Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin


The American Heiress: A Novel

Synopsis:

Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.

Review:

It took me quite a while to get into The American Heiress. A friend lent it to me since she loves it, but man at first I couldn't figure out why. It opens with Cora before she leaves for Europe to try and buy a title. Really her mom is the one who wants that. She is rich so they can pretty much do what they want, though they have to be proper and go about it the right way.

At first I really wasn't enjoying this book. I hated everyone and not in a good way. I didn't care what happened to anyone. Cora's mom is a nightmare, though I did enjoy the tragedy at the party in the beginning. That was kind of awesome, but the rest...not so much. When they got to Europe I still wasn't enjoying it. I found the story really boring and just...not what I like to read. Once Cora and Ivo got married though I started to enjoy it.

Ivo is kind of strange. I couldn't really figure out his mood swings. He would be all great and loving with Cora, then the next minute so cold and distant. He was just all over the place. I know he had a thing with the other girl before he married Cora, but it wasn't clear if it was still going on or not. I didn't really care either way, but by the end I did feel bad for Cora. She went into this marriage for love and she thought Ivo did as well. She really seemed to care about him, but she just couldn't figure out how to make him happy. Since he did have his mood swings she just seems to kept getting smaller and smaller. She lets the servants do whatever they wanted, she let Ivo's mom intimidate her, she just let people walk all over her because she  wasn't certain in her new surroundings. She wasn't certain how to make Ivo happy so she just kept shrinking into the background.

I did enjoy the second half of the book. I liked watching Cora settle into her new life. At times I just wanted to yell at her to grow a backbone and do something. I did feel bad for Cora when she finally finds out what has been going on, or what went on before she go married. Teddy shows up again all I love you! Let's run away together and I just was like um okay. I didn't buy that Teddy actually loved Cora ever. Sure he liked her, and maybe he did love her, but Cora definitely didn't love him. I am happy with the ending as it was and really it made me hope that Cora would live happily ever after. So it took a while to get into the story, but then I did enjoy it.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Elect by Rachel Van Dyken


Elect (Eagle Elite)

Synopsis:

Would you die for the one you love?
Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family's enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him. 

Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family's sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend... But Trace isn't ready to give up on a future with Nix--and if he won't fight for them, she will. 


In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . . 

Review:

I always am excited to read a Rachel Van Dyken book, but then once I do I am a little disappointed. They are good, light reads but not amazing. I enjoy them, but I always think they will be something better. Not sure why. Maybe just because I know the authors name. Elect was no exception. I enjoyed it, but I didn't absolutely love it. There will be a few spoilers ahead.

In Elect Chase is tasked with watching Trace, looking out for her and making sure nothing happens to her. He thinks he is in love with her so that causes issues. He doesn't want to do anything to hurt Nixon since they are so close and Nixon is head of the family. Meanwhile Nixon is trying to figure out how to fix the situation they are in from the last book and how to keep Trace safe.

I really didn't like Chase in this book. At first it was fine, he's trying to be good and look out for Trace even though it is difficult for him. When Nixon dies though, man he was....he like instantly tries to get Trace to be with him. It was ridiculous. She doesn't even have a moment to grieve Nixon's loss. Then when Chase finds out Nixon is not really dead what does he do? Pressures Trace even more to be with him and move on. It has been like three days and he is all choose me! Be with me! Even if Nixon were alive you should be with me! And since Trace is vulnerable from losing Nixon she agrees. After three days! Seriously? I can kind of see Trace's side of like drowning your sorrows in someone else, but man that is not going to work. I just really didn't like the whole situation and how Chase just kept pressuring her to move on right this instant. Not cool. You don't really love her. If you did you should be able to wait until she is ready. You should be able to be there for her when she needs a friend, not make her have to choose to be with you to keep you around. It was...I really didn't like him.

The whole story was a bit of a let down. I did like Phoenix's chapters. They were dark in a good way and I wish we would have had more of his story.  The set up and take down of the bad guy was alright, but not as thrilling as it should have been. It just seemed to be really easy and not really that big of an issue. I don't know. It was alright, but just not great.

Rating: 2/5

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Monday, April 28, 2014

The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window by Kristy Moseley


The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window

Synopsis:

Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years. Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still emotionally scarred from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Together they make an unlikely pair. Their relationship has always been a rocky one, but what happens when Amber starts to view her brother's best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer? Find out in The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window.

Review:

I was really excited to read The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window, but unfortunately it was really not good. Apparently none of the kids in this town can control their sexual desires. That is all they think about and apparently all that matters. It was just strange. This book is basically just a bunch of teens not able to control themselves and descriptions of people sucking face every two seconds. Ugh.

The story starts with a glimpse of the past, the first night Liam snuck into Amber's room to comfort her. I understand and get why he did and he is comforting to Amber. He gives her someone to rely on, someone to help with her dad's abuse. Then it jumps to when she is 16, he 18 and yeah. They are in high school and apparently Liam and Jake, Ambers brother, are the hottest guys ever and girls cannot be normal around them. They swarm them every morning when they get to school and just cannot keep their hands off them, even if the guys are rude to them or ask them to stop or whatever. It was beyond ridiculous how sex crazed all the girls were. Or wait, all the skanks and whores as Amber calls them. Even her bff, Kate, is one of the skanks who cannot stop lusting after Liam and Jake. When Kate is over at Amber's she literally gropes Jake and it is supposed to be okay and sexy or something. What? It is not okay for some girl to just put her hands on a guys junk when he doesn't want you to and rub all up on that. I don't...I can't...it is just not cool! Why is every girl in the book portrayed this way? They have no self control and no boundaries. I mean sure you should be able to feel up anyone and it is total cool right?

The guys are not any better. Apparently Amber is way too good looking as well and guys just can't help themselves. Liam has to repeatedly help Amber get away from a guy who doesn't understand no means no. I could maybe see once at the party, but to repeatedly have to save her from lust crazed guys was a little much. Does no one have any self control? Apparently not.

