I've never had such an easy time rating a book. I knew that this was going to be a 5-star rating fr Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I've never had such an easy time rating a book. I knew that this was going to be a 5-star rating from just the first page. Immediately, Deadly Fantasies grabs you by the seat of the pants and takes you on a wild journey. Well, maybe not grabs you by the seat of the pants. That sounds a bit weird ... especially coupled with my saying it takes you on a wild journey. Okay ... starting over ... I don't know ... it's a thrill ride. You are completely sucked into this novel from the first page. I have read tons of mysteries. Tons. Truckloads. My favorite thriller authors are Erica Spindler and Karin Slaughter. I adore these two ladies and everything that they create. I have some other authors that I like a lot but nothing like those two. In my mind, no one can tell a story like they do. Well ... until now.
I don't think that I'm one of those readers that is easily impressed. I'm pretty hard on anything that I read. I pick it apart, page by page. I'm sure I am more harsh than other reviewers but it's because my love of books is pretty serious to me. Reviewing a book is nothing that I take lightly. I'm sharing my thoughts and recommending these books (or not recommending) to everyone that I know and I don't want to push someone to read something that was just ... meh. I'm not going to endorse something I don't like.
Anyhow ... at one point, I honestly wondered if maybe Kelly Miller was just a new pen name. For this to only be her second book ... it's really quite amazing. This lady has talent. She is definitely going to be a name that you hear about more and more in the coming years.
Okay ... maybe I should get to the review. Well ... I really don't have one. I tried to find a flaw in the characters, the plot, the descriptions, the research, the conversations and I couldn't find one thing. Well, that's a lie. There was one spelling error but that was literally it. The characters were well thought out and they read like they were actual people, the plot was twisty-turny (yes, it's totally a word) and filled with multiple (VERY unexpected) surprises, the descriptions were the perfect combination of descriptive but not too over the top and boring, the research ... dude ... I think I might be able to run my own police investigations after this and finally the conversations ... they were so realistic - I didn't find them weird or stilted or unnatural at all. There weren't any lags in the plot, things ran very smoothly. I didn't find myself skimming just to get to the good stuff because EVERYTHING was the good stuff. I did find myself trying to speed read because I just had to know what was going on. I had to force myself to take breaks from reading so that I didn't just devour this whole novel in one day. You only get that First-Read-Magic once ... you know what I'm talking about - the first time you read a really amazing novel and all of the surprises make you gasp ... anyway, you only get that first read once and I really didn't want to waste it because I was being a gluttonous reader. And my gosh, the ending. Holy crap, it really came out of no where. No. Where. I wish I could read it again and get that shocker at the end.
Now, it is the second in a series but I haven't had the privilege of reading the first one yet and I think that this could actually stand alone if you want to pick this one up first (which I totally recommend). Basically, get this novel. Go get it right now. ...more
I was truly surprised with The Wanderers. The author really keeps all of the secrets off of the blu Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I was truly surprised with The Wanderers. The author really keeps all of the secrets off of the blurb on the back of the book. You pick up this book thinking it's about one thing and BOOM! It's not. Now don't take that the wrong way. It's nice to be honestly surprised sometimes when reading. All too often, the blurb will give away too many surprises ... which is why I only read the summary of a book only once - just to see if it's interesting and then I'll put the book down until I forget what it's about. I know, weird. Anyway ... in the beginning, I was really entertained with The Wanderers. The author seems to have channeled what it is like to be a teenager and in that awkward phase of your life, with all of the pressures and influences that you're surrounded with. The plot is really mysterious and you just can't put a finger on what exactly is going on. Good stuff.
I found the main character, Ella, to be endearing and sweet but then she would have the bursts of petulant immaturity which were a bit annoying but I'm assuming that it was put in to make her seem like a teenager? I don't know. It felt like it was almost on the verge of being a full blown temper tantrum and if that had happened, I would have just put the book down. I'm not really interested in reading about spoiled kids who throw tantrums. It didn't come to that, thank goodness. A bit into the book, Ella became self-righteous and she started scolding people ... I don't know. Is it that big of a deal? No. But it bothered me enough during the story to make me write a note about it so I figured it was worth mentioning. For the most part, the characters were really well written. I enjoyed the interactions between them and actually looked forward to the next scenes just to see what they would say to each other.
While the mystery surrounding the plot was intriguing during the beginning, about halfway through, I found it really tiresome. I just wanted to throw my own tantrum because I wanted it to get to the point. Dragging out the mystery is great ... until it's too long. Hell, I'm not an author. I can't imagine all of the hard work that goes into writing a novel but I am a reader and I know what I like. I like mystery but not too much because it becomes boring and I'll put the novel down. Which is what happened this time. I needed a breather to see if maybe I was just impatient and not wanting to fully invest ... which I didn't think was the case because I really like the story. I like the meat of The Wanderers and even after the few issues that I had, I still enjoyed it and I'll probably pick up the next installment.
Probably. But I'm a little torn. There were just some grammar issues that made me want to scream and I hope that the your/you're and then/than issues are resolved in the next novel. Basically, pick it up. It's a good paranormal novel and it will keep you entertained and wishing for more when you get to the end. I'm pretty curious as to how this plays out next ......more
Hands down, THE best Sandra Brown book, ever. Yeah, yeah ... I know that I said that last time but Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Hands down, THE best Sandra Brown book, ever. Yeah, yeah ... I know that I said that last time but this time, I am totally serious. It's better. It's beyond better. To be honest, I was a little surprised with how much I loved this one because I'm a gigantic Sandra Brown fan and just when I think that her writing can't get any better, she shows me how little I know.
First starting Mean Streak, my expectations were super high. But then again, how could they not be with my views on her other books. But then she throws this curve-ball ... oh, yeah. She withheld one of the main character's names for close to 300 pages!!! Dude. I just wanted to start flipping through the pages trying to find out this dude's name. It was pure torture. But that really made the suspense spike to all new levels for me. With each passing page, I was flabbergasted that Brown kept doing it, just not telling me what his damn name was. I just had to know. Gosh, I could go on and on about this but I don't want to give away any surprises. Well, any more than I've already given.
