Friday, February 28, 2014

An Unlikely Match by Barbara Dunlop


An Unlikely Match (The Match Series - Book #1)

Synopsis:

From USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Dunlop, a comedic, contemporary romance series featuring the high-tech antics of matchmaking senior citizens unleashed on their unsuspecting heirs. 

Morgan Holbrook has a PhD in jet propulsion, a plum research position at CalTech and a sexy, new neighbor who is way out of his league. He’s got all the confidence in the world where it comes to applied physics, but he’s never been the guy who gets the girl. 

Cheerleader Amelia Camden has sworn off boyfriends, focusing instead on her budding acting career. But when her nerdy, next door neighbor passes up his high school reunion, party enthusiast Amelia is determined to change his mind. 


Wanting his former classmates to appreciate Morgan the way she does, as a brilliant, compassionate, engaging man, she goads him into a haircut, a great suit and a pair of contact lenses. Morgan plays along with the sexy Amelia. Who wouldn’t? But when her flattery turns to flirtation, he knows it’s all part of the act.

Review:

An Unlikely Match wasn't a terrible read, but I didn't find it humorous like I think it was supposed to be. The senior citizens were just not as zany as they should have been. It was like it wasn't crazy enough for it to be really humorous for me. Like if it would have been more ridiculous I might have liked it more. I didn't hate it, I just didn't find it really funny.

Morgan just found a grandfather he never knew, and when he went to visit him in his senior center in Florida they decide he needs help finding a girl. The one senior is a computer genius guy and makes a dating website just for everyones' grand kids to see who would be his perfect match. They are surprised to find that Amelia is since she is...well her family calls her Amelia Airhead. Morgan is a super smart, nerdy guy so they don't think cheerleader Amelia will really be his type. They do however set everything up so they will be living next to each other and hope that they hit it off.

At first they don't really hit it off. Morgan goes on about how Amelia is used to getting guys to do everything for her because she is pretty, and Amelia thinks how Morgan is the nerdy guy who probably has a pocket protector. In their own thoughts though they feel bad for the negative things they thought about the other, and quickly there is a physical attraction between them. Both of them however feel that the other would never be interested in them, would never want to be with them because they are too hot/smart/whatever for them. That got kind of annoying to me, but I think it was supposed to be another humorous bent to the story. It just kept getting repeated so it was more annoying for me.

Finally Amelia does something about the attraction, seeing as how Morgan is too oblivious to her wanting to be with him. Then the end was just...I didn't really see them ever being in love. I felt like they could have gotten there in time, but the by the end they weren't there yet. It was a bit rushed for me, and then we again have the zany seniors. I didn't hate the book, but I didn't think it was really funny or anything. I have read a lot of better comedic romances that really made me laugh.

Rating: 2.5/5

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Beneath the Willow by Jeremy Asher


Beneath the Willow (Jesse & Sarah #2)

Synopsis:

Jesse and Sarah’s journey continues in Beneath the Willow, the sequel to the heartfelt novel, Across the Creek.

For Jesse Malone, an architect in Chicago, life has been anything but easy. After losing the love of his life six years earlier, he is determined not to let love slip through his grasp once again.
Sarah Ramsey, a business owner in the Windy City, is struggling to keep everything together through a difficult divorce. Her husband, a once brilliant attorney, is about to lose his career along with his marriage and is set on making Sarah’s life just as miserable as his.


When Jesse and his fiancĂ©e, Kate, walk into a local floral shop to pick out the flowers for their upcoming wedding, Jesse runs into the only other woman he has ever loved, Sarah. Their brief encounter sets off a series of catastrophic events as Sarah reveals a secret that will test the foundations of their lives, leaving them with one certainty…life will never be the same for either of them.

Review:

Even though I didn't love Across the Creek, the first book in this series, I already had Beneath the Willow on my Kindle so I thought why not give it a go. I didn't hate the first book, I just found in unremarkable. This second book, even though it seemed like it would be the same story as the first but reversed, was much better. I still didn't love it, but it at least seemed to have some substance. 

The story starts off with Jesse back in Chicago with his fiancee Kate. They go to get their flowers for the upcoming wedding and who do they run into? Sarah. Unlike Sarah, Jesse is committed to Kate, at least he is trying to be. Yes he has an almost mess up, but he pulls it together. He is not just going to ditch Kate now that he has found Sarah again, and not married/going through a divorce. Much better than Sarah making out with Jesse when she was engaged in the first book. 

I liked Kate, though I didn't understand all of her ups and downs. At first I got it, but how everything was resolved, what she did I was just like really? So you did all of this last minute work and now you are just going to have your say and be done with this? Really? It didn't make any sense to me. 

It is pretty obvious what the secret Sarah has is. I mean I guessed what it was based just on the cover, not even reading the synopsis. Sarah was a bit...I didn't really like her in this book. She had a lot of lame excuses for why she didn't tell Jesse sooner. Really would she have ever tried to find him if he hadn't stumbled into her store? And the whole not telling her then husband the truth as well...I just did not like her. She was so weak and lame. 

Sarah's ex lent some drama to the story, but he was crazy. Not in a really believable way for me either. The end where he is super crazy was just a bit much for me. What happens I was just like come on. Do we really need to do this? Why can't we just leave these characters be and have everything be okay. Then the very end, Jesse's heartfelt speech under the willow tree...it was just like wait a minute. It has been almost a year and now suddenly you are in love with her again? What took you so long? I just didn't see it. I didn't see the two of them ending up together. I would have believed Jesse marrying Kate and being a friend to Sarah. Sarah can find her own other match and it would have been more believable for me. 

Rating: 2.5/5

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Across the Creek by Jeremy Asher


Across the Creek (Jesse & Sarah #1)

Synopsis:

Life only gives you one first kiss.

And when Jesse Malone kissed Sarah Ramsey, he thought his life would change, but not in the way that it did. An unlikely childhood romance between a poor boy and a wealthy girl began the day Jesse decided to do the impossible and cross the creek. A love was born, one that would become their shelter, protecting them from the storms of their lives, until the day Jesse witnessed his mother’s murder, forcing him to leave his childhood home…and first love. 

