This is a cute series that I'm glad I've been able to keep up with. I'm not claiming that it's mind-blowing, but the plot bounces along a t a nice pace.
This book opens with Becca getting ready to go to some sort of a snooty gala held by Holder purists. This group would love to add her father to their ranks, so they've been given an invite to the event. However, the only reason that they've agreed to attend is to be able to talk to a Seer who may know something about Darragh. It's too dangerous for anyone to find out about who and what Becca actually is, so she'll have to pretend to be a low-level mind reader while they are there. And since her bond with Alex would also give her away, they will have to mask it, and pretend to be nothing more than colleagues.
I usually don't like 'love triangles', but Scott did a good job with this one. It's not really a love triangle (for several spoilery reasons), but it appears that way to everyone else...including Alex. Of course, this adds a level of drama that Becca is blissfully unaware of, and gives the plot a little extra sumpin' sumpin'.
Be warned: There was some high schoolish drama with a mean girl that I thought was kind of stupid and unnecessary. There's a kind of dance-off at the end... Really. And I really wish the chemistry between Alex and Becca didn't feel so blah. Alex just seems pretty dull. But then again, it's not like Becca is a wild-child. So. Normally, those things are deal-breakers for me, but in this book it felt more like a minor annoyance. It started out a bit slow, but once the story got rolling, it was hard for me to put it down. The addition of the new characters was good for the overall story, and I'm hoping to see them in the next book.
Thanks to NetGalley for a digital arc in return for an honest review....more
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital copy of this book.
Not too shabby for a debut novel. Especially by an author who was diagnosed withThanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital copy of this book.
Not too shabby for a debut novel. Especially by an author who was diagnosed with learning disabilities as a child. In Anderson's case, reading and writing were very difficult for her. So. I'm always especially impressed by people who overcome difficulties, and then turn around and spit in the face of the problem. Spunky, no?
Anyway, as far as the plot goes, there's nothing super-duper new here. But. It's readable, and it's a reasonably entertaining book. Although, I personally think some of the story could have used some tightening up by an editor, and possibly a different cover. Why a different cover? Well, while the cover looks very cool, at no time in the book does anyone jump out of a building. In fact, the 'secret clone factory' is underground. Moving on...
Xan was actually a fairly realistically written character. He wasn't some awesomely perfect kid, but he also wasn't a total turd, either. His friend, Miles, was an asshole and a bully, and I thought it was interesting that Xan never really got why the other kids hated him so much. I mean, he knows Miles is a jerk, but he never really admits that the kid has done some serious damage to other people's psyches. While it was an annoying blind spot for a main character to have, it was also a fairly realistic one.
As far as Xan's parents go, I'm not sure what to think about them. On one hand, I like that they aren't portrayed as absentee parents, but on the other... Exactly how dumb do you have to be to buy a baby out of the back of a friggin' van in some dark alley?! P.S. If you've done this, I think it would be wise to immediately start checking your child for signs of top secret genetic enhancements. 'Cause your kid might want to know if they're part of a government science project when they get older. Just sayin'.
Lacey was a pretty cool character, but I was a little weirded out by her 'piercing stare' after a while. Sure, she was an off the charts genius, but her real super-power was her ability to stab you with her eyes. Evidently, she can use these stabby-eyes to keep all the men in her life in line. I want that super-power! Oh, who am I kidding... I've got an awesome set of crazy-eyes already! How else do you explain my husband's willingness to fold clothes and wash dishes? As an added bonus, I've been gifted with an amazing Fishwife Screech that allows me to augment my she-devil glare. All I need is a cape.
The plot goes something like this: Someone tries to kill Xan, and then pin attempted murder and arson on him. Since all of his 'friends' have deserted him, he turns to the resident genius (Lacey) for help. She, in turn, reaches out to her two crazy pals for help. That part of the story peters out pretty fast for some reason... Xan and Lacey make some discoveries about Xan's genetic origins. How, you ask? Lacey is supah-rich, and has an entire lab full of genetic testing equipment in her old nursery. Sure. Ok. Next up is Beta. He's the clone who has been sent to dispose of Xan. Of course, due to Lacey's hyper-intelligence, they manage to capture him and hold him prisoner in her storage room while they dig around for answers. FYI, Beta's POV is the most interesting, because you actually get a chance to see him grow and change. Somehow, an odd love triangle sorta/kinda happens at this point. Only I couldn't really figure out if Lacey and Beta actually liked each other, or were just good friends. In fact, I couldn't figure out what was up with Xan and Lacey, either. She seemed weirded out by kissing him, and the ending was confusing... Anyway. These three need to find a way to fool a multi-billion dollar corporation into thinking that Xan is dead, Lacey is clueless, and Beta is a different clone. Easy-peasey!
Hopefully, the next book will explain some of the loose plot threads, and things will make more sense. For the most part, though, this was a fun and easy read....more
Grabbed this when it was free on Amazon the other day, because it looked cute.
Sort of a Bridget Jones-like vibe to it. If you enjoyed that then you'llGrabbed this when it was free on Amazon the other day, because it looked cute.
