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The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells Series #5)

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

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    I grew up on Meg Cabot's books. The Princess Diaries, All-Americ

    I grew up on Meg Cabot's books. The Princess Diaries, All-American Girl, Avalon High, The Mediator... these are the novels that shaped my love for the young adult genre, which was why I jumped on the chance to review the newest book in her most popular adult fiction series. The Heather Wells Mysteries have been around for quite a while, but in this most recent installment, the quirky, lovable heroine is back, and she's getting married—but that doesn't mean things will be calming down for her. In fact, it's just the opposite; when a student in her residence hall turns up dead even before classes start at New York College, she'll have to use her resources—and her wits—to get to the bottom of the fishy business going on in Fischer Hall—and save her wedding.

    The Bride Wore Size 12 is true to Cabot's hilarious, pitch-perfect style. Impossible to put down and funny to the core, it's fabulously misleading and unpredictable until that one moment when the truth will click and everything rushes together. While it will have you at the edge of your seat and your heart pounding erratically throughout, I consider it a triumphant flourish of a feel-good novel—because just reading it will definitely make you a happier person.

    Heather is a delightful narrator—both likable and genuine! I love how she's hard-working, clumsy (there's a little bit of each of us in her personality!), but still super sharp. What I admire so much is how, even though she never strays far from her beliefs and herself, she still has vulnerabilities and tenderness that make her so human. Empowered by the people who love and care for her at her side—as well as the thought of finally marrying the man of her dreams—she is able to plow through any problem that's headed her way, including the unfortunate incident among the students and an unpleasant reminder of her past.

    I was also extremely impressed by how true-to-life the university backdrop of the novel was, as Cabot's fictional settings tend to be. It's SO realistic, and I can vouch for this with certainty because there are exact parallels with my own college; Meg Cabot definitely outdid herself with creating a "typical" college campus. I did feel like some of the mystery scenarios aren't as realistic, such as how easily Heather is able to get information from security and the police, but those are little logistics. For a mystery novel with less gravity than most, however, that wasn't too big an issue.

    Although this book is the 5th in the series, it makes a phenomenal standalone novel. I had no problem following, even without having read the previous books. However, now my curiosity is piqued to actually try them—that's how much I loved this one!

    Pros: Heather is such a likable heroine // Cooper is dreamy // College is realistically described // Breezily hysterical // Very effortless readability // Every single character is vivid and so well portrayed, even the villains and minor characters! // Cute contemporary tone // Murder mystery is actually well plotted and suspenseful

    Cons: Not as much romance as I would have liked, but I'm guessing the previous novels have more of Heather and Cooper! // Slightly unrealistic depiction of a murder case

    Verdict: The latest pickle Heather Wells gets herself into perfectly demonstrates the magic of Meg Cabot; the story the acclaimed author creates is addicting, suspenseful but still light-hearted, and one of those books you just hate to put down. The snarky yet compassionate, tongue-in-cheek yet sincere, and entertaining yet straightforward tone dictates a college-set murder investigation in this contemporary cozy mystery. If you're looking for a new adult novel with substance and style—as well as a good laugh—don't miss out on The Bride Wore Size 12 and the entire series.

    Rating: 8 out of 10 hearts (4 stars): An engaging read; highly recommended.

    Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher via tour publicist in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you, Harper Collins and TLC!).

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  • Posted September 29, 2013

    Heather Wells is one of my favorite characters.  While she prepa

    Heather Wells is one of my favorite characters.  While she prepares for her wedding she deals with the murder of one student and the attempted murder of another, as well as the new resident Prince and her mother.  This is a fun read, if you have read this series I suggest you start with the first book Size 12 Is Not Fat.

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  • Posted October 21, 2014

    Best Yet

    Meg Cabot's last Heather Wells mystery may just be her best one yet !! Loved it :-) Great ending.. DYING for the next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2014

    LOVE THE WHOE SERIES

    Meg cabot is one of my favorite authors and this series is an amazing example of her great work HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recomomend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    What a wonderful series

    Just finshed the series...hope there are more to come

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Entertaining

    I love the Heather Wells series! Even tho they are murder mysteries they are funny and light-hearted. This one had a very happy ending. Loved it.

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  • Posted December 9, 2013

    I've read all of Cabot's Healther Wells mysteries. This is the b

    I've read all of Cabot's Healther Wells mysteries. This is the best of the series in my opinion. The books
    are all light and fun with a nice balance of tension and romance. However, this is the first one where
    the mystery is weighty enough to hold its own.

    Heather Wells, former pop-singing sensation turned residence hall director at a fictional version of
    NYU, is finally planning her wedding to her private eye boyfriend, Cooper. Of course, a semester can't
    go by without at least one person dying in Fischer Hall. This time it's one of the new undergraduate
    RAs. The death touches off a potential international incident thanks to the presence of the pampered
    scion of a Middle Eastern monarch. Half the school is trying to impress the kid, the other half is
    protesting against him. Also, he brings along with him private AND government security details that
    obstruct Heather's investigation. The cherry on this cake? Heather's mother--the woman who ran off
    with her millions a decade before--pops up bringing even more trouble.

    Will Heather make it down the aisle, or is her wedding going to be upstaged by her funeral?

    I loved that Cabot brought together all of our favorite characters from Heather's world. Glitzy Magda the
    cafeteria lady, annoying social activist Sarah, Heather-worshiping film student Gavin, Crusty detective
    Canavan--they're all here (along with many others) causing Heather grief and picking her up at her
    lowest moments.

    Cabot does a great job plotting the novel. The pacing is right on point, with the story moving quickly but
     providing enough clues and red herrings to get your teeth into. The identity of the killer took me by
    surprise. When the truth finally comes out, it works really well.

    So if you want to go back to college and have a lot more fun than you did the first time around, you'll
    enjoy this book.

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    Posted December 5, 2013

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    If you are a fan of Heather Wells.....

    If you are a fan of Heather Wells you must read this satisfying addition to Meg Cabot's popular series. In this latest installment, Heather juggles wedding preparations and another "incident" in the death dorm while smoothing over the drama in the personal lives of her students, co workers, and family members. Fans of the series will get the satisfying end they long for and enjoy the ride along the way. Meg Cabot again provides us with relatable characters and her trademark humor. Enjoy.

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