Monday, November 25, 2019

A Bad Day for Sunshine

A Bad Day for Sunshine
by Darynda Jones

Sunshine Vicram has returned to her hometown with her freshman daughter, Auri, in tow. Despite having tried to run as far away as possible (about 30 minutes), she's back and she has somehow become sheriff of Del Sol without even knowing she was running. (How do you win an election you didn't put your name in for?)

On the plus side, she's living in her parents' backyard in an "apartment" they'd had built just for her and her daughter (as if they KNEW she would win that election she didn't enter) and she's got her forever BFF as her deputy.

She also starts her first day with a flasher, a rooster-napper, a car through the window of the sheriff's office building, a kidnapping, and a run-in with the guy she has crushed on since she they were kids.

She'll take on the kidnapping as the easiest of the things to deal with.

At the same time, Auri is at her first day of high school in a new town and she's starting on a bad foot since just a few days prior, her mom's BFF deputy raided the completely secret but known by everyone high school party and confiscated the beer (for himself). Now Auri is suspecting of being a narc and the student body pretty universally hates her. Except for Cruz. He is difficult to read, but doesn't seem to be anti-Auri.

Now both mom and daughter must pool their resources to figure out why someone would take another freshman who looks a lot like Auri and how to stop that freshman's prophetic dreams of dying before her 15th birthday from coming true.

Final thoughts: I LOVE Darynda Jones and all of her snark. There are some very Charley-ish moments here (and a reference, so we're in Charley-land!), but the vibe between mother and daughter brings on a different feel. Plus we get swoons for multiple ages now so RL moms can start sharing this with their older teen daughters. Some of the plot points are obvious and future stories can also be predicted, but Jones weaves a complicated web for all of her characters and this is really a joy to read. The only negative that I had was with the formatting of the Kindle ARC since the two ladies trade off points of view for the story and it sometimes isn't immediately obvious that we've switched with the formatting as it currently appears. 

Rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to NetGalley and St Martin's Press for the ARC.

A Conspiracy of Stars

A Conspiracy of Stars
by Olivia A. Cole

All of her life, Octavia has lived on her planet and loved where she lived. Her parents, however, were born on a different planet and came to Faloiv years before. They and others set up a tentative peace with the natives who live on Faloiv. Until now, that peace has seemingly been beneficial to the humans.

Unfortunately, between the fact that their ship was damaged, possibly beyond repair, and the fact that some people don't like not being the dominant species, tensions have been getting higher.

Octavia has been immune to most of this until the day she travels with her father to another area of Faloiv and her world changes completely.

Now Octavia knows that some humans are making dangerous decisions and those decisions could lead to everyone's destruction.

Final thoughts: I definitely did not like this book. I read it for a class, so I couldn't give it up, but I probably wouldn't have selected it on my own. The one redeeming part of this book is that it is a sci-fi novel in which the main characters are all of color, rather than the whitewashed future often portrayed by the genre. Otherwise, the whole book is heavy-handed in its portrayal of the whitecoats (white hats), colonialism, and even vegetarianism. 

Rating: 1/5

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Sparrow

Sparrow
by Mary Cecilia Jackson

Savannah Rose, better known as Sparrow, is a brilliant dancer. Her lifts and jumps are the envy of everyone in the company. She will definitely be the Swan Queen in the next major showcase.

But Sparrow keeps her private life out of her dance. She tries very hard to keep them separate. Her friends are from ballet. Her social life revolves around ballet. And she has no one else.

Until Tristan.

He's everything a girl could dream of. He's kind. He's generous. He's gorgeous. And he says he loves her...

... after every time he abuses her.

His love has conditions. His love depends on her behaving. If he gets angry, then she must have done something wrong.

Sparrow learned this with her mother years before. If they are angry, you were bad.

No matter how hard Sparrow's friends try to show her the truth and no matter how hard they try to protect her, they are no match for her own deep insecurities. 

And they are definitely no match for Tristan's fists when he gets angry. 

