I'm only giving this 4 stars because I was expecting a wedding and because the book ended at 93% I was shocked I didn't get it. Other than that, I lov...moreI'm only giving this 4 stars because I was expecting a wedding and because the book ended at 93% I was shocked I didn't get it. Other than that, I loved that both Nan and Moira made an appearance in this short little story. I think I have fallen for these Irish grandmothers and they really do make me long for my own (I should go home more often). Without giving away a spoiler, all I can say is I'm proud of Kevin. Maybe I'm getting a little too caught up in Debora Geary's witches because I'm started to think of these people as part of my life ;-) I will say that ring was the most romantic and beautiful thing I have ever heard of. Perhaps my Celtic heart is well tuned to certain romantic notions, but seriously that was my kind romantic and personal....just beautiful. (less)
A Celtic Witch had me drinking kettles of tea, craving beef stew,longing for fiddle music, and missing my grandma. There is just something about the N...moreA Celtic Witch had me drinking kettles of tea, craving beef stew,longing for fiddle music, and missing my grandma. There is just something about the Nova Scotia clan that just pulls at my heart. Once again we got a story focused on Marcus and once again I cried more than once. I love these people (if you are this far into the series then you know that these are not just your average fictional character) like they are family. I laughed with them. I snuggled on the comfiest couch in the inn with them. I ate stew with them. I drank tea and soaked in Moira's pool with them. I heard the rocks and lost myself in the music. Debora Geary knows these people and she is making damn sure anyone who reads these books knows and loves these people as well. Onward to the next book =) (less)
I'm not sure what to say about this book. This is the first novel by Karina Halle that I've read and it won't be the last...I will be devouring her no...moreI'm not sure what to say about this book. This is the first novel by Karina Halle that I've read and it won't be the last...I will be devouring her novels. I loved this book. I can't say that enough, I loved it. I think Ellie and I kind of go way back but only in the worst ways (I say this with a grin, I assure you). Sins and Needles was a dark book, not too dark, dark enough. This book had shadows but that light at the end of the tunnel thing, that was kept well at bay, kind of hidden maybe for another book, but I hope not. This book had it all, music, drugs, sex, illegal activity, dysfunction, heartbreak, lol it's in there...and if you know anything about the kinds of things I like to read, you know that this was damned near a perfect book for me. Hell, right up front she mentioned Jim Morrison, kudos all around, I was hooked. I hope this story stays dark and I really hope it works out in the end....I can't wait to see how she pulls that off.
I think what got me more than the story was Karina Halle, herself. This author and I have shared a few lines. Literally, we have shared the same lines which kind of floored me to be honest. She didn't steal them from me because mine haven't been published and I didn't steal them from her because this is my first read of her work. Normally, that would make me hate what I was reading. But honestly, it kept me going, making me have to know how she got to them and where they were going. Just a line here and a line there, just enough to make me smile in the darkness. I firmly believe that "normal" people do not think the way Karina Halle thinks which is exactly why I MUST read everything she's written! Just consider me a fan for life lol
God, you have to love a story that makes you run to youtube to listen to something mentioned on the pages!
Page 9: There wasn't a car or a soul around for miles. It was just me and Jim Morrison and the extreme landscape.
Page 20: This wasn't a Carrie Underwood song. This shit went fucking anthrax for awhile. It still kind of was.
Page 25: The Camden McQueen I pulled up from my memory banks did not look like the tattooed and pierced sex on a stick I had standing before me.
Page 37: Javier once told me I wore my guilt like a badge of honor, because it meant someone else was suffering the same as I was, or worse.
Page 61: I don't know what it is about seeing a musician in their element, but somehow their element (which must be fire, if has to be any of them) turns them into an animal.
Page 61: But when he was playing, you could see he was 100 percent in the moment. It was just him and his guitar, just him and the music and nothing else. It made you wonder what kind of secrets this man had because he seemed to only divulge them to the instrument in his hands.
Page 129: From the way he was positioned by the window, he almost looked angelic. But angels don't have tattoos and they certainly don't have guns in their hands.
