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
I was super interested in this one ... I can't really put my finger on why it intrigued me so much Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I was super interested in this one ... I can't really put my finger on why it intrigued me so much ... maybe because the blurb made the main character sound just completely against falling in love or anyone loving her. I knew that there would be some earth shattering change within these pages on that standpoint. I won't say whether there was or wasn't because that would spoil the fun but I will say this, it will keep you on your toes. Plus, I enjoy reading love stories about couples where they are doomed to fail ... that came out wrong ... I like seeing them end up together even though they have tons of obstacles and are ... doomed to fail ... I don't know any other way to put it, I guess. It kinda reminds me of my husband and I and our love story. Okay, enough sappiness ... moving on!
Right away, this novel reminded me of a certain novel by an author whose last name rhymes with harks ... I won't say which one or if they made a movie of it ... (they totally did). But the resemblance was uncanny. Almost. The further I got into this novel, the more it distanced itself from that other (very familiar) novel. And that is a good thing because if it had stayed parallel, I would have put this one down. No need to read another novel exactly like one I've already read, right? Well, it did change and morph into something different, thank goodness.
It was really great, I loved "watching" the characters change and mature within the pages ... the relationships with each other and secondary characters was interesting and made me keep reading. Surprisingly, it never got confusing ... there were quite a few characters to keep up with but it never became an issue. I just really enjoyed reading Where the Road Takes Me.
But then it happened. First of all, yes, this is a young adult novel. Yes, it is written for and about teenagers. That all being said, there were many times where this novel turned whiny and teenangsty (no, it's not a word but it totally should be). I just wanted to get past the whiny stuff because it was changing the story from being endearing to frustrating. At that point, I was just ready to put it down. But thankfully, it changed again. The story kicked back up and moved forward and I found myself enjoying the remainder of the story. But keep in mind, this novel is pretty sad right from the beginning and it's one that makes you think about how you would act if you were in the same situation. All in all, pretty good. I would be interested in seeing what else this author has written since this is my first novel from her. ...more
First. Of. All. It would be super appreciated if someone would have let me know that this was a NOV Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
First. Of. All. It would be super appreciated if someone would have let me know that this was a NOVELLA!! Fine. Maybe it was listed on it's Goodreads page and on the Netgalley page but how in the world was I supposed to pay attention to one little word down at the bottom of the page when the blurb for this was so utterly amazing?!? I can't be expected to pay attention after reading a great summary. It just won't happen.
Whew. This was one amazing novella. Oh! Let me tell you when I realized that it was a novella ... this is a funny little story ... yeah ... it was when the damn thing ended and I wanted to know what in the world happened!!! Total bullshit. Okay, fine. The story isn't bullshit. The fact that the novel wasn't complete was bullshit. I mean, it was JUST getting so good and then there was an advertisement for the next portion of the series. Man, was I hot. I got really mad! I was so mad because the story was incredibly good. I was being a greedy reader and I wanted more. MORE, I say!
There is so much more to say but any little detail could spoil the surprises within the pages. I just can't do that to you! I want you to go in as blind as I did ... well, maybe not THAT blind. You'll know that it's a novella (you're welcome).
The story itself was so good. It was nice to read something about a girl pushing for a relationship and a guy holding back, such a nice change. This is a love story that you won't be able to get enough of .... it's full of heartbreak, elation, turmoil, sadness, impossible odds and the idea of forever. It's a story that I will find myself reading again and for once, I'm actually stoked to see what happens next in a series. This is one that I HAVE to know what happens next. I'll be first in line to get #2 when it comes out....more
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
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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
Talk about being pleasantly surprised! Emmy Laybourne is a new author for me, she has a bunch of ot Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Talk about being pleasantly surprised! Emmy Laybourne is a new author for me, she has a bunch of other books from another series that look pretty good ... I'm pretty interested to see what those are about. Anywhoo ... Sweet ... let's just say ... it was a rush.
I really didn't know what to expect from this one. I knew from the moment I read the summary that I would have to get my hands on this book. The cover was also very intriguing, I mean, it's just an upside down picture but I love it! Maybe the beauty is in the simplicity. The summary of this book really didn't do it justice. There are so many more elements going on in this story that aren't even HINTED at in the blurb and because of that, it was just one surprise after another. It really kept me on my toes.
