminist would be screaming at me to wake up! So, let’s started with the summary, shall we?
Emma is from the USA. She has a great head for business, beautiful, all that. She’s also really stubborn, and would do things without second-guessing herself if she thinks its right. No matter how impossible it is. She’s just that sort of person. As for Alex, he’s a person that doesn’t trust women. He’s a duke. Does that explain it all? Alright let me elaborate. Generally, dukes are very highly sought. Not just for their title, but also for their wealth, land and such. And heroes in romance are hot. Duke + hot = irresistible. That also means every single girl is gonna come throw himself at him for his money. And of course, Alex hates these kinds of shallow women. And so, he becomes very cynical, very jaded and has vowed not to marry until he has to. But of course as expected, Emma is the one woman who can change his mind.
NOTE. THE FOLLOWING BRIEF SUMMARY MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS. But then again, this is a romance, it’s possible to guess the summary!
Ok, you know I’m not really in the mood to write a summary so it won’t seem really interesting. Basically, Emma goes out, dressed as a maid. She saves a little boy on the way home, and he’s the nephew of the Duke of Ashbourne, Alex. Along the way, she injures herself by hitting the ground hard. Nothing serious, just a bump on the head. So as expected, there is an instant attraction and he kissed her. That same night, he goes to a ball. Why? To find her of course. He believes she is working there and convinces himself that he needs to check up on her. In reality, he just can’t wait to see her again and have his own wicked way with her… Yep, so basically at the party, he finds out she isn’t a maid. Basically over the next few months they become friends, even though the sexual tension between them is like whoa. Then they go to the country house where he does stuff to her, I don’t want to say it, but I think you can guess! She’s technically still a virgin. Yeah. Moving on. He wanted to propose, planned out everything alr, but… She proposed. He found out what he thought was the reason she wanted to marry him and being a stupid fool, broke up with her? Of course they reconcile. Now this part is the unique thing to every romance. So I won’t say anything, suffice to say it was interesting and believable. Totally what you would expect from her and from him!
Alright, that’s about it for the summary.
So Emma was a very likable character. Beautiful, but witty. And so very stubborn. She’s really funny and a very enjoyable character to read about. I absolutely love how she doesn’t ever give in to Alex. Their arguments are really funny to read. Don’t get me wrong, they aren’t argumentative people but they certainly like having their own way. Besides, it’s more of a friendly argument, or as Emma puts it, a discussion. She’s a very real person and I’ll talk more about that later.
As for Alex, as I’ve mentioned earlier, he’s very high-handed and in a way, thinks he’s king. But, he’s an extremely filial guy and is super nice to his family. Now that just makes him a great man in my opinion. He comes from a great family, with women so sweet and nice. It doesn’t make any sense that he’s so cynical and jaded. But Emma was a refreshing presence for him. Through her, he learnt to trust a woman not from his family. It was difficult, and the first test he had, he did fail. But one thing he did well was loving Emma. He truly truly loved her. And can I just say how cute he is? He sometimes acts like a little kid around her and he is just so adorable! And it just shows me the depth of his love for her. That he can actually let go of himself enough and trust her, something which he has never done for a woman outside his family.
I felt that the part where she felt really guilty after engaging in, how shall I put it, illicit activities with Alex was very realistic. I mean, she’s spent her whole life being told that what she did was wrong. I find that in a lot of other books, the girls just somehow manage to put aside their morals because it was so pleasurable. And the part where they had a misunderstanding over the proposal? I was screaming at him when he just threw her out of his house. Seriously, what an ass right? How could he even think that way of her? That being said, I think she reacted really well when Alex apologized. I loved it when she said she forgave him but was not able to forget. It’s all this little things that really make her real to the reader. Emma isn’t portrayed as the perfect heroine, but rather a heroine with human faults. I think that makes her as a heroine really interesting to read about. You just can’t help rooting for her, and hoping she’ll put Alex in his place.
Now, the love between both characters are so sweet and so touching. You just can’t help but root for them from the beginning. From the start, all I wanted was for Emma to heal Alex’s distrust of the female sex. And she did. The love between them was so obvious and so so sweet. I especially loved it when Alex finally realised he was in love with her. He was just rationalizing so much and it was just so funny! I couldn’t help but grin like the Cheshire Cat when they finally confessed their love to each other. The life they had after marriage was just so sweet too, exactly the kind I hope to have. That even though the husband is busy at work, he always makes time for the wife. Hmm, one part that sticks out in memory was when Emma left him for a week, or at least she wanted to. His expression, or at least, what I imagine of his expression was the cutest thing ever.
And of course, the ending was pretty climatic. Ok fine, not that much, but it was enough. The kidnapping, trying to escape, all those were pretty interesting and it really gave a good ending to certain parts of the plot. It wasn’t boring and even though it seemed a little extraneous, it did round up some of what happened towards the end really well.
All in all, I really did like reading this book. It was a very easy read but it never got boring. I enjoyed myself thoroughly and the love between them was so sweet, it just made the book even more convincing. The pace of the book wasn’t too fast too. It was really just right. The first book written by Julia Quinn, yet already so good. One can only wonder how much better her books have gotten! But to be honest, I liked this more than the Bridgertons series, which is reputed to be really good. I dunno, maybe its just me! I think one thing I love about this book and Julia Quinn is that its really humorous. It doesn’t have to be explicitly made a joke, but through the conversations that the characters have, I can almost always find something there to be amused at. And I don’t mean the bad kind of amusement! It really did add to my reading experience! I really do recommend people to read this book. I’ve read the rest of the books in the series and I really feel it hasn’t deteriorated....more