Yummy cover alert, yet again! This is the second Kayden McLeod title I read and it's the second with a gorgeous cover, I'm seeing a pattern here :D NeYummy cover alert, yet again! This is the second Kayden McLeod title I read and it's the second with a gorgeous cover, I'm seeing a pattern here :D Need to stalk the website and see if all are as gorgeous or it's just these ones.
The story in this novella has a rapid pace of events. We've got some glamorous lifestyle, vampire covens, werewolves packs, some politics going on, the loner theme, the epic legend thought to be dead who returns theme, some possessive claiming of mates, zombie fight scene, black magic, the works! For such a short read it brings a lot of punch, you know? And if you think all these elements might just be too much for anything less lengthy then a novel, I'll let you know it just works out in this case, though it may not in others of the same length. It just does. There's enough action to keep you hooked, some really interesting character development going on though I'll admit it's a bit in the back seat compared to the action (depending on what you like, this is either a plus or not so much, but for both points of view it works great in my opinion), but we basically have a mix of so many elements that could go wrong in a combination - and they don't, they mix awesomely.
As far as characters go, I felt plenty of them were mysterious, intriguing and charismatic. I was intrigued by Abigail and Cyrus, of course, but also by Ada for instance, and Dina, you get the point here I'm sure. Would I want to read more about these characters? Definitely.
The writing was lovely, great imagery and focus, especially on the fight scenes. I mean, zombies popping out of their graves, magic, werewolves, werewolf-vampire combos, it could easily get out of hand, you know? It doesn't. The panoramic view is put together really well, the zoom in fighting is great.
All in all, I totally say give this a try if you're into some paranormal romance with kickass fighting, give this novella a shot. I had fun reading it, and I think you'll do too.
Let me begin by saying that cover is pretty gorgeous. Yes, I always feel the need to say these things. It hints at this darkish yummy vibe, I just lovLet me begin by saying that cover is pretty gorgeous. Yes, I always feel the need to say these things. It hints at this darkish yummy vibe, I just loved it as soon as I laid eyes on.
Now, as you all know by now, I'm all for some hot and steamy reading. This was hot and steamy, without a doubt. It was also a first for me, my first time giving the 3some layout (so to speak, lol) a chance. I tend to shy away from it, somehow they seem less...intimate?, then a regular couple. I associate the real steam with couple dynamics, those hardcore deep emotions of belonging and possessing and such, you know? So this was a really new reading situation for me.
That being said, I was surprised by how much I was with it. Of course, it helps that this is a quickie, the pace of events is alert and steamy through and through, sort of like this rush from word one to the last. I enjoyed it, I was curious about the characters and I liked how in a rather short span of events the author managed to give each character a distinctively personal feel, a sort of unique vibe if you will. My favorite, of course, was Adrian. He felt more like the possessive sort of vampire, the really charismatic sort that appeals to me. Of them all, he was my favorite, and I'd love to read a book or two about him, staring him, containing him. He was that cool and delicious :D
The writing flowed well, it was accessible, direct without becoming too graphic. I'm not a big fan of that graphic sort of writing steamy, believe it or not, lol, I like my hot reads to be real active in content but classy in writing :D. So I liked this one.
All in all, I say if you're curious about some paranormal hot stuff and want to experiment with reading a 3some scenario, this would be a very valid option, it's quick, it's alert, it's hot.
World Building: The world is built slightly twisting the actual historical facts a bit. I didn't mind, really, I don't read historFluttering Thoughts:
World Building: The world is built slightly twisting the actual historical facts a bit. I didn't mind, really, I don't read historical for the history, never was such a fan of it per se, I read these for the stories. The atmosphere and the world felt right for the time frame. Characters: Lucius was interesting, but something about him didn't really reach me. Varick on the other hand reached me a lot more, the two of them were interesting together, though I wouldn't say they had a lot of chemistry, it was this odd sort of chemistry where they're always on different sides of things or something, you know? Plot: Nice to go with considering the novella length of the read. I felt it focused more on their interaction and relationship, which was fine by me. Short reads can be tricky to pull off, this one was nice. Writing: Ok, though the tone of the narrative just didn't connect with me all the way. Curb Appeal: I saw the cover on a list of titles and wanted to read this, so yeah, smexeh.
All in all, nice short read, though I wouldn't say I was swept off my feet it was entertaining. This is more of 2,5 rating then a full 3. ...more
World Building: Fantasy world, not overly done or stressed upon. We have magic, dragons, and such. Characters: Despite the traumatiFluttering Thoughts:
World Building: Fantasy world, not overly done or stressed upon. We have magic, dragons, and such. Characters: Despite the traumatic events both went through, neither of the main pair reached me. Their interaction didn't either, for some reason it didn't feel lively, you know? Plot: Fairytale like sort of story, where Prince Charming makes a dubious entrance in the story, so to speak. It could have worked for me, if I'd made a connection with the characters, though it wouldn't have swept me off my feet. Writing: Sort of epic-style, and I'm not a fan of epic, as you know. Curb Appeal: The cover got me curious, the blurb did too....more
World Building: Cool, as with the other 2 titles in the series. The settings change, we're on a battle field in campaign for the bFluttering Thoughts:
World Building: Cool, as with the other 2 titles in the series. The settings change, we're on a battle field in campaign for the better part of the story, and we get to see some Finnarian world too. Characters: Awesome, both of them. Graitaan was irresistible, and so was Sadan. Their chemistry was pretty much explosive and I loved their interactions. They both developed during the read and their relationship developed. Plot: Perhaps less complicated then in the first 2, but this is can be read as a stand alone basically because of it. It had a more dynamic feel to it. Writing: Spectacular! Though some of the high fantasy tone is kept, there's a radical change in style, as the MC is changed. First person narrative from Graitaan's POV, and the dude is hilarious. I laughed like crazy, had endless fun reading this. I would re-read it anytime, it was just that much fun. Curb Appeal: Great cover, liked it better then the others I think. ...more
World Building: Interesting, it made even more sense and felt more natural to me since the first book in the series had already laFluttering Thoughts:
World Building: Interesting, it made even more sense and felt more natural to me since the first book in the series had already laid the ground work, so to speak. Characters: Liked Gaven more, perhaps because he made a lot of sense to me and I felt he developed more here, he became more of an active player in his life. Loved that. Loved Vlar, again, though he shined less then in the first book for me. Loved the development of both Gaven and Vlar and of their romance. Better chemistry between them, and liked to get to know more about other characters. Plot: As other elements, it felt more developed compared to the first. I liked the developments, though there was this slightly different pace of events from one part of it to another. That difference was a bit odd. Writing: It engaged me less then #1 for some reason. The author has a good sense of starting off strong each title, they both start with a bang, so to speak, but the style here felt a bit too high fantasy-ish to me, and high fantasy writing isn't exactly my cup of tea. Same first person narrative, Gaven is still the MC. Curb Appeal: Sexy cover, maaaaybe a bit too fleshy. This may be a bit misleading, as the read isn't quite as hot as the cover led me to believe. ...more
I went through 2 boxes of tissues reading this novel. 2 boxes. I don't cry that much when seeing Meet Joe Black, and that's pretty high up on my cryinI went through 2 boxes of tissues reading this novel. 2 boxes. I don't cry that much when seeing Meet Joe Black, and that's pretty high up on my crying list... *sigh*
Beautiful read, but certainly not easy to go through.