The characters were extremely well written, I loved getting to know each of them. Now, there were quite a few important characters but they were super easy to remember and differentiate, I didn't have even one instance where I had to go back to the beginning and try and figure out where someone came into the picture. I enjoyed the main characters, Laurel and Tom ... I found their interactions were realistic and easy to love and look forward to in the story.
I really can't say all that much more. It would give away too many surprises. I know I'm being a little cryptic but if you enjoy a fast paced, easy, suspenseful read then this is for you. There is also a light romance going on - nothing too heavy or story-hogging. I'm actually excited to put this one down and read something else because I want to forget some of these plot twists so that I can pick it back up again and hopefully be surprised all over again. Very enjoyable read. You definitely need to give it a look-see!
I used to be that person who read just a handful of authors. I never strayed from them. Ever. I thi Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I used to be that person who read just a handful of authors. I never strayed from them. Ever. I think that I inherited that from my mom because she is the same exact way. Trying to get that woman to try out a new author when she still has some James Patterson to read? Not going to happen. And like I said, I used to be the same way but one day, something changed. I'm not sure exactly what it was but I wanted to try something out of the norm ... a new author, a new genre and it really paid off. Since then, I haven't stuck to my "safe choice" authors and I enjoy taking a risk and trying someone new.
This time, it was super successful. I had never heard of Aimee L. Salter but when I saw the blurb for this book, I just had to give it a shot. Spoiler alert: It was really good and completely unexpected. I believe that this is Salter's first novel and that in itself made this reading choice a bit of a crap-shoot. I hate talking specifics about a book because I'm always afraid I will give something away but I'm going to be super careful this time. The whole idea behind this book ... looking into the mirror and seeing an older version of yourself who is trying to help steer you in the right direction without trying to tell you what to do ... was intriguing to say the least. I've never read anything like it and it totally worked.
While Every Ugly Word is incredibly sad since it has to do with extremely harsh bullying, it was also refreshing, uplifting and thought provoking. I dealt with bullying when I was younger ... nothing this extreme but it was bullying, none the less. If I could have let myself know that I would get through that time period and that what others think wouldn't matter in the end, that would have been nice to hear. When you are at that impressionable teenager, bullying can feel like it is never going to end and you're always going to be the butt of everyone's joking. This novel shows you that that isn't the case. It makes you think long and hard about each choice that is made and the repercussions that can happen due to every word that you say and every action that you make.
Anyway ... a bit of a derailment ... the book is really good. I found myself really pulling for Ashley at times and wanting to shake some sense into her during other times. She was that girl next door that you can't help but cheer on because she is that one girl in every school who is so incredibly talented and original that the kids pick on because she's different. I thought the way that she talked about her art was interesting and it made me wonder if the author was (or is) an artist because it seemed like something that was close to her for so much feeling to be put into the characters about it.
And OMG. I hate using that acronym but it is warranted here. The ending. That is all I'm going to say. Well, probably not ... but the ending is nothing short of AH-MAZING. I was completely surprised and thrown off and excited and sad and everything in between. It was the perfect ending for this book. Perfect.
I didn't really have any issues with Every Ugly Word except that it slowed down a bit for me at the end and that is the time when I wanted things to speed up a bit. It just lagged for me and that could be because I wanted to find out what was going to happen next ... I get a little impatient when a book is really good. I'm excited to see what else Salter comes out with and I'll be at the front of the pack to get my hands on it. ...more
After I read the blurb for this one, I just had to read it. Can you imagine being in that situation Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
After I read the blurb for this one, I just had to read it. Can you imagine being in that situation?!? The premise was terribly frightening and I thought that it would be such an amazing book. Unfortunately, that is not exactly how this played out for me. At all.
At first, Lacy Eye really read like Gone Girl. That's all I could think about as I read it because it was so full of an inner monologue that never seemed to end. The difference is that the inner monologue did eventually go away in Gone Girl and it never really did with Lacy Eye. You're mostly just reading what the mom is remembering (at first) and thinking. Due to there being hardly any actual conversations this book just really dragged for me. I won't lie. It was boring. Positively boring.
