Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Review: Still Yours

Still Yours
Still Yours by Amy Patrick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very quick read. Sweet story. A love that never ends story. Not a world or life changing book, but a book that made you smile while you read it. A nice diversion after a long day.

I received a copy of this in exchange for a fair review.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: Melt

Melt by Selene Castrovilla

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Parts of this book disturbed me. Not for obvious reasons either. I have issues with the subject on a personal and professional level. The page layout did distract me enough to affect a part of my rating. I liked the main characters a bunch but irritated by her naivete as well. Good book overall.

I received this book from NetGalley for a fair & honest review.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Review: Trading Secrets

Trading Secrets
Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this as a preview from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I liked it. Although I felt the ending was a bit cheesy and the entire scenario a bit stretched. Overall I did enjoy the story.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: Stay with Me

Stay with Me
Stay with Me by J. Lynn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I truly truly love this series. It is HOT. And full of romance and love. And HOT! This continuation centers round Calla and Jax. I had thought that I would be able to guess the plot twists and figure things out. The only thing I was right about was that Calla's group of friends that we have met in previous books in this series, are friends in it til the end. That kind of friend group is what everyone strives for in life. I was not thrilled with the absent parental influence that is always a presence in books. I understand that it serves a purpose to say that that is usually the cause for the main character's strife or what they needed to overcome. I get it - truly I do. But I do not enjoy that as I worry that I will give something to my kids to have to overcome that is major like these parents have. I just hope and pray that I am better than that. :) I did enjoy the love story and enjoyed the plot twist in the end involving their love story that I truly was not prepared for. I mean I expected the typical "something bad happens they break up and then get back together because something bad happens" event {which really did not occur}. But that other realization was sweet and amazing and wonderful.
I highly recommend this book and the series as a whole. It is HOT (did I mention that?) and a great quick read.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Review: One More Chance

One More Chance
One More Chance by Abbi Glines

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had not known that there was a book before this one. So a few aspects of the interworkings of the characters were confusing. But overall it was a nice quick read that had a lot of twists - not necessarily ones I did not see coming a mile away. but still it was done very nicely and I loved the relationship between Harlow and Grant. She was not weak minded even if she had the issue she has. And he loves her with such a fierce desire that it made my knees weak a few times as well as made me sigh once or twice. Afterall, what woman doesn't want to have an all consuming love like that? Despite the confusion over the interworkings of the characters and the predictable plot twists, I gave this 4 stars since the love story was the main focus and it was thrilling and awe inspiring.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: Written in My Own Heart's Blood

Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First off, I need to say that it breaks my heart not to give this one a full 5 stars. I am enthralled with the story of Jamie and Claire. I feel fully divested in their love and their family. But this book took me a long time to read - much much longer than any previous book. I was incredibly frustrated at times with the amount of details that were in the story related to the war that really ultimately did not alter the story. I wish it meant more to me the ins and outs of Washington's decisions, but honestly, there are so many characters in the story, I have a hard enough time trying to keep them all straight. Let alone the ones from real life versus the story at hand. I applaud her for trying but it just muddled things up for me. So much so that I would find myself stopping my reading to read something else.
Overall, I did enjoy it - especially the last half of the book. I have loved watching Jamie and Claire's relationship evolve from one book to the next. I truly enjoy seeing them mature together as well as keep the intimacy and spark that first had me engrossed in their story.
Will I read book #9? That is like asking if I would like to breathe oxygen today. Of course I will. But I am not sure if I will be counting down the months and years like I was previously.

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Review: California

California by Edan Lepucki

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A dystopian book always grabs my attention. One set in California definitely peeked my interest as I just was in Cali. However, I had higher hopes for this book than I received. I liked the characters - not loved them. I was irritated by the very predictable twist when Cal and Frida decide to leave the wilderness for a guarded community. Seriously predictable. But overall I enjoyed the story more than those irritated me. I was irritated with both the main characters at a variety of times throughout the story. Thankfully not at the same time as then I would have rated this a lot less. Overall it was a more believable dystopian story than some out there. I am glad it got the attention it did from the media and wish that other stories get that from others. A definitive good addition to anyone's book list.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Review: Every Day

Every Day
Every Day by David Levithan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is many a parent's dream - your 14 year old comes over and throws (literally of course because he is 14) a book your way. It is accompanied by the sentence 'You have just got to read this Mom.' Yep be still my beating heart.
And I wanted to finish it about the same time as he did but I have honed in my reading whereas he has other reading obligations. Somehow though on this one, he beat me. His 'careful Mom it is sad' was a warning from him but a prodding for me to finish.
This is an interesting topic in which to write about. You wake up everyday as someone else. You have all of your own memories but you have this person's body and life to lead as well as the memories you can access.
Here are a few issues I had with the story:
-The main character A did not follow through on one of the tragic people that A inhabited. (I am not sure if A is male or female -which I fully believe is intentional- but I refuse to refer to A as it.) I truly felt that A should have followed up to check on that person's wellbeing after leaving that body for the next. I mean A checks email and such - a simple check into how they were doing in my mind was acceptable.
- The ending left me sad and unsatisfied. I wanted a definitive resolution but one was not at hand. I felt something should be wrapped up or at least alluded to.
-I felt sorry for Nathan in this as he truly felt victimized. I also felt he was the only who spoke out - who else would have felt what he had felt afterward and during.
-The love story. I applauded A's personal decision that no sex should happen because that was a private thing that should be remembered. I wanted a love story that was felt on both sides of the romance. I didn't believe it for a second on this one. Her side felt pulled and contrived whereas A's felt true and real.
All this considered, I did enjoy this book like the 14 year old told me I would. I enjoyed the writing style and the topic. I enjoyed the characters on the whole and their struggles. I will defintely be recommending this to others.

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