I read a lot. Looking at my Goodreads profile, I’ve completed one hundred and two books so far this year. When one reads this much, one diversifies. T...moreI read a lot. Looking at my Goodreads profile, I’ve completed one hundred and two books so far this year. When one reads this much, one diversifies. There really isn’t any genre (including non-fiction) that I’ll eschew. But of course, there are those books that are easy, quick reads and those that fall into a category that I think I’ve aptly named the “bitter pill” books. You know the expression, yes? “It was a bitter pill to swallow?”
These books are those that are most excellent books, but for some reason or another are sometimes difficult to read. There were parts of Tex that definitely fit into that category.
Now, please don’t misunderstand me. This is an amazing book. It’s easily worth 5 stars. I think you should read it. But the subject matter is sometimes difficult and disturbing. You see, Tex is a book that delves quite heavily into the subject of bullying.
Tex, the narrator and main character, is a high school sophomore who has just discovered that he is, indeed, a witch. He inherited these powers from his deceased mother and when he finally learns of his birthright, he’s suitably confused. He’s a great character. Though he’s a teenager, he’s one of the good guys. He’s smart, kind of funny, loves his wheelchair bound dad, his deceased mother, and stands by his friends. But he’s not at all popular. He’s a target of some of the most horrible bullying I’ve read. In this, Tex is a “bitter pill” book.
But there’s also some amazing banter, a thrilling whodunit, and some very interesting uses of magic in the book. There were pages that simply flew by due to how well it was written and pages that I had to stop and take a break-again because of how well written and well described some of these bullying scenes were.
The supporting characters: Tex’s dad, his mother (in flashbacks), and Olivia each had their own voices. I loved Olivia. She was irreverent, funny, daring, and nearly fearless at times. She might have been my favorite character in the book. I even loved Red, though honestly, I’m not sure I’d want my (imaginary) teenagers hanging out in his boiler room.
Once Tex learned about his birthright and started discovering how to use his magic, the book takes off. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry while reading, and you’ll cheer for the underdogs. Adults will enjoy a fantastic book, full of emotion, intrigue, and a murder-mystery. Teens will see a bullied sophomore who stands up for his friends, loves his father, honors his mother, and survives despite overwhelming odds. Be warned that some scenes might be difficult to read, but I urge you to get through them. They’re difficult for a reason. Bullying is a terrible problem in our society and this book tackles it with equal measures of respect and horror. An important story for sure.
5 out of 5 stars.
Book read and reviewed by Patricia Eddy, Book Reviewer for Mystical Lit Lounge and Author of By the Fates Freed and Secrets in Blood.(less)
Sexy Gargoyles, what? But oh yes! I think JLA has taken the supernatural to an all new level with her new...moreBitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Sexy Gargoyles, what? But oh yes! I think JLA has taken the supernatural to an all new level with her new series about Gargoyles and Demons. Jasmine has a huge decision to make about her life. She doesn’t want to be taken care of by someone else, she want to be independent and adventurous but that is not how life is in the Clan of Wardens, also it is time for her to be claimed for a mate and the one she has been pining over for the three years since he left without a word is back and doing the claiming. Dez has had demons of his own to fight, quite literally and now he is back to claim her. Jas has seven days to accept his claim and she is going to get her adventure, little does she or Dez know what is to come.
I loved Jas and Dez, they were loveable and believable, take away their stone like exterior and wings they were just a normal young adult couple trying to find their way back to each other but also have otherworldly duties to protect the world from the ever growing demon population.
Bitter Sweet Love was well written and vividly descripted, I could picture in my mind the way Dez was sleeping in the corner with complete clarity. JLA has a way with words and phrases and I love reading all of her works whether it be Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal or Romance. I am really looking forward to White Hot Kiss, the 2nd book in The Dark Elements Series, expected publication February 25, 2014.
