On page 2, direct quote, "When Brandon's mother died, it was Chris and his mother Ms. Ruth who acceptOkay, ongoing review so I don't forget anything -
On page 2, direct quote, "When Brandon's mother died, it was Chris and his mother Ms. Ruth who accepted into their family. Ungrateful bastard. Brandon was getting way out if line, and Chris was ready to put him back in check."
What is that? Can that be called a paragraph? With sentences? I'm not sure.
Page 9, Nicole writes about a woman cooking dinner for her man. Direct quote (so I don't lose anything in the process) - "She looked at him and continued flouring chicken. Brandon got a glimpse of the meal and lost his appetite. He could tell Mia had never fried chicken before, because she didn't clean off the feathers."
At the bottom of the same page there's this: "If Brandon wanted to be a big man, it was time for time for him to see how big men played."
Yup, that was definitely edited.
I'm not sure I can even think of anything funny to say for that first "paragraph", the one with the chicken. Is this what's considered good writing? A good set up? Because I can easily start watching t.v. again if so. I still can't believe I read that. I think the only other author that comes close to something so damn silly is the one who named a character 'Mye Storie' in one of her books. Urban fiction. I can't think of her name or the book title. I probably banished it from my mind for my own mental safety. Oh well, you're not missing anything. I'm going to keep reading but if I rated it now it'd be a one. I doubt that'll change.
Update/8/8 - I can no longer go on. It's that bad. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if it came out that two different people wrote this and Corporate Corner Boyz. CCB wasn't a bad book if memory serves. I'm sure it had editing issues and I'm sure it had other issues as well, maybe it needed some polishing, but it wasn't like this. This is pure trash. I'm sorry if that seems harsh but it's the truth. I don't understand why people think they can throw some words on paper and call themselves an author.
Okay, about this "book" - there is no story. The characters are supposedly the same as in CCB but neither of the main characters are even remotely close in resemblance to the man on the cover and neither man is anything like how he was in CCB. It's like Nicole just wanted to make a sequel and used the same characters but just wrote whatever came into her mind with no concern or thought for what she actually was saying. It was, "He did this. Then he did that. Then she did something. He did something too. I'm flouring a chicken with the feathers still on. Then she did something else." Spare me. I have too many books to be wasting my time on something like that. It is a disappointment though because I really thought after CCB that this would be okay at the very least. *Note - if you're the ghostwriter for this book you need to stop. If this was written by Nicole and CCB had a ghostwriter - you need to write again under your own name because you actually may have something. ...more
This is definitely more a 4.5 kind of book for me. I hadn't heard of this author or this book before a friend sent it to me and I'm so thankful becausThis is definitely more a 4.5 kind of book for me. I hadn't heard of this author or this book before a friend sent it to me and I'm so thankful because there are at least two others that I know I'll enjoy that I get to read by Pfeffer. I'm pretty much past thinking that YA is just fluff because I've read enough to know that's just now the case. But I am still hesitant at times. I do however happen to like books in diary/journal/letter format a lot - none of that mattered though because as soon as I started reading I fell right in. It's rare for me to wish a book was longer but that was the case here. I could have done with it being a lot longer. Miranda is a totally believable main character and the secondaries are just as good. I alternated between being frightened, to being happy, to almost crying. There are a few parts that really tug at your heart. And it's so realistic, in a sense, that I really started wondering 'what if'. Luckily I decided fairly quickly. I'm packing up the people and animals I love and moving, as fast as possible, to my friends house. (Luckily she's not all that far away.) I'm not saying any names because I don't want anyone else to remember this review and get any bright ideas - we probably won't have the room. :) I'm going to read the next two in the series and I can't wait and this will, again, be thanks to my unnamed friend. :D ...more
I was at the library the other day and I had this sitting on the table in front of me while I watched my daughter play. A woman about my age walked byI was at the library the other day and I had this sitting on the table in front of me while I watched my daughter play. A woman about my age walked by, looked at the book, and asked me if I was reading it. When I answered that yes, I was reading it, she expressed her condolences to me and walked away. That's a strange thing to have happen. This women was my age, seemingly intelligent and was in a library which leads me to believe she likes to read. I kind of figured she felt like I feel, like T. Styles is out for any dollar she can get from anyone and not concerned at all with writing a good book. Or, an okay book even. Or, well, a book that has correct sentences in it for that matter. Now, I'm on page 11. I may not be able to finish this. I'll say that right off the bat. It's horrible. Styles took a fantastic series with fantastic characters and shot it dead. And I hate her for it. Personally, I have to wonder if she's even literate. How she wrote the sentences in this book I'll never know. Sure, there are *some* that are correct. *Some* sound okay. A *few* may even sound good. But my God. The rest is a hot mess. Allow me. (And please, remember I'm on page 11.)
Pg. 3: "Her short spiky hair was flyer than usual because she loved all eyes on her."
To that I say, it's not fair. It's not fair that her hair does these things because of a way she's feeling. My hair doesn't do shit. It hangs there. Why can't my hair get more shiny when I feel this way? Or more glowing when I feel that way? It's not right.
