Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Wedding Girl - Madeleine Wickham

So as I mentioned, my favorite author is Sophie Kinsella. And on her earlier books, on the start of her career, she wrote as Madeleine Wickham which is actually her real name! So she did the unusual and started with her real name and then changed to a pen name! I was surprised, but she said she did so because she changed her style of writing when she wrote under the name of Sophie Kinsella. And I think the last book I read from her as Madeleine proves that a little.

So going on to the actual book. The Wedding Girl is not one of Madeleine's best book. I adore her but this book was an off turn for me. Basically it is about this girl who married an ilegal imnigrant so he could stay in the country and date this gay guy. And then she never gets a divorced and 10 yars later she is about to get married again! She explains that she felt that since no one knew it was if it never happened! Who thinks like that? Really?

And as usual everything just turns into a big mess. What I didn't like is that this one was a bit of a telenovela. Not good. But if you like really dramatic things, with problems over problems I think this book wouldn't be so bad to you. I have nothing against a good drama but this was a bit over the top. Besides this book had some mistakes due to the lack of research/knowledge. For example she didn't marry on the church on her first marriage so technically the church shouldn't nose around about it and neither did she "say her vows and tainted them" since all she did was sign on a piece of paper. Well if you read it you will know what I mean. I don't really want to give out everything about it.

Overall it did keep me from getting bored but not my favorite so I'd give it 3~3.5 st

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Unusual Favorite : The Land of Elyon Series

Basically, it's about a 12-year-old girl in search of the truth in the Land of Elyon. In book 1, Alexa tries to figure out what lies outside the walls of her kingdom. I've read 3 of the 5 (?) books. And it may look childish, especially the character being 12. But believe me this is worthy of all ages. And the courage and attitude she presents is beyond her young age. It is quite enjoyable and definitely a favorite of mine. I devoured these books!

It is well written. I really enjoy the main character, although that can differ quite a bit since some have said that she has no salt to her. All the little mysteries and adventures she goes through is just wonderful to read. This is a great addition to your fantasy arsenal. I confess that I wasn't too excited with how the first book started. It was weird, especially since it started with the death of a character. But after you get into it you can't stop. I'll definitely be buying the next books as soon as they arrive here.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Favorite Writer

I never really though of having a favorite writer. But recently I've realized I do. Sophie Kinsella. It doesn't matter what she is writing about, I always enjoy from start to finish every book I read from her. And I have read a lot.
I guess it's the way she writes and creates her characters that make every single book entertaining. And one of the few that I actually have the patience to re-read.

A lot of people know of her Shopaholic series since it even made it as a movie. And the latest book "Mini shopaholic" was about Becky and her daughter and their difficulties. I really pity Luke. Two shopaholics under one roof? Oh my.

Her stand alone novels are special each on it's own. The ones I liked the most were "Remember Me?" and the "The Undomestic Goddess". Especially that last one.

Righ now I am starting to read the books she wrote under the name of Madeleine Wickham. Just finished reading Cocktails for Three. And as I said above, I enjoy every book she writes and this time it wasn't any different. I am most ready to read all the rest!

Check out her website and the books she has written and see if you are interested. I promise you won't regret them.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy #4) - Short Review

I really love this series, its very different. Overall it managed to surprise me greatly and I enjoy it to the most. So a big thumbs up to Richelle Mead on that.

Now on to the review! And beware of spoilers!

This book definitely is a mixture of emotions and happenings. We got to see new sides of many characters which was on of the best things about this book. Roses's mother actually shows some emotion. And Adrian shows his more protective and caring side. Which made me fall more in love with the character then before. Rose also matures a lot in this book.

Although the very end surprised me a bit. Yes it was expected that Dimitri would still be well alive. But I personally though that Rose would genuinely give Adrian a chance and start a relationship with him. Even if a hesitant one. And then she would discover that he is alive and searching for her. And while all that happened the story would focus on Lissa and her ended relationship and her actions towards the court/royalty. And now Adrian is bound to be thrown to the side again. Poor guy.

Abe was quite the surprise there. I never saw it coming. And when she realizes that they have more in common than she thought. I just have to say. It's really funny. No doubt about it.

Also, the whole thing with Avery I wasn't expecting at all. I never even though about the possibility of her being a Spirit user! Although the few oddities regarding her here and there.
How naive of me.

I do confess that at some parts things were quite monotonous. But the ending is well worth it and I really think everyone should read this book. Although you probably already wanted to read it if you haven't yet.

Overall? 4 stars.