Usually I summarize the book before I get into my review but I'm not going to do that today. I just wan Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Usually I summarize the book before I get into my review but I'm not going to do that today. I just want to get to all of the deets and then get out. This is the second series that I've read by Ali Parker and probably my last. I've found that these books are just not written for me and are better suited to someone else. What kind of someone else? I have no clue, to be honest. Once again, this author has managed to irritate me with typos and (what I think is) a strange way of writing but I'll get into that in a little while.
From the very beginning of this series I was largely confused. I just read the series Jaded by Ali Parker and there was a character named Kade. Now this character didn't have a big part, it was super small but much to my surprise, there was a pretty big character in this one named Kade as well. In no way was it stated or hinted at the fact that these were the same person. No matching details were given about either character and I'm just not understanding why an author would use a name twice unless it was the same person but if it IS the same person, why wouldn't any of the personal details match up? It was very confusing and I found that this was quite distracting when you're trying to get into a book but instead you're analyzing every sentence trying to see if there is some connection that you're missing.
I have one more tiny nitpick before I move on. I lived most of my life in Oklahoma City ... that's my hometown and it's not Southern Southern but it's Southern ... does that make sense? Well, almost 8 years ago, my husband and I moved our kiddos down to Houston. Now, Houston is Southern. A common word in our vernacular is the infamous Y'ALL. I've said this word (much to the horror of my mom (a teacher)) for pretty much my entire life but it is almost a religion down here in Houston. Anyhow ... y'all is a contraction of two words: you and all. I'm not going to get into the rules for contractions but the apostrophe (in most cases) goes where the letters are removed. It is y'all. Does it look weird, yes. Does it really matter that the author got it wrong? No ... but it was the typo that broke the camel's back.
On to the meat of the story ... basically, the story felt disjointed. This book had a pretty interesting blurb and I had such high hopes but unfortunately, it didn't deliver on hardly any level. The story felt shallow, if that makes sense. There wasn't any grit to it, I didn't feel like I knew the characters or their wants/needs/motivations, and it was a little boring. I expected some steamy romance but what I got instead was a tepid romance that took a backseat to the Parker sub-plot. And no, I don't mean the author ... there is a character named Parker. I won't get into the name thing again but it feels a tad familiar ... Anyway. This Parker sub-plot was an attention hog. I was completely confused as to why this character was taking up so much page space when I would have loved to have learned a little more about our main character and what the heck was going on with her.
I'm going to just leave it at that. I won't be picking up another Ali Parker novel. Fool me once, shame on you ... fool me twice and I'm a damn idiot. Well, this idiot is on to another novel, y'all.
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Kari is out enjoying her bachelorette party with her girlfriends when the unthinkable happens. The next day, Kari decides to move away to a small town
Kari is out enjoying her bachelorette party with her girlfriends when the unthinkable happens. The next day, Kari decides to move away to a small town that she's never heard of and start a new life. Being in a new place isn't always easy, especially when fate keeps throwing the man of your dreams into your path even though you know you're not ready. Sometimes fate knows better than you do.
You know, I was excited about reading Jaded. I thought that it would be full of angst and turmoil and just ... feeling. But it wasn't as angsty as I had hoped it would be. With the kind of opening that the book had ... man ... I was expecting sparks to fly and maybe for my Kindle to catch on fire but that just never happened. Those first couple of chapters were amazing and then the story just tapered off for me. Some of the issues I had was that the story was just too convenient ... well, not the story, but things that happened in the story. The characters shouldn't always get the easy way out, there needs to be controversy in order to keep the story interesting and there just wasn't much of that. The story kind of fell flat and became long winded and uninteresting. I was skipping paragraphs just waiting for something (anything!) to happen that would move the story along.
I also found Jaded to be SUPER wordy. Things were just phrased so weirdly sometimes. Here's an example: "Kari came loose of her panties and bra". Ooookay ... OR you could say: Kari took her panties and bra off ... OR even: off came her undergarments. But Kari came loose of her panties and bra? Weird. No one tied her up in that shit, she took them off. Another one is: "... parking her small Honda in a covered garage and slipping out into the small space afforded her". OMG. Why say it that way?!? She stepped into the small space between the cars ... done. Anyway, I don't know. Is what was written grammatically correct? Sure. But it sounds weird as hell, no one says shit that way. Maybe I wouldn't be so irritated with the weird phrases if there weren't any typos. I can count on one hand the amount of times I've listed typos in a review because you know what, stuff happens. Especially with all of the indie books out there but this time, I was already irritated and seeing the phrase "me mumbled" just sent me over the edge. I mean, come on! This isn't that In Me Mom's Car Broom Broom vine that was going around, this is a piece of literature. Me mumbled seemed almost like an insult to the reader. Me didn't mumble but me is getting pissed.
Oh! And THEN the ending was a complete letdown. I was shocked that it just ended, I didn't feel like anything was truly buttoned up, there wasn't a completed feeling to it. It was like the story was getting good and then someone deleted the last 20 pages and wrote the end. It wasn't what I was expecting at all but again ... my irritation could be from the whole me mumbled debacle.
