The Mad Scientist does believe that this book will be inspirational to anyone who opens it. Honestly, the MarMad Steam
Lynne & Tim are my heroes!!!
The Mad Scientist does believe that this book will be inspirational to anyone who opens it. Honestly, the Martin's live how my dreams unfold every night beneath the eye mask. Although, MS does make her way around the world quit nicely.
The darling couple dated when they were young things, however, they found each other later in life after their first marriages. The attraction never left. One does think it would of been like a lightening zap after all of that time when they seen each other.
After they married Lynne felt reluctant to share with her dreamy Tim that she wanted more, more of the world. With doubts set aside they soon turned to planning. Excitement built as they set out on what would be an adventure for them and an inspiration to retired people everywhere.
The tales that Lynne tells of their travels made me wish MS was back on the road. Oh, how wanderlust tangles my heart!! Luckily my backpack is soon to be dusted off for the mountain valley of Pablo, Montana!
Within this very much engrossing page flipping travel affair they crossed over the invisible boundary into Mexico, took a cruise over the ocean, and rented a car to navigate their own way around. Glasses of wine were plenty while new friends were found as they figured out the how's, why's & do not's of traveling the world.
Pick this book and you will truly enter another world, within this world.
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The Engineered Throne just blew the Mad Scientist nearly out of her corset. Every little while when updating my progress on GoodReads there was little to say other than how much in love with the book MS was. Which was throughout the whole of the novel. Truly.
Vellem is a young gentleman who is head of the 21st Regiment, the Army Corps of Engineers who pride themselves as being the best engineers who can bring into existence as well as dismantle with use of ogre powder. Thrusting himself into his work he gradually made himself a remarkable name known throughout the lands. Due to his engineering exploits Vellem's role turns out to be paramount to the plot.
His eldest brother & minister to the King, Koit, arranged for Vellem to marry Perdith, a young princeling with only a slight chance of sitting on the throne, so that previous animosity between two kingdoms can attempt peace.
The plot is mostly action driven within a detailed world which kept all lulls at bay. MS was scrolling at such a swift rate one might have feared the lacy gloves would gain several more holes. Assassination attempts galore, mass killings, battles, and MS does so enjoy a good military skirmish. One cannot be prim and proper all the days of such a long year.
The hardcore romance was missing. However, this would be one of those reasons MS did enjoy the book. There were bouts of worry & anxiety between Vellem & Perdith. Small bits of hate & growth between them that turned into desire. Their development from arranged marriage to devotion was a perfect fit more so than falling into each others arms as strangers.
Megan Derr created an alternative historical world wherein two men being together was not prejudiced by others. Wherein dragons chirp and love flowers. Wherein sabotage and traitors had MS engrossed late into night. It has been entirely too long since MS has lost sleep over a book.
MS does look forward to more inky goodness by Megan Derr. Howbeit, warning is due. Tis being an advanced copy the copy editing is a touch tarnished with a few mistakes here and there. Nonetheless, this did not hinder my enjoyment.
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Like most of us, Mallory is another young lady in this world who wants to figure out where s4.5 Blasts ---> Most Delightful!
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Like most of us, Mallory is another young lady in this world who wants to figure out where she belongs and what her “thing” is. However, the way that Mallory goes about this is a tad unorthodox but amazing in almost every way.
While dusting and cleaning away the basement of her grandmothers home she found a list. As the Mad Scientist is not a person who lists I did not feel an moment of glorious aha at this but Mallory did! The list was simple. 5 small tasks that was figured to be written in the very early 1960’s when her grandmother would of also been 16 and a junior in high school. This is where one smirks at such a lucky connection. *smirk*
How she decided, but she did, that the 60’s was simpler times and she wanted to revert to the past by completing the list as her grandmother once completed herself. Or did she not? *pops parasol so one cannot see a grin*
The jolt to make her jump into such a process of altering her life of technology to lack there of has a lot to do with just being burned by Jeremy, her boyfriend of over a year. Cyber cheating with BubbleYum... is there such a thing? Yes, indeed the Mad Scientist begrudgingly avails to today's technology. (otherwise, one would not see this amazing blog of oddness that needs more steampunkery!)
Poor dear Mallory is confused as to why she is not enough for the boy she loves or loved. Not knowing so much any more and feeling a need to connect with her grandma who herself is transitioning into a retirement community she sets out to complete the list to find herself.
