Erin Hayes is one of my go-to authors for a reason. She's creative, a witty writer, and always keeps me entertained.
Like all her stories, I'm Not AfrErin Hayes is one of my go-to authors for a reason. She's creative, a witty writer, and always keeps me entertained.
Like all her stories, I'm Not Afraid of Wolves centers around a fully-fleshed out female protagonist. In this tale, Christine is facing the big task of protecting her younger sister from an ex-boyfriend in very unique circumstances.
One of the aspects of this story that I really enjoyed was the relationship between the two sisters. I appreciated how the author captured the emotional weight of being the older sibling and in some ways a third parent.
The supporting cast are described with enough personality to make you care for their fates. Though the story is light on romance, the romantic lead is pretty damn hot! The plot moves along in an exciting arc and lands on a solid ending.
Wow. So good. This series gets better and better! I can't wait for the next one. Frankly, this is one of the creepiest of the books, and I loved the cWow. So good. This series gets better and better! I can't wait for the next one. Frankly, this is one of the creepiest of the books, and I loved the character development....more
Though this book is not my usual genre, I read it on the recommendation of a friend and my agent since I'm diving into the world of YA in my writing.Though this book is not my usual genre, I read it on the recommendation of a friend and my agent since I'm diving into the world of YA in my writing. I really enjoyed the characters in the story. They were all very well-defined and I could see them clearly in my mind. I also enjoyed the fan fiction aspect of the story, and how Cather interacted with her online fandom. (I originally published As the World Dies online long before Tor picked it up). The complexities of growing up, moving on, and finding love kept the plot flowing along. I had a few surprises along the journey that really pleased me (view spoiler)[such as Cath holding her ground with a mother who obviously really didn't want the role to begin with (hide spoiler)] and made me cheer. It was a fun book, and I definitely recommend it.
I do want to address the way mental disorders and treatment are depicted in the book. (view spoiler)[The only reason I'm pointing this out is because there might be young people reading this book who might suspect they might be suffering from a mental disorder. Frankly, I don't think I would have noticed anything off in how the treatment of the disorders was depicted if not for the fact I've had someone very close to me struggling with bi-polar disorder and GAD for the last eight years.
A few things to keep in mind if you suspect you have General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) which Cath appears to suffer from in the beginning of the book. Virtually starving yourself to avoid a cafeteria is a very GAD behavior. Basically, GAD is non-stop anxiety about everything and nothing. It is treatable with medication.
Also, medication does not work instantly. It takes about six weeks to start to have impact on someone's brain chemistry and to show if its working or not. It can take many years and different medicines/various dosages, to find the correct cocktail to control the manic highs and depressive lows of being bi-polar.
Mania is not creativity. When my friend used to have extreme manic episodes, he wouldn't sleep, eat, bathe, etc, for days straight because he was writing. He'd then collapse and sleep for days to recover. All that writing he did? Worthless. Gibberish. It was only after the doctors finally sorted out correct meds/dosages that he finally was able to tap into his creativity in a productive way. Eating right, exercising and having someone watch your every move doesn't actually help control bi-polar disorder because it's a chemical imbalance in the brain. I dealt with my friend's manic highs/depressive lows, shoveled good food into him, gave him pep talks, etc, and nothing worked for him until he got the right cocktail of medication.
Again, I am not knocking the book at all, just pointing out that in real life going to the doctor and getting help is a very good thing. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
No sophomore slump here! Damned If I Don't is even better than the first book! Wow!
Edie is even in a worse spot than the first book, but at least sheNo sophomore slump here! Damned If I Don't is even better than the first book! Wow!
Edie is even in a worse spot than the first book, but at least she has Jude at her side as she tries to find Anthony (the baddie) and stop his quest to become the most powerful vampire in the world. Edie doesn't come across as angry as she did in the first book. If anything, you can see her taking all that negative emotion and using it to keep moving forward despite all the obstacles in her path. She gets shaken up by some of the things she uncovers, but never falters in her desire to do what's right. That's one thing I do love about Edie. She doesn't give up.
Jude's mysterious past is revealed in this book and it is not a very pleasant one. I really liked the way Jude is shaken by the revelation since he has no memory of the man he once was. And how things wrap up for him in this book just ripped me up.
Fair warning: the book ends on an epic cliffhanger, but it's an awesome one.
This is not my favorite DJ Goodman book, but I liked it. It's a book worth reading if you enjoy stories like Event Horizon. There are a lot of twistsThis is not my favorite DJ Goodman book, but I liked it. It's a book worth reading if you enjoy stories like Event Horizon. There are a lot of twists and turns, but the author gives sufficient clues to the final outcome of the mystery. The story is often gruesome. Characters die in very gory ways. By the time we hit the end, I wasn't surprised with how things turned out. It was still a bit of an emotional punch to the gut though. Don't enter this book looking for happy endings.