I think that the worst part is that I felt like I was wasting my time every moment that I had this book in my hands. That is horrible to say but the story really just didn't go anywhere for me. Sure, it went through the mom trying to recover her memory and then recovering her memory but it still felt like I was on this treadmill of death, just looking at a picture of a location in front of me and walking for forever but never realizing that I'll never actually get there. That's what this book was for me.
The characters weren't interesting to me or even memorable, for that matter. And I found the main character, Hanna, to be a bit unrealistic. Her "memory loss" was just totally unrealistic to me. Because she seemed to have an amazing memory when she was bringing up things that had happened 23 years ago and she knew what everyone was wearing, how their hair looked, EXACTLY what they had said ... maybe that is an exaggeration but that is how it felt. I just couldn't connect with her or any of the other characters. I wish that I knew more about them. Not just the stuff that they had done but about who they actually were.
I don't think that I'll pick up another novel by this author again. The writing wasn't bad, it just wasn't my cup of tea. Lacy Eye has really high ratings, which kind of surprises me but it shows that I am definitely in the minority on this one. But I'm totally okay with that. ...more
I don't have any friends that have read this one so I really had no idea what to expect. Especially Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I don't have any friends that have read this one so I really had no idea what to expect. Especially since I've never read anything by this author either. What I found out is that Cindy C. Bennett writes about horrible stuff. Horribly tragic stuff. I don't know if I would be able to write things like this. Most of the book was completely heart wrenching and I just don't see how she didn't dread getting up in the morning knowing that she was going to have to work on such a depressing story.
You know, I've kind of gone back and forth on my rating for this one. For a myriad of reasons. While this story is very sad but with a lot of depth, I still felt a tinge of disconnect between me and the characters. It was almost as if I didn't know them enough. Now that could very well be because I was trying to distance myself from what was going on in the novel ... like I said ... sad ... or it could be that the characters just weren't fully developed. Anyhow, I would have liked to have delved a little deeper into the main characters. Some people will probably be upset with my saying that because this is a Young Adult novel and come on, kids read it. But that just isn't how the YA genre works anymore. I would bet that just as many (if not more) adults read the YA books than the kids it was intended for. That being said, I don't think that the author wrote FOR young adults ... it was clearly written for anyone. It was a story that needed to be told. Even if it yanks your heart out of your chest, stomps on it and then tries to shove it back in using some tongs and an ice pick.
I know, weird way to put it but just when you think this story can't get any more sad, it does. Just one page after another was more horrible stuff and I think that if one more bad thing happened to these kids, it would have sent the story over the line and it would have looked ridiculous. I know that I don't want to read about characters that NEVER get a break.
The ending was a bit ... meh ... for me. I don't know what I expected but I wanted more. I like how it ended but I didn't. Does that make sense?!? Probably not because it doesn't make sense to me. The story line felt like it had reached this peak and then for the ending to just ... peter out, it was a little depressing. But that was about par for the course on this one because everything was sad. Even the romance was sad. But the story was well written. Except I didn't like the ending. Which I also liked at the same time. Do you see why I didn't know whether to give this one 3 or 4 stars? I guess I shouldn't downgrade the stars just because something is sad especially when the author wrote these depressing pages beautifully.
Anyway, good book from a new author and I'm excited to see what she will write next. Hopefully nothing so sad. ...more
I first started this book about two months ago. I just finished it. I think that says a lot. When I Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I first started this book about two months ago. I just finished it. I think that says a lot. When I first started The Competition, I was really excited because of who the author was ... I figured that she would have an interesting take on pretty much everything since she's been in the trenches with this type of thing. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book for about the first quarter. After that, all bets were off. And so was my concentration and patience with this novel.
Here's the deal. I haven't read any other novels from this series and maybe that's why I had issues with this. There are about a bazillion characters that you have to keep track of ... you have lawyers and detectives and cops and judges and crime scene investigators and the ME and on and on and on. That's just the people investigating stuff. That's not to mention the school full of kids that you also have to keep track of and remember who is friends with whom and what they do in their spare time, what their cousin's best friend's neighbor's dog likes for a snack. This book was just so detailed that you really lost the magic. It was just too much. I had to actually go through and highlight in my book when a new character made their first appearance so that I could keep track of who in the hell everyone was. After about halfway through the book, I just gave up on that and every character was new to me and I had no idea who was who.
