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review 2018-04-12 14:16
Review: Westfield Wolves Series by Lydia Dare
A Certain Wolfish Charm - Lydia Dare
Tall, Dark and Wolfish - Lydia Dare
The Wolf Next Door - Lydia Dare
The Taming of the Wolf - Lydia Dare
The Wolf Who Loved Me - Lydia Dare
Wolfishly Yours by Dare, Lydia (2012) Mass Market Paperback - Lydia Dare

Can I just say, I love the idea that I can associate an entire series with one post on Booklikes? Because that, my darlings, is fucking awesome.




Werewolves. The Regency period. Can we have a hell-yeah from the congregation?


The series is basically split up into two parts. The Westfield brothers (Simon, Ben, and Will) take up the first three books. I'm quite fond of the Westfield brothers.


Book One, A Certain Wolfish Charm, is all about Simon and Lily. Simon is a bit of an arse, but he gets over it. Eventually. There's some secret-keeping going on which...fair enough, if I was a werewolf and I was convinced I was going to hurt the ones I love, I probably wouldn't want to tell them either. It's well-written and has a touch of spice, and a heroine who takes no shit.


Book Two, Tall, Dark and Wolfish is Ben's story. I have no words for how much I love poor, puppyish Ben. Unlike bossy grumpy Simon, Ben just wants to do whatever it takes to keep Elspeth happy. Elspeth's coven sisters become important later on - Caitrin is the heroine of Taming the Wolf (Book 4) while Blair, Sorcha, and Rhiannon are the heroines of the three Gentlemen Vampyres novels. On which more later. Anyway, Elspeth and Ben are adorable, although Ben does display the first sign of Bumbling Idiot Syndrome, which killed the last two novels in the series for me.


Book Three, The Wolf Next Door, was a decent read. Nothing particularly special, and I personally disliked both the hero and the heroine. PLUS, and this is my major problem, we're never actually fucking told what went wrong with their elopement. It's sort of implied that she changed her mind, but I was hoping for a flashback confrontation at the very least. Still, the book is worth it for the introduction of Dashiel 'Dash' Thorpe, Earl of Brimsworth. Poor bastard, he got a really shit deal. I mean, okay, he was also a bit of an arse, but you can't have everything.


Book Four, The Taming of the Wolf, is the story of Dash and Caitrin. Dash was a contender for Prisca's hand in Book Three, although I never did understand what he saw in her. Now he's gone and bitten Cait and bound himself to her for life as her mate. Cait is naturally not pleased. The pair of them bicker adorably, and there's an accidental poisoning, a long run, and eventually, lurve. I think this one is my favourite, because Dash is frankly adorable.


I'm not going to write individual paragraphs for Books Five and Six (The Wolf Who Loved Me and Wolfishly Yours) . The books are about two of Dash's half-brothers, Wes (Book 5) and Gray (Book 6) and their love interests. I had hopes for Book 5, which started out decently, but was ruined by the whiniest, most annoying, most utterly useless heroine I have ever read in my entire goddamn life. If I were in Wes' shoes, I'd have dumped Maddie in a ditch halfway to Gretna and thanked the gods for a lucky escape. Wes is not exactly a bright spark either, but at least he doesn't while all the bloody time. Book Six had a decent heroine, but was ruined by the most idiotic, drunken, obnoxious loud of a hero I have ever read. Seriously. Gray is a total idiot. 


I guess the stupidity in Books Five and Six is supposed to be a continuation of the humour of the first four books but for me, it just falls completely flat. There's nothing humorous about a girl who's lost her fortune and is now receiving offers to become a mistress from men who'd asked her to marry them before.


And shall we talk about Viscount Radbourne (Dash's other half brother)? In the Gentleman Vampyres trilogy, he's portrayed as something of a lovable rogue. You know the sort - he's a rake and a rogue, but a girl can count on him when she's in need. An incorrigible flirt, but kind of sweet underneath it all, and basically a good sort. In these two books, he's portrayed as practically a villain. He's rude, he's obnoxious, he leers at every single female character, and he's just...gah. Revolting is probably a good word? On the one hand, I guess it's good marketing because I want to read his book to have him redeemed, but on the other I kind of never want to see this author's name on my Kindle again.


So here's my verdict: Four stars for the first four books, and if I were you I'd stop after book 4 because nothing worth knowing happens in the other two.

