When I first heard of Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, I thought to myself, "Why not check out...moreQuickie review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
When I first heard of Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, I thought to myself, "Why not check out her adult work before her YA work?" And now, I'm more curious than ever.
The thing with this one is that while it was interesting, in a very existentialistic way (whether this was Rowell's intention, or not), I can see why some readers might be put off by the storyline after several chapters. The pacing is a bit slower than usual, and while the concept of meeting someone by reading his/her emails is completely unique, it is also a bit of a patience drainer. In a culture where we're used to just seeing things happen, Rowell forces us to really look at her story and find the truth behind falling in love. She takes away the notion of falling in love with our eyes, as one of the characters states, and instead forces us to witness a character falling in love with another's mind.
There is sharp wit in this one and I found myself looking forward to reading the emails--which had me connecting with the protagonist. I can understand his need to know what's going to happen next, and if he'll be mentioned or not, but it doesn't stop the whole situation from being slightly creepy and very intrusive. But then again, this plays into the whole idea of how computers make our daily interactions much more unsafe. Considering that this novel is set right before Y2K and after the obvious lack of Y2Kness (for those of you who are too young to have experienced the fear of Y2K, or even remember it, read up on it here,) the idea of such an invasion of privacy via a computer and internet enabled world is nearly perfect and ironic.
I found this read to be existentialistic because while Rowell explores the ever growing attraction that her protagonist is feeling, she also focuses on the trials of life after a break-up, how to accept that you have your own life to live, and how to finally take that step that will separate you from the security blankets that society places on you.
Attachments was a good read, I won't deny it, but it won't be for everyone. Anyone expecting a novel dripping with love and flirtation and happiness should definitely not jump into this one with such high hopes. This is a slightly realistic tale of love lost, found, and how we don't always have the answers and how we don't always get what we want.
This was a fantastic read that immediately pulled me in! I've been thinking about reading this one for a long time now and I'm glad I finally sat down...moreThis was a fantastic read that immediately pulled me in! I've been thinking about reading this one for a long time now and I'm glad I finally sat down to read it. Needless to say, I read straight through the night because I couldn't put this one down!
The characters are memorable and the romance is beautifully created. The author captured the horrors of the island, the isolation, and the reality of being away from everything and everyone we know. I liked that there wasn't too much focus on the mundane, but on the things that mattered and established an exciting tale.
The underlying theme of age differences and what we want in life is explored seamlessly, while the decisions made by the characters are realistic and not dramatic like so many fictional romances out there right now.
A great read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys romance in general fiction, and for anyone who wants a story that explores not only the survival of oneself, but the survival and growth of one's heart.
Not bad, a little funny in its corniness and it has an awesome twist at the end (which I totally saw coming, but whatevs), but a pretty decent New Adu...moreNot bad, a little funny in its corniness and it has an awesome twist at the end (which I totally saw coming, but whatevs), but a pretty decent New Adult read. Loved that it didn't focus entirely on sex and actually had a strong storyline!
Also, sexy male characters--loved the multiple perspectives!
Very quick read--only took about 4-5 hours to read--so, not bad for someone who is always on the go.
This was an OK read, considering how many romance novels I've read in the past few weeks.
I wasn't a huge fan of Andrew's constant self-deprecation, especially when he showcased any emotions towards Fable. (view spoiler)[Often referring to himself as a "Pussy" (hide spoiler)]
The conclusion was just, ugh, so conveniently set for a sequel and by the first chapter preview of the sequel, I've concluded that I probably won't be checking it out.
The drama was intriguing and I felt really bad for Andrew and I sort of wish that Murphy would have explored this more--allowing Andrew to have some closure, rather than drag the book into a sequel.
Also, what the hell? 7 days? I know it has happened in the past, but very rarely--but 7 days to fall in like, not to mention love? I'm sorry, the whole thing just felt unrealistic, and there were so many unresolved issues that could have been dealt with in the first book, rather than a sequel that I couldn't one hundred percent say at the end, "My, that was a great book!"
It is definitely a fast read, since it's such a small book. And you do get hooked by the storyline, but there are instances where you're just left wondering, "What?"
With a title and cover like that, Chelsea M. Cameron's novel, My Favorite Mistake, could have easily...moreReview also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
With a title and cover like that, Chelsea M. Cameron's novel, My Favorite Mistake, could have easily been one intense erotic novel.