Enlisting her sister Ginny they venture into the past to complete the tasks written out over 50 years ago. Including a soiree that spoke of celery and cream cheese that had this Mad Scientist tummy rumbling until she created the same to try. Alas, to no avail... I had to settle for peanut butter instead. (If I was a lister I would of then added cream cheese to the list, if there was one.)
What did I LOVE about this book? Uniting family, Oliver, and fanny packs.
Uniting family - A reader does not often find a book where characters are trying to keeping fighting couples together. We assume they should be apart. Nonetheless, Ginny steps in and silently tries to keep her parents together by helping them realize why they do love each other.
Oliver - WOW, is it appropriate to swoon over a teen. *shakes head and swoons anyway* Now there is a boy ladies should dream of. A boy who is going to be a MAN. Rare I know. But I am hardly wrong. *winks*
Fanny packs - Now I know what you are thinking... How does the Mad Scientist know of fanny packs? While this rusty thing was in China we seen so many we could count them!
Mallory was down and out. As she would not tell her mother why (I do not blame her) they ended up going to Disney. Why how could one be sad at a most magical place? Disney is a place of princesses, rides and tourist wearing fanny packs. Mallory is bringing the fanny pack back!
One cannot assume you will read this because the Mad Scientist found fanny packs to be a great part of the story but I can assume you will be interested in grandma’s massive secret. In Mallory’s vintage clothes selection, as it is to be said... it is brilliant in my mind! or maybe you will be interested in how the characters are so fleshed out that you care for them.
A beautifully written story about family and finding oneself! Plus vintage clothing!
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Let us just start off right away with me admitting that the Mad Scientist just LOVED The Gravedigger'Review can be found at http://madsteampunkery.com
Let us just start off right away with me admitting that the Mad Scientist just LOVED The Gravedigger's Brawl. Yes, the Spooky and Sexy was just that good. A short 250 pages but Abigail Roux had me wrapped around her little finger as the plot and characters were just so well developed!
The Virginia Historical Society's head curator, Wyatt Case, is about to loose his job if he does not step up his game and come up with a brilliant mastermind exhibit to bring more people in during a renovation. He is very practical man... that is until he lays eyes on Ash, a exuberant flair bartender, at the local Steampunkery bar Gravedigger's. The Mad Scientist even thought Ash was quit lickable. A Victorian fashion sense, kohl lined eyes, and a tongue ring. *waggles eyebrows*
I loved reading about the tentativeness yet immediate attraction between Ash and Wyatt. Wyatt makes a lark out of himself when he ducks out of Ash's apartment after first nights treats. He quickly regrets his decision. Racked with guilt he attempts to make amends.
Every year Gravedigger's Tavern throws a huge costume party known as the Gravedigger's Brawl. The party is inside and out of the Gravedigger's. They are busy preparing for this occasion when appliances and radios start going bump bump in ways that make even grown men jitter.
Now, you maybe thinking what about the Spooky part is I dutifully mentioned to you. Indeed the Mad Scientist has not forgotten! Occurrences of the strange and the odd were happening around the workers of Gravedigger's Tavern yet they were brushing it off with explainable thoughts. After all, Gravedigger's Tavern was once a old Victorian house which housed secrets of its own.
The Mad Scientist thoroughly enjoyed The Gravedigger's Brawl!
I think you will too!
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The Mad Scientist needs to express that I did really enjoy this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. However, I do feel theShort Concoction of a Review
The Mad Scientist needs to express that I did really enjoy this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. However, I do feel the need to point out that just because there were a few words dropped of the Steampunkery sort does not mean it is Steampunk. There is much potential and I am looking forward to seeing the author expand on the Underlight World! Machinery, underground living & magic!
Now that I put the heavy before the tea let us move to the good parts of How Beauty Met The Beast.
Jax Garren does a wonderful job at creating a BEAST. Many characters in the beast role have very little contributing the the beast aspect. Not in this case. Ex army ranger Hauk is badly scared from a fire over 80% of his body. It does not take a Mad Scientist to know that this man is also very emotionally injured. He is now agent for the Underlight who are working against the Order of Ananke.
Jolie wants to add a bit of fantasy to her life as a heiress . She tries her hand at Burlesque dancing. After her first show she is beside herself, in a good flustered way. Behind a curtain she changes. Her sight is blocked from the curtain but her sensitive nerves are firing at some serious fantasy plays out.
Jolie lives in the highlife of a big modern city. Meanwhile, Hauk is living under this city with many others who are opposed to the oppressiveness up top.
Crossing paths in a series means that the tension can build up over a course of time instead of insta love. It will be that much more worth it! *waggles eyebrows* More Hauk and Jolie is coming soon!
