Size Doesn’t Matter (88): Every Boy’s Got One; An Artificial Night

Size Doesn’t Matter (88): Every Boy’s Got One; An Artificial NightEvery Boy's Got One by Meg Cabot
Series: Boy #3
Published by William Morrow on February 17, 2009
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Romance
Pages: 328
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

When cartoonist Jane Harris s best friend Holly, New York Journal art director, announces that she s eloping to Italy with longtime doctor boyfriend Mark, and asks Jane to come along as her witness, Jane jumps at the chance, delighted by the prospect of her first ever trip to Europe.

What Jane doesn t gamble on is Mark s witness, New York Journal foreign affairs correspondent Cal Langdon. It s hate at first sight for Jane and Cal, and neither is too happy at the prospect of sharing a villa with one another for a week —not even in the beautiful and picturesque Le Marche countryside.

But when Holly and Mark s wedding plans hit a major snag that only Jane and Cal can repair, the two find themselves having to put aside their mutual dislike for one another in order to get their best friends on the road to wedded bliss, and end up on a road themselves —one neither of them ever expected....

Revisiting Meg Cabot I loved as a teen is a fun, but somewhat frustrating experience. On one level, I still and always will love most of Meg Cabot’s books. She prioritizes fun for her readers like few other authors do. She doesn’t give a shit about trying to be literary, and she wants you to enjoy yourself as much as possible. They’re silly and wonderful. However, her older stuff has some offensive stuff (some of which maybe wasn’t at the time idk). That was especially true in Every Boy’s Got One, which is extra sad since this book has the best ship.

Jane Harris and Cal Langdon fall in loathe at first sight. Jane’s weird, artistic, and too into pop culture. Cal’s an arrogant bastard and classic Type A. Unfortunately, they’re stuck together as the only guests for their best friends’ elopement to Italy. Also unfortunate is that Mark and Holly are trying to set them up. Jane and Cal have a very Mark Darcy/Bridget Jones vibe that totally works for me. The only things I didn’t like about the ship were that Cal had sex with Dolly (ew) and Jane’s constant slut-shaming of anyone who ever slept with Cal. I do love how he becomes obsessed with staring at her ankle tattoo, and how she can’t stop staring at his crotch (because of the rumor about his you know what). I also love that him reading her journal turned out to bring them together, rather than being the cause of a fight

So yeah, beware the slut-shaming (skank and ho), an awkward reference to transgender people (which makes a clean sweep of the original Boy novels), horrible bi rep (one of Jane’s exes turned out to be bi and she is grossed out by this and sometimes practices bi erasure by worrying that she turned him gay), and two uses of the word “retarded.” It is not Cabot’s finest moment. Yes, some people are like this, but oh my god I was cringing so hard when this stuff happened. Without this stuff, I might have straight up loved this one, but it’s a bit too flawed for that.

Still fun, but the age of it really shows. It is cool that the story borrows heavily from Meg Cabot’s actual elopement to Italy, though.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (88): Every Boy’s Got One; An Artificial NightAn Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire
Series: October Daye #3
Published by DAW on September 7, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 354
Format: Paperback
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three-half-stars

Experience the thrill of the hunt in the third October Daye urban fantasy novel.

October "Toby" Daye is a changeling-half human and half fae-and the only one who has earned knighthood. Now she must take on a nightmarish new challenge. Someone is stealing the children of the fae as well as mortal children, and all signs point to Blind Michael. Toby has no choice but to track the villain down-even when there are only three magical roads by which to reach Blind Michael's realm, home of the Wild Hunt-and no road may be taken more than once. If Toby cannot escape with the children, she will fall prey to the Wild Hunt and Blind Michael's inescapable power.

While I have yet to love any of the October Daye books, I’m officially quite into this series. They’re consistently good and I’m falling slowly in love with the characters. An Artificial Night has the fastest pace yet, being less of a mystery and more of a quest.

Reading An Artificial Night when it first came out must have been mega stressful, because October’s Fetch (aka a faerie who looks just like her and is supposed to escort her to death) shows up at the start. Knowing that book ten is out now, I have to admit I wasn’t that concerned, so I could enjoy everyone else’s reactions to the possible loss of Toby. May (her Fetch chose this to go by) is adorable and like a perkier version of Toby, and I’m excited that it looks like she’ll be around for a while.

The plot of An Artificial Night consists of Toby trying to stop Blind Michael from stealing children to use in his Hunt. It’s a creepy fairy tale come to life. They figure out what’s going on really early on, and the book’s just Toby constantly in danger as she tries to save everyone. If you’re here for the PI aspect and the mysteries, this isn’t going to be your favorite installment, because it’s not twisty or anything like that. However, there’s some good character development for Toby here, and we learn a lot about Luna and Rayseline.

I’m wondering just how long McGuire’s going to make me wait for my ship. Toby’s figuring out that maybe Tybalt’s into her, but she’s not sure how she feels about it. She’s more drawn to Conner who is MARRIED to a woman who wants to kill her, which girl NO. Tybalt is RIGHT THERE. I have feelings about this. I’m fairly certain, based on my knowledge of urban fantasy romance that she’s going to at least sleep with Conner before my ship can reign and just sigh. (Not that I don’t approve of her getting some with whomever she chooses, but I ship it and frustrate and waiting and Conner is such bad idea bears.)

Only seven more books to go until I’m caught up! Thank goodness they’re fun, huh?

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