More Than Good Enough was a quick read, and had a couple noteworthy quotes here and there. But it dealt with some heavy issues without actually dea2.5
More Than Good Enough was a quick read, and had a couple noteworthy quotes here and there. But it dealt with some heavy issues without actually dealing with them. I didn't feel like any of the issues were explored as much as they should have been. It might have been better if it was meant to be a fluff read, but I don't think it was.
I picked this one up because well, zombies. But these aren't my kind of zombies. I should have just steered clear of this one, with it being historicaI picked this one up because well, zombies. But these aren't my kind of zombies. I should have just steered clear of this one, with it being historical. Corsets, class rules, and oppression - not my thing. It was also painfully predictable. I think I'll pass on the rest of the series. ...more
Not nearly as fluffy as it looks. Deals with a lot of weighty issues, but still hot. Some of said weighty issues may rub some readers the wrong way, tNot nearly as fluffy as it looks. Deals with a lot of weighty issues, but still hot. Some of said weighty issues may rub some readers the wrong way, though. Not for the faint of heart.
I have to say it took me a bit to get into this one. I have a really hard time buying the “love at first sight” concept, so I was a bit turned off byI have to say it took me a bit to get into this one. I have a really hard time buying the “love at first sight” concept, so I was a bit turned off by the first few chapters of the book. I’ve also been in a six month long reading rut. But, since I went through this with Marigny Street as well, I made myself keep going because I knew Welch’s writing would make it worth reading once I got to the heart of the story.
And it did!
I didn't exactly fall in love with the romance, because like Marigny Street, it was just a bit too heavy for my tastes. And that’s what it boils down to really—my taste. I prefer the romance to take a backburner and be slow building, but this series just isn’t that kind of story. And that’s okay. About a quarter of the way into the book I decided to take it for what it really was, and I was able to really enjoy it that way.
Welch’s writing really has a way of drawing you in and making you feel like you’re right in the middle of this big group of beautifully dysfunctional people. I loved this cast, and I think the secondary characters add a lot to the story. Any time the romance would get to be too much for me, the rest of the characters would come in and lighten it up. Welch does a great job of crafting her characters.
I liked that Red Dirt Road wasn’t your “boy meets girl, boy saves girl” kind of story. They both have their demons (in more ways than one…) and they work through them together, leaning on each other, rather than it being one sided.
Red Dirt Road was a great follow up to Marigny Street. It’s similar to Marigny in the sense that it carries the same light and airy feeling, while still dealing with dark and personal issues. This is a series I would recommend everyone give a shot, especially the romance lovers out there. ...more
Somehow I actually enjoyed this, despite the fact that Maddie is too stupid to live and Ryder's a possessive asshole. I liked the first 25% (roughly)Somehow I actually enjoyed this, despite the fact that Maddie is too stupid to live and Ryder's a possessive asshole. I liked the first 25% (roughly) more than the rest of it though, so I'd be more interested in reading a contemporary by Weaver than the sequel to this one. ...more
All of You is definitely one of the best NA contemporaries that I have read so far. I liked Avery and Bennett. I enjoyed watching Avery come to termsAll of You is definitely one of the best NA contemporaries that I have read so far. I liked Avery and Bennett. I enjoyed watching Avery come to terms with the way she has lived her life, and I loved that Bennett wasn’t your typical bad boy, dropping innuendos every time he opened his mouth. He was nice, wholesome, and still hot. As sad as it may be, that’s a rarity in books these days. PLUS he’s a tattoo artist. Most people love that he has tattoos, but I was more interested in the fact that he’s an artist. The only thing as mesmerizing as a great tattoo is the fact that another human being put it there.
I have to say, the sex left me questioning what being a virgin really means. There is the literal definition of the word, of course, but I don't think it's that simple. At least not in situations like this, where his virgin status is supposed to help define the character. In my opinion, there’s only one way you get good at things like oral sex, and that’s having experience doing it. So I kind of got the impression that the only reason Bennett’s labeled a virgin is because he hasn't had actual intercourse, but he seems to have done everything else. If we’re supposed to believe it just came naturally, I find that a bit unrealistic. I don't think that's what was implied, which leads me back to the question--what does "virgin" really mean? If he's done everything else enough to do it so well, does his being a virgin matter at all? To the characters? Maybe.... To me, as a reader? I don't think it does.
