I did enjoy this little novella to an extent. It was the first time I read anything by Eloisa James, but it has made me want to check out some of her...moreI did enjoy this little novella to an extent. It was the first time I read anything by Eloisa James, but it has made me want to check out some of her other novels.
The storyline was cute... the boy from her past comes back to her, except... she insists that she no longer has feelings for him (but that's a big joke) and that she'd rather marry this man that didn't seem to care for her in the least bit. Yeah. That makes complete sense. She spends the whole story behaving like this silly little girl and became quite unlikable.
In the end everything was happily ever after... as it always is in silly romance novels. But that's what makes them great isn't it? :)(less)
This is my first exploration into 'steampunk' and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
'The Strange Case of Finley Jayne' is the prequel to 'The
...moreThis is my first exploration into 'steampunk' and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
'The Strange Case of Finley Jayne' is the prequel to 'The Girl in the Steel Corset'. The prequel introduces Finley Jayne, a girl who is far from normal. She has just lost her job and is surprised that she's offered another the very next day. Her new job is to be a companion to Phoebe Morton who has recently been engaged to Lord Vincent. Phoebe's mother feels there is something off about Lord Vincent and hires Finley in hopes that she can protect her if necessary.
The story was so interesting and different that I'm extremely excited to get my hands on 'The Girl in the Steel Corset'.
I was already planning on reading this novel once it came out, and this little 'primer' didn't discourage me in any way. Melissa de la Cruz does a goo...moreI was already planning on reading this novel once it came out, and this little 'primer' didn't discourage me in any way. Melissa de la Cruz does a good job of setting the scene without delving into the story too much, opening up questions, and getting you anticipated for the real novel. I can't wait!(less)
Unlocked by Courtney Milan is about Lady Elaine Warren and her constant torture she endures by individuals in society. She was bullied at a young age...moreUnlocked by Courtney Milan is about Lady Elaine Warren and her constant torture she endures by individuals in society. She was bullied at a young age and it unfortunately failed to cease as she grew older. This story is about her overcoming all and breaking out of her shell.
This was indeed a nice surprise. I love a good romance novel that leaves me with a smile on my face. This novel was so heartbreaking at times but so adorable the next. I loved it! I agree with many of the reviewers comments regarding the length of the novel. As much as I loved it, it would have been nice if the author had gone into the story with a bit more detail.
I’ve recently stumbled upon several series that offer little prequel books like this. I absolutely hate finishing a book, hating it, and feeling like...moreI’ve recently stumbled upon several series that offer little prequel books like this. I absolutely hate finishing a book, hating it, and feeling like I’ve wasted time in my life that I’m never going to get back so… I’ve begun reading prequels. I feel prequels give you a good sense of how the series is going to go and whether or not it’s worth pursuing. Fortunately, Daimon didn’t feel like a big time waster and I’m actually interested in continuing this series.
Daimon tells the story of Alexandria “Alex”, a child of a demi-god and a mortal, so not quite a demi-god but still has some of the powers. Alex and her mother have been hoping to escape detection of the daimon’s for the past 3 years while living among mortals after they fled in the middle of the night from the Covenant for a reason that Alex’s mother never explained. After being discovered by the daimon’s, Alex is forced to run away to escape them, but she has nowhere to go. The only place she knows to run is to the Covenant, but it’s the one place her mother always told her she could never go back to. The prequel ended with Alex still trying to reach the Covenant and outsmart the daimon’s chasing her. Very interested story, will definitely be adding the other books to my to-read list. :) (less)
After the dramatic conclusion in An Echo in the Bone and the five years it took for this installment to come out, I was expecting to swallow this wh...moreAfter the dramatic conclusion in An Echo in the Bone and the five years it took for this installment to come out, I was expecting to swallow this whole as soon as I was afforded the opportunity. Instead? It took me upwards of almost THREE MONTHS to finish which is practically unheard of for me. When I finally read the last page, I ran joyously through the house a la Liz Lemon style.
