It's not well-written or edifying but I liked this book because it's frothy good fun. I blazed through it in under a day and let me tell you, nothingIt's not well-written or edifying but I liked this book because it's frothy good fun. I blazed through it in under a day and let me tell you, nothing else got done that day. My laundry is still filthy thanks to Fifty.
One of the reasons I'm critical of the writing is because James likes a few adjectives and she is loyal enough to employ them frequently-- so frequently, I kept noticing she was doing it and that jarred me rudely out of my porn, I mean, erotica.
So if you can overlook the dim quality of the writing and focus on the quantity of the porn, I mean, love between Christian and Anastasia, then this is an entertaining, easy read. If you prefer wonderful writing with your porn, I mean, romance...look elsewhere. And do tell me where you found it....more
I once read "Something Borrowed", the precursor to this novel in a single afternoon at a now-closed Borders books. It was light, airy and supremely eaI once read "Something Borrowed", the precursor to this novel in a single afternoon at a now-closed Borders books. It was light, airy and supremely easy to read-- that's why I plopped myself down in a red, faux-leather chair and zipped through it in one sitting.
Despite having read that (and recently seen the movie based on it!), it took me a moment to get in to its sequel, but once I fell, I fell easily into this foam mattress topper of a chick lit book. I like these characters. I want to read more about them. If there were a third book in the series (perhaps exploring Darcy and Rachel's attempt at friendship?) I would've bought it right after finishing this. It's not the most amazing writing in the world (and sadly, I'm not feeling the samples of Giffin's other books), but I was surprised at how satisfying "Something Blue" was, how I wouldn't have minded if there were more of it to read. Fun. Sweet. Light. And it's one more book towards my goal/new year's resolution to read more. ;)...more
I wanted to like this book, I really did. A Parsi-American female I-Banker struggling with her priorities and obligations? Sold! Except...I wasn't. NoI wanted to like this book, I really did. A Parsi-American female I-Banker struggling with her priorities and obligations? Sold! Except...I wasn't. Not once I started reading.
I feel awful disclosing this, but it took me four attempts to get through this relatively brief, easy-to-consume book. And it's not because life got in the way or I temporarily forgot how to read. No, it's because it's...not...very...good. :( And I feel cruel for saying that, because I write too, and I know how disciplined Nina had to be to finish this book. I just wish it had been better. I also wish completing it didn't require sitting myself down and forcing myself to get through it before I'd allow myself to read anything else.
I didn't care about the characters. I could barely keep them straight, which is a dangerous sign-- if they're not memorable, why would I make time to read about them?
One of the only things that stood out to me about "Suits" is the screaming. Bizarre, I know, but there are several situations where Nina screams something, usually as a child or during a flashback. Yes, kids are loud. But "screaming" is a jarring, seemingly inapposite word. Kids tend to shout. Holler. Yell. In my admittedly minimal experience, kids who scream are either developmentally challenged or pre-verbal spoiled babies.
See? There. There is the most passion I could muster during this review, and it's to tell you about something glaring, which nagged me so thoroughly, I couldn't move past it and get lost in this story.
This book had potential, but the finished product did not convey it. The ending is abrupt, which isn't surprising, given how choppy some of the writing was. At that point, I rolled my eyes, muttered "predictable" and just shook my head, that it took me so long to read something that should have been fun, easy, infectious. It's a really bad sign when my reaction after finishing something is, "Huh. Maybe I CAN get a book deal, if this got published!" Eek, right? :(...more