Above avarage romance book. Exceptionally well written.
Main character is bipolar and posh. His lover is beautiful, nice and tacky. This, it's no said...moreAbove avarage romance book. Exceptionally well written.
Main character is bipolar and posh. His lover is beautiful, nice and tacky. This, it's no said, it's shown: in the way they talk (boy, did I wish I could speak like Ash), the way the look, the friends they have, their work. Their differences are endlees, and yet, against all odds, there's hope for them.
The author finds a nice balance between humor and sadness, that makes the "ugliness" of Ash's illness bereable.
I highly recommend it: it's one book you will remember.(less)
Do you know when you read a book so good that then it’s difficult to pick the next one, because you know it won’t be able to equal the experience? Thi...moreDo you know when you read a book so good that then it’s difficult to pick the next one, because you know it won’t be able to equal the experience? This is one of those books.
This is the second installment in Dean and Olivia relationship. As in the first, there are two layers of their story: the falling in love and the bad patch. In this second installment they are healing from the doubts that appeared in the first book, but a new challenge appears (view spoiler)[ Olivia gets pregnant and she meets Dean ex-wife. (hide spoiler)].
Dean and Olivias’ relationship is beautiful and a challenge in itself: on the surface Dean is a got (the sexy accomplished professor), but on the inside he has been hurt and he has fought in a similar way than Olivia. On the other hand, Olivia seems the epitome of an incapable: beautiful but without neither academic nor a professional career, and neither a socialite. However she has an inner strength and a good potential -which has been smothered by her awful upbringing. In this book we will see how this potential begins to unfold, and it’s a pleasure.
Lovely book, and very fulfilling.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Layken has lost her father recently, and now she has had to move from Texas to Michigan. She isn’t happy about this, but she understands she has to co...moreLayken has lost her father recently, and now she has had to move from Texas to Michigan. She isn’t happy about this, but she understands she has to cope: for her mother, but specially for her little brother. Yet, only after 5 minutes in Michigan she meets her 21 year neighbour, Will. The next day and a half are precious, but life intrudes again (as Eddie said, “shit happens”).
This romance is different and highly refreshing. I liked Layken and Will’s loyalty. I loved the kind of relationship that Layken and Will develop: hot but also real deep . But what the real novelty is the role that has poetry in helping both Layken and Will to cope with life. It reminded me of "Dead poets society". And last, but not least, secondary characters are awesome: Will and Layken younger brothers, Eddie, Gavin and Layken mother.
I had to stop reading it two or three times because I was on the train and I couldn't stop my tears. It's a book I will remember. (less)
Sirantha Jax is the best heroine ever. She is like Don Quijote (without the madness), always getting in t...morePerfect end for an awesome futuristic series.
Sirantha Jax is the best heroine ever. She is like Don Quijote (without the madness), always getting in trouble for good causes, not doubting to put herself at risk for a good cause. She isn’t your usual kick-ass hero, she is the battered kind, the “I will die, but I will do it killing” kind of one.
In this book the adventure spins around a really worthy cause: La’hengrin are enslaved and abused by Nicuans, due to a genetic anomaly that rends them unable to fend for themselves. Sirantha has a cure, and once La’hengrin have it they will be ruthless to achieve their freedom. As in the other books, there’s depth in the fight: while Sirantha knows it’s a worthy cause, and she is fully committed, she worries about losing her soul in the process.
But she isn’t alone in this fight: she will have both Vel and March. Not bad, Sir, not bad. I think it’s the first time that the male leading characters are the ones who follow the female one. But then, this is Sirantha.
There are some weak points (I didn’t care much for Loras, he is too ungrateful for my taste, or I would have liked to see more interaction between Sir, Vel and Marc). But on the whole I feel happy for the way this story developed and concluded.
Ann Aguirre has achieved a memorable character. And there are six books about her: go and get them.(less)
This is the first book of one great fantasy triology. It's also the best of the three: in it you will see how a group of people, from an oppressed cla...moreThis is the first book of one great fantasy triology. It's also the best of the three: in it you will see how a group of people, from an oppressed class, leaded by Keilser, try to overturn an empire. Sanderson’s world building is amazing, yet it isn’t overwhelming (as happens in lots of other fantasy world), you won’t have the feeling you are reading an encyclopedia.