Ten years later, life has finally gotten better for Jesse. He has a loving family, a charming pet shop to run, and one semester left before graduating with a degree in architecture. Everything is great, until the day fate intervenes and his long-lost love walks into his shop and back into his life.

Sarah, engaged to a budding attorney, is struggling to keep everything together. Her father, diagnosed with terminal cancer, is running out of time. Sarah races to build their dream business while planning her wedding in time for her father to walk her down the aisle.

Their brief encounter starts a series of events that neither Jesse nor Sarah expects. After a decade of running, Jesse is now forced to face the demons from his past, while Sarah has to choose between her handsome attorney and her first love. 


Just when they think love has given them a second chance, Jesse is faced with an impossible decision, one that will change their lives forever.

Review:

Across the Creek felt like a really short book. At the end I just felt like oh it is over already? I didn't feel like much happened in it so it was just okay. 

The story starts off with Jesse and Sarah's first kiss, and the last time they have seen each other. Then it jumps to 10 years later when they stumble across each other again. There is the instant attraction again, but Sarah is engaged. 

Even though Sarah is engaged, and loves her fiance, she is still attracted to Jesse. He is there for her when she needs someone. Really they don't make the fiancĂ©e very likable, which is a shame. Sarah seems like a good person, as does Jesse, but they both think they are not good enough for good people. 

Sarah has a lot to deal with in this story. Her dad is dying and Jesse always seems to be there to help her through the hard times. It was an odd read because as I have said it didn't feel like much happened. There are a few chapters from Jesse's brothers point of view, and without him the ending would have been much different. Jesse thinks he has to save his brother all the time to repay him for what he did for Jesse when he was 12. 

I had a hard time really connecting with everyone. It wasn't a bad story, it was just missing something that makes the story really engaging. I read it pretty quick, and I have the second book already so I will give that a read now, but it is just missing something. I don't know what it was that made it just a so so story for me. A quick, easy read, but not something that will stick with me forever. 

Rating: 2/5

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Newcomer by Robyn Carr


The Newcomer (Thunder Point)

Synopsis:

Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep everyone safe and happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves-suddenly they can't get enough of one another. 


And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost-and not missed-ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning. They're wondering if their new feelings for each other can withstand the pressure...but they are not going down without a fight. 

Review:

The Newcomer is the second book in the Thunder Point series. I really enjoyed the first book, but this one was a bit more...almost too melodramatic for me. The way it was written was a bit much for me at times. Overall I still enjoyed it, I was just disappointed it was not as good as the first book. 

The story starts off not with Mac and Gina, but with Cooper and Sarah. Really this book is as much about them as it is about Mac and Gina, and their kids. I actually liked that in this series. It is something I normally don't like. I normally like the story to just focus on one couple, but with this it just worked to have the story be about everyone. Sarah finds out pretty quick that she could be reassigned to the east coast. She doesn't share this with anyone, not wanting Cooper to have to give up her or his business, and not wanting Landon to worry about his senior year of high school. Throughout the book Sarah struggles with this decision, to go if it comes to that or to retire, and once she finally tells Cooper what is going on everything is so much better. They are really great together, and Cooper has some drama of his own to deal with. 

Mac and Gina are super close, having gotten together in the last book. Mac's ex-wife shows up in town suddenly, so Mac does some sleuthing to find out why she is really there. The synopsis makes it seem like she stirs up lots of drama, and maybe disrupts Mac and Gina, but she really doesn't. She causes some, but Mac never wavers from his love for Gina. 

The main storyline in this book? The one I didn't really like because it seemed too over the top? Ashley, Gina's daughter. She was dating Downy, who is away at college, only to suddenly have him break up with her when he finds another girl in college. The way everything is written about the breakup and how Ashley deals with it was just so...it was just too much for me. I could take that she takes this not well, and need help, needs counseling, but the way it is spoken about was just too much. Gina finds out that Downy broke up with Ashley while Ashley is on her way home from seeing him. It is then many paragraphs about how horrible this is, how her daughter is going to be so distraught, how this is the worst thing to ever happen we are all going to die. Well not that last bit, but it was so....I understand parents being upset when bad things happen to their children, but the way it was written was just like it is the end of the world! It is hard to find the right words to describe it. If it was just taken down a notch it would have been fine, but since it was a huge storyline in this book it made me not like it as much as I would have otherwise. It was just a bit over the top for me the way it was written. I would have liked to have had more story of the adults in this book. 

Overall the synopsis is a bit misleading. It is really the story of Ashley, Gina's daughter. Yes, Mac and Gina are in there, as well as Cooper and Sarah, but Ashley really seems to take center stage. It was just an alright read, and a bit disappointing since I liked the first book so much. I will give book three a try to see if it gets better, which hopefully it does. 

Rating: 2.5/5

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon


Beautiful Demons (Peachville High Demons #1)

Synopsis:

Harper Madison isn't like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she's lost count. Shadowford Home is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.

Review:

Beautiful Demons is the second book by Sarra Cannon I have read. I didn't love the first one, The Trouble With Goodbye, but I realized I already had this book, and in some reviews for TTWG the reviewers stated they liked this series much better, so I thought I would give it a try. While I did like it better than the first book, it still wasn't amazing. I will, however, read the second book once I get through some of my library books. 

Beautiful Demons starts off with Harper being sent to another foster home. This is her last chance. She knows there is something different about her, but she tries to keep that secret for good reason. She accidentally started a fire when she was younger, when she gets mad things move by themselves, just things she doesn't know how to deal with. Shadowford Home is a strange place, but she is determined to make it work. 

Her first day of school she sees them - the cheerleaders. She had run into the star quarterback when school shopping, but once Drake found out where she lived he couldn't get away fast enough. The whole school has an obsession with the cheerleaders. They all want to be them. They are the most beautiful people in school, and date the cutest guys. Harper makes enemies pretty quick with the queen bee, but tries to stay out of trouble. She doesn't understand all the hype with them. Sure they are pretty, but so what? She also has some strange things happen to her in her first few weeks. She faints when she walks by the demon statue on her first day! She has strange dreams and people act odd. She knows something is up with the town.