Sort of a Bridget Jones-like vibe to it. If you enjoyed that then you'll probably like this one. It's not a copycat story or anything, but it has the same sort of feel. Sophie is in her early 30's, British, feels she's a few pounds overweight, and has a piss-poor lovelife. Although, it's hard to feel sorry for her since it's her own fault. Not the part about being British. Poor thing can't help where she was born after all... Kidding! Her boyfriend dumps her in the opening pages, and she spends great gobs of time trying to win him back. Even though she knows he's a useless dick. He rekindles his interest in her when she informs him that she's going to inherit a house and some money. And she knows that's why he's sniffing around again. But she thinks she can prove to him that she's awesome or something? I didn't get it. I honestly can't fathom being that desperate. I'd rather be alone than with a douchebag who comments on my weight, and continually 'forgets' his wallet. But..whatever. I guess there are women out there somewhere who can relate? I just... Ugh.
Her two roommates/BFFs are also massive tools. If I had to live with bitches that annoying, I'd probably be in jail. I kept waiting for the moment when Sophie would realize that these chicks were soul-sucking harpies, but it never happened. So again, I couldn't relate. They were obnoxious, and I would have kicked them to the curb a long time ago.
Her mother was the most obvious twat in the bunch, but at least there was some amount of retribution for that toward the end. Not enough, but some.
The love story thing between Sophie and Nick was...pretty bland. Why did they like each other anyway? Boring relationships is one of the reasons I don't normally gravitate toward chick-lit. But if you're a fan of this genre, you'll probably have no problem with the way it all plays out.
I did giggle quite a bit while I was reading, so this wasn't a waste of my time. It had a cute plot, witty dialogue, and funny situations. Not bad considering this isn't what I normally go for.
Not bad for a freebie. However, I can't in good conscience recommend anyone spending their hard-earned money on this one. It's a pretty simplis2.5 stars
Not bad for a freebie. However, I can't in good conscience recommend anyone spending their hard-earned money on this one. It's a pretty simplistic historical romance that has some ok moments, but nothing awesome. Claire ends up married to Nate, because her father demands 'satisfaction', due to an unfortunate accident at a ball. In other words, she trips and ends up tangled up with the Earl on the veranda. Nate (the Earl) resents her, because he believes that she did it on purpose in order to trap him into marriage. Which is stupid, because she kept telling him to leave her alone, and that she only wanted a few minutes by herself. Not exactly the world's best trap... Also, it appeared that Nate was a virgin. Which led to him spending a lot of time reading a book about How to Please Your Woman. And according to this novel...that's all you need. Ok. As much as I love books, there are some things you can only learn with...um, hands on experience. There's no way two virgins are going to have the time of their lives in bed. Go ahead, call me a liar. I dare you.
Then there was Claire's sister, and her obsession with a snagging a man with a title. The situation was resolved with the use of lame disguises, and very little conflict.
Even though this is not labeled a 'Christian' romance, I think it would work well enough for readers who are looking for something in that genre. For me, however, this was a semi-cute way to pass the time, but nothing more....more
There's no real reason to give this book 4 stars...other than I flew through it. It's total brain candy and I am fully prepared to admit there is nothThere's no real reason to give this book 4 stars...other than I flew through it. It's total brain candy and I am fully prepared to admit there is nothing really new or inspired about this story. But. I had a lot of fun reading this one! And sometimes you have to fork over the stars just 'cause a book kept you interested and flipping the pages. Again, I totally agree with my friends' comments about how this one was a Paint-By-Numbers Ya book. And I totally agree with the reviews that point out all of the plot holes and pseudo-science that never really quite makes sense. It's true. All of it. I still ended up gobbling this one up. Maybe I'm just in a good mood, but none of that stuff really bothered me too much. Only recommended for people willing to overlook nonsense like the concept of a Brilliant Teenage Detective. ...more
The beautiful cover sucked me in...I admit it. And really, it's got such an interesting premise, that I couldn't helAlso reviewed for Addicted2Heroines
The beautiful cover sucked me in...I admit it. And really, it's got such an interesting premise, that I couldn't help but want to read it. Romeo and Juliet plus Hamlet? Cool! I didn't even realize that it would be incorporating Norse mythology, but that was also a bonus! So why only 3 stars? Hmmm. I'm not sure really. The author is talented, and if you've ever read her blog, you'll probably agree that she's quite a funny lady. But for some reason this story just didn't click with me as much as I wanted it to. It took me several days to finish it, simply because it was so easy for me to put it down.
I did like the way that Juliet was portrayed as a strong character, but neither Hamlet or Romeo evoked much emotion out of me. Romeo leaned toward the slightly annoying side, but not enough for me to hate him, and Hamlet was likable...but not lovable.
The journey to find and rescue Juliet was kind of the same way. There was something missing in it that I can't put my finger on. I normally love retellings, but I couldn't seem to get into this one. Maybe it's just me? I'm not much of a Shakespeare groupie, so perhaps this particular story was meant to be embraced by a different kind of reader? The kind of reader who wasn't sending sidelong glances to her copy of BatGirl while trying to get through this one...
