Definitely had the creepy factor. At least, until the climax; that ruined it all. Would have been 5 stars instead of 4 if the climax and end had beenDefinitely had the creepy factor. At least, until the climax; that ruined it all. Would have been 5 stars instead of 4 if the climax and end had been better....more
"I know; it's hard not to like me," Amelie said, throwing her arm around my shoulder. "I'm extremelyThis was a free book and oh. my. god. I loved it!
"I know; it's hard not to like me," Amelie said, throwing her arm around my shoulder. "I'm extremely charming."
I fell in love with the characters, especially the (view spoiler)[ Ratheus bunch, excluding Rachel (hide spoiler)], Sofie, Leo, and Max. The above par writing was an added bonus. There were a few mishaps (doddle instead of dawdle being a very noticeable one in the first or second chapter) but nothing that took away from the story.
I began reading this because I thought it would be a quick, easy read on my day off. It started off that way, but changed a few chapters in. It surprised me because I thought it would be a funny story about a troubled teenage girl who has a breakthrough, becomes all shiny and new, and lives happily ever after. Well, it kind of was, but...it was so much more than the formulaic YA story.
While Whitley had quite a few not-so-endearing qualities and made a bunch of piss poor choices, I had to like her. We all have our scars and we've all made stupid choices in our past. It makes us human and much more lovable. Same with Whitley. I was rooting for her and glossing over her silly mistakes.
(I'm on a Grey's kick, don't kill me!)
I'm very impressed with Kody Keplinger and will keep my eyes peeled for more from her! ...more
Finding Claire Fletcher is a brutal, heart wrenching story of a girl kidnapped at age 15 and subjected to emotional, mental,and physical torture for 1Finding Claire Fletcher is a brutal, heart wrenching story of a girl kidnapped at age 15 and subjected to emotional, mental,and physical torture for 10 years. Through it all, Claire struggles to keep hold of hope, her memories of her life before her capture, and herself. Even when she feels helpless and despairing, she never stops fighting.
Honestly, Finding Claire Fletcher was truly a joy to read from the first page to the last. It was...awesome, amazing, thrilling, exciting, and many other descriptive words that I'm too enthralled to come up with at the moment.
Lisa Regan is an incredibly talented author and I can't believe that FCF is her first novel. I found no fault with the writing and the descriptions were superb. I was engrossed from page one. I laughed, cried, and became infuriated along with Claire and because of Claire.
I would (and do) recommend this book to anyone. I can't say enough good things about FCF or Lisa Regan. ...more
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Jennifer lives a life of lies; lies to make her happy, to make her feel thYou can find this review and others at my review blog Pages & Prose
Jennifer lives a life of lies; lies to make her happy, to make her feel that everything is okay in her life. The problem?
The lies aren't working.
She's stuck in a relationship with a man she doesn't even like and she's plagued by dreams of a large, black dog. While at a party with the annoying fiance she leaves after a disagreement and takes a drive only to end up at the Devil's Tower (which confused me because I still have no idea what it was). She spends the night, decides to go for a walk the next morning (in heels and a cocktail dress, no less. Now, that's pure awesomeness!), and ends up in Fairie World.
That's when the fun starts. For Jennifer and the reader.
I have to say that Jennifer/Gwynn is one of my favorite heroines out of the books I've read lately. She's tough, intelligent, and, for the most part, highly logical. Those irritating ladies who seem to misplace logic as soon as they're faced with a hot guy get annoying. Jennifer was not one of those chicks and I loved it. Sure, I didn't agree with all of her decisions, but I understood why she did them. She was pretty badass.
The world was complex and well thought out. I loved that Fairie World was dark and somewhat sad. As an adult reader, I want the dark because not everything is bright and beautiful in life. That's how I picture my fairies. Gorgeous to look at and scary as hell up close. I was completely sucked into their world and didn't want to leave when the book ended. Only one series of books have had that effect on me, Stacia Kane's Downside Ghosts, and that, in itself, was a revelation. I like/love certain books but I'm not sad to leave the world when they end like I was here.
Write more, Jeffe!
It took awhile for me to get into the book, but once I did, I couldn't put it down. The reason I gave it 4.75 out of 5 stars is because in some places the writing was confusing. It was almost too much description, which I never thought I'd say. I'm aghast at my words! But, they're true. And, this is a small thing, but it bugged the crap out of me for some reason, (view spoiler)[ stop talking about your contacts! I don't care about them. And, anyone who wears contacts knows that you never, ever put them in water to soak. Bad, bad Jennifer! (hide spoiler)] My other complaint is that I still don't know what was so special about Jennifer/Gwynn or why Rogue called her. Fill me in!
Honestly, this book was awesome. Intelligent and beautifully written. I will definitely read more of Ms. Kennedy's books and I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys non-cookie cutter type heroines, heroes, and worlds. ...more
This is the story of a completely dysfunctional, co-dependent, unhealthy relationship, but I couldn't puThis review can be viewed at Pages & Prose
This is the story of a completely dysfunctional, co-dependent, unhealthy relationship, but I couldn't put it down. As someone who has been in a very similar relationship (though my Travis had less of a temper/could go longer than 5 minutes without beating the crap out of someone), the story hit a chord. HARD.
Abby's back story annoyed me. It's stupid, but I guess she had to be flawed in some way. The timely arrival of dear ol' Mick seemed out of place, but gave the author a way to show the obsessiveness & craziness of Abby & Travis's relationship.
I also thought Abby was wishy-washy at the beginning before they fell in 'love'. It made me want to tear my hair out. Parker was annoying, America was a screaming harridan and a good friend (view spoiler)[make up your mind! Do you like him or not? Do you want them together or not? Don't go back and forth! (hide spoiler)], Finch cracked me up (he was one of my favorite characters), Travis was crazy, their relationship was, indeed, a disaster, and I enjoyed Travis's family. The writing was okay.
That said, I'll probably read it again.
UPDATE July 2013: I did read it again last month!...more
This book moved me. The characters and the growth they each showed was obvious and well wriYou can read this and my other reviews at Pages & Prose
This book moved me. The characters and the growth they each showed was obvious and well written. Since its an erotic novel, explicit language peppered the dialogue and graphic sex scenes happened throughout the story, but, in all honesty I almost skipped over the sex to see what was happening to the characters emotionally.
Comfort Object is the story of Nell, a submissive who does not enjoy pain, but enjoys submitting, and Jeremy, a bonafide dominant who gets a little too much joy out of humiliating Nell (in my opinion). I cried while reading this book. Literally, I bawled like a baby, waking my husband up and everything. He found it amusing that I cried so much while reading an erotic novel, but it spoke volumes to me. If I cry, that means it pulls at my heart strings, which means, in my opinion, that it's awesome.
What made it better than many novels is the writing. The plot is great, the characters are fully fleshed out and change over time. Jeremy, especially, grew quite a bit and, I have to admit, even though he was a real jerk at times, I still liked him. I understand why he acted the way he did. I also understand Nell and her motivations. Ms. Joseph was able to get that across with no problem.
Really, Comfort Object is superbly written. Ms. Joseph can write emotionally charged and overtly sexual scenes with exceptional skill. I don't think I've read an erotic novel where the author could do both of those things so well. I plan to read more of Ms. Joseph's work. ...more