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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
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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.



IR - Storming the Castle

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Review: Lady Thief by A.C. GaughenLady Thief by AC Gaughen
Series: Scarlet, Book 2
Also in this series: Scarlet, Lion Heart
Published by Walker on 11 February 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adaptation, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Espionage, Fairy Tales, Folklore, & Legends, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Health & Daily Living, Historical, Historical Romance, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Politics & Intrigue, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 308
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Scarlet, Lion Heart

Place(s) Traveled To: Edwinstowe, England // Nottingham (roughly 1191)


First Line(s): The fire breathed, the dying embers flaring and cooling in a hot pulse.


Lady Thief by AC Gaughen is the second book in her Scarlet series which is a retelling of the Robin Hood story where Will Scarlet is not a boy but a kick ass girl. Lady Thief starts out with a bang and its not long before my emotions are turned to a pile of goo. I had tears in my eyes by the time I hit the half way mark and didn’t know what else Gaughen could do to make the ending so horrible. Until I got there and I wanted to toss my book across the room. AC Gaughen is an evil evil author and that ending was so uncalled for!! But damn if Gaughen didn’t deliver a stellar book as she systematically ripped out the heart of this poor reader.

When you hit the end of this book you just sit back and go…wow.

Its a crazy roller coaster ride of emotions and the action is pretty much non-stop once it gets going. And if you thought that Guy of Guisbourne was bad, just wait until you meet Prince John! This book is filled with lots of old friends and includes so new one as well. Stepping into its pages is like stepping into a hug until you are knifed in the heart by all emotions and feels that this book brings. This book made me swoon and it made me cry and it made me shout things like “No! No! No!!” There is tension and intrigue and so much goodness that the pages just fly by.


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Lady Thief is a book that is far and above its predecessor Scarlet. Everything is just so much more in this story and once I started I found it hard to put down and when I hit that ending I was so glad that I had Lion Heart by my side because my need to know totally surpassed my fear of endings. Seriously, I don’t know what readers have done with themselves as they waited for the third book to come out because as I said on Goodreads when I hit the final page “WTF is up with that ending?!?! Sweet mother but Gaughen is the most evil of authors right now!!!!”

The dialect speak does still get to me a little but it seems like its less in Lady Thief than it was in Scarlet or maybe I’m just more used to it now. Lady Thief is a wonderful little book (even if it hurts your soul a little) and its one that I strongly recommend for all to read. There is something in it for everyone…action, adventure, romance, intrigue, and so much more. If you haven’t checked it out yet then you are seriously missing out. I’m also giving away a copy of Lady Thief (or other book in this series) as part of my January 2015 wrap up post just head over to this post and enter for your chance to win!



IR - Lady Thief


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Audio Review: Where She Went by Gayle Forman

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Audiobook, Review1 Comment

Audio Review: Where She Went by Gayle FormanWhere She Went by Gayle Forman
Narrator: Dan Bittner
Series: If I Stay, Book 2
Also in this series: If I Stay
Published by Penguin Audio on 05 April 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, Performing Arts, Young Adult
Length: 5 hours 21 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: If I Stay

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Brooklyn, New York // London, England

First Line(s): Every morning I wake up and I tell myself this: It’s just one day, one twenty-four-hour period to get yourself through.

Ok Internet,

I have a confession to make, are you ready? Ok….I didn’t really like the book If I Stay and so when its sequel, Where She Went was released I didn’t think that I would ever read it. It wasn’t until I saw the movie of If I Stay that I began to consider picking up Where She Went. I wasn’t sure I’d like the movie but I had screening passes so I went and I liked the visual form of the story so much better than the book. I became invested in Mia’s story and curious to know what happened to her when the movie ended. So I checked out a copy of Where She Went and gave it a try. As with some others I was a little surprised, but pleased, that the narrator  was Adam, Mia’s boyfriend from the first book.

Right from the start I thought that Where She Went was a pretty solid read. I was engrossed in the story and my heart really went out to Adam and all that he was going through. Yes, I felt for Mia as well but how things went, its just that Adam seemed so very broken and Mia was just cracked but still on the mend. I also liked the epigraphs featuring lyrics from Adam’s bands album at the start of each chapter. These just highlighted how much Adam had changed in the three years since If I Stay and just how far he had separated himself from all those that he loved.

