Red is about this girl named Kia whom everyone thinks is a bit of a pyromaniac. She does have a pro Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Red is about this girl named Kia whom everyone thinks is a bit of a pyromaniac. She does have a problem with starting fires but not the way that people think. She starts them alright ... and the fire literally comes from within her. Kia gets kicked out of school for setting some old lady's roses on fire, so she gets shipped off to live with her grandmother. It's not some beautiful, homey little cottage that she's going to ... it's a castle and Grandma is the vet/wood chopper/everything else for the residents of this amazing home. Soon after moving in, she notices that things probably aren't as they seem and then the story really lights up. No pun intended. Fine. Maybe it was intended ... it sounded perfect.
What did I think? Well ... I'm not a big fan of paranormal ... I mean, I like paranormal novels but it's not my "GO TO" genre when I'm looking for something to read. Something about this cover and the blurb for it ... it was intriguing and I was super excited to pick it up. All of that nonsense being said, I really REALLY liked this one.
I really liked the whole premise of the story ... the reader is really kept on their toes because you don't know what is going to happen next. It's always something new with each turn of the page, you literally couldn't predict the next exciting part. The writing was pretty good too. Not the best that I've read but it wasn't bad and it did keep you interested. I didn't find myself skimming pages or skipping paragraphs to just make the story move faster.
This book is a stand alone. I don't believe that there will be a prequel that comes out and it was so nicely buttoned up at the end, I don't think that there will be a sequel either. And that has some serious drawbacks. One being that even with all of the info that you know about these characters, there is so much that is still unknown. It felt like you had enough to get you through to the end of the book but it lacked a depth that I think the book would have benefited from. There is such a thing as too much information but these characters didn't come close to having that issue. I just wanted ... more. I've said it a million times, I am a greedy reader. I'm a SUPER greedy reader. I want to know every minute detail that the author has to give me about characters, locations, situations and after the author gives me that, I want MORE. I want all of the details that the author has thought of but figured it would be too much for the story. Most of the time, it's not! Tell me about these characters' past. Tell me about their needs, wants, urges, passions, hatreds ... I want everything. I think this story just lacked those extra things and it made you feel like these characters were just part of a clique at school that you don't really know anything about except the big stuff. You don't know what makes them tick.
Anyway, that's just how I felt. Now, by no means does everything that I've said in that last paragraph mean that the book isn't worth reading. I think that it is. ESPECIALLY if you're a person who has a hard time getting into a book ... this will keep your attention and feed that urge to read.
This was my first book by Alyxandra Harvey and I'm excited to see what else this author has under her sleeve because this was good. ...more
Sarah Hegger seems to be a pretty popular author, all of her books are rated relatively high and pe Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Sarah Hegger seems to be a pretty popular author, all of her books are rated relatively high and people have great things to say about her. This is my first jaunt into the Hegger experience and it wasn't very unpleasant. I found that I actually kinda liked what Hegger had going on in this one.
So this is a little story about Lucy. Lucy is a train-wreck. Well, she was and she thinks that she still might be. She was the town drunk, skank, hellion and embarrassment. Then she moves almost across the country, loses her shit over there and then FINALLY the decision to become sober and get her stuff together was thrust upon her. She has been gone from home for nine very long years. She left a trail of heartache, resentment, hatred and loss in her wake when she fled nine years ago, so the decision to come back into the Lucy Disaster Zone wasn't an easy one to make.
And that's it. That is what this book is about. Well, that's not IT. There are tons of other things that happen and you get to see the rise and fall of a lot of the characters ... which is pretty interesting. While this is a pretty simple premise for a book, I found that the characters were interesting and with quite a depth that I hadn't expected. You get to experience characters at their worst and improve, you get to see characters at their best and implode, you get to see some characters never change and then there are quite a few that you think are at their worst and then they happen to sink even lower. It was just fascinating to experience, honestly. But then again, I love a super screwed up character. I like seeing the author build them up or break them down ... it's really a sick and twisted problem actually. I just love seeing characters at their worst and then experiencing the hope that they will get better. Anyway ... this book is full of that.