Final thoughts: Whoa. This one hit every button in me. I literally cried more than a few times during this. It is NOT an easy read. But it IS a necessary one for many. The author really nailed all of the points of view on this one. While there were a few little things to nitpick, the overall story is deep and meaningful. There is no HEA (Happily Ever After) in this. It does end, but it's not the same, predictable ending that people have come to expect. This ending is real. I strongly recommend this, but warn that there are triggers here.

Rating: 5/5

Thanks to NetGalley and Tor Forge for the ARC.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Stars We Steal

The Stars We Steal
by Alexa Donne

Leo is the oldest daughter of her father who is the king of his ship, literally. She's a princess with no money and her father needs to her find a wealthy husband so that the king can keep up appearances and keep up his luxuries.

The only way they have gotten by so far is on the generosity of Leo's aunt who has let them stay docked on her ship and waived the normal fees. But now Leo must step up. It's either find money or find a husband with money.

Leo has her own plans that will keep her family solvent and keep her out of a marriage of convenience, but selling people on a water filtration system that includes the sewage isn't easy.

Things get more tense and complicated when Leo's former fiancee (of all of 12 hours) comes back into her life three years after leaving. He's got everything she needs and some of what she still wants.

Can they come together when everyone tried so hard before to keep them apart?

Final thoughts: This starts off as a Persuasion rewrite with some Bachelor additions. Even the rose on the cover is meant to evoke The Bachelor (the author makes sure to state that in the course of the book to make sure that we know). The problem is that it starts off far too close to Austen's Persuasion at the start and then goes way off-kilter. Suddenly there is crime, extortion, danger, elections, and more. I do not understand Leo's final choice at the end because it matches Persuasion, but doesn't match what she was saying halfway through the book. She's an inconsistent character. While the space setting is interesting, it also distracts from the story, especially when things seem to be brought in just for a moment for the story and then left behind. Finally, my last issue is that this feels like Donne is leaving just enough space for a sequel as a just-in-case-this-does-well option. While the story is technically complete, it feels unfinished and incomplete. 

Rating: 2.5/5

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

Friday, October 11, 2019

How to Speak Boy

How to Speak Boy
by Tiana Smith

Quinn is competitive. She's not just a little competitive; she is ultra competitive. She will do almost anything to win, except cheat. She's definitely not a cheater.

However, it looks like her biggest competition IS a cheater. Grayson seems to win at everything he does without even trying and rumor has it that he's cheated a few times to do it. 

Now Quinn and Grayson have become the co-captains of the speech and debate club so they have to work together. Quinn could finally learn the truth about Grayson and his winning ways. 

But she gets a little distracted when her AP Government teacher accidentally mixes up Quinn's essay with someone else's. With that simple mistake, Quinn now has an anonymous suitor who lifts her up and makes her stronger, even as Grayson seems to be trying to beat her at every turn.

Who is the letter writer who keeps leaving notes with perfectly timed messages in her box? And who is Grayson, really? 

Final thoughts: Cotton candy all the way and totally fun to read. This book is the YA version of The Shop Around the Corner and You've Got Mail. Everything is pretty predictable but it's still an enjoyable few hours spent.

Rating: 4/5

Thanks to NetGalley and MacMillan Children's Publishing Group for the ARC.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
by Chris Crutcher

Sarah Byrnes and Eric Calhoune might be friends, or they might just be fellow outcasts. Sarah Byrnes is always Sarah Byrnes. Her facial scars from being burned as a toddler are things that she owns. If she is always Sarah Byrnes, then people can't take her name and turn it against her.

Eric Calhoune has been known as Moby for years. He's the whale of the swim team. He's fast and dangerous in the water, but trusts Sarah Byrnes to be there for him outside of the pool. She (and her attitude) scare everyone so Eric follows her and she trusts him.

When Sarah Byrnes ends up in the state hospital under psychiatric watch, only Eric knows the truth. While he waits for her to return, Eric must also deal with the people around him, including Sarah Brynes's scary father, an angry vice principal, and a Bible-thumping peer who judges everyone around him.

