Andy and his sister, Kate, roll into the small town of Mortom after their cousin died. Much to the surp Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Andy and his sister, Kate, roll into the small town of Mortom after their cousin died. Much to the surprise of Andy and Kate, the cousin that they barely knew left everything to Andy ... including the drained bank account, a dead pet rat and a scavenger hunt. Kate doesn't think that this little game is a good idea but Andy can't seem to stop himself from barreling through the town, his aunt and all of the clues. Andy finds out that sometimes, some puzzles should be left unfinished.
This is my first introduction into the literary world of Erik Therme ... well ... it's his first book, so I guess that makes sense, right? Seeing that it was the first time for both of us, I really didn't know what to expect. I didn't have anything to base my views on except how this one went. You know, it wasn't half bad! I found myself really intrigued by the premise, the whole scavenger hunt thing was pretty interesting and I've never read anything like it.
The beginning of the book was interesting because you're just thrown into the story (my favorite kind of beginning) and you're a little confused and unsure as to what in the world is actually going on and I think that it jump starts the mystery surrounding everything that Andy and Kate are going through. There were plot twists almost at every page turn. At times, this became a little much ... a little overwhelming with all of the new AHA! moments going on. I think that if a few were taken out, it would actually elevate the story because as it is right now, I found myself beginning to think "well what else is going to happen" and not in a good way. The story felt a little bogged down with all of the subplots and subsubplots (no, not an actual word or a thing ... but it should be). Because of all of these AHA! moments, the ending felt a bit forced with so many crazy things going on at once.
I also had a little trouble with the characters. While I knew Andy and Kate and most of their past, I didn't feel like I knew THEM. Let me put it this way, if someone wrote down a whole bunch of characters from books and their traits/who they were, I don't know if I would be able to pick Andy and Kate out. I wish that they had both (and some of the other characters) had been a little more fleshed out. I am a greedy reader. I want to know every tiny morsel of information that the author is willing to give on characters, plot, descriptions, everything. But I also want a bit more than the author is willing to give and in this case, it's character depth. I just want more. I want to know these characters like I know my friends because that is essentially what a character in a good book is, as weird as that sounds.
I'm interested in seeing what Therme has to offer in the future. Mortom was an easy read and it kept me interested in what was going on and invested in the story. ...more
The Beautiful one follows a woman named Anna. Anna has never been fully immersed into English society s Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
The Beautiful one follows a woman named Anna. Anna has never been fully immersed into English society since her father was a local doctor and she was able to have free reign of the countryside with her brother. But all of her hopes and dreams of someday teaching and wedding someone were dashed when a wretched man took it upon himself to draw scandalous pictures of her. Anna grabbed her ugliest dresses, a big hat and ran off to hide herself as a seamstress within a local girls school. Keeping her identity hidden didn't last long enough, soon she is found to be within the presence of someone who could blow her cover to kingdom come.
I'm always on the lookout for a new historical romance author and I think that I've found one that I will follow from now on. The Beautiful One is the first book in a new series from Emily Greenwood. I've not had the opportunity to read anything from her before this but I will be making sure that is corrected very shortly.
All in all, I really enjoyed this novel. I loved how you are just dropped into the middle of an ongoing story and it takes you a few chapters to figure out what in the world is going on. Starting a novel that way definitely kept me intrigued and wondering what would happen next. The way that Greenwood developed the characters was pretty perfect. I wouldn't have changed one thing. The brooding way about Will was endearing and you felt nothing but compassion for this poor man. I think that some of my favorite parts were when Will was stumbling all over himself trying to say and do the right thing and the way that Anna interacted with him was EXACTLY what I was wanting when I met these two characters.
There weren't any lags in the story or any need to skip long-winded sections. I actually found myself rereading certain passages because I just liked the way things were worded and while I couldn't get back that first-read magic, these sections still made me smile or laugh.
I'll be picking up another novel by this author and she's been put on my list of must-read authors. I'm excited to see how she will continue the story with other characters.
* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *...more
Marietta is stuck in a horrible marriage that her father arranged when she was a young girl. Marieta's Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Marietta is stuck in a horrible marriage that her father arranged when she was a young girl. Marieta's husband forces himself on her, cheats on her and abuses her. To make matters worse, her mother-in-law looks upon her disapprovingly because she hasn't produced an heir. Fortunately, Marietta escapes the grasp of the family she was married into and rushes to start a new life in Venice. Things aren't as they seem in Venice and that goes doubly for a dashing man she meets along the way ... Nico.
