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Monday, May 30, 2016

Audio Review: You by Caroline Kepnes

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Adult, Audiobook, Review0 Comments

Audio Review: You by Caroline KepnesYou by Caroline Kepnes
Narrator: Santino Fontana
Series: You,
Also in this series: Hidden Bodies (You, #2)
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on 30 Sept 2014
Genres: Abduction, Adult, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Suspense, Thrillers
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible.com
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Also by this author: Hidden Bodies (You, #2)

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Bridgeport, Connecticut // Little Compton, Rhode Island // Fall River, Massachusetts

First Line(s): You walk into the bookstore and you keep your hand on the door to make sure it doesn’t slam.

 

My first thought upon finishing YOU by Caroline Kepnes was “what the heck did I just read?” but more than that I was lost in just how good it was. YOU is supremely well written and takes a character, in this case Joe Goldberg, who is a terrible terrible person and makes you LIKE him. Not just that but you kind of sympathize with him and understand why he is doing what he is doing. Which is a total mind fuck since Joe is a deranged stalker who kills people and so shouldn’t be a sympathetic character. From the moment that I started YOU on audio I was enthralled. Santino Fontana *is* Joe Goldberg and he totally brings this character and this world to life. I can’t imagine experiencing this book in any other format than the audio because Fontana is just such a great narrator. He gave me chills and he made me like Joe. Again, Joe is not a character to like so its slightly disturbing and part of what makes YOU such a good book.

I know that YOU isn’t a book that is for everyone and I think that a reader will either love it or hate it. I don’t think that there is any shades of grey with this one. Because Joe is crazy. There is no way around it but the people that he meets aren’t the best either. Not that any of them deserve their fate but when you see them through Joe’s eyes and hear his thoughts you can believe his rationale as it works for him. Even as you sit on the edge of your seat begging the other person to make a different choice since you know what Joe has planned if they make the wrong one. Before I read YOU I really didn’t think it would be a book that I would like but after…well…after I found it hard to leave Kepne’s world behind because she is just so talented and her words so powerful that I wanted the story to last.

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If you like thrillers and audiobooks that I strongly recommend that you experience YOU in that format. I think that the spoken word is just so powerful at times and with Fontana as the narrator it almost feels like you are sitting across form Joe listening to him tell his story. Which is terrifying since, as I’ve said, he’s a crazy stalker who kills people and not the sort of person that you ever want to cross paths with. Joe is a total sociopath and I just bow down to Kepnes in her characterization of this character. Joe is just so real that you really think he’s in the room with you as this book progresses whispering in your ear and sending chills down your spine. The images that Kepnes’s words evoke are so vivid that if I closed my eyes I could picture each and every one.

YOU was a fantastic listening experience and one that I wish I could experience again for the first time. This is seriously one of my favorite reads of the year and I like it more the more I think back on it. YOU is the sort of book that stays with you long after you read it and is a really hard experience to describe to others. I could not stop listening to this book and think its unlike any other story out there. Its totally riveting and I really can’t wait to see what Kepnes comes up with next. If you haven’t experienced this book yet then you need to move it up your TBR pile. I don’t think that you’ll be disappointed!!

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As of this posting, there is only one book that I can think of that makes a good read-a-like for YOU. If I think of something later then I will update this post. Or if you know of I good read-a-like then let me know in the comments and I’ll credit you and link back to your review!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Review: Made for You by Melissa Marr – Blog Tour

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Blog Tour, Contest, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Review: Made for You by Melissa Marr – Blog Tour

Review: Made for You by Melissa Marr – Blog TourMade For You by Melissa Marr
Published by Harper Collins on 16 September 2014
Genres: Abduction, Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Parents, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Suspense, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Rock Star Book Tours
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three-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Jessup, North Carolina // Durham, North Carolina

First Line(s): “Did you see her?” Piper whispers, lifting the same plastic cup of wine she’s been holding the past two hours as if it hides her.

 

Made For You is a mystery/thriller release from Melissa Marr who is best known for her Wicked Lovely which involves the Fae. I have always loved a good mystery and so was eager to see what Marr would bring to the table in this genre. While I did find Made For You to be well written it lacked some of the complexity that I expect to see in a mystery. I got my first inkling on who the killer was on page 10 when Marr switched over to his POV and then that theory was later proven to be correct. The killer’s revelation comes with over 100 pages left in the book and there were no red herrings along the way to lead me astray. The story is also told from the POVs of Eva, who the killer is obsessed with, and her best friend Grace. I didn’t mind Eva’s POV points and think I may have preferred the book to be told entirely from her viewpoint but I didn’t understand the need to include a POV from Grace. Grace’s POV sections were far and few between and they never added anything to the story. To me, they were unnecessary filler and I could have done without even though I did like Grace as a character. In fact, I often liked her more than Eva.

