Contrary to what some may believe, I don't enjoy giving a book a bad rating and review. I actually...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Contrary to what some may believe, I don't enjoy giving a book a bad rating and review. I actually hate it. Detest it. When I finish a book and it's looking like it's going to get just one star, I always go back and reread ... just looking for something, anything to grasp onto that I like. Anything that could pull a book out of the very deep grave that my mind has dug for it. But sometimes I can't change my own mind. This is one of those situations.
I was really excited when I picked it up, the blurb on the back made me bump this puppy to the very beginning of my to-read list. But from the very first page, I had this moment of dread. It was just so ... weird. The story felt disconnected from the Ethan character. I mean, I wasn't interested in the story. Because the launch of the story was so weird, I found myself skimming immediately and then on like page 4 when it got to the part with him meeting Prenna ... WEIRD. What would a teenager honestly do if they found a naked girl in the woods and she looked like she was freaked out and had been through some sort of trauma? Would they just hand over their coat and watch her walk away? I sure as hell hope not. I hope that if my boys ever encounter this weird scenario that they would at least yell for help or go get someone or follow her or SOMETHING ... and not behave like this ...
"Oh ... hi, nekkid and muddy chick crouching in front of me ... would you like my jacket? You look totally traumatized, oh ... you want to wander off all by yourself? Cool, I'm just going to go look for my fishing rod because that's totally more important than helping to find out what is going on with you! YOLO, bitches!"
Now that obviously wasn't in the book ... it was how my mind interpreted those first few pages. The disconnect that I was talking about with Ethan happened with every single character that I encountered. There just wasn't much to them, they were very shallow - not conceited shallow but undeveloped shallow. When I pick up a book, I want the characters to feel real and these just didn't. Then the shallowness bled over into the story. You never find out deep reasoning as to any important questions that you start to wonder about throughout the story.
I mean, this book isn't just total crap, it's grammatically correct (hey, that's a HUGE deal in my mind) and the cover is pretty. The amazing grammar and gorgeous cover seemed to be the lipstick on a very ugly pig. Unfortunately, the lipstick wasn't amazing enough to cover up the fact that the book is just ... not good. It's really sad that I'm probably going to forget about this book the moment I pick up my next read.
By no means does this mean that you shouldn't check the book out. Prove me wrong!! Love this book! It's just not for me. (less)
My reluctance to write this review is pretty ironic considering I was dragging my heels while read...moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
My reluctance to write this review is pretty ironic considering I was dragging my heels while reading it. Man ... it was NOT the book for me. And I ADORE historical romances. Sometimes I have to force myself to read something other than my historical romances. But this time, that just wasn't the case. I felt like I was ten years old and my parents were telling me to go clean the cat box ... I DON'T WANNA CLEAN UP TURDS TODAY, MOM! I'm not saying that this book was like picking up cat crap but the "I will if I have to" feeling was about the same.
This is the first book I've read by Manda Collins so I don't have anything to compare this book to but other historical romances that I've read. I hate saying less than flattering things about books. But this one was a bit boring. Right from the beginning, it seemed stiff and it didn't flow. There was a start/stop feeling that I kept getting. I would start to enjoy the pace and then boom ... major slow down. It was like playing a weird version of Red Light Green Light but I didn't enjoy it as much as I did in elementary school. I wanted to take this book out for a couple of tequila shots and make it loosen up a bit.
Even though I thought that the book started off stiff and cold, I did like how it jumped right into the story from the very beginning. There was no growth time where the story is built up ... it's already built and we're being dumped into the middle, which is awesome. I wish that all stories were like that. Now, I wish that could be said for the rest of the book. Later on, I thought that there was a bit too much explaining and not enough action. I started skimming paragraphs rather than read them so I could plow through to the meat of the story.
