I decided I was long overdue to read something I wouldn't have to hide from the serious looking adults at book people and Sharp Objects has street creI decided I was long overdue to read something I wouldn't have to hide from the serious looking adults at book people and Sharp Objects has street cred. Flynn has received great press with her latest release Gone Girl, but those who are "in the know" claim that Sharp Objects is where its at, hence my reading of this as opposed to the aforementioned best seller. Plus, it has a razor blade on the cover. No one can claim that I only read sappiness now, right?...But seriously, I've heard nothing but how wonderfully creepy, well developed, deplorable, etc, this book is, so street cred aside, I wanted to read anything that received such great hype.
For me, Sharp Objets was about on par with a disappointing episode of Criminal Minds. Er go, I didn't fear walking my dog at bed time and was only mildly challenged by the who-dun-it crime of the night plot. Perhaps I've watched too much Criminal Minds, thus over developing my ability to identify pervy perps while simultaneously desensitizing myself to the vicious acts of sick freaks, but the who-dun-it theme was very underwhelming in Flynn's debut, as was the creep factor. Don't get me wrong, the crimes committed in this book are disturbing, but lots of things in life are, including any and all acts of violence. With all the fuss being spread about Sharp Objects I think I was just expecting a bit more if that makes any sense. I mean, even Vampire Diaries has a ripper! The characterization falls right in line with Sharp Objects mediocre plot. It takes a little more than mental instability, addiction, etc. for me to consider a character well rounded, and once you get past the shock factor of these characters individual mental/emotional issues, there's not much to see. In fact, they are a bit annoying.
Above comments aside, Sharp Objects is paced well, so perceived faults aside, its nearly impossible not to finish reading this short novel, but that time could have also been spent watching a really good episode of Criminal Minds, or two....more
As a lover of Greek mythology, my interests were piqued by the title alone. And as someone who has always thought of Paris as a petulant child and HelAs a lover of Greek mythology, my interests were piqued by the title alone. And as someone who has always thought of Paris as a petulant child and Helen a victim of kidnapping and rape, I was interested to read George's slant on the events that transpired between the Trojan Prince and the Spartan Queen. I was dazzled.
Helen's air headed tendencies aside, I found myself sympathizing with her more than once. She is most certainly a flawed character, but I found her humanity and tenacious spirit compelling. As for Paris, I was able to see beyond the arrogant child that I always thought him to be and perhaps fell a little in love with him myself. He and Helen's interactions were passionate and beautifully written. The chemistry between these two lovers could have ignited the pages. The tragic inevitability of their pairing was truly poetic and the ending was breathtaking, I say that because I was sobbing as I read it.
Georgoe seemlessly transports her readers to both Sparta and Troy. I felt as though I could smell the sea, feel the wind, and touch every blade of grass. Simply put, I feel in love with Troy, Paris, and this book....more
I was thoroughly entranced by Bitten and could not wait to devour Stolen. While I was initially hoping for more of the same, i.e., Clay, Elena and TheI was thoroughly entranced by Bitten and could not wait to devour Stolen. While I was initially hoping for more of the same, i.e., Clay, Elena and The Pack, I knew that the Were world would not be the main focus of this story. I have to admit, at first I was a bit put out. Who cares about witches, demons, vamps and the lot? I want to run, and hunt and drool over Clay! Regardless of my hopes, I sat down with Stolen and attempted to put my pre-conceived notions aside, after all, Kelley Armstrong hadn’t failed me yet, and after having finished Stolen, I wondered if she ever will. It was superb!
Bitten fans be warned, Stolen is nothing like it’s predecessor, I wouldn’t even consider it a sequel, as Bitten was written to be a stand alone novel and it is obvious from the start that Stolen was written with the intent of it being the beginning of a series. Therefore, I offer this advice, as you read Stolen, try to think of it as the first book of a series that just so happens to include your favorite characters from Bitten. Rest assured, Clay and Jeremy are still present. There are still chemistry filled moments between Clay and Elena, their relationship still evokes butterflies and laughs, though thankfully, they have moved beyond their troubles that plagued them in Bitten. Elena continues to narrate and provide us with her snide, aloof comments and preconceived misconceptions; however, the world as Elena knew it is gone.
As Stolen opens, Elena is following a lead about a potential werewolf killing. What Elena finds; however, is an intent pair of witches desperately attempting to contact her with the hopes of enlisting the pack's assistance in tracking down a scientific group who is capturing people for an occult menagerie. Initially skeptical, Elena becomes a true believer when she herself is stalked and ultimately captured. What follows is and action filled story, overflowing with new and intriguing characters that will leave your heart racing and your adrenaline singing as you gobble up every last word.
