When I saw this one on Netgalley, I was tempted. When I read the existing awesome reviews, I knew I wanted it, and I was so excited when I got given a...more When I saw this one on Netgalley, I was tempted. When I read the existing awesome reviews, I knew I wanted it, and I was so excited when I got given access to a copy for review on Netgalley – many thanks to both Netgalley and Entangled Publishing!
I’m going to join in with everyone else – I completely adored this book. I loved Cat as a character. I liked that she already had an interest in Italy and the Renaissance, and yet I loved that she still struggled to leave her Americanisms behind and fit in with the society when she finds herself the victim of gypsy voodoo, as she calls it, and finds herself in Sixteenth Century Italy.
I also loved the way she was around her family, and the way they treated her in return. I loved Alessandro, and figure I need a sister figure like her – or would have back in my teenage years! Cipriano was also a good character in an older-brother sense, and I loved their parents, too.
In terms of the love interest, I’m afraid to say that Lorenzo may have to be another book boyfriend to add to the list. I’ve literally ended up mentally picturing him a bit like Heath Ledger in A Knight’s Tale. Yeaaah. Who isn’t up for that level of pretty in a boyfriend? And he’s romantic, and a ladies’ man… Okay. So enough about that – but Lorenzo makes it ideal.
The storyline itself is insane. There’s no other way to put it. Time travel via gypsy magic? But it’s fun. It’s really, really fun, and really, what else could a girl want in a book?
This book was a slightly crazy, fun stroll through Renaissance Italy, with some swoon-worthy romance, a ridiculously fun leading lady, and a lesson that doesn’t override the story, then go for it, honestly. I loved this, it’s a fun read, and I’d thoroughly recommend it. I really didn’t want to put this down, and ended up reading it all more or less all in one sitting!
I have to admit, I liked this book. The characters were likable, and it brought more than a few smiles to my face. Again, this is typical chick lit go...moreI have to admit, I liked this book. The characters were likable, and it brought more than a few smiles to my face. Again, this is typical chick lit goodness, but I'd definitely reccomend it.(less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, despite all the chick lit cliche's. This book is an ideal summer read, complete with unlikely hero and damsel in distr...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book, despite all the chick lit cliche's. This book is an ideal summer read, complete with unlikely hero and damsel in distress. Essentially it's exactly what the title suggests - the story of a couple meeting in unlikely circumstances.
However, Mitch Hertzog makes a good hero, and Cabot's style of writing is easy to read and enjoyable. The story is paced well, and it was thoroughly enjoyable.(less)
This was probably one of the first fantasy books I read as a child. It follows the story of Alanna - a page who just happens to be a girl and swapped...moreThis was probably one of the first fantasy books I read as a child. It follows the story of Alanna - a page who just happens to be a girl and swapped places with her brother.
The characters in this are written beautifully, and as a reader you find yourself very much hoping that Alanna manages to achieve her dream, and totally wrapped up in the world of Tortall. Definitely a worth while read :D (less)
This was the first Stephen King novel I read, and with the size of it, it was very much a challenge. However, once I got into the book, I thoroughly e...moreThis was the first Stephen King novel I read, and with the size of it, it was very much a challenge. However, once I got into the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is scary in the sense that it's what isn't seen that worries you, rather than what King actually describes.
Whilst the book may seem extremely long, it's worth the effort to read it.(less)
I picked this book up for around 99p, and I wasn't disappointed. It was typical chick lit, but it did keep me amused for a while. I'd reccomend this f...moreI picked this book up for around 99p, and I wasn't disappointed. It was typical chick lit, but it did keep me amused for a while. I'd reccomend this for anyone looking for an easy read, and to get a bit of a smile. (less)
This was easily my least favourite in the series. The ending annoyed me because rarely in life does anyone get everything they want, and nobody gets h...moreThis was easily my least favourite in the series. The ending annoyed me because rarely in life does anyone get everything they want, and nobody gets hurt. Of course, this level of Twilight bashing has been done a lot in the past. However, I didn't end up not finishing this book, and it does tie up most of the loose ends.(less)
I totally enjoyed this book. It does everything that chick lit should do - it's escapist, it's light and humorous, and most important, it's an easy re...moreI totally enjoyed this book. It does everything that chick lit should do - it's escapist, it's light and humorous, and most important, it's an easy read that requires little of the reader.
Lou Hubbard is in love with her almost-illiterate rockstar boyfriend, Hedge. However, her mother, Victoria, has other ideas. Due to the fact that Lou is the heiress to a billion dollar coffee enterprise-a-la-Starbucks, her mother thinks that Lou should marry Viscount-to-be, Harry Stomeworth. The problem being that neither Harry nor Lou are even slightly interested in this union. In fact, Harry's involvement is being pushed by his own Mother, Morphia, who is more concerned about her family's money problems than her only son's happiness.
