As friend of the author I have watched The Kiss blossom from the seed of an idea into this beautiful love story of family ties, past hurts, prejudicesAs friend of the author I have watched The Kiss blossom from the seed of an idea into this beautiful love story of family ties, past hurts, prejudices, loyalty and true love. I have seen this book morph from a very rough outline into what it is today. In some ways I feel like this may disqualify me from being able to write a trustworthy review in the eyes of some people, but I do know a good book when I read one. While talking to my husband one day over the last year I said, “Michelle is writing a book…and it is REALLY good,” Justin just raised eyebrows in surprise, because he knows how honest I can be when it comes to reading and books. My opinion has been solid from the very beginning, and not because I’m her friend and I love her dearly, but because The Kiss captured my attention from the start and begged me to read it. (Unfortunately, most of the time Michelle just wasn't writing fast enough).
Michelle’s writing style is beautifully descriptive; she can take you into a scene and make you feel as if you were a bystander watching these characters fall for each other; she can take you into the heat of the moment and cause your heart to race, and best of all – she writes moments that will make you laugh out loud. These things are amazing qualities to find in a book – and to find them within the pages of a “first” book is even more unique and exciting. The Kiss is a great foundation for this series. Michelle feeds you all the nitty gritty and background information bit-by-bit throughout the story instead of in some introductory paragraph. You will experience twist and turns that will surprise you, all laced with a set of characters you either love, or love to hate.
I will say that while I love Leis and Koen; I am so very excited for the next book to come out. Read The Kiss– get to know the world, fall in love with Leis and Koen and their friends, and then hang on because I truly believe that the best is still yet to come!...more
My Review: The Trail of the Raven: Haiti is the first of a series of books about Jack, who is following in the footsteps of his adopted mother in the dMy Review: The Trail of the Raven: Haiti is the first of a series of books about Jack, who is following in the footsteps of his adopted mother in the discovery of their ancestors through travel and discovery. Chip Davis has combined non-fictional stories with a fictional cast of characters and combined them into an easy to read, enjoyable book that educates, inspires and entertains.
What I Loved: This was an easy read, and very appropriate for the audience. I loved how through Jack's curiosity you discover more about the people and environment around him; the stories that the individuals tell are true events that likely can be tracked back to a specific date and time. This is very easily the "old way" of keeping and remembering history, through story telling such as this.
Jack's character was one that I think that everyone, even the best of us, can learn from. He was curious and not afraid to ask questions, but he also watched his environment and those around him to learn what is appropriate behavior for the environment he was in. Most of all, he cared for everyone and knew how to show love and compassion without being a push over. I think that I loved this most of all. The sly (recent) history lesson was interesting and held my attention, but the book as a whole made me want to be more like Jack.
Not So Much: As far as the story goes, it was good, easy to read and was easy to follow without being overly descriptive and losing you in the process. The one bit I had trouble with was the transitions between scenes. Sometimes it felt like you were in one moment washing dishes and in the next line it was the next day. In a book like this, I'm not sure how this could be resolved, but I can say that on more than one occasion I would back up and reread just to make sure I didn't miss something between Point A and Point B.
Rating: PG Rated: 5 Stars - despite any issues I may had with the book, I loved its purpose! I cannot fathom anything lower than 5....more
My Review: Just My City Boy reminded me of an old fashion classic movie in the way that the story read. I even imagined the it in black and white in thMy Review: Just My City Boy reminded me of an old fashion classic movie in the way that the story read. I even imagined the it in black and white in the beginning; the story was melancholy until Lauren and Zack managed to come together as a couple, and then color started seeping through the cracks.
What I Loved: Lauren was incredibly outgoing, chatty and most of the time just a riot. I loved how she talked herself out of bad situations. Her confidence was refreshing as it's not a character trait often used for women in many books. Zack was a sweet sensitive guy with that military exterior and some bad boy tendencies, it is difficult not to like him.
I also enjoyed the "song theme" of the book, I find myself frequently matching up a song to characters in a book, but in this case the work was done for me. If you didn't immediately know which song I'm talking about, I challenge you to take a trip to google-land and see if you can't figure it out....then listen to it!
Not So Much: The characters seems to be either all "good" or "bad," with Zack being a sort of exception. In that way, the story felt a little bit off. For example, Peter, Zack's roommate, was completely on board with forgiveness without even understanding what really was going on with Zack. That is wonderful, and I wish people were more like that - but it just doesn't usually happen that way.
Rated: PG-13, for mild language and mild violence Rating: 4 Stars...more
This is one of those books you pick up and just devour, if you have time, in one sitting. Jesse's Girl is a perfect summer reads; one that w
This is one of those books you pick up and just devour, if you have time, in one sitting. Jesse's Girl is a perfect summer reads; one that will make you wear the big goofy grin for a good portion of the book.
