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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Review: Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa DareSay Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
Series: Castles Ever After, Book 2
Also in this series: Romancing the Duke, When a Scot Ties the Knot
Published by Avon on 30 December 2014
Genres: Adult, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Historical Romance, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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four-stars
Also by this author: A Week to be Wicked, Romancing the Duke, When a Scot Ties the Knot, Lord Dashwood Missed Out

Place(s) Traveled To: Charingwood, England (19th Century)

First Line(s): “Oh, Miss Whitemore. Just look at this horrid place.”

Say Yes to the Marquess is the second installment in Tessa Dare’s Castles Ever After series and unlike most romance series there is little to no overlap with the previous book so can definitely be treated as a standalone book. Say Yes to the Marquess follows Clio a woman who had a prime engagement during her debut season and was the envy of all. But then her intended left the country and didn’t return for eight years and Clio is tired of being the good girl and waiting as society looks at her with pity. So when she inherits a castle she informs his brother, Rafe, that she’s breaking the engagement and moving on. Only her intended is on his way home and Rafe has every plan to get those two hitched…even if he has to plan the wedding himself.

What follows is an oft time hilarious story that I’ve come to expect from a Tessa Dare book. I love her strong characters and the wit and banter that fill the pages of her books. They are entertaining and make for a quick and enjoyable read. It also doesn’t hurt that Dare is a master at writing characters that have lots of chemistry with each other. And chemistry is what Clio and Rafe have in spades. If only they didn’t have so many obstacles in their way…mainly Rafe trying to marry her off to his brother Piers and Clio wanting to remain single until she finds someone who will love her unconditionally. The sparks between Clio and Rafe leap off the page and as a reader you cheer for them to get over the various hurdles of themselves and 19th century etiquette so that they can find their happily ever after.

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Another thing that I love about a Tessa Dare novel is her secondary characters which always add depth and realism to a story and that is certainly the case with Say Yes to the Marquess. There is Rafe’s friend and co-conspirator who just adds an extra element of fun to the story as this bruiser tries to play a gentile wedding planner. And there there are Clio’s sisters who you often just want to strangle. Well, one more so than the other as the other is sweet and really just wants to be left to her own devices and who I think is on the autism spectrum. Which was a really interesting aspect of her character since autism wasn’t a thing in 19th century England as it is now. People with autism were just odd or outcasts or would become hermits if they couldn’t adapt to societies ways.

Say Yes to the Marquess was a fast read and would be a great addition to your beach bag this summer. I read the book in a single sitting and it gave me all the feels as Clio and Rafe journeyed through their story. It was a book that I wish I’d read sooner but was so glad to have read when I did. Its a story that I know I’ll read again and I can not wait to see what Tessa Dare comes up with next!

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IR - Say Yes to the Marquess

Add Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

Add Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Words of Radiance by Brandon SandersonWords of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Series: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
Also in this series: The Way of Kings
Published by Tor Books on 04 March 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adult, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folklore, & Legends, Girls & Women, Mystery & Detective, Politics & Intrigue, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Survival Stories, War & Military
Pages: 1087
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
Also by this author: The Way of Kings

Place(s) Traveled To: The Shattered Plains, Roshar

First Line(s): Jasnah Kholin pretended to enjoy the party, giving no indication that she intended to have one of the guests killed.

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson is the second book in his epic fantasy series The Stormlight Archive and it picks up not long after the events in Way of Kings (my review) end. As with the first book, Words of Radiance took me forever to read because it is a chunkster, weighing in at over 1000 pages, and unlike the first book I had this one in hardcover. In order to make it through the book I decided to read it a small bit at a time so it wouldn’t seem so daunting or kill me from the weight. This method also really allowed me to savor the story and all of its rich details and intricaces. And while I loved the audio of Way of Kings there is something nice about reading the physical book. For one, I get to see how all the names are really written (though the audio was a godsend for pronunciation!) and I got to see all the artwork as it appeared in the book. The artwork really adds to the story and just brings this whole world to life.

