I'm just going to hop right in here and get started ... no weirdo analogies this time! I was really...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I'm just going to hop right in here and get started ... no weirdo analogies this time! I was really excited about this one and for me, it fell a little flat. It's not that it wasn't good ... it was ... it just wasn't great. The novel felt a little shallow. Not shallow like a person who is self absorbed but shallow as in it didn't really have any depth. I guess that I wish it was more gritty. This chick (Hilary) is going through a horrible time! I wanted to feel sorry for her or some kind of anguish, sadness ... something. I just wasn't invested in the book.
Don't get me wrong, it's an interesting read and it kept me captivated but it always felt just a little incomplete. I didn't know the characters as well as I wanted to, I was always wondering about motivations for their actions or why didn't they do THIS instead of THAT. This could all be my fault. This novel is a spin-off of another series by this author and while the story isn't contingent upon those other series, maybe the background info from them would have solved my problems with this one.
I don't know. This just didn't blow my skirt up. I wouldn't be opposed to trying another novel from this author and seeing what happened. It may be a totally different experience since I've met the characters now. Who knows, but I'm open to it in the future.(less)
This is one of the many New Adult novels that I've grown to love over the past few months and it's...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
This is one of the many New Adult novels that I've grown to love over the past few months and it's one of my favorites, for sure. I thought that after a while, they would all start kind of bleeding into the last one but that hasn't happened yet.
Now, Ginger Scott writes an amazingly flawed character. Rowe (the main character) is unbelievably messed up. She has a long list of things she's not proud of, issues from the past and hang-ups about herself. It was really a fascinating journey that the author took us on. She made it seem like there was really no way out for Rowe and then we were able to walk beside her as she tried to traverse basically a brand new life. A new chapter, a new beginning. Being that Rowe is so terribly screwed up, I still loved her. I thought that she was a great female lead and I can't imagine this book being written any other way.
I really enjoyed the alternating POV with Rowe and Nate, sometimes that can really suck the life out of a plot but it worked wonderfully with what was going on. And I think that is mostly due to the dynamic between Nate and Rowe. The chemistry is adorable and you can't help but laugh and cry along with the characters.
I think that I read somewhere that this is going to be the beginning of a series and I really hope that is actually true because Ginger Scott really set herself up to have an amazing next book if it is about Nate's brother ... hint, hint. (less)
I love romantic suspense novels. Just adore them. I was excited to see this one on Amazon the other...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I love romantic suspense novels. Just adore them. I was excited to see this one on Amazon the other day and I just had to have it for some reason. I don't really know for sure what called to me with this novel, I'm not a huge Nora Roberts fan. Sure, I've read a few of her novels but not every single one and I don't really seek them out. But I connected with the title and the premise, I guess. I thought that the idea of a Nora Roberts Land was pretty interesting and I was so right.
I really enjoyed the characters that Ava Miles created. Meredith was sassy and funny and the journey that Ava took us on to introduce us to Meredith was perfect. I love it when an author will give you this super screwed up character and then bring you with them on the long haul to self-realization and healing. In my opinion, it's really the best thing about reading ... it's why I pick up a book and it's most certainly why when I find one of these super-talented authors, that I stick with them. Not every author has that ... thing. That spark. That magic, to pour into a novel and just bring it alive. Anyway, Ava Miles has it. I also really enjoyed how Miles wrote her bad guy ... I instantly hated him and wanted him to suffer horribly ... I won't tell you if he did ... you need to read it and enjoy the ride.
This is definitely one of the better romantic suspense authors out there. I'll be picking up more from this author in the very near future. I can't wait to see what she comes up with in the future but whatever it is, count me in!!(less)
Gosh. I just don't know where to start. I guess with what I first encountered. The copy that I rece...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Gosh. I just don't know where to start. I guess with what I first encountered. The copy that I received of this book did not state that it was an ARC. Now, if it was an ARC, I would expect some spelling errors, capitalization issues ... things like that. But this one didn't give that advisory and it was full and I mean FULL of capitalization issues. Not as many spelling or grammar problems but I'd say at least 2/3 of the book wasn't capitalized correctly and that includes names and even the beginning of sentences!! It drove me absolutely nuts. After 4 chapters of that craziness, my first thought was "Respect your reader enough to put forth some effort!!". Thinking back, that was a little harsh on the author and I took it back. At first. Hell. I don't know, maybe I'm becoming too picky with what I read these days.
