Swooooooon! Aah, it's been a long time since I've been satisfied by a sweet, simple read. Whose Bed Is It Anyway? was anything you'd like for a stea Swooooooon! Aah, it's been a long time since I've been satisfied by a sweet, simple read. Whose Bed Is It Anyway? was anything you'd like for a steamy, romantic novel. Care to believe that the whole time I was reading -from start to finish- I can't help but sigh and feel giddy because James and Caitlin were so perfect.
I received so much more than what I'd expected. The emotions I felt as the characters does when they're sad or happy. The steam they let on when you thought you couldn't get enough. I've never been surprised to read a very delectable novel and I think it's a great way to end my night, and perhaps bring me to a good night's sleep.
Well, I just hope I could rest and to whose bed is it anyway? I wouldn't mind. *wink*
I haven't read the first book but was approved of the second so I thought of giving it a try, also I w ARC provided by the publisher through Netgalley.
I haven't read the first book but was approved of the second so I thought of giving it a try, also I was interested with the premise.
Surprisingly, the writing started off good and stayed with that prose til the end. I know this massive genre, NA, was so overrated with its booming and non-stop publishing of new books (same old story) almost everyday but finding it hard to find what is quite passable of everybody's taste.
So yeah, I think the story was fine. The characters were okay but with a little realistic thought thrown in, though I would've minded some insignificant parts which, honestly, bored me much later in the novel. I also appreciated he fact that both characters were flawed and not one of them felt helpless with the other trying to continuously save the other.
What was interesting enough was when the issue opened up, it was dealt in the end. Typical happily ever after.
I loved her The Distance Between Us so much that when I learned she has written another YA realistic fiction I was pretty excited. But it didn't live I loved her The Distance Between Us so much that when I learned she has written another YA realistic fiction I was pretty excited. But it didn't live up to its predecessor. I thought it was cute and sweet but a bit rushed and lacked at some points. I would've wanted a deeper understanding on how Charlie feels rather than what I saw on the surface. ...more
"You want to stay here, in the employees' quarters? Wouldn't you be a little out of place?" "If you're here, it will be the Taj Mahal."
"So, I'll break "You want to stay here, in the employees' quarters? Wouldn't you be a little out of place?" "If you're here, it will be the Taj Mahal."
"So, I'll break another pipe. You can rewire the refrigerator. But I'm not letting you go." "Well, I'm scheduled for a fifteen-minute coffee break. Do you have any coffee, Max?" "Coffee? I'm dying here from wanting to kiss you, and you want coffee?"
"What have you done to me, Kate? I've just spent days in meetings where I didn't hear half of the discussion. My appointment book is blank. I haven't even set up my weekly schedule. When I walk through the lobby, every woman I see is you. And you've got me mopping bathrooms, giving baths to birds, watching old movies."
"Ah, Kate. You've bewitched me. You've turned me into a weak-kneed, bald-headed Samson, and I'm caught up in your spell. What are we going to do?" "Max, as long as the rest of you works, we'll buy a wig."
**I enjoyed it so I thought I'd throw in some moments that had me grinning.
Sigh. So Penthouse Suite was republished this year, and I received a copy through Netgalley. I did not know this was an old book but I thought it was still so good, so fun, so sweet. Just proves to show that romance is not dead and love will stand the test of time (Chos).
I liked it! I admired both the characters, Kate and Max. Kate's nature of wanting a great adventure and denial to be tied down shifted when the hotel owner got under her skin (figuratively), as was with Max. They seem to be good for each other and I can't help the entertaining wit and be amused by their comical banter. Although complication towards the end was a bit absurd, it was fairly predictable. But really, it was a short read that managed to let me stay up all night and put a smile on my face before I went to bed.
For a New-Adult, I must say I was impressed. It lacks the cliche that formulates this genre. When Echols described it as two teens living behind the l For a New-Adult, I must say I was impressed. It lacks the cliche that formulates this genre. When Echols described it as two teens living behind the lies of a delusion, secrets that were kept form them, and having their lives believed to what was true then she's not kidding. It's a mix of romance, action, adventure, and illustrious 60's celebs and some references.
It was a different take about witches with a historical mix, both I didn't know I would like. I thought this was highly orig This was pretty something.
It was a different take about witches with a historical mix, both I didn't know I would like. I thought this was highly original; from the characters, settings, and sorcery. Though this was a more juvenile read for me, the events kept you up on your toes.
Jordan was a great heroine and the ending was kind of a bummer so I was happy to know there will be a sequel because I was really hoping she and Rowen will see again. Okay, the ending was exhilarating and fun that I thought she was about to be saved since it was this (pinch forefinger and thumb closely together) close to be caught but it just had to fly. Bummer, I tell you.