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3.5 STARS **I wrote my review and slept on it. Sorry, after I thought about it. I forgot about some elements that weren't so wonderful. Reviewing can3.5 STARS **I wrote my review and slept on it. Sorry, after I thought about it. I forgot about some elements that weren't so wonderful. Reviewing can just be so hard to at times.**
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This is the Mad Scientist's very first Shiloh Walker book. *Gasps* I know! The shame of it. I must say that this one was a good start, leaving me wanting to read some more by Shiloh Walker!
Now here is the hard part. Writing a review as to not give away all of the fun stuff of this Romantic Suspense novel. It gripped me so much that even though I was flipping the pages fast, the Mad Scientist was held in gripping rapture. The whole story was tense.
Our lovely lady of the novel, Shay, has been hiding from her inner dragons for most of her life. She even moved herself all the way to the frozen wasteland of Earth's End, Alaska. She has been abused, cut, raped and much more by her step father, oh the horror of her young life! Due to this, she has created a life where she can keep herself away from as much human contact as possible. Creating a pen name she writes thriller novels from the scenes of personal nightmares. (A job so many of us dream of!)
We must give our dear Shay a hand *claps*. My dear girl found herself a wonderful smexy man, Elliot. A smexy man who owns a bookstore! She didn't slay all of her inner dragons and had a very hard time opening up to him, creating sexual tension all over the pages. But just to overcome all of the nasties done to her enough to move on and find some is for a person with a strong inner self.
However, the story quickly messes with Shays life. A psychotic stalker starts to tear apart her life. That is really where all of the suspense was held. The focus on Shay is shown to make you understand why it is happening, yet, it is twisted beyond horrific proportions!
The beginning of the book started off strong for me. About 60% there was a lull for me. I was waiting for something drastic to happen or for the book to wrap up. Personally, I was thinking it could of been better by knocking off 50 pages. Here is my update while reading. "Ok... about page 298 (about 70% I'm guessing, reading off of NOOK and the page count is only showing 277) and I officially past up the twist that I was desperately hoping for. Not what I was expecting but it is a huge twist! Watch for it." Still the book was longer then really needed.
I have a two small dislikes... The word 'fuck' just way too many times. Elliot you are a naughty boy! Plus, she ran out on him after he took a bullet for him. *Poppycock* That boy loves you!
**Thanks to NetGalley & Ballantine Books of Random House Publishing Group for the ability to read & review this book which has which so ever did not influence or bend my thoughts in any manner. All Mad thoughts are presented in right mind by the twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!**...more
The Hallowed Ones was an amazing adventure unlike any normal tromp through the woods.
The Mad Scientist fully admits that friends of the bookish sort on GoodReads pressured her into wanting, No, needing to read this one. An Amish book? One might ask but I have one small short answer for you! Undoubtedly!
Let me (us) examine the why's of why this book is highly recommended.
~If you want a book that you will be unable to put down... This one will do that to you! ~If you want a book that will surely freak you out at a few points... This one will do that! ~If you want a book about a genre you thought possibly couldn't get any better.... This book will do that for you too! ~If you want a book about the end of the world... This one is without a doubt for you!
Now that we established a bit of a base to the this inky goodness I do believe I can continue forward.
I assure you that there are no vampires of the sparklely nature in The Hallowed Ones. They will freak you out, I am sure of this. As they did to myself, nearly ruffling the hairs on the back of my neck.
The "Plain Folk" of the Amish sort are new to the Mad Scientist in book form. I must say that I just adored the young heroine of this book. I also adored the lengths that Laura Bickle took to describe the community. Katie was simple, yet did not follow so blindly. I do believe that one must ask questions. The rebellious side of Katie has surprises a plenty that will shock even your frilly panties in between these covers. Naughty Girl!
One of the bits that chill you to the bone... or at least the Mad Scientist's metal clockwork heart... being trapped. Nothing like being a chicken in a coop waiting for the fox to grab the tail feathers. The Amish were in a sense on lock down. This choice made me think that this might be the end of them, however, I knew that they would not want it any other way. Would the evil make it through or under their wooden fence? *Shivers* The results would stir even the gentlemanly of the gentlemen!
From the start, it is a bit slow. From the end, the story is ripped apart. Please do make sure your kindle or Nook is fully charged!