It wasn't horrible, it just wasn't what I had hoped that it would be.(less)
Love me some historical romance. I've read so many of these damn things that you'd think I'd burn...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Love me some historical romance. I've read so many of these damn things that you'd think I'd burn out but I don't. I love them. I love the dresses, I love the vernacular, I love the prim and proper-ness of it all. I. Love. It.
Hero of My Heart had a pretty interesting beginning. You're thrown into this seedy establishment that allows the auction of a virgin to happen. On top of a table. I was a bit taken aback by the initial vulgarity, to be honest. And I don't know why I was ... I've read way worse things. Things my reading eyes wish that they could unsee.
Was this the most accurate historical romance that I've ever read? No, but the story was pretty entertaining. I really liked how the POV toggled back and forth between Alasdair and Mary. I enjoyed being able to find out what each character was thinking or feeling during the entire story ... that's something I wish that I had for a lot more of the books I've read. The story was pretty well written ... again, nothing world altering but it was amusing. The situations that these two characters would find themselves immersed in were pretty crazy. And watching them maneuver their way through the obstacles in front of them was interesting.
My biggest issue with the book was how one of the major conflicts was resolved. It was so anticlimactic that it kinda ticked me off. I had invested time in this novel and for that issue to just be ... eh, finished ... made me a bit angry. One change to that whole situation would have made the biggest difference in the world for me. But because of it, this book received a low rating and I really wanted to give it two stars but it felt spiteful. (less)
Man. This is a tough one for me. I don't know. It just didn't blow my skirt up. I don't even know...moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Man. This is a tough one for me. I don't know. It just didn't blow my skirt up. I don't even know where to start. Maybe it's too much fantasy. It's based in a landscape and world that aren't anything like what we live in today. There really isn't much for someone to relate to ... people's lives revolve around the meteor shower ... artifacts rain down from the heavens but most are broken by the time they hit and people go out searching for anything valuable to trade for things that they need. The people are nomads, just traveling from one town to the next, never really making any connections ... this part of the story just made the book seem more ... impersonal.
The characters were okay ... I liked Piper a bit. She seemed like a strong female lead for someone who was on her own when her father moved to work at a plant and then subsequently passed away. But she was just not a complete character for me. She lacked ... spice ... heck, I don't know how to explain it. For such a strong lead, I would have though she would have some more of that umph. I did like how she was with Anna, though ... taking her under her wing and everything. And Gee ... his transition ... was interesting and unexpected.
It was just paragraph after paragraph of descriptions and explanations and I found myself skimming more and more. Yes, there was some action, it wasn't totally boring but there just needed to be more dialogue. More something. Once you get about 80 pages in, things start to pick up big-time. But it was a rough 80 pages to trudge through.
After reading the last page, I'm left with more questions than answers. This book isn't logged as part of a series but I don't see how it can just end this way. In any case, I'm okay with it ending like it did. I don't believe that I would read a second book in this series if there was one.(less)
I was super excited about this one because one of my best girlfriends really enjoyed this book and...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
I was super excited about this one because one of my best girlfriends really enjoyed this book and we hardly ever have a differing opinion on books. Well, we had a differing opinion on this book. I like the whole angels vs. demons thing ... I've read a few series based on this and it's pretty intriguing. Reading the blurb on this one made me bump it to the top of my To-Read list. A girl moving to a podunk town with her dad where there was a paranormal family living and she's the only one who can sense something is different about them ... hmm ... that sounds VAGUELY familiar ... well even though I hoped that there was no one sparkly in this book, I was really excited to dive into it.
I just had a really hard time getting into this one. And I shouldn't have. It was a really interesting read right from the beginning. But even though it was interesting ... I just couldn't attach myself to the story. Some of the jokes were super corny ... I really wasn't expecting that in a New Adult novel. It was almost elementary humor. I found myself rolling my eyes instead of doubled over in laughter and that was a bit of a let down. And every time I read the word "eh-hole", I got a little closer to slamming a hammer into my Kindle. I know that this is a book about teenagers so the whole teenage vernacular shouldn't have been surprising and it wasn't ... but combined with the weird spellings, it was just over the top and just ... too much. Way too much.
