I enjoyed this one, I've been really in to re-imagined fairy tales lately and I liked the premise of this book. In fact I think it would make a good fI enjoyed this one, I've been really in to re-imagined fairy tales lately and I liked the premise of this book. In fact I think it would make a good film.
I've already bought the next instalments, but I have one reservation: I don't like love triangles, or squares, or any other formation and I have a feeling this series is heading in that direction. If that IS the case, then I'm totally team Jared. Brody (I don't even like his name) did NOT float my boat, in fact, he sank it!!!
He's a bit of a damp squib, is Brody, a moody, petulant little boy. When he gets angry (which is most of the time)he refuses to talk to the heroine to show her how displeased he is with her. Grow up and stop acting like a five year old, Brody, no one finds mood swings attractive! I didn't find anything about his character enticing and I couldn't figure out what it was about him that had the heroine hot under her collar. The only thing that anyone really had to say about him was that he was rich and handsome...
Jared on the other hand (yet another name I'm not keen on) was pretty cool. I liked his mysteriousness, I liked his quips and I liked that he was trying to decide if it was worth his time to help the heroine, even as she was trying to decide whether to trust him or not. The only thing is that I have a feeling he's MUCH older than her (by say a hundred years!!!) which would be a bit icky if they got together......more
Again, it's not your typical Georgie Heyer. This is a medieval setting, not regency. Now, the reason I'm so fond of this bookI really love this book.
Again, it's not your typical Georgie Heyer. This is a medieval setting, not regency. Now, the reason I'm so fond of this book is the friendship between Simon, Alan and Geoffrey. Everything works against them being friends, but they overcome the obstacles because... well, basically because they're awesome.
I will just note that, although this book contains some romance, it's more of an adventure. I love that about it; there are battles, politics and intrigue, along with strong themes of loyalty and honour.
If you like more romance than history in your historical romance, then this probably isn't the book for you. However, if you want a more than a standard 'boy meets girl and they fall in love' with nice dresses scenario, (Oh, stop looking at me like that: we ALL read them!!!) then give this book a try. ;-P...more
I wanted to like this book. I love James Herriot and was delighted by the prospect of finding his female counterpart. Unfortunately I just couldn't wa I wanted to like this book. I love James Herriot and was delighted by the prospect of finding his female counterpart. Unfortunately I just couldn't warm to Gillian Hick, it seemed to me that she had a perpetual axe to grind. Farmers were misogynistic idiots, pet owners were either bimbos who shouldn't have been let anywhere near an animal or just plain unpleasant. While I understand that the 'lady vet' no doubt met a lot of rotten clients who should never have been able to look after another living thing, it seems strange to me that those were the cases she chose to write about. Surely there must have been some more upbeat stories she could have related??? It just seemed a little unbalanced; too much of the bad stuff that had happened and not enough of the good. The whole 'when's the real vet coming?' gag was funny... for the first few stories, but it got old pretty quick. After a while it started to sound less like humour and a lot more like bitterness. Which again, I can understand, but it didn't make for fun reading. The thing is that when you read James Herriot, however obnoxious the owner/farmer is being to him, James always paints himself in a ridiculous light. He's always inadvertently made a fool of himself in some way and THAT was why it's so funny. You feel for him because you know that he knows what he's talking about, it's just that something he's done is making him look silly. Like the story where he's trying to deliver a calf and the cow is in difficulties. Everything's going wrong, the farmers are losing patience: yet what is James worrying about??? The fact that he added and over generous helping of his landladies bath salts to his bath water, and now with all his exertion, he's giving off a strongly feminine scent!!! You really feel for James Herriot, but you can't help but laugh at him just the same. I never felt that with Gillian Hick. I didn't feel sorry for her: her stories were a thin layer of humour, that by the end of the book, had pealed away to show an underlying thread of resentment. Like I said, it's understandable, just not very entertaining. I kind of came away with the idea that she didn't really like her job at all. Obviously this is all just my personal opinion and, like all opinions, it might be completely different to yours. So by all means, give the book a try. ;-D ...more
I read this ages ago and remember that I really enjoyed it. It's very old fashioned (think Anne of Green Gables) and the writing is very flowery.
ButI read this ages ago and remember that I really enjoyed it. It's very old fashioned (think Anne of Green Gables) and the writing is very flowery.
But I loved it.
Well actually I loved Freckles, he's just so sweet and I remember feeling an overwhelming desire to hug him all the way through the book.
Although this has a bit of a romance going on the *main* romance is between Freckles and the Limberlost rather than Freckles and the heroine. The descriptions are vivid and the authors love of the limberlost, and the wildlife that inhabits it, is tangible.
If you're looking for a fast paced action/romance then this is not the book for you. However if you're looking for a beautifully written slice of gentle reading, you'll not get much better than this. ...more
This book was impressive, it made me look back on most of the other books I've read and see them in the same light as I saw 'The**spoiler alert** Wow.
This book was impressive, it made me look back on most of the other books I've read and see them in the same light as I saw 'The Secret Seven' after I read my first 'Adult' book. (The Convenient Marriage in case you were wondering.)
