A demon-hunting dystopian cowboy romance? Uh, yes , please!
Well, this was a pleasant little surprise and such an unusual setting, making it unlike anA demon-hunting dystopian cowboy romance? Uh, yes , please!
Well, this was a pleasant little surprise and such an unusual setting, making it unlike anything I've read before. I'm really glad I picked it up.
The story follows Hunter, a demon slayer, and Airie, a half demon, in a new world set 350 years past our own, on a planet now scoured by demon winds, our buildings, cities, and, well, everything buried under mountains of sand. The setting and style couldn't have been more interesting if it tried. Add to that the cowboy-like clothing and a population reverted back to a much simpler way of life in the now arid and harsh environment, and I was sold from the get go. I mean, who can resists a sexy demon hunter in a leather duster? Not me, that's for sure.
The writing style and story development was very easy to find a rhythm with, even though the POV shifts between more than just the two love interests, which is something a little different from a lot of PNRs. It gave the story-telling a well-rounded feel, one I enjoyed immensely.
Our heroine, Airie, was another Rapunzel-esque character with an incredibly sheltered upbringing. I seem to be on a bit of a run of those at the moment. It makes her seem naive in some respects, but her strength is undeniable. And watching her growth is, of course, part of the fun.
Hunter was a deliciously layered character, too; the reluctant hero. His life is nomadic, drifting and without a base other than Freetown where his friend—someone he saved from Demons many years ago—runs a saloon. It's also where Mamna, a priestess, manages to track him down to offer him a proposal: Bring her a troublesome thief down off the mountain, and receive a handsome reward. One suspiciously overgenerous for the task.
The best thing about THE DEMON'S DAUGHTER for me was, by far, the wordbuilding. Even overshadowing the romance. Normally, I might say that was a problem in a romance novel—even a genre romance—but in this instance, for a first-in-series, it was absolutely necessary as the setting was so unique.
Because of that concentration on set up, however, the romance lacked a tiny bit of punch. Only a tiny bit, mind. A couple more intimate scenes would have done the trick to solve it. A few more happy fun times. But overall, the romance was enjoyable and sweet, and the addition of Scratch was a real bonus. He was so cute for a character that doesn't speak!.
Would I recommend? Yes, absolutely, and I'll definitely read the next one.
4 Stars ★★★★ ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Office romances can be hell, and falling for your boss is rarely a good idea. Getting on the wrong side of the office bitch? Even wor Light and fluffy
Office romances can be hell, and falling for your boss is rarely a good idea. Getting on the wrong side of the office bitch? Even worse. Throw in a basement full of demons and a complicated romance where your hunky fella is just as likely to have you killed as kiss you, and you've got a good idea of the kind of madcap story you'll be getting with TEMPING IS HELL.
Your main characters are Kate (the temp), Thomas (boss man big), Maggie (office tramp) and a few other tertiary characters including one particularly likeable demon called Slim. But really, for me, this was the Kate show. Her character made this book what is was, and I really enjoyed her narration and dialogue. She was witty, sarcastic and funny, but I also appreciated her showing her competence and ability within her job (her 'mad filing skills,' as she called them) and her willingness to work hard. The latter was enough to compensate for her smart mouth and unprofessional attitude.
TEMPING IS HELL was just a little too fluffy for my tastes. More Chick Lit + demons than true Urban Fantasy with any kind of worldbuilding of note. I also don't think the story is substantial enough to warrant a series. Most of the way through the book I'd assumed it would be a stand alone novel with a nice, if predictable, conclusion. As I got to the last 20% and realised it wasn't going to wrap up, I was disappointed.
Do I recommend TEMPING IS HELL? Well, if you're just dipping your toe into this genre for the first time and want something easy breezy to get you started, then yes. It's a quick, easy and entertaining way to spend a few hours. For true Urban Fantasy fans who prefer grittier stories with more substance, action and worldbuilding, then no. I think you will find it lacking.
