Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Type: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance-y, Book 3, Small Town, Matchmaking and Murder
My Review: When I added this book to my Goodreads' "currently reading" shelf, I happened to glance at other reviews mentioning the fact that this book is more mystery than romance, so I was prepared. I think I would have felt let down if I hadn't prepared myself for a mystery. Don't get me wrong, the book is good, and I enjoyed it immensely, but despite what the book itself and the cover might tell you, this is no fun romp of a romance.
I always thought the highest praise you could give an author's characterization is that their characters feel real - and "Love Game" fits that bill. I've known some seriously grumpy old ladies, and I can imagine Ruth fitting right in with them. Heck, I've known a few Spencer and Luandas in my time, for that matter. Each character had their flaws and problems, and I loved them for it. I already want more of the series and more of the characters, but there is no notion of a fourth book in our future.
While mystery is not my top genre, I thought the mystery in "Love Game" was solid, and worked out well. Gladie clearly has a gift for getting into trouble, but she also has a gift for getting them all out of it. She may stumble into the mess, but she's bright and plucky, and she can figure out how to solve whatever problem is looming.
Cover Lovin': I like this cover. I think this would be a great cover... for a different book. This cover implies a fun, contemporary romance. And while Gladie has her share of romantic feelings in this book, "Love Game" is essentially a mystery novel with some relationship issues thrown in. The rest of the covers in the series are about the same - more love than mystery.
Recommendation: For fans of Stephanie Plum that want a bit more of a modern take. For mystery lovers that love that small-town dynamic, with a bit of spicy romance included. For readers who understand that love is complicated and sometimes you just can't figure out what you want.
Final Rating: FOUR out of FIVE stars (4/5). I couldn't put it down, I'm eagerly looking up the first two books in the series to read, and I instantly searched for any news about another book.. all signs of a 4/5 level book.(less)
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts are my own.
Type: Graphic Novel, Series, Science Fiction, Time Travel, The...moreDisclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts are my own.
Type: Graphic Novel, Series, Science Fiction, Time Travel, The Doctor Is In!!
About the Book: A graphic novel with stories featuring the 11th Doctor - from Silence to a Beer Flood, and more! Follow the Doctor and the Ponds on their many adventures.
My Review: Well, this will be an interesting and short review, since I only got a preview of the novel to review - as in, just the first two "episodes." While I did get a sense that there will be an over arching theme, it seems like these issues could be read on their own with no trouble. The graphic novel was fun, and was pretty much everything I would look for, regarding Doctor Who stories - adventure, time travel, ridiculous hijinks, and more.
The art was well done. I prefer my graphic novels to be a little more detailed than these were. But you could definitely tell who was who, and had a good sense of expressions, so well done there.
Cover Lovin': The cover was simple and to the point. I like it - though I don't think I would automatically know it was a graphic novel if I just saw the cover art.
Recommendation: For fans of Doctor Who and graphic novels. Or maybe someone who just needs to beef up on their Doctor Who drug while we eagerly anticipate the 50th anniversary episode.
Final Rating: THREE out of FIVE (3/5). I'd give it higher, but I really only got a portion of the book (maybe a little over a fifth?), so I can't properly judge the whole thing. If the rest of the book was in the same vein as what I read, it would definitely be at least a FOUR star rating.
Disclaimer: Received an e-galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Type: New Adult, Series, Book One, Mafia, Twilight-esque, Umm...
About the Bo...moreDisclaimer: Received an e-galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Type: New Adult, Series, Book One, Mafia, Twilight-esque, Umm...
About the Book: When I won the annual Eagle Elite College Scholarship lottery, I was thrilled. After all, my grandma had just died and I wanted to take care of my aging grandpa -- he couldn't be a farmer in Wyoming forever. And graduating from Eagle Elite meant opportunity.
But I wasn't counting on meeting Nixon.
Nor was I counting on the rules of the Elect.
1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect.
And worst of all? Don't discover the secret they hide, because in the end, you may just realize... it's about you. (Book description from Goodreads.com)
My Review: Huh. Well. Let's start with what I didn't enjoy about this book, or what I found inconsistent. First off, the book was supposedly set in a private college - but the classes were set up exactly like a high school. There were actually bells to let the students know class was over or ready to start, and they had a lunch period. The whole book felt like the author had written it in a highschool setting, and then made a split-second change to a "private college" in order to fit in the New Adult market group. And the students run the school - they have absolutely no one to answer to, so alcohol is a-okay. Maybe I'm thinking of this wrong, but wasn't the glass of wine sneakily obtained and hastily drunk in a dorm room half the fun of being in college? (Okay, not half, that is a total exaggeration. I really didn't drink much in college).