But let’s back up and discuss what actually goes down in this book. There will be spoilers for previous installments.
So, there was drama. A lot of it. Written picks right up where Echo left off in 1778 with Claire discovering Jamie is in fact alive and kicking and her marriage (and consummation) to Lord John poses some mighty intense drama. Then there’s William who just recently discovered that Lord John is not actually his father, Jamie is, but raised him since Jamie was unable to. He proceeds to throw a tantrum about said drama for pretty much the full extent of the book making his chapters pretty interminable. We’ve got Ian and his dog Rollo, who have decidedly less drama but since he has become engaged to Rachel and just so happens to be well-liked by William, well there’s your drama for that storyline too. There are various other side stories too that are, you guessed it, full of drama. Oh, and we can’t forget about the fact that the American Revolutionary War is going on in the background of all this. Meanwhile, in 1980, Bree is frantic to find her son Jem whom she fears has been taken through the stones and back in time by an enemy who discovered that Jem knows the location of a priceless buried treasure. Roger has set off to follow them through the stones to get him back but his leaving brings more trouble for Bree back home.
Bree and Roger’s sections were my most favorite but were unfortunately the smallest part of the book as a whole. I’d say they got roughly 20% while the remaining 80% was spent in 1778. All of Gabaldon’s books have been large in size, Written clocking in at 848 pages of extremely tiny print, but this one honestly felt too long. An extreme amount of detail was placed on Claire’s methods for healing with the rudimentary tools available to her and some were extremely graphic and completely unnecessary for the storyline as a whole. There were several chapters spent on her saving Lord John’s brother from an asthma attack, the medical cases from various individuals that were injured in battle, an amputation, Lord John Grey’s eye injury which she heals with her fingers and honey and the worst of them all: the surgery she performs on a slave girl to fix her rectovaginal fistula. FYI? Don’t Google that. It was all super detailed and somewhat interesting for the most part but I wanted more actual story.
Yes, I did give this 3 stars so clearly there was some good to this. Again, like I said, Bree and Roger’s chapters were the best and I loved where their stories took them in this massive puzzle Gabaldon is masterminding. There were some terribly emotional scenes that managed to draw me back into the story: Ian and his dog Rollo, Henri Christian (Fergus’ son) and Jane’s whole sad story. I found the unrelenting drama too much but mainly because it didn’t manage to work my emotions like the other books always seemed to. Even though this one is most definitely my least favorite of the series there is no doubt that I’ll be continuing this series. I anxiously await the next installment (in a half dozen years or so if we’re lucky) especially after everything got set up in the conclusion (but thankfully there wasn’t a dramatic cliffhanger).(less)
Angel Crawford was your typical white trash chick with a pill popping addiction living with her alcoholic dad in Lousiana. That is, until she...more3.5 stars
Angel Crawford was your typical white trash chick with a pill popping addiction living with her alcoholic dad in Lousiana. That is, until she woke up in the hospital after being in a car accident with no memory of what had happened to her. She finds a note addressed to her telling her about a job that she is required to take or she’ll end up dead… thinking this is a note from her parole officer and that she’s being threatened with jail she opts to take the job instead. The job turns out to be a driver for the Coroner’s Office.
Angel starts noticing odd changes like how she’s somehow able to stand the sight of the dead bodies when before the accident she was squeamish from just the sight of blood. She also starts noticing that the bodies have a pleasant scent to them… ’The smell was like chocolate and cookies and biscuits and gravy and everything else that was delicious.’ That’s when she realizes that what was smelled so positively tasty were brains and only zombies ate brains. Bodies start turning up all over town with their heads missing and it begins to look suspiciously like a rogue zombie just trying to get his next meal. Angel thought she had figured out who the killer was when he turns up as the next victim.
