My only real negative with this one is that it might have been a little too fast paced and at times I felt as if slowing down a little to explain back...moreMy only real negative with this one is that it might have been a little too fast paced and at times I felt as if slowing down a little to explain back story etc might have been helpful.
I should probably add that otherwise I really enjoyed the story and loved the eclectic and interesting cast of characters.(less)
So I finally got around to reading Divergent and I really did enjoy the books, but in a lot of cases I felt as though I was missing necessary informat...moreSo I finally got around to reading Divergent and I really did enjoy the books, but in a lot of cases I felt as though I was missing necessary information. The pacing was great but when I don't completely understand the world I'd be happy with a little slower pace to get more necessary detail or details that seem necessary to me to enrich my reading experience. And I might be a little biased on my rating because I wasn't happy with how it ended and who was left standing when all the chips had fallen so to speak. (less)
The story itself wasn't bad, it definitely falls into the category of erotic romance with wonderfully flawed characters and a decent plot, but I'm mos...moreThe story itself wasn't bad, it definitely falls into the category of erotic romance with wonderfully flawed characters and a decent plot, but I'm mostly writing this review because I think it needs to be said that if you're going to give a character a history especially one as important as Marine you should at least understand the basics of what it means to have been a Marine. First and most importantly it's a title, therefore it's disrespectful to the people who worked damn hard to earn that title to repeatedly not capitalize that title. Second of all I've never met a Marine who appreciated being referred to as a soldier. Yes I get that all military personnel are at their most basic soldiers, but people in the Army are the ones that mostly answer to that title. Marines are referred to as Marines. Being a Marine is more than just learning how to fight for your country it's a code of honor, a way of life. It's so much more than just being a soldier, if you're going to make a character in your novel a Marine you should both understand and respect that. Additionally the motto is not "Once a soldier, always a soldier." as it's written in this book It's Once a Marine, Always A Marine and it refers to a whole hell of a lot more than just being a soldier. It refers to a lifestyle, it refers to living your life with honor, courage and commitment beyond just your time in service. It's the inherit loyalty you learn in the Corps that stands behind the reason that even when you leave the Corps behind you're a part of it. On top of that the Marine Corps motto may be Semper Fidelis, but they don't teach Latin to Marines as a part of their training. If your character understands more in Latin than Always Faithful, it's because he learned it elsewhere. And finally base bunnies for the most part wouldn't know the difference between a medal and a chevron. Wives would know but unless they have military knowledge they wouldn't know until after they formed a relationship. The girls the author refers to so derisively for the most part are just turned on by the title of Marine and half of them can't tell a Captain from a Private. If you're going to have your character be something take the time to at least know the basics before throwing it into the book as something repeated gratingly and insultingly over and over again incorrectly. Ever member of every service has their own quirks, their own traditions and hang ups. The Marine Corps especially, most of them are cocky and conceited and proud and that have a RIGHT to be. They have the longest boot camp of any service, something that challenges not only the body, but the mind. And it's a title that's harder than hell to live up to in a time of peace, but during a time of war and conflict like we've had in the last decades it's got to be a hundred, no a million times more so. Respect that. The errors in the Marine Corps here are in my opinion insulting and disrespectful and are the main cause of my lower rating. For what it was meant to be it wasn't a bad story, but that part of it, well if it weren't such an interesting story I'd have probably thrown my ereader it made me that angry. (less)
The idea and plot behind this novel were great, it's a nice lighthearted read, however it really could have used a better editor and some serious copy...moreThe idea and plot behind this novel were great, it's a nice lighthearted read, however it really could have used a better editor and some serious copy editing. The dialog was unrealistic, stilted and just not believable speech for real people. There were more than a few typos in the kindle version of this novel which yeah I know I'm one to talk about typos, but I'm just an average person voicing her opinion free of charge, I'm not a writer who's charging you money to read her words. Since readers are paying for the words on those pages, the least I think that could be done would be making sure typos, and bad paragraphing are corrected before public consumption. Some of the sections didn't really flow right, meaning when you read you shouldn't have to stop and think what is the writer trying to say here, it shouldn't be words on a page, it should be a story in your mind and I found myself stopping to reread sections to try to grasp what the writer was trying to say more than once. However I can also say this book had me laughing out loud often and was as funny as promised. Some of the comedic scenes are a bit far fetched but when the protagonist find themselves super glued to each other it's hard not to laugh even if the scenario isn't all that realistic. There were parts of the books that weren't really necessary and made the plot drag a bit as well, which leads me back to a good story that really needed a proper editor to trim and correct where corrections were needed. Overall a good book, but not a great one.(less)
First let me note I read a Kindle edition of this book, not the paperback but since I can't find that already on here and I'm too lazy to add that edi...moreFirst let me note I read a Kindle edition of this book, not the paperback but since I can't find that already on here and I'm too lazy to add that edition to the data base I figured I'd just make note of that in the review.
