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review 2016-12-28 00:00
I Text Dead People
I Text Dead People - Rose Cooper This is an ugly book. On the outside and the inside.

Annabel Craven is an insecure, middle class girl who is starting at prestigious new school and she's afraid she won't fit in. Her mother won't get her a replacement phone so her life is over before it even begins. Or something. She arrives at the Academy and immediately sets to judging every single person she sees. Mostly the girls. Every. single. girl. in this book is judged by our protagonist Annabel because of their makeup and heels and short skirts before they have a chance to open their whore mouths. Those seem to be accurate judgements based on the words that come out of their whore mouths, but seriously cool it with the slut-shaming Annabel.

It doesn't take more than a few pages for the girls to start calling each other boyfriend-stealers and worse. The closest thing Annabel has to a positive interaction is a strange girl at a lunch table, also described as high-hemmed and low-necklined, etc. etc., but since she's weird Annabel lies to her and doesn't willingly sit with her again. She's fantastic. Nobody seems to think about blaming the stupid boy who lets himself be "stolen" by the girls away from his owner/girlfriend.

Urgh, fine, the plot. On that first morning walking to school Annabel gets spooked by a guy in the graveyard, and in running away, picks up this mysterious cell phone. When charged, the phone turns on but she only gets cryptic texts asking for help. She pays no attention to them, but carries the phone around with her anyway.

It turns out she's receiving texts from dead people. Which the readers know from the title, but have to wait a hundred-odd pages before Annabel starts to get it. Even then she doesn't really help anybody. The main crisis of the plot comes and goes, no one gives a shit about the dead girl, and the resolution is the ghost hears the message from Annabel and decides to keep hanging around.

I did not have any expectations from this book, but I was appalled all the same. Who greenlit this? Shut it down and pulp it.
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review 2016-05-17 21:29
The Lonely Laird
Lana and the Laird (Untamed Highlanders) - Sabrina York

This was so good! I loved Lachlan. He was so vulnerable and lonely. Lana was perfect for him. Her sweet confidence comforted his lonely soul. Definitely my favorite of the series.

Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur Magazine. http://affairedecoeur.com.

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review 2015-12-13 16:59
Night Vision
Eyes to See - Joseph Nassise

This is a dark themed urban fantasy/supernatural fiction novel with some very vivid imagery. Hunt's way of seeing ghosts and through their eyes is distinctive. He's a very troubled character and not easy to like. I'll continue this series.

Reviewed for Bitten by Books. http://bittenbybooks.com

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review 2015-08-09 20:55
Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
Fifth Grave Past the Light - Darynda Jones

That ending. Holy crap, that foocking* ending!  I think I literally squee'd. My toes may have even curled. *fans self*  Sorry, Curran. Reyes just knocked you off the podium for favorite male lead character. And the humor? It had me chuckling, snorting, and lol'ing constantly.  Why on earth did I put off reading this series for so long?  If I only knew then... 


*if you've read the book, you'll get that one!

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review 2014-07-05 03:58
Odd Thomas - Dean Koontz



   I have to say Odd Thomas had a name befitting of the person. I'm not quite sure it gets more odder than Odd. He made for a most interesting character, even the parts of him that weren't supernaturally other set him apart from the rest. He seemed like a slightly innocent but old soul. Almost as if he was born in the wrong era. I could see him fitting in a lot better somewhere in the 50's. I liked it though. He was odd in a lot of charming ways. I really enjoyed Stormy too. Even though at times she seemed a little haughty, in the sense that you definitely knew she was the shot caller in that relationship.



  I really liked the supernatural element here. Odd Thomas's gift for seeing the dead was amazing, and I really appreciated how he always thought of it as a gift rather than a curse. And he took this gift and tried to help those he could and just generally do right by everyone. There were a few twists and turns in this book that constantly had you on your toes. I was surprised quite a few times. I do think some of the middle leading up to the disaster could have been trimmed a little. It kind of dragged on a little there, and then the thing that the whole book was leading up to seemingly passed in the blink of an eye.




*Side note: I have read a couple Koontz books now, and so far this appears to be a common thing I see. Lots of build up, good stuff, but a lot of it, and then a rather quick climax. Not one of my favorite things. I have enjoyed each story I have read, but each time when things are wrapped up so quickly I feel a little let down because of it.


I still thought this was an enjoyable read and after that ending I'm very curious to see where things go from here. I think the next book could make or break this series for me. I'd like to see which it is. 



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