I read this book as part of a reading challenge as it is a collection of short stories written by different authors. I enjoyed 2 out of the 4 stories,I read this book as part of a reading challenge as it is a collection of short stories written by different authors. I enjoyed 2 out of the 4 stories, though story 3 outshined them all.
Story one is written by Kim Harrison and weaves the tale of a live vampire detective attempting to over come her nature and move up within the ranks of her division. The plot was interesting enough, but given the title of this anthology, I was a bit disappointed in the lack of, uh, smut. Also, this story took place over the course of several days rather than one date, so I felt she broke the rules just a bit.
Story two was utterly ridiculous. It provides a glimpse into dorky, yet attractive, scientists who inadvertently get turned into shape shifters. A juvenile date ensues and a passé happy ever after ending concludes the tale.
In story 3, written by Kelley Armstrong, we meet Hope, a half-demoness who is able to detect supernatural signatures and their actions. Hope is enduring a rather dull date at an art museum when she detects a super natural signature. As she follows the trail, she encounters Marsten, a hunky jewel thief and werewolf. Just as Hope decides to turn this dashing thief into the supernatural authorities, for whom Hope works, the tides are turned. Hope is no longer sure of who the criminal is and who the victim is as she uncovers one lie after another. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was wishing it were a book as opposed to a short story. Armstrong is very talented and I look forward to reading more of her works in the future.
In story 4, well, I'm not even going to explain it. It's stupid. I saw that twist coming from the start. Lame.
I'm giving the collection 2 stars as only one author truly delivered.
Brace yourselves, this review is a bit long winded. I devoured Magic Bites, but I’m still unsure of how I feel about it as a whole, and it's nearly imBrace yourselves, this review is a bit long winded. I devoured Magic Bites, but I’m still unsure of how I feel about it as a whole, and it's nearly impossible to describe.
What I liked: The heroine. Kate has a dry humor, she can even be a bit of a smart ass, but she knows when to hold her tongue and she doesn’t push too hard or too far. She’s an ass kicking, sword welding badass and yet, she is remarkably down to earth. She has an astounding wealth of knowledge about the magic saturated world she lives in, but doesn’t struggle with the urge to prove herself beyond what is required to get the job done. In fact, she works damn hard to disguise her assets, preferring to fly under the radar, and as a result, most people underestimate her. She isn’t power or money hungry and doesn’t want the responsibility of others, she just wants to help when she can and then call it a day. Kate isn’t a doormat, nor is she overly aggressive. She kicks ass when the job requires her to do so, but understands the necessity in allowing others to puff up their chests unchallenged. Basically she is cunning, without being hard edged, and very well rounded. She has a tragic past, though the details remain at large. From what I can see, her only flaw is her belief that she will be able to go unnoticed for any length of time, or that going unnoticed would be to her benefit.
The world. Magic Bites occurs in a post apocalyptic Atlanta. The buildings sit in enchanted ruin, as fluxes of magic eat away at remaining shreds of humanity and civilization. Humans and their technology still exist; however they live much like fugitives and are only mentioned as prey. The Supernatural Rule. Filled with the standard UF races, Magic Bites possesses shift changers, necromancers, vampires, along with a few invented super human species. Ilona Andrews delights with her take on the traditional lore. Vampires aren’t sleek and sexy; they are grotesque and misshapen, blood crazed creatures, lacking any of the characteristics that once marked them as human. Neat huh?
The potential love interest. I say potential because there is no scene within this book that would make me think that Curran loved Kate, or even thought of her as anything other than his link to the Guild and the Order,not that Kate cares. She mainly views Curran as someone to avoid. Nevertheless there is potential for a spark, and I would certainly fan the flames. Curran has a certain something. He’s infuriating, often cruel, but has moments of inexplicable tenderness. He seems to be at war with himself, both in attempts to control his beast and his role as Beast Lord. There is what he must do and what he would want to do if he was free to make the distinction. For the most part he made me grit my teeth, but I like the chemistry between him and Kate.
The plot. The plot was incredibly well done. I bought that red-herring hook line and sinker, and just like Kate, felt stupid for not identifying the guilty party right away. In retrospect its obvious. The writing was fast paced, action packed, and there wasn’t a single scene that slowed it down. Not one scene, where you would be okay with skimming if you were to re-read the book. Each scene is crucial to the plot, and you would be truly lost if you were to skim. You may even be lost if you don’t.