The sequel to Chloe and Jason's Fairy tale movie star with a crime victim story is presented in Nobody's Damsel, again the story blurs the genres because it's not just a who done it story with Chloe as some sort of detective and though most of our characters from the original story have returned we're seeing different aspects of them. Yes the plot stands out a little more in this novel, but Chloe isn't a detective she's a CSI lab person. One of my main things with this novel is that the timeline doesn't seem to quite mesh. She's been married to Jason for six months but has already managed to graduate grad school and they didn't have a super long engagement but she hadn't yet started grad school when he proposed. I was kind of under the impression that grad school took a little longer than that, though I could be wrong since I never actually finished college myself. It just seems that grad school would take a couple years at least so they should have either been married longer or been engaged longer or something in my opinion for the time line to seem right to me.
The story continues with a first person narrative told from Chloe's point of view though I'll admit by this point I'm kind of itching for some other points of views. Chloe doesn't completely understand what Jason is thinking or his reactions to things so as a reader I can't understand him or Kyra or many other characters in this story either. She's still emotionally stilted but she's grown considerably from the previous novel and continues to grow in this one as she starts to understand a bit where others are coming from. While I did find myself hoping to find the victim and see the mom survive and put the killer behind bars, it wasn't really about that. It was about Chloe seeing the other side of what happened to her. Chloe was a kidnapped and almost murdered as a child, and in the first novel you can see how she doesn't totally get why Jason's parents who were district attorneys during her case felt so protective of her or why Office Baca went above and beyond to look out for her. She didn't understand exactly why they felts such a personal connection to her when she didn't really know them. Now being on the other side of that she starts to understand what it's like to not know the victim but to spend sleepless nights worrying about her. She understands what it's like to sit in a hospital room and just feel a sort of horror that one person might do this to another which helps her sort of understand why she felt like she had to fix her mom after her attack instead of her mom stepping in to protect her.
As a secondary plot the media is making noises that Jason is cheating on her with former co-star Vicki and that they are on the verge of divorce. While this isn't true having paparazzi follow her around on a regular basis to see her reaction to the supposed cheating doesn't help her do her job any. Chloe is kind of torn between what she knows and what she sees so adding that on top of this case put in her in a major emotional turmoil. I kind of liked this one even better than the first because you see this character recognize that yes she's broken and yes she needs to change. Is she or her life perfect at the end of the story? No. But what makes this particular story worth reading in my opinion is that she finally seems to see what was so obvious to me as a reader in the first novel. It's hard for me to explain what this novel is and why it's worth reading because it blurs so many genres lines. My point over all though is that though you're not going to find your stereotypical mystery or romance or whatever it is you're looking for in this novel, you are going to find a story that's worth taking the time to read.(less)
The title and appearance of this particular novel gives the appearance that it's something that it isn't. Lately I've been in the mood to read silly...more The title and appearance of this particular novel gives the appearance that it's something that it isn't. Lately I've been in the mood to read silly contemporary romances preferably leaning toward young adult genre so far removed from real life that their whole purpose is to make you smile. The young adult factor makes it more so because a teen protagonist feels things at a much more exaggerated spectrum than an adult protagonist would. There's nothing heavy about this sort of book and sometimes that's the perfect sort of book for escapism because it's just realistic enough to not feel like fiction but is the ultimate happily ever after. When looking for a book that's meant to be nothing but a mood upper such as this one finding one where a movie star falls for a normal girl fits the bill. In fact it fits the bill so well it doesn't get much sillier. So when I bought this book that's what I was looking for. The cover screams silly unrealistic romance. The thing is in a way it is, but really it isn't that at all. It wasn't what I was looking for at all but the first person narrative from Chloe's point of view had me hooked from the very first page.
