There's a new author I'm watching out for in this town...
I knew I was hooked when I realized I felt involved in the story. I attribute that to the firThere's a new author I'm watching out for in this town...
I knew I was hooked when I realized I felt involved in the story. I attribute that to the first person POV used in the story. Sidekick is right up my alley, with its (not so witty) banter, really adorkable love interest, interesting friends, fighting against crime, and crazy heroine-in-training. I love strong female characters, and while Bremy was not necessarily physically strong, heck, she does keep getting in the way of other people
What I didn't like was that Bremy was such a chatterbox. But then again, as she was told, her strength was getting in the way of other people's business. She has such a flair for dramatics. I like that even though she was just some barbie glitzy doll in her teen years, she toughened up and left her very cushy life behind. I like that she has principles, and she really wanted to do what's right.
I was caught up in the whirlwind story of Sidekick. It was definitely fast-paced, with one action after another. Before I knew it, I was done with the book, and hoping there were more to the pages, or at least a sneak peek.
The downtime was the sweet dates and phone calls between Bremy and hunky Pierce. I like how Pierce isn't your typical stoic dude who is as suave as they come. He's sort of bumbling around Bremy, and I really felt his attraction to her.
One thing I didn't like about Sidekick were some loose ends that were unaddressed or which only gave rise to more questions. I definitely hope there will be a continuation to the story, and that this will have at least three to four books more.
If you're into kick-ass funny heroines, I really recommend Sidekick for a fun afternoon :)...more
The Mephisto Club feels like a timely read for the Holy Week. It talks about fallen angels and demons, and that evil still walks among us, and poses tThe Mephisto Club feels like a timely read for the Holy Week. It talks about fallen angels and demons, and that evil still walks among us, and poses the question of the possibility that the fruits of relations between fallen angels and women are possible, and that the offspring are possible explanation for men who have committed terrible acts (i.e. mass murders).
The Mephisto Club is action-packed and really creepy, and the kind you really have to have the stomach to read and not visualize. However, the feelings I have for the story are actually a credit and praise to Gerritsen's ability to make me visualize it, no matter how much I tried not to.
The Mephisto Club was well-written, and dare I say it, not a book one can easily put down. In fact, no matter how gruesome and creeped out I was by the story, I couldn't help but pick it up again and again until I reached the end. Gerritsen's masterful writing has got me hooked.
What I don't understand about the story is that it's entitled The Mephisto Club, and so much has been focused on the club, and fallen angels and other metaphysical thought-provoking questions, that I'm quite surprised that in the end, it wasn't purely about the club at all, and I can't give it away without spoiling the story. That was quite a disappointment for me, although the build-up, the suspense, and the action was all very to the point.
I usually enjoy a good thriller/mystery/police tale, and I have started reading the Rizzoli & Isles series of Tess Gerritsen because of the TV show Rizzoli & Isles. If you saw the TV show first before you thought of reading the series, there are a lot of notable differences with the characterization (as usual!) and adjusting to the interaction of the book characters might take some time, especially if you've been imagining Jane and Maura as you read the book (like I do).
I have been going through her books slowly because man, she's a terrific writer. I definitely got the creeps, and reading/finishing this at 12 midnight must be one of the worst things I've done to myself lately. I tend to have vivid nightmares that I remember even when I wake up, that I shouldn't read these kinds of books. But since I've been on romance overload, I needed something to cleanse the palate. I think I want to creep back under the comforts of regency romance again. Any recommendations?
If you read a thriller/suspense/murder story, do you usually set a specific time or bar yourself from reading the story at a specific time of the day to avoid nightmares, etc? I should really learn my lesson!...more
*Copy of Tempus via GMTA Publishing in exchange for an honest review
When GMTA Publishing first reachedGiveaway for Tempus on my blog My Book Musings.
*Copy of Tempus via GMTA Publishing in exchange for an honest review
When GMTA Publishing first reached out to me, Tempus was the very first book that caught my eye in their website. So when they asked if I wanted to review the book, I was like, Yes!. The synopsis grabbed me because of the paranormal element in it, and I love my fantasy/magic/supernatural element in books, but Tempus surprised me in more ways than one, and I found myself really liking it until the very end. Holly Lauren/GMTA Publishing, please produce a sequel or a series for this book!
The character of Chapel Ryan confused me at times: she was a cheerleader and beautiful and popular, but she set herself apart from the usual cliche by not dating the 'jock' and by being friends with one of the school's biggest math nerds. And while I cannot relate to her character, I liked her personality. I liked that she was off-beat, and not so into her popularity. I suppose thinking you're crazy can do that to you. One of the things about Tempus that surprised me is that 1) They're Catholics (although I didn't get a hint of them practicing the religion) and 2) She's a virgin at eighteen. I know YA has themes of coming-of-age events, exploring sexuality and love, but I like that this book didn't concentrate on the passion between the two lead characters. I loved that she was strong, and able to banter with the other characters, but not too strong that she didn't know when to stop being stubborn.
Isaiah 'Zay' Halstead is one of those smoldering reformed bad boys so popular in YA nowadays. While I was never into their kind, I definitely get their appeal, and Zay has it in spades. I suppose these reformed bad boys are budding alpha males for future romance stories. They know what they want, and they go for it. In this case, despite all the confusion that Zay was dealing with personally, he still pursued Chapel. I loved how he put her needs and wants first, and that he respected her. I love that he didn't push her for his 'needs' or desire, although the physical attraction between them was there. I also love that even though Zay was very strong and had a temper, he never hurt Chapel and he never hurt anyone unnecessarily.
The secondary characters were also amusing and interesting. I loved the banter between Chapel's bestfriends, Timmy Valentine and Erica Monroe. I also want to know more about Valerie Ryan/Taylor (Chapel's mom) because I think there's more to her than meets the eye, and more to her second marriage than what was first presented.
There were times when I felt the story was too slow. I was halfway through the book and Chapel's 'hallucinations' remained unexplained. The first half was too much about the romance between Chapel and Zay. But as I realized later, it was a good way to establish the feelings between Chapel and Zay. I hate insta-love after all. After the first half, the abilities of Chapel is finally discussed, and that's the moment I finally fell in love with Tempus. I love the numerous twists in the story; although I hate the proliferation of men in her life, because her life felt too complicated already without the addition of having so many guys trying to date her.
Aside from the feeling at the start that the story was taking too long to get to the paranormal part, which was what I was looking forward to the most, I didn't like the unanswered questions about Todd Taylor, and why he was so weird around Chapel. Rush, Zay's best bud, also mentioned that Todd is weird, and yet Chapel never asks him about it. Logan, Chapel's ex, was brought into focus, and then just started dating someone else after trying to get back with Chapel. Also, there was the question about how her biological father became that rich, and why her mother was never able to touch a cent of it even when they seemed to need it, and this was not explored further.
The story ends with several cliffhangers that I hope will be answered by a sequel! I think Tempus ends in such a way that not having the story finished would be such a waste. I wanted to read Tempus more because of the fantasy element than the romance, but in the end, I loved how both played out. My favorite line in the story is this: "Ryan, something tells me that when it comes to a girl like you, even if I lose, I win." Gaaah swoon!
And because GMTA Publishing is just pure awesome, I have 20 ebook copies of Tempus to give away, open internationally, for participants thirteen years and older. I will contact the winners 48 hours after the contest ends.
There is also a soundtrack to get you in the mood while reading Tempus. The songs are pretty awesome.