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Where Where She Went lost me at the end….and spoiler alert if you haven’t read this one yet…so Adam and Mia are on a bridge and they are finally talking about the horrible thing Mia did in just cutting off Adam without a word. There is tension, lots of tension, and exclamations from me saying “Finally! Finally Adam is confronting Mia!” And then the tension just breaks and for with a sigh Adam is all you’re forgiven and I am fixed. That the last three years of guilt and torture and all that other crap he’s been putting himself and those around him through was just done. Then there was this rush to a happily ever after that just felt a bit unreal. It wasn’t solid and I just feel that eventually Adam and Mia will split again over resentments that they don’t realize still exist.

Overall I loved the narrator, Dan Bittner, and thought that he was perfect for Adam but he did a horrible job with the female voice. There is a small chance that my dislike with Mia also made me dislike Bittner’s narration of her lines but as I said, that’s just a small chance. This is a narrator that I would listen to again and when I do I’ll be able to better evaluate Bittner’s skill with doing female voices.




Irish Recommends - Where She Went

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Review: Snow Like Ashes by Sara RaaschSnow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes,
Published by Balzer + Bray on 14 October 2014
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Espionage, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Magic, Politics & Intrigue, Romance, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Suspense, Young Adult
Pages: 422
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Place(s) Traveled To: Putnam, Yakim // Rania Plains // Abil, Spring // Jannuari, Winter (World name: Primoria)

First Line(s): “Block!”


Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is one of those books that drew my eye the moment I unpacked that months box of ARCs from Harper Teen. It had such a pretty cover and I immediately placed it on my TBR pile but it took me awhile to get to as there was just something in the synopsis that held me back. I’ve been so wary of YA fantasy novels as they often leave me wanting and I don’t fall as head over heels in love with them as my other blogging friends have. But after reading The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas I wanted a readalike and a few bloggers kept mentioned Snow Like Ashes so when it came time to pick out plane books for my flight to Paris it made the cut. I started Snow Like Ashes on my flight home and while it started off a little slow I quickly became glad that I was trapped in a tin can for hours as I became engrossed in the story.

There plot points of the story that were pretty easy to figure out but that in no way took away from my enjoyment of the story. The set up of this world was unique with the magic split between the seasons and the rhythms. The seasons, and their corresponding countries, are set and never change, which is something that I know would please some of my friends who wish it was summer all year round. I liked the rules of the world and am curious to learn more about it as the series progresses. I also liked how Snow Like Ashes reads almost like a stand alone book. There was a mystery and a goal and things were achieved and wrapped up by the end of the book. But there are threads still open that will carry the series forward into the next two books in the trilogy. Or at least I hope it does.


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Snow Like Ashes is a book that has a little bit of everything, there is action and mystery and intrigue and romance. There is a little bit of a love triangle and while I am normally super anti-love triangles I didn’t mind this one as it wasn’t overpowering. Meira didn’t moon over one boy more than the other or even do much mooning in general. Meira is your average 16 year old girl, well, as average as you can been when you live in exile in a fictional world. She does love both boys but I think that she loves them in different ways and one is a more romantic love than the other.

I think that those who like fantasy will enjoy Snow Like Ashes and I think that this one will also appeal to those who are new to fantasy and looking to explore the genre. Its a fun story and one that I was glad to have read. I liked how there was an ending as so many books have the crazy cliff hanger but even without that I am still looking forward to the next book, Ice Like Fire, which is expected to be released in 2015. And praise be that its almost 2015 as the wait for book 2 isn’t that long…or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.



Irish Recommends - Snow Like Ashes

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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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.



Irish Recommends - Horrorstor

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

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

Review: The Thief by Megan Whalen TurnerThe Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
Series: The Queen's Thief,
Also in this series: The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings
Published by Greenwillow Books on 01 January 1996
Genres: Action & Adventure, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Espionage, Politics & Intrigue, Road Trip, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 280
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: The Queen of Attolia, The King of Attolia, A Conspiracy of Kings

Place(s) Traveled To: Souis: Methana, Matinaea, Evisa // Hephestial Mountains // Eddis: Profactia, Pirrhea, Kahlia // Attolia

First Line(s): I didn’t know how long I had been in the king’s prison.


