I have had this book on my shelf for quite awhile. Due to the Goodreads Gals; they know who they are ;).
As a note - this book is first pThis is a 4.75
I have had this book on my shelf for quite awhile. Due to the Goodreads Gals; they know who they are ;).
As a note - this book is first person present, which is usually a hard voice for me to follow but with a skilled writer and the correct character, it doesn't matter.
The story is believable for a space sci-fi/fantasy, the main character is fractured, humanly selfish and completely human. Sirantha Jax is the only survivor of a wreckage that she may or may not have caused. She's lost her lover, her career and her mind and life are soon to follow.
Until she's rescued. Then she has to face that life that she knew, is no longer the life she can lead. As events wind down, she's not even sure if its the life she wants to lead.
With a ragtag band of, what I like to lovingly refer to as a Space Motley Crew, Jax is suddenly thrust into a life she didn't choose.
Essentially, this book is about choice and sacrifice. What would you sacrifice and for who? What choice would you make if suddenly you had little choice at all.
With the 'gray men' gunning for her, bounty hunters and her past - Jax has a lot to do if she wants to survive.
The plot is fast paced, the emotions are high and the relationships, due to the very nature of them, are cemented fairly quickly but they are fraught with very real issues. The romance isn't in your face but it is satisfying.
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"...He gives me everything he felt, rage and anguish, washing over me in waves that never ebb. It hurts, but then, what doesn't? Pain proves that we're alive, gives us the ability to appreciate pleasure - everything in balance, everything in its time." ...more
Holy Bonanza balls! We learn about Starr and SOK learns about his past. Jesse takes a fall, Cassidy is a feckin wanker and Tulip, well she's pretty muHoly Bonanza balls! We learn about Starr and SOK learns about his past. Jesse takes a fall, Cassidy is a feckin wanker and Tulip, well she's pretty much comatose and being manipulated. Preacher, as I sort of remember him, comes with an eye patch and did I mention that Cass is being an ass?
The course of True Love, and war, never did run smoothly....more
Hot damn. Why did it take me so long to read Preacher!
Gritty, crass, crude and a bundle of dichotmies this graphic novel is everything that a graphicHot damn. Why did it take me so long to read Preacher!
Gritty, crass, crude and a bundle of dichotmies this graphic novel is everything that a graphic novel should be minus the beauty of the art, kinda have to give a 'meh' on that. Reminds me of the grittiness of Alan Moore with the failed optimism of Matt Sturges.
Great follow up to the first. Crude, crass and fucked up. Let's put it this way, if you didn't like my use of the "F" word then you shouldn't read thiGreat follow up to the first. Crude, crass and fucked up. Let's put it this way, if you didn't like my use of the "F" word then you shouldn't read this book.
Getting used to the artwork it definitely goes with the story....more
Not bad, but unfortunately this book was so hyped up that I couldn't help but be a little let down.
I love Harry Potter but I will admit that JK RowlinNot bad, but unfortunately this book was so hyped up that I couldn't help but be a little let down.
I love Harry Potter but I will admit that JK Rowling is not the world's best writer- but she is an amazing storyteller because she sucks you in, makes you feel for the characters and doesn't ever let you go. Harry Potter is a book that you will remember....always.
Twilight is not the same as Harry Potter. While Stephanie Meyer is not the world's best writer either, undulating between purple patch prose and "Telling" explanations, she can definitely bring you into the story. To me, not as well as Ms. Rowling, but still good enough to keep you reading.
I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book because there were too many things that bugged me about it - aside from the technical aspects of the book.
Bella was at times weak and fawning and other times stubborn and brave. Edward was pretty much always the same so I have to say Edward is more of a favorite in this particular review. I like Bella and Edward together but the issue is - Bella only shines when she is with Edward. She's slightly obsessive and reckless, which would be okay qualities if there was something else to temper it and I can't find that other quality.