Now, I HATE it when a reviewer bases their rating of a book on how much a book resembles another one. Like similarities between two series and stuff. Sometimes they just seem similar. Sometimes they just ARE similar. Come on, it happens. Everyone is influenced by something. Anyhow, I try to not base my rating on my thoughts of another book. That being said, I feel totally confident saying this since I haven't read the book that I'm going to mention right now. And don't start shaking your head and wondering how I became a book blogger without reading this series, I just did. To this day, I still don't know why I haven't read it. Derailment. Crap. Okay. In this book there is a scar. It is in a location that is similar to a wildly popular series. Granted, it's not in the shape of a lightning bolt but the placement is eerily close - ESPECIALLY considering that one of the characters last name in this book is Patronus. Hell, I can't hear that word and not think of a damn deer. It didn't make me not like the book, it was just this irritating bug flitting around while I was reading.
I've never really read a book that has as many metaphors and similes in it. You know, when I noted the metaphor thing, I really started to question why seeing so many of them bothered me and I can't give you an honest opinion as to why. It kind of reminded me of long car rides with our two boys. Man, I think that the boys scheme ahead of time and make a bet on how many times they can kick the back of our seats before I have a meltdown. Maybe that's what the metaphors were. Just the 431st kick to the back of my seat.
In any case, my friend loved this book and she has pretty good taste ... look at who her friend is! So you should give it a try and maybe you've just been introduced to your new favorite series!(less)
Usually, after I finish a book and it comes time to write up the review, I have a pretty clear ide...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Usually, after I finish a book and it comes time to write up the review, I have a pretty clear idea of what I'll be saying about the book. I'll have looked through my notes and formulated what I see as being the best (and most fair) review for me to share. This time ... I'm having a hard time really grasping what I want points I want to hit on and what views to express. Nothing to say? It's not that ... it's never THAT with me, I always have something to say ... I think that it's just taking a while to fully process this book.
If there is anything that you take away from this review, it needs to be this ... this book is absolutely amazing. It is THE best YA book that I have ever read. And you may want to sit down for this ... it's better than my favorite book, Divergent (GASP). I know. I. Know. Dude, I thought that the sun and moon set on Divergent. Well, Divergent has been bumped. And it would take a lot for me to say that. This book had me from the first two sentences. Can you imagine being hooked on a book, falling in love with a character, loving an author and knowing that this book is going to be amazing from the first two sentences?!? It happened. The heroine of the novel, Tella, is just ... captivating. She's sassy and cynical and passive aggressive and funny. She masks her sadness and uncomfortable situations with smart ass remarks. LOVE her smart-ass-ed-ness (yes, it's totally a word). It's nothing short of refreshing. And yes ... part of that could be because Tella seems like me. Reading her dialogue and thoughts was almost like taking a peek inside my head ... it was weird.
Gosh, I don't know where to go next ... the landscape that Tella is thrust into is quite amazing. It's written in a way that it almost becomes tangible. You feel like you are right there next to Tella, trudging through the jungle. It was like this throughout the entire book. And it flowed into the characters as well ... by this I mean that the characters were so realistic that they seemed like someone you know. Each of the characters was so thought out and so ... complete. And the best part is that right when you think that you know these characters like you know yourself, something shifts and you find out that they aren't who you thought that they were. Awe. Some.
Haha ... I write tons and tons of notes when I read a book ... things that I need to remember, quotes I love, that kind of thing. Well, I wrote this one note and I just have to share it. I was almost done with the book, it was a little after midnight and apparently, I was a bit loopy. This is what I wrote:
Just when you think that you know what is going on, the author twirls you around, smacks your ass and then laughs at you.
