I haven't read this in years. My rating may change if I were to read it now. I just remember loving the premise of this book, I would read it over and...moreI haven't read this in years. My rating may change if I were to read it now. I just remember loving the premise of this book, I would read it over and over again.(less)
Vic... A few weeks ago I did a 30 day challenge, going through a list and finding a book to fit each listed category. One was for 'character I most re...moreVic... A few weeks ago I did a 30 day challenge, going through a list and finding a book to fit each listed category. One was for 'character I most relate to'. I chose Josie Alibrandi, but I was so wrong. The character I relate to the absolute most is Victor Bane.
Okay, sure he's a male psychic medium, in his 40's, who's addicted to prescription pills (to stop seeing the ghosts). None of that is like me. I swear! However, his reactions and his inner dialogue is spot on. I have never read a character who's thoughts and fears so mirrored my own. I love it. I love Vic. I know Vic. I am Vic. The girly version anyway.
In this installment Vic is paying Con Dreyfus with his psychic talent by ridding Con's office of those pesky ghosts. Ghosts that include Dr. Chance. This leads to secrets revealed and his forced partnership with F-Pimp, despite his misgivings.
We get Lisa back, with secrets of her own, and we get more fun times with Con Dreyfus. We meet a new host of characters, some I liked and some I wasn't sure about.
And the best part, other than the awesomeness of Vic, was all the good times between Jacob and Vic. They're just characters in a book but they mean so much to me. They have a really amazing connection, physically, emotionally and spiritually. It's beautiful. Sure I love the sexy times, but more than that I love the protective instincts they both have. I love when Vic calls Jacob 'my man'. I love when Jacob takes care of Vic. Love love love.
(Also, I hear Crash gets his own book! YAY!)
There's not enough gushing in the world I can do for this series. I adore it. It's more than just an M/M book. It surpasses that label. It's a great series regardless of the main characters orientation. It's brilliant.(less)
Please note that this review is on the product, and not the producer. I do not condone reviewer harassment. If I was rating the author's past behavior...morePlease note that this review is on the product, and not the producer. I do not condone reviewer harassment. If I was rating the author's past behavior it would be one star all the way.
*READ THIS REVIEW ONLY IF YOU'VE READ *
For all those out there who loved Flat out Love, this was a must read. Perhaps it was because I reread the original book first but once I started this little novella I couldn't put it down. This was a lay in bed until 4am in the morning clutching the Kindle and grinning.
Matt Watkins: Of course I'd be happy to give you my opinion because it increases the odds of me being able to say, "I told you so" in the future.
Matt was as dreamy and vulnerable in this one as he was in the first. Reading what drove him, and what he thought when they were laying under the Christmas tree, or when Julie was stuck in the elevator and 'Finn' was taking her skydiving in their imagination as distraction, you couldn't help but fall madly in love with him all over again. It brought new emotion to those favorite scenes in the original book, and gave you more understanding and insight to Erin through Matt.
Finn is God: "It's a possibootily" is my favorite new phrase. I've decided it means, "You may or may not get laid later."
I had two favorite chapters. The first was in chapter one where we read Matt and Finn, the real Finn, hiking together. You get to see the type of friendship that they actually had, and how much Finn cared about Matt. How much Matt cares about Finn. You know tragedy is not far away, and it leaves you with a lump in your throat. At the same time you're smiling because Matt and Finn just seemed so very happy. They were best friends.
Julie Seagle: Just 'checked in' to your heart.
My other favorite chapter was the last chapter. When I read Flat out Love my only complaint, which oddly I didn't note in my review, was that the ending felt abrupt. It just ended when I wanted more happy happy joy joy after all the drama. Well guess what! In the last chapter of this book we get what would have been the last chapter of THAT book, and it was BEEE-AUUUTIFUL! Julie finally makes the 'why I was an idiot and this is how much I love you' speech, and it brought tears to my eyes. MUAH! Awesome.
(ANNND since I didn't mention my one complaint about Flat out Love in that review, I must remember to add my one complaint about THIS book in THIS review: Celeste. In Flat Out Love she spoke much too old for age, and she was quirky, but there was a realism to it and a endearing quality to it. In this book, it's almost as though Parks forgot how to walk that line between 'broken' and 'creepy', lol. Celeste was a little robotic in this one, a little 'Temperance Brennan', and not in a good way.)(less)
Third read through and still feel as strongly about this book as I did the first time I read it....moreI've now read this FOUR times!!
