First of all, it needs to be said that I am a HUGE fan of Suzanne Brockmann. Huge. To be honest, I...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
First of all, it needs to be said that I am a HUGE fan of Suzanne Brockmann. Huge. To be honest, I didn't even realize that she was one of the authors of this book until after I had already started reading it. The premise was so catching that I didn't even take a moment to look the book up before I practically begged NetGalley to let me have a shot at it. Anyhow ... there's that. I had a bit of a rating issue with this one as well. It see-sawed between 4 and 5 the entire time I was reading. It was a pretty difficult decision ... one I'm still struggling with, actually.
Getting back to the book ... it was a little slow going for me. And not because the novel was actually slow ... it was just a little confusing in the first few pages. Now, this could be totally my fault. I could have been trying to devour this too quickly and I skipped over some important bits. While this doesn't happen very often, it does happen and so this could be totally my fault. But once I was 2 or 3 chapters in, it was good. Too good. This was the point where I stopped what I was doing and checked to see who the author was. Man, was I surprised. And not surprised at the same time. The writing is stellar and the action scenes are so thought out that it feels like you are there.
I was pretty attached to Sky from the very beginning. Sky and Cal are so endearing that you can't help but love them and be totally sympathetic to their individual and combined plights. Remember, these kids are in high school. The Brockmann ladies took me back to those days (which was FAR too long ago) and I felt like the story I was reading was one that could have happened in my high school. Their writing style is so realistic that you can almost hear lockers being slammed shut and sneakers squeaking across the linoleum as kids race to beat the bell. I derailed a bit, I meant to talk about how realistic the characters were and then I went ahead with everything else.
Back on track ... the characters ... you'll love Sky, Cal, Milo and Dana. You'll eat up every interaction between the 4 of them and you'll be waiting with bated breath for the next one. It took me a couple of days to read this one but it was because I had to force myself to put it down. I didn't want to just blow through it and then wish I could get that magic back. You know the magic ... the stuff you get when you read an amazing novel for the first time. You only get that once so I had to make a conscious decision to not squander this first time. Night Sky was just a great novel that has everything in it, a little fantasy, a little romance, a few parental unit issues, and some amazing moments where people stand up for themselves, their friends and what they believe in.
There is only one thing that really stinks about this book. It's the fact that Night Sky isn't even out yet and I'm going to have to wait for Lord only knows how long for the next installment and let me tell you, it will be an excruciating wait.(less)
This is the first novel that I've read by Irene Hannon and honestly, I received this book a long ti...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
This is the first novel that I've read by Irene Hannon and honestly, I received this book a long time ago. Somehow it just fell through the cracks in my TBR list. All in all, it was a great novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. I will definitely pick up another novel by her ... if my huge issue with this book is resolved!! More on that a bit later ...
Now, this is the second book in a series and while I usually don't start a series in the middle because you never know if there is pertinent information that you might have missed by not reading the prior books, I'm glad that I didn't shy away from it. I don't think that I missed anything pertaining to this story by not reading the previous novel. It really could be a stand alone, I believe. So if you're interested in this one and you haven't read the first one, go ahead. It's good and you won't be disappointed.
I really enjoyed the character development. I was able to get to know Laura and Dev quite easily and become attached to them really fast. The way that Hannon wrote Laura, I really felt for her in her current situation. I was able to kind of coast along on her emotional roller-coaster as if she was a friend of mine. Same with Dev. I loved both of these main characters and I enjoyed all of the secondary characters as well.
There was a real sense of fulfillment when I finished this novel. I didn't have any questions unanswered or sense anything was left unfinished. Like I said, all in all, it was a great novel.
But. BUUUUUT. As my grandfather would say, this really chapped my ass. The copy I received did not say that it was an ARC. If you aren't familiar with the term ARC, it means Advanced Reader Copy ... basically it means that there will be some editing issues, either grammar or otherwise, within the novel but that the publishing house wanted to get these complimentary copies out as quickly as possible to get reviews all set up before the novel actually drops. Anyway, reading an ARC doesn't bother me - I know that I'm in store for some editing issues and I'm okay with that. But when this novel didn't say that it was an ARC and EVERY SINGLE word that has "ff" or "ffi" missing ... this is a problem. A big problem. Because it pulls you away from the story every time you have to decipher what these words are: oense, oce, o-limits, o, puy, muns, oers, o-the-cu. In case you couldn't figure it out, those words are offense, office, off-limits, off, puffy, muffins, offers, off-the-cuff ... and that was just a few!! It was all over the book and on every single freaking page. To be honest, I wanted to give the book even lower ratings because of this but I just couldn't because the story line was so great. I'm betting that there are some people who just wouldn't read the damn thing after the 785th spelling issue. I don't know what donkey messed up and had all of the ff's and ffi's deleted but I would really like to poke them in the eye.