All Eric wants to do is date the Bible-thumper's girlfriend and win the next meet, but nothing will ever be that simple.

Final thought: I know this one is well-rated and received, but I'm just not getting it. There is just too much going on and it's far too messy. Granted, life is messy, but this book can be very hard to follow. There are extremely detailed descriptions going on for pages about the swim team practices and then barely anything when there is actual stuff happening outside of the pool. Things happen in the blink of an eye for some events and then drag on forever for others.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Lucky Caller

Lucky Caller
by Emma Mills

It's Nina's senior year and everything is about to change. Not only is she getting ready for college, but her mom is getting remarried and moving the family out of the apartment they have called home for so long.

Since it's a time of change, Nina decides to take a chance on the radio broadcasting class offered at her school. What she doesn't expect is her ex-friend and current neighbor sharing the class with her, being in her radio group, and still giving her those feelings she'd had years before. 

She also didn't expect to suddenly have to come up with a celebrity guest for their radio show in time for the huge fundraiser that she and her radio crew accidentally fell into creating.

Final thoughts: This is cotton candy, but it's not really tasty. The characters are all pretty one-dimensional and the story is pretty predictable. There's a massive deus ex machina ending, which doesn't really fit the rest of the book; it feels like the author got herself in a bind and tried to have the cavalry come in at the last minute to rescue her protagonist. It was messy and not planned well. I didn't even remember Nina's name because it was mentioned just a couple of times, as if the characters themselves never said the names of the people around them. I don't understand the point of the sisters except to serve as contrasts to Nina and maybe give her some context, but it just felt forced. The romance was not very well done and there was just so much that could have been improved upon. Not a fan.

Rating: 2/5

ARC courtesy of NetGalley

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Truth About Forever

The Truth About Forever
by Sarah Dessen

Macy Queen is the dutiful daughter and devoted girlfriend. She wakes every morning, does everything her mother asks and more, listens attentively to her boyfriend, and makes no waves. 

She wasn't always like this.

She used to be her daddy's little girl who ran with him every morning and joked with him every night. She had friends, a team, and a life beyond her home and school.

But when her father dies just steps from her home during the morning jog that she had waived off taking that day, Macy's world changed and she went from independent and lively to simply wanting to keep her mother sane and her own world from falling further apart.

However, her world can't help but crash when her boyfriend goes to brain camp, leaving her behind to take over his job at the library, and then leaving her behind altogether. 

Macy can't hold it in anymore. Especially not after meeting the insane bunch who work Wish Catering. Macy may finally have the chance to put herself back together. She just has to be willing to try.

Final thoughts: This is my first Sarah Dessen and it fits pretty well into the Chick Lit YA genre. There's the realistic girl with unrealistic expectations about herself and life. There's the cute guy who somehow just gets her. And there's the complications and drama that surround them both. Decent read overall.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, June 24, 2019

No Judgements

No Judgements
by Meg Cabot

After a bad year where her father died, her mother turns out not to be her mother, and her boyfriend's best friend tried to assault her, Bree Beckham has decided to take a break from her life. She stops going to law school and moves from New York to Little Bridge, Florida. And she actually seems to be doing pretty well for herself until the hurricane comes.

Now Bree has to first survive the hurricane with her newly adopted shelter cat and also try to keep the other animals on the island alive, as well.

She is helped by Drew, the annoyingly handsome and charming nephew of her employer and his family. But when her past comes to Little Bridge, can she find a way to stay in her present?

Final thoughts: I've been a Cabot fan for years, but this one just didn't do it for me. This felt like the set up for a new TV show or a disaster/romance movie. Bree's character was a little off the entire time. Staying for the hurricane? Actually going out during the early storm for her scooter? Spending half the book looking for animals? It just didn't read realistic and she was inconsistent throughout. Additionally, the storm itself is made out to be a huge part of the book, when it really isn't. It's actually treated as more of a convenience or even an afterthought. Just not a fan of this one.