Harper does become friends with one of the girls she lives with, and has a huge crush on the guy who lives behind their house (the one caretakers son), Jackson. There is the instant connection with Harper and Jackson and he is trying to keep her safe. She wants to know what is going on in the town, but Jackson cannot tell her. He does his best though. 

Now up until this point in the book I was really enjoying it. Then one night Harper has a weird dream, is sick for a week, and when she wakes up she cannot remember what has recently happened. She can only remember a little bit of her time at Shadowford Home. The cheerleaders starts being nice to her and trying to be her friends, and Drake starts talking to her like he wants to date her. Harper, after only like 2 minutes of what is going on, is suddenly drawn into their crowd. I didn't get it. Well I got why she was, but it didn't actually seem like she was different. The writing didn't make her seem like she would suddenly want to be a cheerleader, when before she was scoffing at them. I wish it would have been more like she changed, or something made her change, to make her just forgive Drake and be all yes! This is what I want. I just didn't see it. You could still keep the moments where she thinks something is not quite right, but I didn't see her actually changing enough, or being lonely enough and wanting to fit in any way possible, for her to be trying out for the cheerleaders.

Then you don't really find out what is going on in the town at all in this book. It is a pretty short book, and you don't really learn much. Hopefully some of the secrets will be revealed in the next book. It wasn't horrible, but the second half was kind of a let down. I just wish it would have been more obvious that Harper changed, instead of having her be basically the same but not. We shall see how the next book is. 

Rating: 2.5/5

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Trouble With Goodbye by Sarra Cannon


The Trouble With Goodbye (Fairhope #1)

Synopsis:

One night can change everything…

Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.

Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.

With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.

That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.

Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late.

Review:

The Trouble With Goodbye started off good, but it just didn't deliver for me. It was too easy, too simple, the characters not as troubled as I would have imagined they would be. It just wasn't believable for me as it was just...too easy, too simple. 

The story starts off with Leigh Anne coming back home for the summer. Something bad happened in college a year and a half ago, and she doesn't really want to be home, but thinks maybe if she can just be who she used to be everything bad will go away. It is pretty obvious what happened to her right from the start, but you don't actually find out the story until closer to the end. On her round about way to her parents house (she doesn't want anyone to see her yet) she gets in a car accident. Enter Knox who she is instantly attracted to and who helps her when she is stranded. 

Knox moved to town after Leigh Anne left, and has a dark past of his own. The town gossips about how he was in jail for drugs and beating someone up. He is nothing but kind to Leigh Anne and she trusts him. He is someone she wants to confide in and work through her issues with. At first she tries to stay away from him though. She tries to fit back into who she was, but the problem is she is just not that person anymore. She can't get back to where she was, so she starts to move on. Her mom is a nightmare, but she also doesn't really stand up to her at all. She slowly starts to take control of her life and does what she wants, what is best for her, not what her mom wants. There were times when I just wanted to yell at Leigh Anne like come on! Say something! Tell your mom what you think!! 

Once Leigh Anne opens up and tells Knox what happened to her, things just quickly seem to get wrapped up. There is a moment of what should she do now? But once she makes up her mind it is just like perfect - everything is great now and everyone lives happily ever after. It was a little too easy, and I wish the next book was a continuation. Even though I didn't love this book, I still enjoyed it. I wanted to know what happened after she decides to press charges. What about the other girls? What happens to everyone? How is the media circus? It just seems to gloss over all of that and you don't really see what happens. It was all too easy and everything just worked out perfectly. 

And Knox's dark past? Well it doesn't seem that bad. The way it is written none of the bad things seemed to really effect the characters in the horrible ways I think they would have. It wasn't as compelling as other similar stories I have read. I never really felt anything for the main characters besides a slight bit of sympathy. I didn't connect with them, and I couldn't care as much as I should have. I am not sure exactly what it was, but something kept me disconnected, which is a shame. I feel like the real issues faced in this book are real problems, but the way they were written just didn't make me engaged. Not a horrible read, but I didn't love it as much as I could have. 

Rating: 2.5/5

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

For Nick by Taylor Dean


For Nick

Synopsis:

Zachary Drake had love in his life--and tragically lost it. He knows it won't come his way again. Andie Parker would do anything for the love of her life. 

Even marry a total stranger. 

In spite of the unorthodox manner in which Zach and Andie come together, there is no denying that things are unexpectedly good between them, taking them both by surprise. However, when secrets come between them--and trust does not--Andie soon finds herself vowing to never make the same mistake again. But, she'd do it again in a heartbeat and she knows it. She'd marry a hundred strangers if it helped Nick. 

She'd do anything for Nick . . . anything.

Review:

Man I really wasn't expecting to be so drawn in by For Nick. I wasn't expecting to be so emotional over the story. I was looking for just a light, easy read in between library books, but this was...I finished it yesterday and I still can't get over the story. The synopsis made me think it was just going to be one of those cheesy romances where two people are thrown together and pretend to be a couple for their own reasons, then fall in love. This story was so much more than that though. It was a pleasant surprise, even if it was a real downer in parts.

The story starts off with Zach needing to find a wife or he will lose his grandfathers company. His grandfather wasn't happy that he hadn't moved on from his first wife, who died in a tragic accident, so he made it a condition in his will. In order for Zach to run the company he has to be married for a year.

Andie has to be one of the kindest, nicest, most selfless people ever. She desperately needs money to help Nick, though you do not find out who Nick is until later in the book. She applies for what she thinks is an assistant position at Zach's company and right from the start it is amazing. Zach and Andie obviously are perfect for each other. Their first interactions are so fun! It makes me smile just thinking about them together.

