The problem I have with this book, taking away one star by the way, could very well be a problem of my kindle edition. The people who created the layo...moreThe problem I have with this book, taking away one star by the way, could very well be a problem of my kindle edition. The people who created the layout of this clearly didn't look it over when they thought "Hey, let's make it an e-book!" which - at least to me - is a big deal. I might be a little nit-picky about stuff like this, but it just really compromises my reading experience. Normally, the chapters – presumably - start with the first letter a little bigger than the rest. So far so good, but in the kindle edition all the letters are the same size, but the space a bigger font creates is still there. So chapters start like "S O WHAT DO YOU THINK?" or "W HAT THE HELL IS he doing here?" Which by itself wouldn't be fatal, but there is other stuff that happens far too frequently: spaces missing. Especially around dashes (if that's what they're called, I'm not that firm on the terminology here, I just know it annoys me to no end) To give you an example... "she'd feared Poppy and de Sanges-a man none of them had even met" Now, if that happened once, I wouldn't care, but that is every freaking time she uses this kind of parentheses. Which gets really confusing if she goes on with one of those hyphenated run-on-words.
Apart from that, I like the book. I like the story and the way she tells it, so if the thing weren't so badly formatted I would add another star, but this is just like heaps of grammatical mistakes, it just really impedes my reading experience. (less)
So I read this a few days ago, it was free on amazon... The basic storyline is actually quite cute, the characters, too, well except for the fact that...moreSo I read this a few days ago, it was free on amazon... The basic storyline is actually quite cute, the characters, too, well except for the fact that all of them feel kind of fake and VERY into God, which could play a part in my feeling that the people are fake. I mean, religious people I'm okay with, let them go to church every Sunday, but please do not make them go to church because they're Irish or Italian and that's just the cliché. And pretty pretty please don't make me feel like the whole "we're religious" thing makes up 50% of the characters.
It didn't really feel like I would like the protagonist if I knew her personally. Part of it is surely that she doesn't feel like she's her own individual. She defines herself through Religion and Irishness, it's ... not really that exciting.
I miss the deep feelings. And the relationship-angst. I mean, this is supposed to be light-hearted (I think), but nevertheless, it's nice to have the main female worry about SOMEthing besides her job.
Plus, the 'love-story' felt a little conflict-free. It was like "He's my arch-nemesis!" (without any real reason btw) and then she meets him and (*gasp*) he's not a total asshole, so she falls for him. Very convincing. Not. They could have at least have a fight somewhere in there. I don't remember a disagreement of any kind, everything resolves itself, there is just not much that makes the characters feel 'real'. The plot, I can get behind to a degree, the general structure, the thing with the public realations person or whatever he was, I can imagine happening, but all the personal stuff feels like an afterthought, like it is a very distant cousin of "important".
I didn't really like it all that much, despite the premise being really promising.(less)