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Review: The Peach Keeper

The Peach Keeper
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think I start every review of a Sarah Addison Allen book the same way. I gush about how much I love her writing and how I want to live in the books she writes. This book is no different… it’s not my favorite of her books, but I still loved it and read it in about five hours.

One weird bit was that she repeated herself a few times in the book and I don’t recall her doing that in the past. For example she must have explained three or four different times how the government had bought the land and turned it into a national park. It was also different to see that the magic in this book wasn’t as subtle as it usually is. Not that it was bad, it was just interesting to see so many people in the book accepting of magical things this time around.

I loved seeing a little sneak of previous characters make cameo’s too. In all, I really enjoyed the book.

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Review: Skin Deep

Skin Deep
Skin Deep by Katie Blu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The only reason I didn’t give this one five stars was because it was short and I wanted more when it was over. 🙂 I absolutely loved this book! From the very beginning, Blu was able to pull me in and I fell in love with the characters right away. I love when erotica isn’t just about the sex but has a great plot and characters on top of it. To have that in the form of a novella is a show of great talent. It’s hard enough to write novella’s and make them interesting without rushing things and Blu definitely knows how to write a great novella.

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Review: Beast

Beast
Beast by Abigail Barnette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m not a fan of historical romance at all. But I AM a fan of Abigail Barnette and when I read an excerpt of this book I knew I had to read it because I thought the idea was so good. I definitely wasn’t disappointed… the retelling of Beauty & the Beast with a twist was very interesting and the love between the two main characters was sweet. A great quick, sexy read!

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Review: Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning
Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really don’t want to say this, but I think this series is over. This book was a mess and took me much longer to read than it should have simply because I didn’t like it. There were pages upon pages of stuff that we didn’t need to know or didn’t make sense for the plot, there were WAY too many characters thrown in which made it hard to figure out what was going on, and it was just plain annoying.

I loved the return of Bubba because I adore him but even that was annoying because Harris felt the need to tell us multiple times within the book what his back story was. First of all, this is book 11, we know Bubba’s story… Second, if you feel the need to remind us that’s fine but to do it more than once in the book is just stupid. Harris didn’t just do that with Bubba though… she did it in explaining who her fae relatives were, and how her Gran got it on with fairies. WE ALREADY KNOW THIS STUFF!

Blah… just a really disappointing book in general. Oh and wtf was up with the ice pack? Really, Harris? REALLY?! Ugh.

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Review: American Vampire

American Vampire
American Vampire by Jennifer Armintrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I kind of forgot that I didn’t post an actual written review of this yet. My bad. 🙂

So this was my first book by Armintrout that I read that wasn’t part of the Blood Ties series. I knew I’d probably enjoy it because I’ve enjoyed her vampire goodness in the past. And to be completely honest, I totally judge books by their covers and this one is damn sexy… as soon as I saw it I knew I had to read the book.

I really enjoyed this book. I’m a sucker for series, so it’s hard for me sometimes to read a book knowing that it’s a stand alone. But Armintrout, as usual, pulled me in and right away I was caught up in the world of these characters. I simply ADORED the main character! He was funny and sexy all rolled into one. I get so sick of the tortured vampire that everyone seems to write lately where the vamp is all “woe is me” about having to drink blood to live. Graf totally wasn’t like that and I loved it. His inner dialogue about how soon he might eat someone always made me giggle.

Great stuff and totally worth reading. 🙂

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Review: Long Relief

Long Relief
Long Relief by Abigail Barnette
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The only reason this book didn’t get 5 stars is because it was shorter than I wanted and I needed more! I’m a Cancer… I fall in love fast, especially when there are great characters in front of me. Despite the fact that the book was short, it was great and I’m told that the series will continue so that’s awesome too.

It’s pretty clear that I’m a sucker for Michigan writers and Michigan stories. This book was, of course, both. I absolutely loved all of the details that Barnette put into the book without it being overly descriptive. For example on opening day of the season the fans in the crowd had mittens on. That’s a total Michigan thing and it’s not rare for it to actually snow on opening day around here. Little tidbits like that were thrown in throughout the book and made it great.

