Thursday, November 15, 2012

364 Days

364 days
finally found their way
tonight’s the night
expectations are bright
lines will be long
hearts full of song
smiles so wide
waiting side by side

364 days
but now the end is near
it's bittersweet
but such a treat
Stephanie’s dream
on the big screen
one more look
at the very last book

364 days
finally found their way
the wait seemed  eternal
sometimes infernal
fans will abound
as we gather around
remaining faithfully true
to bid the Cullen’s adieu

after 364 days

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review - 10 Nights by Michelle Hughes & Karl Jones

Wow! I think this is the 1st or 2nd time I've given a book only 1 star on Goodreads. This book just wasn't for me, I struggled to finish it. But I'm one of those people who has to try and make it to the very end. I was hating Leah, yet feeling sorry for her at the same time. I found it difficult to buy into the fact that being a 24 year old virgin, she would be that accepting of the situation to which she was exposed. I can understand her being curious, but she had absolutely no interest at all in men or dating prior to above-mentioned situation. And Rhett, he was just an out of control, alpha male Dominant who couldn't deal with real feelings, resulting in him placing Leah in some very undesirable situations. Leah being Leah and wanting to please him, continued to allow him to humiliate her way beyond her comfort zone because of his threats. By the end of the book, I lost what little respect I had, if any, for both characters.

I'm not very knowledgeable regarding the BDSM scene, but from what little I've learned, I was under the impression that the Dominant truly cares for and protects his submissive, making sure she feels safe. And while pushing limits is generally acceptable among both parties, I also thought the purpose of a safe word was to stop when a submissive doesn't feel that safety or protection. However, in this story, Rhett informed Leah if she used her safe word, their so-called relationship (and I use that term loosely) would cease immediately. Rhett didn't appear to me to be a responsible Dominant. Maybe he allowed his confusing feelings for Leah to diminish him in this capacity. But I didn't care for how he treated her throughout her training.

I admit that I'm a smut lover, but I do need loveable characters and  romance with my smut, and this story wasn't the least bit romantic in my opinion, nor was I able to connect with the characters. Like I said, this book just wasn't for me.

Review - The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility ranks among one of my top 10 favorite awe-inspiring reads of all time, right alongside Colleen Hoover’s Slammed and Point of Retreat. Many of my favorite book bloggers have been singing this book’s praises for a while now.  I wasn’t in a rush to read it although I knew I would eventually. Once I saw that the book was being picked up by Atria, I knew it was time. And I am so very grateful that I did.

This beautifully written tale tells the story of Nastya and Josh.  It is a romance but yet, there is much more to the plot than just the relationship between the two main characters. It’s also about finding one’s self, acceptance, trust, moving on.  An air of intrigue is present as the reader attempts to identify what transpired in Nastya’s past.  It is truly a deep, meaningful story that will leave you breathless.

The dialogue was pure poetry; producing visceral, gut-wrenching emotion.  I cried, I laughed, then cried some more.  I chewed my nails. I stopped reading to take a deep breath and rest my blurry eyes. The slow build-up of the relationship between Josh and Nastya was touching as they developed a silent understanding and acceptance of each other.  And then there was the torment, those “why did that happen” moments that made me feel frustrated, angry, sad, and weepy.  My heart ached for them both. 

I loved the characters of Nastya and Josh. I loved the irony of Josh nicknaming Nastya “Sunshine.” I loved their friend Drew, a typical teen player with a heart of gold. I loved the whole concept of this story. It was mind-blowingly breathtaking!  When finished with the book, I just sat for a few moments, closing my eyes, and taking it all in. Those last two words were just…well, read it for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.

Katja Millay is a gifted and remarkable story-teller. I look forward to reading more from her in the future. Every once in a while I need to read a book that makes me just stop and think and feel. The Sea of Tranquility did just that.

Review - Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec

“Holy Shit!”  Now this is what I’m talking about!  Why does Goodreads limit us to 5 stars?  This book needs eleventy-million+ stars!  Really, I thought, what’s all the fuss about?  Everyone is raving about this book, I guess I’ll just have to read it for myself.  Can it possibly be that funny?  Yes, folks, it is just that funny.  Crude, raw, raunchy funny!  I laughed so hard I nearly peed my pants.  I just said that out loud, didn’t I?  This book was laugh-out loud (tears running down my cheeks, giggles, & snorts, people looking at me funny in public when recalling a line from the book) HILARIOUS!  Did I mention how funny this book was, is, whatever?  Tara Sivec is brilliant.  Claire and Liz are a hoot.  Carter is just a HOT mess, a very HOT mess!  And Gavin, well, what can you say about a 4-year-old adorable yet smart-ass mouthy kid other than he’s an adorable yet smart-ass mouthy kid? Go. Read. Now.

Can this book be a movie?  Pretty, pretty please?

Review - The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle

I am so very behind on posting reviews of some of my recent reads. But here's one that I read a while back...

My Rating:  OOOOO-OMG!!!!!

I love music!  I love reading!  I love bad boy rock stars!  So, what do you get when you combine all three?  The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle!
“God, he’s such a cocky, arrogant bastard at times.
And I totally fancy him.
No I don’t.
Yes, I do.
No. I. Don’t.
Ah f*#k.”
YES, I DO, I DO!  I totally do fancy him!  I am officially in Rock Star Heaven & Jake is my almighty bad boy Rock God!    This book has it all, the hot, sexy, arrogant rock star; the beautiful girl next door; & a swoon-worthy, oh my God, who do I want to win love-triangle (well, truthfully, I knew who I wanted to win the girl but it still broke my heart).

I felt the emotions dripping from Jake, Tru, & Will.  They cried, I cried; they laughed, I laughed.  I need to feel a book (& no, I don’t mean physically touching the book with my hand) & I definitely felt this book right down to my very core.

Samantha Towle’s easy writing style, witty banter, & charming romantic touches truly made this a book well worth loving!  And guess what?  There’s a sequel!!!  More Jake! Yes please!  I. Can’t. Wait.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Review - Devoured by Emily Snow

When it comes to alpha male rock stars, I’m in, all the way in, in like flint.  Did I mention I’m in? Therefore, it goes without saying (but I’m saying it anyway) that the synopsis of Devoured sucked me right in. I didn’t give a second thought to downloading it and moving it to the top of my TBR list. But then…

I really wanted to love this book, I really, really did. I liked the story line and I liked the characters. However, there was just something missing. I kept waiting for it to go somewhere but it never seemed to reach its final destination. I found the writing to be a bit choppy and some sentences just didn’t make any sense at all. Although this is a giant pet peeve of mine, I usually try not to focus too much on the grammar/writing when reading because I read to enjoy the story, not to edit or correct it. But I do prefer when the sentences flow smoothly and this just didn’t flow.  And flowing is important to me. It needs to flow; I don’t like waves in my books.

There were too many missing pieces, too many holes that still needed to be filled. I couldn’t quite connect emotionally with the characters. I tried, I really tried.  It’s not that I didn’t like them, because I did like them. But I should have loved them. I should have loved them to the moon and back. I should have wanted to devour them; I should have wanted to be devoured by them (yes, pun intended). I should have thought about them 24/7, when I was food shopping, making dinner, driving the kids around, etc. But I didn’t. I didn’t feel pulled into their lives. I didn’t feel like I really got to know them well enough. I needed more character development and more back-story, I just needed more.  I kept reading because I wanted to find out what happened, I kept hoping for more details, more description. But the story felt “jumpy” to me if that makes any sense.  Don’t get me wrong; I still feel that this story has potential, lots of potential. But it just needs something more.

I don’t like to be so critical of a book because I’m not a writer. I realize that authors put their hearts & souls into their writing and their characters.  Every story is an author’s baby and I always want to love every book I choose to read but sometimes that just doesn’t happen.  I’m hopeful that book two will give me the more I am looking for.