More of the same. Kathleen is still gullible, naive and downright dumb in some ways. She's constantly getting harassed, beat up and saved by the men i...moreMore of the same. Kathleen is still gullible, naive and downright dumb in some ways. She's constantly getting harassed, beat up and saved by the men in her life. And now she's an investigator? She needs to investigate where she left her brain cells.(less)
I'm not sure if this deserves 5 stars. Maybe 4.5, but I'm rounding it up because I still feel all warm and fuzzy after finishing it. This book isn't p...moreI'm not sure if this deserves 5 stars. Maybe 4.5, but I'm rounding it up because I still feel all warm and fuzzy after finishing it. This book isn't perfect, but I found myself smiling so much when I was listening to it, I just fell in love with it.
I loved Phillip and Marianne and all of their teasing. I was on the verge of being annoyed with Marianne at times, but I could never hold onto it. Her naivety was understandable. At only 17, she had been completely sheltered her entire life. Her mother died a little over a year before and her father abruptly left in his grief, sending his twin daughters to stay with different relatives. Her twin sister embraced London and life in the city, but Marianne longed to go back to the country as she stayed in Bath with her curmudgeonly grandmother. There she learned absolutely nothing about men or the outside world, preferring to seek out nature instead of being a elegant young lady in search of a husband. So, for me, a lot of her confusion about Phillip and his intentions and the way she took absolutely everything everyone said at face value made sense. Not that it wasn't still frustrating, but it was believable.
Will definitely read this again someday!!!!
Audiobook review: From the start, that woman's voice annoyed me. She sounded like someone for whom English wasn't her first language, mimicking a British accent while speaking very slowly and deliberately in a fake falsetto. I loved the story so much that eventually it stopped grating on me, but it wasn't the best. Much preferred the voice of the woman who did the Blackmoore reading. Though I much preferred this book to Blackmoore, which was good, but a mega-downer. (less)
I bought this a while ago so I didn't remember exactly what it was about. Before I started reading, I skimmed some reviews and one in particular caugh...moreI bought this a while ago so I didn't remember exactly what it was about. Before I started reading, I skimmed some reviews and one in particular caught my eye. Actually, it was the meme that caught my eye. Thanks to Khanh for the laugh.
The entire time I was reading, this meme kept popping into my head, mainly because it was so freakin' spot on. I have no idea who Tana made it past page 10 of this book. She should have been murdered about 800 times, but managed to keep her head attached to her shoulders somehow, someway.
This book was a fun(ish) read. I was skeptical at first. At the beginning with Tana waking up post-party/vampire attack and the great escape, I was like WTF is going on here. But then gradually you get a picture of this world that she lives in and all the f-ed up things that happen there, and it started to get a bit more interesting. But then Tana kept doing bonehead things and I kept rolling my eyes at her bonehead decisions. It was one of those sort of books where boneheadedness is rewarded by everything working out almost exactly how it's supposed to for the poor bonehead. But eventually, I was tired of her making bad decisions and I just wanted it to be over. I can only muster 3 stars for bonehead Tana. If there had been more kinky stuff between her and Gavriel, I might have bumped it up to 3.5. ;)(less)
I can't...I just...no, I shouldn't. Okay, but I will...*start rant*
Was I supposed to like anyone in this book? Was I supposed to be tantalized by that...moreI can't...I just...no, I shouldn't. Okay, but I will...*start rant*
Was I supposed to like anyone in this book? Was I supposed to be tantalized by that ending and rush off to read the next one? In truth, I skimmed probably a good portion of the last half. It was too long and unnecessarily descriptive about things that really didn't matter. And I couldn't sympathize with Claire. I know Stockholm Syndrome is a real thing, but her story wasn't written in a way that made me sympathize with her plight. How do you root for someone who when faced with the decision to either walk away from her kidnapper/rapist/tormentor or marry him, chooses to marry him??? I don't care how good looking someone is or how much money that have - when they steal you from your life, lock you in a room and make you perform sexual acts, then you run screaming at your first opportunity. And sorry if I just spoiled this book for you, but as my friends and fellow readers, I care about you and would never encourage you to waste your life on something as awful as this.
In the end (or more like halfway through), I didn't really care what happened to anyone. I'd given up hope that Claire would somehow transcend this whole experience. I was curious, yes, but not enough to be really invested (hence, the skimming). It was all just too much. Too over the top. And eventually it just became too ridiculous to tolerate further. Claire was naive, Tony was an asshole and I couldn't understand for a second why this book was supposed to be compelling and has such a high rating. This is supposed to be a psychological thriller, but it felt more like poorly written drivel. *end rant*(less)
I'm usually not one for angst-y fiction, but I couldn't put this one down. It was kind of depressing but enthralling all at once. It helps that it was...moreI'm usually not one for angst-y fiction, but I couldn't put this one down. It was kind of depressing but enthralling all at once. It helps that it was a bit of a mystery. The book follows our heroine, Kate, who has sworn off marriage and has convinced herself that her best option is to travel to India with her spinster aunt. But her mother will not consent. In a weird way, they come to an agreement that if she can secure 3 proposals that her mother will relent and let her go. Kate is full of confidence at first, but then as she sees the challenge of her task (mostly due to her mother, her elder sister and their poor reputation), she realizes that she has been almost set-up to the fail.
