Friday, September 09, 2011

Book Review: Beautiful Disaster

Title: Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire

Genre: Adult

Rating: 5/5

Cover: 10/10

I loved, loved Beautiful Disaster!
I'd had the sample chapters in my kindle for a while, just waiting for the dust to settle so I had time to hunt down a new book, and the second I read those first two chapters, I knew I was a goner: I was hooked like a junkie needing its next fix.

The thing about this book is how entirely different it is from most of the books out there today. Usually, you have the boy and th girl, and maybe they fall in love at first sight; maybe they bicker to death and THEN notice it's love. Regardless, at the end of the day, they kiss and that's the end of the book.
Don't start Beautiful Disaster expecting that. Oh, sure, there's the couple. And yeah, they bicker so much you start fearing for their lives... The thing about McGuire's narrative that had me so hooked so fast, was the utter and complete normal vibe the book just exudes.
When the couple fights, you can actually feel their emotions like you're a character of the book yourself, because the situations are all just so ridiculously stupid, dramatic and with not an ounce of sugar-coating, that it could easily happen to you next week.
All that said, I loved the air of mystery that hung around Abby regarding her father and her past, and I can say with no shame at all that watching Abby and Trav battle it out gave no small amount of amusement, which always comes in handy.

An excellent read, packed with day-to-day situations that will have you alternately cringing, swearing, shaking your head in dismay and/or exasperation and on the floor in stiches. I'm in love.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Resenha: Succubus Revealed

Sei que sou suspeita dizer, porque tenho uma tendência a amar tudo Richelle Mead, mas ainda assim tenho que dizer: amei, amei, amei Succubus Revealed!

A série Georgina Kincaid sempre foi a minha menos predileta da Mead, em grande parte porque eu sempre tive uma paixonite (nada)secreta pelo Carter, e apesar de ainda achar que o Carter faria um casal MEGA FOFO com a Georgie, é bem verdade que o Seth me incomodou bem menos nesse livro, ainda bem!

Succubus Revealed foi especial em vários jeitos... era o último livro da Georgie, e claro que sempre tem aquele gostinho amargo, mas nada insuportável como foi com outras séries que poderia mencionar... O que foi ruim - ou bom, dependendo do que você chama de livro bom (mas rendeu uma cena fofa demais da conta com o Carter, então acho que valeu a pena!) - foi a subplot que a Mead colocou no livro: o câncer de ovário da Andrea Mortensen. Algumas pessoas já chegaram pra mim, dizendo que esse lado fez elas chorarem enquanto liam, então imaginem eu, que perdi a minha mãe faz pouco mais de um mês pra esse exato câncer. Foi um festival de choro. Mas devo dizer - e podem acreditar, eu sei - que a Mead detalhou com perfeição o dia-a-dia dessa doença de modo tão incrível que quase parecia real tudo de novo.

Também foi um livro especial porque, maravilha das maravilhas, eu comecei a gostar do Seth nesse livro. Acho que um bom perdedor sempre tem que saber a hora de se retirar com graça, e eu fiz isso em Succubus Revealed.

Com a vida conubial em total perfeição e a vida no trabalho um inferno, a costumeira mistura de humor, sarcasmo (Carter, estou olhando pra ti!) e as chamadas one-liners, Succubus Revealed me fez morrer de medo, chorar, sorrir, torcer, gritar e xingar o livro todo, até a ultimíssima página. Ao todo, uma leitura incrível para os fãs da Georgie, que deu um fim, se previsível, pelo menos bonito e digno para a nossa súcubo predileta.

Book Review: Succubus Revealed

Title: Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #5)
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Adult
Rating: 5/5
Cover: 10/10

I know I'm a suspect to say, since I tend to fall in love with everything Richelle Mead, but I still have to say it: I loved, loved, loved Succubus Revealed!

The Georgina Kincaid series were my least favorite of Mead's, greatly because I've always had a seceret (ok, not at all secret, but still) penchanct for Carter, and I still think that Georgina would've made a RAD couple for Carter, except I knew from the start that it wasn't to be because of the whole angel thing, and Seth just bugged me. But I couldn't stop loving Georgie, which, being the main character, was really the most important thing.

Succubus Revealed was special on many levels... it was the last one of Georgie's books, and sure there's that bittersweet feeling, but nothing too bad. What was bad - or good, I guess, depending on your definition of a good book... - was the one little side problem that Mead added into the book. I have to say, it added a whole new side and put a nice twist into the plot (plus, it gave us a super-cute Carter scene!). I'm talking, of course, of Andrea Mortensen's cancer. I've had friends come over to me and say that they were almost crying because of it, so it's easy to understand why I, who just recently lost my mom to the exact same cancer and saw in the book a very good description of my life for the past two years, full-out bawled three times. However, like I said, it added a second layer to the novel, and it was good one. And wonderfully written, as usual.

It was also special because, miracle of miracles, I actually started liking Seth in this book. I think a good loser always knows when it's time to concede victory with grace, and that's what happened here.

With Georgina's love life in a bliss and her work life in a pit, the usual amount of wit, humor, sarcasm (hi Carter, I'm looking at you!), Succubus Revealed left me sweating at some times, crying at others, smiling, cheering, swearing and grumbling all the way through the book. All in all, a great read for the Georgina fans, with an end which, if not unexpected, seals off our favorite succubus' life with a golden key.