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text 2016-06-24 06:35
Thumbs Down For This Hero
The Girl Nobody Wanted (The Santina Crown Book 7) - Lynn Raye Harris

My review is a bit spoilery, but it's nothing you couldn't predict if you tend to read romance novels.

I didn't like the hero in this much at all. Leo was a very selfish person. I get that he was raised with a poor moral compass in may ways, but his attitude towards women and sex was objectionable to me. I can't stand heroes who use women for sex and don't even care about them emotionally. He actually bragged to the heroine Anna about having a fivesome with some models! Ugh. This is one instance where I wish the heroine was repulsed by the hero. He started out just mainly wanting to have sex with Anna because she was prissy and he wanted to take her down a peg. When he found out she was a virgin, he got an attack of conscience. They are stranded on an island (the hero's fault) and Anna decides she's tired of being a good girl. One thing leads to another. Anna hands out some of Leo's own medicine back, saying they are over once they get off the island. Of course, she finds out she's pregnant, and when she looks him up, he treats her very poorly indeed.

Leo's not all bad, but he's got a lot of traits that are deal-breakers for me in a hero. He makes it seem like it's a big deal that he's celibate for a few months. Yes, that's pretty unusual for him, since apparently woman regularly drop trousers for him. But the man acts like he's God's gift to the world, and makes it seem like marrying Anna is a huge sacrifice. I for one believe that a woman should feel like she's the only woman in the world to a man she's going to marry. I especially expect that in a romance novel hero. Anne is very insecure, and while that's not Leo's fault, he definitely doesn't help build her confidence any, even knowing she was essentially jilted by the man she was supposed to marry, who married his sister instead. When Anna lets him off the hook, then he decides that maybe he's in love with her after all. No thanks. I wouldn't marry this guy either. Of course, you know they end up together, since this is a romance novel. I hope Leo grows up and becomes a man, in ways other than being able to have sex with many woman.

I like Lynn Raye Harris as an author. I think she's a good writer. I just have high standards that this hero did not meet.

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review 2015-06-20 06:48
did not like
Hello, I Love You: A Novel - Katie M. Stout

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

The only reason this book wasn't a nightmare for me was because it was strangely addictive and it was more comically bad (in my opinion), than rage-worthy bad.

Grace is a young, rich, privileged, lady who chose to go to a boarding school in South Korea because she wants to get away from home. Then she proceeds to complain about all the things in Korea that are not up to her standards and how she misses home. Now, I understand cultural shock. Believe me, I do. But I have no sympathy for Grace. Especially since she chose to go to South Korea. If she was going to be so whiny, I would have advised her to choose a location more like the UK or Australia so could be far from home and not have to deal with language barriers and other cultural barriers. She does get a little better over the course of the book, but never enough for me to truly like her or feel bad for her.

Her love interest is also a douche. Talk about moody bad boy. Who even likes moody boys these days? (I am sorry if you do! I don't mean to offend you!) I don’t like moody. I don’t like boys who cannot make their mind up about whether or not they like a girl. And I certainly do not like boys who are assholes to girls they supposedly like. Jason does get better over the course of the novel but I never felt it. Why couldn’t he just be nice without, you know, having to fall in love to be nice? Wouldn’t that be nice?

Their relationship is also just weird and I never really understood that progression. Suddenly they were bffs and I never even saw them have any real conversations except for when they talked about music!

Let’s not even talk about all the ways this book can be offensive. That would be opening a can of worms I do not want to get into. Especially since it really just depends on who the reader is and how they interpret the way things are being said.

This is a book I’d recommend only to readers who are willing to overlook pretentious main characters (who admittedly do get better over the course of the book), asshole love interests and some clichés.

To conclude this review, I’d like to quote something my favorite character in the book said about American money.

“All the bills are the same color and have old white men on them.”



YOU TELL THEM YOON JAE.

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review 2015-05-24 23:47
Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
Lucky Us: A Novel - Amy Bloom
According to the rave reviews and book summary, Lucky Us by Amy Bloom is the story of Iris and Eva, two sisters who lived in the Hollywoodesque 1940s environment. I got the idea it was going to be a Thelma & Louise story of some sort, or an unforgettable story about the unbreakable bond between two sisters, but I should’ve paid attention to one line in the book description that said: “story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.”

I didn’t find anything fragile or heroic in this book. Absurd, that is the key word in all of this. This book didn’t meet my expectations. It was supposed to be the story of two sisters, but it ended up being only about one sister. The premise was great, half-sisters who fly away from the nest but instead of living amazing adventures together, they end up facing their new lives apart.

It sounded good but overall it just felt like the author had a bunch of odd and pointless story lines that she tried to intertwine but failed at it. There’s a lesbian relationship, the failed movie star career, an orphan kid they kidnap/adopt and no authority seems to mind, their father’s love story with the jazz singer, a guy who turns out to be a German spy, to name a few.

The change in narration was a big fail. The transition between first person narration (Eva), third person narration and letters from Iris was odd and somewhat confusing. The setting could have been fabulous with that old Hollywood glamour and jazzy ambiance, but it felt like it was wasted. The characters, I couldn’t find a single one I could relate to. And the ending, it was so rushed and sudden. It felt like the author got tired and wrote “the end” to get it over with.