Jesus freaking Christ! I went through 2 boxes of tissues reading this novel. I don’t think I cry this bad when watching Meet Joe Black, and that’s one of my top-tear-fest activity!! Wow.
I’ll be completely honest with you, the first and foremost reason this was so emotional for me is I could very, very easily see me as Ann, and I could see a lot of someone I knew in Connor – and we’re talking a lot of similarities here, a shocking lot of them. So it was more of an emotional ride then I’d have thought initially, and I went in prepared for waterworks because of the issues the novel deals with but I wasn’t prepared for those similarities. The only thing I wasn’t entirely hot about was the back and forth thing in time, as I’ve said a couple of times before, I just don’t feel that comfortable in time frames constantly switching back and forth. I saw the genius thinking behind it, and it worked, but I would have loved what I loved about the book just the same (or maybe more) if there would have been a single direction in time for events, it’s just one of my reader oddities. Because of the sequences of time, this read a lot like a movie to me, with the flashbacks and two timeline structures. In movies I find it less tiring, for some reason, but in reading there’s just something about it that I can’t go all the way with.
The writing was absolutely beautiful, emotionally gripping and striking though accessible and comfortable. The plot was simple and amazingly striking because of it. We’re not talking explosions (unless we’re counting the decor of Connor’s appartment), helicopters and car chases. We’re talking about two wounded souls trying to make two wrongs, one bigger then the other, sum up into a right. I keep hoping from the bottom of my heart for that kind of math to work out that way, but I have yet to see it happen.
The characters were, in my opinion, amazing. Complex, and torn, and so wounded and perfectly broken, vivid and complete. I rarely come away from a YA read with this sort of feeling, I’ll be really honest with you. They weren’t fun, or entertaining, they were gripping and haunting. Perhaps some of you will think, after reading this, that Ann was foolish to let herself get dragged into that sort of love/hate intense relationship – and perhaps she was. But let’s not forget that Ann was a kid suffering for her father’s loss and the complete loss her mom was at about it, she was deprived of the attention she needed and felt horribly alone in her own suffering. That’s the kind of set of circumstances that will push someone into delicate situations, a sort of recipe for possible disaster. If you want my entire truth here, I don’t even think Connor dragged her into a downward spiral, I think he just brought her in enough contact with her inner persona that she’d acknowledge the spiral she was on the verge of tumbling down on with or without him. Once in contact with that, I believe she finally managed to make a bit of sense of herself, and then make some decisions about it.
Connor was that beautiful, broken soul that’s intense enough to completely grip you, but deep and dark enough to have you drowning in him, without being able (or willing, perhaps) to throw you a life-saver. At his core, I believe he needed that obsessive sort of attention that Ann was craving as well, and between the two of them one could play ultra-zoom-in for the other, taking turns. He just stopped taking his turn from some point onward. With people who have such abusive pasts, really deep relationships look like the only thing that could save them, but never seem to accomplish anything but turn into tragedies. My heart went out to him as much as it went out to Ann, possibly even more, and I’m ashamed to say I find it hard to see him as the bad guy much. But this might have a lot to do with seeing someone I knew in him so incredibly much. If I were to make a guess, I’d say Connor quite probably won’t live to see 40. This destructive spiral he’s on never really ends in a happy case scenario sort of way, when it does, it’s the exception to the sad rule.
I felt relieved that Ann arrived to the conclusion she did, finally. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if after taking a break from him, she would someday end up right back at his side. If he’d love her enough, he’d probably make scarce, one way or the other. But that kind of connection that reshuffles the insides of your soul, and brings out the worst and best in you all the same, that kind of connection is not something you can really move on from. I can picture Ann having a functional relationship, a family, say 20 years from this story. And I can see her thinking back and remember Connor and having a sickening twinge in her heart about him every single time.
I hope for all the Anns out there that they become strong enough, at some point, to cut that destructive, consuming, devouring connection with the Conners beside them. And I hope that after their Connors are gone, they’ll manage to feel emotionally fulfilled at some point, instead of crippled. I hope they’ll find their way to being happy, because I really hope after all that turmoil and drama there can be real happiness somewhere down the road, though the skeptic part of me finds it really easy to think there won’t be.
This is a fantastic book. You should read it if you’re about more then giggles and sighs; it’s cool if you’re not, don’t get me wrong, but if you are, be brave and try this. It’s worth it, in my opinion, every single box of tissues you’ll go through will be worth it....more
Witches. Haven’t read a lot of PNR with them for some reason. I’m diversifying my PNR readsOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Apr 4 2012:
Witches. Haven’t read a lot of PNR with them for some reason. I’m diversifying my PNR reads so I thought some witching romance was in order.
The plot of this novel was interesting. It combined some elements that generally work very well for me, romance, some mystery, some action, some humor. By large it would have been a hit, but combinations tend to be unpredictable. Though there were a lot of lines that were fun to read, I somehow didn’t feel it all the way. The mystery angle was reaching me but I didn’t get quite intrigued enough, and the romance part felt a bit understated – by that I mean I would have liked it more with more romance I think. As it is, I’d have some trouble saying what category this falls into, aside UF and maybe PNR-ish. I would have liked one direction of the above mentioned to have been stronger.
