Thursday, February 4, 2016

Review: The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After

The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

OVERALL: ~4.4 stars

The Duke and I: 2nd Epilogue - 4 stars

I enjoyed the banter and bringing in Colin and Penelope. It is always fun seeing the continuation of a story and where the characters are heading.

The Viscount Who Loved Me: 2nd Epilogue - 5 stars
As always Anthony and Kate are so cute together!

Pall mall was definite one of my favorite scenes in a viscount who loved me!!! I am so glad that Quinn brought it back with all of the bloodthirsty competition the Bridgerton family could muster.

An Offer From a Gentleman: 2nd Epilogue - 5 stars
I absolutely love how this second epilogue turned out. I was wondering what happened to Posy at the end of An Offer from a Gentleman since she played such a key roll at the end. I am very happy for her!

Romancing Mister Bridgerton: 2nd Epilogue - 4 stars
This little epilogue was quite funny. I love the comedy the characters display towards one another and how much of a family they really are.

To Sir Phillip, With Love: 2nd Epilogue - 4 stars
I liked the first person view from Amanda. I was interested to see what happened to her and Oliver. I know it was supposed to be a short story but I wanted to know more about what happened with her and Charles.

When He Was Wicked: 2nd Epilogue - 4 stars
I was definitely one of those readers who sat down after reading when he was wicked and wondered if Francesca and Michael ever had children. I am so glad gain thought to answer this question in the epilogue. It was quite a nice little story and perfectly suited Francesca.

It's In His Kiss: 2nd Epilogue - 5 stars
Oh the irony. Hyacinth certainly deserved to have a daughter just like her. I love how Quinn choose to go back the diamonds. Definitely a must have for readers who were laughing and cringing at the same time at the end of the book.

On The Way to the Wedding: 2nd Epilogue - 4 stats
Well not every life can be completely perfect (even in romance novels) and not even for the Bridgertons. I'm not quiet sure how I felt about Lucy's pregnancy episode, I kept reading even though I kind of did not want to. I want my romance novels to be perfectly pleasant and happy. No problems arising after the happy ending. Hyacinth was there though to lighten the mood a bit.

It is true violets character evolved throughout the course of the Bridgerton series. She became a woman I respected and who I would want to get advise from. She knew exactly what to say for the situation and allowed her kids to make their own decisions while offering support. I was really glad we got this novella from Quinn to see more of where violet came from.

I loved getting the glimpse into what Edmund was like. I could t help feeling heartbroken for violet though while I was reading it.

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Review: On the Way to the Wedding

On the Way to the Wedding On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gregory wanted to find his true love, all of his siblings found theirs so he should be able to find it to. And then he knew. By the back of the neck he knew she was the one. But life is not always what it seems and love at first sight can sometimes be misleading to say the least.

I love how this was seemingly a love at first sight experience for Gregory. You never really know what life is going to through at you. I liked Lucy, she did strike me as being someone Kate and the Bridgerton said would like. She had quite an endearing personality

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Review: It's in His Kiss

It's in His Kiss It's in His Kiss by Julia Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gareth St. Clair just received a diary from his deceased grandmother that could revealed everything from his past, however, it is in Italian! Now he has to rely on the help of Hyacinth Bridgerton to translate the pages. They just might find more secrets and surprises than they both expect.

I love how Hyacinth is compared to Lady Danbury! This book was making me laugh throughout most of it. The banter and relationship between Gareth and Hyacinth was amusing and entertaining.

The epilogue was hilarious, I was cringing.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Review: Art of Coloring Disney Frozen: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation

Art of Coloring Disney Frozen: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation Art of Coloring Disney Frozen: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation by Catherine Saunier-Talec
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have greatly enjoyed coloring this book. I would definitely recommend using pens for most of the pictures, crayons are just not going to work with this one. There are lots of extremely small details on the wallpapers (mostly snowflakes) that require a fine point.

I do have to say that I was disappointed by the fact that there was so many "wallpaper" pictures rather than actual character drawings which is what I would have liked to see more of.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Review: When He Was Wicked

When He Was Wicked When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Michael has been in love with Francesca since the moment he saw her. Unfortunately for him it was right before she was going to be married to his cousin. Francesca did not realize how much married life suited her until tragedy struck now years after being widowed she feels it is time to finally try and start a family again. Little did she know the family she dreamed of would have been right beside her all along.

