Jane of Dear Author fame rec'd this on Twitter as a read-a-like for Kristen Ashley and included an excerpt. The excerpt sold me and I immediately boug...moreJane of Dear Author fame rec'd this on Twitter as a read-a-like for Kristen Ashley and included an excerpt. The excerpt sold me and I immediately bought it to read on my lunch hour, despite it only being available at Amazon. There were enough typos and continuity errors that I had to deduct half a star, so it gets a 3.5 from me.
Shooter reads like a cross between Kristen Ashley (pick any book) and R. L. Mathewson's Neighbor from Hell series. The humor was great. I really liked the fact that Chris was way less intense than your traditional badass biker. I also enjoyed the fact that he had friends and they actually talked to each other. Ashley's guys, sometimes you get the sense that they sit around watching a game and grunting each other, but West's heroes were more...realistic, I guess? They still have that idealistic edge that makes them romance heroes, but I could see them working in my neighborhood shop. I could also relate to Haley's description of the darkness she and Easy share, especially this month, and I thought Easy, in particular, was well-done. I really hope he gets his own book.
If West can continue writing in this vein, I think she has a promising future ahead of her. However, she's definitely going to need a good editor, especially as the reviews for the second book in the series, Tex, have been on the negative side. I'm probably going to hold out for book three, so I hope West finds her version of Ashley's Chas. (less)
Having been to Atlanta during this year's RWA, I have a new appreciation for this series. With Magic Bites, Andrews r...moreAnd so I start another re-read...
Having been to Atlanta during this year's RWA, I have a new appreciation for this series. With Magic Bites, Andrews revitalized the urban fantasy series. It was really the first series to put an alternate history spin on a modern setting.
Kate is a great heroine and Magic Bites does a wonderful job of introducing the reader to the world while whetting the reader's appetite for more. It's easy to see why the Kate Daniels series has skyrocketed to the top of urban fantasy's must read list. (less)
Don't even bother cracking this open if you haven't read, at least, the preceeding three books. I probably would've liked this...moreSnagged from Edelweiss.
Don't even bother cracking this open if you haven't read, at least, the preceeding three books. I probably would've liked this more if those three books were clearer in my mind, but I read a lot so a vague recollection is the best I could do. Aside from the dependence on past material, there was an element of reincarnation that I felt kinda pushed things over the top. I felt the book moved the series' plot along, but it didn't anything new. If you like the series, read The Vampire with The Dragon Tattoo; for everyone else, start with How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire. (less)
I expected to like this more than I did the first one because, hello, archivist heroine, but I didn't. I think it w...moreSnagged from Edelweiss. 3.5 stars.
I expected to like this more than I did the first one because, hello, archivist heroine, but I didn't. I think it was a little too predictable for me. You could see the inevitable conflict looming and the author did succeed in keeping it from being overly dramatic, but there were no surprises here. The strength of the series is the setting. Harper has a clear love for Kentucky and it shows. She really brings this small town to life and describes the music museum quite vividly.
I'd recommend this for someone looking for a quick, light, contemporary to read. If you have a craving, this should satisfy it. (less)
I had an e-ARC of this from NetGalley, but I ended up getting a copy out of the library and I read that instead. I love the convenience of e...more4.5 stars.
I had an e-ARC of this from NetGalley, but I ended up getting a copy out of the library and I read that instead. I love the convenience of e-books, but sometimes I just want to read certain books as paper.
I really, truly, enjoyed this one. It was lyrical and magical, and while normally these types of misunderstanding-driven books irritate the hell out of me, I could get behind this one because I understood it. It was easy to see why the misunderstandings were happening and the emotions behind the immediate emotional responses that triggered said misunderstandings fit the characters. Luc stands out among other heroes because while he is arrogant enough to want to be dominant, he loves fiercely, intensely, and will go beyond his comfort zone to win his lady love. I admit to being a little jealous of Summer, of being the focus of that 'need-to-make-her-happy' love. Luc and Summer aside, all the characters were wonderfully written. No one person was 'bad' or 'evil,' and everyone was well-rounded with personality traits, making them human. I especially loved the epilogue because it underscored the feeling that thousands of miles from where I'm reading the book, Summer and Luc are real, walking around France, living a modern day fairy tale.