The characters were fun, enjoyable to read about but they didn’t really cross the page, so to speak, or the screen in this case. This may have been the case because the humor didn’t really hook me all the way, and the emotional angle wasn’t the main focus of the story though there were emotional moments and scenes. What came across most was tension, because to me the fight scenes spoke more then others. Stella was cool, though I kept flashing back to the “Stallaaaaa” dock moment of the movie An Awfully Big Adventure – after seeing that movie, the name has been forever compromised. I shudder whenever I encounter it. Anyways, aside all my shuddering each time someone mentioned her name, she was cool. Evan was really cool and probably my favorite character (yes, predictable, I know :P). By large, the characters seemed entertaining but somewhat conflict-free. Since I’m the kind of reader that loves conflicted characters I didn’t much respond to them.
The whole concept of the Brotherhood and the Council, that sort of paranormal world order idea is the sort of thing I love to read about, so I would have liked that part maybe to be more present in the row of events. I’m sure it is in the next books of the series, but I would have liked to read more of it in this one as well.
All in all, I say this is an entertaining read, with characters that could develop really nice throughout the series and a plot that has a lot of potential. If this sounds like the kind of read you’d enjoy, stop by on April 6 to enter the giveaway for one ebook copy of this novel....more
I really, really liked the idea of this story. I really liked the idea of the characters aOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Feb 17 2012:
I really, really liked the idea of this story. I really liked the idea of the characters as well, and the writing itself was entertaining and accessible. All of these were big pluses, but I’ll also tell you what the minus was.
Reading this story made me think back on a lot of original fiction/fan-fiction I’ve read over the years. Yes, I do read that as well as published books. As a stalker reader of online fiction, I can honestly tell you I’ve noticed a common trait between some of the stories I loved reading: the idea of the story was awesome, the idea of the characters was awesome, but the writing process itself felt somehow rushed though really, really entertaining. I don’t know if I’m making myself really clear here… *sigh* Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying all online fics are that way, but some of the ones I read seemed to fall into those lines. Like they had been written for the sheer fun and joy of writing, for an audience that comes expecting to have fun with a light read of a story they’re very much so into.
Anyways, while reading this story I felt like I often did while reading some awesome original fics online. Without there being anything wrong with the story or anything, my first reaction was “Wow, this could be developed into a really awesome novel!”, you know? I felt it lacked some layering, some texturing somehow. While reading it I kept thinking this is an amazing idea-draft for a novel to be worked out of. Like reading conceptual writing; if your novel would be a building, state of the art architecture, for instance, this felt like the conceptual planning of the architect, the fun, interesting, creative ideas put together. But from there to the building itself there’s a lot of masonry to be done, tedious work like building the structure and calculating the resistance of materials and fitting your beautiful ideas into this finished product.
Was it a fun read? Definitely. Was it a quick and fun read? For sure. But it could have been an amazing read, in my opinion, it was all in there, waiting to be developed....more
The premise of this novel was very interesting, I found the whole concept of the two worldsOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Mar 1 2012:
The premise of this novel was very interesting, I found the whole concept of the two worlds and the influence they have on one another intriguing. I wouldn’t say they were the epically discordant good versus evil sort of pair, but certainly Jo-Bri’s world was fairly medieval, more on the moral side of the fence, more righteous, while our world, modern-day Montana is the techy, sort of corrupt end of the specter. It’s a vision, and I like books with a vision.
There was a clear message in there, and I felt, I am sorry to say, often preached to rather then compelled to see things one way or the other. Knowing the contemporary world was to come, I kept wishing the Other world part of the story would be over with already, I was losing patience with it for some reason. Remember, I’m still in my fantasy/adventure phunk though. The fantasy world wasn’t in any way entertaining to me, it didn’t appeal to my curiosity, it didn’t elicit an emotional reaction.
The characters were nice, but again they felt too polarized. The fantasy world people seemed so good intentioned, and thoughtful, and morally composed without giving me a lot of individual feel, and the contemporary world was a little too small, though I will say the characters in it were vastly more charismatic and they came out way more natural. The best developed voice all over was Melinda’s, and I liked her and invested myself in her part of the story up to a point. The insta-love(crush?) part, that was, even for a rush-lover like myself, too instant.
The writing tone was quite classical and monotonous for the fantasy world, that’s how it felt to me, and more entertaining and engaging in the other segment. For instance, I was really having fun with the whole toaster scene with Mel, Jo-Bri and Mel’s mom, the wholy s-it moment was hilarious, and if there would have been more of that light, humorous approach to the story I would have had a much stronger response to it.
All in all, I say if you like fantasy worlds and the adventurous journey type of scenario, then this might be fun for you....more
I loved the idea of this as soon as I read the book description. Though I wouldn’t quite cOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Feb 24 2012:
I loved the idea of this as soon as I read the book description. Though I wouldn’t quite call it a retelling, it’s a reinterpretation and contemporary remix of Merlin and Camelot.
The book started out just a bit confusing to me, the action felt a little bit rushed. I had a few moments when I thought I had perhaps missed something, or there had been some short story or something published previously that I should have read but hadn’t, because at times it was just that confusing to me. However, as the plot developed, I felt the pace of things went to a lovely upbeat but not confusingly fast tempo and I enjoyed it considerably more after it did so. I felt the story was interesting and I had fun following it.
The characters were certainly entertaining, though not vastly explored. Their interaction felt very natural, it flowed very well, and I felt the Vane / Ryan angle held more chemistry then the Matt / Ryan one. That sort of threw me off a bit because by the title of the book I was expecting it to be all about Merlin, not Vane, but it was a pleasant surprise and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun reading about the gargoyles as well and their society, for sort of personal reasons (ok, so I’m a big fan of gargoyles :D). We have some of the basics, badboy-ish character, the good guy, the spunky girl – the romantic triangle, angst, action, fighting, all the elements are there.
The writing was nice, clear, accessible, very conducive to projecting the action in my mind, though I am sad to say I found a few typos along the way, the kind that you do when typing in a hurry, you kno? (See what I did there? haha) It wasn’t grating because overall not much of that stood out, but it was there all the same.
As a personal note, the cover didn’t draw me in much. Had I seen this title as is somewhere, say on Goodreads (where I do most of my book-prowling, I don’t know about you), I most likely wouldn’t have been drawn in by the cover. Don’t get me wrong, it has happened that after being drawn in by the cover I’d regret ever picking the book up, it’s not a necessarily good way of picking your reads, but when you have really fun and entertaining content, I believe you should do your best to give it a tempting cover.