As with Way of KingsWords of Radiance is told from mulitple points of view though the main one was Shallan. Shallan is Jashnah’s ward and apprentince and oh my stars a truely annoying character! I wasn’t a fan of Shallan in the first book and so wasn’t thrilled that most of Words of Radiance would focus on her. I much prefered the storylines of Khaladin’s and Dalinar’s POVs and still want to know ALL THE THINGS about them both. Though I didn’t mind Shallan’s present POV as much as I thought I might I did find her backstory to be a bit slow and I just didn’t care. Not gonna lie, I find Shallan to be boring and a bit of a dumb bunny at times.

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The overall storyarc though was super-fantabulous. I just love how Sanderson is weaving all these details together and only revealing what needs to be revealed when it needs to be. But also leaving little seed trails along the way so that when something happens your eyes widen a bit as you flip backwards through the book to find the moment it was just hinted at and see how it all started. And, as with most second books, Words of Radiance really shines in being able to build upon the things that came before. You get to know world and all of the characters better as this book progresses and there is just so much crazy tension throughout the story. I loved all the scenes with Khaladin and Dalinar, even when Dalinar was breaking my heart. Not to mention all the things I want to know about Renarin as I feel as if it all came out of nowhere so hopefully Sanderson will go into that a bit more in the next book.  I’m also still not a fan of the Interludes but I do love how everything in this crazy ass world is connected.

In the end, while Words of Radiance, started a little slow. I liked this one better than Way of Kings. I liked how twisty it was and how Sanderson manages to keep me guessing, even when I think I’ve figured everything out. Where there parts I could have done without? Absolutely, but I wouldn’t trade a thing in this book because I know that the final payoff will be worth it. I just hate that there is so much time between books because I want more of this world now!! Not next year or the year after that. I also don’t know how I am going to make it through 10 books of this series…its such a huge time commitment…though I know that I will be there buying up each book the moment its released. Though in ebook form because the hardcovers may kill you if you aren’t careful!

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IR - Way of Kings

Add Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson to Goodreads. (Click here for my review)

Add Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss to Goodreads.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Audio Review: The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Audiobook, Middle Grade, Review0 Comments

Audio Review: The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher HealyThe Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Series: The League of Princes, Book 2
Published by Harper Audio on 26 November 2013
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Adaptation, Espionage, Fairy Tales, Folklore, & Legends, Friendship, Magic, Middle Grade, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Survival Stories
Length: 10 hours 20 minutes
Source: Audible.com
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three-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: The Kingdoms – Erinthia // Sylvaria // Harmonia // The Orphaned Wastes // Sturmhagen // Avondell

First Line(s): A true hero plays the flute.

 The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle is the second book in Christopher Healy’s League of Princes series and picks up not long after the first book ends. Events have been turned against our princes a but as their heroics are turned into a bit of a farce and Briar Rose is determined to concur all of the kindoms. Which she will do with through blackmail and cunning where she can. But then the bandit king steals an item of power and this will have our luckless League of Princes joining with Briar Rose to get it back.

As with the first book, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, this book is filled which shenanigans and humor as our bumbling princes and their sassy princesses try to overcome impossible odds in order to save the say. Bronson Pinchot does a great job bringing all of these characters to life making them endearing and bratty depending on who is doing the talking. Pinchot’s narration had me finding reasons to listen to this story to see what would happen next. The only thing missing from the audio version of this story was that I missed all the artwork that I know had to be included in its pages. The artwork was really fun and added to the the story and so without it there was something missing from this one.

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Overall, I enjoyed this story but there are times when the characters do annoy with their constant bumbling and a refusal to learn from past mistakes. There are also things that are easier for me to see reading this as an adult than some of the intended audiences might. Like the various star-crossed lovers that fill the pages of this book. Just because a fairy sets up two people doesn’t mean that they are destined to be together forever.

However, most of my quibbles and annoyances with this one do come from the fact that I’m not the target audience. There are tools needed sometimes when writing for younger readers that seem repetitive or just plan dumb. But I do think that Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle will have a lot of appeal to both boys and girls who like adventure stories.