What I loved: While reading, within the first chapter or two I made a note that I love Maya's relationship with her family. This rang true through the entire book. They weren't perfect, but they were supportive and loving. They had their quirks, and dysfunctions, yet they are down to earth good people, and I loved them all. I also loved that the dynamic between Jesse and Maya was toe curling-ly cute, but they also helped each other grow as people throughout the book.
More things that I loved...each chapter was a title to a song, that was awesome! In fact, the reason I selected this book on NetGalley was because the title is the name of a song, and I just had to know what it was about. Also, the mention of Ferris Bueller's Day Off....bonus points!
Not so much: I'm not a fan of sex in a Young Adult novel, even if it's not detail by detail, you're left with a good idea of specific actions. I know what is realistic, and what teenagers are like, it's not that. I guess I'm just a prude (or you'll think I am anyway), but I do prefer the old fashioned "wait until you're married" option. But if this is the only thing I can list under this section, that's doing pretty well.
Rated: R - For Sex and Cussing
Rating: 5 Stars - Beautifully written love story with life lessons and laugh-out-loud moments.
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W-O-W. I just finished listening to The Sin Eater’s Daughter, and that is the first word that comes to mind. On average it takes me 2 days to listen tW-O-W. I just finished listening to The Sin Eater’s Daughter, and that is the first word that comes to mind. On average it takes me 2 days to listen to an audio book, and yesterday I was thinking, 'yes I love these characters and the world that Melinda Salisbury has created, but while we're getting a lot of background, world building and learning about the legends and where Twylla comes from and who she is now, there’s just not a lot of action.' Today, however, as I was listening there was a bit more drama, a bit more action, and loads and loads of revelation. I’m a lover of fairy tales, I absolutely adore reading new adaptations to old stories and how the authors begin to make an old world new or completely different. I had never heard the story of The Sleeping Prince prior to listening to this book, but I can tell you I’m completely engrossed now. This book (fairy tale) of legends, gods, and betrayal was wonderfully written, and I’m looking forward to the next in the series.
Rated: PG-13 - Book has 'fade to black' sex. No cussing. Genre: If I go by my normal standards, I'd have to put this as a New Adult, although it's pegged as Young Adult in stores. Rating: 5 Stars...more
Typically Alexis and Ryan's story is the exact kind of romance novel where I would quote my mantra, "sometimes more of a good thing is too much," becaTypically Alexis and Ryan's story is the exact kind of romance novel where I would quote my mantra, "sometimes more of a good thing is too much," because so often with books that aren't something outside of fiction/romance (ie dystopian, fantasy, mystery, etc) we DO want to know what happens next, and then when an author delivers this on this desire the next book is just not as good or disappointing in some way (this has been my personal experience anyway.) With The Beds Series this has not been the case, in fact I think that I liked this book, Lonesome Beds & Bumpy Roads, the most out of all three because while Alexis and Ryan still have issues and things to work through they have grown so much as individuals. I felt that while things were hit and miss between the two of them through the whole book, they were communicating instead of shutting each other out. They weren't being very understanding of each other's feelings the entire time - but they did come to realize that eventually.
I actually started out this series with the prequel novella, True Love and Magic Tricks, so I am always happy for scenes with Kaylee and Nate as well; the four of them are a unit, and even though the series is over, in my mind I can envision their lives, marriages, and future kids (who will also be best friends,) - it's like the ultimate big bow. My favorite part of the Lex/Ryan relationship; the two of them are so sweet, funny and the biggest goofballs; the relationship between the two of them lack some of the extreme seriousness that is so popular lately, and was a breath of fresh air. I relished their tickles, and teasing; the relationship felt so genuine and happy - and honestly, I had the "big goofy grin" throughout most of this series. ( I LOVED the covers and all the teasers that reflected this part of them, they were simply the perfect representation).
Life, Love & Lemons was a cute story about Bentley and how her life went from the most popular, top of the cla(I received this book via NetGalley)
Life, Love & Lemons was a cute story about Bentley and how her life went from the most popular, top of the class girl to the new girl at the public school down the street. Her life is a bit of a mess, but she's taking it in stride and trying to do what she can with it. What I liked about this story was the sweetness between Bentley and Malakai, and their friendship despite their differences, they took what they had and made it work. I also enjoyed Bentley's growth throughout the book, and the growth of her self confidence.
