I think this book would have been a lot better with two things - conflict and a huge amount of tightening up. I liked the humour, I think the2.5 Stars
I think this book would have been a lot better with two things - conflict and a huge amount of tightening up. I liked the humour, I think the author could write a fantastic romantic comedy but it was just too repetitive and the issues between the hero and heroine were weak. Unfortunately I skimmed read the end but I did like some parts a lot. ...more
I found that I read this book in fits and starts until the last third when the action really picked up. Once again, I loved the historical detail, eveI found that I read this book in fits and starts until the last third when the action really picked up. Once again, I loved the historical detail, even more so since it was based in Brighton and Lewes, very close to where I live and often visit. I especially liked that there was more diversity shown, sometimes just as a part of normality, and at other times as a plot point to give conflict, than there usually in a novel set in this era. I was a little disappointed with the relationship between Helen and Carlston, probably because he was so...unwell and therefore there was not as much opportunity to get to know him more. I also missed the sharpness of Helen's intellect but it was understandable given the new arena of politics and secrecy she was dealing with. On the whole it was still a brilliant book and I can't wait for the next one, but I didn't fall in love with it as much as I did the first - possibly because Helen is moving on from the world of ballrooms and I missed it a little....more
I wasn't expecting quite this level of graphic sex - which was entirely my fault probably for not reading the blurb or reviews properly - so I was a bI wasn't expecting quite this level of graphic sex - which was entirely my fault probably for not reading the blurb or reviews properly - so I was a bit blindsided to begin with. It's not my normal type of romance but in a way I was pleased because it meant I experienced something a bit different and was pleasantly surprised. I think that this story touched on some important aspects of BDSM relationships and I would have been interested to have them explored in further detail. Just in general actually, I would have liked a bit more in depth discussion between the hero & heroine, as well as some more experience of the post apocalyptic world. It seemed like the end was promising a bit more in terms of action, which didn't materialise but I think that might be set up for a longer story running through the series, which I would be quite happy to read on for and there are some potential character pair ups that I would be quite interested to see too....more
I enjoyed reading this story about a young girl struggling to get back on a level as she suffers from social anxiety. I wish it had been around when II enjoyed reading this story about a young girl struggling to get back on a level as she suffers from social anxiety. I wish it had been around when I was a teenage because I might have been able to say "ah, so that's what I have - I'm not just shy" and saved myself a fair amount of anguish. I also thought it was good that the actual bullying that tipped Audrey over the edge wasn't gone into in massive detail because it would have taken the focus away from her ongoing issues and that is quite an important thing to understand I think; the long haul, of mental illness.
I was slightly disappointed with the romance and, sweet as Linus seemed, there just wasn't enough going on in that part of the story for me. I might even be tempted to say I felt it unlikely she could have managed some of the interactions she did so quickly but everyone is different.
Her family were a strong bunch of characters and the impact of everything that has happened on them too was cleverly revealed. Sometimes her mother was a bit over the top but that added some comedy that helped to lift the tone. A small pet peeve was Felix - I have a 4 year old and he seemed a bit more like a 3 year old in terms of communication and behaviour, especially since he was at school but that it didn't change the story at all - as I said, just a pet-peeve!...more
I feel like this book was written just for me - I love regency romance and YA fantasy/paranormal and before those have been separate things. In this bI feel like this book was written just for me - I love regency romance and YA fantasy/paranormal and before those have been separate things. In this book I got everything I enjoy from both genres and more. As a work of historical fiction, this is brilliant - probably the best researched and subtly immersive novel I have read in a long time. All aspects of day to day life were there, the characters were not in a bubble, they were aware and part of the political backdrop and most significantly for me, I felt that the attitudes from the time with regard to gender and class were managed very realistically, whilst cleverly using Lady Helen's inherent differences to create a genuine conflict in her.
She was a brilliant heroine, witty and genuinely smart, keeping up with the movement in the plot, thinking ahead as would be realistic for her character. The action and different settings were always engaging - from being presented to the Queen in one "world", to facing a Deceiver in another, there was always tension, high stakes and great atmosphere. The secondary characters were interesting and, of course, I'm always a sucker for a brooding anti-hero.
Roll on the end of January when the sequel is released in the UK. What a great book to start my reading challenge for 2017 with....more
This was an utterly charming read, perfect for book lovers & long summer days. Made me want to plan another trip to Scotland soon (and run a booksThis was an utterly charming read, perfect for book lovers & long summer days. Made me want to plan another trip to Scotland soon (and run a bookshop). This would have been a five star but I felt a bit of a disconnect from the romance unfortunately, I would've liked a bit more development to it earlier on....more
2.5 Stars - books like this one really have me torn because while I didn't really like it, at the same time I can't deny it was an easy, addictive rea2.5 Stars - books like this one really have me torn because while I didn't really like it, at the same time I can't deny it was an easy, addictive read.
First off, when I picked this up It was described as a YA - NA crossover but it's NA all the way as far as I'm concerned despite the characters being in high school. I don't believe in censoring out sex from YA novels at all because it is an important & realistic part of growing up but the content in this was too graphic and gratuitous in my opinion to be aimed at that audience.
Secondly, the Royal brothers are complete a***holes to Ella to the point of intimidating her with the threat of sexual violence but apparently that is all forgiveable because they would never really do it, plus they have "man pain".
I liked seeing Ella hold her own against them now & then, she didn't always act predictably but some of the grit I thought we might experience from the outset of the story dissolved into rich girl fairytale stuff. I guess I should've expected that from the title but it would've been refreshing to have it go a slightly different route. Too much like Beautiful Disaster and not enough like a Katie McGarry novel for my liking....more
I can't quite believe I'm giving a Kleypas novel only 3 stars but there it is. Although there was nothing hugely frustrating or that I didn't like I jI can't quite believe I'm giving a Kleypas novel only 3 stars but there it is. Although there was nothing hugely frustrating or that I didn't like I just wasn't terribly invested in the characters. I liked Helen's story once it got going but I felt Rhys' plot (or lack of) was a bit weak & the opportunity for conflict missed. The secondary characters were, again, the most interesting but I'm not sure I'm so in love with the world created that I will rush out to buy the next in the series even though Pandora is one of my favourites. A decent romance but unfortunately nothing that swept me away....more