I would maybe have liked this more had I not just ::whispers:: re-read the Twilight series /whisper
This is like Twilight-lite, but with werewolves, an...moreI would maybe have liked this more had I not just ::whispers:: re-read the Twilight series /whisper
This is like Twilight-lite, but with werewolves, and while I *wanted* to feel attached to the characters - the potential was there - mostly it all felt too brief, rushed and juvenile as far as any of the character development went. The story was boring, boring, boring and the main male character is a wimpy sort of douchey type of dude who doesn't appeal to me at all; that's when you could bother to tell their 'voices' in the split narrative apart.
There were a couple of pretty scenes but otherwise this books was a snoozefest. (less)
I ended up getting this book because I liked the other three I read by beverly jenkins and i was hoping for more of the same. The writing was still go...moreI ended up getting this book because I liked the other three I read by beverly jenkins and i was hoping for more of the same. The writing was still good -- perfect vacation fare -- but unbeknownst to me, i was now travelling into "light romance". At any rate, I tore right through this book, but wouldn't recommend spending much money on it.(less)
Not to sound like a broken record, but I got THIS book because of that blasted romance "Belle" I had read. This one dealt with another character in th...moreNot to sound like a broken record, but I got THIS book because of that blasted romance "Belle" I had read. This one dealt with another character in that book and, hey, it is summer and I am on vacation and another mindless lite romance was right up my alley. Again, it was good but not something I would recommend spending a bunch of cash on.
I should also add that these two appealed to me because of the historical fiction (civil war era) slant.(less)
This was another 99center. The premise was actually interesting - hurricanes as human hybrids - but the writing was definitely young adult. YOUNG youn...moreThis was another 99center. The premise was actually interesting - hurricanes as human hybrids - but the writing was definitely young adult. YOUNG young adult. The whole thing lacked depth and so what seemed like a good premise mostly came across as kind of silly or hokey. That might not be the case, though, if I was 13 and reading it. However, NOT being 13 and having read umpty billion books, this was really too simplistic for me to give it more than 2 stars or really recommend it. (less)
I've had this on my kindle for awhile now. I think I bought it way back when I was in a comfort-read mode and never got to it (Austen is a big "comfor...moreI've had this on my kindle for awhile now. I think I bought it way back when I was in a comfort-read mode and never got to it (Austen is a big "comfort read" for me and I've never actually read any of these pseudo "sequels"). I have to say I enjoyed it but I don't know that I would again pay 10 bucks or whatever it was.
That being said, I DID right away pay ten bucks or something for the second one in this series because this book is only about a third of Pride and Prejudice so I wanted to see how it all played out the rest of the way, from darcy's perspective. Which means, I guess, that I'll be buying the third one. :/
I need to get a better handle on my star ratings. I was going to right away give this one 3 stars, which seems to be my default rating because, yeah, I did like it. Two stars seems like such a ratty rating to give, because it wasn't a *bad* book. I guess i'm pretty inline with the two star rating of "It was okay".
However, I should add that so far this has fairly ruined my opinion of Darcy. Darcy as simpering idiot, starting about two chapters in and with no end in sight, does not appeal.(less)
Eh, I went back and forth between two and three stars for this because two stars seems sort of miserly but I am trying to adhere to the goodreads star...moreEh, I went back and forth between two and three stars for this because two stars seems sort of miserly but I am trying to adhere to the goodreads star standards and, really, I feel more strongly about "it was okay" than saying I actually *liked* it.
I did like all the "in the past" segments and I found myself interested in Jahne and the characters of that time period but the "present" characters didn't interest me at all. Aine was totally flat to me and I found I couldn't care less about her which, given she is half the point of the book, really takes away from the book as a whole. I think the problem with Aine's character was that all the development about her was rushed and so none of the events that theoretically define and shape her had any substance to me. For example, at one point at an end of a chapter we have her *completely out of the blue* weeping and disabled by grief about her brother having died (heroically I might add). Brother? what brother? Turns out she had a brother who threw himself on a grenade to save others. Okay. But, spending literally about three paragraphs on this brother and Aine's obviously turmoil over his death (I mean, she's pretty much knocked incapacitated by this out of the blue grief, in the space of these three paragraphs) and then moving right along with the story and everything is fine is not a way to get me to feel for the brother OR for Aine's feelings for the brother. I understand why he was mentioned - he was foreshadowing for someone else's [otherwise obviously approaching] death AND he served to provide Aine with a convenient reference point at the end of the book when she was trying to figure out someone's motives ("oh! my brother did THIS so that's probably why this person did THAT"). So, I understand the purpose this served but it still seemed really amaturely done overall.
I also did not like that the narrator switched to a third narrator at 67% of the way through the book. Again, I understand why the author did so -- obviously she didn't have another way for us to get this character's information while he was on a journey -- but his perspective for the first time in the book at that point (and he's a main character) and then ONLY that little section of the book just served to be more stalling of the flow for me than furthering the plot. I could see that I was supposed to feel more deeply about what he saw than had the narration stayed the same and he just came home and told about it, but knowing I was supposed to do that and being compelled to do it are two different literary feats and this book fell short on the the latter of those two.