As always, the characters were a mixture of endearing, hideous, repugnant, strong and about a million other adjectives. I never have any problem connecting to her characters, they are always so realistic and tangible that you can't help but find common ground with most of them.
The rest of the book was just ... amazing. Fabulous. Supercalafragilistic-awesome. That's what it was. There was just one shocking detail after another in Mean Streak. Just when I thought I had something figured out, Brown would through this huge Godzilla sized monkey wrench into the whole thing and throw me totally off. And I'm not talking small little plot twists, I'm talking about hurricane type plot twists that just spin you around and drop you on your ass. If you enjoy romantic suspense, you can't go wrong with this one. I'll be re-reading this one more than once. And probably soon. I just adored it!!
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I was lucky enough to receive this book before it came out and I only have one thing to say after reading Rules of Survival: YES!!!! Yes, yes, yes and HELL YES!! Dude, if I didn't think that I would hurt myself or someone else if I attempted to dance ... I would totally dance an awesome jig and burn up the dance floor right now.
Man, I didn't realize how much of a book slump I had been in lately. This novel gave me a nice smack in the face. I know that sounds crazy but I guess I was just comfortable reading "okay" books lately. Nothing had really knocked my socks off in months ... until this. Gosh, I don't even know where to start.
That's a lie. I totally know where to start. It's where everyone will want to start. With Shaun. Dear, sweet, way-too-young-for-me-but-utterly-irresistable, tortured, Shaun. I'll just tell you this much, Jus Accardo can write a great character. Just the back and forth between Shaun and Mikayla was awesome. They totally fed off of each other (conversation wise) and it was almost as if I was watching an interaction between a couple of my friends. I loved watching Shaun and Mikayla's relationship grow and morph into something that neither of them had expected.
Heck, Accardo can write a great anything for that matter. I was sucked into the story from the moment I cracked the spine on this one. Well, I didn't actually crack the spine because I read this on my Kindle. Fine. I was sucked into the story from the moment I swiped my finger across the screen. See? Not quite as moving. Speaking of moving ... I have a bit more to talk about once I'm done with this little derailment ... okay. I've never had the opportunity to live a life on the run, so I don't know exactly what it's like to not have a permanent place to stay, a steady income and food readily available. But with the way things are laid out in this novel, it was almost as if I had experienced everything on these pages. The author has a way of just totally engaging the reader and it's nothing that I've experienced in quite a while.
I will definitely be reading something else from this author in the near future and this is one of those books that my friends have to read if they want to stay in my circle of trust. ...more
I was super intrigued by Cinderella's Dress when I was approached to give it a read. I mean, come o Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I was super intrigued by Cinderella's Dress when I was approached to give it a read. I mean, come on. I may be in my (very)(okay, maybe closer to mid) 30's but I remember hoping for my own Prince Charming and wishing that I could have a fairy godmother when I was a little girl. And now, Cinderella's dress might be real?!? I had to try this novel out. We all want that little piece of magic and that is what I hoped was within these pages.
You know, it was a pretty good book. A little slow ... that's why I gave it 3 stars. The story was completely enchanting, even if it was a bit confusing at times with all of the Polish. But the story itself was something that really swept me up. The whole premise was something new and one that I think would appeal to a lot of readers. If it weren't so slow it would have been amazing ... oh and sometimes it would skip ahead MONTHS and not give any indication that that had happened. I really thought I had received an incomplete copy a couple of times. If there had been a "A few months later ... " heading or something. Anything would have worked. Those jumps in time with no warning or immediate explanation made the book start and stop and it just impeded the flow of the whole novel.
You'll fall in love with Johnny and his interactions with the main character, Kate. She's a spunky one that kept Johnny on his toes - their conversations were fun to read. This is definitely a book to give a go. Maybe my expectations of pace is faster than yours. Cinderella's dress would be good to read if you're looking for a sweet, carefree, pool read. ...more
I've been on a bit of a dystopia kick these past couple of years. I initially fell in love with the Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I've been on a bit of a dystopia kick these past couple of years. I initially fell in love with the genre a while back and I'm always on the lookout for a new author that can bring something new to the table. And that's why I initially was so excited about this book. I thought that it sounded like a really cool idea and I was super interested to read a book with both the before and after versions of a new world. But unfortunately, this one just didn't do it for me.
Right from the very beginning, it was just really slow. Super slow. Slower than I will usually tolerate, actually. Most of the time, if a book is super slow, I'll skip ahead just to get past the stagnant parts. This time, I felt like if I did that that I would get lost. Truth be told, I don't know that I would have minded missing a bit.
Now the heart of the story was good. I enjoyed getting to know the characters but with it being so slow and so boring, I just couldn't stay engaged. I didn't want to stay engaged. I just wasn't invested in the novel. It's one that I probably won't pick back up again. Not for me. ...more
If there was ever a book that could be considered both New Adult and Young Adult, this is it. I don Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
If there was ever a book that could be considered both New Adult and Young Adult, this is it. I don't think that it truly fits in just one of those categories. Okay ... Take A Gamble ... first of all, this is from an author that is new to me. I hadn't picked up anything by her before but I probably will now. Take A Gamble is basically a coming of age novel but there is nothing basic about it. There is love at first sight, there is lost love, there is new love ... with tons of other things but I don't want to spoil your first read through.
The teenage characters were fairly easy to relate to but at the same time, I didn't really connect with them either. It's hard to explain. These teenagers went through a few things that I didn't have to go through when I was their age but they went through a lot of things that I did. It was fairly predictable in the middle of the novel. Things just seemed laid out a bit too neatly sometimes. I like a bit of mystery even in romance novels. I like not really knowing what is going to happen yet and I didn't get that completely with this one. Now the ending really threw me for a loop. I was genuinely surprised ... I wish that there were a few more of those moments within the heart of the novel. I think that it could have added a bit. There were a few obstacles that Mac & Roe went through and it felt a little too easy sometimes ... like there should have been a bit more struggle to come out on top. A bit more grittiness would have been great. Make those characters really struggle!! I want to read about how they were dumped into a big crater of a problem and they clawed their way out!!
