I usually enjoy the Women's Murder Club books. They aren't earth shattering, but they are entertaining. However I was so completely irritated with one...moreI usually enjoy the Women's Murder Club books. They aren't earth shattering, but they are entertaining. However I was so completely irritated with one storyline in the book that at best its two stars.
There are two different mysteries going on and I found both to be intriguing however the side storyline with Lindsey's baby really got to me. I was worried that her having a baby would change things and it did, and it didn't go well. I think it would have been fine if the baby would have just been there and a part of Lindsey and Joe's lives but nope, Patterson had to go a step further and the baby had some issues. (view spoiler)[And of course the health issues were all wrapped up nice and tidy at the end which makes it even worse as it served NO PURPOSE at all to the story or future storylines (hide spoiler)] Seriously the book would have been way better without this little added story!["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Stayed up late to finish reading it and I don't regret it for a minute. I've always enjoyed rich guy/not rich girl (or vice versa) stories and The Dis...moreStayed up late to finish reading it and I don't regret it for a minute. I've always enjoyed rich guy/not rich girl (or vice versa) stories and The Distance Between Us did not disappoint. Cayman and Xander have a lot of issues but I loved their personalities and how they fit together, even when they didn't want to.
While there was quite a bit I was expecting the ending was a bit... off I guess? I don't know how to explain it. I appreciate that West didn't solve all the problems (just most of them, but not, what I feel, was one of the bigger issues for Cayman). (less)
I know I'm probably in the minority with this but I actually liked the ending. I completely understand why so many people didn't like the ending (view...moreI know I'm probably in the minority with this but I actually liked the ending. I completely understand why so many people didn't like the ending (view spoiler)[ or rather the non-ending (hide spoiler)] but it was different and I appreciate the fact that Oliver didn't wrap everything up and slap a shiny bow on it. (view spoiler)[I do wish that there would have been some resolutions on some things and I definitely want to know if the bomb went off but I can accept the unknown. (hide spoiler)]
I didn't like how the love triangle played out. I found Lena to be annoying and not likeable, but I really enjoyed Hana's chapters.
Initially getting a 4 star rating, but that may go down to 3 after I write my full review. Many things left to ponder.
Carnival of Souls totally took me by surprise. I definitely shy away from this side of paranormal but I am so glad I gave this one a shot, it was comp...moreCarnival of Souls totally took me by surprise. I definitely shy away from this side of paranormal but I am so glad I gave this one a shot, it was completely addicting. I want more! The audio and the writing were superb.(less)
I do love a good political thriller, but I definitely needed a character list for this audiobook. So many characters and some had names that sound clo...moreI do love a good political thriller, but I definitely needed a character list for this audiobook. So many characters and some had names that sound close. (less)
I thought the Kite Runner was good, but it's very difficult and haunting. I'm not one for literary fiction and listening to it was difficult a few tim...moreI thought the Kite Runner was good, but it's very difficult and haunting. I'm not one for literary fiction and listening to it was difficult a few times because of the content. (less)
After taking a long (and needed) break from Nora Roberts books I'm glad I picked this one up. It reminded me of the days when I loved her books. It's...moreAfter taking a long (and needed) break from Nora Roberts books I'm glad I picked this one up. It reminded me of the days when I loved her books. It's still the same general formula but very enjoyable. I listened to the audio version, the narrator was just ok. Not someone I would seek out for future audiobooks.(less)
I was a bit surprised that I liked this one as much as I did. I did enjoy the story, but what I enjoyed the most was the way it was written. Goldman p...moreI was a bit surprised that I liked this one as much as I did. I did enjoy the story, but what I enjoyed the most was the way it was written. Goldman puts in his little asides and explanations of why he took things out of "the original" Princess Bride (56 pages on packing, anyone?). The characters were quirky and fun and always good for a laugh.(less)
The Lucky Harbor series is by far one of my favorite series. I love the town and the characters (both central and secondary) and I wish it were a real...moreThe Lucky Harbor series is by far one of my favorite series. I love the town and the characters (both central and secondary) and I wish it were a real place and that I could live there. Since it’s not real I will have to be content reading about it instead. I’ve loved all of the Lucky Harbor books, but this one is definitely my new favorite.
