I received this book as the result of a First Reads giveaway.
Before I begin, I have always stated that I am hard to impress with romances. I am also oI received this book as the result of a First Reads giveaway.
Before I begin, I have always stated that I am hard to impress with romances. I am also open to new genres and ideas. This was my first lesbian romance novel.
The story line was pretty basic with the only twist in the whole story that I had a hard time with. A minor with an adult. Even though there is only 6 months until the youngest is legal...it bothered me. I would often make her 18 in my head so I could stop to appreciate their love for each other.
The plot and climax were pretty predictable, as most romances are. I did enjoy the way it is all tied up at the end.
The characters were somewhat believable...once again the age difference bothered me. Why would an adult willingly make themselves a pedophile? These brought up other questions about the adults in the school. As for the teens, Telford nailed them. I enjoyed the references to current culture.
The editing was wonderful and, as a reader, I appreciated the French translations. It verified my translations and explained the odd word that I didn't know.
I received this a the result of a FirstReads giveaway.
For the record, I'm not usually a romance reader. I find them repetitive and to be honest, a bitI received this a the result of a FirstReads giveaway.
For the record, I'm not usually a romance reader. I find them repetitive and to be honest, a bit boring. The description of the book was the main reason I opted to read this one when I entered the giveaway. I opened the book and have to admit, the going was a bit slow. It does pick up around the end of the first half so it is worth it to continue reading.
It begins with events happening in the present, which will undoubtedly lead to the end, but then you are pulled back into the past so that you can understand the start and end. To be honest, it had a movie feel to it just reading it. Not many books make me feel that way but this one feels like it was written more for moving pictures. (That could just be me.)
I like to comment on the characters and know that doing so here may open up a can of worms, as there are so many and as usual, I will try hard not to ruin the whole book. Our heroine is easily relatable. I attest that she would have been more relatable had I been 20 years younger, but I digress. She did have her weaker moments and I truly felt that by the end she had not only matured but had become a stronger person. The other characters, including our hero were very well done. I think we all know a medley of people like this and may even have (or have had) friends like them. I really did dislike our villainess and villain. If I could have reached through the book to slap them, I would have. Supporting characters really spanned the spectrum of personalities. Loyal, rude and strong to more passive and torn. Lawless does a fantastic job building them up and describing them to you without feeling like it is all you are reading, something that I find some romances do.
The plot was simple and uncomplicated. I found I could predict what was going to happen along the way and at the end. As for the climax, I think I may have expected just a touch more. I still do not understand why Harriet's flatmates reacted the way they did. Were we that petty when we were young? Why were there so many triangles throughout the book? Were they all so stuck in a past that they couldn't have?
A bit hard to read sometimes as your heart would break for our main character one moment and then will her to fight back the next.
As for editing, I did run across a few mistakes that made me stop and reread the whole sentence. Usually it was just a he instead of a she or vice versa. At one point, I had to reread the whole exchange to make sure who I thought had said something, was in fact the person who had said it.
The chapters are short and make it nice for those moments where you only have a few minutes to spare. Lawless, as I mentioned earlier, has a fantastic writing style that truly brings you into the moment. With the slower beginning, this was critical in having me continue to push through. I am glad I did because it could have been just another romance for me had I not.
A pleasant read with me admitting that this romance wasn't all bad. Stick it out, it is a pretty good book in the end.
Before I begin, I feel it prudent to state that the author was kind enough to send me a few of her books to read. She has not asked me to review the bBefore I begin, I feel it prudent to state that the author was kind enough to send me a few of her books to read. She has not asked me to review the books but I have finished this one and would like to review it regardless.
I first read one of Nash's books because I was the lucky recipient of a First Reads giveaway...I loved the book and was expecting any other books of hers to be cookie cutter books...I am thrilled to say I couldn't be farther from the truth thinking that! I can't wait to put my nose in more of her books now.
