The Secret Year review

Posted on January 15, 2010. Filed under: 100+ Challenge, 144 Books In 2010, 2010 Debut Author Challenge, 2010 Once Upon A Time Challenge, 2010 YA Challenge, Fiction, Jennifer Hubbard, Reviews, Romance, Young Adult | Tags: |

The Secret Year
Jennifer R. Hubbard
208 pages
Rating: 4.75/5

Source: Purchased at Barnes and Noble

Challenges: 2010 YA Challenge, Debut Author Challenge, 144 books in 2010, 100+ Challenge, Once Upon a Time Challenge

Synopsis: from Barnes and Noble

Take Romeo and Juliet. Add The Outsiders. Mix thoroughly.

Colt and Julia were secretly together for an entire year, and no one—not even Julia’s boyfriend— knew. They had nothing in common, with Julia in her country club world on Black Mountain and Colt from down on the flats, but it never mattered. Until Julia dies in a car accident, and Colt learns the price of secrecy. He can’t mourn Julia openly, and he’s tormented that he might have played a part in her death. When Julia’s journal ends up in his hands, Colt relives their year together at the same time that he’s desperately trying to forget her. But how do you get over someone who was never yours in the first place?

Review: I had read all sorts of great reviews all over the book blogging community about this book enough so that I HAD TO HAVE a copy of it for myself.  I’m really glad that I decided to spend the money on it because IT TOTALLY LIVED UP TO THE HYPE!  This is another one of those stories that has a “Romeo and Juliet” feel to it…not so much a re-telling but it most definately has that feel to it.  See Colt and Julia were seeing each other secretly for a year and then Julia is killed in a car accident.  Shortly after the school year begins Julia’s brother gives Colt a notebook that Julia had written letters to him in and Colt goes through the process of reliving their year together while also trying to get over Julia and move on.  Which isn’t so easy for him.

Overall, I really enjoyed this debut novel.  I really liked the author’s writing style and even went above and beyond to make even the worst character(s) in the book sort of likeable.  I guess the only reason this book doesn’t get a 5/5 is because I was a little luke warm on the ending….It wasn’t a terrible ending but it also wasn’t the best ending I’ve ever read either.

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Born of Night review

Posted on January 14, 2010. Filed under: Fiction, Library, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Support Your Local Library Challenge | Tags: , |

Born of Night
Sherrilyn Kenyon
539 pages
Rating: DNF

Source: Public Library

Challenges: Support Your Public Library Challenge

Synopsis: from Barnes and Noble

Awakened from a drugged sleep in a cold cell, the Princess Kiara finds herself a prisoner of the merciless marauders who threaten her father’s planetary kingdom. Miraculously, a rescuer appears, but behind his fearsome mask is the handsome face of a dark avenger whose outlaw touch sets her very soul aflame.

Review:  I had read all over the internet that this series was supposed to be really good.  I am totally LOVING the Dark Hunter series so I thought I’d give this one a try and I was NOT happy.  I tried several times to get into this book and it just was NOT happening for me.  I guess what frustrates me the most is that I waited MONTHS for my number to come up in the library system and I wasn’t able to get into the book.

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Perfect Chemistry review

Posted on January 14, 2010. Filed under: 10 in '10 Teen Chick Lit Challenge, 100+ Challenge, 144 Books In 2010, 2010 Once Upon A Time Challenge, 2010 YA Challenge, Book Challenges, Fiction, Reviews, Romance, Simone Elkeles, Young Adult | Tags: , |

Perfect Chemistry
Simone Elkeles
368 pages
Rating: 4.75/5

Source: Purchased off of bookcloseouts.com

Challenges: 2010 YA Challenge, 144 Books in 2010, 100+ Challenge, 10 in ’10 Chicklit Challenge, 2010 Once Upon A Time Challenge

Synopsis: from Barnes and Noble

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers. When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more. In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Review: NOTE: I just recently gave away a copy of this book so I’m going to keep this review short so I don’t give away the story for the person who won.I had heard so many AWESOME things about this book all over the book blogging community that I felt that I needed to read this book in order to determine if it lived up to all the AWESOME things that I had read about it.  Needless to say, I am pleased to report that it most definately did.  While I was reading Perfect Chemistry I almost automatically thought of it as a retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet only with a happier ending.  I really loved the characters…You felt for them both.  Both of their lives are basically one big lie to keep themselves from being too vulnerable, but the scary part for both of them is that they both see right through each other.  The story itself was pretty great….once I got started reading the book I soooo did NOT want to put it down.  I really liked that the story was told from each character’s point of view so you always knew what the characters were thinking.  Overall, I most definately have found a new author to add to my list of favorite authors!

