Not bad, really more of a 3.5 star read. Lots of suspense and a great ending. The only thing keeping this from being 4 stars is not knowing how well iNot bad, really more of a 3.5 star read. Lots of suspense and a great ending. The only thing keeping this from being 4 stars is not knowing how well it will hold up reading it a second time and knowing all of the answers. Otherwise, thoroughly enjoyable. ...more
An unreliable narrator surrounded by thoroughly unlikable and just as unreliable characters. Despite the modern setting, this had the feel of an old-tAn unreliable narrator surrounded by thoroughly unlikable and just as unreliable characters. Despite the modern setting, this had the feel of an old-timey psychological mystery. I'm looking forward to see what Paula Hawkins comes up with next. ...more
The Reawakened Passions is another of Megan Hart's paranormal/horror erotica short stories. This short story features everything which makes Megan HarThe Reawakened Passions is another of Megan Hart's paranormal/horror erotica short stories. This short story features everything which makes Megan Hart one of my favorite authors. A cool story with an original take on an old subject (in this case, ghosts) a likeable, realistic couple and well written sexay scenes. ...more
The Darkest Embrace is another of Megan Hart's paranormal/horror erotica books. This one takes place in an isolated cabin in the woods, with no one foThe Darkest Embrace is another of Megan Hart's paranormal/horror erotica books. This one takes place in an isolated cabin in the woods, with no one for miles around except slightly off-putting hillbillies. Yes, it's the oldest horror story in the world. Yet, once again, Megan Hart manages to give an old tale new life. And, I seriously am repeating myself with the majority of the reviews I write for this author but...this story also features a believable and likable couple and lots of sexay scenes.
Here is the thing about Megan Hart, she writes and publishes so freaking many stories and novels there are bound to be a few duds amongst the gems. ThHere is the thing about Megan Hart, she writes and publishes so freaking many stories and novels there are bound to be a few duds amongst the gems. This is one of them.
Moonlight Madness is a part of her paranormal/horror erotica. Sounds like a crazy genre that would never work right? Actually this author did it very, very well with Out of the Dark and her The Resurrected: Part One ten part series. While Moonlight Madness was original, it featured certain... ah, elements that I'm not really a fan of. Imagine Margo Lanagan writing an erotica for grownups and you might just figure out the mystery ;)
The writing is exactly what I have come to expect from this author. But the story line just wasn't my cup of tea. ...more
A self-pub freebie from Smashwords. Compared to other works found on Smashwords this is fantastic. But compared to traditionally published stories...A self-pub freebie from Smashwords. Compared to other works found on Smashwords this is fantastic. But compared to traditionally published stories... eh, it's all right. The concept is original. A zombie apocalypse survivor ends up chaining zombies in his backyard and discovers their individual quirks. With a little more work, this could be a great story.
Backyard Zombies is free, entertaining and a quick read. Definitely worth checking out. ...more
Sometimes I feel like a slave to Goodreads. Even when I am not active on this site, I am always lurking. And when I gUgh, one star dnf for right now.
Sometimes I feel like a slave to Goodreads. Even when I am not active on this site, I am always lurking. And when I go to a bookstore and discover a new book... my first move is to search for it here (Thank you Goodreads App!) and see what, if anything, my friends have said about it.
Lame, right? Yeah...
Except that stuff like this happens... I purchased The Other because the updated cover looked cool. (The inside is all purple & green, lurvely!) Also, the synopsis was intriguing. This was during a trip to an independent bookstore to hear one of my favorite authors talk. I thought, To hell with Goodreads! I'll throw caution to the winds and purchase a book which I know nothing about! Just like the olden days!
Unfortunately it was a big yawn fest. This might have been great in it's day. Maybe. But the third person point of view, in addition to the constant (not too subtle hints) that something eeeevil and devious is going to take place added up to make this a big DNF.
Maybe I'll finish it one day. Or maybe I'll sell it in a garage sale. *shrugs*...more
First a few disclaimers are in order...it's been awhile since I've read anything and even longer since I've written a review.
That being said, as I beFirst a few disclaimers are in order...it's been awhile since I've read anything and even longer since I've written a review.
That being said, as I began Dead Ever After it occurred to me just how much I loved this series in the beginning. Yes, the plot has gotten stupid and Sookie has gotten judgmental and perhaps Harris should have wrapped this whole thing up years ago. So many of the little details and characters are lost on me, and I considered doing a reread of the entire series before starting this one, but that was sure to leave lots of bad feelings. It seemed best to take this book for whatever she wrote it to be, leave the past in the past and make a clean break from Sookie, Bon Temps and the sup world.
Surprisingly, Dead Ever After isn't that bad. Maybe because my expectations were so low. Or because my memory of the past books is so foggy. Perhaps it really is a step up from the more recent books in this series. Regardless, Harris actually did a decent job of integrating Sookie into a life and a routine without drama. It was a good way to wrap up the series and it is easy to imagine how life will go on for Sookie and the rest. Whether we readers agree with the outcome, isn't solid closure the best thing we can ask for at the end of so many books? Even if it isn't closure I necessarily agree with...it's closure.