I had a bit of a tough time with the book as a whole though; I felt like we were only scratching the surface of most of the characters I mean I get a general idea of all of them but I feel like somehow there was depth missing. I also felt like the story was being spoken to me rather than me feeling like I was a part of it. I wasn't getting a full picture, just a day-to-day update of the events in a way. There were a few inconsistencies that were pretty minor, but the way that expressions were spelled out rather than just made exactly what they are actually confused me (ie: oh-em-gee...this is OMG, I had no idea the first few times I read it...).
As I started off, the book was a cute story despite my misgivings. If you are looking for a quick, cute, fun read with some character growth, I wouldn't pass Life, Love, & Lemons up.
I have to admit, when I think of Christian Fiction books, my first thought is 'it's probably cheesy at best, preachy at worst.' There are some great,I have to admit, when I think of Christian Fiction books, my first thought is 'it's probably cheesy at best, preachy at worst.' There are some great, GREAT Christian books out there, there are great fiction books about stories of the bible not written specifically to be Christian out there as well, but even though that is true, the vast majority of Christians Fiction books are not very good, and are just not a story that you can relate to; and that is sad. I think there are a million and one historical Christian novels that are probably great, I've read one or two and have found them enjoyable, but they are just kind of bland, and I don't want to read a million and one renditions of the same story. I AM a Christian, and I AM a reader - I love to read books, but I do not seek out Christian Fiction. However, that may be changing, because in the last year I've found at least two authors who know how to write a faith-based novel that speaks to my heart, and whose characters are real and believable, and whose setting is...well, current both and timeline and in life in general.
I love Sway, that is the plain and simple truth. I'm not sure if this was her heart, but Amy Matayo has written a book that is not necessairly meant to entice you to Christ (though, it might happen) but a book that was written for a Christian to speak to a Christ-like heart. I found myself reflected both in Kate and Caleb at different times; their struggles were real, the passion was real, and the romance (YES, we Christians like the heat too) was so real. Throw in some great supporting characters, one secretary stands out specifically, and you've got this awesome heart-filled and compelling novel. My own faith and attitude towards some of the people in my life was challenged while reading this book. So, thank you Amy, for taking my pre-concieved notions of what a Christian Romance probably looks like and throwing it out the door. Thank you for writing a novel that entertained me, and also challenged me. Please, keep it up!...more
Five Line Book Review: Black Ice was a wonderful YA Suspense novel. I was entranced with this book from the very start, and was getting irritable becauFive Line Book Review: Black Ice was a wonderful YA Suspense novel. I was entranced with this book from the very start, and was getting irritable because I wasn’t finding time to finish it (my poor husband can attest to this). Although I found the “mystery” of the novel easy to predict, the journey was the entertainment of the book. I also enjoyed how Britt’s character was perceived completely differently by every person she interacted with, and feel that this is a testament to her being whoever she needed to be to fit the scenario, however it is ironic that the person she was when she was lost in the woods with Mason, was probably had best picture of who she is when she is allowed to reach her full potential. On one hand, this book was pretty different from the Hush, Hush series Becca Fitzpatrick wrote previously, however the elements of the ‘bad-boy’ guys she writes are definitely still present in this book!
Rated: PG-13, Some violence, mild cussing Genre: Young Adult - Romance, Suspense Rating: 5 Stars ...more
Doves for Sale is what I would call a ‘big goofy grin book,’ as that is what was on my face for nearly the entire thing; I loved the fun-ness betweenDoves for Sale is what I would call a ‘big goofy grin book,’ as that is what was on my face for nearly the entire thing; I loved the fun-ness between Ezra and Aysa, yeah their lives are still pretty crazy (who’s isn’t, really?) and they still had stuff to work through, but I was just in love with these characters getting back together and finding some stability and trust between them. Then there was the new relationship between Knox and Aysa, and their banter that at times had me laughing out loud – he is my new favorite supporting character….at least for this month. While this book didn’t have as much conflict as Sparrows for Free, it provided that “sigh” worthy HEA that I love. I truly did love this book and do recommend it, however you must read Sparrows for Free first, or else it will feel a bit lacking – the hardest parts of Ezra and Aysa’s story can be found in the first book. While this book had some difficulties of it’s own, it wasn’t nearly as heavy nor, thankfully, as melancholy.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dethroning Crown, if I had the time I probably would have read it all in one sitting. When I first started the book I wasI thoroughly enjoyed reading Dethroning Crown, if I had the time I probably would have read it all in one sitting. When I first started the book I wasn't sure I was ever going to actually be able to like Crown by the end of the story, he was just too much ego and honestly, silly with entitlement issues, but as aspect of his life were revealed and you started to understand him, he was easy to fall for. His sensitive side was wildly attractive. (And honestly, any time you pair a guy with a kitten, even for a short time, it's bound to be attractive. But that's just my opinion). Lyra was such a sweet person even from the beginning, despite the fact that she is a model, and I guess I have some preconceived ideas of how a model behaves (ie: see Crown), because Lyra was the opposite of that. So these two characters got under my skin and, honestly, I wanted to make them my friends.
