Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chase Me (Broke and Beautiful, #1) by Tessa Bailey

Chase Me (Broke and Beautiful, #1)Chase Me by Tessa Bailey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well now.... Just color me impressed. Despite my failing to update my reading progress,  going through this actually went lightning quick. I love how Bailey went from awkward to funny,  cute, sexy, then to scorching in Chase Me. Also? Must have the books on their respective BFF'S please... preferably Abby's and then Ben's, though either would suffice.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway

The Hooker and the HermitThe Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish...

... that there was more of the funny that had me loving Penny Reid's Neanderthal series. (Not that there's anything wrong with Painted Faces or Still Life With Strings.) It's just that this felt muddled. I was looking for the hilariously cute, but was met by a mixed bag of funny, odd, sad, then wait.. was that a hint of BDSM? OH, not quite. Just almost.

... So I'm split. I was loving a good deal of this at first. of how she was her odd self; and how he was his cocky self. I was even into the idea of one not knowing everything. But the slow uncovering of why she was the way she was, and what else made him 'different.' Well, truth told, that same loving feeling on my part only became apparent with the oddness of Annie on the page; otherwise 'twas me, mildly confused by how everything seemed to have been thrown in for them to contend with.

I loved the funny awkward moments care of Annie and at times Annie with Ronan, was tickled pink by the cuteness of them especially because of a reluctant her. But, I seriously could have done without a lot of the overwrought what-have-I-done's.

Mostly, cute... and yet, I still have all these 'I wishes' after.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1) by Ilona Andrews

Burn for Me (Hidden Legacy, #1)Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

when one makes reference to 'an officer and a gentleman' you can bet your ass i'm adding a star (or two)  to my rating. but it is glad i am in reporting that there's more to burn for me than me flashing back to a young richard gere.  because this book. this book. THIS. is what's revived my desire to put down more than a couple of lazy fleeting lines of hmming or awwing of over this character or what that character said. 

this book has me thinking of kate and curran all over again. everything i loved about them, i found in this. not to say burn for me is a rehash of their tale. elements of independt female lead and scary-sexy male one are accounted for. but the magic and the world in this one is different.  housed and hierarchy, politics and kissing ass... then the more occassional kicking of the same. in the words of one character here,  'i liked.'  i liked very much indeed.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

(Don't You) Forget About Me(Don't You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Despite almost the chapters titled as they were, the upbeat vibe its 8O’s soundtrack could have allowed is not what one gets from Kate Karyus Quinn in this one. As her first book has established, she writes the different with such skill.

So pop vibe? Not even. (Don’t You) Forget About Me initially had me thinking of Suicide Club as well as any other Japanese horror movie from whichever years between the late 90’s early 2000’s with slow, cool, quiet then eventually horrific images of teens and train tracks and their meeting. Cross those same things with what made both Fight Club and Beautiful Mind stand out. (At one point, I was all Why, Tyler Durden, is that you? So confident in the fact that I’d figured things out not three chapters in. In some ways I was not completely off base; only really, boy, was I wrong! Much to my delight. Contrary person? Yes, that I am.) Now, add that whole terror unmentioned but taken as fact feel that comes straight out of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery.  as well as bits of the Dark Side and snippets from The Village of the Damned, with particular attention to those towheaded terrors. Got all that?

There’s a general feeling of the familiar, yet Kate Karyus Quinn puts her own stamp on horror with her approach. Yes, the familiar is present and the same tug at you, but it’s that same feeling of familiarity that pushes one forward only to have one discover exactly what makes this story different. Perhaps in the combination of all those things, but really, there’s a whole lot more to it than that:

the atmospheric and the moody, the unclear and then unreliable; where the fantastical is fact, and the odd does not stand out
... but just is. 

THANK YOU, Edelweis!!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Thoughts before reading: What a fabulous cover!
Thoughts upon close: Just how many boys are in love with this girl?