But. (dun dun duuuunnn). Isn't there almost always a but in there? I found myself skipping paragraphs and skimming pages. As interesting as the story is, I think that there was just a bit of fluff in there. And this is totally personal, there are tons of readers out there who really like all of the extra descriptions and flowery prose ... but I'm not one of them. Now, my skipping/skimming didn't change the story for me. I didn't like it any less because of those issues and that is because the meat of this story is good. It was enough to keep me interested and rate this novel with 4 stars. I would even be willing to read something else by this author. In the end, I really enjoyed immersing myself into the wonderfully screwed up life of Lucy Flint. ...more
Okay, let me give you the low down on this one. It's about this girl ... who happens to be a gypsy Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Okay, let me give you the low down on this one. It's about this girl ... who happens to be a gypsy ... I'm sorry ... wanderer ... (WHICH IS A DAMN GYPSY) ... who is a con-artist and claims to be a compass (she tells her band of merry gypsies wanderers where to go) but she knows she isn't a compass but thinks that she might be the compass that everyone thinks she is when she thinks she might not be but probably is (confusing, huh) ... who follows her non-compass gut to some weird podunk town where the people hate gypsies wanderers but falls for Spencer Sway (she sways his way and/or sways on her previous conviction of being a wanderer ... see what Jessica Taylor did there?). Yeah.
So ... I don't know how to say this ... but I don't get it. I don't understand why this story needed to be told, I don't understand what it was trying to convey, I don't understand the motivation behind the characters or the author. I just don't get it. I mean, I UNDERSTAND it, it's not written in Swahili but it was just a non-story for me. Why oh, why?!? I read the blurb for this damn thing and I was intrigued. Intrigued! But after the first couple of chapters, I was just bogged down with boring-ness and the long-winded paragraphs. Geez. Reading a book should NEVER be a chore. I should never feel like I am trudging through quicksand trying to save myself.
Wandering Wild swaps back and forth between what's going on now and what has happened in the past and these transitions were anything but smooth. I often found myself wondering if I was in present day or in the middle of a flashback. Now, I'm not an author and I don't know how in the hell to pull off flashbacks but this was not the way. At. All. It felt unnatural and it stilted the entire flow of the story. The flashbacks provided interesting information, the content was never an issue ... it was the presentation, I guess.
To be honest, this read more like it was about a cult rather than a very large group of gypsies wanderers. It was weird and unnecessarily violent, I think. I don't know, I just didn't get it, I guess. I'll be honest, the reason it got two stars instead of one was because I actually fought the battle of boring and pushed through to the end.
It needs to be said that this book has received super high ratings. Honestly, I don't know if these other people had a different version of the book or what, because surely we aren't reading the same thing. Anyway, I am definitely in the minority with my views and I could very well be wrong and this is going to be a best seller. It's just not one for me....more
OOH!! This is a good one! Okay ... The Courtesan Duchess. So very good! First, for those of you tha Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
OOH!! This is a good one! Okay ... The Courtesan Duchess. So very good! First, for those of you that don't know what a courtesan is ... it's basically a prostitute for rich fellas back in the day. It was no secret that dudes went outside of the marriage for ... things that they didn't want the mother of their children to do and/or basically to just be a dog. And it was okay back then, women didn't talk about it, courtesans were just a part of their lives. Well, not that I know for SURE that is how it was done ... that is how it is done in the hundreds of historical romance novels that I have read. Anywho ... this is about a woman named Julia who was basically abandoned by her husband after she said "I do" to him. She just deals with this abandonment for eight very long years. Then she comes up with a plan ... she is going to seduce her husband. She gets all of these tips from a lady of the night on how to seduce him and after she disguises herself, she sets the plan into motion. That's it. And what happens is nothing short of a fabulous read!
I just adored this book from the very first page. I don't know what it was ... the writing style, the characters, the whole premise ... it was just awesome. I loved the sassy gumption that the main character had, it knocked the story up a few pegs. If the characters aren't interesting or if they are just ... normal ... it's not interesting to me. I really didn't have to worry about that with this one. Joanna Shupe did an amazing job of introducing you to the characters but not bogging you down with too much background info on them and just let the reader find out for themselves what really makes each character tick.
The way that the story played out, you were really lead to hate Nick (the husband) and I LOATHED this fictional man with everything I had. I really wanted Julia to make him suffer. I won't say whether she did or not because it's something that you have to experience when you crack the spine on this one. The premise was amazing, the execution was amazing ... the whole damn thing was amazing. I've never read anything by this author but I know that she has quickly become a staple in my life and I'm excited to see what the other two novels in the series are like. If they are anything like this one, I know I'm in for a wild ride!...more
First of all, it needs to be said that I am most certainly not a fan of books written by two people Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
First of all, it needs to be said that I am most certainly not a fan of books written by two people. Weird, I know. But I do have reasons. What if the authors are great together but their books are crap when they write alone and then they never write another book together after I've fallen in love with their combined writing style?!? Or what if the authors are horrible together and then I never give either of them another shot because that one co-written book is just the worst thing ever and I miss out on their solo books and they are awesome?!? OR ... well, I don't have another or right now but I might come up with one later. Probably not though. But those are my reasons. Well, it's really just one reason and just said differently another way. Fine. That's my one reason why I don't like co-authors.