Eva was a bit of a Mary Sue who was overly obsessed with her appearance and her poor little rich girl worries. She has everything but isn’t happy but doesn’t do the things that might make her happy as it might affect her social standing. Eva lives in a small southern town with very old fashioned ways where everyone follows the dictates of what the monied families think is acceptable even though all the teens find these ways to be antiquated. And yet, they date who their parents want them to and do the things their parents want them to do. These old fashioned ways often had me rolling my eyes. Though one things I did like in Made For You was the involvement of Eva and Grace’s parents. Even though at the start it seemed as though Eva’s parents would be your typical absentee ones that populate young adult fiction. While it took awhile for Eva’s parents to arrive once they did they proved themselves to be caring and protective and wanting only the best for their only child.

I also liked the character of Nate and enjoyed his relationship with Eva. In some ways I almost wish that Made For You was just a straight romance as I would have liked more Nate and Eva moments but it wasn’t bad as a mystery. It was just predictable. I also could have done without the supernatural aspect where Eva had these unexplained and unhelpful visions. The visions were never explained very well and at the end of the novel the reader is left wondering if she retains this power after the threat is over or if they continue for the rest of her life.  As a thriller, Made For You, didn’t do it for me as I went into it thinking it would be this creepy, edge of my seat read. And while I did read the book in a single sitting I wasn’t all that scared. Maybe I am getting a stronger backbone by watching shows like American Horror Story and Walking Dead but I wasn’t creeped out. I wasn’t scared. And never once  did I doubt who done it. But even though I guessed the killer I did enjoy the story. If you are looking for a creepy, twisty thriller than Made For You might not be the book for you. But if you are just looking for a well written contemporary story with a dose of romance then you should give this one a shot. While I didn’t always like Eva in the beginning she did come into her own by the end.

 

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

Posted by Irish in 4.5 Stars, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Review: Forget Me by K.A. HarringtonForget Me by K.A. Harrington, Kim Harrington
Published by Putnam Juvenile on 07 August 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Espionage, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Suspense, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: River’s End, Massachusetts // Littleton, Massacussetts

First Line(s): He lied to me.

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington is a contemporary mystery set in a small New England town. Its a book that is made for conspiracy therorists and mystery lovers alike. The story is told through the eyes of Morgan who witnessed the hit & run accident that killed her boyfriend Flynn a few months before Forget Me begins. Looking for some sort of closure she goes to post the one and only photo she has of him online and learns that he might not be dead after all. This leads her and her BFF Toni to start investigating this Evan Murphy to see if he is really Flynn. Now while Morgan and Toni are no Veronica Mars they don’t do a too terrible job at sorting through the facts. Though there are times when they are a bit more like Laverne and Shirly and so even as the tension rises there are still moments of humor.

Forget Me is a book of abandoned places and creepy clowns, its filled with lies and misdirection, there is mystery and drama and everything else in between. There is a romantic storyline but its not the dominate feature of the story. There are excellent secondary characters in Toni and Reece and I just loved all the scenes they were in. I loved Morgan for her doubts and for those things she knew to be true. I loved her relationship with her parents and how real it was. I especially loved the banter between Morgan and Toni and how they complimented each other as friends. I also adored Evan and there were some moments in this story that made my heart ache in that way that I love.

The mystery is fast paced and there are some red herrings thrown in along the way but its not so super complicated that those well versed in mysteries can’t figure things out before the big reveal. But neither is the story so obvious that it can be figured out on page 2. Forget Me is a fun mystery with some edge of your seat moments and I am going to miss this world that Harrington has created. I liked this town and I liked these characters and I kind of wish this was the start of a series just so that I could see more of them all. Though at the same time everything ends in a good place so I am totally satisfied and I turned the final page with a happy sigh that only comes when finishing a good book. All in all I think that this is my favorite Harrington book to date and its one that I am sure will be re-read at some point in my future. If you are a lover of a well-told story then you should totally pick this one up!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Movie Thoughts: White House Down

Posted by Irish in Movie Thoughts, Review3 Comments

Title: White House Down (Official Site)
Tag Line: It Will Start Like Any Other Day.

