I want to finish up on 2011’s reviews so I can start 2012! So, very quickly: review notes of three books!
At the turn of the twentieth century, a former spy is called into service to hunt down a vampire killer...
Once a spy for Queen Victoria, James Asher has fought for Britain on every continent, using his quick wits to protect the Empire at all costs. After years of grueling service, he marries and retires to a simple academic’s life at Oxford. But his peace is shattered one night with the arrival of a Spanish vampire named Don Simon. Don Simon can disappear into fog, move faster than the eye can see, and immobilize Asher—and his young bride—with a wave of his hand. Asher is at his mercy, and has no choice but to give his help.
Because someone is killing the vampires of London, and James Asher must find out who—before he becomes a victim himself.Buy on Amazon | Goodreads
– Vampires! Yay. I’ve actually started to like vampires again…sort of.
– Vampires who do vampire-y things like eat people and be inhuman and stuff! Double yay.
– Interesting detective character– one of those amateur detectives who get in over their head, but not in a cozy mystery sort of way. I like his wife, too, who’s one of those modern-ish women in a historical fiction sort of people. But in a non-annoying way.
– It did feel a bit like “let me describe this fantasy world to you so you know how interesting/different it is compared to your world” whenever the vampires said something.
– Didn’t expect the solution! That’s good, right? I think it is.
Overall, I LOVED this book. The mystery was good, the characters were interesting, and although I didn’t like how much explaining re:vampires and their awesome vampire world was in there I still liked the writing.
Read: December 11-17, 2011
Can Anna find love in the City of Light? Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she's not too pleased when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new friends, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken--and Anna might be too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she's been waiting for?Buy on Amazon | Goodreads
– So cute!
– THIS BOOK CUTE BEYOND BELIEF
– Tell Your Girlfriend is totally the theme song.
– Maybe too much emphasis on how hot St. Clair is compared to everything else about him, but the romance builds in a way that I love. Plus St. Clair/Anna DO like more about each other than just how hot the other person is.
– Plus yay changing each other for the better!
ALL THE POSITIVE HYPE WAS TRUE.
Read: December 21-23, 2011
Using techniques and ideas from her popular seminars, the author of Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow and Work with Passion shows how to break through the mental barriers to being your own boss and how to integrate what you like to do with your talents.Buy on Amazon | Goodreads
– Outdated a bit, but still v. good. Talks about mailing lists and using computers to do finances or something– recommends finding books via an offline searching service! There IS a newer version out now, though, which is good.
– Inspiring! And it helped me figure out what sort of things I’m good at already, things that I could apply towards making money (either in a “real” business or otherwise).
– Could maybe use a section on how to actually create business beyond having an idea. Doesn’t talk about anything re:how to find that info, either.
Should have read the updated version, but I still liked it. Best part was the bit that tells you how to increase your self-confidence. I needed that!
Read: December 24-31, 2011