My issues with the book were that no one seemed to love Kate except for one person and it was pretty maddening that she didn't seem to think he loved her. How many signals does he need to send you, girl? He couldn't have been any more obvious if he'd tattooed "I love Kate" on his forehead. It also seemed like everyone was rejecting or insulting her at every turn and it was almost too much. Also, the villains in this book were downright revolting and there were a lot of them. No redeeming qualities for any of them. I pretty much hated everyone except for Kate, Henry and her aunt. There were a few other lovable characters but unfortunately, you don't see much of them.
It's a pretty predictable story and what keeps it going is the mystery of why Kate has sworn off marriage. In flashbacks and bits/pieces, you get a sense of what happened 2 years earlier. The ending was too short, but it was sweet and I loved it.
Not sure if it's going on my re-read list because of all of the angst and frustration leading up to the happy ending. But I did enjoy it very much.(less)
A fitting end to a very entertaining series. I really enjoyed these books though I did feel like the series hiccuped here and there. Especially in the...moreA fitting end to a very entertaining series. I really enjoyed these books though I did feel like the series hiccuped here and there. Especially in the later books, it would take me a bit to get caught up in the book and where the next scheme was going, but once I got hooked (and eventually I always did), it was hard to put it down. Seven books is a lot and Buroker was quite ambitious in her overall scheme for this wild cast of characters, but it was a wild and fun ride that I'm glad I took.
I especially loved that Rias and Tikaya were back for this book, albeit 20 years later and with family in tow. Likewise, I hope we get to see more of Amaranthe and Sicarius again one day. (less)
3.5 stars, but since I've had a few glasses of wine and I'm feeling pretty good, I'll round it up to 4. LOL
This was an unexpectedly good read. I've b...more3.5 stars, but since I've had a few glasses of wine and I'm feeling pretty good, I'll round it up to 4. LOL
This was an unexpectedly good read. I've been a bit fed up with YA lately, but I bought this a while ago and I was tired of staring at it in my library, so I decided to give it a try. And imagine my surprise when it sucked me right in.
It's weird because I didn't really buy into the premise. So how can you like a book if you don't buy into the foundation on which it is built? I mean, imagine if you ended up in a time where people could no longer abort their unborn babies, but could choose to "unwind" them (i.e. harvest them for organs) between the ages of 13-18? If the world ever took that sick turn, I would hope that a meteor would come along and destroy us all just like the dinosaurs. I mean, Jesus Christ.
Anywho, putting the craziness of that aside, I got swept up into story. Mostly I got swept up into Connor and his great escape. I really liked the hot tempered but lovable Akron AWOL and the smart, cool-headed Risa. I'm still not sure how I feel about Lev, but let's just say I didn't dislike him. He just swung a bit too far in his extremes for him to be relatable.
It was a decent read and one of these days, I think I'll pick up the sequel. First, I've gotta finish this book club book. Oy vey... (less)
This book was exactly what I was looking for. Since having my daughte...moreWhere has this book been all my life????
Warning: Incredibly long review ahead...
This book was exactly what I was looking for. Since having my daughter, I've been on one diet after another trying to get back to my pre-baby body. And somewhere along the way, I feel like I have literally become obsessed with food. Not addicted, but obsessed. It's all I think about some times and I've literally been running myself ragged (I trained and ran a half marathon earlier this year) trying to tone up and lose that last few pounds.
Though from my running, I have a new appreciation for working out and I've built some great habits over the past year, I started to question my motivation. Am I running because I like running? Or am I slaving away day after day simply to maintain my weight? The more I thought about it, the more it became clear that it was mostly a weight loss/maintenance tool, and I don't want to feel like i have to run 10 miles every weekend for the rest of my life just to fit into my pants. And more than that -- I'm tired of dieting. I don't want that word in my vocabulary anymore. I'm over it.
I read Bethenny Frankel's book, Naturally Thin, a while back and though some of the thought process is similar to this book, Bethenny doesn't get into the psychology of diets and how they set you up to fail. Instead, Bethenny tried for helpful rules to help you break the diet habit, but in the end, the rules are just another diet unto themselves.
On the other hand, Spinardi (who is a psychologist, btw) repeatedly eschews anything that might be misconstrued as a rule. Anything that might mimic a diet or diet thinking. There is just a lot of common sense backed up by a lot of science and studies that focuses on getting you to stop thinking about restricting and focused on listening to your body and what it needs/wants. And you know what, she sold me. I'm a believer.
