Review of “The Rosie Effect” by Graeme Simsion

Posted: January 2, 2015 by BA Dillon in Uncategorized

Adding to my reading list!

sublimeReview by Lizzie M.

STOLE MY HEART!!

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Sublime Wreckage is the debut novel from Charlene Zapata. This is a captivating roller coaster story about abuse, strength, heartbreak, and love. The characters are what make this story a 5-star read. Written from Maggie’s POV (with some alternating from Vincent), Ms. Zapata does a remarkable job transporting the reader inside Maggie’s life, experiencing all of her very raw emotions. I love strong female characters and Maggie Wilson is just that. Her strength and courage makes Maggie one of the most inspiring characters I’ve read about this year, and I’ve read a lot. Although the book is really a Young Adult read, Maggie’s intense storyline classifies could fall into New Adult as well. For such a young woman, she has the strength of ten. Vince is that guy … why we love our fictional boyfriends. I appreciated the fact that he took the route of “friend first” which only made me root for them more. Both characters were wise beyond their years. I look for great secondary characters – and that’s the only facet missing here. The secondary folks (like Maggie) aren’t poorly written, but I needed a bit more to cement their connections to the principal parts. Ms. Zapata’s writing style is seamless and places the reader front and center of all the action. Even with some uncomfortable topics, the writing flowed and the dialogue was realistic. The author has done a great job developing two voices for two very different characters, and rooted the story in the relationships they have with each other, family, and friends. The storyline itself is powerful, and develops at a pace that is both believable and moving. Fair warning to all readers – you will need book 2 immediately as this is a cliffhanger ending by my terms. For a debut author, Charlene Zapata produced amazing work for her first novel, and has written a truly engaging tale. I look forward reading more about Maggie and Vince.

set in flamesI received an ARC of this book in exchange for honest review.

FATE never makes mistakes. The only difference is being ready for it, or simply believing you have a choice.

This is both an easy and tough review to write – for several reasons. Tough because this is definitely not my reading choice – the genre I wouldn’t pick up to read for pleasure. This is my very FIRST paranormal romance that I’ve read, and therefore reviewed. With that said, there are many references to all things paranormal that quite frankly I just didn’t get. But here’s the thing … in the end, it didn’t matter because underneath the paranormal blanket there’s a decent story waiting to be read. The theme is FATE. And it appears FATE can drive a paranormal romance as well as a traditional romance. Ms. Destiny did a great job delivering strong characters that any reader will care about. I love strong women and Maya is exactly that. I have mixed emotions regarding Jaden. Most of the time he comes across strong but somewhat vulnerable. At times, that attractive quality is lost – and he seems a bit whiny. The story opens in a big way – and Ms. Destiny hooks the reader in the very first chapter. There’s a lot of intrigue painted with a really interesting first meet by the principal parts. I love secondary characters, and Set in Flames has so many I was struggling to remember them all. Some of the dialogue itself lacks smoothness – it doesn’t quite feel natural, and the narration dialogue (especially for Jaden) is a bit long-winded. There is some evidence that Ms. Destiny is a first-time published author, but her characters are likable, and I’m curious about what will happen next for these out-of-this-world characters. What we have here is a compelling story that stirs the imagination. With that said, Set in Flames has a great storyline from this first-time author and that has this paranormal newbie waiting for more!

 

 

 

 

 

RowdyMy heart is FULL of love …

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Can fate bring old friends together again? Can old friends become more? Can he forgive her for running away from their sorted past? Rowdy and Salem’s story is both heartwarming and heartbreaking – but also a bit predictable. The story of past friends meeting up in the future is a bit overdone and stale. But, Jay Crownover is an amazing author is who continues to deliver fresh, well written tales about her Marked Men. Rowdy’s story doesn’t diverge from the formula except that his character has a bit more depth than some of the other marked men. Rowdy is vulnerable and definitely has a softer side. His back story is rich and full of a great deal of emotion. I did not connect well with Salem. Salem’s back story felt forced and lacked emotion. I had no sympathy for her past, and only hoped for a reunion for Rowdy’s sake. However, the physical connection between the two is HOT, HOT, HOT! Jay Crownover is a master at creating believable, intense physical connections. The rest of the gang is back, and I enjoyed having the opportunity to be brought up to speed on what’s new with Rule and Shaw, Jet and Ayden, Nash and Saint, and Rome and Cora. This cast of secondary characters is phenomenal – and they give substance and breathe life into the hero and heroine. However, I would have liked to see more of them. In previous installments, the entire gang was together a lot, but less in Rowdy’s tale. I thought Poppy’s story wove into Rowdy and Salem’s tale very well. Her presence, along with Rowdy’s long lost sister tied a lot of looses ends together. Personally I like more dialogue driven stories, and this one was full of more descriptive narration. This is a personal preference and does impact the review. I really liked this cover as well – more than others in the series! Can’t wait for Asa’s story!

