Thursday, August 1, 2013

Reviews: Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster

Beautiful Disaster by: Jamie McGuire

                   Walking Disaster by: Jamie McGuire


Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.





Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster.

Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.







Beautiful Disaster

I loved Beautiful Disaster. I found myself giggling out loud to the book often and had a hard time putting it down. I even listened to it at work when I found moments to do so. Beautiful Disaster is a romance but not in the hot and heavy or extremely squishy sense of the typical romance. The story felt real and authentic. The only thing that kept me from giving this book the full “5 star” type rating is it kinda drags along. Just when I thought we hit the climax then resolution I realized I still had half a book to go. It was a rollercoaster with several major events. This again made it more realistic though.

Walking Disaster

I DO NOT recommend reading it back to back with the first one. They are really similar as this is the same story told from Travis’s point of view. If you read it sometime later it would be like a nice reminder of the first book with the intriguing new perspective. Since I literally finished Beautiful Disaster the day before beginning Walking Disaster I was a bit bored. I feel much the same about it as I did the first one since they are so similar.

 

OK SPOILERS AHEAD TURN BACK NOW IF YOU HAVE NOT READ

I don’t have a lot to put here but I am going to include a quote that made me laugh out loud.

 

“Absolutely, Teach that asshole some manners”

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Review: Sweet Evil

Sweet Evil by: Wendy Higgins


What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels. Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrify heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had wanted Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?




It has been so long since I blogged that I don’t remember how I was going about it before so this is going to be quick and dirty! I don’t have time for blogging these days with work and kids, but I still enjoy reading and sometimes I just need to get my thoughts off my chest. So whether or not anyone chooses to read them here are my thoughts.
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My choices of book lately have been largely influenced by what I see others reading. If a book comes across my email or the few blogs I keep up and then I see it again when I am grabbing an audiobook or a ebook then that is what I choose. I started listening to Sweet Evil with no pretense about the book. I had no idea what to expect or what I was in for! Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins is a novel about Nephilim (half angel, half humans). In this story the angel half comes from Dark Angels also known as demons. Anna is just learning who she is, like most teenagers, and who she is decended from. She meets several new friends, a couple possible love interests, and her father while on the path to discovering her destiny. The story deals with all the problems of today’s society; drugs, drinking, envy, etc.

The story was super interesting to me. Sweet Evil is not predictable and it is an adventurous ride. I kept wondering to myself what is going to happen next, how should she handle that, and so many more. As the story came to a close I quickly realized this was not the end of Anna’s story. I am looking forward to reading or listening to Sweet Peril very soon.

OK POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD DETOUR NOW

I love stories that make me feel the emotions of the character. This one did that but not in the typical way. I realized quickly that I am not the innocent girl that Anna is. I found several times when I was angry and she is calm. I found moments where I would have started a brawl despite my shy nature and she just walked silently away. Sweet Evil had me feeling the emotions they just didn’t coincide with the character which was honestly a nice change of pace.

Kaidan – He is an amazing character. I get so frustrated when he’s not in the story and then he comes blazing in like a knight in shining armor ever so gracefully. I am anxious to see the role he plays in Anna’s destiny and how it all turns out!

Johnathan LaGray – He has to play the most interesting role. Truly loving Anna when he shouldn’t and having to play like he doesn’t. He always has a way to cover up whatever he is allowing her to not do. I find it interesting that he is basically battling for the other side. I am anxious to find out where he ends up because of it all.

Patty – Her ability to let strangers walk into her Daughter’s life and let her do things a mother normally wouldn’t approve of is amazing. As a mother I would have major problems with someone coming in my home and telling my daughter to drink alcohol until we figure out her tolerance level. I absolutely admire her. Especially when she walked up to a scary looking man she barely knows and slaps him across the face! Priceless!!

I hope to see more of Anna using her influence to go against the demons. I love that she has her little party of Neph at her back though I worry about a possible mole in the group.

 
All in all it was an amazing story and I can’t wait to continue with Anna and the other Nephilim!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: Hit List


Hit List By: Laurell K. Hamilton


A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect "monsters" are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.