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IR - Storming the Castle

Add Into the Wild by Sarah Beth Durst to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

Add Fablehaven by Brandon Mull to Goodreads. (Click here for my review.)

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Horrorstor by Grady HendrixHorrorstör by Grady Hendrix
Published by Quirk Books on 23 September 2014
Genres: Abduction, Adult, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Death & Dying, Friendship, Ghosts & the Undead, Mystery & Detective, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 243
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Cleveland, Ohio

First Line(s): It was dawn, and the zombies were stumbling through the parking lot, streaming toward the massive beige box at the far end.

 I remember when I started to read Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix someone in my Twitter stream made a comment that they didn’t think that a book set in an Ikea could be scary. My response was to ask if they’d ever worked in a large department store, because if you’ve ever been in one after hours when all the main lights are off then you know just how spooky they can be. With the lights off and the customers gone every sound seems to echos and your fellow employees are just shadows in the dim light if you spy them across the store. So I think that my experience working in such a chain store helped to make Horrorstor just a little more scary than it might for those who haven’t.

One thing that I really liked about Horrorstor was how the book was formatted. It was set up like it was a furniture store catalog with pictures and diagrams and descriptions that got creepier and creepier as the story progressed. The story starts off innocently enough but then as it moves along and you learn more about the store and the back story of the area it all begins to come together and the creep factor intensifies. To me Horrorstor reminded me a little of the movie Poltergeist which terrified me royally when I was a child so if you like that movie then you will probably like this book. Though, luckily for me and my over active imagination, this book wasn’t as scary as Poltergeist.

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Horrorstor is a quick read and I read it in a single sitting as I wanted to see just how this story would progress. Even with all of its supernatural bits I found it to be believable and a very odd little book. It made me laugh at times and cringe in others and at the end I wanted there to be more to the story. There are parts of me that hopes for a sequel and then there are other parts that are happy with how it ended. Its not a story where everything is tied up in a neat little bow so if you like that sort of thing then you will be disappointed. Horrorstor is more open ended in which there is an ending but there are still open threads so that we, as readers, are left to imagine where the story goes from the final page and that is something that I like….from certain types of books. Hendrix wrote a good story that was evenly paced and while this was my first read by this author it won’t be my last.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Review: Lead by Kylie Scott

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Lead by Kylie ScottLead by Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive,
Also in this series: Lick, Play, Deep
Published by St Martin's Griffin on 29 July 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Girls & Women, Health & Daily Living, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, New Adult, Social Issues
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
Also by this author: Lick, Play, Deep, Dirty

Place(s) Traveled To: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho // Portland, Oregon

First Line(s): The man’s mouth kept moving but I’d long since tuned out.

When I first started reading Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series I was least looking forward to Jimmy’s book. In Lick, he was a complete and utter asshole and I seriously wanted to punch him in the face. In Play, he was less of an ass but still not a character that I cared for very much but I knew that Ben’s story was coming and to get there I needed to go through Jimmy’s. I didn’t dread reading Lead but I wasn’t chomping at the bit for it as I honestly didn’t think that it was one that I’d like. So imagine my surprise when Jimmy’s story became my favorite. Words can not tell you how many feels that I had throughout this book or how much I hated for it to end.

I LOVED beyond LOVED Lena and Jimmy. Lena is sassy and fierce and doesn’t take any crap from Jimmy. Their banter throughout the entire story is a thing of beauty. There is so much push and pull that your heart is torn in a hundred different directions. But at no time do you ever wish that these two wouldn’t get together. From the first page until the last you are sitting on the sidelines begging them to let go of all their baggage and just live their happily ever after. Lena and Jimmy are what I’d call true soul mates, neither is perfect and they each have flaws but they make each other better.

