Dirty Little Secret is the first book by Jennifer Echols that I’ve read, it’s a shame I know! I’ve been meaning to read some of her previous work but...moreDirty Little Secret is the first book by Jennifer Echols that I’ve read, it’s a shame I know! I’ve been meaning to read some of her previous work but I never seemed to get around to it, but I’m really glad I finally did. It’s no secret that I’m a Contemporary lover, and this one satisfied that itch I’d been having lately to read a good Contemporary!
I really liked Bailey’s character, she was a really dedicated and talented musician. Her parents really neglected her and let her fall to the wayside in order to support her sister Julie as soon as she got signed to a record label. She had her flaws and was a nit bitter about the whole situation and how they treated her, but who wouldn’t be? I like when I can see a character change and grow/mature in a story and we definitely got to see that with Bailey. I kind of had a love/hate relationship with Sam, there’s no denying he’s pretty swoon-worthy and quite the charmer, and not to mention really dedicated to his music like Bailey. But there were times when honestly I just wanted to smack him one good time for how he was acting. As the story continues you see that he really is a good guy and a gentleman at heart but there were definitely times when it was questionable, but I think that added some realness to the story.
I really liked how Ms. Echols portrayed the Nashville setting, as a country music fan myself I thought it was realistically done and I thought the mall impersonator circuit was an interesting and unique twist on it! I think the author did a really good job of bringing that element of southern charm to the story and there was a good deal of focus on the actual musical aspect of the book and since that’s what the book is mainly based around I’m glad to say it didn’t fall short in my expectations.
This was a fun and enjoyable read and I’m really glad I got the chance to pick it up. If you love Contemporaries then Dirty Little Secret is definitely worth the read, especially if you happen to be a country music fan! I’ll definitely be picking up more books by this author in the very near future!
Update: April 20th: I've re-read this as part of a Shakespeare April Read-A-Long event with my very good friend and fellow blogger Pixie @ The Bookaho...moreUpdate: April 20th: I've re-read this as part of a Shakespeare April Read-A-Long event with my very good friend and fellow blogger Pixie @ The Bookaholic
I'll be making a special feature post for this and Othello on my blog by the end of the month!
It's been years since I've read this play and I really enjoyed it! It was definitely nice getting to re-introduce myself to the characters as well as the story!(less)
Stung was definitely one of the most interesting and unique story concepts that I've come across so far this year. It was action packed and really suc...moreStung was definitely one of the most interesting and unique story concepts that I've come across so far this year. It was action packed and really sucked me in from the beginning.
In the world of Stung bees as we know them have gone extinct, and scientists have replaced them with a new genetically created species of bees. But while they were creating these new bees something went wrong (one of the risks when you start experimenting with things lol) and when the bees sting someone that person is infected with a deathly virus. So naturally the scientists start working towards a cure for the “Bee Flu” as it’s called, but unfortunately that doesn’t go as planned either. The so called cure that they developed has some pretty narly side effects, and the patients they give it to end up becoming wild, zombie-esque creatures, so it’s no surprise that chaos breaks lose soon after. Fiona wakes up after being in a coma, and nothing is the same for her. She’s alone and confused, with no memory as to how or why she was asleep in the first place.
There is a bit of romance in this story but suffice it to say I wasn’t very invested in it. I just felt like it was a little rushed and I’m sooo not a fan of the whole insta-love thing so that kind of put me off. I did wish there had been a little more to the world building and details in some areas, because I felt like there were some things that were only vaguely mentioned and I would have liked to see more information there.
Despite a few qualms, overall I did enjoy this one quite a bit. It kept my attention throughout and I never got bored with it. I thought the ending played out nicely but still left room for a possible sequel, which I would like to see because I’m interested to see what would come next.
I was immediately intrigued when I read the blurb for Shadowfell, I’ve been wanting a good fantasy to lose myself in recently and this was the perfec...moreI was immediately intrigued when I read the blurb for Shadowfell, I’ve been wanting a good fantasy to lose myself in recently and this was the perfect one to read. Also, I’m slightly ashamed to say that this is the first book I’ve read by Juliet Marillier… I know it’s unthinkable right? Especially being the fan of Fantasy novels that I am. But I assure you that will be 100% remedied from this point on.
