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review 2016-10-04 00:32
Big Boned (Heather Wells Mysteries) - Meg Cabot
Big Boned - Meg Cabot

Loved this one too. I really like how Heather is generally dismissed, but is really very clever. Very. 


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text 2016-05-26 15:00
Cover Crush: The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot

Cover Crush is a feature originally thought up by Erin at Flashlight Commentary.  Every Thursday, she publishes a post featuring a book jacket/book cover that she really likes with a short commentary about it.  I discovered this weekly feature via It's a Mad Mad World  and decided to join in the fun!

Judge a book by it's cover?  Absolutely!




Okay, so this isn't the best cover illustration in the world.  In fact, it's kind of weird and not exactly unique either.  But I have reasons for liking it and not only because the bride-groom figures are in a rather risqué pose.

There is a pistol tucked into the bride's garter belt.

I know.  I'm very easily amused.  But I like it.

The rest of the covers in the Heather Wells series aren't really anything to write home about.  But they're cute in their own way, too.

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/05/cover-crush-bride-wore-size-12-by-meg.html
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review 2016-05-17 13:00
End of Series Review: Heather Wells
Size 12 and Ready to Rock - Meg Cabot
The Bride Wore Size 12 - Meg Cabot

Heather Wells series

by Meg Cabot
Book #4:  Size 12 and Ready to Rock | Goodreads | Rating:  4.0 Stars
Book #5:  The Bride Wore Size 12 | Goodreads | Rating:  4.0 Stars

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Overall Series Average Rating:  3.6 Stars

The reason why I decided to combine these last two Heather Wells books into one bundled review was because I couldn't really think of much to say about Size 12 and Ready to Rock.  To me, there was really no point in taking up a whole post with the words, "This was a very good book, probably my favorite of the Heather Wells series.  Very enjoyable."

The summary blurb to personal thoughts ratio was just too unbalanced for it to merit a whole individual post.  Because while it's true that I really enjoyed the fourth book in the Heather Wells series, I think I've already said all I need to say about the series overall.

The same goes for The Bride Wore Size 12.

To be totally honest, both books were excellent, enjoyable, entertaining, un-put-down-able.  And to be honest, even while these last two installments of the Heather Wells series seems to be the least liked by many others, I actually found them to be my more favorite of the five book series.

Heather's tacky jokes are toned down a bit.  Heather and Cooper get more time together and we get to see how well they work together both as partners in investigation and as lovers.  At the same time, Heather seems to have grown a lot over the course of these books and has learned to live for herself more than for the sake of being with Cooper.

Really, this is just my opinion, but Book #4 is probably my favorite of the five.  It could just also be that all the characters have grown on me after so many installments.



The Books


Summer break . . . and the livin' ain't easy!

 Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn't mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself—who just happens to be newly married to Heather's ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead . . . and it's clear that the star was the intended victim.

 Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright—who just happens to be Heather's new fiancÉ. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can't help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, this reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated.




Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

 With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather's long-lost mother shows up.

 Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she's determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it's the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.


Final Thoughts:
Overall, the Heather Wells series was extremely enjoyable, even in spite of my reserves after not quite enjoying the first book.  But things got better, Heather grows on you, and you start to look forward to seeing how things end up for her and her students and her friends.

The final ending in the fifth book might have brought back a bit of the tacky, but I'm completely satisfied enough not to dwell on it.  A lot of things might have been left unresolved, but open-ended-ness isn't all that bad when you're enjoying yourself.

I will definitely be looking forward to another Meg Cabot book or series.





2016 Reading Challenges:
Goodreads Reading Challenge
BookLikes Reading Challenge
Bookish Resolutions Challenge

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/05/end-of-series-review-heather-wells.html
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review 2016-05-04 12:00
Brief Thoughts: Big Boned
Big Boned - Meg Cabot

Big Boned

by Meg Cabot
Book 3 of Heather Wells series

Life is reasonably rosy for plus-size ex-pop star turned Assistant Dormitory Director and sometime sleuth Heather Wells. Her freeloading ex-con dad is finally moving out. She still yearns for her hot landlord, Cooper Cartwright, but her relationship with "rebound beau," vigorous vegan math professor Tad Tocco, is more than satisfactory. Best of all, nobody has died lately in "Death Dorm," the aptly nicknamed student residence that Heather assistant-directs. 

Of course every silver lining ultimately has some black cloud attached. And when the latest murdered corpse to clutter up her jurisdiction turns out to be her exceedingly unlovable boss, Heather finds herself on the shortlist of prime suspects—along with the rabble-rousing boyfriend of her high-strung student assistant and an indecently handsome young campus minister who's been accused of taking liberties with certain girls' choir members.

With fame beckoning her back into show business (as the star of a new kids' show!) it's a really bad time to get wrapped up in another homicide. Plus Tad's been working himself up to ask her a Big Question, which Heather's not sure she has an answer for . . .

Big Boned was not as fun or as well outlined as the previous book in the Heather Wells series, but still enjoyable, just the same. One thing I can be sure of, these books have become fun to read--coupled with them being easy reads, as well as how readily Heather has grown on me, I find myself liking the series more than I thought I would have.

This book was entertaining with some good humor, even in spite of some of the tackier humor. But, as I'd stated somewhere before, I found Heather can be quite charming and very easy to relate with.