Release Date: 28 June 2013
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 131 min
GenresAction, Drama, Thriller
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Where Seen: Theatre (Screening)
Production Company
Mythology Entertainment, Centropolis Entertainment, Iron Horse Entertainment

Distributed BySony Pictures
Director(s)Roland Emmerich
Writer(s)James Vanderbilt
StarsChanning Tatum (John Cale), Jamie Foxx (President James Sawyer), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Carol Finnerty), Jason Clarke (Emil Stenz), Richard Jenkins (Eli Ralphsen), Joey King (Emily Cale), James Woods (Martin Walker), Nicolas Wright (Donnie Donaldson)

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I don’t watch a lot of live tv these days and so I haven’t seen any previews for White House Down so I didn’t know a lot of what this movie was about before going to a screening of it. What I did know was that it was an action film directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow – both of which I love) and that it had some good eye candy to it. It may be totally shallow to admit that but its the truth and I am not ashamed to do son. 

White House Down is a movie that won’t have a lot of surprises to it. Its a formulaic action film where good triumphs over evil. Its like reading a romance novel or a mystery. You know the ending going in so it becomes more about the journey. And boy does White House Down deliver. The set up of this movie is well paced and the action sequences hit all the right notes of drama, explosion, and snappy one-liners.

Jamie Foxx was excellent in his role as President Sawyer, as a viewer you know that he is capable of being a bad ass but in this film he’s not the action hero. He’s a strong, capable character but he’s also a tad bit nerdy and inexperienced when it comes to fighting and he pulls it off well. Beside him he has Channing Tatum as John Cale who is all you could ask for in an action hero. He’s got the looks, the smarts to think on his feet and he and Foxx really play well off of each other. But its Nicolas Wright who really steals the show in this one as the comic relief tour guide. He’s both ultra nerdy, filled with heart, and finds the strength to do what he needs to at just the right moments. Joey King who plays Emily Cale also gives a good performance as the moody pre-teen daughter of John Cale who is also pretty darn tough.

White House Down is a wonderful action film in that it has lots of explosions and good effects but its not filled with blood and gore. Thereby making it safe for younger audiences. Though there are swears and such, as you’d expect, so parents should use caution (and their own best judgement) when bringing their child to this one. What bothered me most with, White House Down, was the ending. Oy with the poodles was it just a tad bit on the cheesy side! I admit that I did roll my eyes a bit but then we got over that small hump and managed to end it on a decent, if not spectacular note. Cheesy ending aside though I really enjoyed this movie and the two hours passed in a blink. I laughed and jumped and there were just enough twists to keep things interesting. 

My recommendation: See this one in theaters. 


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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Movie Thoughts: The Raven

Posted by Irish in Movie Thoughts6 Comments

Title: The Raven (official website)
Release Date: 27 April 2012
Rating: R
Runtime: 111 min
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Where Seen: Movie Theater
Distributed By: Rogue Pictures and Relativity Media
and Director(s): James McTeigue
Writers: Ben Livingston (screenplay), Hannah Shakespeare (screenplay)
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Anyone who knows me knows that I am a fan of Edgar Allen Poe his stories and poems are just filled with this delightful creepiness and so I was super excited when I heard that there was going to be a movie about him. Then when I saw the previews I was even more excited as rather than a  biopic this movie was a mystery as someone was taking Poe’s stories and reenacting them in grisly detail. 
I really enjoyed this movie it had everything in it that I love. There was action, adventure, mystery, thrills and yes, even a romance. It made me laugh, cringe and even jump a few times. There were times when I had to cover my eyes as it was a little gory (think of the Pit & Pendulum story and you’ll know what I mean) but it wasn’t overly so. Some of the scenes that made me jump were totally unexpected and I both loved and hated it. When I get a sense something scary might happen I can look away before hand or prepare myself. No such luck here though. 
For me the movie was unpredictable but not so complex that I didn’t figure out who the killer was before the big reveal. Though I will admit that a couple of the red herrings did fool me for a bit. I also loved picking out all the various Poe stories and poems that were woven throughout the movie. While Cusak didn’t always live up to my idea of Poe – looks wise he nailed it – but his mannerisms and voice just never meshed with what my brain was expecting. But I do love Cusak and I think that he was a great choice to play the part. He added just the right about of wit and crazy to the role and had great chemistry with his other co-stars. 
If you are a fan of Edgar Allen Poe then this is a must see movie for you. And if you aren’t a fan then maybe this film is just the think to lead you into his work.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James (Blog Tour)

Posted by Irish in Blog Tour5 Comments

Publisher: Bantam Books
Source: Traveling ARC Tours
Publication Date: 13 July 2010
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0553808052
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Websites:
Rebecca James – Official Site
Rebecca James – Blog
Rebecca James – Twitter

Place(s) Traveled to: New South Wales, Australia (??)