There were a few scenes in the book that were a bit random and there was that one sex scene that just seemed so cold and clinical and it didn’t seem to fit. And yet, as you read on in the story the coldness of it all makes perfect sense and when I read this book for the second time (yes, I’ve already read this one more than once) it worked so much better. The rest of the plot was near perfection as Lena and Jimmy’s story progress. There was laughter and there was the desire to shake these two stubborn characters for being so darn stupid. The story ARC was done so well and it broke my heart on more than one occassion. I liked that throughout it all Lena and Jimmy always talked to each other about what they were feeling. Their conflict doesn’t result from a misunderstanding because they refused to communicate and that was so very refreshing.

Jimmy is a complex character and I am so glad that I read his story. Lena is smart and funny and I loved her POV scenes. I liked the cameos of David, Ev, Anne and Mal. The Mal in this book is the Mal that I was longing for in Play. I also liked that we got to see more of Ben as he was another band member that I wasn’t entirely sure about his story. Ben isn’t a jerk, he seems like a genuinely nice guy but in the previous books he kind of faded into the backround. But in Lead he takes a more central role and I am curious to see if my theories for his story, Deep, come to fruition and I hate that I won’t be able to get my hands on it until January 2015!! That is seriously way too long to wait for a girl with no paitence. But I guess until then I can just re-read Lead a few more times because it truly is my favorite in the story. I just love when I book surprises you so very much and I am so glad that I read this one.

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Shortley after reading Lead I was listening to my iPod and the song Perfect came up. The moment I heard it I immediately thought of Jimmy and Lena and its something that I think he might write for her, you know if he wasn’t fictional and it hadn’t already been written by Miggs.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Blog Tour Review + Contest: Darker Days by Jus Accardo

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Blog Tour, Contest, Review, Young Adult3 Comments

Blog Tour Review + Contest: Darker Days by Jus AccardoDarker Days by Jus Accardo
Series: The Darker Agency,
Published by Entangled Teen Ember on 19 August 2013
Genres: Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 335
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger PR
Goodreads
four-stars

Place(s) Traveled to: Penance, New York

First Line(s): It was hard to piss off my mom, but I’d managed to do just that – piss her off. Big time.

Darker Days by Jus Accardo is the start of her new series about The Darker Agency and also part of Entangled’s newest imprint Ember Teen. This series is a paranormal mystery/suspense with a wee bit of romance mixed in for fun and is told from the POV of Jessie Darker. Jessie helps her mother run the Darker Agency which is just like your typical PI firm and they track down deadbeat dads and cheating spouses. And if you happen to have a demon possessed pet or a zombie in your pool then they can help you take care of that too.

I’ve been on a bit of a contemporary kick lately and so wasn’t sure how I would like Darker Days but once I started it I couldn’t put it down. The book is told from Jessie’s POV and she is one feisty character filled with all the snark and sass that I love. She’s a strong character and doesn’t need to have any dark and mysterious boy come to her rescue  In fact, she’s more likely to punch said boy in the face if he tried! She isn’t perfect and her life is far from normal but she rises to the occasion when needed and more often than not kicks some serious a$$. 

The mystery contained in this book isn’t all that hard to figure out but Accardo leaves a nice little trail of breadcrumbs which will be helpful for younger readers. Accardo doles out just enough information to leave the reader wanting more and quickly turning the pages to see what new twists and turns happen next. The pacing is realistic and believable and I don’t think I rolled my eyes once at the romance aspect of it either. By necessity, this mystery takes place over five action filled days and in that time Jessie manages to fall for Lukas, who is pure sin. Despite how quickly these two come to care for one another it never had the whiplash, eye-roll inducing insta-love that I dislike so in books. Their relationship may have been fast but it felt like one that developed over a longer period of time and I liked that.

I liked all of the characters and really enjoyed how they all played off of each other. Jessie and her mother are two peas of a pod. And Lukas was able to go toe to toe with Jessie on all points despite being from another time. This aspect of his character also lead to some funny moments as he adjusted to how things are now. I also enjoyed how close and involved that Jessie’s parents were in this story. No, absent or dead parents here and no overly angtsy rebellious teenager acting out either. The Darker’s may not be the most normal family on the block by they are certainly well adjusted.