So many characters, so many things happening all at ones but somehow everything and everybody correlates.
"I think the most profound beauty is found in what our hearts love. And I love this, Kate, more than I love anything else. It is beautiful to me. It
"I think the most profound beauty is found in what our hearts love. And I love this, Kate, more than I love anything else. It is beautiful to me. It is home."
With the talk of marrying whom, Kate sworn to never, ever marry. For she had discovered the ways of how things might end up should she follow her desires. How she longed for escape, freedom, and living the life not shadowing the wrong doings of her family. And when Henry is there, constantly saving her, sweeping her off her feet, could she still ever think of running away?
All that jazz, and a lot more. In this latest novel from the wonderful Julianne Donaldson, she creates and explores a society in peril with novelty, class and sacred reputation whom some of them could even care less about. I guess the potent thought of this novel, as well as with the other, is how incredibly principled and dignified the lead was til the end.
Having read and lovedEdenbrooke: A Proper Romance to a degree, I vowed to read the next book this author would grace to this land. And yes, I have been eyeing Blackmoore since I heard of its progression. Because man, if you haven't read Edenbrooke I don't know how much you've been missing. It's the book that you'd want, and so much more. From the sweetest and the swooniest romance to the mighty heroine, one could never go wrong of the one of a kind historical novel.
With Blackmoore: A Proper Romance, I'd say we got a taste of another side of this author. While I did not love it as much as I have its predecessor, it was still a great story nonetheless. And unlike its predecessor, this has a more evedent drive with its grave issues at hand - with marriage, reputations, reflection to the society - and because Ms. Donaldson doesn't take it easy on her readers. No. She gives us what we want to learn and what we could greatly ponder. She gives us hope, with her invariable females so admirable and true I wish I have their courage. Unwavering in distress, yet standing up to what they believe was right and just, fighting for what they want to have. Those to be the epitome of feminism.
"There is nothing beautiful in the natural world than what you have just seen. There is nothing more moving than that devotion, that steadfast love."
I applaud how the author writes such classical romance with the touch of reality. That said, you should not have lived in the past to completely enjoy the story, rather everything truly reflects what's in the ever-present society. Fans of classic regency novels as such with Jane Austen would greatly love Julianne Donaldson's novels.
ARC provided from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Quotes taken from the advance copy may or may not be on the final copy.
I am pleased to say that after having to wait for a very long time, they are still the Ella and Micha that I ca
A forever? Does a thing such exist?
I am pleased to say that after having to wait for a very long time, they are still the Ella and Micha that I came to know and love. They still have challenges ahead of them, and coming to terms with the past and what they left behind, but most of all, they are still trying to figure out what they are and who they wanted to be.
The Secret of Ella and Micha was a good start for the series. We get to really meet and dug deep on who these characters are and what made them the person they are today. It was a bit suggestive in innuendos (but who wouldn't want that?) and them acting a bunch of spoiled teenagers. There's nothing wrong with that, but I don't want them out of character and act beyond their ages as well.
But in The Forever of Ella and Micha, you could really see the growth in the characters. They're not trying to act all mature and tough, but rather continue being the sensible and agreeable people that we want them to be. It's not as angst-y as the first one but I appreciate the change in pace (change meaning a more uprooted direction) this book turned out.
Ella and Micha are still the people with a past that they can't seem to let go, with her self-loathing on the event that shattered not only herself but the people she holds dearly, and him damning the one that abandoned them. The change did not happen all of a sudden nor were they able to have a peace of mind at the end, however gradually they were able to cope, as well as understand, the terms of moving on (finally).
What I love about this series is that I don't find myself hating a single character! Not even both our MC's. Yes, they are not perfect - they've mistakes every now and then -, and they act impulsively, but hey, even adults commit a more grave fault. I appreciate that Ella did not deny that she has problems and rather than running away from it but she faced it head on, like seeking professional help. And I was surprised the slight turn of event happened to Micha. I always thought he'll do great in his dream, but I didn't know it'll turn out differently.
I guess this book ends with my having slight apprehension. I want to be there with them on what plans and journey the'd have to take, but like a mama hen, I'm proud to let them go.
"...we can wait around, wasting years, hoping we’ll reach perfection in our lives. But it doesn’t exist. We’ll always have problems, but as long as we work through them together, I think we’ll be okay."
P.S. Lila and Ethan, I have yet to know more about you so keep your story coming.
ARC provided from the publisher through Netgalley. Quotes taken from this copy may or may not be on the final published copy.
