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review 2017-08-08 16:19
I Was Tired and Gave This One Three Stars
Something Blue - Emily Giffin

Honestly, I didn't like this one much more than "Something Borrowed", but due to the ending (which I had a hard time believing) I still gave it three stars because I think that the main character in this one (Darcy) was more honest about her crap than her ex-best friend Rachel. I did spend about 60 percent of the book disliking Darcy though. And I still found it farfetched that Darcy would go to England and just push herself on Ethan (introduced in the last book). And when Ethan did his reading of receipts to Darcy, the whole thing just fell flat.

 

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"Something Blue" was an interesting book. A sequel to "Something Borrowed" the story also goes back some way to find out more about the main character in this one Darcy. In the first book in the series, I thought she was very under developed. And in this one, I thought her obsession with Rachel and Dex was a mess. I got it, but girl, really? After Griffin provides us with even more ammo to have us hate Darcy, I was just over her. She was blind to her issues and I can't see how she got through her life without someone slapping her on a daily basis.

 

When Darcy flees to England to get away from the mess her life is (no spoilers) it really doesn't feel organic to the story. But I liked the England parts better. There, Darcy reconnects with Ethan and in her own messed up way is there to try to drive a wedge between him and her ex best friend Rachel. 


Why did I give this three stars??

Oh yeah, the story moved to England and I liked how Griffin depicted it. Also we have Darcy growing up a lot in this book. I don't know if I buy she suddenly changed in like two months. And she was still making catty comments to herself about other characters. But I did like that she stopped to realize that she was selfish and took ownership of her relationship with her ex. I also thought that she had a point that Rachel was her best friend and that Darcy would not have done something like that to her. Ethan and others trying to bring up that Darcy stole Dex from Rachel (yeah no) was total crap. I do think that Darcy loved her friends, but she was selfish as the day is long. It doesn't absolve her best friend from sleeping with her fiancee. 

 

The writing was okay in this one.I didn't really care for Darcy's voice. When the book fast forwards a few years Darcy's voice is like night and day. That really surprised me. 


The ending was a surprise, but I don't know it really fit what we know about this character. 

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review 2017-02-24 22:28
Great Story and Characters
Something Blue - Charlotte Armstrong

Nan had her arm around Johnny as he came up the stairs. Dorothy/Dot asked Johnny how college had been. Dot was Nan’s cousin.  Nan then told Johnny she was in love and engaged to be married to Richardson Bartee. Nan called her aunt Emily in Paris to tell her and as soon as Emily heard the name she told Nan not to get married that Emily was flying home . Emily and Dorothy were the only family Nan had. Both Nan’s and Dorothy’s parents had died in a car accident  together. Emily had raised the girls and Emily wrote short stories for a living and worked from home. When Nan was younger there had been a school dance and Nan didn’t have a date so Johnny’s mom had talked him into taking Nan and he was there for her in every way he could be since. Nan was the shy and sensitive one while Dot was the more outgoing and very popular one of the two girls.   Emily Had changed her and the girl’s names as in reality Nan’s father was in prison for the murder of her mother but Clinton- her dad was innocent and Richardson Bartee had killed Nan’s mom when he was fifteen years old. Then while on the plane Nan’s aunt Emily had heart problems and was taken right to the hospital. Emily then leaves a message that she needed to see Johnny  and told him the whole story and made him promise to see her brother Clinton. Later that evening Richardson came to the hospital and killed Emily. Then when Johnny does go to see Clinton he finds out Nan has a lot of money coming to her. Old man Bartee had been sending money to Emily for Nan since her mother’s death. Johnny was asked to find out if he could if Richardson did or didn’t kill Nan's mom.

Excellent story I loved this. It kept me interested all the way through the story until the last page. I loved how Emily sacrificed for her two nieces even giving up her trip around the world to rush home. I was kinda disappointed in Nan how she was turning her back on everyone she had known most of her life for a man she hadn’t known very long and how she could be cruel to them as well. She was suppose to be the sensitive one and in parts acted the spoiled little brat  but got past that and kinda understood she had been swept off her feet. I did feel bad that she had to find out on her wedding day her new husband was a murderer and only wanted her money not her. But all and all a great story. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story as well as the plot and I highly recommend.

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review 2015-01-29 00:00
Something Blue(Balls)
Something Blue(Balls) - fatcamp Something Blue(Balls) - fatcamp Okay so I went back and forth with my rating for this. The "hirsute man" and "ardent boy" and the many, many other ways of describing either one of them was a little off putting. But in the end it's cute and it's hot so 3.5 stars it is.

To be honest it got 1 star just for this:

"Malia was of course not in attendance, having been unable to cope with existence as a human teenager and gone back to the woods several years ago to live once again the simple life of a coyote."

(It's exactly how I would like her to be dealt with.)

So Derek and Stiles get some action while waiting for Scott and Kira to exchange vows. It was hawt and led to an interesting outcome.

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text 2014-05-26 15:30
My Completed Series
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling
The Luxe - Anna Godbersen
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants - Ann Brashares
The Awakening and The Struggle - L.J. Smith
L.A. Candy - Lauren Conrad
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
True Believer - Nicholas Sparks
Something Blue - Emily Giffin
Scarlett - Alexandra Ripley,Stephens Mitchell
The Bad Beginning: The Short-Lived Edition (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1) - Brett Helquist,Lemony Snicket,Michael Kupperman

I have read an okay sum of series, but there are many more that I need to finish and start!! These are all my completed series, although I want to do similar posts: Series I'm Caught Up With, Series I Need to Continue, Series I Want to Start, and Series I Won't Finish.

