This is a review a very long time coming. I finished this book ages ago, but thanks to life, holidays, and a whole slew of other hurdles, I kept havinThis is a review a very long time coming. I finished this book ages ago, but thanks to life, holidays, and a whole slew of other hurdles, I kept having to push back writing it. But here we are and I can’t wait to get started.
FAME & OBSESSION by Cora Kenborn is a debut novel that will shock and amaze you. For a first time author, we usually give a bit of leeway, expecting it to be good, entertaining even, but we never expect it to stay with us long after the last page. But despite it being months since I read it, I remember every scene in vivid detail. Ms. Kenborn will hold you to the edge of your seat until she’s good and done with you.
Phoebe Ryan is a writer escaping a haunted past. Julian Bale is a rockstar with his own ghosts. Right from the very first chapter, you can feel the heat jump off these two. It’s intense and wild, and will leave you breathless to see what happens next. Julian, being the oh so clever man that he is, coaxes our lovely heroine into writing his autobiography and it all goes up in flames from there. The good kind of flames. The sexy, dirty kind that makes us readers reach for our water glasses. But the insanity doesn’t end there. Phoebe has a stalker and you will not believe who it is. I sure didn’t. I recall very clearly the moment I found out. I literally bolted upright in my seat and gasped, ‘no freaking way!’
But with all the good, of which there are many, there were two things I didn’t quite like. One was Julian’s ex-girlfriend. The other was the cliffhanger at the end and no second book (yet). The first needed to be thrown into a volcano. The second needs to be rectified quickly. ...more
After finishing ME BEFORE YOU, I went on a hunt to find something equally amazing to stifle the crippling hangover it had given me. What better way toAfter finishing ME BEFORE YOU, I went on a hunt to find something equally amazing to stifle the crippling hangover it had given me. What better way to do that than by reading another piece by the fabulous JoJo Moyes? Except One Plus One, while good, lacked something. I couldn’t tell you what that thing was, but I finished it and wondered if I missed something.
One Plus One is about a single mom, Jess, and her two kids who are both so different it made me think of my own kids. Tanzie, Jess’s biological daughter, is brilliant, a little math wiz who gets a once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a prestigious private school Jess couldn’t possibly afford. Jess is already working two jobs and still has to sew her children clothes and constantly has to worry about bills and keeping their home. Paying even half the tuition is an impossibility that made me want to reach into my own wallet, even though they’re fictional.
I felt so horrible for Jess. She tried so hard and you could feel how helpless she felt, but she was so strong, mainly for her kids. Her husband, a good for nothing bum who leaves them before life gets too hard for him (yeah, that was my reaction, too), doesn’t just leave Jess and Tanzie, he leaves his son from another woman with Jess, a gangly, awkward, goth of a boy named Nicky who I adored. He was my favorite character, honestly. There was just so much pain in him, so much love and acceptance. I wanted to hug him.
The book was hilarious in the beginning. The events that unfold as Jess tries so hard to get Tanzie across the country to participate in some maths Olympiad so she can win money to go to her fancy school, will make you groan, but it gets worse when her efforts land her in the lap of Ed, a man that was an absolute ass to her just a few days earlier. But Ed is going through his own problems. He’s about to lose everything and the last thing he needs in his life is a bossy woman, two kids, and a smelly dog (did I not mention the dog? Yes, there is a massive dog in tow, Norman who reminds me of my own dog).
But something changes midway. The story progresses fairly rapidly and you can’t help root for Tanzie the entire way. That little girl deserves this, she deserves to win and go to her school and become the world’s best mathematician. Of course there’s several other obstacles they must face along the way, but the moment things really changed for me, I think, is when they go to visit Tanzie and Nicky’s father. I think the story really took a turn for me from there. I won’t give away spoilers, but Tanzie’s reaction really pissed me off. She’s such a smart girl and after everything that happened before and everything that happened after, I just felt like she really betrayed Jess. I was so disappointed in her.
Nevertheless, a fun, fast read if you’re on a road trip....more
I don’t think there is a single person in the entire world who doesn’t have an opinion regarding Me Before you by JoJo Moyes. My opinion took nearly t
I don’t think there is a single person in the entire world who doesn’t have an opinion regarding Me Before you by JoJo Moyes. My opinion took nearly three months to put into words, and it wasn’t because I hated the book. Truth be told, I absolutely loved Me Before you. I read it in a week, then went through a complete book hangover trying to find something equally gripping. I have yet to find it.
Me Before You is about an adorable girl named Louisa (Lou) Clark who I absolutely fell in love with. She’s quirky, uplifting, positive in a way I could never be considering her situation, and I’m not referring to our hero.
If you’re read the book (or even only seen the movie, which I haven’t), but you’ll have met her family. Lou has a mom, a dad, a sister, a nephew, and a boyfriend, and I freaking hated every single one of them. They were the worst sort of people. The sister … I don’t care how she attempted to redeem herself by the end of the book, needed to get hit by a train. Or, at the very least, slapped, hard, possibly with a hammer. Spoiled, selfish, cruel, childish, the list is very long. Let’s just leave it at that. I loathed her.