All in all, it was a good book - it kept my attention and I enjoyed reading it (even if there weren't enough struggles). Oh ... wait ... there was one thing. And this drove me CRAZY during the entire novel. The main character is Mac. Her love interest is Roe. Mac. Roe. Mac and Roe. MacAndRoe. McEnroe. The tennis player. John McEnroe. That's whose face I saw every time I read the names Mac and Roe. Every. Single. Time. I don't think I would be so irritated by it if John McEnroe looked like Channing Tatum but McEnroe is NO Channing Tatum. No. Just, no.
Well written novel, fast paced and heart-warming. I'll definitely read another novel by Brownell. As long as it isn't about Mac and Roe. I just can't go through that name thing again. ...more
I am a staunch believer in not comparing one book to another. I know that sounds weird. But let's t Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I am a staunch believer in not comparing one book to another. I know that sounds weird. But let's take The Hunger Games and Divergent. Are they similar? Yeah. Sure they are. While some people compare and contrast each book against its "counterpart", I don't really like to do that. I like seeing if a book can stand on it's own without that comparison and still be amazing. All of that being said, Hush is reminiscent of The Princess Diaries. Is it the same? No ... but if you liked that series, you'll probably like this one as well. Well, it's similar to the movie ... I've never read the PD series.
Anyhow, this was a really enjoyable novel. There are some parts about rugby that were really confusing to me because I don't know one thing about that game except it has a weird shaped ball, right? And the dudes wear those cute shirts ... yeah, that's pretty much all I know. So the rugby part might as well have been written in Chinese for all that I understood. It's not a negative but I took the time to note it while I was reading so I figured that I would bring it up now.
While I really enjoyed Hush, I found that quite a few of the situations in the novel really felt stilted at times. I would be really enjoying a scene and then it would just end rather than playing out fully. This actually happened more times than I care to admit. The result was almost like I was a crash-test-dummy ... I'm going 90 miles an hour and excited as hell just to come to the end of the paragraph or chapter and the result was like hitting a brick wall. This could have been a 5 star book in my mind and it would have been so easy to just finish some of those scenes out. Ugh. Reader frustration.
All of that being said, I REALLY liked the characters. I thought that they were absolutely perfect. The way they interacted with each other, the commentary, just everything was spot on. I liked them so much that I was excited to get to the end of the book because it's a series and there is another book about Blakely and Max, right? Right? RIGHT?!? No. No, there's not. Yes, there is another book but it doesn't follow Blakely and Max. After finding that out, I won't lie, I was more than a bit ticked. I felt like I had been robbed. Le sigh. Oh, well. I was thinking that this would be like The Selection and MAN. So disappointed. I refuse to read the 2nd novel in this series just out of protest. I feel like throwing a tantrum and seeing if the author would change SOMETHING and fix this problem. Proto. Pretty please....more
In Velvet starts off at a break-neck pace. It really had my heart pounding from the first couple of Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
In Velvet starts off at a break-neck pace. It really had my heart pounding from the first couple of pages. I practically devoured this one and it was in less than 24 hours! It's not very often that I find a book that starts off so well and actually keeps up the pace (and holds my attention) for the entire book. I'd say in 99% of the novels that start off like this have a dropping off point where I really start to question why I enjoy reading so much but this one didn't. I just had to get that out there.
Before I jump into anything, I just wanted to make it known that I don't really know anything about Yellowstone National Park. I know, I know ... I should at least know something about it, but unfortunately, I didn't. And in all honesty, I had to Google it just to see where exactly it was because I had absolutely no clue ... I knew it was up north but that was it. Anyhow, the author was so thorough with his descriptions, I really felt like I was actually experiencing the park and not just reading about it. It was almost as if I was reliving memories ... that is how descriptive Burt Weissbourd was. Now, there comes a point with descriptive authors where you really start to lose interest but that never happened to me. Even with the scientific stuff, my interest was totally unwavering.
The characters ... I fell in love with Rachel instantly. Her love of grizzlies was really endearing and she was actually pretty self aware and honest with herself, which made for an interesting read. She was by far, my favorite character and there were a lot to choose from. A-lot-a-lot. I did find myself a little confused a couple of times, not really remembering who was who with some of the lesser characters but that could have been due to my lack of sleep when pounding through this novel.
Overall In Velvet was intriguing. And terribly frightening. To think that something like this could happen is sad and I truly hope that it never does. After reading this and enjoying it so much, I'll probably pick up another novel by this author and give it a go, if it's half as enjoyable as this one, it won't be a waste of time....more
There's one thing that I wanted to address before I really got into my review. I always per Check out some of my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
There's one thing that I wanted to address before I really got into my review. I always peruse reviews after I write my own. I would hate for what someone else thinks to taint my opinion and thoughts of a fresh read. For some reason, I started reading the reviews before I even flipped a page of this one. There was one reviewer that took me back a bit. They stated that there was a rape scene in this novel. I almost put the book in the Did Not Finish pile right then. Reading about rape just doesn't interest me and I don't think that I would ever read a novel where rape was involved. Kind of a weird thing considering that I can read about grisly murders, but I have my reading limits. Anyhow ... I decided to give the novel a shot anyhow. Dude, there was no rape scene. There wasn't a scene that even REMOTELY resembled rape. This just really chaps my ass. There are a lot of readers out there who don't want to read about rape in a romance novel ... they just want a fun, romantic read and this horrible claim could make someone shy away from this novel. I just think it's crappy of a reviewer to do ... give your opinion but don't make false claims about a novel.
Okay, I'll jump off of my soap box now. You know, this was an interesting novel. My first reaction to the main character, Ellie, was not good. I didn't like her. I just wanted her to fall at Nicholas' feet and for them to fall in love again. Yeah, I know that that doesn't actually happen in romance novels ... what would be the point of reading it if it were that easy. After a while, I really started to like Ellie though. Both of these characters and the main characters were very well written. I wish that there had been more scenes with Nicholas' brother ... I really liked how he was developing. Maybe he will be the focus in the next novel.