Angel was a very realistic character and instantly likeable for me. The story had this underlying sadness with Angel staying off the pills, being able to hold a job, and finally getting her shit together… she just had to die to do it. And between the mysteries of who turned her into a zombie and who was leaving headless bodies all over town, it had me scrabbling to finish just to find out if my guess was right. (I was right! Yay!) The ending was good, (minus the slightly corny part when she kind of OD’d on brains) and I’m looking forward to reading the next one.(less)
“Vampires, and werewolves, and demons, oh my”….. INDEED.
Highly recommended that you read book number one, ‘Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Betw...more4.5 stars
“Vampires, and werewolves, and demons, oh my”….. INDEED.
Highly recommended that you read book number one, ‘Dead, Undead, or Somewhere in Between’ prior to reading this book or my review. You have been warned! :)
The Renfield Syndrome picks right up from the cliffhanger that ‘Dead, Undead, and Somewhere in Between’ left us all with. But all is not right in Kansas, oh no. Rhiannon is now 101 years in the future after making a deal with the demon Zagan in order for him to forgive his deal with her vampire lover Disco. In a nutshell? The world 101 years in the future is one insane crazy ass place where all kinds of creepy crawlies have decided to come out and play… and they’re not limited to just the nighttime. Rhiannon has to find Disco in order to fulfill her debt to Zagan and she only has a limited amount of time in which to do this.
This book was one wild rollercoaster ride. It seemed like every other page Rhiannon was kicking someone else’s ass… and it was great! She’s evolved into one serious badass chick. I thought ‘Dead, Undead, and Somewhere in Between’ was awesome; ‘The Renfield Syndrome’ was the perfect continuation to a great story. Fortunately for my sanity, the ending to this book wasn’t as huge a cliffhanger as much as the first one was; however, it still managed to leave you wanting more.
As other readers have stated, it’s pretty damn near impossible to really talk about the book without revealing anything that’s vital to the story. Honestly, the majority of the book needs to be experienced first-hand so I don’t want to ruin it for everyone. So what are you waiting for, go pick this one up… you won’t be disappointed.
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This is a super short novella by the author of 'Hold Me Closer, Necromancer.' I think I made the mistake of reading this novella prior to reading her full-length novel, but oh well.
This story revolves around Ashley (who is apparently introduced in 'Hold Me Closer') and her childhood friend Matt. Regardless of me not knowing more about the characters prior to reading it was still a fun little enjoyable read.(less)
Update 11/14/2012: Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are turning this beauty of a book into a movie??? Holy crud, this is going to be epic. ____________________...moreUpdate 11/14/2012: Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are turning this beauty of a book into a movie??? Holy crud, this is going to be epic. _______________________________
What an outstanding debut novel by Susan Ee! Don’t be fooled by the pretty glittery cover, or even the title of the book, or the fact that people are calling this young adult, or the fact that you think ‘ooh! It has angels in it!’ so you automatically think of something like this:
This is dark fantasy straight up, nothing cute or froo froo about this. And MAN was it awesome!
This was a marvelous novel that hooked me from the beginning. From the very first page you’re thrust into the gloomy post-apocalyptic society that Earth has become since the angels of the apocalypse invaded 6 weeks ago. The main character Penryn is in charge of protecting her seven year old paralyzed sister Paige and their schizophrenic mother. Penryn’s purpose in life at this point is to do nothing but protect them and she’s completely devastated when her sister is kidnapped by the angels. She proceeds to do whatever necessary to get her sister back and get her back quick when she resorts to teaming up with another angel, Raffe, and makes a deal with him so he will take her to the angels aerie.
Pendryn is a total badass and I loved her. She could totally hold her own, she knew what it took to survive… she was one tough cookie.
High Points Okay, so, with most books these days where there’s a side story that involves a ‘romance’ it usually tends to sway towards instalove. I. Hate. Instalove. It’s corny, irritating, and it makes me want to pull my hair out. I am pleased to inform you all that I did not hate the way Penryn and Raffe’s relationship progressed; it ended up being quite realistic and believable. *phew* What a relief.
About the last 20% of the book, things started happening that were CRAZY! I mean seriously dark twisted crazy ass shit. No morphing into a YA teenage melodrama here yippee! I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll just leave it at that.
