Thursday, June 26, 2014

Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout | Mini Review

Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout | Mini ReviewSuch Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout
Published by Entangled on February 4, 2014
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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3 Stars

Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility—a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure, and the chance to avenge his father’s death.

In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn’t surrender souls without a price…

picadillyblueSuch Sweet Sorrow is a lot more than a retelling of Romeo and Juliet.  I was pleasantly surprised to find many more of Shakespeare’s characters represented in this book and while it had it’s flaws, it was an enjoyable read.

Jenny Trout has a way with words.  Such Sweet Sorrow is beautifully written.  However, I feel like combining a Shakespeare retelling with some heavily descriptive writing might not have been the best route.  Such Sweet Sorrow was a good story but it dragged.  It wasn’t a long book but the combination of it being a Shakespeare retelling and having Jenny Trout’s writing style made it seem like it was never going to end.  I found myself setting it aside to pick up other books because I never seemed to make any progress with it.  Maybe it was just me but it was a really heavy read.

Like I mentioned earlier, this is more than a Shakespeare retelling.  Hamlet makes an appearance, there are Valkyries, and of course Remeo and Juliet are present.  Sure, the story mainly focuses on Romeo going to the underworld to get Juliet back but Hamlet is there as his guide and the Valkyries play a big role in the story as well.  It was a really unique take on Shakespeare’s story.  Also, Juliet was pretty badass!  She didn’t want to rely on Romeo for her freedom and her life.  She took control of her own destiny and I loved that about her.  She always seems to weak in the original story and in many retellings but not this one.

Overall, Such Sweet Sorrow is a flawed but fun read.  Romeo and Hamlet’s friendship as well as their journey through the underworld make for a great story.

What others are saying about Such Sweet Sorrow:

Blood, Sweat and Books’ review: “Sounds bizarre and even I admit it is but somehow it worked out in the end.”

The YA Kitten’s review: “This is definitely one of those novels that will either work for you or not work for you.”

Reviews by Molly’s review: “With rollercoaster thrills, young love romance, and an ending that leaves you dying for a sequel, this story is definitely a keeper!”

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Definitely, Maybe In Love by Ophelia London

Definitely, Maybe In Love by Ophelia LondonDefinitely, Maybe In Love by Ophelia London
Published by Entangled on October 28, 2013
Pages: 260
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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2 Stars

Her theory of attraction is about to get a new angle...

Spring Honeycutt wants two things: to ace her sustainable living thesis and to save the environment. Both seem hopelessly unobtainable until her college professor suggests that with a new angle, her paper could be published. Spring swears she’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that happens.

“Whatever it takes,” however, means forming a partnership with the very hot, very privileged, very conceited Henry Knightly.

Henry is Spring's only hope at publication, but he's also the über-rich son of a land developer and cash-strapped Spring’s polar opposite. Too bad she can't help being attracted to the way he pushes her buttons, both politically and physically. As they work on her thesis, Spring finds there's more to Henry than his old money and argyle sweaters…but can she drop the loud-and-proud act long enough to let him in? Suddenly, choosing between what she wants and what she needs puts Spring at odds with everything she believes in.

Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice that proves true love is worth risking a little pride.

Definitely, Maybe in Love is a modern take on Pride and Prejudice and it’s one of the worse ones I’ve read. I honestly don’t know why I kept reading when I felt like giving up pretty early on. Ophelia London just didn’t do enough with this to make it unique or entertaining.

Spring Honeycutt (yep, that’s actually her name) is an environmentalist wannabe who is completely full of herself. She wears her hair in dreads, becomes a vegetarian, and other really stupid things just to make herself seem more serious as an environmentalist. Last time I checked, that does not make you an environmentalist if you have no legitimate reason for doing the things you do. She was supremely annoying and self righteous, especially since her reasons for doing things were ridiculous. Henry was so much better than Spring as a character. I actually like him even if he was a little stuck up. At least he knew what he was talking about, unlike Spring. However, I totally did not get the attraction between the two. They had nothing in common and there was no chemistry between them. It was very forced.

The story was supremely dull and predictable. I honestly don’t have much more to say about it other than that. I forced myself to keep reading and I kind of regret the time I wasted on this book.

Overall, Definitely, Maybe in Love is one that I would definitely recommend skipping. There’s nothing redeeming about it and I felt like it was a waste of my time.

What others are saying about Definitely, Maybe In Love:
Wondrous Reads’ review: “I really loved this book and I can’t wait to read more by Ophelia London. 
The Autumn Review’s review: “This was a well-written, sweet, entertaining story that has some great twists that I didn’t see coming.”
Sweets Books’ review: “Overall its a great story and great characters, I wouldn’t mind reading other books on the other characters!”