Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sharp Edges By Kristen Middleton

I was really intrigued from the start of the book... the expert had me wanting what the heck was going on. I was like Mystery and Romance of COURSE I am in!
Starting in the journey the characters were really easy to make a connection Lindsey and her perfect American family and her just recently divorced best friend Darcy (real world problems) and a super-HOT neighbor a cop (of course) Jake.
We see that Lindsey’s life is not all what it is cracked up to be and now she is available (and also a single mom with 2 teenagers) for that delicious piece of hot hunk across the street.

With that in play Lindsey and her big heart get her in trouble when she reaches out to help a pregnant woman and her little girl she meets briefly from an abusive relationship. When Lindsey asks her new cop buddy Jake for help things go downhill, we learn that the abusive husband is also in law enforcement. But now someone is threating her and her children’s lives and they are not playing around.

Now that we have more 1 on 1 time with Jake and Lindsey things get steamy and he is crazy for her and she is sure not quite what to do. Darcy has a few good ideas thou LOL and shares them with Lindsey even if she wants to hear them or not. That is what BFF’s are for right?

The twist was really good in this book and you see the steam rise from the encounters between Lindsey and Jake. Once I knew who the bad guy was then it wasn’t which was great.

Some of this book did not sit well with me when love ones were murdered I did not feel that there was any real emotion. I mean I would be downright crazy blubbering idiot … thou she may have been just trying to be strong for her kids.

I felt that towards the end of the book it was rushed and felt kinda off but then maybe there is another book in the wings. I would really love that!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Feed: An Angry Post by Alisha

Feed (Newsflesh, #1)Feed by Mira Grant

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

So dumb: An Angry Analysis

And my final conclusion for this book is...

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Here's why I eye-rolled myself into a headache while reading Feed

Here we are, 28 years into the future and the blogging world is the shit! The world has turned to blogs for their reliable truth after the zombie apocalypse. Please tell me why I don't have to explain how dumb that is? Fine. Not a big deal? Okay.

The bloggers have broken themselves down into three categories:

Newsies--Yes, as in from the ancient movie of the same title. These folks are straight reporters.

Irwins--As in Steve Irwin. These are the action/dare devil reporters. Oh for fuck's sake! It's 28 years into the future, Irwin has been dead now for how many years? But no, we're Irwins!

Fictionals--See bad stories and worse poems.

While I'm raging about pop-culture, which seems to have stalled out in this book at 2001, how the hell do we have Newsies and Irwins and nobody's heard of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? M'Kay. Sure.

The technology seems to have stalled out around the early 2000s as well. Apparently, Georgia needs three cell phones--er, why? Also, why the fuck do I need to know this? Lots of dumb details really weigh the story down.

That was annoying, but more annoying were the pages worth of the setting up of the technology. Dear, Lord! I don't give a flying fuck why you connected this to that, or the other. I don't need to read more pages about Buffy fixing this and wires being connected. No! You are wasting my time!

Oh, and don't get me started on the finger pricking blood tests! Apparently they have to hurt because the pain is psychological BARLB WHMOLUM. SCIENCE!

So, consumers don't want a blood scanner that doesn't hurt? You know, because they NEVER have to scan? Oh, wait! They do have to scan? Like ever other page? Oh. So why the fuck does it have to hurt and prick every fucking finger? GARBLE BLARB, SCIENCE!

Meanwhile in politics...this boring shit happened.

Yes, Feed is far more about the politics of the future than anything else--especially zombies. Surprise, fuckers! This zombie book is not about zombies! We get to hear all about the state of the union from George, who is the most cliche, unlikeable, hypocritical character ever!

George and why I hate her:

Wears nondescript black clothing with lots of pockets and boots

Doesn't like touching or affection of any kind

Does not like animals

Has a strange relationship with adopted brother

Believes that showing emotion is weak

Is an egocentric asshole who likes the sound of her own voice

Loves to power play everyone, including her employees

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Grant writes George these horrible blog posts about her musings about the world. They suck! First, there's WAY too many of them. Second, they all start to blend together. Third, and this is 450 pages later, I began to realize that Grant is most likely the kind of person who loves the sound of her own voice. Oh, the self-important blathering!

Overall, this book is awful for all kinds of reasons! It's way too fucking long, the characters are completely without merit, and the story suuuukkkkxxx! Once I realized who the bad guy was, I was so done. Who wants to keep reading self-important BLAR BARL BLARB when you know who the cliche bad guy is. Can you say, President Snow, much?

Feed feels very much as though it were written ten years ago, or more. The pop culture references were terrible and could have been solved by changing the stupid terminology, or just not making the damn book set SO freaking far into the future. Newsies and Irwins? I about gagged. How dumb.

But here's the thing about dumb. I can suspend disbelief even for dumb if the characters and story work, but they didn't. George is awful and the plot is so predictable it actually made my head hurt. The world building was good, but honestly, a world without a plot is just a world.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Red Letter Days: Devil's Bargain

Devil's Bargain (Red Letter Days #1)Devil's Bargain by Rachel Caine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Devil's Bargain is the story of Jazz, and ass-kicking former cop who is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to form her own detective agency funded by a secret organization. The only catch? She has to take on a full partner of their choice, Lucia, who is the Yin, to Jazz's Yang.

Devil's Bargain was initially published in 2005, which makes me think that Caine is writing this series again. The new cover is certainly attractive, though honestly, all the red lipstick and sleek hair could not be Jazz. But really, who cares. It's a good looking cover that sticks with the current trend.