What I didn’t like: The writing style. Magic Bite’s setting is certainly novel and interesting, but it is seriously lacking in detail. Andrews writes on a need to know basis, and as readers don’t need to know all, or hardly any, specifics about the world in which Kate lives or how it derived to move the plot forward, they are omitted. However, these non-details are alluded to so often that it chafes being left in the dark. It makes the random tidbits of information provided during character conversations murky, and leaves the reader constantly fretting over whether or not they bypassed something important, only to flip back, re-read, and discover that this is indeed the first mention of something new and clearly important. Andrews also omits scenes. For instance, there is one section of the book where Kate is hiding out in the Keep with Curran, promising not to leave and the next scene he is jumping down her throat for leaving the Keep and I couldn’t help but think “What? When did this happen? Are pages missing from my copy?” But nope, that is just Andrews writing style and if you are going to read this series, you might as well get used to it. It has its advantages, there is no filler to be found, anywhere, but I’m now beginning to wonder if a little filler is such a bad thing.
So to recap, loved the heroine, setting, potential love interest and plot but have a love/hate relationship with the writing style. It’s a very intriguing series, and I obviously still have an abundance of questions that need answering, preferrably sooner rather than later.
P.S. I think Kate is Roland’s daughter, who’s with me? ...more
An Abundance of Katherines contains the typical John Green formula; however, unlike John's other successes, this book lacked the humorous best friendAn Abundance of Katherines contains the typical John Green formula; however, unlike John's other successes, this book lacked the humorous best friend and possessed a nerd narrator obsessed with math. As I detest math, I found no joy in reading a book whose plot revolved around theorems. I was not at all surprised that this narrator had found himself dumped by a succession of Katherine's as protractors will not keep a lady warm at night. The only reason I saved this book from being placed on my shite book shelf was because that vomiting sequence in the first chapter was described very well and because I have a bit of a shameless crush on John Green. I do enjoy his writing, but I doubt I will read more of his works as they are all the same....more
Moon Called is a run of the mill Urban Fantasy pick. It was entertaining enough to keep my attention, but didn’t elicit any strong feelings of extremeMoon Called is a run of the mill Urban Fantasy pick. It was entertaining enough to keep my attention, but didn’t elicit any strong feelings of extreme like or dislike. Initially I thought I would totally dig it. The heroine, Mercy, is a tatted up car mechanic. Talk about an interesting angle. But despite Mercy’s uniqueness in this urban fantasy genre, where more often than not, the females are all articulate journalists or cops and yet complete bombshells, Mercy, with all her otherness, still managed to fall flat. Her personality is so run of the mill and dull that I barely knew she was in a scene, which is odd, as she is the narrator. And did I miss something, or did she pull off a rescue in nothing but a t-shirt, bra and panties? The fact that I have to ask about a detail found in a book leads me to my next qualm.
I don’t usually have to ask about details. I’m an articulate reader with a penchant for detail. I can recall the most mundane facts from a book I read years ago, so if I have to ask myself what’s going on, or be unclear about specifics mentioned within a book, the book is poorly written. Several of the scenes were disjointed and chaotic. I would pause and re-read and still not be clear on exactly what had happened or what was going on.
Lastly, I read urban fantasy to immerse myself in a word of “otherness”. Where menace, and sex, and all things that go bump in the night come out and play in a badass way. However, it’s kind of hard to get the badass effect when the characters say “darn it” instead of “damn it”, “freakin” instead of “fuckin”, um hello third grade. I felt like I could have kicked the bad guy’s asses using only my tongue. I also agree with a fellow reader when she said there were no available hotties. When the heroin is boring, the evil forces aren’t terrifying, and the men aren’t hot, what is the point?
Nonetheless, I was able to read the story and enjoy the who done it plot. I even liked the world Briggs created, just not enough to adopt the series. ...more
This book is laugh out loud funny! The proper English slang took some getting used to, but luckily the author has included a glossary in the back.
GeorThis book is laugh out loud funny! The proper English slang took some getting used to, but luckily the author has included a glossary in the back.
Georgia is full of hilariosity and she along with her Ace Gang, mad sister, and fat vati will have you laughing like a loon on loon tablets. Gee is neither kind nor cruel, smart nor intelligent, but witty she is and she is forever getting herself into a jam due to her neurotic nature and obsession with boys, make up and hair.
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging won't enrich your life. It's not meaningful, unless its serves as a trumpeter for individuality, you won't learn life lessons, but it's great for a laugh and serves as a reminder of how silly and daft we females once were. Enjoyable book! ...more
(RE-READ)It's nearly impossible to describe this book without making is sound as though it resembles every other Urban Fantasy pick out there. It does(RE-READ)It's nearly impossible to describe this book without making is sound as though it resembles every other Urban Fantasy pick out there. It doesn't. There is something engaging about this story that I can't quite put my finger on. It throbs with menace and mystery and is fraught with fae lore; yet, it retains a sense of reality that I have never before encountered in previous Urban Fantasy books/series. This book felt real. It's addictive and engaging, filled with grit, humor, lust, grief, mystery and mayhem.