Pg. 4 (This is chuckle-inducing and really makes me question Styles' intelligence because this, my friends, is no "mistake".): "They were rich, evil and horny...three dangerous combinations."
Actually, T., allow me to explain "combination" to you. A "combination" is, by definition, the act of combining. So, you see, your "sentence" here, MAKES NO SENSE. There is ONE combination here. NOT THREE. MY SIX-YEAR-OLD COULD TELL YOU THAT. Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Pg. 9: "Threatened another."
That's a sentence. According to Styles, this is a sentence. What the hell it's supposed to mean only God knows. (Good old "Advanced Editorial Services" didn't catch it I guess.)
I just decided I'm not reading any further. Styles already lost my money, she gets no more of my times. I've come to the conclusion that she's barely literate. How she got this far I'll never know but her fall from grace will be swift. I'll be happy to see it happen. Call me a hater all day long - I don't like liars. Don't sell a book and put all the bullshit about how great it is out there if it's shit. The sad thing is this, it's not just an opinion I'm stating. This is factual. This. Book. Is. Shit. It makes no sense. The editing is atrocious. It's fallen off in unimaginable ways. Shall I go on? Styles knows that there is only a very small percentage of readers out there who will give her a chance these days so what does she do? She gets a pen name! She fakes an editorial service. (This last bit I don't know for a fact but I strongly suspect it.) I'm done. And I'll be quick to tell others why I'm done. I'm 100% positive that "The Cartel Publications" won't last long. I, for one, hope it falls sooner than later because just thinking about how horrible these books are makes me sick. If I was her mama I'd smack the shit out of her for making herself look so stupid.
**spoiler alert** 3.5 - This one didn't grab me like 1, 2, and 4 did and for about three quarters of the book I thought it was me. I usually switch ba**spoiler alert** 3.5 - This one didn't grab me like 1, 2, and 4 did and for about three quarters of the book I thought it was me. I usually switch back and forth between many genres and don't usually read the same genre back to back to back. Before reading this though I had read (and loved!) the 1st and 2nd D.D. Warren books. Maybe I was getting burned out was my thought. In the last quarter I started second guessing myself. I just don't think this is like the other three that I've read. It's not bad by any means - just not as good. I'm very happy that I read the 4th book before this one or I might have incorrectly assumed she'd fallen off. This kept me guessing, the suspense level is almost on par with the others, and I think it may have been a bit too *busy*. I'm having trouble putting my thoughts into words. I think the story just, for whatever reason, didn't feel all that real to me. The wife and her dissappearing act, her killing what's-his-name at the same time the other person dies (I'm marking this as having a spoiler but I don't want to say too much.... just in case..) It seemed to contrived. I don't know - I'm still eager as hell to read Love You More A Detective D.D. Warren Novel. ...more
Does anyone know Lisa Gardner personally? I'd love to know if she's able to sleep at night. This woman must have so, so, so much running through her mDoes anyone know Lisa Gardner personally? I'd love to know if she's able to sleep at night. This woman must have so, so, so much running through her mind. I was thoroughly confused (in a good way) for a great portion of this book. I've often said how easy it to to follow and guess what an author will do with this sort of book. It's actually one of the reasons why I stopped reading them years ago (before winning Live to Tell through FirstReads). Gardner has turned that all around for me. I read this in absolute amazement. How did she keep all of this straight? How did she even think of all of this? Anyone who knows me knows how much I love to sleep. Sleep and my reading = two of the most important things to me besides my family. And as much as I love to read I hardly ever pass up sleeping time for reading (I can fit the reading in during the day after all.) Yeah well, I stayed up until 2am last night. And this is coming from a person who, more often than not, goes to bed when her five year old daughter does. And, to make matters even worse, I was scared. Scared! I thought I heard something outside of my garage door. How crazy is that? That's how much this spooked me. I've made up my mind that I'll have to read all of Gardner's books. That plus my already incredibly long to-read list will take my entire life but I'll have to try. I'm going to start The Neighbor now which is the 3rd D.D. Warren book and I've already read the 4th, like I stated above, when I won it from FR. The 5th book, not sure of the name as there are two different ones that I've found so far, will be read as soon as it's published. After that I'll have to make a list and go in order according to her other series and single books. She's not an author to be missed for sure. This isn't a genre that I read much. Hardly at all. I haven't read any other, besides the few by Gardner, in over ten years. Actually, probably more like 15 years. But she's just too good to pass up. I'm in debt forever to FirstReads. I need to find out if any of her other books are Bobby Dodge books - he's freaking awesome. I would say I hope this next one will be as good as the others but I don't have to - I already know it will be. ...more
Are all mystery books this good? Have I really been missing out? Nah, I don't believe it. This isn't a genre I normally read. I stay away from all booAre all mystery books this good? Have I really been missing out? Nah, I don't believe it. This isn't a genre I normally read. I stay away from all books by those 'everyone-knows-best-selling-authors' for the most part. (I read them when I was younger, got bored with them, etc.) So, I won Live to Tell from FirstReads and was flabbergasted by how well it was written. The suspense, the characters, the whole nine, I had found a new author. (As if that was needed.) Soooo, I went ahead and started getting the previous books in the series before Save Me (Detective D.D. Warren, #5) hit the shelves. Then time got in the way, blah, blah, blah and I'm just now getting to them. (I read Live to Tell, the 4th book in the D.D. Warren series first, a few months before it came out.) I wasn't even worried that the first books wouldn't grab me. Live to Tell took such a hold that I just knew her writing would probably always pull me in. And this was no different. I don't remember many books, if any, where the suspense literally makes my heart beat faster. Lots of books claim it but hardly any deliver IMO. Well, this one delivers and more. Alone is much more about Officer Bobby Dodge than D.D. but it doesn't even matter. D.D. shows up for a few small parts and I'm not sure how she's going to tie in because in the 4th she was the main character. Catherine's character - I don't even know what to say. The only other character I could think of that comes to mind when I think of Catherine is Lisette in Dwayne S. Joseph's Home Wrecker and Eye For An Eye books. (If anyone has read either/both they'll immediately know how potent Catherine is. I kept finding myself wondering how in the hell Gardner came up with this. Not so much the characters although that would certainly be one of my questions to her but how she came up with the plot. Honestly there are still a few small things I'm confused about. (This isn't the books fault, in any way, shape, or form. If it can be blamed on anything it's my memory or lack thereof.) I'd love a glimpse into the mind that can come up with something like this. Going to start the second now assuming I got the correct books which I'm not starting to doubt.