4.2 Blasts ---> Most Desirable ** Thanks to NetGalley & dear ones at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the ability to read & review this book which so ever did not influence or bend my thoughts in any manner. All Mad thoughts are presented in the right mind of a twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!**...more
Fade is based on an ancient Norse mythology concerning shapeshifters offered such a story f3.5 Stars from the Mad Scientist http://madsteampunkery.com
Fade is based on an ancient Norse mythology concerning shapeshifters offered such a story full of inner turmoil, imprint romance, grief.
The story starts off with immense grief. Arionna's mother had just died in a car accident. Her life was thrown in a topsy-turvy state. With her mother gone she had to move in with her father in another city and change colleges. The Mad Scientist felt for her. *Side Note... her father was an amazing character!
However, really quick into the story the average girl's eyes connect with Dace, a green eyed golden haired boy. It was instant love, in wolf shapshifter layman terms, imprinting. The pressing love between these two was fast and slow, climatic, & destined. (Sound like Twilight anyone?)
Destined you may ask while quirking your head to the side. They were together for milenna beforehand. Destiny dictates that they find each other once again. Now that they found each other (again) they need to work at keeping the world from coming to its pending doom. (Think Angelfire, which I LOVED!)
The Mad Scientist does admit that AK Morgen did have me swooning over Dace way more then expected. His intense desire and inner turmoil had you feel for him, meanwhile, making my stoic reader stance melt with his obsessive desire for Arionna.
AK Morgen's writing was very lurid & distinct. She took the tale and wove it into a story that was very easy to paint in your mind. I enjoyed the POV being from Arionna. What was intriguing was her ability to get into Dace's mind or not. With a story with such a background there needs to be much information. It was well laid out in such a way where the reader was not in overload mode. Even at a few parts of the book I felt a Mind Blow enter here and there.
In spite of the good writing, the Mad Scientist felt that Arionna's inner monologue dragged at many parts. Feeling that so much of it could be cut out so the story could cut to the chase.
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Holy Hot! Hard Core Kinky! Obscene! Dark! & I loved every minute of it!
The Mad Scientist's down and dirty Review of BeyondConcoction of a Review:
Holy Hot! Hard Core Kinky! Obscene! Dark! & I loved every minute of it!
The Mad Scientist's down and dirty Review of Beyond Shame. If you have been deeply disappointed or find the romance lacking in books of late. Beyond Shame is sexy in all the sinful ways that will have most blush throughout the whole book. This book had all of my lustful past and fantasy romps thrown down on page! However, I do recommend this one with a warning!
Warning Number One: If you are uncomfortable with anything other then the normal m/f... the tromp through this book has even more. f/f, m/f/m/f, m/f/m, and plenty of just full on sex parties.
Warning Number Two: BDSM material... Bondage, kinky pearl strands, pain, Dominance & submission.
The dirty book is also a dystopian. *Gasps* Yes, in the world of raunchy sex after solar flares cast the world as we knew it into darkness there are sectors who are trying to survive. Noelle, is from Eden, the world of the elite privileged prim & proper, which she is not. Nothing but the clothes on her back. Selling her earrings to a street vendor ended up with her drugged up and falling onto gang member, Jasper McCray of sector four.
This is where the fun starts... Jasper is the number two of Dallas, leader of the O'Kane gang. Hard abs, cage fighter, and melting heart for Noelle. Protective and possessive, yet, weary of marking her & making Noelle HIS.
Meanwhile, dear Noelle is trying to learn the way of the O'Kane's from sassy dominant Lex. I so loved Lex!! She was one of my favorite characters along with Ace. Mad Scientist would be marked by the hot tattooist with a wicked tongue. No worries though, every character is just so wonderful! Can I take one of each of the O'Kane men on a silver platter. No bows needed! *grin*
Noelle is learning how to feel. This new O'Kane world of debauchery (sex & drinking & violence). Will she have to decide if she wants to go back to being hallow or give into her new desires.
5.0 Blasts ---> A Proper Book Indeed
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This is a book that I highly recommend to those of you who will be entering HS soon, those are just entering their Freshman year, and those of you whoThis is a book that I highly recommend to those of you who will be entering HS soon, those are just entering their Freshman year, and those of you who are even past their senior year (like me). There is a whole slew of issues hit in this book along with virginity, teen vendettas, birth control, first kisses, and death. Oh, and there is just so much more to this book then that!
The authors writting is able to capture the reader from early on in the book. She had me at the pencil sharpener! Louise Rozett also has the ability to make you feel about a character in many ways. It is a quick YA book but nontheless, I felt like I was on an emotional ride in a good way.