I guess the worst part of this whole ordeal is that this book had potential for me. I was really looking forward to it. So much so that I actually received two Ali Parker series before I had read anything by her. Yeah. Note to self: Only get one series by a new author that way you're sure you like their writing style. And in lieu of the wordiness and typos, I use the word style VERY loosely. I really hate not liking a book but it happens. On to the next one!
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At the beginning of my reviews I like to write a little summary of my own and let people know what the Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
At the beginning of my reviews I like to write a little summary of my own and let people know what the book is about but I'm doing something different this time. I'm not going to do that. I have good reasons ... the biggest reason being that any minute detail I give you could give away some of the important things that happen in the book, I don't want to spoil what I like to call First Read Magic. First Read Magic is that amazing feeling you get when you read a new book ... all of the excitement and suspense and first impressions of characters and just getting totally immersed in a new world. This isn't something that you can get back or do over, it only happens that once. This book is a big one with that. There are just too many surprises that you could figure out with just a little nudge and since I didn't have that, I don't want you to either!
Oh, and I think it needs to be said that I've tried reading science fiction novels and lately, I just can't get into them. I end up reading about halfway through and I just can't stay focused on it. I don't know why that is ... Alive is the first science fiction I've read (and enjoyed immensely) in over a year ... maybe longer. Just keep that in mind if you're on the fence about this one since everything written about it is so mysterious.
So ... anyway ... Scott Sigler. I've never had the opportunity to read anything by him previously. He is a trip. Well, his writing is, anyway. You know how with some authors you sit there and wonder what kind of person has THAT kind of mind to think some crap up? Sigler is one of those. There were many times when I was just sitting here with my Kindle in my hand wondering how in the hell he came up with this stuff. But you know what? As strange or out there I might have thought it to be, Sigler can sure weave a beautiful story. It's weird to think of a science fiction story being beautiful but it was. While I did find that there were some spots where it was a little too detailed, it was that way for a reason: you're entering this different world, you're looking through the eyes of a girl who woke up in a confined space and didn't know what was going on. It only makes sense that you (the reader) would also have to look at things in a different light since you're experiencing it for the first time along with this girl.
I enjoyed getting to know everyone in the novel. By the end, I felt that I really KNEW them. I knew what their motivations were, why they were the way they were and what their potential was for the future. Gosh ... I'm just skirting too closely to some things. So I'll stop there. I'll end by saying this: this book has been touted to be "in the vein of The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner" and I would completely agree with that. If you like sci-fi and you enjoyed even one of those three books, you will probably enjoy this one.
I was excited to find out that this is going to be a trilogy, the other two books following Alive are sure to be a trip. One I can't wait to go on!
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Sophie wants to be an agent desperately ... she works hard for her boss, she works extra hours (sometim Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Sophie wants to be an agent desperately ... she works hard for her boss, she works extra hours (sometimes to get away from her boyfriend, Scott) trying to get someone to acknowledge what a great agent she would be. Then one day, her dream client walks in ... he's the talk of the town, a womanizer and maybe a little too slick. And he wants to take Sophie to a big awards show. Sophie. Regular person, Sophie. Sparks start flying and Sophie wonders if she'll just be another notch on his bedpost because a famous movie star couldn't be interested in a normal person, right?
I've never read anything by Tasha Cotter before but if she writes any more romance novels after this one, I might be inclined to pick it up just to see what it's about because I really enjoyed Red Carpet Day Job. This was a simple, care-free read that I blew through because it simply entertained me.
Here's the deal. You'll read some reviews out there that talk about how fast things happened in this book and how it was too quick or yadda blah. The book is only 160-some pages. Of course things are going to happen quickly! This isn't a 300 page beast that has the time to really delve into things. I think for such a short book, Cotter did a good job with the character development and all of that. I liked all of the characters ... I won't lie and say that I don't wish there were more pages ... of course I do! I'm a greedy reader. I'm greedy as hell. I want to know every minute detail of every second of these people's lives.
While this book seemed to skim the surface of some of the situations, it all read true. And by that I mean that there aren't parts that are so in depth that you feel like you're drowning and then next there are parts that are so lackadaisical that it seems fake. Red Carpet Day Job is a book that you take with you to the pool this summer because you want something easy to read while you're relaxing.
I don't want to say very much more because I don't want to give anything away but I will say this ... I really enjoyed the rapport between Sophie and Nick. I enjoyed watching their relationship ebb and flow with situations going on around them. It is a sweet love story that I'll probably read again. Mostly because I read it so quickly (since it was totally engaging), I want to make sure I didn't miss anything.
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Annie is heading to college on a mission. The first part of her mission was to get away from her super Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Annie is heading to college on a mission. The first part of her mission was to get away from her super over-protective father and the next missions ... well ... they're on the list. Annie hasn't really experienced life because her father has kept her sheltered for too many years. While there is a good reason for him to be playing the overbearing father, Annie needs some breathing room and she's determined to get it many miles away in college.
