I read the original version of this book, not the condensed, and I was blown away! It's such an emotional read, so poignant and deep, it made my heartI read the original version of this book, not the condensed, and I was blown away! It's such an emotional read, so poignant and deep, it made my heart bleed for all the characters were going through. Charles is one of my all time favorite heroes of literature now.. Swoooon. He's the typical good-looking tortured hero, brought to his knees by a girl who is as innocent as she is hurt by life. When they first meet she is dressed as a boy, and stowed away on his ship illegally, in order to escape her abuser... Mystery and romance ensue. Gosh, I just love everything about this book. WHERE HAS IT BEEN ALL MY LIFE!
On a side note, I'll tell you where it has been all my life. I read recently (you can see it on my feed) my favorite author's biography, Georgette Heyer's life story. In the book it was mentioned that Ethel Dell was one of the main influences of GH's writing. Now this is where is gets tricky. Anyone read These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer? Yes? DId you love it? Are you still in love with it? Is it your favorite book, the best one you've ever read? Well, it was my favorite up to now. I mean, it still is, but reading Charles Rex, I made a very VERY disturbing realization.
Read no further if you don't want your favorite author knocked off her pedestal (who would want it, though? lol) Well, here is the sad truth: These Old Shades is a copy, almost word for word, of this book, Charles Rex. GH, poor soul, wasn't just 'inspired' by it, as Jennifer Kloester puts it. She just copied it, and changed the names. That's it. It's the exact same book, only set in another time, with minor differences in plot.
I mean, Charles even calls Toby 'Mignone' and 'enfant'. And the plot is the exact same thing. He rescues a young, poor boy, from his abuser, only to find out the boy is a young woman and then proceed to fall desperately in love with her, even though he knows he's not good enough for a pure girl like her. I love that plotline, it's so delicious, but aaaargh this was SO frustrating. And I have to say, much as I love GH, it was quite refreshing to read the original story, and to find out the original idea before it was stolen or copied or whatever. It was better than These Old Shades in many aspects. I still love Georgette, of course, but this was such a surprising discovery...
As soon as I got over my disappointment at my favorite author, however, I was able to enjoy the story and the writing, which is so poignant and deep, and not at all sappy or cheesy. It has so much fine humor and wit, and so much depth in its depictions of the various aspects of human nature and relationships, that it's now one of my favorite books ever. I'm just sad that it's out of print... If you can find it, read it. I guarantee you'll want to reread it many times. I know I do....more
Gosh this book made me SO depressed. It sounded like its message is you can never be the right size, whether you're overweight or skinny. And the onlyGosh this book made me SO depressed. It sounded like its message is you can never be the right size, whether you're overweight or skinny. And the only way to lose weight in this book seems to be eating disorders or health problems (?!) or drugs. Not one character in the book even tries to get healthy by living a healthy lifestyle, and it leaves its characters so much worse off than when it started... 2 stars feels generous, although it was well-written (at least at the start, when I had no idea about the pit of despair I was about to be thrown into). ...more
I was so excited about this book! I have just loved everything I've read by J. L. Armentrout. Especially the Lux series... yum. And her NA novels. ButI was so excited about this book! I have just loved everything I've read by J. L. Armentrout. Especially the Lux series... yum. And her NA novels. But this one... just fell flat. There were some creepy scenes, quite well-written, but other than that, it somehow didn't work for me :( ...more
This book was an amazing experience. It took me back to another time and place, and to the intimate details of the life of a man who is a literary giaThis book was an amazing experience. It took me back to another time and place, and to the intimate details of the life of a man who is a literary giant... I would love to live in that world, and this book is the closest I've ever come to that. Excellent in every way!...more
At first I was a bit hesitant because of the Mortal Instruments series (which, just no) but this book was all
So I said fine
And then this book startedAt first I was a bit hesitant because of the Mortal Instruments series (which, just no) but this book was all
So I said fine
And then this book started being like
So here we are today
Okay. This book... it was honestly one of the best things I've read in like EVER. It has everything. Mystery, friendship, action, drama, romance, hotness, danger, impossible odds, strong women, tortured boys... I couldn't put it down, and the moment I did (it was when I had finished it -and then had taken a second look at my favorite passages) I had the most horrible case of book hangover you've ever seen in your life. I don't think I'll be able to read, let alone write, anything after this experience. Which begs the question, what will I do with my life? Reread this book, I suppose. Until the next one comes out.
What a gorgeous, emotional, deep read. And the mystery kept me turning the pages. I don't think I've shipped the two main characters in a novel I readWhat a gorgeous, emotional, deep read. And the mystery kept me turning the pages. I don't think I've shipped the two main characters in a novel I read more recently... Loved it. Hoping to reread it soon, especially the parts at the end that are about a very important mental issue (won't spoil anything). Excellent!...more
Simply A D O R E D about half of the stories. The rest I just leafed through, they were mostly unreadable. But it was still worth it for these six stoSimply A D O R E D about half of the stories. The rest I just leafed through, they were mostly unreadable. But it was still worth it for these six stories... more than. Especially loved the Leigh Bardugo story, the Stephanie Perkins one (although a bit too much cheese there) and the Cassandra Clare (of course). The Libba Bray story just blew my mind, which I hadn't expected. Just... woow.
I have to say though, this book is a bit wrongly tagged in the description. All the stories are about breakups and not falling in love. Sometimes the breakups are painful, sometimes there's a reconciliation. It had a sort of nostalgic, sad tint to it that isn't very summery... It would be best suited to an in-between season like autumn. Also, there was zero swimming and beaches, which I was kinda lusting for when I bought this book. But, whatever. I had so much fun reading it at the beach, so let's just say I added the watery element myself lol. ...more
This book is so gorgeous! It's like taking a trip in all these foreign, exotic lands, and at the same time going back in time. There's a slightly vintThis book is so gorgeous! It's like taking a trip in all these foreign, exotic lands, and at the same time going back in time. There's a slightly vintage feel to it, that makes you swoon with nostalgia -I think that's what I love most about Hannah Fielding's books. The romance is sweet, but breathtaking, clean but so passionate, I couldn't put the book down. Needless to say, I'm so incredibly hungover from reading this book and being in that world, because it was a sort of 'pull' that makes you think about it long after you've put it down. I finished this story of the beautiful and complex architect, Venetia and the mysterious (and gorgeous) Paolo, in little more than two days. The romantic tension between the couple is captivating, but there's much more to this book than romance. All the side characters and the setting, which seems to be the most enchanting 'character' of all, as well as the intricate relationships with them, written in the descriptive and beautiful style of the author, make this book a truly amazing experience. I'm going to be binge-reading the rest of Hannah's books for the weekend, since once you're in the world of her writing, you don't want to get out into the real world (if you know what I mean)... I didn't believe books like that existed, oozing innocence and calm and just pure romance in the general setting, not just in the attraction between two MCs. I'm so glad I found these books, they are really unique....more