Okay, moving on ... I liked the premise of the book. The feeling I got at the beginning of the book excited me because the main character (Parker) was super sassy and she had some funny moments, as did Chandler. I was about 15% into the novel and I was really enjoying it. Until ... (cue the suspenseful music) ... until I realized that this book was mostly inner dialogue.
This is how most of the book went: 24 pages of inner dialogue for Parker 2 sentences of conversation 17 pages of inner dialogue for Chandler 176 page sex scene 1 partial moan 98 page inner dialogue for Parker 5 paragraphs of conversation And on, and on, and on....
And as Reese Witherspoon says in Sweet Home Alabama: No ... I am not shitting you. Okay, well maybe that was a bit exaggerated but it was honestly ridiculous. I would say that 3/4 of the book is inner dialogue and that isn't fudging the truth. The sad part is that I really REALLY enjoyed the conversations that Parker and Chandler would have with each other and others but there just wasn't enough of it. It was like sitting in my 7th grade Drama class, watching these people perform horrible monologues. Pure. Torture.
I don't think that I'll read anything by this author again. This was just too much for me. (less)
This is my second Jodi Linton novel and it's actually the follow-up novel to the first one I read....more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
This is my second Jodi Linton novel and it's actually the follow-up novel to the first one I read. Let's just get all of the facts out of the way before I start in on the nitty-gritty. It's really well written. Which shouldn't surprise me since the first novel in this series was as well. There weren't any fluff paragraphs, everything written on these pages pertains to the story. I didn't find myself skimming or skipping because of the quick pace of the storyline. It wasn't so quick that you are left wanting more, Linton does a great job of making everything relevant to her novel.
Let's see ... the last Linton novel that I read, I had a hard time keeping up with the copious amounts of characters but this time, I didn't. That could be because I remembered most of them from the previous novel or it could just be because there aren't as many characters this time. I don't really know which but I didn't feel overwhelmed like I did last time, so I thought it was worth mentioning.
Now onto the good stuff ... okay, where to start ... I'm beginning to understand that no matter what I read from this author, I'll be entertained. Everything is either funny or gripping or steamy in this book. You really don't have time to sit back and relax because you have to bob and weave with the quick jabs of plot twists or Laney (the main character) antics. That's one of the amazing things about this series - it keeps you on your toes. Just when you think the main character has exhausted her repertoire of witty quips, she's tossing another one at some unsuspecting victim and it's like you're off to the races again!
This time, I was a bit surprised with the ending, I know that last time I was able to pick out the bad guy from pretty much the very beginning but this time, it took me a while longer. It was nice - especially since I was guiltily expecting it to be easy again. But that's it! Cute little novella to add to the Laney Briggs saga and if you haven't read the first novel, I think that's okay! Go ahead and try this out (on August 18th, when it's released) and see what you think. When you get a dozen pages in, you'll be ready to crack open the first in the series! (less)
This was my first but definitely not my last encounter with a C.J. Duggan novel. Why, in the name o...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
This was my first but definitely not my last encounter with a C.J. Duggan novel. Why, in the name of everything sweet and cuddly, have I not ever heard of this author?!? I just don't get it. I. Don't. Get it. But that changes as of today. If the rest of this series is as good as this first book, this series will be in my top 5. Most definitely my favorite New Adult. By a long shot. And that's saying a bunch since I've been on a serious New Adult kick lately and I've read some amazing novels.
This one was just so good. It was so ... real. I mean, you're following this girl named Tess. Now, Tess is what I would consider your almost-every-teenage-girl-next-door. She's dated a jerk, she is super insecure, she's boy crazy and she's borderline obsessed with a guy that she's mooned over for years. I saw a lot of myself in Tess. Maybe that's why I connected with this novel so much. Duggan wrote Tess with this awesome sassy/spunky attitude - Tess has a very quick wit and a smartass comment for just about everything and I loved it. She's one of those characters that you instantly connect with and find just truly endearing.
Tess was so well written, along with all of the other characters. Each of them had such a depth, such a back story that really filled them out completely and left you with no unanswered questions about their history or why they behaved the way that they did.
The story also flowed seamlessly. There weren't any sentences, paragraphs or chapters that were unnecessary ... there just wasn't any fluff. I didn't find myself skimming paragraphs or jumping pages just to get to the good parts because it was ALL good parts.