And that really sums up the book. This is the first book that I've read by Victoria Scott but it will not be the last. There were tons of plot twists that really took me by surprise. Did I pick out a few of them? Yes. Okay, well ... I actually only figured out one ahead of time. The rest were TOTAL surprises. That kind of thing doesn't happen to me very often these days. It may be because I've read so many books or because after having our two boys, nothing really surprises me anymore. And that's pretty sad, I like being surprised with some twist in a story and this book was the perfect example of twisty-turneys (also, totally a word). There is only one thing that I regret about this book and it's that it's not out yet. Which means that #2 won't be out for a very long time and THAT is a huge downer.
I want to say so much more but I don't want to ruin the surprises. But you need to go read this book because it's going to be wildly popular pretty quickly. I just know it.(less)
A dear friend recommended this book to me. Now, Lauren and I have swapped book recommendations bac...moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
A dear friend recommended this book to me. Now, Lauren and I have swapped book recommendations back and forth for a while and she's never steered me wrong. Well, the Sookie Stackhouse debacle would have been a disaster if those damn books weren't so addictive. So when she said that I had to read The Testing, I knew that it would be awesome. And then I went to go purchase it on Amazon. Holy, Lord. It was $10! I know that makes me sound cheap ... the authors work so hard and should be paid accordingly but I haven't paid that much for a book since pre-e-book times. And that was a long time ago. But I bit the bullet and purchased the book. We may have to live in a van down by the river, but I have the damn book.
Dude. Best decision I've made in a long time.
When I review a book, I take notes like crazy. If it's on my Kindle, there are tons of highlights and notes everywhere and same goes with an actual book but it's post-its. I keep track of great passages or kick ass quotes and don't forget the critiques that I may have. But while reading The Testing, I only had one and I'll get to that later but the point is that I didn't have time to make notes. I had to force myself to slow down in order to enjoy this book. My mind really wanted to skim page after page just so that I could see how it ended.
The only note that I had about this book was "Hunger Games meets Divergent meets I Am Legend". And thinking back, I don't know for sure that this combo is correct. It's similar to Hunger Games because it involves our youth and the shaping of a new nation while crippling our country at the same time. And it's like Divergent because of the dystopian landscape ... can you imagine a war and weather ravaged earth? Well, you could if you read this book because the author described it perfectly. And lastly it's like the Will Smith movie, I Am Legend because ... well ... you'll have to find out that one on your own. As much as I want to tell you, you really need to read it for yourself! But I will tell you the similarities are not because of those creepy creatures in the movie ... no creepy creatures in this.
And that's it. That's all I have for you. I won't go on a long diatribe about the character development or descriptions. I don't have things that rubbed me the wrong way. And I don't have any weirdo descriptions for the book that I usually like using. The book is awesome. I actually read this about a month ago and I was waiting for those final feelings to set in about the book before I reviewed it ... but that never happened. I read The Testing then immediately read the next book in the series and I feel like I have one foot hanging off of a cliff and I don't know whether to take that step forward or to back up. I'm just hanging. I'm assuming that it will be that way until the third and final installment comes out this year.
I did love this book ... dare I say ... better than Divergent?!? I don't know. Some days I think that I liked it more than The Hunger Games and some days I don't ... same goes with Divergent. While they are so similar, they are vastly different. If you enjoyed The Hunger Games and Divergent, you'll enjoy this series. Hell, I think that just about everyone will enjoy this series. Even if it is $10 a book. It's worth it. I promise. (less)
Even as I type this, I'm deciding what rating I will give this book. I can't even remember how man...moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Even as I type this, I'm deciding what rating I will give this book. I can't even remember how many times I've rewritten this review ... twenty or thirty times? ... maybe more. My feelings are just so conflicted. Man. First of all, I have so many books piled up to read that by looking at them, I don't know what they are all about. When that one lucky book gets chosen for reading, I don't read the blurb on the back of the book. If I thought it was good enough to read before, reading the back of the book before I dive in isn't going to change anything ... so why spoil any surprises?!?
