I found "Sinister Sprinkles" to be a very enjoyable read. I'm very glad to be able to say that about the third book in the Donut Shop Mystery series....moreI found "Sinister Sprinkles" to be a very enjoyable read. I'm very glad to be able to say that about the third book in the Donut Shop Mystery series. Especially since I found the second book to be rather irritating.
I didn't have any clue on who the murder was, it was definitely a well guarded secret. I don't know if it was the winter feeling or the further progression of Suzanne's relationship with Jake but I absolutely loved this cozy mystery. There was a lot of intrigue and rumors that made me not want to put the book down until the murder was solved.
Also, speaking of the murder. What a creative plot twist! It really puts a spin on this when the murder victim is dressed up like another townie. And it worked as the perfect deterrent for me with solving the case.
I'm a big fan of Suzanne, Grace, Jake, and all of April Springs. And I am eager to see what happens next for this group of amazing characters. There's nothing quite like a deliciously sweet cozy to keep you company during those bleak winter days.(less)
Bound was considerably better than Desire(Book 1). The sexual trial was a truly difficult endeavor for Grace and I liked seeing how much she grew as a...moreBound was considerably better than Desire(Book 1). The sexual trial was a truly difficult endeavor for Grace and I liked seeing how much she grew as a character in this book. I had a couple problems with some of the side characters, some of them seemed a bit harsh, which may have been the point. But for me it kind of took away from the story. I look forward to seeing how Grace and David's adventure. And I hope the stories keep getting better as the series progresses,
I Recieved a review copy via NetGalley for free for an honest review.(less)
To be truthfully honest I have no idea what to think of or say about this book. The only thing I came up with was, "It's life, life is messy, crazy wei...moreTo be truthfully honest I have no idea what to think of or say about this book. The only thing I came up with was, "It's life, life is messy, crazy weird and rarely makes sense to anyone."
Like "Greg" says this isn't a motivational cancer story that will change your life. It is just one messed up story of what life can throw at us, and really most of us don't know how to handle it gracefully. If you are going into this book with certain expectations erase them all an lower your overall expectations and you will, maybe, enjoy "Me And Earl And The Dying Girl".(less)
Stacey has made the choice to spice up her sex life and by doing so she finds the new Stacey. One who is open to anything. When she starts a purely se...moreStacey has made the choice to spice up her sex life and by doing so she finds the new Stacey. One who is open to anything. When she starts a purely sexual relationship with two incredibly sexy and incredibly different men she puts them all into a difficult situation. I really enjoyed this storyline, but at times I did feel as if there was too much filler between her sexcapades with Justin and Evan. And by filler I mean her job. I just felt like it didn't fit very well into the story. Though it did help give me a sense of time passing. Which is usually hard to pull of in such a short amount of pages.
Now, of course I was a huge fan of sexploration. I'm all for exploring new things, and I really enjoyed reading and seeing Stacey's character develop through her new found sex life. Both of these strong men brought Stacey and the reader to the edge and back and really proved their worth. And I personally love them both! I could never choose just 1...
Overall Between Friends was a great erotic romance, but I just felt like the ending was rushed and that Stacey was just running away from her feelings instead of opening herself up to these two men in her life. At the point in time I can't say wether or not I'm compelled to read book 2. If I do it will be to see more of Justin and Evan, cause let's be honest they stole the show here. Whew!
I was granted access to an E-ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.(less)
"Reckless Longing" by Gina Robinson was initially a book that passed a good. The first two thirds of the book was slow, and lacking in the romance dep...more"Reckless Longing" by Gina Robinson was initially a book that passed a good. The first two thirds of the book was slow, and lacking in the romance department. But this quickly changed once I hit the last third of the book. This last bit of the book really changed my overall feelings towards the characters and the story. Ellie really stepped up as the great character I knew she was underneath all of the secrets and longing for something she couldn't have. And Logan was definitely an iffy character for me, I went back and forth from LOVING HIM to thinking him a complete ass. But by the end I knew that he was just a misunderstood and damaged guy with problems that he needed to work through in his own way.
This was the exact type of New adult book I was looking for. Gina Robinson really created quite the suspenseful story, especially when all of the infuriatingly secret secrets aren't revealed till the last few pages. Looking back now, I can really appreciate the style Ms. Robinson used to portray her story And her characters, and in a way that honored them.