The relationship between the two main characters was adorable. What girl wouldn’t love to be faced with a childhood crush once she’s all grown up? I adored the way Barnette wrote Chris’ character too. He’s an aging baseball player who is aware he’s getting older and his body has limitations it didn’t use to have and yet, he’s still extremely sexy and knows it. (Damn it… I totally didn’t mean to reference LMFAO there. But hey, it’s true!)

I can’t wait for the next installment of the Hardball Series!

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The Problem with Fanfic

There’s a lot of talk going on about fanfic lately. In fact, I think more people suddenly know what fanfic is than ever before. Sadly though, it’s because a series of Twilight fanfic stories have been published and despite how awful the writing is (and the fact that it’s fanfic) it’s selling like crazy. Yes, I’m talking about 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

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I will start this rant by saying that no, I haven’t read the books in their entirety. Frankly, I don’t plan to read them because the bits of the books I have seen make me want to vomit. I’m all for people getting published… I really am. Just like any writer I want to have bestselling books that inspire movies. I want people talking about my books all over the world on talk shows. But I have a serious problem with the 50 Shades book and its subsequent spawn, and it’s not because I’m jealous.

Let me also say that I write fanfic. I’ve been writing fanfic for over a decade now and without it I wouldn’t have fallen in love with writing like I have. Without fanfic I wouldn’t have groupies readers all over the planet who have read my books. I love fanfic and I love being a fanfic author. My distaste of the success of James is not because I’m a stodgy jerk who doesn’t understand the world of fanfic.

There are different types of fanfic though and I feel like with all of this new media coverage of fanfic people don’t understand the difference. One kind fanfic could possibly be turned into a standalone book without seeming like a total fucking rip off, and another kind walks the line of plagiarism, stealing, shadiness and just wrongness.

The fanfic that I write consists of using a person who exists in real life as a character in a fictional story. For example taking oh… let’s say a Backstreet Boy and throwing him into all sorts of drama (and hopefully lots of hot sex) in the form of a novel or short story. This is the kind of fanfic that in my humble opinion could be turned into publishable work. Names can be changed and although you might be able to draw similarities, it’s still fiction. In other words, it’s original. The characters are mine and as I see it, these stars are just the actors in my book. I have a book (which ironically is named Shades of Gray) that if I were to go through and take out the references to actual people and perhaps do a little tweaking of certain details, it would stand alone as a book about a chick who falls in love with a guy in a band. Continue reading


Review: Betrayed

Betrayed
Betrayed by P.C. Cast
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First let me say that this book was a little better than the first. The plot had a little more meat to it and less of Zoey bitching about everything under the sun… or should I say the moon since she doesn’t go in the sun anymore? But yeah, it was okay-ish.

After reading the first book in this series I had the bright idea that while reading the second book I’d keep track of things that bugged me to make reviewing the book easier. I got out my handy pack of post-it flags and started putting flags on the annoying bits. After a while I stopped flagging because the same annoying things kept popping up over and over and over again. But I do have a few to point out because they simply can’t be ignored.

First and foremost, for someone who is great friends with gay guys, Zoey is one hell of a homophobe. I’m sorry but as someone who is a part of the LGBT community, if I had a “friend” who felt the need to constantly point out how gay something is, they wouldn’t be my friend for long.

Page 17 – He was tall, dark, and handsome- like an old-time movie star (without the latent homosexual tendencies).

TOTALLY uncalled for!

Page 25 – Okay, I know it’s bordering on weird (or maybe queer is the better word choice) to continually notice how gorgeous a woman is when you’re a woman, too, but Neferet is so damn beautiful that it’s like she has the ability to focus all the light in the room on herself.

Seriously? Queer? Ugh! First of all women ALL notice how beautiful other women are. It’s what we do. The only women who feel the need to throw words like queer around and point out that they aren’t interested sexually in other women are insecure homophobic assholes.