Amber is really not any better than any of the other girls. She starts seeing Liam, but doesn't want anyone to know since he used to be a player. I mean he is a boy and he thinks he won't cheat on her but come on. What guy can stop having sex with other girls when they have a girlfriend? I don't know any...anyways once it gets out that Liam has a girlfriend the other girls start a betting pool for who can sleep with him next. Because it is so much fun to sexually harass a guy to try and get him to cheat on his girlfriend. I mean yeah. So there are tons of girls who buy in, including Amber. So Amber starts teasing Liam at school, flashing him her panties and be all up on him in front of everyone. I mean she just wanted people to think he liked her because she was tired of lying about her relationship...even though she is the only reason they are lying about it. So once she does her little tease show she hears "the boys all making slutty comments behind me...and the girls all saying what a whore I was. I giggled" Yes what fun having guys make slutty comments and girls calling you a whore! Doesn't every girl aspire to that? It was too much. No impulse control, sex sex sex. Ridiculous! Horrible.

Alright so my other big issue with this book? Amber has supposedly been sexually and physically abused for years by her father. The day it stopped is when Jake and Liam walked in on the father, after beating Amber really badly, trying to rape Amber. Do they do anything about this? Call the cops? Anything? No. They just tell him to get out and never come near her again. Good job guys. I mean why bother trying to do anything about this. Much better to just let him be so maybe he can abuse other girls/families. Way better. So does Amber act like she has been abused? No, not unless the author remembered that she was supposed to be and it could help the plot somehow. She doesn't like people touching her, yet she has people touch her all the time and she doesn't freak out. Only sometimes does she freak out about it, when the author remembers I guess. She dances and the other dancers touch her and that is fine. Liam touches her all the time and that is fine. She dresses sexy and parades around the other guys showing off and everything, and that is all fine. Until it is like wait! She is supposed to have been abused. Let's put in another scene where she is not okay with something. That works. It is like the author does not know what it would be like to have been abused. It was ridiculous. I kept forgetting because Amber did not act like an abused girl. It really was not cool. Why put that back story in there if you are not actually going to make your characters have that back story? Really it made me a bit angry as well...it is hard for most people to get over something like that. It is hard to deal with and...it just made me angry.

Then finally the end. Some spoilers, but really you shouldn't read this book so it doesn't really matter. So Amber's dad moved back to town with a new family and wants to see Amber again. Of course she doesn't want to, but accidentally does when she goes over to his house with his step-son who she became friends with! Why oh why would you chance seeing him again? Yes, he is not supposed to be there, but really? There is no way I would ever get near him again, never get in a position that it was possible if I could help it. I just...no. Anyways they find out that the dad is abusing the new family so there is this big thing where the dad comes over then Jake and Liam are there and the dad is a jerk and Liam snaps and beats him up. Liam gets arrested as dad presses charges so Amber saves the day by going to the dad, by herself, and getting him to confess everything while she secretly tapes it and sends it to a bunch of people. Okay, I get you need to save Liam, but did you really have to go by yourself? I mean luckily it did not end too badly, but he could easily have killed or raped you before your brother got there. Easy. What do they do with this secret tape? Well they make the dad drop the charges and they just tell him, again, to go away and never come back. What? Really? Again you are just going to let him go away so he can abuse more people? Maybe next time he will find a nice lady with a daughter he can molest. That would be great. I mean you now have the means to put him in jail, but why bother? Much better to let him roam the streets and do whatever he wants. As long as it is not to you. It made me so angry. Well we don't want to put Amber through that again. Oh okay, seeing as how she is not really messed up from the abuse unless it is convenient for the plot. Even if it would be hard for Amber, it might be good to have her talk to someone about it since she is supposed to have issues stemming from the abuse. It just...how can they just turn the other way and hope he doesn't hurt anyone else?

Overall not a good book. Everyone is too sex crazed and Amber does not act like an abused girl. That plus not doing anything to the dad is just....It really made me angry. I don't recommend reading this book.

Rating: 1/5

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares


The Last Summer (of You and Me)

Synopsis:

Riley and Alice, two sisters now in their twenties, and as fiercely different as they are loyal, have spent every summer at their parents’ modest beach house on New York’s Fire Island. Each year, they return to the house and community they have known since they were children—and to Paul, the boy next door. But this summer marks a season of change: budding love and sexual interest, an illness, and a deep secret force all three to confront the increasing complexities of their lives and friendships.

Review:

The Last Summer (of You and Me) did not start off very good for me. Up until 50% I had a really hard time even focusing on the story. I am not sure why. Something about the way it was written did not keep my attention even when I was actively reading it. I kept finding myself thinking of other things.

Then around half way through I was able to focus on the story. It still wasn't very good, but I did read the last half without zoning out. The story itself is...I really did not like it. It surprised me since I loved My Name is Memory by the same author. That was one of my favorite books I read last year. To follow it up with this book was just...yeah. I hated all of the characters and couldn't understand them at all. I did not like it.

The story starts off with Alice waiting at the ferry docks for Paul. She has been friends with him forever, and he is her sister Riley's best friend. Alice was really tedious to read. The first half was a lot of remembering years past and everything was this huge melodramatic mess. Alice loves Paul and always has. Paul loves Alice but for some reason he cannot show it. He has to be horrible to her and for some reason he has this wall that has to stay up between them. He tries to stay away from everything he wants for some reason. I really didn't understand him at all. He cannot let himself love Alice, he has to punish her for making him love her. It is just...I didn't understand him at all.

Alice, even though she is in her early twenties, still acts like the little kid who wants to play with the big kids. She kind of makes it so she is just tagging along and not really apart of everything. She always seemed to be miserable, but she never really did anything about it. She would complain a lot, or was afraid to do things Paul and Riley did, but didn't want them to know. It was just really kind of boring the way it was written. I am not sure why Alice liked Paul, or Paul Alice, or Riley or anyone.

Riley was my least favorite character. I really hated her, especially in the second half. She knew that Alice and Paul loved each other, but she still broke them up. She didn't really care that they were together, and when Alice is sacrificing everything for Riley that is how Riley pays her back. Months and months of not telling Paul, and Alice not breaking her word to her sister to keep her secret. Riley didn't even seem to care if she lives or dies, she just wants to be in the water and look for dolphins. I kept thinking how selfish can you be? You see Alice hurting, you see Paul hurting, you know you are causing this and yet you do nothing to try and help them fix it. I just really hated her. I don't know what she ever did to have Alice be so selfless when it comes to her sister. I just can't get over everything she gave up for her sister who doesn't seem to care about anything. Ugh.

Overall not a very good book. The writing was really boring and melodramatic and just...I didn't understand any of the characters or why they were the way they were. I wish I would have, then maybe I would have enjoyed this book.