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 This review may seem different from others I have written. This is one of several reviews done by myself on a former blog earlier this year that I am reposting here for my current readers. 


I love Edward. In the very beginning of the series he is the character I loved most. Throughout the series his part comes and goes but you can see the growth through the books. His part in Hit List is absolutely perfect. While I kinda wish something would happen and he would be one of Anita's lovers; I understand the relationship and respect where the author has taken it.

Hit List came just in time in my opinion. I think it was a good time to tie up the "Mommy Darkest" segment of Anita's stories. Laurell K. Hamilton is an impressive writer. I couldn't predict how Anita would end this all powerful vampire while not making Anita an unbelievable character. She incorporates events from early in the season that I had all but forgotten. The story is well played out and I really enjoyed it.

Anita's story is not over however; if it had to be this book wrapped several loose ends and makes the avid readers content. Looking forward to Kiss the Dead coming summer of 2012 :)

Happy Reading :)


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Review: Vesper


Vesper By: Jeff Sampson

Emily Webb is a geek. And she’s happy that way. Content hiding under hoodies and curling up to watch old horror flicks, she’s never been the kind of girl who sneaks out for midnight parties. And she’s definitely not the kind of girl who starts fights or flirts with other girls’ boyfriends. Until one night Emily finds herself doing exactly that . . . the same night one of her classmates—also named Emily—is found mysteriously murdered.
The thing is, Emily doesn’t know why she’s doing any of this. By day, she’s the same old boring Emily, but by night, she turns into a thrill seeker. With every nightfall, Emily gets wilder until it’s no longer just her personality that changes. Her body can do things it never could before: Emily is now strong, fast, and utterly fearless. And soon Emily realizes that she’s not just coming out of her shell . . . there’s something much bigger going on. Is she bewitched by the soul of the other, murdered Emily? Or is Emily Webb becoming something else entirely— something not human?
As Emily hunts for answers, she finds out that she’s not the only one this is happening to—some of her classmates are changing as well. Who is turning these teens into monsters—and how many people will they kill to get what they want?
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This review may seem different from others I have written. This is one of several reviews done by myself on a former blog earlier this year that I am reposting here for my current readers. 


Wow! I'm not entirely sure what I expected when I added this book to my wish list but it wasn't that! Vesper was amazing and intriguing. The story is told so differently than anything I have read before. Its a very fast paced novel but written so that its easy to read. This story is far from being told. Quite obvious that it is a series because as soon as you really get a clue what is going on the book is over. My suggestion to you is to have the second one ready cause your going to want to delve right in. Don't misunderstand me the story gets you sucked in from the very beginning. Emily's character development was very interesting and frustrating. I really loved hearing the stories of her alter egos but the way they affect the main Emily leaves me feeling frustrated. In my opinion this is the definition of a perfect story: Any book that can make you feel what the character is feeling! I can't say enough how much this book ROCKS!!!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Review: Bullet


Bullet (Anita Blake #19) By: Laurell K. Hamilton

Anita Blake is back in St. Louis and trying to live a normal life-as normal as possible for someone who is a legal vampire executioner and a U. S. Marshal. There are lovers, friends and their children, school programs to attend. In the midst of all the ordinary happiness a vampire from Anita's past reaches out. She was supposed to be dead, killed in an explosion, but the Mother of All Darkness is the first vampire, their dark creator. It's hard to kill a god. This dark goddess has reached out to her here-in St. Louis, home of everyone Anita loves most. The Mother of All Darkness has decided she has to act now or never, to control Anita, and all the vampires in America.

This review may seem different from others I have written. This is one of several reviews done by myself on a former blog earlier this year that I am reposting here for my current readers. 


