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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Audio Review: Love, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Audiobook, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Audio Review: Love, Lucas by Chantele SedgwickLove, Lucas by Chantele Sedgwick
Narrator: Allison McLemore
Published by Audible Studios on 17 July 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
Format: Audiobook
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Place(s) Traveled To: Unnamed, Utah // Huntington Beach, California

First Line(s): Everyone tells me funerals help with the grieving process, but I think those people are full of crap.

LOVE, LUCAS by Chantele Sedgwick is a book that I picked up on a whim one day while browsing Barnes and Noble where it then promptly sat on my shelf for a bit. Then one day later on I was browsing Audible looking for a new book to listen to and noticed that they had LOVE, LUCAS so I decided to use one of my credits to download a copy. From a listening point of view I really enjoyed this one. This was the first time that I think I’ve listened to Allison McLemore and I thought that she did a good job bringing Oakley and the rest of these characters to life. From a wishlist standpoint I do wish that there was a male narrator to read the letters written for Oakley by her brother Lucas but overall I really liked how this one play out. I also found myself listening to LOVE LUCAS whenever I could and managed to get through it in just a few days time.

The plot of LOVE LUCAS though is where things kind of go sideways for me. LOVE LUCAS is one of those books that reminds me a lot of an ABC Family (sorry Freeform) or Lifetime movie. Which doesn’t make it bad but it doesn’t make it great either and yet there is something addictive about it. Oakley annoyed me as she was just filled with so much angst. I get that she was grieving so I can give her a little bit of leeway but it just got to be a bit much for me over the course of the story. However, I don’t think that this will bother others as much. I also think that if I’d read my print version of this book that her angst wouldn’t have seemed as great. There is just something about listening to a book that really highlights the words in a story. As a reader, your forced to slow down and to really pay attention as to what is being said. So little things can something become bigger than what they really are.

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I enjoyed the plot of LOVE LUCAS and liked how Oakley worked through her grief. Although the timing seemed off on some things. I also found LOVE, LUCAS to be repetitive, always giving same info several times but treating as if it was first time we’d heard it. I get some repetition in a book but this just seemed excessive. But again this could just be more noticeable (re: annoying) to me because I listened to the story instead of reading it. Like I said above though, I really did like this audiobook and would recommend it in that format but if your book pet peeves are similar to mine then maybe try it in print as these things might be more muted.

LOVE, LUCAS is a quick read. I got lost in the story when I was listening to it and I do plan on reading more from Sedgwick. This is a book that reminded me in a lot of ways of TWENTY BOY SUMMER and I think that while it has sad undertones is a book that makes for a good summer time read. LOVE, LUCAS is a book that isn’t really about grief but rather how does one move on from losing someone you love so much. Its a bittersweet journey but its ones that I am glad that I took with Oakley.


IR - Love Lucas

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Audio Review: Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Audiobook, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Audio Review: Serpentine by Cindy PonSerpentine by Cindy Pon
Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller
Series: ,
Published by Audible Studios on 29 December 2015
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Asian Mythology, Death & Dying, Demons, Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folklore, & Legends, Friendship, Ghosts & the Undead, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, People & Places, People of Color, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Silver Phoenix, Fury of the Phoenix, Blue Skies

Place(s) Traveled To: Kingdom of Xia

First Line(s): The mountain was still shrouded in mist.

SERPENTINE by Cindy Pon was one of my most anticipated reads for 2015 as I adored her two other books SILVER PHOENIX (my review) and FURY OF THE PHOENIX (my review). As such I think that I fell victim to my own hype. SERPENTINE is set in the same world as the PHOENIX books but its a whole new story with a whole new cast of characters and can be read completely separate from the first books. The biggest difference between the two series is that Skybright is no Ai Ling. I adored Ai Ling so and I think part of me kept hoping that Sky would be a lot like her. This was a totally unfair comparison to make but I couldn’t seem to stop myself from doing so.

Perhaps part of my issues with SERPENTINE was the fact that I listened to it on audio. The narrator, Emily Woo Zeller, is a very good narrator but she read slowly. Which made the book progress slowly for me. I didn’t have that burning need to stay in the car as I’ve had with some audios as there wasn’t a whole ton of action going on or urgency in the narration. Where I was so super grateful to the audiobook version of SERPENTINE was with pronunciations. There is just so much that I would have totally bungled if left to my own reading devices.