Obviously Andie is not there to be an assistant. Zach proposes they get fake married for a year, just pretending they are married in public. He doesn't want any attachments, and after a year they walk away. The only hitch is they need to consummate the marriage once to make it official. When that happens would be up to Andie. She must initiate it. This almost is a deal breaker for Andie, but she need the money so bad she is able to convince herself it will be worth it.

Right from the start Andie and Zach are so cute. They are adorable. Silly, goofy, just fun to read. They just made me so happy. I know they pretty instantly got together, and Andie even says how she was never a believer in insta-love, but this was believable for me. This story was an example of when insta-love is okay. When I feel like it is real, not just insta-physical attraction called love. They are so goofy and I loved it. I am sitting here typing this review and I have the biggest, stupidest grin on my face just thinking about their alliterations and their silly day to day interactions. I loved them.

I was so caught up in the story I couldn't put the book down. Everything else was not as important as reading this book, but I didn't even realize how sucked into the story I was. About halfway through my husband came home from work and I was just like shoot...I should have dinner ready by now. I didn't realize it was so late. I also was in a funk all through dinner as I was so distraught for Andie. I had to put the book aside right after Zach finds her completely shut down. Right after she decides she cannot try anymore. Zach had mistakenly thought she was actually a horrible person, and he shut her out completely on the day she was her happiest she has been in a long time. She kept trying to get through to him and tell him what is happening, how much she loves him, but he just avoids her and completely shuts her out. After the final straw she just shuts down. It was so sad and I was so upset by all of it. I couldn't shake my melancholy throughout dinner and couldn't wait to get back to the book.

Things to turn around some, but man that moment when she is just completely shut down was the hardest for me. There are some other sad moments, but they couldn't top how lost and devastated I was for Andie at that moment. Of course Zach learns the truth. He learns how horrible he has been to Andie for no reason. He learns everything, and then he is all in once again. He has to try and redeem himself, and for some reason the whole last part of the book was not as good as the first parts. It was still amazing, just not as emotional as the first parts for me. I don't really know why. Maybe the breakdown in the middle just did me in and I wasn't able to deal with any more pain and suffering.

The very end though, the last chapter...Zach trying to find things and use the phone and drive...man that was hilarious. I actually laughed out loud, something I don't normally do. It brought it right back around to the ridiculous, silly, goofy story that it started out as. So even though it was rough through the middle of the book, it ended on a happy high. I can't say enough good things about this book. It really took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I can't wait to read another of the authors works. Hopefully it will be just as good.

Rating: 5/5

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Friday, February 21, 2014

The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler


The Hypnotist: A Novel (Detective Inspector Joona Linna)

Synopsis:

In the frigid clime of Tumba, Sweden, a gruesome triple homicide attracts the interest of Detective Inspector Joona Linna, who demands to investigate the murders. The killer is still at large, and there’s only one surviving witness—the boy whose family was killed before his eyes. Whoever committed the crimes wanted this boy to die: he’s suffered more than one hundred knife wounds and lapsed into a state of shock. Desperate for information, Linna sees only one option: hypnotism. He enlists Dr. Erik Maria Bark to mesmerize the boy, hoping to discover the killer through his eyes.

It’s the sort of work that Bark has sworn he would never do again—ethically dubious and psychically scarring. When he breaks his promise and hypnotizes the victim, a long and terrifying chain of events begins to unfurl.

An international sensation, The Hypnotist is set to appear in thirty-seven countries, and it has landed at the top of bestseller lists wherever it’s been published—in France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Denmark. Now it’s America’s turn. Combining the addictive power of the Stieg Larsson trilogy with the storytelling drive of The Silence of the Lambs, this adrenaline-drenched thriller is spellbinding from its very first page.


Review:

The Hypnotist was an odd read for me. The sentences and things people said were just not quite right. Something was off about them, which I blamed on translation issues. Then the story was like it couldn't figure out what it wanted to be about. Its focus kept changing so I was like wait, what about that other storyline? It took me about two weeks to finish this book, which for me is forever. I usually finish a book the same day, two days tops. Not very good.

The book started off just okay for me. The whole family who was killed should have been more interesting, but for some reason I couldn't get into it. It started getting better after a while, once Josef is getting out of the hospital. Then the story changed and I was again not interested. It was...I wish it could have picked one main storyline that I liked and had the other things in the background more. There is also the super long, drawn out, and super boring chapter about half way through which details what happened to make Erik stop hypnotizing people. I was curious, but not that curious. It seemed to take forever to get through it and it was painful. It took you completely out of what is happening and destroyed any momentum I had at the moment. I did not like it.

My other issue with the book was the characters. I didn't like any of them, and did not really understand the kids at all. Any of them. Benjamin would be all weird and acting out for no reason, he has his girlfriend who I don't get, her brother who I understood the most, and all of those random other kids who were doing horrible things. I didn't understand why they did what they did, or really what they were doing.

Simone was horrible. I did not like her at all. She was so whiny and complaining and poor me and she made no sense. She gets very upset when Erik gets called out to a police case in the middle of the night, instantly thinking he is going to cheat on her. He did once 10 years ago and she has never actually forgiven him. So then she finds her 'proof' which is just nothing really, and then won't let it go. Then she just tells everyone they are separating which is just....when your son is kidnapped no one cares if you are separated. Shouldn't you be focused on trying to find him? Plus, your son is kidnapped and what do you do? Go to work and hook up with the artist who is there! But of course, after being so horrible to Erik for his indiscretion 10 years ago you should now go and do the same thing. It is supposed to be a way for her to not think about what is happening, but still. I just did not like her. She blows everything way out of proportion and then is all poor me. I wish the end would have been different. I wish it wasn't happy family.

Erik is this weak, pill addicted guy. He never once stands up for himself. He never once explains what happened and how he is not having an affair. He just goes along with everything and doesn't even seem to care, but then says how he could never live without Simone. Well he sure doesn't seem like he cares. He was so spineless I don't know how something didn't happen to him sooner.

