Wednesday, October 26, 2016

S.E.C.R.E.T Trilogy

As you know, if you follow my blog regularly, that I mostly read YA fiction. But what you will also know is that I am a literary freak and I love smut as well. Reading highly sexual fiction just does it for me. It's a vice that I used to overindulge in but not as much lately. So when I stumbled across S.E.C.R.E.T. at my library, I took to it quickly. And then devoured the other book sin the series just as fast. What can I say? I have a problem.


S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline
The first in an erotica trilogy
4 STAR RATING


So reading this was a pleasant surprise. I completely enjoyed Cassie's journey from having a low self esteem to being a confident woman. The fantasies she went through were well written, if a bit rushed. They are spaced out by a year so her self discovery seems well earned. 

The only issue I have is with the ending. It's like the author took a big eraser to Cassie's development and made her weak all over again. All for Will, who I'm not fond of. I hope she gets her groove back in the next book.

S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared
The second book of the trilogy
2 STAR RATING


Everything that I loved about the first book vanished with this sequel. The book introduces a new main character who annoyed me. She was just so whiny in the beginning. I did enjoy her happy ending with her dream guy but it just all felt so fake. She never really earns all her charms before she leaves the group. It was a cop-out with how she received them. 

But let's get to the real issue, Cassie. Holy hell, was she driving me crazy. I just couldn't deal with her random hook up with the musician. And the way she was using Jesse pissed me off. She didn't deserve the rough words and treatment from Will though. He's such a dick and there is no redeeming him to me. I hope Cassie decides to stay single in the last book. If she takes Will back, I'll regret reading this trilogy.

S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed
The last book in the trilogy
2 STAR RATING


I'm glad everyone got their happy ending but this book was such a hot mess to me. It was all over the place and melodramatic. I couldn't connect to the story at all. Which disappoints me since I really enjoyed the first book of the trilogy. It feels like the author didn't know how to draw out the original plot into a series.

S.E.C.R.E.T. (Secret, #1)Secret Shared (Secret, #2)SECRET Revealed: A SECRET Novel



Thursday, October 20, 2016

Book Review for The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow

A copy of the book was provided by SocialBookCo.

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4/5 STAR RATING

I had never read anything by Amy Ignatow before, even though I see her Popularity Papers series checked out from my library all the time. It just seemed like another Diary of a Wimpy Kid rip-off series. But going by this book, she has a unique take on children’s literature that I think should be heard. It’s funny and serious and relevant to how kids think and what they enjoy.

A group of kids, who are not friends, get into a bus accident coming home from a field trip. They all walk away with some pretty distinctive powers. For example, Farshad has super human strength but only in his thumbs .The other kids: Nick, Martina, and Cookie, also have weird powers that they’re learning to control. Its little quirks like that that make this book such a joy to read. I’m sure any middle school aged pre-teen would love to acquire super powers. But Ignatow shows how you should be careful what you wish for. Since now they have someone (possibly evil) looking for them.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a juvenile fiction book quite like this one. I either read regular fiction or graphic novels. Ignatow is known for combining words and art into her books. The pictures are not the dominant feature for her story. They act more like highlights to the narrative. This would be a good way to “trick” kids into reading this book, with the promise that there are pictures scattered about. And I know you’re supposed to let a child read what they want but sometimes they need a push. So I wouldn’t be above using ulterior motives to get someone to read this book.

The dialogue was well written. To my surprise, a few curse words were sprinkled throughout Cookie’s POV. I appreciate the realism to how she talks. As a young black female, I expect a certain amount of sass from her character. I know that may sound like I’m stereotyping her but I’m not. It’s instinctual for me to gravitate towards any character of color and I desperately want them to be authentic without being a caricature of their race. Cookie and Farshad both hold their own and exceed my expectations when it came down to their speech and representation.   

The ending of the novel seemed a bit rushed to me. I was really enjoying the book and then before I knew it, it was over. I think the author could have handled it better. I do understand that this is the intro to a series though, so some themes have to be fleshed out in the next book. I just feel like you barely get to know these kids before their story is wrapping up and trying to set up the mystery of who's after them. This is why I plan on reading the next book when it is released. I look forward to some more bonding between the reluctant superheroes.



Mighty Odds (The Odds Series #1)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Reading Challenge 2016 # 9

As always, I'm overdue with my completion of my monthly challenges. I finished this book in early October instead of in September. The short story format through me off and there were A LOT of them. But I did finish and now I can be late with finding a book for this month's challenge.


