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Monday, August 2, 2010
"What Happens in London & Ten Things i Love about You" Reviews
What Happens in London by Julia Quinn
Release Date: Jun 30, 2009
Excerpt: When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancee, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something.
Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security. He's not a spy, but he's had all the training, and when a gorgeous blonde begins to watch him from her window, he is instantly suspicious. But just when he decides that she's nothing more than an annoyingly nosy debutante, he discovers that she might be engaged to a foreign prince, who might be plotting against England. And when Harry is roped into spying on Olivia, he discovers that he might be falling for her himself..
This title is really all wrong for this book. It really should be called "of Windows and Russian Princes". I really don't see how "what happens in london" fits in with the story. The story itself follows Olivia Bevelstroke and Sir Harry Valentine.
Olivia is in her third season in London is and is practically bored since-less since her best friend married her brother. Besides complaining how troublesome it is to be pretty she has an affinity on spying on her next store neighbor Harry. Rumor has it he killed his supposed fiancée.
Harry is merely trying to get some war documents translated into Russian but the annoying girl next store won't stop staring at him through the window. He soon gets a summons to the war office and is told to watch the girl and the Russian prince her admires her. Turns out that the Russian prince may be a supporter of Napoleon.
Thus the plot-less story begins. For a Julia Quinn book i'm rather disappointed in this. I really enjoyed Olivia and Harry in "Ten reasons why i love you", but found them annoying and lackluster here. I also couldn't figure out their relationship. One moment their annoyed at each other and the next they love each other. It was like eh???? Then lets not even get to the plot... wait.... there is not plot. Julia just seems to throw in a kidnapping for her own good health. No other reason seems to be for it. The kidnapping wasn't even good. It was like WTF? is going on here? Why is the ambassador of Russia suddenly evil when he never appeared in the entire book? How did the prince's body guard come to work for the war office. Who the freak is Fitswilliam? Is this Mr.Dracy's secret profession. Seriously seriously disappointed.
Rating: 3 Bunnies. Lack of plot, too many WTF?, whinny heroine, and the romance between the hero and heroine came together too nicely.
The Things I love About You by Julia Quinn Release Date: May 25th, 2010
Excerpt: Ten Things You Should Know About This Book
1.Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret.
2.Annabel Winslow's family voted her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind AND The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church.
3.Sebastian's uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything.
4.Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening.
5.Lord Newbury has decided that Annabel is the answer to all of his problems.
6.Annabel does not want to marry Lord Newbury, especially when she finds out he once romanced her grandmother.
7.is shocking,8.is delicious,9.is downright wicked, all of which leads the way to
10.Happily. Ever. After.
Review: This is one of those books where everything just seems to come together right. As such i really have nothing to write. It's hard to find fault with a book that comes together perfectly. It was like being back in the Brigerton books. Seriously Julia never disappoints.
I loved Annabel and Seb together. Adore Olivia and Louisa as side characters. Died cracking up at Annabelle's grandmother. Seriously the woman should become the next whistledown. Found Lord Newbury as a believable villain and seriously. How could you not hate him. I was really hoping he was really dead on the floor. The scandal of him being found in Annabelle's grandmother's bed would have been delish. I was glad he never sired anymore heirs.
I have the previous two books, but haven't read them yet and now i just got too. ^^