"Reckless Longing" was a debut book in the Reckless trilogy, and now knowing certain things aren't revealed I can hardly wait to see what happens next in book two "Reckless Secrets"!(less)
I found "Desire" to be frankly...a book that pretty much had no point other than getting a reader to the actual Dinning Club. Grace was introduced as...moreI found "Desire" to be frankly...a book that pretty much had no point other than getting a reader to the actual Dinning Club. Grace was introduced as the character new to David's world of "extreme" sexual pleasures, as in BDSM.
Grace and David did have chemistry, but personally in 35 pages I didn't feel as if I had nearly enough time to connect with the characters. The one thing I think that could have improved "Desire" was if the novella followed the storyline of the synopsis. And by this I mean this book could have been a lot better if Grace had gone through the first test required to see if she can handle David's sexual life and love. But instead the reader barely got a glimpse of this couples life let alone their sex life.
I do plan to read part two solely because I want to see if the way this story is written improves at all in the next book.(less)
"Streaks of Blue" was a book that normally I wouldn't consider as something that I would be willing to read. But I'm very glad to have gotten the chan...more"Streaks of Blue" was a book that normally I wouldn't consider as something that I would be willing to read. But I'm very glad to have gotten the chance to read this incredible coming of age story. Though this book focuses on some incredibly strong and dark topics I found myself flying through it. Nicole, the lead character is faced with a chance to prevent a school shooting that's being planned by two of her classmates. I must admit, I have a lot of respect for Nikki she showed great strength and courage throughout this entire book. I was constantly amazed by all of what she had to deal with as senior in high school, and that she managed to deal with it with grace and understanding.
Many emotional things are covered in "Streaks of Blue", but Jack Chaucer managed to create a story that didn't just focus on the dark aspects of a depressed teenage life. I had a lot of problems with Candace, Nicole's best friend, in the beginning of the book. But by the end I felt just as connected to her as I did with Nicole, Adam and Brody. This caught me completely off guard, and I'm very happy to say that I didn't see her ultimate reaction to the entire situation coming at all. And I loved her for that exact reason.
This book was filled with a lot of hard things many teens nowadays have to deal with, and I think this story had a very eye opening effect on me. I would recommend "Streaks of Blue" to anyone who likes a strong female character with an immense sense of duty to her friends, her school and a boy that has lost his way. This book is everything and nothing like you'd expect and I think that it should get as much attention as possible. It was a truly moving story and it left me with a fulfilled feeling and a renewed sense of how one bold action can change the corse of one persons life.
I was granted access to an advanced readers copy from NetGalley for an honest review in return. (less)
"Thy Will Be Done" by Julie Fisher wasn't like anything I've read before. The beginning of this book starts off in a completely different time period,...more"Thy Will Be Done" by Julie Fisher wasn't like anything I've read before. The beginning of this book starts off in a completely different time period, starting with the characters in that time period made me fall in love with them. And having fallen in love with the first two characters I just didn't feel as connected to Luke and Abigail the main focus of the story.
Though this book does have romance, I would say that "Thy Will Be Done" would fit more perfectly into the Fiction genre. I say this because it took over half the book for the two characters to actually meet. Once you get through the first half of the book the romance aspect does intensify.
The overall storyline was pretty great. I loved that Luke and Abigail had to find out what was happening to them. But I do feel like the story progressed way to slowly for me. I also found this book to be much darker than I would ever have anticipated. Which the slow paced and dark plot could be refreshing for some. For me not so much. I think one of these things would have been okay on their own, but having the darkness and slowly paced storyline I just felt like the books story fell a little flat.
I did experience an "Oh My God" moment towards the end when all was revealed, and I truly loved the concept of this story. It had some great points and some very compelling characters. I think this book has a limited audience for who would fully enjoy everything about it. And I would have to take into consideration other books that a friend had read before I recommended this book to them. But for me I'm glad to have read it and am very grateful that this book was sent to me for review.