To my surprise, however, her novel is much tamer than I was expecting and to be honest, I loved that. I like books to have a strong storyline, regardless of whether it has sexual situations or not. I find that a lot of romance authors forget this and hope that the sexy innuendo is enough to keep the reader entertained. Cameron's new adult novel features two characters who both have very difficult pasts. Coincidently, they're both attracted to each other, but thanks to their pasts, they're also wary of what could come of their attraction. Of course, it's insta-connection with these two, but it's how they come to be that is intriguing.
This book is a big one, but so worth the read!
If you like new adult romance with wit, sass, and a kick-butt heroine, then you might enjoy this one!(less)
Alice Clayton is on a roll with her adult romance novels! The Unidentified Redhead features a very in...moreReview also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
Alice Clayton is on a roll with her adult romance novels! The Unidentified Redhead features a very intriguing romance between a woman in her thirties and a man in his twenties. Again, this does feature sexual situations that make the novel that much hotter.
Clayton's protagonist in this novel is a lot more open than her female lead in Wallbanger, but it all adds to her personality. She's the happy after-effect of a woman who's recently lost a lot of weight and regained her sexuality. The hero is a rising star who offers her the key to feel completely secure and happy with herself--it's really sweet, romantic, and naughty.
Much like in Wallbanger, the dialogue is superb, and I'm really seeing a pattern here. It's easy to note that the dialogue aspect of writing and the ability to create unputdownable romance are definitely Clayton's strongest assets.
This is part of a series however, so, if you're willing to wait it out for the next two books, then check this one out (especially if you love romance, wit, and sass.)(less)
I received a copy from the author for an honest review
Katy Krump's Blue Dust: Destiny is the sequel to Blue Dust: Forbidden, which was one of the best sci-fi books I had the pleasure of reading last year. Krump doesn't disappoint as she seamlessly brings us back to her fictional world, where danger is everywhere and where one's destiny is of the utmost importance. In this sequel, we're further introduced to various characters from the first book, and shown the true power of the divine beings helping Qea, the protagonist, on her quest.
Krump's second novel showcases the power of loyalty, promises non-stop action, witty dialogue, and a unique world. If you enjoyed the first book in this series, then you're going to love this continuation.
The idea of God in a different universe is a lot more apparent in this one and while I normally chide books for focussing so much on a God-like being, I understand that without Qea's belief she wouldn't be on this journey. But the idea of a divine being assisting Qea isn't just about God itself, but about faith and how innocence (in this case, the children) can be the most powerful source in the world.
Krump shows off her masterful skill at creating a whole different world than ours and manages to further draw her readers in. She delves even deeper into the universe she has created, allowing us to explore different worlds than the ones we discovered in the first book. Through Qea's eyes, we become more than observers, but members of her world. Instead of skimming over the planets, we learn nearly everything about specific planets and how they affect Qea's universe.
While the action was definitely awesome and the unfolding mystery surrounding the disappearing children deeply intriguing, I found the dialogue to be a little contrite. Rather than children speaking, the dialogue felt like it was coming from overly intelligent adults. But then, I know that I should keep in mind that this is a completely different universe with different languages and different English dialects. Even so, the effect was slightly jarring, since I'm used to more colloquial dialogue in young adult fiction.
Even with the whole dialogue issue, I found this sequel to be a fun read. I will forever be a bigger fan of the first book because Qea's growth was impressive and the romance touching, but this sequel was still surprisingly fun. Though the beginning was a little slower, I couldn't put it down once the action picked up. I wanted to know what was going to happen to Qea and her army, and I wanted to know just what the heck was going on with the disappearing children.
Also, we get to learn a lot more about Qea and that was kind of cool. There's some intriguing surprises that will definitely prove to be interesting in the next installment. The twist at the end of the novel will take the readers by surprise, but *hint hint* make sure to take note of what your reading, since Krump inserts clues and foreshadowing, but also be wary of red herrings, since she has proven to be a master of those as well.
I recommend this series to readers who love high fantasy. If you like well-crafted worlds, action, and tough characters, then check this series out!(less)
I received a copy via Oops! I Read A Book Again Blog Tours
American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin is a young adult contemporary romance that takes the teenage fantasy of being (literally) locked up with a few of the world’s most famous boys. This novel is so much fun and full of so much cuteness, that it was hard for me to put it down. Quickly paced, addicting, and romantic, American Girl on Saturn was a fantastic surprise.