THIRD READ 10/3/2012 -
Third read through and still feel as strongly about this book as I did the first time I read it. The writing is breathtaking.
This is one reader who willingly gives up her hard earned money for anything this author writes. Genius.
SECOND READ 11/2/2011 -
3 Amazing aspects of Finnikin
I've always seemed to have a powerful reaction to story archs that contain strong loving fathers. I really love reading stories about amazing dads. Trevanian is an amazing dad. The intensity of his love for Finnikin was enviable. I wish I had a father like this.
The fact that Finnikin struggled with the realization that Evanjalin was always just one step ahead. She outthought him at every turn. Talk about a book with a strong heroine.
Lastly, I touched on it already but Froi was the perfect balance of wild but vulnerable. His actions in the beginning and his growth throughout the book was beautiful. Rereading this again was perfect, because it really reminded me of how much I loved Froi, and made me really excited to read the next book.
Gimme more Froi!
FIRST READ 11/1/2010 - 11/2/2010 This book caused me to clutch it to my chest when I finished it. I had a hard time breathing and I had a huge smile on my face.
Finnikin was frustrating and wonderful. Evanjalin was obstinate and strong. All of the supporting characters added perfect nuances. I adored Froi, the chapters from his perspective tugged on my heart. I ached for him.
I started and enjoyed it, but the more I read the more I could feel my adrenaline pounding.
Absolutely wonderful! I loved this! I want to read it all over again immediately.(less)
I really like to review a book as soon as I finish it. The reason being, because all of my emotions and thoughts (good or bad) are all right there on...moreI really like to review a book as soon as I finish it. The reason being, because all of my emotions and thoughts (good or bad) are all right there on the surface and it's easier to tap into them. I feel like my best reviews come this way... but I couldn't put this book down last night. I read straight up until I finished it at midnight last night. Needless to say I had already turned my computer off and gone to lay in my bed, and with work looming the next morning there was no way I was getting up and typing up this review.
So here goes, after the fact: I love PsyCop. I know I say that every time I read one, I rave about how good they are, but the truth is DAMN, these are GOOD!
When every time your boss walks by on your break and you're reading, and she stops each time to tease you because you're smirking and snickering (or giggling and swooning) into the pages... you've got a gooood book. There isn't a character in this series that I don't love. Vic is so real, his reactions are so right. We got to see a bit of what makes Jacob tick, and a part of him that isn't so polished. Jacob loves Vic in such an intense way that even as the reader you're feeling weak in the knees. And it's obvious, because you're in Vic's head, that he loves Jacob that way too. Yet, just like in real life you know that there are real issues in their relationship. Jacob is a bit too secretive, and his obsession with psychics sends off my warning bells. But still, I would be devastated if they split up. But even still, you can't help but wonder what it would be like for Vic to give in just once with Crash... because Crash... oh my god, he's delicious!
After Secrets my plan was to start Everfound, but Secrets ended with me still so much involved and a cliffhanger on top of that! I didn't move on to Camp Hell, but it was pathetic watching me pick up Everlost, then put it down and pick up Camp Hell, then put it down again! In the end I'm forcing myself to wait because I only have 2 more books in the PsyCop series before I'm stuck until she releases a new one. And as of now there hasn't been a title, or a release date or anything... I don't even have a goal date!
One last note, I own most of this series in ebook form. But I decided yesterday that I'm buying them in print, because I want to loan them to friends and have them on my bookshelf for the rest of my life.
Hot diggity dog, that was good! I couldn't put this one down, especially the last half.
I know we've been all 'Adam or Sam', 'Sam or Adam', but how's t...moreHot diggity dog, that was good! I couldn't put this one down, especially the last half.
I know we've been all 'Adam or Sam', 'Sam or Adam', but how's this for a response, "Gimme Bran!" I mean, the more I read these books, including A&O the more awesome I think the Marrok is! YUM. And you know who else I adore? Stefan!! I keep waiting for the shoe to drop and for him to betray Mercy but he never does. He just gets better more and more interesting! (See all the exclamation points! Me happy reader!)
I also think that Mercy and Adam's relationship finally hit it's stride in this one. There were some sweet, touching, even steamy scenes in this installment.