So. The author is good and the premise is good. It wasn't my cuppa, but it might be yours?
In case you were wondering, I received a digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
I received a digital arc from NetGalley and the publisher.
It's being called the When Harry Met Sally for young adults, so right off the bat, I wantedI received a digital arc from NetGalley and the publisher.
It's being called the When Harry Met Sally for young adults, so right off the bat, I wanted it. I mean, is there anyone out there who didn't love that movie?! But this book isn't some rip-off retelling of the movie, so don't worry. No, it's just a really good book about two kids who meet in seventh grade, and how they form an unlikely friendship over the years.
Anybody who has ever had a really close friendship with someone of the opposite sex, knows that there are some awkward questions that you're forced to answer about the nature of your relationship. Over and over and over again. No matter how platonic it is. But what if the two of you over time start to feel less than platonic? Aren't the best romantic relationships build on strong friendships? Of course they are. Lust rocks, but real love is the shit that The Long Haul is made out of. But finding a BFF that makes your knees go wobbly isn't always easy. Or maybe recognizing that person for what they are is the hard part? And that's the gist of Better off Friends.
The story follows Macallan and Levi from their first encounter in middle school, to their last year of high school. The grow close, grow up, grow apart, and grow back together again. The cycles of their relationship are funny, sad, and heartwarming. By the end of it, I wanted to go back to high school and relive all of those bittersweet memories, too. No, not really! You couldn't pay me enough to go through all that angsty shit again! Sorry, kids. These are most definitely NOT the best years of your life. So. Don't kill yourself, or anything stupid like that. It gets better.
At any rate, this is the perfect kind of book to curl up on the couch with. It's sweet, cute, and it leaves you with a smile on your face.
So, Kaitlin's pals offer to help her paint her house, if she'll dip her toes back into the dating pool. SheSnagged this one as a freebie the other day!
So, Kaitlin's pals offer to help her paint her house, if she'll dip her toes back into the dating pool. She agrees, but with the intention of getting the dates over with as quickly as possible. Naturally, she meets Mr. Awesomesauce in the process.
It's short, cute, and sweet. Did it blow my socks off? No. But it didn't annoy me, either....more
I really loved the first book in the Demon's Gate series, but this one was a little harder for me to get into. Maybe I just had a lot of stuf3.5 stars
I really loved the first book in the Demon's Gate series, but this one was a little harder for me to get into. Maybe I just had a lot of stuff going on while I was trying to read it, but for some reason it took me longer to get through this one.
The vast majority of the story focuses on Amaranth, Dham, Cat, and Trick/Patrick's journey to Rome. Trick is the demon (or spirit) who is in possession of Amaranth's best friend Patrick's body. After a particularly nasty run-in with the Inquisition, Trick drops the bomb that he will have to let Patrick take back control of his body, in order to avoid being tracked by another demon. Sounds good, but the downside is they are not sure whether Patrick's mind has been damaged by the possession. Also, they're going to have to convince Patrick to let Trick take him over again, in order to complete their mission. Awkward!
I was a bit surprised by the people who bit the dust at the end, and I wonder how that will impact the next story. So even if this one didn't blow me away like the first, I'm still interested to see what happens in the next book.
All in all, this was a very good self-published novel.
I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
This was (yet another) cute freebie I found from one of the many email lists I subscribe to. I highly recommend that you take advantage of some of thoThis was (yet another) cute freebie I found from one of the many email lists I subscribe to. I highly recommend that you take advantage of some of those suckers. It's a great way to try out authors that you may not otherwise hear about, without worrying about spending your money on a dud.
Goldie is a witch who works for the three Baehr brothers, as an endangered (magical) animal advocate. She basically investigates poaching and animal trafficking. She also takes in animals and raises them in her home. So when magical creatures start showing up all dismembered, the Baehr brothers call on Goldie to work with the ordinary police to find the person responsible. Of course, she has to keep all the magical stuff hush-hush. Except that the perp pretty much kills the cop she is working with...and she has to use her power to heal him. So. Yeah, it kind of blows her cover. But don't worry, he's not only grateful, but he kind of thinks she's hot. Awwww. I should mention that she was previously involved with baby Baehr, so when she (sort of) gets involved with Mr. Ordinary cop, we have a nice little love triangle.
Anyway, they soon realize that it's not just magical animals that are the target of this mysterious person, but magical people as well. In fact, it starts to look like Goldie might be the next target...
Cute, with a twist ending that leads into the next book. ...more
Weird. Supah-Weird. This looked (to me) like a cute romantic/mystery/caper sort of book. Bzzzzt Nope. This was full-up with all kinds of strange shit.
(Weird. Supah-Weird. This looked (to me) like a cute romantic/mystery/caper sort of book. Bzzzzt Nope. This was full-up with all kinds of strange shit.
