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Although I went in prepared for sad, I wasn't prepared enough. At times I felt like John Green was pulling my heart out and stomping around on it, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Overall, I felt it was a life-affirming and beautiful story despite its focus on (and very realistic treatment of) illness and death. Definitely the best Young Adult novel I've read in a long time, and Kate Rudd's narration was great.
I love this series -- it's a lot of fun, and while it's very fluffy, there is a lot of information in there about the lifestyle and class structure of 1930's England. Also, Katherine Kellgren's narration is fantastic!
I feel like my tolerance for cheesy romance in urban paranormal fiction is pretty high, but this was way too much for me. I felt like the same scenes were just being repeated over and over and the book was just way too long.
Fantastic! I was so excited that there was going to be a book series to continue on with the Veronica Mars story, but also apprehensive that it would be terrible. I needn't have worried, because The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line definitely exceeded my expectations. Plus, the narration by Kristin Bell adds so much to the story. She even picks up the inflections from the actors who play the other characters in the TV series and movie. If you're a Veronica Mars fan I think you'll love it, but even if you never watched the show, I think this would stand on it's own as a modern noir-influenced detective series.
I thought this book was well-written with some fantastic world-building, and I liked it (I'd give it a half star more if I could), but I didn't love it. The main character felt a little underdeveloped and I didn't completely connect with her, but I thought the personalities of the Enefadeh were really well done. If you like your Fantasy a little heavier on the philosophical overtones and political intrigue, you'll probably enjoy this. There is also an overarching romantic theme, but the romance (and the sexy times) are fairly abstract. It was a little bit hard to follow on audiobook, but it was very well done.
I feel like the series really hit it stride with this book. Where the first few books felt a little slow in spots, this one was action all the way through. A lot happened, and while the relationships still feel a little over-dramatic at times, I'm enjoying the development of the characters. Looking forward to the next one!
A little dry and slow-moving, but probably a more realistic view of the time period than you usually get with holiday historical fiction.
If you like a good dose of horror in your holiday you might like this, but it was way too gory for me.
The pace of this book was a little slow, especially through the beginning, but I really enjoyed it. I loved that it was set in 1920's Paris, with famous artists of the day popping in and out of the storyline, and the focus on the Surrealist movement and the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol was fascinating. I didn't realize this was the second book in a series, and I liked it enough that I plan to read the first, Touchstone.
I didn't like this one quite as much as the previous two -- there was a lot going on, but the depth of the relationships seemed a little lacking. I plan to read on, though -- I like this series overall.
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