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A word of warning - this book is definitely not for the squeamish - however, if...moreGot this audio book from Sync's summer 2013 free audio book downloads.
A word of warning - this book is definitely not for the squeamish - however, if you can sit through an episode of CSI without covering your eyes, you should be able to handle it.
The audio book was well done. The narrator brought all the characters to life, especially that of Joey, our unlikely hero in this story. He portrayed Joey very well and it was easy to get invested in Joey's daily life.
The book started off a little slow for me. Joey is quite neurotic, recounting the many ways his mother could die. He "specifies" or hyper-focuses on little things, bringing a unique perspective to his thought processes. Joey's entire world crashes down on him when his mother does indeed die. Joey is sent to live with his reclusive father Harnett in a rural town in Iowa. Joey's father is known as "The Garbageman" and the house is basically a hovel. Joey is not even picked up at the train station, nor is there any food in the house. His father has not prepared for Joey's arrival at all. To add to this, Joey is very much grieving the death of his much loved mother.
School proves to be a challenge as well. Joey is an A student and is extremely bright but the blight of having The Garbageman for a father is too much. Joey is the target of bullies, including a horrid teacher Mr. Gotchaulk (not sure of the spelling since I listened to the book). I felt for Joey. School should not be such a horrible place, but Joey prevails and keeps up his average despite the odds.
Then Joey discovers exactly what his father does for a living. I won't go into that, only that his father teaches Joey the family business as well. And Joey meets a whole circle of people that also do the same thing for a living. These guys are a fraternity of crazy men and the plot thickens....
Rotters was a captivating story, a little too detailed on the gory stuff (specifying, I guess), and a wonderful coming of age story. I would recommend this book to high school students and up. I think that boys would relate to the main character as well. The audio book version is well worth looking into and would probably make a good road trip listen. (less)
Initial Thoughts I'm not too sure about this New Adult Genre. It seems to me that there is a checklist...more6/11/13 Free download from www.smashwords.com .
Initial Thoughts I'm not too sure about this New Adult Genre. It seems to me that there is a checklist authors seem to follow (which may or may not be a good thing, depending on what you are looking for). For example: The hero is dangerous, tattooed, and pierced. The heroine is either has limited sexual experience, or is a virgin. The heroine always seems to have a slutty friend or two. Both the hero and heroine suffer from some kind of angst. This age group is either at college or lives at home. If they live at home, parents are practically non-existent or inattentive at best.
The Review Despite my update comments, I did find some entertainment value in this book and it was an enjoyable read. I liked the premise of a girl able to see the death of others. Kind of cool, in a cursed way. Haven't really seen that power yet in YA or New Adult.
"With a simple touch, I know when someone will die. Whether they'll go painfully. If their life will end up stolen."
Ember is quite a dark character - she always finds comfort in cemeteries, writes dark poetry, and even has a dark, hooded, imaginary friend. Ember stays away from human contact because seeing others' deaths is disturbing, to say the least. The she meets Asher and Cameron and is surprised to experience silence.
Love triangle alert - There is a mild love triangle which was a little annoying.
There's also a scene where after a bar fight, our hero and heroine get quite lusty right outside the bar. Ummmm...wouldn't you want to scram before the police arrive?
Ember's family is quite dysfunctional. Her father has disappeared and is presumed dead. Ember seems to have been implicated in his death/disappearance but no charges were ever laid. Ember's mother is a drunk and is taking some sort of mental health medications when she remembers. Her mother blames Ember for the death of her grandmother. Ember's brother Ian is mourning the death of his first love Alyssa and hides in the attic with his art and his muse.
This is a creepy book. There's lots of mysterious deaths, strange characters with tattooed X's on their skin, and lots of black raven feathers. Ember sees things that are pretty scary.
I did like the concept of a Grim Angel, Angel of Death, and the hush, hush secret Anamotti society. Ember also seems to have some rather interesting powers - she can take the life force of others, even plant life to heal herself.