All in all, I say this YA title would deserve a try, and I am curious about what will happen in future novels of the series.
Yet another book I’ve been meaning to read since it was out and just got around to doing itOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Mar 2 2012:
Yet another book I’ve been meaning to read since it was out and just got around to doing it. It would have taken me longer if I hadn’t snatched book #2 in the series from NetGalley, I can guarantee it, because this way I had a date in mind for when reviews should show up on the blog. Kiddish of me to need any other reason then wanting to read a book to read it, I know. I should focus on my bookish needs more, shouldn’t I? Aaaanyways…
What we have here is a fairy tale. Not a tale about fairies, that is, but a Prince Charming sort of fairy tale, a love that binds two souls in a timeless quest to be together. *sigh* I’m such a sucker for these scenarios, aren’t we all? Of course, it’s high-school time, our protagonists are a witch-to-be and a honor student/jock yummy modern day Prince Charming. And the setting is New York. I actually think I read few books set in New York, for some reason?
The plot was this interesting mix of teen romance, some mystery, some drama, some humor, some awesome characters, some psycho elements – and you already want to try it out if you haven’t already, don’t you? I mean I know I wanted to since the first time I saw the blurb. Reading this after Paranormalcy, well not right after but a couple days distance, I can tell you I was a fan of these sixteen yo characters more, for some reason. Emma seemed more grown up, and I resonated with her a lot more. The pace of events was alert but not overwhelming, and I really enjoyed that, it gave chance for the characters to gain depth and some substance. I knew I was in for a happy ending, I mean what else could be in order for a prince charming sort of story, right? But I sort of fidgeted in my seat at the end there, that obnoxious Anthony was ruining my happily ever after vision.
The characters were really cool, I liked them. Diverse from all points of view, that’s something I really, really love to see in a book. They were individuals, not types of characters, well maybe except Kristin, she was a type for sure – the I wanna strangle you and dangle you by your toes type, bleh!. I really loved Ashley and I felt Emma’s voice was very natural, the no-nonsense sort of gal that I like. My heart went out to her and all her losses, I was feeling like this Brendan dude better rise to the challenge and make her happy or I’m trotting in there and hanging him by his toes as well, lol.
The writing was adorable, especially Emma’s voice, she had that sort of humorous view on things that I always love to read, and when things were edgy and dramatic I could feel that atmosphere all the way. I really liked the writing and the perspective the author had on things, and my only complaint was that, as often the case is with YA, there wasn’t something maddeningly intense for me to fangirl over. But it was, overall, a great read. You should totally check it out if you haven’t read it already....more
Wow. That cover is just...epic! Really loved that cover, I gotta say. Now on to the rest of the book, lol.
I don't usually read stories about military/Wow. That cover is just...epic! Really loved that cover, I gotta say. Now on to the rest of the book, lol.
I don't usually read stories about military/ex-military and PTSD, I don't have the strength to go through it with them. But this being a Harlequin, I was betting on that part of the story being more like a setting then a significant matter - I was wrong. Sort of. The ex-military and PTSD does come into play, but since we have other elements like mythology, old Egyptian gods, Aztec goddesses, a sphinx, a Minotaur, you see why I could deal with it. Plus, obviously, the smutty awesomeness that's expected and always delivered.
The plot was sort of awesome, actually, minus the whole Syrian dungeon and torture thing, that I didn't like at all. But other then that, wow, great plotting! It was also a very original mix, in my opinion, I mean I totally didn't see the next events coming, I was wondering and getting surprised all over the place. I did get the sense of what the main couple will be pretty early on, but it wasn't one of those lover lost/lover found or childhood crush turned lover sort of scenarios, this one was a bit darker and slightly twisted and man, I'm a sucker for that!
The characters were really interesting and original, Ray had a lot of magnetism and Layla's evolution was very well rendered, I could actually feel her turn from something of a machine into a woman. The Ray/Layla couple had a special kind of chemistry, a sort of love/hate to begin with, that developed into intense chemistry and ended up becoming love. I was with it all the way, I believed every second of it. I also got my personal flavor of fun with Seth, though there wasn't nearly enough focus on him. Well, there was, he wasn't a main character, but he was the villain of all villains so I wanted more, lol. I'm hoping for more, to be clearer, because Seth needs to unleash his inner beast, go on rampage and make that Aztec goddess shake from roots to tips of her branches, fu~fu.
Good writing, interesting plot, charismatic characters and originality - to sum it all up, if smutty is for you, you should totally give this a try....more
This must be the hardest I have tried to read a book I wasn't feeling much. I tried on 3 oOriginally posted on Jul 14 2012 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:
This must be the hardest I have tried to read a book I wasn't feeling much. I tried on 3 or 4 separate occasions to advance in the read, it just didn't work out at all. The first time I did something like 25 pages, then re-read those and did some 40, and then on a third try I re-read those first pages and got to 50. And finally gave up.
I really didn't connect with the MC, though I was sympathetic to her situation. Plus the story in itself didn't really get me all that curious about what's going to happen, I suspect this might have to do with the fairies, faeries, whatever you want to call them. I'll admit that vampires, demons, witches, dragons, etc get me more into any story then fairies by default, I'm not sure why. If they would have been trolls, or orcs, or ogres, my response might have been the same. Though trolls would have had a lot of entertainment potential, right? lol. It's just how my reading tastes have evolved. These high fantasy sort of worlds need to really get me hooked on plot or charm me with the MC to get me interested, I'm not curious by default, you know what I mean? And here neither the MC nor the story as it evolved to the point I stopped reading it got me hooked.
So I'm not saying that there's a particular thing that turned me off the read exactly, there just wasn't something to keep me in it. I have learned to embrace my gut feeling and if by page 50 or say 15% of the read I'm not feeling it, I'm most likely going to just move on to other titles. So much to read out there, I don't really see why make a big effort to read something I'm not enjoying when thousands of other books are waiting for me. ...more
Oh, yeah, baby!! That’s what I’m talking about!! This is bookish luff material right here, for all the adult PNR lovers out there, if you haven’t read this awesomeness right here, you simply must. Fangirling much? Oh yeah, a lot!! Ooomg, I’m so pumped to read book #2, and I’ll post the review a week from now as part of the book #2 tour with Bewitching Book Tours, plus a fabulous excerpt by Allison Pang herself, so you guys have something to look forward to :D
So then, the book. Yuuummm, the book!! I loved reading this like crazy. I’m not sure what it’s considered genre-wise, but to me it’s adult PNR with awesomeness to spear. The plot was really fun, fresh and original, we’re talking about a world built beautifully, a vision as I like to call it, a world order, a new and fascinating way for our favorite paranormals to mingle. If there was anything I wasn’t necessarily a fan of, it’s the angels thing. Make them look like then but name them something else, you know, angels being romantically involved is just a bit…ugh, for me. But that aside, beautiful world.