(view spoiler)[Does anything about the blurb make you think that the heroine eats children because she's a supernatural monster? Yeah, I didn't think so. (hide spoiler)]
Ok, beyond the odd stuff (view spoiler)[AKA Leila eats gross raw meat to keep from chowing on babies (hide spoiler)], this was interesting enough that I wanted to finish it out. And possibly might even go back for more of these characters some day. Also, I grabbed this while it was free on Amazon, and I tend not to complain so much when the author is handing out freebies. I did feel like it got a tad chaotic at times, but for the most part, it was a fun way to pass the time.
Warning: The hero is a dick (view spoiler)[who kidnapped a little mute girl. I kept waiting for the Surprise! The kid was in danger at her home! Or even maybe that he somehow knew the kid and her family. Nope. He just took her, because he needed...not even really sure. It seemed like he used her to blackmail Leila into helping him, but he probably could have just thrown cash at her and gotten the same result. You know, minus the whole 'traumatizing a child' and 'terrifying her parents' thing (hide spoiler)]. And the heroine isn't exactly lovable, either. (view spoiler)[ She was having an affair with a married man, and he left her when his wife got pregnant. Leila got pissed off, and... Well, she attacked the wife, and somehow sucked the baby out of her womb and ate it. Not exactly a nice thing to do, you know? *gags*(hide spoiler)] However. Those very things that skeeved me out, also made the characters kinda interesting. Or at the very least, different than I was expecting. So if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary, this might just fit the bill.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Got this as a freebie on my kindle, so I figured why not? It's not what I would call necessary, but it was a decent glimpse into the beginning of theGot this as a freebie on my kindle, so I figured why not? It's not what I would call necessary, but it was a decent glimpse into the beginning of the Blackest Night storyline. The majority of it is Hal sort of looking back on his somewhat turbulent relationship with Bruce, and realizing that they were friends despite everything. Did I mention that it was free? ...more
So this novella introduces us to Armentrout's new Dark Elements series. Going strictly off of the novella, I doubt I would be interested in re2.5 stars
So this novella introduces us to Armentrout's new Dark Elements series. Going strictly off of the novella, I doubt I would be interested in reading the first book. To me, this was horribly boring. No real action, no real plot, no characters that I really loved. With the exception of a smirking demon who showed up for a few minutes toward the end of the book... Jasmine and Dez were just kind of blah, and I had to make myself to keep reading about their not-very-interesting love story.
However, since I did find the demon-guy interesting, and the excerpt for the next book was included on this one... Read an excerpt for Armentrout's new book White Hot Kiss to find out more about Layla, Zayne, and the cute demon guy! Or something like that... So I read it. Now that book sounds like it might have some potential.
I snagged this when it was free on Amazon, but that's not the case anymore. My opinion says it's not worth spending money on. Skip to White Hot Kiss unless you're a completionist....more
It's ok. If you are a fan of books that have abused and dysfunctional characters, then this might be more to your thiAlso reviewed at Addicted2Heroines
It's ok. If you are a fan of books that have abused and dysfunctional characters, then this might be more to your thing than it was mine. Josephine had one of those horrible childhoods that included being passed from one awful foster home to another. It's never actually stated, but it's pretty obvious she was sexually abused when she was young. I mention this because it played into her love story with Luke, and there were a few times I felt uncomfortable with their relationship because of it. It's hard to explain, but I don't feel completely comfortable with the idea that falling in love can fix things like that. Yeah, yeah, love is great and all, but... I'm not saying the author had them jump into the sack, and then all her problems disappeared. In fact, they waited a decent bit, but I just wasn't digging it. She was simply too much of a psychological mess for me to get behind the love story. Again, those of you who like tortured heroes/heroines will probably not have as much of a problem with this.
In this world, everyone is given some sort of a vaccine that prevents them from getting angry. Somehow, Josephine didn't get the cure, and one day a year she goes crazy. Sort of like a werewolf during the full moon or something. Her body gets all hyped up on adrenaline, she blacks out, and then goes on a rampage and kills everyone in the vicinity.
M'kay. It was interesting enough that I wanted to find out what was going to happen in the end. But for me to get fully invested in a dystopian novel, I need to feel like that world could actually happen. The world-building needs to be complete, you know? Not so much with this one. There's some sketchy background about famine and riots that happened in the past, but not enough that I fully understood why they felt the need for this Cure. Riots happen all the time, don't they? Yet, I don't imagine taking away part of our personalities (to ensure they never happen again) would go over very well with the vast majority of the population. Soooo? Why did anyone agree to this to start with? Because in this world most people thought it was a good idea. Maybe I could buy it if the government put something into the water supply, or even released it as an airborne virus. But for folks to just line up and get a shot? No.
The whole thing about Josephine's Fury was...weird. I mean, I kept waiting for something to happen to explain how she could put it to good use. Hulk Smash bad guys! Nope. Nothing. She's just a got a bad problem. To make matters worse, her body is seriously breaking down because of her condition. Why she's like that is eventually explained, but there doesn't seem to be anything useful about someone who loses their mind and randomly murders people. So, I really don't see how her FURY is going to save anyone...including herself. And according to the blurb: When emotions are erased from the world, creating a civilization of mindless drones, only those with fury can survive. After reading that, can you blame me for thinking that maybe she just didn't have a good grasp on her powers yet? Like maybe she was the key to saving everyone...or something?