The List is the first book I've read by Kate L. Mary but I've been interested in her stuff before ... I've just never had the opportunity to read one. When this one popped up, I knew I needed to jump on it and I'm glad that I did. The author has a way with characters that really makes you either love or hate them. There really isn't any in-between.
I don't really have anything to say other than the book does jump around a little bit ... there were parts where you're getting into the groove of the situation and then all the sudden it would change and something else was going on. It was almost as if things had just been edited out, which is why I gave it four stars instead of five. This was easily a five star book for me if it weren't for those weird changes.
And holy sexual-frustration, Batman. I don't even have dude junk and I had some massive blue-balls from this one. There is a bit of a love triangle going on within these pages and while I enjoyed the suspense of what might or might not happen with which piece of man-candy, I did just want her to pick. Don't take that the wrong way ... it wasn't because the chase or whatever was boring ... it wasn't. I'm just impatient as hell and I wanted to know which one she was going to pick. But, I will tell you this ... she picked the right one ... the one I wanted her to pick. So I had a little celebratory dance in my head and maybe an eye-roll because of the intense suspense that I had to be put through.
This is a great book if you're wanting something deep but not too deep or maybe a sweet little romance to break up your dystopian/sci-fi habit. I know I'll be reading this one again ... I just really loved the characters and I hope it's not the last we see of them. Oh! And I'm super interested to see what the rest of the series has in store for me ... I'll definitely be picking them up when they come out.
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This was the PERFECT addition to Rules of Protection! I found that I love Emily's sassiness even more than I did before! Thank you so much for writingThis was the PERFECT addition to Rules of Protection! I found that I love Emily's sassiness even more than I did before! Thank you so much for writing this little supplement, Ms. Bliss! Love, love, LOVE! I really can't wait for the next installment!...more
Emily decided to hit the bar with her two best friends for her birthday. She was hoping for a few drink Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Emily decided to hit the bar with her two best friends for her birthday. She was hoping for a few drinks, some laughs and at her friends urging ... maybe a handsome guy to spend the rest of her birthday with. That's not exactly how her night panned out ... instead of the fun time she was hoping for, she was stalked through the bar by a skeezy guy and she peeked in on a mob hit. The moment she saw someone get killed, her life changed forever ... it turned into a life full of conflicting emotions, almost-sexy-times and some backwoods country people that she has absolutely nothing in common with.
I almost never read someone else's review of a book before I read it myself. I don't know why that is ... there's nothing wrong with reading reviews, that is how a lot of people figure out what to pick up next. But that just isn't the way I do things. I've had my eye on this book since it hit shelves back in August of last year but I never had the opportunity to pick it up. Finally the day arrived that I would be able to read it and for some odd reason, I read some reviews before I even turned a page. And of course, I gravitated towards the bad reviews to see what people were saying about Rules of Protection. I read some really horrible stuff and I am so glad that I didn't let those harsh words deter me from starting this because it was absolutely amazing! I haven't enjoyed a romantic suspense novel like this in such a long time. I read Sandra Brown almost religiously and let me tell you, this is no exaggeration ... Alison Bliss is a young Sandra Brown. Before I embarrass myself and start waxing poetic about both of these very talented ladies, let's get down to the review.
You're thrown into this novel as Emily is walking into the bar and you're able to get to know her as she handles different situations and the people around her. I like it that way. I don't very much enjoy a book starting off with these stale paragraphs that describe a character in great detail before you even get to anything pertaining to the story. The way that Bliss did it, it was perfection. I was able to form my own opinions on Emily and her friends rather than being told what I SHOULD think of them. And I think that makes a difference when setting a book up because every reader interprets things a different way. Let me elaborate on that a little bit ... some reviewers are saying that the Emily character ruined the book for them because she was so incredibly emotional. I didn't see it that way. I took it as Emily was reacting to a harrowing situation and her emotions got the best of her. Which I'm assuming is pretty easy to do when the character has no filter and is so sassy that you just know she has a steel pair that would rival the manliest of men. Personally, I liked her emotional reaction because I think that it was realistic. I can't imagine how I would react in a situation like that but I'm betting people would think that I was off my rocker as well. Anyhow ... I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Emily and while sometimes she may have been bit over the top, she was completely true to herself and you can't help but love honest characters.
The rest of the story ... man ... what a whirlwind!! Rules of Protection doesn't keep you on the edge of your seat, it completely demolishes the seat and makes you run around like a demented rooster is after you. There is twist after twist in this plot; I never knew what was going to happen next and I was constantly surprised. It's really hard to shock me these days because of how many romantic suspense novels I've read but I was pleasantly surprised at every single turn of the page. I read this one pretty quickly and I have so, SO much more to say but I don't want to ruin any of the surprises!
Alison Bliss is an author to watch out for and if you haven't read this book yet, you need to go ahead and grab it. I will be anxiously awaiting the next novel in the series which I'm hoping is coming out soon ... right? RIGHT?!? (Hint, hint Alison Bliss)
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