Quickie Reviews
Friday April 13, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Quickie Reviews:


So I read a couple of books a few weeks ago and didn’t get around to writing my reviews for them.  Because I generally write my reviews soon after I’ve read the book, unless I take good notes, I don’t feel right about giving a full review of them.  If I wait too long to review after reading I forget the details and can’t give a thorough review regarding plot, characters, etc.  I’ve also already moved onto other books that have distracted me too much.  But I do know the overall feeling I had toward the books and whether I liked them or not and wanted to share.  So that has birthed, Quickie Reviews!

Publisher: Avon Books
Copyright: 2004
Published: March 18, 2005
Pages: 375
Form: Paperback
Series: The Wallflowers Series (1)
Find the Author: Lisa Kleypas
Buy The Book: B&N | Book Depository

“Four young ladies enter London society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. So a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.”

Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing–and persistent–admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition . . . but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

Her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for Annabelle, for only then will she be safe from Simon–and her own longings. But on one summer night, Annabelle succumbs to Simon’s passionate embrace and tempting kisses . . . and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all.

Quickie Thoughts:

LOVE LOVE LOVED this one from start to finish.  Mrs. Kleypas has a gift for historical romance.  The heroine, Annabelle, was resourceful and strong and the hero, Simon Hunt, is to die for.  Exactly the kind of man I could fall in love with.  The relationship and friendships among ‘The Wallflowers’ was endearing and lovely!  If you like historical romance this one is a DEFINITE winner!  A sweet story with lots of verbal sparring and wit.  I CANNOT wait to read the rest of this series!

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Copyright: 2010
Published: February 1, 2010
Pages: 280
Form: eBook
Series: The Iron Fey Series (1)
Find the Author: Julie Kagawa
Buy The Book: B&N | Book Depository

Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.

When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.

But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart.

Quickie Thoughts:

It was okay.  The story is fascinating and draws you in immediately.  I loved Puck.  His protectiveness, sarcasm, and humor completely won me over and I think he was a great friend to Meghan.  I have reservations about Meghan.  Overall she’s a decent enough character but I was irked when people kept telling her she had power beyond measure and she had no inclination to learn to harness and use it.  The two times she attempted was half-hearted and apathetic and it pissed me off.  She was perfectly okay to let Puck and Ash save her over and over and over again.  I’ll be delving into this phenomena a little more thoroughly soon. Ash was cool, but I want to know more.  Overall the story was interesting and I want to continue reading them.

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13 Responses to “Quickie Reviews”

  1. Great quickies. I’m so glad you enjoyed the first in the Wallflower series. It is one of those series where I become jealous when people read them for the first time. I can’t get that first time back. I just enjoyed the experience so much I wish I could go back.

    The Iron Fey series has been on my list for a while now but I’m starting to lose interest. There have been so many more that have come along and captured my attention.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Yes! It was AMAZING Alexis…I’m so glad you suggested it to me. As for The Iron Fey. I kept pushing it back too. But I was in the mood for some YA and finally read it. It was a good story, the protagonist just pissed me off a bit.

      Bex! Yes, I see there are more Wallflower fans. I’d never heard of this before before my blog friends shared. I’m so glad I picked it up. As for the Iron King, don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the story, just Meghan really irked me with her nonchalance about her powers.

  2. Ahhh, I’m so glad you loved Secrets of a Summer Night! I LOVE that series and think I could re-read it a million times without tiring. And they continue to get even better!

    I’m sorry you didn’t like The Iron King quite as much! I was pleasantly surprised by that one as well and can’t wait to continue the series. I hope you’ll like it more as you continue 🙂

  3. I felt the same way about The Iron King. I didn’t even continue the series, but I was tempted to pick up the short story from Puck’s POV.

    • Jade Jade says:

      Oh yeah there is a short about Puck. I’d be interested in reading this one. I’ll continue with the series, but I’m not really anxious to.

  4. I love that you’re doing this Quickie series, and I really respect your thoughts about not waiting too long after reading a book to review it (unless you’ve got good notes). I feel the exact same way. And this quickie idea is an excellent solution! Yay you!

    I’ve not read either of these. I keep meaning to get around to The Iron King, and now I’m curious about the protagonist as well. I wonder if her character grows to embrace her powers during the rest of the series? I hope so. :0)

    Thanks for the recommends!

    • Jade Jade says:

      I’m hoping yes. What made me mad about her is that she didn’t even try, and then miraculously at the end she taps into it…not buying it!

  5. Hehe, I love how there was a contrast in how much you loved both of these books — and considering how much I loved The Iron Fey series, that must mean I REALLY need to read the other one that you loved so much! 😉 I could sense your enthusiasm about that book with or without the bolding just because of the way you described it — short and sweet and totally convincing!

    But I really do hope you continue The Iron Fey series, Jade! The reason I loved The Iron King so much was probably because I read The Iron Daughter first and had a chance to fall in love with the story beforehand, because I promise you that it only gets better from there!!

    Amazing quickie reviews, Jade! <3

    • Jade Jade says:

      I will be continuing on with both series MiMi. I’m ure Meghan get her shit together and redeems herself (I hope). But her blaseness about her powers ticked me off royally.

  6. Hahaha! Yeah, Meghan takes some getting used to, but Puck is a ball of fun!

    And I function the same way when it comes to review writing. The more time passes, the harder it is for me to write them.

  7. Brie says:

    You have to read Lisa’s contemporaries, especially Blue-Eyed Devil. It’s one of my favorite books in the world, in fact, just talking about it it’s making me want to read it again! LOLOL Great reviews Jade!