The mom and dad started off really decent. I understood their problems and stress, but it was their behavior towards their own daughter that baffled me. The things they said to her and about her whether she was in the room or not were horrifying. It bordered on emotional and mental abuse, honestly. They treated Lou as though she were an idiot, which wasn’t the case at all. Meanwhile, they treated her sister as though she couldn’t do a thing wrong, even though she dropped out of school to have a baby, didn’t work, and sat about demanding everyone else to do everything for her. Will’s parents, for all that they were and weren’t, for all their flaws, I understood them. Their behavior made sense, and while I didn’t agree with a lot of their choices, they were real. Lou’s parents were just jerks.
Then there was her boyfriend. Let’s just sum it up to he was a raging A-hole as bad as her sister. Truthfully, the two should have hooked up. They would have made a perfect couple.
Now that I’ve properly ranted, let’s move on to the rest of the crew.
Our hero, a handsome, successful business man who’d had the misfortune of being at the wrong place at the wrong time. He was handed a rough hand at a point in his life when everything was peaces and cream. It’s the sort of tragedy that can happen to anyone, at any time. The kind that I’m surprised that doesn’t happen more often considering how often I see people ambling about with their phones pressed to their noses (especially now with the whole Pokemon Go craze). I’m guilty of this myself, the walking and texting (or more accurately, walking and writing).
Will Traynor started off exactly how you would expect someone in his position to behave. He’d basically lost everything and went from being self sufficient to needing a person every second of his day, right down to using the bathroom. I can’t even imagine what that would be like. But I sympathized with him, even while I wanted to beat him over the head with a frying pan most times. He was a good, realistic character. He was perfect for Lou.
Which brings us to the controversy that surrounds this book. Everyone has an opinion on it. I’m not going to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it, but I will say this: I sobbed like a two year old being dragged out of a candy store. I was a mess. I was a mess in the middle of the bloody store. Aisle eight … the cereal aisle. It was my own fault. By that point, I already knew the book would destroy me and I only had three chapters, but I thought … three chapters … I can’t stop now. I’ll just take the book to the store with me. How bad could it be?
Well, lesson learned. Next time, I think I’ll just order pizza. LOL
All in all, LOVED the book. Loved the voice, the flow, the pace, and some of the characters. I definitely recommend this book for those who loved A Fault In Our Stars.
There honestly isn't a thing Nancy Straight can write that I won't read. Her work is always flawless and a beautiful masterpiece of mystery, suspense,There honestly isn't a thing Nancy Straight can write that I won't read. Her work is always flawless and a beautiful masterpiece of mystery, suspense, romance and danger. Ms. Straight has a talent for sucking you into every paragraph, making you anxious to see what unfolds in the next and finding yourself wanting to jump to the end just to prevent yourself from going crazy.
His Frozen Heart is insane. We meet Candy and Libby, two freshly graduated girls playing house in Candy's parent's house. But it's not all fun and game and parties as they had hoped. Little things like food and money become a problem, which leads them into an even bigger and more dangerous problem, like making a wager that costs them way more than they ever thought possible. Yet, oddly enough, that still isn't their biggest problem.
Someone from Candy's past waltzes back into her life and throws everything for a loop. But Libby is put into the hospital by a mysterious attacker that seems to be lurking in the shadows and Candy's forced to solve the case before her friend (or her) wind up dead. By the end of the book, I felt so bad for Candy. She goes through so much. Anyone else would be huddled in a corner, eating their own hair. But our girl refuses to be taken down. She charges into the face of danger and tracks down the person(s) responsible for hurting her friend.
Now let's talk about Dave. Dave. Dave. Dave. *sigh* I love Dave. He's dark, mysterious and swoon-worthy. And here is where it gets interesting. From the beginning, I had a feeling Dave had something to do with all the craziness that happens. I won't tell you if I was right or wrong, but it'll definitely make you squint with suspicion.
Like every character this author writes, first, or secondary, they are so vivid, so full of life and realistic, they could be people you know. You'll have to read the book to see what I mean. Do it. now!! ;)
***Was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review***...more
Stacey Rourke has always been an incredible author with a vivid imagination, but she's hit it out of the ballpark with Crane. Not only is the cover goStacey Rourke has always been an incredible author with a vivid imagination, but she's hit it out of the ballpark with Crane. Not only is the cover gorgeous, but the inside stuff is fantastic.
We start right at the heart of things and in those first few chapters, you get sucked into the pages until you find yourself at the very end, wondering WTH did I just get nailed with?
The one thing I love about this author, maybe because it's one of the things we have in common is our sarcasm. Stacey is hilarious, whether in person or on the pages. Her characters always have that part of her branded into them. Ireland is a great character. I'll admit I wasn't feeling her overly much in the beginning, but I'm glad I didn't let that stop me from finishing the book.