The storyline was also nothing that I was expecting. I thought the pages would be filled with intrigue and massive revelations and set backs and big surprises but it wasn't. It was a bit predictable and that isn't really fun to read. I'm okay with having hunches, that is what makes reading so much fun! Wondering who did what is why I love mysteries. Or even when the author makes it apparent who did it and you have to see the journey to catch them ... that's great also. That is a far cry from knowing who did it and just experiencing the characters knowing who did it and then it reading like it's all a surprise isn't fun. That probably didn't make sense at all if you haven't read this.
Well, my curiosity has been stomped out. I know what a big-time defense attorney's writing style is like and it's not for me. But it's received pretty high ratings, so you might give it a try. Oh, and FYI, don't get too attached to what you think are main characters, you'll just be floored and disappointed. And pretty quickly....more
What in the hell was that?!? I did NOT want to start my new year off like this but (Whoomp!) there Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
What in the hell was that?!? I did NOT want to start my new year off like this but (Whoomp!) there it is. Haha ... that song jumped into my mind when I wrote "there it is" ... back on track ... let me just say this ... there was no "shocka locka" going on while reading this. I don't know what that means but it was part of the song that now won't get out of my head and if there were such a thing as shocka locka, I bet this book wouldn't have it.
When I first read the blurb on The Face Transplant, I should have known. I should have known that it was going to just really stink because of how much information was put into the summary!! Why in the world would you put all of the important parts of the book on the back?!? Why not leave something for a surprise? The only thing surprising about this novel is the fact that it didn't come with a refund. I know that sounds harsh but here's the deal ... as a reader, I want to be entertained. If I wanted to be bored out of my mind, I would read the dictionary. Now I do believe that I have an ARC version of this book and maybe a lot was changed before the final product was put out onto the market but the version I read was not good. At all. Oooh ... and I take offense to the phrase "crescendos page by page". Crescendo means increase. Increase means to become more. This most certainly did NOT crescendo.
I cracked this book open (metaphorically, since I read it on my Kindle) and the first thing that I read was this introduction or something titled The Beautiful Life. It felt like I was being preached at ... I don't have any clue what this had to do with the damn story. Then again, I will be honest ... I tried to finish this book and I just couldn't. I would rather try and scoop my eyeballs out with a rusty spoon and dirty bald eagle talons than read any more than my 109 pages that I tortured myself with. I hate leaving a book unfinished but in order to preserve my sanity, I had to chunk this one.
After the whole "Beautiful Life" debacle, I wanted to just get into the story. Thankfully, I found that the main character was boring as hell and not in a sexy/mildly-interesting way. He was boring. There's this one part at the very beginning when he is talking about maybe contracting three deadly diseases while he was operating on someone and you know what his response was? Was it freaking the hell out like any normal person? Or being upset? Or crying or wondering what the rest of his life might be like if he gets to live for much longer?!? No it was "WHAT A PITY". No sane person is going to have that kind of reaction if they were in that type of situation. It just won't happen.
The writing was unrealistic, stiff and extremely stilted. I could have been reading a textbook of some kind rather than this "thriller" for all the emotion that was in it. I don't think I'll be picking something up by this author ever again. Ever. Well, Whoomp, there it is. ...more
I have read my fair share of historical romance novels. I usually stick to the 1800's ... I don't r Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I have read my fair share of historical romance novels. I usually stick to the 1800's ... I don't really have a reason, those are just the ones that I seem to gravitate towards. This one is set in the 1500's and I enjoyed it more than I thought that I would.
Just recently, I was working on our family history and we found out that our family came Scotland and we were actually related to quite a few Scottish royalty (along with probably 10 million other people!). That new-found history just made reading this all the more interesting. I mean, I know that this is fiction and all but it was neat reading about tartans and clans and all. Anyway ...