The writing wasn't bad, and the story was intriguing enough for me to finish it, but I really doubt I'll read any more of these books.
Digital review copy provided by NetGalley and the publisher. ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital arc of this book.
This was a witchy YA that kept me flipping the pages till the end of the book,Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital arc of this book.
This was a witchy YA that kept me flipping the pages till the end of the book, so it definitely deserves all 4 stars.
Penelope was a child when a demon broke into her home, killed her parents, and drained her magic. She should be dead, but for some reason...well, she's not. Wouldn't be much of a story if she was, right? She also shouldn't be able to borrow her family's magic to cover up the fact that she doesn't have any of her own. In her world, a witch without magic is called a Static, and those guys end up banished. Yep. The other witches just toss them out of their society. Nice, no? Her Grandparents and sister are the only ones who know her secret, and they've all worked hard to keep it safe. So far, it's worked. But Penelope isn't satisfied with just passing for a witch. She's found a ritual that will restore her magical essence, if she can only find the demon who took it. There's a hitch, though. There's always a hitch... The only way for her to find her demon (and a more detailed version of the ritual), is to become an Enforcer. See, only Enforcers have access to the library with all of that info in it that she needs. Of course, to become an Enforcer she's going to have to show off her magical abilities. Oops. That might be difficult. Never fear, our girl has it covered. She can pull from her sister, because their tests will be held at the same time. Except that there's a problem. After all her hard work over the years, some random witch pulled a muscle (or something) and now her Penelope's test date is getting moved to a different time slot. Time for plan B.
In the meantime, a chance encounter with a demon has left Penelope with a stalker. Sort of. At least, that's what Penelope thinks when Carter first starts popping up around every corner. He's annoying, cocky, and apparently obsessed with her. Or at the very least waaay too interested in her magical abilities. Why is she so freaked? Well, he was there when she managed to explode a demon in an alleyway. And since she has no idea how she managed to pull that one off without having any magic, she certainly doesn't want him poking his nose into it. Besides, he makes her sick to her stomach. Literally. A little nausea isn't enough to stop this guy, though. Nope. He's determined to figure Penelope out, because he needs her. No, not like that! God. You guys have such dirty minds.... He claims that his magic is more powerful and stable if she's around. If that wasn't interesting enough, it seems as though she can pull magic from him in the same way she can pull it from her family. Which would explain the alleyway full of exploded demon goo...
To make matters worse, the more Penelope digs into finding a way to restore her powers, the more it looks like she's onto something bigger than just finding her own magic. And it looks like her Grandma is hiding a pretty important piece of the puzzle. In fact, trusting Carter with her secret might be the only way to find out what she needs to know. But Carter has some pretty big secrets of his own, and once she finds out what he's hiding.... Well, let's just say she's a teeny bit upset.
I really enjoyed Salt! The pacing is good, the plot is interesting, and there were a couple of things I didn't see coming. So all in all, I'd have no problem recommending this one for fans of YA urban fantasy.
Unite has a very cool premise, and it made me a bit sad that I didn't like it more. I'd like to seeThis review can also be seen at Addicted2Heroines
Unite has a very cool premise, and it made me a bit sad that I didn't like it more. I'd like to see how it all turns out in the end, but I don't think I'll be continuing this series.
So, somewhere out there there's another planet (like ours) that is going to be destroyed within the next few decades. Something along the lines of colliding with another planet ...or maybe asteroids? Years ago, they contacted the leaders of our planet and worked out a deal that would benefit both sides. They would give us their awesome technology, and we would let them move to Earth. Hopefully, it's a teeny-tiny planet, because I'm pretty sure we're overpopulated as it is. Of course, the government was afraid that the general population was going to freak out when they found out about this, so they came up with a plan. They've taken babies from the other planet, and placed them into foster homes here. The idea is that people won't be quite so afraid of these aliens after they announce that they are coming, when they realize that little Suzie from next-door is also an alien. They will already know and like these kids, which will take some of the fear-factor out of it. Right? So far, so good.
But there were too many things that just didn't make sense after that. First, why was the FBI in charge of these kids? Shouldn't an operation like this be run by Homeland Security? Or better yet, why wasn't there a new task force created to deal with this?
Another thing I didn't get was why Avery couldn't lie to her parents. Because it's not like she couldn't lie at all. In fact, she lied every day to everyone else! In the book it's explained away by saying that she had it drilled into her at a young age that she must always be totally honest with them. WTF?! Um, I've drilled it into my kids' heads to be totally honest with me, too! And guess what? They lie! They lie all the freakin' time! Me: Did you break my *insert expensive electronic device here*? Them: NOOO! I never even touched it! You told me not to, and I respect you...Mommy. Me: Then why is there chocolate on it...and chocolate on your face? Them: Uh... Me: And why was it found in YOUR room? Them: Uh... Me: Fess up! Them: Uh... Me: Fess up, and I won't kill you. Them: I swear it was an accident! Me: You better be glad I opted for the extra insurance... And you know what? If I'm honest with myself, I'd think it was weird if my kids didn't pull shit like that. So, no. I couldn't buy that Avery never ever lied to her parents, and it annoyed me. Or maybe I'm just jealous.