2.5 Stars ★★1/2 ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
For the most part, this book was a hit for me. I enjoyed the plot, the setting (London, who Find more reviews at The Demon Librarian.
For the most part, this book was a hit for me. I enjoyed the plot, the setting (London, whoo!), and the surprises and twists along the way. Mostly I liked the characters and the romance, too, but I felt both could have been better.
The romance between Tara and Christian happened a little too quickly for my liking, and the attraction felt somewhat baseless. It did pick up, though, and they certainly had some nice (and hot) moments together, but I'm not sure it felt like love to me. Lust, perhaps, but not love. I'm always disappointed when the 'L' word is bandied about prematurely in books. If it's used before the reader has really been made to believe it possible, it feels hinky and unauthentic. They sometimes call it 'insta-love' which is a pretty good descriptor, and I felt the slight sting of it here with this book. But that's really my only foible. Well, that and that Christian had a nasty habit of laughing/chuckling at Tara, which was most patronising and annoying.
There was a nice mix of characters, however, and some great scenes and dialogue passages. I was totally surprised at one or two of the plot twists and shocked by yet others. And, again, it was really nice to have it set in the UK for a change. Christian, when he wasn't chuckling at Tara, was a pretty hot Vamp, it has to be said. He'd range from suit-wearing, all business Private Investigator, to jeans and T-shirt clad super hottie. It was enough to turn Tara's head, and maybe mine too. He wasn't too alpha or growly, and he was certainly willing to go the extra mile for Tara.
Tara was quite naive and clueless but with very good reason. She has a lot to learn about the world and herself throughout the book, and I thought she handled all the shocks fairly admirably.
The premise was certainly interesting, too. A girl (Tara) whose childhood has been about as sheltered as Rapunzel's, suddenly finds herself out in the real world after her aunt's death, and is slowly but surely breaking every one of the rules she's lived by for all the 22 years of her life so far. Rules such as: Don't, under any circumstances, drink alcohol. Well, that's kind of a party-pooper, but nothing too tragic. But what about: Never, ever, ever take off your necklace? Now that one's just weird, and begs the question: why not?
Want to find out the answer? Then read this book. Aside from my misgivings about the romance—which may not even bother some people—it was an enjoyable read with a nice mix of characters and is definitely worth taking a chance on.
3 Stars ★★★
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
So, I'm a bit late posting this review because, frankly, I'm at a loss for words. Well, you know, except for these ones. And Janice already did such aSo, I'm a bit late posting this review because, frankly, I'm at a loss for words. Well, you know, except for these ones. And Janice already did such a stellar job with hers for the blog, that my inferiority complex kicked in and left me quivering in the corner. So, if it's all the same to you, try not to think of this so much as my review, but more like a rambling set of probably pointless observations.
What, just like all your other reviews?
I heard that!
Soooo much happened in Shooting Scars, and a lot of it was stuff I really didn't want to happen, if I'm being honest. And yet, it didn't seem to lessen my enjoyment of the book because in some weird, twisted way I feel like I understand every action, every mistake, every wrong choice Ellie made. I also get the frantic desperation that was driving Camden throughout the book. The knowledge that he's crossing lines he never would have crossed before Ellie (B.E), but that he's unable not to cross now because the alternative is giving up on her - something he'll never do, no matter what.
The only person I don't understand in Shooting Scars is Javier and that's because HE'S A RAVING PSYCHO! And a sociopath, and a cold-blooded murderer, and a liar, and a cheater and...and...if I understood how his mind worked, I'd be worried. But what I do understand about him, is why Ellie is so confused. Being around any ex can be weird, but an ex with their history? Their all-consuming, grossly unhealthy intensity? And with Ellie's already rock bottom self esteem (something she'd been working so hard on in Sins & Needles!) getting another knock, well... I understand is all. Me no like! But me understand.
Me started talking like Cookie Monster.
