(August) This was closer to a 4.5* until the end. I really liked both Vlad and Leila, and the action was really good. The smexytimes were a little pur...more(August) This was closer to a 4.5* until the end. I really liked both Vlad and Leila, and the action was really good. The smexytimes were a little purple at times (more so than I recall them being w/Bones and Cat) but still good. But - then end was somewhat unfinished and obviously this book is the start of more books featuring Vlad and Leila, and even perhaps Maximus and Shrapnel. The problem is I'm not sure Vlad and Leila are interesting enough to carry more books. Seems to me either they'll find the bad guy who (maybe) escaped in this book and it'll be more of the same - or they'll go off to battle more bad guys - which makes it the same (but less interesting) than Bones and Cat. I would have prefered ending w/ILY, not just a HFN type of ending. This was definitely better than Mencheres book or Spade's book (loved Spade, hated (w/a passion)Denise). All in all, though, I prefer Bones and Cat!(less)
(August) 14 pages of crap - I mean, other than typos, grammar errors, etc. - there was NO story! Kelly sets up women w/gigolos - she contacts a gigilo...more(August) 14 pages of crap - I mean, other than typos, grammar errors, etc. - there was NO story! Kelly sets up women w/gigolos - she contacts a gigilo for an older woman, meets the gigilo, falls for him, decides she needs a fling w/him 3 days before her wedding, they agree...and book over. Huh...what? Took me all of 10 minutes to read - and I'd like those 10 minutes back!(less)
**spoiler alert** (Aug) 2.5* I was shocked to see how many reviews, both good and bad, liken this book to Gone Girl. I really don't see the similariti...more**spoiler alert** (Aug) 2.5* I was shocked to see how many reviews, both good and bad, liken this book to Gone Girl. I really don't see the similarities! I thought this book sounded interesting and having two teens myself, thought pehaps I would get some insight into my own kids' lives. All I can say is um...no.
**Spoilers Galore Ahead!**
I had a lot of issues with this book. First off, the way it was written was awful choppy - from the catty-nasty blog to the one line Facebook posts to the first person present (except all from BAD - before Amelia died) to the third person parts about Kate, Amelia's mom - there was no flow, there was just too much conflicting stuff going on.
So Amelia is this bright, pretty yet nerdy high school sophomore at a private school in Brooklyn. Her mom has never told her who her father is, instead choosing to construct the flimsiest of lies. Mom is a high powered lawyer who thinks she is holding it all together - being both a mom and a workaholic - but in reality she is never home and does not seem to really know anything about what her daughter does. Amelia eats alone at least 3 nights a week, which is pretty sad for a 15 year old kid. Mom is swimming in guilt after Amelia jumps off the roof (after being suspended for cheating on an essay)but then, after a few cryptic texts, decides she did not jump and works w/a police officer (the only character in the book I liked) to "reconstruct" Amelia's life via texts, emails, notes, websites, etc. She has the obligatory gay bff (a mostly throw away character) and seems to have no one else in her life, as her parents are uptight jerks.
Amelia is a pretty normal teen at the beginning of the book, albeit one who is lonely and has a pretty bitchy bff and seemingly no other friends. She has a secret texting friend - a boy who lives upstate who applied to the same prestigious writing program. Not sure why she'd not bother to mention to her mom "hey, guess what - I heard from a boy who is applying to the program too and we've become friendly - how cool is that - maybe we can have him come visit us sometime?" She's then "tapped" to join a supersecretsecret girls' club at school - one she and her bff Sylvia swore they'd never join if asked. Of course she's intrigued and joins, even though a) the main girl is so incredibly awful to her from day one - for reasons never truly explained and b) the girls in the club are asked to do some pretty awful things, includig getting freshman dweeby boys to text naked pix of themselves and then sharing them and taking almost-nude pix of themselves to post on a website where others can see and "like" the underwear shots. On top of it all, she keeps this a secret from both her mom and her bff, coming up with lie after lie to hide the truth. She falls in love with one of the girls in the club, who happens to a) have some sort of non-explained mild social anxiety disorder and b) is bff's with the club's Head Bitch. The girls start a sexual relationship (not graphic at all, for those who might care), until Head Bitch walks in on them, and films them - all to get Amelia away from Dylan, her onetruelove. Amelia is crushed when Dylan does not stick up for her and their love, and goes into a depression, which she hides from mom but tells her texting friend Ben all about. She also finally comes clean w/Sylvia. Probably my biggest issue is that she went from a somewhat quiet and shy teen to one who was sneaking out of school, having a love affair w/another girl, keeping secrets and doing things completely opposite of her personality - all in a period of 6 weeks. I find it hard to believe most teens can change that quickly.