Mistborn's world is griping (different races, different powers, an evil thing that subjugates population and hope); the plot is fast paced, and it is as smooth as a Mistborn, it sucked me up; and, finally, characters are well drawn, real, interesting, endearing.
Keisler is a mastermind, he thinks outside the box, he has charisma, he is the best Mistborn ever born, he is the survivor, and he has what no-one has: hope. Yes I have been converted: now I believe in the Survivor.
Keisler’s crew is full of amazing characters: Vin, a traumatized girl, probably the most powerful human on earth, Breeze, a soother who can’t help himself meddling, Ham, a thug who loves philosophy, Clubs, a cranky old smoker, his nephew Spooks, who speaks gibberish, Dockson, master organizer.
Warning: This is not a HEA, but it has a good ending.(less)
Three very different women marry the same man at different cities. Following his husband Juliette finds Clara, his second wife, and both of them will...moreThree very different women marry the same man at different cities. Following his husband Juliette finds Clara, his second wife, and both of them will find Julie, her third wife. Juliette is this starch class lady, Clara this bold German woman, former owner of a boarding house, and Julie a beautiful blue-collar woman who wants to be a lady, ashamed of her mining roots, and who, like Clara, know what to do to survive. The three of them have different motivations to find their common husband: explanations, money and revenge. The pursuit of their husband brings them to Alaska, sometimes under conditions of extreme hardship.
This book is a joy. You will enjoy three different characters three different women, and see how they change for the better (well, all except Clara who, form the beginning, is a prize). It’s also an hilarious book. I also liked to see three different kinds of beauty.
The only weak point is that, at some point, the romance changes to comedy (.e.g. sex scene between Clara and Bear). It would have worked better for me without the exaggeration.
The setting is similar to the historical of Mary Renault The Persian Boy, which relates traces the last years of Alexander’s life...moreThis book is awesome.
The setting is similar to the historical of Mary Renault The Persian Boy, which relates traces the last years of Alexander’s life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas, a gelded boy.
Like in The Persian Boy, the main character is a sex slave, but Sylvan it isn’t gelded, he is a trained eronemous. This book is above average in the literature quality department (I had to use the dictionary, which should be normal as I’m Spanish), in the sensual and sensitivity department and in the steaming hot department. The scene of “Sylvan ascension” will be craved forever in my mind. Wow. I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil the surprise in the plot development.
And all of this is for free. Really, life doesn’t make sense sometimes.(less)
This book is the first of one of the best adventure/action series ever. Do not miss any of them (there are seven).
Seven teenagers go to a camping trip...moreThis book is the first of one of the best adventure/action series ever. Do not miss any of them (there are seven).
Seven teenagers go to a camping trip for a week. When they return they soon discover that their country is being invaded and their families are being hold captive at the city center. They have three options: flee back to the mountains, surrender or fight.
The book is told from Ellie’s point of view. Each of the seven friends is different, some are better drawn up than others (Robynn, Hommer vs Lee). Romance is not the stronger point of this author (action is), but it spices the book nicely.
But what I really liked about this series is that there is a lot of action, but there are ethics involved. Ellie questions her actions, what she is becoming, how her friends are changing. It is not the classical video-game where you can kill and it doesn’t matter.
While the pace of this book is good, the pace of next ones is actually better. Unbelievable.(less)
This book is about an unusual character: Low Down (Louise), a gold miner. When smallpox gets her community, she lefts her skin caring for all them. Th...moreThis book is about an unusual character: Low Down (Louise), a gold miner. When smallpox gets her community, she lefts her skin caring for all them. They decide to grant her a wish. At first she declines, but then she just try it and shares her secret dream: having her own baby. Destiny makes Max pick the scratched marble.
Louise isn’t gorgeous, or cultured. Her most valued possession is a silver spoon. But Louise is hones, she is a fighter and she cares. She deserves hapinnes.
Max is in love with Philadelphia, her fiancée, the town beauty and daughter of the town founder. When he arrives at home, married with Louise, he discovers Philadelphia is pregnant. He is full of longing and regrets. He loves a woman but has giving his word to another.