While Cooper doesn't ever seem to have much of a presence in any of the books, I still find that I love his every single appearance, no matter in what capacity.  There's a little bit more romance in this book than the previous two, even if part of it is due to Heather's rebound guy, Tad Tocco.

The murder mystery wasn't entirely hard to predict and actually seemed a little forced, honestly.  But the bit of investigating that Heather does was fun to follow nonetheless.

There is a specific scene I keep mentioning to anyone in my real life who cares--a scene I found quite relatable and interesting:

Heather is questioning one of her students about what she might know about the murder.  And while the two are talking, they find themselves digging into the little apple crumble dish that said student's mother specifically told them not to touch.  They continue to talk and spoon more apple crumble into their mouths.  And it's just the most natural, banal, daily activity.  Afterwards, Heather leans back in her chair and pops open the button of her jeans.

And I'm thinking:  "Ha!  I totally do that too after overindulging in good food!"

It was just such a "That is SO me!" moment that I loved it!

Some Final Thoughts:
This series and Heather are definitely growing on me and I'm finding it very highly enjoyable.  I also like the new addition of Gavin and Jamie in the series.  Oh, and Tom.  Tom's pretty awesome when he's not being annoying.


2016 Reading Challenges:
Goodreads Reading Challenge
BookLikes Reading Challenge
Bookish Resolutions Challenge

Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/05/brief-thoughts-big-boned.html
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review 2016-04-30 11:20
Thoughts: Size 14 Is Not Fat Either
Size 14 Is Not Fat Either - Meg Cabot

Size 14 Is Not Fat Either

by Meg Cabot

Book 2 of Heather Wells series



Confession: In spite of what I thought of Heather Wells in the first book of this series, I found myself loving her strange charm in this second book. While there were still a lot of things I found frustrating about her, I felt like the circumstances of the murder mystery in Size 14 really brought out the best of Heather Wells.

I definitely enjoyed Size 14 Is Not Fat Either and found Heather and the book itself a fun, entertaining read--something you don’t have to think about too hard either.

And I also confess, the murder mystery really DID manage to have me stumped. While I had a feeling that I knew there was something going on with certain characters (Kimberly, Coach Andrews, etc….), I wasn’t entirely certain what it was and my suspicions about the killer had been flaky at best--too many characters to lay suspicion on, really.

Official Blurb:

Former pop star Heather Wells has settled nicely into her new life as assistant dorm director at New York College—a career that does NOT require her to drape her size 12 body in embarrassingly skimpy outfits. She can even cope (sort of) with her rocker ex-boyfriend's upcoming nuptials, which the press has dubbed THE Celebrity Wedding of the Decade. But she's definitely having a hard time dealing with the situation in the dormitory kitchen—where a cheerleader has lost her head on the first day of the semester. (Actually, her head is accounted for—it's her torso that's AWOL.)

Surrounded by hysterical students—with her ex-con father on her doorstep and her ex-love bombarding her with unwanted phone calls—Heather welcomes the opportunity to play detective . . . again. If it gets her mind off her personal problems—and teams her up again with the gorgeous P.I. who owns the brownstone where she lives—it's all good. But the murder trail is leading the average-sized amateur investigator into a shadowy world. And if she doesn't watch her step, Heather will soon be singing her swan song!

My Thoughts:
Much like the first book, this cozy mystery is actually not so much cozy mystery as it is chick lit about Heather Wells and how her life is going. Then again, it could also be said that the genres in this book were bouncing all over the place: chick lit, cozy mystery, contemporary romance, humorous something or other… etc. But whatever it was that this book ended up being, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The tacky, untactful jokes Heather makes are still kind of tacky, but she’s toned down her penchant for over dramatisation as compared to the first book. There was a lot less of her focusing on her size and her weight, and more of her just telling the facts as they are--which made the self-deprecating fat jokes a little bit more readily received by yours truly. After all, I make fat jokes about myself as well, and the ones in this book were quite aligned with how I usually joke around.

Jokes aside, Heather is quite charming and amusing to follow, especially in this second book wherein she spends a little bit of time at the beginning of the book trying her darndest not to interfere in the murder investigation. But to be totally honest, either she’s just way too curious for her own good, way too impatient to see things getting done, or the detectives in this book are just plain incompetent. It DID kind of feel like the cops weren’t really investigating the case of our decapitated student very seriously, and then whenever Heather offers some viable information she has come across, they treat her like she’s some sort of comedian.

I might be mistaken, but no matter that you don’t want your civilians investigating a murder on their own, if said civilian DOES come up with something suspicious or a clue that might help the investigation along, shouldn’t the cops at least look into it or treat the matter a bit more seriously? Just sayin’. This is what hotlines are for, isn’t it?

Anyway, the romance in this book is still a backseat event, and I’m kind of glad that Heather’s ex, Jordan, is getting hitched--maybe he’ll stop pestering her finally. Secondly, for a woman nearing her thirties, I still find it a little bit disconcerting that Heather still acts like a teenager most times--and that everyone else around her also treats her like a child and feel the need to get into her business and tell her how best to run her romantic life.

Otherwise, Size 14 was an entirely, very enjoyable book and I definitely plan on finishing the rest of the series.


2016 Reading Challenges:
Goodreads Reading Challenge
BookLikes Reading Challenge
Bookish Resolutions Challenge -- My TBR List - April Winner


See Also: First Impression @ 3 Chapters



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2016/04/thoughts-size-14-is-not-fat-either.html
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