This book to me was a "kitchen sink" book - the author threw in everything she could think of. Workaholic mom, troubled teen w/secrets, Sylvia is a former cutter (why - in the past, no point other than to mention it), secret clubs, over-the-top bitchy teenage girls, odd parents, textin, blogging, etc. As for the blog - makes absolutely no sense when it finally comes out that all the nasty, cutting, mean-spirited info on the blog about the kids at school is actually written by a "cool" teacher, Amelia's favorite. How on earth a teacher would be privy to all this info about the kids - who is sleeping w/who, and who is doing drugs, and who is getting in trouble -and feels it's a good thing to do - this is a woman in her late 20s, whose been teaching there for years. When it finally comes out it's her - it's almost an afterthought - if you skim when you read, you'd miss it.
And then...the mysteries begin to unravel. And we find out that Kate actually slept w/two men during the same period of time, but since one (her current boss) was a one night stand, he could not be the father - so it must be the jerk she now works w/who she can't stand. Of course, Jeremy, her boss, is not only Amelia's dad but himself figured it out years ago - and, not-too-creepy, is Amelia's secret texting friend Ben - that not only came out of nowhere but really made no sense. How did he plan to have Ben gracefully exit Amelia's life? And the true villian - again, a) came out of nowhere and b) was introduced, exploited for the story, and dropped (she is the mom of the Head Bitch).
All these strings lead exactly nowhere - and did I understand at the end that Kate is now dating the headmaster of the school (Philip) (and what was the deal w/the guy going to Africa - also a waste of paper, throwaway character) - he tried to be on Amelia's side but even he came across as a combination of inneffectual and creepy. And at the very end - so Amelia was not killed, she did not jump - she fell on accident (w/a bit of an accidental push)?
There was no one likeable in this book, the characters were charactuers of what we see on the CW of teens, rich folk, private schools, etc. I read to find out what was going to happen next, to answer the mysteries set up by the book, but when I got to the end, I found I didn't care anymore.(less)
February - more like 4.5*, but loved the book, thrilled there is a sequel (Perfection) and think I have a new author to add to my favorites list!
ETA (...moreFebruary - more like 4.5*, but loved the book, thrilled there is a sequel (Perfection) and think I have a new author to add to my favorites list!
ETA (5/08/12) - just reread it and decided that Haley is actually annoying - still love the book, but her "you should know I love you but no way can you love me" martrydom is a bit annoying and I blame her for what happened to cause the problems - she didn't communicate and tell him the truth, which she should have - being a virgin at her age is unusual, and she could have been honest w/him sometime along the way. Jason, however, is still awesome! (less)
(March) Fine, nothing special. I loved Colters' Woman - one of my first erotic books years ago - but this was just a cutesy add on - if I'd paid for t...more(March) Fine, nothing special. I loved Colters' Woman - one of my first erotic books years ago - but this was just a cutesy add on - if I'd paid for this I'd have been annoyed! (less)
I read this ages ago - in both the original verison and the updated version, which just added some extra lovin' scenes if I recall, as well as a bit o...moreI read this ages ago - in both the original verison and the updated version, which just added some extra lovin' scenes if I recall, as well as a bit of extra dialogue. I think this might have been my first poly-family book, and I was really intrigued! Of course, I know this is one very small step short of total make believe, but it was still a fun ride! (less)
(November) When I finished this, I felt like something was missing. There were strings left just hanging out, not tied up (which I hate). Meg started...more(November) When I finished this, I felt like something was missing. There were strings left just hanging out, not tied up (which I hate). Meg started the book as a hardcore rebel, a bit slutty, wild, out of control. But wait - she had cancer for two years - she's really just barely recovered - and her father wants to wash his hands of her due to her actions? Why isn't she in counseling (she obviously still has major issues)? When she and John are getting physical (and yes, I hear Olivia NJ in my head singing!) she refuses to get nekkid - but why? That seems like a big deal - but it's never mentioned, never addressed. I have a hard time w/a 19 year old cop (and I don't care how he looks in uniform - how could Meg have thought he was in his 30's or 40's?!!). There is no way in a small town the police force is not aware that John's brother died on the bridge - and that is why John haunts the bridge and became a cop. The whole bridge thing seemed kind of unfinished - I felt more of a discussion or explanation was needed. This was probably my least favorite YA/NA book I've read since I started reading them a couple of months ago. (less)