On with the review! I've never read anything by Amy Jarecki, so it was nice getting to know a new author and I was super impressed! I enjoyed the way she developed the characters and I found myself (once again) becoming attached to these amazing characters. I loved how tortured our hero was. It's amazing to watch an author introduce this damaged character and then we get to go on this journey with them while they try to make themselves better. It was cool watching that transition within the characters.
There were tons of twists and turns that were completely unexpected and the villains were really behind most of those. I love a good bad guy!! Man, I hated the bad guys so much and I loved every second of it!
Oh ... guess I should say why I gave this book 4 stars if I loved it so much ... well ... I found myself skipping pages. The sex scenes were just too long for me. It's okay though, the rest of the book was so amazing that it made up for it. And to be honest, there wasn't really all that much sex in this book but when it was there ... it dragged on and that's great for some readers, I just grew tired of reading it because I wanted to see what would happen in the story next.
I really enjoyed this author and this book and I'm excited to see what this author has up her sleeve for future novels! ...more
Only a handful of people have read and reviewed this book so I really didn't know what to expect an Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Only a handful of people have read and reviewed this book so I really didn't know what to expect and I found myself being pleasantly surprised with the writing style, character development and overall premise of this book.
I will tell you this though, that first chapter just ripped my heart out. It was so terribly sad and while I enjoy a good heart wrenching novel, I hoped that it wouldn't be that sad throughout the entire novel. It was seriously just a huge downer. But the book does pick up and while the focus is still on the suicide that happens within the first few pages, you're able to go on the healing journey with Anna and her friends. The characters were awesome. I immediately connected with Anna and Caleb and I found myself rooting for each of them separately and together within each chapter.
Oh, speaking of chapters ... this one swaps pov with almost every chapter. Which worked out beautifully. I didn't feel that the story was stilted or slowed down with this constant swapping ... instead, it made the story have even more depth than it would have had if it were written in a different style.
Overall, a really great book that grabs those heartstrings and yanks on them from the very beginning. I only had one issue with the book and that was the ending. I wish that it hadn't ended the way that it did and it was only because it jumped the timeline. I wanted to read about all of the stuff that was skipped instead of just being told how things worked out. I'm excited to see what the other novels in this series hold. ...more
So much potential. I had such high hopes for this novel because the premise was so interesting. But Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
So much potential. I had such high hopes for this novel because the premise was so interesting. But I guess I should have figured the book would turn out this way when the word "traveled" was spelled wrong in the blurb. Yeah, yeah ... I know that sounds mean but as a reader, I feel robbed. Robbed of the experience that I had so hoped would happen when reading this book.
On with the slaughter! Haha ... mostly kidding. So the characters were okay ... I really didn't like Jenny. She seemed shallow and selfish and to be honest, her name drove me up the damn wall. I don't know why. I have friends that are named Jenny and it's never bothered me before ... but it really drove me crazy and I really couldn't remember who in the hell "Jenny" was when I would read it in the book. That lasted for close to 60 pages. Not good.
I did enjoy one character and that was Ben. HE should have been the focus of the story because I loved ever Ben-moment that I got! He was just the perfect character, he had just the right amount of screwed up to make him interesting and urge you to root for him. I'll miss Ben.
The part of the book that I really enjoyed and kept me reading was the stuff about Nicholas II, the last Russian emperor because it was the most interesting out of everything on those pages. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to redeem the book. There were just too many coincidences that helped out the characters or freak accidents that happened out of no where for no explanation. Could I have missed the explanation? Sure. I was having a hard time focusing on pretty much everything in Endless, so there is a possibility that these things were explained. But again, having things spelled out for me wouldn't have made the book better. It was, in a word, meh. But the cover is pretty ... it does have that going for it. Not for me. OOOH. And I didn't like the ending. It was a cop-out and too simple for what had happened throughout this whole book. I don't care if it will take the author an extra 20-30 pages. You make that ending count! I don't have to like the ending, I just want it to stand up with the rest of the book and tie everything up or have an epic cliffhanger. I don't ask for much.