And that's really all I had to talk about with this one. Nothing really negative stood out to me and I ended up liking it. It wasn't the best historical novel out there but it wasn't the worst and I would probably pick it up again and read another one from this author. ...more
Everyone has that handful of authors ... the ones that are a sure thing. You know if you pick up on Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Everyone has that handful of authors ... the ones that are a sure thing. You know if you pick up one of their novels that you're in for a great read and you don't give it a second thought. Karin Slaughter is one of those authors for me. My mom branched out one time and read one of her novels and then when she suggested it to me, I was hooked. I used to be one of those readers who stuck to the basics: James Patterson, Nicholas Sparks, John Grisham, and Stephen King. These four authors were in my circle of trust and I NEVER read outside the circle. I was too afraid that if I picked up another author, I will have wasted my time on a bad book. I was foolish. All of those reading years, wasted on safe authors!! Well, Slaughter was really my first time betraying my circle. It was so worth it. Karin Slaughter is amazing. Her Grant County series is one of my all-time favorites. She has such a way with words and it completely draws you in. I have re-read that series alone probably ten times and I enjoyed what I've read of the Will Trent series also.
Which makes what I'm about to say so much more difficult. I didn't like this one at all. I tried connecting with Cop Town and it just didn't happen. It was well written, don't get me wrong. But it failed to grab me like all of her other novels. Maybe it was because it was set in the 70's and that decade is just completely foreign to me. That sounds weird since I was born in 1980 but I've had similar issues with reading other novels from that time period.
First of all, it wasn't a bad book. It was just as well written as her previous novels. It was just as well edited, thought out and researched. I found it kind entirely too easy to put down. Cop Town just didn't blow my skirt up. And I wanted to love this book. Who am I kidding, when I saw that Slaughter had a new novel out, it was like my unborn child ... I loved it before I had seen it. But the stork dropped this baby in an ugly tree before it reached its destination.
Remember, this is just my take on it ... you'll probably love it like most of the people who have read it so far. It's highly rated and a ton of authors that I love have really enjoyed it. So I'm probably out of my mind and temporarily delusional ... so give it a shot and prove me wrong!...more
This is my first 5-star book this year and it was a super good one! I had first heard about this bo Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
This is my first 5-star book this year and it was a super good one! I had first heard about this book a couple of years ago and it sounded awesome so I immediately put it on my To Be Read list. Unfortunately, when that list has about 700 books on it ... well ... things get lost in the mix. The other day, I saw one of my friends reading it and I put down what I was reading (which is super heavy and sad) and dove into this one. I sure am glad that I did!!
I've never read anything by Penelope Douglas before but I will most certainly read things by her in the future. She's one of my new favorite authors!!! Let's see ... why is she one of my new favorites? Because she writes a character that loves Seether, which happens to be one of my absolute favorite bands, EVER. She also writes a character that loves Die Hard and I adore those movies - I could watch them over and over and never tire of them. And most importantly, she writes characters so realistic that I feel like they are my close friends.
Speaking of characters, I really enjoyed watching the transformation that Tate and Jared went through in this novel. Getting to watch each of them grow individually and then towards and away from each other was just mesmerizing. I really couldn't get enough of it. Maybe that's why I blew through this novel in less than a day. Back to the characters ... they were deep. And by deep, I mean that they were really full and realistic characters ... you discover the back story and why they are the way that they are but it doesn't just get all thrown at you in the first couple of pages. You learn it as the story progresses and I've never really found a New Adult novel that is this in depth while keeping things interesting and not bogging you down with useless information.
The whole premise of the story was pretty interesting ... a girl and guy are close friends until one summer and then things change and the boy makes the girl's life a living hell. Reading the back and forth between Tate and Jared was entertaining and heart wrenching at the same time. You wanted to root for them but you didn't know if you should because was he bullying her? Was she bullying him? It was hard to figure out who was doing what and it made you read that much faster just so you could find out what was going to happen next.
I loved this one and while I want to dive right into the next book, I have other things that I should read. But I don't want to. I'll be getting back to this series soon to see if the others stack up to this one and I really hope that I'm not disappointed. Maybe I should just read this one again right now. It was that good!...more
First of all, fantasy is NOT my favorite genre. A long time ago, I read The Dresden Files because o Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
First of all, fantasy is NOT my favorite genre. A long time ago, I read The Dresden Files because one of my friends said he refused to talk to me until I gave it a try. While not talking to him was a bit tempting, I figured that I would still go ahead and give The Dresden Files a try and I fell in love with them. I thought that nothing would ever measure up to that series. But I was pleasantly surprised with Shadow Fire. More than, actually.
Right off the bat, you're thrown into Ashlyn's survival-of-the-fittest world. This amazing lady is carrying a leopard back home from her hunting trip. She had taken this beast out when it threatened her life! Can you imagine tangling with a leopard? "So what did I do today? Oh, I just took out a freaking leopard and then dragged it home. YOLO!"
As messed up as this will sound ... in that first chapter, you meet a broken Ashlyn and ... I LOVE IT! She's poor and worn down and tired and victimized ... truly broken. Until she is thrown together with Zane, at least. Zane seems to complete her and the way that he was written, I can totally see it. This isn't a far-fetched tale. Sure, there's magic and weird creatures but the meat of the story, the foundation, is based on this amazing relationship that Wheaton has created for her readers. The rapport between Zane and Ashlyn really speaks volumes and I think that it is something a lot of readers will be able to connect with.
Let me take a moment to clear something up. Yes, this is a series. Yes, this novel can stand alone. Now, is it truly a stand alone? Man, when I finished this, it really seemed as if everything was buttoned up pretty neatly and unless the next novel branches off to be about a secondary character (which would be totally awesome ... especially if it is' about a certain pirate ... hint hint ...). I suggest not even worrying about whether it is stand alone or not and just give it a try. You won't be disappointed....more
When I was approached to read The Find, I was intrigued. What would I do if I didn't have any money Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
When I was approached to read The Find, I was intrigued. What would I do if I didn't have any money and one of our boys was sick? Would I do something out of character and risk everything? Absolutely. No questions asked. I knew I needed to read this one and find out if the main character, Phoebe, would do the same thing.