Chloe, the protagonist, lives a very interesting life. Right from the beginning we can see that her family isn’t exactly normal. The first clue is probably the fact that a crisis can be labelled under one of two different ice cream flavors, and the second clue is that her father works for the secret service. Immediately, the reader is pulled into this bizarre world where certain code names can mean the difference between large disasters and minor disasters.
But despite the fact that Chloe very obviously lives a privileged life, she is still a teenager that can’t escape her past decisions. Despite her age, Chloe’s story is romantic without being overtly sexy—which was a surprise. It was kind of nice reading a romantic contemporary young adult story that didn’t veer too far into the nitty gritty of sex. The storyline was intriguing and addicting enough without having to add in any unnecessary erotica.
What makes American Girl on Saturn so entertaining was how realistic and imperfect the boyband is. Each boy has his own quirk, like any normal teenager, and comedic situations arise once Chloe’s family begins to adapt to the boys’ presence. Milo, Chloe’s love interest, is serious to a fault, while Noah, the strawberry milk addict, shows his loneliness by stating that he’s always “out of the loop”.
And that’s just two of the boys.
American Girl on Saturn was easily one of the cutest books I’ve read all year. The dialogue makes for a witty read, while Chloe’s sisters add spice and mischief to the storyline. Romance is brewing in Chloe’s house and I like that the issues faced are larger ones, rather than simple, easily solved issues.
Watching the characters grow from their experiences during their summer lock down made this novel more believable, and Chloe’s at times fangirl behavior made the novel both more realistic and funny. I loved the allusions to present day pop culture—especially when Godwin goes as far as mocking some of the popular outlets for pop culture and the idea of how addicted our society is to said outlets.
Godwin’s novel is a great read for anyone looking for a cute contemporary romance that features dreamy boys and a hint of celebrity.
If you like romance, funny and cute situations, fast-paced stories, and novels that focus on the fun of the situation, rather than what could go wrong—i.e. strict parents interrupting the fun, or unnecessary moaning about not being good enough for a guy—then you just might love this one!(less)
Funny, sexy, and irresistible, Wallbanger is the first book I read by Alice Clayton and she did not d...moreReview also appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7
Funny, sexy, and irresistible, Wallbanger is the first book I read by Alice Clayton and she did not disappoint!
The dialogue is brilliant and perhaps the most realistic dialogue I have ever encountered. There's also a comedic aspect to this novel that makes it flow easily and allows you to fall in love with the characters.
Does this novel have sex, or does it allude to sexual situations? Yes. This is a romantic comedy with the added sass of good sex. The great thing about Wallbanger though, is that it doesn't rely on sex as a story--sex is just an added benefit. Considering how many books nowadays subsist on sexual situations alone, Clayton's novel is a breath of comedic fresh air.
If you like adult romance, realistic characters, fantastic dialogue, and a sexy hero, you will absolutely adore this one!(less)
I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
I’m not a big fan of novels that have side novels beyond the storyline (check out novels with additional points in their series numbers—1.5, 1.6, 1.whatever), but I am a person who does have a weakness for a good romance story… and not just that, but a romantic story that is retold from a completely new and enticing perspective. Trust in Me by J. Lynn does just that by pulling us back into her fictional world through the eyes of her sexy male protagonist, Cameron.
I’ve seen other readers complain about the similarities to Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire and I get it, trust me, I do. But here’s the difference between these two new adult novels: Travis is no Cameron—which is made all that more obvious by showing us Cameron’s perspective. While reading Beautiful Disaster, I tended to shy away from the uncomfortable moments where Travis lost his cool and became a bit abusive and controlling. I never felt this anxiety while reading Cameron’s story. I get the whole “she’s mine” mentality, because a lot of guys will feel slightly possessive of the girl they love, but when it becomes a constant theme and an actual way of controlling the girl, then it’s too much. Cameron is a more realistic male character because he’s not perfect and because he has his fair share of insecurities, too.
Trust in Me is a great addition to the series because it not only offers us more romance, but a deeper understanding of Cameron’s character and just how perfect he is for Avery. Lynn’s writing is just as addicting and engaging as it is in Wait for You, and the pacing is just as great. I read this one in just a couple of sittings (and just because I had to sleep!)