 

My heart loves a happy ending!

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Sylvia – what happened? When I look through the reviews on Amazon, B&N, and Goodreads – here’s what I noticed. Your readers, the people who count, aren’t happy. The book had incredible hype and the wait was incredibly long. Unfortunately, just like so many others, I also feel cheated.
The story of Gideon and Eva began strong. Bared to You – Crossfire #1 was great and I absolutely LOVED Reflected in You – Crossfire #2. If I could, I would have given book #2 more than 5 stars. Then came Entwined with You – Crossfire #3 … and it all went downhill from there.
First, Sylvia Day is an amazing author. Her writing is seamless, and I can physically place myself in her stories and live there for awhile. Captivated is great writing … just like the first three books in this series. What this installment lacks is a decent story. Yes, Gideon and Eva encounter a few new problems – lots of them, but very little is ever resolved. The abuse storyline faltered, the Golden video storyline faded, and the overall love story fizzled. I did like hearing from Gideon’s POV. That added a bit to the overall feel of the writing.
Second, the characters (except for Eva) have lost a lot of personality along the way. Gideon seems weak. While I want the hero to show a little vulnerability, I don’t need or want him a big hot mess. Not in a romance novel! Carey (who is my favorite character in the series) typically adds a bit of humor to each story. In this one, he also seems weak and indecisive, and doesn’t offer much to his MUCH NEEDED supportive role. There are too many other characters floating around the story at given times. Unfortunately, I don’t understand why many of them are needed. Therefore, I don’t care about any of them.
I’m definitely sad, as there was so much promise when this series first began. I’ve made a decision, not to finish Crossfire. Dragging this to five books with no clear direction as to where we are heading lost me along the way. I’m saying CROSSFIRE.

BOOK REVIEW: Sleepless Nights by Elizabeth Hardwick

Posted: December 10, 2014 by BA Dillon in Uncategorized

‘Difficult Husbands’ by Mary de Laszlo

Posted: December 10, 2014 by BA Dillon in Uncategorized

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dh mdlSTORY: Difficult Husbands – In sickness and in health, for better but definitely not for worse…

Newly divorced Lorna is struggling to adjust to life on her own. When she discovers that her beloved godfather has left her the grand (and crumbling) Ravenscourt House in the heart of Sussex, she soon has a project on her hands.

Nathan sells delicious goodies at Mulberry Farm. When he meets Lorna at a Christmas market, neither of them can ignore the chemistry. But as they get to know one another, Lorna wants to know one thing – is he after her or the house?

Together with Gloria – whose marriage to alcoholic Adrian has hit rock bottom, and Rosalind – struggling to deal with her womanizing husband Ivan, the three friends hatch a plan. They’ll ditch their difficult husbands at Ravenscourt House and enjoy stress-free Christmases with their families. But nothing is ever…

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Ripped By Katy Evans

Posted: December 1, 2014 by BA Dillon in Uncategorized

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Every woman wants me–except the one I sing for.
Seattle shakes with anticipation: they call it the concert of the year. They say girls are getting pregnant just thinking about my band being in town.
But when you love a girl, you don’t leave her with nothing but a ring and a promise. Any man with half a brain should know.
So what did I expect my girl would do when she saw me again?
Well, for starters, she loathes our music. Particularly the song I wrote about her.
When I sing it, the stadium is in an uproar. Thousands of fans scream my name like I’m a god–but yeah, not her. Crystal clear: the girl’s not happy to see me.
Black hair, black boots, a bad attitude, that’s her — Pandora Stone is a freaking man-eater and she’s out for my blood.
That’s alright.
Let her come at me…

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‘After Forever’ by Julie Johnstone

Posted: December 1, 2014 by BA Dillon in Uncategorized

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af jjSTORY: A year after her husband’s tragic death, all Lady Julianna Barrows wants is to be left alone and forget that most of her heart went with him when he passed. Instead, she finds herself the subject of many a matchmaking scheme and lurid offer to ease her widowhood, as well as save her fading fortune. Desperate to avoid having to remarry, she takes on a position as a tutor, only to discover that the man she’s helping unexpectedly stirs her heart and passion.

Nash Wolverton boxed his way out of the London slums and into immense wealth, but he couldn’t care less about Society’s approval. Except he has his by-blow daughter’s future to consider. To ensure her acceptance into Society, he’ll endure anything―including procuring a tutor to transform him into a gentleman so he can secure a suitable, boring wife.

Yet what he wants changes the moment he hires…

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