The plot of It Had To Be You is a bit ridiculous, but I often enjoy the ridiculous (when it is intended that way). Ali’s boyfriend not only breaks up with her but accuses her of theft and leaves her homeless. Luke is taking a break from being a cop and ends up helping Ali clear her name. Some of the things that happen to them may be a bit over the top, but it’s hilarious.
One of my favorite scenes in the book is Ali and Luke’s first meeting. These funny and awkward moments are what made the book so great for me.
I can totally see myself being friends with Ali. Not only is she fun, but she doesn’t let anything get her down. Rather than get all down in the dumps and mop around after she was accused of stealing she got angry and took action. She could be a bit vulnerable at times, and to fast to trust, but she didn’t take any crap from anyone either.
Luke was… hot. Sexy. Like pretty much every other guy in Lucky Harbor (The ratio of unbelievably attractive guys to normal guys is abnormally high in Lucky Harbor). Despite his toughness he is also nice. He’s got his own family issues going on and even though he would rather things just stay as they are he is willing to accept and make changes.
Teddy is Ali’s ex-boyfriend and a complete jerk. Not only was he cheating on her with… everyone it seems, but he has no qualms whatsoever about accusing her of the theft. He’s also extremely arrogant and I wanted to smack him.
Luke’s grandfather lives in Lucky Harbor and is just one of the family issues that Luke is dealing with. I love crazy old grandparents and their crazy old friends. It spices things up a bit!
As always the romance between Luke and Ali was cute and fun. Ali is a bit more go with the flow whereas Luke was more “short term,” but you know that this is contemporary romance book so there is no worries about whether or not they will be together at the end.
One of the things I love about the Lucky Harbor series is when previous characters pop again and the secondary characters keep reappearing. I love the small town – everyone knows what you’re doing and is all up in you’re business feeling. (In books of course, I don’t really want everyone all up in my business for real).
If you haven’t read the Lucky Harbor series yet I highly recommend it!(less)
I freaking love Meg Cabot’s books. They are quirky and funny and (knock on wood) have yet to disappoint. I...moreOriginially posted at On the Wings of Books
I freaking love Meg Cabot’s books. They are quirky and funny and (knock on wood) have yet to disappoint. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Johanna Parker. The narration was good and I definitely fit the main character. I am totally bummed that my library doesn’t have the second book, Ninth Key, in audio. Actually they don’t seem to have a copy of the Ninth Key at all, in any form :(
Suze is my kind of girl. Not only is she quirky and fun but she doesn’t back down (though she did put herself in harms way a few times). I also love the she nicknamed her stepbrothers Dopey, Sleepy and Doc. Suze doesn’t really want to be a mediator, but since that’s the way things are going she begins to roll with it (not that she’s given many options because the ghost does want to kill her and other people).
Suze’s job as a mediator is to help ghosts move on. Upon her arrival in California she comes across a very angry ghost, Heather, who is still very pissed at her ex-boyfriend and has decided he should join her. Suze, of course, does not agree. She also finds a ghost in her room, Jesse, who is kind of cute and it definitely freaks her out that he’s in her room. Fortunately Jesse is not an angry ghost like Heather so Suze doesn’t have to worry about him hurting her, but she definitely wants to help him.
Father Dominic is also a mediator and is trying to guide Suze in her work. I say trying because Suze is pretty strong willed and will do what she thinks is necessary, even if that might turn out bad for her. Suze’s mom and step dad don’t play a huge roll in the book, but they are there, and they are normal parents, which I appreciate.
The only thing I felt that was missing in the book was more background on Heather. I know how she died and a reason why but it seems like there should have been more to her death then what happened. Not a huge thing though.
Shadowland was everything I expected from Meg Cabot and definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who wants a cute, fun, ghosty read with no horror involved! (less)
This was a really hard review to write as pretty much everyone I know that has read this loved it. I did no...moreOriginially posted at On the Wings of Books
This was a really hard review to write as pretty much everyone I know that has read this loved it. I did not. I did like Daughter of Smoke and Bone, though as five months have passed since I listened to it I can say that it was by no means as memorable for me as it was for others.
I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Khristine Hvam. She is one of my favorite narrators and while I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I hoped I did enjoy her narration.
The best part of Days of Blood and Starlight for me was the writing. Her writing is beautiful and for someone like me who struggles with imagery she made me able to see things.