Scary Out There by Jonathan Maberry

Scary Out ThereThis anthology of short stories kinda disappointed me. Once I read the intro, I realized I would not be getting the typical scary stories I was expecting and anticipating to read. Some entries did have classic horror and thriller themes to them. But most were a different take on the genre that I couldn't fully comprehend or appreciate. I will say that I extremely enjoyed the following stories :

What Happens to Girls Who Disappear by Carrie Ryan
As Good as Your Word by Ellen Hopkins
The Invisible Girl by Rachel Tafoya
Death and Twinkies by Zac Brewer
Danny by Josh Malerman
The Whisper-Whisper Men by Tim Waggoner
Chlorine-Damaged Hair... by Kendra Blake
Corazon Oscuro by Rachel Caine
















Saturday, October 15, 2016

Reading for Pleasure

Now that I have completed my year end goal, I can just relax and read what I want...JK. I am still a stressed out bibliophile who has other challenges and obligations to finish. But these books on this post were read only because I wanted to. I reread some of my old favorites and graphic novels that I hadn't before.

Pleasures of the Night by Sylvia Day
The first book in the erotic Dream Guardians series
REREAD
OLD FAVORITE
5 STAR RATING

Pleasures of the Night (Dream Guardians, #1)Yep, this book is still awesome. I'm pretty sure this is the first book I've ever read by Sylvia Day and it started a long lasting relationship. It's a great blend of romance and erotica. 
Lyssa and Aidan are the perfect couple. They have an instant connection that's explained away by mind reading and mind blowing sex. Speaking of, the sex scenes are hot. I'm not a fan of the word cock but that's a minor flaw to deal with for these steamy scenes. The ending leaves it open for a second book, which I enjoyed as well. If Day ever decides to write the third book in this trilogy, I'll be one of the first people in line to get a copy.










Stuck in the Middle by Ariel Schrag
A collection of comics about the awkward pre-teen years
3 STAR RATING

Stuck in the Middle: 17 Comics from an Unpleasant AgeThe first couple of comics left a bad taste but after a rough beginning, I really enjoyed reading this book. It's overwhelmingly relatable. Middle school is easily more awkward and awful than high school, in my opinion. These collection of stories captures that tween state well. 
I liked the comics that ended on a hopeful note more than the ones that had no real resolution. It made sense for an open ended conclusion with some of the stories, seeing as they had no lessons or point to make. But they left me feeling a bit sad. Either way, this is a good book for anyone out of high school. It'll bring back memories, good and bad.











3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys by Lucy Monroe
Short stories about the brothers finding love and marriage
REREAD
OLD FAVORITE
5 STAR RATING

3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys (Mercenary/Goddard Project, #2)
I was going back and forth on taking a star away from this book but I've decided to keep it at 5 stars. I remember being totally in love with the holy trinity of romance authors; Lucy Monroe, Erin McCarthy and Lori Foster. I devoured every book they library had by them. This book was at the top of that pile.
It's about a group of brothers who quickly find themselves married. Since each brother has a short story, the romance and happy endings are rushed and underdeveloped. But I still thoroughly enjoyed them. The couples are all sweet and endearing. One change is which story is my favorite. When I first read this book, I loved Colton's story. The one night stand and Vegas setting appealed to my young teenage mind. But now that I'm older, I really like Rand's story. Phoebe is the woman I could most relate to. I feel like their chemistry was the most genuine.







Assassination Classroom Vol 8, 9, 10 by Yusei Matsui

5 STAR RATING

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 8: Time for an OpportunityThat last panel made me squeal with joy. This book was so good. It was the best volume to come back to after my reading hiatus from the series. The "lessons" from Koro Sensei are always so uplifting, though his teaching techniques leave me feeling stressed. 
Class 3-E are trying to figure out the mystery of who poisoned them and why. The students who weren't infected take charge and go to meet the foe. It's almost like a video game with how they have to take out bosses to get to the final level. The fact that Nagisa is dressed as a girl is a plus. He's just so darn cute. But shit gets real when the finally get see who's been causing all this trouble. I was pleasantly surprised with the maniac reveal. I just hope Nagisa kicks his ass in the next volume.














4 STAR RATING

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 9: A Shocking TimeI don't have too much to say about this volume. Nothing major happens, except in the beginning with the battle with Nagisa. He is such a bad ass. I think he's my favorite character. He has a swag to him that I adore. The fact that he can pass as a girl cracks me up every time. 
With this being a filler book to the series, I could just sit back and enjoy a slow read since I wasn't excited and falling out of my chair while reading. I liked that a student had the opportunity to leave the class and ended up learning the value of friendship and studying and blah blah blah. Koro Sensei is too good a teacher to pass up on. Even though he is planning on destroying the world if someone doesn't kill him first.















3 STAR RATING

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 10I'm not gonna lie, I was a bit bored with this book. The rainbow cover is eye catching though. I just wanted more. Itona had a little back story which I appreciated. He's finally just a student now, still very much intent on killing Koro Sensei. And that foreboding ending with Nagisa had me on edge. They better not mess with my baby.