Thursday, October 13, 2016

Review: Slow Burn

Slow Burn Slow Burn by Pamela Clare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I always get my hopes up for firemen stories. As a loyal fireman wife who thinks the world of her husband and his profession, I always have high hopes for the "glamorizing love stories" that are written. And I am usually if not always disappointed. This is one was no different. Now by no means does this mean that the book was written bad or the story itself was bad. But honestly, it just never meets the expectations I have in this the age of Chicago Fire.

It had okay characters and a story that was fine. I just did not feel a major connection with any of them nor did I have to continue reading for fear I may miss something. That all being said, the writing was okay as was the characters and their relationships.

I received this story in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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Review: This Is Our Song

This Is Our Song This Is Our Song by Samantha Chase
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I enjoyed this one as I always enjoy a Samantha Chase book. She writes well and always seems to keep a traditional romantic novel cleaner than most and endearingly sweet.

These characters were no different and were perfectly written as they were matched. Another strong book by Samantha Chase.

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Review: The Invitation

The Invitation The Invitation by Lucy Foley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This is not a normal pick for me unless it was recommended. I felt that this one just did not hold my interest as much as I would have liked. I did however love the cover of the book. And the writing was just average for me. I had higher hopes on this one.

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Review: Love Me Crazy

Love Me Crazy Love Me Crazy by Camden Leigh
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review from NetGalley.

I liked this one. It had strong characters and a good story. I liked how polar opposite but yet entirely perfect for each other they were. Good fun read!

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Review: Things I Can't Forget

Things I Can't Forget Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I felt this book was incredibly slow moving and slightly boring, honestly. The characters annoyed me more than anything. I felt like this one dragged along. Just not as into this one and it was tough for me to finish

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Review: A Fabrication of the Truth

A Fabrication of the Truth A Fabrication of the Truth by Katie Kaleski
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was given this book in exchange for a fair and honest review from Net Galley.

This was an okay book that attempts to handle an interracial relationship. I felt that it was just an okay read. It was just not a spectacular love story for me. The writing was okay and the characters were just so-so.

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Review: Just Kill Me

Just Kill Me Just Kill Me by Adam Selzer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Let me start off by saying that I really wanted to like this story but alas, I just did not feel it. Was the darkness of the story? No. Was it the LGBTQ genre? Nope. Was it the humor? Not at all. For me, it just was a story that was trying to be too many things but could not really do any of them to justice. I am good to read most books = regardless of the genre or tone. But when a book has no path to it and is all over the place, I really just cannot enjoy it. And that makes me sad in a way as I have met this author a few times and he is quite enjoyable.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Another Year of YA FRENZY Fun!!

This year we went to Anderson's YA Fandom Frenzy with a different thought behind us attending.  It truly was about meeting the authors and getting to understand all about what they were writing, why they were writing what they were writing, and my daughter wanted autographs.  As an aspiring author, she was very excited to meet those that do what she desires to do.  And I really wanted to meet one author and to take pictures of some of them (I say this every year but this year I meant it!)

And so let us re-cap all we saw and met and desire to read this time around!

1. Adriana Mather is amazing!!!!  Her book "How To Hang A Witch" is a story about Salem (as in Salem Witch trial) and present day descendants of those involved in the trial.  It is amazing and wonderful and a book that I just could not put down.  And to top it all off, she is a descendant of Cotton Mather - yes the Cotton Mather from the Salem Trials.  She was funny and sweet and just awe inspiring for me.  This is her with me and my best friend - yep lucky girl right here!




2.  Adam Silvera is a ham!!  Oh my, he is too funny and is so sweet that it is impossible not to like him.  He always had a comment or anecdote to share and it always made you glad you got to be near him.  I for one cannot wait to read his book More Happy Than Not.  And to think he has more books coming out next year.  Hopefully, he will be here again next year and we can see what wackiness he has up his sleeve then.



