I can always depend on Lisa Kleypas when I want to read something fast and simple. I love how her romance stories are not too complicated but engrossiI can always depend on Lisa Kleypas when I want to read something fast and simple. I love how her romance stories are not too complicated but engrossing. It's fast-paced, quite predictable but still very enjoyable. :)...more
**spoiler alert** A friend recommended this to me early last year but I wasn't able to get past the first few pages (-> the hardest part when you'r**spoiler alert** A friend recommended this to me early last year but I wasn't able to get past the first few pages (-> the hardest part when you're reading a new series.) and I was kind of busy with other YA novels. But I decided to read it again since it's the first to get completed among the YA series that I started reading last year.
The first book focused on how Sam and Grace finally met as humans, 6 years after Sam saved her from the wolf pack. During winter, Sam becomes a wolf and during summer, he becomes human again. It basically goes back and forth until his last year. But there was a twist at the end of the book, Sam becomes human again because he has this unexplainable power in his body to shift back. Other characters include the new wolf - Jack, who's kind of dangerous because he was desperately seeking for a "cure", Olivia, Grace's friend who has great interest in wolves and was bitten by Jack and Isabel, Jack's sister - she's my favorite character so far. She's so funny.
I'm currently reading Linger and I wonder why Grace is going to become a wolf. Well, she has been bitten long ago but never shifted so why now? I'm definitely hooked! I'm reading the second book way faster than the first. :)...more
I saw the movie version in 2009 and I can't help but compare:
1) Nick is so much hotter in the book. 2) Tris is actuallSaw an old review on my Multiply:
I saw the movie version in 2009 and I can't help but compare:
1) Nick is so much hotter in the book. 2) Tris is actually fairly nice in the book. 3) Those moments when Nora is suspecting Nick of being gay are hilarious. 4) It would’ve been better if THAT MOMENT happened at a Marriott ice room in the movie too and not at Norah’s dad’s recording studio. 5) Dev’s I Wanna Hold Your Hand speech. I don't think they included this in the movie. I couldn’t remember....more
I am going into my cave emotionally right now. Don’t follow me.” ^ I friggin love that line. That’s going to be really useful for me XD
Love love thisI am going into my cave emotionally right now. Don’t follow me.” ^ I friggin love that line. That’s going to be really useful for me XD
Love love this book! Charlie’s book of advice is hilarious and so relatable! Probably my only complaint is that most of the references were so old. My status updates were all about it. LOL. Well, the book was published in 2005 so that was quite understandable. Found out that Kim Gruenenfelder is actually a TV writer and it shows in her writing. This book is like one big sitcom. There’s a central character – Charlie and then we have her boss – Drew, her friends – Kate and Dawn, her siblings – Andy and Jamie, her crazy parents and the guy she likes – Jordan. Her interactions with everyone are just plain hilarious. I love her relationship with Drew. Sure, they’re technically boss-employee but they’re also best friends and each other’s wingman/woman. I’m really in need of a close guy friend right now.
My favorite characters would have to be her parents though. Oh my goodness, they were epic. Sobrang naiiyak ako from laughing too much. LOL.
I liked Jordan in the beginning but like most men, at some point, they get too tiring. But they had cute moments like this: "I let him in, and we talk all night. You know the kind of talk you have that’s half kissing and half talking? And you suddenly realize this person’s going to be in your life for a while?”
The conversation about the hormones drove me crazy. Oxytocin, phenylethylamine and dopamine. “Do you know that I read that the same hormone that is secreted when a woman is breast-feeding her child is also secreted when she has an orgasm?” I say out of the blue. “That’s sick.” “It’s called oxytocin. The hormone is secreted during breast-feeding to help her bond with her baby, to make her biologically fall in love with her baby. Only it is also secreted during an orgasm, biologically forcing us to fall in love with the man who just gave us said orgasm.” “Seriously, it’s why we wait by the phone, pining over a man, secretly convinced that he must be in love with us as much as we are with him, because how could we have shared such an intimacy if he didn’t give a shit!” I blurt out. I lower my voice. “It explains why I don’t know a single woman who hasn’t been shattered by dating. Men can actually go get laid, and make themselves feel better. If we do it, we feel worse. Bottom line.”