I should have consulted my Ouija Board before picking this one up....more
I picked this one up immediately after I finished the first book in the series (The City Center). I Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I picked this one up immediately after I finished the first book in the series (The City Center). I really enjoyed the first installment and I had high hopes for the second ... thank goodness Simone Pond delivered!! I can think of quite a few impossibly popular series where the 2nd book was almost the kiss of death. It seems like authors write a popular novel and then when they get to the next in the series, they just totally crap on the entire thing and it leaves you wondering why you fell in love with the first novel! Anyhow ... authors: Don't do that.
Whew. Now lets get on with things ... I just loved this book. I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the first and I really, really liked that one. The funny thing is that I was speaking to the author about this second book and she said that she loved writing it. Well, you can tell. This book was intricately written with quite a few twists and turns that kept me on my toes from the very first page to the last period.
Thankfully, the characters didn't change one iota - they were still the same as they were I left them in the first book. Although ... I did find myself liking a character that I absolutely abhorred in the last book. I even tried to talk myself out of liking him because of how much I detested him in The City Center but it didn't take. That's okay ... the way this character changed and developed made the story that much better and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
Keep in mind, as good as this book was, this is not one of those series where you can just pick up the 2nd book and then jump around. You need to read them in order otherwise you will be totally confused.
I'm super excited to see what the 3rd novel has in store for me!!...more
This is one of those books that I really went back and forth on for the rating. The difference is w Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
This is one of those books that I really went back and forth on for the rating. The difference is with this one, my amount of stars went from 1 to 5 to 2 to 5 to 4 and over and over. I just really didn't know what to think of this novel.
Gosh ... where to start ... when you begin reading Gone Girl, you think that you have this whole thing pegged within the first page. But then you read the third page and your views change and THEN you think you have it all figured out. It was almost with every page that something would change and you would think that you knew what was going on just to have your ass handed to you in the next paragraph and to be totally confused. Here ... it's like that game you play where you put your forehead on a baseball bat that is on the ground and you try to run around it then after so many rotations, you have to drop the bat and run to your team or whatever. That game is how this book makes you feel. You watch other people read this and you think that you can handle it and you won't get confused because you've been around the block - you've read so many books that you think the author can't pull the wool over your eyes. Well I call bullshit. I can guarantee that you can't figure this book out. It will keep you totally in the dark until the very last page.
The characters ... I can't say much because I don't want to give anything away so this will be difficult. Okay ... the characters are ... endearing. And deplorable. And the victim and the aggressor and the con-artist and so many other very contradictory words. I can't really talk about the characters. This feels like Fight Club. Rule #1 ...
I'll just say this, Gillian Flynn is completely twisted. She can write a book like none I've ever read. But a totally screwed up mind is the only one that could come up with the crap on these pages. That's all I've got. I can't say any more. I think that I'm glad I jumped on the bandwagon for this one and decided to pick Gone Girl up. And I'll probably read this one again because I'm sure there are things that I missed in my rush to read as quickly as possible so that I could find out what in the hell was going on. Geez. This is a messed up book. ...more
New Point. Oh, New Point. I actually started writing this review several hours ago and I had to ste Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
New Point. Oh, New Point. I actually started writing this review several hours ago and I had to step away from it because I don't really know what to say ... there are so many things but then again, there's nothing at all. That doesn't make sense, I know. Okay ... let's see ... first, I didn't NOT like the book. I did like it. It kept me entertained for the most part. So keep that in mind as you peruse the rest of my review ...
I just found it ... cheesy in places. The things that some of the characters would say or what they would do ... it was just eye-roll worthy. That wasn't all the time, just sometimes. Well ... enough times for it to warrant a comment in my review.
The characters were well written ... mostly. I enjoy a more full background on each character. I would have liked to have heard just ... more. I'm being so incredibly vague, I know. But I don't want to give things away about the plot because it is something that you might want to pick up and how much fun is it if you're told the ending or something pivotal?!? Yeah, it's not. My mom is forever spoiling television shows for me, so I know how that is.
The same issues I had with the characters, I had with the plot at times. I just wanted MORE. There is a thunderstorm scene that I wish was dug into a little bit more because it is a super important part of the story (in my opinion, that is). There were just quite a few times that I felt like it wasn't enough. Scare me! Make me feel the characters emotions! Make me cry or get pissed or terrified or elated ... just make me feel SOMETHING. I think that those kind of heightened emotions connected with a character can help the reader connect with the situation, the character and in turn, the plot. Like that damn Nicholas Sparks. That infuriating man can make me cry in every single novel! I will even pick up one of his novels and think "NOT THIS TIME!!" but it still happens. Every damn time.