Now that I'm done with my long rant, this was really a good book. I'm hoping that the above F-issue was resolved for final e-book copy that is everywhere. Because if it isn't, I'm grabbing a torch and I'm going to storm the publishing company castle. (less)
This is the first novel that I've read from Davis Bunn and unfortunately, as excited as I was to re...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
This is the first novel that I've read from Davis Bunn and unfortunately, as excited as I was to read this, it just didn't really work for me. Man, I read the first few chapters and I was really enjoying getting to know the characters, the action was awesome and the storyline was great. But then it just fizzled out.
I'm not totally for sure where it actually went wrong. I really connected with the main character, Simon. I thought that he was intriguing and I couldn't wait to get to know him more. But then he became one of those characters that was great at everything and knew everything ABOUT everything and it became tiresome. Even with the intrigue about his past, I was just bored with him. It almost felt like a cop out ... having the character perfect except for one thing in his past. I don't want to read about a perfect person ... I want someone who is flawed and struggling and that is what I thought that Unlimited had in store for me because of the beginning of the novel.
I don't know. Maybe I'm just sensitive to that because the constant preaching. Well, it wasn't preaching but it was too much. I know that this is a Christian Fiction novel. But this felt like it was being force-fed to the reader. If I wanted to read the Bible, I would have picked it up instead of this book. I found myself rolling my eyes at the, "What God has in store" comments that happened frequently. Maybe I'm not the Christian that this book was made for. I don't know that I could ever really enjoy a book that made me question my faith - i.e. Am I not Christian enough because I find this annoying?!? All I know is, after I was about halfway through the book, I just kept picturing Elaine from Seinfeld and the whole Jesus fish thing.
I wish that the excitement hadn't tapered off. I think it would have kept my attention more if the action had kept at the same pace it was in the beginning. I'm obviously in the minority with this one because there are only a hand-full of negative ratings, most everyone loves it so if you are on the fence, go ahead and get it ... statistically speaking, you'll probably like it. Good luck!(less)
Oh, where to start. This one just didn't do it for me. At all. To be honest, I couldn't find one th...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Oh, where to start. This one just didn't do it for me. At all. To be honest, I couldn't find one thing that I liked about the novel except the first part when the lost and found stuff was getting divided up at Funnland. That was really it.
I didn't find any kind of connection with any of the characters. I don't even really know if I could tell you one trait each of them has ... the characters didn't seem deep or realistic at all. And that was when I could keep the characters straight. I found it to be a little confusing because I didn't know much about anyone, so they all just seemed to meld together into one big, confusing mess. With every page that went by, I kept thinking that I would eventually feel ... something ... for any of the characters and I just didn't. I couldn't care less about what was happening.
Now, I enjoy a good mystery. Especially the ones that refer back to something that happened years ago ... which is why I was so interested in this novel to begin with. But again, I was let down. It was a crash and burn type of situation for me. With the blurb, you're led to believe that there is some heinous crime that these two girls committed. And this is a bit of a spoiler but it wasn't some heinous crime. It just wasn't. The ending was not that great either. It's not that a book has to end a certain way in order for me to like it ... I've read tons of books that ended in this piss poor way and I respected the novel even more for that kind of ending ... (Divergent). But I just couldn't respect the novel more. I ended up resenting it.
Basically, the whole novel was just ... meh. That's it. Meh. I don't believe I'll be picking up another novel by this author again. (less)
I thought that this novel looked cute when I picked it up and it turned out that I would be right!...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I thought that this novel looked cute when I picked it up and it turned out that I would be right! It was very cute. Almost to the point of being too much cute ... you know? There is a fine sickeningly-cute line that this book coasted on top of most of the time but it never quite crossed that for me.
Right out of the gate, this was a funny book. I found myself literally laughing out loud. Most of the time, an author can get a chuckle or a smirk out of me but a full laugh? I can count on one hand how many times that has happened. This was just hilarious in spots. Two words: Tennis. Ball. That part in the book had me rolling!! I won't lie, I read it a couple of times because I thought maybe I misread it but that wasn't the case ... it was just funny.
The main character, Kelli is super spunky and feisty. She actually reminds me a lot of myself when I'm giving my husband a hard time - which happens to be one of my favorite activities. There are a lot of people saying that this book read more on the immature side ... I got that a little bit but not to the extent that others did. I actually enjoyed how Kelli and Chase picked on each other and I didn't think that the nicknames that everyone is talking about were too much either ... I found it cute and endearing. But that's just me. I enjoyed this novel more than I thought that I would once I picked it up. It's an effortless read that is a great getaway.
