Tuesday, May 17, 2016

End of Series Review: Heather Wells

Heather Wells series
by Meg Cabot
Book #4:  Size 12 and Ready to Rock | Goodreads | Rating:  4.0 Stars
Book #5:  The Bride Wore Size 12 | Goodreads | Rating:  4.0 Stars

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Overall Series Average Rating:  3.6 Stars

The reason why I decided to combine these last two Heather Wells books into one bundled review was because I couldn't really think of much to say about Size 12 and Ready to Rock.  To me, there was really no point in taking up a whole post with the words, "This was a very good book, probably my favorite of the Heather Wells series.  Very enjoyable."

The summary blurb to personal thoughts ratio was just too unbalanced for it to merit a whole individual post.  Because while it's true that I really enjoyed the fourth book in the Heather Wells series, I think I've already said all I need to say about the series overall.

The same goes for The Bride Wore Size 12.

To be totally honest, both books were excellent, enjoyable, entertaining, un-put-down-able.  And to be honest, even while these last two installments of the Heather Wells series seems to be the least liked by many others, I actually found them to be my more favorite of the five book series.

Heather's tacky jokes are toned down a bit.  Heather and Cooper get more time together and we get to see how well they work together both as partners in investigation and as lovers.  At the same time, Heather seems to have grown a lot over the course of these books and has learned to live for herself more than for the sake of being with Cooper.

Really, this is just my opinion, but Book #4 is probably my favorite of the five.  It could just also be that all the characters have grown on me after so many installments.

Summer break . . . and the livin' ain't easy!

 Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn't mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself—who just happens to be newly married to Heather's ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead . . . and it's clear that the star was the intended victim.

 Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright—who just happens to be Heather's new fiancÉ. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can't help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, this reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated.

Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is.

 With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heather's already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heather's sure things can't get worse—until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heather's long-lost mother shows up.

 Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but she's determined to bring the bad guys to justice if it's the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.

Overall, the Heather Wells series was extremely enjoyable, even in spite of my reserves after not quite enjoying the first book.  But things got better, Heather grows on you, and you start to look forward to seeing how things end up for her and her students and her friends.

The final ending in the fifth book might have brought back a bit of the tacky, but I'm completely satisfied enough not to dwell on it.  A lot of things might have been left unresolved, but open-ended-ness isn't all that bad when you're enjoying yourself.

I will definitely be looking forward to another Meg Cabot book or series.

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