UGH!! This book made me want to pull my hair out! This author proves that there are 100 different ways to have the same conversation over and over aga...moreUGH!! This book made me want to pull my hair out! This author proves that there are 100 different ways to have the same conversation over and over again.....(less)
For the most part Skinny Bitch in Love was a cute and loveable read. I enjoyed Clem’s determination, and found the focus on veganism educational and i...moreFor the most part Skinny Bitch in Love was a cute and loveable read. I enjoyed Clem’s determination, and found the focus on veganism educational and interesting. While the love plot was pretty predictable, it was also enjoyable, and I liked watching Clem and Zach continually butt heads. My only problem with this book was that at times Clem could be too perfect. Everyone is always going on and on about how good her cooking is, and her business seems to find success a little too quickly and easily. It would have been refreshing for Clem to cook something that people actually found terrible at least once in the book. Other then that small annoyance, Skinny Bitch in Love is a delicious chick lit for those looking for a good beach read this summer!(less)
When it comes to Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, my feelings are still somewhat tangled. The novel focuses on Abby, a cardigan wearing freshman w...moreWhen it comes to Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, my feelings are still somewhat tangled. The novel focuses on Abby, a cardigan wearing freshman who is excited about making a fresh start in a new state at Eastern University. Her newfound peace is soon shattered, however, when Travis Maddox stumbles into her life. Lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, Travis makes money fighting in secret, underground matches, and is known around campus as “the walking one night stand.” Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis attempts to trick her into his daily life with a simple bet. “If Travis loses the bet, he agrees to remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, however, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time.”
Raved about by most of my close friends, I was told that Beautiful Disaster was steamy, fast-paced, and absolutely irresistible. In many ways their descriptions were fairly accurate: there were plenty of steamy scenes, the novel was packed with action, and despite my greatest efforts I found it impossible to put down. Nevertheless, the amount of frustration I felt while reading made it difficult for me to enjoy this book as much as they had. Most of this frustration was directed at Abby. While she initially started out as a strong female character who I could somewhat respect, she soon became a bit of a mess. Constantly toying with Travis’s feelings and playing mind games, I quickly lost all sympathy for her character when things didn’t go her way.
Another cause of frustration was the plot itself. While the storyline of the bet between Travis and Anna was entertaining, the novel soon began to jump all over the place as the two lovers broke up, got back together, broke up, got back together ect. There were dozens of opportunities for the story to end, but another argument between the Travis and Anna would result in four more chapters of sulking before yet another happy reunion.
Putting my frustrations aside, Beautiful Disaster did have plenty of good things going for it too. Of course, I think all of the female readers will agree that the best thing about the whole novel was Travis himself. The classic bad boy with a heart of gold, Travis’s character was too irresistible to despise, even during his darkest moments. The novel was also impossible to put down (even though I constantly felt the urge to throw it against the wall). I read the entire book in one afternoon, curled up on the couch despite the beautiful weather outside. Overall, I think romance lovers and fans of the 50 Shades series will devour this novel. While my friends fell completely head over heels in love with Beautiful Disaster, I’m still sitting on the fence. (less)
While I've never read any of the novels, the Soulless manga quite literally blew me away! It was absolutely FABULOUS!!!
The story of Soulless focuses o...moreWhile I've never read any of the novels, the Soulless manga quite literally blew me away! It was absolutely FABULOUS!!!
The story of Soulless focuses on Alexia, a "soulless" 26 year old spinster living in a Victorian England that is inhabited by vampires and werewolves. When a group of these paranormal creatures begins to disappear, Alexia is sent to investigate the situation with the brooding, infuriating, and sexy Lord Maccon (who also happens to be a werewolf alpha). The result is a steamy, adventurous, and comical story all wrapped up into one kickass manga!
As soon as I finished reading Soulless my hands were dying to get a hold of the next manga in the series! You know those rare books that make you go through withdrawal like some kind of crack addict? Well Soulless was one of those! I needed more of Alexia and Lord Maccon in my life! The two books that I read after it just paled in comparison because I couldn't get my mind off of Soulless no matter how hard I tried. There is just no denying it.... I'm officially obsessed with this series.
