Thursday, December 1, 2016

Lie Kill Walk Away by Matt Dickinson Book Review

I check the Range Rover dash. The keys are in there. 
The sirens are closing in. There’s a police helicopter coming over the hospital. 
I have to decide. Decide right now. I can keep out of trouble. Not get involved. Just run away through the park and go home and pretend none of this has happened. 
Or I can help Becca. 
I stare into her eyes. Those deep blue eyes. Just for a split second.
I tell her, ‘get in the car’. 

Joe and Becca uncover a deadly secret. A lethal bioweapon is about to be unleashed. Millions will suffer a terrible death.
Now they are being hunted down. 
And their problems have only just begun 



What I Did Like: I can say I did like the characters. They were a little juvenile but I liked the way they worked together and they seemed to click naturally. 

The novel was also not lacking in action which is perfect for this type of novel. 

The mystery: This part wasn't obvious which I rather enjoyed. I liked all the intrigue surrounding the story. 

What I Didn't Like: Although the author wanted many of the circumstances in this novel seem like happenstance, I wasn't really buying it. The weakness of this novel lies solely on the fact that things happened far too easily.

The characters just seemed to fall right into certain situations--situations that in a normal world, would never occur that way--which took away from it's believability, and my enjoyment. I actually found it to be a bit frustrating. 

All in all this was a decent novel, some tweaks would have made it perfect--but so few novels are. I recommend this to people that like the thrillers, heavy on the action and light on reality. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Forget Me Always by Sara Wolf Book Review

All warfare is deception. Even in high school.

It’s been three years, twenty-five weeks, and five days since Isis Blake fell in love, and if she has it her way, it’ll stretch into infinity. Since then, she’s punched Jack Hunter—
her nemesis-turned-maybe-something-more—in the face, survived a brutal attack by her mom’s abusive ex thanks to Jack’s heroics, and then promptly forgotten all about him.

The one bright spot for Isis is Sophia, the ephemeral girl who shares Isis’s hospital stay as well as a murky past with Jack. But as Isis’s memories return, she finds it harder and
harder to resist what she felt for Jack, and Jack finds it impossible to stay away from the only girl who’s ever melted the ice around his heart.

As the dark secrets surrounding Sophia emerge, Isis realizes Jack isn’t who she thought he was. He’s dangerous. But when Isis starts receiving terrifying emails from an
anonymous source, that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.

Her past.

*A special thanks to the publisher for this review copy*
This author can do no wrong. I am yet again thoroughly pleased with this author's work. I don't know what it is, nothing thoroughly exciting happens. But, she has this whole Mara Dyer feeling thing going on, where there's just so much more to be seen, than what is actually on the surface--and, it gets me every time. Yes, I know it's only the second book, but so what?!

While I was initially concerned, I was quickly proven wrong. The beginning of the story was a bit of a bore, and I was afraid that the series opener, I was so crazy about was going to go down the crapper with book two, but by the end I was yet again, wanting book two. The author knows how to do an ending.

But before I brag on it, let's talk about the actual story, shall we? Isis doesn't remember a thing--at least not the parts about Jack--much to his chagrin. Isis is in recovery, and little does she know the world she's forgotten is not far behind. 

I'm always intrigued by memory loss stories, fascinated by the mind, and wanting to see how it all plays out when the character finally remembers. I have to say the way she remember lacked the Isis pizzazz, but it was pretty smooth. I guess I expected a little bit more of a fight, but I digress. When things start to become more clear, is when the story truly begins--and that's when I really started to enjoy the story.

I do feel like the author kind of teased me, the ending of the story leaves so much to be desired--mostly because there's so much more to know. I'm positive the third book will be a doozy. I just have this feeling, or at least I'm hopeful. I definitely recommend this series, if you're a Mara Dyer fan--it's not the same in any way but it gives me those kind of feelings. Loving this series, not digging the wait but looking forward to the ending.

And like I said the ending kind of brought everything back full circle, and it was a bit of a whopper and I dig the author for that. I for one, do not mind a good cliffhanger.

*Side note* If you don't want to wait, I'd wait until Spring to nab all the books.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dirty Like Me by Jaine Diamond Book Review

A gorgeous rock star.
An indecent proposal.

How can a girl resist?

Struggling barista Katie Bloom doesn’t even know who Jesse Mayes is until she inadvertently wins the coveted role of sex kitten in his hot new music video. But by the time she’s in bed with him, she knows his reputation.

Love maker. Heartbreaker.

Making out with a stranger in front of a camera crew isn’t how Katie imagined herself getting over a broken heart, but when Jesse touches her, sparks fly. The sex is fake but the chemistry is real, and soon the steamy video is blazing up the charts.

Then Jesse makes Katie an irresistible offer: act as his girlfriend for six weeks while he promotes his new album. The only catch? Their sizzling make-out sessions will be for the cameras only.

Which is fine with Katie, since she's not about to trust her heart to rock's most legendary lover. Her body? Maybe…

Three and a half stars
* A special thanks to the author for this review copy*

New adult is never short on sexual tension, in fact, I think they stem from sexual tension. This story was no exception, The characters were hot for each other from page one, and while this all makes for fun reading--I wasn't fully convinced emotionally. I didn't find there to be a lot of emotional connection between the two. Maybe, it's me. But there seemed to be something lacking emotionally.

The story: Katie is besties with a talent agent, and during a chance encounter, at her best friend's office--pie, baristas and rock stars mix--and the next thing she knows she's staring in a music video, with Rock's latest IT star.