3. My daughter was in heaven!  She is obsessed with all things Alice in Wonderland.  She loves the stories and the adaptations and the general idea of Alice and the Mad Hatter.  (Her momma loves the idea of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter!)  But alas I digress, she was excited when I had come home with the Looking Glass Wars a long while back and immediately read it.  When I told her that Frank Beddor was going to be there this year, she just had to tag along.  And I am glad that she did!!  Not only did she get to meet him, have him sign her book (both her old one and the new series he has), but she also took a picture with him.  At one point during the panels, she got a bit bored (she is only a tween so I get that) and started drawing pictures.  So of course she needed to draw one for him in her appreciation of giving her books to love and re-read.  He was so appreciative and spent so much time speaking to her, that he made this Momma very happy she brought her girl to meet him.  He even asked me to send him the picture so he had it too.  I mean, that is too sweet!!



4. Andersons - one fail in my opinion.  We sat at the table with Brendan Kiely.  He is not only funny and smart, but he was very personable and a total treat to sit with.  Again, another author to truly take the time to get to know my girlie and make her feel special.  I had a list in my head of the books that I knew I wanted to buy at the Anderson Bookshop there.  And his "The Last True Love Story" was on my short list.  (As you can imagine, my list is always rather long.)  So when I got there, I was incredibly disappointed to see that they were sold out.  And when we asked if they would had anymore or were going to get anymore, we were told no.  But we could gladly go to their store either today or tomorrow to get one.  Umm, so I can drive the 15 minutes out of my way to buy something from you, but you cannot be bothered to send someone over while we are still at your event (that I paid for) to replenish your supply??  Thanks, but that just makes me feel you are after my money and nothing else.  I can await coming home and asking my local bookstore here in my town to get it for me and I will pay them.  And when I went later to get another awesome looking book, again, sold out.  And another.  UGH.  Perhaps I will just make sure that next year I have any books I want signed ahead of time.

5. Another special and fun idea for my autographs!  I struggle all the time with what to do with all my books as I know most book lovers do.  And since I share so many of them, I find myself not always keeping books.  And if it is a signed copy, then I am reluctant to let others read it.  So this year, I came up with the idea to have the authors sign a bag I bought that can hold 3 books.  And when designing what one I would want to have them sign, it only made sense to have it be a library card.  And boy was this a wise move for us.  She got 19 signatures (yep she forgot a few while she was getting her books signed).  And now she has an awesome momento from a great time.  A total win win for me!

6.  Anderson's - excellent job with keeping it moving.  The presenters for the day (and I do apologize as I cannot remember either of their names) did an amazing job keeping the energy up and the mood light.  They kept things moving and that is hard with so many awesome writers.


So, overall, my take of the event?  An excellent day filled with books, authors, friends (new and old), and so many stories that one could really keep writing about it for a lot longer than this.  So if you are into the YA genre like I am, you should treat yourself to this event.  If nothing else, hopefully it will add more books to your TBR pile.


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Review: Vivian Apple at the End of the World

Vivian Apple at the End of the World Vivian Apple at the End of the World by Katie Coyle
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

In all honesty, I was highly disappointed by this one. I felt that the characters were not as strong or as likable as I had hoped. And it was just not enjoyable until near the end which was way to late for it be recovered for a better rating.

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Review: Stupid Fast

Stupid Fast Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great guy book. A true 3-1/2 star book for me. I will be honest that the idea of it being about a guy was not an appealing aspect. Those normally do not appeal at all to me. But I think what I enjoyed the most about this one was that it really felt like a teenage boy was speaking. Too many times a book will not truly echo the essence of the main character. And I felt that this one really did. It was a quick read for sure. Overall, a very well done story.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Review: The Danger of Desire

The Danger of Desire The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this one from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I requested this one based purely on the author - I have always enjoyed Sabrina Jeffries' writing. And I was not disappointed in the least. She always has characters that are amazing to live through and have such amazing strength and determination. And who does not love a "I don't want a love interest, but oops, look what I found" story? Awesome addition to this series.

A true 3-1/2 star book for me.

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