I slid out of bed and realized I was stark naked. Which was only to be expected. But there was no sign of underwear on the floor or in the bedding. I was head and shoulders under the bed when Adam said, from the doorway, "I spy with my little eye something that begins with the letter A." "I'll spy your little eye and squish it," I threatened, but, since the bed hid me, there was a grin on my face.
My last little bit of nervousness comes from what's going to happen to poor Sam. I hope that he's got all his hopes and dreams coming to fruition soon, with the right mate.
So good that I wish I could dive right into book 5. Alas, I have to break for another Anna Charles book, because I'm so rigid with series reading. Woe is me.(less)
"Brother, If you can't feel it, I can't explain it."
Heidi! That was so beautiful! I absolutely LOVED this book! Thank you so much for sharing, becau...more"Brother, If you can't feel it, I can't explain it."
Heidi! That was so beautiful! I absolutely LOVED this book! Thank you so much for sharing, because otherwise I would never have stumbled across it or picked it up. I'm grateful! :)
To all my other Goodreads friends, this is a MUST READ book. (And for those in YA-MA, it is a GREAT pick for the season challenge, hint hint!)
It's 1940 and Joey is a 12 years old Jewish boy living in Brooklyn after his parents divorce. Joey's had a rough start in the new area. He's being bullied pretty badly, made some bad decisions, and has come to the conclusion that there is only one way out of this mess. He has to get up and coming rookie for the New York Giants, Charlie Banks, to hit a home run and dedicating it to him, Babe Ruth style. All he's gotta do is convince him. This leads to one of the most special and endearing friendships I've ever read in a book.
"It is Joseph's opinion that he open his Bar Mitzvah speech 'with a few laughs to loosen them up'- more specifically, that worn-out routine chronicling Moses' descent from the mountain with the Ten Commandments, concluding with the epigram 'Adultery's still in.' Given the manner in which the two of them recited the punch line in unison, I gather that Mr. Banks and your son are a well-suited match. So, however, are Laurel and Hardy." - Rabbi Morris Lieberman
I have to warn you, this book is written entirely through letters, report cards, therapist notes, newspaper articles, and baseball stats. I was a little nervous going into it, thinking that it would make it difficult to get a feel for these characters and build a reader/character relationship. Yeah, not a problem at all. I loved each and every one of them just as deeply as one possibly could. Joey was so clever and fearless, even though he was only 12 years old (14 at the end) I truly admired his gumption. I laughed outloud at the boys antics. Poor Charlie never stood a chance, thank goodness. He could be a 'tough guy' all he wanted, but inside he was a big softy. (Don't even get me started on Craig, Aunt Carrie, Hazel and Stuke. They are all so well written and 3 dimensional.)
And the book was FUNNY. Laugh out loud funny, I'll have you know. There were wisecracks and one liners throughout the whole thing. Here's just a taste of one that had me laughing outloud!
This is Charlie quizzing Joey on the Torah before his Bar Mitzvah:
3. How old was Noah when God gave him the job? 76. 600. Says who? And how come God thought an old fart like that could build a boat? He'd be lucky if he could still pee.
If you don't read this you're missing out, seriously. Sure it's about baseball, and if you're not into sports you may not understand the baseball stats. I sure as hell didn't, haha. It doesn't matter because love is what this story is really about. It's about love and everlasting friendships. I absolutely loved it. I can guaran-damn-tee that I will be buying this book for my bookshelf and I'll be reading it again and again. I can't wait to read others from this author. Beautiful and Brilliant.
"Dear Aunt Carrie and Mrs. M, Hazel did some nosing around and found out that there are 19 million kids in the U.S. of A. Only 10 of them are going to the W. House today. You can do the math yourself on account of I would not get near long division with a 10 ft. pole. But if you tell people that he is one in a million, you would be pretty close to the mark. Charlie
Alert! alert! This is another book that EVERYONE should read! alert! Alert!
The phrase 'rush to judgement' is a silly one. When it comes to judgement, most of us don't have to rush. We don't have to even leave the couch. Our judgement is so easy to reach for. None of these people who are talking know Craig or Harry, or even care about who Craig or Harry are. The minute you stop talking about individuals and start talking about a group, your judgement has a flaw in it.
