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review 2016-12-15 14:20
Kindle Review
The Fall Of A Slayer - Scott Farrell

*Book source ~ Kindle Lending Library

 

Kayla Robbins is living in Tucson, Arizona in 1973 when she joins the ranks of Slayerhood. Not having any idea about monsters, it took her awhile to get clued in about her new reality, but once she accepted it she made excellent progress in her training. Until the day she goes up against one of the worst vampires to ever walk the Earth, John Chilling and is hurt so badly that her Watcher believes she’ll never slay again. But Kayla has other plans. After all, what’s the good of having slayer powers if not to heal herself?

 

Ever since I watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 2015, I’ve loved most things in the Buffyverse. I especially love finding stories about previous slayers. This is a great addition to the world of Slayers though it gets a bit confusing with the dreaming and the flashbacks. There’s no clear sense of time and that’s frustrating. Otherwise though, if you love the Buffyverse, then I recommend adding this tale to your repertoire.

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/12/kindle-review-fall-of-slayer.html
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review 2016-11-29 20:11
Review: The Space Between
The Space Between - Michelle L. Teichman

I received a copy from Netgalley.

 

I’ve said it before and I will probably say it again, I’m all for lesbian relationships in YA fiction, as there isn’t nearly enough of it. Yet this is the second I’ve read I’ve found that the romance was beautifully written but the over all story was very disappointing. Also the second with an overwhelming religious theme causing major distress and upset. I found it preachy to the point of obnoxious. It was also incredibly repetitive, and I did find myself skimming through certain bits. 

 

The story is set in a high school in Canada, Harper Isabelle is going into her freshman year of high school, she’s always been pretty and popular, thanks to the help of her beautiful older sister Bronte, who is the most popular girl in school. Bronte has always been there to teach Harper about fashion and how to date and what to do with boys, how to smoke, how to be cool, how to pick the perfect friends and fit in. (Bronte is supposed to be the coolest thing since sliced bread but frankly she’s a horrible spoiled bitch). 

 

Starting high school Harper is in the perfect position to make herself popular right off. She’s got it made. Until one class where she finds herself noticing another girl, Sarah, who wears all black and is immediately branded a “loser” before she can even answer her name in roll-call.

 

Yet in answering questions in class on To Kill a Mockingbird, Sarah comes off as quite intelligent, but very shy, Harper picks up on her train of thought in answering questions. Of course, Sarah notices Harper who is drop dead gorgeous, but has already suffered the indignities of Harper’s mean girl friends (in which Harper did nothing tp help) decided Harper is not worth her time. 

 

Sarah has a twin brother Tyler, who’s hot and on Harper and her mean girl cronies radars. Sarah and Harper find themselves inevitably getting to know each other. Harper appears to have a little more of a mind than her hive and a  nicer personality than she initially shows herself to have. It seems like she's been living in her sister’s shadow trying to live up to an almost impossible reputation and hasn’t really been able to explore what she wants in her life. Her parents are lawyers and workaholics and never home so she and Bronte have always had money and the means to do pretty much whatever they want. 

Where Sarah’s father is a pastor, she and her brother live by very strict rules and even have to say grace over snacks. Of course Tyler has broken every rule and managed to get away with it, and Sarah the quieter of the two, has always been “different” because she’s not outgoing. Her parents chalk it up to “eccentric artist” type things. 

 

As Sarah and Harper get to know each other their feelings start to change and this slowly developing thing from tentative friendship to romance is actually very believable. Though it doesn’t help that Harper is actually dating Tyler by this point. Sarah is worried that Harper is using her to get to Tyler, and finds herself becoming more and more included in Tyler’s activities and hanging out with Harper and her friends and finally becoming more popular. 

 

One part that really really pissed me off was one Sunday morning when Sarah and her family go to church to listen to her pastor father’s sermon, he’s preaching about sins and how wrong it is to be gay and what a horrible horrible sin it is and how those people should go to hell forever (along those lines) and how those righteous should pray for those poor doomed soles. It is frankly disgusting that people are preaching this kind of ignorant bullshit.  

 

Problem is this hangs over Sarah for the rest of the novel. When the romance finally happens its very compelling. What lets things down for this book, at least for me, was how repetitive it was. Harper’s worried about her reputation, Sarah goes down the same spiral over and over, - I’m finally popular, what if its only to get to Tyler, my religion says this is so wrong. It’s the same thing. Again and again and again.  Though out of the two of them, Harper to be fair, was less annoying. She became more sure of herself, and what she wanted, her thoughts, her feelings without giving into what everyone expected of her. 

 

Though I was let down by the ending of the book, which I found to be overly dramatic and unrealistic. It seemed to want to sum everything up, while some aspects were dealt with - others were glossed over or barely mentioned, and then it’s an epilogue of four years later. Which just seemed overly sickly sweet and made my eyes roll.

 

Boring. 

 

I gave it two stars because some of it was well done, but over all I just didn’t really like this one much at all.

 

Thank you to Netgalley and Book Enthusiast Promotions for approving my request to view the title. 

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review 2016-11-07 14:37
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
A Study In Scarlet Women: The Lady Sherlock Series - Sherry Thomas

This was awesome. I can't even write a review properly, no clue how to put that in words. I read this in one day. I was drawn into the world, the lives of the characters and didn't want to leave.
Then I get to the end and it says the next is out in fall of 2017 Wahhh????

*wimpers. I want it now.

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review 2016-08-31 16:08
Kindle Review
Underneath the Gargoyle - Christina Harding

*Book source ~ Kindle Lending Library

 

Trisha is a naughty Catholic girl who sings in the choir, but has lecherous thoughts about the priest all while banging his son. She has no idea the gargoyles see everything she’s doing.

 

Now this is some yummy monster porn! I have a soft spot for gargoyles and there are three in this story. Good thing Trisha loves sex because she gets stoned in a gargoyle gangbang. Stoned, get it? Eh heh Anyway, there’s human sex then there’s monster sex and it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. My one disappointment is how the gargoyles can change the material they’re made of. Stupid, in my opinion. They are stone. Leave them that way. Not sure if there will be a sequel or not, but I’d be up to reading it.

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/08/kindle-review-underneath-gargoyle.html
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review 2016-08-23 16:00
Kindle Review
Big Bad Bear (Soldier Bears Book 1) - Terry Bolryder

*Book source ~ Kindle Lending Library

 

Zeus is a big burly bear shifter and a seriously badass special forces dude. When his bear recognizes waitress Carly as his mate, for once in his life he’s lost as to how to proceed winning her hand and her heart. Luckily, in Bearstone Village there’s a threat in the form of a jackass motorcycle gang and when Carly witnesses some of their shenanigans it gives Zeus the opening he needs to protect Carly from them. Ok, maybe that’s not as fortunate as it sounds, but really it is. You’ll see.

 

Warning: This story is unbelievably repetitive. The same descriptions and same sentences over and over again. Seriously. I got it. They have the hots for each other. It’s insta-lust. The love I don’t believe, but whatever. Flesh out more to the story instead of saying the same thing on practically every page.

 

I’m not a fan of Carly, but I do love Zeus. The sex scenes are decent, but there is little depth to the characters. I’m disappointed since I loved Double Dragons. I may or may not try out the next book in this series.

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/08/kindle-review-big-bad-bear.html
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