The Cullen family is interesting and I like the 'dopey' Dad, Charlie but there was really no serious explanation as to why they showed up in the Forks. And did anyone else really want to know or see a reaction from Alice about her past?
Like a review I recently read on this book, I have to admit that the plot was sort of thrown into the book to make it less of a romance novel and more of a 'serious' young adult novel.
It was too rushed and nothing was truly explained. I get that we're supposed to connect to Bella so if she doesn't understand than we don't understand...but did anyone else think that maybe, at this point, we should understand?
Anyway, not a bad book, certainly not the best book but there is something both intriguing and irritating about this book and while I don't feel compelled to read the second installment right away, I can see myself doing so in the future.
However, if you want to read another young adult Vampire series you may want to check out Rachel Caine's "Morganville Vampires" series....more
I read this book because it was recommended by Lauren Willig (author of the Pink Carnation series which is a sort of mix of Chick-Lit and Regency RomaI read this book because it was recommended by Lauren Willig (author of the Pink Carnation series which is a sort of mix of Chick-Lit and Regency Romance i.e. Georgette Heyer) and immediately I understood.
Willig's characters pay homage to Heyer's and now I have a better understanding of Willig and her stories. Which makes me like them all the better.
Now, enough complimenting of Wilig.
Friday's Child was amusing and definitely a novel of escapism. Hero sort of annoyed me as did Sherry and his complete oblivious selfishness but they did grow on me and it coincided as they were growing up.
This story, to me, is really about two people with a horrible situation that naively and spontaneously decide to do something that they don't realize will irrevocably change the course of their lives. It is obvious to the reader that Hero is in love with Sherry and has been since they were children (I mean, if you let a man box you about the ears - that's love right?) and even Miss Millbourne, Sherry's first choice of paramour (though it really is just a way to get his money) says from the second page that he has always preferred Hero to her.
So, they run off and two people with no idea how to fend for themselves are suddenly stuck together trying to learn the ropes of marriage and high society because though Sherry is a Lord and Wealthy - he has a gambling addiction and a reputation for wildness that proceeds him. Hero is simply too naive and simple to fend herself and the nickname of Kitten is bestowed upon her and it is easy to see why - she is as adorable, well-meaning and ignorant as a kitten.
Eventually, through misadventure, blowups and near brushes with reputation killers Hero and Sherry grow up, however, they have a long way to go. Through a decision on Sherry's part, in which he believes he is being mature and sober, Hero gets into one of her last big misadventures. They become separated and it due to Sherry's best friend Gil (a very good supporting character) that things come to a bubble, boil and head.
All's well that end's well in this tale - as it does pay a small homage to the comedies of Shakespeare- but it's a long climb to get there and at the end I still felt that Hero should have grown up a bit more.
The supporting characters are engaging enough to keep you reading and once Hero and Sherry get to London - things pick up.
It's a good book to read in the countryside on a rainy afternoon....more
Ah, Plum still has it. While the plot could have been a little bit more developed it was still the best book in terms of making her think about her reAh, Plum still has it. While the plot could have been a little bit more developed it was still the best book in terms of making her think about her relationship with Ranger and Morelli. Though I am a Morelli/Plum fan (Team Morelli)Ranger is hot as hell for a fictional character and I'm fairly satisfied with the turn of events here.
Lula was friggin' hilarious in this book and Kloughn was an interesting addition.
Great read. Focusing less on the undead and more on the dynamics of people that are more or less the only 'live' ones around for the next 100 or so miGreat read. Focusing less on the undead and more on the dynamics of people that are more or less the only 'live' ones around for the next 100 or so miles. Jealousies, burdens and the little things that we take advantage of are the main themes of this book.
Rick is the main character who was left behind after falling into a coma for a month. He wakes to a hospital full of the undead or the dying. Finding a lone survivor and his son, he grabs ammo and hightails it to Atlanta where he believes his wife and son are. His trip to Atlanta is full of determination and he finds surprises, both good and bad, when he reaches the Atlanta camp. His old partner (who was with him when he got shot) is there and the tension between the two of them is one-sided but realistic.