"I begin my tirade again: “Anyway, that’s why we get so attached. It’s the damned hormone. And I, for one, am going back to chocolate.” “Chocolate gives you orgasms?” Dawn asks, incredulous at my knowledge of biological trivia. “No. Chocolate has phenylethylamine—the chemical secreted when you’re in love.”
“Dopamine,” Jamie says. “That’s your problem.” I open the magazine again and pretend to read. Jamie says nothing further. Damn. Finally I close the magazine. “Okay, I’ll bite. What’s dopamine?” “It’s the chemical your body makes when you’re drunk. It makes you happy,” Jamie informs me. "No, that just makes you all unnecessarily attached to us. Dopamine makes you happy. The problem is, if you’ve had too much to drink, the following morning, you wake up depressed, because your body’s out of dopamine. That’s why you should never sleep with a man the first time when he’s drunk. If you do, the next morning he wakes up depressed, and he associates you with his depression. Which, to answer your next question, is why all of us say we’ll call you, then never do.”
I just love Charlie’s fangirly comments: "The doorbell rings and, within seconds, Bachelor #1 enters the drawing room. He is gorgeous: dark hair, smoldering dark eyes, and a perfectly chiseled body that can only come from working out actually being your career
“All men under forty look hot in tuxedos. All men over forty look distinguished.”
Some of my favorites from her book of advice: "Women are not capable of having “fuckbuddies.” It’s a concept men came up with. Don’t buy the hype.” – When I was reading the book, my first reaction was, “Really?” and then a few days later, I realized that it’s correct. It may start out like that but after a while, we’d start looking for something else. I think it can never be just physical with women. IMHO.
"Make sure most of the movies you see have happy endings. Yeah – I know. I’m such a commoner. I don’t care. Life can be depressing enough without paying ten bucks to see even more sadness. I mean, let’s be honest, how many times have you seen Citizen Kane? How many times have you seen When Harry Met Sally?" – True. Although of course, I get into the mood of watching award-winning movies from time to rime but I’d pick rom-coms any time, or watching Frozen and Tangled over and over again XD
“Don’t you want someone to come home to? Don’t you want to find someone who knows everything about you—even the stuff you wish to God weren’t true—and loves you anyway? Isn’t there someone you want seeing your sunset?”
"Most women have no interest in sports. Don’t apologize for it."
"Don’t ever be afraid to be alone."
"Jordan1313: You’re kidding! I didn’t even know you were available. Wait a minute—how can you be available? AngelCharlie: Yeah. That’s one of those questions a girl loves to answer—what the hell’s wrong with you that you’re still single?"
“Don’t go for the cutest guy in the room. If he says he doesn’t have a girlfriend, he’s lying. Or gay.”
Some, I feel compelled to answer: “Do you still rent movies in the 22nd century? If so, rent When Harry Met Sally, Auntie Mame, and His Girl Friday. You can then rent Fight Club (which is an awesome movie, but depressing), but you must follow it up with a Cary Grant comedy such as Mr. Blandings Builds His Dreamhouse or I Was a Male War Bride. Enjoy!" – The answer is NO. We don’t even rent movies in 2014. If you still do, I pity you XD
Some, just makes me wanna yell, PREACH!!! "Advice is like a sandwich. If you know someone is hungry, you can offer them a sandwich. They may even ask for a sandwich. But if you put the sandwich in front of them, and they don’t eat it, there’s nothing you can do. You can’t force someone to eat a sandwich." – I LAVEEEEHT.
“No matter how you feel, or what you’ve done, take comfort in knowing that someone, somewhere, has been in the same position you’re in, and has felt all the same feelings you are feeling right now.”