I should also mention the use of vocabulary words throughout the book. Rosie and her father loved words and the author uses them as chapter headings. I think this was a brilliant move!
This is a contemporary yet I do believe that some of you may want to know if there is someone to swoon over. Cue this books bad boy, Jamie. He barely says anything but he has you swooning over him nonetheless over his actions. He is not a guy that is all talk. You will be pleasantly pleased!
A cliffhanger! Now after say all those good things about Louise Rozett she slaps a cliffhanger at the end. I'm still unsure if it is a good thing or not. But let me just say this. I will be picking up the second book! Watch for Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend.
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Think back to all of your old relationships or current one. I didn't say this to scare you but for you to envision the flaws ofConcoction of a Review:
Think back to all of your old relationships or current one. I didn't say this to scare you but for you to envision the flaws of the other person. There are always flaws or quirks that can twist and bunch your skirts! Just think of this... What if you were given the chance to create a perfect partner? I am curious about the outcome if nothing else. Daughter of a major bio-pharmaceutical mongol, Evening, is handed a program to do just that. Design a flawless mate. I want to give props to our little Eve for stopping to think about if she should create a male or female. I do love me some taboo even if it is for a split minute.
Right from the beginning of Eve & Adam the hustle and bustle made it to be a very fast and inviting read straight away. It was just so riveting that my tea got cold due to me being stuck within the plot. The seriousness was covered up lightly with fun, which was very much appreciated.
The Mad Scientist also very much loved Solo. What a name!? Makes you think of one & alone or beer pong. He is a boy of very few words but when he interacted or spoke he had me swooning. Oh, how very much does the Mad Scientist like to swoon! His parents died when he was young, ever since he has been livign at the Spiker research building under the wing of Terra "Terror" Spiker (Evening's mother). He is also a geeky computer genius. *swoon* Bonus!
Questionable motives, revenge, everyone is on Cloud (apple product marketing here), & the promises of future books oh my! Yes, indeed the Mad Scietist is in a good mood from this book. I might be overstepping my bounds but I do not recalling giving out bad advice before.
I do say that this book is a must read! It should be on your TBR never ending pile. Near the top!!
Overall, a fast paced inviting read with a complex concept of creating a perfect mate.
** Thanks to NetGalley for the ability to read & review this book which so ever did not influence or bend my thoughts in any manner. All Mad thoughts are presented in the right mind of a twisted brain of the Mad Scientist!**...more
Vampire Hunter/Slayer is not a new concept. However, I have not watched or read any of Buffy so I will not be comparing at all.
The young Val Shapiro is the vampire hunter within Bite Me who is girl who is trying to find herself among a world she does not feel apart of. One thing stands in the way... she is part demon. Lola is the other side of Val, who has to feed and she loves lust from men.
Val found a way to dampen her powers from the demon blood in slaying vampires. Using her unique status to keep her city safer. Meanwhile, it is enough to keep the sassy Lola in check. Yet, Val was still scorned by her family.
She was used as a escape goat for things that went wrong. Continually being blamed for anything that goes wrong. Finally, she was told to stay away from her family.
What was my favorite part of the book you may ask? The Hellhound!! *gasps* Fang has his own personality who really brings some humor to the book. Their interactions cut the seriousness at times and brought a smile to my face more then once and laughing out loud.
Overall, nonstop heroine action. Great fight scenes!! Intertwine that with fun sideline characters makes it a fun book. The Mad Scientist will be looking forward to book two and three! Try Me & Fang Me!! ...more
I just completed a book review of Bite Me which had a Vampire Hunter/Slayer now I venture not far to Demon Hunter/Slayer. Contemporary, pft we can through that out the carriage and stomp on that right away!
Slayer books need something new. This books offers up the idea of demons and such creatures as being endangered species. Just like the bald eagle they are protected by the government. What is one called when they are against government rule? Terrorist. Kali D'Angelo is just that... Every Other Day.
Every Other Day she switches between a crude demon killer and young girl who attends high school and tries to cope with living with only her father who is not... a mom. Kali does not understand where and why she has power to kick supernatural derriere. When she is human we get to see how shrewd and intelligence during dangerous circumstances.
As one would expect our protagonist to be a misfit at school. Yet, she is faced with a decision to save one of her school mates. Wait, she is not power vixen at the moment. Will she do the right thing and risk her life?
One of the turn offs is her down and out attitude. Sympathy was to be had at first but it would not stop. However, I admit she did end up with a great band of misfits.
Overall, fast paced nonstop heroine action was packed around a complex scheme.
