My first reaction was wtf? It took me a minute to figure out what was going on. I thought maybe I started with the second book by accident. After gettMy first reaction was wtf? It took me a minute to figure out what was going on. I thought maybe I started with the second book by accident. After getting past the initial confusion reading settled into a great pace. Even though this ended up being a good book I so wanted to rate this 5 stars but it was missing something. I'm not sure what it is. I'm still treading on finding out what it is. You all know me, I love a good secondary character and Roar was delish! I know I should be swooning over Perry. Ehh whatever! I could see this appealing to a wide range of people including guys. So I'm off to read book 2. Fingers crossed it gives me a 5 star! ...more
I was searching for a cowboy fill and thought this would do perfectly. I know I didn't start with the first in the series, but the first plot didn't cI was searching for a cowboy fill and thought this would do perfectly. I know I didn't start with the first in the series, but the first plot didn't call to me as this one did. As much as I was excited to read this it just didn't hit the marks. Cord may have sounded good in the idea of him but his ending was quite lacking. I was expecting something more. The secondary characters in the book were like fillers and I felt no connection with them. Maybe if I had started with the first in the series I wouldn't feel the void. I did however like AJ's voice. I think she was unique and had a strong sense of who she is. The sex scenes were smokin' though! Unfortunately, I doubt I will continue the series. It just didn't hit the spot for me. I guess I will keep looking for the right cowboy love for me....more
The best emotional roller coaster I have been on in years. When you dislike a main character it's usually the end of your infatuation with a book. HowThe best emotional roller coaster I have been on in years. When you dislike a main character it's usually the end of your infatuation with a book. However Scarlett turned out to be real, not some unrealistic character. She had huge flaws but grew in to a great character. Bravo with character development and change. If I could hug Erin Noelle I would. She deserves more then a raving review.. So what am I saying? Get up off your butt and get this book. ...more
Being accused of a war crime is no walk in the park, it's also tough when you won't speak on your own behalf. If he won't speak that must mean he hasBeing accused of a war crime is no walk in the park, it's also tough when you won't speak on your own behalf. If he won't speak that must mean he has something to hide. What they find out even shocked me.
Charlotte, well she was intelligent and seemed to be a right fit for her job. She did tend to over think situations. I didn't like that even after a her heart was saying Jack that she would entertain the idea of her old flame, Jack's brother Brian. Jack's character was honorable and stern, a little gruff around the edges. A character you like trying to figure out, he does draw you in.
The history and the flash backs were incredibly well written. The calamity of what is in the past bleeds off the paper. It was painfully wonderful to read. Pam Jenoff really has a way of capturing raw emotions with words. I won't go into details but your past doesn't always stay your past. Jenoff managed to blend past and present with superb detail.
It's quite funny how she portrayed Polish people. I have on many occasions seen them drink till their hearts are content and the next morning be up and about as the night before never happened. (Polish Husband)
The Things We Cherished captured historical tragedies, with the hope of better tomorrows in the future. Highly recommendable to those who need a little romance with their history....more
Life lessons should never be deceitful or painful. You should have family to look to for comfort and love. What if that love has been manipulated andLife lessons should never be deceitful or painful. You should have family to look to for comfort and love. What if that love has been manipulated and mixed into something ugly. Frances has to travel a journey to find the truth. The truth about herself and her mother.
This story resonated love and hate and a deeper understanding of twisted love. Bitter Melon bled reality and in the end, truth. There was a lot of abuse in the book. Not just physical but mental. It didn't seem over done. It felt real. Even down to the part about Frances who was menstruating and leaked through on to her clothes. How often do you read about a character using the restroom? Not many. Thats just another example how real this was. At first your heart goes to the mother who you feel just wants her daughter to better herself and make her become something more. All parents have this need. Darkness starts to seep onto the pages. It become more about selfishness but there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
I enjoyed Bitter Melon with it's deep dark secrets and it's realism. I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA and those who are in their 20's and 30's and who grew up in the 80's I think the era will settle easy with you....more
Who: Teri, a teenager who is the only survivor in a house fire. Melissa, Teri's half-sister, who is punished almost every night by being chained to thWho: Teri, a teenager who is the only survivor in a house fire. Melissa, Teri's half-sister, who is punished almost every night by being chained to the bed. The ghost who wants revenge for a 100-year-old crime that was committed.
What: Melissa has been sleepwalking for as far back as she can remember. The ghost, however, protects her at night, when her mother abuses her. In return for this protection, the ghost of this poor servant girl from 100 years ago starts to do the unthinkable. Again.
When: 100 years ago in the past, and in the 1990s.
Where: Secret Cove, a fictional town in New England, and the mansion on the bluff where Melissa lives.
Why: The twist at the end is like a freight train in the night that you don't see coming until it is upon you! -sara...more
Who: You would think Alice would take front stage being she is the main character but Gretchen steals the show. She is in a world of her own.