Page 155: He had about as many issues to work out as I did. Of course, I tended to rely on drugs to get me through that.
Page 187: I wanted him to stop. He did when he hit the part on my arm, the three notes from the guitar after Knopfler sings the titular sentence. Three notes that never sounded so desolate. Three notes that sounded so much like loss in a song that ended with hope.
Page 207: A world without you in it is a song without the music. You need both to make it whole.
Page 227: What happens to love when it turns to hate? Was this it? Did it turn to death?
Page 242: No, maybe not. Because then I wouldn't have this. I wouldn't have you. I have to live with my mistakes, but I don't have to regret them. I regret my actions but I can't regret the consequences.
Page 267: I met Camden in high school, a place that taught me kill or be killed better than my parents ever could. I met Javier after. He helped me perfect the skill. (less)
This book is hilarious! I thought it would be sad, but wasn't. I'm loving it and can relate to Rob's style of writing. He speaks in music and lyrics,...moreThis book is hilarious! I thought it would be sad, but wasn't. I'm loving it and can relate to Rob's style of writing. He speaks in music and lyrics, and that I feel connects us on a spiritual level =) I LOVED this book! Even when I was arguing with him on his timeline (yeah, I talk to my books sometimes haha), I couldn't help but love his conviction on how right he thought he was. This book made me laugh, and smile and send quotes to everyone I know. Even when the book turned sad, it wasn't overpowering, it just was. Rob wrote a great mix of dark humor and self pity, and if you have been there, you know that is exactly what it takes to climb out of the dark and live beyond grief. What more can I say other than everyone who lived, really lived, in the 1990's needs to read "Love is a Mix Tape". I'll be keeping an eye on Rob Sheffield so I can argue music through more books with him. Seriously, I laughed my way through this book and loved strolling down musical memory lane with him. Thanks for a great read Rob!
Quotes that have touched me and made me laugh(I added more quotes!):
I could have written this: "I get sentimental over the music of the '90s. Deplorable, really. But I love it all. As far as I'm concerned, the 90's was the best time, even the stuff that gave me stomach cramps. Every note from those years is charged with life for me now."
I honestly believe this to be truth: "Every mix tape tells a story. Put them together, and they add up to the story of a life."
This was the 13 year old Catholic me(something Rob and I seem to have in common) If you knew me in those young teen years, you probably saw something similar written on one of my religion class notebooks along with the lyrics to "Shout at the Devil": "Take this, all of you, and rock. This is the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you, and for all who rock, so that rock may be worshiped and glorified." followed by: "Rock, I am not worthy to receive you. But only say the word, and I shall be healed."
Because Go Ask Alice and all the SE Hinton books are like comic book religious text to those I love most (and because cracked up when I read this): ...paperbacks I'd read at school, like Go Ask Alice ("Dear diary, the squirrels are eating my face again") or That Was Then, This Is Now ("The colors screamed at me! Purple screamed loudest!"). At school, we studied Rush's 2112 and Lord of the Rings. In the cafeteria, I looked anxiously at my chocolate milk and recalled how Alice got dosed at the sleepover party. Was somebody playing "button, button, who's got the button" with our lunches? Would my teacher do such a thing? She was into Lord of the Rings. I was just one chocolate-milk mustache away from slipping into a hellhole of bare feet and crash pads and diary entries like "another day, another blowjob" until my inevitable fatal pot overdose.
The best reason ever to be an alter boy: "But I loved the cassock and surplice, ringing the bells, lighting the candles--it was like being a glam-rock roadie for God.
There is deep truth in this statement: Everybody's favorite Prince album must be the first one they heard while actually making out.
Can I get an Amen: ....it was just another temporary technological mutation designed to do the same thing music always does, which is allow emotionally warped people to communicate by bombarding each other with pitiful cultural artifacts that in a saner world would be forgotten before they even happened.
exactly!: ...while U2 sound like Jesuits trying to act cool for the youth-group retreat.