The premise of The Find was interesting and for the most part, I enjoyed it. Everything that was happening on the pages was exciting, there's no doubt about that but sometimes, the story would just take a long, meandering loop around the action rather than just a straight shot. Now, this is fine sometimes, but I want things to surprise me. I want some of the action to happen so fast that my head spins! I think that it just needed to be a bit more direct at times.
The main character, Phoebe, was a bit of a conundrum for me. I mean, you know that she loves her girls but
sometimes, she felt a bit detached from them. Her interactions with them were just not as heartfelt as I thought that they should be at times. And then when you get further into the story, there are times when she is this timid little mouse and then in the next breath, she's got this big brass pair and she's ready to take on the world. The shifts in her character were almost polar at times and for me, it read as disingenuous.
You know, the ending really made me enjoy the book that much more. The last portion of the book redeemed the novel for me (even though I still didn't get Phoebe) and made all the difference in the world. It was interesting, exciting, gripping and a bit romantic. I'm excited to see what else this author has in store for the future. ...more
First of all ... longest. Blurb. Ever. Moving on ... I can't even ... (sigh) ... I just don't ... oy Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
First of all ... longest. Blurb. Ever. Moving on ... I can't even ... (sigh) ... I just don't ... oy vey.
I was VERY conflicted about the rating because in my head, I wanted to give it one star but my heart wouldn't let me because I did finish this novel. Barely. I made so many notes, I just don't know where to start.
Right from the beginning, I found Spotlight a bit creepy. And stalker-ish. I just noted that over and over and over again. I mean, the author took great pains to note how the main character wasn't a stalker fangirl and then each sentence following that declaration was just a sign to the contrary. It was page after page of obsession, creepy stalk-ery and stalk-ishness. Maybe it was the constant "Not a fangirl" commentary that really made it stand out in my mind.
After you get through that awkward first section, the book takes this sharp, face-first dive into left field. I was totally confused by change in the focus of the book. I felt like it really came out of no where and and I don't think that the ten page blurb on the back gave any indication that there would be this shift in the plot. Now don't get me wrong ... I'm not saying that I want to know all of the secrets of a book up front. Come on, why would I read if that were the case?!? But I would like for the changes or surprises to actually kinda go with the flow of the book. Two words from my days in Latin class kept coming to mind ... non sequitur. I knew all of those hours studying a dead language would come in handy.
There was also this weird section where it felt like reading a marketing handbook ... again, the book totally shifted focus and it just didn't make sense. Oh, and the company Lily works for had their website plugged so many times in the book that I actually looked it up to see if it was a real company. It felt like it was forced into the book WAY too many times and it became really old. Mentioning it that many times was totally unnecessary and we can talk about it more on my blog, Little Miss Bookmark unless you don't like hearing what my blog, Little Miss Bookmark thinks, in which case, my blog, Little Miss Bookmark will probably go ahead and give you Little Miss Bookmark's (<--- my blog) opinion anyway because (my blog--->) Little Miss Bookmark thinks that her opinion is totally important. You get what I'm saying.
Lastly, it was a boring romance. Dude, it was a total wet blanket. When I pick up a novel, I want to be transported into another life. An interesting one, preferably. I don't want to read something that could happen to one of my friends ... if it's a romance novel, I want the book to make me fall in love again. I want to experience what I felt when I first met my husband. I want to find the pet names endearing and not annoying and fake. I don't want a rubbing-my-feet-on-the-carpet kind of spark ... I want to be struck by lightening. I want to get that giddy feeling of knowing that these two people in the book would be perfect together. I just want to be swept up by it all and not smacked in the face with a dead fish. So frustrating.
After writing this review, I've totally changed my mind on my rating. Reliving this novel through my notes has made me even more disappointed with everything on its pages. It was a total let down and now I'm going to have to give it only one star. I hate doing that but I think it all comes down to the fact that I just didn't get it. I didn't get the motivation, the struggles, the fanstalkery, the sad romance or anything in between. I hate not liking a book. (Sigh)...more
I was oddly excited about picking this book up. When it comes to romance novels, I usually stick to Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I was oddly excited about picking this book up. When it comes to romance novels, I usually stick to one of two categories ... either historical romance (LOVE this genre) or romantic suspense. I can't actually think of the last time I read a straight romance novel so when I read the blurb for this one, it sounded pretty interesting and I was sold!
Right from the beginning, I really enjoyed the sass from the main character, Laura. I thought that her character was realistic and super personable. She sounds like the modern woman which is what I'm assuming the author was going for. Pajonas hit that one out of the park.
One thing that I just couldn't connect with at first was when they were talking about Face Time ... not the title of this book ... but the ... app? Is it an app? I'm assuming it has to do with the iPhone because I've never heard of Face Time and I don't use an iPhone ... so I figured that's where it came from. I just didn't know what it was, hell ... I don't know what I thought the title of this book meant ... anyhow. Then there are these emoji (is that what they are?!?) ... the little symbols made into pictures ... dear, Lord. I feel really old as of right this minute and I'm only in my early 30's! Now, these issues won't apply to the majority of readers out there because they are more connected with modern ... stuff.
This book takes place in NYC which is cool but I've only been there once and it was when I was catching a flight to Italy ... maybe the airport doesn't count as being to NYC. Okay, I'm pretty sure it doesn't count. But anyway, what I was trying to say is that there were a lot of references to restaurants and streets ... things that just won't make sense to someone who hasn't been there in some capacity. It made the book lag a bit anytime the street or restaurant descriptions came up.
Lastly, this is one of those novels that flip-flops the POV. I don't mind the flip-flops, it can actually add a lot to a story line. But this time, I found it to be a little distracting because it was hard to differentiate between Lee and Laura when these switches happened. Now, maybe this is because Lee and Laura were really that alike and this does happen but I think it may have read a little better if I had been able to distinguish between the two. It is just hard to not lose the magic of the switching POV when you can't remember which character's head you're in.
All in all, this is a well written novel and it was amusing. It's a light read that you should pick up and take with you on vacation to read poolside this summer. ...more
When I was asked to review this novel I just couldn't wait to dive in. The whole cowboy or western Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
When I was asked to review this novel I just couldn't wait to dive in. The whole cowboy or western thing isn't usually my cup of tea but I decided to go outside of my reading comfort zone this time. And for good reason! Did you read that summary?!? Yeah ... you and I both know that you want to know more about Gunner Wilson. Sweet baby Jesus. I'm telling you ... you want to know more about Gunner Wilson.
