Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: One More Chance

One More Chance
One More Chance by Abbi Glines

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not bad, just not great.. I'm not a huge fan of weak women, and Harlow is just that. Grant is ok, but his on/off relationship with Nan would be a deal breaker. Especially when his last on was after hooking up with Harlow. Mace is probably the most likable character in the book, and hopefully he'll get his own story soon.
At the end of book one, Grant and Harlow are really liking each other, right up until Grant learns Harlow's secret. The fact that she has a heart problem that could be fatal is more than he can handle right then, and he says some nasty things. Harlow leaves, and refuses to speak with him for two months. Throughout that time, he's basically a basket case, and she isn't much better. Both of them must decide if they are willing to work through the tough times that are certainly ahead, and if the other person is worth the fight.

Mace finally gets in touch with Grant when Harlow finds out she's pregnant but refuses to get an abortion. The doctors are not very optimistic at her survival rate with her heart in it's current condition. Harlow is not giving up her baby, and is willing to die to have her. Grant doesn't want her to take that chance, but he also won't make her do something she doesn't want to. They get back together and start preparing for their baby. Grant finally proposes, but Harlow goes into labor that night. She stays unconscious for several days, and Grant spends that time with their daughter Lila Kate. Harlow was thoughtful enough to write letters to her daughter, and Grant in case she didn't make it. Letters they would need as time went on. Grant received the first letter while she was still in the hospital, and told her flat out that he didn't accept it, and that he and Lila Kate needed her to wake up. She does come around, and Grant is able to take both of his girls home.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Never Look Back

Never Look Back
Never Look Back by Amy Stephens

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I was given a copy of Never Look Back in exchange for an honest review.

I was told that this book could be read as a stand alone, so I didn't read the first book in the series. I wanted to like this book. I always feel for new authors because I can't imagine how it must feel to be in their shoes. This book is not ready for readers yet. The writing is stilted, and doesn't flow right. There are so many mistakes that is distracting. Not just grammar or spelling mistakes (but there are a LOT), but contradictory plot holes. For instance in one portion of the book Jennifer is extremely upset (she is upset about everything), and Todd walks in at that time. At the top of the page it says "For the next half hour I listen to her retell everything her father shared with her", then just a few paragraphs down on the same page it says "I don't want to pry and ask questions, but I'm curious to know what upset her." This kind of thing happens many times, throughout the book. It's not really that big of a deal other than it distracts you from ever being engrossed in the book. The second thing that annoyed me were the characters. None of them are endearing, especially the protagonist. She was one of those people who says "Why me, what did I do to deserve this?" she literally says this. I wanted to scream you married a guy after knowing him only a few short months, and got pregnant. I mean really, you don't get to cry why me when you put yourself in that situation.. There is just too much that I couldn't get past to enjoy reading this book.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Review: In Her Wake

In Her Wake
In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I hate when authors write the same book from a different point of view. In Her Wake is not the same story as Ten Tiny Breaths. In this prequel we are given a glimpse of Cole/Trent's life from before the accident, until he meets Kacey. Somehow I felt sympathetic for him, and his situation, even though it was clearly their fault. His need to protect Kacey, and to help her find her way back was more than just making amends. Even stalking her and her family didn't register as creepy, although it should have. In Her Wake isn't required to read the other books in the series, but it is helpful to have a little more perspective.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Review: Sparks Rise

Sparks Rise
Sparks Rise by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Novellas serve as a small reminder, or a brief look into the world we are waiting to reappear. Sparks Rise was just that. A quick recap of the brutal treatment that the Psi kids receive at the hands of the PSFs. Samantha "Sam/Sammy" is a blue, living in one of the worst rehabilitation centers for the last seven years. Her routine is the same day in and day out, until a group of Reds are brought in to assist the PSFs. They have been completely stripped of anything that makes them themselves, and replaced with a shell of a person who is easily controlled. They are no more than the deadliest of weapons. Sam recognizes one of them, Lucas her best friend from childhood. When Sam is attacked by a nasty PSF, she fights back, willing to die before allowing him to touch her. Lucas wants to help her, but he's worked so hard at keeping his cover to risk it. It takes everything he has to pretend to be one of the mindless Reds that help with security. He knows that helping Sam will blow his cover, but he's also not sure if he can just leave her to their mercy.