I really didn't have any clue as to what was going to be within the pages of this one. It doesn't help that from the first page, you're thrown into Kacey and Livie's lives like you've been there the whole time. I was confused at first, a confusion that won't happen if you're smarter than me and read the back of the book. That beginning confusion lasted only a few short pages but then a real and gritty confusion lasts for a while but it's not for the book ... it's for the characters. K.A. Tucker really took me for a ride. I became totally immersed in the characters. Anytime the story was focused on Kacey, I WAS Kacey and the same goes with Livie and all of the other characters. It was really the weirdest damn thing that I've ever encountered while reading. I was just invested so fast that it was confusing and quite startling, to be honest.
This novel is one of those that really pulls you down with it. Now don't take that in a bad way. Authors want you to feel. I think they all strive for you to become one with their book like they have. They want you to be tugged with the ebb and flow of emotions and/or actions within the walls of the world that they have created. And I totally did ... I was feeling depressed when the characters were depressed. I was happy when they were and I was totally prepared to hold this one dude down when Kacey wanted to light his junk on fire. I told you, I was invested.
The beginning of the story, as heartbreaking as it was, was actually a lot easier for me to read than the last 1/5 of the book. Dude, that last quarter damn near broke me down and I'm not a crier!! It was so hard to feel a wonderfully written character break down ... to watch them get to the worst possible version of themselves and then just become a shell of a person. I held my breath for like 40 pages, just wondering if this character would piece herself back together. It was NOT what I was expecting when I picked up a New Adult novel. Not at all.
But I'm glad that I did. Tucker will definitely be on my list for authors that I keep up with and possibly Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads stalk. This book is an absolute must read. You have to read it. Put down what you're reading now (unless it's Divergent or The Testing - in which case read that quickly and THEN immediately put it down) and pick this book up. You won't be disappointed. Wait a second, yep. Just changed the rating to a 5 star. Now, if you want to be my friend, you have to read it. (less)
I really don't give five stars out willy nilly but it seems like almost every book I read lately h...more Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
I really don't give five stars out willy nilly but it seems like almost every book I read lately has been a five star book!! I'm getting very lucky with the books I've been choosing recently, I guess. There are just so many great authors out there these days and this one is one of my new favorites!!
Okay ... this is the second book I've read by Tucker and I'm officially a gigantic fan. I can't count on one hand how many series I've read where I actually like the second book as much as the first. Usually, the second one is a bit lackluster for me and then it will pick back up with the next one but not this time. I loved this book as much, if not more than I liked Ten Tiny Breaths!! Such a good series. While this book doesn't actually pick up right where the other one left off ... there is some time in between but it picks up where the other one left off ... does that make sense?!? It's like when life gets busy and you lose touch with a really close friend, then you talk to them for the first time in forever and you pick back up right where you left off. It was like that! That's perfect ... it's like getting reacquainted with a best friend.
When I learned that this book would be about Livie, I knew that it would be amazing. In the first book when you first meet her, she's this shy little thing that is really passionate about her sister and you can tell that under all of that careful caution and quiet strength is this sassy young woman. Let me tell you, she has to be one of my favorite characters ever. I really found her endearing. It was tough (and amazing) watching her grow up in this book. My mom instincts flared up and I just wanted to shelter her during some parts.
Ashton. I could wax poetic about that guy ... I really liked him. A lot. Alotalot. He was such a little shit to Livie and I loved every moment of it. I was cheering for him from the beginning and I really wish that I could elaborate on that but it's something that you need to experience for yourself when you read this because you NEED TO READ THIS!!
Let's see ... there was also a bit of the Doc ... and I found myself really liking him too this time around. Not that I didn't like him in the last book, I did but this time ... I found him to be more personable and I REALLY hope that he is in all of the rest of the novels. I would be really upset if he isn't.