The characters were my favorite part of the novel (as is often happens), though in this case they were a tie with the writing. But I’ll tell you about that a bit later. Right now, characters. There’s going to be the obvious fact that the main couple is a mortal (with perks, thanks to Contracts), and an incubus. I mean, seriously, how could I not be fangirling over this? Let the ‘badboy’ come to me, lol. Though Ion wasn’t a cliche demon, he was actually a very decent guy, complex and layered and beautifully intense here, vulnerable there. Beautiful, just beautiful. Abby is one of my favorite sorts of characters as well, she’s troubled, she’s struggling with things in her past, with her own ‘demons’, she’s funny and smart and resourceful and I simply loved her to bits and the bits to pieces. I really can’t imagine what couple could have been more fun to read then this one, they had it all, super chemistry, charisma sprouting out of their ears, the whole package. One of my favs was also Phin. Admit it, you loved the pervy little munchkin too. If you read this book and you’re not Team Phin then there’s something wrong with your values, haha. Seriously awesome character.
The writing was absolutely fabulous. You don’t really hear me say that very often, because it’s sort of rare that I’m really 100% into it. I’ll go along for the ride a lot of the time, but not 100%. Well I was 100% there this time, the characters had their own distinct voices, and the best ever, ever, ever part was the humorous perspective on things. A great part of the characters had a fabulous sense of humor, and that’s what really made me fall in love with the whole thing all the way. The tense scenes were really gripping, but they didn’t leave you with that strangled sensation because sooner rather then later you’d have some humor break, smaller or not. It’s the sort of tension that I love in these stories, the not depressing type. I was entertained and engaged like all hell, I had my phone on Silent Mode while reading, no music on (not even classical, and that’s how I read usually), the TV was hopelessly dead, I was all in and having a blast every single step of the way. This is going to be the writer I’ll run to each and every time I’ll need a pick-me-up, that’s clear.
So if you haven’t read this book yet, you simply must. We’re talking delicious entertainment here. Yummm....more
I loved the setup of the book! Since it’s not a fantasy, but a paranormal novel I wouldn’t say there was a lot of world-related improvising, though I wouldn’t know what to tell you about the Obeah thing, but I loved how the elements of different ‘worlds’ mixed, witchcraft, voodoo, ghosts, telepathy, high-school and queen bees, you name it, it was there. It was a fab ride.
2. Did you feel you could relate to the characters and connect with them? Had a favorite?
My favorite part of the book were the characters, definitely! I mean, Cas was amazing, to begin with. Funny, smart, strategical in places, something of a bad-ish boy doing the good work to some extent, I loved him. His mother was awesome as well, and I really appreciated the fact she remained involved overall, ever notice how the parents tend to mist out of the stories in some YA titles?
Thomas and his grandfather were really fun, I even liked Carmel and it doesn’t happen to me often that I’d like that type of character, but she was awesome as well. I would be tempted to say my favorite was Anna, but she got it easy, being all powerful and mysterious here, and so vulnerable and heart-warming there, I really really loved reading about her, though it broke my heart in places. And Gideon, man!! He cracked me up, I was lol-ing like a mad woman each time Cas and him had a conversation.
But overall I think my favorite was Cas, clueless, courageous, adorable Cas.
3. What did you think of the plot?
Well for one thing, it threw me off that the main character was a guy. You’re laughing at me, I know, I didn’t actually read the blurb ok? I mean, I was planning on reading this, so as I do with many titles I plan to read, I blur out anything plot-related until I get the chance to read them, and if they’re recommended to me I just keep these main lines of it and ignore any details if they were given to me. So I had no clue we’d have a male MC, the cover had a freaky chick on, the title sounded like a freaky chick story, so I was sort of expecting that. I was surprised in a good way, just because it’s little things like that, special little things that make a read fabulous.
The story of the Lowood family was touching, and the members so endearing, I was sort of heart-broken about them, but at the same time I loved the way they did team work for everything, Cas and his mom were great. Their family history marked Cas’s behavior and I felt it influenced his decisions a lot, as I would have imagined it would, and everything made sense together, it all worked. It’s rare I have this feeling about a book, I’ll normally walk away from reading one with this nagging sensation that this thing was sort of boinging my brains, or this other one. But here, smooth sailing, all the way. Well, as smooth as such a roller-coaster story would permit. I also very much so appreciated the amount of freaky factor. I mean, if you’re gonna write about ghosts, make then really awesome ghosts. And man, the ghosts were awesome!
What stood out to me was that the tensest part of the read felt longer, and very tense. The pace of events was just right to build this tension in me, and it didn’t really get resolved away when the book ended. It’s clear there’s going to be a book #2 at least, and I am seriously itching to read it right now. Now, now, now!
4. How did you feel about the writing?
It felt very smooth and natural, I could picture everything really well as it happened. I never got that “Ughh…what the…did I miss something here?” feeling, the scenes didn’t capitalize on details to the point of popping your eyes out, but they didn’t skim over them either. It was just the right balance between description/observation and action-oriented writing. The images in my mind were very vivid, and where I didn’t have details, I just filled in the blanks, kind of like Cas liked his stories about parties, you know? I really liked the fact that the author didn’t weasel out of freaky details where freaky details were in order, sort of gory in places (killer ghosts, it’s not like they’re doing ballet, is it?), and certainly gutsy. Way to go!!
5. What was the strong point of the book, for you? What about the weak point?
Characters and the pace of the plot, definitely strong points. And being gutsy, I loved that about it. It’s the gutsy books that stay with me, even though I might love many others during my reading spree in a year, let’s say. But when I’ll be doing top 10 reads, for instance, at the end of the year? It’s the gutsy titles that will come to mind immediately. As far as weak points go, nothing jumped at me, nothing felt wrong, too slow or out of place. It felt purrrfect (except for the cat’s demise…:( that part, I didn’t like.) Being a romantic, I might have liked it if more of the Anna-Cas angle would have been explored, or better said, that they would have had a bit more time together, but it wasn’t a weak point, just a personal wish. There will be more of it in book #2, I’m sure.