The plot moves at a good clip. The idea that a secret organization is hiring you and your people to do odd jobs for gobs of cash is strangely compelling.

The characters are pretty wonderful. Jazz, though tough, doesn't follow the stereotypical chick in all black. She's more of your fleece and jeans kind of girl. And yes, she'd rather read Guns and Ammo rather than Elle, but that doesn't mean she can't put on heels and eyeliner every once in a blue moon. I appreciate that in a character. Layers, yo!

Red Letter Days is a ass-kicking good time.

ARC provided by Silhouette Books and

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Best New Series: The Fairwick Chronicles

The Water Witch (Fairwick Chronicles, #2)The Water Witch by Carol Goodman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I saw that the second installment of the Fairwick Chronicles was available on

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Can I just say again how happy I am that I have a reliable source for the genre that is romance, paranormal stuff, and mystery? Can I? I am! Thank you, Goodman. You are now in line just below Jennifer Lawrence as candidate for my new bestie.

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Maybe not?

The first book, The Demon Lover, introduces us to Callie McFay, an assistant professor of literature at Fairwick College. Callie is the owner of Honeysuckle House, part fairy, part witch, and a doorkeeper. All that in addition to a pesky incubus, and an evil grandmother, make The Water Witch a compelling story and romance.

As with The Demon Lover the pace is fast, but mixed with layered characters, making it longer, more satisfying read. Uh, hem.

You know, speaking of longer and more satisfying, can we talk about Liam, Callie's incubus for a moment? I really like him.

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Unlike some books from the same genre, Goodman's secondary characters are often just as interesting as her primary characters. There's a fantastic dynamic between Callie, the town, and the college that's just entertaining. Goodman writes likable characters facing real world problems with a paranormal slant.

Goodman's plots, like her characters, are many and multifaceted. Callie must try to come to grips with her feelings for her incubus, Liam, learn witch craft, and try to keep the door to faerie open.

I am truly enjoying this series. I got nothing done; the kids ate chicken nuggets and had to find their own clothes, but I regret nothing.

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I hope you pick up this series and give it a try.

ARC provided my and Ebury Press

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Friday, January 25, 2013

The Demon Lover

The Demon Lover (Fairwick Chronicles, #1)The Demon Lover by Carol Goodman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was AWESOME!

Sookie Stackhouse, move your skinny white butt over, 'cause it's Callie time!

Meet Cailleach McFay (pronounced Kay-lex) or Callie for short. Callie is an assistant English professor, who while on a trip to interview for a position at Fairwick University in upstate New York, falls in love with an old Victorian house and buys it!

Forget that Callie wasn't going to take the job.

Forget that she has a boyfriend on the west coast that she had plans to buy a bigger apartment with in the city.

Forget it! Honeysuckle House is a callin'! It's airing itself out, and dusting for her. It's might at well be baking brownies for its own open house. The house WANTS her.

After the purchase of HH, or as I like to think of it H2, the plot starts spinning, and it doesn't stop!

Callie has naughty dreams of a shadow man made of moonlight.

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She's had the dreams since she was a kid, but they were different. No sexy time. He was her Fairytale Prince, but now he's MUCH more! You know, like A LOT MORE!

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Oh, there's so much more happening! The characters are rich and vibrant. The staff at Fairwick are odd, so much so that we start to wonder what could be going on. Fairies? Vampires? Witches?

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But all is not as it seems, but who cares! I was hooked!

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Maybe I was hooked because unlike Charline Harris' books, there's way more sex. I admit it, I enjoyed the adult aspect of the book. That's code for, Wooo HOOO!

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As in any good romance, I feel in love with Callie's main squeeze, but he's not what he claims to be.

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Which is where I leave you, the reader.

Goodman does it right. I adored this book. The characters were fantastic, it wasn't predictable, the sex was H-O double T, HOT, and Callie has backbone. If you're looking for a fresh, adult paranormal romance mystery, this is for you.

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A big thanks to Goodman who gave several shout-outs to Sookie, and a double thank you for giving us Callie.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

City of Ashes

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was trying to figure out what it is about Clary that bugs me, and then, half way through City of Glass, it came to me! Wait for it...

Clary is an over-sharer. Unlike a lot of protagonists in mystery/suspense novels, Clary doesn't keep it all locked up. You know that type of hero I'm talking about; they play it so close to the sleeve that by the time we reach the climax, the only people who the bad guy is, is our hero and her houseplant/cat. Then it's up to our antisocial hero with intimacy issues to work it out herself.

Not so with Clary. No, Clary likes to tell characters she met five minutes ago her business. Sigh. So dumb. Why doesn't she just give them her social security card and her debit pin while she's at it?

Oh, and could Valentine be more cliche? I doubt it. I know that Jace makes fun that the only thing missing from Valentine is and evil laugh while stroking his mustache, but yeah, that's the point--he's totes cliche, ya'll.

Alrighty. I might have to take a break from this series after book three. I grow bored.

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Through the Ever Night

Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So good! It's a shame it's done so quickly. Rossi is such a gifted writer. This dystopian novel has such heart. Savage and Dweller make for a compelling contrast. Rossi is at her best as both Aria and Perrigine work to do what's right in the face of social opposition.

There's so much in this novel that works. Rossi ingeniously weaves her themes of tolerance, and the battle between the nature and technology through symbolism, and a crafty plot. There's way more going on here than a romantic YA novel.

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