If you’re a fan of this series, then make sure to check out this installment because it is absolutely delicious. Plus, if you aren’t ready to leave Avery and Cameron’s romantic world just yet, then this is the perfect remedy for your addiction to this ridiculously cute couple! (less)
I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Sick by Tom Leveen is an unconventional zombie read that is getting some backlash on Goodreads for a few of the characters’ comments and behaviors. I’m going to state this from the get-go, just so my opinion is clear: I do not think Leveen’s intent was to be unknowingly racist or for his writing to be portrayed as one of a bigot. His book’s “heroes” are in fact anti-heroes, which aren’t your conventional heroes that shine like the sun and crap rainbows. They are imperfect characters (teenagers, which is even more important to note) that grow throughout the novel. They are offered the ultimate redemption as the apocalypse strips more and more of life’s normality from them. Also, they’re kids in an affluent community with a sudden influx of lower class students. Come on.
And I will mention this as well: Protagonists aren’t always made for a reader to love them—this notion is both incorrect and highly naïve.
Not every hero is perfect, so to expect as such in a character is ridiculous. Authors don’t write a hero for your benefit, but for the benefit of the story. If the story begs for a character to be redeemed, then it will happen, but the character will not be a white-toothed perfect citizen to begin with. And if people looked beyond the so-called racism that allowed for this fun book to be rated lower (all due respect to people and their opinions), they would see that these horrendous characters were either redeemed or were given a heavy dose of humanity when the time called for it. Also, may I mention that there are instances where these “bigoted” characters showcased their change in attitude? These changes are visible in the small moments of interactions between these kids. As for the whole The Breakfast Club relation, it is like the film because it showcases kids from different social statuses coming together as one to solve one common problem: how to escape. It doesn’t have to be exactly like the iconic 1980s film for it to share several aspects.
It’s so easy to classify a book one way or another from the first glimpse, from the first racial or sexual orientation-related slur, but if given the chance, books like Sick can offer so much insight into humanity, especially when it is at an imminent end. The pacing in this book is quick, the action addicting, and the friendships are touching. The kids are realistic because they are imperfect. There is a glimpse at the possibility of romance, and there is a heck of a lot of redemption. Leveen is actually pretty genius for including so many different kinds of kids (who by the way, face exactly what normal teenagers face in high school).
At first, I was going to talk about how fun the story was and how I love unique zombie novels, but then I saw the rating on popular pages like Goodreads and the reviews this book was receiving and felt myself getting angry. I agree that everyone has their own opinion and I DO respect those opinions, but this reminds me so much of what happened to September Girls by Bennett Madison that I decided to comment directly on the negative comments circulating about this novel.
I’m not telling you to go out and buy this book and read it—all I’m asking is that you give it a glimpse yourself before basing your entire choice on whether you want to read this book or not by reading the reviews on pages like Goodreads. Sometimes the author’s intention for a novel is lost in the background noise of society’s obsession with calling everything or everyone a racist or a bigot. It’s like what happened to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Such a classic story had the “N” word in the text as a way of showcasing the racism of the time, yet instead of looking beyond that, people naturally assumed the worst and censored it. It’s scary to think that we live in a society where literature is either getting censored for something that adds to the story, or getting put aside because of a character’s characteristics that actually give the character a reason to better him/herself later on in the story. Might as well ban almost every book—since they all touch on the topic of race, sexuality, and abuse in one way or another.
But I digress. I enjoyed Sick for what it was and while a couple of the characters’ actions and words were a bit shocking, it didn’t give me a reason to throw the book away with anger and misplaced self-entitlement.
If you like young adult zombie stories full of imperfect characters who DO change as the story progresses, then check this one out. (less)
I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review
Snapshot by Angie Stanton is the second installment in The Jamieson Collection. This installment follows a new female character and the second brother in the famous rock band. Like the first novel, this installment is also very dramatic—but not to the extremes of the first novel. I found myself liking this installment more because the characters didn’t grate on my nerves as much. The pacing is quick and the story flows well, showing us the dual perspectives of young love.
Marti, the female protagonist, is the child of a drug addict and a rocker. I like her because she is a fighter from the get-go, always stating her opinion and following through with her need to want something better out of her life. She is also one of the reasons why I like this installment of the series more. Unlike the female protagonist in Rock and a Hard Place, she is a tough girl who deals with less dramatic and more realistic issues.
The second brother who is given a voice in this novel is Adam, the youngest. He is a strong character right from the beginning, since he is trying to find himself in a world that sees him as just one thing: a rockstar. I like him more than his older brother from the previous book because he doesn’t suffer so much from the “hero” syndrome, but he does still experience extreme moments of being the savior of the day.