Then there is the detective, Joona, who seemed like one minute was really quick with figuring things out, the next couldn't figure anything out without Simone and Erik telling him what to do. He was just this background character for me, but he really should have had more of a presence. He just seemed to fade into the story. It was just...I didn't like how the story was going along one path, then changes to another, then skips somewhere else, then let's bring the first thing back for a second, then over here. It just made it so I couldn't stay interested. Every time I started to get into the story the focus would change and I would have to try and get into it again. I did not enjoy this book.

Rating: 1/5

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover


Finding Cinderella: A Novella

Synopsis:

This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone. 

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

Review:

Finding Cinderella was a good short story. I really liked the Hopeless books, so when I saw this book I was curious to see how it would be. Overall it was pretty good. 

The story starts off with one year ago when Daniel is hanging out int he storage closet and a girl stumbles across him. They don't know who the other is, but Daniel is drawn to her. They decide to pretend to love each other for one hour, make love to each other so they know what it is like. They have both been with other people, but never in love. After the hour is up Cinderella leaves and does not return to the storage closet again. 

Daniel  looks for her in every girl in school, but does not find her. That is until one year later when he sees Six in Sky's room (Sky is Holder girlfriend who is Daniels bff. Six is Sky's bff). He is instantly taken with her, and she seems to be just as effected by him. Holder warns Daniel to not touch Six, they are all friends and doesn't want it to be weird, but that doesn't stop him. They silly secret meet ups and they are just so cute together. So silly and fun. They are great together. Even though they have only known each other a short time they just work. 

Then Daniel finally realized that Six is Cinderella and well..then Six has to reveal her big secret. It wasn't really that surprising, and Daniel at first doesn't deal with things well, but the ending is so sweet. They are just so cute together! 

This book did a good job of just telling a short story. It did not have the feeling like the author was trying to fit a longer story into a few pages. It just flowed and went together naturally. A good read. 

Rating: 4/5

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Blog Tour! Indulge: The Prequel by Angela Graham


Indulge: The Prequel (Harmony Series)

Synopsis:

Logan West’s life is anything but ideal.

Mindless sex, tedious business ventures, and the occasional poker game keep him occupied, but he only lives for one thing: fatherhood.

Oliver, Logan’s three-year-old son, is his entire world. Raising him alone, Logan finds his only joy in spending time giving Oliver the childhood he deserves. But every other weekend, he allows himself the chance to live as a man—a man with deeper desires. Logan knows what he likes, what he wants, and what he needs. He has no interest in dating and believes there’s no risk worth taking for romance, but his casual sexual escapes rarely leave him satisfied.

It takes an unexpected decision from his sister Julia and a road trip to the small town of Harmony with his best friend, Caleb, to open Logan’s eyes to new opportunities outside his programmed world. Its not what he expects, but Logan’s always looking to indulge.

This can be read as the first in the Harmony series or anytime during the series. It is not a mandatory read to enjoy the series, simply a companion read. This novella is Logan's story of how he ended up living in Harmony and right next door to the woman that would forever change his life

Review:

*Note: I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Indulge is a prequel novella, and usually I hate novellas. Usually the author tries to cram a full length book into a few pages, which just doesn't work. Angela Graham, though, has writing a very good novella. I loved it.You don't have to read the other two books before reading this one, but if you do you will just love Logan even more.  I loved Logan and Cassandra already, and I loved seeing what happened with Logan before Cassandra met him. I loved seeing Logan's point of view. 

The story starts from when Natasha walks out and goes through when Logan decides to move to Harmony and why. You see how Logan becomes completely devoted to Oliver, how much of an amazing dad he is. You also see how he tries to deal with his pain and anger of Natasha leaving, how he uses ladies and tries to just be shut off emotionally. It was fun seeing his first visit to Harmony (that he remembers) and to see more of Caleb (now I want a book just about him....or more of the alley scene ending in a very different way, or ones similar to that...). Now I am looking forward to the third book even more!

Rating:
 4.5/5


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About the Author:

I am happily married to my husband of five years, have three wonderful children and a beautiful feline companion that keeps me company during late night writing binges.
My love of reading has been life long but it was in early 2012 when I was inspired to finally put pen to paper and write my first story. Since then I haven't been able to stop, fueled purely by my passion to write a story and create characters that readers will enjoy.
New Adult romances are my go to books to read as well as to write. They are young, fresh and full of hope. What's not to love!
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."

- Ella Fitzgerald

Check out the other books in the Harmony Series
        Inevitable (Book 1)      Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads  

        Irreplaceable (Book 2) Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Undertow by Amber Lynn Natusch


Undertow 
  
Synopsis:

How far does a girl have to run to escape a lifetime of pain and loss at the hands of Alaska's notoriously unforgiving Bering Sea? Twenty-seven-year-old Aesa Fredriksen thought landlocked Columbus, Ohio would suffice, and it does until the fear of regret drives her to return to Dutch Harbor in a final attempt to make amends with her nearly-estranged father. Intent on salvaging the wreckage of their relationship, she reluctantly agrees to join him—the only family she has left—as he heads out to fish for king crab, forcing her to brave the very waters that pulled him away from her as a child. The waters that stole her mother's life.
When the day finally arrives for the Norwegian Queen to sail off into an uncertain future, Aesa can't help but fear the worst. Beyond the violent swells and impending storms, there is far more than death and danger awaiting her on her journey: love awaits her too.

Decker, a young but seasoned member of her father's crew, is a force of nature as strong as Aesa, He's her perfect match, and even she can't deny it. But he too is a man of the sea, and with memories of tragedy and abandonment etched so deeply into her mind, can she overcome her demons and let him in or will she drown in her darkness, forever caught in its undertow?

Review:

I had a very hard time connecting with the characters in Undertow. It was often kind of boring, and just overly dramatic for no reason. Not the book for me.