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

First Line: I didn’t go to Alice’s funeral.

Where to start…

There were just so many things about Beautiful Malice that did not work for me. First lets start with the setting. For the most part the setting is unclear, ambiguous but then the main characters all go for this weekend holiday in a town located in New South Wales, Australia. I was like…yes…finally a clear setting and one that makes the language of the book make sense. Australians just have a slightly different way of speaking than Americans – the cadences of words are just different. But then when the gang meets up with Ben – the author makes a point to say that he was Australian and that one reason why Alice dated him was for his accent. That just baffled me as by this point I thought they were all Australian. Then a few pages later Ben is telling a story and mentions when he first came to the state….and I just went huh? It didn’t make sense since the only place that was ever mentioned was a place location in Australia – and living stateside you don’t exactly make a weekend trip to Australia….especially when you’re trying to keep things on the cheap.

Note: in talking with another blogger who read the Australian version of the book the setting was very clearly stated as Sydney, Australia…so it seems that for whatever reason the American publisher decided to try and remove those references.

But moving on…lets talk about sequence and the flow of time. This book has three distinct time periods in them and there is no real rhyme or reason to the authors jumping from one to another. The changes just became this jumbled mess for me which would knock me out of the story. I believe it was done as a way to try to heighten the suspense and make the thrills more thrilling as random bits and pieces of the past, present and future were revealed. But my suspense wasn’t heightened the odd changes just annoyed me more than anything else. Especially during those times with the perspective of the book would change. For the bulk of the book the story was told in first person but every so often the I’s would change to you’s and it never really worked for me.
Then there is the plot.
The very first line tells you exactly what happens to Alice there is no suspense there. No shock. The story is just so flat and bland and I figured out what all the big reveals where before they were made official. The characters also all came across as flat and one dimensional. Alice was narcissistic and crazy and she appeared so form the start…she then just spirals out of control and it just doesn’t ring true. Katherine is a girl trying to escape her past by forgetting it and when things get hard or rough she just turns her back on the darkness and tries to pretend it doesn’t exist. This is not healthy behavior and not something that you want to do when the person you are trying to forget is crazy.
This book didn’t work for me on so many levels and its not one that I can recommend. Beautiful Malice is also a book that is often billed as Young Adult but I don’t get the YA vibe from it when I read it. The phrasing and the way the characters speak (in their bad dialogue scenes) is way more adult than teen. What about you…have you read Beautiful Malice? What did you think of it? Let me know if the comments below.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized0 Comments

Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 27 Jul 2004
ISBN: 0060534052
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
Websites:
Karin Slaughter

Place(s) Traveled to: Heartsdale, Georgia (fictional)

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter is the third book in her Grant County series that features Sara Linton, the towns pediatrician and medical examiner. This story focuses around the supposed suicide of a boy from the local college. At first it seems like an open and closed case, that is until Sara’s sister is attacked and other students at the school also start die in ways made to look like a suicide.

For me, this was a slow read. I just couldn’t really get into the story and so it dragged on. The main characters are all so extremely f*d up that they push the bounds of reality and make me roll my eyes rather than find any sympathy for them. I swear I have never seen, heard, or read about a town where everyone is so fantastically messed up. I often find it amazing that these people are able to function at all and yet I continue to pick up these books. In some ways they are all a bit like a train wreck and I find that I can’t tear myself away. I don’t know maybe there is just a part of me that hopes that one day one of the screwed up people who live in Grant County will find something to be happy about. Not sure when…or if…I’ll pick up the next one but this isn’t a series that I’d recommend anyone rush out and buy.

