Thursday, May 5, 2016

Review: Mine Till Midnight

Mine Till Midnight Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amelia Hathaway wants to make sure everyone in her family is okay. As the eldest of the four girls and a drunken brother, Leo, she takes the responsibility of the family upon herself. As Leo inherits a title and spins himself out of control Amelia removes the family to the country for a little rest. As a chance encounter with Cam, a Roma, follows them into the country Amelia finds it harder to resist the temptation not only of Cam but of the strength and support he possesses.

Amelia was a great character, yes, a little managing and stubborn, but I liked how she interacted with the family and she definitely showed more restraint to her brother than I would have been able to manage.

I like how Kleypas writes real characters. They have flaws to their personalities but not so much that the reader despises the character (Except for the fact that I would love to have punched Leo in the face [multiple times]).

I was so glad we got to see a story about Cam after reading the Wallflower series! Also, how a lot of the characters in the Wallflower story helped drive the story.

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2010

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Review: The Crown

The Crown The Crown by Kiera Cass
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Eadlyn did not think that she would fall in love with any of the suitors for her Selection. As the weight of ruling presses down on her, she realizes having someone at her side may not be such a bad idea.

Her husband choosing was pretty anticlimactic. The story as a whole was rather boring. I wanted more action, I kept waiting for something to pick up the pace but it just lagged on.

Eadlyn's character as a whole improved. She showed more determination and stepped up from where she was in the previous book. She still had to spoiled, bratty tendencies but she was able to have more of a prospective regarding other situations aside from her own.

Overall, I was not particularly impressed with the two last books in the series. I would have rather stopped at the first three and have it be done with.

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Review: The Heir

The Heir The Heir by Kiera Cass
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Twenty years after the previous books, America Singer and Prince Maxon have had an heir, Eadlyn, who will one day rule as queen. As there is still unrest between the people of the now abolished caste system they have to device a way to bring about hope and harmony for the people once more.

I have to say I was expected a lot more out of this book, maybe I was basing it too much on the others in the series and had a biased opinion.

Princess Eadlyn seems quite spoiled for being raised of the notion that people were to be treated equally and how important is was to eliminate the caste system. She certainly holds herself above the rest and acts childish, especially when she is already 18 and is supposed to be an adult.

The royal family still refer to the caste numbers frequently even though the royals are the ones that abolished it to make everyone equal. I would think they would be more conscientious. With the whole selection process again it's like they are still living in the past, not moving forward.

I didn't like the ending at all. It made some of the past characters appear weaker than they were. (view spoiler)


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: A Wallflower Christmas

A Wallflower Christmas A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rafe's father wants him to marry Natalie, a perfect English girl that would turn into the perfect English wife, to enhance the status of his American self. The only problem is that Rafe is more interested in the not-so-perfect-but-endearing companion to Natalie, Hannah.

Rafe Bowman was a little more hmmm, crude is not the right word but I can't think of it right now, than I would have liked him to be. He did play off Hannah's Englishness well and the end up making a good pair. and I did enjoy the love note that he wrote, even though he did not want anyone to see it

Hannah's character did not really have any spunk to her. She was nice and proper and everything an English girl was supposed to be. I gave her points for not being totally shocked by Rafe's American ways.


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Monday, May 2, 2016

Review: Scandal in Spring

Scandal in Spring Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The last of the Wallflowers, Daisy Bowman, remains unwed and her father gives her an ultimatum to be wed by the end of May or wed Matthew Swift, the guy her father choose. Daisy remembers Mr. Swift as being exactly like her father and the complete opposite of the man she dreams of marrying. Upon meeting him again, he is not exactly how she remembers.

Daisy was quite the little hellion (just as like her sister). I liked seeing the tension and bantering between Daisy and Matthew, they played off of each other very well making the read that much more entertaining.

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2010

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Review: Devil in Winter

Devil in Winter Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As the shyest wallflower in the group, Evangeline Jenner, makes an outrageous proposal of marriage to the most rebellious of rakes, Viscount St. Vincent, to escape her relatives her world is forever going to change. As Evie’s conditions weight on Sebastian will he choose to risk his heart in this endeavor or run when things get too serious?

I love how reader’s have gotten to know Evie through everything as being the shyest among them yet she summons all of her courage to approach the most notorious rake there was. She was able to make herself stronger to escape her fate and fight for what she wants. Readers have also seen Lord St. Vincent in other works as the more evil out of everyone but in this work we are able to see another more endearing side to him. He found something to make him turn his world around, he wanted to protect Evie, and he wanted to be good for Evie. The chemistry between Evie and Sebastian was extraordinarily delightful to behold.

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2010

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Review: It Happened One Autumn

It Happened One Autumn It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Lillian bowman, the second of the wallflower quartet, just bought a new perfume that only seems to attract the attention of the formidable Marcus, Lord Westcliff. While staying at Stoney Cross Park Lillian decides to use this to her advantage to blackmail Marcus into getting his mother to sponsor herself and her sister daisy. Little does she know she won't end up needing a sponsor for the season.

This book definitely shows Marcus' lighter side, in the previous two he was such a stick in the mud. I loved all of the trouble Lillian and daisy manage to get into, they are the definition of American 'savages' as the English thought.

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2010

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