The best scene for me was the laundry washing scene. Something so mundane can be so dangerous. In truth, that's how I feel when I am doing laundry in my building......more
You know you like a book when you're dissecting its meanings and layers before you finish the last sentence.
I'm not going to go off topic too much (leYou know you like a book when you're dissecting its meanings and layers before you finish the last sentence.
I'm not going to go off topic too much (let you take a glimpse of my rather nerdy self) but I will take a moment to mention a few things.
This is the second book in the Sirantha Jax series and I'm not going to spend too much time on the known characters. Frankly, if you've read the first book there is no need for you to read about them. If you haven't - well you shouldn't be reading this.
The book's title is Wanderlust and I can't think of a more appropriate title. It alludes to something romantic and unreachable. I've experienced it before and it is a bittersweet pain when you realize that no matter how long you travel, you just don't get it . What that it is; well it's hard to explain but what it measures out to be is something unattainable but vital and something you search for because you can't find it within. Perhaps a therapist could Wizard of Oz an answer or a better description of the feeling but sadly, I am not a therapist and I am also not the man behind the curtain.
In this installment, Jax is realizing that the very thing she loves most in the world, what sets her apart will kill her sooner rather than later and she's not sure exactly what that means to her. On top of that, she is an Ambassador, a title that is 'bestowed' on her in the midst of mysterious disease that is weakening her body and fueling her paranoia. See, someone is trying to kill her and the Syndicate (the MOB if you will) is trying to stop her from being successful at her new role of bringing in the 'Sliders' as part of the Conglomerate. They are also threatening to kill her mother if she doesn't abide by their rules.
Jax has never been good at rules. Most of the time it feels like it's because she doesn't quite understand them nor does she care to. However, with her new role, there's a lot to understand and again she has to make a choice between her desires and the desires of millions.
Jax is unable to set down roots which is part of her problem with March. March, as it becomes clearer in every book, is a man who can grow roots (both literally and figuratively, rutabagas anybody??) as long as it is with someone he can grow with (pardon the pun). Jax on the other hand doesn't quite know herself well enough to allow herself that kind of dependence. What Jax fails to understand, at first, is the difference between dependence and co-dependence. It only takes a war, several worlds apart and a near death experience to realize exactly what it is that March and Jax need.
There are some bittersweet moments in this book and there are times, as a reader, where you get a little sad and go "wait, no!" and then there are times when you, like Jax, are too worried about whether or not the action is going to land you someplace safe or someplace .... well, dead.
The new characters, Jael and Hit (I can't really count Vel because we met him last book, although he is fast becoming a really close friend to Jax) are also 'outsiders'. Just like Jax was in the last book. Jael is a modified human being while Hit is an assassin. Both are lost and seek to become part of a whole - although you see it more with Jael. Jael by the way is a very interesting character and makes me wonder if he could be giving March a run for his money...or whether he will be very a great friend.
As things stand now, nothing is certain. Though this book takes place in space and in the future, there are a lot of realistic and relevant emotions and examples to take from.
It didn't let me down, this book, and I can't wait to start the next....more
Just really liked this book. Reminded me of Tanya Huff's "Valor" series if were romantic/sexual. Loved the characters, loved the tension and the dialoJust really liked this book. Reminded me of Tanya Huff's "Valor" series if were romantic/sexual. Loved the characters, loved the tension and the dialogue. Though Sinclair became prosey and poetic at times, it completely worked.
Am about to start the sequel to this novel - "Shades of Dark"...more
It was a pretty clean copy for an ARC so the problem isn't with the grammar or the type setting. My issue was that there were a lot ofThis was an ARC
It was a pretty clean copy for an ARC so the problem isn't with the grammar or the type setting. My issue was that there were a lot of things glossed over. Important things. It made the story, while interesting, seem very rushed.