I received this book in the mail for an honest review from Julie Fisher and Outskirts Press. (less)
Okay, yea I love Keri Arthur. It's no secret. "Darkness Rising" has been on my reading pile for a long time now. Having finally gotten around to readi...moreOkay, yea I love Keri Arthur. It's no secret. "Darkness Rising" has been on my reading pile for a long time now. Having finally gotten around to reading it, I'm a little disappointed I waited so long to read the second book in Ms. Arthur's Dark Angels series. Risa Jones was just as strong, defiant, and stubborn as you would expect from one of Keri Arthur's female characters. Saying that I loved this book would be a bit of an understatement.
Because the Dark Angels series is a spinoff of the Riley Jenson Guardian series I was already deeply involved and connected with these characters. Though this story is about Risa, the little white haired, purple eyed child from the Riley Jenson series, we do get to see glimpses of Riley, Rhoan, and Quinn's lives. Which for me as a huge fan of the previous series just made this book that much more enjoyable for me.
"Darkness Rising" picks up right where "Darkness Unbound" left off. Which is one thing I love about these books. You as the reader get to follow Risa's life as if it was happening to you. There aren't huge gaps and you aren't left wondering what happened In-between books. Falling in love with this story was so very easy. I fully enjoyed the relationship development between Risa and her Reaper Azriel! I mean we all know there is something just beneath the surface with them. But I also really loved seeing the creepy factor of Risa and Director Hunter's interactions. Now that is one vampire I would pray to never cross.
So some of you might be wondering why I marked this book down a half rating. I did this basically because I felt as if the end of the story was dragged out. I mean when Risa solves the case for Director Hunter there is still over a hundred pages left in the book. I think the story had an amazing ending but I think the whole situation with the key could have been resolved just a little bit quicker. Though having read many previous books by Keri Arthur I won't let this slight problem keep me from continuing on with the series. Hell, I can hardly wait to read book 3!("Darkness Devours")
If you are new to the Dark Angels series I fully recommend that you start with book 1 "Darkness Unbound", because the story does carry from one book to the next. And if you are truly ambitious I would recommend that you read the Riley Jenson Guardian series before reading this series. Doing this will just make these characters and the story read much smoother, than just going into this series as a new reader. But I have no doubt that you will LOVE these books no matter which road you choose!(less)
This was a bit of an unexpected read for me. I decided one day that I wanted to read "Eternal Rider" by Larissa Ione, so I really just went into it ha...moreThis was a bit of an unexpected read for me. I decided one day that I wanted to read "Eternal Rider" by Larissa Ione, so I really just went into it having no idea what it was about. Which I admit was a welcome change. I hadn't realized that The Lords of Deliverance was a continuation/spinoff of Ms. Ione's Demonica series. Which personally I was a little annoyed, cause I like to read a series or a whole story throughout many series in the right order. I do this mainly because I don't want things to be revealed before their time while I'm reading the series. But with Eternal Rider certain things in the Demonica series were spoiled for me, which makes me almost not want to read the rest of that series.
I also found "Eternal Rider" to be incredibly violent and gruesome. I can usually let that pass, but with Ares the lead male being the horseman of War just made things a bit excessive. Which I should have expected or would have if I hadn't gone into this book blind. The last thing I had against this book was the page count. For some reason the 402 pages in this book seemed to take forever to get through. I mean the passing of time inside the story at a glance seemed fast, but really certain scenes took their own time in progressing. Which was one of the biggest negatives for me in this book.
Now it may look as if I hated "Eternal Rider", but the truth is overall I did enjoy the characters and the story. Ares and Cara had many differences and yet were perfect for each other. Also, looking at this book as a whole with some time to process all of which was told within these pages I think this book was quite incredible. It's a book of its own genre and ranking. Ms. Ione told this epic tale in a way that created a whole new world that still managed to connect with her previous world of the Demonica. If I could say one thing about "Eternal Rider" it would be that it is a very unique book that requires time, patience, and the ability to see it as a whole once you have finished it.