I really don't understand all the love Javier is getting. At first, I thought people were joking... Like "Yeah, we're on Team Javier, lolz". But apparently they're deadly serious. Which is apt.
Oh, well, each to their own psycho, I guess. I'll take mine with extra nerd glasses, rock hard abs and tattoos, and less of the stabbity murder death kill.
I'll leave you now with a picture of my babycakes. Mr Camden - Knight in shining G.T.O - McQueen.
A dark, gritty and extremely sensual read. I found myself very much enjoying BLOOD SHADOWS, Lindsay J. Pryor's debut novel, and am looIn a word: Hot!
A dark, gritty and extremely sensual read. I found myself very much enjoying BLOOD SHADOWS, Lindsay J. Pryor's debut novel, and am looking forward to reading future instalments in this uber-sexy paranormal romance series!
Our story is based in the fictional setting of Blackthorn (which reads a bit like a dystopian version of a modern British town/city), and features rival factions of supernatural creatures, and the human VCU (Vampire Control Unit) agents left behind to "police" them. Or that's the theory, anyway. The truth of the situation would differ depending on whom you asked, and what species they were. But I digress...
We follow our heroine Caitlin Parish, a young woman married to her job as an agent, with a borderline unhealthy fixation on one particular local vampire. A vampire whose rap sheet (were he ever actually caught and arrested) would turn the stomach of even the hardiest of professionals. But Caitlin, after her extensive "research" into his profile, wonders if there may be more to his story than the dozens of mutilated bodies left behind would suggest. Doubts or no, when the opportunity to finally take him down presents itself, Caitlin is front and centre in the queue to volunteer her services.
Kane, the vampire in question, was just ridiculously sexy. I mean ridiculously so; no woman even stands a chance. I wouldn't even bother putting up a fight, to be honest. Just accept the sexiness that is Kane, because resistance is futile. But as well as all that yumminess, he was also a very intriguing and complex character; a real anti-hero and an alpha male of the highest order. Caitlin, too, was a dichotomy of bold, tough agent, and meek, vulnerable female. Between the two of them, you're never able to fully settle on an opinion about them because they keep changing on you and moving the goalposts. They're also both adept at lying and evading, so trust is a major issue. But the really clever part was that the deceit goes not only between the two characters, but Pryor was also able to keep much of it from her readers as well. I loved not knowing what either character might do, or whom to trust. It had me fiendishly flipping the pages to find out.
As for the plot itself, it was tight and well-constructed. There were flashes of action and excitement, but also calmer stretches confined to one location. Which may have been boring were it not for the crazy amount of sexual tension in the room. All the way up to eleven, people, I'm telling you...
There were many cool twists to the story, some "No way!" moments and great supernatural elements. If I could wish for one thing, it would be to have learnt even more about the setting of Blackthorn itself. The snippets we got sounded interesting, so I would really like to find out even more details. Hopefully we will in the next instalment.
The next book, BLOOD ROSES, is set to feature yet another hot vamp and his special lady. So it will be a different couple per book, but I have a feeling we may not have heard the last of Kane and Caitlin. I certainly hope not:)
Well, I want one if he's anything like Ramsey, anyway. He's the strong, silent, stoic butFind more reviews at The Demon Librarian.
I want a were-bear!
Well, I want one if he's anything like Ramsey, anyway. He's the strong, silent, stoic but gentle type of man-tree that just....sigh. Yeah, he was lovely. Built like a forest oak, with rare but devastating smiles, he totally won my heart in this second instalment of the midnight Liaisons series, this time featuring Bathsheba's werewolf sister, Sarah.