 

So far I have completed 31 series (duologies, trilogies, & longer)

 

Series:

1. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (7) ☆☆☆☆☆

2. The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (13) ☆☆☆☆

3. The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen (4) ☆☆☆☆☆

4. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (5) ☆☆☆☆☆

5. The Bride Quartet Series by Nora Roberts ☆☆☆

6. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith (4) ☆☆☆

7. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer (4) ☆☆☆

8. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (6) ☆☆☆☆

 

Trilogies:

1. Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray ☆☆☆☆

2. The Study Trilogy by Maria V. Snyder ☆☆☆☆

3. L.A. Candy Trilogy by Lauren Conrad ☆☆☆☆

4. Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E.L. James ☆☆

5. The Secret Circle Trilogy by L.J. Smith ☆☆☆

6. The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han ☆☆☆

7. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins ☆☆☆☆☆

8. The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare ☆☆☆☆☆

9. *The Uglies Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld ☆☆.5

10. Bright Young Things Trilogy by Anna Godbersen ☆☆☆☆☆

11. The Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi ☆☆☆☆☆

12. The Anna and the French Kiss companion trilogy by Stephanie Perkins ☆☆☆☆☆

 

Duologies:

1. The Notebook & The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks ☆☆☆☆☆

2. True Believer & At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks ☆☆☆☆☆

3. Something Borrowed & Something Blue by Emily Giffin ☆☆☆☆☆

4. Leaving Paradise & Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles ☆☆

5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (☆☆☆☆) & Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (☆) by Roald Dahl

6. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell & Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley ☆☆☆☆☆

7. What my Mother Doesn't Know & What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones ☆☆

8. Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman ☆☆☆☆☆

9. If I Stay and Where She Went by Gayle Forman ☆☆☆☆

10. Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman  (graphic novels) ☆☆☆☆

11. Boxers & Saints by Gene Yuen Lang (graphic novels) ☆☆☆.5

 

* The Uglies Trilogy - Technically there's a fourth in the series called Extras that I don't really want to read - it's more of a companion book to the series and not necessary.
 
 

 Have you read any of these? Or need to catch up with any of these series?

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text 2014-03-19 18:40
Top 5 Wednesday: Best Sequels
Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
Just One Year - Gayle Forman
Something Blue - Emily Giffin
Cress - Marissa Meyer
Scarlett - Alexandra Ripley,Stephens Mitchell

Top 5 Wednesday was started by gingerreadslainey on youtube where each week she comes up with a new topic where you list your favorite 5. This weeks topic is sequels. Most of the time when I love a series, the sequels  run into one another especially since I like to marathon my series so I picked ones that I distinctly remember and love! I also didn't want to pick any series ending, unless it's a duology. Counting down to my #1 favorite, here's my top 5 sequels:

 

5. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

 

I really enjoyed The Hunger Games, and Catching Fire was even better... I usually like the first book the best in series, but in this case I think Catching Fire was my favorite. The arena was the best part, and there was just so much action. Too bad Mockingjay was such a disappointment :/

 

4. Just One Year by Gayle Forman

 

I read both Just One Day and Just One Year this year so far and really enjoyed them both. I liked Just One Year better than Just One Day because it really made the story complete, my questions were answered, and I just enjoyed Willem's journey more than Allyson's. Both were great self-discovery stories.

 

3.Something Blue by Emily Giffin

 

Something Borrowed is one of my favorite books and I do like it the best out of this duology, but Something Blue was a really good book. The character growth in the main character Darcy was amazing and you go from hating her for so long to loving her, it's amazing! I'm so excited a movie is in the works!!

 

2. Cress by Marissa Meyer

 

I love the lunar chronicles so much and Cress the third installment was absolutely amazing!! I think it's my favorite of the series, although it's hard to choose between it and Cinder but it was so good - I love all the characters, the relationships, where the story is headed - everything! It's amazing! I have a feeling that Winter the final book will be so well done and a satisfying ending to the series! At least I hope so!!

 

1. Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley

 

This is the sequel to Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell which is one of my favorite books! Although people are skeptical or hate on this book because it wasn't written by the original author - it didn't matter to me. I devoured this book - I thought she did an amazing job with the characters, loved that most of the story was set in Ireland and she gave me the ending I wanted! Rhett and Scarlett are my favorite literary couple so to me this book was perfect and so well written! One of my faves :)

 

What are some of your favorite sequels?

 

 

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** gingerreadslainey's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfM6zNpn1aQ

*** complete list of wednesdayer's: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1608567-complete-list-of-wednesday-ers

My other top 5 Wednesday posts:

- Top 5 Book Parents: http://msbooklover89.booklikes.com/post/822310/top-5-wednesday-book-parents

- Top 5 Best Book Friendships: http://msbooklover89.booklikes.com/post/813687/top-5-wednesday-best-book-friendships

- Top 5 Books I Want as Movies: http://msbooklover89.booklikes.com/post/804662/top-5-wednesday-books-i-want-as-movies

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