I did have a couple of quibbles with this story, like the math was off at one point when the characters were talking about the now and the time where this all started (1882). They kept saying that it was 147 years ago which makes it 1866. But that could just be a minor error in the ARC version that I had. The big bad’s motivation was also a bit convoluted and yet seems to lack much in the way of actual substance. So hopefully that will be discussed and developed further as the series progresses.

Overall, Darker Days is a great start to a new series and this book sets up a bit of events that will be coming down the road. But even though not all the plot points are closed out the main mystery of this book is so the reader gets a sense of completion. I really enjoyed this book and am not looking forward to the long wait until the next book in the series. I really liked living in Jessie’s head and I want to know more about her, about her crazy town, her witchy BFF, and what mad cap mystery she’ll find herself in next. If you like a good mystery then this is a series that I can recommend to you. Its also one that I think those who are wary of the paranormal will enjoy as there are zombies and mentions of ghosts and interactions with witches its not an in your face sort of book. Penance is just your average town with a few quirks hidden below the surface.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Adult, Review2 Comments

Review: Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda JonesFifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones
Series: Charlie Davidson,
Also in this series: Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body
Published by St Martin's Press on 09 July 2013
Genres: Adult, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal
Pages: 501
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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five-stars
Also by this author: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body

Place(s) Traveled to: Albuquerque, New Mexico

First Line: The dead guy at the end of the bar kept trying to buy me a drink.

Holy frijoles Batman!

This is one book that I have a hard time putting into words it was just that good and exceeded all of my expectations. If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you know that I’ve been blitzing through the Charley Davidson books by Darynda Jones. And if you live in Massachusetts then you may have hear my squeal of delight when I received a copy of Fifth Grave Past the Light which is the newest installment in the series. Fifth Grave picks up almost immediately after Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet ends and its just filled with hotness and awesome.

The mystery portion of this book wasn’t as intriguing to me in this book as in previous ones and in some cases it even took a back seat to the secondary storylines. Because in this book, dear readers, sh!t really starts to hit the fans. Things are alluded to that could have some crazy crazy things happen to our favorite grim reaper in the future. Not to mention the whole crazy portal back story and its future implications. Talk about edge of your seat moments and yet at the same time just not enough. Before this book the whole secondary portions of Charley’s purpose was just kinda meh. Well, not meh but it just wasn’t at the forefront of my brain. But in Fifth Grave there were just enough details and hints given that have me lusting for more.

And speaking of lust….can we just say ooh la la steamy hot scenes with our favorite son of satan, Reyes. Wow. These are the scenes that readers have been waiting for ever since First Grave on the Right. I just love these two together and their chemistry positively sizzles off the page. Plus there was that ending!! Talk about killer and its a whole millenina (ok only about a year) until the next book is out and you know what will happen next. So while there is a cliff hanger its not one that the story hinges on. The mystery is solved in this book and the cliff hanger is all about Charley.

There was some disappointments in this book and that was a lack of the Step-monster. I may not like the character much but I do like the barbs that she and Charley toss at each other. I also missed Charley’s interactions with her father but was glad to see more of her sister. Which such a big secondary cast though it can be hard to give them all the page time that they deserve. So as long as there is Reyes, Cookie, Uncle Bob, and Swoops I can be happy. Mostly. It will also be interesting to see where all these secondary characters fit into that thing that we learn about in this book. I have my ideas and I can’t wait to see if they pan out or not.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think its the best one in the series to date. I am eager to see what happens next. If you love a humorous, sexy, fun paranormal story and you haven’t picked up this series yet then you are seriously missing out.

Charley Davidson Series Order
Book 1: First Grave on the Right
Book 1.5: For I Have Sinned (novella)
Book 2: Second Grave on the Left
Book 3: Third Grave Dead Ahead
Book 4: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Book 5: Fifth Grave Past the Light
Book 6: Sixth Grave on the Edge (Summer 2014)

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Saturday, July 6, 2013

Review: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review1 Comment

Review: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda JonesFourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson,
Published by St Martin's Press on 02 October 2012
Genres: Adult, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
four-stars
Also by this author: Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body

Place(s) Traveled to: Albuquerque, New Mexico

First Line: I sat watching the Buy From  Home Channel with my dead aunt Lillian and wondered what my life would’ve been like had I not just eaten an entire carton of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy with a mocha latte chaser.