Rating: 2/5

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Promise Me, Cowboy by CJ Carmichael


Promise Me, Cowboy (Copper Mountain Rodeo)

Synopsis:

Sage Carrigan never meant to be the other woman. Unfortunately, bronco rider Dawson O’Dell neglected to mention he was married the night he invited her to his bed after they’d both placed first in their rodeo events. When his wife walked in on them – Sage was deeply hurt and humiliated. 

After an accident in the ring the next day, Sage decides she’s quitting the rodeo–and cowboys—to become a chocolatier in her hometown ranching community, Marietta, Montana. 

She’s doing just fine, but then Dawson shows up —five years later, with a little girl in tow. He’s here for the Copper Mountain Rodeo hoping to win big. But he’s also got plans of settling down with his daughter and buying a house—the very same one that Sage has been dreaming about. 

He says he’s here for her and he’s making lots of promises. But can he keep them?

Review:

Promise Me, Cowboy was too short. I knew where it was heading and it wasn't going too bad, but then it just all of a sudden resolved everything and ended.

Sage fell for Dawson when she was on the rodeo circuit. It wasn't an instant thing. They were friends until finally they tried to be more, only to have Dawson's wife barge in on them. Sage of course runs and never hears from him again until he shows up in her town.

Dawson obviously didn't want to be married. You knew he wasn't just cheating on his wife and I thought it would end up he wasn't married at all. It didn't and yes he definitely should have told Sage. Even if he wanted out of it he shouldn't have done anything until he was divorced, or at the very least been upfront about it. Then when he does come back is he single? Nope, not yet. Not cool. Just leave Sage alone until you can be with her. You know she is upset that she was the other woman. You know she hates that and still you pursue her again before you are free and clear. Really I did like Dawson even though I really shouldn't with his cheating. Yes he didn't love his wife and wanted out, but then get out.

So everything was going along and it wasn't a bad story. I was enjoying it, but not absolutely loving it. It was good. Then suddenly it was over. Everything was resolved right away and it was just way too quick and easy. The book should have been longer and it would have been better.

Rating: 2.5/5

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Collide by Forever


Collide

Synopsis:

Fated to love. Fated to break. Fated to die. 

As a loner his entire life, Shay Pearce feels abandoned and left for dead. Being stabbed in the back more times than he could possibly count has left his trust broken beyond repair. However, all of that threatens to change the moment he meets Avalon. She’s flawless, friendly, and incredibly talented at breaking through Shay’s defenses—which drives him absolutely insane. But there’s something alluring about her upbeat attitude and playful sense of humor, and before he can stop himself, he’s falling for her. 

When things take a turn for the worst, Shay discovers more about his world than he could’ve imagined in his wildest dreams. There’s far more to his existence than meets the eye. He knows one thing for sure: he has to fight the evil that haunts him. It’s the only way to save Avalon and finally get the vengeance that was always his. But some things were meant to be set in stone. If the course of fate cannot be altered, can Shay be saved… 


…from himself?

Review:

Wow I wasn't expecting Collide to be such a good book. This was one of those stories that just pulled me in right away. I was reading this while my husband was watching TV. Normally I can do both, watch TV and read and follow along with both story lines, but this book sucked me in so much I have no idea what he was even watching. Really a fantastic read.

Collide is one of those stories where you are wondering what exactly is going on in a very good way. You want to keep reading to find out what the deal is. It is obvious from the start something is odd with Avalon, but you aren't really sure if there is an issue with Shay as well. Does he cause whatever is wrong with Avalon? Is Avalon causing his weird issues? Do they work together to make something strange happen? What exactly is her issue? It was fun reading and finding out. Once you do it makes sense and is great and not like anything else I have read. I don't want to give away too much as it was better not knowing what is happening so you can discover it yourself.

Shay meets Avalon randomly one night in the woods. She is upset and crying and Shay tries to help comfort her. Shay is really sweet and great with Avalon. They really were so cute together, even though they did have their issues. They started as friends and gradually became more and fell in love. They do have kind of a rocky, volatile at times relationship but it was great seeing how they tried to overcome their issues to be together. They both have things they need to work on and one of my favorite scenes was actually the first time Shay asked Avalon if she wanted to be his girlfriend. They were both yelling and upset and angry and it was just kind of perfect. Then after that you get the super sweet do over which is great as well. They just really work well together even when they are screaming at each other.

So overall the entire story was amazing. What kept this book from being 5 stars for me? The ending. The big showdown. I was a little let down by that. It was just a bit too easy to defeat the bad guy. It was good, it wasn't terrible or anything, but it was missing just that extra oomph, that extra bit that would make it fantastic. It just seemed to happen to quickly and too easily, even though it wasn't really easy easy. Otherwise a great read.

Then once I read this story I look up about the author. Forever is a high school kid! That just blew me away. This book was so much better and the writing was so much better than most of the books I have read recently and it is written by a seventeen year old girl in high school. I can't wait to see what else she writes and see how she grows as a writer if this is any indication of what she is capable of.  Really seeing that someone so young wrote something so great just amazes me. Really well done. Can't wait to read more from this author.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Beautiful Chances by Alicia Rae


Beautiful Chances (The Beautiful Series)

Synopsis:

After losing her parents and sister in a tragic car accident, Lily distances herself from those still around her. As she solely focuses on her work, she refuses to form any emotional attachments in fear of struggling through another unbearable loss. 

…until Kyle enters her life with his possessive and overbearing personality. Instead of running, Lily finds herself drawn to him. Helping her on a path to healing, Kyle stands by her side and lends her his strength.

A bond is formed, but it is tested when the unthinkable happens.

Can taking a chance on love conquer all?

Review:

Beautiful Chances was a strange read for me. I kept waiting for Kyle to turn into an abusive jerk. He was way too overbearing and possessive and I did not like him at all. But I guess Lily likes that. She likes her "sexy alpha with his badass, overbearing hot side." Yes, because overbearing is always high on my list of attributes I look for in a partner. Lily refers to Kyle as overbearing in a positive way multiple times. It was just...I don't get that.

Lily has been hiding out on the beach in Florida for three years. Three years ago her family was killed in a car accident and Lily blames herself for their deaths. She ran away from her aunt and uncle before the funeral and hasn't been back for a visit since. She has shut herself off from almost everyone. She has two friends, her agent and the guy who works at the snack shack where she gets food. That is until she meets Kyle and his sexy overbearing, possessive self. Right from the beginning I didn't like him. Lily is still fragile and hasn't worked on moving on from the accident at all. Kyle right from the start is just like you are mine! Mine and no one else's! I guess it was supposed to be hot that he was so possessive, but the way it was written was just like he was going to turn on her and it was not going to be good.