I'm always nervous when I pick up a novel by an author that I'm not familiar with. I (selfishly) worry about wasted time and effort for a book that I just don't mesh with. But luckily, that wasn't the case with Venice in the Moonlight. I'm a big lover of historical romance novels, something about them is just enchanting to me. And this one did not disappoint. I found myself fairly invested in Marietta's life from the very beginning. McKenna has a way of endearing characters to the reader and making them feel like they are part of your family. And that is EXACTLY how I felt about almost all of the characters in this novel. I felt like I really knew them and that made me more attached and invested in the outcome of the story.
I really enjoyed how the novel took place in Venice. It reminded me a lot of my trip through that captivating city which may have played a part in why I loved this novel so much. I could picture these places in my mind because of McKenna's on-point descriptions and it felt like I was right there again feeding the pigeons in the Piazza. I would bet that McKenna's imagery could help any reader place themselves in the center of Venice, not only just someone who had been there before. Before I go any further, I wanted to clarify a little bit. Were the descriptions too much? Did it take away from the novel? Did I find myself skipping because of the descriptions? The answer to all three of those with this novel is a resounding no. I didn't feel bogged down or bored or even find myself wishing that it was over already. Just like the depth of the characters, I found that the light descriptiveness just added so much more to an already fabulous novel.
Basically, I loved this book. I blew through it today and I just couldn't put it down. If you're a fan of historical romances, this is definitely one to add to your library. ...more
Marley is the editor of the popular Gamers Magazine. She works constantly, has hardly any social life t Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Marley is the editor of the popular Gamers Magazine. She works constantly, has hardly any social life to speak of and keeps a risque blog that has a few edgy gifs on it. And by edgy, I mean verging on indecent. A deadline is looming at work and Marley decides to take a little break to check out her blog and then the unthinkable happens ... her computer totally freezes. Marley is forced to call for help and the guy that comes to help her is this amazingly handsome god-like man named Austin. And Austin doesn't mind one bit what he finds on Marley's computer.
Changing His Game is the first novel that I've had the opportunity to read by Megan Erickson and it turned out okay for me. I wish that I could say that I just loved it, but that isn't how it worked out this time. The storyline was interesting ... I really liked the idea of Marley having something naughty that the IT guy found and was intrigued by. I was hoping that the novel would have a bit of cat and mouse after Marley's first encounter with Austin and it did but not as much as I would have hoped. I really enjoy "watching" the chase happen. I think the pursuit is half of the fun in one of these novels.
I found some of the phrasing to be cheesy and over-used ... I know ... what phrase these days isn't over-used but it made Marley sound juvenile instead of like the woman she was made out to be at the beginning. I wasn't expecting that immaturity, I guess and it took the book down a few notches for me.
And then there were the sex scenes. Tons of them. These days, the romance novels seem to have kicked it up a notch with the sex. It could be because we are becoming desensitized as a society or it could be that everyone is a horndog. I'm banking on the latter. In any case, this book's genre is contemporary romance but I think it could have easily slid into the erotica genre. I don't mind the sex scenes but it was a little too much for me at times. Not enough to hurt the rating that I was giving it because it was necessary to the story, I believe.
All in all, it was an okay novel. I would be interested in seeing what Erickson's other novels are like and if they are all on that cusp of erotica because she's a really good writer. Next time, I would just prefer a little more meat to the story and not as much IN the story.
* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review * ...more
At Charlie's funeral, Lena stands up and says a few words about him and their three year relationship. Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
At Charlie's funeral, Lena stands up and says a few words about him and their three year relationship. Aubrey is at the same funeral to mourn the loss of her boyfriend. They had no idea that the other even existed. When they start comparing notes, it seems like they are dating two different men. How could that happen? Shortly after the funeral, these two women are thrown into a mad race across a handful of countries as they try to figure out who Charlie was and how he could have loved both of these very different women.
I've read quite a few novels that switch the pov between two characters with each chapter. I don't believe I've read one that did this with three. Three seemed like one too many quite a few times ... especially at first! You've barely met these characters and then two pages later, you have to switch to someone else. It was just confusing until I learned what in the heck was going on. This whole switcheroo didn't matters when there are also flashbacks thrown into the mix. That made the whole thing just ridiculously confusing. Adding to the confusion was some talk of "the program" which made it sound like one of the characters was joining a secret society or the Avengers or some shit. Actually, if they had joined the Avengers, the book would have been more captivating. I finished the book and I still have no idea what in the world "the program" means.