I have been working on this series for a while now. This is mostly because the beginning of the series didn't keep my attention well. I started it after overhearing some friends discussing it with fervor. I stuck them out hoping to find what they had found so intriguing. Finally at about book 16 I got hooked. The turn of events in the books that led many followers out of the series due to the graphic nature is what sucked me in. It wasn't because of the graphic scenes themselves but because of who they were with and where that led both in her relationships and in her power base.
Bullet didn't have a lot of the investigation work that you see in most of the novels which is slightly disappointing. I really enjoy how Anita the Vampire Executioner figures out the nature of the crimes. This book was more about the metaphysical situations she has to deal with and building her power base to do so. I did enjoy the humorous points in this book and caught myself laughing out loud to them. Granted some of my favorites had to do with very sexual scenes so I won't quote any of them. Lets just say that Micah's personality and go with the flow attitude is appealing to me. Even now my favorite characters outside of Anita herself are Nathaniel and Jason. Although you don't get much of Jason in this particular book.
I also find it quite amusing that several of the names in the book are familiar to me in my personal life. The personalities are nothing alike though, well for the most part. I enjoy Anita Blake once again and will be starting the next book soon! If you can stomach the violently graphic scenes and the sexually graphic scenes and are a lover of vampires, were animals, and more I highly recommend this series. Just don't say I didn't warn you :)

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Review: Stealing Mercy


Stealing Mercy By: Kristy Tate


After a night of terror, Mercy Faye flees New York. Disguised as a boy, she sets sail for a new life in Seattle, but her nightmare, Mr. Steele, follows close behind. Armed with only her chocolates, laced tarts and wits, Mercy sets out to destroy Mr. Steele and his Lucky Island brothel.

Trent Michaels is searching for his missing cousin. He can't afford complications - or romance - yet, at every turn he finds Mercy Faye. The night before the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, flames spark between Mercy and Trent leaving the life they know and the city they love in ashes.

Their story reaches forward through time to Bette Michaels, a genealogist, struggling with grief after the sudden death of her husband. Although generations apart, as Bette unravels Mercy's story, she learns that a life can be rebuilt - even after everything is lost.

Through Mercy, Bette discovers that sometimes the only way to find happiness is to steal it.


 This review may seem different from others I have written. This is one of several reviews done by myself on a former blog earlier this year that I am reposting here for my current readers. 


A few of years ago I went through a huge romance novel phase. I was reading at least 2 a day. In between classes, during class, after school, I even had to keep a box full in the trunk of my car cause I never knew when I would need the next one. After a while though romance stories got old. I moved on to other things. When I received Stealing Mercy I still wasn't sure I was ready for a romance novel again. Lucky for me, love was only part of the story Mercy had to tell!

Stealing Mercy is a captivating novel from chapter one! The suspense is immediate and doesn't slow down. The romance in the book seemed most genuine. It wasn't "love at first sight" and you could feel the characters progress through the stages of falling in love. Mercy is strong and willful and Trent Micheals is just along for the ride! The two work together well while never really planning to do so. I am very glad that when Mercy has doubts about the relationship that is beginning to form she doesn't balk for long. Some romances make it all about the fight and playing hard to get and while Stealing Mercy does have a touch of that it is not overbearing.

The side story of Bette Micheals did have me a bit confused. At first it seemed so thrown in there I wasn't sure what was going on! I still have a few questions that may make me reread some of the story to see if I just missed the answers. All in all a very good read that you will have a tough time walking away from. 


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Review: Son

Son by: Lois Lowry
Book 4: Giver Series
Publication Date: October 2, 2012
Paperback ARC
393 Pages


They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive?  She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice.
Son thrusts readers once again into the chilling world of the Newbery Medal winning book, The Giver, as well as Gathering Blue and Messenger where a new hero emerges. In this thrilling series finale, the startling and long-awaited conclusion to Lois Lowry’s epic tale culminates in a final clash between good and evil.


I was super excited to receive Son by: Lois Lowry. The Giver is one of my all time favorite books and the first dystopian novel I remember reading! Son is the conclusion to The Giver, Gathering Blue, and The Messenger. It is not vital that you read the others before reading Son. There is alot you will understand better and of course you will have many AH HA! moments if you have. 

I thought Son was an interesting and sweet read! I read it in just a few short hours cause I just had to know how it would all end. I was slightly disappointed with the book. It definitely focuses on tying up the loose ends and giving you a heartwarming tale. However there wasn't a defined climax in this book. I felt like it steadily went along and then abruptly it was over! I loved the story and would recommend it to anyone who has read and loved The Giver. 

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