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Series Review: Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

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Series: Shopaholic Series
Author: Sophie Kinsella (aka Madeleine Wickham)
# of Books: 7 (See Full List Here)

There is a novella after book 3: Shopaholic on Honeymoon

Book Order: Chronological
Complete?: Yes…I think
Genre: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Humour, Romance, British Lit
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: First Person, Single

Thoughts:

PLEASE NOTE: That I have only read the first 4 books in the series (up to and including Shopaholic and Sister). Find out why I stopped reading the rest of the series below…

I was in my mid-teens when I started reading this series and I loved Confessions of a Shopaholic. These were my Meg Cabot days (I think we all have those) and I really loved the fun scenarios of “chick lit” and the dash of romance in them. They were fun, light-hearted reads that had me chuckling and captured my attention. I revisited the series again when I started university but it was hard for me to get back into them and I couldn’t bring myself to read the last 2 books (Shopaholic to the Stars hadn’t been published yet).

Part of the issue is that I grew out of “chick lit”. I tended to gravitate away from the light-hearted, often predictable plot-lines of chick lit and more towards the “darker”, twisty plot lines of young adult fiction and adult romances. I just got tired of reading about the same situations all the time and that included the heroine.

It also doesn’t help that I read some of Madeleine Wickham’s standalone novels that were published afterwards and I felt like she just writes the same type of heroine all the time. I guess you write what you know best but I had a hard time liking them and I think that might have influenced how I felt about Becky in her later novels.

I’m not a huge fan of “air-headed” heroines so it’s kind of a surprise that I would enjoy Becky’s character. But when I didn’t take her too seriously, I just found her to be so funny and a lot of fun…until she wasn’t. I just felt like Becky’s character never grew in the way I expected. I wanted her to learn from her mistakes and mature and it just got tiring waiting for that to happen. At times, it made her hard to read about and I could see how her character would rub people the wrong way.

After a while, each book just seemed like a regurgitation of the past and formulaic and that isn’t fun for me to read. I just wanted something to surprise me and I didn’t want to be annoyed by Becky so I made the decision to stop reading the series (and other Madeleine Wickham novels).

Conclusion:

If you chick lit, this is a great series for you: it’s light and funny and British. But it can get a little tiring if you like unpredictable reads and heroines that have more substance to them.

Rating: 3.5/5
Would I Recommend this Series to a Friend: If they loved chick lit, yes!

Similar Reads: Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot (Queen of Babble Series #1)

Synopsis for Confessions of a Shopaholic (from Goodreads):
MEET BECKY BLOOMWOOD, AN IRRESISTIBLE HEROINE WITH A BIG HEART, BIG DREAMS — AND JUST ONE LITTLE WEAKNESS …

Becky Bloomwood has what most twenty-five-year-olds only dream of: a flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is, she can’t actually afford it — not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Saving magazine not only bores her to tears, it doesn’t pay much at all. Still, how can she resist that perfect pair of shoes? Or the divine silk blouse in the window of that ultra-trendy boutique? But lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich Bank — letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read — and they’re getting ever harder to ignore. She tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Her only consolation is to buy herself something … just a little something …

Finally, a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of events that will transform her life — and the lives of those around her — forever.

Single Sundays: Crazy, Undercover, Love by Nikki Moore

Single Sundays: While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel! On Sundays, I will review a novel that is considered to be a standalone novel. Here is this week’s offering:

Synopsis for Crazy, Undercover, Love (from Goodreads):
Uber-feisty career girl Charley Caswell-Wright travels to Barcelona for a weekend assignment as PA to the gorgeous Alex Demetrio, CEO of Demetrio International.

But she’s there under entirely false pretenses: to get her life back on track. Having lost the job she worked so hard to earn, she’s determined not to give it up so easily, especially when she didn’t deserve to lose it in the first place.

Mr Dreamy CEO is her only chance of clawing back her career – and her reputation. So she has to keep things strictly professional… boy, is she in trouble!

Review:

This book was just what I needed–a fun yet heartwarming romance novel that put a smile on my face as I was reading and when I finished.

It was refreshing to read a story with a strong heroine and a CEO who doesn’t have some kinky sexy obsession or alpha male tendencies. I get that reading is fiction so it’s nice to lose yourself to a fantasy–but every once and a while it’s nice to read about some down to earth characters (all things considered).

Although this book takes places over a weekend, I really liked the relationship that develops between Alex and Charley. It felt genuine to me and wasn’t based on just their physical attraction to each other. And their conversations weren’t laced with innuendos or useless prattle but interesting topics. But, the sexual tension is right there from the start so I never felt like it was lacking in any means!