Bitter Sweet Kiss was given to me as an Advanced Reader Copy provided by the publisher. (less)
I loved getting an extra glimpse into Ben and Chloe's life, with the added bonus of Max and "Petal". The scene in the strip club was awesome!!! Now on...moreI loved getting an extra glimpse into Ben and Chloe's life, with the added bonus of Max and "Petal". The scene in the strip club was awesome!!! Now onto Beautiful Player!!!!(less)
Into the Storm is the much anticipated debut novel by Melanie Moreland, it is the story of Elizabeth (aka Rabbit) and Joshua (a self-imposed recluse)....moreInto the Storm is the much anticipated debut novel by Melanie Moreland, it is the story of Elizabeth (aka Rabbit) and Joshua (a self-imposed recluse). The story starts out with Elizabeth running away from her life in a heavy blizzard, she loses her way and ends up on Joshua’s land in the middle of nowhere after an accident. Joshua takes her in during the storm and nurses her back to health and helps her with her memory loss so she can leave as soon as possible but life and fate have other priorities. He tries to stay away from her and not get attached but her draw to him is too much especially when she knows nothing of herself, where she came from or who she is. Joshua, not knowing her real name ends up calling her “Rabbit” because of the way she looks in his clothes and her quiet, easily frightened nature. Their connection grows stronger the more time they spend together and when the time comes to figure out who and what she is neither want to give each other up but, Joshua know she has a whole other life, a public life to get back to, which is something he cannot give to her at this time. He along with his personal assistant, Cecila find out who she is and plans are made to send her back to her life. Little did they all know that her life wasn’t at all what it seemed to be. Melanie has a way with words and her writing conjures up visions like no other. Into the Storm was well written, a little too wordy in parts, but well written just the same. Rabbit and Joshua’s relationship came off believable and Joshua’s struggle with his reclusiveness was spot on. The secondary characters brought depth to the story, in the way they helped through the tribulations of rescuing Elizabeth from her lie of a life with Brian. I give this wonderful debut 5 out of 5 stars!!!!
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More Travis!!! and Abby. How would you react after the fire if your boyfriend might be arrested for it, you go to Vegas and get married of course. Abb...moreMore Travis!!! and Abby. How would you react after the fire if your boyfriend might be arrested for it, you go to Vegas and get married of course. Abby might be going there to get him away from everything but her intentions are true. I loved this new look into Travis and Pigeon. The ending was perfect for these two. (less)
It is difficult to come up with the perfect beginning to a story-one that will grab the reader, keep them coming back for more, but still tell you eno...more
It is difficult to come up with the perfect beginning to a story-one that will grab the reader, keep them coming back for more, but still tell you enough about the world and the characters so hat the reader doesn't feel lost. I never really judge a book by its first chapter. It's so rare for a book to completely hook me within the first two or three pages. Well, Poison Dance did just that.
Let me say one thing about this short story. I WISH IT HAD BEEN A FULL NOVEL! The characters are vibrant, sympathetic where they need to be, suitably evil where they need to be, and none of them get stale. Perhaps this is the reason for the shortness of the story, but I just loved every thing about this book that I didn't want it to end.
At only 59 pages, the author had to do a lot, quickly. She did that. In the first two pages we know that Thalia wants someone dead, James is in danger, and the two of them will be the central characters in the book. As the story progresses, we learn why Thalia wants someone dead and we start rooting for both her and James. When the plot comes to a head, you fear. When it is resolved, you cheer (and cry a little).
I loved some of the imagery and the side characters that were very nearly as rich as the main characters. I wanted to know more of the traveling caravans. I wanted more details of James and Thalia as they grew closer, but this wanting was part of the brilliance of the work.
It's a quick read, a rich world, and an engaging story. Definitely 5 stars.
Book read and reviewed by Patricia Eddy, Book Reviewer for Mystical Lit Lounge and Author of By the Fates Freed and Secrets in Blood.(less)
I read a lot of books for review. I'm also a writer. Sometimes this means that I read a book with my reader's brain and sometimes with my writer's bra...moreI read a lot of books for review. I'm also a writer. Sometimes this means that I read a book with my reader's brain and sometimes with my writer's brain. My writer's brain is an odd place. You see, there are a lot of different tools a writer can use to try to tell his or her story.
Point of view: Single? Multiple? Tense: Present? Past? Pacing: Linear? Back and forth with flashbacks?
Overall, I'm not a fan of first person present tense in a story. I feel like it loses some drama. I'm also not a fan of rehashing events in a story from multiple perspectives. In other words, if you cover Friday night's activities from Jane's perspective, don't then rehash them from John's perspective.
Because of these preferences, I was quite prepared not to like Intentional. It was obvious from the first few chapters that the author was going to cover events multiple times, from multiple POVs, and she was going to go back and forth between at least two characters if not more. I even closed my Kindle for a few minutes, sighed, and had to talk myself into opening again. But then a strange thing happened. I started reading faster, and faster, and suddenly I didn't want my bus to get to the terminal. I wanted a Monday morning traffic jam so I could keep reading.
