The most successfully drawn people are Alec and Meg; Lamprell has perfect pitch when it comes to marital discord...But by the end, this guidebook reads like it has gone through a Cuisinart, leaving a choppy, chaotic mess. Arrivederci, Roma. The wise reader will stick with Fodor’s next time.
Such a setup might sound short on comic potential but Eberlen’s touch is, for the most part, wonderfully light and there are not a few occasions when the musicals-mad Hope nearly steals the show.
It’s the spirit of this novel that makes it stand out. It is inspiring to read Peyton’s celebration of a sense of adventure, which, eschewing the epic, focuses instead on the person of a gardener’s daughter, who instinctively understands that a life lived to the full demands occasional wildness of heart.
...sadly for me, Caraval the book very closely resembles Caraval the game: A beautiful setting for a hollow stone.
“The Sleepwalker” is an engaging and eminently readable book. In the midst of its compelling mystery, Bohjalian introduces big questions about the nature of family, about heredity and sexuality and rationality. Its ever-quickening pace leads to fascinating reveals - and while you might see some of them coming, you won’t see them all.
There is a sweetness at the core of these stories; they offer us a sense of awakening and gentle adventure, and provide a more straightforward coming of age than we are usually offered in the real world.
Luke and Polly didn’t seem like the most likeliest of couples, but they were able to give each other the proverbial push. They learned to lean on each other and found something neither of them thought they could have. A sexy, fun read...
This is a short novella that is filled with lots of emotion and interest. It is definitely part of a series but that doesn’t matter as you quickly get involved with Rory and Max.
Leopard's Fury is a hot, sexy shifter romance that grabbed hold of my attention and didn't let go. The plot was enlivened by unexpected surprises, riveting suspense and raw sensuality that have become Christine Feehan trademarks.
A pleasant read with no major surprises, the novel profits from the author’s skill at illuminating the most profound (and burdensome) of human desires—to love and be loved.
Many-layered, thought-provoking and – in its love story – delicate as a chrysalis, this is an old-fashioned novel of ideas that is strikingly and compellingly modern.
Her world is intricate and immersive, and her characters feel like home. It's okay that the pace isn't exactly pulse-pounding, although Mountain does have its gripping moments of action, suspense, and shattering revelation.
So much as happened to them, both as a couple and individually. Their powers have grown and evolved. Their relationships with other characters in the series have matured. And their love for each other has solidified into this powerfully passionate union.
Though not always thought-provoking, they are quick and easy reads that leave readers satisfied because no matter the sorrow, her empowered heroines triumph.
Smart, tender and insightful, I enjoyed this tremendously, and hope to see Moreno-Garcia write more stories in this world.
Some characters are frustrating with their inability to see the big picture, but in the end, this is significant to real-life growth and change.
This leads to a series of stories that can feel a bit homogenous, but Moyes’ engaging writing keeps things enjoyable. While there's nothing earth-shattering in this collection, it’s a pleasant and charming read.
...there are times in Serious Sweet when the transitions between present day and flashback narratives feel jarring and uneven. However, for most of the novel we are immersed in Jon and Meg’s internal worlds, an immersion that is at times deeply affecting.
Nicholas and Olivia were not looking for any kind of relationship, but they fell into one when they were inexplicably drawn to one another...Royally Screwed was sexy, cheeky and just too damn good to put down.
...a work of fiction demands more than intermittently perceptive moments to come to life. Unfortunately, The Mothers lacks the narrative and linguistic energy to sustain a reader's belief in the world that Bennett has contrived.