This book is the first book of The Death Collector's series. The second book Cinder is expected to be published in July.
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Oh, thank goodness it's finally over. I don't know if it's me or maybe I just couldn't stand th...moreSync audio book free download week of May 30 - June 5.
Oh, thank goodness it's finally over. I don't know if it's me or maybe I just couldn't stand the narrator - she made the main character (and pretty much all the female ones) come across as whiny, while the male characters were a little too stalkerish for my taste.
The ending was quite abrupt. There is an art to a cliffhanger and just stopping the narrative doesn't cut it. This is it, I'm done with this series. I really don't care what happens to Galen and Emma any more. (less)
6/8/13 - Sync free audio book download - week 2 - The narrator for this one did a great job on Bloody Jack, so I'm looking forward to listening to thi...more6/8/13 - Sync free audio book download - week 2 - The narrator for this one did a great job on Bloody Jack, so I'm looking forward to listening to this one. Here's the link.
An engaging little story made even more captivating by the wonderful narrator. I would not have picked this up on my own and had it not been for Sync audio, I would have missed this delightful little story about a teenage governess and her 3 wolfie charges. Cute story with the right amount of mystery to make me want to continue reading the series.
The Benson is an old hotel in Portland, Oregon. It's one of those hotels with a history and a few ghosts, too. Perry and Dex investigate the ghost of...moreThe Benson is an old hotel in Portland, Oregon. It's one of those hotels with a history and a few ghosts, too. Perry and Dex investigate the ghost of Parker Hayden, a shipping magnate that was found hanged in the hotel's laundry room.
I love how the author captures the scary mood of the hotel. It's kind of like those old black and white movies where shadows and different layers of grayscale make the book so much scarier than it is. This is a scary book, without being gory. I also love the underlying sexual tension between Perry and Dex. These two have got to get together!
The Experiment in Terror series is a fantastic hidden gem. The series is addictive and it's guaranteed to make you want to read more. The first book Darkhouse is available for free download at Amazon, Kobo, and Smashwords (always check prices before clicking buy). This short story is available for free download on the author's website. It gives you a taste for the author's writing style and her Experiment in Terror series. The Benson is book 2.5 of that series and probably should be read after books 1 and 2.
This is a short 45 page prequel to The Testing. It also includes the first three chapters of the book. Once again, I'm really not sure if this prequel...moreThis is a short 45 page prequel to The Testing. It also includes the first three chapters of the book. Once again, I'm really not sure if this prequel would make me want to go out and purchase the book. The Testing Guide gives a basic backdrop to a world destroyed by war, earthquakes, and bad weather. Resources are limited. Graduates of school compete to get a place in the capital city for the Testing which upon successful completion ensures a spot in university.
It kind of has The Hunger Games feel to it, but it's kind of early to make that assumption.
As I received a copy of The Testing for review, I think I will continue reading, just to satisfy my curiosity.
The Blushing Bounder - A Tale of the Iron Seas by Meljean Brook - 4 stars Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series is...moreOverall, a wild & steamy anthology...
The Blushing Bounder - A Tale of the Iron Seas by Meljean Brook - 4 stars Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series is one of my favorite steampunk series. The author's world building is extensive and the story takes the reader to an alternate history of London, complete with airships, nanobots, steampunk contraptions galore, and strangely enhanced humans. This story focuses on Temperance and Edward Newberry, two Americans forced to move to London because of a public kissing indiscretion. (Oh, the shame of it!) Temperance suffers from consumption and is slowly dying unless she takes a transfusion of nanobots that would cure her.
This is definitely steampunk done right, if not just a little bit grotesque. In addition to all the cool gadgets, people in this world have machinery grafted on to their bodies! As this is part of the Wild and Steamy anthology, there is a little steam...
Vixen by Jill Myles - 3 stars This is the first time I've read a story by Jill Myles and I will definitely look out for more. This is by far the steamiest story of the anthology. Vixen is the story of a were-fox or kitsune named Miko. Kitsunes are known for their voracious sexual appetite. Miko's mother is worried that her little girl/fox is all alone and arranges for two hot were-cats to be her bodyguards. It seems that a local hunter is illegally hunting fox and Miko may be in danger. Werecats Sam and Jeremiah to the rescue!
