This was very nearly a DNF for me. I really struggled with forming an attachment to any of the characters. I found the main character, Cate, to have tThis was very nearly a DNF for me. I really struggled with forming an attachment to any of the characters. I found the main character, Cate, to have too little common-sense and too much trust in complete strangers. I also thought she was waaaay too naive and kind of dumb. I know this was supposed to be a light-hearted, fluffy read, but I just couldn't get behind ANY of Cate's actions. Also, there was absolutely NO emotional payoff in this book. There is a death in this book, and not one of the characters seems too particularly affected by this show of mortality. They're all so strident about it.
Soooo, suppose you've lived as someone's roommate for 2 years. And then they go missing. And out of the blue, some guy starts stalking you, another guy tells you that your roommate is a criminal, and your best friends suddenly start obsessing over another tenant in your building that none of you have ever seen.
When a guy stalks you, DON'T THANK HIM. GET A RESTRAINING ORDER. When some complete stranger tells you crap about a person you've supposedly known for 2 years, DON'T JUST BE ALL "hm, I'd never have thought it!" GET SOME EVIDENCE, OR KICK THE GUY OUT. When your friend is consumed with lust for someone she's never met or seen, DO NOT INDULGE HER AND BREAK INTO THE GUY'S APARTMENT. TELL HER TO GET A GRIP.
Ultimately, I didn't find any of this book to be believable. By the 3rd page in, I was ready to throw the book across the room, but I persevered. Only to throw the book across the room when I was done. ...more
An altogether enjoyable read. Set in an interesting world with interesting characters. I really felt that the main character's emotions were nicely coAn altogether enjoyable read. Set in an interesting world with interesting characters. I really felt that the main character's emotions were nicely conveyed. Some aspects of the book were a little too similar to Patricia Briggs' descriptions of fae and fae culture. I really did NOT like the love-interest of this book, but I'll come back to read the next one in the series because I'm hoping Alex dumps him. ...more
Picked this up at Barnes and Noble because they literally had NONE of the 15 authors I had put on my to-read list. It's certainly an interesting premiPicked this up at Barnes and Noble because they literally had NONE of the 15 authors I had put on my to-read list. It's certainly an interesting premise, so I got sucked in pretty quickly. With the exception of Kitty herself, none of the characters are particularly enjoyable (though that may be on purpose... I think the reader is meant to understand that Kitty is living in a less-than-ideal situation). On the other hand, I couldn't put this down, and I'm looking forward to picking up the next installment. ...more
Got this from the library when the catalog was down and had to rely on the YA librarian to pick a book for me. Frankly, I disliked every character inGot this from the library when the catalog was down and had to rely on the YA librarian to pick a book for me. Frankly, I disliked every character in this book. Every. Single. One. The mystery was well-written, but I didn't feel compelled to care about the outcome too much. By the time the whole thing wrapped up, there's been a shocking amount of bloodshed, and a disturbingly laissez-faire reaction by the townsfolk. I found that to be more worthy of my consideration than the actual plot. ...more
Ever since I saw this book in the bookstore, it's beautiful cover taunting me with a range of blues and whites, I have coveted this story. I'd heard gEver since I saw this book in the bookstore, it's beautiful cover taunting me with a range of blues and whites, I have coveted this story. I'd heard good things about it and author Maggie Stiefvater's reputation for a good story is starting to take off.
So I finally downloaded it to my Kindle. Having to stop reading for things like going to work and eating were a major disappointment. This is a mind-consuming read. You can get completely wrapped up in the world and the characters. Their motivations make sense, and you can just fall in love with the idea of Sam and Grace being together.
The story is told in a fairly original way too, oscillating back and for from Sam or Grace's point of view, and each chapter introducing the time of year based on the temperature. I thought it was also a very nice new take on Werewolves, one that hasn't been done before.
Minus one star because the ending was more sudden than I'd have liked, and there are a few plot holes that grated at me....more
Set in Egypt in the 1800s, Loretta Chase's "Mr. Impossible" could have been a fun romp of a book. But too often got dragged down by pages and pages ofSet in Egypt in the 1800s, Loretta Chase's "Mr. Impossible" could have been a fun romp of a book. But too often got dragged down by pages and pages of description about pyramids, rivers, and ruins. I read this because it was highly recommended by Smart Bitches' Sarah, but I've often found that Regency-style romance just isn't my cup of tea.
I did thoroughly enjoy the two main characters and their interactions were interesting and at times, hilarious. I only wish their journey down the Nile had been a bit faster or shorter. As it read, it was a bit like a slog through pages of Egyptian cities which made me lose track of the plot. A lot of the plot was entirely forgettable. The romance part was nice, and I liked the premise of the book....more
This book would have been so much more interesting if the characters had been deeper. The story is told from the heroine's POV, and she comes off as aThis book would have been so much more interesting if the characters had been deeper. The story is told from the heroine's POV, and she comes off as a complete ditz. This is especially compounded by her vocabulary. I have no objections to a woman who wants to be "girly" and work in the cosmetics industry. But I have a hard time reading books where the main female character talks of nothing else and uses "soooo not" as a descriptor.