The books starts with Aesa going back to her father before starting her medical internship. This is her last chance to try and have a relationship with him. She had stormed out 9 years ago never to return. She blames her father for a lot of things, and sees him as a horrible person. I don't really get why as I felt the author never really showed us. She blames him for her mother committing suicide since she was so sad and depressed because he was always leaving on his fishing boat. I'm not sure why, even after she learns the truth of her mom's suicide, she is never upset with her mom. She blames her dad for ruining her childhood and has nothing but bad memories of him. She constantly tries to pick fights with him and see the worst in him, even when he is trying so hard to be nice to her. For the most part I just saw a dad who obviously loves his daughter, wants her to be happy and wants nothing but the best for her. He knows this is his last chance with her and is trying his hardest to make it work. So kind of sad old man that I felt sorry for. That contrasts with Aesa who is just horrible to him. Whenever anyone says something nice about him she just scoffs like as if. He is a horrible person! She keeps mentioning how he ruined her childhood and is horrible, but I never saw it. I only saw her being horrible and I really did not like her at all. She was over dramatic all the time and just a nightmare for me.

When her dad's boat has to leave earlier than expected he ask Aesa to come along. She agrees and we meet Decker on board, one of the deckhands. He was...almost too zen and I'm trying to think of how to describe it. It is like he is overly sappy, but sappy is not the right word. I don't know. Every time he talks with Aesa he just tells her what she is really thinking/feeling. What she is not willing to even acknowledge to herself most of the time. By the half way mark I was getting tired of all of the conversations that were just Decker telling Aesa something, then Aesa being all oh man he is right! It is scary how he knows me so well! He knows what I am thinking and hits the nail on the head every time! I just....it didn't seem like a natural way for her to deal with her issues and see them for what they were. It was just here let's have him say something deep and insightful that will yet again make Aesa reassess what she thinks. A couple times would have been fine, but it got to the point where I was just like alright I got it.

Decker and Aesa's supposed love for each other I didn't see either. Sure they seem to like each other well enough, but I didn't see them falling in love that quickly. Then what she does to him at the end...that is pretty unforgivable in my book. Well maybe not completely, but it would have take so much more than nothing to get back to where they were for me. I really think the reason I didn't like her so much was she keeps thinking things are always black and white, no grey, when in real life almost everything is grey. She is not willing to compromise or even talk to the man she supposedly loves and just makes rash decisions based on the black and white that she sees. She is so dense it got to be so frustrating.

The other thing I didn't like was the Damon issue. It was all resolved so quickly and easily. I kept expecting him to pop back up, but he never did. Or maybe he got someone to sabotage her dad's ship or something, but no. No retaliation from him. It didn't make much sense based on the way the character was portrayed up until that point.

I know I am in the minority on this one, but this book just didn't work for me. I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters and found the story to often be boring. I thought the idea was fun, love on a fishing boat, but the execution just did not work for me.

Rating: 2/5

Available on Amazon and Goodreads

Monday, February 17, 2014

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton


Wallbanger

Synopsis:

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she's gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy's athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly...

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight...

Review:

When I first started Wallbanger I did not think I was going to like it. The humor just wasn't my style. All the talking about Simon's lady friends I just didn't like. I could see where others would enjoy it, but I thought this is not the book for me. I am glad I kept reading as once Simon and Caroline meet I was drawn in. I really enjoyed their sparing, and innuendos, and everything. They were so cute together, and obviously liked each other from the start.

Caroline has just moved into her new apartment only to find her neighbor has a very active sex life that wakes her up in the middle of the night. Her picture literally falls off the wall the bed is banging so hard. She is also missing her O as the book says, since her last bad sex. Well one night she is having some self loving and before she is able to get her O back she is interrupted by Simon. She storms over to confront her neighbor dressed in her pink nightie and oh from that moment on I really enjoyed the book. Simon is so fun. Caroline is so easy to aggravate. It was just fun to watch the two of them become closer.

I even enjoyed reading about the four friends romantic adventures. Normally I don't really like when everyone in a friend group finds amazing significant others at the same time, but somehow I didn't mind in this book. It was just all fun. Caroline and Simon knew their friends weren't seeing what they actually wanted, were oblivious to the obvious, and it was just like they aren't seeing it either. They obviously liked each other way before they did anything about it. I just really enjoyed this book once I got into it. Now to go find some more books by this author.

Rating: 4/5

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Missing by Karl Vadaszffy


The Missing

Synopsis:

John Simmons is en route to London with his girlfriend, Jennie Michaels, whom he intends to propose to that evening. He pulls into the London Gateway Services, leaving Jennie in the car. But when he returns, she has disappeared. Frantic with worry, he turns to the police for help. The police doubt that Jennie exists: there is no trace that she ever existed.

John, convinced Jennie was not a figment of his imagination, sets out in a desperate attempt to find the woman he fell in love with. He has the help of Detective Sergeant Kate Nielsen, herself haunted by a botched undercover operation that led to her being raped four years earlier.

Everything he can remember of Jennie – where she worked, where she lived – turns out to be untrue. Nielsen, following John as he lurches from one lead to another, begins to wonder if Jennie could be the eleventh victim of a serial killer. Their investigation becomes increasingly urgent and threatens to bring back dark and murky images from Nielsen’s past.

Review:

The Missing was an interesting read, but it never really grabbed me like an amazing read does. I was interested in the story. Did Jennie really exist? Why does it seem like she doesn't at every turn? Is John just crazy? It did seem like he should have found out more information about her before proposing, but it had only been three weeks so...

My biggest issue with the book was John. Yes, I get that he is upset and wants to find his girlfriend. He just goes crazy though. It was just like what is he thinking? He calls the cops twice and the second time they are just like stop this! We will really come after you for wasting police time. So what does he do? The next morning he goes down to the police station and starts going crazy demanding to speak to someone and just was out of control. It was a but ridiculous, and he just gets worse as the story progresses.

The other issue? The cop who is investigating Jennie's disappearance. I liked her, and I liked how her parts were written. She really was trying to help John. My issue with her? Why in the world did she not lock John up? I mean he commits crimes trying to find Jennie, and she just keeps saying just go home and do nothing. He keeps saying okay, then does something else. It just got to the point of being like why are you letting him run loose and do this? He can break into a place and not get in trouble for it? He can do whatever he wants and there are no consequences? I guess he did do some good in the end, but I really didn't like that. He was so crazy trying to find Jennie and not caring what he did or who he hurt that I wanted some kind of repercussions.