What: WhaWho: You would think Alice would take front stage being she is the main character but Gretchen steals the show. She is in a world of her own.
What: What makes a best friend? Does it include sticking through it all or are there boundries?
Where: What My Best Friend did took place so many places but I'd say the hospital is the most memorable.
When: Book read in current times. I'd say this is a goodnight stand read and also a great beach read.
Why: Why you should read this.....Deception, Manipulation, Love, Hate, Desire are just a few of the words I'd describe the incredible tale of mental illness and standing for up for your own worth. I couldn't have asked for a better written book. This is not a YA book. ...more
The depth and emotions were overwhelming. Miles From Ordinary left you with the feeling of being adrift at sea and with no shoreline in sight. This isThe depth and emotions were overwhelming. Miles From Ordinary left you with the feeling of being adrift at sea and with no shoreline in sight. This is one of the most powerful reads I have ever read. I could never possess the courage and ability to keep my sanity as Lacey has.
The first page was mind blowing and it just continued on a fantastic pace from that point on. I have so many questions, about how Lacey will turn out and how her life continued on. I want to know so much more. I am still impressed by how short Miles From Ordinary is but the depth of the words were heavy like weights. This didn't end in a cliff hanger, but it left some unanswered questions. Even with that small matter I would recommend this to any and everyone. This is one of those books that linger in the back of your mind for a long time....more
Omg. I tend to have a pretty bad mouth when I am not teaching, but GEEZ! Every few sentences in this book has some curse word in it! The curse words aOmg. I tend to have a pretty bad mouth when I am not teaching, but GEEZ! Every few sentences in this book has some curse word in it! The curse words are the ones that even I blush when I say them out loud or I use acronyms for so that people who aren't in the know, don't know what they mean. Overall, the plot was juicy! Kari Vaara, a male inspector for the homicide division of the Helsinki police department, is the low guy on the totem pole. He is covering several cases throughout the book. The first is to investigate a WWII war hero to see if the Germans are right about the man accused, meaning did he commit the war crimes that they want him extradited for. The second is to investigate Iisa Filippov's murder by torture and prove her lover innocent. Kari is also trying to figure out why he has mind-numbing headaches, can't sleep, and feels guilty for leaving his very pregnant wife home without him. He's a cop, and a bear of a man on top of it. But this book shows that even men can worry about their wives and blame themselves for miscarriages. It is a fresh look into the life of a homicide detective with shots of his American wife, and her family as they come to stay with them in time for the new baby. It shows the cultural differences between Finland and America, as well as some of the downsides of both countries! It is a well-written book that I enjoyed immensely, except for the multiple curse words of course. Warning: there are graphic scenes depicted in the book of sex, torture, and S&M/fetish.-Sara...more
I have said before I am a huge fan of Kenyon. I have read almost the entire Dark-Hunter series. So when I heard about The Chronicles of Nick. It peakeI have said before I am a huge fan of Kenyon. I have read almost the entire Dark-Hunter series. So when I heard about The Chronicles of Nick. It peaked my interest! I am not one to read a synopsis if I already enjoy the author's writing. I just assume I will enjoy the book. So about 50 pages into the book, I had to hit myself in the forehead with a *DUH*! Nick is the same Nick from the Dark-Hunter series but younger. I have always wondered why Nick was the way he was in those books. It was a nice surprise for me.
Infinity shines a lot of light about Nicks past. It's also extremely adventurous. I don't think there was a slow moment on single page. It's was also nice that I was already familiar with a few of the other characters in the book. Not that you would need to be familiar, Kenyon has a way of explaining things and making each book work without other additions. I have been on a look out for books that Boys would enjoy, I have found one! This is perfect. There is barely any romance...err whatever you want to call it. The action takes the lead in Infinity. I think anyone and everyone should read Infinity. It has a solid setting with fabulous characters. (Yeah, I love Acheron, don't tell Nick!)...more
Shimmer, Was so much more then Radiance. Actually Radiance felt like a stepping stone for Shimmer. Riley still had that attitude. FINALLY some of BodhShimmer, Was so much more then Radiance. Actually Radiance felt like a stepping stone for Shimmer. Riley still had that attitude. FINALLY some of Bodhi's secrets about his life were revealed. His secret is shocking and heartbreaking. I truly felt for him, it left you with a little more insight to why Bodhi is the way he is. Riley really got herself into a tight one in Shimmer. It's funny all the while this whole situation played out I just kept thinking how brave she is. That maybe she needs to learn to find herself, because back on earth she did nothing but find and follow her sister. BTW..I am hoping in the next book we get to know a little about Riley's sister, Rachel.
Shimmer was much better then Radiance I can see this series really taking off. They are short reads but get to the point. I recommend this to anyone 9+....more