Anyway ... I just felt like this novel had that potential. It could have been really amazing and it just felt short. The ending was even meh ... totally anticlimactic and a bit of a disappointment. Again, I just wanted more. Don't get me all excited about something and then try to wet-noodle it for me. It's not gonna cut it!
You know, I would be interested in reading something else by Olivia Luck in the future because I think that an amazing novel is on the horizon for her. (In my opinion) She's on this cusp of something super amazing and I want to get my hands on that when it happens. That isn't something that I say lightly ... usually, if a book falls short for me, it's dead to me and the author won't get a second chance but this time, I think an exception is in order. I hope she doesn't disappoint in the future. ...more
The first thing I saw when looking into this book was that it was compared to Mr. & Mrs. Smith Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
The first thing I saw when looking into this book was that it was compared to Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Bourne Identity. When I read that, I knew that this novel was for me. It's got the spy stuff (which I LOVE) and then its got the romance and excitement and suspense and what a wondrous combination it is!
I've read another novel by Devon Ashley, so I figured that I would enjoy this one as well. And man, did I ever. I couldn't seem to get enough. I positively devoured this novel. It was such an interesting spin on spies and I thought that with the characters being so young that it would really add a new twist and it did. Devon Ashley did a marvelous job in this basically barren New Adult/Spy sub-genre. To be honest, I really didn't know how this novel would go ... you would think that writing romancey-new adult novels would be a bit different from cranking one of these things out. Anyhow ...
As I've come to expect from Devon Ashley, the characters were very well written. I, once again, found myself connecting with each of the main characters even though I really had nothing in common with them. And that's a weird thing to transpire - I have NOTHING in common with these characters ... I'm not in my 20's, I wasn't living on the streets, I'm not a spy and countless other differentiations. Yet, I could really see myself in each of them. It was the weirdest thing. But that's the power of a great writer ... they can make you have some sort of connection with things that are so far out of your realm.
The story itself was really interesting. I didn't find myself skipping paragraphs to get away from boring parts or skimming pages because I just wanted to push through. No, I blazed through this whole thing because I was so excited to get to the end. Speaking of which ... the end was ... the end was bullshit. I was completely shocked and amazed and pissed and about 9 billion other things. Oh, this next one better come out soon, that's all I have to say....more
First of all, this cover is amazing. It's actually one of my favorite covers of the year! Everythin Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
First of all, this cover is amazing. It's actually one of my favorite covers of the year! Everything about it just made me want to read this book. Yeah, yeah ... don't judge a book by its cover. But everyone does and we just don't talk about it. Well, we don't talk about it unless you're in one of those underground book clubs that meet in secret and sit around and drink rather than discuss books all the while judging adults who read young adult novels and only picking up books that are on the Oprah Book List.
With derailment #1 out of the way, let's get this review started. I've never read anything by this author before but I would be open to another one in the future. This is a really nice coming of age novel and I enjoyed pretty much everything about it. Not all authors can successfully jump between past and present in a novel and keep the reader interested but Doxer did an amazing job of just that! Play of Light switches from past to present seamlessly and the novel couldn't have been written any other way.
The story as a whole was completely heartbreaking. The beginning of the novel just rips your heart out and then it continues to happen over and over throughout the entire thing - think Nicholas Sparks. Yeah. It was that sad. I just wanted the characters to catch a break. At any time. Any kind of break but they were dealt hardship after hardship. You would think that kind of novel would be horrible to read. And it was at times. There were some times that I just didn't think I could read any more because it was just too much. Too emotional, too sad ... just too much. The ironic thing was while I wanted to take a break from this novel because it was so charged that is what really pushed me to finish reading at the same time. I just had to know how this whole thing ended. I wanted to know if everything would be okay. I NEEDED everything to be okay.
All in all, a pretty good novel and I'm looking forward to what the author has in store for future novels. ...more