It was an interesting read, but not amazing I think partly because of John and his over the top antics. By the end I did think he could have just made Jennie up. When you find out why she seems to not exist it made sense, but also seemed like if they were so in love like he claimed he should have known more about her. Maybe they just didn't have time since it was only three weeks since he met her, but still. An interesting read, but not spectacular.

Rating: 2.5/5 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

A Little Too Far by Lisa Desrochers


A Little Too Far

Synopsis:

Have you ever gone just a little too far?

Lexie Banks has.

Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it’s more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he’s been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years … and is so off limits. It’s a good thing she’s leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.


But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can’t seem to escape trouble. Raised Catholic, she goes to confession in hopes of alleviating some of her guilt … and maybe not burning in hell. Instead, she stumbles out of the confessional and right into Alessandro Moretti, a young and very easy-on-the-eyes deacon … only eight months away from becoming a priest. Lexie and Alessandro grow closer, and when Alessandro’s signals start changing despite his vow of celibacy, she doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between falling in love with the man she shouldn’t want and the man she can’t have. And she isn’t sure how she can live with herself either way.

Review:

I guess I should have expected to not like A Little Too Far based in the synopsis, but since I saw a lot of great reviews I thought the author might write it in such a way that it is good. Unfortunately it wasn't really. I really disliked the ending, but not for the same reasons I think a lot of people did. Oh well. 

The book starts off with Lexie having a run in with her ex who cheated on her, who she was with for 3.5 years. She is still upset by this, but yet she still lets him make out with her on her way to the restroom. She has no backbone apparently and cannot stick up for herself. Starting off great, but really I had hoped that she would grow throughout the book and it would be okay. 

So she goes home from this awkward encounter more confused than ever. Should she take the ex back? I mean he says he still loves her....then when she has a break down her step brother finds her and offers comfort. He is her bff and they tell each other everything. While discussing whether to get back with the ex or not suddenly they are making out and have sexy time. I didn't really mind this as...well since it just starts right off with it I don't have the mindset that they are brother/sister. He just seems like a good friend and whatever. Of course this results in lots of awkwardness and she leaves for Rome pretty quick. 

I was hoping once in Rome she would use that time to be by herself and figure out what she wants, what she likes, how to just be alone. Of course that is not what happens. On day one in Rome she meets the dreamy deacon Moretti and is swept up in him. So it is just jump from one guy to the next, even though she thinks she is in love with Trent her step-brother. She also thinks since Alessandro Moretti is going to be a priest it is fine to be whatever with him. It was just...she tells him all about Trent, and he still is intrigued by her, obviously wanting more than just friends. At the same time he cannot act on that since he took a vow of celibacy for the priesthood...it was just a bit much for me that she just keeps jumping back and forth between the two guys. 

*spoilers ahead about the end*
So the middle of the book was kind of boring for me. Her giving tours on to kids about art, and talking about Rome and stuff, it just wasn't that interesting. I did like Alessandro, and really he is in most of the book so it seems like she might end up with him. Trent is barely in the book after the beginning so you never really get to see him. Whenever he is mentioned it just seems like she misses her bff, her confidant, not that they are in love. I never really saw them in love, just lusting for each other. Alessandro though...well you have the whole priest thing. If he gives up becoming a priest for her...well that is a big deal, one there is no way she could handle. She is just not mature enough for that kind of responsibility. Of course she realizes this too late after they get quite intimate (not intercourse, but pretty close). She then tells Trent she loves him via text and he shows up a few days later so they can be together. Great. 

So after that what happens? I mean they are brother sister so...will the parents really be okay with this? Their friends? I mean Sam was dating Trent for a bit, how happy is she going to be that you are now in love with your brother/her ex? Oh and Trent proposes so they are getting married! Again I didn't see the love between them so it was just odd to me. So they go home and the day they are finally going to tell the parents the mom walks in on them naked! Yes! Then dad comes home, they tell him, he storms off. 5 minutes later he is back and the parents are all okay this is fine, no problem, you guys can get married hurray! It was just...really? The parents would just be cool with it? It is that easy? For real? It made no sense. I cannot image parents being okay with this at all. Maybe after a while, but not after 5 minutes alone. So strange. 

The real reason I disliked the ending, besides the parents being totally cool with their kids hooking up, is that I really just wanted Lexie to pick neither boy. Since she didn't really spend any time alone I wanted her to be alone at the end. I wanted her to figure out what she is like without a guy. She didn't really get over her ex, jumped into bed with her brother, then immediately starts hanging out/liking the soon to be priest...I just felt like she was not at all ready for anyone. She is too immature and needs to grow up some, needs to experience life more. I didn't want her with Alessandro since she would not be able to deal with the guilt of taking him from his calling, and Trent was just...maybe if he were in the book more and you were shown they loved each other more. I just felt like it should have been an instance of I am going to take some time to myself, and maybe later, like a second book, she could get together with Trent. 

Overall I found most of the book kind of boring with a really unbelievable happy ending, when really I felt Lexie should have ended up alone. 

Rating: 1.5/5

Friday, February 14, 2014

Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan


Archer's Voice (Sign of Love, Sagittarius)

Synopsis:

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

Review:

Wow. I'm not sure what I was expecting from Archer's Voice seeing as how I didn't read the synopsis (it was a recommendation so I just downloaded it and read it), but it wasn't this incredibly sweet, innocent, beautiful, heart wrenching story I received. 

Bree comes to town trying to find someplace safe to recover and heal from the terrible tragedy that happened 6 months prior. She is still raw and has flashbacks of that horrible day every morning. On her first day in town she awkwardly runs into Archer and there is that instant connection and he intrigues her. 

Archer has had a hard time of it. When he was seven his mom, dad and uncle were all killed in the same accident that took his ability to speak. He was then raised by his slightly crazy uncle cut off from everyone. His uncle seemed like a good person and he helped him as much as he could, but he was mentally not all there. Archer never had any friends, and really kept himself removed from everyone. He only ventured out to get things he needed, and even then he tried to be invisible. Until Bree. 