(June) 3.5* Not quite as good as the original - nice to catch up w/Holly and her men, but their sons are just not quite as intense. Of course, these b...more(June) 3.5* Not quite as good as the original - nice to catch up w/Holly and her men, but their sons are just not quite as intense. Of course, these books are so over-the-top-never-gonna-happen (but if they did seems to me they can only happen in a small town in the middle of nowhere!) - but they are fun - and hot! (less)
(Nov) This was not really my cup o' tea. It was way longer than it should have been, and I kept waiting for the story to begin! I was easily half way...more(Nov) This was not really my cup o' tea. It was way longer than it should have been, and I kept waiting for the story to begin! I was easily half way through before I finally realized there was no story per say - no plot, really - just seemed to be the ramblings of a guy talking about his teenage-hood, his friends and family, his realization he is bisexual, etc. In my bookclub we all had a hard time believing there would be so many transsexuals/transvestites/bisexual/homosexual boys/men at one New England prep school in the 1950s. I could go on about the different characters, my thoughts about them, etc. - but overall no one really appealed to me that much - I didn't love any one character, I didn't hate anyone either - I just found myself reading to get to the end, not really enjoying the ride. But, it wasn't awful. I actually found myself thinking 2* at best as I read it, but things did pick up towards the last 1/3 of the book, plus it lead to a good discussion at bookclub, so I raised it to a 3*.
(August) 3.5*. Good addition to the KGI series, but not the best. I know people don't like how the "paranormal" has been added to this series - meh, d...more(August) 3.5*. Good addition to the KGI series, but not the best. I know people don't like how the "paranormal" has been added to this series - meh, doesn't bother me. There are "paranormal elements" that to me come across as plausable - PN to me is more aliens, time travel, ghosts, vamps, etc. - things I have a harder time believing in. Anyway, I liked the story, I liked Rio and Grace, I liked Rio's guys. Someone else said this was a comfort read, and I agree - not too violent, or hard to follow (hate when RS gets convoluted!). Assume the series will go back to regular RS, which is good - next up is Cole and PJ, which is really good (I hope). (less)
(Dec) I know I'm in the minority, but this book did not work for me that well. It reminded me of The Assignment or Str8 Boys - both of which were more...more(Dec) I know I'm in the minority, but this book did not work for me that well. It reminded me of The Assignment or Str8 Boys - both of which were more over the top and less believable - but the GFY/Friends-to-Lovers theme in those books charmed me and here I just found I didn't care for either MC that much - thought Dante was a jerk (and his 180 from loving women to loving Griff seemed to come out of nowhere, and Griff to me was kind of pathetic). Also, every time they described Griff as being so white his skin was clear of any markings or pigments - he sounded less and less attractive. (less)
(July) 4.5* Ok, so Drew Evans is a complete douche - he's a total dick - he's a slut - and somewhat of a misogynistic narcissistic creep who should be...more(July) 4.5* Ok, so Drew Evans is a complete douche - he's a total dick - he's a slut - and somewhat of a misogynistic narcissistic creep who should be crawling with every STD known to mankind, condom use or not. But...while he is all these things (stds excluded), he's also really funny, and pretty honest about himself and what he wants. Yes, a guy like this in real life - one who sleeps w/several different women each week, who is so full of himself - should be avoided at all costs (do they really exist, guys in their late 20s who live life like this?). But...this is fiction. It is a book, with characters created to entertain