Robin McKinley takes her time building her worlds, letting you sort it out as she gives you bits and pieces which come together to build amazing world...moreRobin McKinley takes her time building her worlds, letting you sort it out as she gives you bits and pieces which come together to build amazing worlds that make the characters feel more real.
Shadows is not a sequel to Sunshine. It has a lot of things in common, and part of me kept hoping it would turn out to be a prequel, even though I KNEW it wasn't.
As with all of her books (which I read as soon as they are released and many times again after that) it takes a bit to get into it but once you're in, you're hooked.
I loved the characters and the story, but there's so much more I want to know. Here's hoping she breaks her trend of one-book worlds and gives us more.(less)
When I first read Sharon Ihle, it was because my roommate had gotten a huge box of romance novels from her aunt. She decided to share the loot, and I...moreWhen I first read Sharon Ihle, it was because my roommate had gotten a huge box of romance novels from her aunt. She decided to share the loot, and I ended up reading Dear Penelope, which was actually surprisingly good.
Then, on the Amazon Free Kindle Books list, I saw one of the Wild Woman Novels (I no longer remember which one, but I suppose it was the first, Untamed.)
I was hooked, and though I didn't love the stories, they were quick, fun, and fairly addictive to read. Before I knew it, I'd torn through all four.
Wild Hearts (previously known as "Tempting Miss Prissy") is one of the best in the series. I suspect I'm so hooked on it because it reminds me of my favorite parts of Dear Penelope.
It's got a good amount of single-minded stubborn-female, exasperated bad-boy manly-man, a major misunderstanding, and romance.
I'd suggest it to anyone who wants a western romance with a bit of silliness, because that's exactly what this is.(less)
The thing is, I saw this reviewed again and again by bloggers I followed, and I kept putting off reading it. On the one hand, I'm glad I did, because...moreThe thing is, I saw this reviewed again and again by bloggers I followed, and I kept putting off reading it. On the one hand, I'm glad I did, because I've had an awful week and it was a brilliant book that made my day a little better. On the other hand, I had missed out on something amazing for this long. Really.
I was absolutely enthralled. I couldn't put it down for more than a minute or two, and most of those brief breaks only lasted long enough to wipe the tears from my eyes, because it was fairly touching.
There are two stories which are intertwined; Taylor's story, and Hannah's manuscript. They counterbalance each other perfectly.
And Jonah. Good lord. I loved him. He was amazing.
On the Jellicoe Road is amazing and wonderful and leaves you hanging onto every word and waiting for truths to be revealed, because while you think you know it, you aren't quite sure and you're missing enough puzzle pieces that you can't quite see the whole picture yet.
But then it comes together and you're left staring at something masterful.
Can you tell I loved it? Because I did. I just don't know if I can say enough nice things about it.
Princess Flian is a very austere, civilized princess. She knows the rules of- and her role within- the royal court. She knows that she will someday ma...morePrincess Flian is a very austere, civilized princess. She knows the rules of- and her role within- the royal court. She knows that she will someday marry for the good of her country. She also knows that her kingdom’s vast wealth, and her rather large dowry are her most attractive features, as she is otherwise quite ordinary. So when she finds herself being pursued by two kings and a prince, she has no doubt about what they are after– it’s certainly not her heart. However, Flian finds herself embroiled in intrigue, and entangled in so many plots and counter-plots that she can hardly think straight.
This was a surprisingly subtle book in a lot of ways, and I found that I really enjoyed that. Flian grows, her relationships shift and change, and she learns. She goes from an object which is acted upon to a person who makes conscious decisions about what she will do. Flian is not the only character to grow; Jewel makes great progress from beginning to end, and though it is hard to say whether other characters change, or it is just Flian’s understanding of them which develops, there are not many static characters.
It wasn't a breathless, headlong rush, but I did find myself enjoying the read quite a bit. I loved the characters, and the world, and found myself drawn in by the plot. It was a fun read, one I'd suggest to quite a few of my friends.
~ If you'd like to read more of my opinions on this novel, please feel free to visit my blog: AeliaReads.(less)
Ben needs to marry. Chelsea wants a baby. When she offers him a marriage in exchange for a baby, it seems like the perfect deal. But things are never...moreBen needs to marry. Chelsea wants a baby. When she offers him a marriage in exchange for a baby, it seems like the perfect deal. But things are never as easy as they seem, and it turns out that neither of them can be quite as distant as they'd hoped.
The way the pieces fall together, and the story plays out manages to make sense, without any major issues. I'd probably give it 3.5 stars, given a chance. It was a quick read, and entertaining, but it really skimmed the surface rather than delving into what could have been a much more powerful narrative. It suits its genre, and manages to be the sort of light read that people hope for when they pick up a novel like this. Still, it could have gone a little deeper and been great, instead of good.(less)
On the one hand, it reinforces ideas which should not be alien to anyone who's ever been managed by, or watche...moreI was asked to read it by my employers.
On the one hand, it reinforces ideas which should not be alien to anyone who's ever been managed by, or watched, a good manager in action. Be clear, and concise with your goals for your staff. Tell them immediately when they're doing something right or wrong. Praise them, but object to their actions, etc.
I felt it was silly, and there were an awful lot of "plaques" in what was supposedly a very "bare" office.
Regardless, it can sometimes be nice to have common sense reinforced, to read something which says "you were right."
So, it's got that working for it.
Would I read it again? No. Would I suggest it to someone? Maybe. Depending on what they were looking for.
Still, I don't feel like the 20 minutes or so I spent reading it were wasted, and that's something.(less)