If you read book one, you'll recall the claim that was made to the werewolves at the end of that book. This book begins just a few days before that, with the conversation that led to that decision. What comes of that claim is Sarah having to prove to the werewolf clan that she's mated to were-bear Ramsey, because that's the only thing that could possibly save her from having to go and live with them—even the claim of your own clan isn't strong enough to separate a mated couple. The wolves, for their part, desperately need another female wolf for breeding, and since they're so rare, they're determined to do everything possible to snare Sarah. Except the thing is, Sarah isn't really mated to Ramsey. They barely know one another. It's all a big lie. And unfortunately, although brain cells aren't exactly abundant among the werewolves, even they don't believe her since she looks positively terrified of him. Of course, they don't realise that after Sarah's hellish past, she's terrified of most men. And Ramsey being so huge doesn't exactly help with her nerves, either. Still, she puts on her bravest face and tries to convince them of her love for her "Huggy Bear" in the hopes that they'll go away and leave her be. Sadly not. They remain unconvinced and insist one of their wolves remain behind to observe them. By living in Ramsey's house.
So, here we have two people—one nervous and jittery after being abused by her former boyfriend, the wolf who turned her, and one naturally quiet and shy who generally prefers to keep himself to himself—who would probably never have naturally come together of their own accord, but who are forced to act the part to maintain a deception. But what happens when you start to realize that you may not actually be acting anymore? Is the other person still just acting? Are you still playing the same game with the same rules? Or have things changed?
These confusing questions and feelings led to a wonderful and engaging paranormal romance. One I thoroughly enjoyed. Sarah and Ramsey's interactions were both swoon-worthy and, eventually, scorching hot. The relationship developed at the perfect pace and it just made my heart happy, as all good romances should.
The Big Bad in this case was the werewolf pack and their insistent claim on Sarah, which all comes to a head in the exciting final pages. There were also a couple of interesting developments with other potential couples in the series, and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more about them in future books.
A wonderful PNR, and again, a great audio production! 4 Stars ★★★★
This was definitely one of the stronger instalments to the series. Lots of lovelyFind more reviews at The Demon Librarian.
A trip to heartbreak hotel.
This was definitely one of the stronger instalments to the series. Lots of lovely drama, as well as all the usual funny scenarios and witty banter that come part and parcel with everyone's favourite vamp next door, Jane Jameson.
You might recall Gabriel—Jane's sire and on/off boyfriend with complications—was acting mighty peculiar during the last book. Lots of visits out of town, lots of evading direct questions.... Jane, being the laidback, awesome character she is, has been giving him the benefit of the doubt until now, trusting him to tell her what's going on in his own sweet time. But even former mild-mannered librarians have their limits, and when Gabriel keeps disappearing for hours at a time during their romantic vacation, Jane finally reaches hers. Big time. Now it's answer hour. Give it up or get the hell out. Only that ultimatum doesn't go quite as she planned, and has devastating results.
So, it's a different, more sombre, Jane that returns back to the Hollow, but she has her new book store and good friends in the form of Andrea and Dick to keep her occupied, as well as some other strange happenings to try and figure out. And all of these things combined help to dull the ache, or at least take her mind off it a bit. Of course, it's only a matter of time before it all comes to a head once again, and when Jane finds out the real truth, that's when things get really scary. For everyone involved.
All together one of the better plots in the series and it comes with lots of the answers we've been waiting for. Definitely worth a read!
Such fun. This really is one of those feel-good series—funny, sexy (surprisingly sexy acFind more reviews at The Demon Librarian.
The gang's all here.
Such fun. This really is one of those feel-good series—funny, sexy (surprisingly sexy actually!) and heart-warming. Then every now and again, a little bit of heartache is thrown at you that you don't quite know how to deal with while in such a blissed-out state. So, if you struggle with it, imagine how poor Jane feels!
Her love life is... complicated. I didn't instantly fall in love with Gabriel, the love interest, in book one like I did with, say, Joe Manganiello...er, I mean, Cooper from How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. I liked him enough, but every now and again he would do or say something a bit shifty that had me questioning his Good Guy status. In this book, he's acting even more strangely than before and that can only mean something bad is brewing, surely..