"I have a lot of things in this world—I know I shouldn’t be depressed. There are people in this world who have never had a hot soapy shower or a pint of ice cream. I’ve had both tonight." – TAMA.
Some, I feel like the author is talking to me directly: “Well, let’s face it, you’re not stupid. You knew there were a lot of things wrong in the relationship, you just chose to ignore them because there were so many good things you didn’t want to give up. Now, you’re at the point in your life where you’re strong enough to give up the good stuff. You’re strong enough to expect more from your life. I’m proud of you for that. Most women aren’t that strong. They’re so terrified of being alone that they stay with the wrong guy, rather than risk loneliness waiting for the right guy.”
“You won’t meet your future husband at a bar.” – Dami kong tawa XD
"When it comes to finding a man in a bar, remember: the odds are good but the goods are odd.”
“There’s no such thing as free sex. Eventually you pay for it.”
I was going through a rough patch with sort-of boyfriend while I was reading this book and I don’t know, it helped me realize a lot of things. I would go back to this review (that’s why I highlighted all my favorite parts) whenever I feel like I need some clarity. ...more
It started really interesting, then I got bored with their immediate happily ever after (But they were cute ^^), then it got interesting again when KiIt started really interesting, then I got bored with their immediate happily ever after (But they were cute ^^), then it got interesting again when Kit appeared and when the affair was revealed. I actually cried when Adrian found out about the switch. That scene was really beautifully done. But ugh, damn Jeanette. I knew she'd come and ruin everything. Anyway, it's my first novel by Tracy Anne Warren and I quite enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to reading some of her other works. ^^...more
I really liked Aline and McKenna's story. Their love story reminded me of Elizabeth and Will on The Luxe. (But yeah, I know this book was published fiI really liked Aline and McKenna's story. Their love story reminded me of Elizabeth and Will on The Luxe. (But yeah, I know this book was published first. ^^) Aline was the daughter of an Earl while McKenna was an orphaned stable boy - in short, they can't be together. The first part was really sad and made me cry a bit because I really felt how much they loved each other. My favorite scene: (view spoiler)[ When Aline was about to throw the only memory she had of McKenna and then he said, "Wait." (hide spoiler)]
My only problem is that towards the middle, I feel like we're getting more of Gideon and Livia's story than the main characters. I mean, it's good that we're getting two love stories in one book but I wished Gideon and Livia were set aside for another book instead. And there's Aline's insecurity about the accident she had right after McKenna left. I don't know, I feel like it's not really that big of a deal. Thankfully, she stopped feeling sorry for herself and they lived happily ever after.
I have two more books to read from the Wallflower series and so far, I'm still all for Lord St. Vincent. ^^["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
SEP's books should be made into movies! I feel like I'm watching a rom-com from the 90s or early 00s while reading her books. Well, considering that mSEP's books should be made into movies! I feel like I'm watching a rom-com from the 90s or early 00s while reading her books. Well, considering that most of her books were released around that time. Goodness, they were watching Mariah Carey on VH1 and listening to Harry Connick, Jr! XD Love everyone in this book, especially the supporting characters. I also love the minor love story between Cal's parents. And I knew it, Kevin Tucker would have his own book! I'm currently reading "This Heart of Mine". ^^...more
This is a lot better than I expected. I read it last in the Bridgerton series because I don't like Benedict that much. He wasn't that present in otherThis is a lot better than I expected. I read it last in the Bridgerton series because I don't like Benedict that much. He wasn't that present in other books as much as Anthony, Colin or Eloise was. Thus, I don't have much attachment to him and I didn't have any interest in his story. But I really loved this book and that really surprised me.
I love that it's kind of a Cinderella story. Sophie is an illegitimate housemaid while Benedict is, of course, a Bridgerton. Nuff said. But as in all fairy tales, they lived happily ever after. But not after dealing with a wicked stepmom and the society. Thank goodness for the fairy godmother aka Violet Bridgerton. :)...more