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on Aug. 19, 2012 :
I thought this book was really good for going into it with no expectations. The plot moved along at a nice pace, and it didn't really lag at any part. The relationships in it were believable, and the romance did not seem rushed or hurried in any way, which was also great.
I thought that the character development in Katia's case was very well done, as we really get to be inside her head, and understand the demon's of her past. Overall I would definitely recommend this book as some leisure reading/beach reading! Well done!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Aug. 05, 2012 :
I found this an enjoyable light read, typical of the genre but atypical in being better written than many. The pacing and plot are good, with plenty happening to keep the reader interested in Katia’s life. There are a few edits required, scattered throughout the work, but they are only of the kind that annoy pedants like me eg ‘giving into’ instead of ‘giving in to’. As compensation there are flashes of poetic brilliance. Two images that will stay with me are:
'She felt like a bird that could have dipped down and brushed a wing against the snow.'
'Her nerves sat around her like a worn out hem, all it needed was one catch before she started to fray.' (even though this should be two sentences, or separated with a colon rather than a comma. As I said, I’m finicky.)
Katia’s character development was handled well, as was her relationship with her various family members. I would like to have got to know Owen a little more. Since he is the romantic connection I felt I should have known him rather better by the time he and Katia became partners.
On the whole, very well done, Emma, and I’ll be happy to read more of your work.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 11, 2012 :
This was an enjoyable read. My interest was captured from the start and held throughout the book. Also, the characters were well rounded and I quickly became atatched enough to them to be eager to learn more, want to cry for them when things were tough, and want to laugh with them when things were going well for them. A well written book, which was a pleasure to read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on March 07, 2012 :
I was instantly swept away by the stunning characters as they negotiate through their adventure.
You are graced with a wide array of characters from the sweet, yet jaded female protagonist, Katia, to the rumored womanizing Owen, to all the in betweens. We get to see through Katia's eyes, feeling what she feels, temporarily walking in her shoes. Emma Jackson writes in such a way that I was instantly evoked to become invested in Katia's character and her well-being.
A sweet, budding, uncertain romance starts to take place as the pages grow fewer. Although, this is a romance story, the romance takes a step back as we discover the personal demons that Katia struggles to battle. Not all of them are her own. Made Up produces emotions that are hard to ignore, conveying struggles that some women may have to deal with that all women will be sympathetic to. The pace was well-thought out, never being rushed to produce something that would have been unnatural and too coincidental. Everything flowed together nicely, I was never left wanting because I was completely satisfied with the story and the characters.
I was extremely gratified by the end, but also severely disappointed because I grew attached to the characters of Made Up, desperate to read more. But behold, Made Up is in fact the first book of a trilogy, so my my disappointed was turned into anxious excitement.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)