The book and the series in general fall more into the lines of romantic suspense or mystery with silly undertones than they do into your typical Cinderella romance. Tippetts presents a broken heroine that is the sort of broken where she doesn't truly realize she's broken. As it's a first person narrative we don't get insight into what the other person is thinking or feeling about her and in the beginning it's not even completely clear who the opposite side of this romantic pair will be. The protagonist is in her early twenties and if anything is the opposite of an emotionally exaggerated teen, her emotions are kind of stilted to the point she doesn't completely recognize them most of the time. She doesn't really understand people or their motives and she doesn't really understand herself either. If what Tippetts was shooting for was a romance the book should have ended when Chloe came to the conclusion that she was truly in love with Jason and then took the necessary steps to get him back. It should have ended with a kiss over ice cream where the two romantic leads declared their love for one another. However this scene while touching in an under done sort of way isn't anywhere near the end of the book. It's probably past the half way point but to be honest I wasn't really keeping track. I just remember that a whole bunch more stuff happens after that.
The book is sort of hard to categorize and pin down as one specific genre because it's not really about a plot, but rather about a character and her emotionally growth throughout the novel. While it's marketed as a love story, I wouldn't really call it that. While it has crime, a criminal and a victim (the protagonist herself) I'm not sure I'd really call it a mystery either. It's more about stepping into the shoes of someone who's learning to recognize emotions both in herself and others. The relationship between Chloe and her messed up mother is in my opinion equally important to the relationships between Chloe and Jason as well as Chloe and Matthew. The relationship between Chloe and Jason's niece Kyra as well as that between Jason himself and Kyra I think bear equal importance in this novel. I didn't turn the pages wondering who is Chloe going to end up with or who exactly slashed Chloe's tires and broke her windows. I turned the pages wondering hmm how is she going to react to this event or that one. I turned the pages wondering if Chloe was going to realize that she never let anyone in and if she was going to learn how to do that.
What makes the story worth reading is that it's different, it's not easily categorized and it reminds you of how broken people can be without realizing that that are. Chloe's character has gone through things that I can't even imagine but at the same time I found myself relating to her so easily. I can relate to not knowing how to react when people you aren't close to try to hug you with being uncomfortable with them in your personal space but not really knowing how to say that their offered comfort has actually only succeeded in making me more uncomfortable. I can relate to over analyzing every situation and wondering if I missed something. She's not easy with affection or good with people and the story is in my opinion about finding the path to that. The character is memorable, and the story with all it's many elements and character interactions is interesting. I guess what I'm trying to say here is what makes the story worth reading is that it's characters and plot lines are different however I feel it's worth pointing out that the story is somewhat marketed as something it's not. It's not a romantic comedy or a Cinderella story where a rich handsome movie star sweeps the girl off her feet. More than anything I think it's about a girl learning that life isn't black and white and how to fit people, real people into her life. (less)
Laugh out loud funny. While I admit that's not much of a review this book is so hilarious I was reading my husband quotes from it and cracking up ever...moreLaugh out loud funny. While I admit that's not much of a review this book is so hilarious I was reading my husband quotes from it and cracking up every time I attempted to say the words out loud. When a book has paragraphs such as
"I don’t know what I found more disturbing, that Seth was sitting around trying to figure out ways to make me fall for him, or that he was looking for advice from Hannibal Lecter."
there's no denying it's hilarious. It's got action romance and some unconventional protagonists as well, but the strongest point of the novel is it's humor. (less)
This isn't my typical choice of reading material, but something about the description drew me toward it. I can't say that I liked this novel but at th...moreThis isn't my typical choice of reading material, but something about the description drew me toward it. I can't say that I liked this novel but at the same time I'm not sure you're supposed to. What I can say is this novel was emotionally gripping, vividly described and so real that it left a sour taste in my mouth and reminded me of all the reasons I don't really like people in general. If you're an escapist reader, a person who reads to be taken from their life and who doesn't mind being put a little through the ringer as long as you close the novel with a smile, this isn't the book for you. If however you're looking for a book that will stick with you, and remind you of the disturbing aspects of humanity it is worth taking the time to experience Carey's journey.
The first person narrative told from fourteen year old Carey's point of view tells about the life of a kidnapped child who's lived in the woods without modern conveniences and who's only parental figure was a meth addict who didn't mind not only pimping out herself for a fix, but pimping out her child. She raised her much younger sister and done things most people can't even imagine just to survive. She's broken in a way so far beyond words only held together for the sake of a child who's more daughter to her than sister. It's confusing at points jumping between the present and the past without warning, but once you get used to the rhythm of Carey's voice you'd have to be inhuman not be affected by her story and her words. Her idea of a happy ending isn't what would typically be considered one it's good enough for the character we meet in this novel but you won't close this book and smile or gush about rainbows and puppy dogs. She's still broken when the story ends, just maybe a little less broken than when it begins because at least in some sense she's free. I think that's what bothered me the most about reading this is that when I finished the novel there still wasn't much to smile over, what would happen next was pretty open ended and after having mentally endured her story with her I wanted somehow to know that Carey would be alright and I didn't close the book really knowing that.