I wanted to like this book. The premise was great. The chemistry between the hero and heroine was great. But every other character interaction in this book came off as leaden and forced.
Regardless, I would definitely try another Dakota Cassidy book. I think this might have been her first book, and I'd be interested to see her grow as a writer....more
This was a Loooong book. And it takes you on quite a journey. I'm glad I picked up Evil Genius, but I'm concerned that it took me so long to get throuThis was a Loooong book. And it takes you on quite a journey. I'm glad I picked up Evil Genius, but I'm concerned that it took me so long to get through it. This is a fantastically written novel from the YA section, but at times it was a struggle to read and also emotionally overwhelming. I found there were several points in time where I simply wanted to put the book down because the main character was struggling with a lot of powerful emotions that would be very difficult for anyone to cope with, let alone a 14-year-old.
Ultimately this is a character development book. And if you're looking form something more complex where you actually hate the main character for a while, then this is the book for you.
It's certainly a different premise, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in sci-fi fantasy with a twist. On the other hand, I felt a bit let down by the ending which I felt was a tad sudden. But maybe that's just me. If you end up reading it, please let me know what you think....more
This is another series of stories, though apparently inspired by a previous anthology, “My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding”. Like most anthologies, the qThis is another series of stories, though apparently inspired by a previous anthology, “My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding”. Like most anthologies, the quality of the contained stories (and their general understandability) varies immensely. After all, when there’s an indescribable creature from the black lagoon, it’s hard to picture what it’s doing and how it moves.
Stalked, by Kelley Armstrong – 3/5. I was hoping for better from Ms. Armstrong as I’ve liked her writing style in the past.
Heorot, by Jim Butcher – No Grade. I skipped this one. Wasn’t interested.
Roman Holiday or SPQ-arrrrrr, by Rachel Caine – 3/5. A charming story with a sense of “wait, what?” The action was a little too choppy for me, personally, but I enjoyed the concept.
Her Mother’s Daughter, by P.N. Elrod – 4/5. It’s not often you find a vampire story set in the American Depression or even other eras aside from contemporary times. Which made this read just really interesting to see how the characters interact. Biggest complaint? The only character who was a vampire might as well have been human, since there was not use of power or anything. It seems a little bit like this story was adapted from a regular old story just for the sake of adding it to this anthology.
Newlydeads, by Caitlin Kitteredge – 2/5. I kept reading this one hoping it would get better. The setting wasn’t very compelling. The characters were spiteful and mean-spirited and the locale was dark. The whole story came across as dingy and pointless. What a shame.
Where the Heart Lives, by Marjorie M. Liu – 4/5. This is a more classic fairytale item. You can’t help but fall in love with these characters, even the “villain”. A beautiful story.
Cat Got Your Tongue?, by Katie MacAlister – 4/5. A cute story with a nice dose of wit. The ghosts here aren’t quite what you’d expect.
Half of Being Married, by Lilith Saintcrow – 5/5. A story with an actual plot! And a good one at that, with a compelling narrator and likable characters and a fancy twist at the end.
A Wulf in Groom’s Clothing, by Rhonda Thompson – 3/5. Kind of hilarious, but very predictable.
Overall, it was a stronger mix than the last anthology I read, but it could have had some better stories....more
I took this book out at the library on a whim. And I'm glad I did, though Ms. Armstrong really left us hanging there at the end. It was exciting to waI took this book out at the library on a whim. And I'm glad I did, though Ms. Armstrong really left us hanging there at the end. It was exciting to watch our protagonist struggle through her emotions and learn more about herself and the world around her. Kelley Armstrong's writing is solid and lends itself easily to becoming totally absorbed in a book. I would have gladly settled in to read "The Summoning" in a single sitting.
I am really looking forward to the sequel to this book, so I think Kelley Armstrong is one of my new favorite authors....more
This is an anthology of short stories. The quality of these stories is incredibly inconsistent. Ratings as follows:
Follow Me Light, by Elizabeth BearThis is an anthology of short stories. The quality of these stories is incredibly inconsistent. Ratings as follows:
Follow Me Light, by Elizabeth Bear 2/5 - Bear has the ability to write truly amazing stories, and her descriptors are dead on. Too bad this tory made very little sense and none of the characters were remotely likable. The plot was too hard to follow.
A Maze of Trees, by Claudia O'Keefe 3/5 - This started off well, but the end was a bit abrupt. I loved the writing style, but didn't much care for the actual plot.
