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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

[Review] Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid, #6) by Richelle Mead

Succubus Revealed (Georgina Kincaid #6)Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This series has been smart, funny, sexy, exciting, heart-wrenchingly amazing since book one. The final installment most definitely does not disappoint. I really have no words left to describe it; just WOW! I laughed, I cried, I held my breathe. It was truly an experience.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

[Review] Outlander (Outlander, #1) by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The page count on this seems intimidating, but I enjoyed every word of Outlander. I was expecting to hit a few parts which would just drag on and bore me, but that wasn't then case at all. Even though every page didn't have action or romance, it was always interesting. The pacing was just right, and I felt like the story unfolded very naturally. Nothing was forced or rushed, or added gratuitously.

The romance between Claire and Jamie was not at all what I was expecting. In fact, at a few points it made me a bit uncomfortable. But I did enjoy how different it was; it kept it from being just another novel romance.

If I had to sum this book up in a single word, it would be epic. There was so much going on, a lot of detail, and could easily inspire its own HBO mini-series!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

[Review] The Help by Kathryn Stockett

The HelpThe Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up not knowing a single thing about it other than the title and that it has a pretty yellow and purple cover. At first I was quite put off by Aibileen's opening chapters, with the broken English and heavy accent, but once I got into the story it all started to flow nicely. The language chosen for Aibileen soon made her a more distinct and real character, rather than a minor annoyance.

I've said this in other reviews, and I'll say it again, I absolutely love reading multiple POVs! I felt that this book was an exceptionally strong example of multiple POVs done right. It gave great insight in how each of these three women felt about the events taken place around them. I found myself completely invested in their stories, and I wanted them to succeed.

This is an inspiring tale of doing what's right, making changes in the world for the better, and friendship, among other things. I would most definitely recommend this to everyone!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

[Review] Luck of the Devil (Speak of the Devil, #1) by Patricia Eimer

Luck of the Devil (Speak of the Devil #1)Luck of the Devil by Patricia Eimer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I received a free digital copy through Net Galley.

What do you get when you combine a less than evil daughter of Satan, her spoiled siblings, brother-in-law who has "fallen up," inept succubus roommate, crazy mortal mother, Satan himself, a hunky lawyer across the hall, the ghost of a dead doctor, and a stalker? One wacky mystery, a little bit of romance, and the family reunion from Hell!

This was a very fun read, but was also quite predictable. Some plot points mysteriously disappeared after the initial set up, which bothered me a bit, but it was nothing too important. Over all, I enjoyed this one, but was left feeling a bit disappointed.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

[Review] Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French KissAnna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This isn't the type of book that I'd normally choose on my own, but it fit into a reading challenge I'm participating in, has a high rating, and a couple of friends have enjoyed it. Well, I'm certainly glad that I picked this one up (downloaded actually)! I was immediately charmed by Anna and St. Clair, and the rest of the SOAP gang, even bitchy Amanda. They felt so real, and I just became engrossed in Anna's story and her relationships with her new peers and new city. This was a fun, fluffy, read even with its emotional ups and downs. I felt like I was right there with Anna: smiling when she was happy, sad when she was upset, ultimately rooting for her to get the guy.

Anna and the French Kiss surprised me, and if you're like me, and aren't sure this is going to be your cup of tea (or coffee), just give it a try and you'll likely be pleasantly surprised, too.

Friday, August 12, 2011

[Review] Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1) by Seanan McGuire

Rosemary and Rue (October Daye, #1)Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

October "Toby" Daye: half fae, half human, all annoying. Toby was just a very unlikeable character. It's not that she was a bad person, or evil, or anything like that. I just didn't like her, and couldn't bring myself to care about what happens to her. By the end of the book I didn't feel like I knew her at all. However, I did enjoy the world in which the story takes place: magical elements hidden in modern day San Francisco.

I was very disappointed in this, probably because I knew who the culprit was as soon as they were introduced.

Monday, August 8, 2011

[Review] Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Jellicoe RoadJellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was like working a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle without the image on the box. Once a few pieces are fitted together, the whole thing comes together into one unexpected, beautiful image.

Friday, August 5, 2011

[Review] Succubus Shadows (Georgina Kincaid, #5) by Richelle Mead

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

The first two-thirds of Succubus Shadows were bizarre! Not in a bad way, but in an otherworldly, strange way, but that's to be expected when a succubus gets trapped in the dream world. Then back in Seattle it became an emotional roller coaster of epic proportions. The last few paragraphs left me grasping for more, and the not-knowing will torture me until I can get my hands on the 6th book!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

[Review] Mistress of Rome by Kate Quinn

Mistress of RomeMistress of Rome by Kate Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Romance, betrayal, games (physical and emotional), war, deceit, just about a little of everything! Mistress of Rome follows the overlapping lives of several characters. Thea is a slave in love with a gladiator, Aruis. Lepida is her mistress who's determined to reach the top of Roman society. Paulinus is the senator's son, Lepida's stepson, and Thea's former lover. Julia, the emperor's ill niece. All of their lives entwine into one exciting story.

Oddly, my favorite character was Lady Lepida. She is nasty and selfish, and I loved to hate her. She manipulated everyone around her to get what she wanted, and even though I didn't want her to succeed, I couldn't wait to see what she would do next. Most readers will probably be cheering for Thea and Arius, and I was, but Lepida was just so intriguing.

Mistress of Rome covers several years in the lives of its characters, and at times it seemed to drone on. But then suddenly something would happen and grab my attention again. Eventually all of the seemingly unimportant events and details came together and formed an amazing story.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

[Review] Death's Excellent Vacation

Death's Excellent VacationDeath's Excellent Vacation by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was expecting a collection of fun and possibly spooky short stories, but what I got was several boring stories and a few good ones.

Two Blondes: ***
The Boys Go Fishing: **
One for the Money: ***
Meanwhile, Far Across the Caspian Sea...: *
The Innsmouth Nook: *
Safe and Sound: ****
Seeing Is Believing: *
The Perils of Effrijim: **
Thin Walls: ***
The Heart Is Always Right: **
The Demon in the Dunes: ***
Home from America: ***
Pirate Dave's Haunted Amusement Park: ***

Monday, August 1, 2011

[Review] Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid, #4) by Richelle Mead

Succubus Heat (Georgina Kincaid Series #4)Succubus Heat by Richelle Mead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With this installment, we follow Georgina from Seattle up to Vancouver, BC, where Jerome has sent her after being sick of her post-breakup attitude. Of course she doesn't stay in Canada forever, and has several emotional run ins with Seth back home in Seattle. But Georgina has more to worry about than ex-boyfriends and Canadian Satanic cults when her boss vanishes, along with her powers! Not having her succubus abilities opens up a whole new world of possibilities for Georgina. She's still her sassy, confident self, but more vulnerable and aware. And things between her and Seth...well I won't spoil it!

The writing and the flow of this one was just as amazing as the previous GK books, and left me hungry for more! I was torn about the rating, but settled on 4 stars, because I couldn't help but feel like Seth was too much out of character, and changed too much too fast. And I couldn't believe Dante's feelings toward Georgina either. There were so many surprises and I could not stop reading, but I couldn't bring myself to give that extra star. The ending did leave me with good feelings about Georgina's future. It may not be an easy trip, but I'm confident she'll end up in a good place.