The first time they get intimate Lily tells Kyle that she is a virgin and his first reaction? Get angry. Are you kidding me??? Angry until he sees that Lily is hurt that he is upset by that and then he calms down. Who gets angry that you are a virgin? I can see like not wanting to go farther or trying to make super sure she wants to do this now, but angry? That is your go to? Things like this is why I thought he would turn abusive. It makes no sense to me.

So they work things out, and they are instantly inseparable, which causes issues with Luke her friend. He has been in love with her forever and is upset that she is ready to move on and not with him. He also gets really creepy then. He runs into her and is just kind of crazy. Like he is going to force her to kiss him and stuff. It was odd and well...I wouldn't be friends with someone if they were so creepy like that to me. Yet she still wants to be bff. It was just odd.

The one thing I did like about the story? Kyle didn't magically cure Lily's nightmares. He wasn't the magical person that could make everything better always. I liked that she still had them and that she still needed help to deal with her issues. At the very end with the surprise she did kind of flip out too much. She really does need help as she is a mess. She has been hiding that mess for three years. At least now she is trying therapy. There is also a stalker or something and when you find out the surprise at the end I was guessing who it would be. You don't find out and it really is not really part of the story. It is mentioned a few times when something happens and that is it. I don't even know why the stalker was added in there as it didn't really do anything for the story. I kept expecting more to happen and it was just not important which I found odd. Why add that element if you are going to do nothing with is? I guess you will find out who it is in the next book, unless it is forgotten again.

Rating: 1.5/5

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Handle With Care by Emily Porterfield


Handle with Care

Synopsis:

"Even tortured souls can be freed..." 

All Abigail Miles’ wants is some time and space – to be left alone, hoping to find peace in solitude in the sleepy Oregon town she has fled to... that is, until she's discovered... 

Haunted by her past, made a pariah by the media, Abigail feels like her entire life has been destroyed. But the gentle patience of widower Craig Port, and his young daughter, throws what Abby knows into doubt. Her profession is to know people, yet she is a total stranger to herself. She believes she doesn't deserve their kindness, their mercy or their love. 

Can Abby learn to trust Craig's insights and risk what he has to offer? Or will she keep on running... from herself? 


Handle with Care is a sweet contemporary romance, a journey of forgiveness, ownership, and recovery from trauma.

Review:

I finished Handle With Care yesterday, but am only getting to the review write up today which is what I normally do. Let it settle a bit and have some time to process to see what I really felt about the story. This time it kind of backfired on me since before reading the synopsis again I couldn't remember what this book was even about. That is not good. That is how unremarkable the story was for me.

This is a short book and the story moves super quick. It is one that if it had been longer I might have enjoyed it. Abigail blames herself for something one of her patients did. It didn't help that the media blamed her as well so she ran away and hid out in a small town. One day she runs into Craig who lost his wife a year ago, and his daughter. They pretty instantly get together and care for each other and whatnot. Really the daughter is the instant attraction for Paige and why she hangs out with Craig when she does. She doesn't want ties, doesn't think she deserves anyone because of what she did. When that all came out I felt a little let down. Like she is not strong enough to call bs on the media hounding her? She is really just going to curl up and hide from everything? It just...I didn't like the reason why she was hiding so much.

Craig is very supportive and everything, but the whole story felt very unrealistic. They are instantly together, Paige gets over everything pretty quick, it just didn't work. It was not the worst story ever, but as I said above it is very forgettable as I didn't for any attachments to any of the characters. I couldn't even remember what happened without a refresher which is not good. So not terrible, just not great either.

Rating: 2/5

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Love In Bloom by Karen Rose Smith


Love In Bloom (Finding Mr. Right)

Synopsis:

Dr. Paige Conrad needs Clay Reynolds' help. However, he can't give it because she and the rest of the town of Langley, Maryland, might discover his secret. Clay has no memory of the first twenty-five years of his life. The past and his father's rejection is behind him. Digging it up brings back nightmare he has fought for ten years to control. 

After spending three years in underdeveloped countries following her parents' vision of healing, Paige has come to Langley to gain perspective on her life and help an old friend with his Clay  practice. Learning Clay was involved in a rock climbing accident and went through the rehabilitation process, she wants him to share his experience with a trouble teenager to give the boy hope. 

Paige and Clay are inexorably drawn to each other. But can Clay trust Paige and share his secret? Can Paige dare to follow her own dreams.

Review:

I swear I have read Love in Bloom before, even though I just downloaded it last week. The story is so familiar, though the ending is not the same as what I was thinking. It is driving me a  bit crazy trying to figure out what the other book was...or if there was another book. It is just odd. So the whole time I was reading this I was thinking have I read this already?? If anyone knows of a similar story please let me know. I still enjoyed this story.

Paige has come to the small town of Langley to take a break from her work in Africa. She was raised her whole life with her parents who did medical work in poor underprivileged places. She has been expected to continue this selfless doctoring and make it her life too. She might not be up to it, but she also doesn't want to let her mom down. She is trying to take some time and figure out what she wants while also helping Doc.

Soon after she gets to town she meets a boy who needs some help recovering from an accident. He can't walk as well as he once could, and Doc suggests he talk to Clay who also had an accident may years ago. He thinks Clay might be able to help put things in perspective for the boy so he can not waste his life away being angry. The only problem? Clay doesn't want anything to do with that. He has kept secret what happened to him and that he cannot and will never remember anything that happened before the accident. He doesn't want anyone to know since he has too many people who didn't accept him in the past. An ex-girlfriend left when she found out, his dad still doesn't accept him, etc. He is not who he once was, but he is still a good person.

Clay and Paige are attracted to each other but Clay is really hesitant to start something. He doesn't want to get hurt again. Paige could be leaving soon to go back to Africa and he doesn't want to get involved just to be left behind. Of course staying away doesn't work since they keep getting thrown together.

I was a little disappointed in the end of the book. Paige's mom comes back and expects Paige to go back to Africa with her. Paige hasn't decided what she wants to do yet, and really I expected more from the mother. More of an issue with Paige potentially not going with her. She just was set up like it would be a big deal, but you never really saw the mother. It was like she was fine with whatever Paige wanted once she made up her mind.

I did like the epilogue though. So cute how Clay and Paige worked everything out. So sweet and they really were perfect for each other.