Its always hard to review a series while trying to keep spoiler free but I will try my best with Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones. I feel hard for this series and I blitz read through all the available books because I just didn’t want to leave this world. I love Charlie, her family, her friends, her frenemies, and her who knows what he is Reyes. (*swoon* Reyes) I even love the quirky chapter titles and this is normally something that I royally dislike. But they work for these series and I love hitting a new chapter to see what saying or quote is used next.

Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet picks up soon after the crazy climax of the previous book with Charlie dealing with the consequences. She is not handling things as well as she would like and has developed a bit of an addiction to shop at home networks. Not to mention what happened with Reyes and Swoops. What I love about this series is that it always feels so real, yes even with all the demons and grim reapers. Things happen and there are consequences and repercussions for them. Well, except for when Charlie gets injured as she has some super amazing healing powers that I wish I had as I really do not like pain. lol

As with the previous books in the series there is a mystery ARC that covers the book from open to close and then there is this whole bigger story line that has been brewing over the previous books. The main mystery is solved and neatly tied up in a bow and I like that and there was just enough clues for this bigger story given to keep me interested in learning more. Though I do wish that Darynda Jones would pick up the pace a bit with these little nuggets for the bigger background story ARC. I also liked getting to know all the characters just a little bit better. I know that I’ve said that before and will probably say it again but that is the real benefit of a series.

A true series with the same MC in every book and not just companion novels linked together by a theme. I like learning all of Charlie’s quirks and idiosyncrasies and can really relate to her. I love the chemistry she has on the page with everyone in her life, even her evil step-monster. I love how these books are able to make me laugh out loud.

When I pick up a Charlie Davidson mystery I know that I am in for a good time. There are humorous moments and serious ones. There are hot steamy scenes and then there are things that can make a girl cringe. These are great beach time reads or sitting by the fire on a cold winter night. There is just something so fun about these books that I can’t help but recommend them to everyone I know. They are just such good fun and I hope that they never end because I would be so sad to have to leave these characters and this world forever.

Charley Davidson Series Order
Book 1: First Grave on the Right
Book 1.5: For I Have Sinned (novella)
Book 2: Second Grave on the Left
Book 3: Third Grave Dead Ahead
Book 4: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Book 5: Fifth Grave Past the Light
Book 6: Sixth Grave on the Edge (Summer 2014)

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Review: Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones

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Title: Third Grave Dead Ahead (Goodreads)
Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Source: Library
Publication Date: 31 Jan 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1250001544
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 310

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Place(s) Traveled to: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: There was a dead clown sitting in my living room. Since I wasn’t particularly fond of clowns, and it was way too early for anything coherent to come out of my mouth, I pretended not to notice him.


Charley Davidson Series Order
Book 1: First Grave on the Right
Book 1.5: For I Have Sinned (novella)
Book 2: Second Grave on the Left
Book 3: Third Grave Dead Ahead
Book 4: Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet
Book 5: Fifth Grave Past the Light (July 2013)
Book 6: Sixth Grave on the Edge (Summer 2014)

You know that I am in love with a series when I do a little dance when the next book in the series comes into the library just as I’m finishing up book 2 and just before I’m about to head onto a plane and all that glorious uninterrupted reading time. This was the case with Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones which became available the day before I was headed out to see my sister in New Mexico (where it should be noted this series is set, though just further north than where my sister lives.) I don’t usually travel with library book but this was a special circumstance as I just needed to know what happened next! I may have even asked my sister if she could request the 4th book for me from her library but alas that was not to be. 
The story picks up not long after Second Grave on the Left ends and features all the characters that we’ve come to know and love from the previous books. Charlie is her usual, crazy sarcastic self and I love being her head throughout this series. Not to mention the shenanigans that is Cookie and Swopes. I just love when these characters are on the page and their banter with Charlie. I also loved all the very hot, sexy scenes that involve our favorite son of Satan, Reyes. There were also some new characters in this book some which are nice and other are down right terrifying. 

