I am so glad I stopped buying these books. While I loved the fact that the hero wasn't an Alpha Hole and the heroine wasn't a passive iQUICKIE REVIEW:
I am so glad I stopped buying these books. While I loved the fact that the hero wasn't an Alpha Hole and the heroine wasn't a passive idiot, that was about the only thing that I liked. I skimmed most of the narrative, because frankly I read it before in her other novels. While they were treking through the Amazon, I thought of all the other books where the hereo and heroine tracked through the Amazon and I kept thinking 'Are They There Yet.' I hope that the next one is set in the Carpatian Mountains, because I am so over the South America arc. While the writing was good, nothing was unique about the story, it was the same old same old and I am looking for something more.
Also what was up with the villian. This vampire was built up as the vampire of all vampires and the the climax was like over in an instant without any drama. There was all this built up with a pay off that didn't deliver.
I think the hole point of DARK STORM was to add one thing (the flower) to the plot and wrote a book to revolve around that. This was a library read, get it whenever you get the time and are bored to death read....more
Review coming. More like 2.5. couldn't buy into the instant attraction given the situation they were in nor the obvious suspense plot, now the extrasReview coming. More like 2.5. couldn't buy into the instant attraction given the situation they were in nor the obvious suspense plot, now the extras from side characters that didn't add to the main story. But it was well written....more
Maya Banks - I actually liked this story. It seemed to me the best intertwined with the romance and the suspense. Karin TabkReview coming but preview.
Maya Banks - I actually liked this story. It seemed to me the best intertwined with the romance and the suspense. Karin Tabke - Nice story but there was this big build up for this confrontation and when it happened it was like 'is that it' Sylvia Day - Nice story but where is the suspense. Wasn't any....more
Ugggh. The diary started when Darcy was 12 and felt like he was still 12 all the way through. No way would Darcy act like this and I'm usually flexiblUgggh. The diary started when Darcy was 12 and felt like he was still 12 all the way through. No way would Darcy act like this and I'm usually flexible with my interpretations. Also, the timeline was all wrong, didn't this author even read Pride and Prejudice?...more
Don't tar and feather me in the comments, but sometimes a girl is in need of some light and fluffy erotica. Whenever I get that need, I turn to a bookDon't tar and feather me in the comments, but sometimes a girl is in need of some light and fluffy erotica. Whenever I get that need, I turn to a book from Ellora's Cave. I don't generally categorize a publisher, but there is something about Ellora's Cave books. They're not always deep, but whenever I'm in the mood for some light, fluffy quick erotica, I turn to Ellora's Cave.
ALWAYS YOU was one of those books you read for a quick pick me up. ALWAYS YOU is a novella that I breezed through. Even though the heroine Shari was somewhat oblivious for my tastes, I liked her. I think that was because I was so that girl back in the day. I seriously had no clue that guys were into me and thought we were just friends. Now that I'm older, it's embarrassing for me to realize how many opportunities I passed up because I was such a dingbat.
The relationship between Shari and Jon was straightforward and pretty close to what was describe on the back cover blurb with some great steamy encounters that were not just about being erotic but showed the characters personality as well as having quite a bit of emotion in them as well. This is something I don't always find when reading Ellora's Cave's novels. I appreciated that very much. Despite the shot length and ALWAYS YOU being an erotic romance, I totally bought into their happily ever after.
I did have a couple issues that pulled me out of the story, but they were minor but you know me, I'm mentioning them anyway. ALWAYS YOU opens with Shari and Jon arriving to their hotel room drunk and falling asleep in separate beds. What seems like seconds later a drunk Shari is pleasuring herself with Jon hearing her in the next bed. This did not seem plausible. I went back and re-read to see if it was clear that some time had passed before Shari starting umm . . . enjoying herself and it wasn't clearly stated. The same thought occurred to me when Shari and Jon have an encounter on the beach because only moments before they were at a beachfront restaurant. Although they had walked awhile, the prose wasn't clear to me that they were alone enough to have such a encounter. It was little details like that which pulled me out of the story and had me focusing if they were really alone or if this was plausible instead of focusing on the hero and heroine.