When I closed the book the things that filled my mind were thoughts how awful people can be to each other and the victims of the vices people can't get control over. I didn't smile or sigh I felt disturbed and wanted more for this character who can't seem to find it in her to want more for herself. As an admitted escapist reader I guess my reaction's sort of typical. Despite that however I won't deny that this novel is well written and emotionally compelling, the type of novel that will be batting itself around in my brain for years to come. If it were to have a sequel I would pick it up in hopes of finding Carey a little less broken, a little more whole again. It's not however the sort of book I'd pick up and read twice because I don't like putting down a novel and feeling like I went some place so much worse than my own reality to a place that makes me forget how to smile. I don't read for that, but for those that don't mind reading about that harshest depths of reality, this is a novel worth reading. (less)
This is less a review and more of a question. I'll say first that I definitely enjoyed the book, it's a romance, but not your typical romance in that...moreThis is less a review and more of a question. I'll say first that I definitely enjoyed the book, it's a romance, but not your typical romance in that it takes place over a logical amount of time rather than expecting readers to believe they found their true loves and fell head over heels for them in a matter of days. The story actually takes place over the course of more than a year and deals with realistic insecurities and misinterpretations that occur in most relationships that don't have overconfident participants who are willing to instantly say that yes they're interested and lay out exactly what they want from you. It accurately portrays that feeling where you're interested but you don't want to put yourself on the line and be rejected, where you hear every bad thing your ex said to you in your head and expect this new person to feel the same and where all your insecurities feel like glowing beacons that are the only thing the person facing you can see whether they actually see them or not. Yes it's woven with I guess you'd say Urban Fairy Tale elements but it's one of the most realistic romance novels I've ever read despite the magic and fairy tale character basis. But my question, the main reason I took the time to write this when I haven't really been writing review lately is how in the world is this book part of the Fates series. The books previously to this all include the Fates as characters and are about long lived Mages with a foray into Fairies in the second series trilogy. This book isn't about mages, the Fates or anything from that world. It's an entirely new world with I guess you'd say alternate dimension in which Fairy Tale Characters are real, much like the television show Once, but where we've gotten their fairy tales completely wrong. I liked the book and I liked this new world Grayson has created for us almost as much as I enjoy the six Fates novels I read previous to this but I picked up the novel expecting to see at least a couple of familiar characters and rules of the world that I was familiar with and this had none of that. To place it in this series I think is a major misrepresentation and I was kind of upset by that. (less)
If Grayson had taken this and the previous novel in the Fate series and created them as an original series then this book would have been seriously im...moreIf Grayson had taken this and the previous novel in the Fate series and created them as an original series then this book would have been seriously impressive however where as in the last novel she had nothing to connect it to the Fates series in this one she tried to force connections to the original Fates novels by contradicting truths she created in them which for me as a reader is an extreme turn off and seriously detracts from the novel in a major way. Alex Blackstone, mentioned as one of the Charming Princes in this novels was in his own novel not a prince at all but a Mage who in creating a spell to try to save his beloved's life ended up imprisoning her in a coma for a thousand years, but in this novel he's a prince from one of the kingdoms and Emma Lost AKA Sleeping Beauty who appears in the first trilogy of the Fate series is a princess when in her own stories she was an unwanted apprentice to a wicked female Mage. This book serves to do nothing but mutilate the histories of characters the author herself created and histories the author herself established. As someone who has read every novel in the Fates Series in order grouped together over a matter of days I can't help but feel betrayed as a reader when a writer changes her own story and the rules of the world she created. Wickedly Charming and Charming Blue, the 7th and 8th novels in this series are entirely different concepts and worlds to the first six novels. Had they been presented as a separate series they'd have been an enjoyable concept reminiscent of Once without the curses, but altering a pre-established fictional world to continue as a series that already had a satisfactory ending just to use the established series to increase sales does nothing for me but disappointment as a reader. It's NOT the name of the series that keeps people buying a writer's books it's the writer's originality and talent Grayson should have trusted her readers to pick up a different and original series by her rather than trying to lump them into an already established series where they don't belong. The book was also less a romance and more an Urban Fairy tale/Fantasy with Thriller like elements. The attraction between the two characters was there but not much in the way of a love story. If Grayson is going to keep mutilating her own work just to keep all her books part of the same series to increase sales, I for one won't be one of the ones purchasing them. (less)