My problem with this book was my problem with Twilight (hence why I thought it was so similar) - the relationship felt so unhealthy. He held all the cards, and she just went along with it like a sick puppy. I mean, he's the man and he's the ruler of the school so whatever he does must be golden, right? NO! He's being a jerk, and she needs to call him out on it. The heroine was a little too wimpy for me to really connect with. I understand being so overwhelmed in a new place that you don't know what to do.. but she was more than willing to just lay down and take the abuse - physical, verbal, and emotional. Despite how horrible he treated her, she thought he was god, and clearly could do no wrong.
However bad I thought this book was (and yes, pretty bad), I will say that it kept me entertained and kept me reading. I wanted to know what was going on, and how everything would be solved (or not).
And frankly, I kept waiting for the Volturi to show up in the end... but no, something even worse is coming - EUROPEANS!
Cover Lovin': I'm definitely not a fan of this cover. The guy looks too old to be Nixon, and I just don't get a "want to read!" feel from the image. I prefer the original cover (which was on the galleys).
Recommendation: This book is listed for 18+, but I didn't find it to be too violent or too "sexy." Yes, the main character gets attacked, and there is some violence at the end, but.. I'd say it's no worse than the Hunger Games, which is marketed to teens. I think I would recommend this book to Twilight fans, because it gave me a very Twilighty vibe the entire time I was reading it. Not really a New Adult book, but for someone desperate for more of that age group, they're welcome to give it a shot.
Final Rating: TWO out of FIVE stars (2/5). I'm giving it two stars because.. well, it kept me reading. I wanted to know what was going on. But over all, I found this book to be a disappointment. It could have been so great, and then...
John Constantine is one of those characters I hate to love - but love I do. He's rough, he can be a real jerk, and he doesn't pull any punches. And maybe the worst part is - he gets people killed, he ruins people's lives.. and he just goes on. But despite all this, I find myself captivated by Constantine and his story. I've recently begun reading Constantine from the early days, and comparing those volumes to this, I'm thankful for how far the Hellblazer series has come. This volume kept me glued to my seat, eagerly flipping through the pages.
Maybe I liked like volume, and indeed this series, because there is always such mystery in it - I'm constantly asking how the heck Constantine can get out of yet another certainly deadly situation. And in this case, well... escape isn't an option. While I do love reading Constantine, I will warn everyone that this volume is not one you should pick up if you are unfamiliar with the series, or if you only know Constantine via the movie with Keanu Reeves. It is also not for the faint of heart - but eh, neither is John Constantine himself.
A note about the art: Very consistent throughout, which is always a plus. I felt all of the characters were accurately portrayed, and expressions were appropriately life-like. The demons were freaky, the humans were human-y, and overall, it was very well done. (less)
I have no clue why this took me so long to read (other than I had stupid surgeries and such get in the way) but this was fantastic! Another great edit...moreI have no clue why this took me so long to read (other than I had stupid surgeries and such get in the way) but this was fantastic! Another great edition to the series. Well worth a read if you want a good, quick erotic tale. ;)(less)
Loved it! Excellent follow up to the first in the series. I dunno how Avery manages to pack so much punch into a shorter novel, my goodness. Full revi...moreLoved it! Excellent follow up to the first in the series. I dunno how Avery manages to pack so much punch into a shorter novel, my goodness. Full review to come!!(less)
This is a DNF for me. I had so much hope for this book... but it just did not keep my interest, and I don't have enough free time to spend it on books...moreThis is a DNF for me. I had so much hope for this book... but it just did not keep my interest, and I don't have enough free time to spend it on books I'm not enjoying. The more I read it, the more I wished it was the Nalini Singh angel series.. and it almost felt like a cheaper version.
I will keep this book on my "Try again later" shelf in hopes that I will be able to pick it up in the future, and hopefully finish it. (less)
Harlequin sent me this to read and then answer some survey questions. Might review it, not sure. Quick and easy read. I've read books by this author b...moreHarlequin sent me this to read and then answer some survey questions. Might review it, not sure. Quick and easy read. I've read books by this author before, and she's very good at packing a good story into a small package.(less)