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review 2017-06-02 11:55
Reluctantly Charmed
Reluctantly Charmed - Ellie O'Neill

I didn't think I'd make it through this book at first.  Well, that's not completely accurate; I thought the first 10% or so was really intriguing.  I liked the idea of an inheritance hinged upon the publication of 1 letter each week.  But then it stated to get a bit weird with the whole fairy thing and how obsessed people got about it.  

 

What kept me hooked had nothing to do with the fairies, or her magic (which was never really fleshed out in detail).  I kept reading because I found the story of instant fame and celebrity thrust upon someone who is not the least bit interested in it compelling.  In this respect the story is moving and powerful as Kate completely loses control of her own life and identity.  There's romance here too, but so slow burning it's almost back-burnered most of the time.

 

An odd story, written well enough, with an exploration of the destructive powers the public can wield.  

 

 

 

 

 

Total pages:  433

$$:  $5.00

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review 2016-08-15 09:08
Where the Wild Things Bite
Where the Wild Things Bite - Molly Harper

Eh, they can't all be winners.

 

A rare-book expert is delivering a package to Half Moon Hollow when her plane goes down, and a sexy vampire comes to her rescue. He's clearly got ulterior motives, but does he want to date her–or devour her?

 

This one was always going to be iffy for me, because while I'm a fan of rare-book expert/librarian/archivist MCs, I'm not a fan of the whole deep woods survival/Predator premise.  Plus I had a bias against the love interest because he irritated the fool out of me in a previous book.

 

But even accounting for that, this one just doesn't work for me as well as Harper's other books.  Too much angst and not enough investment in her storyline.  Considering someone was willing to crash her plane to get what they wanted, Anne got out of those woods with a minimum of confrontation.  Plus, because it was only Anne and Finn, there wasn't nearly enough opportunity for the trademark snarky dialogue and awesome friendships I so love when Dick and Jane and Andrea are around.

 

The good news is the last 20% of the book, after they got out of the woods, was much better; funnier and more interesting.  Because yes, the gang's all here.  The ending also contained possibly the weakest, most half-hearted attempt at past relationship closure and karmic justice I've witnessed in a book in a long time.

 

It sound like I'm being generous with my rating, but it's still an entertaining read and it was easy to pick up and lose myself in it.  It's just that Harper has written so many incredibly funny books with such endearing characters and enviable friendships, that this one struggles in comparison.  Good, but far from her best.

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text 2016-08-14 11:25
Reading progress update: I've read 94 out of 278 pages.
Where the Wild Things Bite - Molly Harper

I love Molly Harper's books, and this one is pretty good so far, but I can't get what is to me a huge logic fail out of my head.  

 

I'm about a third of the way through the book and so far the reader is still watching Anna struggle to trust the vampire (Finn) she's stuck in the woods with.  Now call me a soft touch but at the point at which anybody I've never laid eyes on before makes themselves my personal body armour and saves me from a plane crash, they have my trust forever.  

 

There is no logic that can sustain her fear of Finn; any attempt to justify why he'd save her so selflessly and dramatically only to kill her later just fails.

 

Ok, now that's out of my system, maybe I can let it go and enjoy the rest of it.

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