Disclaimer: I'm an author Disclaimer 2: Review written without excessive editing. Disclaimer 3: Possible comma splices ahead as well as fragmented senteDisclaimer: I'm an author Disclaimer 2: Review written without excessive editing. Disclaimer 3: Possible comma splices ahead as well as fragmented sentences. Read at your own risk =p
I've waited a while to write this review, even though I finished this weeks ago. I'm sticking with my promise to not rate books in this genre, but I didn't want people to think I'd read this and then not absolutely been floored by it.
Understand that I dislike Sci-Fi. I have one exception and I dunno if it qualifies as Sci-Fi. Starship Troopers. I can't tell you how many times I've watched that movie. I just love it. This book reminds me of it. Not that the premises are anywhere similar or the story lines or even the sci-fi nature, it's just the feeling I get. Pure fun. Pure action fun, but this had romance, which, if anyone's read why I got into writing knows that I missed having romance with the types of books I like.
So this was a great big adventure with lots of fun. There are a lot of character switches. That worked for me. It might not for others....more
I don't think I'm going to rate this book. I'm not sure I can. Parts were funny, really funny, but it got about midway through and I felt like this waI don't think I'm going to rate this book. I'm not sure I can. Parts were funny, really funny, but it got about midway through and I felt like this wasn't the book I expected. That's not the author's fault. it's mine. I was expecting more bite and more snark and something darker.
The main character of the story is kind of a bland guy--which is done purposefully, but it makes some parts in the middle really drag. I was more interested in his 'nemesis' who seemed in the hypomanic stages of his bp cycle.(That's not snark, I really felt like that was a hypomanic stage: extremely energetic, big aggrandizing gestures, throwing money at things, hypersexual--I know these symptoms researching my own character). That character was very colorful and sucked the energy right out of the MC. When he left a scene, I was left with Doug--and frankly, he was boring the crap outta me.
The images of hell and the landscapes are pretty incredible. I love the author's imagination and I think this would make a really cool looking graphic comic. Little things like skullflowers are very vivid. I don't think i'll ever forget them. And the author did an amazing job of making Hell unique.
I'd give the five stars to the Hell bits of this book for sure. The story? Well, it's also unique, but just not what I was hoping for. Again, that's not the author's fault, so I choose not to rate it overall.
Would you want to read it? If you like morality stories and vivid scenery and want to read a unique take on hell with pretty funny bits between, this book is for you. If you want snark and and a really dark story, then probably not....more
Disclaimers: The author and I are friends (Addendum: we became friends because I love her writing). And I beta read this novel.
Review: Most people knoDisclaimers: The author and I are friends (Addendum: we became friends because I love her writing). And I beta read this novel.
Review: Most people know I dislike YA. I think a lot of people get teenagers wrong. Sara Alva didn't. This teenager is immature and erratic and unsure and emotional. He's real. The whole story is real. It'll make you cry and make you want to punch a wall and make you laugh, cheer...all the things a book should do....more
As always, I preface certain reviews with this information: This author is my friend. And, like most of my author-friends, I became friends with SantiAs always, I preface certain reviews with this information: This author is my friend. And, like most of my author-friends, I became friends with Santino because I loved the stories he had to tell. That's my disclaimer. now my few words about this novel: It's a testament to this story that I was too engrossed to status update after my last one. One of the best things about Santino's characters is their growth is done so realistically. The other best thing is that there's a good story. Not just a romance, but A Story--capital 'S'. Those elements collide perfectly in AM....more
I can't rate it, because I beta'd it. I love it. I love her writing. That's pretty much gonna cover everything (except No Strings--which I'm not readiI can't rate it, because I beta'd it. I love it. I love her writing. That's pretty much gonna cover everything (except No Strings--which I'm not reading because I love her, but not that much =P).
I'm biased, is basically what this review states =P
Edit: Just to be clear: I hate YA (normally), I really dislike short stories. I just always want more of both the older version of characters and their story. So I have not read even the blurb for No Strings because I know it's both and I'm just going to want more after it's done. =P...more
I want to write a coherent review. That will not be happening right now while I'm wrecked emotionally.!
I wanted to come back and write this review, beI want to write a coherent review. That will not be happening right now while I'm wrecked emotionally.!
I wanted to come back and write this review, because, while I've chosen not really to review in the m/m genre, I'm not entirely sure this fits into it. It's so much more. And anyway, this isn't really a review. I keep recommending this book, buying it for friends etc. I thought I'd share my side of one of our discussions after reading it. If it seems disjointed, it's because I pieced it together from a larger discussion.
Skybound was an exception [to the leave a review rule]. It made me feel something for people I had no right in feeling it for and I didn't feel guilty about it. He could have taken the easy way out here and written it during the beginnings of the war, when they would look more heroic(view spoiler)[ for fleeing. [or]It'd be easy to sympathize with them if they were heroes of a different country. But there were no easy outs.
And, even if they wouldn't have escaped to the American side--which they did ONLY out of desperation anyway and when the war was basically over (another place he didn't take the easy way)--if they had stayed in Germany in hiding, I would have still been happy they were together. (hide spoiler)]
I felt sorrow and empathy for these nazi soldiers and I realized that a lot of the Germans must have been like that. After I read it, I started to think about the Americans and how we brush over Afghanistan and Vietnam while it's happening. We ignore it and we try not to think about it.
I think mainly because it seems too huge and too out of control for us. And that must have been what the Germans were feeling. All they could see is what was around them. Friends, family, those close. They didn't really think about the big picture and what was happening in those concentration camps, because it felt too enormous, too overwhelming to do anything about.
And when a book makes me realize these things, talk about these things, see a bigger picture, I think it deserves 5 stars.
That's what was so really utterly mindblowing about the book
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One of my favorite online reading smexy stories. It's a RPF of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles from Supernatural fame. I have never watched the showOne of my favorite online reading smexy stories. It's a RPF of Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles from Supernatural fame. I have never watched the show, so that's probably why it's easily enjoyed (I don't picture the stars as the people in the story). It takes place in a definite AU where Jared is 18 and Jensen is older (his teacher) at an all boys school.
The d/s portion of it is well done in my opinion and there's a bunch of after stories. The sex is pretty scorching. I'd take off one star because it lags a little in the forth part, but then it picks up again and seems to dust itself off and zoom into the end with a wonderful flourish.
There are some minor short stories that follow the story after it. I highly recommend them all....more