~Though 8th in the Whiskey Creek series this book reads just fine as a stand alone:) I was so happy that I could just dive right in. ~The small tLikes:
~Though 8th in the Whiskey Creek series this book reads just fine as a stand alone:) I was so happy that I could just dive right in. ~The small town setting - I love small town settings...all the personalities, the fact that everyone knows everyone else's business and the fact that in most cases people end up sticking together but sometimes that's not until after they've done some serious damage to each other. ~The guys are real Southern gentlemen - Despite perhaps feeling otherwise...they seem to always do the right thing. ~The sweet and slow second chance romance - I love the way that second chance romances allow for a real connection between the characters without ever having to feel rushed. ~Phoenix's back story - I really felt for her and thought it added so much more depth to her character. ~Jacob's openhearted nature...he welcomes the chance to get to know the mother he's never met and is the first to trust his instincts and trust her. ~How selfless and forgiving Phoenix was - she's an amazingly kind individual despite all the hardship she has experienced
~How selfless and forgiving Phoenix was - yes this goes both ways. She was almost too sweet and forgiving. I really wished she had shown a bit more spine...but then she wouldn't be who she was. ~Sort of ties into the above - I found it hard to believe that she didn't fight harder to avoid being convicted all those years ago or to share her story after the fact. ~I wanted a bit more of a resolution with Phoenix's mother. I felt like that part of her story was not fully complete.
A warm and cozy story that flowed at a perfect pace. The characters were well developed and relateable, the plot mostly believable and the romance beautiful and sweet. I definitely recommend this to lovers of small town romance. ...more
With a synopsis describing The Deep as “The Abyss meets The Shining,”, I knew I would not be able to pass this one up. I thoroughly enjoyed Cutter’s TWith a synopsis describing The Deep as “The Abyss meets The Shining,”, I knew I would not be able to pass this one up. I thoroughly enjoyed Cutter’s The Troop and couldn’t wait to submerge myself in The Deep. I was not disappointed.
This was definitely the best kind of combination of horror and psychological thriller.
Cutter does an amazing job of taking every day people just like you and me and putting them into horrific pressure cooker situations and letting us see how they (we?) react. First we are lulled into a false sense of calm. Yes there is a horrible plague terrorizing the planet…but life goes on…civilation has yet to fall apart. With the resilience for which humans are known we continue to go on…normal daily life continues. And then our apparently average veterinarian is called upon to brave the depths in an attempt to save an experiment that may well be man kind’s only hope. And that is were it all goes down hill.
As soon as the decent begins the sense of foreboding and claustrophobia sets in and it continues to build until the very end. This read is not for the faint of heart or the weak of heart…just thinking back upon it makes my heart feel as if it suddenly weighs 200 pounds.
Set in a place where no man has any right to ever exist…it is beyond creepy to navigate the halls of the Trieste with Luke and LB and even more creepy to navigate Luke’s mind while he’s aboard the Trieste. (A warning: a large portion of this story includes flashbacks of Luke’s life. I thought this added to the story as a whole but I can see how others might have thought it to be too much) This tale gets dark and twisty and just flat out scary…fast!
All of the characters are well fleshed out and play their parts perfectly. I would not say that I had too much of a connection with any of them in particular…well except for LB -hard not to lover her. Despite that though, I had no problem feeling this read.
I confess that I was a little bit disappointed with the end…I felt it to be a bit anti-climactic…but I think that sometimes writers create something so spectacular that they back themselves into corners from which they can not really escape. That said I definitely recommend this one to horror and psychological thriller lovers. This one could definitely leave you with nightmares…
Narration notes: Corey Brill who also narrated The Troop does a fantastic job bringing cutter’s latest creation to life....more
Middle Grade reads can be hit or miss for me, but having read and loved a couple of other books by Alice Hoffman I had confidence that she wouldn't leMiddle Grade reads can be hit or miss for me, but having read and loved a couple of other books by Alice Hoffman I had confidence that she wouldn't let me down. (One of these days I really will read more of her.)
I'll lead with my sole criticism...the fact that it felt like Hoffman over simplified with this one due to her target audience. Middle Grade readers can handle a lot more depth than she gives them credit for with Nightbird...but with that said it was still an amazing piece of writing.
Hoffman knows how to evoke emotion and senses. I could feel Twig's loneliness, hear the birdsong, smell her mother's pink apple pie.... It was all so real in the most deliciously dreamy way.
As expected this read was simply charming and imbued with elegant magic. Predictably, I loved the small New England town and it's cast of characters that we slowly learn about through Twig as she opens herself up to the townsfolk, friendship and possibilities all in one formative summer. I loved the story too...the love and friendships, the growth and faith, the hope and magic. This is one of those reads that leaves one feeling snuggled in a warm throw with a cup of tea on a chilly Autumn day.
I think Alice Hoffman herself sums it up best in this paragraph from her introduction:
"For my readers who are searching for the same things I searched for, Nightbird is a book of hope, for the lonely, the friendless, the girl who is different, the boy who has secrets to keep. In it, magic can be found in unexpected places, right next door or scrawled on a piece of paper hidden in an old desk. It takes place in a summer when everything changes, when the moon is red, when friendships are forged, and when love can be found at your own front door." ~Alice Hoffman...more
Short and sweet, One Mad Night follows a well know formula but does it pretty well. Julia London makes it work. The characters both have their quirksShort and sweet, One Mad Night follows a well know formula but does it pretty well. Julia London makes it work. The characters both have their quirks and I loved watching them work them out together. Ian manages to be both swoon worthy and heroic and Chelsea stands firm to her principles throughout. They make a great pair....more
This book was like a train wreck that I just could not stop watching. The fact that I kept reading regardless of the fact that I wasn’t particularly eThis book was like a train wreck that I just could not stop watching. The fact that I kept reading regardless of the fact that I wasn’t particularly enjoying it is why I gave it 3.5 stars instead of 3.
(Darn part of me wants to change that to 4 stars. This book just has me so conflicted!! Ahhhh!!!!)
I had no issues with Jamie McGuire’s writing style and found the book easy to read with adequate descriptives to keep me happy. The story progressed at a rapid pace or maybe that was just my heart as I read it?! LOL
There was something incredibly captivating about this incredibly dysfunctional relationship that I just could not put it down. I was pulled in immediately and found myself must more invested in the characters than I thought possible. Yes they were both broken. Does that excuse all of their behavior? Absolutely not! Does it explain some of it? Perhaps.
I found myself both rooting for them and against them. I had such anxiety and frustration reading parts of this. I hated parts of their relationship and the ways that they treated each other and the ways that they treated their friends. But there were other times that I just got goosebumps and sighed inside…I melted….
Honestly, I still don’t know if I loved or hated this one….and maybe a part of me feels like I should hate it because I can’t condone all of the actions…but then again…that is why we read…to experience different things…and as we all know…we can’t really formulate any opinions of an author by the way their characters act…
I’m rambling…I really just don’t know what to say about this one…except that the title is 100% spot on…this sure was a Beautiful Disaster!...more