Thank you to netgalley and the world of ARC for giving me the privilege to read the story.
I kinda feel conflicted about the story just as the protagonThank you to netgalley and the world of ARC for giving me the privilege to read the story.
I kinda feel conflicted about the story just as the protagonist on her feelings. It began quite good and it had me hooked then through out. I see that this was a fast read, finished in no more than I usually do.
The story, as I realize, has potential but had failed to actually elaborate on its sub-plots which made it a bit "lacking". I was expecting more talk regarding the war since that was clearly stated on the blurb, but sort of focused more on Allie being so bitter in most parts of the book which made me dislike her, and also to her romantic build-up with Sam. Sam, to me, is more of a reasonable character. He is more profound than the female lead. I get to know him more - on what he thinks, does, and wanted to do - instead of Allie. And there's Beatrice. She's a very lovely character. I feel sorry for her, on everything that she'd been through and actually though she was amazing. Her part made me anticipate the story as it goes on. The ending was not what I had expected, and sorry to burst the bubble but, it was rushed. Heck, everything felt so rushed. This could have tuned out to be engaging than this had been. This was a historical fiction yet why do I feel disoriented at times, feeling like some instances it was set in a modern day. Or maybe I'm just a bit confused. And the title! I don't get it. Was it supposed to be ambiguous?
I'm gonna go with what some of you said: I liked this better than the first one. Yep. Though Echo and Noah's story was more solid with tons of dynamic I'm gonna go with what some of you said: I liked this better than the first one. Yep. Though Echo and Noah's story was more solid with tons of dynamic going on - where issues were gladly taken up and talked through - some parts (okay, the second half of the book) didn't worked out for me the way how I wanted it to be. I guess the moment the characters changed I wasn't on board with them. Although I really loved the first half of Pushing the Limits because it deals with some personal problems and such difficulties even if it similarly resonates with the one book I've read some time ago and which happen to be a huge favorite of mine, I just have to let my judgement take me about what had suddenly happened. So, you could see why I was a little skeptical on the next take and what it might bring, or be frustrated the further I go.
While I remember Beth from the first, I also recalled not even liking her. So I was kinda perturbed about her character, which was why it took me some time to warm up to her. From Pushing The Limits, I really thought Beth was supposed to end up with that tattooed guy, that best friend, so I was surprised when I saw the name Ryan on the top page. Though I have to admit I'm way past dark chicks and don't dig cocky jocks, somehow Beth and Ryan made it all worthwhile for me. I don't know if this series is a retelling of the Perfect Chemistry series because I see some unavoidable resemblance. Only the roles in this one is reversed. But I hope not because I see some serious potential here.
Beth's character is most probably one I'd stay away from. Her habitual need for a fix - smokes and joints - and her surreptitious domestic complications among other things are too much drama to handle. But while all that is going on, I was also drawn to the girl she once was. The way she fancy's ribbons and herself a gypsy. And since Ryan was from the other side of track, with a perfect career ahead and an all-out parents, everything is not what it seems to be on the surface.
Some things that I'm just too raging to even...(albeit being sympathetic): Fist, Ryan's relationship with his bro. I wish it would've been dealt more. I am a family oriented person so whenever I read about dysfunctional families I just want everything to be okay. He's having this dilemma of which of them was leaving whom, and when he figured it out, he could have reached out. I understand his situation where his parents wants everything perfect and acceptable - along with appearances - but coming to a point to forget your kid existed is just horrible. Then Beth dealing about her mother's shortcomings and following through her damages was a lot to take in for a teenage daughter. Despite how much she's trying to act more maternal than her mom, being a fearful victim is much to take in. I digress.
Now I know that this will be another sellout about a 'girl with problem, boy tries to save' kind of deal, yeah, it's likely like that, but how it's delivered and how we are gonna take it is how it goes. And about their lives, both Beth and Ryan, made me think and feel gives a positive effect on the condition. Dare You To may not be an outstanding novel but the anticipation and sentiments was enough for me for this to stand-out. There were parts where I was grinning bashfully because, I admit, it was sweet that I just want to pinch their cute cheeks.
One thing I'd highly disagree is the talk that they're each other's forever. Dude, that's just...crap. Every contemporary, young-adult fiction out there let's us believe that our high school beloved will be our everything. Perhaps. But realistically, I don't think so. Though I admire the belief authors give these characters was an 'awww' moment.
That being said, I liked it more than I thought. A great follow for the series and if you're looking for some drama YA then this series is for you. You may or may not enjoy it but you'll be needing this kind of fix in your lifetime.