6. On a scale of 1 to 5, what would you rate this book?
Uuuuh, hot cover right? Right? Yummy! A hot cover to match a hot book xDDD
So, Cynden Frasier (Cyn) is an immortal warrior, a Protector fighting against demons. This right here is the reason I wanted to read this book (and very happy I did want to, it rocked – but don’t let me ruin the review lol). If he’d been, say, an angel? I wouldn’t have wanted to read this, I’m iffy about angels getting their groove on romantically, sorry. But warriors? Hell yes, bring them on in impressive numbers :D
As a character, I found Cyn charming. This is a take-charge sort of man, strong, proud, quick to act, he generally goes by a code or a set of rules, well organized, dedicated… Sorry, I get sidetracked when talking about hotties like Cyn. But what I like about him the most is that when he falls for someone, he falls really really hard. Now that is totally ❤! But he’s more then a dedicated warrior, he’s this no-nonsense sort of man, and he is all man (again, yummm~!), but he’s also dedicated to his son Blue, to the woman he falls for…all around yum, I mean if these would be in stores, I’d be in line for mine, you know? Well, maybe minus the fighting demons thing, I mean I can’t see myself making dinner and waiting for hubby to come home from the day’s slaying. I think. Rambling, sorry, I do that a lot when I’m totally into a hottie character.
Emma was a darling, I totally loved her. She’s a bit naive, but I’ll take naive over jaded at any time, you know? You’ll see why I think naive after you read about the whole situation with her sister and everything, I mean…let’s just say I would have had a substantially meaner reaction to things, you know? But she’s obviously a better person then me. And she’s just this shade of adorable, I dunno, it’s rare for me to like her type but I totally did dig her.
But what I liked the most (aside, you know, other dudes, like Sebastian and Julian, ooomg, Julian, I’ll so be stalking the author for a Julian book xDDD he’s bada$$, I wanna read about him and some spitfire chicka, like, now!!) is the chemistry. Man, the chemistry between Cyn and Emma, like, smoldering hot xDDD Of course, angsty a bit in places, but they had this awesome chemistry and at the same time when they’re together I got this sense of peacefulness, of them just perfectly clicking together. Awesome.
The plot was really interesting, all these tensions and conflicts that find (or don’t yet find) a release have a very natural feel to them, you don’t get that ‘overdone’ sensation you can sometimes get in PNR novels, and that’s what makes it an entertaining read. Plus I really liked the writing, I mean you guys just read the first few sentences of chapter 1, I was hooked after the first 2 rows, seriously. It just felt like a match, this novel and me :D And I want more, more, more, like, right now. Preferably with some Julian, and some Sebastian. (I’m SO subtle, right? )
All in all I say fellow PNR fans such as myself should totally give this a try, it’s a totally fun read, with hot stuff, lovely characters, touching moments and hot chemistry – yummm!...more
This was really cool to read! Different, but really cool. First off I’ll say this is a repuOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Mar 6 2012:
This was really cool to read! Different, but really cool. First off I’ll say this is a republished novel, not a new one. And considering the fabulous new cover, I say it was a fabulous idea. Gorgeous, gorgeous cover.
Now, reading a book initially published in 2001 was really interesting. The differences between the writing style and plot pace between now and then kept coming to mind; of course, I’m not making generalizations here but I’ve noticed this before, books a few years back tended to have less hyperactive plots, the pace of events was slower, the dramatic moments maybe a bit less dramatic by action and more significant by reaction, somehow. Don’t you think so? I mean, a book published nowadays revolving around the same plot idea would be a lot more agitated, I can bet on that. It’s not like I’m complaining, I’m the one that sometimes feels things are too wild, too crazy, too much. So a nice, calmer pace of events was a really refreshing read. The then and now theme was also present in the novel, there was this really cool paranormal twist to the story, like ghosts showing up, and visions of the past and all that. Really interesting.
What sort of lost me was the whole relatives thing, I mean…I followed up to a point, but from there on whenever we were focusing who was who’s cousin from who’s side and who was the other person’s uncle I would just sort of skip the genealogy. I got the point, but at some point the whole multilevel branching thing lost me.
The characters were certainly something else, I think it’s the most “south” novel I’ve read aside the Sookie Stackhouse novels, but I mean here we’re talking a lot of elements, being a magnolia and all that. It was really fun to read, accents, cool places and charming descriptions, cool stuff. I’m sad to say though I didn’t much connect with Daphne or Sim for some reason, I wasn’t there all the way, though I was really interested in how their relationship would go; it was what I enjoyed the most out of the book, the way they both evolved and got over things in their past so they could be together. It was the sort of profound relationship that you don’t really read a lot about nowadays. Not rushed, not crazy and all over the place, but deeper and somehow calmer. Charming, really. Aside Daphne and Sim, there were a lot of really interesting and fun characters in the novel, and it was one of those rarer occurrences when I’m into secondary characters almost as much as I’m into the mains.
All in all I say this was a good read, old-school but classy and fun to read even ten years later, so it’s one of those books that does pass the test of time. If you haven’t already read it, give it a shot, it’s charming....more
Absolutely loved this! Awesome writing, love love love the setting of the novel and the plot was intriguing. I was hooked from the first page and I'mAbsolutely loved this! Awesome writing, love love love the setting of the novel and the plot was intriguing. I was hooked from the first page and I'm a fan of Natalie! xD If 1880's is your kind of setting, you should totally read this, that's my opinion.
Seriously awesome read!! I may be sort of biased since one of my favorite books ever is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and the concept of this book is somewhat reminiscent of the painting concept, only rather in reverse. I’ve lost you already, haven’t I? lol. I’m a huge fan of the painting as prison concept and I tend to become a fan of books that use any version thereof, regardless of the settings. The first book in the Abby Sinclair series, A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang, also featured the painting as prison theme and it was a 5 butterflies read for me as well. Hmm, maybe I should start making a list of these babies. Meh, back to this book though.