Oh my, there was a lot of steam factor here. Two hot guys and one sexy fox. Need I say more?
Kitten-Tiger and the Monk by Carolyn Crane - 4 stars I was struck by the fantastic world created by the author. This story is probably my favorite of the anthology. I loved this story about Sophia, a woman with the power to change memories and Robert, her old flame and a power to be reckoned with. Sophia wants to rid herself of her power and seeks out the Monk to help her out. The Disillusionist World has to be one of the more original series out there and I really must start reading that series soon.
Madly is a mermaid princess living on land and attending school. She is living the life of your average teenager when suddenly she feels that somethin...moreMadly is a mermaid princess living on land and attending school. She is living the life of your average teenager when suddenly she feels that something was wrong. The Lore have escaped and her parents and younger sister are being held hostage.
This is a nice start to a series. It's a short book and a pretty quick read. I enjoyed the mermaid lore and the tension between Madly and Jackson was kind of fun. My only criticism is that this book ended rather abruptly, so I guess I'll be looking for the next book in the series. (less)
The thought of a family vacation with extended family members would put fear into the hearts of many people I know, even those blessed with loving fam...moreThe thought of a family vacation with extended family members would put fear into the hearts of many people I know, even those blessed with loving families. Don't get me wrong - these vacations can be a lot of fun. But consider the outsider invited into this chaos: 4 unruly boys nicknamed "Mass Weapons of Destruction," a despondent teenage girl, adult siblings - married, separated, and divorced, and the grandparents. Add in one reclusive and a bestseller list author, and the results are very entertaining.
Keri Daniels is the unsuspecting guest at this family camping retreat. Keri is a reporter at the gossip magazine Spotlight and her editor has charged her with coming up with some dirt on the very private Joe Kowalski. When her editor learns that Keri and Joe were once lovers, she pushes Keri to get that interview. Keri reluctantly agrees because she wants that promotion.
Getting Joe to agree to an interview is not easy. Joe is curious about "the one that got away" and agrees to meet Keri. He then decides to go ahead with an interview provided that she follows his instructions and comes along on his family vacation. Keri is not allowed any electronics - no cell phone, cameras, recording equipment. She is also allowed one question a day, provided that she participate in the family activities.
I think that what I loved most about this book was that right away I felt like part of this family. I loved the interactions between the family members: the bargaining for time alone for haggard parents Lisa and Joe, Kevin's playfulness, Theresa's sadness and pain about her marriage, and Joe's generosity. Mike and Lisa's rambunctious boys also provided some sticky moments and comic relief. I loved Joe's parents, too. This is a loving family that plays, laughs, cries, and gets muddy together. They aren't perfect - they seem real.
Keri and Joe were wonderful together. It amazed me that an 18 year separation did not affect their feelings for each other. Their relationship built up slowly through the novel and I loved watching them get to know each other again. I may never look at an ATV the same way again. These two are hot!
This was my first Shannon Stacey novel and it definitely won't be my last. I can't wait to read the next book in the series - it's Kevin's story.
Kindle free download 1/19/13. Also free on Carina Press 1/21/13. *No longer free. (less)
1/19/13 - Kobo free download. Also available for free on Amazon and other online bookstores.
I often wonder why publishers do this. This is essentially...more1/19/13 - Kobo free download. Also available for free on Amazon and other online bookstores.
I often wonder why publishers do this. This is essentially a 15 page prequel to MILA 2.0 and contains the first 7 chapters of the book. I know it is to entice readers to purchase the book, however a 15 page sample of the writing only made me more confused about the plot. All I know is that there was a house fire. I did not continue to read the preview chapters as I have the ARC of the book.
So based on the sample I will give the book a chance and hope that the lines at the end of the prequel were just a Kobo formatting glitch. (less)