us. And I was highly entertained. I winced when the Big Mis occured, because a) I could see it coming; b) I knew the rest of the book would be "how to overcome the big mis" and c) not a fan of the Big Mis. But even so, riding along w/Drew as he broke the fourth wall between him and us (he and us? he and we? us and him?)and told us, in great detail, what he was thinking, how he was feeling, even letting us into his bedroom and telling us all his great moves - well, under all the snark and the bullshit was some really good advice that guys and girls should read. And he was just so frickin' adorable that I was cheering for him at the end (and boy, when he makes Grand Gestures, he doens't mess around!). What can I say? Loved him, loved the book (surprisingly, no real feelings about Kate other than she was ok, a bit Mary Sue, but this was not her book, so that was ok w/me). Not sure if there is a next one - I mean, Matthew is single, but he's already met up w/his lady - unless she's not his lady or we're going to either join them mid-relationship or backtrack to when they first met. Whatever - I'll definitely put another book by Emma Chase on the top of my personal TBR mountain! (less)
(Nov) Loved the first two in this series, but this one was a struggle to get through. Rune was kind of a brat towards Dragos and Carling was really ha...more(Nov) Loved the first two in this series, but this one was a struggle to get through. Rune was kind of a brat towards Dragos and Carling was really hard to warm up to. It was ok, and should not be skipped if reading the series, but the previous two (and following one starring a very sexy Djinn) are much better. (less)
Loved this book, loved this series - until I didn't anymore! The first several were awesome, but then shortly before Asheron's book it started going d...moreLoved this book, loved this series - until I didn't anymore! The first several were awesome, but then shortly before Asheron's book it started going downhill - and I haven't read a DH book since. (less)
(Nov) I wanted to like this book - I think I've read pretty much every book JC has written (and I think I like her non magic books better - but she le...more(Nov) I wanted to like this book - I think I've read pretty much every book JC has written (and I think I like her non magic books better - but she left them behind a while ago I guess). But this really fell flat for me. Duncan was a great hero - gruff, hot, sexy, etc. Peg on the other hand - blah. She was a bit fanatical about "protecting" her "babies" - and it came off as obnoxious. She was also a bit too proud "I am woman hear me roar." Her 8 year old spoke like a 12 year old. She is on food stamps and cuts coupons but her mom and aunt (both widows) live near by - why can't they help her w/child care - or just live w/her and help out financially? She met her husband in high school - but he died at 30, 3 years ago. She is now 28 (the way she spoke and acted, thought she was in her mid 30s at least), so she was 25 when he died - which makes him 5 years older than her - what kind of high school is that?! Biggest complaint? Every character - but mostly Peg - "growls" every spoken word (while growling can be sexy, personally I've never heard anyone speak in a way that I think "wow, they are growling"). Seriously, I'll pay someone $1 to go through this book and tell me how many times the word growl(ed) appears? Second to growl is scowl. Sounds like a bunch of angry dogs! Can't believe an editor didn't correct this, as it drove me crazy!(less)
(May) A very generous 3*, mostly for the humor which was watered down from other books into more like just obnoxious people and dialogue. For the firs...more(May) A very generous 3*, mostly for the humor which was watered down from other books into more like just obnoxious people and dialogue. For the first time ever, I was really disappointed in a SL book. I didn't love Smitty's book years ago, but this one was just...kinda dull. The romance was weak and took a back seat to much of the action. I love having favorite characters appear in books, but this reminded me of a J.R. Ward book - so many characters, a continuation of Blayne and Novikov's story (he was in it almost as much as Crush was!), some action, open ended ending (as well as lots of little threads not completed that I'm not sure we'll see again - like why did Crush's bros hate him?), and only a minimal amount of sex? Not sure who I see being star of the next book, but since the ultimate bad guy was not caught, this entire storyline/plot will take front row in the next book I'm sure, unfortunately. (less)