Posts tagged ‘julia quinn’

May 19, 2013

That carrot would feed an entire village!

I admit, I read this book for the cover, and the back cover. And I don’t regret it one bit. Just look at it!

The blurb clearly reveals the genius of Julia Quinn, one of the most popular historical romance writers today. And not unfairly so. Her stories and characters are so witty and fun to read. A bit too much fun for my taste. There is no heart wrenching tragedy in her books. They’re more like a romantic sitcom, set somehow in 19th century England. The dialogue is so much fun to follow. I was reading the Goodreads quotes from this book and, oh my, she’s funny!

Marcus’s appearance the day before had been discussed, dissected, analyzed, and—by Lady Sarah Pleinsworth, Honoria’s cousin and one of her closest friends—rendered into poetry.
“He came in the rain,” Sarah intoned. “The day had been plain.”
Honoria nearly spit out her tea.
“It was muddy, this lane—”
Cecily Royle smiled slyly over her teacup. “Have you considered free verse?”
“—our heroine, in pain—”
“I was cold,” Honoria put in.
Iris Smythe-Smith, another of Honoria’s cousins, looked up with her signature dry expression. “I am in pain,” she stated. “Specifically, my ears.”
Honoria shot Iris a look that said clearly, Be polite. Iris just shrugged.
“—her distress, she did feign—”
“Not true!” Honoria protested.
“You can’t interfere with genius,” Iris said sweetly.
“—her schemes, not in vain—”
“This poem is devolving rapidly,” Honoria stated.
“I am beginning to enjoy it,” said Cecily.
“—her existence, a bane . . .”
Honoria let out a snort. “Oh, come now!”
“I think she’s doing an admirable job,” Iris said, “given the limitations of the rhyming structure.” She looked over at Sarah, who had gone quite suddenly silent. Iris cocked her head to the side; so did Honoria and Sarah. Sarah’s lips were parted, and her left hand was still outstretched with great drama, but she appeared to have run out of words.
“Cane?” Cecily suggested. “Main?”
“Insane?” offered Iris.
“Any moment now,” Honoria said tartly, “if I’m trapped here much longer with you lot.”

Finally here‘s some good advice.

November 14, 2012

Thoughts on some historical romance novels #5

Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

Now, I was gonna combine this review with that of Teresa Medeiros’ Yours Until Dawn but since that one is on its way to evolving into a monster of a blog entry, I thought I’d go on and post this. I don’t think this book deserves a post of its own but since it’s my first Julia Quinn read and since Julia Quinn is so incredibly famous, I’m devoting this post solely to one of her books.

Yes, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton… A sweet story, good characters, clever plot twists, solid romance and deep emotional analyses… So far everything seems fine, expect that this book wasn’t written in the language of historical romances I’m used to. I felt like reading a Gilmore Girls adaptation of the Regency period. Ms. Quinn uses a very contemporary language that I find in contrast with my other favorite historical romance authors. And frankly, I didn’t become a fan of her style. Yes, it was a fun read but it was too charged with dialogue and with a very American-sounding humor. Not exactly what I am looking for in a historical romance.

As for the main characters, it was nice to read about a cheerful, happy hero (with inner turmoils nontheless) for a change, instead of a brooding, dark one. I found Colin to be a very lovable hero. And Penelope is a mixture of Pride and Prejudice‘s Elisabeth Bennet and Mansfield Park‘s Fanny Price. Her harsh and witty criticism of the society around her and her wallflower quality compelled me to make this comparison.

On the whole, I would recommend this book to those who are looking for an fun, easy read. I’m not taking the book lightly when I say that, mind you. Ms. Quinn describes emotions in a very sincere manner, which I admire. But there is no great conflict or drama to get me hooked. Thus, this book is a great distraction with a funny, but nonetheless good love story.

Sensuality rating: Warm (according to All About Romance)