The story of this book is just fabulous. I seem to like these historical settings, there’s something about the world of the 1880’s I guess that strikes a chord with me. The plot was rather fast paced but not overwhelming, again one of those things I really enjoy in books. I loved the whole diary format of the first person narrative, though it could have put a damper on the adrenaline rush it truly didn’t. I’m not an adrenaline junkie though, so aside some mystery and good old charm I don’t need anything else to get hooked on a story. Action is really good, but provoking mystery is even better. Paintings related mystery is a blast for me :D
The characters were intriguing, quite charming themselves though my favorite was Natalie. I loved her voice, her motivation and reactions made perfect sense to me and she was very charismatic. She was a subtle rebel for her day and age, I loved her spirit. Mrs. Northe was my second best, I totally loved her. She was fun and adventurous, she certainly knew how to get her way – awesome sidekick. I will admit to finding Lord Denbury sort of…uhm…dull. And the antagonist was illusory most of the story, though he certainly managed to impress upon me a sense of dread even in his absence, or more so due to it.
The writing was my favorite part of the book, absolutely. I totally love that carefully put together way of talking, the propriety of the characters tone, completely loved it. Plus the world of the novel is just fabulous, dresses and lady-like ladies, gentlemen and all the play of appearance and all…*sigh* I just love these settings, the novel builds a great world and I never tire of reading about the likes. The tone and setting had me thinking this might not end in a happily ever after, and I was totally cool with that. I find I prefer a reasonably happy until further notice sort of ending anyway, but this novel ended with a bit of a surprise pretty much, the end is the beginning of another adventure. I’m really, really looking forward to reading book #2 in the series, I totally loved this!
All in all I say you simply have to read this book, it’s just made of awesome as far as I’m concerned! Plus, look at that cover, I mean…I was in love as soon as I spotted it. And the book totally delivered xD...more
Oh my gosh, how much fun this novel was! I was lol-ing all over the place, I couldn’t helpOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Feb 7 2012:
Oh my gosh, how much fun this novel was! I was lol-ing all over the place, I couldn’t help it. It was a very pleasant experience to read it, because all that tension that usually is present in a murder mystery that spurs on my natural curiosity was replaced by a light-hearted sort of curiosity here, but I was dying to know who did it just as much as I was enjoying each and every page.
One thing that I had a lot of fun with was the fact the characters are all mature people, most of them really mature, like 40+. Wealthy, educated, cultured people, totally fun and charming each on their own, and double more so fun to follow while interacting. We’re talking really wealthy, like butler-style and such service. I loved the way the whole household had this air of a family, and the curiosity and dynamics of the Alcott ‘clan’. Chance Walker was totally fun to read as well, and his and Lila Mae’s relationship was totally awesome. Lila Mae was totally awesome, I loved how involved she was with astrology and all sorts of divination methods, how careful she was to warn people and find all kinds of out-of-the-box solutions. Totally loved her. Of course I had a lot of fun with Uncle Tito as well, he was a complete treat. Oh, and Bernie, man, Bernie! The Alcott’s sure were a busy bunch, I mean their numbers increase steadily as the novel progresses, lol. You’ll see what I mean while reading, it was amusing and disturbing at the same time.
The plot was well paced and the amount of clues poured in hand in hand with the humor, making it a really pleasant reading experience for me. The type of humor in particular was really to my taste, that’s a rare occurrence; I’ll expand on that. You know all those Jim Carrey comedies for instance? Can’t stand to watch one; I’m more the Louis de Funès type, you know? I’m not saying the humor of the novel was exactly the Louis de Funès type, but it leans more into that part of the specter if you ask me. That’s a big plus for me.
I loved the writing as well, it was elegant, it didn’t feel rushed, it was beautiful in a suave sort of way; it left me with a very pleasant feeling each time I read it, light and beautiful. Loved it. And I will also mention that adding the recipes at the end there was total genius, I’m SO going to try them, lol. They sound real yummy.
I say you guys should give this a try, totally. It’s fun, original, entertaining, a total win for some good fun and thought-provoking mystery....more
This is my second reading experience with Bradford Morrow, and it proved to be yet another memorable one. After reading Fall of the Birds, the chanceThis is my second reading experience with Bradford Morrow, and it proved to be yet another memorable one. After reading Fall of the Birds, the chance of reading some gothic, some yummy noir by the same author was extremely tempting. I'm glad I fell pray to the temptation.
The 12 stories range from the troubling and touching to the disconcerting and unnerving, all in beautiful writing and emotionally gripping imagery. Some I've personally liked more then others, some are a tad too disturbing while others I fully and wholeheartedly loved. Together though, they form an interesting, exciting and scary journey into the human mind, an exploration into dusty nooks of the human soul.
The Hoarder, the first story of the collection, starts out deceivingly tame. Touching, beautiful, and deceitfully tame; as it progresses, the degree of troubling slowly ascends to bring the reader a shock, then slowly subsides only to flare up again at the end. After that adventure, I was edified in respect to the type of read this collection would be: bold, fearless, subtle here and brutal there - in fewer words, a delight.
Amazing Grace and The Road to Nadeja were my personal favorites of the collection because the light they shine on the characters involved shows more then devious urges or pathologic needs; they show the simple but crushing darkness of solitude and the value of hope (pun intended regarding the second title). While dark and certainly troubling, they also have a bit of that inherent human shimmer of light.
Some of the stories, like Whom no hate stirs none dances, The Uninnocent or Tsunami, were on the disturbing side, some a lot disturbing in fact. I would have a hard time saying I enjoyed reading them, but I found it to be a truly interesting experience, and despite their somber and/or chilling quality they had a fascinating tone, so fascinating in fact that despite the fact I was cringing nearer the end I wouldn't have been able to stop reading them. In fact, I will confess to having read some of the stories twice, or even three times before writing down these words. And I believe I will reread them again after I'll be done writing these words, they're so well written and so charismatic that I can't really move on. They're clinging to my thoughts with these shadowy tentacles, it's really strange but darkishly beautiful.
All things considered, I say if you like noir and you have the stomach to cringe at the multiple facets of the human soul without being horrified, you should definitely read this. But it's not a beginners dish, in my humble opinion, it's more like a treat for the connoisseur....more
Oh, what a beautiful world! Well, I mean, beautifully built more then beautiful in itself, it's sort of a depressing and yet fascinating world. I'm raOh, what a beautiful world! Well, I mean, beautifully built more then beautiful in itself, it's sort of a depressing and yet fascinating world. I'm rambling, sorry. Ok, so let's be methodical.
