I caught him stealing glances at me from across the room, and the sight of him took my breathe away. He slowly began to limp toward me and the way hisI caught him stealing glances at me from across the room, and the sight of him took my breathe away. He slowly began to limp toward me and the way his right knee dipped a little every time he landed on that side was so gangsta. And then his nose hit the ground, and I was like "Guuuuuurrrrrl, that's gone be my baby daddy!"
YESI judged this book long before I read it.NOneed to worry, this IS NOT that kind of book.
I was given a copy of this book from Net Galley via the generous folks at Random House Publishing Group.
Throughout and by the end of this book I had so many emotions volleying for my attention, my most difficult challenge proved to be reiming it all in and forming my review in coherent sentences.
I was excited by the action. The fight scenes definitly had my upmost attention to the point where I've missed my stop on the train more than once and was late for work, hence giving me more time to read this awesome book. (Not complaining here....just stating a fact.) The settings and reforming of society in this Dystopia novel had me in awe. I heart Steampunk. There's something uniquely fasinating about it and the culture and lifestyle of this tale definitely put me in the mind of Steampunk. I appreciated the fact that this has not one, but two kick ass heroines! And the one you'ld least expect is the boldest. Nora was a little diappointing in that aspect. I wanted her to be more hard core bad-ass-ness. (Um, you know what I mean right?) I was horrified of this author's audasity to try and make a zombie the leading male in this romance. I'm so not completely sold. It was super sweet how it all played out. I'm embarrased to say, I found myself sighing alot and a tad bit jelious of Nora. If you're old enough to remember Family Matter, you'll understand when I say, Nora and Bram had a Laura/Steve Urkel kind of love. (At first he was so undesirable to the point of "EWWW", then he grows on you.) The villians were surprising when revealed and infuriating none the less. I was disappointed when it ended. I'm excited and impaitent to see what happens next. If you're afraid to pick this up because of the ZOMBIE content, you're going to regret it. This is a very well written and darn almost believeable book. Well, it is, if you can get pass the whole walking dead thing.) There are decaying gross parts, but there's nothing too terrifying to give you nightmares. I rate this 4.5!...more
I was given a free copy of this Ebook for review from the author. I support the Tell Taylor Project, even after reading the book, but I would be a liaI was given a free copy of this Ebook for review from the author. I support the Tell Taylor Project, even after reading the book, but I would be a liar to not point out why I’m wearing a smirk right now. I’m sort of on the fence about this book. I liked it, but I wanted to LOVE it. When I heard it was about Taylor Swift and her song “Love Story”, I went nuts. That song is what helped me first discover the artist, and it has been my favorite ever since. Needless to say, now I love Taylor Swift. Yes, I do! So just like the next fan, I was singing “Love Story” off key in my head as I read this book. But at last, this did not make me a believer in reincarnated love. I have serious issues with portrayal of the characters. Drew was a perpetual asshole throughout the ages. I just could not grow to like him, even at the end. Lizzy…..*sigh*….I just can’t see how her actions are justified. It was a believable tale, but so totally messed up. Maybe if the boyfriend was a bigger jerk or the BFF was a total B!@##$$%, I would think differently about the (view spoiler)[“guy leading a girl on to avoid another chick-then that chick breaks up with her longtime boyfriend to steal said guy from her best friend” (hide spoiler)] situation. But I wasn’t sympathetic in the end. What little love Drew and Lizzy felt was from the past life and unfair to base their actions on in the present day. I feel terrible to say, but in book two, I look forward to the classmate’s isolation and whispering in the halls. Wouldn’t it be funny is Chas planned revenge while her dad and Lizzy’s mom secretly dated? Now that would be a big ol’ slice of, what was it the Rock used to say, pie. Justice will be served in my mind if that happens. Better yet, I look forward to their relationship developing and having something stable to build upon. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Historical fiction is not my cup of tea; yet now I have second thoughts!
It's not that I didn't expect to like this book. It is after all a romance noHistorical fiction is not my cup of tea; yet now I have second thoughts!
It's not that I didn't expect to like this book. It is after all a romance novel. Albeit, a historical romance. On the contrary, I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I was originally deterred by the Old English jargon, but the plot had me enthralled enough to over look the language distraction.