One very important part of the story is incorporation of the ability to change genders (or become agender) using a breakthrough scientific discovery. This idea has been touched on before by Ian Banks in The Culture series, but has a bigger impact overall in this story. Since the technology to switch genders is such an integral part of what happens, I wish there had been a more indepth look into why people would switch genders even if they're not transgender. Also, why would an entire group of people aspire to be agender? I feel like we barely skimmed the surface of a very intriguing world setting. I hope that DJ writes another book in this setting where we can delve deeper into the complexities she created in this universe....more
Open Hearts is in a genre that is definitely not my cuppa tea, but Erin's last few books have been so enga4. 5 STARS! A beautiful book. So well done.
Open Hearts is in a genre that is definitely not my cuppa tea, but Erin's last few books have been so engaging and hard to put down, I decided to check it out. I was also aware this was a deeply personal book for her, and I wanted to support her endeavor.
The novel is a contemporary romance about a young woman, Becks, who is a heart transplant recipient, and her struggle to move forward after the life-saving surgery. One of the things I liked quite a bit about the book is the depth of detail that goes into describing the aftermath of organ transplants. Not just the physical ramifications, but also the psychological. Becks is a very likable character, so her struggles with guilt (someone had to die so she could live) were engaging. She's a sweet girl, but she's had a fair share of rough times in the past. And that is the true strength of the novel. Becks and Rhys (her love interest) are well-rounded characters. They have strengths and weaknesses, fully-formed lives, and each has their own cast of supporting characters that gives them real depth. The book has a very lived in world atmosphere, which is one of its big strengths.
Additionally, I really enjoyed that Rhys, despite his very abusive background, is a good guy. He's made definite choices in his life to be a better person and to have a better life than those of the two parents who abused and/or abandoned him emotionally and physically. Though he shows a flash of a temper, he never lets it get the best of him. He actively works to be the person he wants to be. And he's doing this before he meets Becks. It made his character much more interesting than if he'd been a "bad boy" who changed out of love for a woman. I also enjoyed a subplot involving this grandfather. Again, I really liked that Rhys had his own story running alongside of Becks. He's not there to just service her story and vice versa.
The epilogue didn't feel really necessary because Becks and Rhys's romance has a definite conclusion at the end of the final chapter. But it was a nice addition to the story. It gives readers who always want just one more assurance of a HEA (happily ever after)a nice time jump and a very sweet emotional ending to Beck's personal journey.
Though this book hasn't turned me into a fan of contemporary fiction, it has definitely solidified me as a fan of Erin Hayes. ...more
I'm a huge fan of D.J. Goodman's work. The Apocalypse Shift is one of my all-time favorite books (she wrote it under the name Derek Goodman). GoodmanI'm a huge fan of D.J. Goodman's work. The Apocalypse Shift is one of my all-time favorite books (she wrote it under the name Derek Goodman). Goodman always comes up with fun little spins on what should be well-worn tropes, and this book is no different.
Infernal Corpse is a fun, fast read with plenty of action, funny moments, and some excellent twists. At it's core is a very well-written female protagonist named Angie. She's just a regular woman trying to make ends meet in a tourist trap town. She smokes too much, has to deal with a very unwanted suitor (who thinks she's easy because she came out as bisexual), and has fun conversations with a dog. I really liked Angie. She's smart, clever, and a real fighter. Though she doesn't have the exceptional skills we tend to see in zombie books (she's not former military or anything like that), she keeps a calm head when things swiftly deteriorate.
I really don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say that the twist about the unusual acting zombies was one of my favorite things in the book. I also enjoyed all the pokes Goodman takes at the usual tropes in the genre and in fiction in general.
This isn't a long book, but it's satisfying.
My only wish is that the character of Megan had more to do in the story. Though what develops around her is solid, it left me a little wanting.
If you're looking for a zombie book with a great twist, this book is for you!...more
About a 3.5 right now. We'll see how the rest of the series plays out. It reads more like gothic horror/twisted fairytale than an erotica. The very feAbout a 3.5 right now. We'll see how the rest of the series plays out. It reads more like gothic horror/twisted fairytale than an erotica. The very few "sex" scenes weren't explicit and really didn't last more than a paragraph.
What I truly enjoyed was the character and her tenacity to deal with a difficult home life while taking care of her father. The Beast isn't a fully fledged character yet, since he's mostly swatched in shadows (literally), but the lead character of Benella is what makes the book an interesting read....more