One thing I am really enjoying in this series is the budding friendships in Jane's new little circle of undead pals. I love me a good romance, to be sure, but a nice buddy relationship—real, true friendship, particularly if it's between unlikely pairings— can be just as sweet to read. And that's what's developing here with Dick and Jane. I love that he calls her Stretch and that Jane "gets" him. They're so cute!
I definitely enjoyed this more than book one and had to go straight to the next one to find out what the hell is up with Mr. Weirdy McMoodypants.
This was a good read with lots of potential for future plots. I've read a number of promisiFind more reviews at The Demon Librarian.
Fun and flirty UF
This was a good read with lots of potential for future plots. I've read a number of promising starters in the last 6 months in the Urban Fantasy genre, which is as exciting as it is daunting. Joining a series so early means a commitment of 5-6 years of waiting for new releases, sometimes after crippling cliffhangers, so only the really good ones will I pick up for books two, three, four... This is one I will continue with, for sure.
It was a fun, exciting and well-paced story following a likeable young witch (an Enchantress, actually) called Libby, who is working a case for her coven. The ritualistic killing of cats leads her to discoveries way above her usual pay grade. Since she's so far out of her depth, you'd think she'd be happy to have a darkly handsome and enigmatic warlock turn up to assist her. Right? Yeah, not so much. Libby's past experiences with warlocks have led her to be wary and slow to trust. And that's putting it very mildly. Something Libby probably wouldn't bother to do. She's more the 'say it as you see it' kind of gal. Her smart mouth was entertaining and only once or twice did I think she took it too far with the wrong people. I really liked Libby's "voice" and felt for her as the frustrations of dealing with her new and extremely evasive shadow got her down.
Warlock Kale, the potential love interest and a man who answers questions with yet more questions, or simply diverts, distracts or fails to answer at all, was so annoyingly interesting I wanted to scream! And so did Libby by the end. He takes secretive to a whole new irritating level and yet I still liked him. I loved how slowly their relationship developed—largely because of his refusal to give away any information about himself—but it was something that I was invested in nonetheless and had me turning the pages like a crazy woman. And although it was slow to start, it had a more than satisfying conclusion!
Can't wait to find out what happens next after all the shock revelations in this book. Bring it on!
4 Stars ★★★★ ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...more
In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have read this straight after reading Slammed by Colleen HoFind more reviews at The Demon Librarian.
Easy does it.
In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have read this straight after reading Slammed by Colleen Hoover as it has a similar storyline, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I thought it was quite steamy for a New Adult novel! Emphasis more on sexual tension than actual sex, but it was still pretty high on the smut-o-meter. The romance side of things was good and often sweet, but, being the twisted sister I am, I would have dearly loved for there to have been more emotional drama and turmoil. From the blurb, I was expecting it to be more of a gut-kicker than I ultimately found it to be. Oh well.
I enjoyed both main characters, Lucas and Jacqueline, and indulged in a nice bit of righteous indignation on Jacqueline's behalf when her ex delivered his "It's not you, it's me" speech right at the top of the story. Oyyy, what an asshat he was. As we join Jacqueline in the present, it's been about 3 weeks since this happened and she's still feeling a very raw and is having to adjust to the fact that all her friends were actually all his friends, so the split has disrupted her world in more ways than one. But, on the plus side, this leads her to attend a party where she meets someone who thankfully isn't an asshat, and that was Lucas. He was an interesting character with a mysterious, troubled past that is slowly uncovered by Jacqueline. While I enjoyed reading Lucas' story as it unfolded, I thought the ultimate reveal, the big showdown conversation, was incredibly rushed causing it to lack any real impact. I thought he forgave very easily and it was resolved too quickly.
I would definitely recommend the audio version. The reader was very good and sounded age-appropriate. I should also warn that it features an attempted rape that is described in detail, so definitely a book for older teens.