I was surprised (pleasently surprised) by the main female character, Martha Russell's, personality, not at all common in this genre of fiction. Her husband recently passed and has an unjust will. She risks losing everything to his scumbag of a brother unless she is carrying a male heir. Unfortunately she's not pregnant, but no one is the wiser. A rambunctious strapping young lad (my words, not the book) from the city, rumored to be skilled in the bedroom, comes to town...Martha thinks he may be the answer to her predicament.
Ha! But this is not as all how it is sounding. Martha is every aspect of the word "Lady". She was not that way in public and then another way in private. Nope, not at all like a mistress in a historical romance novel. And it didn't take one wink from this playboy to turn her into a porn star. I felt she was a very believable character! To watch their relationship/business partnership blossom from cordial.....tolerable...to affectionate was precious and heart touching.
I am not one to read a book more than once. However, I find myself glad I won this advanced copy through Goodreads First Reads. I anticipate reading this one again in the near future. Cecilia Grant is a debut author and I look forward to seeing what other books she will have to offer. I think I may grow to like historical romance....more
This has been the best four days of my life. If not for work, it could have easily been reduced to hours. This was my very first e-book read on my verThis has been the best four days of my life. If not for work, it could have easily been reduced to hours. This was my very first e-book read on my very first e-reader and it did not disappoint.
I’m talking 4.5-stars, but I'll round up to 5 for sites without a half scale.(I feel being generous today.) Thanks to the good people over at Shut Up & Read for enthrusting me to give an honest review.
Every chance I got, my Nook was glued to my hands. I’ve never seen a vampire/lycanthrope story told like this. H.D. Gordon put a new spin on vampire culture creating species within the race and a gated society hidden within our world. Complete with ancient secrets, prophecies, and oppressed people and of course…a chosen one. Who happens to be a very strong lead female, also known as, "kick ass heroine"!
In the beginning I was a little scared of being instantly turned off. The story starts with a seemingly abused teen girl living in a dysfunctional household and most ignored outcast of her high school. Then before you know it, WAM…..BAM……things get turned so far upside down, I didn’t know how I could have ever been fooled.
Alexa, her sister Nelly, and best friend Jackson flee this new world and that’s when the fun begins. We’re introduced to Kayden. There’s a love triangle. Seriously, a love triangle. Clarification- a real love triangle where both men are great guys; and I don’t know who she’ll end up with.
My only complaint is I would have liked to see more romance and a little more fighting. However, there’s so much more awesomeness that I can explore that'll have you kicking in the library door and pillaging the mall, neighbors, family, and friends. *GASP* Just to get your hands on this, but that’s all I’m telling…..sorry. You'll have to just read the book. READ THIS BOOK NOW! ...more
I won this book ARC, and it deserves more than 5 stars.
I picked up this book with a biasness that was not in its favor. I had predetermined opinions aI won this book ARC, and it deserves more than 5 stars.
I picked up this book with a biasness that was not in its favor. I had predetermined opinions about urban fiction; yet Trina prevailed over every last one of them. I am forced to apologize and admit that I was wrong. I applaud Darrell Debrew for not using the stereotypes of this genre as a selling point. He took a more profound exploration into the legal system, as well as the mechanics of a serial killer, that allowed the reader to see both sides of the story. The author’s legal familiarity begs to compete with shows like Law and Order, CSI, Blue Bloods, and First 48. The unlikely source of comic relief was in the defense attorney.
Never since the movie “Set It Off”, had I cheered on the criminal. Trina was a very likeable character. Don’t get me wrong, Trina truly was a homicidal maniac that lacked moral fiber except between her brother. Not all her kills were justified; yet the execution was magnificent. She had misguided emotions due to her relationship with her mother and abandonment and misdirected via drugs, sex, and contracted killing. At the end of the day, she had to find peace within.
All the scenes were realistic, however larger than life in the composition of it all happening to one person, but that’s what makes the perfect action novel. This book was not predictable, thus holding my attention and keeping me in suspense. This book was a nonstop adrenaline rush. I would be an advocate for seeing this novel transition to the big screen as a motion picture. All I ask is that the director splurges on the budget. My favorite part is when Trina used a M16 with a M203 attached to take out one of her pursuers. Instead of the rifle, she used the grenade launcher to blow the vehicle sky high. (I’m an armorer and can appreciate that kind of stuff.) A B-rated move just wouldn’t do that scene justice.
