Recently read this for my local PNR&UF book club group.
I had mixed feelings throughout. There were...more***Please see comments before reading review.
Recently read this for my local PNR&UF book club group.
I had mixed feelings throughout. There were a few spots that I felt the author was trying to go out of her way not to be racist but it ended up sounding like she was. So not sure how I feel about that.
I skimmed a good portion of this book due to information overload. Most of it was not necessary to the story.
I enjoyed Abby most times but her vague intuition was a bit annoying. I would have liked her spirit guides to give her a lite more solid info. than random pictures she has to put together.
I did enjoy the Abby and Dutch moments. I am a huge fan of this team up between psychic and cop thing going on. I have read a few other series with this underlying thread and really enjoy it. This goes back to why I would like a clearer picture/ideas from her spirit guides. More certainty in events seems to make following the character and plot easier.
Big fan of Milo and also her sister Cat and her family. Loved Dave and see him as the third part of a love triangle. Not quite sure how I would feel about that.
Overall, it was good but I have other books along this line that I would recommend over this one.
I do plan on giving the second book a try. I might be pleasantly surprised. Who knows?! (less)
I have an addition to the review below. If you are sitting on the fence about this series I suggest you take a look. All quotes are directly from the...moreI have an addition to the review below. If you are sitting on the fence about this series I suggest you take a look. All quotes are directly from the book exactly the way they are published.
First Review Attempt -to avoid confusion on why I did not like this book I have taken the time to finish reading this book. Therefore, my Second Review is my complete review for this book that I have read.
I did not originally rate this book due to only reading 6 pages and skimming the last 30, but upon further contemplation I decided I was doing other readers a disservice by not sticking with it. I saw very few reviews on why they did not like it and feel that I could help someone else save their time by finishing the book and writing a complete review with plenty of quotes. This way each reader will have a glimpse of the book before they decide to read or not to read.
Here is my First Review- this is before I finished reading & rated the book.
Warning: Everything is written as a journal entry.
Nope can't do it. I got 6 pages in before I turned and read/skimmed the last 30 pages and didn't see much to hold on to. Sorry this is just not my thing.
The journal style writing left me feeling frustrated and the ending seemed chessy and half-assed.
This is a no-go, turn-the-fuck-around read for me. If you enjoyed it great. I am happy for you. I can tell you right now if I read anymore I will end up writing a more snarky review for wasting my time.
Here is my Second Review - this is after I finished reading the book. I added the rating at this time.
I would like to point out a few things before I start in on this review.
1. I have this book on loan from the local library. I have not been given this book by author or publisher. This book was under my why-not-give-it-a-try shelf. I already knew the writing was iffy, however some of my friends enjoyed it so I gave it a try.
Due to this I spent my gas money driving to pick it up after my local library spent their gas money picking it up from another library. My money and my tax dollars all spent getting this book here.
2. I think it might be obvious but I want to point out that this is a paperback, not an E-book. It has to have been edited by someone.
3. It was published by penguin. This surprises me. I have yet to understand how or why it was given the green light when other, better books are turned down.
4. I started reading this book and only made it 6 pages in before I skimmed the last 30-40 pages. I was unimpressed and left my review above. I did not at the time rate it. If I don't read about 50% of the book I really don't feel right rating it.
5. If you want to know why I have decided to re-review this book you may ask below and I will explain. Needless to say, I am now going to break down this book in detail so there is no confusion about why I did not like it.
6. Since I will be reading more of the book and spending my time reviewing it I will rate it.
I made all of that clear when I first reviewed this book.
Now that I have laid out my reasons lets take a look at some quotes that should help explain why I had a hard time reading this book to begin with.
My biggest problem with this book is the lack of transitions and grammatical errors for a published book. Incomplete sentences, thoughts flying from one thing to another, this does not a good book make.
Sunday, 5:30 A.M. Sweet, Texas This day has great possibilities. Actually ever day does, but this one is special because I woke up next to the man I love. Oh, it took me a while to realize it, but he’s the one. For months he told me we belonged together, but I refused to believe him. What he didn’t seem to realize is witches don’t have boyfriends. It never works out. The intimidation factor alone usually stands as the biggest turnoff. A lot of men can’t handle a woman with power. The whole reading-minds thing and the ability to turn them into toads sort of makes them insecure. Even my clients are afraid of me, but they want to use my talents just the same. Don’t get me wrong. I love being a witch. My world’s filled to the brim with exiting adventures and people. But this love thing is all new. My heart’s full of an emotion I’ve rarely experienced. I’ve cared for people in the past, but loving is something I hardly ever allowed myself to do. This man changed all of that. I must love him because there are no other possibilities. It’s much like being a witch. It is what I am and what I must be. Look at him, lying there so peaceful. That jet black hair waving around his face and those bulging biceps. Ooh, baby! He’s a human cupcake and I could just eat him up.
I feel I need to stop right here and just say...Yuck! A human cupcake?! Really?! I am a little disturbed by that thought.