This book was so much more than I would have ever expected and I would recommend The Lords of Deliverance series to fans of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series and Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series. With the amount of detail within its pages it takes a large amount of time to consume and fully appreciate. But it is most definitely worth your time. It may be a while before I read the next book but I am eager to learn of Limos' story. (less)
I was very excited to read "Jordan" by Susan Kearney, but I was also putting it off because it was the final book in the AMAZING Pendragon Legacy seri...moreI was very excited to read "Jordan" by Susan Kearney, but I was also putting it off because it was the final book in the AMAZING Pendragon Legacy series. I've always been a huge fan of this series, and I mean HUGE! I loved these book from the very first sentence. But alas it had to come to an end. I personally wasn't the biggest fan of the way that the series ended. I just wasn't overly impressed with "Jordan" all together. It just felt like some parts were drawn out and then the scenes I was most excited about ended much too soon. This made me not feel as connected to Jordan and Vivianne. Not to mention the ending climax seemed a little lame and anticlimactic, and...overall just way too easy. I mean with a galactic battle you would expect someone good to die, even if it was a minor character. But nope, it was all happy happy joy joy in the end. Everything worked out just perfectly. Which for me was not good.
Jordan and Vi are a couple right up there with Lucan and Cael and Rion and Marissa. They had so many challenges that prevented them from completing their mission. And Their love was destined to be tragic, but they still managed to make what time they had work. I can't even tell you how much I respected these two for their hard work and faith in each other in the end.
The quest parts of this book were just as amazing as I had come to expect from Ms. Kearney's books. The quest's were one of my main draw's to this series. I mean there is the planet Pendragon, which is where King Arthur Pendragon came from, and then there is Avalon a huge egg like building built to hold and protect the Holy Grail. Plus all the inhabitants of that planet and many others including earth are dragon shifters with two hearts. I mean how much cooler can you get?!?! The answer is much cooler! In "Jordan" so many new things and events from Earth's past are explained. Which lets just say, are freakin' amazing!! And this doesn't even come close to explaining all of the out of this world amazing things that are included in this series. Which is exactly why I loved this series. But I guess my expectations for the final book outweighed the real ending.
This is a series that is classified as paranormal romance, but it is so much more. It's science fiction, fantasy, and romance all combined in one. I never knew that this type of romance novel existed until a few years ago when I found "Rion" (which is book 2, but I read that one first. Shocking I know!) and when I found these books I knew my world had just changed. Because I had just found my new all time favorite genre or style of book. Now my only problem is finding more amazing books like the Pendragon Legacy series.
If you are a reader that enjoys different books with an author who knows exactly how to transport their reader into a completely new world, than I would fully recommend you go RIGHT NOW and pick up "Lucan", the first book! Even if you aren't a reader who is open to different/ unique books how can you resist dragon shifting humans/aliens, galactic space travel, and sexy as hell hero's and Heroine's? (less)
What started out as a fun cozy mystery quickly turned into a book with, what seemed to me little talent and a much slower plot than I usual...more1.5 Daggers
What started out as a fun cozy mystery quickly turned into a book with, what seemed to me little talent and a much slower plot than I usually expect from a cozy. Now I have read other Agatha Raisin mysteries and quite enjoyed them but "As The Pig Turns" had none of the excitement, or fun qualities of some of Ms. Beaton's previous books.
Agatha Raisin seemed to become more of a bitter old lady, by expressing rude conclusions and just pushing other characters around. Which is sort of part of her character but for some reason her harsh qualities really came out in this book and made me dislike her as a character. This could have been enough to make me not like her, but her constant bursts of tears were a little much, especially considering how much of a sour puss she is to begin with. Though don't get me wrong I do like seeing strong emotions with characters but the fact that Agatha's crying fits were just ignored or jumped over by the other characters and Ms. Beaton just made those instances seem that much more unlikely.
You would think this is all that could possibly be wrong with "As The Pig Turns" but alas it was not. I felt as if the murderer could have been revealed/found a lot quicker. Parts of the mystery just seemed to drag on. Some of this may be because Agatha Raisin is threatened to drop the case, and she just stops working on it. I mean this is a cozy mystery, the readers are reading the book to have the amateur detective be working out all of the dirty little details of the case. Seeing Agatha give up so easily just really put me off even more. Which is exactly why I gave it such a low rating.
The only good thing I have to say about this book was that I had no clue of who the murder was. But other than that I found "As The Pig Turns" to be a poorly written and drawn out mystery. This book doesn't give me much hope for other books in the series but I do plan to read at least one more Agatha Raisin mystery. I would not recommend this book to anyone, but I have had good experiences with this series previously so I would recommend previous books to my friends and family.(less)