Not only was the story of Soulless amazing, but the illustrations were absolutely breathtaking! I'm very picky when it comes to artwork in graphic novels, but Rem (the artist), did a stupendous job! The illustrations were fresh, expressive, and even comical at times. I used to read a lot of manga back in high school, and I would definitely say that Rem's work can easily stand alongside some of my favourite Japanese manga artists. I've included an example from one of the pages below so you can get a taste of what the manga is actually like.
So, who would I recommend Soulless the manga to? Despite the fact that manga and graphic novels aren't typically everyone's cup of tea, I would strongly urge anyone with a love of paranormal romance stories to give this series a try. If you are hesitant about the whole graphic novel format, then maybe you should try out the actual novels first! Now that I'm officially hooked I'll definitely be checking out the original novels next, that way I'll have something to occupy me until Volume 2 of the manga adaptation is released! (less)
Breathtaking... Thrilling... Touching... Exciting... Magical... Memorable... The list of adjetives that I could use to describe The Reckoning by Alma...moreBreathtaking... Thrilling... Touching... Exciting... Magical... Memorable... The list of adjetives that I could use to describe The Reckoning by Alma Katsu is endless! To put it quite simply, this book is AMAZING! For those of you who haven't heard of The Taker trilogy yet, then today is your lucky day, because I'm about to tell you about one of the best series that I've read in a very long time!
The Taker trilogy follows the life of Lanore, a woman born in the 1800s, who was granted immortal life by a dangerous and captivating man named Adair. While Lanore is initially drawn to Adair's life of opulence and pleasure, she soon becomes aware of his darker personality. After a series of gut wrenching events (which I won't go into detail about in order to prevent spoilers), Lanore manages to escape the clutches of Adair and runs away with the man she has loved since childhood.
In The Reckoning, however, Adair is back with a vengeance, and will do anything he can to get Lanore in his clutches once more. As Lanny attempts to stay two steps ahead of her worst nightmare, readers will find themselves mesmerized by the new details that come to light not only about her own life, but also that of Adair's.
In fact, one of my favourite things about The Reckoning is that readers actually get to see Adair's side of the story. While Lanny's hatred of Adair is more than justified, I couldn't help but find myself softening to his character after seeing things through his point of view. I never thought that these words would ever leave my mouth, but the character of Adair has started to grow on me just as much as Lanore! The complexities of his character just kept on surprising me as the story continued to progress!
I'll admit, after being swept off my feet by The Taker, I was worried that The Reckoning would be somewhat of a disappointment. Thankfully, I was completely wrong! The Reckoning was just as as gripping and tantalizing as the first book! I honestly don't know how I'm going to survive now waiting for the third and final book to be published next year! The stories of Lanore, Adair, and Jonathan will haunt me until I finally know what will become of them all! If you haven't read The Taker yet I highly suggest you go out and pick up the first book now! The Reckoning will be hitting store shelves June 19th, and this is a story that you will definitely not want to miss out on!(less)
After seeing The Lucky One in theatres last week (read my movie review here), my friend Jenn was nice enough to lend me her copy of The Rescue to keep...moreAfter seeing The Lucky One in theatres last week (read my movie review here), my friend Jenn was nice enough to lend me her copy of The Rescue to keep my love of Nicholas Sparks going. Like most romance novels, The Rescue was a cute, light, and heartwarming read. Unfortunately, The Resuce didn't "wow" me anywhere near as much as The Lucky One did, which is partly the reason why this review is so brief today. While I did enjoy my time spent reading this book, there was a certain spark of magic that was missing that I can't quite put my finger on. I've spent the past few days trying to figure out what it was that stopped me from loving this novel, but I keep drawing a blank (which is so frustrating)!
One of the things that did I enjoy about The Rescue, however, was the fact that the author drew on his own life experiences to write this particular story. According to an afterword at the back of the novel, like Denise's son in the book, Nicholas Sparks' own child suffered from a severe learning disability when it came to learning how to speak. I think adding this element into the novel really made it more personal and emotional to those reading. I was definitely floored when I found out how closely the author's experiences with his son matched those of the characters in The Rescue!
Overall, The Rescue is a book that is easy to pick up and enjoy, but just as easy to put down and walk away from. It wasn't gripping or overly exciting, but I found the story heartwarming and cute. If you are looking for an easy book to pass the time reading then The Rescue is definitely for you! I would recommend picking this one up from the library though rather than buying a copy from the store. (less)