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review 2014-10-10 15:36
Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake

** spoiler alert ** I was not hooked from the beginning, but it turns better (although sometimes I still was more interested in my split ends than in the story). It wasn't creepy and spooky as I was hoping, but it was pretty gory, which I loved. All characters were likeable, including the jocks, no idea why I think that.

Even his friends think this, but to me Cas was very Buffy the Ghost Slayer. Thomas was Willow-ish; Carmel kinda like Zander, Anna was Angel-like... Am I just a Buffy-fangirl or was it like this?

I guess that what disappointed me a little bit was the romance. Not that I disliked it, but it changed the perspective I had of this book. And I was also kind of bothered by the murder of Tybalt. I thought the cat was going to be a sidekick or whatever, but he was just a regular cat.

Although I don't usually read the following book of a series, I will this time. It ends well, but in a way that makes you want to know what will happen next.

Score... Mary: 1 ; Anna: 0

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review 2014-10-10 15:29
Falling for the Ghost of You - Nicole Christie

** spoiler alert ** I laughed several times with Violet's thoughts and behavior; I was practically in love with her from the very beginning. Her reactions around Hot Guy, a.k.a, Zane, were hilarious. The way she describes him, he is the most handsome guy in the world. So of course, the most handsome guy in the world (to me) that was pictured as Zane was:

Zane is not Japanese, but still...

I enjoyed their chemistry although I am against man-whores. Which Zane is. Violet has to move with him for a month, while her mother and his father are having a premature honeymoon, so she witnesses the presence of different girls every night. I wonder if Violet would have been so condescending if Zane wasn't such a hottie...

Anyway, they start going out, blah, blah, blah, all very nice. Then turns out he has been hiding a huge secret from her, she misinterprets, yadda, yadda. Sadly predictable. She is hurt, she thinks he has been using her, etc. I wonder, how could she never have guessed he was the popular actor/singer/idol? I mean, if I have been dating Kame (cutie boy in the picture), I would have known the instant I met him it was him. Supposedly Aiden Cross (his celebrity personality) is her favorite singer. And she never saw the resemblance??? The lame excuse of "he died his hair; he had contact glasses" is ridiculous. ALL actors and idols change their looks, but us fans (and sometimes, non-fans) can recognize them.

And that ending... Ugh. Just no. They are, what, 18 and 21? I guess it was the perfect ending for a younger audience... which I am not.

Summary: around 75%, very good. Funny, romantic, etc. Then it turns very angsty, and finally, corny. Going downhill. Booo.

Note aside: I was happy when one of the old ladies was telling Violet her adventures in Paraguay! My country is never ever mentioned, except perhaps in stories concerning drugs, smuggling, etc, so it was a nice surprise! XD

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review 2014-10-10 15:24
Loving Jay - Renae Kaye

It was hard not to have the androgynous model Andrej(a) Pejic while reading this. All mornings when Liam takes the train (setting: Perth, Australia.. I love Aussie settings now!) he eagerly waits for a glimpse of the flamboyant Jay. They have never spoken, Liam does not know his true name, but he is mesmerized by this gorgeous guy. Although he is not gay. It was funny at first, but he repeats it over and over again. Obviously he is in denial, but still. He has been with a couple of guys in college, but he still has doubts about his sexuality.

Once Liam and Jay start talking they become friends very quickly. It was so easy to like these two characters. Liam is a sweetheart when it comes to Jay; he is so enchanted with Jay's personality, looks and voice. He is also very protective, and I loved that scene with the bullies. That made me love Liam. All he did, without thinking, acting by impulse and in spite of having an injured leg.

On the other hand, Jay may be the typical extravagant, rather feminine gay guy, but his personality was sparkly. It is the kind of guy I love to meet in real life; he talks non-stop, he is very sure of himself, and is just happy with life.

The story is not angsty at all; it is light with some funny parts. The only drama is Liam struggling to come out of the closet. Not that people who is close to him would reject him because of that. Except maybe his dad (which is his main concern), who is a bigot against homosexuality. But his three brothers, his best friend, his sisters-in-law and his mother assure him constantly that it would be OK for them if he is gay (although he is not! the poor guy keeps trying).

I think it is impossible NOT to like Liam and Jay. Jay and his verbal diarrhea, and Liam so protective of Jay. The only tiny thing I can't accept is the use of endearment of "babe"... and both of them also use "man", like: "don't worry, man". Which is not romantic AT ALL. Man **sneer**

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review 2014-10-10 15:22
If I Stay - Gayle Forman

Overrated. Boring in most parts, I can't stand flashbacks ALL the time.

Did I cry? Errr, far from it, although I did get teary-eyed from bore sometimes.

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review 2014-10-01 17:12
Thunder Heights - Phyllis A. Whitney

Once I attempted to read Phyllis Whitney, and for some reason, I wasn't hooked. Maybe it was because of reviews saying her style was similar to VH, and to me, it wasn't. One of the major differences was that PW's plots take place in US and I prefer Gothics in Victorian Europe.

In spite of that, I think this book was good and, yes, similar to VH. A former governess (and young orphan), suddenly heiress of a Mansion. The members of her family, 2 Aunts and a Cousin, are suspicious of trying to kill her. The mystery may not be great, but I love how she, Camilla, cannot trust anyone, and escapes death by mere luck.

There were 2 negative aspects of the book: 1) the last chapter. I assume it is because the edition I have is condensed. All ends too rushed, and kind of melodramatic; 2) Camilla's love interest. There is not enough about him to make you like him. And the little there is of him, he is always angry.

Nevertheless, point Nr. 1 is due the edition of my book, and point Nr. 2 is only secondary to the story.

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