NOTE: This is a New Adult book, NOT a Young Adult book. Not appropriate for most teens.

Rating: 2/5

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Babysitters Coven

The Babysitters Coven
by Kate Williams

Esme and her friend, Janis, are the last members of their local babysitters club. They work each weekend, taking care of the local children and making a little money on the side. It's better than getting a "real" job. 

But, except for her best friend and her babysitting, Esme just doesn't have much else. Her mom was committed to an asylum when Esme was young and Esme doesn't get along well with others. She's dealing with her life, though, such as it is.

Then Cassandra and Dion come into her life. 

Cassandra is nothing like Esme, but she seems to be determined to join the babysitters club for some strange reason.

It turns out Cassandra has her own home life issues and Esme may be the key to solving the mysteries that have surrounded Cassandra and her brother since their parents died.

When strange things start happening around Esme, she and Cassandra must work together to understand what's going on.

Final thoughts: Messy book. This is a bad combination of The Baby-Sitters Club and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's awkward and poorly written with very little to recommend. There is no build-up of anything, including tension. Things just happen without warning and then go away just as fast. Not good and not worth reading the next book.

Rating: 1/5

ARC courtesy of NetGalley

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Off Planet


Off Planet
by Aileen Erin

Years ago, Earth's SpaceTech led a "liberation" of the planet from the dangerous Aunare aliens who had begun to live and work with the humans who lived there. A mass exodus of the aliens from the planet was the start and the systematic killing of every alien and half alien ("halfer") was the next step. Any full blood Aunare or halfer that is found is fed to rabid dogs on the evening news and humans cheer.

Maité Martinez is one such halfer. Her father is a high-ranking Aunare who made it off planet before the murders began, but he left his wife and halfer daughter behind to spend their lives in hiding. Maité remembers almost nothing of her young childhood or her father because her mother had her memories wiped to protect them both. Now all Maité knows is that she's a halfer and that she needs to hide her identity no matter what. Her capture could lead to war. 

Unfortunately, she's not as hidden as she'd hoped to be and a mistake leads her to prison and a sentence to hard labor on a fiery planet.

Rescue efforts are coming and she is strong, but can she survive long enough to be saved?

Final thoughts: This one is a mess. The reader is dropped into the middle of everything and clues are dropped throughout the book about Maité and her past, but it's a struggle to figure it out. It doesn't help that things that are obvious to the reader are completely missed by the main character. There's no room to breathe for the reader or the people who populate this story. It's constantly in motion and that makes it all a little claustrophobic as a story. That might be the intention of the author, but it makes for a strain on the reader. It's hard to track time and the logic of things isn't always explained. For example, I spent the longest time trying to figure out why they had to be in cryogenic sleep to travel because it made no sense. Near the end, there was finally a line dropped in about how human bodies can't handle the speeds the space vehicles must travel so that they have to be put to sleep. Ah! Why didn't you say so earlier! It seems that there are many things like that that are last minute add-ons to explain things that should have been edited earlier. I might come back to the sequel if I notice it, but I won't actively look for it.

Rating: 3/5

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Other Side



The Other Side

by Sarah Hocut

Sadie had it all planned out. She has graduated high school with her boyfriend of three years and they are going to the same college in the fall. She has her job at the best ice cream stand in the world. And she has her best friend by her side for one final, fun-filled summer.

Until her boyfriend breaks up with her and starts a new relationship less than two hours later. 

Then the empty building across from the ice cream stand suddenly has a sign announcing a new store for a national ice cream chain is coming soon.

And now she meets a boy who is the complete opposite of her ex-boyfriend, who just happens to be the son of the guy who bought the storefront and will be installing her stand's competition. 

Summer plans are now up in smoke. 

Sadie's got some new plans to make, some thinking to do, and a future that must be decided. 

