Oh my goodness! I've seen reviews for this book all over the book blogging community and it really caught my attention. The cover has just enough "cre...moreOh my goodness! I've seen reviews for this book all over the book blogging community and it really caught my attention. The cover has just enough "creep factor" that I had to get my hands on it. I mean just look at the cover! A Freddy Krugerish "mask" and flames! Anyway....moving on.
What really turned me on about this book was the writing. From the very first sentence until the very last sentence the way that it was written kept me engaged and reading and pretty much putting my life on hold because Arson's life was oh so very interesting. Oh well, Arson is oh so much more fun than doing laundry anyway.
The characters in the story for the most part I really enjoyed. I did at times have trouble relating to/understanding a couple of the characters. That is the main reason that I wasn't able to give Arson 5/5. After learning all sorts of secrets as the book progressed I am looking forward to learning even more about all of these very interesting characters in the sequel that's coming up.
Overall, Arson is most definitely the most "different" (in a good way) book that I've read in the past couple of months. Once you get past the "creep factor" I think this book is pretty dang good. I think that Estevan Vega hit a home run with this one! (less)
I was asked if I would be interested in reading this book as part of a blog tour and I happily agreed. This is the first thriller that I've read that...moreI was asked if I would be interested in reading this book as part of a blog tour and I happily agreed. This is the first thriller that I've read that has been written by a woman also. I'm so very glad that I was asked if I wanted to participate because I thought that this book was AWESOME SAUCE!
Buying Time is an extremely fast paced read as well as being a page turner. Once I started reading this work of art I was fully sucked into the story. I did think that as the book was progressing there were a lot of "cliff hangers" throughout but the farther I got into the book everything fell into place and I was plesantly surprised.
The way the book was written I thought was pretty unique. There are two side stories in Buying Time an I found that with the I was constantly trying to figure out what the link was. I thought that all of the characters were pretty interesting as well....They all have there own conflicts and issues going on and I thought it was great how all those conflicts and issues help to form the story.
Another big plus (at least in my opinion) is that by the end there is no clearly defined hero. I think that's a first for me also. Almost all of the books I've read there is a hero. So for the author to have no hero got her a lot of bonus points with me...keeping things interesting is AWESOME SAUCE.
Overall, I thought that this was a exceptionally well written thriller that has a VERY strong plot and VERY strong solidly written characters. I'm also very impressed by how well researched the book was. Pretty much what I'm telling you is to add Buying Time to your TBR pile! Do it...you won't be sorry. (less)
Why I decided to read this book: I was looking through all the new releases on Netgalley and saw this one and as you can see from the reading the syno...moreWhy I decided to read this book: I was looking through all the new releases on Netgalley and saw this one and as you can see from the reading the synopsis, it really tripped my trigger. That and the cover I think is pretty neat too.
Likes?......: What really drew me into the story was Dakota. The way she's described you think "fluffy city girl," but the farther you read into the book you definitely start to change your tune about her. I also liked the premise of "modern day" shapeshifters....Especially extremely HOT "modern day" shapeshifters who give one hell of a back rub! Is it wrong that I really liked the internal struggle of Axel and Gunnar? Cause I REALLY did.
The sexual stuff?!?!?!?...Just as HOT as the "modern day" shapeshifters!
Dislikes?......: I don't have very many....I didn't particularly care for the "deception" scene. I did feel that at certain points the story was a little bit rushed. Overall, not too many dislikes.
Overall: I really enjoyed this story. Even with the couple of dislikes that I found in the story I think that this is a VERY good beginning to the author's series. I can hardly wait to check out the rest of the series! Hopefully each of the remaining brothers and Heidi will get their own stories!
I don't read a lot of "chick lit." It's usually not my thing. What made me reconsider is that this book is about a "crafty" person. I LOVE being craft...moreI don't read a lot of "chick lit." It's usually not my thing. What made me reconsider is that this book is about a "crafty" person. I LOVE being crafty. I may not be great at it but I still LOVE it!
Scarlet Santana is one heck of a spitfire! She holds two degrees in engineering and her family is pressuring her to settle down and get a "real" job. But Scarlet being Scarlet has her own idea for how she wants to live her life.
By day Scarlet works for a local designer by the name of Carly Fontaine. On her own time, Scarlet designs her own wardrobe, sells her "line" on her Etsy store and spends time blogging about her favorite heroine, Daisy de la Flora. The now deceased Daisy was a designer and person who Scarlet looks up to and admires. Now through her blog Scarlet shares with her "fans" her dream of living a Daisy-inspired life.
When given the chance to attend a designer's program offered by the late Daisy's nephew, Scarlet creates her own class to teach others the way of patternless sewing that her Nana had taught her. All of this in an effort to raise funds to attend this program. Through this class, we the readers are introduced to a vast variety of characters that all need a little help getting there lives back on track. There fearless leader, Scarlet included.
I thought that this was a very cute read. I did have a hard time putting it down once I got into it too! Honestly, up until this tour came along I had not heard of this author or the web page that she writes. I think the best thing about this author, for me anyway, is that she writes very strong female characters. They have a goal that they set for themselves and you just can't help but cheer them on as they work towards reaching that goal.
