Can't believe it took me this long to say I finished this book. Well, I did! And I loved it to bits. I found it really humorous but not in a "hahaha t...moreCan't believe it took me this long to say I finished this book. Well, I did! And I loved it to bits. I found it really humorous but not in a "hahaha that's hilarious" sort of way. More like a clever, witty, "darling" sort of way. :P I haven't seen the movie and I'm no sure it could do the book justice, but I guess I'll have to wait till I've seen it to judge on that. For now I'll just say that the character of Mattie Ross is very loveable and admirable indeed, and she sure knows what it means to have "true grit". Love the other characters as well, sometimes largely for their names like "Rooster" Cogburn, La Boeuf, and Lucky Ned Pepper. Tom Chaney was a good "outlaw" name as well. But Rooster was a great character who really did have "true grit" as well.
I can definitely see myself re-reading this book in future.(less)
I loved the premise of this and the adaptation from Snow White & the Seven Dwarves. I really have to say that the version I read was pretty riddle...moreI loved the premise of this and the adaptation from Snow White & the Seven Dwarves. I really have to say that the version I read was pretty riddled with grammatical errors - failure to close speech marks, bad comma use and wrong apostrophes!!! (Can't stand those) I won't go on and on about it though 'cause I don't like to focus only on the bad stuff. I really hope the author will do a read-through of this book though and fix up all those errors. Because then I could read it again and have a much more enjoyable time.
That said, I did enjoy the story as mentioned, and I love the Snow White take on things. I found it a bit weird how chapters were divided - sometimes you'd be in the middle of a scene and a new chapter would begin, for no apparent reason except maybe "oh this chapter is too long, let's split it in two."
I really don't have the heart to continue with this review, so I'll just sum it up like this: average formatting, grammar needs a fair bit of work, but fun premise.(less)
This was a book I got as a freebie on Amazon, and I had started trying to read a few others that didn't grip me before I tried this one - and found my...moreThis was a book I got as a freebie on Amazon, and I had started trying to read a few others that didn't grip me before I tried this one - and found myself bursting into snorting laughter and basically hooked on the story. It's definitely fluff in the sense that it doesn't try to tackle serious issues or bring about world peace. And yet I really had a good time reading it, and was happy with how it turned out. Even if the ending might be seen as having been tied off a little too quickly and cleanly, in that the "happily ever after" tie-up consists of precisely 3 sentences.
But yeah, the storyline was amusing and I loved our main character Abby's sense of humour - and her sense of sarcasm and bitterness too. :P Of course in the end that bitterness wasn't portrayed as a flattering thing, but it sure made for great ratings. Well, that and her shenanigans with Dean.
The sexy scenes definitely had my attention and were well written and enjoyable. ;) And I liked the take on "Survivor-esque" reality shows. It was amusing to see it from the POV of a participant, particularly one who hadn't even wanted to be there.
So, to summarise = it's fluff but it's FUNNN-AY and also sexy/romantic. :)(less)
Well, this technically is a romance I guess, 'cause it did have a happy ending. But the happy ending wasn't just between the romantic pair, it was bet...moreWell, this technically is a romance I guess, 'cause it did have a happy ending. But the happy ending wasn't just between the romantic pair, it was between our main character and the entire town she moves home to. And also between her and Ellen.
I really really loved this book, actually, and in fact when I started reading it I found myself almost sitting upright in bed going "HEY! This is good writing!" Unfortunately it was marred a bit by some formatting issues. Mostly there were typos and I think, sometimes, entire words missed out. I can thankfully say that for the most part they weren't grammatical errors (which I truly cannot stand to see in any book). All it really needs is a good proof read to be made perfect, in my eyes at least. It's not amongst the most mind-blowing books I've read in my time, but I really did think it was great, and would check out other books by this author. I love her writing style, with descriptions that are quite poetic.
She writes good characters as well. It's possible that the resolution of the Zac / Von issue was rushed a little bit, and yet the way it was resolved made sense. But I might have imagined Zac being way more angry - and dangerous - than he was considering he was mixed up in bad things that twisted his mind, etc. Still, that's probably my only complaint besides the (thankfully only occasional) formatting issues.
I did actually fear that it would be way more religious than it was (I'm not religious), but thankfully Tommy's Christian ways are pretty understandable considering his background, and also the way he talked about God was nice because he found God inside himself instead of up in the sky. So I could appreciate that a bit more. ;) Still don't believe in God though.
I got this book for free via Amazon (and it's still free at the time of posting this review!).(less)