Probably the most ridiculous thing though, was when they told Avery that they decided to pull the plug on Project Integrate because of budget cuts. There are several things wrong with that line of reasoning.. First, you'd have to assume that these aliens only contacted the United States. And let's face it, that's a stupid assumption. If they contacted all of the world's leaders, then our budget wouldn't play into it as much. Second, there's no way our greedy politicians would stop a project that promised them superior technology. EVER. Even if they had to take from schools and research hospitals to do it, you know they would. I mean, they do it now, and for reasons far less important! Besides, there would have be a slush fund somewhere out there that wasn't being used for anything at the moment.
There were other little petty things that I didn't like, but these were the things I found the most distracting. To me, this felt like a great concept that was poorly executed. It wasn't horrible to read, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend this one.
I got this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Loved this! So I read this on Jeff's recommendation. See, he wrote a review for another book by this guy called Tourist Season. And in his review he haLoved this! So I read this on Jeff's recommendation. See, he wrote a review for another book by this guy called Tourist Season. And in his review he had the nerve to call people from Florida 'loopy'. Well, I grew up in that lovely state, and I'm normal...right? Hmmm. It got me thinking. So I asked one of my friends. The conversation went like this: Me:You don't think I'm weird because I'm from Florida, do you? Them: Remember last summer? Me: Yeah? Them: Remember when you killed that snake? Me: The copperhead? Yeah, so? Them: I've just never seen anybody chop off a snake's head with kitchen shears before... Me: Oh. Well, my mom always used to keep a machete by the front door, but my husband put ours in the upstairs closet somewhere. Ha! I remember this time when a moccasin got in our house, and she pinned it to the couch with that machete and then cut it's head off with a steak knife! wipes a tear Good times... Them: Um. Seriously? Me: Well, it's not like she could shoot it! Them: A machete?! Why do you have a machete?! Me: Are you seriously saying you don't have a machete? Them: .... I think you've answered your own original question.
So. Maybe there are a few things I do differently. And maybe it comes from being raised in the Sunshine State. Who can really say?
Anyhoo. This book was so much fun to read! You can definitely tell the author is from Florida, because he describes it perfectly. I was so homesick by the time I got done, I couldn't stand it. I can almost taste the humidity just thinking about it! sigh
Joey and Chaz go on a cruise for their 2 year wedding anniversary. Which is so romantic! Except Chaz is a douche. And he shoves his wife overboard. Why? Well, you really need to read the book to find that out, and I'm not going to spoil it. But let's just say that he's incredibly stupid. And unlucky. Because Joey doesn't drown or get eaten by sharks. Nope, Joey floats to safety on a bail of pot, and then gets fished out of the water by Mick. Of course, hanging on to a bail of weed in the middle of the ocean gives a girl a lot of time to think about her questionable choice in men. It also gives a girl a lot of time to get pissed off. So, while going to the police might be the sane thing to do... Doesn't revenge sound so much better?
I lovedlovedloved all of the characters in Skinny Dip, but Tool was probably my favorite. He's horrible, disgusting, and awesome all rolled into one. Read the book for Tool's sake, if nothing else!
I don't normally read books like this one, but I'm glad I stepped out of my box for a few days. Thank you, Jeff! ...more
I was really exited for this one, especially since I loved the first book, Shadows. Maybe my expectations were just too high, or maybe it's suffering for Second Book Syndrome? Whatever the reason, I wasn't quite as blown away this time around. Don't get me wrong, this was still a good read, but it just felt like there wasn't much happening. The storyline seemed to be stuck in a loop. Rafa wants to find Jude, but Gaby is too freaked out by what they may find, so she keeps making up excuses to stay in town for one more day. Rafa gets mad, but agrees to wait. Mildly interesting stuff happens that usually ends up in some sort of battle/brawl/fight. Lather, Rinse, Repeat. Same thing goes for whatever mysterious thing happened between Gaby and Rafa before she lost her memory. She wants him to tell her why he's so reluctant to act on his feeling towards her, and all he'll say that if she gets her memory back, she'll be pissed at him Lather, Rinse, Repeat. By the end of the book, I was ready to tear my hair out over both plotlines. Just get off your ass, and go find Jude, Gaby! And while you two are searching, fucking tell her what happened, Rafa! And while she finally did get off her ass, Rafa never would tell her what awful thing went down between them in the past. So. Guess we'll find out in the next book? Grrrr.
There's a little bit more to the story, including Rafa's old teammates, hillbillies with RPGs, magic that can stop Rephaim's from shifting, and some fanatical crazy ladies from Jason's past. But none of it seemed to move the plot forward as much as I would have liked. At the end you get a few Big Game-Changers, but...since it does all happen towards the end, I can't say anything without spoiling the book.
I'd say this is a decent second installment. There was nothing glaringly bad, and if it weren't for the GetOnWithItAlready stuff, I would have liked it more. But it didn't turn me off of the series, so I'll definitely read the next book if I get the chance.