**I just happened to see, on another site, the 5th D.D. not titled Save Me. I'm going to look around but keep this in mind. Um, I'd add in what it was titled on this other site.... but I already forget. :-)**...more
**spoiler alert** There are a few things that confused me about this book but overall I did enjoy it and I'd like to read the sequel that I saw that t**spoiler alert** There are a few things that confused me about this book but overall I did enjoy it and I'd like to read the sequel that I saw that the author is writing. In my opinion there were a few too many characters. They were hard for me to keep straight most times. By the middle I had a decent grasp on each and I have to say that each brought something to the story, but there definitely were many of them. As for the few things I didn't understand - they were relatively minor but at the same time I did notice and it did affect my reading and processing the story. One was about the gas trucks tired - how were they okay? The second was when Gareth and his friends come back - after what came from that - how did Joel's friends not see that he had something to do with that? That I didn't understand at all. There were a lot of parts I really liked - I loved how they all acted realistically, I liked the relationships and changes between the different characters, etc. I saw someone else mention the "strong language" - in my opinion it can barely even be called that to be honest. And I don't use bad language all that much myself nor do the people I put myself around. When language like that is "useful" in a book I'm very accepting and as far as I saw it was never used for shock value here. If you get offended when someone says "shit" in front of you - yeah, pass this by. Like I've said before, I'm not the more knowledgeable in this genre but I am enjoying it and I am looking forward to reading more and I am happy that a friend sent this to me. I look forward to reading the sequel.
**I forgot to mention that there are a few parts that are downright scary. I was sitting outside reading on my patio one night and I got to one part in particular and the next thing I knew I had swiped all my stuff in my arms and was hauling ass towards the house. For no reason. The book spooked me. lol I like that! (I like it now anyway, I didn't like it too much then.) ** ...more
I have so much to say about this book! One, I wish someone from GR would take whatever computer system they have that picks the books for people, putI have so much to say about this book! One, I wish someone from GR would take whatever computer system they have that picks the books for people, put it on a chip, and send it to me so I can give it a big hug. This is the seventh book I've won from FirstReads. The fifth that I've given five stars. One sucked IMO, and one was pretty good but not five stars. What are the chances of that? And, the chances are so much lower still if you add in the fact that not even one of these books were one I'd pick up on my own. Not one. Anyway, back to the book - I'm not into this type of fiction (so I thought anyway) - the authors like Patterson, Koontz, Grisham, etc. are just ones so (usually) overrated to me that I leave them alone for the most part. Fiction is a pretty small part of my reading so it works. This book is fascinating! Lisa Gardner hooked me in the first page and not once let go. I don't have any idea how many times I went back and forth and back and forth guessing about things and who did this and why did this happen. The suspense was so over the top I can't put it into words. By the time I closed the book I had already ordered the first three books in this series and added the next book in the Detective D.D. Warren series, Save Me (coming out in 2011) to-read. There are very few, very few, books that I'll buy new. I'll buy used, I use my favorite swapping site, paperbackswap.com, I'll trade with friends, but I won't usually but new unless I LOVE an author. Jodi Picoult is one. Lisa Gardner now is one also - after reading ONE book by her. This is the type of book I'll buy new, in hardcover, and keep forever and that's not something I do often. I can't gush about this enough! I have no arguements at all. There were fewer mistakes in this ARC than in most finished books also which impressed me. The characters, whether likable or not, were all relatable. The story was just so darn realistic, even while pushing the limits. I would go out of my way to tell anyone wanting to dismiss this because it's not in the genre(s) they read not to. Just take a chance because this is one of the books that could very well change all that. ...more