It takes a lot of time to get feeling to Low Down, to care for her, not to punish her for their fate. How it happens is credible, well paced and nice. Another outstanding thing of this book is that it is full of marvelous of secondary characters (Max’s mother, Max brother, etc.).
This book it's about a normal woman!!! Normal as in different, particular, distinctive. After months being fed up of reading about the same kind of...moreThis book it's about a normal woman!!! Normal as in different, particular, distinctive. After months being fed up of reading about the same kind of woman, I have had the opportunity to know a nice, starchy, innocent southern lady, a librarian who doesn’t knows how to dress nor how to make up her face (hey, I’m not the only one), but who decides to make over her life, because, just face it, when you are 34 years old, virgin and no-men pays attention to you, something has to go.
I had a really good time with this book. Lots of funny things happen around Daisy. There’s also suspense. I liked she had prejudices, stupid ones, like her instant dislike towards Jack, the town sheriff, because he is a Yankee, because he works up and he crowds people. And I definitely liked Jack. Looking them interact, reading their dialogs is really fun. Don’t miss it!
his is a book of the adventures of an English pilot who arrives at Japan in the 17th century. I’ve found this book is absolutely fascinating:
The histo...morehis is a book of the adventures of an English pilot who arrives at Japan in the 17th century. I’ve found this book is absolutely fascinating:
The historical setting is awesome: the medieval Japan is fascinating. The book allows you to travel to another time, and also to live a fully multicultural experience. You get to see in a plausible way how English, Dutch, Portuguese and Japaneses interact. Also you have a glimpse about Catholic politics and how managed the world through Jesuits or Franciscans and of a few strategic mistakes they did at the time.
I was astonished about how different Christian values differ from samurai ones (about life, death, loyalty, sex, role of women). From my point of view, it is not important the degree of accuracy, what it’s really key is that you get transformed, just as Anji-san, you’re views are widened, and it’s a wondrous experience. Anji-san doesn’t acquiescence, doesn’t forget, but he learns to understand and to value samurai way of life. All societies are treated in a fair way, all are represented flawed: each one with both monsters and wonderful people.
There’s lot of action that sucks you in and keeps turning page after page. The political machinations and Japanese intrigues are well woven and you can actually follow them in spite of quite a lot of people involved in them.. An there is a great master-puppet: Toramaga.
The love story is beautiful with Mariko, well developed and fulfilled. I cried buckets. It’s very, very nice. There are lots of secondary well defined characters (Mura, Buntaro, Fujiko, Kiri...).
So why not five stars? Because the final is rushed, I had the feeling that the author get tired of writing this story. Yes, after 1250 pages and it is rushed. This book needed two books. (view spoiler)[ All the book is about the planning of a war, and then in two pages you get a summary about the war. And then the final about Anji-san is too open: he deserved better (hide spoiler)].["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Third installment of Troubleshooters, and probably my favourite (yes, in spite of Meg).
In this book there is a plot (involving terrorists) that interl...moreThird installment of Troubleshooters, and probably my favourite (yes, in spite of Meg).
In this book there is a plot (involving terrorists) that interlinks three couples:
- Meg and Nils, that have a second chance at developing a relationship. The first time, Meg was married. The second time, Meg is fighting for her daughter, even if this means collaborating with terrorist. Meg does some bad choices, but I’m a sucker for second chance plots, so I just loved it. - Sam and Alyssa do some crazy things, one of which involves chocolate syrup. Here we will see a vulnerable Alyssa. Their relationship is the paramount of miscommunication, mainly because Alyssa has these pre conceived ideas of what Sam is (a redneck misogynist). - And finally, Meg’s mother WWII romance story. This could be a book on its own: it’s touching and wonderful. Usually I got annoyed with flashback stories because I feel sidetracked, but with this one I just wanted to come to back to Eve and Ralph.
This is the second time I’ve read this book, being the first one five years before. And it’s still a favourite of mine.(less)
This is a story about two extravagant people for whom music is as essential to living as air is to breathing. Eliza is a music reporter, Paul a fantas...moreThis is a story about two extravagant people for whom music is as essential to living as air is to breathing. Eliza is a music reporter, Paul a fantastic music trying to launch his career, the same song changed their lives forever... Theirs is a love written in the stars. But then her flight phobia threatens his career and Loring, a fantastic, wonderful, earth-grounded man appears.