This is the first novel that I've read by Jodi Linton and it probably won't be the last. It was really well written ... I didn't find any boring sections, nothing long winded or anything like that. I also really liked how established the story was ... you know those kinds ... there's no warming up period, just first paragraph and BOOM! already some action going on.
That being said ... I also felt a bit overwhelmed in the beginning. There were so many characters to learn and they all played a vital part in the story. I did find myself having a hard time at first keeping up with everyone. Now, that goes away once you're fully into the story but it was a bit much at first.
I've read ... hundreds of books. I don't even know how many. Tons. A crap ton. That's more than a ton, right? Well ... because of that, I can sometimes pick out the ending to novels and movies. Strike that. Not sometimes ... most of the time. And unfortunately, that was the case with Pretty Reckless. Oh, I hoped that I was wrong during the whole novel but in the end, I wasn't. But I will say this ... I may have known the outcome of the novel but the ride to get there was pretty awesome. I'll definitely read another one by Linton in the future and I'm kinda excited to see what happens in the next installment. ...more
It was pretty interesting diving into Courier. I was born in 1980 so I thought that what I was feel Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
It was pretty interesting diving into Courier. I was born in 1980 so I thought that what I was feeling while reading was equal to what Marty McFly would have gone through when he jumped into the DeLorean with Doc Brown. (That was a Back to the Future reference in case you didn't have a fulfilling childhood and have never seen that movie.) Anyhow ... I had no idea that this was how couriers actually operated back then.
Courier gave me what I'm assuming is a fairly accurate accounting of what is going on in D.C. as the whole Watergate scandal explodes into a fiery disaster. I've heard my parents talk about Watergate but I've never done any real reading up on the subject ... since reading Courier, I have actually spent a couple of hours looking stuff up because now I'm super interested.
Courier moves at a pretty fast speed and keeps the reader fully engaged and on the edge of their seat. Now, I've never ridden a motorcycle and I think that people who have will find those parts a little more interesting. I did find myself skimming the parts where it talked about clutches and popping whatever it is that you pop when you drive a stick ... I have no idea how to drive a manual transmission ... so these parts were pretty much written in Chinese for me.
The writing was stellar throughout the entire book. Irving is such an amazing author that I could practically feel the wind blowing through my hair as the main character, Rick Putnam, raced up and down back alleys and busy streets. I'm betting it is spot on considering Terry Irving was a courier in this same historical time-frame. Man, I can only imagine the stories that he has to tell ... come to think of it ... was this one of his stories? How much of this is actually fictional ...
While the book did slow down a little for me about a third of the way through, it picked right back up and I was able to gain back my momentum. All in all, this is a pretty entertaining book and I'm hoping that Irving will have a memoir or something either coming out (or maybe it's already on shelves?) because I know that he must have some awesome stories to tell and I would love to hear them. ...more
I'm sure you can tell by my one star rating that this one really missed the mark for me. This is not Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
I'm sure you can tell by my one star rating that this one really missed the mark for me. This is not a book that was made for me ... or anyone that likes having money, for that matter. I know that sounds really weird ... who doesn't like money?!? Or at least who doesn't like what money can buy ... like food and stuff. From the very first page, I got this distinct feeling that the main character in the book hated money. Or the author hates money. Someone (either within the pages or outside of them) HATES money. Now, was this written? No, it was just the feeling I got just from reading.
I just felt a lot of hatred from this one ... the character hates her friends, her fiance, her chosen career and basically herself. She just seems really bitter and although the pages really go out of their way to say that the main character isn't jealous but every other sentence is just laced with an underlying hatred of pretty much everyone and everything around her.
Maybe Almost Royalty isn't subliminally about hating money. Maybe it's intended to be wittily sarcastic or darkly funny. Maybe I just read the book wrong. When I got about halfway through the book, I went back to the beginning and reread the first chapter. I was just hoping that I would get a different feeling or something would click and make the rest of the novel slide into the fun chick lit genre that I had initially categorized it. Unfortunately, that click never happened. If anything, my rereading the beginning just kind of cemented my initial take.
Now, this is just my opinion. Take it with a grain of salt. This novel is wildly popular on Goodreads right now and I'm hoping that is how it stays. I'd rather be in the minority with my negative reviews than be surrounded by a bunch of other party-poopers, like myself....more
Oh, Untraceable. How I wish I loved this book. The blurb was really interesting when I read it a co Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Oh, Untraceable. How I wish I loved this book. The blurb was really interesting when I read it a couple of months ago and agreed to review this novel. But I didn't read the blurb before I picked it up and started reading. That was a big problem. I think that subconsciously, I do this on purpose (not reading the blurb before I start reading). I like picking a book up, not knowing ANYTHING about what is going on and being pleasantly surprised by everything going on. Most of the time, this works out ... I don't have any preconceived thoughts or opinions about what is going on. But this time it backfired ... dude, I'm telling you ... I had NO CLUE as to how old the main character, Grace, was. In the very beginning, I thought that she was a teenager but then the further I got into Untraceable, I really started to think she was in her 20's. At one point, I even flipped back to the cover to see if it could give me a hint and the picture of the chick on the cover looks like she is in her 20's as well. Yes, I could have just read the blurb but I wouldn't let myself and for all I know, her age could have been disclosed in the first paragraph but I somehow missed it and I didn't go back to check.
I guess what I'm getting at is that it didn't read like a teenagers thoughts ... it was oddly a mix of both. To be honest, I really didn't even like the main character. Hey, not liking a character isn't necessarily a bad thing - sometimes that's the intention. But I don't think that it was this time. Another piece of honesty ... this main character was a little shit. She had nothing but snarky and rude comments for her mother and pretty much everyone around her and that really bothered me. Now, I have been lucky enough to not have lost one of my parents. Maybe this was a coping mechanism but all of the hatred just felt completely unnecessary. It really turned me off early on.