From the start of the video shoot they're drawn to each other like magnets. She's hot and he's hotter. Despite all of that there is some initial resistance--that is until Jesse, the hot rockstar--shows up at her door with an offer she's dying to refuse, but can't.

Jesse offers her a large sum of money in exchange for pretending to be his gf for six weeks. Eventually she agrees, and that's where the real story begins.

I am a music lover through and through, it's probably my second love, after books. So, I somehow find myself getting caught up in these rock star romances. While this one was decently written, had a nice vibe and kept me reading--like I mentioned previously there was a lack of emotional connection. I liked the fact the characters didn't jump into anything headfirst but something was missing emotionally. Sometimes emotionally scarred characters tend to be lacking in the emotion department--which might be a realistic reflection on how someone who is really emotionally scarred might act. So, in that regard I understand. But as a sucker for love, I love to see those little hints at romance--and I would have loved to see more of that here. Just because I want to.

Despite the slight disappointment I was pleased with the story, the pace, the plot and the characters. Readers will enjoy the fame and thrills the story provides, and if you love steamy stories--you'll love this one.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Baby by Lisa Drakeford ARC Book Review

When Olivia opens the bathroom door, the last thing she expects to see is her best friend Nicola giving birth on the floor – and to say Nicola is surprised is an understatement. She’s not ready to be a mum, and she needs Olivia’s help. But Olivia has her own problems – specifically her bullying boyfriend, Jonty, and keeping an eye on younger sister Alice. And then there’s Nicola’s friend Ben, who’s struggling with secrets of his own …

The Baby was not at all what I was expecting. The cover paints this picture, as if this book was to be a lighter contemporary--when it fact it's not all that light. It tackles more serious topics than it does anything fun.
True to the title, The Baby is about the baby. In the midst of a party, best friend and fashionista, Nicola, is giving birth in her best friend's bathroom, and now there's a baby--a real live one. 

Teenage pregnancy is the obvious topic of this novel and it's told in a fairly realistic manner. Nothing is sugar coated--and none of these teens are coasting through this pregnancy. The mom is unhappy with her daughter's pregnancy, the daughter is struggling--and the father was unexpected. 

While I know teen pregnancies is no laughing matter, I thought the book would be lighter. But, I guess that was my own foolish expectations.

The story is told in multiple POV's--at times I didn't find it necessary, but I guess it helped with the story telling, being that the story and the plot itself affected all characters involved. Some readers might appreciate being able to see the story through all of their eyes, but I feel that I could have personally done without it.

Anywho, so you get to see the struggles that each character faces in their lives, and after the birth of this unexpected baby. It's all pretty interesting to read, but a little boring at the same time. It's not that the writer didn't do a good job of showing true to life teen pregnancy, it's that the characters themselves were pretty dull.

I just didn't connect with them, or their stories. They seemed a little typical and not at all engaging. Don't get me wrong this book works for the reasons it intended, it just wasn't for me.

Not to mention the ending was kind of bleh, and I was far from impressed by the twist. It felt unnecessary and anticlimactic. Some readers might even actually be a little offended. Not sure, but I've seen people get upset by less. 

All in all this was an okay read, that just left me wanting a little more, and a little less.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Disruption by Jessica Shirvington Book Review

What if a microchip could identify your perfect match?
What if it could be used against you and the ones you love?

Eight years ago, Mercer Corporation’s M-Bands became mandatory. An evolution of the smartphone, the bracelets promised an easier life. Instead, they have come to control it.

Two years ago, Maggie Stevens watched helplessly as one of the people she loves most was taken from her, shattering her world as she knew it. 

Now, Maggie is ready. And Quentin Mercer – heir to the M-Corp empire – has become key to Maggie’s plan. But as the pieces of her dangerous design fall into place, could Quentin’s involvement destroy everything she’s fought for? 

In a world full of broken promises, the ones Maggie must keep could be the most heartbreaking.

*A special thanks to the publisher for this review copy*
For a book that in my opinion didn't have much action going on, I never wanted to stop reading it. Jessica Shirvington, is one of those underrated authors. I don't know if it's because she's not an American author, that I don't see much of her, but she definitely deserve more attention than she gets.

Her books are well-written, a little slow-moving but darn good books. Yes, I said darn good.

Disruption is a story about a girl destined to save her dad, from the corrupt system she's being forced to live in. Maggie had a lot of tenacity and I liked that about her. But she was more caring than she let on, which I also liked. There was a nice balance of good and evil in her. I mean who wouldn't do whatever it took, to save their family?

While this book read pretty slow, I didn't waver in reading. I never wanted to put it down--or give up. I think that's pretty darn good writing, if you're asking me. 

Anyway, there was a romantic interest in the novel, and while it was kind of obvious what would happen--the author did a good job of slowing it down, and never rushing the characters--which we (readers) all hate. I mean who likes, insta-love? 

Needless to say with a plot like this one, there was quite a bit going on (not a lot of action, but a lot going on)--a lot of close calls, and near death situations--but it's dystopian, what do you expect?

The plot itself is kind of a mixture of previous dystopian titles, there's still a lot left to learn about the world--but you get the general idea and that's enough to keep you going. But for those of you that like a lot of background about the "worlds," you'll probably get that in the second book.

At the end of this I was pretty satisfied, and left wanting by the cliff-hanger-y ending. Shirvington has yet to let me down with any of her books--and I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next.