The Shadowed Heart, by Catherine Asaro 3/5 - Well, this was a lot more like your traditional romance story, with 2 people who fall dramatically in love in a dramatically short period of time (more like, wait, WTF?! amount of time). I found the suddenness jarring. Particularly since the female lead was a total Mary Sue.
Walpurgis Afternoon, by Delia Sherman 4/5 - I'm not really sure where the romance is here, but this was a fun romp. Very enjoyable. Again, a sudden ending. I would be interested in learning more about this world.
A Knot of Toads, by Jane Yolen 1/5 - This was exhausting to read and the story just seemed to drag on forever. I guess I just didn't get it. I WANT to like Jane Yolen's work, but I can never seem to manage it.
Calypso in Berlin, by Elizabeth Hand 3/5 - An intriguing story, but really not much about it. This is much more like a portrait of the main chracter. A lot of what she does seems really senseless to me. Again, I don't really understand the ending.
Hero's Welcome, by Rebecca York - Unread. Seemed too cheesy.
Single White Farmhouse, by Heather Shaw 5/5 - Easily the best story so far in this anthology. Great world-building, fantastic story, relatable, funny, and charming. You don't have to read anything else in the anthology. Just this one.
Magic in a Certain Slant of Light, by Deborah Coates 4/5 - Kind of a cute story, though sad, in its way. I enjoyed the way the main character thinks through situations.
Fir Na Tine, by Sandra McDonald 4/5 - Um. Wow. This was awkward, amazing, depressing....
**spoiler alert** This book very nearly made it into my "I couldn't finish it" pile. Beyond the fact that it's just unnecessarily and ridiculously lon**spoiler alert** This book very nearly made it into my "I couldn't finish it" pile. Beyond the fact that it's just unnecessarily and ridiculously long (618 pages), it's also incredibly violent, bloody, and terrifying. Although there are no actual rape scenes in the book, they are alluded to several times and the main character comes disturbingly close quite a few times. If you are a victim of rape, domestic violence, or anything similar, I STRONGLY recommend not reading this book.
Beyond that, the plot was vaguely interesting. I've been looking for a good Weres book after reading Ilona Andrews and Patty Briggs and I was certainly hoping this would fit the bill. Fact is, it almost did. But I found a lot of the character interactions off-putting, the main character's personal actions mean-spirited and rude, and the finale seemed a little too neatly wrapped up for my comfort. I mean that in the sense that there are major plot holes that are apparently not a big problem to our protagonist.
Intriguing, but I won't be attempting the second book in the series....more
Oh, Patty Briggs. Normally you're so good, but this was ultimately really a disappointing read, considering you wrote it. Maybe you needed a break froOh, Patty Briggs. Normally you're so good, but this was ultimately really a disappointing read, considering you wrote it. Maybe you needed a break from your regularly strong female protagonists like Mercedes Thompson or the characters from Hob's Bargain, etc. I enjoyed that this book was set in the same universe as Mercy's books, but frankly, I found the whole ordeal to be . . . not "cerebral" but just . . . self-involved, maybe.
Too much of the action here took place in Anna's and Charles' minds. And SOOOO much of the friction/dilemma came directly from misunderstandings due to the fact that your main character was an under-developed girl-child (emotionally, anyway). I had really high hopes for this book, based on the blurb you published in that collection of short stories I read.
Also, let's talk about repetition, shall we?
Your main male protagonist is injured in aforementioned blurb (published in a previous volume, essentially). Oh no! There was silver in it! It's not healing! We got the silver out. It's healing. You tore the wound open, ouch. It's healing a little. Now it's torn open again and you've exhausted yourself. Continue ad infinitum.
Also: Let us drive out to the wilderness! Walk for 2 days in hip-high snow. Return to the cars for no reason! Walk back out to the witch's cabin. Return to the cars! Back to the cabin! Middle of nowhere! Back to the cars! I would have appreciated a numbered journey-map for this set of scenes which was about half the entire book.
All in all? Disappointing. I'll be over here, waiting for "Bone Crossed", and hoping these characters don't make an appearance....more
Not as exciting as the previous Sazi book I read, Moon's Fury. I think one of the downfalls of having 2 authors collaborate on a story like this is thNot as exciting as the previous Sazi book I read, Moon's Fury. I think one of the downfalls of having 2 authors collaborate on a story like this is that it can make the prose very jumpy. There were several parts I had to go back to reread because the style changed in the middle and I lost my train of thought.
The other problem I had with this book was that it seemed like it might have gotten rushed to publishing because there seemed to be a few plot holes and the grammar and spelling mistakes were frequent enough to be distracting.
As to the story, the main characters were awfully bland. The serial killer they were trying to stop was marginally more intriguing. But I could think of several solutions to the main "problem" of the story, particularly for a society which was so self-involved and willing to kill each other. Moon's Fury was definitely better. ...more