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A very "pretty" book. Interesting concept of having a world class designer be the illustrator for this often told tale. Through the blending of Mr Lacroix"s fashion history with the tale of Sleeping Beuty, we see lots of illustrations that show the quirky designs of this fashion icon. With a bit of self praise (well maybe more than a bit), the book's lovely pages feature the couture styles that Mr Lacroix is known for. Is this a book of self love? Perhaps! It is certainly a novel way to let the world see your style and accomplishments. I am not quite sure what or if many people would invest in this type book. Maybe those who like a coffee table type book, might find this book fits their needs. I myself, would certainly not have purchased it. I must confess that I won it and quite frankly do not know what to do with it.
Pure, Hot Sin by H.C. Brown Pure, Hot Sin is set in the same universe of another novella by H.C. Brown, Delicious, an alternative reality where shapeshifters, elves, fairies and other magic creatures live together in peace and harmony, or at least most of the time. There is no the concept of gay, lesbian and heterosexual, everyone lives accordingly to their desires, the important thing is to not harm your neighbour. Basically this is a free-sex community, where exclusivity is not a moral issue. The author did a good job in planning and rendering the atmosphere, and also the total lack of prudery, and that is the reason why, as in the previous novella, the human who stumbles into this new world is a little disoriented, and not sure to like it so much. Ashrin is a pride male, a shapeshifter cat, and he lured Leo into his world since he recognized in him his soul mate; Leo is not so happy of the situation, first he doesn’t like the idea to not being able to go back home, and second, he doesn’t like the concept of sex as recreational activity. In a way I’m a little like Leo, true in the end Leo will find his place in Ashrin’s world, and will arrive to appreciate the freedom, but still, I remain a monogamous animal. But remember that indeed feline in general are not like that, and living in pack, sharing everything from food, to children, to lovers, is normal and welcomed. The Vampire's Assistant by Stormy Glenn As usual this novella by Stormy Glenn is pretty much about soul mates finding each other and being happy together as soon as they exchange the first glance. Jon is a young man with a fresh degree in hand and a dear need of a job; he is probably not suited for the job of personal assistant of the wealthy businessman Nikolas Vaile, but he is applying to everything he finds. For sure he doesn’t expect to end the job interview in bed with Nikolas; or to find out that Nikolas is a vampire and that Jon is his fated mate. Once Nikolas meets Jon there is nothing much Jon can do to avoid being involved with the ancient vampire; actually neither Nikolas has much choice, basically he looses his mind and mates with Jon without really realizing it. And once they are mated, Nikolas turns in a over-protective “husband” who doesn’t want for his mate to be out of his eyes; actually the position of personal assistant can be a good one, in this way Jon can have the illusion to not being a kept man and Nikolas has the excuse to have him around night and day. This is only a novella, so there is not much time to develop the story, but I think it would be interesting to see an aftermath of this idea, mixing paranormal romance with office affairs, it gives a glimpse into the day-to-day (or better night-to-night) routing of your “typical” vampire. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003Z0D3BA/?...
The characters were awesome! I loved Maggie's voice, and all the foibles of all the different characters. The plot is okay, if not at all believable. And then the ending came... ruined the whole book for me. Maybe that's just me.
Many of the kids I know love to laugh...and they often laugh when the word "underpants" is used in a book. Well, this book has the word "underpants" all over the place. And what could be more funny than a zoo-full of animals all wearing underpants? I can't wait to share this with my storytime kids.
I chose this book during a recent trip to San Francisco because Wolff is a Bay-area writer. The collection combines old stories with new. I enjoyed the sense of place the earlier stories evoke, especially because many of the locations were familiar due to my travels in the city and beyond. However, most of the narratives are pretty dark, and in the windup I didn't enjoy the collection as much as I thought I might.
Here's the warning for this book. If you're a sap, like I pretend not to be, don't read it. I needed tissues for the better part of 150pgs of this. In true form with Hannah's previous writings, I quickly found myself falling in love with all these characters. There were things I liked about all of them. Loved the interactions they had with each other. And then high school came for the kids... choices were made that made me frown and shake my head. Then the accident came and the world I had built for these character's in my head fell apart. Jude had been so perfect and then she turned into such a... a... *itch. Oh she made me so mad the better half of the end. Maybe it's not far to say that since she was dealing with such horrible grief. But as she said herself, "I was the mud that kept them stuck. Maybe without me they could have healed." And I think that is true. Though I loved the way this book ended I'm left with an... unfinished or unsatisfied feeling. I want to know more about Zach, Lexi, Jude and Miles. I want to know if it was Mia in the mirror. But that means it was a good book right?
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