I just really enjoyed everything about The Boys of Summer. Everything. There were so many hilarious moments, so many heart wrenching moments. It's a coming of age novel that most females can totally identify with. Such a sweet young-love story! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!! Now stop reading my silly review and get started on this book!!(less)
Ahhh ... historical romances. Love it!! My first and only note that I took for this novel is that t...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Ahhh ... historical romances. Love it!! My first and only note that I took for this novel is that the concept is awesome. I've never read anything like it and the idea is really cool. What's even cooler is that the delivery was awesome. This was a really well written book with pretty complete characters. I didn't once wonder why one of the characters was behaving in this way or that ... everything was so well thought out that I felt like I might know the characters better than they know themselves!
I really liked how vulnerable yet strong she made the main character, Phoebe. From the first page, you're thrown into Phoebe's life and almost drowned in her turmoil. You are able to catch a glimpse of this young woman and then later, how she has matured and changed. It's quite captivating. AND unexpected for a historical romance to tackle. Usually this genre is all about the dresses, balls and handsome men but this one was a bit deeper even though it is all based on some silly bet.
Speaking of the bet ... this brought out the best and worst of more than just the men betting. You're able to see how other people react to what they thing is a ridiculous endeavor. This was just an all around fabulous book. One that I really enjoyed, in case you can't tell, and one that I'll read again. Along with anything else that this author has written. So good.
Oh. Wait. You might be wondering why I gave this novel only 4 stars after waxing poetic about it for forever. Well, there were just a few places where I found myself skimming because I thought it dragged the story down. If it weren't for those passages, this would have flown to the top of my 5-star list. Now, they are not enough to make someone want to shy away ... on the contrary. Go grab this book. You'll really like it, I promise.(less)
I just don't even know where to start on this one. So many things to cover. Well, this is the first...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I just don't even know where to start on this one. So many things to cover. Well, this is the first book I've read by this author and I'm still undecided as to whether I would read something else by her in the future. Whoa. Loaded statement right off the bat, right? Well, I'm a bit peeved by this novel. More than a bit peeved.
I was 3/4 of the way through this book and loving it. Adoring it. I worshiped the shelf that this novel would eventually grace (it comes out in September of this year). I usually don't enjoy fantasy novels THIS MUCH. I was thinking all of this after each page I read. I mean, how lucky can I be to have read so many great books in a row and then this one is a fantasy and I love it as well. Until the other shoe dropped. And man ... it was a giant shoe. Now, lets rewind a little bit. The writing is great. The story line was great. I was completely entranced by every word on these pages. I really enjoyed the characters and the way that they interacted with each other. This author knows how to write and engage the reader, that wasn't the issue.
Now this other shoe ... le sigh ... I understand that there is going to be some overlap with other books. You and I both know that there probably aren't that many truly original ideas left anymore. Everything is a bit of a skewed version of something else. I get that. But there were two places in this book that are Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood. When the first thing happened, I had a brief thought that what was going on was similar and I found it amusing. But then the second thing happened and to be honest, it really just kinda ticked me off. I wish that I could say what the things were but the copy of the novel that I received is an ARC and that means that since it hasn't gone to press yet, it could still change and I'm not allowed to quote anything because of that. But I really hope that these two things are changed or removed because it felt almost cheap to use two hugely significant things from another series.
Okay, now that that one is out of the way ... once I got about eighty percent through, there was a huge shift in the book. It felt like it wasn't as engaging because it was moving way too quickly. One minute the characters are doing something and then the next thing you know, the author is skipping months ahead and continuing the story. It was just entirely too fast in my mind and there wasn't really any reason for it. I would have loved to have read about what the characters were experiencing in that time period. I wanted to see relationships grow and change and I felt a little robbed of that. And then all of the sudden, it's over. The novel is over and instead of feeling fulfilled, I was just angry. I don't know if the author didn't want to turn this into a series or what, but it felt like that was where it was going at first and then that idea was scrapped when the novel was almost finished and then an ending was just shoved in.
Ugh. I just don't know. I don't know if I liked or hated this book. I don't know if I'm giving it the right rating, I really did enjoy most of the book but everyone knows that a horrible ending can sour your entire reading experience. It's really just too bad. So much potential. This could have been a pretty spectacular series. (less)