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Sunday, July 31, 2011

[Review] Talk Nerdy to Me (Nerds, #5) by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Talk Nerdy to Me (Nerds, #5)Talk Nerdy to Me by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nerds #5 brings a new twist to the Nerd Series. Not only is there a hunky, nerdy, male lead, but the heroine is nerdier than her male counterpart! While that was a nice change, the plot in this one is a bit too far fetched, and it seemed to run on way too long, then ends abruptly. It was still a fun and sexy story, but not one of the best from this series.

Friday, July 29, 2011

[Review] Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid, #3) by Richelle Mead

Succubus Dreams (Georgina Kincaid Series #3)Succubus Dreams by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Succubus Dreams was both too much and not enough! It was an explosive, fiery train wreck and I couldn't look away. That is the best way I can describe it. Richelle Mead is quickly becoming my favorite author.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

[Review] Wicked Ties (Wicked Lovers, #1) by Shayla Black

Wicked Ties (Wicked Lovers, #1)Wicked Ties by Shayla Black
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was very sexy and exciting (in more ways than one)! Shayla Black eases the reader into a D/s relationship in the same way that Jack eases Morgan into one. Wicked Ties is a good starting place for those who want to try out more explicit erotica, since it starts out slow then gets quite kinky. The stalker and revenge story lines added another element of excitement and were pretty good plots. I'm glad I picked this one up.

[Review] City of Demons (Georgina Kincaid, #2.5) by Richelle Mead

Eternal Lover (Georgina Kincaid #2.5)Eternal Lover by Hannah Howell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm a completest, so I had to read this in-between novella before moving on to Succubus Dreams. It gives a fun insight into the wacky world of the demonic justice system. But it's not all fun and games. We also continue to see Georgina and Seth struggle with their relationship, especially on the communication front. As always, this was well written and fun. Another great read from Richelle Mead!

[Review] Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1)Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'll start out by saying that I hated the prologue. It was too "This happened. Then I did this. I saw that. He did whatever. Then this, that and the other thing." It really put me off, but I figured it could only get better. Well, the writing style did get better, but the story just didn't grab my attention. I wanted to know more about Elena and Clay's relationship. Yes, they had a past, but why does she still give into him so easily? I don't know. I wouldn't say the book was bad, but it just wasn't for me. Perhaps I'll pick up the second book to see if I like that one better.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

[Review] Succubus On Top (Georgina Kincaid, #2) by Richelle Mead

Succubus On Top (Georgina Kincaid, #2)Succubus On Top by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I went into this hoping it would be as fun as the first, and it was! The first chapter was full of laughs (what does a Succubus need with an Applebee's gift card?!) and then continued to set a great tone of the rest of the book. Seeing Georgina's relationship with Seth grow was very sweet, and I loved how the secondary character's played a larger role this time around. Mead did an amazing job of bringing all of Georgina's friends and coworkers back for round two, and subtly reminding us of what happened previously.

Georgina continues to be torn between two worlds, and who she is versus who she wants to be. I'd say SOT is much more emotional than SB, and Mead wrote Georgina's conflicts just perfectly. I was a bit disappointed that two of the main plots ended so abruptly, but the last chapter more than made up for it!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

[Review] The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight, #3.5) by Stephenie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree TannerThe Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was nice to get out of Bella's head, but couldn't we have followed someone more interesting. Sure it gave some insight to what was happening with the newborns at Camp Riley, but it was still pretty dull. The main thing that kept my interest was Freaky Fred and the fact that it was only 112 pages. A novella about Victoria, or even Laurent, would have been a lot better than this. Bree had what, 2 sentences about her in the series? At least Victoria and Laurent actually interacted with the other characters for more than 5 minutes and have a story to tell! If you're a completest (or an uber Twilight fanatic) and already read all 4 books, go ahead and read this one. If you're just thinking about picking it up to have something to read, don't bother.

[Review] Naughty Little Secret by Shelley Bradley

Naughty Little SecretNaughty Little Secret by Shelley Bradley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was going to give this 4 stars, but I had to knock one off because Lauren got on my nerves for way too many pages. "I want to believe he loves me. He says he loves me, but if he does X that means he doesn't love me, and if he doesn't do that same X it means he doesn't love me, but I love him and he says he loves me, but there's no way he loves me..." Seriously, just shut up and love the man! Other than that, this was a cute love story and hot sex! This was my first real experience with erotica, and I think I'll have to seek out some more. ;)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

[Review] Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

Never KnowingNever Knowing by Chevy Stevens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I won this from the First Reads giveaway.

Each chapter begins and ends with Sara talking to her therapist, which is something I've never encountered before, but I thought it worked really well. Although the story is told in first person, having these snippets gives a bit more insight to how Sara was actually feeling after the events that take place.

She decided to search for her birth mother, who she finds, but wants nothing to do with her. Sara then learns that her mother was a victim of the Campsite Killer, who is her real father. Soon she starts receiving calls from her father who wants to begin a relationship with her, or else he'll strike again. It was hard to put this book down! The more we learn about Sara's father, the more I got intrigued by him, just like she did. I was on the edge of my seat wondering when/if they were going to finally catch him. This is very well written and just the right pace to keep it suspenseful without being overwhelming.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

[Review] Ashes (Ashes, #1) by Ilsa J. Bick

Ashes (Ashes Trilogy, #1)Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received a free digital copy through Net Galley.