The thing that makes this book so good is very simple: the writing is incredible. Yann can spin one heck of a story!!! And when you look at the facts of the matter you find it isn't the easiest story to tell. Think about it: a boy in the middle of the ocean in a 30 foot boat with a tiger as his only companion... so many limitations to the world in which you're writing!!!
My favourite part was the beginning when Pi was telling us his life story as a lad in India, his small struggles that seemed so huge to him (okay, okay: maybe if I had a nick name like that I wouldn't see it as quite such a 'small' problem!), his friends, his gentle nature and his unswerving belief in the core goodness of all.
He was a funny, interesting character... he felt real.
I also liked that he didn't 'tame' Richard Parker per se: the tiger didn't roll over and become a huge fluffy toy. He remained wild, dangerous, but Pi developed a system where by they could inhabit that 30 foot boat in relative safety. I felt it was the author saying that respect was the key to living in harmony: Pi gave Richard Parker his space and demanded that the tiger do the same for him, and it worked, they got through.
I also liked passages set in the future where the reporter tells of his meetings with Pi, they stop around half way through the book and I missed them.
The only thing that I didn't like, although it was still well written, was the floating island of death. I didn't understand why it was included in the story. It was as though Yann thought: I'm fed up with writing about them living in a boat now, lets spice it up with an acid island!
A tiger and a boy starving together in a boat without eating each other... okay, I buy that.
A floating carnivorous island that no one knows about... I'm sorry: am I still reading the same book?!?!?
However the story remained beautifully written throughout, so the 5 star rating stays. The only time when I wondered if I was going to be able to finish it was the scene with the Zebra, so if you get to that scene and think about throwing in the towel: don't!!!
Finish the story: it's worth it, because this is one of the best written books you'll ever read....more
I loved Lord Nathan in the first book, he was my favourite character, but he was completely different in this story. Also it was a 'warmer' read thanI loved Lord Nathan in the first book, he was my favourite character, but he was completely different in this story. Also it was a 'warmer' read than I was expecting....more
The only thing is it's supposed to be a romantic scene! Now, I would be the first to admit that, although IThis has one of the funniest scenes ever!!!
The only thing is it's supposed to be a romantic scene! Now, I would be the first to admit that, although I love reading romances, I'm not really a romantic person. When the heroes clasp the heroines in their arms and declare themselves besotted, I'm laughing my head off at the way they choose to to go about it!
This book is a case in point. The heroine and the hero are in the middle of a smooch fest when, without warning, the hero pulls away, rips off his shirt and cravat and demands that the heroine witness how his heart beats for her!!!
In that situation I would have laughed so hard I would probably fallen out of the carriage!!! ...more
This series is even crazier than the six sisters series!!! The amount of abductions, murders and dastardly deeds is incredible! Turns out that regencyThis series is even crazier than the six sisters series!!! The amount of abductions, murders and dastardly deeds is incredible! Turns out that regency London was a VERY dangerous and mad place to be!!! But put that aside and it was fun....more
The first half of the book tells how selfish and unpleasant the hero is, and then half way through, he suddenly starts cNot sure what I missed here...
The first half of the book tells how selfish and unpleasant the hero is, and then half way through, he suddenly starts caring about everyone and everything!!! Now don't get me wrong, I'm glad he changed... but it was so quick it felt like I was reading about a different man for the last half of the book....more
5 stars because it's my favourite of the series!!!
Mostly because Frederica is my favourite sister. She has some sense, she's plain speaking and I love5 stars because it's my favourite of the series!!!
Mostly because Frederica is my favourite sister. She has some sense, she's plain speaking and I love the way she says what everyone else is thinking but is to polite to put into words!
You see, Frederica promised to be pretty as a child, but some how that promise fizzled out as she grew up. Now she's dreading her first season, where everyone will be disappointed by the plainness of the youngest in a long line of beautiful sisters. And then her father goes and makes her life miserable by deciding to marry one of his pretty maids!
However one man doesn't see her as plain. In fact Pembury thinks she's very interesting indeed!!!
Not my favourite but a solid read. All the books are fluff but enjoyable.
Diana is shy, she's grown up around her beautiful dainty sisters, horribly awNot my favourite but a solid read. All the books are fluff but enjoyable.
Diana is shy, she's grown up around her beautiful dainty sisters, horribly aware of her hight. Due to her awkwardness she convinces herself it would have been better had she been born a man. Which is TOTALLY mad of her because she is the most romantically minded of the sisters.
It's okay though because a nice TALL man has just moved in next door!!!...more
Daphne is the most beautiful of the sisters (much to Annabelle's irritation!) but after giving her those good looks nature seemedI liked this one too!
Daphne is the most beautiful of the sisters (much to Annabelle's irritation!) but after giving her those good looks nature seemed to think it unnecessary to provide her with a character!!!
Or at least, that's what Daphne would have you believe!!!
I loved how when no one was looking she was a bit of a slob. The hero was pretty standard, I did like it when, after he'd hit his head in an accident, he couldn't decide if everyone was mad or he had hit his head harder than at first thought!
This would have been a 4 star but I didn't like the side plot of Annabelle's baby....more