Now if only I can get him to come back to life it will be a great day. Because lonely as I get sometimes-I don’t fuck dead guys.
That is right, the yuck-factor just got bumped up. I don't want to picture anyone fucking a dead guy. Can you say necrophilia? Yeah, that's what I thought too.
Pg.4 9 P.M. Casper, the unfriendly cat, is missing again. I don’t know what her problem is these days. She won’t stay put. Since I moved to the new house in November, she’s found a hundred ways to sneak out. I wonder if she has a boyfriend. It’s not like her to take off for days at a time. She’s always considered herself my great protector, even though I’m certain she hates me.
Either you can talk to your cat and know why she is staying away from you or you can't. In that case you do not actually know if she considered herself [your] great protector, or even if she hates [you]. Does it even matter. A cat is a cat, they don't make sense.
But I don’t think they put up with any kind of deviant behavior here. There’s no sign that says “No Demons Allowed” but you get the feeling that people here like to keep things on an even keel. The sheriff and his deputies are always on patrol, and I haven’t heard much about any mischief. Of course if there’s trouble near, it will find me. The great thing is I’ll see it before it gets here because everything is so flat. And unlike the big cities, where demons warlocks, wizards and witches feed off of the hustle and bustle, here in Sweet it’s all about fresh air and peace.
What?! I am laughing too hard to even comment on that statement. Really?! You will be able to see trouble coming your way because it is flat?!
Continuation on pg. 5 11:30 P.M.
I’ve been out looking for Casper again and fell down in the blustery winds. Some days I hate that damn cat as much as she does me. I hope she freezes.
I think you can fall down because of the blustery winds. I believe that the wind technically moves around you not through you. Therefore, you can't fall in something that moves around your mass. Maybe you can pull a Pocahontas and paint with all the colors of the wind as well. It seems likely.
Gotta pack. Miles wants me in Norway on Thursday so I’m flying my Cessna to Dallas tomorrow and then hopping an international flight. My brain just flashed to the prime minister.
There is that whiplash-effect that we all know and love. Transition? Nope. None. Nada. This happens throughout the entire book.
Pg 23 What a big goober.
Am I the only one that flashes to Spongebob and Patrick singing "I'm a Goofy Goober. Ya!" ???
Continuation of pg 23 1 P.M.
I’d just been thinking about how much I miss Simone and she called from L.A. The demon slayer has come across a tough nut and needs my help. I sent her a protection spell long distance. Same one I sent the sheik and PM. Gotta do some research on this demon.
Tough nut?! Let me grease your wheels baby. I mean really who uses the term tough nut? I understand that the author is going for, it's a hard case to crack, but the tough nut part just doesn't seem to flow with the rest. However, how much flow does this book really have?!
Pg 40 Sunday, 4:30 P.M. Potions:2 Cute guys I want to sleep with :1
Sam brought lunch yesterday and ended up staying through dinner. We talked about everything and made a few potions together. When he left around midnight, he gave me a chaste kiss on the cheek, like we were in high school or something , and my heart did a double take.
Acceptable answers 1. my heartbeat sped up 2. my heart skipped a beat 3. my heart was beating erratically 4. my heart pounded in my chest
All those make more sense than my heart did a double take.
You don't hear people saying I was listening to music and my ears did a double take.
Continuation on page 41
I want to be a very bad girl and jump him. If doing the nasty with him kills me, well, what a way to go.
Doing the nasty? It's okay to say Fuck in the first two pages but sex has to be referred to as "doing the nasty" on page 41. Weird. Oh you are so bad for wanting to "do the nasty" with some guy. I don't think so.
Argh! If I want to be a bad girl, I’m going to have to do it all on my own. At least when he dropped me off this time he kissed me on the lips. I’m such a bad girl, but I don’t care. I want to have a mind-blowing roll in the hay with the man. And I know it would be mind-blowing because every time he touches me I melt. Wiggly knees, the whole bit. Geez. If he touches me again I’ll have to invest in a vibrator. I mean, a girl can only take so much.
First off, her sexual frustration has turned her into a pirate, Argh Mattey! She is now calling herself a bad girl again because she wants mind-blowing sex.
To make it worse I now have Young Frankenstein stuck in my head with the roll in the hay statement. Not sexy at all.
I love how she knows that sex will be mind-blowing with him because of the way he touches her. lol Oh My God! His hands are made of Magic so his dick must be too.
Her knees don't get weak, nope she is a strong women no weak knees for her. But they do get wiggly. WTF?! Does she have piggly wiggly legs? Is she made of noodles instead of flesh and bone? I am a little concerned for her health.
Let's not begin with the fact that just because he gives her a kiss on the lips she now needs a vibrator.
We ate and talked about everything except sex. It’s funny. Kept waiting for him to make his move. I may be a modern woman, but once in a while I like the guy to take charge. We discussed our favorite films and I brought up a particular scene in that old movie Blue Velvet, which honestly isn’t my favorite, but is very hot. He reminded me about scenes from Wild Things and 9 ½ Weeks. That’s when things took a turn for the sexy.