This book is set in the present and ties in events from the past and deals with past lives. While this book could have been confusing to read, Nash enables the reader to follow the tale in such a smooth manner that it is becomes one of those books you kick yourself for reading late at night for...yes, it's that hard to set down. Throw in a twist of romance, mystery and a medium and you find yourself immersed in the story.
It is here that I have to thank the author for strong characters. They are realistic enough that they have their doubts but strong enough to push through fears or have too much pride to not do something.
Beautifully written and wonderful to read. ...more
I received this book as the result if a First Reads Giveaway.
This book started off well for me...it intrigued me with pirates and love and a small albI received this book as the result if a First Reads Giveaway.
This book started off well for me...it intrigued me with pirates and love and a small albeit simple twist. The storyline had great potential, it had a few more twists and turns in it than I expected, to my surprise, but in my opinion, it fell a bit flat on my expectations.
Characters were hit or miss for me. Some had great background buildups. Some seemed to just be left hanging. (ie. Whatever happened to Margot?) And others drove me crazy like our main character who seemed to be unconscious more than she was awake. I found that a blow to the head or a fainting spell made me feel like the author wasn't sure where else to go with something. I found her character the hardest to believe. For a young woman who could be so strong and stubborn I found it unbelievable that she would drop at the slightest thing. Perhaps she had a condition that just wasn't explained or one that should have arisen with the blows to the head.
I think with it being about pirates, I expected a bit more action and pirate like behavior. I also tire easily of the, "Woe is me, they don't like me!" juvenile attitude that one sees in the majority of romance books. I really felt a pirate would not have been so insecure but instead, more forward about his intentions.
This book had tons of potential, great conflicts and plotline and I did like the writer's style, but the overuse of the room going dark for our heroine and the need for more action brought down my rating.
I received this book as the result of a First Read giveaway.
Anyone who knows me knows that I dislike romances...They are too predictable...They are reI received this book as the result of a First Read giveaway.
Anyone who knows me knows that I dislike romances...They are too predictable...They are repetitive and boring...They just aren't realistic...etc. etc.
Well, I was starting to think I had picked up another romance until...what's this? A twist? A twist with suspense and action?
This girl settled into her reading chair and settled in for the long haul. As I flipped pages, I could believe Melanie's character...I loved her doubt and her will to push through her fears. This couldn't be a romance. Melanie rocked! She was sharp witted, intelligent and resourceful. She did not need a man...Enter Andrew...Sigh...Rich, famous and handsome to boot...and in some serious trouble.
The writing is fast paced...hence, it couldn't be a romance. ;) Action at every corner and lots of comedic relief.
With my track record of not enjoying romances...and them not scoring well with me, I have to say with a sigh of relief, that this SUSPENCE/THRILLER is a hit in my books...One of my recommendations for what to read in 2013! ...more
I'm not much of a romance fan...and this is a romance book...and yet, it's not...Confused? It's moreThis book was received from a Goodreads giveaway.
I'm not much of a romance fan...and this is a romance book...and yet, it's not...Confused? It's more of a romance in it's purest form. Sweet and innocent and the kind of book you don't mind letting your preteen read. With that said, it has some drama and a thrilling scene in I,t as well as, the suspense of what Charlotte will do to protect her son and the thrill of what will happen if she gets caught with a child as a servant.
This historical fiction will leave you discovering what it was like in 1893 at the world expo in Chicago. You can sense the intrigue that it held for tourists and the mere size of it and how in that day and age it really would have been quite a huge event.
I had a hard time relating to the way things were, even though I have read historical novels and visited many museums it still amazes me how the classes were so segregated and how the servants were expected to put in such long hours to how little the upper class could manage to do anything and then have the audacity to exclaim over how tired they were when they didn't even pick out their clothes and dress themselves. At least some things have changed for the better. But I digress...
The plot and characters were believable, although Charlotte's plight was, once again, something I couldn't even begin to fathom, but I can hear my grandmother telling me that it was, "Just the way it was."
Interesting topic with interesting twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. I don't want to ruin anything about the story, but I am pleased that this wasn't just another predictable romance. It is evident that Newport knows her history and is more than capable of weaving an interesting tale.