March 11, 2013

Mini Reviews For Monday

I read three fluffy stories last weekend and I did enjoy them all. But none really warranted an entire full review. So mini ones it is! (But please. Don't think that because I didn't write full reviews that the books weren't that great. Because that's totally not true!)

Persuaded (The Jane Austen Diaries, #3)
Persuaded by Jenni James

Based on Jane Austen's Persuasion but the characters are teenagers. I really did enjoy this one! As Persuasion is my favorite Austen story, I had lots of fun trying to figure out who was who from the original. But Ms. James didn't just write a cookie cutter updated version, because it took me a while to figure out who was who! Not all the characters did what I was expecting. Which is a good idea really. There are so many Austen sequels and re-tellings that it was great planning on Ms. James' part to change things up. Gregory and Amanda had nice tension, which is definitely a good thing! :P All around just a fun little story.

Turning Pages
Turning Pages by Tristi Pinkston

This one is based on Austen's Pride and Prejudice. (Noticing a trend? ;) But it's even less a cookie cutter version than Persuaded was. I did love the fact that Addie and Blake work in a library. And Addie loves to read! Way too late into the night too. A girl after my own heart! I also enjoyed the list of recommended reads that Addie loves. I haven't read many of the books on the list, but I'm thinking I need to change that. I wasn't a fan of the fact that Blake starts off already engaged, but the split was handled nicely which I appreciated. I also liked that they end on a happy note, but not "oh we're getting married now". Because they are still very young. In fact, a marriage does try to happen (aside from Blake's I mean) but it's for a terrible reason and is treated carefully as it should be. Cute and fluffy!

Unmasking Maya
Unmasking Maya by Libby Mercer

A sweet and clean romance. Maya's had a rough time of it lately and Derek is not helping her cheer up! Until he does, of course. ;P Derek's a cute, nerdy guy who is not ashamed of that fact at all. I loved all the techy people he works with and their company picnic was hilarious. These are people who love what they do and have a great time while they're at it. But both Derek and Maya have secrets they don't want anyone finding out about. So that means, of course, that they both find out about them. Yet they also have an attraction and fascination with the other that they are finding harder and harder to ignore. After they get to know each other better, well. I can't spoil the whole thing for you! But suffice it to say it was a charming little story. And just what I needed after an intense read! :)

So there you have it folks! Some fluff to while away a few hours should you need to. And who doesn't have a few hours that needs a little fluff in it? :)

Toodle-loo kangaroos! Happy reading!


  1. Awesome! Thanks for sharing all of these, Kara - now I'm going to *have* to check into reading Turning Pages. It sounds like a memorable, fun read. :)

    1. It was fun, Rissi! I enjoy Jane Austen sequels and re-tellings anyway, but this one was especially cute. Hope you enjoy it! :)

  2. "Persuaded" sounds intriguing, I'll have to see if I can find that series at the library.

    I'm giving you the Liebster Award! (Has nothing to do with lobsters, honest!) Read my post here for details :-)

    1. Oh my goodness! That's awfully sweet of you Hamlette. Thank you! I'll go see what questions I need to answer. You'll probably make my brain work hard, huh? ;D

      Hope you enjoy the series if you find them! I haven't tried the others yet, but really liked this one. :)

  3. These seem very fluffy! I'm going to try to read them!! particularly Turning Pages, it sounds like a book I'll love :)

    1. It was a lot of fun, Alex! A cute little story to while away a few hours. Hope you enjoy it! :)

  4. Added Persuaded and Turning the Pages to my TBR.
    Thanks so much for bringing these books to my attention!
    -Martha @

    1. You are entirely welcome, Martha! They were cute stories. I do hope you enjoy them! :D


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