April 29th, 2009

columbines

Middlings and book reports (83-86)...

I managed to add another 2K+ words to Ileah...I'm almost done! However, when I get near the end of the book -- either reading or writing -- I tend to rush. I get so impatient, and I fly through the remaining words. It's not a good practice ;)

Any tips on how I can slow down? Do you ever feel like the closer you are to the end, the less careful you are?

On to the book reports -- we were so busy this weekend that I didn't post any (nor did I read as much, since I've had every spare moment spoken for).

For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- definitely will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite!

The Mask of the Black Tulip, by Lauren Willig ****+ Because this one didn't get in to the library as fast as the others, I just finished it -- so I read them very much out of order (1, 3, 4, 5, 2). I like Henrietta and Miles, though, so this was great fun! The are considered adult books, btw.

The Seduction of the Crimson Rose, by Lauren Willig ****+ I ended up liking Vaughn and Mary, as well, though I wasn't convinced I would. But their story -- in many ways -- is the most similar to the Scarlet Pimpernel, which will always be a favorite, I think.

The Deception of the Emerald Ring, by Lauren Willig ***** This is still my favorite of the group -- Letty is too much fun, and I love the tension in the relationship between her and Geoff (plus, how can you go wrong with a last name like Pinchingdale-Snipe?).

The Temptation of the Night Jasmine, by Lauren Willig *** This is my least favorite of the bunch -- I think it's because the romance takes forever to resolve. Poor Charlotte is so convinced that she isn't loved, and although I like tension, for some reason this story didn't seem as well paced as the others. Plus, as kellyrfineman mentions, the story doesn't do a lot to further the rest of the series (the Colin/Eloise plot or the Black Tulip plot). Still, it's a fun, fun group of books -- I can't wait for the next one!