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Review: Bad Luck Cadet By Suzie Ivy

Posted in Review, Uncategorized on October 29, 2011 by Julie Mangan

Definitely interesting and a quick read. Very informative and made me root for Suzie from the first page. It is a writing style I’m not familiar with, but it didn’t interrupt with the story. The fourth wall was broken a few times, but I didn’t mind. I have to be honest and admit I don’t know if this is fiction or autobiographical. But it felt very much like a memoir. when’s the next book out?


Princess of Glass (Princess #2) By Jessica Day George

Posted in Review on October 8, 2011 by Julie Mangan

Princess of Glass is the sequel to Jessica Day George’s Princess of the Midnight Ball. Both are fairy Tales and all that that implies.

While I enjoyed the book on a basic level, such as prose, characters and conflict, I found it lacking in a couple of areas. The most important of which: It’s resolution.

While happily ever after is what we’ve come to expect from the genre, and what was implied in the end of this story, I don’t see how it actually occurred. There was never any clear solution presented to the protagonists problems. They went into the grand finale with no plan and fell out of it, just assuming it was over without actually vanquishing the villain. The villain suggested that even if they did beat her little test she could still not give back what she promised. So why should they assume that just because they escaped her realm that she’s never coming back to get them (literally)? She’d snatched someone out of their home only moments before. What’s to stop her from doing it again? I still don’t know.

The above being said, I am not the target audience for this book. It is obviously geared towards teenage girls, so perhaps I’m over thinking it. But then again, even though I don’t know many, I still assume that teenage girls think logically, and would find this a problem themselves. At least I hope so, since just assuming your problems have vanished when their out of sight isn’t sound teachings for future trials.

In summary: I liked it. But I didn’t REALLY like it.

Review: Little Lady, Big Apple by Hester Browne

Posted in Review on September 14, 2011 by Julie Mangan

I’m sad to say this book didn’t grab me like the first one. It took me six weeks to read. The plot of Melissa joining Jonathan in New York didn’t have much inherent conflict in it. Yes, her office would be manned by two self-absorbed women who thought more of their own needs than those of the clients, but Melissa didn’t spend much time worrying about it. At least, not enough time to make it believable that she really was concerned for her company’s future. But then, she’s so gung-ho about the whole business she’s willing to brave Jonathan’s displeasure by refusing to quit. And that was just one of my problems. Don’t get me started on Jonathan himself. I haven’t liked him from the start and his behavior in this book simply solidified my dislike for him, instead of bringing me around to his side.

At its core, this was just another book where the main issues at hand could have been solved by a frank conversation between the two lovers.

I do intend to read the next book, because I did truly enjoy the first in the series. Hopefully it has all the charm and humor of that first installment.

Review: Smokin’ Seventeen By Janet Evanovich

Posted in Review on August 10, 2011 by Julie Mangan

The latest installment in the Stephanie Plum series is about the same as the last book. Nothing like the first ten, but not as bad as a few of the subsequent novels.
The plot seemed a bit forced. I figured out the murderer before I was even halfway through, but even once the motive was explained to me I still only barely got it. It seemed a bit of a stretch.
The best thing about the book was Ranger. As usual.