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
Catching Jordan does not do justice to the YA genre, lurve triangles, college football or girls who aspire to play traditional "boy" sports. For a beCatching Jordan does not do justice to the YA genre, lurve triangles, college football or girls who aspire to play traditional "boy" sports. For a better, I mean completely different league better, book about a girl who plays football, pick up Dairy Queen and forget this one.
In Dairy Queen, protagonist DJ Schwenk struggles with the reality of a girl playing a tough, physical boy sport. She deals with different degrees of acceptance. She balances her hopes, dreams and the realities of her situation. Unlike Jordan here.
Let’s see, Jordan is a high school senior, and daughter of a NFL pro. Not only is her dad a NFL hero, but in college he was a two-time Heisman trophy winner. Um...what the fuck with the slap in the face to Archie Griffin??? The man who happens to be the only real life two time Heisman winner, and an alumni of The Ohio State University! (On that note, author Miranda Kenneally clearly has a beef with Ohio State... her players don't care when Ohio State scouts come to the game but get their panties jockstraps in an uproar when scouts from the team up North come to check them out. Whatever :P)
At any rate... Jordan. Her dad is a football hero. Her brother is doing quite well in college ball. And Jordan herself has been her town's star quarterback since she was in grade school. So it is accepted that she is a kick ass football player, despite being a girl. Uh huh. I get it. Really. Girls can do anything boys can do. Except... sometimes they can't. Sorry ladies. But physically girls simply don't measure up. We don't. So while a girl may be able to compete with some guys, in the end guys are bigger, have more muscle mass and therefore more strength. Yet Jordan seems to think that she has a shot at winning a full football scholarship at a Division I-A football school. Do you know how very difficult that is? For talented football playing boys??? Let alone a girl? She says she loves football and wants to play football... which I can believe. But why must she go to the best of the best? To compete in a sport in which girls can't possibly compete? What the fuck is wrong with going to a smaller school? Do you know how many high school kids may be hometown (or even statewide) heroes and have to make the heartbreaking decision between accepting a scholarship to a Division I-A school and probably not getting field time because of the talent and the competition... and accepting a scholarship at a smaller and less prestigious school yet getting lots of playing time because the competition isn't nearly as fierce? When boys, talented boys, are faced with this decision... it is difficult for me to believe that a girl would be recruited by (and play at) a Division I-A school.
Furthermore, the kids in this book casually make statements such as, "He's NFL material" Uh, what? Firstly... going from high school football to college football is such a huge leap. So many high school stars simply fizzle out when it comes to college ball. And the transition from college to NFL is an even greater one. In so many ways, it is an entirely different game.
Anyway..... the "sports" aspect of this book severely disappointed me. Clearly, LOL. As for the lurve aspect... clichéd triangle. Jordan was shallow, the story line was unrealistic. Lurve triangle at its worst. Sorry, but there was nothing redeemable or enjoyable about this story. ...more
As always, this series continues with an amazing string of horrific zombie tales. Megan Hart is an incredible writer. She has the ability to quickly eAs always, this series continues with an amazing string of horrific zombie tales. Megan Hart is an incredible writer. She has the ability to quickly engross me in her narratives and before I know it the story is over. I am a petty fan though, and am giving this latest installment four stars (rather than five) for two reasons:
1) It's too short! I want moooooooore!
2) Will we ever revisit characters from past installments? Will these shorts come together at the end?
Even so.... I love this series and this author. Can't wait for Part Nine!...more
Chick lit really isn't my thing. But hey, this is the start of summer. Reading is supposed to be light and fluffy, right? Besides, my library is curreChick lit really isn't my thing. But hey, this is the start of summer. Reading is supposed to be light and fluffy, right? Besides, my library is currently out of audio books I'd like to listen to, and this one appeared on the shelves, so....
Then Came You is the story of four women. None of these women are especially likable or relatable. They all have "daddy issues" and they all have difficulty relating to other people in general and other women especially.
At the center of the story is India, a trophy wife and gold-digger who is passing off her 43 years as 38 to her insanely rich older husband. When they attempt to have a baby, they discover that she is infertile and turn to surrogacy to create their family. Initially, India was my favorite. She is flawed, and therefore so much more likable and relatable than the other three women. She has made mistakes in the past which, at the very least, makes her more interesting. However, towards the end of the novel we learn that her mistakes were the result of matters beyond her control and she really wasn't the screw up she was presented as. That is a shame. Incidentally, India's mother is a hippie flake who was largely absent from her childhood, and her father non-existent. Her first husband was an older man and her current husband, Marcus is also much older than her. India does not appear to have any female friends.
Bettina is India's stepdaughter, and Marcus' only daughter. (Marcus does have two sons, but they do not play a prominent role in this story.) Bettina's only purpose appears to be a bitch with daddy issues. From day one she is suspicious of India, and intensely dislikes her. But to be fair, Bettina pretty much intensely dislikes everyone she meets. Bettina is 23 years old, and her parents have been divorced for years. Yet her most passionate wish is for her parents to get back together even though she has a fair amount of disdain and disrespect for her new-agey mother. She is so distrustful of India that she hires a private detective to look into India's past. It is also worth mentioning that Bettina has no friends, has never had a boyfriend.