My biggest takeaways from this book:
1. Eat when you're hungry - sounds simple, right? But after years of thinking with my diet brain, I realized that I haven't just eaten when I'm hungry in a long time. I eat breakfast because studies say that it helps speed up my metabolism (I used to never eat breakfast...ever, before I started dieting in my adulthood). I eat lunch because it's Noon and everyone else is eating. I eat dinner because it's getting dark and I'm supposed to be eating dinner. But when I slowed down and just listened to my body, I realized that I'm not as hungry as I think I am. And when I am finally hungry and I sit down to, I eat what I want (pizza, burgers, whatever) and I don't feel deprived. Instead, I felt relieved. And after a few days of this, I realized that I didn't have a taste for the things I was once ravenous for because when you allow yourself something and you don't restrict it, you take away it's power over you.
2. Stop when you're full - This one is harder than it sounds (or at least it was for me). Why? Because you absolutely have to pay attention while you're eating. I had to stop eating in front of the TV, the computer or my absolute fav, reading (you don't say!) It's a bit uncomfortable for me to sit and stare at my plate and just focus on the food. But if I do, I notice that I'm full long before I would have ever imagined possible.
3. Listen to your body after you've eaten - how does what you ate make you feel? I had a giant brownie with ice cream and caramel sauce for dinner one night. It was delicious. I stopped when I was full (okay, maybe slightly past full), but I didn't feel like I gorged. But my stomach was not happy. In fact, I'm fairly sure I"m lactose intolerant. I'm also fairly sure that I won't be having ice cream again for a long while. No bueno.
4. Fast metabolism, slow metabolism...it doesn't matter - I have a slow metabolism. You know what? That doesn't mean I'm going to get fat off of the pizza while the fast metabolism person won't. It means that I won't need to eat as much or as often. Since I didn't gorge myself on my takeout on Friday, I had leftovers for days. My slow metabolism might save me a small fortune over time.
This diet might not seem healthy right off the bat, but give the book a chance and you'll see her thought process around it. Part of it is when you allow yourself to eat all the bad sh*t that you want, eventually you'll stop craving it. And by listening to your body, you'll start to crave the things that your body needs. I can attest to this. I went to a theme park and after walking around all day, instead of grabbing a bag of chips and a soda, I bought an apple. WTF! Who am I? And who knew they sold fresh fruit at theme parks. I also watched my friends eat Chik-fil-a in front of me (I had already eaten earlier and wasn't hungry yet) and I had absolutely no food envy. I thought that for my next meal, I'd be running to a fast food joint. But instead, I went home and had some yummy, Indian leftovers. Waffle fries, completely forgotten. Never thought that would ever happen.
My only, itty, bitty criticism - this book is clearly focused towards women, but I think men can benefit from it just as much.(less)
Book 4 was a bit of a bore up until the end, but book 5 makes up for that boredom considerably. Most of the excitement for me came in the first half o...moreBook 4 was a bit of a bore up until the end, but book 5 makes up for that boredom considerably. Most of the excitement for me came in the first half of the book where I was dying to know how Amaranthe was going to get herself out of this fix. I knew she was going to get out somehow, but as Buroker detailed her captivity and torture, it seemed next to impossible that she was going to make it out in one piece. All the while, Maldynado leads the team which has suddenly become suspicious of him and his motives, considering that his brother is leading the coup to steal the throne. The most suspicious of them all being their special guest, the emperor. Much more action and adventure in this one than all of the previous books. Makes me excited to read the last 2, but also sad that I'm nearing the end. This has been a wild and bumpy ride and I don't want it to end.(less)
The sixth book in and I feel like the Guild Hunter series is continuing to lose steam. It started to take a nosedive for me around book 4 with Dmitri...moreThe sixth book in and I feel like the Guild Hunter series is continuing to lose steam. It started to take a nosedive for me around book 4 with Dmitri and Honor and never quite came back up. I liked the return to Raphael and Elena, but the book felt long with a considerable drag and an unnecessary amount of repetition, particularly in the relationship development between Raphael and Elena. Even the battle at the end seemed to drag on unnecessarily. I still love the first book (I actually sped through that one as a refresher before I picked this one up), but this series is nowhere near as strong and compelling as Singh's psy/changeling series. That being said, I can see myself picking up the next in the series when it comes out, but I doubt I'll be in any big rush to grab it up on release day.(less)
3.5 stars. I rated this one a bit lower because it didn't grab me until nearly the end. I was a slooooooow start that meandered towards the middle as...more3.5 stars. I rated this one a bit lower because it didn't grab me until nearly the end. I was a slooooooow start that meandered towards the middle as I tried to figure out where in the world it was going. It kicked into high gear with the kidnapping, but it took them a long time to get there. And this one ends in a cliffhanger which has made the start of the next book, much more thrilling at the start than Conspiracy. (less)