A fun read, but the characters just fell flat of my expectations. The same phrasing and terminology is used by all the characters in this series, leav...moreA fun read, but the characters just fell flat of my expectations. The same phrasing and terminology is used by all the characters in this series, leaving me to feel more of the authors personality, rather than her characters. There are quite a few editing errors, and it pulled me out of the story quite a bit. The story is choppy and I don't always get the feeling that the plot points have been fleshed out enough.
I do love Riff. I understand his heartache, but I didn't ever connect with it. He's lost so much in life, and I'm glad he found someone like Aubrey to love him.
Sometimes I feel like Michelle's characters have some serious mood disorders, because man, they swing back and forth between love and hate quicker than I can read.
While this feels like a mostly negative review, the book was a fun and sizzling read. Anytime I go on the road with some fictional bands, I have a great time. I also liked the way the author ties up Lanie and Noel's story in this book. I like getting to see things finalized. Makes me happy. The storyline is compelling, and draws you in. I even really like the characters, I just couldn't connect with them on a core level.
I would recommend this series to Rock-n-Roll loving girls who want to meet a few handsome rock stars behind closed doors.(less)
When I read the synopsis of Deeper, I immediately pushed the request button from Netgalley and smiled like the Cheshire Cat when I was approved. Hot, tatted lifeguards, bonfires, oceans, water parks... what's not to like? The names Knight and Rain definitely caught my attention. I think I'd melt at the feet of a lifeguard named Knight, seriously.
Rain left her home and moved to a place no one knew her after a tragic accident, involving one of her coworkers at the water park she worked at the previous summer. She felt responsible for the accident, and came to her new job determined to save everyone--the patrons and her staff. After all, a supervisor should be held accountable for everything happening during their shift. But what happens if when things go beyond her control? She's not one to ask for help, but she's going to have to learn to work with the most infuriating man she's ever known, her co-supervisor, Knight. Unfortunately, they met under less than perfect circumstances and he's less than happy to have her as his partner.
Knight has his own set of tragic circumstances, which lead to his need to protect everyone, especially females he cares about. And when you mix a person who is overprotective with another person who is willing to put herself in dangerous situations so others aren't hurt, well, the waters get a little rough. Knight also lost someone, his girlfriend who he loved. He's not afraid to move on, but he may have chosen the wrong person to fall for, because Rain has a set of rules she's bound herself to--no love, no sex, no life. Okay, maybe the "life" part isn't in there, but Knight believes she isn't really allowing herself to live. Maybe he's right.
Overall, I enjoyed Deeper. The plot kept me intrigued, I needed to know what happened next. Knight interested me and Rain interested me. I enjoyed the suspense of each of their stories, for a while, but then I became frustrated. Pieces of their backgrounds are fed to us in flashbacks, but they're trying to be in some sort of a relationship while keeping their entire pasts from each other. No way will this work without some major damage being done to both of them, hurting each of them more.
Obviously, with only 3 stars, there were a number of things that didn't hit me right. I've read a number of NA books that use rape as an emotional heart string, most do it tastefully and bring it around to a lesson or to educate young women on ways to handle certain situations and how to go about reporting the incident and how to find counseling and so forth. AND, they have a single incident, not multiple accounts of inappropriate sexual contact.
Off the top of my mind, I can think of at least three, if not more, instances of inappropriate groping and flat out rape. And other than for the sake of building tension and putting either Amy, Rain, or young girls at the water park in uncomfortable situations, there was little reason behind the plotting. Rain had already done her maturing and growing between the previous summer and the current summer, so it wasn't like the incidences led to an epiphany and she suddenly turned from a weak girl to a strong woman. Knight didn't learn from his past mistakes and suddenly learn to keep girls who'd been raped from committing suicide, something that was never in his control anyway.
Also, the blurb does a horrible job of describing the true details of the book. Rain never actually had a boyfriend. She was never in love. In fact, one part of the book implies Rain meant to reject William, so all the misery she's put herself through is actually for nothing. So this was also a bit off-putting.
But, Knight and Rain's chemistry was undeniably hot. Even with Rain's "no sex" policy, their make-out sessions raised the hairs on my arms and put butterflies in my stomach. Their interactions always appeared sincere and very realistic. The friendships between the coworkers at the water park formed bonds and looked out for each other, the kind of place I would have loved to have worked, friends I would have loved to have made.