Other than that, I enjoyed ALWAYS YOU very much....more
I really, really, really wanted to read LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR. I wanted to read this book from the moment I closed her debut Anna and the FrenchI really, really, really wanted to read LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR. I wanted to read this book from the moment I closed her debut Anna and the French Kiss. I must say that I'm glad that I waited until my library ordered a copy of LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR because if I had actually paid money for this book, I would've been very angry. It wasn't the writing, which was great. It was the plot and the characters that drove me crazy.
Maybe I expected too much? I'm going to try to articulate why LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR was a letdown for me. The main reason was that Lola didn't connect with me as a character. Probably because she spent the whole book lying to everyone around her and deception/lying is one of my biggest romance pet peeves. I know that as a teenager that your emotions are haywire and you often lie to yourself and others without meaning to, but that still doesn't make you the best possible choice for the heroine in a romance novel. I needed deeper motivation to justify why Lola spent so much time lying to everyone.
It wasn't only Lola that I had trouble with but I had trouble with the majority of the main characters. The book seemed forced, as if she was trying to live up to the success of Anna and having trouble doing so.
I mean really, what was wrong with Max. He started out like this great character. The only issue that seemed wrong with him was his age (he's 22, she's 17). While that is something to raise an eyebrow about, in the beginning (before the novel went down into lala land for the sake of trying to get Lola and Cricket together) I didn't get why everyone around her freaked so much about it, even she and him. Granted, I might have felt this way because when I was 16/17 I dated a guy while not 22, was 19/20 and out of school. I was annoyed that Max suddenly morphed into this bad guy. I mean really why wouldn't he, Lola had been lying to him forever. When she finally went and broke up with her and he got nasty with her, I was actually cheering for him and he was supposed to be the 'villain' in all this. LOL.
This love triangle Lola/Max/Cricket bothered the heck out of me. It was not well executed like the triangle in Anna. I think because she was working too hard to make Max appear to be a bad guy and Lola spent so much time playing games that I lost a lot of respect for her. While I see how Lola and Cricket were actually good for each other, I thought Max if she hadn't went down the very obvious are you kidding me trying to obviously make him the villain road, would have worked just as well. In the end, I agreed with Max's parting shout about Lola. In the end, with all the costumes, Lola was just a little girl with a lot of issues. ...more
Percy is back. If it was possible to convey all your happiness in a sentence, that sentence would be it. I was so happy to see Percy again.
The GoddessPercy is back. If it was possible to convey all your happiness in a sentence, that sentence would be it. I was so happy to see Percy again.
The Goddess Hera(Greek form)/Juno (Roman form) has been messing with the demi gods. She placed Percy in a deep sleep for months and then when he awoke, she erased his memories. All Percy remembers is that he has a girlfriend named Annabeth and he might be a demi-god. Percy finds himself at Camp Jupiter, a camp for demi gods, but everything seems a little off. He knows that this isn't his camp and he has a habit of referring to everything by their Greek counterparts.
Camp Jupiter is under fire. People who are dying aren't staying dead and a massive force is on their way to attack the camp. When the war god Mars visits the camp, Percy is sent off on his quest in Alaska with his new friends Frank and Hazel (two demi-gods with secrets) to free Death from the clutches of the goddess Gaia (spelling?) and her son. If they don't succeed their camp is doomed.
Okay, so you know my plot reviews suck. I have no idea why you keep reading them.
Let's get to the point.
I loved this book. Despite having lost his memory, Percy was his usual sarcastic self. Hazel and Frank were just too cute for words. The plot was intriguing and the pacing (differing points of view from all three protagonists) were interesting and didn't slow down the pace of the story.
While I really enjoyed The Lost Hero, THE SON OF NEPTUNE was better. I think it's better because with The Lost Hero we were introduced to three new charecters who we were supposed to identify with, characters who while interesting didn't hold a candle to Percy. Can anyone? With THE SON OF NEPTUNE we not only have the awesome Percy Jackson but his new cohorts Frank and Hazel have ties to some familiar characters in the previous Percy Jackson series in some unique and exciting ways. Frank and Hazel's backstory's were just as intriguing as Percy's and you were rooting for them from the beginning. THE SON OF NEPTUNE is a excellent filler story as we build up to the seven getting together to fulfill the prophecy. Since the next book is called The Mark of Athena, I'm assuming it's going to focused on Annabeth? I can't wait. It sucks that these books come out one a year.