You know, this is a wild ride that Lena and Aubrey go on ... they aren't totally for sure who the other person is and what their motivations are but the progression of these characters within the time frame of the book just didn't jive with ... anything that these women did or said. It was just pretty unbelievable the things that they went through and how each of them had "changed" within like 72 hours. Plus, I found the characters to be annoying, petty, juvenile and most of all, full of hot air. Moving on to the Charlie character ... it was weird how transparent he was and not transparent because I knew what he was thinking ... it was because he was almost just not even there. He is a major part of the book but at the same time, I feel like I know absolutely nothing about him. One stiff breeze could have blown this character straight off the page. I would have liked for him to have a bit more depth or at least seem semi-realistic to me.
And finally, the ending. Back in the day (1999), there was a movie that came out which starred Claire Danes. I really enjoyed this movie and I've watched it quite a few times. There were glaringly obvious similarities within the movie and this ending. I literally couldn't get that movie out of my head for the last part of this book.
All in all, not a book for me. I had to force myself to finish this book and I skimmed paragraph after paragraph because I just couldn't get into it. But the cover is gorgeous. Not that I can figure out how it goes with the novel, but it's pretty. ...more
Dani had high hopes and rose colored glasses when thinking of breaking out of Illinois and heading to t Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Dani had high hopes and rose colored glasses when thinking of breaking out of Illinois and heading to the City of Angels but her first day in LA was something of which nightmares are made. On top of the no good, very bad day, Dani runs into a blast from her past ... one of her closest friends from home. While this should be a happy moment, the old friend wants Dani to seduce her gorgeous TV star boyfriend to see if he is trustworthy. Dani discovers that seducing someone is a bit harder than making a list and having high hopes.
I didn't NOT like Rules of Seduction, but it is not one of my favorite novels this year. For me, it felt a little all over the place with what was going on within the pages. The characters were ... okay. I wanted to know a bit more about each of them and I think that a little more depth would have done them some good. I was also a little surprised with the immaturity. These kids are out of college, I wasn't expecting it to feel so incredibly young. Granted, that could be just that I'm feeling super old in my 34 years but I don't think that is the case. I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking "REALLY?!?" quite a few times at the situations these characters seemingly put themselves through.
I did find quite a few quotes that I really enjoyed and it was a bit funny at times. Unfortunately, that wasn't a redeeming enough quality to save it from the three stars that I thought this should receive. After I read this, I found out that the author has a pretty big history in television and that makes sense because since the majority of this novel takes place on a set and it seemed like it was very well fleshed out.
I might be interested in reading what else comes out by this author ... it looks like this is her first book and I'm wondering if future novels will be even better. ...more
Sadie has had a massive crush on her childhood friend, Ethan, for a decade. She has kept this piece of Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Sadie has had a massive crush on her childhood friend, Ethan, for a decade. She has kept this piece of info secret from everyone. Including Ethan. When Ethan rolls back into town, this is Sadie's chance to knock his socks off and make him realize what he's been missing all of these years. Not everything goes according to plan. Sadie didn't fathom that Ethan wouldn't recognize her. Ethan was just in town for a few days and he didn't expect to be falling head over heels for a blonde stranger. What he most certainly didn't see coming was that the blonde stranger would turn out to be Sadie.
I've not had the opportunity to read anything by this author before. Forever the One turned out to be pretty good. It's the perfect book to take with you to the pool or beach this summer. It's easy to read and it's a sweet story.
That being said, I did find it a bit ... simple. There's nothing wrong with that, it makes for an easy read but I wish that the characters had a bit more to them. I would have loved to know more about each of them. The characters didn't feel fully fleshed out to me. Yes, I had the opportunity to know each of them but I didn't feel like I KNEW them. If that makes any sense. I just wanted a little more from them. The characters weren't all that bad ... I really liked them, actually. But I was left wanting more. You know, this could be a completely strategic thing ... getting you hooked on a series and then you learn more about them as the series progresses. But that's nothing that I enjoy, personally. I would rather know the characters inside and out in the first book so that it will urge me to read the remainder of the series. Anyway.
The story itself was also okay. I didn't find it boring or anything ... just again ... it lacked a bit of depth that I expected when picking this novel up. Most of the situations just seemed to brush the surface and not really delve into anything. There were so many background stories that I wish I was able to learn about because they were intriguing but those seem to be kept under lock and key in the Author Vault ... wherever that is ... I just know that they keep all of the alternate endings for novels and background info on characters along with lists of books with good ideas but horrible executions so that other authors can pick through and make better versions of things ... I'm pretty sure George R. R. Martin has his own wing and shit. Sometimes the only thing keeping me reading a book is the thought of an Author Vault out there ... somewhere ... and some day I might be able to find out more info on books that I almost really liked/loved/hated. Well. That was a nice little detour away from where I wanted to go with this.
So ... pretty okay book. I wouldn't mind reading something else by this author to see if the writing is the same. If her other stuff is a bit deeper, I might have found a new author for my "Must Read Everything By This Person" list.