I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
So Callie is a detective on the police force. Evidently, she was on the trail of a powerful bad guy, and because of all of his connections he3.5 stars
So Callie is a detective on the police force. Evidently, she was on the trail of a powerful bad guy, and because of all of his connections he managed to not only escape justice, but get her suspended for trying to take him down. This becomes an important plot point later, so pay attention to it.
Ok. Full disclosure time. I don't find cops sexy. At all. In fact, my kids all knew their Miranda rights by the time they were in the second grade. Why? Because I don't think that the creme of the crop goes into law enforcement. Potentially, this is because I've lived the majority of my life in places where the Good Old Boy system is firmly in place. Or possibly it's because every doofus I ever went to high school with became a cop. Either way, I know my perception is skewed and jaded. And before you ask...no. I've never been arrested. Anyway. Are there good police officers out there who care, and do their job? Yes. Like the mythical unicorn, I believe that they exist...
Callie jumps in front of a bus to save a kid, and ends up getting squished in the process. When she wakes up in the Underworld, she's informed that there's been a mistake. The kid was supposed to die. Not only that, but she isn't really dead yet. Just in a coma. So Hades offers her a deal. If she can act like a bodyguard to his son, Plutus, and find out who is trying to kill him, Hades will restore her to life. Otherwise, she's stuck.
Now, the first part of the book is set in the Underworld, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The different gods and mythological creatures were interesting, and Callie's reaction to being there was entertaining. The last bit of the book was set in our world, and that part of the story was where the author sort of lost me. It wasn't bad, it just didn't have the same cool flavor.
As I mentioned above, I may have some prejudices that kept me from believing that Callie was a bad-ass. However, if CSI and David Caruso turn your crank, you might enjoy the tough-girl cop aspect of the story more than I did. The ending gives you a HEA of sorts, but it leaves enough wiggle room for another book. All in all, this was not a bad way to spend my afternoon....more
Magic Slays is just chock full of...stuff! But, quite honestly, there are already too many awesome reviews for this one, so I'll keep it short.
This oneMagic Slays is just chock full of...stuff! But, quite honestly, there are already too many awesome reviews for this one, so I'll keep it short.
This one centers around a bunch of fanatics who want to destroy all the magic in the world, and they've got a BOMB that can do it. Don't worry I've got a solution. Cover your head with a textbook, and get under your desk! According to my elementary school training, doing that will save you not only from tornadoes, but also nuclear missals. *nods head sagely* So, that's one part of the story. But, as you know, the real fun of the Kate Daniels series centers on all of the stuff that happens in the background. In this one, the good stuff revolves around, but is not limited to:
Does Curran really love Kate, or is he using her? Why was Andrea missing? New hyena kid becomes a sidekick...maybe. Secrets of Kate's PAST revealed! (view spoiler)[I knew that Voron guy was a bastard! (hide spoiler)] OMG! JULIE! Did somebody say, Baba Yaga?!
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Cute, bouncy, and waaaay more fun than I originally thought it would be!
First off, let's just get the iffy parts of the story out of the way. The villaCute, bouncy, and waaaay more fun than I originally thought it would be!
First off, let's just get the iffy parts of the story out of the way. The villain and his dangerous plot to take over the world? Eh. It was ok. And I'll admit that it wouldn't be a big stretch of the imagination to think that someone could use supah-cool cell phones as a medium to suck in teens and adults. But. I just wasn't feeling it for some reason. Saving the world seemed sort of secondary to some of the other stuff that was going on, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. So, don't go in this thinking you're getting a paranormal thriller, and you should be ok.
Alrighty, here's what I liked:
There was a good Parent/Child relationship. Sure, Dad was MIA, but Jillian's mom was an actual presence in her life. None of that weird absentee parenting shit that crops up over and over again in this genre. In YA literature, I expect that the main characters will eventually find a way to get around their guardians. Otherwise, you wouldn't have a story, 'cause they'd be safely tucked away in their rooms. Still, I do expect to find the occasional parental figure who isn't stupidly taking a business trip or vacation, and leaving their teen home alone. Or blindly believing their kid when they say...well, whatever they say. How dumb do you have to be!? As a parent, you have to assume that if your kid's mouth is moving, you have a 50% chance that a lie is pouring out of their cherubic lips. It doesn't mean they are bad, or that you have done a bad job raising them. All it means, is that they are following an inborn instinct we all have. I mean, my husband still lies to his parents. They live several hours away in another state, so they like it when he calls them to let them know we got back to our house safely after a visit. Nice, no? But my husband waits till we've been home for an hour before he picks up the phone. Why? So they won't know he was speeding. Liar! Me? I'm not Super-Mom. I love those little guys, but occasionally I have to sleep. And that's when they STRIKE. Like Demon-Ninjas. But believe it or not, I know where the hell my kids are at any given time, on any given day. Where are you going? Who are you with? Check in with me every *insert time limit here*, or I will find you. And you don't want me to have to find you... And then I discretely follow up to make sure they aren't lying.... Do my kids get away with mischief and mayhem every time I take my eyeballs off of them? Yes. I would be disappointed if they didn't at least try. But I guarantee you that I would not be blissfully unaware while they disappeared for days at a time into an alternate universe. Get real! Who are these adults in books that fall for that, "I'm spending the weekend at Suzy's house!", crap? As The Mom, the whole fascination with idiot grown-ups pisses me off. So. I appreciated the relationship Jillian had with her mother. Not the perfect mother, but she was there.