Jules is the egg donor in this soap opera. Poor Jules is so beautiful and athletic and smart that she suffers the attention of hoards of men wanting to date her. All the time. The first time we meet her we have to listen to how annoying it is when men approach her for a date. Sorry, not feeling the sympathy here. She is a recent Princeton grad, yet she hates Princeton students. Jules is not from a wealthy family, and apparently that makes her more worthy of her education than her classmates? Or something. But she (tell me if this sounds familiar) has no friends and although she (unlike Bettina) has dated, she doesn't have any significant romantic relationships. Jules parents are also divorced. Her mother doesn't play an important role in this story, but her dad does. Jules dad is a long time alcoholic and drug addict. Jules hates her step mother, seeing her as an enabler (eh, she probably is.) At any rate, Jules sells her eggs so that she may send her daddy to an expensive rehab facility.
Finally we meet Annie, the surrogate mother. Annie is also 23, and a married mother of two. Her husband works while she stays at home with the kiddos. Annie has a relationship with her mother, honestly can't remember if her father is in the picture at all. She hates her sister because her sister is thin (status post lap band surgery), has a rich doctor husband, and a college degree. Guess what? Annie doesn't have female friends. Her hubby, Franklin, is her high school sweetheart. Annie decides to become a surrogate for the money and the chance it will provide her to help her family to get out of debt. Initially Franklin goes for it, but we flash forward to Annie being preggo and suddenly Franklin has an issue with Annie's pregnancy. This all came out of the blue, and we readers are left to ponder the reason for Franklin’s disapproval.
Of course, this being chick lit, all four women eventually meet up and after some initial uneasiness form an awesome female power band of sistas. Hrm....
The three younger women in this story: Bettina, Jules and Annie are so bitter and so dislikable. These ladies aren't even 25, yet they all sound like hardened, angry and depressed middle aged people. Furthermore, they are all so very judgmental that I didn't want to relate to their problems, even if I could. Bettina ~ poor little rich girl. Jules ~ hates being pretty, hates "privileged" classmates, hates her junior analyst job even though she is making six figures straight out of college! Annie ~ jealous of her sister, and justifies it by saying her sister is mean. Whatever bitches!
Author Jennifer Weiner spent the entire story feeding us the miserable (albeit somewhat entertaining) drama of these unhappy women and yet expects us to believe that the arrival of sweet little baby Rory brings them all together in some pro-female, screw-you-nuclear-family happiness. Yeah.
Even though all these women really want for themselves and their parents is a nuclear family.
Even though these women are fairly self-absorbed and have difficulty relating to others and making friends.
Even though Weiner does a great job at creating and presenting characters who are a hot mess, she does not present them with the skillz to overcome their shortcomings. We are just expected to click our heels three times and believe.
Sorry, not buying it. Rather than spend an entire novel building up the conflict, this story would have been so much better had some time been spent reading about characters learning to overcome and work through conflict.
But, whatever. This isn't snarky, but its still chick lit. I didn't expect to be blown away and I wasn't. ...more
It seems that Judy Blume catches a lot of flak these days. Yes, her books are dated, and perhaps even a little juvenile when compared to contemporaryIt seems that Judy Blume catches a lot of flak these days. Yes, her books are dated, and perhaps even a little juvenile when compared to contemporary YA. Even so Tiger Eyes is a book which, I believe, still stands the test of time. This is the story of fifteen year old Davey, who has lived her entire life in Atlantic City with her parents and little brother. One night, Davey's father is shot to death during a robbery while working at his grocery store. In attempt to get their lives back together, Davey, her mother and brother temporarily move to Los Alamos, NM to spend a few weeks with relatives.
Judy Blume packs a lot into this novel. Of course there is death, dying and letting go. She also touches on family dynamics, depression, friendship, alcoholism, peer pressure, and of course a little bit of teen lurve. Not the super stable, super intense, solid relationship teen lurve which is featured in just about every YA these days. But the sweet, unsure, I-kinda-like-you-and-I-think-you-might-like-me-too tentative relationships which border on dating and friendship. What I love about Tiger Eyes is that there is no big revelation. Circumstances don't suddenly change and so much is left unresolved. Somehow, the open-endedness in this novel makes it more realistic. The one subject we do get closure on is the most important; Davey learns to deal with her grief. She also starts to understand a little bit about who she is and what she wants out of life. And isn't that the most important lesson in any YA novel?
People who haven’t read Judy Blume, or perhaps are afraid to revisit old favorites of hers (and discover they may not have stood the test of time) should give this one a try. It is a novel I wholeheartedly recommend to all lovers of realistic YA. ...more