This was just so underwhelming for me. Despite loving Sarah Ockler's other books, I just wan't able to enjoy #scandal. It read like an episode of GossThis was just so underwhelming for me. Despite loving Sarah Ockler's other books, I just wan't able to enjoy #scandal. It read like an episode of Gossip Girl, which I really couldn't stand as a TV show so I didn't want to read a book like it!...more
Wicked Games by Sean Olin seriously freaked me out. When I picked this for a Waiting on Wednesday pick months ago, I thought it sounded good, and man Wicked Games by Sean Olin seriously freaked me out. When I picked this for a Waiting on Wednesday pick months ago, I thought it sounded good, and man did it live up to my expectations.
“She might be beaten for now, but that didn’t mean that the war was over. It just meant she had to bide her time and prepare herself for the battle to come. And make sure she didn’t get caught next time.”
Lilah scares me; right from the very beginning. It’s becoming very clear to me that we are dealing with someone who has some serious mental health issues and not just a case of not just some clingy teenager. The way that she is acting really brings the movies Single White Female, Fatale Attraction, and The Hand that Rocks the Cradle to mind. All those movies really demonstrated just how far untreated mental health issues can escalate in the blink of the eye and just how unprepared most of us are to deal with them.
“Be careful. Guys with girlfriends..they have no idea what they want. And they’ll charm you into thinking that it doesn’t matter. You should know that by now, given the example I’ve set for you.”
I love the relationship between Jules and her mom. It is so open and honest, not to mention so practical. Her mom is still her mom without being overbearing, and she also is very aware of what is going on in her daughters life without crossing that line of trying to be her friend as opposed to her mother. I mean how many mom’s hand out advice such as: [quote]You don’t have to own problems he’s created for himself. Okay?[/quote] when discussing the very messy love triangle her daughter has gotten herself into. Jules’ mom approaches her advice giving from the point of wanting what is best for her daughter and does so without any judgement and condemnation.
“She had to present herself to him as sunshine and lightness and joy, hide her true feelings, protect what was hers, take care or the problem behind the scenes, and make sure her man thought things were fine.”
Despite the messy situation, of his own doing, that Carter has found himself in, he is not a bad guy at all. Yes. he cheated on his girlfriend and it was wrong, but he realizes it. At the same time, he realizes that there is something very wrong with Lilah, and he is trying to help her despite not having the resources, know-how, or emotional maturity to be able to do so on his own. You just keep waiting for him to realize that he is not equipped to handle Lilah and her deteriorating mental situation on his own.
“This was blackmail. And emotional terrorism.”
Wicked Games by Sean Olin is both a welcome addition and a fresh change of pace in the young adult genre. It’s a book with some depth and a subject matter, while wrapped and packaged as a thriller, that is very seldom explored in young adult novels....more
BOOKS Tease by Amanda Maciel | Book Review December 18, 2015 Review
When I initially sat down to write this review, I struggled. I apologize right now ifBOOKS Tease by Amanda Maciel | Book Review December 18, 2015 Review
When I initially sat down to write this review, I struggled. I apologize right now if this review makes little to no sense, or says little to nothing about the actual book. I really didn’t know to feel about Tease by Amanda Maciel. Was it a good book? Was it a bad book? would I read it again? Would I recommend it to someone else? After sitting down and thinking about it for a while it came to me. Tease wasn’t a good book or a bad book, it was a difficult book about a difficult topic, bullying and it’s aftermath. I did enjoy this book, but not in the way that you may be thinking. It is not my favourite book of all time, it did not give me All The Feelings. *side note* The feelings it did give me were ones of overwhelming rage and disappointment. I enjoyed Tease by Amanda Maciel because it was a necessary book.
Lets get one thing straight right off the bat. You are probably not going to like any of the characters in this book. Not a one of them. I mean when we first meet our main character she is in her lawyers office being questioned and she is more concerned with how ‘hot’ the intern is. Not those who did the bullying or even the girl who was bullied. They are all petty, and self-absorbed, and juvenile. But then again, that is the point. Bullying is petty, self-absorbed, and juvenile and it is a way of fitting in for some and attention-getting for others. The bullying in Tease was pretty severe as far as bullying goes. It was also over boys, and girls, and kids attempting to have relationships that they weren’t ready for mentally or emotionally in the hopes of fitting in. I would like to say that that the bullying in Tease, while more severe, was the exception to the rule. Sadly, it’s more common than any of us would like to think.