Oh, I do love this world and this writer! I have enjoyed both books tremendously so far in this fun, fun UF/PNR series (I suppose technQuickie Review:
Oh, I do love this world and this writer! I have enjoyed both books tremendously so far in this fun, fun UF/PNR series (I suppose technically it's PNR, but it feels too plot heavy to call it that at times).
I'd say the mystery was possibly slightly more engaging in the first book, but on the flip side, we were treated to a lot more hot sexy times in this one, which was absolutely fine by me since it involved the delicious (especially when he's blushing!) Seth Wolf. His was an adorable character. In fact, I'm really liking Ms. SeRine's 'men' in general. She writes them as drool-worthy and tough, but also very sensitive and vulnerable. Definitely no alpha douchecanoes in sight.
As for our heroine, I loved getting to know Lavender Seelie (aka The Fairy Godmother) more once I got my incorrect mental picture of her out of my head. You see, in book one she makes an appearance in a less than sober state, so I kept seeing her as this purple-haired drunken lush, and it wasn't a pretty picture, let me tell you. However, our Lav hasn't touched a drop in 12 months thanks to a quiet word from Red, and she's trying to make a fresh start down at "The Refuge." Cue dead bodies, magical runes, missing Tales, hungry hellhounds and a smoking hot werewolf, and you've got a good idea of the kind of treat you're in for with this book.
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4.5 Fun-filled stars
Oh, what an absolutely fabulous read! This was a simply brilliant mix of tongue in cheek humour, serious crime-solving, kick-ass characters, unique worldbuilding, all combined with a cleverly written mystery and a positively enthralling romance. I suggest every Urban Fantasy and/or Paranormal Romance fan grab this book ASAP as it will bring you something really fun and totally different to your favourite genre.
I kept bringing to mind the movie WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? while I was reading this for a couple of reasons: Firstly, it was the idea of make believe characters living alongside us in the real world; 'Toons' in Roger Rabbit's case, and 'Tales,' as they were called here. All your favourite fairy tale, literary and nursery rhyme characters are over here, in our world, trying to fit in with society. Secondly, it was the presence of a certain detective with a penchant for 1940's clothing; trench coat, fedora and all. More about him later:)
So, as you might have guessed from the title, this is Red (of the riding hood-wearing variety), aka Tess Little's story. A story you might think you are familiar with. But here's the thing. After being accidentally kicked out of the Land of Make Believe and sent to the Here and Now, these former fictional characters no longer have to follow their predetermined fates. They can go down a different path if they so choose. Some find this concept harder to accept than others, however. Villains find it really hard no to be villainous, insipid fairytale princesses find it really hard not to be air-headed bimbos...you get the idea. But, if you weren't happy with your lot in your original story, this is your chance to change it and be totally different. So don't assume you know how Red's story will go, because you will be very surprised. I certainly was. I couldn't predict anything, not even the outcome of the mystery, which was great.
The story, as I've said, is mystery based. A murder mystery to be precise. And Red, as an Enforcer for the Fairy Tale police, is called in to assist lead detective Nate Grimm (of the trench and fedora) since it appears the identity of the killer may well be someone Red is intimately familiar with. The Big Bad of all Big Bads himself, Seth Wolf.
Although I loved the mystery element and all the action, my favourite part of Red has to be the romance. It was slow to get going— very slow, actually, with even a couple of detours along the way which I wasn't totally thrilled with—but it was so worth the wait! It was simmering and intense and I was absolutely along for the ride. The 1940's look has never been something that struck me as particularly sexy before, but Nate Grimm changed my mind! Whoo boy, did he ever... He was a really interesting character, too, with a fascinating backstory that we learn as Red gets to know him more.
As for Red herself, she's pretty badass. She makes a few mistakes and can be a little brash, but underneath all that, she's still that little girl, lost in the woods. I think you'll like her character if you can keep an open mind about some of the choices she makes.
