Book Review: Suite Scarlett

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Suite Scarlett Suite Scarlett by
Series: Scarlett #1
Published by in 2008
Genres: ,
Pages: 368

Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small Art Deco hotel in the heart of New York City.

When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite. For Scarlett’s fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite and a permanent guest named Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett doesn’t quite know what to make of this C-list starlet and world traveler.

And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.

Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery and romantic missteps. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off.

My Review:

I picked up Suite Scarlett not really knowing what to expect. I’d only read the 13 Little Blue Envelope series, so far, and I hate to judge an author just based on one book. I’m glad I chose to read it though. You know how sometimes you finish a book and you hate the fact that you finished it because you want more of a good thing? Well if you felt that after 13 Little Blue Envelopes like I did, then Suite Scarlett is definitely for you.

I loved that this book was kind of a variation on Envelopes but with a fresh set of characters and a new interesting story. Eric was more my kind of dreamy than Keith ever was, and I loved the relationships between all the siblings.

My favorite character, though, was the Aunt Peg of this one, Amy Amberson. Mrs. Amberson and Aunt Peg are the kind of woman I want to be when I grow up. They do their own thing, and even though they seem a bit weird and over the top to the rest of the characters, their view on life is so great! I’d love to be like them – but I don’t think I could. I’m too much of an orderly, follow-the-rules type. Instead, I’d like to think of Maureen Johnson as my Mrs. Amberson. She inspires me to be more spontaneous, though luckily without the kinds of things that would drive me nuts (like framing me for shoplifting – that would be way over the line for me, I’d refuse to even be around her after that!).

Anyway, bottom line is I really enjoyed this book, and I would definitely recommend it to friends.

Book Review: Prom and Prejudice

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Prom and Prejudice Prom and Prejudice by
Published by in 2011
Genres: ,
Pages: 231

After winter break, the girls at the very prestigious Longbourn Academy become obsessed with the prom. Lizzie Bennet, who attends Longbourn on a scholarship, isn’t interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be — especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend’s burgeoning romance but less than impressed by Charles’s friend, Will Darcy, who’s snobby and pretentious. Darcy doesn’t seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it’s because her family doesn’t have money. Clearly, Will Darcy is a pompous jerk — so why does Lizzie find herself drawn to him anyway?

Will Lizzie’s pride and Will’s prejudice keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making?

My Review:

OK, so after finishing Mockingjay I desperately needed something light and fluffy. I turned to this novel, figuring I’d just read a few pages to calm myself down before turning out the light and trying to sleep. Instead, I found myself finishing the whole thing at 2 am because I just couldn’t put it down!  I was sooooo book hung over the next morning!

The thing with this one is it wasn’t that I couldn’t put it down because I couldn’t wait to find out what happens. I knew what happens, because I’ve read/seen the story of Pride and Prejudice so many times I have it memorized. The fact that I still couldn’t put it down means that this was a really good book! I love the idea that there are modern day Darcy’s and Bingley’s out there. I’ve always thought I was very similar to Elizabeth – if I’d been born then, that would have been me, right down to the parents (though I don’t have the siblings to complete the picture).  Darcy would be my perfect man – I couldn’t deal with constant sweetness like Bingley, but Darcy does know how to be that sometimes.  So anyways, the modern Darcy is very intriguing to me, because I’d like to believe he’s out there somewhere.

In the end, this is a really cute book, sort of the antidote to the extreme nightmare inducing (but good in their own way) books like Mockingjay. Of course, I still had nightmares that night, but I would like to think that they weren’t quite so bad as they could have been. So go read it next time you need something cute to read!

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