All of that being said ... Is this a good book? Yes. Would I read this book again? Probably. BUT. Geez ... I almost stopped reading the book because of one word that kept recurring over and over and over AND OVER again. I thought that it was annoying and if it weren't for the tennis ball thing in the beginning, I totally would have given up on this book. I know this probably sounds crazy ... lots of words get repeated over and over but this one was used as a description every 4,587,545.9 times it was said in the book and I just think that even a teenage girl would be able to come up with one other word to use and break up this craziness just a little bit. The descriptive word of the day (that if I ever see used like this in another book, I will totally lose my shit) is: POPCORN. I don't know if I can ever go to the movies again. This book has totally ruined popcorn for me. Totally.(less)
There used to be a time when I lived and breathed Nicholas Sparks books. But then I started broaden...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
There used to be a time when I lived and breathed Nicholas Sparks books. But then I started broadening my reading horizons and these type of romance novels just kind of fell to the wayside for me for a very long time. I would read one sporadically every few years or so, but they weren't constantly by my bedside as they had been before. But then I found out that James Marsden was going to be in the movie version of this one and I knew that I had to snatch it up. I know, I know ... why pick up a book because a certain actor is going to be in the movie. It's really not a good reason but I kind of grew up watching everything that he did ... my mom worked in the same school as his aunt ... his aunt would give us these autographed pictures from him ... at the time, it was THE coolest thing in the world. Then when I was sitting in my high school drama class one afternoon, guess who walks in ... yep! James Marsden ... well ... it was Jimmy back then ... but anyhow he had graduated from my HS and had the same drama teacher ... anywhooo ... (very) long (and useless) story short, finding out that James was in this movie intrigued me and I knew that the book had to be good in order for him to sign on with it.
Sooo ... yes, I realize that this review needs to be about the book and it is ... just after that whole first paragraph of useless info. Okay, from the first page of The Best of Me, I knew that it was going to be gut wrenching. What Nicholas Sparks novel isn't?!? But this one just started off in a different place than I remember all of the other ones ... except maybe Message in a Bottle ... but it started off very somber. It started off with complete and total heartbreak. Now, that isn't what the novel is even talking about in the first part, but you can just sense it. This will sound crazy, but the sadness is almost tangible. And true to Sparks fashion, you fall in love with Dawson from the very beginning. You can't even help it. You feel for the guy and you want to make it better for him.
The rest of the novel goes about the same way ... the main characters of the novel become close to you. Almost like they are long lost friends or someone you were close to in another life. You feel for them as if they are real. That's one thing about the way this author writes, he is going to make you feel. I won't lie, most of the time it's heartache. I knew when picking this book up that I would need to make kleenex at the ready but I didn't really cry this time. Don't get me wrong, it was sad. All of his novels are sad. But this one didn't really shock me as others have in the past. I even noted about halfway through the book that I was waiting for the gut-punch but it never came.
Another thing worth noting ... for the first time while reading a Nicholas Sparks novel, I actually predicted the ending. I was totally wrong about how the ending came about but I knew that it was going to happen and that was a little disheartening. I don't like being able to predict endings but I did on this one. All in all, a great novel ... one that is like a slow burn, there's no rush, no urgency ... you're just left to soak up the details. After putting this one down, I have a few Sparks novels that I need to catch up on. I didn't realize how much I had missed them. (less)
This was really a difficult book to read. It has some pretty dark themes going on here, it's violen...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
This was really a difficult book to read. It has some pretty dark themes going on here, it's violent and it's quite graphic, sexually speaking. That's not anything bad, but it is something that the average reader should be aware of. But it made the book good. It made you keep reading because you just had to know what was going to happen.
That being said, I did have a bit of a hard time connecting with Megan. Her character was standoffish and it really read that way. Now, this could be totally intentional by the author. Maybe she wanted the reader to feel disconnected, dejected, alone and helpless. If it was intentional, she did a great job of it ... if it wasn't intended ... then it turned into an amazing coincidence. About a quarter of the way through the book, I really started to view things like Megan and I think that a big part of that was kind of not connecting with her in the beginning.
I loved seeing the back and forth between Megan an Nickolas. It was fun and sweet and completely unsuspecting. But let me just tell you, their shared sorrow will eat away at the center of your being. Their relationship is definitely something to experience.