All of that being said, there were a few unexpected twists and turns that I enjoyed quite a bit and that kept me reading to the end of the book. Thank goodness that they happened because if the inner monologue that was going on in the beginning was how the rest of the book was written, I would have put this one down long ago.
I know that this review sounds super negative but I did like Untraceable. I'd be interested to see what happens in the next installment because it seemed like everything was closed up pretty tightly barring one thing and I kinda want to know how that would play out in another novel....more
This is the first novel that I've read from Erica Ridley and I will probably read another one by Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
This is the first novel that I've read from Erica Ridley and I will probably read another one by her sometime in the near future. Dark Surrender was pretty intriguing right from the get-go. I can't really think of many historical romance novels that start off with a couple of deplorable crimes and can actually carry it off but this one does. And due to those crimes, right away, I became really attached to Violet.
I got a distinct Beauty & the Beast feeling immediately from this and I would be lying if I didn't say that I had some pretty distinct visions of Belle twirling in her yellow dress in the middle of an amazing library. The author must have been channeling some Disney because I wasn't disappointed ... there was an awesome library hidden within the pages of Dark Surrender. If I had stopped reading right there, I would have given this book 5 stars ... I love a good library! But unfortunately, I didn't stop reading right there.
About a fifth of the way through the book, I got really confused ... wondering if I had somehow misread the previous chapters. I didn't know if I had found myself in the middle of a vampire novel or what. I'll cut to the chase and tell you right now that this isn't about vampires so don't go hoping for a sparkly dude, you'll be disappointed!
As a whole, this book was pretty good even if it was fairly predictable. Sometimes you just need a good read that doesn't make you ponder or delve deep into anything series ... sometimes you just want something entertaining and that is what this is. It would be a good poolside read for this coming summer....more
When I was first approached about reading Witch Hearts, I was a little skeptical because I was told that it was reminiscent of Criminal Minds. Stop itWhen I was first approached about reading Witch Hearts, I was a little skeptical because I was told that it was reminiscent of Criminal Minds. Stop it. Wait right there. Growing up, my dad was a forensic scientist (or criminalist). I grew up with this stuff. And I have messed up childhood science fairs to prove it! One year, I did bullet analysis and the next, blood spatter. I got some super weird looks but I thought it was cool ... now that I think about it, I wonder if my teachers thought I was homicidal ...
Anyway, I get pretty critical of books and shows having to do with crime because I know so much about this topic. So right off the bat, I was gearing myself up to pull this book apart but I just never got the chance. There weren't any problems and while the book isn't about crime solving, it's the kind of thriller that would appeal to Criminal Minds fans.
Gosh. I just don't know where to start, there are just too many good things to say. The beginning of the book is a bit haunting. You are dropped into the thoughts of a woman out for a little jog before it gets dark. She notices that she's alone and thinks of how the blonde girl running alone at night story never ends well. But then she has the same thoughts that everyone gets ... yep ... I'm talking about the "It will never happen to me" thoughts. We've all had them but they don't usually end badly for most of us. What an eerie way to start a book! I loved it!! All of that being said ... the first couple of chapters were a little slow moving for me. Looking back, I don't think that I appreciated them enough the first go round. They are really quite good.
The characters ... these characters were so well written that the author could easily go back and write a prequel and it would slide right in like it was always there. Too many times I have seen authors just not get ... it ... you know the heart and soul of a character. Then they will try and make up for it in the next novel. But in my mind, you've got one shot to hook me, the reader. I want to love or hate the characters that an author creates. I don't really care which ... I can love a character that I hate with a fiery passion. I just want the author to make me feel and this one did. I adored the heroine of Witch Hearts. I can't wait to read more novels with her ... nudge, nudge Ms. Liz Long.
I want to say more but it will spoil the surprises and believe me, there are many and they are totally worth it.
This would be a great one to read poolside this summer ... maybe there will be a follow-up book ... my hints are getting more unsubtle-er ... that was a hint on the hint, by the way. I would really like a second Witch Hearts. Soon...more
When I read the blurb for this book, I was really intrigued. It sounded interesting and unlike any Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
When I read the blurb for this book, I was really intrigued. It sounded interesting and unlike anything that I had read recently ... I thought that it would be a home run for me. But unfortunately, it wasn't. I'm not totally for sure that I read half of the book. I mean, I made it to the end but I had skipped so many paragraphs, so many pages that I honestly don't think I read even half of the pages. I found the book to be a little ... long winded. To put it simply, I just got bored with the descriptions, the conversations, the situations. From the very beginning, I was not dragged into the story. I wasn't swept up in the drama of this young girls' life as her family sat beside her hospital bed. The suicide attempt really took a backseat to Sue and her past relationship. I would have thought that the daughter and her plight would have been in the forefront but it really wasn't. Then you have the flashbacks. I'm all for a couple of flashbacks in a book. I think that it can really lend to the dramatics of the situation at hand or the trouble that the characters are going through but it just didn't read like that this time. It slowed the story down even more and when the story is moving with the speed of molasses to begin with ... it was not a good situation at all.
All in all, it wasn't a bad book ... it was just a bad book for me. It might be the perfect book for someone else. I need something a little faster paced, is all. ...more
Breathe Into Me ... where to start ... okay. First of all ... after reading the book, I think that Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Breathe Into Me ... where to start ... okay. First of all ... after reading the book, I think that the blurb on the back doesn't do it any justice. At all. It also has some info that felt ... off to me. I read the summary a while back and I didn't bother reading it again before I started this book because hey, if I thought it sounded good then, then it will still be good to me now so there's no reason to re-read it until after I'm done with the book. Which is what I did this time. And I'm glad that I did it that way because there is some info on the back that is misleading and it totally ruins a surprise! But now that I've brought attention to the back of the book and some of what I think is weird, you won't be able to NOT read the blurb now. You've just ruined a surprise. Are you happy now? Anyway ... in no way does this actually impact my overall thoughts on the book but it was on my mind, so I thought that I would share it.