Page 186 – There were a lot of guys in his position (ridiculously popular) who would have either ignored this little third former roommate or, worse, been visibly pissed that they’d have to share a room with a “fag.” Erik wasn’t like that at all, and I couldn’t help but compare him to Heath, who would probably have been freaked that he had to room with a gay kid. Not that Heath was hateful or anything like that, but he was a typical teenage Okie boy, which tended to mean narrow-minded homophobe.

Putting the word fag in quotes doesn’t make it okay. Neither does following it up by saying how Heath isn’t hateful because he’s just a typical teenage Okie. He is hateful if he would be visibly pissed to have a gay roommate. And you, my dear Zoey, are equally hateful by always pointing out shit like that!

The Casts have Zoey dropping little ditty’s like that throughout this series and each time I read one I get a little bit more pissed off. I actually began reading the third book and there were so many references to how gay this or that was in the first chapter that I actually considered putting the book down forever.

Another thing that just makes me cringe with these books is how the Casts seem to want to shove their beliefs down the reader’s throat. Zoey thinks every girl in the world is a “ho.” She herself isn’t one though, because she has reasons for having two boyfriends and contemplating a third! Then there’s this gem on page 29 when Zoey is talking about other schools.

I wanted exclusive and upper class (none of those stupid “alternative academies” that were really just holding pens for future criminals – ugh).

So not only is Zoey a homophobe but she apparently hates alternative education and believes that anyone who is an alternative ed student is a criminal. It’s funny since she herself is in an alternative education school for freaking vampires! Way to be a judgmental jerk. If Zoey’s friends knew the awful things she thought about them throughout this story there’s no way they’d be her friends.

The problem with these books is that despite all of the stuff that makes me want to throw the books across the room, they have decent plots. So even though when I’m reading them I get royally pissed off, I still kind of want to know what happens to the characters. Kinda. I guess we’ll see how I feel at the end of book three.

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Review: Marked

Marked
Marked by P.C. Cast
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not sure what to say about this book. I liked it, but some of it really bugged me too. The different writing styles of the Casts was pretty obvious and there was one who drove me a little bit crazy. I assume that the mom’s writing was the one I liked because it felt a little more controlled while what I assumed was the daughter’s parts seemed a bit amateurish. It also felt like they were both trying too hard to portray teens as a certain way and it was overkill. Almost like they were like, “We’re writing YA so we need our characters to talk like this…” but in reality, I don’t know any teens who speak the way the kids in this book do. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with the word “ho” in it so many times nor do I know any teens who actually say it. Heck they even praised themselves in the book dedication for “sounding like teenagers” and well… they didn’t.

Also, for a YA book, there’s a whole lot of adult stuff in this book. The language didn’t bother me, kids swear, it’s a fact of life. And I’m not a prude by any means; I read and write erotica… But blow jobs in a YA book is kind of borderline if you ask me. I know it’s realistic, there’s a huge problem with oral std’s and teens right now, but for some reason it bugged me in this book. Probably because it wasn’t needed… Zoey could have come across Aphroditie and Erik in a totally different way and it would have been fine. And HELLO… it’s called sexual assault when someone says no but you keep going. Not okay. Ugh. What if it had been Erik forcing himself on Aphroditie? People would have been screaming over how inappropriate this book was!

That aside, however, I kind of like the idea of the book. The tattoo aspect is kind of neat as is the idea that not everyone who attends the House of Night will end up a vampyre in the end. I love the cats, the twins, and Damien. Stevie Ray and Zoey are pretty annoying but it wouldn’t be the first time I read annoying main characters.

I’ve heard from several people that this series goes downhill from here but I’m willing to find that out on my own… I’m moving on to the next book this weekend.

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Review: The Glass Case: A Short Story

The Glass Case: A Short Story
The Glass Case: A Short Story by Kristin Hannah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hannah is an amazing writer. The Glass Case is about 15 pages long and yet it is full of so much emotion that it feels like reading a much longer story. It was different reading something by Hannah that was written in first person since Firefly Lane and Home Front are both in third person but I really liked the change as I’m a fan of first person books. 

The sneak peek of Home Front was great as well, looks like I’m going to have to add another book to my pile!  

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