Because today's youth has lost this: (Note: the "record store" was a popular retail strategy in the 1990's, a building where people would "go" to "buy" "music")
just because I felt this one: But when I listen to Kurt, he's not ready to die, at least not in his music---the boy on Unplugged doesn't sound the same as the man who gave up on him.
more one Kurt Cobain (and enough to kind of hurt): I hear a teenage Jesus superstar on the radio with a song about a sunbeam, a song about a girl, flushed with the romance of punk rock. I hear the noise in his voice, and I hear a boy trying to scare the darkness away. I wish I could hear what happened next, but nothing did.
On waking up knowing someone is gone forever: That world was all gone, and now I was a supplicant, dependent on the mercy of other people's psychic hearts.
grief: But all the things you want to learn from grief turn out to be the total opposite of what you actually learn. There are no revelations, no wisdoms as a trade-off for the things you have lost.
so true: It's not human to let go of love, even when it's dead.
how a random song can break you when you least expect it: This is a classic example of a tape that tries to ruin a bunch of great songs by reminding you of a time you would rather forget.
the scars death leaves us with: Not changing isn't an option. And even though I've changed in so many ways--I'm a different person with a different life---the past is still with me every minute.
The truth about women then and now (especially in MUSIC!): Something was happening in the nineties music that isn't happening anywhere in pop culture these days, with women making noise in public was that seem distant now.
What the 1990s really meant (to me at least): ...Hendrix-freak baby boomer, when he was complaining about the "bullet-in-the-head rock and roll" the kids were listening to today, and he asked Renee, "What does rock and roll have today that it didn't have in the sixties?" Renee said, "Tits," which in retrospect strikes me as not a bad one-word off-the-dome answer at all. The nineties fad for indie rock overlapped precisely with the nineties fad for feminism. The idea of a pop culture that was pro-girl, or even just not anti-girl--that was a 1990 mainstream dream, rather than a 1980s or 2000s one, and it was real for a while. Music was not just part of it but leading the way--hard to believe, hard even to remember. But some of us do.
more on the death of the 1990s music culture: Since the coup of 2000, those nineties dreams have been stomped down so hard it seems crazy to remember that they were real, or at least part of real lives.
Funeral worthy quote: When we die, we will turn into songs, and we will hear each other and remember each other.
And finally: "Love Is Like Oxygen"--you get too much, you get too high, not enough and you're gonna die. Love hurts. Love stinks. Love bites, love bleeds, love is the drug. The troubadours of our time all agree: They wan to know what love it, and they want you to show them. But the answer is simple. Love is a mix tape.
*****I am never going to forget this book and I'm more than likely going to read it many, many times over my life**** (less)
TREY!!!! OMG need I say more??? I love this guy. Yeah, I know he isn't real, and honestly I am thankful he is not, because I could love this guy (and...moreTREY!!!! OMG need I say more??? I love this guy. Yeah, I know he isn't real, and honestly I am thankful he is not, because I could love this guy (and that would be BAD, very, very BAD) ;-) I swore I was not going to read this book until the other books came out. I didn't want to read the books out of order and I know Olivia Cunning had said over and over that this was book 5. BUT this was Trey's book! I couldn't NOT read it! I'm so glad I did....now I just need for the other two books to get released so I can get more of Trey Mills!!!!(less)
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was honestly expecting zero plot, bad writing and bland sex scenes. Yeah, I really do not have a lot of lov...moreI was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was honestly expecting zero plot, bad writing and bland sex scenes. Yeah, I really do not have a lot of love for the erotic genre. Just normally not my thing. But this story had context. Myrna was likable and although I thought her meeting of the Sinners (yes, the cheesiest band name ever) was a little “Dear Penthouse,” it quickly recovered into a story I wanted to know. The guys in the band were real. I mean they mostly spoke like real 20 somethings and they mostly acted like guys on the road---obnoxious and adorable in that grimy road weary way. Who wouldn’t want to have a few drinks with these guys? And Brian, well damn, Brian was all guitar player even with his mushy side =) But here’s the thing, the first part of this book had a little too much sex. Don’t get me wrong, I understand I was reading erotica, but this book had a plot, a