Review: Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

Prom and Prejudice

Overview – 

Prom and Prejudice

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: January 2011
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Format: Hardcover , 288pp
  • Sales Rank: 27,967
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

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? Whatever the result, Elizabeth Eulberg, author of The Lonely Hearts Club, has concocted a very funny, completely stylish delight for any season — prom or otherwise.

My Thoughts


This was truly a book that I could not put down.  I was immediately drawn into the story and read the whole book in one sitting.  

Lizzie knew that transitioning to Longbourn Academy as a junior scholarship student was going to be difficult but she also knew that it was worth the risk to get the best music training available.  What she didn’t anticipate was how horrible the girls at the school would treat her.  It started right from her first day when they threw a whole milkshake on her while she was headed to origination and it just got worse from there.  Lizzie quickly learned that she had 2 friends on campus, her roommate, Jane, and the other scholarship girl for her grade, Charlotte.  Lizzie knows as she heads back to school from holiday break and Jane is going to be looking forward to Charles, her love interest, return from London.  At the welcome back event, Lizzie is yet again at the mercy of hazing and meets Charles friend, Darcy, who comes across as a huge jerk, but somehow she seems to be drawn to him.  As one of the only people who must work, Lizzie works at the local coffeehouse, where she meets Wick and soon realizes that there is very bad blood between Darcy and Wick.  As the semester rolls on towards the biggest event of the year, Prom, what will happen with all these students is a wild story.

I enjoyed so much of this book because it is so real.  It deals with issues of pride, prejudice, being taken advantage of, lying and not least of all love.  Elizabeth Eulberg’s writing style is wonderful.  She places you right in the middle of the story and does not let you go until she is done with you.  All of the characters in the book are very well developed and there are huge differences in them which makes it a very enjoyable read.  The story line is believable and not rushed.  The story unfolded in the right amount of time and flowed well.  I also enjoyed the different settings in the book.  This is a world that I would not have any idea what would happen inside the walls of money but in my reading it made sense and I got it.  

I really enjoyed parts of the book that address Lizzie’s love for music and how she challenges herself to push beyond what is expected of her.  I think that there was an underlying message in the books as well about pushing to do what you dream of doing.  Lizzie continues to go back to this horrible school where she is treated extremely poor just get the music education she needs to move forward with her music.  That says a lot about her character as a young adult and a message that I personally think more teens need to think about and do.

 

My Rating


4.5 stars.  This was a great read with awesome messages.  As the old adages goes “Don’t judge a book by its cover”
*I was provided this book as a gift from another blogger.

Review: Chasing Fire by Nora Roberts

Chasing Fire

Overview – 


Chasing Fire

 

 

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Format: Hardcover , 472pp
  • Sales Rank: 63

Synopsis

Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature.
But there’s also little else as thrilling — at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday. At this point, returning to the wilds of Montana for the season feels like coming home — even with reminders of the partner she lost last season still lingering in the air.
Fortunately, this year’s rookie crop is among the strongest ever — and Gulliver Curry’s one of the best. He’s also a walking contradiction, a hotshot firefighter with a big vocabulary and a winter job at a kids’ arcade. He came to Missoula to follow in the footsteps of Lucas “Iron Man” Tripp, yet he’s instantly more fascinated by his hero’s daughter. Rowan, as a rule, doesn’t hook up with other smoke jumpers, but Gull is convinced he can change her mind. And damn if he doesn’t make a good case to be an exception to the rule.
Everything is thrown off balance, though, when a dark presence lashes out against Rowan, looking to blame someone for last year’s tragedy. Rowan knows she can’t complicate things with Gull — any distractions in the air or on the ground could be lethal. But if she doesn’t find someone she can lean on when the heat gets intense, her life may go down in flames.


My thoughts


It is a pretty tough thing to write about an romance author as big as Nora Roberts, who has constantly products books that do extremely well!  I have been a Nora Roberts fan for years and I am pretty sure I have read every book she has written.  For her last few series, I felt like I had the book figured out before I got to the end just because her style can be so similar.  Now while this can be frustrating, it is also kind of nice to be able to know that when you pick up a book it is going to be constant and great quality.  That being said, Chasing Fire surprised me because I didn’t have it figured out as a matter of fact I didn’t have any clue how the book was going to end.  

I enjoyed the romance end of this book a lot!  There wasn’t just one romance but two.  I love this different dynamic to the book.  It was very unlike the The Bride Quartet because this was Rowan, a fire jumper and girl who firmly believes that she should never get involved with another fire jumper and her father, Lucas, the very famous Iron Man Tripp, known for his fire jumping, and locally for raising his daughter alone after her mother up and left.  Needless, to say that Rowan meets Gull, a rookie fire jumper from California, who is not going to let her rule about not dating another fire jumper get in his way.  Lucas, now retired from fire jumping, owns his own skydiving company and meets the love of his life, Ella, after her son buys her a tandem jump as a gift.  It was interesting to watch these two stories unroll and the challenges that both father and daughter face as they do.


As for the fire jumping, WOW!  I learned so much about wild fires and how they are combated.  This was my very favorite part of this book.  I love to learn something new from a book and Nora Roberts did a wonderful job and introducing me to a very new topic but did it in a way that was very easy to understand.  Fire is some very scary stuff and this book really explain how dangerous forest fires really are.  I high recommend this book for this part of the story along, but the added murder mystery and love stories make it a very well rounded story.

My Rating

I rate this book 4.5 stars.  Simply because I felt the book ended before it should have.  I know at over 450 pages it had to end just I just wanted more.
Source:  This book was a gift from another blogger.