I finally requested this book because more than 7 people recommended it to me - I figured it was worth the read, and it was. I fell in love with the Kvothe's world, and his adventures were exciting. I normally like fantasy, but I haven’t read anything good in a while – this book reminded me how much fun a new magical world can be. Unlike a Harry Potter book, there wasn’t a clear plot with a super-planned build up, but I sort of liked the casual, stroll-like way that the story was told.
Anyway, I can’t wait to read the sequel, and I highly recommend this book.
Miss Quinn, disguised as a chambermaid, goes undercover in Buckingham Palace to find who is stealing trinkets from one of the parlors. Little does she know that there are more troubles that she'll have to deal with, including the troublesome journalist Mr. Jones and a man who could just be her father. Mr. James Easton is back in the picture again, and he and the pipes he's working on won't make things any easier.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series - at least enough to request and read the second and the third. However, this one wasn't uber entrancing. I set it down and read a few books before I finished this one, and skipped around before I finished it. This book is good - entertaining, surprising, ect. - but not super special.
While I finished this book, the plot was extremely weak. Mostly the book is about Kate angsting... for more than 100 pages. The characters were really flat, and there were too many happenstances for anything to really be explained. I would not recommend this book, but somehow it hooked me enough to read the sequel.
I enjoyed this book. It was sweet and funny. I read it because it was by Shannon Hale, and I definitely wasn't disappointed, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had kids. Or was married. Or in any way related to the heroine. It didn't have the ending that I wanted or was expecting, but it was probably more realistic for all of that. It was sad and adorable, but not my favorite of Hale’s books. IT ISN’T A FAIRY TALE STORY, so be aware of that. Um, I’m trying not to spoil, so I'll be done now...