Tired of the failed treatments for her brain tumor, 17 year old Alexandra heads off to go backpacking in the wilderness. While she's away an electromagnetic pulse devestates the Earth, and leaves few survivors. Soon Alex finds herself hiking through the woods with the world's most obnoxious 8 year old, trying to find help and figure out what the hell had just happened. Oh, and running from wild dogs and zombies! Eventually, they meet Tom, a military man who also survives the blast. What should have been an adventurous tale of survival and an intriguing mystery of what "the zap" was, was just a boring story of three relatively unlikeable people on an unconventional camping and road trip. Then the tale of one unlikeable person living in the safety of some weird-o cult town.

First words of praise: Short chapters! I never stop reading in the middle of a chapter, so I was happy that I had many options to take pause when I waned to, which was often. For a post-apocalyptic zombie novel, not a whole lot of action takes place. The ends of many of the chapters give the feeling of "oh now something's going to happen," but when the next chapter starts, it's a fews day later, and the author just vaguely states what had happened before the time jump. It was very frustrating and kept me from enjoying this one very much. The ending was interesting though, which is why I bumped this up to 3 stars instead of the 2 I was going to originally give it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

[Review] Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1) by Richelle Mead

Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1)Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book immediately captured my attention. It has the perfect balance of humor, excitement, mystery, and sexiness. Georgina may be an alluring succubus, but she also still displays her humanity. The rest of the characters are also very distinct and well-developed so it was easy to get a feel for all of them. Roman is the hot, fun guy, and I fell for him immediately. Seth, Georgina's favorite writer, took a bit more warming up to, but he's funny and sweet, if a little odd. As for the supernaturals, they were a lot of fun, too, even the "bad" ones.

The book was fast paced and exciting. Although I had anticipated some of the twists, I still could not put this down (well close the window, since I have the ebook). I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series!

[Review] Gone with the Nerd (Nerds, #4) by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Gone With the Nerd (Nerds, #4)Gone With the Nerd by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Zoe is a bombshell actress who wants to be taken seriously. Flynn is her lawyer who believes in Bigfoot. A very unlikely pair indeed, but their sexual connection forms almost instantly. In fact, it happened so fast, with no build up, that it was unbelievable. But foreplay in the forest on top of a Bigfoot footprint? Yes, please!

Unlike the other "Nerd" books, there's a mystery to be solved: Who's that sneaking around the forest? Bigfoot? A crazed fan? Flynn's jealous girlfriend? And why does Fiona only make her special blueberry cobbler during the full moon?!

It was a fun book, but definitely not my favorite of the series so far. And I'm kind of sick of these "they got married, had a baby, and lived happily ever after" endings. Marriage and a baby is not always the goal of a relationship!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

[Review] The Sun's Heartbeat by Bob Berman

The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our PlanetThe Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet by Bob Berman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free digital copy through Net Galley.

This is a science book that reads more like a story, with the Sun as the main character, rather than a textbook with the Sun as the subject to be explained. Bob Berman's writing style is very welcoming to a non-science minded audience, but still interesting enough for those of us who are more familiar with the subject. His humor makes this a very fun read, which is the best way to help people learn. The Sun is much more than just the central star of our solar system and this book definitely explains why.

Friday, July 15, 2011

[Review] Nerd Gone Wild (Nerds, #3) by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Nerd Gone Wild (Nerds, #3)Nerd Gone Wild by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wouldn't say this was a nerd love story. Unlike the other books in the Nerd Series, Mitchell is just disguised as a nerdy personal assistant. He's really a PI who's been hired by Ally's deceased grandmother to keep an eye on her. Ally is heiress to a fortune, but she's no Paris Hilton. She leaves the confines of her Bel Air mansion to stay in a lodge in Alaska to pursue her dream of becoming a wildlife photographer. Of course, Mitchell tags along to do his job, which irritates Ally who is trying to spread her wings a bit after years stuck in the lap of luxury.

However, Ally has a crazy, jealous (not to mention kinky) step-uncle who wants to get his hands on the money he believes is rightfully his. Can Mitchell protect Ally while keeping up his nerdy facade? You'll just have to read for yourself and find out! This definitely isn't my favorite of what I've read from the Nerd Series, but it's a nice, light read, and the residents of Porcupine, Alaska are certainly hilarious.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

[Review] Nerd in Shining Armor (Nerds, #1) by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Nerd in Shining Armor (Nerds, #1)Nerd in Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

She's a little bit country. He's a little bit rock 'n roll...Actually she's A LOT country, and he's not even a little bit rock 'n roll. But once Genevieve and Jackson are stranded on a tiny island in the middle of the Pacific, he sure does rock her world!