pretty good plot. It’s just that the plot was sometimes hidden by all the sex scenes. Yeah, the scenes were hot…really hot in some cases, but they stifled the progression of the story a bit. How weird is that? Half way through though the scenes evened out enough to enjoy the story and get a real feel for the dynamics of the characters and how they all fit together. It’s not that there was less sex, but we didn’t have to hear about every last detail of every last encounter anymore, just the important ones (without the loss of any steam!). I loved these people and am so glad there are more books in this series. I need to know more about Sed. Eric needs more depth and I’m sure he will have it in his book. And Trey…God, Trey, I have this feeling his story is going to break my heart more than he did in this book. I just want to hold him and let him cry it out in my arms. HA! And this is a smut book! How dare Olivia Cunning go and make me love her guys like this! I’m only supposed to care about the way they fuck, right? Yeah, right! This little erotic ditty even made me cry, TWICE! That isn’t supposed to happen! Now to Rock Hard =) (less)
I’m not a huge fan of series, nor am I a fan of erotic fiction, but I’m obsessed with this series! My only regret is that I started reading them befor...moreI’m not a huge fan of series, nor am I a fan of erotic fiction, but I’m obsessed with this series! My only regret is that I started reading them before they are all out for purchase. I am highly disappointed with the publishing house for marking book #4 in the Sinners on Tour series to be released in the fall and waiting to release book #3 until the spring of 2013. Who does that? And why would you do that to the fans of the books. I know I certainly will not read the books out of the order the author intended them to be read in.
So what can I say about Rock Hard? First off, I loved it! I’m not sure how much I can actually giving away spoilers. We really got to know the characters better in the second book. Trey is still my favorite, how could he not be? That poor guy has had a lot to deal with in book one and two. Let’s just say, no wonder things went south for him in this one.
Even though this is Sed’s book, I can’t say he is my favorite. It’s not that I dislike him; it’s just that he kind of gets on my nerves. His saving grace is how much he cares for everyone around him and how he honestly has everyone’s best interest at heart. But does he have to be such an overbearing prick ALL THE TIME? I guess he does though, that is classic lead singer behavior, classic everyone hates that guy. The funny part is that Olivia Cunning was able to make Sed be that person, not just play the part (which a lot of authors tend to do). I guess if rock star front men are your thing, Sed is probably your man.
Then there is Jessica. Ok, she isn’t Myrna and I shouldn’t judge her as if she were. It’s just that the girl gets on my nerves. She is a straight A law student, so I expect to act like she has a little common sense. She’s the hottest little thing to walk the halls of her university’s Law School, then she is the hottest little thing in the strip club, and then she’s the hottest little thing on the internet….I get it, Jessica is sexy. I’d say she is a little too sexy, so why doesn’t she “get it.” She only stands her ground half of the time. She pouts and gets angry a lot, but she only takes action on a whim. What kind of lawyer is she going to make if she can’t keep her emotions in check and remain level headed? A lot of the time she reminds me of Reece Witherspoon in Legally Blond and less like the confident, intelligent young women she is supposed to be. Then she coddles and flirts with the rest of the guys and can’t seem to understand why Sed is always jealous. Really? You’re a smart girl Jessica, figure it out.
Things I liked: The scene at the strip bar! Yeah, I can completely see that happening.
The way the detox was handled. It’s a very reasonable way to kick.
The injuries were realistic and handled appropriately.
The sex scenes didn’t take over the story. They were not toned down but they flowed better with the story.
I got to know Eric. I think I’m going to like him.
Things I didn’t like: Brian seems to have become too mellow in this book. I miss the way he was in the last one.
I still don’t know a thing about Jace. Well I know a few sordid things about him, but I have no idea who he is and I feel I should by book 2.
The Law School! I’ve never been to law school, but I have been to college and I’m just not buying any of the things that happened to Jessica as reasonable. The deal with the Dean: no way. The internet gig in the classroom: call me naive, but I have to believe a female law professor would never do that to a female law student. The only thing that was reasonable was that paper. Sorry, girlie, you didn’t write the paper you were asked to write. That is what happens when you don’t follow directions.
