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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

[Review] Bound by Blood (The Garner Witch, #1) by P.A. Lupton

Bound by Blood (The Garner Witch #1)Bound by Blood by P.A. Lupton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I won this from the First Reads giveaway.

Brianna is an empath. Meaning, unlike our dear friend Sookie Stackhouse, who can read minds and discern emotions, Brianna can only read emotions. Also unlike Miss Sookie, she can read the emotions of the dead. This can come in handy, since she's an FBI agent. Her current case involves multiple women who have all been drained of blood ( a quick look at the genre will tell you it's by a vampire) and who share an uncanny resemblance to Brianna.

This case generates many questions for Brianna as well as the reader: Who's killing these women and why? What is their connection to Brianna? Who is Brianna? That last one is not a philosophical question, but literally who (and what) is Brianna.

This book has a very small cast of characters which was new for me. I'm use to there being plenty of minor characters adding to the story, but in Bound by Blood we only have the three main characters, the killer, and his accomplice. This considerably cuts down on the list of suspects, but it also gives us more insights into the relationships between Brianna and the two men in life. The banter between her and Morrison is believable and hilarious. While her relationship with Nathan is electric and sexy.

I really enjoyed this book, but I must say there really wasn't any special that sets it apart from others in this genre. It was fast paced and exciting and that was good enough for me!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

[Review] Angelina's Bachelors by Brian O'Reilly

Angelina's Bachelors: A Novel with FoodAngelina's Bachelors: A Novel with Food by Brian O'Reilly
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I won this from the First Reads giveaway.

This was a very pleasant story. Even though the first chapter involves a death, and the novel follows a newly widowed Angelina, it's not sad. In fact, it's full of friends, family, and of course, food. While the plot was extremely predictable, it was still very enjoyable. It also made me very hungry! I'll definitely be trying out the recipe for the Roman Egg Drop Soup.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

[Review] Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate

Fallen (Fallen, #1)Fallen by Lauren Kate
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Perhaps I've been spoiled by the amazing books I've read this week, or this book really was just bad. I didn't connect with any of the characters, and found them either irritating (Luce and Daniel) or dull (Cam and Penn). I thought the reform school scenario was an interesting change of setting from other YA paranormal romances, but unfortunately it didn't add much to the story. This was less of a love story and more of a tale of a disturbed girl obsessing over a guy who was extremely rude to her straight off the bat, while leading on the boring, cute, nice guy. Oh, and she sees shadows which make bad things happen.

I found my eyes glazing over and my brain turning to mush as I read this. But again I think this may have more to do with it not holding up to the other books I've been reading. I didn't want to finish it, but I'm of the mind "it might get better." It did...a little.

One last note: A greater, cosmic, soul-mate connection does not make up for lack of chemistry! I saw nothing that drew Luce and Daniel together, but rather Daniel just tells Luce that they're drawn together and always immediately fall in love. So if Daniel says so, it must be so. Free will be damned!