I really, really look forward to a time when books like Tease are no longer necessary or at the very least serve as a testament of bad behaviour long past. But sadly, with each bullied child that takes their own life or simply suffers in silence, we seem to need books like this more and more....more
I really do love books by Kelley Armstrong, and Omens is my first foray into any of her adult work. I do own her Women of the Otherworld series, but II really do love books by Kelley Armstrong, and Omens is my first foray into any of her adult work. I do own her Women of the Otherworld series, but I have yet to actually start reading any of the 13 books in the series. So naturally, I jumped at the chance to start her new Cainsville series and dig right into Omens. And let me tell you I am certainly happy that I did.
In Omens, Kelley Armstrong once again employs her tendency to base her books around strong female characters, and I love it. Olivia doesn’t fawn over her male counterparts; she is smart, self-reliant, witty and manages to come off as both believable and like-able. Indeed the Olivia we first meet in the opening pages of the book, is not the same Olivia we see at the end. She beings the process of a very real metamorphosis throughout the book, and even though she has made great strides by the end, her metamorphosis is nowhere near complete. She finds herself in some very tough spots throughout and has the courage to ask herself some very tough questions in order to get the answers she needs.
[quote style=”1″]I’d attacked a man. Stabbed him. More than once. I’d left him there, bleeding, and I’d stolen his money before I went…It wasn’t just what I’d done that bothered me. It was how easily I’d done it. There’d been no hesitation. I’d reacted on instinct. And where did that instinct come from? That was the real question, wasn’t it?[/quote] Likewise, the dynamic between Olivia and Gabriel, was a joy to watch develop as Olivia made her journey throughout the story. Both characters are flawed, complicated, and good for one another despite their initial misgivings.
The best part of reading Omens is the never-knowing aspect. Just when I think I had the story all figured out, it went in a completely different direction. Kelley Armstrong really is a master storyteller. One with the ability to take the most far-fetched and outlandish ideas and turn them into a completely plausible story that keeps you coming back for more. I also loved that the story did not end on a cliff hanger. She resolved all the plots and sub plots of the book while setting up the overall plot of the series to continue fluidly from one book to the next. It’s just enough to satisfy you with the story just read and more than enough to make you add the next book to your TBR pile when it comes out. Well done Kelley, well done....more
And here we have the follow up to Lisa Desrochers wildly popular new adult hit A Little Too Far! For some reason, I thought this was a novella, but boAnd here we have the follow up to Lisa Desrochers wildly popular new adult hit A Little Too Far! For some reason, I thought this was a novella, but boy was I ever wrong about that.
A Little Too Much by Lisa Desrochers starts off where A Little Too Far left off, but this time with a new main character Hilary and Alessandro as the focus. You remember Alessandro, the other love interest from the first book? Yeah, well he is back and with a vengeance.
I have to say that I did like Alessandro’s character in A Little Too Far, but I absolutely love him in A Little Too Much. We get to see so much more of him and his backstory than was previously explored, and boy was it emotional. His life and story was just so intricately tied with Hilary’s that at time is was a little intense and a lot deeper than I thought it would be. I mean A Little Too Much is much, much heavier than the previous book, but in a good way. I don’t think the author could broach the subjects that she does in A Little Too Much and still keep it light and fluffy. It just wouldn’t do it justice. But even though this book is a little heavier and darker at times, it is still a welcome addition to the series.
Hilary is such an interesting character. At times she is just so closed off and distant emotionally that I just wanted to give her a hug (and I never want to hug anyone). But you can’t really blame her for protecting herself emotionally, not with the kind of life she has lead.
All in all, I liked A Little Too Much even more than I liked A Little Too Far. When I reviewed book one in the series I said that it was a standout in the new adult genre. Well somehow, Lisa Desrochers has managed to up the stakes once again with her follow-up A Little Too Much!...more