While I enjoyed the book, I suggest readers be warned of the numerous inappropriate and unwanted sexual situations between young women and men ranging from college-aged to adults. Knight and Rain are both enjoyable characters who have needs. Knight is hoping Rain can fill the holes in his heart, and Rain is refusing to let anyone love her or love anyone. Maybe they can help each other, or maybe they'll fall apart. You'll have to read to find out. (less)
This is the third book in Robin P. Waldrop's BLOOD MOON series, and in my personal opinion, the most intriguing and spine-tingling of all. Gen meets n...moreThis is the third book in Robin P. Waldrop's BLOOD MOON series, and in my personal opinion, the most intriguing and spine-tingling of all. Gen meets new friends, finds old enemies, and rushes to save werewolves, vampires, Rafes, and humans from the evil Laszlo is certain to bring should he get his way and indulge in Genevieve's blood on the night the Blood Moon rises.
Gen's matured since her days in Ties to the Blood Moon and she no longer just sits around waiting on someone to save her. She found her leverage and it's huge, something I never saw coming, and let me just be honest here... I've spent nearly as much time looking at these books as Robin has, and she still manages to pull an OMG and WTF from me. Seriously! And I have to say, this, of all Robin's twists and turns, has to be my personal favorite. It brings the tension to a whole new level.
We find out that people aren't who we thought they were, and that while all the lore rings true, there are ways around it. Twins of evil people show up and turn out to be pretty good peeps, twins of heroes prove to be traitors. It's a hell of a brain twister.
Robin throws plenty of shock and awe in the last few chapters. Her fight scenes are well written and gave me the chills when I read them. The romance finally comes to a head and we see what finally happens between Gen and William. Do they make it, or has the stress and the miles between them just been too much? This one I'll give no hints on, you must read.
And one last note, to anyone who compared Ties of the Blood Moon to Twilight, just keep reading, because Ms. Waldrop takes a swift and mighty turn that will leave you certain you have not just read another book about vampires and werewolves.(less)
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Why I Picked Darkness Becomes Her:...moreVisit Better Read than Dead for the original review, discussions, and Banned Book Week Hop! Lots going on right now.
Why I Picked Darkness Becomes Her:
When I saw the cover of The Wicked Within, I knew I had to read it, so I researched a bit and found it was Kelly Keaton's final book in the Gods & Monsters Trilogy. Just so happened a bookstore I frequent had Darkness Becomes Her marked down to almost nothing, so I snagged it and finished reading it a few hours later. It's a pretty short read, perfect for a rainy day.
While the original cover does give the book a Gothic feel, I much prefer then new covers, but I also prefer hardcover books, so...
A Brief Summary:
Ari, only 17, graduated high school early and set off on a mission to learn more about the mother who gave her up for adoption. Ari has always been an outcast with her silver hair and teal eyes, but the last set of foster parents teach her about love, security, and protection, so when she leaves, she's prepared. At least in the beginning. Who knows on which side fortune lies when Ari finds the place her mom lived and died, of suicide. An asylum. She's given her mother's things and finds a letter that tells Ari little else than RUN.
The next part of the story excited me so much. I love all the lore around New Orleans. I've never had a chance to visit, but it's definitely on my bucket list. Something leads Ari to New 2, or New Orleans thirteen years after two hurricanes tore it to shreds. Now it no longer belongs to the Unites States, but the Novem. Yeah, that's a whole other story you'll just have to read about.
Crank, a young girl who delivers mail, brings Ari to her home in New 2 where Ari begins to notice she's not the only one a bit different. A small child with fangs who rarely talks, another boy who moves quickly and perhaps can read minds, another with odd eyes. They refer to themselves as douo, because they are different.
And now the story really begins, but there are spoilers I refuse to tell.
The only thing holding me back from giving the book a full-out five stars is I ran into a couple of editing errors within the first couple of pages. Nothing major, and probably had I been further into the book, I wouldn't have noticed. My second complaint, the romance moved like whoa fast. I don't usually mind insta-love, but I need to feel the two characters are at least drawn toward each other before they're making out in public. Otherwise, well done, Ms. Keaton.
Kelly Keaton's writing drew me into the book, it's visual and compelling. He characters are complex, each with their own set of problems, but working together to make sure they're all taken care of. Her world-building is amazing. I could picture the dilapidated houses in the Garden District and the reconstructed businesses in the French Quarter. She mixed old voodoo lore with Greek Mythology, creating a Gothic, creepy tale.
Would I Recommend This Book:
Absolutely. If you're in the mood for something a little darker with creative lore and mythology, jump on Darkness Becomes Her. (less)