Crane is a dark and twisted retelling of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I loved the movie with Johnny Depp. Hell, I love all myth/legend stories. I definitely can't wait for Raven.
Well done, Stacey.
***Copy supplied by author in exchange for an honest review***...more
Let's not mince words, I like mystery and I like vampires, and let's not lie, I love a heroine that kicks serious butt, so to have all the above in aLet's not mince words, I like mystery and I like vampires, and let's not lie, I love a heroine that kicks serious butt, so to have all the above in a single package? Uh, yeah, sign me up!
Before you think this is your average girl meets vampire, fall in love and have little hybrid babies, you'd be wrong. The Master of Whitehall: Katelyn's Chronicles is about 21yrold Katelyn who is trying desperately to forget the past. She moves to South Carolina where she meets James, a smoking hot plantation owner. But there's more to James than she first suspects. He's wealthy, mysterious ... and a vampire.
This book reminded me a little of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, which I thought was awesome, because, let's face it, who doesn't love Anne Rice?! There was some hot moments, nothing over the top. The alluring intrigue continued through most of the book. It was a little slow in some parts, but I could easily overlook those as I hurried to see what would become of our lovers.
Definite must read!
Book gifted by the author. Thank you Rick for the distraction!...more
I won't lie, when the lovely Ms. Hunter announced she was writing a book called Aqua Secrets and I saw the cover, my first immediate thought was...omgI won't lie, when the lovely Ms. Hunter announced she was writing a book called Aqua Secrets and I saw the cover, my first immediate thought was...omg, mermaids!!! Ms. Hunter knows how I feel about mermaids. And even as I was debating the odds of me sucking it up and reading this book, I already knew I would, but only because there is nothing Ms. Hunter could put out that I wouldn't read. So I did. I read it and, as I suspected, I loved the book (and no mermaids in sight!!) Our characters are Pym and Rush, childhood friends who only recently realize that there may be a little more than just friendship between them. I love young love. But there's something dark and sinister happening in their little world. Then...THEN!! Just when you're chewing your nails down to the cuticles, Ms. Haunter leaves us dying for the next book. Oh believe me, I let her have it!!! I also told her I would be kidnapping Rush and putting him in my closet. But that's neither here, nor there. Okay, Ms. H...Get cracking. I needz book 2. ...more
So we all love The Walking Dead for one, simple and very obvious reason, right? Oh, wait ... how'd that get in there. My bad. That's not it. *clears tSo we all love The Walking Dead for one, simple and very obvious reason, right? Oh, wait ... how'd that get in there. My bad. That's not it. *clears throat* But whatever your reasons are for watching zombies, whether you're like normal people and like a good, disgusting flick, or you're like me and want to be prepared when the time comes and you have to kill your neighbor for trying to gnaw on your leg, the simple fact remains ... it's gonna happen. Which is why I really liked Peter Troy. He's kinda gross, kind of single and kind of unemployed. He's the sort of guy you would automatically peg as a serial killer. Not because he would rather sit in his skivvies all day and watch zombie movies then, oh, I dunno, work, or do adult stuff with his girlfriend (okay, I may be exaggerating on the skivvies bit), but the rest is true. The dude is obsessed with zombies, which I guess, is kinda a plus on his side because about five pages into the book, he has to kill his ex. Now I know many of us don't need for our ex's to turn into zombies for us to want to kill them, but it really worked out for Peter. So the long and the short of this book is this... Don't dump a guy the day before the end of the world, especially one that can possibly protect you from getting killed. I thought it was a very good lessen all in all. Well done, Mr. DiBartolo. Well done. But aside from that, what did I take away from this book? That I am anxiously awaiting the next installment....more
Whoever says that anyone can write poetry, has clearly never tried it. Poetry is when the soul meets the heart. It's elegance and joy and sorrow. It'
Whoever says that anyone can write poetry, has clearly never tried it. Poetry is when the soul meets the heart. It's elegance and joy and sorrow. It's a timeless symphony of peace. more. is all that and more. There is so much woven into every sentence and every page will steal your breath and stir your emotions. Ms. Hart has captured so much beauty into a single book it will leave you amazed. I know I'm certainly hoping she continues doing what so clearly comes naturally to her. ...more
You know what you don't normally see in books? A love triangle where the boy has two girls veering for his attention. Oh, I'm sure there are books outYou know what you don't normally see in books? A love triangle where the boy has two girls veering for his attention. Oh, I'm sure there are books out there like that, but this is my first.
So the story surrounds Emily, Ash and Eva and one intense journey of love and discovery. Ash is a dragon heart. Eva is a dragon heart keeper. It's her job to protect and keep Ash safe, which should have been pretty simple, right? Except, she's gone and fallen in love with the guy, which is a huge no-no. So of course gets them into a heap of trouble.
Now I haven't read book one. I always recommend readers start with, well, book one, but I got through book two without difficulty. Ms. Hunter wove the story together flawlessly and effortlessly. I just love how she does that.
So grab your copy and snuggle down for one hell of a ride.
***I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review*** ...more