Now, I love a flawed character. I go on and on about them all the time. It's mostly because flawed characters are the best. If you are reading a book and the main character doesn't make you think, "Thank goodness that isn't me" then they aren't flawed enough. I think that a perfectly flawed character will be one that you think "Thank goodness that isn't me" and then the author adds one more flaw in order to turn your thank goondess comment into, "Oh, shit". I want an Oh Shit character. At first, Fawkes did really well with her main character, Lacey. She took Lacey to Oh Shit Town but then instead of stopping there, Lacey was dragged through a couple cactus bushes in OST. Lacey became too flawed. She became broken. Instead of me seeing this main character as someone who could overcome her difficulties, shortcomings and down right travesties, I saw her as someone who had been shattered. There was no way that this character could redeem herself. I want to see that redemption. I want to see someone pick themselves back up after being dealt a crappy hand in life and I want to see them succeed. I want it to give me hope. But this was just sad. I have no problem reading a novel that is sad - the characters are sad, the town is sad, the pets are sad, and everything ends in heartbreak. But that isn't how I took this novel to be. I think that it wanted to be happy in the end and it just couldn't get there for me.
The writing was pretty good. After I got through a rough patch in the beginning where things just weren't interesting, it picked up and I found myself looking forward to snatching it up and reading a bit more. But I did find myself questioning ... everything. Mostly things about Lacey's character. Man. I just won't leave her alone, will I? I'll cut to the chase and just say this ... the main character was good at certain things that weren't let on in the beginning. It felt like it was just thrown into the book like, "Hey, she's going to be doing underwater basket weaving ... guess what?!? She's a world champ!". It was just weird and it felt forced.
You know, these things may not bother anyone else. Maybe I'm being a little sensitive or nit-picky. It's a pretty good book though and it's worth you giving a shot if for no other reason than to just tell me that I'm full of it and you like the cactus in Oh Shit Town. ...more
Where to start ... unfortunately, I'm having a difficult time finding a good place to start on thi Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
Where to start ... unfortunately, I'm having a difficult time finding a good place to start on this one. I've tried. It's taken me a couple of days to read this book ... 6 to be exact. That's not normal. It shouldn't take me that long to finish a book. The problem was that I just wasn't interested.
And I may be way off base on this one, there are a lot of people who really like this book. From the very first sentence, I just found it to be uninteresting. It's sad when I couldn't care less what is in store for characters. Usually, I get too invested in them but not this time. I didn't care at all.
I found the phrasing really weird in a lot of places, the humor wasn't ... funny ... or even amusing. There was a stiffness when it came to the conversations between the characters. It was almost as if the conversations weren't with real people, if that makes any sense. Now, I know that they aren't real people but when I'm reading a book, I expect for the characters to come across like like a real flesh covered person. But they all read like characters. There was nothing personable about them, nothing endearing, nothing. Just nothing.
This just was not a book for me. I was really interested when I read the blurb but this book and I were not a perfect fit. I mean, it was like trying to push a pizza through a credit card reader. We just didn't mesh....more
I was really intrigued while reading the description for this one. What a cool idea for a book! There are tons of books out right now that have some sI was really intrigued while reading the description for this one. What a cool idea for a book! There are tons of books out right now that have some sort of magical spin to them but this one was a bit different from the rest.
Unfortunately, it just didn't work for me. Not that the book was bad, it just lacked the finesse that I had thought it would have. I found myself getting a bit bored. That became an issue because the things that were happening, should have really made me want to tear through this book.
I think maybe that it just started off on the wrong foot for me with some acronyms in the beginning. Now, this is just an irritant for me. The rating I gave the book didn't have anything to do with the acronyms but since I did write it down in my notes, I thought I would bring it up. I just don't like weird acronyms because I think it's a waste of perfectly good writing space. Let's say you put an unknown acronym in your book. You have to write that acronym and then explain it... And then I'll probably have a horrible time trying to remember this weird acronym and I'll have to keep looking in previous text for it just so I can remind myself. And THEN, I'm going to waste a crap-ton of blog space just explaining why I can't stand acronym explanations. Le sigh.
Okay, moving this show along... I didn't get attached to any of the characters. To be honest, I had a hard time relating to anything about any of them. They felt really detached from me, from the story, from each other... It just didn't work for me at all and that's always hard to swallow. I want to love every book that I pick up, but it just doesn't work out like that most of the time....more
First of all, I ADORE the name of the heroine in this one!! Indigo Blackwood? Are you kidding me?! Check out more of my reviews at Little Miss Bookmark
First of all, I ADORE the name of the heroine in this one!! Indigo Blackwood? Are you kidding me?!? Awesome name full of spunk and sass, just like the young lady who claims it as hers. After you really get to know Indigo, you can just see that no other name would do that girl justice. Love it.
You know, this one had a slow start for me. It's not that it isn't written well, it is. It just took a while to work up to a good momentum for me. Haha ... I wrote a weird note in regards to the slow start of this one ... I think I may have written it after only sleeping for an hour and a half while we were vacationing at the beach ... not getting any sleep is my little sister's fault, by the way ... anyway, I wrote this:
Slow start to this one but when it picks up, hold onto your Sunday hat, Bessie!
Now ... I don't know anyone named Bessie and I don't know what hold onto your Sunday hat means but I'm assuming that I meant that the pace of the book picked up considerably. Because that's what happened. All joking aside, I'll definitely need to reread the beginning of Hexed just to see if maybe lack of sleep made me slow in the head and not the book ... if that's the case, I'll change my rating because the slow start was the ONLY reason why this book didn't get five stars.
I really became attached to Indigo and Bishop. Oh, dear Bishop. New book crush! He is such a pain in the butt and I really enjoyed his ornery attitude. But I like the ornery ones - I married their king. Soooo ... back on track ... characters are very well written. I found them to be totally personable and easy to connect with - which is great and I'm sure very hard to do for an author.
There are so many amazing quotes that I really want to share with everyone but I can't!!! The book isn't out and I don't have a final copy, just an ARC, so I can't share a quote unless I know that it's in the book ... which is kinda crappy because they are REALLY good. Guess you'll just have to pick it up and try it out!! You won't be disappointed. I promise!! ...more
Contrary to what some may believe, I don't enjoy giving a book a bad rating and review. I actually 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. ...more
My reluctance to write this review is pretty ironic considering I was dragging my heels while readCheck 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....more