In the beginning, I wasn't too fond of Genevieve. In fact, she was a bit annoying, but soon enough her country-flare grew on me, just as something else was growing on Jackson. Jackson is your typical nerdy guy: smart, good with computers, no fashion sense (but he is colorblind), and completely infatuated with a woman who sees him as only a nerdy computer guy. All of that changes when a business trip goes wrong and leaves the duo stranded on a tiny island with only the contents of Gen's retro suitcase: her clothes, make-up bag, and six condoms. Meanwhile, Gen's self-proclaimed psychic mother, teenage brother, and Jackson's boss set out on their own adventure to find the marooned pair.

Does what happened on the desert isle, stay on the desert isle? I guess you'll just have to read for yourself!

Monday, July 11, 2011

[Review] Immortal Embrace (Embrace, #1) by Charlotte Blackwell

Immortal Embrace (Embrace, #1)Immortal Embrace by Charlotte Blackwell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I won this from the First Reads giveaway.

First of all, I must mention that the writing of this is quite stuffy, which is distracting. There's almost no use of contractions; it's always "I am," "It is," "We will," and "cannot." There is the occasional "it's," but rarely. Even the conversations between teens are contraction-less, which is unrealistic. Although, the conversations tended to seem unrealistic anyway, especially those between Sophia and Nate: major cheese factor, and I don't mean Havarti! Basically all of the dialogue in this seemed like a script rather than conversational.

I did like that some of the chapters were narrated by characters other than Sophia; I've always been a fan of multiple POVs. Plus it was a nice break from Sophia's constant flip-flopping emotions and her constant reminder to the reader that she's "not a human" and "a monster." Yeah, we get it, you're a vampire!

There are MANY similarities to Twilight and the Vampire Diaries, but that's to be expected during this sudden vampire novel frenzy. It was enjoyable enough, but it ended before it even began! All of a sudden they're preparing for this epic vampire war, and then the sneak peek for book 2 shows up! I guess I'm going to have to read the second one just to see what happens.

I would probably suggest this to the younger end of the YA-reader spectrum, since someone older will probably just roll their eyes at almost everything Sophia thinks and says, like I did and I'm only 21.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

[Review] The Craigslist Murders by Brenda Cullerton

The Craigslist MurdersThe Craigslist Murders by Brenda Cullerton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I received a free digital copy through Net Galley.

"Charlotte had been getting away with murder for years." That's the opening line of this book, and it successfully drew me in. Then I met Charlotte: a woman just as shallow and whiny as the women she loathes! I wanted to like this one; I really did. But that just didn't happen. I was expecting a fun read with some dark humor, but all I got was a self-absorbed, interior decorator irritating the heck out of me for 200+ pages. Even after her "breakthrough" with her therapist, I just could not bring myself to care about Charlotte or her terrible past. I can't honestly recommend this book, but I'm sure someone out there may enjoy it more than I did.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

[Review] The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten by Harrison Geillor

The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten by Harrison Geillor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free digital copy through Net Galley.

Obviously this book is a spoof of Twilight, but it was more than that. While it was easy to determine who the characters were paralleling, they also stood on their own as new characters, rather than caricatures of the Twilight characters. Right off the bat we meet "The Narrator," someone who has promised to fill in the gaps of the story as the heroin, Bonnie Greyduck, shares her journal. Bonnie, put simply, is a nutcase and the small town of Lake Woebegotten doesn't know what's about to hit them! This was just as over the top as its precursor, but much more raw, and honest. However, in the last few chapters of the book, the similarities dwindle and it turns into something quite dark. I would recommend this book to fans of spoofs and anti-Twilighters, or anyone looking for some dark humor.

P.S. Coffee is my favorite smell, too! ;)

Friday, July 8, 2011

[Review] The Mephisto Covenant (The Mephisto Covenant, #1) by Trinity Faegen

The Mephisto Covenant (The Mephisto Covenant, #1)The Mephisto Covenant by Trinity Faegen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I received a free digital copy through Net Galley.

Just a few pages in and I was already swarmed with questions which kept me reading: Who killed Sasha's father? Who are the Ravens? Who is Eryx? What the heck is going on?! The first three questions are answered by page 32, but I figured I'd give the book a chance. I'm glad I did! The author's take on Heaven and Hell was very interesting and my confusion over the different entities was quickly cleared up. The romance was a bit like Twilight, with some similar abilities, which was distracting at first. However, once things got rolling I was too engaged in the story to care.

My one criticism would be that some scenes felt very repetitive. It was like I read the same arguments and explanations between Sasha and Jax over and over. Overall, this was a pretty quick and engaging read. I'd definitely recommend it for readers who enjoy the YA paranormal genre. However, if you are offended by (or not interested in) religious themes, stay away from this one.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

[Review] Mr. & Mrs. Smith by Cathy East Dubowski

Mr. & Mrs. SmithMr. & Mrs. Smith by Cathy East Dubowski
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was just like the movie, but more detailed. It was a fast-paced, quick read and held my attention all the way through. I really liked how it switched back and forth between Jane and John's POVs; it was interesting to read the same scene narrated in different ways. This obviously isn't for the "serious reader" but it was a very fun way to pass a few hours.