As with previous books Charlie is wrapped up trying to help her Uncle Bob with cases for the APD and also doing some of her own investigating but stakes are also raised to a whole new level. There is a whole lotta action in this book and Charlie has so much that needs to be done in a short amount of time and she does it all on almost no sleep. Seriously, there were moments when I got tired on her behalf during my read of book. Third Grave Dead Ahead is one of the best books in this series and I just loved every moment. I blitz read through this one almost as fast (if not faster) than the previous 2 books. 

I was also so glad that the 4th book in this series was out when I finished this one I just had to know what happened next! Talk about your crazy cliff hanger but not the sort that forces you to read the next book. All the big story ARCs started in this book are wrapped up but this ending leaves just enough open that you just can’t wait to know what happens next in Charley’s life. There are new mysteries revealed to the overall series ARC and some wonderful twists and turns that keep the reader on the edge of their seat. I am a total fan of this series and can’t recommend it enough. 

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Published by Harper Teen on 02 July 2013
Genres: Adolescence, Dating & Sex, Girls & Women, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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five-stars
Also by this author: Pivot Point, Split Second, On the Fence, The Fill-In Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You

Place(s) Traveled to: Unnamed Coastal Town, California // Las Vegas, Nevada

First Line: My eyes burn a hole in the page.

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Words can’t describe just how cute The Distance Between Us by Kasie West was. From some of the reviews that I’d skimmed I wasn’t expecting much. Though I was really intrigued by the comparisons to the pitch on the back that this was Pretty in Pink meets Pride and Prejudice (Hello two of my favorite stories!) But I think that I just read this book at the right time and place and so it hit all the right notes with me. Cayman is a character that is filled with snark. She reminds me a bit of Veronica Mars with her snappy one liners but without all the detecting. Cayman was a very real character who was struggling with some of lifes big decisions and feeling as though she had to take the cares of the world onto her shoulders. She and her mom are all there is so its just them and a doll shop against the world. She also lives in a very rich town and so she’s used to the upper class and thanks to a chip on her mother’s shoulder she doesn’t care for them much.

So Xander Spence has some tough hurdles to jump when he is sent to Cayman’s doll shop to pick up a purchase for his grandmother. Things don’t start off well but Xander is just filled with charm and he gets Cayman’s humor so he is slowly able to break down her walls. I just loved all the scenes with those two together. I liked their little drink ritual and they just made my heart ache. (In that good way that you know I love.) I also really adored the secondary characters of Skye, Henry, and Mason who added additional wit and commentary to scenes. Even if they were all a bit prejudiced against the rich as Cayman was. I also liked Cayman’s mother. I liked that she was an involved, if flawed, parent. She was concerned for Cayman and while she depended on her more than a parent should at time it was all due to circumstances and she did shield Cayman from more than Cayman was aware.

The comparisons to Pride and Prejudice and Pretty in Pink were spot on so if you like those two stories then you will probably like this one. Its not a perfect story, the ending was a bit to pat and everything was tied up in a neat little bow. Which kinda took away from the messy realism of what came before. But sometimes you just need a happily ever after and so even though I might have wanted more from the ending but it was a good ending for the story. Nor did the ending take away from the fact that I wanted this one to go on for a couple hundred more pages. I just really loved Cayman and Xander on the page!

The Distance Between Us is a perfect summer read. Its quick and just the thing for a hot summer day on the beach. Its a light and mostly fluffy read but there are some issues involved as well so its not all brain candy. This is a book that I will most likely be reading again and again. Its just quirky and fun and I am not ready to leave all these characters behind. This book also makes me even more eager to check out Kasie West’s other book Pivot Point though I’ll probably put some distance between it and this one as they are two entirely different genres. I do hope that West does write more contemporary romances though because she has proven herself to be a talent in this area and she’s definitely on her way to being on my auto-buy list.

five-stars
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