Rating: 3/5

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Just One Reason by Kristen DeMuzio


Just One Reason

Synopsis:

As teenagers, Lindsay and Grady found a love together that few people are lucky enough to ever experience. 

When Lindsay Ross decided to visit her aunt for the summer in a small lake town in New York, she didn’t expect anything other than an escape from her demanding parents. She certainly didn’t expect Grady Hawke. At the end of the summer, Lindsay and Grady made plans for their future and vowed to be together forever. Back in New York City, events beyond her control forced Lindsay to turn her back on Grady and their love. 

Grady has spent the last five years trying to forget the one girl who broke his heart. But when Lindsay arrives back in town unannounced, will Grady get to know the woman she has become and find out the real reason she left him all those years ago? Or will he push her away for good?

Review:

Just One Reason was a welcome change from the not so good books I have been reading recently. I was in quite a funk and not expecting much from it, but this one was actually really good.

Lindsey and Grady met when Lindsay was 16. She was just visiting for the summer and they fell in love. Forever love. Lindsey didn't tell anyone about Grady when she got home because she didn't think they would understand. I get that. I wouldn't understand if someone told me that at 16. Then something happens and she is forced to break up with him even though she loves him.

The story is told in present day, 5 years after Lindsey left she is back, with flashbacks to when she visited that summer. Grady is still heartbroken thinking Lindsey didn't really love him and he hasn't managed to move on. He is not very happy when he sees she is back in town, especially after talking to her bff who knew nothing about him. He takes this as she really didn't care about him and so he starts trying to make her hate him. He is still drawn to her, but he acts out trying to get her to hate him so he can stay away.

Lindsey is still in love with Grady as well, and her secrets are weighing on her. I kept waiting to find out what they were, hoping they would not be something stupid. When you find out why she broke up with Grady I just thought okay that is good. I mean if I had been her I don't know what else I could have done. With the nightmare that is her mother there really wouldn't be any other option.

It took some time but they were eventually able to work everything out. Once everything came out that happened 5 years ago Grady feels so bad for treating Lindsey so poorly. Once they got together they were so sweet together. The story was very well told and I just really enjoyed it. Yes at times the writing felt a bit clunky, but I didn't care as I was enjoying the story so much. Great characters, great story, just a really good read.

Rating: 4/5

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

My Cup of Tea: Summer of Love by Kat Lieu


My Cup of Tea: Summer of Love, Volume 1

Synopsis:

It’s another suck-tastic summer for book nerd and baker, Sara Lee-Affen. She’s broke, she’s single, and she’ll probably die a virgin. At her beautiful cousin’s wedding, Sara meets a sexy and delicious stud muffin, Ian Forrests. He’s totally her cup of tea, that is until he laughs at her misery when a bee burrows into her ear. Yes, a dang bee. She’s dying (well not really) as he’s dying from laughter. 

What a jerk. A smoking hot, Adonis of a jerk with strikingly green eyes, dark hair, and drool-worthy pecs and eight-pack abs. As luck and fate would have it, Sara keeps bumping into Ian all summer long and ends up working for him as a pastry chef at his failing bakery. Despite her better judgment, Sara falls for the sexy, badass rich boy. She discovers the truth about Ian: he’s a tortured soul who’s still pining for his deceased girlfriend, Sarah. One look at Sarah’s picture and poor Sara knows that she could never compete. She could never be Ian’s cup of tea. 


Or could she?

Review:

When I started reading My Cup of Tea I had forgotten that it was going to be a two part story. I was going to wait until the second part came out to read this one, but then I started reading it and got to the end like man...if I want to see what happens I need to wait for the second book to come out.

This story was a nice short story, though the very end annoyed me a little bit. Sara is a kind of goofy, clumsy, 18 year old. She meets Ian and is instantly attracted to him, though she doesn't really like him. He was kind of a jerk the first time they met so...then she gets the opportunity of her life to work in his bakery as the pastry chef!

When Ian first meets Sara he finds her amusing. There is something about her that draws him to her, but he is still hung up on his girlfriend who died a year ago. He is not ready to move on. Then he finds out her name is Sara. His girlfriend who died was Sarah with an h so he is a bit spooked. He still gets closer to her working at the bakery until he realizes that he has a crush on her. This is the first time since Sarah died that he has felt like this. He didn't think he would ever move on from Sarah.

So they both have the same name right? So I guess a spoiler for the very end is next. Sarah and Sara sound the same. I mean when Sara told Ian her name the first time the blood drained from his face. He was spooked. So they must say it the same. Really I tried saying them differently, but couldn't figure out how you would. Anyway Ian kisses her once, but then he said I missed you which obviously hurt Sara. I mean she was in to the kissing and then he seems like he is thinking of Sarah. So the next day she is sick and Ian ends up bringing her back to his place to make sure she is okay. She passes out, and wakes up next to a sleeping Ian. Ian then rolls over and starts making out with her, which Sara doesn't mind.  "But when he utters her name in his sleep, I do mind." That is the second to last sentence in the book. So...when he says Sara or Sarah (cause you cannot know which one it is) that upsets you? What would you like him to call you? Your full name? I can see where she could think does he mean me or her? That sentence just bugged me. Because you have the same name when said aloud!

Up until the last sentences I was enjoying the story. It is kind of nice seeing how everyone tries to move on from their tragedies. I will look for the second book when it comes out later this year.

Rating: 3/5

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Unknown by Lara Henley


Synopsis:

Misty found out early in life that things just don't come easy. She has learned to trust no one, and that you can't depend on anyone but yourself when the chips fall. Finally free of the states clutches she sets out on a whirl wind adventure called LIFE....

But she never expected Drake....

Drake... is Use to being in the lime light just graduated from college. Wondering what's next? Misty is a welcome surprise. So different from his everyday mundane experiences..

Can two completely different people share a journey that could change both of their lives forever? Or will they end up destroying each other in the process?


Escape to The UnKnown

Review:

The Unknown was not a very good book. The writing of the story was just not good. There was no real...it was just everything happened instantly and the conversations and everything were so unbelievable. The whole thing came off a bit clinical and too easy. It was just not good. I didn't care about anything or anyone because they were just..it was just too quick and easy.

The story starts off with Misty traveling to Florida to stay with her aunt (hopefully). She meets Drake almost right away and even for insta love this was really quick. They both instantly love each other and need each other and yeah. It was way too quick, even for insta love. Totally not believable. Just like everything in this story.