Final thoughts: This is cotton candy and has some good points to it. Sadie's constant internal battles and imagined confrontations are very realistic and kind of fun to watch from the outside. However, there is a perfect ending point about 75% in that could have been it and then Hocut keeps going. Granted, she does seal up some plot points that could have been holes if they had been left alone, but it just feels out of order. That perfect ending should be at the end, not the three-quarter mark. It's not horrible, but it does come off a little odd when you think you're done and then find out the final act hasn't even started yet.

Rating: 3/5

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Storm Cursed

Storm Cursed
by Patricia Briggs

One by one, 
Two by two,
The Hardesty witches
Are traveling through.
With a storm of curses,
They call from their tomes;
They will drink your blood
And dine on your bones.

Set three months after Silence Fallen, Mercy and Adam have settled into a pretty good routine and she's even gotten her garage back. They lead the Tri-Cities and help to keep the peace. As Adam and Mercy work to help the government and the Fae to come to an accord, other more sinister forces come to the area to try and destroy everything. 

It all starts with a goblin and some miniature zombie goats. Or maybe they are zombie miniature goats? And then just goes downhill from there. 

This may be the most difficult problem Mercy has had to face, and that's saying a lot. Even worse, Mercy will have to ally herself with the one creature she's sworn to avoid at all costs. 

This could be rough.

Final thoughts: Nice addition to the series with solid writing and some great moments. I loved learning more about one of the newer characters but I also missed seeing a number of others. The only problem that I have with this universe continuing is that the cast keeps growing and we start to miss out on seeing our faves. However, each new character helps to grow Mercy's story and adds to her, as well as the world itself. Can't wait to read the next.

Rating: 5/5

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Salem's Vengeance

Salem's Vengeance
by Aaron Galvin

It's been 20 years since the Salem Witch Trials and people are still haunted by what happened. Most people still keep a close lookout for witches in their area and try not to do anything that might lead to suspicion coming down on their heads.

Sarah Kelly is the eldest child in her home and is diligent about following the word of God and obeying her strict father. 

Except when the call to dance in the moonlight comes.

On those nights, she and her friends meet up in the forest and dance until near dawn, enjoying the freedom that comes with those nights.

But one night, things go too far. Sarah's friends are caught up in something new and different by a woman who is new, strange, and powerful. Before Sarah leaves, the woman hands her a journal, which will begin Sarah's education into what really happened in Salem. 

What Sarah doesn't understand immediately is how key her role is in the vengeance that is about to come down on one of the key players from 20 years before.

Final thoughts: Very slow paced at the start and then racing at the end, like a snowball starting at the top of the mountain, only to become an avalanche at the bottom. Sarah's story is interesting on its own, but it becomes horrific and grisly towards the end. While some of the information within is historically accurate, this cannot be said to be a historical fiction novel. There's just too much horror here for that. Ok, but not great. Don't need to read the rest of the series.

Rating: 3/5 (more like 2.5)

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC

Friday, November 16, 2018

Sugar Spells

Sugar Spells
by Lola Dodge

Anise Wise barely survived her last dangerous encounter. She very nearly died and had to be brought back by a little dark magic. Now that dark magic is infecting everything that she does. Her recipes are deadly... literally. The death magic in her is so strong that she can't even walk near plants without killing them.

Anise must either wait for magic to fade, learn how to harness it so she can at least live her life, or both. 

Anise chooses both.

Now Anise must try to burn off the death magic and find a way to get her Shield, Wynn, out of the worst magical contract ever constructed.

Maybe she can do both at the same time.

Or maybe she'll end up worse than before.

Final thoughts: I still love Anise. It took me a bit to get back into the swing of things because it's been a while since I read the first book. But once in, I was hooked. The ending felt a bit rushed but that may be because I was enjoying myself so much that I didn't want it to end. Now that it's done, I'm curious to see what happens next and eagerly await the next story.

Rating: 4/5

ARC courtesy of NetGalley

Monday, November 12, 2018

Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave

Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave
by Darynda Jones

After saving a life when she was not supposed to, Charley is exiled to another dimension forever. It's pretty boring there. There is not even a place to get coffee, so it really may be hell. 