I really loved the world building in this book; it’s very unique and draws you into this wonderful fantasy world of Alban. The writing itself is beautiful and has the perfect balance of magic and mysticism, which is all too fitting for these types of Fantasy novels. And I loved the addition of the “Good Folk” in this story particularly, I liked the fact that the author took pieces from Myth and Lore and crafted them into her story in a way that stands out from the rest.
The characters were all very well developed; they all stand out in their own ways and have unique voices. For the most part I liked Neryn, she’s resilient, kind, and has certain strength to her. But at the same time I felt like her personality lacked a bit of that spark/spunkiness that I like to see in my heroines, she also didn’t really have any flaws so at times she felt a little too hopeful and kind to be true. For me personally, I like to see the characters grow and change over the course of a story and towards the end I saw the beginning of some possible growth in Neryn, so I’m hopeful that in the next installment we’ll uncover more layers and a new depth to her character.
There were a few areas in the book where the plot got a little bogged down, and seemed to drag slightly. I know there are readers out there that have a hard time getting through books with slower pacing in some areas, if you’re one of those people that may be a problem for you with this book. For me personally it’s not such a big issue because I love this genre, and I can overlook a little slowness if the other elements are all on point. But I felt I should mention it because I know some people don’t like the slower pace.
Overall I really did enjoy Shadowfell and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the next book in the series, come on July 9th! And I’m also excited to start reading more of this lovely authors work!
“You don't like it that I am the one you need to keep the wolf from the door; that comes as no surprise. But I am the one you have. At some point we'll both have to risk telling the truth.” (less)
When I first came across the blurb for Out of the Easy I was instantly intrigued, I mean 1950’s New Orleans? Uh, definitely my style! So I was pretty...moreWhen I first came across the blurb for Out of the Easy I was instantly intrigued, I mean 1950’s New Orleans? Uh, definitely my style! So I was pretty excited to start reading this one. And overall I really enjoyed this book.
One thing that I love and plays a big part in how much I like a book would be the characters. If a book has really dull “mary jane” type characters, that are poorly developed and just lacking in overall appeal, I’m most likely not going to be a big fan of it. But in this book, I fell in love with the characters from the get go. They were all so unique and different , and all stood out in their own way. I ADORED Josie and Willie! They immediately went on my list of favorite characters! And Cokie was another big favorite! Now, there are two love interests in this book (Patrick and Jesse), but I really didn’t get the feeling that it was a “love triangle”. Yes, they’re both after Josie’s attention but not necessarily in the same way or for the same reason. But I did actually really like both of their characters as well, although, I did feel like Jesse could have used a bit more development.
Overall the writing was good, and the style of it was interesting. But there were times when I did wish that there had been a bit more of the essence of New Orleans captured in it, because for the story to have been set in such a unique place I think the writing/descriptions seemed a little too plain in some areas. I also felt that the story didn’t have a really strong/clear focus, so that might be an issue for some people and it was a bit of a nitpick for me.
As much as I love a god romance I thought it was a nice change to see that the main focus of this book wasn’t the romance element, because yes it is there but the story is more geared towards the mystery. Now, that being said I did feel like the mystery wasn’t very… mysterious or shocking. It was still interesting but I have to admit it was slightly predictable at the same time, and I figured out who the culprit was fairly early on so it wasn’t really surprising when it came to the point in the story.
There was one part of the story I didn’t really see coming, although maybe looking back I would see the signs now. I was extremely shocked by it because I wasn’t expecting it, and I bawled uncontrollably at the end because of it. And when I say bawled, I mean that whole ugly-face-sobbing ordeal…
It definitely wasn’t pretty and I went through quite a few tissues....
So overall I really enjoyed this book, the characters were probably my favorite thing about it. If you’re a big fan of amazing, and strong characters then you’d enjoy this book. But if you’re looking for a real gut wrenching mystery that will keep you on the very edge of your seat and turning pages at a breakneck speed, this book doesn’t really fit that expectation.