Really, I know this review blows, but if you haven't read this series, or the one before it (Percy Jackson) you are totally missing out. Read these books! ...more
I've never read Debbie Macomber before and one of my twitter buddies suggested that I try her Cedar Cove series so I requested the first book in the sI've never read Debbie Macomber before and one of my twitter buddies suggested that I try her Cedar Cove series so I requested the first book in the series from my library.
It was interesting. The writing was emotional and compelling. When I opened the novel, I got sucked into the situation with Cecilia and Ian a young married couple having to deal with the loss of their child, their new marriage, and Ian's military career. I think those two resonated with me the most because when I was a Sergeant in the Army, I saw a lot of young couples going through the same thing (not exactly the death of a child, but all the others) while trying to adjust and fit into a military life. Even when Cecilia was annoying to me, blaming Ian for things, he couldn't change and her lack of maturity annoyed me, I still got her. I saw girls exactly like her (heck I had soldiers under me who were like her) when I was in the military.
16 LIGHTHOUSE ROAD has an interesting cast of characters. From Olivia, the judge who denied a petition from the divorcing Ian and Cecilia forcing them to work out their problems, her love interest Jack who has a murky past, her best friend Grace whose husband walks out on her after thirty-five years of marriage, her mother Charlotte, and her daughter Justine. All these stories were layered and I had a hard time trying to figure out where she was going with each storyline because it was so nuanced.
Yet, despite all my praise, I had issues with 16 LIGHTHOUSE ROAD. My main issue, is because there were so many characters (the story is step up as a soap opera minus the millionaires and the implausible plot lines), it was hard for me to really focus on and root for the characters. I don't know if this will be addressed in later books, but 16 LIGHTHOUSE ROAD didn't seem to have an ending so you didn't get that satisfying happily ever after feel. It also took me a long time to read this book (about two weeks), because there were too many characters to focus on. 16 LIGHTHOUSE ROAD was the book I picked up when I didn't have another book handy to read.
While I loved the writing and characters, I missed not having a main character or plot thread to focus on. However, since I did love the writing and characters, I will continue the series (through my library) but it's not something that I must read, nor am I interested in re-reading them. ...more
ALL THAT REMAINS is an intelligent, emotionally satisfying romance that I zipped through. I have habit of starting books, putting them down and pickinALL THAT REMAINS is an intelligent, emotionally satisfying romance that I zipped through. I have habit of starting books, putting them down and picking something else up and then not picking up the original book for a good long while. I never put down ALL THAT REMAINS, it captured my attention and held it.
ALL THAT REMAINS takes place in Arkansas (pretty sure it was Arkansas, but don't quote me) during one of the worst floods in a century. Wren, who comes to the state to meet up with her college roommate after running from an abusive partner, gets caught unaware by the flood. She abandons her rental car and takes shelter in an abandoned home. The water is rising quickly and she takes refuge in the attic of the home. Alec is a detective with the Sherriff's Department who is during rescue. He comes across Wren and when he tries to get her into his boat an accident happens and he ends up in the attic with her. The only problem is that Wren is in labor.
Wren and Alec bond because of their experience of being stranded together and Alec delivering her daughter. When they are rescued and Alec discovers that Wren doesn't have a place to stay he invites her and her newborn to stay with him.
I really don't have anything to say. Wren and Alec were three-dimensional characters. I understood Wren's shame at being caught up in her relationship and the feeling that she couldn't really turn to anyone. I understood Alec's withdraw and despair because of the failure of his marriage and despair of not being able to see and be a part of his kids life like he wanted to. I applauded that Ms. Johnson didn't make this an easy fix (that they make each other and all their problems magically disappeared). I loved that Wren and Alec realized that they needed some time to figure out if they could stand on their own two feet before embarking in a new relationship. That was very, very, very well done.
ALL THAT REMAINS isn't about larger than life characters or relationships that don't exist in real life. The writing, the plot, the characters were so real, that I was satisfied and I would definitely read this author again....more