Needless to say, I was thoroughly entertained.
Debrew had the courage to address the common and rarely written about issues with some mothers and their daughters; the disturbing reality of seemingly normal couples using the foster system for adverse reasons; a corrupt justice system; from hustling to avoid underlining issues; and the toxic concoction of the human being that comes as a result of it all.
Trina is an unexpected jewel among urban fiction thrillers. I encourage everyone to take this uncensored exploration into the mind and life of the Homicidal Hydro Killer, Trina! ...more
Death Makes the Cut is book two of the Jocelyn Shore series. I first discovered this series last year when I came across a copy of Death on Tour on thDeath Makes the Cut is book two of the Jocelyn Shore series. I first discovered this series last year when I came across a copy of Death on Tour on the “NEW” shelf at my local library. This is a mystery series that offers all the drama like the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries but without the paranormal. Jocelyn is a high school history teacher who can’t help but get mixed up in solving untimely & bazaar murders. In book one she ran into trouble while vacationing in Egypt. In Death Makes the Cut she's back home in Texas, yet the mayhem still follows when her friend and colleague is found dead in the tennis shed on school grounds.
I continue to adore the characters. Jocelyn has a great sense of humor. The cousin, Kayla also always offer the comic relief. The other supporting characters introduced in this book were also equally entertaining. One thing I noticed about this book was everyone looked like a suspect. Seriously, there were so many seemingly guilty parties that I almost believed they were all in cahoots. I really enjoyed the build up as well as ultimate conclusion. I was able to figure out the culprit in the last noel rather quickly; yet this one kelp me baffled until the very last second. This series only gets better and better.
The romance was a bit disappointing in the beginning considering how the last book ended, yet that quickly changed and morphed into a love triangle that I never even saw coming. Wow! Now I am anxiously waiting to see which turn Jocelyn's love life will take. I sincerely hope the author allows the reader some insight along with solving the case in the next novel.
*I reviewed a free copy of this novel for an honest review. ...more
I received this book on the Southern Book Bloggers Book Tour for an honest review.
I’ve been eyeing this particular novel since its cover reveal. I inI received this book on the Southern Book Bloggers Book Tour for an honest review.
I’ve been eyeing this particular novel since its cover reveal. I instantly feel in love with the gown on the cover. Being a seamstress and fashion designer, I can appreciate the intricate detailing in the design. I am a perfectionist with my craft; and I am just in awe of each ruffled tulle tiered row. “THIS” people is a complicated design to accomplish with this type of sheer material and it’s gorgeous. Shout out to the stylist and wardrobe consultant on this project. Now…on to my review.
"35 girls. 1 crown. the competition of a lifetime."
That instantly made me think of the bachelor as well as all those other “I Love” shows on VH1. They referred to the Selection as a Crown lottery for the Daughters of Illѐa. I mused, “Bring out Flava Flav”…lol! The synopsis will justify that the female contenders won’t be as animated. However there was this one female *clearing throat* Celeste who was a straight up trip and the villain, so to say, of this tale. I could definitely see her on Rock of Love, or something.
Okay, okay I’m getting off subject, but I’m trying desperately not to give the story away. There was so, so many elements of this story that were so memorable; but I’ll just give you the run down.
With such a pretty cover, I couldn’t believe this was a dystopian novel! We’re introduced to a world operating on the caste system. If you’re not familiar, it’s simply a system of classes (lower class, middle class, upper class, etc) where your aspirations, career, pretty much everything is dictated on the family you were born into. The book discusses classes 1-9. Two is for soldiers and fashion models. Three is for teachers. Four is for factory workers and farmers. Five is for artist. Six is for servants. Eight is for illegitimates (children out of wedlock). And of course social norms say you should stay in your caste or marry up. With this type of society, there is a lot of civil unrest and rebels. With the rebels come wars. The ambushes on the kingdom during the competition added suspense to this story.
