Wow, that was bad!!! So how come I rated it 2 stars instead of 1? Or why didn’t I just give up? It was the author’s disclaimer that saved it for me. He starts the book off with a warning: “Okay, if this is the first book of mine you're going to try, stop now. Return it. Grab another. It's okay, I'll wait." This is a bit of clever marketing if you ask me, because now you’re EXTRA curious! How bad exactly is this thing??? HA! Pretty darn bad!
I feel like criticizing the [very very very] bad writing it not fair because even if the author himself knows it’s crap who I am to judge? I’m not a literary critic, I couldn’t do it better myself…. I just know what I like!
But here I go anyway.
It was cliché, corny, amateurish, melodramatic… I rolled my eyes so many times I’m surprised they didn’t get stuck up there! It was all too much – like he had the kernel for 17 stories and crammed them all into one book. Plus, it’s PACKED with ridiculous lines like (I’m paraphrasing):
•She needed to find answers, and she needed to find them now! (insert dramatic music)
•She did not want to be exposed to the dangerous weapon of love (barf)
•You wont let me love you because even though you are a top model, inside you still feel like that fat little girl nobody loved (oh please!)
•I’m so afraid of my feelings (gimme a break)
•He loved her so much it hurt (yeah yeah whatever)
•Her looks were not only dangerous, they were lethal (what does that even mean! Come on!)
But having said all that, I agree with other reviews that it still shows promise. He obviously has a great imagination and his current success proves it.
He’s forgiven for writing a little train-wreck. It entertained me.
Beware the mood you are in when you download books to read later! What on EARTH was I thinking!!!! Why did I think this would interest me? I amaze myself sometimes.
I have to admit that parts of it were interesting but I will never retain any of the information and overall I was pretty indifferent. I ploughed through because I am cheap and rather waste my time than my money.
I can see how to someone who is more knowledgeable about dance and ballet than me would really like it, it’s very thorough and does provides a lot of detail so it still rated 3 stars in my opinion - but it’s certainly not for novices nor people with just a passing interest.
I agree with what others have said about the narration: a narrator should be able to pronounce foreign words and names correctly!
It was a radio play!! ARGH! - I feel so stupid for not catching that part. I wanted info about the rivalry, not a production that teaches me nothing.
Bleh - total total total waste.
I needed a break from the book I am currently reading so when I came across this one I thought it would fit the bill nicely: short, informative and entertaining. It was perfect for me; detailed enough to be interesting throughout, but not too heavy on politics, dates, treaties, and wars.
I’m a Royalphile and I’ve read many bios on the Royal Family, but so far none about Queen Mary and George V so I especially enjoyed the section that covered their reign. As for the rest of the group, although I can’t say I learned anything new, I was engaged all the way through since I am naturally so drawn to the topic.
I was really not expecting to like this book that much, so I think my 4 star rating includes the surprise factor.
I am a Royalphile, so I enjoy books (fictional or not) that include members of the Royal Family. The synopsis of this one seemed a little silly to me when I first read it, but I decided since it was on sale for only 4$ I’d give it a shot. I am ever glad I did! It was very entertaining in a fluffy way – and I don’t mean that as a criticism, I was glad to have some enjoyable light escapism after having just finished a heavier novel.
I enjoyed this character and her circle very much and I’m glad to see that there is a whole series to enjoy!
I’ve always been drawn to holocaust stories because they are so compelling; all you need to do is scroll through my library to see how many I’ve read – but this one was notch above most.
I was not just gripped - I was riveted, spellbound… I hung on to every word; it was so engrossing!!
It was like eating, the more I consumed, the more I wanted; even the romance didn’t get on my nerves and that’s saying a lot!
Easily the best book I’ve read all year.
I love learning about the “history of stuff” like why do we use forks and where does pepper come from and what are the origins of the term ‘chairman of the board’. I just eat it up!
It’s supposed to be about the history of the home (why is it called a drawing room and when did houses start having upstairses etc), but I felt it reached so far out beyond the four walls that I found it hard to see the link back to the home at times – doesn’t matter really because it was all still interesting to me.
Perhaps I was just not in the right frame of mind, but I hated it. I was so bored!
I never quite got the point, didn’t know who was who, couldn’t follow who was doing what… I made it all the way to 45% done only because I had a long wait at the doctor’s office and more time to kill on the bus on the way home.
Perhaps I missed out – but I don’t care! 3$ wasted.
I enjoyed it a lot, but not as much as the first one I read (The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes) because the plot in this novel was a little over the top! After a while, I felt like I was just waiting for another twist.
I felt like there were many similarities to the first book too, so while I do intend to read more of her books, I feel like if I read another one right away they will start to feel a little formulaic.
Still, a great read – loved the suspense it really had me riveted.
I’m a nervous traveller, so it makes me wonder what kind of sick impulse propelled me to buy a book about the “Not-So-Comfortable Truths about Air Travel Today”!!
It was an OK book; he did a good job at convincing me that flying is safe – something I know intellectually, but it never hurts to be reminded with facts.
I liked the informative lesson in ‘fare buckets’ and understanding how people can pay such widely varying prices for tickets on the same flight, how often planes get thoroughly cleaned and other interesting miscellaneous factoids.
But over all the tone of the book felt ‘complainy’. I fly at least 6 times a year or more and perhaps I am extraordinarily lucky but I really don’t think it’s that bad! He made it out to be one of the most miserable experiences in life; I don’t buy it. To me, because of that, most of the book felt like a whiny rant.
Great story! I love getting sucked into a good book that keeps me engrossed and that is hard to put down! Books like that feel like a treat.
It was a true page-turner, I was gripped and anxious to know “what would happen next” throughout the entire thing. There were no “gimme a break, this is over the top” moments, and the plot felt believable because the characters were all so sympathetic.
If all of Diane Chamberlain’s books are this good, my 2014 reading list it set!
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