Whew. With that out of the way I can safely tell you that this was one amazing book. I didn't mind the co-authoring this time! Total success! I really, really, REALLY enjoyed it. The whole seducing a teacher thing isn't new by any means but I've never read a book that revolved around that and certainly not a book that had a vendetta as the reason why there was some seducing going on. I will say this, a big thank you to the authors for not making Zara (the main character) wear one of those cliche plaid skirt and knee sock concoctions. When I read the professor part, I was just totally for sure that the authors would do this but for once, I was wrong and man, am I glad that I was. I fell in love with the main character, Zara, pretty quickly. I loved her spunk and sass that she seemed to approach everything with.
The plot was absolutely perfectly paced. I never felt a lag in the storyline or the yearn for more info. I did feel a bit pissed with the novel at the end but that was only because it was over and I just wanted more of the story. This was one that I was really sad with when it was over because being the greedy reader that I am, I just wanted more. The writing style of Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne created one of my favorite and memorable reading experiences that I've had in a long time. I don't know how these two write on their own but together, they are gold. I will pick up anything that has both of their names on it in the future and I know that I'll get immersed in a story that I won't want to put down and will never forget about. Breaking Noah will be reread (and probably soon). I just wish that everyone was able to get their hands on it right now and not have to wait until May. But go ahead and get it pre-ordered, you won't regret it!...more
I've had a few Anna Banks books on my To Read list for a really long time and when this one came up Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I've had a few Anna Banks books on my To Read list for a really long time and when this one came up, I just had to get my hands on it. Just to kind of recap the summary, it's about a girl (Carly) whose parents were deported years ago and she is working herself into the ground trying to help her brother save up enough money so that they can pay to have her parents smuggled back into the country. She teams up with a popular guy in school (Arden) and they start pranking people who have offended society in some way. Shit hits the fan when Arden's racist father (who happens to also be the town sheriff) first meets Carly. That's all the info that you're getting from me on this one. I don't want to spoil any of the surprises for you.
So. Let's see ... where to start ... I guess I should say that I'm thankful that I have some friends who fluently speak Spanish. Not that it actually helped me ... I only know one word ... chanklas ... which means sandal. That wasn't in the book and it was a bit of a let down. I kind of knew what most of the words and phrases meant. The book doesn't have a whole heck of a lot of Spanish in it but I wanted to impress you with my vast knowledge of the translation of sandal, so I decided to include this. Really, you can just skip this paragraph.
The book was ... good. I thought the storyline was interesting, I haven't read anything remotely like it in the past and that was refreshing in itself. It was an interesting take on devotion to your family. It was a little sad, to be honest. I can only imagine the stresses that Carly was under. No, I can't imagine. It must have just been horrific. Anyway, the family dynamic with Carly and Julio was pretty interesting.
Unfortunately, as good as the premise of the storyline was, I found the characters to be utterly ... forgettable. I hate saying that but I just felt like the book only scratched the surface on them. I would have liked to have gotten a little more info on who they were. They felt unfinished to me. I didn't really get attached to any character and while it was sad to read, I didn't actually feel sad for the characters. It didn't move me. The characters went through quite a bit within these pages and I just felt ... nothing. I grew more attached to one of the secondary characters than I did the main ones. And that is saying a lot, I think.
Now the ending. Ugh. I was a bit disappointed. More than disappointed. When you get to the climax of the story, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!! I want to be able to read what happens, I don't want to be told about it in the next chapter from one of the character's point of view, I want to actually READ about it happening. Of course, this is just a personal reading preference but I was really let down. I mean, the entire freaking book is leading up to this certain point and then it was like getting to the top of the rollercoaster only to realize the rest of the ride is just ... flat. Flat, I say. I don't know, it just kinda ruined the entire experience for me. I don't know if this author is for me after all. It's a sad day. ...more
This novel is the perfect example of a complex book with a complete and satisfying ending. All too Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
This novel is the perfect example of a complex book with a complete and satisfying ending. All too often these days, authors are so keen on writing a series where the books totally leave you hanging at the end and you have to wait months and sometimes over a year for the next installment. I don't know about anyone else, but that is just so long to wait and the majority of the time, I totally forget about the whole damn thing and move on to other books and then I don't even realize when the next book comes out. Yes, this one is the first in a series, but it could be a stand-alone novel. Everything is buttoned up all nice and for me, that almost intensifies my reading experience.
