"...while reading a book, I was that person who could never put it down, staying up all hours of theI won a free copy through a First Reads giveaway.
"...while reading a book, I was that person who could never put it down, staying up all hours of the night to finish it and losing myself in the characters and settings." - Rose, page 10.
No doubt this book has an exceptional ability to turn a reader into just that person. I had a hard time putting this down once I finally got started. I was initially put off by the concept of the story line due to it being kind of off-the-wall. However, I just got completely sucked in.
(view spoiler)[At first, I really thought I was going to hate Rose. I was just so sure that she was going to be a cheating wife - because how else was it going to go with her falling in love with someone else while married? But when Jim got sick and finally died, I was torn between crying and feeling relieved that Rose was going to get to explore this completely unexpected love with Michael.
A lot of times Michael acted more like 12 years old as opposed to 30 and I wanted to throw something at him. I'm glad they finally got their happily ever after. (hide spoiler)]
Despite my usual aversion to romance novels, this was a pretty great read. I really appreciate the lack of massive amounts of graphic sex scenes. I'm looking forward to the continuation of Rose and Michael's story.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This was a pretty good read; however, it is not a stand alone book. I highly recommend readers start with DreamiI won a free copy through First Reads.
This was a pretty good read; however, it is not a stand alone book. I highly recommend readers start with Dreaming Dangerously. This was free so I started with book two and felt like I was coming in on the middle of the story and had no idea what the heck was going on.
The characters had pretty good development but the story was lacking in several places. For instance, the whole Adam story line came and went too fast. He shows up, gets the others to help him save his sister, and then just disappears. There needs to be more information.
Also the Will-Cassie romance is a bit too mushy for me. However, teenagers are like this. The author has managed to capture perfectly just how annoying it can be for everyone around them.
If there had been more details throughout, this would have been a 5 star read for me. Nonetheless, I look forward to finding out what happens in the next book as well as backtracking and reading book one....more
This was fantastically fun to read. Unfortunately I never read The Wind in the Willows but I did seeI won a free copy of the ARC through First Reads.
This was fantastically fun to read. Unfortunately I never read The Wind in the Willows but I did see the cartoon rendition. This book was very much in the spirit of that. I really liked the author's quirky footnotes. I think some of the vocabulary used is probably above the level of the targeted age group but Kelly did address a lot of these words with her footnotes.
I did find Toad to be absolutely annoying. This was only made worse by his adventure as a college professor with his super-inflated intelligence. I thought the love story with Ratty and Matilda was very sweet. I also absolutely adored Sammy the weasel and Humphrey, Toad's nephew.
My favorite part of this book was all of the illustrations. Unfortunately, I have a black and white ARC and not the finished final copy with full color. I think this is a great book for young readers, especially those who have experienced The Wind in the Willows. However, I also recommend it to older readers who want a walk through memory lane or just a fun, easy read to while the time away....more
This was a fantastic follow up to Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms. I really like Stuart and think he's a wholesomI won a free copy through First Reads.
This was a fantastic follow up to Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms. I really like Stuart and think he's a wholesome character. The puzzles and obstacles in this book were more difficult and thought provoking for the characters, which I enjoyed immensely.
Apart from Stuart's dad's crossword vocabulary, the book is written at a level perfect for the middle graders it's geared toward. I have to wonder if there really were a crossword created by this man, would I stand a chance?
I like that more of the characters were involved in solving the puzzles this time around. April's sisters, May and June, are more developed in this book and are more than just names thrown around.
The best part about a book for middle grade readers is that the kids don't lose to the big, bad adults. (view spoiler)[Of course the evil Jeannie Carr couldn't leave things alone even after being thrown back in time. Setting her granddaughter out to get revenge on Stuart and April, she still falls short of achieving her thieving goals. My favorite part of the book is when reporter Rowena Allsop is knocked into a puddle of dog pee by a flying Rod Felton after he triggers the mechanism on one of the stage illusions. (hide spoiler)] Any kid can appreciate getting one over on the adults that are trying to punish them.
I really hope that this will not be the last adventure for Stuart Horten.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more