The reason Charley is in Barcelona is because she lost her job and wants it back–and this adds an interesting spin to the book. I really liked this plotline and it added a more serious tone to the book which kept things a little more interesting though the focus is mostly on the romance. But be warned if you are hoping to read more about the city of Barcelona, there really is only one chapter where the city is toured so not much is described if that is what you are looking forward to the most.

While this book seems straight-forward and most readers will probably have a good idea on where everything is headed before you even start the book, there were some good plot twists along the way that made everything a little more interesting and made the book that much more enjoyable.

Conclusion:

If you want a romance that is just a straight, “vanilla” romance that is quick and entertaining, this is it. Just a great, light hearted read that is delivered well and is simply charming to read.

Rating: 4/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Chick Lit, Brit Lit, Travel, Workplace Romance
Recommended for: 26+ women
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: first person
Similar Reads: Worth the Scandal by Karen Erickson (Worth it Series #1)

Series Review: Three Irish Brothers by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:

Other Books in the Series:
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Series: Three Irish Brothers
Author: Joanna Mazurkiewicz
# of Books: 3 (Beautiful Pain, book 2, book 3)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: Unknown
Genre: New Adult, Mature, Emotional, British
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: Third Person

Thoughts on Beautiful Pain:

I actually got this book for free one day for both my Kobo and Kindle. Since then it has gone up in price but I wouldn’t have been overly upset if I had paid the two dollars for it.

I think it is important to highlight the fact that this book is British. It’s written by a British author so it has that style of writing we aren’t completely used to this side of the pond. It tends to be very proper, not as many contractions in the sentences and not much slang–it almost comes across as mechanical to readers who typically read North American literature. Because I read a lot more North American books than British, it always throws me for a bit of a loop but I do read quite a few British novels so I easily get accustomed to that.

So it could easily be a product of the book being British in origin or maybe people in British are super mature: but I just found the dialogue to be a little awkward and overly mature for the age of the characters. I’m the same age as Sophia and no one I know talks like she does so I found that hard to accept at times. But given her past I wouldn’t be surprised if she is just that next level of maturity.

Out of all the freebie books that I have, I choose to read this one because the concept it really cool and different from other books out there. I mean, Harry is the ultimate bad boy and the element of Sophia being his probation officer is something I have never encountered before. It’s an interesting spin on things I think it is executed fairly well all things considered.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really understand Sophia and Harry’s relationship and how it worked between them. Their relationship is essentially built on lust and the “unspoken” connection between them. I don’t particularly care for these “unspoken”/love-at-first-sight-deal stories so I really didn’t get how they worked together or why they liked each other. I supposed it improved as we went but I never really got it to be honest–which is a shame because I really wanted to love them together.

I want to really stress that this book can be very dark at times. Although it is told through a 3rd person narration, there are times when we get a first person POV from Sophia when she describes her past. Nothing is really held back which I both appreciate and find uncomfortable at the same time. I find it’s hard to read in the mind of someone who has an abusive or depression filled past because it can be very dark and very emotional. On this regard, the book really excelled at conveying those feelings. It made Sophia seem very real and more than just a character in the book.

Conclusion:

Overall, this book didn’t really float my boat. I liked it and can appreciate it; but not enough to watch out for the rest of the series. I’m not particularly interested in the next set of characters but I’m not so turned off of the idea of picking the sequel up if it happens to be free on Amazon again. For those who want a darker New Adult read, this is a solid choice; especially if you like Ireland 😉

Rating: 2.5/5

Similar Reads: Release Me by J. Kenner (Stark Trilogy #1)

Synopsis for Beautiful Pain (from Goodreads):

My decisions were always wrong. I needed to get away from London, I wanted to start from scratch in Belfast, escape from the life that I didn’t want.

Working for Probation Service for the whole summer was going to give me the experience that I needed. I always felt much better when I could help people whose lives were shattered.

My parents told me that I wasn’t ready and I wouldn’t make it through but I was determined to show them that the past was behind me.

I had three months to forget about my bad memories, about the pain and my scars. Then I run straight into him, throwing it all to the wind, falling into a trap of love and lust.

Harry O’Donaghue was a local offender. At our first meeting he gave me the impression that he didn’t care about what I had to say and didn’t want to be evaluated by a stupid young girl like me.

Harry wasn’t an easy subject, either when it came to straight forward conversation about his future or about the crimes that he had committed.