So what was the problem with Days of Blood and Starlight? It was depressing. And it was boring.
Despite the awesome narrating and writing it was a struggle to finish the audio and there were a couple of times that I considered stopping because I was so bored. I don’t have one specific thing I can point to as to what bored me, just that I was more interested in work, then the story. I also thought it was a lot darker than Daughter of Smoke and Bone and I wasn’t quite prepared for that level of darkness.
In the second book in the series Karou is now working for Thiago (for those that have not read Daughter of Smoke and Bone he is not someone you want to work for) doing Brimstone’s job of resurrection. The war between the chimera and the seraphim still rages on, with Karou and Akiva on opposite sides. Karou is still (understandably) pissed at Akiva, and Akiva thinks she is dead. I liked that this tension was in Days of Blood and Starlight and that Laini Taylor didn’t resolve the issues between Karou and Akiva in the beginning of the book like so many others.
I didn’t really care for Karou in Days of Blood and Starlight. She wasn’t as strong of a person as she was in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I realize that things happened and that can break a person down, but I felt like she changed a lot and in some ways was very accepting of her new fate. Even though she was in an unfavorable position I still wanted her to be that strong character that she was in Daughter of Smoke and Bone.
Most of my favorite parts of Days of Blood and Starlight revolved around Zuzana. I loved her even more in this book than in the previous one. She is one kick-ass bff and I wish there would have been a lot more of her and less of other some of the other characters. Both her and her boyfriend Mik provided the small amount of lightness that I so desperately needed in Days of Blood and Starlight. (less)
I was really impressed with Losing It. A lot of New Adult books seem to be more along the lines of Beautifu...moreOriginially posted at On the Wings of Books
I was really impressed with Losing It. A lot of New Adult books seem to be more along the lines of Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (which I didn’t like) than Easy by Tammara Webber but Losing It seemed like a safe bet, and I’m so glad I gave it a chance.
Garrick is British. I happen to have a thing for British accents. Garrick is also a nice guy so this is a total win-win for me.
Bliss is such an easy character to like. She’s not perfect but she’s nice and fun and caring. She wants everyone to be happy, but isn’t a doormat either. She also felt real, like you could go to any college campus today and find a girl just like her.
I really liked Bliss’ friend Cade, but her friend Kelsey annoyed me. As soon as Kelsey found out Bliss was a virgin it was a problem that needed to be solved “immediately” so she helped Bliss put a plan into motion. Cade cares a lot about Bliss (he has a bit of thing for her) and wants her to do what she wants to do and to be happy. Even though Cade and Bliss had their rough patches I liked him much better than Kelsey.
I appreciated the way that Cormack handled Bliss’ virginity. She didn’t give any extreme reasons why she was still a virgin nearing the end of her college education, it just simply was a fact about Bliss, a fact she desperately wanted to change. Her first encounter was both hilarious and real. Her reactions were humorous to the reader but I could really feel how freaked out she was and I can understand why she was freaked out, it’s a big step for anyone to take. I also like that Bliss didn’t lose her virginity so quickly as happens so often in other books.
Unlike some student/teacher relationships this one (thankfully) doesn’t fall into the creepy or weird category. Garrick isn’t that much older than Bliss and it’s in college so it’s not illegal (though it is inadvisable). A lot of their relationship problems revolve around this issue.
The epilogue was told from Garrick’s point of view which suprised me a bit as the rest of the book is from Bliss’ point of view, but I liked the additional side of the story that it provided.
I’m really excited to read the next book about Cade. I don’t normally read the previews for the next book but I did and it looks like it’s going to be another good one! (less)
While I enjoyed Shadow of Night I liked A Discovery of Witches a bit more. One thing that I really enjoyed was that I learned a few things (like where...moreWhile I enjoyed Shadow of Night I liked A Discovery of Witches a bit more. One thing that I really enjoyed was that I learned a few things (like where the term "bedlam" came from) which is always awesome. Another thing that always interests me in Time Travel books is how visiting the past affects the future. I really liked the choices that Harkness made in that regard and I especially can't wait to see what the implications are in the present.
There are A LOT of characters in Shadow of Night and quite a few of them are different from A Discovery of Witches which can sometimes be confusing, but I enjoyed getting a glimpse of Matthews past while he was their with Diana.(less)