So Drake is giving Misty a ride, but then he ditches her when his girlfriend calls and is upset about it. Well quickly he realizes his mistake as he needs to be with Misty so he goes back for her. Only she is gone on the bus he got her a ticket for. So he follows the bus and sees this creepy guy go in the restroom after her. When he gets there the creepy guy is trying to rape her and he beats the guy pretty badly. Now I read some of the good reviews for books that I don't like just to see what people did enjoy about the story. One of them said how dreamy Drake was. He killed a guy for Misty. So dreamy. What? Do people honestly think that way? Is that really romantic? I find it a bit scary personally. Maybe he has other issues? Anger issues? Anything. I don't think a normal person would almost beat a guy to death, and if they did I don't think it would be this super positive thing. Yes good he helped, but that was a little too far. Anyways Misty is upset about what happened, but doesn't actually seem to be. They talked about it for a second and she says:

"He touched me and I didn't want him to. He took my security away."

Really? That is how you would be talking shortly after almost being raped? So blase and calm? This incident supposedly gives her nightmares, and she doesn't want to go to sleep at night because when she shuts her eyes she sees the creep, but she doesn't really seem that upset by what happened. It was just...I would expect someone to be more upset than that. Show a little more emotion. Any emotion.

So Misty had a rough past, but everything gets instantly better for her. Her aunt who didn't take her in when her parents died? Perfect. Super nice and Misty instantly forgives her for abandoning her. Yeah. She gets a job right away, gets a car from her aunt, gets a loving family and boyfriend. Yey her.

Well let's talk about this boyfriend Drake. I don't really know why I would like him. He keeps making out with random girls all the while thinking how much he needs and loves Misty. He breaks up with his girlfriend on the way home so he can be with Misty. He drops Misty off at her aunts and is super sad to leave her. She is his life now. Once home his ex shows up and starts making out with him. What does he do? Continues to make out with her for a little bit. Wow I see how much Misty really means to you...he gets a hickey from the ex, but somehow it is not there the next day when he sees Misty so she never has to know he was all  sucking face with her. Then the day after sleeping (just sleeping) in his truck all night with Misty and thinking how much he loves her Drake is waiting for her to call and it is the afternoon and she hasn't called yet so he goes to his friends house. The friend is having a party and he has a few drinks then another girl starts making out with him. Again what does he do? Keeps making out with her. If he hadn't called her Misty at some point he would have had sex with her. Man he is such a keeper! It is like he cannot possibly not make out with a girl if she starts kissing him, even though the love of his life, his future, his everything, is not the one doing it. It was so annoying!

Then he brings the ex to Misty's place of work. And the ex is all over him. Does he do anything about this? No. Then he doesn't really get why Misty would be all upset. Um hello, just because you are trying to be nice doesn't mean you should let your ex hang all over you in front of your supposed girlfriend. Misty does ignore him for a week after that, not so much for the ex being all up on him, but because then she realizes that she cannot fit into his world. He is rich and she is not and so it won't work. Well, that like everything else gets instantly resolved once they do talk. It all moves way too quickly and there is no real development to the story. It is just instantly this happened. After their first date Drake tries to get Misty to move in with him. I guess that is what you would need to do to make sure you don't go making out with other girls...So annoying. Everything in the book was just way too simple.

"I love everything about him. He wasn't completely honest with me, but I hadn't been forthcoming with my past. "

Yes this would work out perfect. So dreamy. Ugh. Not a good book. Will not be reading the next book to see what happens as I just don't care.

Rating: 1/5

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum


The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Book #1

Synopsis:

His memory is a blank. His bullet-ridden body was fished from the Mediterranean Sea. His face has been altered by plastic surgery. A frame of microfilm has been surgically implanted in his hip. Even his name is a mystery. Marked for death, he is racing for survival through a bizarre world of murderous conspirators—led by Carlos, the world’s most dangerous assassin. Who is Jason Bourne? The answer may kill him.

Review:

After watching the movie The Bourne Identity I thought I would give the book a go. I really enjoyed the movie and most times the book is way better. Unfortunately this is one of the very rare times when the movie is way better than the book. I actually did not finish this book, my library loan expired before I managed to make it to the end. I only read 70% so...I usually have a very hard time not finishing a book once I start, but I just don't care enough to wait for this  book to come in again at the library to finish it.

The issue I had with this book? The writing made everything incredibly tedious or boring. I struggled to read it even though it should have been fun and exciting. I like the overall storyline, but the execution put me to sleep. Big shoot outs, escaping from the villains, all of it was just boring. Then in between boring action there was Jason being all who am I??? I understand why that would be important to him, but I got tired of reading it. I didn't really care about any of the characters, I didn't really care what happened, it was just unfortunate since the story itself was interesting.

Rating: 1/5

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher


Mud Vein

Synopsis:

When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

Review:

*There may be spoilers from the first half of the book*
Man I have no idea how this book received such praise from some people. I would think the reviews are all fake or something, but I have read rants on how amazing this book is from people I trust, people who wouldn't just say they loved it when they didn't. I don't get it. I really cannot wrap my head around it. It was not a good book. I have a really hard time not finishing a book once I start, even if it is terrible, but I just couldn't. I read half of it and couldn't make it any farther. I told myself I had to give it at least half way before giving up, hoping it would get better. If anything it got worse.

So I was very excited to start reading this because the synopsis sounds amazing. Girl locked away in a house all by herself needing to figure out how her past can set her free. Amazing. Only that is not really this story. It is a great synopsis for a different book. One where this fits the story (or at least the first half of the story). Yes she is locked up in a house, but not by herself. A guy is there. So they are locked up together. I know that is little, but she finds the guy in the house pretty quick so it is not like she thought she was alone then later after some time someone else was added to the mix. Anyways the first part of the book, Shock and Denial, I thought I had lost my ability to comprehend the written word. I kept being like what is going on? Did I go crazy? Can I just not read anymore? What is happening (and not in a cool! What is going on? I can't wait to find out!! way but in a what is wrong with me that I cannot understand this kind of way)? There were just lots of little things that I couldn't wrap my head around. There is a trap door in the floor that is locked. The girl had already found a key so she gets it and then stares at the key for a while and gets really freaked out because the key is old and just almost melts down because of the key. Um..okay. What is going on? It was such a strange reaction and I couldn't figure out why she would react that way to an old key. She didn't make any sense. Another example? She is exploring the house and thinks maybe she can break a window to get out. So what does she do? Try to hit it with the butt of her knife? Trying to break it with a pot? No she looks for a bench or some large piece of furniture she can throw at it. Sure. That is the first think I would do when I was trying to escape somewhere. Lift all the heavy furniture. And when I find the heavy furniture is bolted down think well there goes that idea. There are no other ways to break a window. Everyone knows that is the only way glass will break....it was just so strange her reactions to everything. I didn't get her or how she thought. Maybe it is explained in the second half of the book.