Harry had a secret and everything suddenly became complicated. He was bad to be around, bad for me in every respect, but I still allowed him take me to paradise…

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Book Review: Kiss the Tiger by Raquel Lyon

While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel! 

Author: Raquel Lyon
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama, Contemporary
Heat Rating: really hot
Point of View: First Person, single

Thoughts on Kiss the Tiger:

I’ll start by saying I got this book for free from Amazon. I think that helped me enjoy the book a lot more than if I had paid for it in all honesty.

This book showed a lot of promise. I thought it was going to be filled with some drama, a heroine who was getting over a rough experience and the POV of the romantic love interest–but I am unhappy to report that this wasn’t the case.

Based on the synopsis, it seemed to me like they were going to stress Amy’s “relationship” with Josh’s brother more. However, they barely touch upon it and when they do, I find that they don’t take the issue seriously enough. Sexual assault is a serious crime and in this book they treat it as if it is just something blasé which really disappointed me and left a sour note in my mind when I was reading. Which is a shame because I thought Amy and Josh were super cute together and I liked their scenes together.

As far as drama goes, it’s your typical miscommunication scenarios and so while it did help push the plot forward, it just wasn’t anything new to me.

I also didn’t get the timeframe of the book. It’s been over a year since the “event” and Amy and Josh carry on like nothing happened or it’s just been a few months. I just felt like if they liked each other that much, they wouldn’t have waited as long as they did. Then when they reunite, it happens a little too fast for me considering they haven’t talked in over a year and before that year they didn’t talk to each other too much (or at least that is the impression I get). Besides their physical attraction to each other, I didn’t see why else they liked each other and I wish the book emphasised this a bit more.

Also, my final peeve–I don’t really get the title. I understand where it comes from after reading the book but I don’t get the metaphor…

Conclusion:

If you are looking for a “darker” story, check out Wait for You by J. Lynn. If you want a cute story about second chances, an exotic vacation and some mild sister drama, grab this book when it’s free again on Amazon. Otherwise, it’s not really worth your time.

Rating: 2.5/5

Similar Reads: Wait for You by J. Lynn (Wait for You Series #1)

Synopsis for Kiss the Tiger (from Goodreads):
Nineteen year-old Amy’s love life sucks. A year ago, she thought Joshua Jackson was the man of her dreams, until one night, his brother refused to take ‘no’ for an answer, and her dream evaporated. Searching for love in a string of meaningless relationships, she finally gives up, realising no one else will ever live up to her dream of Josh. All Amy wants now is to spend her long awaited holiday relaxing and trying to forget, but her sister has other plans, and sets her up on a hot date that changes everything.

Josh would rather be anywhere other than Greece. It isn’t the country he dislikes; it’s the company. Being forced to work out his differences with his brother was not how he’d planned to spend his summer. So far he’s stuck to his good behaviour promise, but when the cause of the dispute turns out to be his blind date, family loyalties are the last thing on his mind, and he is determined not to waste the second chance and lose her all over again.

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Single Sundays: Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
The prettiest people often have the ugliest secrets…
Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can’t help but be grateful for.
It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been: even as their carefully constructed façade rapidly comes undone.
Maggie has a secret. And she’s not the only one: the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons’ teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie’s younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons’ massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever.
When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long.

Review:

Because I have a slight obsession with Downton Abbey (who doesn’t really :P), I was very excited to read this book as it is set in a similar setting. Although it wasn’t up to Downton Abbey‘s level, I did enjoy it (just not as much as I had hoped) but it would be easy to see why some wouldn’t.

The book reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl but the 1912 edition. It has an anonymous newspaper writer sharing all the gossip of the Darlingtons while the reader tries to sort out the truth about this mysterious family. The plot itself is more Downton Abbey in its approach and if you have watched the show, you will probably be able to see the parallels between characters and plots. It also reminded me of The Flappers Trilogy in the sense that it is told from multiple character POVs so you get to learn more about the characters and their thoughts.

I think the biggest disappointment I had with this book was the plot. It wasn’t as dramatic as I thought it was going to be (though for the time period the plot is rather “scandalous”) and having seen most of the plot on Downton Abbey and similar time-oriented pieces, nothing screamed originality to me.

The book ends with most of the plots being resolved (from what I remember) but I wish it was a series or had a sequel. I felt like there was a lot of potential to make this into a series with a lot more drama and twists but overall I was satisfied with the ending.