That's really about it. There weren't any big issues with the story line, it just scoots along like the first book and it keeps you completely engaged from the very beginning. Sometimes I find myself skimming over boring parts in a book ... long descriptions or just boring dialogue ... but that didn't happen with this one. I wish that I had saved it to read when I'm at the beach next week because it's a perfect poolside read. Well, it is if you don't mind busting out with a few chuckles and having everyone look at you like you're a weirdo. Or getting teary ... yeah ... that happened again with this one. So. Good.
Man, was this a blast from the past! I grew up in the 80's and Lois Duncan was a regular on the li...moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Man, was this a blast from the past! I grew up in the 80's and Lois Duncan was a regular on the library shelves. Seemed like every where you looked, there was a new Lois Duncan mystery novel just waiting to be checked out.
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did when I was younger. The first time I read it, it opened my eyes to what reading could be. It could be suspenseful, mysterious, surprising and you could fall in love with characters ... you could bond with them. But as an adult, the book just fell short for me. I didn't feel that same connection with the main character that I did all those many, many, MANY years ago. Maybe I'm just jaded now from the hundreds ... dare I say more like close to 1,000 or over?!? ... of books that I have read since first picking up The Twisted Window. Either way, I just couldn't connect this time.
It's a well written book, no huge grammatical errors or lulls in the story. Everything ran smoothly, it just was a bit boring to me. That's it ... no shock and awe. I wanted the shock and awe. I wanted to be taken by surprise or gasp in horror as I flipped the pages. Now, before you say it's because I remembered the book, I didn't. Heck, I didn't remember anything about this book but that I blew through 3 copies when I was younger.
Not much else to say ... the ending was a bit ... anticlimactic for me. It felt like things were just coming to a head and then fizzled out for me. Probably would be a good read for the young kids - around 11 or 12 ... they probably wouldn't be able to predict what was going to happen next and get a little more out of the book than I did. (less)
I'm a little ashamed to say how long I stayed up finishing this one last night. I went to bed and...moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
I'm a little ashamed to say how long I stayed up finishing this one last night. I went to bed and I had about half of the book left and before I knew it, it was super late and I realized that I would only get a couple of hours sleep before I had to get our boys out of bed for school. Let's just say that I'm definitely dragging ass this morning. After I finish writing this bad boy, I'm heading to bed.
Okay, okay, okay ... sooo ... historical romance. LOVE this genre. I love how they talk, the dresses, the balls, the dance cards ... I just adore everything about these books. I've never read a Burke book but this will not be the last. Ha ha ... Burke book ... that reminds me of that Vine ... the one where the dude says, "Don't drop that durka durk, heeeeeyyy". You could always change it to "Don't drop that Burke book, heeeeeyyy".
Anyway ... moving on ... this book was filled with more drama and intrigue than most historical romances. It was really a nice change! Most of the time, the author will focus on the horizontal mambo and while that is still in To Seduce a Scoundrel, it really wasn't the heart of the book. I mean come on, what would a historical romance be without all of the bedroom action?!?
Anyhow, you could really tell that Burke knows these characters. All of her characters have this full and amazing back-stories that add a lot of depth to the novel. It really seemed like I had read a few books in the series - I was that acquainted with the characters. There wasn't really any fluff in this one either ... anything that is written on the page is important to the heart of the story. And man ... the bad guys were skeevy as hell! They really gave me the creeps ... amazing writing job.
I really don't have anything else to say about the book. I know ... shocking, right? Usually, I pick a book apart and just demolish anything I may have liked about it but not this time. Good read, super entertaining, it made me stay up all night and I'll definitely be picking up another book by this author and it will be sometime soon.(less)
Man, oh man. Whew. I don't really know where to start. First, I do hate giving these types of revi...moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Man, oh man. Whew. I don't really know where to start. First, I do hate giving these types of reviews. I don't enjoy it at all. But I was given this book in exchange for an honest review and that's what you're going to get.
For me, this book was just all over the place. I never really got attached to the characters. This is going to sound crazy ... it was like when I was a kid, my dad was a gigantic Star Trek fan. He had all of these collectible toys and I never understood why I couldn't rip those bad boys out of their packaging and play with them. That's what the characters in this book were like for me. I just wanted to get to know them better but they were all locked away in a closet like a dirty little secret.