Things start of slowly with Bree and Archer, and things can be a bit awkward with them, but man it was so sweet and innocent and just amazing. I couldn't help but sit here reading this story with this silly grin on my face as it is just so unbelievably...I cannot think of a word to express exactly what I feel about this book. Beautiful doesn't seem to be enough, sweet is too simple, it is just amazing. Archer was just so...I loved him so much. There is one scene where he walks through the pouring rain and thunderstorm to see Bree, even though she is upset with him at the time and not speaking to him, just so he can be there for her. Just so that she is not alone. He knows thunderstorms are hard for her, and he was willing to just sit outside, wet and cold, just so that she wouldn't be alone. Man, if I hadn't already loved him that would have done it. The selflessness he has is just....you know he would do absolutely anything for Bree. She is his life, and he hers. It is breathtaking. They both have their issues and hangups they need to work out, but they make each other so much better. 

At the same time, about half way through, I was so happy and smiley, but also dreading what would happen in the rest of the book. I was just waiting for something horrible to happen since Archer's aunt and cousin are pretty horrible people. Thankfully it wasn't as bad as I had expected. There were still moments that broke my heart, but I knew they were needed. There were still moments where I almost cried from sadness, but then turned right around and almost cried from joy. It is an amazing story. Archer and Bree are so unbelievable together, and as people themselves. They help each other overcome their pasts and move forward with their lives. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Really an amazing book. Go read it now. Words are not enough to express how much I loved this story, how much I fell in love with the characters. It was like being wrapped up in a big, fuzzy, warm blanket. Amazing. 

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Saving Ben by Ashley Farley


Saving Ben

Synopsis:

A boy, his sister, and her psychopathic roommate. 

When Katherine Langley’s roommate, Emma, disappears from a house party on New Year’s Day, the only evidence left is a single set of footprints in the snow leading down to a deserted dock. 

Flashback sixteen months to Katherine’s first day at the University of Virginia when life is sweet. She is finally free from the drama of her parents’ dysfunctional marriage and ready to focus on studying to become a nurse. Her brother, Ben, belongs to the hottest fraternity on campus, and her new roommate, Emma, is beautiful and charming, a party girl whose answer for a hangover is happy hour. She is also a psychopath. When Katherine’s obsessive-compulsive overprotective brother succumbs to Emma’s charms and falls dangerously off-track, Katherine must save Ben from himself. 

From the University of Virginia campus to a cozy cottage on Carter’s Creek, Saving Ben is a haunting tale of love and loyalty, anger management, substance abuse, and betrayal.

Review:

Saving Ben started off okay. I had no idea where the story was going at first, and it was a lot of telling not showing. The entire story is narrated by Katherine. It is just her telling what happened so the telling wasn't as annoying at first, though I do like showing better. At first Katherine is drawn in by Emma, and her brother Ben is instantly attracted to her. Emma right from the start is a little off. She gets more manipulative and such the longer the story goes on.

I was going along with the story just fine for most of the book, even if it was a bit boring. I saw how everyone was worried about Ben, but they couldn't really do anything since he will do what he wants to do. He had to reach rock bottom before he could make some changes for himself. Everyone except Ben hated Emma with good reason. I got all of that and went along with it, even though it was told and not shown.

Then we get towards the end and I just got sick of everyone being an idiot in regards to Emma. Yes she is crazy. Yes they all hate her, so why do they still let her crash their party? Why do they still let her spend the night? You get in a physical altercation with her and yet you still let her stay? Ben says she is stalking him and you still think this is a good idea? From then on it was just like what are you thinking?!? Why would you get in the car with crazy guy you think is the killer? Why would you do any of these idiotic things you did? Did you learn nothing?  I thought you saw through Emma and her games, so why are you still playing into them? It made no sense. Emma was a horrible person, but Katherine was just stupid. I was hoping that she would have grown and learned from her experiences, but I don't think she did.  It was just like poor decision after poor decision and I really started to hate it. It just got to be too much.

Rating: 2/5

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn


Sharp Objects: A Novel

Synopsis:

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart 
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg 
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle 
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.


With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

Review:

I had a very hard time getting into Sharp Objects. In fact, I never really did. I just finished it to see what would happen and if I were correct in my thoughts on who the murderer was. I didn't expect to be right since I have not been able to figure out the ending of the other two books by the author, both of which I really enjoyed. 

Camille gets sent back to her hometown to report on the death of two young girls. She stays with her family who are all crazy and messed up. A lot of people in the town are just...really most of the interactions with most of the people are so strange. It is like a town full of strange people. Pretty quick I had my suspicions as to who the murderer was. It never really changed throughout the book, even though the author tried to make it seem like someone else close to that person was doing it. I never really bought that, even though they were responsible for other harm and death to someone else.

I never really connected with any of the characters and I think that might be why I had a hard time connecting with the book in general. As I said everyone is so strange. I couldn't identify with most of the people in the story. I couldn't quite grasp why they were so odd for me, why everything that happened was so off for me. Camille's mom just seems crazy, her step dad like he is just in his own world, her half sister is ferocious and scary, everyone just...I wouldn't want to spend any time in this town. The detective brought in from out of town to help with the case...well he wasn't really any better. I could never get a feel for him, or as I said already anyone. It was very confusing for me as I didn't get it. 

The one thing I did like about the book was Camille's obsession with words. I found that very interesting. It was interesting how she started just writing down everything, how she would then cut words into her skin, how she clung to words. It was my favorite part of the story. I didn't like Camille though. She was so weak and needy. I understood why, but she never really seemed to grow or anything. She was just all over the place for me and I didn't understand why she did some of the things she did. 

Overall it was a very strange read for me. The killer was who I thought it was from the start. I just could never get into the story or identify with anyone. I really have no real feelings toward the book. I didn't hate it, I didn't really dislike it, I didn't love it or even like it either. It is one of those books that will just fade into the background for me. Very odd. 

Rating: 2/5