September 10, 2011The Betrayl of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig
It's been over two years since I last dove into a Lauren Willig historical fiction and I think absence made the heart grow fonder. I didn't really remember Penelope or the circumstances of her marriage, but luckily for me, that didn't really matter. I didn't have to keep straight in which book Charlotte or Henrietta, etc were featured as Penelope and Freddy were largely on their own in this book. The detour to colonial India was also a nice change of pace.
Also, for the first time, I actually preferred the period romance to that of Colin and Eloise. It was quite interesting to see Penelope falling for Captain Reid and dealing with that attraction while maintaining (and not maintaining) her place in society. Definitely more interesting that Eloise trying to set up Colin's sister, now that she's part of a couple and wants everyone to be coupled up. I found Eloise actually quite insufferable whenever she appeared on the page and the air of "mystery" around Colin's family is bordering on dull at this point.
That said, I'm excited to catch up on the books that have come out in the years that have past and see what else lies in store for this group of characters.
September 05, 2011Jack With a Twist: Engaging Your Adversary and Other Things They Don't Teach You in Law School by Brenda Janowitz
I spent a lot of time angry at all the characters in the book as I read. First, I was pissed that our heroine wasn't taking her case seriously and/or was whining she was actually having to do her job instead of planning her wedding. But then she was doing her job and everyone else is giving her shit about it. And every time I was finally get back on Team Brooke, she'd do something else ridiculous (like hiring her wedding videographer to stalk her fiance to make sure he wasn't cheating on her with his new junior associate) and I'd want to shake her.
Everyone was behaving irrationally (I mean, serving her with motions "as a joke" and then seeming surprised she was taking them seriously? Please tell me actual lawyers don't act like this!) and it was very frustrating. Brooke also tries to rationalize her behavior to the reader, but instead of agreeing with her, I just wanted to scream at her. The ending was even more ridiculous and took any good feeling I had toward any of the characters with it. The epilogue again felt tacked on, but so far I haven't seen evidence that the author has made this a trilogy.