I had the opportunity to read this book as part of Princess Bookie's ARC Tours and I thought that the premise was really interesting. Then the book ar...moreI had the opportunity to read this book as part of Princess Bookie's ARC Tours and I thought that the premise was really interesting. Then the book arrived and I started reading. It did not take me long to figure out that this book was not for me. I wasn't really able to connect with the characters and I thought that the dialogue was pretty choppy. I didn't really get comparing drug addicts to zombies either. Overall, I think that the author has a very good premise on his hands but in my opinion the execution left a lot to be desired.(less)
This is my first ever Christian fiction novel and I really enjoyed it a lot. In the past Christian fiction hasn't really been something that I thought...moreThis is my first ever Christian fiction novel and I really enjoyed it a lot. In the past Christian fiction hasn't really been something that I thought would "trip my trigger" so I just avoided that section at all costs in the bookstore. I'm glad to say that I was WRONG about the genre.
The story is about two characters who are trying to find God in unlikely places and circumstances. Sarah Prescott is an outlaw and a member of THE Prescott gang, who has always dreamed of having a "normal" life and Justin Wells is a Reverend who is out of his element, trying to bring God's word to the rough and tumble town of Rocky Creek.
Through many danger's, toils and snares....Justin and Sarah find the answers to their prayers. As well as one thing that neither of them had counted on at all....Love.
Overall, I really enjoyed the first book in this series and I can hardly wait to tear into book number 2...A Suitor for Jenny.
I ordered this book a few weeks ago to get free shipping on my Amazon order. I'd been wanting to read it for a while now and I just went ahead and pur...moreI ordered this book a few weeks ago to get free shipping on my Amazon order. I'd been wanting to read it for a while now and I just went ahead and purchased a copy. Does it make me a "bad" person to admit that I bought a book just to get free shipping?
Anyway back to the book, I had heard great things about this book and I really wanted to LOVE it but that just didn't happen. I really did LIKE it a lot though. Our main character Zoey, works at her lowlife father's water park as a lifeguard and is also dealing with a seriously depressed mom. Zoey has always been the definition of "good girl," if you looked up the word there would be her picture. Then there is a horrible accident involving Zoey's mom that has Zoey taking more chances than she usually does. Which leads up to the car crash that leaves Zoey with no memory of the events prior to the crash.
I really didn't care for Brandon at all and I really didn't see what Zoey saw in him either. I thought that he was pretty much a prick but that's just my opinion. I also seriously disliked Zoey's father. I guess as far as I'm concerned this book has two "villians." I did like Doug though. He was our tall dark and mysterious character and I really liked how the relationship between Doug and Zoey grew. At times Zoey could be really annoying, it started to bother me that she had to keep reminding people that Brandon was her boyfriend...Almost like she had to remind herself so she had a reason to attempt to keep her hands off Doug.
Overall, I really did like this book. I'm still really happy that I bought it, even if it was just to get free shipping. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who hasn't read a Jennifer Echols book before. Jennifer is a new to me author and now I can hardly wait to pick Love Story, which I also purchased in that order.(less)
I want to thank The Fiction Vixen for turning me on to this book. I found out about Turn It Up via a review that I found on The Fiction Vixen blog. FV...moreI want to thank The Fiction Vixen for turning me on to this book. I found out about Turn It Up via a review that I found on The Fiction Vixen blog. FV gave the book an A- but I had to give this one 5/5. There was only one small part of the story that I was lukewarm on but it wasn't enough to detract from the rating.
Charlie has been "Honeypot" on her radio show - Honeypot and Dr. Love - for as long as she can remember. The best part of the scenario is that she gets to do the show with her BFF Bastian. Then Bastian goes and changes up the very foundation of their relationship by telling her that he wants to be more than just her friend...That he's IN love with her and actually wants to marry her. This is the part where Charlie freaks out. The real "fun and games" begin when Bastian announces on the air to all their listeners that he wants to marry her but Charlie takes it in stride and issues the challenge that she thinks they'll end up sleeping together before they ever even think about getting married. Thus beginning the battle of the sexes.
I LOVED this story. Once I downloaded it onto my Nook and opened it up I didn't put it down until I was done reading it. Turn It Up is one of those books that sucks you in and doesn't let go. The only part of the book that I was lukewarm on was "the kiss," you'll have to read Turn It Up in order to find out what I'm talking about. One of my favorite aspects of the story was all of the sexual innuendos that were sent flying left and right by all parties. I spent a good portion of my reading time giggling because of it. I thought that it was really sweet and enduring that Bastian wanted to get married and build a life with Charlie and show her that he's not like every other guy in her past. All while Charlie is doing her dangdest to get in his pants and find out what kind of lover he really is.
There were a couple of times I thought that Charlie was a little over the top but then you learn about her past and it all makes sense. I viewed Bastian as the rock that keeps her sane, even with the battle of the sexes raging on. The secondary characters I thought were fabulous. I hope that Bastian's little brother get's his own story soon.(less)