America Singer (yes that’s her real name, and she is into music) is the narrator. She’s faced with two dilemmas:
Aspen-She loves him but he’s in a lower caste. She doesn’t mind and is willing to live in poverty; but he refuses to give her this type of life.
Maxon- The prince she must compete to marry, but she’s already in love with Aspen
America is a believable character! She was honest with the prince from day one. Bravo! But what happened next was so shocking and such a whirlwind of an adventure that I cannot breathe a word without ruining the book for you.
I can go on forever, which is weird because I normally like to keep my reviews/ramblings short. However, this book was simply captivating. This is by far, not the end. The story ends, but not on a cliffhanger. It’s like being gently rocked to sleep and kissed on the forehead before departing. Now I’m anxiously awaiting this dream to end, so that when I wake up I can read the next installment of this great book!
“Enjoy your last night as an average girl. Tomorrow, no matter what, your life will be different forever. And it’s old advice, but it’s good: Be yourself.” “One can never help being born into perfection.”
I won this book ARC via First Reads on Good Reads.
I was very hesitant about writing a review for this novel at first! Even though I got this book undeI won this book ARC via First Reads on Good Reads.
I was very hesitant about writing a review for this novel at first! Even though I got this book under the pretense that I’m supposed to give my opinion and felt just as obligated, I was dreading it. (There I admitted it.) Don't get me wrong, three stars mean I liked it, so it's not what you thinking...
Let me explain: I grew up in the South, mainly with my Grandmother, and under the belief that you don’t talk negative about Christian folk or anything involving religious stuff. No matter what! So if you in church and the main singer is bellowing a fido-‘ol-yellow rendition of Amazing Grace and no one had the heart to put the poor untalented child in the back because she’s the preacher’s kid or not, well you just grid you teeth, plaster a heavenly smile, and give that American Idol reject a round of applause. Otherwise you’re going to Hell.
With that said, this book has Christian themes, written by a Christian author, and I guarantee you is squeaky clean for the whole family. Therefore I will be tactful. I will be nice. Most importantly, I will be honest.
The Elite of the Weak gets three stars from me. This book is in a genre of its own: YA-Christian-Fantasy-Romance-Thriller.
The story was definitely original:
End of days Devout Christian Young Adults Secret Organizations Power of Prayer. That's all I'm telling! I don't want to ruin the book, so my lips are sealed.
I initially found the concept of a religious spy operation force intriguing. This books tackles a load of difficult issues that even some adult books won’t address, such as human trafficking, forced child prostitution, international crimes, and corrupt governments. There was danger and suspense. The thrill ride was amazing. So why didn’t I give the book 5 stars? Here's why:
In the beginning, I found the main character, Hadassah (Haddy, for short), to be mediocre. She loves the Lord, but it took too long to see her personality. She was an introvert and the story's told from third person. (No help in that department) Then things got boring mid-story to the point that she couldn’t hold my attention. No one wants to read an hour by hour account of anyone’s day. That’s a gross exaggeration, but that’s what it felt like. (So that accounts for one star subtracted.) It later picked up and got very exciting to the point that I was a little upset that there’s another book that I’d have to wait forever to see what happens next.
Overall, I honestly "liked" this book, unfortunately I had to take away another star because I strongly believe this book could have been reduced in length tremendously. It did not have to take whole chapters to express Haddy’s spiritual battle with a petty case of jealousy. (I’m just saying!)
A word of advice to the author: “This is a young adult book, so just get to the action. Leave the extra day to day mundane journal recording to the more mature crowd-who has the patience and/or longer attention span.”