He is able to stand back, even though it kills him to watch them beat her and lock her in a cage. He is able to talk to her for a moment, and she agrees that he made the right decision. Even if he'd tried to help, neither of them would have made it out alive. Overnight in the cages, Sam is bitten by a snake. While assisting in the medical ward, Lucas finds out the camp that his sister is located in. Shortly after that he sees that Sam is in the infirmary, not in the cages, and without the antivenom she may not make it. One of the nurses is able to help them escape, but they barely make it out of the gates before getting caught. Several weeks later Sam is still suffering the effects of the bite, and her leg will never be completely healed. She finally sees Lucas after all that time, but this time she realizes, that they have finally broken him. The boy she knew is no longer there.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Review: Deacon

Deacon by Kristen Ashley

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's not a secret that I'm a huge Kristen Ashley fan. I'm pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. With that said, Deacon just didn't do it for me in the end. I know exactly why, but that part will have to be in the spoilers section. This fourth installment of Unfinished Hero also seemed a bit generic. Almost like there was a deadline looming, and the words had to be put on paper. I can't even begin to understand how difficult it must be to write a book, much less writing several different series at one time, but I would be happy to wait a little longer if needed. Other than a few details about the main characters history, either one of them could have been replaced with another KA character without a problem. Even with all of that, Deacon was a solid four star book until the last 30-40 pages. Unfortunately that small portion of the book was enough to bring it down to three stars. This may be totally my issue, so read it for yourself before deciding.

Cassidy "Cassie" was fine as far as characters goes. A bit naive, and again a little generic, but ok. Deacon is the standard KA alpha male, with a slightly shady history. She is living her dream in the Colorado mountains, a bit differently than planned, but she's doing it. He shows up randomly over the years renting cabin number 11, and disappearing within a few days. Cassie knows that feeling anything for Deacon, who is almost certainly some kind of criminal is not smart. That doesn't stop her from renting cabins 1-10 first on the off chance he'll show up.

***Spoilers*** ***For mature readers only***
Deacon was a normal guy, in love and planning a life with his wife. None of her family, or friends bothered to tell him that she'd been in and out of rehab as a teenager, even when she disappeared. He knew that he loved her, and wanted her back, and despite protests from his family, he left everything behind to find her. After years of searching the dregs of society, he found his wife, and what he found was not pretty. She let the drugs take over, selling her body to pay for her addiction, and let her addiction take her life. For years Deacon lived in that world, making a name for himself as the bad guy bounty hunter who could find anyone. He knew he wasn't right after what happened, and knew he wasn't the man Cassie deserved, even though he couldn't stay away. After six years of renting cabin eleven, he stopped resisting her pull. They both fell for one another quickly, and they fell hard. Still Deacon held a part of himself back, some of it to protect Cassie, but another part because he wasn't ready to share. When Cassie found a picture of his wife, and thought he was still married, she demanded answers. She wanted to know everything, and he refused to give it to her. He walked away and broke her heart in the process. For six months she struggled to put herself and her life back together, and then he came back. Sure I know his side, and that he was finally ready. I just don't care. He strips naked, throws out a few lines, while heartfelt, still not enough to make up for what he did. She jumped right back in, which is the first issue I had. Secondly, their love life was a bit kinky before he left, but when he got back it was different. There is just something not right about a man like Deacon, as macho as they come, submitting to a woman. Not only that but he lets her put a plug in his ass??? No. I just can't. That just ruined it for me. Of course I'll still read the next book, but if by some crazy luck KA reads this review.. PLEASE don't do that again!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Review: The Sinner's Bargain

The Sinner's Bargain
The Sinner's Bargain by Claire Contreras

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Meh... I just didn't like it. The Sinner's Bargain was illogical, and a jumbled mess of ideas, none of which made much sense. I have read almost all of Contreras' books, and have given them all 4 or 5 stars, except this one. Books in the general sense do not have to be possible to be good. I read books about vampires, and werewolves, that somehow work. They do have to be logical though. For instance, if I am a criminal mastermind, making the daughter of a debtor work for my brothel to repay a debt, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't just let her walk away with my enemy. (Sometimes enemy?) That's another issue, do Sam & Philip work together, or are they competitors. Do they even like each other? I got the feeling the author wanted to keep the reader guessing about who could be trusted. She did a fantastic job there, because even after finishing the book I still have no idea.

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