One of the things I have to give Stanton credit for is her ability to make her readers weep at the horribleness of her female characters’ lives. She knows how to pull at the heartstrings of her readers and make them fall in love with the male protagonists because of their ability to save the girls.
Snapshot is your typical young adult contemporary novel that is a very quick read and can be enjoyed in the span of just a few sittings. The characters are fun (the friends) and the romance is a bit of the love at first sight type of thing, but it’s still sweet. With that being said, the romance does build a little too quickly and one of the major issues the couple encounters is resolved much too soon.
I did appreciate the idea of redemption found in this one. Stanton shows that even the most unlikeable characters can have a moment of salvation. Also, I liked that Marti wasn’t a whiny teenage girl, despite her circumstances.
If you’re looking for a quick contemporary romantic read, this is a book for you. Snapshot is especially great for summer reading and for a rainy weekend. I may not find this series to be perfect, but I know I will definitely be reading the future books in the series, simply because they’re so entertaining.(less)
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Addicted to You by Colina Brennan is a new adult novel that focuses on the interesting topic of sex addiction. Ironically enough, unlike other new adult novels, which mainly focus on characters getting it on, this novel strives to show characters who practice a little more self-control--though in all actuality, they are incredibly attracted to each other. The sexual tension between the two characters makes this an enticing read, but it is the surprising depth to the female protagonist, Leah, that makes this one a different kind of read.
Leah is described, on various occasions, as the “Ice Queen” because she doesn’t dare show her emotions on her sleeves. Will, the male protagonist, immediately sees through that and though that is incredibly unrealistic, you can’t help but sigh and smile at how this handsome character somehow knows what to say, and when to say the appropriate things.
The coupling works for me because the two characters seem to balance each other out. While one struggles with her identity, the other struggles with a lie that may tear them apart. Another important relationship to take note of is that of Leah and her little brother, who is mainly under her care because of their mother’s neglect. Leah’s brother brings out a different side of Leah, making her appear more human and complex than we ever imagined her to be.
The prose is quickly paced--making the book an easy one-day read. The connections between the characters are made clear thanks to the successful use of dialogue.
What I like most about Addicted to You, however, is the fact that this book deals with common issues--i.e. family relationships, the love vs. sex debate, the difficulties with trust, and the importance of friendship and how everything, in a way, is connected.
I would recommend Addicted to You to an audience who is 18+, since there are explicit scenes. Other than that, however, Brennan offers a heartfelt story that showcases a character’s growth, despite her less than stellar childhood.(less)
Here's what I wrote in a status update on Goodreads when I was still reading this one:
"It's strange because sometimes when you think of King's works, you think, "Creepy, spooky, scary!" But this one is almost existentialistic and philosophical... may take some time to read, but definitely worth it so far. It's like reading Kerouac, but from a standstill point of view."
And I stand by that status update.
Stephen King shows that he is a masterful writer, not only by allowing us to watch this 21 year-old grow up, but in how he bends the conclusion so that it is truly unexpected.
I usually avoid King's works because I've always found his writing to be a bit tedious (think J.R.R. Tolkien), but what I loved about this one was that the storyline grew in its tediousness. I don't know if that makes any sense, but whereas other books would flop at the descriptions, or random digressions, King's Joyland becomes a stronger novel because it follows the path of a 21 year-old mind--or really, a 60 year-old mind trying to recall one summer.
We are taken from point A to point C, D, E, then brought back to point B because memory is like that. Trying to remember something accurately, is like a puzzle because each new memory opens the door for digression, and that is how I can appreciate the narrator's occasional hint at what is in store in the future--because it is inevitable to jump ahead in memory when recalling a past event, or in this case, a traumatizing and growing summer.
The prose was nearly magical because it has that hint of carny magic that King touches on with his unique lingo and descriptions. The characters were memorable and easy to see in my mind's eye. The protagonist, Devin Jones, is a very honest and modest young guy who isn't too shy to recall some of the darkest events in his life.
I liked this one, I really did. It reminded me of why sometimes jumping out of a preferred genre, or age group, is well-worth the effort. I wasn't expecting anything more than a creepy mystery/thriller, but instead, I got a deep, engaging, and eye-opening novel about the trials of a young man not much younger than me, set in a very different world. (less)