Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: california
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-03-11 06:45
Off-Campus Setup - Maria Vickers

Levi is finally getting to pursue his dream.  He has arrived at college with a plan.  Until he finds he may not be able to live where he thought.  Now he has to hurry or go back home.


Nathan knows it is time to grow up.  He has not looked forward to living the life his parents have chosen.  He wants to choose his future.  When he and Levi crash into one another it is a jaw dropping, eye opener.  Will the secrets come out and change the course?


Sweet and tender, this story starts out slow and picks up steam.  These characters are learning to become the young adults they know they can be.  What they find is they can be stronger as a team.  Navigating emotions are always hard, it helps to have someone in your corner.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review.

Like Reblog Comment
review 2018-03-11 00:02
Faith and the Gold Rush
My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California: Abby's Prospects - Janice Thompson

“My Heart Belongs in San Francisco” by Janice Thompson was my introduction to this series. The storyline was not what I was expecting, especially taking into account the book’s cover, which made it all the more interesting, although I did take issue with some of the characters. Set in San Francisco in 1853 during the height of the gold rush, there is a menagerie of characters from around the country and the world, lending a balance across the spectrum of class and reputation. Abby herself comes from a background of privilege, and as such she is ill-equipped to deal with the lawlessness and immorality of the city. Her naiveté comes as no surprise, but her lack of good judgment regarding people borders on the unbelievable. She complains about being coddled and yet proves time and again that she is incapable of taking care of herself or, in many cases, making good decisions. Overall, the characters lacked depth. They were rather stereotypical and cookie-cutter, with a clear delineation between the “good guys” and the “bad guys.” Had they been more two-dimensional, the story would have profited and had more substance.

The faith element suffered a bit, as well. I agreed with all of the viewpoints on Christianity, but the way that it was presented in the novel was too heavy-handed and over the top. It seemed as though the author wanted to incorporate as many Biblical quotations as possible, but the execution was lacking, and the narrative needed more direction. The application to the characters’ lives and situations was too tidy and superficial. That is not to say that I did not enjoy the book, however. The idea of creating an aristocratic heroine in the setting of San Francisco is an intriguing one, and if the characters were fleshed out more and the plot tightened and implemented more compellingly, this would be a more absorbing story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-03-08 05:05
Audiobook Review for Leaning Into The Fall
Leaning Into the Fall (Leaning Into Stories) (Volume 2) - Lane Hayes

This is book #3, in the Leaning Into series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  To avoid spoilers, and to better understand the series, I recommend reading it in order.


Nick is a tech genius, who tends to forget everything when he is making better things happen in the lab.  For real life and relationships - he does not do so well.  In the middle of a deal with a deadline, he is hoping for a miracle.  Hoping he can still trust those closes to him.


Wes owns an amazing winery where Nick purchased some wine.  They meet when Nick goes to the winery, and unexpectedly has the worst run of luck he has had in some time.  Despite all the animosity and attraction crackling in the air, Wes does his best to be kind to Nick.


This story actually surprised me.  I was not a big fan of Nick's character after reading the first couple books int he series.  His story made me understand him, and why he does what he does better.  The flow and pace seem to go along well.  The characters make a great couple.  The narrator made some odd pronounciations that caught me off guard, but otherwise had a very pleasant voice.  I give this a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-02-15 17:21
Weep No More, My Lady
Weep No More, My Lady - Mary Higgins Clark

I enjoyed this story even though I knew who the murderer was from page 48 or a little before. MHC attempted to make all the main people seem guilty at different times but I always went back to the same person. The whole time I hoped I´d be wrong but no. It was still an interesting story and I´m glad I finally read it. 

Leila, a famous actress is found dead after she had begun to unravel and had been drinking heavily. Everyone knew something was wrong and her last performance in a play was very bad. Many people believed she could have committed suicide by intentionally falling off the balcony of her apartment until a witness claimed to have seen her fiance push her. Her sister, Elizabeth, was shocked and didn´t want to believe it but she heard him yelling at her sister over the phone just before she died. The witness said she saw him push her over 1 minute after her sister hung up the call. One week before the trial was to begin Elizabeth got an invitation to the spa owned by their friend. She didn´t want to go but decided to go so she could talk to her sister´s secretary who had something important to tell her. After her sister died her secretary went to work at the spa and she thought she knew why Leila was so upset just before she died. Shortly after she arrived at the spa Elizabeth realized it was a mistake to go and she better watch her back.

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2018-02-08 03:10
A little shallower, but more enjoyable
Faith Volume 2: California Scheming - Jody Houser

This picks up right after the stories in Volume 1 -- Zephyr establishes herself more strongly as a presence in LA, her alter ego Summer makes some more friends, and Faith goes out on a date to a comic con.


I've already had to return this to the library, so I can't remember character names -- sorry. Faith's a major fan (has had recurring romantic dreams about) this super-hero/action film star who's some sort of amalgamation of Chris Evans/Chris Pine/Chris Hemsworth. I don't know if Faith's obsession with goes back before the limited series, but it's well established. Faith does meet him in this collection, and . . . I was disappointed. That story felt too rushed, too hurried -- at the same time, I'm not sure what else could've been done with it -- and the brevity of the interaction between the two served the story. Still, I felt cheated after all the build-up.


That's actually a recurring theme for me when it comes to this collection -- I thought the story telling was a bit more shallow in this collection than the previous, but somehow I enjoyed these stories more. Unlike the limited run, there are a variety of stories being told -- some about Faith, some about her super-heroing, some about her social life as Summer -- so given the width and breadth of the scope, they couldn't get down too deep. Still, I want more depth; I want richer, more developed characters -- but I want them to be as fun as this collection.


Is that asking too much? Yeah, probably. Still this was fun. It made me like the characters more and want to spend more time with them -- which sounds pretty good to me.

I don't think I have anything to say about the art here that I didn't already say about the previous collection -- there's some good stuff here.


Fun characters; shallow, but entertaining stories; spiffy and attractive art -- this collection has everything you'd want. This is a series to get into.


2018 Library Love Challenge

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/02/07/faith-california-scheming-by-jody-houser-pere-perez-marguerite-sauvage-colleen-doran
More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?