Written by Julia Quinn Series Bridgerton Published Year 2000
Can there be any greater challenge to London's Ambitious Mamas than an unmarried duke? -- Lady Whistledown's Society Papers, April 1813
By all accounts, Simon Basset is on the verge of proposing to his best friend's sister, the lovely and almost-on-the-shelf, Daphney Bridgerton. But the two of them know the truth, it's all an elaborate plan to keep Simon free from marriage-minded society mothers. And as for Daphne, surely she will attract some worthy suitors now that it seems a duke as declared her desirable.
But as Daphne waltzes across ballroom after ballroom with Simon, it's hard to remember that their courtship is a complete sham. Maybe it's his devilish smile, certainly it's the way his eyes seem to burn every time he looks at her...but somehow Daphne is falling for the dashing duke...for real! And now she must do the impossible and convince the handsome rogue that their clever little scheme deserves a slight alteration, and that nothing makes quite as much sense as falling in love.
Usually when I 'read' rather browse historical romance because they aren't that appealing to me but it's different with this book, this is the first historical romance that I've read through and through. It's certainly is different because it's not as tacky, the characters are charming/lovable and the dialogue is witty and more of contemporary-style and also the bit about Lady Whistledown is a nice idea, it would be intresting if the character would be revealed in thr following installments in the series.
Written by Ann Brashares Series Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Published Year 2003
Four teen girls who have known each other since birth (their moms shared a pregnancy aerobics class) further forge their bond of friendship through a pair of thrift-store jeans that magically, impossibly, fits them all perfectly. Like the summer before, Carmen, Bridget, Tibby, and Lena share their individual adventures with the Pants collective, creating an engaging, kaleidoscopic narrative of four voices. This summer, Tibby attends a film program in Virginia and Bridget (Bee), whose mother has died, impulsively jets off to Alabama to get reacquainted with her estranged grandmother. Lovely Lena tries to protect herself from the heartbreak of loving her long-distance Greek god boyfriend Kostos, and Carmen deals (poorly) with her mother dating again and having the nerve to borrow the Pants!
For the first half of the book it's seeems like nothing can get any worse for the girls; they're a disaster between dealing with their mothers, boyfriends and themselves. The characters seemed normal as teens being overly dramatic, really it has that feeling like when you're wathcing a soap. By the end everything seems to fall into place again; Bee has come into terms with accepting the death of her mother and finding closure with the help of Greta; Tibby learned to deal with Bailey's death and realized Brians importance to her, Carmen learned to be more giving for the people she loves and Lena after her drastic love affair with Kostos seemed to have found a new boy. There's still alot of sapiness involved and more crying but the character have changed alot from the first book and alot of the side-characters have been developed in the story including their mothers who have redeveloped their friendship.
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Written by ND Wilson Series 100 Cupboards Published Year 2007
Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.
The good thing is that I really liked it, the bad thing is that it's a series and it left alot of loopholes in the story which would be an intro for the sequel. The style of writing is quite good it's like reading a storybook. I never read of any story invoving cupboards before but the alternateworld-stuff is so cliche.
Written by Marian Keyes Series Walsh Family Published Year 2006
Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. Physically broken and emotionally shattered, she lies on her parents' Dublin sofa with only one thing on her mind: getting back to New York. New York means her best friends, The Most Fabulous Job In The World™ and above all, it means her husband, Aidan.
But nothing in Anna's life is that simple anymore... Not only is her return to Manhattan complicated by her physical and emotional scars – but Aidan seems to have vanished. Is it time for Anna to move on? Is it even possible for her to move on? A motley group of misfits, an earth-shattering revelation, two births and one very weird wedding might help Anna find some answers – and change her life forever.
I'd heard the old wives' tale that we need a year and a day to know, really know, at our core, that someone has died. We need to live through an entire year without the person, to experience every part of our lives without them—my birthday, his birthday, our wedding anniversary, the anniversary of his death—and it's only when that's done and we're still alive that we begin to understand.
For so long I'd kept telling myself and trying to make myself believe that he would come back, that somehow he'd manage it because he loved me so much. Even when I was so angry over little Jack that I'd stopped talking to him, I'd still held out hope. Now I knew, really knew, like the last part of a jigsaw locking into place: Aidan wouldn't be coming back.
I was really holding out on reading this until I found the first three installments of this series but I've read a review that's it's quite different from the previous books and that it would have been better to be a stand alone instead so I gave it a shot. I was itching to find out what happenned to Aidan and then I realized that it's the catch -- he is actually dead, that part was really sad but the peculiarities of the characters and the situiation have overshadowed it for me. What's more funny is that Anna was brooding of how weird the people she was spending her time with, when she herself is very a very odd person, not to mention her family. English humor is so typical not as bad as slapstick jokes but typical -- they always find it funny when a person acts silly er stupid.
It's not really a typical chick-lit which is what I had set my mind on, that's why I find this hard to read because I hate the idea of someone dying on me and leaving me behind, just like Anna.
Written by Eoin Colfer Series Artemis Fowl Published Year 2001
Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history and with his trusty sidekicks, Butler and Juliet, in tow he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that "gold at the end of the rainbow" nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate The People from their stash is to kidnap one of their number and wait for the ransom to arrive. But when the time comes to put his plan into action he reckons without Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaisance) Unit--a sort of extra small Clarice Starling with pointy ears and wings--and her senior officer Commander Root, an elf who will stop at nothing to get her back.
My friend urged me to read it, I must admit I would not have picked it up on my own but I'm glad I did. It was good, very creative of the author to mix technology and magic, the pacing was good as well, not a an ounce of dullness. What I like the best is that it is vey detailed and the characters are very complex. I like this version of the cover because it shows some of the characters so you coukd imagine how they looked like; the menacing troll, Butler and Captain Holly.