Then she is on the second floor. She goes down a flight of stairs and then she says how she sees something down the next flight of stairs. So she was on the 3rd floor? There are 3 doors on the second/first/whatever floor she is on until she is exploring them then there are only 2. What happened to the third door? Is this house magic and can make things appear and disappear? What is happening? Can I just not comprehend the words on the page? Well after going back and re-reading to make sure I didn't just imagine the first description it is just like okay so the author either has continuity issues or there is some magical element to the place where she is being held. Either would make sense, but I don't think it is supposed to be a magical book.

So the first part, with all the confusing sections, was well rather boring. Senna and Isaac are locked up together with food and water and heat and clothes and whatever they need. They don't really talk, but when they do the conversation is a little strange and some of it is also confusing. At one point Senna asks Isaac about his flying red bike and it was so out of the blue and just like what is going on?!? I don't understand. Well later, in the second part, that flying red bike gets explained, but man it was just...the conversations were not good. They just seemed to do nothing all day except eat when they were hungry and sit around. Sounds great.

So the first part of the book was pretty boring and confusing. The second part I thought yey! Now we get the back story. Now I can figure out what happened. Well part two is even more boring than the first part! I just barely made it through it. Senna gets raped at the beginning, then shortly thereafter she finds out she has breast cancer. How can you take these two events that should make me feel sympathy for the main character and make me just apathetic towards her? How is that possible? How can I not really care that she was raped or had cancer besides the concern that I have for anyone who I hear had something horrible happen to them. And then how did the author make me so bored that I just didn't care at all anymore? I didn't get Isaac and why he kept showing up. I didn't get what was happening. The Nick book chapters...oh my goodness if that was a real book I wouldn't have made it halfway through. I had a hard time getting through those chapters and ended up skimming them just so I could move it along. They were bad. I'm guessing there would be more of it later in the book since it didn't really tell much of the Senna/Nick story but I hope not. Maybe she could just tell someone what happened or something. I don't know and I don't really care what happened.

I didn't understand Senna at all. You get bits and pieces of her past pre-rape/cancer but she doesn't seem to have changed much after those events. She was still closed off before hand. Her mom left her when she was young leaving her with a father who didn't care. He was never abusive to her or anything she said at one point, he just didn't care. Poor her...I kept waiting for the super horrible terrible awful thing that happened to make her so...lethargic and boring and cut off from everyone. Maybe there is something and you find out in the second half. I guess I will never know.

So this has been my rant for just the first 50% of the book. I can't imagine what the second half would entail.

Update: So I held this review a few days to see if I would go back and finish this book. I really do have a hard time not finishing a book once I start. I keep thinking maybe it gets better. So I did go back and skim the rest of Mud Vein and...it did not get better. When I found out who had done this, who was behind everything and why...it was just...no. I still don't understand Senna or Isaac or how they would go together. They just...nothing really made sense to me. I couldn't identify with either of them or why they would do the things they did. It was not good. And the Carousel, what happened there, so disappointing. It was built up so much with the room and everything I expected something to happen. Instead it was another time where I didn't really understand the characters.

Rating: 1/5

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker


Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel

Synopsis:

Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty-year-old Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.


Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and he perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.

Review:

Ten Tiny Breaths is another book where I just don't understand all the high reviews. It really was not very well written and the story was just...not good. I didn't realize it was the same author as another book I had the same writing issues with. There will be spoilers since the ending was a bit much.

Kacey has had some traumatic experiences in her past, but she doesn't deal with them. She has PTSD, but she doesn't want help with it. She just is horrible to everyone that tries to be nice to her, gets closer to her, and is just a terrible person. I have no idea why anyone would try to get to know her. She was terrible and would lash out at everyone. While I can understand given her past not wanting people to get close, she was a little over the top for me. A little too terrible to people, especially the guys, and yet they still want to be with her. I understood Trent, especially since I guessed the big surprise secret he had (I felt it was a little obvious what it would turn out to be). I just....I was annoyed by her. How the author wrote her annoyed me. Usually I love people overcoming their horrible past and moving on and whatever, but Kacey I did not like at all. Sad.

Kacey also is pretty judgmental. She thinks all guys are horrible jerks, her neighbor Storm we are reminded time and time again about her big fake boobs and at first she thinks Storm is some horrible person. She just judges everyone harshly based on their physical appearance. Oh and I don't know how many times I read about Trent's dreamy body. It got to the point where I was just like you don't have to keep describing what people look like! I can remember these things if I want, and once you do describe them I have a mental picture of them for the rest of the book. I don't need to the constant reminder.

Then she also was annoying with how whiny she was about Trent not having sex with her. I get why he didn't want to, and she should respect his wishes. I mean if this were reversed, Trent really wanted to and Kacey didn't, would people be okay with Trent trying to get Kacey to sleep with him? Wouldn't that be looked down upon? Why isn't this looked down upon? I get she wants sexy time, but he doesn't. I wish she would have tried to respect his wishes instead of complaining, even just in her mind, about how unfair it is they are not having sexy time.

She is also a bit physical. She lashes out physically and it is seen as okay. She almost kills a guy, and while I understand being as upset as she is she still almost kills a guy. And that just kind of gets pushed under the rug. No one really does or says anything about it afterwards. It was just like dude what does she need to do before someone will say something to her? I know she has issues, but physical violence is not okay!

She is also magically healed by Trent. Yey magical boyfriend who makes everything better. Until the shocking surprise past Trent has then she just breaks even more. Until two months later when somehow she is all cured of her PTSD! Yey! She can move on and be happy forevers! Only she loves Trent so much...she just wants to be with him forever. No, just no. Why would you still want to be with him once you learn everything about him. He stalked you for reals for 2 years. That is just not cool! That would freak me the heck out. Even if I had feelings for someone if they told me about that I would be so out of there. Should her friends and everyone really want her to be with him? I mean...he is a legit stalker. For real. How is that cool?