The rest of the cast, as you can well imagine by now, was positively filled with familiar faces. And the really clever part was how they were used, where they were placed. I'll tell you just a couple because I don't want to spoil it, but for example: Old King Cole, who you may know, is a merry old soul, runs a pub for Tales. Nicky "Little boy" Blue, is a gangster. The Pied Piper runs a pest control business. Don't you just love it? I sure did.
So, all in all, a great and surprising read. Not as silly as you might think from the premise, with a fab romance and really good twists and turns. Go check it out!
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A sweet and endearing New Adult read.
In keeping with my pledge to try new genres in 2013, I decided to pick up this book; a Contemporary New Adult Romance. New Adult is a pretty new genre category all together, I've only really seen the term bandied about this last couple of months. It's basically an older version of YA, characters are generally 18 years or older, and if it's set at any kind of school it would be college drama rather than highschool drama. (Yay!) For adults reading the genre it makes that walk back down memory lane slightly more tolerable. Bridging the gap between the often explicit, sex-oriented adult romances, and the sweet, shy hand-holding variety of YA books, falling somewhere in the middle.
Slammed was a sweet, gentle story following the romantic fumblings of twenty-one-year old Will and eighteen-year-old Lake. Having lost her father and moved to a new State with her mother and younger brother, Lake meets new neighbour Will the very first day and there's an instant and strong attraction between them and a connection that surprises them both. There's also a massive complication that no one saw coming. Sadly, as much as I enjoyed the shock revelation of said complication, it effectively drew a halt to the progression of the romance for much of the book.
Aside from romantic woes, there was also a nice and rather thought-provoking family drama that unfolded. As I mentioned before, Lake has a younger brother, Kel, and he and his new buddy Caulder (Will's younger brother of the same age), were a great addition to the story. The antics of these two were really cute and also provided a reason to stay in contact with Will when times were tough, as well as just making me smile at their shenanigans.
Another big 'character,' if you will, in this book was the poetry. I'd be lying—big fat fibs—if I professed to be a fan of poetry of any kind, BUT, I would be telling the truth to say I enjoyed all the poetry in this book. A pat on the back to Hoover for writing every piece for everyone who got up to compete in the Slam Poetry events. Maybe this is something else I need to explore more in the future (**makes notes for 2014**). And the letter at the end... while not a poem, exactly, just about killed me. It was perfect.
All in all, I would have liked more romance and less complications, but I enjoyed the book and some of the quotes from it will stay with me for a while to come. One of my favourites was...
Keep an open mind; it's the only way new things can get in.
How true is that?
I'd assumed this book was a stand alone as I read it, but it seems not. Book two, Point of Retreat, looks set to re-rock the boat for Will and Lake. I'll let you know how true that is if/when I decide to read it. I'm just not sure I want to disturb my happy place right now...
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I say strangely compelling, because really, not a lot happens in this book. It's a simple road trip story featuring two young people who come to know and like each other. Amy, during the trip, has some stuff to work through, having suffered a recent loss. Roger also has some stuff going on but nothing as serious as Amy's issues. To be honest, I wasn't really happy with the way Amy's family problems were resolved, or not resolved, as was the case. And I was really hoping for much more romance and a less ambiguous ending.
Even so, I kept reading (or listening, as it were) because the book seemed to be promising a reward if I did so; If I just listen a little longer, I'll finally get to the the flashback I want about her father. If I listen a bit more, eventually some romance will happen... Those were the only reasons I kept going and, as I said, I ultimately wasn't satisfied with either of them by the end of the book.
From an audiobook point of view, it was enjoyable. The reader was very good and sounded about the right age for the character, which is always a big sticking point with me. She had quite a tough task as well, having to read endless lists of songs and artists, text messages and emails and other bizarre things that were thrown in a random to mark the passing of the miles.
Would I read this author again....? Probably not. There are more interesting, more dynamic books out there. Still, it was a pleasant way to pass a few hours on audio.