This book made me feel, my heart actually ached for a day and a half. The first point of view, which alternates within different characters, allows you to connect with their feelings even though they are far away from an average-normal-regular point of view such as myself.
I really enjoyed the time I spent reading this story about three really lovable characters. I didn’t give it five stars because I disliked somethings in the end (view spoiler)[ I really was surprised how easy Loring got over being in love with Eliza, I though he was more committed (hide spoiler)] and I am also too much of a realist to buy the ending, but do not let this deter you from reading this book: it is a wonderful experience.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book has adventure, love and a fascinating setting that make for a wonderful experience.
Elizabeth Middleton is a 29 years old English spinster, w...moreThis book has adventure, love and a fascinating setting that make for a wonderful experience.
Elizabeth Middleton is a 29 years old English spinster, who dreams to begin a new life in America, New York, teaching children. There, she meets and falls in love with Nathaniel, a white man with and Indian heart.
This book has some astounding features:
- The historical and geographical setting, which includes black slaves, native Indians, secret mines, wildcats and even ghosts (imaginary or real depending on who sees them).
- How characters are drawn. All of them are flawed and really complex. The only one I could not figure out was Todd. Female characters (Elisabeth, Curiosity, Kitty, aunt Merriwater) are wonderful. Male characters are also really complex (Julian, the judge, but also Nathaniel, who seems so sure of himself but has really doubtful, desperate moments, where he needs Elisabeth).
- And finally, the pace. I practically “eat” the book and it’s really long, which means lots of time to enjoy it.
I also enjoyed that Elisabeth is a feminist, which means that she is a normal woman that wanted to be treated like an adult in times where women were not trusted to vote by themselves. I had a look at the Ms. Wollstonecraft book, the Vindication of the rights of a woman, which is cited by both Elisabeth and aunt Merriwater, and I must tell you, not all of her points seem obsolete to me. (less)
Anastasia meets Grey hazardously, when she has to replace her friend an interview him for her campus magazine. Although chemistry is instantaneous, sh...moreAnastasia meets Grey hazardously, when she has to replace her friend an interview him for her campus magazine. Although chemistry is instantaneous, she leaves the meeting convinced they will never meet again. She doesn’t know what is in store for her. But then, she is a nice young woman, and she wants hearts and flowers. Is what Grey is offering going to be enough?
This book sucked me up. From my point of view, three things stand out: - The deepness in which we get to know how Ana’s brain tackles with the challenge that it is Christian, thanks both to her subconscious and her inner goddess. - Christian’s complexity. And we are not talking here of the typical tortured hero. I really got ambivalent toward him. - It makes you think. I have read other bdsm books, but never from this realistic and “normal” point of view (Ana’s view). What Christian proposes is hot, but it is enough? Is it healthy?
I want to add that, in spite that it is not an action book, it keeps you turning page after page at a maddening rhythm. And boy, it is HOT.
DO NOT READ this book without having the next one close. The end is a cliff-hanger. (less)
Mila's son is stolen, and, ten years later, she still is looking for him. Someone puts Diaz in her path, and it seems he is just going to change her l...moreMila's son is stolen, and, ten years later, she still is looking for him. Someone puts Diaz in her path, and it seems he is just going to change her life upside-down again.
Diaz is an alpha hero, but is so different from others that I can actually remind him. Her mother thought he was had autism, because he doesn't relate, or doesn't seem to relate to other people.
I love Linda Howard pictures Mila's love relationships. They are highly different, and both of them so sweet. I think that Ms Howard accomplishes also to describe what a very brave and determined mother would do in the same desperate circumstances. My favorite part: how Mila copes with her depression, it’s very realistic and masterfully written. (less)
Anne is running away from her family to avoid both starving and becoming a wife. Anne hides in Cord’s farm, where he finds her, and so do her family a...moreAnne is running away from her family to avoid both starving and becoming a wife. Anne hides in Cord’s farm, where he finds her, and so do her family and some other neighbours who jump to the worst of conclusions. A little later they find themselves bad beaten and married.
This is much more than a romance novel. It does not finish with the typical happy ending (two people falling in love). It’s about two fighters that make most out of a bad beginning, and against all odds find a place in their time and place. The characters feel real and they are really well drawn. (less)