On another note, I would recommend this book and encourage devout Christians, the Holiday-only-Sunday-going-saints, etc to read it. I hope I wasn’t too harsh and provided everyone with enough of a review to make an informed decision. The story ended on a cliff hanger and I plan to read book two of this series to see what happens next....more
I have a new found respect for people with mental health issues. This story doesn’t asks for sympathy or begs to poke fun at psychological issues rathI have a new found respect for people with mental health issues. This story doesn’t asks for sympathy or begs to poke fun at psychological issues rather pulls you into the world of walking into the sun to get to Heaven; where bad people have static inside of them; the world is crumbling within itself; and people are stolen bit by bit by technology and replaced with imposters. We see the world from Sabrina’s eyes. (A teenager battling schizophrenia from within the walls of a wellness center.) We see her meet the boy from her dreams, Alex, who’s also a patient, but admitted under false pretense. The romance aspect of their relationship is sweet, innocent and enduring. The overall story sporadically switches back and forth between Sabrina’s life before diagnosis and after; and has twists and turns that’s definitely a page turner. It left me wondering, if you read a book about crazy people, told from the delusional perspective of a crazy person, and like it…does that make you crazy? Well if so, strap me in a straight jacket and commit my name to the logs because this story is truly a humbling heart touching, believable, enjoyable, read that I will not soon forget....more
I received this ARC copy from the author for an honest review.
I was beside myself excited when the author contacted me months before the release of thI received this ARC copy from the author for an honest review.
I was beside myself excited when the author contacted me months before the release of this novel for an honest review. When it came in the mail I have to admit I lagged a little. I was kind of scared. But once I began to read....O-M-G, I could have kicked myself. This book introduces a new kind of supernatural. The half Fae mixed breeds have powers that are beyond awesome. Our heroine is an African American dread sporting fire seeping from her pores no nonsense kickassness!!!
I loved the building of the characters. Everyone was unforgettable. There's a love triangle that is off the Richter scale. I have never been known to say this so forgive me, but I wanted them both to have her. I couldn't bare to see one of those guys pushed to the wayside. On the flip side I applaud the author for not focusing solely on the romance. Besides Lanore did have a mission and all and her life sort of was in danger. A lot of romance novels forget of about that and that's when things get so unbelievable. But hey that didn't happen here.
The plot was highly original. This is like a Dystopia novel but with the paranormal. Vampires, lycanthropes, etc are not secret to humanity. In fact they are branded and separated from the humans living on special compounds. The supernaturals are oppressed and underground organizations have reached their boiling point. I can't wait to see in book two where this rebellion is further explored. Now I won't lie, there was a part at the end that almost threatened to make be loose my cookies. Now I'll be a tease and leave it at that. This book contains steamy scenes suitable for mature readers. ...more
I won this book ARC via First Reads on Good Reads.
Perfect on Paper is a delightful light and breezy story about a fortyish female suffering from “reveI won this book ARC via First Reads on Good Reads.
Perfect on Paper is a delightful light and breezy story about a fortyish female suffering from “reverse Goldilocks syndrome”. Her list of suitors contains three swoon-worthy men: one’s too old, one’s too young, and one’s just right (age wise anyway). But Dana Mayo is still confused, and rightfully so. What determining factor defines “Just right” anyway? Its fun to watch the crossword puzzle enthusiast and artist, Dana take the reins of her romantic future in her quest to find Mr. Right. Dana is a very quirky, funny, and loveable character. The eerie situations she found herself in with one her beaus had me doubled over in laughter. With another beau, I just wanted to shake her out of frustration. With the third beau, I found myself sighing a lot, because he was so almost perfect. Dana’s selections were likeable characters that it’s hard to figure out who she would choose. The supporting characters of this story also collectively contributed to this enjoyable read. I would recommend this to all fans of Chick-Lit and romance....more
Okay, okay! It's been a few days now since I've finished this book. I've been racking my brains on a nice way to phraseARC copy courtesy of NetGalley.
Okay, okay! It's been a few days now since I've finished this book. I've been racking my brains on a nice way to phrase this review. But there is no easy way, so here goes:
I DID NOT LIKE THIS AT ALL!
The main character gave me a headache. I tortured myself trying to finish it just because I hate to quit on a book. The whole time I was talking myself into finding some good in it, like I do every book that falls a little short on my expectations, because I hate to give low rating. But at last I just can't.
Granted, I didn't read the first couple of books in this series, so I figure they have to be worth something if the author made it to book #4. I'll give you one star for that.
The last ten pages was where I felt the whole story should have been progress wise. I'll give you another star for that.
Lastly, I really really wanted to like Lindsey, but I so could not relate. The half rating goes to the fact that the Mystyx characters all have had cool powers.
Since there's no half rating scale here, I'll give the other half in good faith.