So that it doesn't sound as if I thought it was ALL bad (I did almost give it three stars), I will say again that I did like the main character from the "past" section of the book and I felt for her and even cried at points in the book, on her behalf.
I would recommend this to someone for light reading but my recommendation of it would likely only come toward of the bottom of a list of other books to read first/instead. However, this book is free for the kindle so it is certainly a good enough book for a freebie.(less)
Well, this didn't hold my interest. I found myself skipping chunks (especially the letters) near the end. It all wraps up pretty much as you would exp...moreWell, this didn't hold my interest. I found myself skipping chunks (especially the letters) near the end. It all wraps up pretty much as you would expect in a feel-good, no-loose-ends sort of way.(less)
Well, i realized I had screwed up my birth control pills and had forgotten to take one for three days and so, on the fourth day (when I realized this)...moreWell, i realized I had screwed up my birth control pills and had forgotten to take one for three days and so, on the fourth day (when I realized this) I figured it made no sense to try and "double up to catch up" four days of pills and I instead decided to just not take any and let the cycle run its course. Which means (since I was only in the second week of pills) that I had a period ten days after I just had a period. That should fully explain the hormonal state that led me to be reading a book called The Time Baroness with a cover like that!
Don't judge me!
At any rate, listen: this book has time travel AND Jane Austen's England. To me (remember the hormones) that read like a combination only topped by the Ghost Rider movies which have a character that is half Nicolas Cage and half flaming skull. Seriously!
This book didn't fail to deliver on either of those two things and it was actually a pretty good little story on top of it. It wasn't a very complex story, overall, but it was an entertaining one and the writing wasn't bad. I don't know that I would rush out to buy this book (although I did ::whispers:: rush right to buy the next one, Time Heiress. Don't judge me!) but if you like time travelling characters trying to be Jane Austen characters, then read it if you get the chance!
Well, if you read my review of Time Baroness then you know how I came to be reading this book.
I enjoyed this one as well! I wasn't as interested in th...moreWell, if you read my review of Time Baroness then you know how I came to be reading this book.
I enjoyed this one as well! I wasn't as interested in the time period but I still enjoyed the story and I did like how it ended, which was at the same time both more surprising and more neatly than I had been anticipating (I had anticipated a tidy ending but the book got there in a surprisingly roundabout way).
This was quirky and cute and I wanted to enjoy it more than I did (I personally would book a vacation to Austenland, if I could). I think the reason I...moreThis was quirky and cute and I wanted to enjoy it more than I did (I personally would book a vacation to Austenland, if I could). I think the reason I didn't enjoy as much as I wanted to is that, at heart, I am just not a big fan of chick lit (which this book definitely is). But the premise is good, the characters sound and the writing is fine (and I pretty much read it all in one sitting, staying up late to do so), so don't let my lack of liking for chick lit sway you from checking this book out if it otherwise looks like it would appeal to you because it is a fun read.(less)
This was pretty much a waste of time. Maybe it would appeal to someone who actually *was* a junior in highschool, like these characters are, but other...moreThis was pretty much a waste of time. Maybe it would appeal to someone who actually *was* a junior in highschool, like these characters are, but otherwise.. eh. The *idea* for the book had promise, but it never delivers. The characters are flat and annoying, with the exception of one of them who is flat but at least sort of interesting, and the plot just sort of sputters out; I do understand there is a sequel and so they book was left sputtering out on purpose but it certainly wasn't done in a way to make me at all interested in reading the next book.
The typos and grammar errors got annoying and the flaws in logic and just plain flawed facts (i.e., where a hard drive is located on a computer) were REALLY annoying. I am able to cut some slack for holes in reasoning when a story deals with time travel because, well, it's time travel but the holes in the story were completely nonsensical even for a nonsensical situation. If you know what I mean.
The upside to reading it was that I actually went to bed early the night I started it and took a nap the following day, instead of being consumed with finishing it! Oh, and I'm going to give it an extra star for the potential it had -- I *did* want to find out where it was going, however painful the getting there started to be as the book neared its end.
Meh. This was horrible and it wasn't great. It was pretty run of the mill, epic fantasy story line and run of the mill epic fantasy characters. The wr...moreMeh. This was horrible and it wasn't great. It was pretty run of the mill, epic fantasy story line and run of the mill epic fantasy characters. The writing was fine and there weren't any glaring errors of style. I did find it jarring that the main character (a girl) jumped from confused farm girl to somewhat fearless leader so rapidly but, having read a great deal of epic fantasy, my brain was perfectly able to skip over (and subconciously fill in) all the growth of character that usually goes in that jump.
So, yes, the book itself is greatly lacking in actual character growth. But, that felt less like a writing flaw as it did almost a deliberate attempt to speed the story along - my overwhelming feeling when reading this was that I was reading a book meant for the Child (who is 12). It felt like *that* level of storytelling: "skip the philosophical hoo haw and get to the swordfight already!!"
I'd recommend this as age-appropriate epic fantasy for the 12+ - year-old set.