Well ... a certain adage comes to mind with this one ... Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Well ... a certain adage comes to mind with this one ... Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, I'm the biggest damn idiot in the land. Fine. That's not how the saying goes, but that is what it means. I fell for this damn bullshit ending AGAIN. Again. I don't know what I was thinking ... maybe that the book would have an ending. Maybe that things could be closed out in this one. But NOOOOO. I'm an idiot and this book is bullshit.
So. In case you didn't guess, there is a cliffhanger ending. Again. And I use the word "ending" VERY loosely here. It's not an ending. It's the middle of a paragraph that was never finished. I mean hell, the book is only 200 pages, this crap could have been sewed up nicely and the story over. But no. I mean what was the thinking on this ... "Hey guys, let's just rip this 400 page book in half ... then we can sell it as two books!!! We already conned these readers into buying the second installment ... I bet we could get 3 or 4 more out of them!!" Bastards. Greedy bastards.
Okay, maybe I would be more okay with this "ploy" (highway robbery) if the book was just that amazing but it wasn't. I didn't find it nearly as exciting or interesting as the first in the series. This one was basically a non-starter for me. The characters were okay and their interactions were good ... when there were any. I didn't think that there was as much dialogue in this one and I missed that snarky/sassiness from the first novel.
But never fear, there are sex scenes in abundance. Again. These scenes didn't do anything for me except make the urge to flip someone the bird almost unbearable. I. Am. Ticked.
I WON'T be picking up the next book in this series. My urge to find out what happens is not strong enough. Not again. Ever. ...more
First of all, this ending was complete and total bullshit. It wasn't even an ending!!! It was pract Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
First of all, this ending was complete and total bullshit. It wasn't even an ending!!! It was practically the middle of a damn sentence and it just cuts off like it was completely normal. NEWSFLASH!! It's not normal to end a book like that. Damnit. So of course, I had to go buy the next book just so I could find out how the sentence ended. Fine, it wasn't LITERALLY in the middle of a sentence but the story was just kicking up like 20 notches and then BOOM!! Oh, you can't find out what happens unless you pick up the next novel. It was a bait and switch technique that I really didn't appreciate. But the author got what they wanted, for you to buy the next one and being the sucker that I am, I did it. I think it would have been nicer to finish out their story and then when (or if) your writing is good enough (which it is with Taryn Elliott) then you would pick up the next novel and continue the story. Ugh. It just really irritated me. In case you didn't notice.
Let's move on because I could really just go on and on right now. Okay ... the story ... the bones of the story are really good. I liked the premise of the whole thing and reading about the lives of Logan and Bella. I did think that the sex scenes were just too long. I get it. Spoiler ahead!!! They go at it like rabbits. I actually ended up skimming a lot of the sex scenes because I was enjoying the other elements of the story so much. I just wanted to read more about Bella and Logan as a "couple" (can you really say that about a fling?!?) trying to figure each other out.
You know, this book would have been 5 stars for me if not for the sex scenes. Oh, and if not for the amount of times that the author referenced Logan's wealth. You don't need to say it repeatedly or extra slow while speaking loudly, I get it. He's rich. He's the richest guy ever in the history of wealth. But it's tiring to have to read that over and over like I'm 98 years old, hard of hearing and a little slow.
Other than that, it was a good book. I really enjoyed the back and forth between the characters. I like reading about sassy/smart-mouthed characters. It makes the read more interesting and gives it a little zing where other books fall short. I'll probably read this again later on ... maybe after I finish the 2nd book ... which I just bought ... damn you, Taryn Elliott!!...more
You know what? This was pretty good! First, I want to say how much I absolutely hate the blurb for Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
You know what? This was pretty good! First, I want to say how much I absolutely hate the blurb for this one. It gives away too much information!! I, personally, want something a bit more vague ... grab my attention but don't give me the deets! Le sigh.
Other than that ... as I said, it was pretty good! I really enjoyed the first chapter ... the suspense and scariness of it all was absolute perfection for a first chapter. I love being thrown into a book that is in the middle of a situation and not knowing exactly why or how or anything! It kicks up the adrenaline and sets up the rest of the book wonderfully. The rest of the book went kind of the same way! There were a few times when I felt like it was long winded and I found myself skimming a paragraph or two but that was probably because I'm impatient and I wanted to get to the excitement.
I haven't read an apocalypse book ... ever, I think. I can't think of one that I've read ... sure, I've read bundles of dystopian novels but not an apocalypse. So this was a nice change of pace, getting involved in a soon to be dystopian environment right from the beginning. It was interesting to follow the characters as they are trying to traverse this new lifestyle and brave the new world that may or may not last for the rest of their lives.
The characters were endearing ... I really loved Gabriel almost right from the beginning. It was hard not to! And then John and Arden and Maggie were all equally captivating. I think I would have been a little happier if I had known more about each of their pasts though. It would have made the story just a bit deeper and I would have enjoyed that.
Between the new environment, the excitement, the romance and the lighthearted moments, I found myself wanting more with each page. Someone did say in another review that it seemed a little childish at moments but I didn't get that at all. I think that the characters were bored in their situation (who wouldn't be) and the way that they let off a little steam was a nice break from their dreary new life. All in all, a good book and I'll be interested to see what the next in the series holds!...more
Before I even dive into this review, I think that it needs to be said that this cover is absolutely Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Before I even dive into this review, I think that it needs to be said that this cover is absolutely amazing. I loved it! Unfortunately, that's where my love for this book begins and ends.