Conclusion:

Truth be told, I can’t remember a lot of what happened as I read it in the summer of June 2012 but I do remember that there were a few twists that I didn’t see coming until I got farther into the story and more was revealed. Perhaps the fact that I can’t remember what else happened is an indication of some sort that this book isn’t overly memorable. However it was a good way to get a quick Upstairs Downstairs fix as you pass the time waiting for the next season of Downton Abbey. Those who do not enjoy petty gossip of the upper classes probably want to avoid this book as a whole.

Rating: 3.5/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Young Adult, Upstairs Downstairs, Romance, Drama
Recommended for: 16-21
Similar Reads: Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar (Gossip Girl #1) and Vixen by Jillian Larkin (The Flappers #1)

Movie Mondays: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

Movie Mondays: On Mondays, I will review a book series or novel that has been made into a movie. I will then answer the question that everyone asks: which is better, the movie or the book? Here is this week’s offering:

Book: Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison | Movie: Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008)

Which did I read/see first? BOOKS

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The Book:

Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Genre: Teen, Humour, British

Thoughts:

While it took me a while to get into the book, once I did, it was hard to put down. It had been such a long time since I read something that made me laugh out loud.

Georgia is crazy (in a good way!) and her antics and friends match her in every way. It’s such a cast of characters and they all help make the books awesome, but it is definitely Georgia who steals the show. She is extremely witty and despite her and I having nothing in common, I want her for a best friend. Life would never be dull and these books definitely weren’t.

Conclusion:

A great, humour teen series that those who enjoy humour should pick up.

Rating: 5/5
Series Review: Full series review here!.

Similar Reads: Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones, #1) and Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski (Magic in Manhattan, #1)

The Movie:

I was really excited when I learned they were making this into a movie. It sucked that it wasn’t initially released in North America, but it eventually made its way here and I remember having an awesome time watching it with my two friends who had also read the series.

While lots of things where changed in the movie, you still got the general gist of Georgia’s world that is portrayed in the books. The movie wasn’t as funny, but it had its moments.

The cast, from what I can remember, were what I pictured and I thought they all did a great job.

I can’t help but think that this series would have made a better TV show. I’m seeing Awkward meets Britain as I type this. I think a TV show would have been a better idea though I am glad the movie was made!

So, which is better: the book or the movie?

In this case, the winner is the BOOKS . They are just so funny and the stuff that happens in them is a lot more entertaining than what happens in the movie.

Do you agree? Leave a comment below!

Synopsis for Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (from Goodreads):
There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

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Series Review: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison

SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #15
Series: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson
Author: Louise Rennison
# of Books: 10 (Find the complete list here)
Complete?: Yes
Genre: Teen, British, Humour, Romance
Heat Rating: cool
Movie Review: Catch my thoughts on the movie here!

Thoughts:

I’m not sure what possessed me to pick up Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (ATFFS)–ok, that’s a lie. It’s hard to read a title like that and NOT be curious!

I remember cracking open ATFFS and thinking, WTF?! It was a little weird to say the least. Georgia was a little off her rocker and I couldn’t believe that someone would actually think that way. But as I read more of the book, I discovered that this is part of her charm and what makes these books awesome. I was probably halfway through when I realize I was addicted and I couldn’t wait for more of her adventure. I also remember being extremely upset at not having the sequel on hand as I was away on vacation.

I could go through each of the books individually, but we would be here all day 😛 So in a nut shell, here are my thoughts on why I love this series:

  1. They are hilarious! Even the titles alone get me when I read them (you can’t imagine the number of times I chuckled as I was adding the covers to this post). Now, there are two important things to note about the humour:
    1. The humour isn’t for everyone. Particularly if you don’t enjoy British humour or that of adolescent girls. Most of the time you are just laughing at the ridiculousness of Georgia and her comments about her daily life so if you don’t enjoy odd-ball characters, AVOID!
    2. If you are reading this book in public, no one will understand why you are reading a book titled “Away Laughing on a Fast Camel” or “Startled by His Furry Shorts”. I remember reading one of these books at work and a co-worker asked me what I was reading and I embarrassingly told her. She laughed because luckily she was familiar with the series, but it could have been extremely awkward if she hadn’t been. Also, you can expect to laugh out loud at parts, so be warned if you plan on reading this on the bus.
  2. The characters are a lot of fun. The things they do and how they act is not only hilarious but it is often over the top. You pick out your favourites of course, but I enjoyed all the characters throughout the series.
  3. It’s British. I think I wish I could be British at times, I have a slight obsession with tea, British music artists and I love anything BBC produces (who doesn’t really?). So I think it was fun learning the British slang that Georgia uses–though I think some of it is best classified as “Georgia Slang” as I am sure a majority of British citizens do not use the word “nuddy-pants” on a regular basis.
  4. We all secretly wish our lives were this awesome in high school. I wish I could do half the things Georgia does in her adventures so I liked living vicariously through her.