Despite having some of my least favorite writing styles (which is purely personal preference...do not think that there is anything technically wrong with this book), the story drew me in. I just had to know what happened next.
Mattie is a young woman out on her own with her best friend Sarah. It is pretty obvious early on that Sarah is not entirely right. She's jealous and we suspect quickly that she's been behind a bad breakup that Mattie had with her college boyfriend, Ewan.
Mattie falls in love with Jeremy. It's a whirlwind romance-one for the fairy tales. But Sarah is jealous and tries very hard to sabotage the relationship. From there, things get interesting. I won't spoil the book for you, but we've got some love triangles, betrayal, and new beginnings.
While the characters are all in their 20's and there are some mature themes in this book (love, heartache, cheating, death), I'd put this book firmly in the mature YA category. Sex is mentioned, deep kissing is described, but there's no strong language, no graphic descriptions of the physical aspects of a relationship. Mattie is a virgin for most of the book and all sex is inferred rather than actually seen.
The ending was quite satisfying and the drama built nicely. There were a few reactions from the various characters that didn't quite ring true, particularly for Mattie and for Jeremy's family. When the betrayal happened and Mattie left Jeremy, she cut off all contact with his family. She loved them almost as much as she loved Jeremy and I just found it hard to believe that Mattie would not only cut off all contact with Jeremy but with his family as well. That said, she explained her reasons and while I didn't necessarily agree with them.
Though the story jumped back and forth between timelines, the author did a great job with always letting us know where we were in the timeline. I never felt lost.
This was a solid romantic story. YA appropriate, but will definitely appeal to the more mature crowd as well.
This book was read and reviewed by Patricia Eddy, Book Reviewer for Mystical Lit Lounge and Author of By the Fates Freed and Secrets in Blood. (less)
This book makes you cry and laugh, which is a must in most books I like to read. Oliver Bishop steals your heart and makes you want to root for him an...moreThis book makes you cry and laugh, which is a must in most books I like to read. Oliver Bishop steals your heart and makes you want to root for him and Hannah to make it and to beat his illness. Where We Fell is well written and draws you in and won't let you go until you finish, thank goodness it is a quick read. I can't wait to read more from Amber!(less)
There’s a saying that seems to be pretty popular in my general circles these days that seems to fit this book. “I...moreWind and Shadow Review (4 of 5 stars)
There’s a saying that seems to be pretty popular in my general circles these days that seems to fit this book. “I had all the feels.” If you’re not familiar with the phrase, it basically means that you had a whole bunch of emotions about whatever you’re talking about. I can honestly say that this book made me have “all the feels”.
Let me get this out of the way right now. This is a good book. You should read it. However, let me also say that if you like your romance novels neat and tidy and happily ever after, you might want to buy a chaser book to read immediately after this one. The ending does not resolve the story. Some people are okay with that and others are not. Personally, I finished this book and immediately vowed to only read happy fairy tales for the immediate future. But then I came to my senses and got over it. Sometimes we can’t help our gut reactions and well...I wanted things to work out differently.
Wind and Shadow is the story of Rayven Woods and Grant Michaels. Well, it’s the story of many other things, but they are the two main characters. Rayven was run out of town when she was a teenager because her witchly powers caused a terrible accident. Grant Michaels always loved her, even when he thought she might be a murderer. Years later, Rayven is back, forced to return to the town that hates her because she’s homeless and penniless.
When she comes back to town, a series of events (which isn’t her fault by the way) transpires to bring about a terrible fate to many in the town. Rayven must try to set things right and protect those she loves.
Wind and Shadow is very well written. It is quite fast paced and there were times I did not want to put the book down. I actually considered taking my bus four stops past my house just so I could keep reading. (What? You’ve never done this before? There would have been another bus to bring me home. Eventually.)
I loved the characters. They were well written, multi-layered, and true to themselves in their reactions. I wish, though, that there had been more of the supporting characters. Andrea could have been so much more than she was. Jason has more of a story to tell. Even Rayven herself could have let us in on more of who she was, her thoughts and emotions. I had one main complaint with how the story ended. I won’t spoil it, so let me speak in generalities. When a person does something that they realize hurts them, they are apt not to do it again. Yet these characters did. Again and again. I would have liked to see them learn just a bit more from their past mistakes. However, there’s another book in this series. I do hope that they learn their lessons.
This is a rather quick, emotional, thrill-ride of a read. I recommend it, but just have a sappy little happy-ever-after tale ready to go as a chaser.
Review by Patricia Eddy, Reviewer for Mystical Lit Lounge.(less)