Another thing I appreciated was the lack of body dysmorphia as a plot device. As in, Jillian was satisfied with the way she looked. She didn't have goddess-like looks, but she was attractive. And she knew it. She also had self-confidence, and demanded to be treated with respect by potential dates. Here's the kicker: She was (and had been) pining over her male BFF, but instead of trying to make herself available to only him, she was aware that he might not return her feelings. So she dated other guys that she liked. What?! Don't you mean she dated other guys in order to get his attention? No. She dated guys that she thought were hot...and might have a chance of liking. Gasp! *FAINTS* It's true. Evidently, you don't have to waste away while you are waiting on Mr. Right to decide to notice you. Who would have thought such a groundbreaking idea was possible?!
There were also other fairly well-rounded characters in the book that added a good bit of diversity to the What's-Hot-What's-Not discussion. Jillian't best friend is described as an Amazon due to her towering height. Again, she's also considered beautiful. She doesn't hunch her shoulders or wear flats just because she's taller than most of the guys. She believes she's attractive, and that self-confidence makes it true. Sorta like real life. Speaking of height, the author didn't just make this about the girls. One of the hot guys that Jillian goes on a date with is really short. It plays into the story, but not in the normal Ha-Ha-You're-On-A Date-The-Keebler-Elf kind of way. Yes, he's shorter than Jillian, and it's brought up that he has a better than average view of her boobs, but he isn't a social pariah just because he's not 6 feet tall.
The tone of the story isn't dark and serious, and the dialogue is snappy and cute. It's not perfect by an stretch of the imagination, but I really enjoyed it. If you're looking for something that won't make your eyes roll out of your head, due to the idiotic ideas that usually permeate this genre, then you may want to give this one a shot.
I received a digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
This was a weird one. At times, I would really be into it, flipping the pages all excited-like...and then all of a sudden POOF! All of my previous interest was just gone. At first I couldn't really figure it out, but after a while, I noticed my zone-outs seemed to be correlating with the two main characters getting all sappy with each other. Seperately, they're both very cool. Together, they're the perfect recipe for Boringsauce. I"ve been trying to put my finger on why I felt that way for days now, but I'm still not 100% sure. Something just felt off. My best guess is that the romance felt too young and silly for me. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing, because it's a young adult title. And I'm a crusty old chick. So that probably means that the target audience will enjoy the angsty teen bits. 'Cause they're, you know, angsty teens.
The premise of the story isn't supah new, but I thought it was cool anyway. The basic idea is that there's a world that mirrors ours, except that it's Eeeevil. Well, sort of. It's been taken over by demons, and the warlocks on this side of the fence want to go back and reclaim their throne. But for now, it's all brimstoney and crumbling. It was never really explained, but I'm just assuming the general idea is that once the warlocks take control of it again, it won't smell like sulfur or be all flamey. Otherwise, I can't imagine why they'd want to go back.
Paige is like that kid who can See Dead People. She pushed a little boy out of the way of an oncoming bus, got smooshed, and died for a few minutes before being revived. When she woke up, Ta-da!, she had the world's most ostracizing superpower. She can't always tell the difference between the living and the dead, so she ends up looking like a mental patient when she strikes up a conversation with (what everyone else assumes is) a wall. So. Yeah. Not popular with her peers.
Logan is... Ok. I can't say much of anything about him without giving away spoilers. But I liked him. He's not an ass, and he had a really good backstory. Unfortunately for you, you don't find out what it is till the end of the book. Sorry.
Even though I wasn't blown away by it, I'm still interested enough to want to read the next book, so I think this will probably do well with the YA audience.
Digital arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review....more
Kelly's review of this book popped up in my feed a little while back, and made me ask the question: Am I still an asshole mature enough to enjoy a booKelly's review of this book popped up in my feed a little while back, and made me ask the question: Am I still an asshole mature enough to enjoy a book by Vonnegut? Well, to be honest, I still don't have an answer to that one. See, Kelly is always bullying encouraging me to read books that don't have pictures in them. And I want to, I really do, but good intentions only get you so far. So this time...I bit the bullet.
Am I glad I read this book? Yes. Did I frequently wish I was reading something else while reading this book? Yes.
Slaughter-House Five is... It's about this guy, who has maybe been abducted by aliens, and maybe continually slips through time, but definitely was in World War II. Maybe. It's a non-linear story, with an unreliable narrator, and strange subject matter. However, while I was reading it, I realized that even though Billy's life didn't make much sense, Vonnegut was still managing to say almost profound things about life. About things you sort of think about all the time, but don't really think about. Does that make sense? No? Well, neither does this book. So it goes....more