I read a few reviews talking about the odd narration in this book, and I absolutely see what they are saying. When I started reading this book I thought the narration was odd too. However, when I got into the story the power of the story being narrated by those lost to AIDS was absolutely brilliant. There were a few times that their emotion brought tears to my eyes.
And there is such a beautiful array of characters. Peter and Neil, who have been in a loving High school relationship for one year. Avery and Ryan who meet for the first time and have an instant connection. Cooper... lost and self-loathing, alone and feeling like nothing. Then you have Craig and Harry, Two Boys Kissing, setting a world record and making a statement.
We get to read about their parents, some who struggle, some who turn away, and some who accept and just love their boys.
"I need you to say it," he tells them. "I need to hear you say it." Mrs. Kim throws down the paper and hits the table. "What? That we're sorry? For not turning off the radio when some idiot said something idiotic? You're acting like a baby." "No." Neil tries to keep control of his voice. "I don't need you to say you're sorry. I need you to say that I'm gay." Neil's mother grunts and looks at his father. You deal with this. "Neil," he says, "is everything okay? Why are you acting this way?" "Just say it. Please! Just say it." It's Miranda, his eleven year old sister, who speaks up. "You're gay," she says, with complete seriousness. "And I love you." Tears spring to Neil's eyes.
There's a very important message in this book. The message that is so important for all of us to read. Ready for it?
The idea that all people are, in fact, born equal, no matter who they kiss or screw, no matter what dreams they have or love they give.
Aweeeeesoooome! Hands down the best in the series so far. Brigid Kemmerer, you blow me away with it. I can't sa...moreFangirl gush alert! Fangirl gush alert!
Aweeeeesoooome! Hands down the best in the series so far. Brigid Kemmerer, you blow me away with it. I can't say too much here, because there are so many surprise things that happen in this one, all I can say is 'Aweeeeesoooome!!"
I trembled, I had a hard time breathing. I loved it.
I knew what was coming in Nicks book because of what happened in the short, but I wasn't expecting to get so into it. I pretty much read the entire book today because I just couldn't put it down. I was supposed to be buddy reading this, and I was consumed. Anyway, Nick and Adam drew me in completely.
Nick peeked over at him. He'd expected loose dance clothes like last night, but Adam wore dark jeans and a red T-shirt under a charcoal gray pea coat. He had a messenger bag, too, beat-up brown leather that looked like it would explode from the weight of whatever was inside. His expression was easy, but his eyes were cautious. When he spoke, his voice was gently teasing. "Do I pass muster?" Nick jerked his eyes away. "You look great. Good. Yeah. Fine." Jesus, was he going to sound like a raving idiot every time he saw this guy? Me Nick. Me like boys. Me especially like how you look in that pea coat.
And I was pleasantly surprised by what developed in Quinn's story. I swear I sure didn't see that plotline coming!
"Is this where you bring girls? Promise to show them the world?" He waved a hand at the trees, the suburban sprawl. "Oh, yeah. Check out the world of Arnold, Maryland." He let out a low whistle. "You can almost see the waste disposal plant from here. Want to take your pants off yet?"
5 glorious very happy dancing little stars. October with Michael is just too gosh darn far away.... (less)
I can't even shelve this. I had the same problem with A Monster Calls. First, I can't put it in a bo...moreThere's always beauty, If you know where to look.
I can't even shelve this. I had the same problem with A Monster Calls. First, I can't put it in a box, and second, shelving it ruins the surprises. It's because of that I'm not going to shelve it in anything more than the obvious. Read it! Read it and be surprised!
Is this a dream? he thinks, the words coming to him slowly, thickly, as if from a great distance. The last dream before death.
I'm not even sure what to say. Going into this book I knew next to nothing about it. All I knew was the very secretive blurb that the character dies and yet somehow wakes up in a barren wasteland that used to be his hometown. That's it. Also, the cover of the book is awesome secretive. And, it's almost part of the charm, to go into a read without really knowing what you're getting into.
SO, I'm not going to tell you that Sethiofjdsa fajfdaioujfida;fjk;afjk;afk;ja;fda.
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Or how about the huge surprise, fiapufipaufioapufiplkajk.a,jrlwrujiwpua.
And if you want to know what I'm talking about. Pick. It. UP. For real. Now go.
4.5, only brought down a bit because WHEW, I need more.