I wanted to know more about Neal and Thea's friendship, more about how they fell in love, more interactions between them other than the house party. I didn't feel an attraction between them until that house party so it seemed very ... stilted to have them suddenly...well, I'll let you read it for yourself.
Also, how Thea suddenly went from Scully to Mulder in her belief about the curse. I like her spirit but she did play the typical heroine in distress at one point and it just seemed out of character. I get that love makes you do stupid things but it still seems out of her character.
Will I read the next one? Probably. It's a good premise even if the execution wasn't all that spectacular....more
I did not expect this book to be so good. I really didn't. The first couple of pages were sort of 'meh' but once you get past it you are on a rollWow.
I did not expect this book to be so good. I really didn't. The first couple of pages were sort of 'meh' but once you get past it you are on a rollercoaster of humor, romance and some steamy smexy times.
I can completely relate to Haley, the outwardly introverted pushover with a passion for video games, the Yanks, beer and baking. I may not be such a complete pushover as she is but I've had many an awkward situation in which I've merely shaken my head yes even if I knew someone was taking advantage. I've also had the 'fists of fury' moments. So, Haley, being slightly geeky, adorable and a pushover finally snaps when her neighbor from hell, Jason (the good-looking playboy with a penchant for late night parties and property destruction) starts ripping up her prized tulips. She goes from quiet to straight up Xena.
Due to tulips, bees and a Yankee game, the two start to bond and become friends. Which is something neither one of them would have thought could ever have happened if you had asked them a week ago.
Haley discovers Jason's weird obsession with food - especially her chocolate peanut butter brownies - and his bottomless pit of a stomach. Oh and his ability to do whatever the hell he wants and not care about the consequences. Jason sees that being friends with a girl, especially one as smart and funny and just plain cool as Haley isn't a bad thing.
They both grow because of their friendship, each finding qualities within themselves that they never nurtured or knew that they had.
With the constant spending time together (at work and at home), they begin to become dependant on each other, not in a weird cokehead dependant relationship, but it seems their minds and bodies know that they want each other (when I say they are a great complement to each other, I mean it) it's just their hearts are a little reticent to recognize what it is that it needs.
There were a few things that bugged me about this story. Some parts jumped ahead too quickly leaving me a bit confused for a second as there was no real indicator how long time had passed. Also, most likely due to the fact that this is a shorter story, certain things felt a little pushed (not forced but like someone took the plot and gave it a nudge in the small of its back. It then stumbled but then quickly uprighted itself) and the constant re-use of words in a short length of time threw me off.
The writing was a bit clunky at times, word choice and usage could have been better, and span of time could have been delineated clearer. However, the story itself makes up for all of it. The characters are delightful (although Jason baffles me with his use of the word 'woman' constantly) the relationship feels real and the smexy scenes are downright steamy.
Really a 3.7. Enjoyable but a little confusing at times, so you need to reread a few panels but other than that interesting and fast paced. Gaiman didReally a 3.7. Enjoyable but a little confusing at times, so you need to reread a few panels but other than that interesting and fast paced. Gaiman did a good job with Kirby. Interesting to see some of the West Coast Avengers ...more
This might sound odd because I obviously have read the series but this particular book didn't do it for me in terms of plot. It was all porn and no plThis might sound odd because I obviously have read the series but this particular book didn't do it for me in terms of plot. It was all porn and no plot and I sort of need that balance.
It was good but it could have been so much better....more
I will be the first to admit that I have a slight crush on Anthony Bourdain. I don't want to sleep with him but I would love to hang out with him. ThiI will be the first to admit that I have a slight crush on Anthony Bourdain. I don't want to sleep with him but I would love to hang out with him. This book was full of interesting and funny stories, life lessons and passion. You can tell Anthony Bourdain loves his life and it translates on the page.
I only give it a four star rating because though the reader was fully warned at the beginning of the book, I wasn't prepared entirely for all of the Kitchen Jargon and constant use of that vernacular.
However, all in all, it makes me see the restaurant world a bit differently and I thank this book for opening my eyes....more