Conclusion:

This series is one of the funniest I have ever read. There was a never a dull moment in any of these books and I remember reading the last one and thinking, “I don’t want this to be over!” While not everyone’s cup of tea (no British pun intended!), if you want to try a fun series that will make you laugh out loud at the antics of one girl and her group of pals, this is a series you won’t want to miss!

Rating: 5/5

See my thoughts on the movie here!

Similar Reads: Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones, #1) and Bras and Broomsticks by Sarah Mlynowski (Magic in Manhattan, #1)

Synopsis for Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (from Goodreads):
There are six things very wrong with my life:

1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.

2. It is on my nose

3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.

4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.

5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.

6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.

Single Sundays: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophia Kinsella

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):

I’ve lost it. 🙁 The only thing in the world I wasn’t supposed to lose. My engagement ring. It’s been in Magnus’s family for three generations. And now the very same day his parents are coming, I’ve lost it. The very same day! Do not hyperventilate, Poppy. Stay positive 🙂 !!

 
Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!
 
Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.
 
What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.

Review:

I really enjoy chick-lit from Britain so I wanted to read a stand-alone novel from this genre. After reading Kinsella’s Shopaholic Series, I decided to see what her other novels were like, so mission created.

The whole concept of the story is a little far-fetched for the logical thinker in me but I think that is why I enjoyed it so much. It was a fun, quick paced and humourous read. It was like a mash-up of the Shopaholic series and Bridget Jones’ Diary–book series I have really enjoyed–into one.

At times, I felt like it was a little too much Becky from Shopaholic, so I left with the impression that Poppy wasn’t a totally original character. It makes sense to me as Kinsella’s success has been based on a specific character type with her Shopaholic series and she can obviously write that character type very well (and she is well liked by fans). From my experience with her other novels I have read by her since, this is the character personality she has stuck with–in nearly every.single.book. But I think I would have liked a little more “originality” in Poppy.

The plot was fun, if a little predictable but I did laugh quite a bit throughout it and that is always a good sign in my books (no pun intended!)!

Conclusion:

There isn’t too much else to say about this without giving away spoilers but if I had to choose between I’ve Got Your Number and Wedding Night, I’d pick this one. I enjoyed it much more and the characters are a lot more likeable. A solid British Chick Lit Novel.

Rating: 3.5/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Chick Lit, British Lit, Romance, Contemporary, Humour
Recommended for: 22+
Similar Reads: Wedding Night by Sophia Kinsella and The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot (Boy Series #1)

Book Review: Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella


Synopsis (from Chapters.ca):
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates-just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.

Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive-but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse.

Review:

I have read most of Sophie Kinsella’s novels and have enjoyed them immensely so needless to say, I was excited for this one. I only became hesitant when I started to read some people’s reviews here and saw the low star rating.

As a fan, I can understand why people might not like this one because of the characters. They are flawed in some way that makes you not like them. I did not care for Lottie at all. She is everything I dislike in a “heroine” but without her, the story wouldn’t be what it is. I actually really liked Fliss–I thought she was hilarious and I wish that more of the story was from her perspective. Without spoilers the love interests were also flawed but I feel like main issue was that all the characters in this are stubborn and set in their ways and that is what frustrates the reader.

Why I gave this book the rating I did was because I did enjoy it despite my initial impressions of the characters. It made me laugh and I enjoyed the plot and all the shenanigans that happened along the way. Like I said before, Fliss really made this book for me, but I can understand why some people might not like her or get her style and humour.

The only thing I disliked about the book was the lack of an epilogue. I’m sure it is implied about how things end, but I really could have used that last bit of closure (hence the rushed ending tag because I felt like I was lacking that closure).

Conclusion:

So if you enjoyed I’ve Got Your Number, don’t mind stubborn characters and can find humour amidst bitter and frustrating situations, you will enjoy this latest offering from Sophie Kinsella.

Rating: 4/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: British Literature; Chick Lit; Comedy; Romance
Heat Rating:  lukewarm
Recommended for: anyone who enjoys Sophie Kinsella’s novels or British Humour
Similar Books: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella