Sunday, August 26, 2012

Review - Stitches and Scars by Elizabeth A. Vincent

Stitches and Scars read as a predictable, light-hearted, fluffy, romantic comedy. It was a perfect fairy-tale involving three perfect young women, all best friends, living seemingly perfect fairy-tale lives, pursuing & enjoying their dream jobs, while hooking up with perfect fairy-tale boyfriends. And this is in no way a bad thing. After all, isn't this why we read, to escape reality & find ourselves engrossed in a fairy-tale? Let me begin by saying I loved the plot & characters (especially Dr. Hottie!). There were similarities to many of my other favorite books, which made reading this even more enjoyable (they say imitation is a form of flattery and I agree). And, I admit, I'm a sappy romance lover and a sucker for HEAs. That being said, there were a few things missing for me that would have made this a five-star review instead of a four. For starters, there were too many changes in point of view within each chapter as well as throughout the entire story. Either one POV throughout the book or alternating POVs for each chapter would have made this better for me. I would side more with the latter, since I loved having insight into both Kate's and Ethan's thoughts. Secondly, this world was just a bit too perfect, too fairy-tale-ish, a little (just a little) more angst would have raised the bar for me (I love a good angsty story). Thirdly, smut. I'm a smut lover, I just can't help it. Blame it on 50 Shades. What can I say other than it's addictive, so a little more of Ethan and Kate, ahem, if you know what I mean would have made it even better for me. But I can say whole heartedly that I will never be able to grocery shop again without thinking of this book. In fact, the produce department is now my most favorite part of grocery shopping (I might have to take my husband there on a date sometime)! Lastly, although the main focus of the book was Kate & Ethan's relationship, many side stories took place, which were a distraction for me from the main plot. Well, there you have it, the reason for my four-star review instead of a five. However, overall, the story was fabulous, the characters were loveable, and Ethan's hotness factor was definitely a five out of five. This book is the perfect read for in between those truly angsty stories that make you want to very loudly scream and yell while throwing your Kindle, book, or whatever device you own against the nearest wall. Enjoy!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Play-lists Inspired by Books

As I find myself reading more and more these days, I also find myself creating play-lists to remind me of specific books.  Some authors have kindly provided us with their music of choice on blogs or YouTube that were inspirational while writing their stories.  Others have included specific song titles in the books which I can now gratefully highlight on my Kindle.  Then there are those songs that just bring to mind a certain story or specific character and I think to myself, "Wow, that song is simply perfect for Christian and Ana, or Jack and Grace, or Jack and Lexi, or Gideon and Eva, or Gabriel and Julia, or Will and Layken."  A play-list allows me to keep my beloved characters close to my heart since I have tremendous difficulty letting some of them go.  It almost feels as if I'm cheating on them when I begin a new book (craziness, right?).  Listening to the music of a book I loved so whole-heartedly lessens that crazy feeling.  So I ask, do you or don't you make book-inspired play-lists?  I'm curious to know.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Colleen Hoover

Have you heard the butterflying awesome news?  Slammed & Point of Retreat, two butterflying awesome books by the butterflying awesome (too much butterflying?  Nah, I don't think so!) author, Colleen Hoover have been picked up by Atria books, a division of Simon & Schuster.  Colleen is an amazing writer who I discovered through a friend of mine to whom I am eternally grateful.   The story of Will and Lake is an emotional, poetic journey not to be missed.  See my review of both books on the sidebar or on Goodreads.  I ask you to please support Colleen.  Although I don't know her personally, from following her blog, she appears to be not only an amazing person but also a very authentic individual.  She's wildly hilarious, grateful, generous, and kind.  Pick up her books, you won't be sorry!  By the way, rumor has it that a third book in this series is on its way!  Woo hoo!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Masters at Arms by Kallypso Masters

This book is actually a prequel to a series of books, each focusing on a different main character. In this prequel, we meet the three main alpha males whose lives eventually intersect to form the stories for the following books. I was hesitant at first to read this because I'm not a big fan of military stories, but since it was an Amazon freebie I went ahead & gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised that the military portion wasn't the main focus but rather served as background history. The back story was interesting & I look forward to reading the rest of the books.