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review 2018-04-01 13:08
To All the Boys I've Loved Before - JennyHan

I've had this book for a while and don't know why I never thought to read it. It's perfect in every single way! Cute, kept coming to mind, followed by me declaring to anyone in close proximity how much I love this book. I want to read it again this second but instead I've ordered the next two books in the series. Because I know whatever Han writes next about Lara Jean will be right up my street. If you're looking for dark, angsty, over the top teenage drama, stay away! This is just too cute for words!

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review 2018-03-01 10:48
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han

Bridget Blog Books for my thoughts

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text 2018-02-26 23:41
Reading progress update: I've read 142 out of 368 pages.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han

So grateful for audio books! Makes reading so much easier! There was a time I didn't like them but I've gotten spoiled! So , any book I own, I automatically look for audio! Not sure why but I don't like listening to audio books without owning the book (there are some exceptions...like if the audio is fairly short like the recent one I had but it was Malcolm X speeches). Like this book but its easier to listen to than sit down and read. :)

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-20 08:24
3/5: The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon, Stephen King
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon - Stephen King

When nine year old Tricia McFarland steps off a hiking trail – mostly to ease her bladder, but more to escape the arguing of her brother and mother - she makes a mistake. When she doesn’t retrace her steps, she makes a bigger one. What follows is nine days of deprivation and rising terror…

King says he works best when he’s writing epics, full of a hundred characters, but I’ve always found his best work to be the simplest: a few characters, a simple setting – Misery comes to mind, as do his short stories.

Concentrating on Tricia gives him a chance to dig in and scoop her out, to see what she’s made of, and we feel every ache and cut as she does. King certainly puts her through the grinder in her walk in the woods: Thirst, hunger, swarms of insects that love the taste of her sweat. There are simple joys too, like a meteor shower on a crystal clear night.

But there’s something more in the woods: Something odd following her, waiting for her strength to fail. It’s girl versus nature tale, simple and effective in its delivery and its imagery.

I checked the map from where Trish started her walk after I’d finished the novel, and it seemed to me the woods were conspiring against her – I don’t think it’s possible to walk as she did without crossing what looks like a major road. But then again, the things she sees – or imagines she sees – probably wouldn’t have been there either.

I devoured the first half of this book in roughly two hours. It’s not a long tale at around three hundred pages, and it didn’t take me long to finish the rest.

The only parts that slowed it down for me were the baseball references. Trish has a personal stereo with a radio that can pick up baseball games, and the sound of human voices is what keeps her moving, especially when her hero appears, a man named Tom Gordon.

The only problem with a book with sports references (of any kind) is the inference that your reader knows what you’re talking about. I don’t know anything about baseball except its basic terminology, so I was lost when Gordon is called “A closer” or “it’s the bottom of the eighth with three outs.”

It’s either a case of explaining it and slowing the book down, or moving on and hoping for the best. I mentally skimmed the parts where Trish is listening and commenting on the baseball matches she’s listening to. They weren’t more than a page or so anyway, so the effect was minimal. But it felt like I missed something important, since Trisha’s survival is linked to the game so closely. Even the chapters are titled after segments of a baseball game. (I feel the same way when I watch “A Field of Dreams”. Still love the movie though.)

I would have rated this four stars but for King’s notorious weak spot: His endings. I bought this book from a charity shop, and the ending changed my mind from I-want-to-keep-it to I’m-donating-it-back.

In the last few chapters, King simply seems to give up. He jumps out of Trish’s world and rushes headlong to the climax, as though suddenly bored with the tale and wanting to get it done. He skips four days of her walking in two pages to reach that climax. It’s a jarring jump out of a very involving and personal story.

And, much, much worse, when Trish finally faces the creature following her (Something which seemed to me was a twisted relative of IT), it’s not her that banishes it, but a random passing hunter. Not what I wanted to see in any way. I wanted to see her do it! It’s her I’ve been rooting for over the past three hundred pages, Mr King! Don’t drop in a random stranger with a rifle just to wrap it up.

A few years ago, I was in Washington State, driving through its endless evergreen forests. You could have lost anything in there – aircraft carriers, towns, whole civilisations. Walk into those woods more than a few hundred yards and you would die as you looked for a way out. A single child, alone, un-provisioned, unprepared? No one would ever find her.

Forests are a primeval environment anyway, a scary-as-hell place to get lost. A scary as hell sensation to feel like you’re being followed on top of that (as I can personally attest to).

Trish is made of tough stuff, I’ll tell you that, and to not have her beat the creature following her is simply a cheat.

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