Trent basically was stalking Kacey the entire book so when it got to the end I was just like seriously. He would come into the club every night and sit and watch her, not paying attention to the other girls. He just is kind of creepy. And I didn't think he should end up with Kacey. I mean...I get that he is getting more help for his issues, but you two are just not good for each other. You both need way more time to actually heal and Trent needs to stop being so creepy stalker boy. It is just not very dreamy to me.

Overall I don't know why anyone would like Kacey. I know she has a bad past, but the way she is written does not make me like her at all. Trent was also really creepy so...just not a good book.

Rating: 2/5

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cornerstone by Kelly Walker


Cornerstone (Souls Of The Stones)

Synopsis:

Epic Fantasy combines with Young Adult romance in this stunning new adventure set in a richly developed medieval world.

When Emariya Warren learns enemy forces have captured her father, she'll do anything to save him. Anything. Even marry a mysterious prince she knows nothing about in order to rally the strength to arrange a rescue. During her journey to Torian's foreign castle, Emariya comes face to face with her mother's killers--and a deadly secret.

Not only does Emariya possess a powerful but unexpected magical gift passed down through each of her families, the prince she's promised to marry possesses a third, and an ominous prophecy has warned the three gifts must never be combined.

If she breaks her promise to marry Torian, she won't be able to save her father and if she keeps it, she may bring a curse upon everything she holds dear. Determining which choice is best won't be easy, but when she meets the gorgeous prince who may desire more than just her heart, she realizes she will have to fight just to have a choice at all.

Her heart wants him desperately. Her head begs her to run. If she doesn't want to share her mother's fate, she'll have to find a way to untangle the truth from the lies in time to save herself.

Discover the heartbreaking betrayals, fascinating magic and fated love of Cornerstone.

Review:

Cornerstone was an alright book. It wasn't my favorite book I have read, the heroine was way too stupid at times for that, but I didn't hate it either. The heroine's stupidity didn't annoy me as much as it usually does either. Not sure why that is, but somehow it was alright.

Emariya's father has been missing for some time. No one seems to know what happened to him. It is just Emariya and her brother now. They used to be close, but recently they have been having more conflict that normal. When news that her father has been captured by those who want to wage war with her people and she needs help to get him out, an alliance with the neighbors, she finally accepts the Prince's marriage proposal to help her people. She has always wanted to marry for love, but she can't just let her people suffer.

Most of the book is the journey to the foreign castle. Emariya doesn't know that she has special powers, something she eventually finds out along the way. She started off saying how strong she was and how level headed. She would make decisions and then stick with them. She seemed to think through things instead of acting rashly. That all changed pretty quick which was annoying.

*some spoilers ahead*
Emariya was kidnapped multiple times by different people on her journey. She was shot at, almost killed, etc. So there is definite danger to her being out there as she finds there is a group of people who do not want her to marry the prince. The prince has special powers as well and there is an ominous prophecy as to what will happen if her powers and his merge. She finds that these people also killed her mother when she was younger. So lots of not so good things happen to her on her journey. The Prince comes to her rescue, when she has found out someone has betrayed her, so she doesn't trust him. Or doesn't want to. He keeps showing that he is sincere, and her bff trusts him, but she just doesn't want to. She wants to cling to her stubbornness and start making incredibly stupid decisions. She tries to run away one night. Run. Without her horse. By herself. Through this land that she does not know that seems to be full of people who want to kill/harm her. Yeah that seems like a great plan...just things like that. She almost walks off a cliff since she runs away in the middle of the night. Great plan! I mean I don't get what she thought she would accomplish. She just kept making stupid decision after stupid decision like this and I just thought what happened to the strong level headed girl I thought you were? When did you get so stupid?

The other issue? She wants to marry for love, and she is so drawn to the Prince. When he is away for a short amount of time it drives her crazy. She needs him. But she doesn't want to be with him just because of that. Just because their powers drawn them to each other. So she tries to push him away, even though she does care for him. She wants to be in love just to be in love. She doesn't want to be drawn to him. At one point her handmaiden says something like is being drawn to him like this really so different from being drawn to someone because of who they are or what they look like? I thought exactly! If you fall in love you will feel drawn to that person. You will miss them when they are gone. Maybe not to the extent that you have with your powers, but I for one miss my husband terribly when we are apart (which is almost never for more than a day). The last part of the book was just her fighting loving the Prince and wanting to be with him and complaining about being drawn to him. It was just...I just wanted to tell her to grow up and accept that you have something special. Stop complaining that you like a nice guy. Do something about it. It just started to annoy me her constant complaining.

Then, when she finds out her brother lied to her, she still thinks he is innocent of anything else. There is no way he would really do anything really evil. I mean sure he was playing her, but...yeah. I don't know. It was another point where I was like maybe you should start questioning his actions? Maybe you should start looking at it not from he is my brother and yes we haven't been getting along lately, but he could do no wrong, but in a what is he capable of if he was not telling me the truth kind of way. It was obvious what he did all along, but we shall have to see if played out in the next books. I will probably read them to see how the story continues, but this book didn't make me need to go read the next one to see what happens. A good read, but not amazing.

Rating: 3/5

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Wanting by Piper Vaughn


Wanting

Synopsis:

Jonah Beckett has been in love with his older brother's best friend, Laurie, since he was thirteen-years-old. When his boyfriend, Dirk, breaks up with him for refusing to put out, Jonah uses his heartbreak over the situation as an excuse to ask Laurie to teach him all about sex before he starts college in the fall. Problem is, he made Dirk up, and Jonah has no idea what will happen when Laurie finally finds out the truth.

Review:

I don't know why I continue to try and read novellas. It is rare that I find one that is actually good. The authors always seem to try and fit a full length story into not very many pages which just does not work. If anyone has any novellas suggestions where this is not the case, where it is a good story and does not try and do too much, please let me know. 

Wanting was alright for a novella, but still not good. It didn't have much of a storyline and everything just moved so quickly. When you are not writing very many pages you have to just disregard believability and keep everything moving at lightning speed. That and when you want to have a few sex scenes, but you still want to keep it short so you just breeze right through them also. The whole point of the book was Laurie teaching Jonah about sex, but the sex just felt like it was glazed over or pushed along too quickly. Really I think had the sex scenes been more developed, or the storyline, I would have enjoyed it more. As it was it felt like everything was just glazed over and moved along so we could get to the end that much quicker. 

Rating: 2/5

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