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Going To Far review

Posted on January 12, 2010. Filed under: 2010 YA Challenge, Book Challenges, Fiction, Jennifer Echols, Library, Reviews, Support Your Local Library Challenge, Young Adult | Tags: , |

Going To Far
Jennifer Echols
256 pages

Source: Public Library

Challenges: YA challenge, Support Your Local Library Challenge

Synopsis (from Barnes and Noble):

  HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far…and almost doesn’t make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge — and over….

Review: I checked this one out of my local library.  I waited like a good little girl until my number came up in the system and when it came up I was really excited because I had read so many great things about this book. The very unfortunate thing was that I just could not get into the book AT ALL.  This is my first EVER Did Not Finish.

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Musical Chairs Review

Posted on January 5, 2010. Filed under: 100+ Challenge, Book Challenges, Jen Knox, Memoirs, Non Fiction, Reviews | Tags: , |

Musical Chairs
Jen Knox

Source: Sent to me by the author

Challenges: 100+ Challenge

Synopsis:

Musical Chairs explores one family’s history of mental health diagnoses and searches to define the cusp between a ’90s working-class childhood and the trouble of adapting to a comfortable life in the suburbs. In order to understand her restlessness, Jennifer reflects on years of strip-dancing, alcoholism, and estrangement. Inspired by the least likely source, the family she left behind, Jennifer struggles towards reconciliation. This story is about identity, class, family ties, and the elusive nature of mental illness.

Review:  I got this book from the author awhile ago (sorry Jen!) and it FINALLY made it’s way to the top of my TBR list.  This review is going to be short and sweet folks! Honesty, I enjoyed the book a LOT  even though there were some things in it that touched close to home for me personally.  I LOVED that Jen wasn’t afraid to put it all out there on the line for the reader (that would be me ;).  Overall, Musical Chairs gets 2 thumbs way up from me!

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How To Tame A Modern Rogue Review

Posted on January 3, 2010. Filed under: 100+ Challenge, 144 Books In 2010, 2010 Contemporary Romance Challenge, 2010 Romance Challenge, Book Challenges, Diana Holquist, Fiction, Library, Reviews, Romance, Romance Reading Challenge 2010, Support Your Local Library Challenge, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

How To Tame A Modern Rogue
Diana Holquist
320 pages

Source: Public Library
Challenges: Romance Reading Challenge 2010, Support Your Local Library Challenge, 2010 Romance Challenge, 144 Books in 2010, 2010 Contemporary Romance Challenge, 100+ Challenge

Synopsis: 

Commitment-phobic Sam Carson has only dated model-gorgeous women. But one stolen kiss from a plain-Jane schoolteacher and he’s hell-bent on stripping away her floral dresses and teaching her the art of being bad. If only her good-girl ways didn’t make him want to be a better man…

Ally Giordano is at the end of her rope. Her beloved grandmother actually believes that she’s living in her favorite romance novel in Regency England and Ally doesn’t have the heart to set her straight. But now Granny Donny’s last wish is for a retreat to the country and Ally can’t refuse her…until she demands that Sam accompany them. And though his smiles turn her knees into jelly, Ally knows better than to trust a playboy…and she definitely knows better than to try to change one. Or does she?

Review:  Overall, I really liked this book.  It’s a little smut in a pretty package.  Loved Granny Donny…In all her Regency era mindset.  Ally was kind of a hard ass though…But still likeable.  I guess you get to be a bit of a hard ass when life dumps on you pretty bad. Sam has a heart of gold under all those bad boy tendencies too.  I’ve never read this author before but I do like her writing style a lot.  I’ll be reading more of her books for sure!

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King of the Wind Review

Posted on January 1, 2010. Filed under: 100+ Challenge, 144 Books In 2010, 2010 YA Challenge, Animals, Book Challenges, Fiction, Library, Marguerite Henry, Reviews, Support Your Local Library Challenge, Young Adult | Tags: , |

King of the Wind
Marguerite Henry
176 pages

Source: Public Library
Challenges: Support Your Local Library Challenge, 2010 YA Challenge, 144 Books in 2010, 100+ Challenge

Synopsis: 

He was named “Sham” for the sun, this golden-red stallion born in the Sultan of Morocco’s stone stables. Upon his heel was a small white spot, the symbol of speed. But on his chest was the symbol of misfortune. Although he was swift as the desert winds, Sham’s pedigree would be scorned all his life by cruel masters and owners.

This is the classic story of Sham and his friend, the stable boy Agba. their adventures take them from the sands of the Sahara. to the royal courts of France, and finally to the green pastures and stately homes of England. For Sham was the renowned Godolphin Arabian, whose blood flows through the veins of almost every superior thoroughbred. Sham’s speed — like his story — has become legendary.