Darkfever tells the story of MacKayla Lane, a silly, 22 year old bartender/ part time student/ full time underachiever. Her reality doesn't extend beyond fashion, music, the color pink and her family. Mac lives a sheltered, small minded and simple existence in Ashford, GA where southern manners reign and fairies do not exist. All it takes is one fateful call to turn Mac's existence topsy turvy. Mac's sister, Alina, has been murdered while studying abroad in Dublin. With no leads and no suspects, the investigative team has closed the case. Reeling from the loss, Mac's parents become despondent, withdrawing into themselves. Mac can't begin to mend the shattered pieces of her life until Alina's murderer has been brought to justice. However, in order for Mac to fill the emotional void within her, she must travel to the abyss.
While I enjoyed this story very much, I had to knock a star for the character that is Mac. She's shallow, incredibly girly, her manners are much too "nice" and she is WAY too perky. She and I would never be friends; nonetheless, I respected her. The girl's got grit, albeit that grit comes armed in pastel skirts, juicy couture purses, strappy sandals and ice berry pink nail polish. She also contains strong sense of self awareness in addition to the thoughts and motivations of others, leading me to think she isn't as obtuse as she initially appears. I grit my teeth a time or two in response to her reactions, although, I found them suiting to her character and realistic to the human condition. Thankfully, Mac developed throughout the story, and I expect that development will continue throughout the remainder of the series. She also has an intriguing co-star in Barron's. He remains shrouded in mystery, but like all good mysteries, you want to unwrap him, figuratively and literally.
All in all, I was entranced by the world that Moning has created for these characters. Darkfever wrecked havoc on my mind. I woke up tangled in my sheets, as I dreamt of this bizarre world where fae roam the night and hotties like Jericho Barrons are on the prowl. Can't wait to start Bloodfever! ...more
I honestly don't know how to do this book justice. I can certainly see how Anderson earned her stellar reputation. Speak is truly extraordinary and exI honestly don't know how to do this book justice. I can certainly see how Anderson earned her stellar reputation. Speak is truly extraordinary and expertly done.
At the start of her Freshman year, Melinda finds herself a social pariah, having been dumped by all of her friends after attending a summer bash gone wrong, resulting in Melinda calling the cops and earning herself a leper status. While the events that occurred at the party remain a mystery until nearly the end of the story, Melinda's torment, shame and silence are evident from page one. As a reader, it is not hard to guess what happened that night, but everyone in Melinda's life are completely oblivious as to what plagues her day in and day out. What follows is a truly heart wrenching story about a broken girl trying puzzle out the pieces of herself.
I was floored by Anderson's use of language and imagery. Melinda's thoughts, fears and silence were palpable and I am amazed at how Anderson was able to impose Melinda's silence on readers through the use of words. I especially enjoyed the incorporation of art, not only in this book, but in Melinda’s life. It was a superb way to allow Melinda to express herself when words were beyond her reach. Amazing book! ...more
This was a cute story, though at 200 and some odd pages, I would say that there is maybe 50 pages worth of content in this book; therefore, it is moreThis was a cute story, though at 200 and some odd pages, I would say that there is maybe 50 pages worth of content in this book; therefore, it is more a short story than anything else. There wasn't much to glean from the narrator other than the fact that she is a boy crazy teenager with a messed up homelife. She is typical in everyway down to the way she treats others and in the way she views the world. I would say that Murphey/Robin is by far the best and most interesting character and I would have enjoyed this book much more if he had been the narrator. The story ends rather abruptly and I would have liked to have seen how Sophie and Robin navigate their way through their new and budding relationship. Despite my lack of love for Fee, it was kinda cute reading the scenes where these two were together. All in all, it was an okay read but there was nothing truly memorable about it....more
Once again, Gee had me laughing out loud at her craziness and hilariosity. Just when it seems Georgia finally has her Sex God he decides that she mayOnce again, Gee had me laughing out loud at her craziness and hilariosity. Just when it seems Georgia finally has her Sex God he decides that she may not be old enough for him afterall. Armed with her Ace Gang's wisdomosity, Gee sets out to prove that she is full of pride, dignosity and is indeed worthy of a Sex God.
These books are ridiculous and while this installment wasn't as fun as the first, It still made me giggle more than once. I lobes Georgia with all her crazy antics and am excited for the next installment....more