**I received this book in exchange for an honest review**...more
Andi is a runner. A hopeful Olympic runner. Well, she was. All of her hopes and dreams were seemingly c Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Andi is a runner. A hopeful Olympic runner. Well, she was. All of her hopes and dreams were seemingly crushed as a car hit her one night while she was training. Andi wakes up in the hospital battered, broken and bruised. But everything isn't a loss ... her temporary roomie is a gorgeous smart ass and someone she can't get off of her mind.
Before I start talking about anything within these pages, I think that we need a moment of silence to fully appreciate this cover. Because holy shit. That is one genetically gifted man. Maybe we need two moments ...
Cover aside, this is one of my favorite reads for this year ... I read this thing in one sitting - no stopping for bathroom breaks or drinks or food, I just blazed through it. I also think that the author might be my long lost twin. There would be these situations and conversations going on in the book and I would have these rude, snarky comments in my head (you know you have them also) and then that would be the next line in the book! It was a bit creepy actually. I was also smiling from ear to ear at the snarky flirtation that was going on, I absolutely adored it. The characters just seemed so real because of the interactions between them. It's been a long time since I've read something so very on-point (in my mind) with human interaction.
I really can't say that much more ... not because I don't have anything to say, oh ... I do. But I don't want to give the surprises away. And there are a bunch of them. WHEN you pick Since Drew up (not IF because if you don't read this book, you're dead to me) you will find yourself sucked into this delightfully sexy read that will take you on a crazy tornado ride and leave you feeling completely disoriented. You just have to read it.
Oh! And before I forget ... two words: SPONGE. BATH. I've never wanted a damn sponge bath so badly in my life. ...more
Dakota was left behind by her boyfriend and best friend when they headed off to college. When she recei Check out more reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Dakota was left behind by her boyfriend and best friend when they headed off to college. When she receives the news that she has also been accepted, she thinks that her life is right on track. Little does she know that she's going to be thrown a curve ball and her life will seemingly be in shambles. Until she meets Jack, that is.
When I picked The Truth About Jack up, I was pretty sure I knew what I was getting into ... a feel-good lighthearted romance that would be a simple read. In some ways, that is exactly what I got. It was a very sweet romance novel but it was a little darker than I had imagined. There were a lot of sad things that I hadn't really banked on that surprised me a bit.
I really enjoyed the journey that Dakota and Jack were on together and apart. I thought that the author did a great job of really tuning into teenagers and it read like I was back in high school. Some of the situations were the same ones that I had been through and it made me a bit nostalgic.
Another thing made me a bit nostalgic ... The Truth About Jack was a bit ... Message In A Bottle-esque. In more than one way, it reminded me of that book (and movie). Now, I have nothing against repeated ideas that slightly resemble each other ... isn't that what all books are?!? But I just had a stronger sense of it with this one and I'm not completely sure why. It just popped into my head and decided to take up residence while I finished this one.
There are a bunch of surprises that I didn't expect within these pages and that made the story that much better. I do wish that this book was a little deeper. I think that it would have made the story more interesting if some of the topics discussed had really delved into the issue. For the most part, this was a sweet book about coming of age, growing into and out of relationships and falling in love....more
Finn is about a man named ... you guessed it ... Finn. Now, Finn is quite wealthy due to a new inhe Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Finn is about a man named ... you guessed it ... Finn. Now, Finn is quite wealthy due to a new inheritance. He uses this inheritance to make his old flame's life a living hell. Well, that was the plan anyway. Things don't work out quite the way that he intended and you follow Finn and Rissa on this rollercoaster of a relationship as they rediscover themselves and each other.
You know, I was really intrigued by the summary for this one. Buying revenge? It sounded almost like a romantic suspense. Which it is not. Before I get into all of that, there are a few good things. I liked the characters for the most part. And I liked the camaraderie between Finn and his brothers. I thought that added a bit to the story line.
But. I think that there were too many subplots going on with this book. There were like 15 other things going on other than the main storyline. It was just too much. Not that there was too much information and you're just inundated but with so many different things going on, not enough attention was given to the main plots. I think that if just a couple of them were chosen then the story would have been stronger and it would have grabbed (and kept) my attention. I just got a little tired of such vague situations and anticlimaxes. Where the climax of the story should have been was actually just a "meh" little victory.
I had such high hopes for this book and this whole series. I had actually put all of this series on my To Read list but I fear that I may have to change that. This book wasn't badly written, it was just a bit fragmented and lackadaisical with the story line. If you like a slower paced book, this may be for you. It's just not a good fit for me. ...more