This is book #2 in a series called Gray Zone, and I haven't read book #1 (ofc, I seem to do this a lot...), but I didn't really feel like I was denied any relevant info because of that. I really appreciated the glossary of terms and short presentation of the world at the beginning of the novel, to me that made this read as much a stand alone as it is a part of a series; of course, it's that type of series that tells us about different characters within the same world or universe or whatever you'd like to call it. And what a wonderfully imaginative world! I'm a great fan of dragons myself, so these beautiful creatures the author has created, this whole social order (or lack thereof in some areas) is totally fascinating to me.
Liam, Chris and Kevin took my heart by storm, I ached for them. One thing that's clear though is this is a very mature read, and not just because there's some one on one action going on, but because of the brutal life these characters lead, because of the nature of the world they inhabit. And Liam gets to sample all the brutality of it, all the ugliness of it; and yet he keeps a beautifully loving heart, he's a mother hen for his younger brothers and he's willing to bear whatever in order to keep them safe, in order to protect them and offer them as much of a good life as he can manage. It was almost emotionally draining to witness Liam's life, I couldn't read this book all in one go, I felt the need to take breathers now and then, it just got to feel like too much at times. At the same time, fiction as it may be, I kept thinking about these cases I've learned of, real-life stories that resembled so much his story that it sent me reeling. I find it interesting that when met in fiction-clad form, the brutality of the human being is shocking, and yet we learn of all these real cases and we just cruise by them on a day to day basis. Funny how ours minds work, huh? Anyways, back to the book.
The characters were, in my opinion, amazing, and here's why: there was nothing like posing about them, they didn't feel built or put together as it sometimes happens with characters going through dramatic situations, they felt so incredibly real and natural, truly vivid. Their reactions, their feelings, everything - absolutely natural, real. Of course that seems to work for and against the reading experience, in the fact that it always seems easier to go through dramatic happenings with a character that feels a bit made up, you know? It's like an intense but not uncomfortable exercise of the imagination, whereas a really good character doesn't feel like a character at all but like one of your friends, so going through really bad stuff with them isn't quite as easy.
The plot was interesting and eventful without becoming actually overwhelming until nearer the end, where there was this really intense scene that made me hold my breath, I was like "Oh nooooooo!!!", but thankfully for my heart it got resolved in a reasonably short time :D If you'll approach this as a smutty read, you'll be very surprised and I mean very. I will confess it turned out to have substantially more punch to it then I expected as well, and I was extremely pleased with that. Of course, it's a predictable reaction on my part, all my favorite reads revolve around really dramatic situations and stories.
So to sum it all up, if you're not iffy about dramatic stories with violent content, I say give this a try, it's somewhat brutal but beautiful as well, because it's about human nature, true human nature in all it's raw glory....more
The plot of this novel turned out to be a surprise for me, I will admit I had no idea whatOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Jan 26 2012:
The plot of this novel turned out to be a surprise for me, I will admit I had no idea what the “down low” [Wikipedia link] phenomenon referred to, I was basically clueless. After reading a bit into the novel I got wind of what was what, I mean it became clear to me with chapter 1.
I salute the topic the novel tackles, but this DL thing is more of a secondary focus to me, though it is an interesting phenomenon. The most important aspect it calls attention upon, in my opinion, is HIV.
There are at least two poignant lines I will keep with me for a long while; to this point I will cite Nichelle [page 219]:
“[…] community is going to have to recognize that condemning these guys because they’re gay is wrong. […] Once we do, maybe they won’t feel the need to hide who they are.” And the second thing I took to heart from reading this novel is, I cite [page 270]:
“[…] HIV doesn’t pick you because you’re gay or because you’re a bad person. It picks you because you’re available.” Amen to that.
The plot was interesting, though I will say the major topics it brushes on and the characters stood out more then the story’s development in itself, I mean I wasn’t dying to know who did it, as I usually do with crime/courtdrama thrillers. I liked the writing, and my reaction towards the characters will prove that; when the writing doesn’t appeal to me, I simply don’t connect with the characters, so the fact I strongly like or dislike a character means it’s real to me, and not some cardboard figure. Some of the characters of this novel have triggered strong emotional responses in me, and I’ll tell you about it. So if I had to mention a really strong point of the novel, aside the major topics it shines some light upon – HIV and tolerance, it would be character building. Though I wouldn’t necessarily want to be friends with some, and would have loved to personally have known others, Pamela Samuels Young is very gifted at building extremely vivid and strong characters that you’ll love or love to hate, but either way they’re bound to leave a strong impression.
I found the character Special to be, I am sad to admit, annoying. Pushy (borderline aggressive perhaps?) – harassing and stalking Eugene – , nosy, rather irrational in places – storming this place or that other, jumping people to tell them whatever about this or that, reacting dramatically to rather predictable consequences of her actions -, and rather intolerant (I’m sorry, that’s how she came across to me) for half or something of the novel; she makes this declaration about her being tolerant somewhere down the line, but her behavior isn’t exactly transmitting that up to that point. In my understanding, being tolerant does not equal being lenient towards some while becoming embittered and aggressive towards others, so being cool with J.C. coming out does not cancel Special’s viciousness towards Eugene, I’m sorry. And her behavior is vicious towards him, no matter what she might be under the impression gives her a right or the option to behave so, there’s nothing in the world that would.
Vernetta was way more likable, but I wouldn’t say I had a lot of love for her overall, for one simple reason: she puts up with Special’s ridiculous behavior, she doesn’t call it for what it is and makes a real entrance in her madness after the woman’s ridiculous behavior gets her, surprise!, in trouble. In the end Special’s self-centered and immature, thoughtless behavior ends up costing her friends, something that a more reasonable and less me-me-me-oriented person would have seen and tried to prevent. I’m sorry if it seems heartless of me to think so, but I do.
If there’s one character I liked in this whole story, it’s Nichelle. I really liked her, she made sense to me, behaved in a way I found not only reasonable but likable and I resonated with her quite a lot. She was interested in the truth, in understanding, had a reasonable behavior throughout even though she had her moments of hurt or shock or whatever. Nichelle is by far my favorite character, and there isn’t really a 2nd name on that list. The message of the author’s end note made a whole lot more sense to me then some of the attitudes described during.
I’ve been thinking about this review for 3 days now, I couldn’t decide if it was a 3 or a 4 butterflies read for me. This has happened to me before, so I went with the same reasoning, if I’m not feeling it as a clear 4 then it’s a 3. I do recommend you read it, it’s an interesting read and a well written book....more