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Review: Rapture

Rapture
Rapture by J.R. Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. I was skeptical at first about having Matthias as the main character but I ended up really liking him in this one. I also enjoyed that the female lead was a strong woman who had her faults but knew how to take care of herself too. Looking forward to book 5.

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Review: Rapture

Rapture
Rapture by Lauren Kate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was going to wait until this was available in trade paperback but then I saw that it’s a free lendable ebook through my library so I just had to read it. 🙂

As with the previous books this one still was a little too long for my taste, however it was quite possibly my favorite of the series. Luce transitioned from a Too Stupid to Live (TSTL) character in books 1 & 2 to tolerable in book 3 but in book 4 I actually liked her! In fact, I liked everyone in this book. Daniel wasn’t the moody pain in the ass he’d been in book 3 and this book did a great job at FINALLY explaining the big secrets that have been going on for the last three books. Some of it was pretty obvious a few books back, but other details caught me by surprise. I also absolutely LOVED the epilogue. Had that not been included I would probably have knocked the book down to three stars, but I think the way this book ended was by far the perfect way to end the series (I don’t count the 5th book as part of the series but rather a sidecar).

Great book, great ending. 🙂

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Review: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wanted to love this book. There were parts of it that I simply adored but there were many that I just didn’t like. The grandparent flashbacks were often more confusing than anything and left me with more questions than before I read them. I also didn’t like how Safran Foer used his own weird formatting and ignored basic writing rules. I’m all for creativity in presentation but putting a conversation between two people all in one paragraph is just annoying to read. I often had to go back a page and re-read to see who was saying what.

I really loved Oskar. It took a while to get used to his narrative but once I did, I fell in love with the kid. However, as a social worker I wanted to know his diagnosis. LOL He presented as someone on the Autism Spectrum but was extremely high functioning too and there were times when I wondered if he had Aspberger’s but then others when he didn’t seem like it. Then of course there was the Grandpa. WHY did he lose his words? WHY didn’t anyone ever try to help him with it? So may questions left unanswered.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I read the book and I look forward to finally seeing the movie. I just don’t know if I’d suggest this book to other people without a disclaimer on how odd it is.

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Review: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a hard one to rate. On one hand I wanted to give it four stars but on the other I was aiming more toward three. I guess that means it’s a 3.5. I liked this book… I enjoyed the characters and situations. The idea of a shrink for teens who is completely unaware of her own children was kind of brilliant and quite realistic. What I didn’t like about the book though was that it seemed like Ginny’s problems all got solved over night. One day she’s miserable and self mutilating and the next she’s all outgoing and making huge changes. It just felt too rushed. I still think it was a great book though despite the poor pacing.

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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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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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Review: Guardian’s Challenge

Guardian's Challenge
Guardian’s Challenge by Bronwyn Green
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I realize I’m a little biased but I’ve gotta say this is another great read by Green! This is the follow up book to Overlord’s Chosen and this time we get to see much more of Asher (swoon) and Neeve.  I liked that this book took place in multiple locations and I really enjoyed getting into Asher’s head even though I wanted to smack it a few times!  Oh and a big yay for the return of Joseph too! 

I’m hooked, what can I say? Now when does the third book come out?!

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