The ending was well timed and it wasn’t a cliffhanger that made me turn into a crazed madman that made me need to know more NOW. I mean the book has to end somewhere and I think that was an appropriate place to do it. I did end this book and proceeded to frantically search for any future released dates of book 2. Alas, I failed to find any but I will definitely be on the lookout, no doubt about that. There are several questions that I’m dying to have answered (view spoiler)[primarily why Penryn can wield an angel sword. I mean really WHY?! (hide spoiler)]
I’d like to take a moment to thank Michelle for not only convincing me to read this but also loaning it to me. You’re the best. :)
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I won a copy of this short story off of LibraryThing; however, I don’t actually recall entering it. I still figure I should be courteous and give the...moreI won a copy of this short story off of LibraryThing; however, I don’t actually recall entering it. I still figure I should be courteous and give the author the review she requested in exchange for a copy.
As I said above, this was a very short story, only about 10 pages tops. The story is about Marcia and Joe, together for 4 years and married for 2. Suffice it to say Marcia and Joe don’t have the best of relationships. The opening of the story introduces Marcia as she’s ‘taking care of herself’ in the bathroom stall at work. The POV then switches to Joe who is in the middle of making restaurant reservations because he knows the only way he can get his wife to have sex with him is if he spends hundreds taking her out to dinner and buying expensive champagne. As Joe puts it, “Tonight he’d make love to her for the first time in nearly a month and he was eager to have sex with someone other than a woman whose last name was jpeg or gif.” Bottom line, I found this more sad than comedic as I think the story’s intentions were.
The Good I enjoyed the author’s writing style. She kept it interesting, intriguing, and I’d be interested in reading more from her.
The Not So Good The whole sex in a dumpster? I don’t know but… it didn’t do it for me. It ended up being more funny than steamy. And for the record, that is a TERRIBLE waste of a good pat of butter. LOL I would be interested in continuing the story and seeing how Marcia and Joe’s relationship progresses. (less)
Intriguing introduction to the full length novel by the same name. I would definitely be interested in continuing, the author's writing was quite vivi...moreIntriguing introduction to the full length novel by the same name. I would definitely be interested in continuing, the author's writing was quite vivid and kept you enthralled in this different world. Definitely worth trying!(less)
A short story of regrets, doubts, and learning to play the cards dealt to you in life.
My initial thoughts was that this story reminded me of the movi...moreA short story of regrets, doubts, and learning to play the cards dealt to you in life.
My initial thoughts was that this story reminded me of the movie Where the Heart Is, although maybe not quite as dramatic. April gets pregnant at 17 by her high school boyfriend Ryan. When her mom finds out she starts planning their wedding immediately, but that day never comes because her mother has less than 2 months to live.
Taking a stroll down memory lane 10 years later, April looks back thinking of everything that could have been but will never be. She worries that she never lived up to who her mother wanted her to be. Amid her recollections of the past, she waits for her 6 year old boy to get off the bus from school. When he's not on the bus and she can't find him at school, she's forced to put her life into perspective.
Predictable but cute short story that made me interested in taking a look at more of her stories. (less)
Sara Teasdale wrote Love Songs in 1917 and received 3 awards for it: the Columbia University Poetry Society prize, the 1918 Pulitzer Prize for poetry...moreSara Teasdale wrote Love Songs in 1917 and received 3 awards for it: the Columbia University Poetry Society prize, the 1918 Pulitzer Prize for poetry and the annual prize of the Poetry Society of America. It's a beautiful collection of poetry that I'm so thankful to have stumbled upon.
My absolute favorite:
"I Am Not Yours"
I am not yours, not lost in you, Not lost, although I long to be Lost as a candle lit at noon, Lost as a snowflake in the sea.
You love me, and I find you still A spirit beautiful and bright, Yet I am I, who long to be Lost as a light is lost in light.
Oh plunge me deep in love--put out My senses, leave me deaf and blind, Swept by the tempest of your love, A taper in a rushing wind.(less)