(member since Sep 03, 2010)
Shelf 17: Same but Different, Nuts
by Alice Clayton
I read Wallbanger by Alice Clayton quite awhile ago (perhaps 2013?), and I must have forgotten how funny she is and how fun her books are! I keep meaning to go back and finish that series, but Nuts really caught my eye (mostly the cover, what can I say?). It was cute in a way I wasn't expecting. I was invested in the characters pretty quickly, and I loved her writing! It was witty and refreshing. A light quick read that I thoroughly enjoyed. There is a twisty surprise that I wasn't expecting, but it didn't make it cheesy and it didn't draw away from the plot. There were small instances where I felt the main character wasn't quite acting like I expected her to, and I feel like the climax (and reaction to the twisty surprise) wasn't as well done as I wanted. Overall though it's great if you're looking for a quick romance.
I'm really glad I got to play with all of you, and I was able to read some great books along the way! I hope to play with you all again!
I'll finish my Same But Different book as well, but it's more than likely they'll win as long as everyone reads the shelf. I'll wait also before picking a book for the BINGO shelf.
Sorry I'm a little behind. I'm gonna try to catch up today and tomorrow.
Lisa wrote: "Hi Sarah, that book looked good. They are sure advertising it on good reads. I gave it on my list. Cover isn't bad either!"
It's really the cover that drew me in. Isn't that usually how it happens? lol
I'm going with Nuts
by Alice Clayton.
I wasn't reading anything else, so I got through this one pretty quickly.
Shelf 16: Alpha Male, Rule
by Jay Crownover
I've heard a lot of really great things about this series, and I've read quite a few books in the New Adult genre. However, this was not one of the best I've read, but it wasn't bad either. I would have rated it lower if I didn't appreciate the character development. I do think Shaw changed more than I felt necessary at the end of the book. I feel like it was only added to just show how perfect they were together and how well things were going, but I don't think that needed to be done to get the point across. Rule isn't unlike many other heroes in New Adult Romance, but he has a great appeal. I, myself, love tattoos so it wasn't a stretch on my part to be attracted to him. I liked Shaw and I liked all of the other characters. But reading this after reading such a stellar five star book, it didn't quite live up to the shine.
I'm going with Rule
by Jay Crownover.
Shelf 11: Cover Love, These Broken Stars
by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Wow! To go from not really knowing what this book was about to just jumping in it completely blew me away. It isn't so much about Lilac and Tarver's discovery of a new planet. It's more about their survival story and the things they uncover about this new world and the world they knew before the crash. Their love story is delicate, and touching. Beautiful in the simplistic and pure way it was created. These characters weren't forced together to create a love story, it was created because these characters love each other. It's been a long time since a book has touched me deeply and I will say I did cry. I can't wait to see what they've come up with for the next books.
Lisa wrote: "Hi team. I am almost done with my coupledom book. I will post on wed evening after work. I have been pre selecting books for the remaining shelves so I am ready!"
That's a great idea! I think I'm gonna do that too!
Shelf 15: Coupledom, Take Me On
by Katie McGarry
I don't know why I keep putting off such great series. I read all of the other books in the Pushing the Limits series awhile ago one right after the other. I think because I loved the other ones so much I thought I wouldn't enjoy this one as much. I like that some of the other characters are still involved in this story. West, oh boy, I felt for him so much. Not just the fluttery things the author wants you to feel, but he had such a tough time with so many different things. His life was crumbling. Haley, too, I felt for. I enjoyed the development of the their relationship. It wasn't instantaneous and it wasn't easy. They both had to deal with personal things before they could fully open up to each other and I think that's what a lot of relationships should be about. The climax was a tiny bit anti-climactic. I felt that could have been done a little bit better, but I still loved the story as a whole. A great, gritty YA love story, leans a little more new adult in my opinion.
Ok so for Cover Love I'm going with These Broken Stars
by Amie Kaufman. I bought this purely because of it's cover, I actually have no idea what the book is about.
I've been struggling with Blood Magic
so instead of trying to fight through it, I'm just going to switch to another book. I'll update when I have one.
Shelf 14: Reader's Choice, White Night
by Jim Butcher
There was so much more to this book than the others, and I don't just mean the story line. Butcher's writing style felt different... more some how. It was like he had grown as an author between one book and the next. It's great. I am so excited to be so involved in this series. There were so many things I wasn't expecting and I like the way things are going for Harry. Even though he gets himself into situations that he should leave alone I feel like maybe things will turn around. I'm not sure. I have been checking these out from my local library as e-books so as soon as I finished this one I went looking for Small Favor
. To my dismay, it's not availabe!! They only have it in the huge collection of books which would be fine but there are 12 people ahead of me. However, they have it in print so I might wait until the next shelf call in case it qualifies then head over to the library.
I think I'm gonna go with Take Me On
by Katie McGarry
Awe, I wish this one would have been in a place we can use! Oh well. I have to browse my books to figure out what I'm going to read for this one. I think it's a cute idea!
Shelf 12: New to You Series Hounded
by Kevin Hearne
I am sort of fascinated with Celtic lore so this was right up my alley. I agree that Oberon is hilarious! I know sometimes characters like that, only there for the comedic relief can get annoying, but I loved it. So many interesting and conflicting theologies and mystical forces. I liked the mix. I liked the characters. While, I enjoyed it I don't think it was a 5 star read for me, it felt a little predictable and moved slowly at times. I know there was supposed to be shocking reveals, but I really wasn't that surprised. Gods always tend to look out for themselves first, and manipulate humans in a way that works for them. However, I will be reading the next book in the series.