RED QUEEN could have been so much more. And for a few moments in it, it actually was that; yet sadly, for the most part, this went predictably… predictable, much like Ewing’s Jewel proved to be. We begin with a girl with a massive chip of her shoulders. Her world is split between Silvers and Reds, with the former beings so much more than the latter as they possess traits and powers that differentiate them. It’s upon this difference that a hierarchy is built with the lead in question falling right smack bottom side. A series of events have her rising in position, and in this happening, connections are made and (multiple) romances, kindled. (And yes, there are plural developments in that aspect.)

Yet, predictability is the least of this book’s concern because there’s also the matter of it lacking focus: a society divided with one side rebelling and the other hell-bent on quelling the same; a girl who finds herself in the middle of the two, completely unsure about what her next step is; multiple love interests who muddle things further because there’s a prince and another prince and the guy from back home; then the rebellion itself that makes itself apparent sporadically; plus a host of other would be friends and obvious enemies… none of which were completely fleshed out. What is clear is that the lead does not want to be where she is and is merely stumbling about as things progressed.

It could have been so much more… because and it was getting there, if we go by its end. Because I believe it is RED QUEEN’S end where its story’s strength lay with its awesome mix of the quick, the bloody, and the surprising.

Thank you, E!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Talon (Talon, #1) by Julie Kagawa

Talon (Talon, #1)Talon by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Oi. Thank God that's over. I was bored and am still bored thinking about what there is to say about this new book by Julie Kagawa. Long have I been a fan of her novels, Puck and Ash hold a special place in my heart because... well, Puck and Ash, you know?  Her other series with the kick ass vampire girl and her even more kick ass mentor were.... kick ass, you know? (at least they were eventually when they weren't complaining and angsting over having to kill to live... and all that.) In essence, I found her Iron Fey (and no, I do not count the spin off) and Blood of Eden books to be an engaging mix something old (whether they be fey or vampires) with the something different of believable characters and rapid-quick back and forth between the characters who form some sort of unexpected bond that had me cheering for one or two or all of them.

Sadly, all these positives cannot be said for TALON. And yes, this is despite the key role DRAGONS play in it. How can anyone make DRAGONS boring? And I was BORED, I tell you mostly from waiting for something different to come into play. Because DRAGONS hiding in plain sight aside, we have not one BUT TWO bad boys, and consequently the makings of love triangle -something I try not to find issue particularly if the same pushes the story forward, but that's not the case here.

But wait, the lead girl here had little to offer in terms of interesting. In her we have girl who's found new found freedom doing the expected. In fact, it's that last thing I disliked the most: THERE IS NOTHING UNEXPECTED in any of the goings on in this even though it could have. Super spy covert people? Present. Dragons in hiding? Present. Rogue agents on the lam for unknown reasons? Present, too. And yet I found myself inexplicably bored by the lack of anything interesting going on.

Thank you, NG.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

In Deep by Terra Elan McVoy

In DeepIn Deep by Terra Elan McVoy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In Deep. The lead makes it quite difficult to sympathize with her. The decisions she makes as well as the actions she undertakes all make it plain just how lacking in perspective she was. In fact that's the common thread here- how they all are dead on focused on the drama of their own lives. They each give themselves top billing and fail to consider the unfolding of others' stories.

Her father's absence becomes something to prop up who they become.  Mother becomes widower only to remake herself into someone else; daughter is decided in becoming anything but her mother. All the while, her bestfriend, her boyfriend, her coach are seeing sides she reserves for each of them separately. But there's a limited honest manner here- she knows who she is to each of them and knows who they are for her. So that once someone new comes in, jealousies flare up and disappointments become common. All the while there's this 'me me me' rythm that she's marching to, bringing her farther and farther away from what's likeable and what's OK.

But it's not her alone. The single minded way of hers was present in all others. She is her father's daughter; but the lack of perspective applies to her friend, as well since, bent on being the better in the pairing. So to with her mother, bent on things being 'OK' even things are so far from that.

This was interesting.

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