I have to say upon second reading of this book I did not find it quite as enjoyable as the first time around. I still loved Francesca and Michael but I didn't feel that overwhelming urge to find out what happened next.

I didn't want to know John at all. It was on my part my own selfishness. To get to know him, even for such a brief time, made the reader experience slightly more of the pain and understanding of sorrow that Francesca was going through. John was a wonderful man and husband but someone else can be just as right for you. Tragedy comes in all forms and stages of life but one thing I got out of this book is that people endure. Francesca was able to move on with her life and be happy which is exactly what John would have wanted.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Review: The Razorland Trilogy

The Razorland Trilogy The Razorland Trilogy by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OVERALL: 3.5 stars

Enclave (Razorland #1) - 4 stars

Deuce had only ever wanted to be a huntress fighting the freaks. In her enclave of college where people didn't live past their 20s being a huntress was the only way to protect them. On her naming day she is paired up with fade, a boy that didn't grow up in the enclave but came from somewhere else. As she is exiled along with fade from the only home she has ever known her world is turned upside down by the discoveries she finds on the surface.

I think the author did an exceptional world building job. All of the complexities of the society in which deuce grew up we're plausible and helped show the gravity and mistrust of the world. Deuce was an interesting character, her nativity of the new world around her was reasonable while at the same time not ridiculous in character. I loved the character of fade, he was strong and a little overbearing but likable overall.

I would recommend this book for people that like An adventure. There wasn't that much romance in the whole thing but there were undertones which I liked. I'm excited to get started on the second book and find out more answers on what exactly happened to the world.

Outpost (Razorland #2) - 3.5 stars
At last the group has finally found safety, or so they think. Salvation is set in its ways and thinks that the walls around the city will keep the, safe. It takes the strength and courage of deuce to rally the town and make them realize just how much the freaks are changing and adapting. This is the dawn of a completely different world and the battle for it is on the horizon.

I started out really loving the start of this book but it completely went down hill for me at the end. It took a turn in the characterization especially of fade that I thought was weak and not consistent with everything he saw and how he was raised. I am interested to see what the last book brings, maybe the story will pick up and the characters will take a better turn.

Horde (Razorland #3) - 3 stars
The final battle to save what is left of the Earth is upon them. Deuce has to find a way to gain the respect not only of the Freaks with her ferocious fighting abilities but also that of the very men she fights besides. There is a war raging on all sides and with unexpected allies Deuce and her followers might just win the fight of their lives.

There are two types of series I have found lately, one kind that the last book was the most amazing book I have ever read and the second slowly tapers off in my liking as the series progresses. Unfortunately this book came in the latter category for me, not that the ending of this was bad but it just wasn’t as exciting to me as when I picked up the first book.

Fade did redeem his character in my eyes in this one. In the last he seemed too weak for the experiences he had already faced and not worthy of a strong character like Deuce who was trying to be a leader so she couldn’t show her weakness.

Overall I am quite happy with the author’s writing style and storytelling. I am excited to see what kind of works she has in store next.

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Review: To Sir Phillip, With Love

To Sir Phillip, With Love To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eloise had made a mistake, well it was not entirely a mistake it just was not a necessarily well thought out plan. Absconding in the middle of the night she travels to meet Sir Philip with whom she has been corresponding with for the last year and has recently proposed the idea to see if they would fit for marriage. It would have been a brilliant plan if she had given any forewarning of her arrival.

I was waiting for Eloise's story and I think I built it up a little too much in my head because I liked her character so much. It was not a bad story by any means but some parts felt a little rushed and I would have liked more development with the kids. Sir Philip was standoffish but then again he was meant to be so the reader shouldn't really hold that against him. I enjoyed their interactions together and I absolutely loved the ending.

Side Note: Oddly I liked how Quinn referred to the Bridgerton woman as 'not beautiful'. It seemed to make them more personable to the reader (well, I guess for me at least)

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