The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner is one of those books that has been recommended to me so many times that I’ve lost count. Its a book that’s been hyped up but not in an over the top way that I was wary of it but just enough to peak my curiosity and add it to my ‘books to read list.’ I finally got around to reading it was I stumbled across it while doing a search on my libraries digital catalog and so put in the request. I found The Thief to be a quick read and entertaining enough but it wasn’t a book that I feel head over heels in love with either. For one, its a book with lots of random head jumping and I’ve never been a fan of that. There were times when it wasn’t always easy to determine whose head I was in at the time and that was off putting. Though, overall, the head we ‘lived’ in most was that of Gen’s, the thief of the title.

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The journey taken is Gen’s and the mystery is in trying to figure out why he stole the item he did and what his end game really was. The Thief is at its base a story of political intrigue and tense relations between neighboring lands while set in a fantastical world where the gods may still play an active role in the lives of those who believe in them. Its an interesting story and one that I read in a single sitting. Its an easy read and did hold my attention as I wanted to see what the love all my fantasy friends had for this book. When I finished I wondered what was it about The Thief that captured them so. For some, I think it may have been nostalgia since this book was first released in 1996 and I think that if I’d read this when I was younger I would have liked it more.

As it was, the way it was written never allowed for me to become fully attached to any one character. There was a lot of descriptive telling of what was happening and very little dialogue between the characters. It was like there was a glass wall between me as a reader and what was going on in the pages of the story. There wasn’t a lot of emotion and it just came across as this matter of fact telling that lacked feeling. Despite this though I am curious to see where the rest of the series goes now that the base of this world and these characters have been established. I did enjoy Gen’s snark and his relationship with those around him. I liked the various twists that this story took and am looking forward to seeing what new adventures await. So while it wasn’t love at first sight for me it was still a worthwhile read and one that I will recommend to others looking to read fantasy, especially younger teens who are too old for middle grade but too young for likes of George RR Martin. lol



Irish Recommends - Thief




Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Review: All Broke Down by Cora Carmack

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, New Adult, Review1 Comment

Review: All Broke Down by Cora CarmackAll Broke Down by Cora Carmack
Series: Rusk University, Book 2
Also in this series: All Lined Up, All Played Out
Published by William Morrow on 28 October 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, New Adult, Social Issues, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 328
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: All Lined Up, All Played Out

 Place(s) Traveled To: Unnammed, Texas

First Line(s): The flash of the camera blinds me as I take my seat at the front of the room.

Dear reader,

I don’t know about you but sometimes I pick up a book to read even when I have every expectation of not liking it. There I times when I swear I am a glutten for punishment and I don’t know why I do this thing that I do. Although sometimes, the reason is simple, the book I do not think I’ll like is part of a series and in order to move to the next book I need to get through the dreaded on. For I am also the sort that perfers to read all books in a series and then to read that series in order. Its rare for me to read a book series out of order though it does happen. My reluctance to read All Broke Down began when I saw that the male hero of the story was going to be Silas who we first meet in All Lined Up. I did not like Silas much in that book and I may have groaned aloud when I saw the synopsis for All Broke Down. 

I was determined to read this story though because as we all know sometimes what we expect in a book isn’t what we get at all. There are books that I’ve longed for desperately thinking I was going to love them only to chuck them across the room. And there are bookes like Lead and now All Broke Down that I expected to suffer through and dislike only to fall deeply in love with them. Expectations are funny like that. Silas is a character that defied all of my expectations of him. I expected an ass of a male lead, a person to roll my eyes at and long to toss my ereader across the room. But he’s the sort of character that makes your heart break, your eyes fill up with tears, and wishing he was real so you can give him a hug and say that everything will be ok. All Broke Down is a book that made my heart ache in that oh so wonderful way that I love as Silas and Dylan work towards their happily ever after.

I loved how strong Dylan was and how she and Silas were just so perfect for each other. Both characters are flawed and strong and they just complement each other and make each other better. I loved their first meeting and felt the sparks between them and smiled delightedly as I settled in to read their story. For once I started All Broke Down I wasn’t able to stop until I hit the final page. I was sucked into Dylan and Silas’s love story and it wouldn’t let me go. I did get frustrated when the cliched pointless breakup happened because its just all so very unnecessary. There are other ways to create tension in a story and you don’t always have to break a couple up just to get them to their HEA. The pointless break up just makes me sigh, roll my eyes and wish that I had the ability to reach into the story and shake some sense into the lovebirds who are just being dumb.