Let's see ... the teenage vernacular was a little unrealistic for me in this novel as well. Not that there aren't teenagers who talk about the low visibility in the water ... I'm sure that there are but it wasn't just a once in a while thing, it was all the time with these weirdly academic phrases and words. It felt really forced and not like actual phrasing that anyone would use. It was just another contributing factor in not being able to grasp these characters.
The two main characters, Rain and Knight, both had traumatic experiences in their past. Instead of making me sympathetic to their situations or endearing them to me, the stuff in their past just kinda ticked me off. Especially when you find out what is in Rain's past. I literally rolled my eyes when I found out why she was celibate. And this is a tiny spoiler, so you need to skip to the next paragraph immediately unless you want to know about the "boyfriend". Okay ... the term boyfriend must mean something different to me than it does to the author because the blurb on the back of the book states that Rain's boyfriend dies ... yet when you find out what happened to him, it turns out that they weren't really dating! Rain's ... dude ... made one comment about how he liked her before his death and now all of the sudden they're dating ... and she's totally devoted to a guy who flirted with her? I'm sorry but throwing yourself onto the proverbial sword for a dude that you basically just started talking to? Becoming a hermit/outcast/loner for a guy you barely knew? Le sigh.
After I read that part of the book, I basically checked out. Come on. Talk about dramatics. There were other things that I didn't really like in Deeper but why rehash all of that at this point. I won't lie to you. I probably won't read another book by this author. I'm kinda done. (less)
It's been a while since I have read a historical romance. Man, they are one of my favorite genres....moreCheck out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
It's been a while since I have read a historical romance. Man, they are one of my favorite genres. Here's the deal, was it an earth shattering, life changing book? No. But it was really good. I will definitely pick up another book by Kelley.
I'm one of those people that LOVES a flawed character. The more messed up, the better. I think I just like to see how people can overcome their inner demons. I love an underdog. I think someone being at the lowest of the low will fight harder in life. They're hungry. They just want it more. The flawed character in this novel is Simon Blakesworth, the hero of the story. Was he flawed? Yes. Was it huge? No. I think that the author could have taken it a few steps further. I would have loved to see her really rake him over the coals. It was just so close to being that, it almost felt like Kelley wanted to make Simon Blakesworth more tortured but then she pulled back. Here's my thoughts on writing a flawed character and this is coming from someone who doesn't write ... so I more than likely don't have any clue as to what I'm talking about but I am a reader and I know what I like. And you get to hear that! Lucky you!
Brace yourselves ... this explanation and description is going to be pretty rocky. Okay ... I think that creating a character is like making a wreath (hey, I'm a crafty lady and this is what came to mind) ... you add so much crap to a wreath that you look at it and think, "Dear, Lord. That is ugly as hell." and then you add more to it. Then lo and behold, it's perfect! So take the character to the point where they are repulsive and you can barely stand them ... then just one more step further is the perfectly flawed character that you get to spend 300-some pages fixing. I think that Simon Blakesworth was almost a perfect hero. Sooo close.
Now, Mia ... our heroine ... was pretty awesome. I liked how she was a wise woman (a medicine lady, healer, nurse). I think that brought a lot of tenderness to her but on the same note, she wasn't overly caring about people. This is another time when I think that the character Mia could have withstood a little more umph ... no ... it's not a word ... but it is a sound so it must count as a word.
The story was great, lots of suspense and intrigue ... I really liked that part of the story. Some twists in there that were pretty unexpected. I enjoyed how some of the surprises just crept up on you. I'll be picking up another book by this author, definitely.
OH ... almost forgot ... this is the second book in a series. While it's not a BIG deal, I did find it a bit of a deal when I didn't know what was going on in some sections ... it wasn't that much of the book but I did get a little confused a couple of times. (less)