Picking up this book, I had hoped for something like the historical romance novels that I love so much. But that wasn't what I got. The beginning was a bit boring and confusing, I never really knew why the character would be in one room one moment and then it would totally just skip to a part where she was in another room. It just didn't flow. At all. It was reminiscent of when I started driving ... pushing on the gas hard just to push on the brake hard and then I end up with whiplash, one less person willing to teach me to drive and the next door neighbor's cat is roadkill. The flow part made it incredibly boring. That being said, I think that the idea behind the book was really interesting. I haven't read anything like this and I ended up putting all of my eggs in one basket. Then the fluffy kid down the street sat on my basket and those eggs were toast.
I also thought that the future part was ... yep ... boring. And random. It was just in the 1800's and then all of the sudden, you're in the 1960's with this weird dude who doesn't even know what he's talking about. It was just weird.
I didn't connect with this one in the slightest. Not even a smidgen. I don't really have anything else constructive to say, so I'm going to stop while I'm ahead....more
I'm just going to jump right in on Untouched. This one left me feeling ... unsatisfied. I don't kno Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I'm just going to jump right in on Untouched. This one left me feeling ... unsatisfied. I don't know if that is the right word, but it's the closest I could think of for what I'm thinking on this one. It's not that the book is boring ... it was just ... unmemorable.
I think my biggest issue with this book was Alexa. Just everything about her. Now, this is a bit of a spoiler but I gave you a warning, so you're welcome. You know ... she met a dude for less than a minute and then the next day she's practically all over him and not weirded out when he comes to your place and says that he needs her ... bitch, he doesn't even know you! As if that isn't a big glaringly red flag, you don't know him! That's like inviting a potential murderer into your place because he has a nice face and you felt some sort of SOMETHING between you. Well, what if that something actually turns out to be your common sense telling you that something is wrong and not that you should totally do this random dude. I don't know ... it also didn't help that the author kept having the characters acknowledge that it was weird (which was done over and over) because it just brought more attention to the fact that it was fast and not very realistic.
There were quite a few times in the story where there was so much buildup for a situation and then it just fizzled out like a dud firecracker. I would get so excited reading certain passages and expecting something explosive just to find out that a big deal wasn't really being made about what just happened. And a lot of the time, it was something major in the story. There were even a couple of opposite times when nothing was going on and then BAM!! Surprise! Those went pretty well but I just couldn't get past he meh vibe around some of the things happening in Untouched.
All in all, it was okay. Not one of my favorites but not the worst either. I might give this author another try at a later date.
Whew. This one was a doozy. I wavered between two and three stars and finally settled on two. Reviv Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Whew. This one was a doozy. I wavered between two and three stars and finally settled on two. Revive Me was just all over the place for me. I have quite a few reasons why ... I'll highlight a few of those I guess.
This isn't a first novel for this author, so I expected a lot from her. I don't think that I go easier on new authors but I do find that I put higher expectations on an established author. Okay ... the book was a bit boring. I skipped I don't know how many pages just to get through this one. Is that the right thing to do? Absolutely not. If I'm going to review a book, I should read each and every page but after a while on this one, it was either skip some stuff or just file it under Did Not Finish and be done with it and I hate doing that. So skipping some pages was the only way to get to the end.
In the beginning of the novel, I was sadly and grossly fascinated with "watching" the main character (Tessa) just spiral out of control. I was excited to see this happen because I think that there is some author magic involved in the rebuilding of that same character. It can transform a book from MEH to HELL YES! But unfortunately, I just didn't get there and the reason is because it was just too much. I mean, come on. And there is a big spoiler here so if you don't want to know, don't read anymore of this review!! You've been warned! Okay ... so the main character lost her brother. And lost her best friend. And she's depressed. And she's an aspiring alcoholic. And she does drugs. And she lost her V-Card to a bad boy who dumped her. And she's a cutter. And she has to take care of her little brother because her parents are alcoholics. And kids at school slut shamed her. It was just so much and so unrealistic. So, so, SO unrealistic. After the 847th thing went wrong in this girl's life, I just totally checked out.
That's it. That's all I'm going to talk about. OOOH! Okay, one more thing ... I DID NOT appreciate that most of the characters had names that started with the letter D. Petty, I know. But again, it was just a ridiculous amount. I mean, I know that in real life, you're going to have friends that have the same first initial and it's totally normal. But her best friend was named Daisy, her boyfriend was named Dawson, her brother was Derrick and her dad was Darryl. Overkill. It was hard to keep track of the dude names and remember which one had which issue that was unrealistic and the whole thing just ended up annoying me. I mean, two D names is okay, three is pushing it but 4 was just ridiculous....more
Historical romance novels were always my favorite. I love everything about them. But then I got int Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Historical romance novels were always my favorite. I love everything about them. But then I got into the romantic suspense genre and this book is a perfect example as to why. I think that these might be my new favorite!
I've never read anything by Cynthia Eden but I would most assuredly read something by her again. I was kept on my toes the entire time with Watch Me. There were so many twists and turns that it really kept me interested from the beginning all the way to the last page.
The characters were really well written and while I wished to know a bit more about Gwen and Chance and their past, I was okay with just the info that I was given. But I wouldn't mind a little novella about these two. I really liked the chemistry between them but it felt like Gwen sometimes let Chance off easy. A bit more ... conflict ... between them would have been nice. The secondary characters were awesome as well and I like how it was setting up the next novel in the series. It really hooked you and made you want to know what was going to happen next.
I really don't have much more to say about the book. I think that I'll probably pick up the next in the series because I want to know what is going to happen ... Cynthia Eden left a few things open-ended and I'm wondering if little subplots will open up because of that, I sure hope so!!...more