Nevertheless, All of You is an easy and fun read, with just enough depth to keep it from falling into the “fluff” category. But, aside from the fact that the roles were reversed, everything else followed the typical NA formula. Which is exactly what I was in the mood for so that worked for me. If you’re looking for a good new adult contemporary novel, this is probably a good pick for you. If you’re looking for something unique to the genre, I’d have to say this isn’t it. Either way, I’d recommend everyone give it a shot....more
Darkness of Light was a surprisingly enjoyable read. Not that I necessarily doubted that it would be—I love the cover, and the blurb sounded interestiDarkness of Light was a surprisingly enjoyable read. Not that I necessarily doubted that it would be—I love the cover, and the blurb sounded interesting—but it wasn’t very long into the story where I had a suspicion about what Ember is (which I’ll omit for the sake of leaving out spoilers), and this is normally something I am no fan of. The more I suspected it, the more I started to feel like there was a dark cloud over the story, fed by my preconceived notions of the subject.
It’s difficult to review Darkness of Light without mentioning what she is, because it plays such a crucial role, but trust me, this isn’t my type of story, normally.
Somewhere along the way, those preconceived notions dissolved. Eventually I happened to look down at the progress bar on my kindle and realized I was 73% finished, and not only was I not hating it, I was really liking it. I wasn’t even remotely ready for it to be over.
Getting to know these characters and learning about the world that had been hidden from Ember was a fun ride. I loved the dynamics of Eli’s family, and thought it added an edge that set it apart from many books in this genre. It’s an angle we don’t get to see, much. (I want to tell you what they are….so badly! Ha!)
If you’re a fan of YA/NA paranormal with wild, erratic romances, I would definitely recommend Darkness of Light. ...more
I’ll admit, I went into Texts from Bennett with a heavy bias. Not only was I already a fan of Texts from Bennett since stumbling across it, I’ve alsoI’ll admit, I went into Texts from Bennett with a heavy bias. Not only was I already a fan of Texts from Bennett since stumbling across it, I’ve also been a fan of Mac Lethal for a while. While I’m not the biggest fan of hip hop or rap in general, Mac is part of a fairly short list of rappers that I like.
With that in mind, I can’t honestly judge whether or not I think someone would enjoy Texts from Bennett if they weren’t familiar with the man or the blog behind it. I would like to think so. Mac writes seamlessly, alternating between first person-narrative, texts with Bennett, and side-notes with ease. Despite my bias, I still expected the text messages to make the book feel broken and cheesy, but that wasn’t the case.
A lot of people, myself included, have wondered whether or not Bennett really exists. I always hoped he is a real person, and this book made me feel like he is. Not once, during the entire book, did I feel like Bennett or any of the other characters were the least bit contrived.
The most charming thing about Texts from Bennett, I believe, is how deeply rooted it is into reality, but without feeling like an autobiography. It’s an incredibly entertaining yet candid view on how Mac built a relationship with his cousin and met the love his life. That’s right, there’s a bit of a love story in there. A love story that is handled with such honesty and simplicity that it might be the sweetest thing I’ve read in recent memory. That’s saying something because I read a lot of romance.
If you’re a fan of the blog, Texts from Bennett, I think you’ll really enjoy this. If you’re unfamiliar with the blog, acquaint yourself and have a laugh or two.
If check it out and you don’t have a laugh or two, this book probably isn’t for you....more
I’ll be honest, there are a lot of themes in Marigny Street that aren’t typically my cup of tea. It deals with loss, angelic beings, and ooey gooey roI’ll be honest, there are a lot of themes in Marigny Street that aren’t typically my cup of tea. It deals with loss, angelic beings, and ooey gooey romance. All of these things are a far cry from what I usually enjoy, but something about Marigny’s cover made me want to give it a shot.
I’m glad I did! There was one chapter that I really connected with for reasons that I wouldn’t discuss even if they weren’t spoilers, and I think this set the precedent for my enjoyment of the rest of the novel. It hit home and I was able to connect to the story.
