This is the debut novel of Kelly Meding. I thought it was great! I usually have trouble getting into the UF books that have characters that are constaThis is the debut novel of Kelly Meding. I thought it was great! I usually have trouble getting into the UF books that have characters that are constantly in motion from one fight to the next.. but this one was so edgy and nerve-wracking that I couldn't help but enjoy it.
It all starts off with the main character Evangeline Stone waking up in the morgue. The only problem being, other then the fact that she died, was that she woke up in a body that wasn't hers, with no memory of what happened. Besides scaring the crap out of people as she leaves the morgue, she needs to figure out why she's back from the dead, and who killed her. She has to slowly piece together her memories of what happened up until her death, and she has to do it all in three days. That's her time limit. Once those three days are up, she will die again with no chance to come back.
She also has to decide if she can trust her old handler, Wyatt. Did he have something to do with her death, and can she trust him to help her solve the mystery of how and why she died.
This is definitely not a warm and fuzzy book. It's dark, and emotional. Evy has to come to terms with being in a new body that has it's own problems to add to her own. She is forced to remember things that happened to her that no person should have had to go through in the first place. All of this while her time left on Earth quickly counts down.
Pretty crazy. I'll definitely be looking for the sequel which comes out in the summer of 2010....more
Someone recommended this series to me because she said it was similar to the Stephanie Plum Novels from Janet Evanovich. So I gave it a try.
I couldn'tSomeone recommended this series to me because she said it was similar to the Stephanie Plum Novels from Janet Evanovich. So I gave it a try.
I couldn't find the first book in the series anywhere so I just started with this one instead. I didn't feel as if I was missing any information, the characters were all re-introduced at one point.
I liked the book, I thought the murder was interesting to try to solve as I went along through the book and I picked out one of the "bad" guys from the beginning but I didn't get the other one until later.
I didn't think it compared with the Plum books though, I didn't think that this was as funny as the other. But on it's own it was still a little amusing, but I didn't find myself laughing out loud.
Also, I didn't really get the point of putting in recipes in the book, and I felt like it broke up the story. I would be in the middle of the story building my own picture of what's going on and then I'm reading a recipe? what?
But other than that, I think I would read others in the series but I won't be clamoring the shelves looking for them either...more
A little predictable, but still a funny and engaging book. The premise revolves around two ex-lovers who are both psychologists, Taylor and Jonathan.A little predictable, but still a funny and engaging book. The premise revolves around two ex-lovers who are both psychologists, Taylor and Jonathan. They each have their own idea as to how couples stay together, one thinks it's the sexual chemistry and one thinks it's compatibility. They decide to put their theories to test, and get 40 couples to live together for one month, half put together by a survey created by Taylor, and half put together by a survey created by Jonathan. Whoever has the most couples in the end wins. Of course, that's not all to the story, and there's more going on with Taylor and Jonathan than just being ex-lovers.
As I said, some of the details were a little predictable, and some things jumped out at me but I really liked the concept of the book. It was witty, and I loved all the side characters. They focused on about 3-4 couples that were involved in this one month contest, and then there was the relationship with Taylor and Jonathan, plus Taylor's mom making appearances and all of this added up to a really quick book. I flew through it in about a day, similar to how fast I go through Mallery's other books.
I've found it few and far between when I dislike a book written by Mallery, she's pretty much my "go to" author when I want to read a romantic comedy....more
This was a good one by Roberts. A girl (Shane) from the rural part of Maryland returns home from the city. She is intent on starting her own businessThis was a good one by Roberts. A girl (Shane) from the rural part of Maryland returns home from the city. She is intent on starting her own business and needs to redo her grandmothers house. Her next door neighbor (Vance)happens to be a carpenter so she enlists his help.
Vance wants nothing more than to be left alone, especially from women. He's currently hiding out from his old life and job as the head of a major construction business.
I liked the storyline, I thought it was cute but I was a little confused when Shane's mom showed up. It was a little random and felt like it was just thrown in to add some drama to the story. Besides that fact, I couldn't get over the similarities between the character of Vance and Roarke from her In Death series.
I realize this book was written way before the appearance of Roarke, and I have a feeling she may have been basing Roarke's character on the same person Vance was based on, or Roarke came from Vance. Either way, whenever he came onto the stage I couldn't help but think about the similarities.
It didn't ruin the story, but it was distracting....more
I just have to say... if you were a pregnant woman, even if you weren't pregnant, would you follow just any guy home? I wouldn't!! It made it hard toI just have to say... if you were a pregnant woman, even if you weren't pregnant, would you follow just any guy home? I wouldn't!! It made it hard to take in the story when I couldn't stop thinking about how people don't do these things. Although it was pre-cellphone days, but still, I just couldn't suspend reality enough to believe that this would happen....more
I liked the first story a lot more than I did the second. If this had just been one book I probably would have given it 4.5 stars. But the second storI liked the first story a lot more than I did the second. If this had just been one book I probably would have given it 4.5 stars. But the second story just bored me....more
I've been reluctant to read this one, and it was all due to a misunderstanding. I was under the impression that this was a YA book, and I'm always a lI've been reluctant to read this one, and it was all due to a misunderstanding. I was under the impression that this was a YA book, and I'm always a little leery to try YA books. This was completely the opposite of what I was expecting.
I think it's a unique topic in a way. This girl named Belle is sort of down on her luck. She's looking for another job to help support her ailing father, and currently she's working in a coffee shop. During her shift, this guy in a lab coat comes running in and that's when her life changes. Turns out, she now has some elemental powers, although she can't control it. Now all these people want her for a different reason, and she's running trying to keep her own life safe and find someone who can fix her.
The reason I ended up giving it 4 stars rather than 5 was because of some of the dialogue. There were some annoying quotes throughout the book where it seemed the author was trying to hard for it to be funny. Also, one of the side characters was a teenager and tried to speak like Snoop Dog. And if you've ever heard Snoop Dog talk in that ridiculous language he made up, then you know why it annoyed me.
Other than that minor irritation, I enjoyed the book immensely. I always like when I pick up a book and I feel I can't put it down. This was one of those books. By reading the description I just wasn't that interested and I don't know where I got the idea it was YA. But I should have known since it was Showalter that it was going to be a good book, and it was. I can't wait until the sequel comes out in January.
Very nicely done Showalter... very nicely done....more
Another great book in the Visitation series. This also made the next book Jamie, make so much more sense in my mind. Since I had read that first, it wAnother great book in the Visitation series. This also made the next book Jamie, make so much more sense in my mind. Since I had read that first, it was a little confusing to try to figure out who everyone was.
Now everything makes perfect sense. It's a great series by Foster and I look forward to any new books in this series or in any of her other series....more
This one threw me for a really big loop!! This is part of her SBC fighters series, so imagine my surprise when I start reading and all of a sudden itThis one threw me for a really big loop!! This is part of her SBC fighters series, so imagine my surprise when I start reading and all of a sudden it became a futuristic sci-fi book.
It was strange and unexpected, especially since this is the fourth book in a series that is contemporary romance.
I still liked the book, and thought it was good but I was a little too confused throughout the beginning to rate it higher than a 3. I found myself wondering, "What the hell is going on?" and checking the front of the book to make sure I was reading what I thought I was reading.
I'm still going to finish the series and continue reading her other series'. I like Foster a lot, and I don't think I've ever disliked a book she has written. It just felt as though this one came out of left field. If it had been the beginning book to a series I probably would have rated it higher, but my confusion and it's lack of continuity from the previous books just really had me baffled....more