I loved that this was not an insta-love novel where the characters were pinning for each other within the first few chapters and the rest of the book was on again or off again relationship issues. Lyra and Crown may have appreciated each other's appearances from the start, but anything beyond that was a process. They had to learn to like each other before there was anything more. The supporting characters helped out a lot with this too, especially Crown, as he was figuring out his life and the fact that he was basically a big ball of arrogant soccer player, and that was about it. There was also Lyra's fears to work out and understand, and I liked how even though we knew why Crown was the way he was pretty quickly, Lyra's whole story came out and bits and pieces. All of these things made this story of two people that, from a distance, should seem bigger than life, just regular people with issues that needed to be fleshed out.
Rated: PG-13; Mild cussing, some sensuality but realitvely clean Genre: New Adult - Romance Rating: 5 Stars...more
Five Line Book Review: I had read Lila Felix’s Love and Skate book a few months ago, and while the story line was really good and I did like the characFive Line Book Review: I had read Lila Felix’s Love and Skate book a few months ago, and while the story line was really good and I did like the characters, the whole book felt a little stiff and needed quite a bit of editing; my lesson from this is never judge an author by their first book, and honestly I never would have pegged myself for doing something like that but I know that is exactly what I was doing every time I scrolled past Sparrows for Free on my kindle and bumping it down the line of my TBR pile; thankfully a friend talked some sense into me and told me I would really like this book, and she was right! The story of two messed up people and the road being paved for them to their recovery was beautifully written and the characters were people I wanted to get to know. Asya, was a character I could realate to in some ways; not necessairily in the hiding from life - but growing up there were moments when I felt like despite talking people looked right past me. I loved her gradual increase of self esteem and standing up for herself; she didn’t wake up one day and decide to be different – it was a process. If nothing else, Sparrows for Free will trap you into a story that you absolutely have to finished, if for nothing else than to see Asya and Ezra find themselves and begin to move past who they are and into who they should be.
Cassie really was a sweet romance story, as advertised. While I did enjoy reading this book (in about 3 hours), I was a little put off by how easily tCassie really was a sweet romance story, as advertised. While I did enjoy reading this book (in about 3 hours), I was a little put off by how easily the strong-willed characters were changed; Nathanial went from an indifferent drunk in the first few chapters with bad habits, to changing his ways within a day. Cassie was dead set against the marriage both Her mom and Nate's mother were plotting, and was rather immature about it most of the time; then like a coin, she flipped and was all about Nate. The most enjoyable parts of this novel were the times when Cassie and Nate were together; Carre White can write a good kissing scene....more
I'm going to have to apologize in advanced, because I already know that keeping this review to five sentences is going to be very difficult, so I'm noI'm going to have to apologize in advanced, because I already know that keeping this review to five sentences is going to be very difficult, so I'm not even going to try.
The Red Queen started popping up in my newsfeeds and emails a couple months ago, and despite the hype, mentally I was prepared to be disappointed. I was finding it compared to The Selection Series and Graceling, both books (series) I have read, and both of them I started out loving and ended up not very happy with them for different reasons. Also, with big named publishers, books tend to get a lot of hype and advertisement because of who is backing them. What I'm trying to say is, I wasn't buying into the hype. I saw the book on my library's Overdrive Ebooks list and thought it was at least worth a chance.
I.want.to.own.these.books. ...and book 1 is the only one out.
So, I can see the relationship to The Selection and Graceling, and I would add The Hunger Games in the mix too, because of the arrogant turning their noses on those who provide them basically everything. The world building was absolutely excellent! I didn't feel lost or confused about what was going on or why. I also really enjoyed that none of the characters were perfect, every last one of them had their strengths and flaws making the story feel more believable, and is a bit rare in these dystopian type books - usually at least one of the characters is a little extra special. I did find that much of the book was predictable; due to foreshadowing I really wasn't surprised by much of the story at all, but I absolutely LOVED reading it through. If I were to pick a favorite part, I would say it would be the conversations between Mere and Cal and Mere and Maven, the Princes of the kingdom; and how while the book was about the ruling class of super-humans and the normal humans living as a secondary slave class, both sides of the spectrum feel trapped and confined by their lives. It really plays in the whole "grass is not always greener on the other side" concept, although there truly is a lesser more oppressed side.
The biggest downside of this series....now the wait for book 2 has begun!...more