However, after "one hundred seven years, two months, fourteen days, twelve hours, and thirty-three minutes", Charley is mysteriously sent back to Earth and back in her own body... in the middle of the Sahara Desert. 

It seems that over one hundred years is really just about 10 days on Earth, so Charley actually hasn't missed too much (except for coffee... 10 days without coffee). 

Now Charley and her gang of misfits must figure out how to close the quickly spreading hole to a hell dimension that she and Reyes unleashed about two weeks before, before it takes over the Earth and destroys all of the human souls on it.

Oh. And they have to find a couple of kidnap victims.

And maybe stop a serial killer.

Possibly even take out a few demons.

Still figure out how to keep Beep safe so that she can defeat Lucifer in the future.

And find out how Charley's mom really died all of those years ago.

Just a typical three days for Charley, really.

Final thoughts: What the actual...! As with all things Darynda/Charley, this one has a LOT going on. In fact, after twelve other books, everything has gotten very layered and often confusing. Jones tries hard to keep it all coherent, but it's really difficult. Even after rereading the other books before reading this one, I still got lost at times. I still love Charley's wit but I was frustrated by the lack of action at times. With only 3 days left before the end of the world, she's still focused on Reyes? I mean, I know that he's pretty awesome, but don't set up such a tight deadline and then have everyone distracted by other things.
In the end, this is really just a set-up for Beep's stories, which I assume are coming next. And the ending... are you kidding me?!?!?

Rating: 4/5

ARC courtesy of NetGalley

Monday, September 10, 2018

My Lunatic Life

My Lunatic Life
by Sharon Sala

Tara Luna has spent her life on the move. Her parents died when she was very young and she's spent most of her life living with her somewhat erratic and definitely nomadic uncle. 

When they move, once again, she's forced to start over at a new school, once again. She knows the ropes and how to navigate most of the "new girl" issues. What she's never ready for is how her psychic abilities and her two friendly ghosts will react to the new environment.

Add in a ticked off entity in her new home and a cheerleader with a chip on her shoulder and this school may be the most difficult to Tara to fit into.

Final thoughts: Yet another one with a great concept and horrible follow-thru. While the plot didn't completely tick me off (it just felt more like the outline of a story instead of a full, well-crafted plot), the writing did. This was so all over the place. It didn't help that a 3rd person limited PoV occasionally got taken over by a line or sometimes even a whole paragraph or two told with someone else's thoughts. You don't just switch PoV in the middle of a sentence just because you can't figure out how to communicate something any other way. It's Tara's story, but 3-4 other people just have their views shoved at you from nowhere and then are basically never heard from again. It was so poorly organized and that makes me angry because this could have been something good and original. Instead, it was something to push through and get finished. 

Rating: 2/5

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Pretty in Punxsutawney


Pretty in Punxsutawney
by Laurie Boyle Crompton


Andie was raised on 80's flicks. Her mother is a huge John Hughes fan so Andie's life is all Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller, and Weird Science. Because of this, Andie is a film nerd and she's determined to get her perfect first kiss after meeting a boy in a classic movie-type "meet-cute".

When Andie's parents move her to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Andie is thrust in to "big town life". Her previous school had less than 200 students total and now she's going to start her senior year of high school with hundreds of students who already know each other. Luckily, Andie's already met her true love in the form of Colton, the movie theater ticket taker with whom she's spent almost every day of the summer and on whom she's crushing... hard.

To help her prepare for her first day of senior year, Andie's mom debuts Pretty in Pink, a John Hughes classic that she's been saving for the day before Andie's last year in high school. 

What she should have shown her is Groundhog Day because it turns out that Andie's trapped in a first day nightmare. Every time she goes to sleep, she wakes to the same music from Pretty in Pink, in the same stupid pink dress, and with the same problem; she can't get free of her first day of school.

Doing a little research, Andie realizes that her only way out of the horrible loop is to get her first kiss. But is Colton really the one who can break the curse?