The Chocolate Heart is loosely linked to the previous books (all modern-day fairy tales themselves), but it can easily stand-alone. While the book does lack the magical realism that threads through the other Chocolate books, it is definitely a fairy tale. Summer is Snow White, running from the Evil Queen (her father) where she finds safety among the seven dwarfs (the Islanders). Then the Evil Queen (father again) casts a spell (basically blackmails her into returning to Paris) on Snow White (Summer) and she falls into a death-sleep (becomes miserably and desperately unhappy, counting down the days until she is free to return to the island). The Prince (Luc) sees her in the forest (hotel lobby) and becomes determined to rescue her from her plight (make her happy), using true love's kiss (lots and lots of desserts). Florand gives the tale such dimension and goes beyond the fairy tale's archetypes to create warm and flawed characters.
I am starting to repeat myself, so I'll stop here, but I think it's clear that I highly, highly recommend this book. (less)
I find it funny that Strawberry Shortcake is copyrighted by American Greetings and this book was published in Korea.
Anyway, I am clearly not the targ...moreI find it funny that Strawberry Shortcake is copyrighted by American Greetings and this book was published in Korea.
Anyway, I am clearly not the target audience for this as I am no longer six years old and I also don't like the modern updating they did. I think My Little Pony was much more true to the source material while making things more current. Strawberry Shortcake, on the other hand, is more inspired by the '80s cartoon, with characters changed as needed to be contemporary. Do not like.
I requested this from the library because I basically wanted to see the Amy Mebberson drawn stories. Her art was the best of the bunch, especially as several of the others forgot to include Strawberry's freckles. Mebberson imbues her drawings with personality and even the background characters look animated.
As far as the book itself is concerned, it's very much a graphic novel and doesn't lend itself to storytime or reading aloud. This is the kind of thing a mom should keep in her purse and whip out to distract a kid while grocery shopping or waiting for something. I do think $6.99 for this is a little much, especially since it's not made to last long, but you have to ask yourself, how much is heading off a temper tantrum worth to you?(less)
What I liked best about this book was how Brook and Sims wrote their novellas as more an introduction to their series rather than a continuation. So i...moreWhat I liked best about this book was how Brook and Sims wrote their novellas as more an introduction to their series rather than a continuation. So if you never read the series before, you'd be able to enjoy the story and perhaps be intrigued enough to seek it out. If you had read the series, the novella was like a bonus. Crane's story was unique too (I said it before, I'll say it again- having 1984 be an 'historical' time period is freaky). It was less romance-y and paranormal-y than the others, but that's kind of Crane's style and her novella is a good introduction to her type of books.
The book is only $2.99 and I think it's a solid buy for that price for these stories. Recommended. (less)
I read this before I read Heavy Issues and I was fine with that because it's a direct sequel to More than Meets the Ink. It's definitely a sequel as i...moreI read this before I read Heavy Issues and I was fine with that because it's a direct sequel to More than Meets the Ink. It's definitely a sequel as it continues on with the heroine's issues and doesn't introduce anything or anyone new.
If you loved More than Meets, then you should read Ever After, but if you were kinda meh or hated it, pass on this. (less)
Not rating this because I don't remember enough to do my usual breakdown by stories. I do know that I liked Jaid Black's "Fatman & Robyn" (despite...moreNot rating this because I don't remember enough to do my usual breakdown by stories. I do know that I liked Jaid Black's "Fatman & Robyn" (despite the atrocious title) and Laurann Dohner's "Scarred and Kilt" (not connected to her New Species series, but I'm pretty sure I thought this didn't feel like yet another vampire story). (less)
I got an ARC of this during BEA. I read it and wrote the review up in May. And I'm posting it now. Procrastination, thy name is me.
Hero is similar to...moreI got an ARC of this during BEA. I read it and wrote the review up in May. And I'm posting it now. Procrastination, thy name is me.
Hero is similar to Enchanted as far as the tone and characters go. I've come to the conclusion that Kontis's style of writing is not, as far as this particular series goes, my cup of tea. I found the characters to be off-putting and unrelatable, but I believe that's more me than the writing. I am somewhat beyond the target audience, after all.
I did think the pacing was much better and the story was tighter overall. I found several points to be very creepy, in a good way. I had to stop reading before bed and wait for sunlight to come around again before I began again.
As far as read-a-like goes, I think Hero makes this series recommendable for readers looking for another Ever After High type book. (less)