The cover is a good book cover. I like it a lot. It looks magical and intriguing. Unfortunately, it has no relation to the story, or at least I was so dulled and bored by this book that I couldn’t find any relation between the story and the cover. In the end this book wasn’t my cup of Joe.

I never say don’t read this, because in the end you guys are free to read what you please, and maybe the final printed copy of this book was edited and better than the advanced readers copy I read. But if my word counts a little, you can find more engaging reads in the vast ocean of published books. If you are going to read it, borrow it from a friend or library, trust me, it will be money well saved.

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I received an Electronic copy of this book but was not financially compensated in any way nor obliged to review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This post contains affiliate links.
 
 
 
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review 2015-04-05 00:07
Entertaining if a little disappointing
Jinn and Juice - Nicole Peeler

***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

I adore Jinn stories. Jinn are my favorite PNR creatures ever so whenever I hear about a book coming out that features them, I get superrr excited. Just like I was about this one. Sadly though, it didn’t amaze me the way I wanted it to.

There are so many things about it that I love and so many others that just didn’t work for me and this book just makes me want to throw my hands up in the air with frustration.

I am going to start off by saying this, Oz was a horrible love interest. He was so incredibly bland. And don’t get me wrong, I adore sweet guys,  I am totally on team good guy but Oz did not mark it. He was bland. Boring. He had no personality. Good guys are awesome and being good doesn’t mean you have no personality, but just because you’re good doesn’t mean you have one so… yeah. Oz definitely fell into the category of love interests who were just pretty much there. Oz has his purposes, sure, I mean he is Lyla’s master but that didn’t mean I thought he was a suitable love interest. In fact, the actions of his character are contradictory. He binds Lyla without her permission and then says it’s for the greater good. He is ‘supposed’ to be a nice guy but if he was so perfectly good and speshul HE COULD HAVE ASKED. But nope. Obviously some things just don’t work that way. Not that everything needs to go my way but I would have been able to get behind his actions with more ease if he wasn’t characterized as this good guy who can basically do no wrong (except binding Lyla without her permission).

The romance was also pretty much a nightmare. Nick and I were talking about this and she made a casual comment about how she had more chemistry with her pillow than the two characters had and she is totally right. Trying to compare their chemistry with the chemistry I have with my pillow would not be fair because my pillow and I have a very intense relationship, the kind these two cannot ever hope to have. *shakes head* It bothers me because when you read urban fantasy, you kind of expect the romances to have chemistry, it may not be all about the romance and I am 100% fine with that; what I am not fine with is the main couple having no chemistry. And moreover, their romance making no sense. THIS HAPPENS OVER THE COURSE OF A WEEK and the L word is used. WHAT IS THIS? Bah humbug. Rashika is so disappointed it’s annoying.

My rant aside, I can finally move on to the awesome bits, because believe me, this book does have a lot going for it.

For example, it has the best cast of best friends ever.They support her but at the same time, they rememeber to call her out on their shit. They tell her when they don’t agree with her, which is so important in friendships but when Lyla knows that what she is doing is the ‘right’ thing, her friends are willing to support her, regardless of the fact that they don’t necessarily think it’s the best idea.

Isn’t that what friendship is about? If I had Lyla’s friends as friends, I would never have to worry about someone trying to stab my back because they would have it.

Lyla is also a fun main character. Sometimes I got annoyed with her because whenever Oz came into the picture she would basically do things that made me question her. She is such a fun and feisty character and so easy to cheer for. I loved her wit and I just loved being in her head, even when she was swooning over a guy for no reason (that’s how I felt at least).

This book is fantastically paced and even if it was kind of long, I was flipping through the (digital) pages very quickly (considering that I was travelling and don’t usually like reading while on the move).

The world is built so fantastic too and I absolutely loved how this book included a completely different take on the idea of a true name. The world is so artistically developed and while it has many elements of typical urban fantasy novels, the author also managed to make certain ideas her own and I loved that!

This is a totally brain candy read and while many aspects of it disappointed me, I would not say I regret reading it. It was fun and had a wonderful cast of characters (except for Oz. Go away Oz, I don’t like you. Although don’t actually go away because then that would suck.) and fun world building and a well rounded plot. I may not have liked the ending and may have been more than a little frustrated by it but I won’t hesitate to continue to series so if you’re curious, I’d still say that you should give it a shot.

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review 2015-03-26 19:57
Dark Hunger - Christine Feehan

I only "read" this for bookish bingo.

First graphic novel I've ever read. Not sure I chose the right one to be the first in this genre.

The illustrations weren't that good IMHO. The text was too little and I had to guess some words. The dude didn't do it for me, physically, hahaha. Only thing I liked was Solange's haircut.

The story didn't do it for me. Weird insta-possessive-love is not my cup of tea. The idea of total submission is not my idea of romance. I like my vampires being vampires and shape-shifters being shape-shifters. The 2 MCs are some sort of weird hybrids that can apparently do it all.

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I'm sure the superfans would like this, I mean, this is #14 in a series, so they must love it. As for me, I wasn't so crazy about it. I give it 1.5 stars because 1 means I hate it in my scale. I didn't hate this but it can't be an OK 2 star read either. So 1.5 stars it is.

 


As for the reading experience, I will look forward to other graphic novels in my future because it's nice to add variety to my bookshelves.

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