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SERPENTINE is filled with rich details and mythology and I really wanted to love it but there was just something about the story that didn’t connect with me. Despite all the detail I’m not entirely sure that I got the whole story and felt a bit lost at times with what was happening the world. Or why I should care about these various characters. This could also be a result of the slow narration where I can’t say with 100% certainty that I didn’t zone out during my listen. Zeller has such a soothing and even toned voice that I found it to be quite relaxing.

Even though I didn’t love SERPENTINE I am still curious to see where things are going. I want to learn more about Sky’s origins and what the deal with with Stone. I want her to find her HEA with Kai-Son and for Zhen Ji to find her happiness as well. SERPENTINE is an interesting read and I think there is a lot of potential to the world and the characters. I just need to make sure that I am in the right mind frame for its sequel and to loosen up my expectations because SERPENTINE is its own book and story and I need to separate it from the PHOENIX books.



IR - Serpentine

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Review: Wicked White by Michelle A. Valentine

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Wicked White by Michelle A. ValentineWicked White by Michelle A. Valentine
Series: Wicked White,
Published by Amazon, Montlake Romance on 23 June 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Friendship, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians
Pages: 266
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Place(s) Traveled To: Columbus, Ohio // Sarahsville, Ohio // Unknown, California // Milwaukee, Wisconsin // New York, New York

First Line(s):

Michelle A. Valentine is an author that I’ve been hearing a lot about especially since I do so adore the rock star trope. So when an opportunity to review her newest WICKED WHITE came up I jumped at the chance. For not only did it feature a rock start but he was a runaway rock star. Think of the potential that this story had!! Unfortunately though this one did not live up to its potential for me and there are part of me that are kind of amazed that I managed to read this one all the way until the end. I wanted to like this one but I just did not like the main characters at all, especially Ace. His thoughts were just filled with such angst and paranoia and it was the same thoughts over and over and over and over again. Its like enough! Ok…I get it…please stop beating that dead horse into the ground. His band mates were terrible and his manager vile and his love interest was such a mary sue.

Ace runs away to small town Ohio but you’d think that it was in the middle of nowhere and set back in the 1800s for all the amenities this place lacked. No internet. No cable. No cell service. Heck Irish didn’t even use a bank even though she was holding on to thousands of dollars in the hopes of saving her run down trailer park. There there was the interactions between Ace and Iris. He was such an absolute asshole that I don’t get what she saw in him. On the reverse I also didn’t see what Ace saw in Iris she was so bland and rarely showed signs of life. Ace also displayed some violent and psychotic behavior that just made me uncomfortable at times. He’d follow Iris and when someone didn’t treat her well he’d attack them. That is not ok nor is it normal behavior.

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Another thing that bothered me was the bands name, Wicked White. Well, that was fine its the fact that they played pop music, which according to Ace has no soul. A band with the name Wicked White should be a rock band with a harder sound than pop. So much about this book just annoyed me. The story, the overly cheesy and eye-roll inducing dialogue. The drawn out plot complete with pointless breakup. Rapid falling in lust and all tied up so super neatly with a rushed and rainbow filled ending. *insert big heavy long drawn out sigh here*

WICKED WHITE is also the first book in a series but after the disaster that was this one I’m not sure that I’ll be continuing on with them. I can only assume that the rest of series will follow Ace’s bandmates, guys he hates and who we only see for half a minute in the beginning. I know we didn’t see a lot of them but from what we saw I was not a fan of their asshole-like behavior so I think that for my own sanity that I will stay away. Of course I say this now but if you know anything about me you know that I am sometimes a glutton for punishment and I’ll continue with something even if I am certain I won’t like it just in the hopes that it will get better. But on the other side of that token is the fact that there have been books that I thought I was going to hate but I ended up loving so you never know how things will turn out if you give it a shot.


People who liked this book better than I did

Book Bitches Blog – “As usual the writing and storyline were great and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This story was a sweet love story but was still filled with some drama and angst to keep you interested in the characters.”

Three Girls and a Book Obsession – Ace is a really sweet guy. He seems to say and do all the right things and maybe that is where I struggled with him. I kept waiting for the “bad-boy” rocker that I am use to in most rocker books. I mean he isn’t perfect and he does do some stupid things, but he is just so overly sweet.  I really liked Iris; she was smart and at times brazen, but also really strong.

IR - Wicked White

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