Another thing is the writing. Welch’s writing has a delicate, poetic edge, while still capturing the scene very well. It made me feel as if I was transported into another place. There were times when I would put down the book and look around me and it literally took me a few seconds to realize where I actually was. Despite how often you hear people rave about the place, I'd never had the urge to actually visit New Orleans until I was reading Marigny Street.
If I had anything remotely negative to say about Marigny Street, it would probably lie in the romance, or Gabriel in particular. It was just a bit sappy, and he was just a bit too good to be true. But as I said before, ooey gooey isn’t usually my thing, so I don’t see this being an issue for people who are into sappy (for lack of a better word) romance.
Despite the hint of supernatural and the gooey romance, something about Marigny Street still felt honest and just…pure. I would recommend it!...more
This book deserves some sort of award....for having the most misleading cover and blurb in the history of covers and blurbs. It is nothing li1.5 stars
This book deserves some sort of award....for having the most misleading cover and blurb in the history of covers and blurbs. It is nothing like it appears to be, and if you're looking for a sweet, fun road trip book, look elsewhere, because this is NOT it.
This is a story about two spoiled, self-righteous kids who hate their lives, despite the fact that even with their demons, they still have it better than a hell of a lot of teens these days. They channel all of this hatred into their love, and then into destroying each other. It was sad, sure, but mostly I just couldn't stand either of them.
I really hate to give this book such a low rating, because I've read much worse (I'm looking at you, Fifty Shades), and I actually enjoyed the beginning despite my distaste for the characters. But there were so many problems, and it disappointed me so much, that I can't find it in myself to look for any other positive things to say.
-There are a lot of grammar and punctuation errors that were impossible for me to ignore.
-He calls her "brown eyes" so. many. times. Sometimes multiple times on the same page. It was annoying.
-(view spoiler)[At one point, Dylan "jokingly" threatens to kill her father, and she tells him not to do that because he'd go to jail. Not because he's, ya know, her FATHER, but because he would go to jail. (hide spoiler)]
-(view spoiler)[Sex scenes toward the end bordered on rape, particularly one where he made her give him a blowjob to "show him how sorry she was". He forced her head into his lap, and she was crying. The fact that she didn't physically resist, however, would probably make some people take it in stride. Not me, though. It disgusted me. (hide spoiler)]
-(view spoiler)[Dylan can't control himself in fits of jealousy, but when it comes to letting her keep her "innocence", he's the poster boy for self-control. This, among so many other things, made me feel like he was a very inconsistent character, and not in a way that made him seem human. (hide spoiler)]
-(view spoiler)[I still don't understand why SHE was so destroyed by the secret Dylan kept. His mother was the one who was dead. (hide spoiler)]
I probably could have appreciated Waiting for You if it had been done a bit differently, because I realize that relationships like this do exist, and they deserve a story. My problem is when you wrap it up in a pretty package and make it seem like something it's not. Maybe it's to garner sales, or maybe to someone else, this cover and blurb seem appropriate. To me, they belong to something else. To me, they're glorifying it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This may go down as one of the sexiest covers of all time. It's so subtle, and yet, so very not.
Wallbanger started out really strong, and I was lovingThis may go down as one of the sexiest covers of all time. It's so subtle, and yet, so very not.
Wallbanger started out really strong, and I was loving it. Loved the banter between these characters.(I was even able to tolerate the inner monologues about her O, Heart, Brain, Lower Caroline, and Nerves. I was almost able to tolerate her calling him "mister" and "buddy" incessantly.) But then it began to drag and I was just wishing they'd get on with it. And then they got on with it and THAT drug too, and I was wishing it would be over. It was also pretty unrealistic there toward the end, and I just got bored.
I'm not a fan of fanfiction being published, but I do give Clayton props for the way this one was executed. I saw no resemblance between this and Twilight, and believe me, I was looking....more
Definitely preferred it over If I Stay. Probably mostly due to the fact that I actually like Adam, and I never cared much for Mia. Maybe it makes me aDefinitely preferred it over If I Stay. Probably mostly due to the fact that I actually like Adam, and I never cared much for Mia. Maybe it makes me a bit insensitive, given what she was going through in If I Stay, but I think she was always selfish, and her loss just amplified that trait.