*Free ARC from NetGalley which did not impede on my Mad Review. It is completely honest and full of my thoughts on the book. * ...more
This book really had the premise to be a good book. However, I found myself really bored. I would fall asleep after reading a few pages. Not a book foThis book really had the premise to be a good book. However, I found myself really bored. I would fall asleep after reading a few pages. Not a book for me.
Concoction of a review: Alex Sanchez is the author. Suburbia is the place. Lance, Allie, Sergio and Kimiko are thePosted at http://madsteampunkery.com
Concoction of a review: Alex Sanchez is the author. Suburbia is the place. Lance, Allie, Sergio and Kimiko are the teens. Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender is the genre. Mad Scientist is the reader.
This small group are maneuvering through high school while trying to figure out their sexual identities. The story starts to move along with best friend duos. Lance is on the swim team and very proud of being gay. Yes, he is way out of the closet. His best friend, Allie, has been in a long term relationship with her boyfriend and is starting to question their bond. Bisexual Sergio, just got out of a relationship with a girl and Kimiko is our part Japanese lesbian who hasn't had a real relationship. Oh la la...
Our first odd couple is Lance and Sergio. The relationship is on the edge of a rocky cliff from the start due to odd relationship baggage and different sexuality views. Lance believes that bisexuality is a cop out, yet he finds himself attracted to Sergio and learns more of the this type of sexuality.
Allie is a working out a way to talk to her intended on how she feels their relationship is lacking. Meanwhile, she meets Kimiko when she goes with Lance to meet Sergio on a mall date. The girls become friends immediately. However, Allie gets that weird feeling that maybe there is something deeper going on with her.
Alex Sanchez is not a writer for all. He hits a very hard subject which some will have a hard time digesting. His style of writing is unlike anything else. He has a rotating POV that changes within chapters and sometimes even within a conversation. If you do not pay attention reading this book I do believe you will look up and say "who just said that" to yourself. However, the Mad Scientist found herself liking this style. It proved to keep my wandering mind engaged on a heavy topic in a light way.
4.01 Blasts There was a great multi cultural cast of characters who were exploring their sexuality in a cute awkward believable way. ...more
Concoction of a Review: First of all, I'd like to say Deb was really brave to write about such a taboo subject, terPosted at http://madsteampunkery.com
Concoction of a Review: First of all, I'd like to say Deb was really brave to write about such a taboo subject, terror to healing. In this novel she takes the obsessive boyfriend that has been glorified in many YA books and shows the truth of the matter. Obsessive relationships are not loving, actually they are the opposite. However intense this book is, the writing is detailed and easy to read. Your heart might pump a bit from the suspense of this scary situation but that is a good thing. For the Mad Scientist at least!
This book has a rotating chapter setup; past and present.
Past: Instant attraction! Christian is pretty much literally crazy for Clara. Sure he was a wonderful charming guy in the beginning... until he became co-dependent on her. He does not have an assured self esteem which leads him to text, call, and follow Clara to no ends. She moved and reacted in a way to prevent hurting his feelings or to cause a problem she knew would arise. When you are put onto a pedestal you are slowly blinded because of the power "love". This so called love started to smother Clara into noticing how much she actually walked on egg shells for Christian, instead of being herself. Christian is inclined to different acts of desperation to get Clara to... Stay.
Present: The obsession became an escalated scary possible life threatening situation. Her father said enough was enough, he moved them away to a small coastal city where no one knew who they were. You could see their witty adorable banter and friendship. We follow Clara through her healing process as she works through what has happened to her.
In the cute coastal town Clara edged around mending her heart and creating a friendship with a local sailor, Finn. He was a wonderful cheerful lad who made me swoon for him just a bit. Yes, I admit it. However, I was surprised that the friendship started to blossom that had me shocked. Such little time did Clara have from coming out of a destructive relationship where she still feared Christian to entering unrealistically fast into a new one with Finn. I did enjoy Finn so. Nonetheless, I felt the message being relayed said a new guy helps take care of the old one. Hmm... I wholeheartedly disagree, I woman can be strong and amazing all on her own. Trust me! *wink wink*
Although, this story is tense and pulls on the heartstrings the footnotes that you find at the bottom are clearly quirky fun that are more then often going to make you laugh! The Mad Scientist oh so enjoyed them!
Overall, Deb Caletti has a very well written story that has the past and present interwoven perfectly so that they are soon one in the same at the end.
4.67 Blasts Truthful, intense & amazing! Engrossing & well written! Why wouldn't you want to pick up this novel? ...more