Genre: Fiction

Web of Power by Darlene Quinn

Posted February 25, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments
Web of Power by Darlene Quinn

I was decently excited to read this book because it takes place in the 80’s, I don’t know why I found this appealing but maybe it’s because I was born in the 80’s so a chance to kind of get a look at what life was like when my mother was my age was kind of a cool concept to me. Unfortunately I had a really hard time getting into the book. The book wasn’t bad, in no way am I saying that, but it didn’t grab me the way a lot of books did. It was one of those books I could put down and forget I was reading for a few weeks and then come back to it weeks later and have the whole thing repeat itself. I think that was the case for a couple of reasons, primarily the pacing. The pacing seemed to drag on a little too much for my taste, and a couple of times I did skip/skim through a couple of pages here and there and it didn’t seem to make any difference, I didn’t miss much. I think the author spent too much time on making sure the reader felt and understood that the characters she was writing about lived in a lavish world by describing everything with brand names and exotic descriptions. Another problem I had with the story was that in order for me to really fall into a book I have to at the very least have one character […]

The Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

Posted February 21, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

I have been on a serious New Adult kick lately, just something about these books just make me happy and relaxed. Best Kind of Broken is a good addition to that new adult genre, and it was a pretty easy read. I thought that having one of the main characters named Pixie would annoy me, but I quickly discovered there was a lot more meaning behind that name and I grew to really like the nickname. Levi and Pixie without a doubt have chemistry. And it’s clear they have an extensive past. They basically grew up together as childhood friends, so there is a lot of history between them. At some point along the way that shifted from being the childhood friend to something more, and then of course, life got in the way and tragedy struck. So when the book starts there has been a year long rift between the two and to say tension is high between the two of them would be an understatement. Neither one of them is good at communication with each other about anything meaningful, so they spend their time bickering about hot water and blown fuse boxes. Really you can’t help but feel for Levi and Pixie, neither one of them is in the wrong, and you really wish they could just put all their baggage in the past and come together. But ultimately, it’s completely understand why they feel the way they do and why they just can’t communicate the way they […]

Louie Morelli’s Mistress by Patricia Bellomo

Posted February 17, 2014 by Kate in Review, Skip It / 0 Comments
Louie Morelli’s Mistress by Patricia Bellomo

I love a good mystery, something that pulls me in and takes me along for an exciting ride, while I try to figure out what surprise is lurking around the next corner. This book sounded really interesting to me, but unfortunately it just didn’t pan out all the way for me. The book doesn’t start off too bad, it kept my interested for the most part, but as time went on the book started to drag more and more and before I knew it, I found myself putting the book down for longer and longer periods of time. For me it just felt like it took too long for things to progress, or maybe the author just had things dragging a little bit within the prose itself, but either way it starting to slow down considerably. I also had a couple of issues with the characters as well. With Mercedes, she was a bit to self-centered for me. I really wanted to like her, I tried a lot, and at the beginning I liked her more than as the story continued. I think another part of the problem with Mercedes was that she didn’t have enough depth, she was mostly concerned with getting laid, and not so much anything else. For as much as I didn’t really enjoy Mercedes, I enjoyed Robert even less. He really was a bit on the spineless side. He didn’t really ever stand up for himself, he didn’t assert himself, and generally let people walk […]

The Godborn by Paul S. Kemp

Posted February 16, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
The Godborn by Paul S. Kemp

My husband is such a huge fan of all things R.A. Salvatore, he has been trying for years to get me to read his books or at least to dip my toe in the universe that he created. So when the opportunity came about for me to get my hands on a couple of ARCs for books in his series, I decided to go ahead and give it a go. Small disclosure, I have no point of reference for the people or the series because I have never read anything else but this, so the book might be more enjoyable to someone who is more familiar with prior works. The first thing that I was really happy about was that the book can be read without really knowing anything about previous books. I do love reading series, being able to jump into a series right in the middle of it is a great advantage. I am fairly certain I missed out on some of the little nuances of things that happened in the past, but overall I didn’t feel like I was super confused the whole time or anything even close to that. I was pretty happy with my ability to keep up and keep track of the characters. This story follows Vasen, who is raised by an adopted father after his mother’s death during his birth. Vasen is half-shade, which sets him a part from everyone else who he is raised among. As he grows up and becomes an […]

Faerie by Delle Jacobs

Posted February 4, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Faerie by Delle Jacobs

I love books that create a different world from the one we live in, because I imagine it must be such a hard thing to do. You have to inform the reader about all the important aspects of the world rather than just assume the reader knows the world. There is so much that does into creating a new world that it doesn’t always come across as well as I wish it would, but thankfully in this book the world was easy for me to imagine and enjoy. Leonie is an interesting character, she is living in a world where she is different than everyone else, or at least as far as she knows she is different than everyone else. Leonie is taken in by a family to raise her, and thankfully they are very good people. She does have land that she would be inheriting and because of that marriage is an important thing to the kingdom and potential spouses, something I don’t think Leonie is comfortable with. Philippe is a knight, and a good one at that. He is most definitely a tortured soul, he has some things that haunt him. Leonie had a secret crush on him, and he finds her to be beautiful, but the two are unlikely to ever acknowledge those things. When Philippe finds her unconscious in the first, and questions are raised as to Leonie’s virtue, the King forces Philippe to marry her. Once you get to the two of them interacting on […]

Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae

Posted February 1, 2014 by Kate in Liked It, Review / 0 Comments
Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae

So I have actually been pretty excited about the New Adult genre, mostly because I think it’s a great filler between YA and adult books, so I was pretty excited about reading this book. I also thought the concept was a pretty interesting one, someone who makes their whole life kind of revolve around being someone else’s alibi. I don’t know about you, but when I think alibi, I think crime or adultery, so it was cool that this was totally not what the “alibis” were being used to cover up. If they alibis had been, I don’t think it would have been as good of a book. Kelli was a pretty okay character, I don’t think I liked her as much as I liked her counterpart, Chase. I may have been too knit picky when it came to her, but at the end of the day I still liked and enjoyed her. Part of my problem with her was early on in the book she’s in the shower and a guy walks in and she is totally confident and sure of her body, and then it felt like for the rest of the book she was completely not confident and constantly covering up. It felt contradictory, which took me a while to get over. Also I think the author almost made too much of a point of saying she was a good girl and reminding the reader over and over that she went to church, it got a tad […]