Thursday, June 30

Damned: Book Review

by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
Publication Date: August 30th

Loved this book!  There is such conflict and overwhelming odds against them.  Yet they struggle on regardless.  It is such a great view into the strength within each of us.  The ending is really tragic.  Holding with the trend of the book things are dire and show no real possibility of change.  Still, I loved every page.
I wasn't super happy with what happened to Antonio.  I just don't like seeing anyone in a position where their free will is taken away.  Without that who are you really.  At first when it happened it seemed temporary something like a spell but as the book progresses it seems less likely.  I think the authors are trying to point out that each of us has the ability to be bad or good.  We are what we choose to be with each passing moment.  Yet under a certain set of circumstances would we chose differently.  Would we chose so differently as to become almost the opposite.  I have mixed feelings on where they are headed with Antonio.  At this point I think I will keep the doubts at bay and hope for the best.  Should you whole life be blighted by a few mistakes or should your current actions hold more sway.  I guess we will find out next year.
So cool after the fact news:
I am quoted on the authors site. Here.

Wednesday, June 29

Waiting on Wednesday: Bargains and Betrayals

Bargains and Betrayals
by Shannon Delany

Publication Date: August 16th

From Goodreads

Locked away at Pecan Place, Jessie finds her situation to be even more dangerous than she feared. While she struggles to maintain her sanity and discover answers about the group that seems less and less like any legitimate government agency, Pietr fights to keep their relationship alive. But very aware that his mother’s time is running out, Pietr makes a deal he doesn’t dare tell Jessie about. Because the deal Pietr’s made could mean the death of far more than his tenuous relationship with the girl he loves.
I really don't want to read this book.  It just sounds as if things are going to turn out really badly.  That said I have to know what happens.  I adore the characters and really have some high hopes for them.  I just can't bear to leave things as they stand.  Maybe, if I cross my fingers hard enough this will turn out to be great like the other books. 

Tuesday, June 28

Divergent: Book Review

by Veronica Roth

I am so glad I decided to pick this one up.  After a few too many poor dystopians I was ready to give up on the whole lot.  This was just wow!  I loved the characters, most especially the main two.  They seem so easy to relate to.  Each has weaknesses and incredible strengths.  I feel sure that many of us have incredible strength hidden waiting to show.  I really liked the idea that selflessness can be seen as bravery.  How true it seems.  Far too much cowardice covers the planet now just as in this fictional world.  If you are hesitant to try another dystopian I recommend this one.  I can't vouch for the future books but there seems to be promise.  For now I am happy to content myself with how this one ended.

Monday, June 27

Ultraviolet: Book Review

by R.J. Anderson

Crazy just isn't my thing.  I couldn't reconcile myself with the whole 24 year old and 16 year old mental patient getting so familiar.  It was interesting how the author decided to wrap it up leaving you to decide if the whole thing is crazy talk or true.  Other than that it took me several weeks to finish reading this one.  It really doesn't suit my tastes.  Good luck.

Friday, June 24

Summer's Crossing: Book Review

by Julie Kagawa

Moment Divine: "That's what I like about you Winter fey. . .you're all such scintillating wits, such clever purveyors of words, such wise and frolicsome--"

I ducked as a pinecone zipped by my head with enough force to have done more than muss my hair. A chuckle escaped me. "Always good to know you care, ice-boy."

Absolute joy ride!  A must read for those already addicted to the series.  For those who aren't in the know make haste and pick up the first book.  Puck is ever the prankster and such a cunning fellow.

Thursday, June 23

Desires of the Dead: Book Review

by Kimberly Derting

This wasn't quite what I was hoping for in a sequel. Still once the story got rolling it was an interesting read. I am not overly fond of the doubts I have about the couples future. Perhaps, the author placed them there to create more strife and make it interesting. Let's just say I am nervous. I think Jay is a great guy. I enjoyed seeing that she really had to think about the consequences of what she can do could be. In reality there is never one real black and white way to see things. I feel as if the next book would have to have stunning reviews to catch my attention. I would rather leave things where they are then go certain places.

Wednesday, June 22

The Demon's Surrender: Book Review

by Sarah Rees Brennan

Moments Divine: "Think about crack!" Jamie added, clearly struck by inspiration. " Yes! It's like I'm a crack addict, and you're my friend the drug dealer who gives me crack for free, and I know you're just trying to be a good friend, but every time I think, 'Wow, this crack might be a little bit of a problem for me, ' you're there to say, 'Have some more delicious crack.' Am I making sense?"
Nick stared. "Hardly ever in your entire life."
"What?" Nick said at last. "Do I have something on my face besides good-looking?"
This was a great book.  For an ending to the series I wasn't one hundred percent satisfied.  Nick, as always made such a great character.  He could always say the funniest things.  It was great reading his journey and getting to know him better.  I love the whole idea of someone discovering a previously unknown depth.  With the way it all ended I am sure life will be interesting for each of them.

Friday, June 17

River Marked: Book Review

by Patricia Briggs

There were a couple of divine moments in this book that I forgot to write down.  The one I remember most was between Daryl and Mercy and he was talking about how she the trouble she got herself into left the rest of them taking ulcer medication.

This book was an interesting read.  I imagine it must be hard to write a book after the happy ending.  The author was able to insert a lot of happily ever after moments but then lighten up the tedium with danger and fun.  I most loved that this time she explored Indian legends.  They have always seemed fascinating to me and it was entertaining to explore with her.  Another thing I really loved about this book is Mercy.  She is just so funny no matter what mess she finds herself in.

Wednesday, June 1

Fallen Angel: Book Review

by Heather Terrell

Ouch!  This was so painful to read.  I finally put it down and was never able to pick it up again.  The cover is beautiful but what is inside was no where near the same.  It was one of those overly passionate love hate relationships.  One minute I can't stand this guy and then next please let me suck your face off.  Then as the story and secrets start to reveal it just got to unreal and cheesy to deal with.  I read a review that said this book reads like a soap opera.  That review was most definitely right.  Yuck!

I need some great recommendations.  Otherwise, I will have to spend some quality time rereading some classics to restore my faith in good stories.