I'd reccomend this to anyone (though mostly females!); it's a delightful romp of a book, and the sense of humour is golden! (less)
For me, this was typical, trashy, escapist chick lit, but at the same time, the topics involved I could relate to. Admittedly, this book wasn't partic...moreFor me, this was typical, trashy, escapist chick lit, but at the same time, the topics involved I could relate to. Admittedly, this book wasn't particularly long, and din't take me long to read. However, that was completely okay, given the fact that I paid very little for it on the kindle store, and the feelgood buzz it gave me.
The story follows three women, who lead very different lives, and have a grand total of one thing in common - they're all members of their local Fatbusters group (think weightwatchers/slimming world).
Lauren is a bolshy singleton, who's day job it is to run a dating agency called Love Hearts. Ironically, Lauren is completely anti-love and romance following the break up of her marriage due to her husband cheating. Jessica is a gently hearted beautician, who deserves better than her boyfriend gives her, and Maddie is a middle aged Mum who is fed up with her evil boss' constant comments.
The three make an unlikely trio, but they help each other through their challenge to lose weight, and through the other life events they face along the way.
Nothing completely new in the plot, but definitely a good lazy afternoon read.(less)
This book is very typical of its genre – and I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed every minute of it. Between reading my usual fantasy-type books, I enjoy...moreThis book is very typical of its genre – and I’m not going to lie, I enjoyed every minute of it. Between reading my usual fantasy-type books, I enjoy something light and easy to read, normally with the more scandal, the better. And this definitely delivers.
The story itself follows four couples, whose lives turn out to be more intertwined than one would first imagine. Yeah, I know, it’s been done in loads of chick lit books before this one, but it didn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. Whilst some of the story was a little predictable, there was enough sex and scandal to keep me reading, and Victoria Fox really does manage to pack in hundreds of dramatic – if not very ‘real life’ – events into the characters lives.
One thing I did notice was that actually, by the end, I wasn’t particularly keen on any of the characters, bar Robert. He was probably the only one I don’t remember acting like a complete ass at some point in the course of the story. That said, the characters were well developed throughout, and their motives were explained – especially with the backstory between Lana and Robert.
Overall, this book was a good holiday read – nice and easy going, ideal for the beach. Definitely not a bad effort for a debut novel, and even better for a kindle freebie!
While her sisters are tall and beautiful, Celestia Montehue is the misfit in a royal family—petite, with one green and one blue eye. The only thing sh...more While her sisters are tall and beautiful, Celestia Montehue is the misfit in a royal family—petite, with one green and one blue eye. The only thing she has in common with her ancestors is her magical healing ability. Fearing no one will ever accept her, she vows never to marry. Meanwhile, Nicholas Le Blanc, a haunted man, was trained as a knight but his childhood has convinced him he is a bastard. He is captured while on crusade and eventually forced to kill for his freedom. An arranged marriage between the two does not bode happiness, nor does Celestia's new home—a broken-down keep haunted by the ghost of Nicholas' mother. Soon a curse is set upon them, and they must decide if their love will save them or, ultimately, doom them.
Review: I picked this one up as another freebie for my kindle, mainly due, I admit, to lack of funds. That said, it’s a fantasy book, with a good love story, which sort of makes it like chick-lit, and therefore it sounded right up my alley.
The main characters are Celestia and Nicholas, who are a somewhat stubborn pair, mismatched and married by someone else’s bidding. Celestia is a healer, whose magical powers are cursed to be gone if she ever enters a loveless marriage. Nicholas is the son of the Baron Peregrine, one of the villains of the story, and is a trained Knight who has been away crusading, and whose scars are not only skin deep.
At first, I have to admit, there were a few things about Celestia that annoyed me. One was the way that she is constantly described as an amazing person as if to make the reader like her. It just didn’t need repeating as much as it was, and neither did her tendency to point her chin in the air when making a point. That said, the same could be said about Nicholas’ self pitying and pain. This all said, I have to admit that by the end, I liked both of them, and wanted that happy ending for them, which was definitely delivered!
And yet, the story itself kept me reading. It moves along at quite a nice pace, and there are plenty of events to keep the reader busy, even if some of the events aren’t so well explained until later.
Plus, we all know I’m a sucker for a good love story. I enjoyed the courting between the two main characters, even though I know it would have annoyed some people – the soppy, sentimental part of me found it endearing and sweet, and I was so happy when they finally ‘got together’ at the end. Yes, whilst I haven’t flagged this up as inappropriate for younger readers, there’s a certain chunk at the end they probably shouldn’t read!
So yes, for a kindle freebie this was actually a good read, and I’ve noticed that Hall has released more books set around the Montehue family, which I will be picking up at a later date! (less)