Another thing that keeps me from giving All Broke Down 5 stars is an event that happens towards the end of the book just as our couple is getting ready to get back together and ride off into the sunset. Its an intense scene and one that made me gasp and have feels. Its an important scene but one that I don’t think was quite right to happen in this story at that time because it distracted from the main story being told. It was like a fist to the gut and I am in no way dismissing it but I just feel like it wasn’t the right time for these events to happen. I think the scene may have worked better earlier in the story or as an opening to a new story involving the character that was part of this event. This event made the ending feel rushed and inconclusive because shortly after it happened the book was over. Instead of a happy sigh of contentment that I usually feel at the end of a good romance I was left with this void as Dylan and Silas never actually declared their love to the other. As a reader you know how they feel as you are in both of their heads but they actually told each other how they felt.

They were about to when the afore mentioned event happened and then their was the aftermath of that and then the book was over. Its also a bit disappointing that the event that happened at the end of All Broke Down will still be left open as the next book in the series, All Played Out, will deal with two new minor characters that we met in this book. Although I do get that there needs to be a little time for the dust to settle before that particular storyline can continue. All in all though I really did like All Broke Down and loved how Cora Carmack took a character that I thought I would dislike and turned him into one of my favorite male romance heroes. I adored Silas Moore and know that All Broke Down is a book that I will be rereading. All Broke Down is a great installment in the Rusk University series and a must read for all lovers of New Adult romance….or just lovers of a good love story. If, dear reader, you and I share similar reading tastes than I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you try this one out.




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Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: The Governess Affair by Courtney MilanThe Governess Affair by Courtney Milan
Series: Brothers Sinister,
Published by Self-Published on 21 April 2012
Genres: Adult, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship, Girls & Women, Historical, Historical Romance, Love & Romance, Social Issues
Pages: 101
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Place(s) Traveled To: London, England // New Shaling, England (1835)

First Line(s): The door to the upstairs library slammed viciously, rattling in its frame.

Courtney Milan is one of those authors that I’ve heard a lot about but just haven’t gotten around to reading until recently when I was searching through my libraries digital catalog and stumbled across The Governess AffairThe Governess Affair is a prequel novella to her Brothers Sinister series and introduces the parents of one of the characters in that story. I really enjoyed the push and pull that existed between Serena and Hugo and I found myself whizzing through the pages of this novella. I was curious to see how things would end up and what new tricks each would employ against the other. I loved Serena’s sass and spunk and how she wasn’t about to sit back and just let things happen to her any more.

The Governess Affair was a short story but it has a lot of heart and feeling to it and my only real complaint was that this wasn’t a full length novel. I would have loved to have seen more of Serena and Hugo as they moved from strangers, to adversaries, to their happily ever after. I really enjoyed how The Governess Affair was written and how well it as paced. Novellas can sometimes feel unfinished as they have so few pages but Milan managed to tell a complete story and even without it being a full length novel there is nothing missing from Serena and Hugo’s story. More pages would only flesh out their chemistry in greater detail than what was already on the page.

This was my first Courtney Milan story but its not going to be my last. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the Brothers Sinister series and then exploring her other titles. She is s fresh voice in historical romance and I love the world that she has created. I am hoping that her other books have equally strong heroines and alpha males who aren’t douchebags. All too often an alpha hero is also a jerk and while Hugo does some unkind things he also shows little kindnesses that show that he isn’t heartless. He was an endearing character and as I said above I liked how he and Serena interacted on the page. This was a fun, fast romance and one that I would recommend to anyone looking to explore the genre. As The Governess Affair is currently a free download from most etailers as well as from the library you really don’t have much to lose.


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review: Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars by Codi Gary

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars by Codi GaryGood Girls Don't Date Rock Stars by Codi Gary
Series: Rock Canyon, Book 2
Also in this series: Things Good Girls Don't Do, Good Girls Don't Date Marines
Published by Avon on 22 April 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, Social Issues
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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Also by this author: Things Good Girls Don't Do, Good Girls Don't Date Marines

Place(s) Traveled To: Las Vegas, Nevada // Rock Canyon, Idaho // Winnemucca, Nevada

First Line(s): How many glasses of champagne did I have last night?

Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is the second book in Codi Gary’s Rock Canyon series though its a book that can well and truly stand on its own as there is little to no interaction with the characters from Things Good Girls Don’t DoGood Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is one of those books where the two main characters wake up married and then have to figure out where to go from there. This one though has the added twist of the two leads having a shared past and a shared child though Travis wasn’t told of this at the time. So this one has three popular romance tropes the quickie marriage, rock star and secret baby. Four if you count second chance at love as a trope….which is can very well be.

As with Things Good Girls Don’t Do, Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars there were things about the heroine, Gemma that annoyed me. She was very quick to judge and fly off the handle and was always pushing Travis away. Then of course there was that pointless conflict that nearly split the two apart…again. *le sigh* I may like the various tropes of a romance but sometimes the cliches of them really get on my nerves. I also felt that the title of this one was a bit misleading as Travis and Gemma don’t really date. They get married and make an attempt to make the marriage work even if one of them is always looking for a reason to bail. I think a better title for this one would have been Good Girls Don’t Marry Rock Stars. Though the Good of the title is also a bit misleading as Gemma kept a good many secrets and I for one am not a fan of a woman who doesn’t tell a guy that they share a child together.

Overall though I liked Gemma and Travis’s story. I thought that the two had some genuine chemistry together and I had when Gary used the pointless conflict cliche to add tension to the story. This story didn’t need that as there was already the feelings of betrayal from past misunderstandings and the secret baby. I also didn’t really mind the character of Charlie, Travis and Gemma’s 9 year old son as he did come across as a real kid. So often in an adult romance the children come across as wooden and 2-dimentional. They just seem so fake and forced like you’re supposed to just nod your head and go awe at everything they do.

Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars is definately a book that I would recommend to people. Its not perfect but it was a quick read, well written and kept me engaged from start to finish. Even with the pointless conflict my eye rolling and ebook notatation snark was minimal. It made my heart ache at times and that is a feeling that I love to have when reading a book. Even if I may want to shake a character a time or two for their actions….and Gemma wasn’t alone in this. I did like Travis but he did some boneheaded things too. So if you are looking for a fun new romance to try then this might be one to consider.






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Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, New Adult, Review1 Comment

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. TuckerTen Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths,
Published by Atria Books on 24 September 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Girls & Women, Health & Daily Living, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Place(s) Traveled To: Miami, Florida // Chicago, Illinois

First Line(s): “Just breathe,” my mom would say. “Ten tiny breaths…Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker came to me highly recommended and as I was looking for a new book at the time I decided to give this one a shot. I liked the book, mostly, at the beginning though I found it hard to like the main character, Kacey. She was very judgemental and abrasive and seemed to delight in looking down her nose at every one. Then you have the main love interest, Trent, who is a bit of a creeper always watching and following Kacey around. I have never been one to understand the stalker as a romantic plot line. For me, there is a big difference between wanting to spend all your time with someone and stalking and Trent definately came across as a stalker.

Then there was that WTF-ery of a reveal closer to the end of the book and the whole thing just took a complete and total nose dive. If you were with me as I read this you would have heard many a sigh and seen many an eye roll and if this book wasn’t on my ereader then you can be sure it would have been tossed across the room in disgust. The best thing about this book was the side romance between Kacey’s neighbor and the cop even if it was rushed but I so would have enjoyed a book about them as opposed to Kacey and Trent.

Overall, Ten Tiny Breaths, was well written it was just filled with so many implausible things. Every time the character had time to think they’d jump to the craziest of all possibilities and then that thing would end up being the truth. Then with all the crazy that was swirling around everything all ends up being tied up in this neat and tidy bow. Happily ever afters all around! Now I’m not saying that books should have a sad ending. Because I love me a good HEA and that is part of why I read romanctic stories because I like the predictability of thier endings. But in this case based on all that came before it was just all so very very hard to believe.

Ten Tiny Breaths was a book that made my head hurt as I tried to make sense of it all. It frustrated me so very much and at this time I don’t have any plans to read anything else by KA Tucker.






People who liked this one better than I did

Maryse’s Book Blog: “Loved it!! A MUST READ! I wont say any more. The shock value from the very start to the very end must be experienced blindly for full impact. Just know I think you should read it.”

Dear Author: “Finally, despite the weighty issues, the pace of the story is snappy and the emotional low notes are interspersed with humor and sexiness.”

Mostly YA Book Obsessed: I wasn’t…wowed like I was expecting to be. It was still a good story that I really enjoyed. Full of pain and healing and learning how to love. I especially liked the last few emotional chapters.”

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