I think it was meant to be It was funny not It is funny. I thought it was written in past tense as in, it happened,not it is happening. Then the same thing happens with the last sentence. Plus the whole, took a turn for the sexy seems to me like it was put in another language originally and translated into English. You know what I mean. The wrong word or saying comes out when you translate a saying from one language into another. It becomes all fucked up.
Tried to read his mind but he blocked me. I pushed through his brain and gave him a warning that I’d harm none as long as he behaved.
I am pretty sure she didn't push through his brain to give him a warning. How about we say, "I had to push through the mental barrier that he had built to keep others from accessing or reading his thoughts." I think that is a much better option.
At a display of gold bracelets I sensed a magical presence. Didn’t turn to look right away, but knew it had to be a warlock. Tried to tap into his brain and send a warning, but he totally blocked me. It takes a powerful warlock or witch to do that.
Extremely choppy and absolutely no flow of words. Trying to tap into his brain?! Is that like tapping into a keg?
Simone called. (this is her call to heroine, Bronwyn)
“Oh wow, you’ve got another call, hold on.” She clicked off and then came back on the line.
You've, should have been I've . Since Simone is the one talking about her phone beeping not Bronwyn's phone beeping. Just Saying!
“Hey, Bron, that’s Sam. He says to tell you hi. Gotta go. He’s picking me up and we’re gonna head down to some rodeo. Can you imagine it? Me at a rodeo? Ride ‘em cowboy!” We hung up and I sat on the bed. Tried to call Kira to get her opinion of the situation but she wasn’t at the library or at home. Probably making out with Caleb in a car somewhere. Won’t be long before Sam and Simone are headed that way. Great. Now I have images of Simone with her legs wrapped around Sam. Argh!
Sexual tension has turned her into a pirate again!
That’s it. No more men. Well, except for sex. Mind-blowing, house-shaking, bone-melting sex. Like I had with Sam that night when we did it on the stairs and the…No. Not going there. Time to get to work on those charms. Better see if the packages have arrived. Now there’s someone you can count on. FedEx.
Maybe it is just me, but FedEx has been known to be unreliable as well.
As much as I appreciated his generosity, I decided it was time to set some boundaries where the sheik was concerned. A jet was one thing, but silk panties with lacy insets were quite another.
OMG! It is okay for someone to buy you a jet but not underwear. lol I mean really? It just seems that...well... the cost of a jet would be just as much of a bribe to get into your pants as underwear is.
Oh no, it's okay. Just leave the jet but you have to take the panties back. I only want to take things that cost way above my pay grade, thank you very much.
“Don’t you worry about a child or an idiot adult wandering in here and hurting themselves?” I shrugged. “Don’t have many visitors, and usually those who do make it through the door know better. As for children, that’s why the poisonous ones are up high. Only the idiot adults need worry.”
This has got to be one of the oddest conversations she has with the Sheik. I am not sure that idiot was the right word choice. It seems like a stretch when all that could have been said was, "If the adult is stupid enough to touch it than that's their problem."
“Just because you want it so, doesn’t make it happen.”
Yet another phrase that seems to be lost in translation. I get where the author was going but the execution of it was all wrong.
The history of the place smacks you in the face at every turn.
I kept envisioning a ghost smacking them.
I really felt like dog doo, rolled over by a lawn tractor.
What? Did you mean lawn mower? Because I am pretty sure that is what you meant. Also, why can you say Fuck and not say Shit?! Dog doo, not dog shit?! Weird.
Nipping my lip, he gently opened my mouth with his tongue and investigated every inch of it.
investigated past participle, past tense of in·ves·ti·gate (Verb) Verb: 1. Carry out a systematic or formal inquiry to discover and examine the facts of (an incident, allegation, etc.) so as to establish the truth. 2. Carry out research or study into (a subject, typically one in a scientific or academic field) so as to discover facts or information.
I am not sure what he was trying to get information about. Maybe he was measuring how big her mouth was or the size of her teeth. Maybe he was investigating the truth! Did he find it?!
Whip cream and chocolate should not be abused in this manner.
He has an early call at work in a few hours, but I think I may have to wake him with a little surprise. Time to return the delicious favor he served me. I think it will involve some lovely whipped cream and my own creative version of a banana split, a la Sam.
I have nothing wrong with people wanting to use food when having sex but the way it was stated made me want to gag. Be kind to whipped cream not raunchy.
“You probably never even saw him. But no worries-he’s dead meat.” His lips twitched. “You?” “Yes, I took care of the bastard.”
If you tell someone he's dead meat it means that he is still alive and you are going after him. Yikes.
This is why I have rated this book 1 star. I would give it a 0 out of 5 but I want my rating to count, so one star it is!
I hope now you, my fellow readers, can decide for yourself if this book is worth reading.