Review: I’ve always been a big fan of animal stories.  I am also a HUGE fan of horses…They’re just so beautiful to look at!  Marguerite Henry has been one of my all time favorite YA authors since I was young…Well since I got my first library card anyway.  I picked up this book while pursusing the MG shelves at my local library and I came home and devoured this book in one sitting.  This book is fiction but it is based on ACTUAL events that took place.  There are MANY famous racehorses that can trace their ancestory back to “Sham.”  The characters are endearing, Sham the bay colt that nobody took a liking to for a VERY long time and Agba a mute boy who is put in charge of Sham.  The story itself is a roller coaster for both Sham and Agba but in the end everything works out for the best.  Overall, I will most definately be reading more of Ms. Henry’s books in the future!

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Beautiful Creatures Review MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Posted on December 31, 2009. Filed under: Blog with Bite, Kimi Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Young Adult | Tags: |

 


*****MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*****

I am going to try and keep this review short and sweet and try not to give away too much.  I’ve read so many great things about this book all over the book blogging community and when I finally got my hands on a copy of it I was definately more than happy with the book.  I LOVED the book.  I LOVED that it kept me guessing (will Lena turn Dark or not? what happens next in the “visions”). I even LOVED the length (I generally don’t care for 500+ page books)!  I LOVED the characters (I especially loved the part on Halloween when Lena get’s even with the cheerleaders)….Ethan is just your “normal” 16 year old high school student, who happens to be having these weird dreams about a girl he’s never even met before…..and Lena….Lena has her own issues.  She is so far from “normal” that it actually rocks Ethan’s world.  All the characters are pretty likeable for the most part. I’ve never read a book that’s been classified as Southern Goth before and I am beyond happy with the results.  Overall, I just LOVED the book.  If you haven’t read it I highly recommend getting a copy.

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The Last Surgeon Review/Giveaway

Posted on December 24, 2009. Filed under: Fiction, Medical, Michael Palmer, Reviews, Thrillers, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

Click to enter my other giveaway.

Click to read the prologue to The Last Surgeon.

I received this medical thriller to review last week in the mail.  Until I received it I honestly did not know that said genre of book even existed.  So that being said let me start my review by saying that if you have never read a medical thriller please give Michael Palmer’s books a shot.  Especially this one!  I had a very difficult time putting it down to do basic everyday things like…laundry, eating, running errands, sleeping, you know basic everyday things.

The medical aliment that is centered around the book is Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.  One of our main characters Dr. Nick Garrity suffers from this medical condition.  Nick was a surgeon in the military and witnessed a pretty horrible incident at the medical hospital that he was working at while deployed.  As a result of having Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Nick had pretty much given up “living” and had become a shell of himself.  He had given up the medical practice that he was at and pretty much all that was his life before this incident accorded.  There are two things that keep him going , one is Helping Hands which is a mobile “hospital” that Nick and his nurse friend Junie run, offering medical care to those who really can’t afford to go to a regular hospital, while also helping fellow veterans try and get their veteran’s benefits.  The other is his mission to find out what really happened to his Marine friend Umberto, who just up and disappeared one day four years earlier.

Our other main character, Jillian Coates, is convinced that her sisters death was not a suicide.  She believes that her sister was murdered. When going through her sisters things she came across a set of comic books where the main character is Dr. Nick Fury and while on a radio show trying to get some information a caller tells her that Dr. Nick Fury isn’t just a comic book character but an actual person, Dr. Nick Garrity.  Jillian and Dr. Garrity meet up and go over what they know, which at this point isn’t much, but they are convinced that the death of Jillian’s sister and the disappearance of Umberto are connected.

Meanwhile, waiting in the wings is a paid killer, who refers to himself as the master of the “non-kill” (the art of making a murder look like a suicide). This character is one sick S.O.B. (pardon my “french”).  Over the course of the book there are several more “non-kills” that are commited that are all linked to one particular surgical procedure done on a high profile patient about 4 years prior.  This procedure, we find out links Jillian’s sister to Umberto and in the end Jillian to Nick.

 There’s a LOT going on in the book but it all flows well together.  I have to say that my favorite part of the book was when a teenage computer hacker get’s the better of a crooked plastic surgeon.  Oh, and when Jillian gets the better of the killer….That was pretty AWESOME too.  Overall, this was an AWESOME read!  I will definately be reading more of Michael Palmer’s books in the future!

This book was sent to me by the author.

The Giveaway:

Note: You can also pre-order the novel on http://www.michaelpalmerbooks.com.

The author is providing a signed copy of the novel to giveaway to 1 lucky winner.  To participate in the giveaway here is the information you need to know:

1. You MUST fill out the form (all information is required.  The book will be mailed to you by the author).

2. The winner will be selected randomly.

3. Only 1 entry please.

4. The contest will go until January 12 @ 9:00 am CST.

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