Remember way back in Dead Until Dark we met Sookie Stackhouse... and awkward girl with a bizarre gift, few friends and never had a boyfriend? Now, years and books later Sookie has come out of her isolation, made some great friends and has had some sexay adventures. Even if she has grown intolerant, judgmental and is sometimes more than a little stupid...it's fair to say that she has a much more well rounded life than the one she started out with. So, hey... character development and what not. Despite what each of us wanted from these books, Sookie has gotten some life (and lurve) experience, she has gained some friends and has made a place for herself in the world.
I think it's fair to say we all fell a little (lot) in lurve with Eric after Dead to the World. In recent novels a lot of us (myself included) were pretty angry with the turn of events. But...what does Harris owe us fans in regards to her works? While reading this last installment it occurred to me that she may have had other ideas in mind all along. A series this long, sure there is a lot of filler and bs thrown in. But I can't believe that she didn't have a general idea of where the series was headed and what kind of life, and man, she wanted Sookie to end up with in the end. Again, my memory is foggy...so perhaps it's just been so long since I've read about the good Eric or perhaps I've forgotten just how angry I was after the last books.
Am I happy with Sookie's choice?
Let me say that I am unhappy with the way it was presented. The inside cover has a picture of Sookie surrounded by Eric, Sam, Alcide, and Quinn (remember him?) As if all of these guys are vying for Sookie's affections. But they aren't. And they haven't been, not really. Furthermore, after a book filled with so many passionate love interests, we are treated to a pretty boring conversation about relationships and what Sookie and her mystery(?) guy are looking for. Stuff like I was wild in my past and am now ready to settle down. Awesome, settling. That's like, so romantic. There were no speeches about the lurve and the passion. Just statements about wanting a solid and practical relationship. *Yawn* (So not the reason I read these books!) Said relationship talk is followed up a few pages later with a lurve scene in which the guy, "...plunged in." Soon after the plunging (clogged toilet anyone?) "...we slid against each other like seals" When it was over, Sookie remarked, "I feel like I just plowed the back forty with a team of mules" So if your idea of sexay reading involves plunging, fat water animals and hard physical labor then you will be thrilled with the future of Sookie's love life. Hrmm....
But closure. Harris did give up closure, whether we like it or not. Actually the thing which upset me most was Bubba's absence. Despite his affinity for cats, I love me some Bubba and look forward to him in every novel. Sadly, he wasn't here. I guess Elvis has....wait for it....left the building!
Richard Matheson filled A Stir of Echoes with so much potential, but ultimately the book never delivered. There is a lot of creepy and introspective pRichard Matheson filled A Stir of Echoes with so much potential, but ultimately the book never delivered. There is a lot of creepy and introspective paranormal stuff. And an interesting cast of characters. Where Matheson failed is by focusing on the abnormal happenings surrounding main character Tom, and not going into quite as much detail with the other characters. When everything is said and done, this story really isn't about Tom, but throughout much of the book, we are led to believe it is.
Nonetheless, I am still a Matheson fan and plan to continue reading his work. This just wasn't the best. And nothing like the movie, at least as I remember it ;)...more
This was okay. While listening I kept thinking of how much more I would have enjoyed this as an actual kid, rather than an adult interested in YA bookThis was okay. While listening I kept thinking of how much more I would have enjoyed this as an actual kid, rather than an adult interested in YA books. Also, Goonies. For some reason, this story reminded me so very much of Goonies.
Sorry for the crap excuse for a review. This is a cute story, something both kids and adults should be able to enjoy. It just didn't inspire any deep thoughts or strong emotion. ...more
The Deepest Cut is a cute little ghost story, but unfortunately it seems to be an age appropriate YA book, rather than the sort of YA which an adult cThe Deepest Cut is a cute little ghost story, but unfortunately it seems to be an age appropriate YA book, rather than the sort of YA which an adult can appreciate. Ever since Riley barely survived the car crash which killed her mother, she has been able to see and communicate with ghosts. Naturally, this freaks her a little bit, and she ignores them to the best of her ability.
Looking to start over after the crash, Riley's dad decides to move to a big, old inn in Scotland. Conveniently, dad's job keeps him out of the picture for most of the book, leaving Riley alone for most of the time with her brother Shane and paranormal-believer housekeeper, Miss Akin. This could have been a cool, creepy story except...
We don't get any sense that the setting is Scotland. There are a few token mentions of "lass" and "bloody hell". Otherwise, this story could have taken place pretty much anywhere.
Answers are appropriately found in old spell and witchcraft books. Even internet research helps a little. Really? If that is the case, the paranormal is real and spells really work... wouldn't every kid with a library card be a sorceress? It's a pet peeve of mine when difficult answers are easily found.
The ghosts in this story happen to be corporeal. All the time. Hmmm… not buying it. Part of the sweetness and sadness of ghost stories is that they can feel so many emotions, but there is no physical being to, well, hold on to. When a ghost has a body which can be felt… is it still a ghost?
Riley cuts, but this isn’t a cutting issue book. Rather, it seems to be just thrown in there.
The bitchy girls are fairly one dimensional in their bitchiness.
The Deepest Cut isn’t a bad story. But it lacks a lot of depth, and will likely leave adult readers of YA unsatisfied. It is doubtful I will continue with this series. ...more