To be completely honest, I know that this is the first book in a series ... I don't know if I can read the next one. This first one just ripped me apart. I think if I step away from it for a few months, I'll be able to pick up the next installment of their relationship but at this point, I'm going to have to let myself decompress a little bit.(less)
I love a good crime drama. Maybe it's because my dad was a crime scene investigator while I was gro...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I love a good crime drama. Maybe it's because my dad was a crime scene investigator while I was growing up and I've come to love the whole process of catching a killer. I don't know. But when I saw that this was a crime drama with a (semi) futuristic twist to it, I jumped at the chance to read this novel. And then I let it sit on my TBR shelf for months. Months and months. For some reason, I just wasn't inclined to pick it up. I think subconsciously, I was wary. But I had no reason to be ... this is the first novel I've read from this author and I don't read reviews on a novel that I'm going to read because I don't want to taint my first impressions and feelings. I really had no reason to not pick this book up. I just didn't.
When I finally did pick it up, I wasn't disappointed. It really grabs you from the first page and immerses you into this world in the not too distant future and it is eerily close to home. With how things are in the world today, this book could be considered a bit foreshadowing if things play out as everyone fears. Anyhow, it was really cool ... the technology and the reasoning behind it ... it seemed feasible. Everything in this novel seemed like it could come to pass ... it was really kind of creepy.
Anyhow, about a fourth of the way through the novel, I just kept hitting these patches of reader quicksand. You know what I'm talking about ... the story feels like it ran into a brick wall and is struggling to plow its way through ... it was just rough. I felt like I had to force myself to read further and further. Reading shouldn't be like that. But it kept this sluggishness up for pretty much the rest of the book. The beginning of the novel felt like it was just going to blow my mind and then this. I was pretty disappointed when I put this one down. Maybe I've hit a reading plateau and if I were to pick this up at another time, I would enjoy it. I don't know. What I do know is that while this book isn't badly written, it just wasn't for me. (less)
I have been burned by quite a few novels about angels. Too many. Usually, I'll just turn a book dow...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I have been burned by quite a few novels about angels. Too many. Usually, I'll just turn a book down when I hear it's about them. But something made me pick this one up and I'm really glad that I trusted my instincts on it. It's totally renewed my faith in these fantasy novels and I'm pretty excited to find another one.
The author (whom I've never read anything from) really surprised me. She drops you off in the middle of an ongoing ... situation ... and it was the perfect start to this story. I loved meeting the characters the way that they were introduced. You know, the main character is in the hospital after this horrible wreck and she's just kind of coming to terms with what has happened to her and her family ... meeting her friends as they come to the hospital gave you this sense of timidity from the main character, it was really strange. I became anxious when Emma did ... the author just did such a great job of immersing you into this new world that Emma now inhabits.
It was really a great story, one I'll be excited to finish once I pick up the other novels. This is definitely an author to keep your eye on because she writes captivating heroes and villains that you really can't get enough of! Ooooh ... and one tiny spoiler ... it's minute (so minute that it really isn't a spoiler) ... just watch out for Kade ... you'll fall in love with him! (less)
I received this novel from the publisher a very, VERY long time ago. Initially I was super interest...more Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I received this novel from the publisher a very, VERY long time ago. Initially I was super interested and then, I don't really know what happened. Other novels kept getting pushed in front of it. There really isn't any excuse for not picking it up, it just wasn't the right time. Anyway, getting back to being super interested in it ... I'm a big Vince Flynn fan ... he wrote these amazing spy/military novels that I really love. I'm always on the look out for novels like his since he passed away, so when I saw this one, I thought that it would be right up my alley.
Unfortunately, as you can see from my rating, this one just totally missed the mark with me. I'm going to give a teensie weensie little spoiler here ... it was really irritating picking this novel up, thinking it would be about a broken woman getting revenge for her family but in actuality, most of the beginning is about her brother getting all amped up for this personal assistant. Line after line just waxing poetic on how epic her boobs are and she's so pretty and OMG, she looks sooo great in those shorts. Dude. Really? I think that there is a fine line between appreciating a woman and being skeevy. This hit skeevy for me. I mean, would a brother really be working to get his rocks off with some chick when he has all of these "plans" to help his sister? Really? I just finally had to skip over stuff. Now come on. I read romance novels all the time. I like a good description and I love reading how a man is pining after some gorgeous specimen but this just wasn't that. Maybe it's because that isn't what this novel was supposed to be about ... it's great as a secondary plot in the novel but when it takes the focus off of the real reason for the book, it's just tiring.
Was the novel badly written? No ... there weren't any grammar issues or spelling problems or anything like that, it was just boring and unfocused. I don't know that I would pick up another novel from this author. Scratch that. I won't pick up another novel from this author. (less)