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Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance - Penny Reid

Delightful. Fun. Funny (Hilarious really). Romantic. 

It was a really fun, light, just-what-I-needed read. It was not without it's faults - every once-in-awhile the scene felt a little clunky - but at the same time I just didn't care. It was so much fun and I couldn't put it down. 

The Best Man

The Best Man - Kristan Higgins Really really loved this little guy. Fantastic book.

Very much a small town/contemporary/ funny (very)/ family/ romance.

If I had to characterise it I would say that it had a little of the Lucky Harbour (Jill Shalvis) small town wonderful feel, a little Bridget Jones slapstick/physical/situational comedy (and the inner dialogue comedy, which isn't really a thing, and yet so is) and a little traditional contemporary romance trope.

DId I mention I really loved it?

I couldn't stop myself from quoting entire passages to my sister. I've forever ruined the book for her. She doesn't need to read it because I spent an entire day reading and then recounting every minute thing that occurred/ or every hilarious quip a character made.

The Wicked Wallflower

The Wicked Wallflower - Maya Rodale If you're in the mood for no angst, quick read, and if it's cheap (this is a must), then there are worse ways to spend a few hours.

cons-
If historical accuracy is your thing, this is not your book.
The 'movie-like' scene shifts. One minute I'm in a ballroom, the next I'm in the Duke's bedroom, then I'm back to the ballroom, then the morning pallor. I guess the idea was to create an idea or feeling of anticipation or immediacy or urgency. Mostly it just took me out of the book. This is more of a personal dislike, rather than it was 'bad' or 'not well done'. For me there are better ways to show (not tell) urgency. Switching locations isn't one of them.
The tropes and romance cliches didn't quite ever make it 100% all the way. Kind of like she started a trope, would try to put her own spin on it... but it just never quite worked for me. With this point, I'm once more willing to concede this is very much a personal preference/reading thing, and might not affect/annoy others like it did myself. You may applaud how original you found it because of the quirks. I would love to label it such, but for me, it just didn't read right.

pros-
No hurty hurty angst. The hurty hurty angst is your Laura Lee Guhrke's and your Elizabeth Hoyt's. They are your favourites. Your dream men and fangirl heroines. But you must be in the right frame of mind to read them, for your emotional and mental state of being. Not so this book. Any mood and you could pick it up. It was a light-hearted read. Perfect for a peaceful state of mind.
I really liked the characters. At the core they were well developed and entertaining.
It had a lot of potential. My cons can be easily addressed (the chopping scene locations, tropes that didn't quite work) with a different editor.
It was cheap.

Ultimately I'd advice you pick it up for a filler book IF you can find it reasonably priced. Reasonably priced means different things to different people, so I wont name an actual figure. I live in Australia and own a Sony eReader. I will pay more for a ebook 90% of the time than if I had a Kindle or lived in a more ebook friendly country. So reasonably priced for me, possibly means something different for you.

13 to Life: A Werewolf's Tale

13 to Life - Shannon Delany To my everlasting shame... this is my guilty guilty pleasure read. Absolutely nothing in this book makes sense, but that's okay, because I am not reading this baby for sense.

I'm sure there are better guilty pleasure reads out there but that's the rub of a guilt pleasure read. You don't choose it, it chooses you.

Raised by Wolves (Raised by Wolves Novel)

Raised by Wolves - Jennifer Lynn Barnes A cut about the rest in the YA paranormal stakes.

This is a lot darker than expected. Worked really well for me.

Recommend this over 90% of what is in the YA paranormal market.

The China Garden

The China Garden - Liz Berry I have never read a book quite like this one. It is utterly bonkers and unique.

I loved it.

What really stood out to me, is that it was the first time (in YA) that I felt like the English culture and voice was authentic.

It was seriously bonkers though.

Always on My Mind (A Lucky Harbor Novel)

Always On My Mind - Jill Shalvis I'm... disappointed in this latest instalment of the Lucky Harbor series.

While it still contained the quirky banter and feel-good romance of her previous books, Shalvis just missed base with this book. I spent the first 2/3 of the book confused as to Jack and Leah's stance relating to their relationship (or non-relationship in this case). Every time they conversed about their relationship they seemed to contradict the position they had at the beginning of the conversation. Jack and Leah also seemed to agree that there was no relationship, they didn't want a relationship and there would be no relationship. I kind of had to ask myself what the point of the conversation was. Everyone agreed - no relationship. So why did that scene just take up a chapter of this book?

I got pretty confused.

And a wee bit annoyed.

I waited and wanted this couple.

I wanted to like this couple.

So 1 star for the first 2/3 of the book and an extra 2 stars for the last third of the book. The last third gets it's shizzle together. It's tight, people have conversations and stick to the position they took at the start of the conversation, Jack and Leah pick a self-esteem issue and stick to it (finally making sense in the process). Oh and the arsonist plot actually showed up. It was tight writing, great character growth and a good plot... too bad it was only a third of the book.

Sorry Lucky Harbor, but I'll be back because one not so great book doesn't deserve a jumping off of the plank.

My Soul to Save (Soul Screamers Book 2)

My Soul to Save - Rachel Vincent http://theuncommonnonsense.blogspot.com/2010/01/craptasticness-of-souls.html

golly gosh i love my craptastic series!

Boy Toy

Boy Toy - Barry Lyga http://theuncommonnonsense.blogspot.com/2010/01/remarkable-boy-toy.html

can't go past this one. it's a MUST!

Ex-mas

Ex-mas - Kate Brian http://theuncommonnonsense.blogspot.com/2009/12/ex-mas-reading-fun-and-frivolity.html

CRAPTASTIC CHRISTMASNESS! AWESOME!

Impossible

Impossible - Nancy Werlin http://theuncommonnonsense.blogspot.com/2009/12/impossible-to-put-down-yes-impossible.html

The Twelve Dates of Christmas (Romantic Comedies (Mass Market))

The Twelve Dates of Christmas (Simon Romantic Comedies) - Catherine Hapka http://theuncommonnonsense.blogspot.com/2009/12/twelve-dates-of-horrendous.html

Betrayals (Strange Angels, Book 2)

Betrayals - Lili St. Crow, Lilith Saintcrow http://theuncommonnonsense.blogspot.com/2009/12/and-god-said-let-there-be-sequels.html

I LOVE THIS BOOK AND THIS SERIES!!!

Evermore: The Immortals

Evermore - Alyson Noel http://theuncommonnonsense.blogspot.com/2009/12/evermore-i-hope-not.html

Immortal

Immortal - Gillian Shields http://theuncommonnonsense.blogspot.com/2010/01/mortally-wounded.html