Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review for Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy is an adult romance novel written by Tammara Webber.

i don't know why i hated this book. it has everything that i love in a story. a hot male love interest, a slightly weak then suddenly strong female lead, and asshole ex-boyfriend, and the lovable side characters with an over dramatic plot. but all of these things did not work for me in this novel. 

Lucas was okay. i didn't love him and i didn't hate him. he was just there to beat up rapists. Jacqueline was a pain in my ass for the whole book. these two together about made me throw the book across the room. i still don't know what went wrong for me here. maybe it was the writing. or maybe i just wasn't feeling it. total letdown :(


Monday, November 26, 2012

Review for Pusing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Pushing the Limits is a young adult romance novel written by Katie McGarry. There is a sequel due for release in 2013 titled Dare You To.

i think this was a book from one of my online book clubs. i had saw a little buzz about it on Goodreads but it didn't really interest me. that would have been a major lost in my life if i hadn't read this book because it was awesome. it's definitely one of the best books i've read this year and it has earned a spot on my favorites shelf.

the story is about Echo and Noah. Echo is a senior who is trying to deal with the harm her mother caused her and the grief she's getting from her father and stepmother. Noah is a senior who is trying to save his fostered brothers from an assumed abusive household. when these two lives collide...AWESOMENESS OCCURS. the attraction between the two characters felt authentic. the conflicts from their personal drama felt valid and not overly dramatic. Echo is by far my favorite complicated heroine of a realistic young adult novel. the way McGarry wrote her chapters felt genuine to me. and Noah is such a sweetheart, a sexy wanna rip his clothes off and have my raunchy way with him sweetheart. his story line about broke my heart.

i was surprised but quite happy when i saw that there was gonna be a sequel to this story featuring Beth's story. although her character didn't really grab me in the book, i'm sure i'll find her entertaining in her own novel. i really hope she gets it together and gets with Isaiah. he's such a great catch!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Review for Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm written by Philip Pullman

Fairy Tales... is a collection of adaptations of the Brothers Grimm fairy tales written by Philip Pullman.

an advance copy of the book was provided by Viking through Goodreads

i have actually never read a Brothers Grimm fairy tale before. sure, i've seen the films and tv shows and read the books influenced by the fairy tales but i've never read an original one from their collection. this is as close as i've come since these tales are adaptations written by Philip Pullman. and they are amazing. the fairy tales are witty and mostly hilarious.

of course you have the classics which are written in a way that is different from the version i know, such as Cinderella and Rapunzel. some of these stories are completely weird and random. some are so interesting i felt that they should have their own book, or at least a novella. Pullman's notes about what type of tale these stories are and how he felt about each one is an added bonus to an already amazing collection. this book is great for anyone who wants a little back story and a twist to these beloved fairy tales.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Review for Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck

since i am currently reading the fourth book in the Tiger Saga, i thought that i'd put up the review i wrote for the book that started it all. there's a link to my review for the third one at the bottom.

Tiger's Curse is the first novel in the fantasy young adult Tiger Saga series written by Colleen Houck.

the author completely ruined what could have been one of the best female characters i've ever read in a fantasy ya book. kelsey started out so strong and likeable. she wasn't afraid of the white tiger and who that tiger turned out to be which is this hot indian prince that i'm now in love with. she accepted all of the craziness in stride and actually got stuff done. 

but then she gets scared. not for her life or even for the tiger's. she gets afraid because she's might love the tiger/man too much and so she keeps him at a distance and then starts to hurt his feelings for no apparent reason other than to keep herself "safe" from her feelings for him. i HATE when women do that to themselves. like why can't we just enjoy what we have? there could have been something else that kept them apart, not just a low self-esteem that came out of nowhere.

shame on you Colleen Houck for destroying a strong female character with some plot twists bullshit. hopefully kelsey becomes her old self again in the next book.

Here is my review for the third installment of the Tiger Saga

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Review for Possess by Gretchen McNeil

Possess is a fantasy young adult novel written by Gretchen McNeil. So far there is no awaited sequel.

i really wanted to love this book but Bridget was one of the most annoying characters i have ever known. Matt, the love interest, was just as bad. the villian of the story was kind of obvious. all of the conflicts made Bridget act like a dumbass. i understand that she's a teenage girl. but she's been dealing with this for months now. this being hearing and banishing demons. now all of a sudden it's too much for her? why wasn't it too much when she first learned about it? if it was too much, why did she agree to get training and continue to perform banishments of demons? i get that every story needs conflict but this was beyond ridiculous.

and the ending was super chessy. i swear Bridget said something like "We'll fight the demons together through good and bad." ugh please gag me with a spoon.