All in all, a good story and a great follow up to Backstage Pass. I look forward to the rest of the series and other novels by Olivia Cunning. (less)
I liked this book, but the first half of it drove me a little crazy. There were too many he said, he remarked, he questioned, he inquired....they are...moreI liked this book, but the first half of it drove me a little crazy. There were too many he said, he remarked, he questioned, he inquired....they are having a conversation, I get it, please stop doing that. There were also weird uses of language that confused me. At first I thought the author was afraid to use harsh language. For instance there is a mention of a drink named after an inappropriate sex act. There are lots of drinks named after inappropriate sex acts. Why can't we just say what it is? I mean, I may want to go make one, so I kind of need to know what it is. There were other uses of language that made the time frame confusing. She mentions putting a disk into a compact disc machine instead of a cd player. I'm not sure I've ever heard anyone use the words compact disc machine, but since it was used I started seeing California in the late 1980's. That would be fine and all except all of a sudden people had cell phones and were on the internet, so I had no idea when this was taking place. Maybe it was the early 2000's, but I'm honestly not sure.
The dialog between the musicians was a little too female. The banter between the guys should have been dirtier, and harsher, and just simply more male. I was surprised the first time a four letter word showed up. In the world of recording studios and touring rock musicians four letter words shouldn't be reserved, it's common every day language. I thought maybe the language was for Elana but that didn't makes sense. She had worked in the music industry before, so she should not have had such delicate ears. Although if memory serves, it was her mouth that had used most of the cursing, which again is odd considering the company she kept was mostly male.
I thought the book was going to be mostly based on the romance of Joshua and Elana. I didn't want a romance, I wanted to get sucked back into the music scene because of another book I had recently read. Although most of the story takes place within the band's office and the road tour, I didn't get a really big feel for the music. I still have no idea what Avalanche sounded like. Joshua had an amazing voice, like an "angel", but I never got to "hear" it. For me, that really hurt the story. I mean, these people could have been in any business and it would not have made a difference. This is with the exception of when the music became important to the plot, but the story was nearly over when that made sense.
But I did give this story 4 stars, so I had to like something, right. And I did. Joshua's addiction and how it was described was spot on. His shame, his hopelessness, his fear, and his lies, were all spot on. I wish the entire book could have been about his decent into addiction and his slow recovery and then the everyday fight to stay clean. The second half of this novel was nothing less than impressive. Joshua's family and the way they treated him was believable and spot on. I can honestly say there were times that I could feel Joshua's pain. I mean it isn't everyday that you discover you have broken out in a sweat because the guy in the book in sweating. I ached along with Joshua and could not put the second half down until I finished it. There was just no way I was going to bed to have another person's nightmares, you know?
Where was all the emotion, the banter, the anguish in the first half of the book that I was given to read in the second half? It was as if I had read two separate books. One I found amusing and a poor attempt at writing and one a powerful and real look into a recovering addict. All I can say is that the first half of this book was worth it because it lead to the second half. So 4 stars it is. I can only hope Ms. Hamilton continues to write in this genre. I assure you, I will be patiently awaiting for her next story. I can only hope the next book is written in the manner of the second half of Ravensong. (less)
I loved this book right up until I hated it. I highlighted, I made notes, I laughed, I covered my eyes, I yelled out, and I told so many people, "you...moreI loved this book right up until I hated it. I highlighted, I made notes, I laughed, I covered my eyes, I yelled out, and I told so many people, "you have to read this book," that I lost track. And then, I wanted to throw this book across the room....but I was reading from my kindle and, well that was never going to happen. This book was too close, too far, and too...too damn typical and it made me want to scream. So what does that mean? Tiffanie DeBartolo touched me. She really did. She reached into my chest, into those locked up places in my head, messed with me a little, and she angered me. What does that say about How to Kill a Rock Star? It means it was a really good book, written by a really good author. She apparently writes a story the same way she listens to music---which is key to this novel. Don't get me wrong, I was pissed, but I think I would have been pissed no matter how those final pages turned out. Because this story was so good, it could not end in a satisfying way....kind of like seeing a great concert and then the lights come up and the show is over....what a let down. And yeah, I'll read more of her work and if I'm lucky, I'll be pissed off again. (less)