Final thoughts: Cotton candy book all the way. The plot is highly predictable and the characters are cookie cutter. The stereotypes are fairly strong and not very forgiving here. There are some fun moments and it has a nice idea or two, but it's not mind blowing or life changing. Fun read but forgettable.

Rating: 2.5/5

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
by Jenny Han

Lara Jean is a nervous girl. She's always been afraid to stretch and do new things. She's always allowed her older sister, Margot, to take over and run things. But when Margot leaves to go to college in Scotland, Lara Jean can't hide anymore; she's got to be the girl in charge.

When Lara Jean was younger and would fall in love, she'd write love letters to her crushes as a way to get out her feelings, but then she'd pack those letters into a hatbox given to her by her mother and hide them away. 

Somehow, the letters get out and get mailed. 

Now Lara Jean must not only take care of her younger sister, take care of the house, and start to grow into the girl she's meant to be, but she must also contend with all the boys getting their letters.

The worst may be that one of her former crushes is her older sister's boyfriend.

This could get interesting...

Final thoughts: This was a put down/pick up book that took me too long to get through. My biggest problem was at the start of the book so it tainted everything else from that point on. Lara Jean is a super nervous driver and hates driving anywhere. She's ultra paranoid in the car, so it makes absolutely no sense that she would see a stop sign and then intentionally blow through it. It's a forced plot device to make Lara Jean need other people for a bit and it's completely out of character for what the author had set up during the previous pages. That stupidity made me kind of hate the character and it never really resolved. The ending just came out of nowhere and left everything pretty much unresolved. It's not really a cliffhanger, but it's not an HEA either. Not planning to read the sequel.

Rating: 2/5

Monday, July 9, 2018

Written in Red

Written in Red
by Anne Bishop

When Meg Corbyn arrives at the Howling Good Reads doorstep in the middle of a storm, Simon is more than wary about what else she might be bringing to him. However, hiring her as the new human liaison is better than the alternative and the job needs doing, so he agrees to allow her in as the only human in the community of Others.

What Simon could never have prepared for was Meg's past following her or Meg's own innocence in understanding the world being the thing that unites the Others around her. 

Now, the people who lost Meg want her back and the person who wanted Meg's new job wants her gone so Simon and the rest of the Others must figure out how everything ties together and how to protect their new human before the prophecies that Meg brings come true.

Final thought: A new series for me! This is my first Bishop novel and I'm wondering why I never read them before. This book has so much depth of character and story that I even got emotional a few times. No tell vs. show here! All of the characters come together so well and the world building was great. I can't wait to read the next one!

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Ghost Hand

Ghost Hand
by Ripley Patton

Olivia was born an anomaly. She was born with Psyche Sans Soma (PSS), which for her means that her hand doesn't really behave like a hand. Her hand is a ghost that, for most of her life, has acted like a real hand, but glowy. 

When taking her calculus test in class one day, Liv's hand suddenly goes rogue. It shifts. It slides. And it reaches in and takes something from inside the girl sitting right in front of her.

This sudden change in her hand means major changes in her life.

Now Liv is on the run from radicals who want to destroy her and her hand. Luckily, Marcus just happens to show up to save her from them and from herself.

Will she learn how to control her new-found powers?

Final thoughts: Ok read. Cotton candy book. Nothing filling or amazing about it, but it's a good way to spend the time. I may read the second book, but I'm not sure yet. My main issue comes from the fact that there are problems with the action scenes. Reading them feels like reading a script version where the scriptwriter is just assuming the director will fill in the blanks.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, July 2, 2018

Bound to You

Bound to You
by Alyssa Brandon

Megan has always been a werewolf and she's dreamed for years about finding her mate. 

James has been a warrior werewolf all of his life and he has dreaded finding his mate.

When the two find each other, it's destiny, but it's nothing like either thought it would be.

Final thoughts: Short book talk because it's not really worth talking about. The characters were all boring and the events did not flow naturally; instead they came up as needed to further the very bland plot. I didn't care about anyone and definitely don't care to read the next books in the series.

Rating: 1/5

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