You've probably read the blurb on this one (or if you haven't, go ahead and read it) and let me tell you, the blurb makes you think that awesomely scary things are going to happen within these pages and it does not in any way disappoint. I love this whole romantic suspense genre and I can't seem to get enough of it (thanks a lot, Sandra Brown). Not very often do these romantic suspense novels actually meet my expectations ... I've just read so many of them that I've become a bit stingy with my ratings of them. I just expect too much sometimes, I guess. But not with this one.
Die For Me is romantic and thrilling and gory and downright scary at times. It's not the "normal" type of book for this genre because it is so much more gory ... no one likes normal anyway, right? You're thrust into the nightmare life of Katherine Cole ... she was engaged to this diabolical monster and then he just vanished basically into thin air but THEN things start happening around Katherine and she thinks that he is back. DUDE! That's all you need to know. Go get the book. It really is good. Here's the deal ... if you like Sandra Brown, then pick this book up. If you like watching Criminal Minds or any shows like it, then pick this up. It will keep you on your toes from the very first page to the last period. And the ending ... the ending is awesome.
Except. And here it is. The reason why this amazing book didn't get 5 stars from me. The ending is only mostly awesome. Here's how it went ... the book is chugging along (do doodo) when all of the sudden, BAM!! It turns into the movie Seven (or Se7en). If you've ever seen the movie Seven just think of the ending (WHAT'S IN THE BOX?!?) ... yeah. I don't want to say anything else because this really is a good book and you should totally pick it up but that's what I had a problem with. Anywhoo ... good read. For the most part. ...more
Whew. This one. This. One. I ... ugh. I'm a little disappointed with this one. I'm just going to ju Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Whew. This one. This. One. I ... ugh. I'm a little disappointed with this one. I'm just going to jump in on the review here. I really thought that this was going to be a great novel. I read the blurb and it had so many great things going for it that nothing could possibly go wrong, right? Negative. Big, fat negatory. No, that isn't a word, but it totally should be.
The beginning of the story was great. I fell in love with Remy and I just couldn't get enough of Kenzie, I thought that they were great characters ... just messed up enough to make the story interesting. But then somewhere in the first quarter of the book, it just dropped off. It became a reader's worst nightmare for me ... it was a chore to read. I felt like I was forcing myself to read the next page when all I wanted to do was put this down and pick something else up. I felt like I was wasting my time with a story that was really going no where.
There were lots of opportunities for the story to really take off. The story was riddled with controversy and problems but it was just boring. Maybe there were too many things going on ... there is such a thing as too many problems and that could be what was wrong with this novel. This is going to be a spoiler alert, so don't read any further if you plan on reading this book .... but you have two moms that have died, two absent fathers, an abusive boyfriend, a whoring girlfriend, a pervy uncle and each of them brought tons of issues to the story. Now that I really think about it, it's just too much. If there were just a couple and the issues were deep with them, it probably would have worked.
I also didn't like the ending. Things just came too easy for the main characters. I want to read about strife. I want to read about a massive struggle that the characters overcome. Don't make it easy. Make the characters AND the reader work for that big payoff. But that's just me. I'm sure there are a bunch of readers who wouldn't care if things are easy in a story. I don't think that I'll read anything else by this author again. Not my cup of tea....more
First, I want you guys to know that I have not read anything else from this series. And that may ha Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
First, I want you guys to know that I have not read anything else from this series. And that may have impacted my views on this book. I usually don't jump into the middle of a series but the summary for this one was so interesting that I just had to break out of what I usually do and give it a try. In hindsight, that was a bad idea.
The premise of Undressed was great. But it took me 5 days to read a 200 page novella. It just didn't keep my attention. At. All. I can't really pinpoint why that happened. I just wasn't interested. Now, the story is pretty good - I really enjoyed the main characters (Abby and Logan) and I liked how the story flowed but there was just something missing. Some spark or pizazz or something. I'm not entirely sure what.
Undressed really yanks at your heart, a lot of the story revolves around a horrible part of Logan's life. It was just horribly sad. You know what? Maybe that was what I had a problem with with this one. In my opinion, all great stories have peaks and valleys ... high highs and low lows that really put the reader through the wringer. While this one had some super low lows, the highs weren't enough to offset the lows. At the end of the novel, I was just left feeling unfulfilled. This book was just ... okay. Now if you're really into this series, it will probably be perfect for you because it really received high ratings ... it just wasn't for me. ...more