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Friday, June 19, 2009

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan (audio)

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Publisher: HarperAudio (Audio); William Morrow (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 02 June 2009
ISBN: 0061715204 (audio), 0061558230 (Hardcover)
Format: Audio
Pages: 416
Audio Length: discs (~13 hrs)
Narrator: Ron Perlman

Websites:
Guillermo del Toro (wikipedia, couldn’t find official site)
Chuck Hogan – NA
Ron Perlman

Place(s) Traveled to: New York City, NY

Rating: 4 out of 5 star

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan isn’t your typical vampire story. It’s a gritty fast paced novel that takes place primarily in New York City. It starts slowly with a plane that lands at JFK and moments later goes eerily dark. No one can explain what happened or why all but a few passengers have died. It is left up to Dr. Eph Goodweather – head of the Canary Project which is a branch of the CDC stationed in NYC – to figure it out and if Abraham Setrakian, a mysterious old man who claims he’s seen this before, is correct and a virus has been unleashed then there isn’t much time. You can watch the official trailer for this book below:

For the most part The Strain is an intense and fast paced read. It’s a gripping story of a killer virus that spreads quickly and gives its victims an unholy thirst for blood. It’s a creepy little novel that I couldn’t stop listening too. I loved the narrator, Ron Perlman, and thought he did an amazing job bringing all the multiple voices that make up this story to life. The problem that I had with this audio is that the chapter breaks…(or what I assume were the chapter breaks) were designated by this loud and jarring sound bit of music. The sound was often far louder than the narration and so would fill the car with a cascading bang that would jar me out of the false reality of the story. It was distracting and something that I really could have done without.

The beginning was a little slow but once the book got started it easily got me hooked. I also wonder how this story will be made into a trilogy. While I really enjoyed the story I think that it could have been summed up in a single volume. There were some scenes that I felt were overly long and could probably have been editing down or cut out entirely. Overall though I really liked the story and I look forward to seeing what comes next. I like how del Toro and Hogan made vampires scary again. Because everyone knows that while vampires are many things they should always be just a bit dangerous and under no circumstances should they ever sparkle in the sun.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles

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Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (website)
Publication Year: 2007
ISBN: 0316166391
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Websites:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
http://www.gailgiles.com/Welcome.html

What Happened to Cass McBride? by Gail Giles is a gripping story about a teen, Kyle, who dealing with the recent suicide of his younger brother. Kyle can’t fully accept his brother’s death and he needs someone to blame. His focus falls on Cass McBride, a pretty and popular girl who recently turned down his brother when he asked her out on a date. Kyle doesn’t just blame Cass he wants to make her pay and so he kidnaps her from her room and holds her prisoner. What follows is a gripping, fast paced thriller that keeps the reader on the edge of his/her seat.

This book is told in 3 voices: Kyle, Cass and the police officer who is investigating Cass’s disappearance. Each voice tells the story from a different angle which is a technique that is hard to use because if not down right can lead to a ton of confusion if not done right. Gail Giles does a wonderful job though. The main characters tell their story and manage to not give anything away even though they are all telling the story from different points. The fear that Cass is experiencing as she goes through her ordeal is real and is felt by the reader with every turn of the page. Kyle is complex and heartbreaking and he’s a character that you hate in many ways and in others you really feel for the pain that he is in. I loved the writing of this book and found it hard to put down. (I know I’ve been saying this a lot lately but I’ve just had some great luck with books!) So, what happens to Cass McBride? Well, you’ll just have to read this one yourself and find out.

Challenge Summary:
Book 23 for my 75 Book Challenge
Book 8 out of 12 for my Young Adult Challenge

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

Posted by Irish in Review0 Comments

Publisher: Plume
Publication Year: 2004
ISBN: 0452286034
Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Bitten is the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s Women of the Other World series. This is a series that I’ve been hearing a lot about over the years and have been encouraged to read. I’ve picked up the books several times while in the bookstore but for whatever reason never brought a book home until recently. And well, I wasn’t as thrilled as I thought that I would be. The story held promise. Elena Michaels is special. She is the only known female werewolf in existence. She was bitten and somehow managed to survive the changed….something that most people don’t do. For in this world, lycanthropy is an inherited thing passed from father to son through the ages. Elena is also different in that she has left the pack. She is trying to forge a new life for herself with new boyfriend Phillip when she is ‘called’ home to help the pack deal with a series of murders that have been occuring in their territory. Murders that threaten to expose their existence and end life as they know it.

Elena is a very inconsistent character. She’d rage internally about how much she hated one of the pack and yet every time she turned around she was sleeping with him. Then say it was a mistake and would never happen again. Until the next time. This got very old very fast. As I’ve said in previous reviews sex in a book isn’t bad. Sex is natural. But when sex is used as something to demean and detract from the people involved. When it adds nothing to the story but only serves as filler then I take exception to it. The fact that Elena was always falling into bed with a person she claimed to hate….a person which she found so hard to resist only took away from her character. It made her weak.

Elena was also VERY repetitive. yes there are times in which repeating a fact ONCE IN A WHILE is good. It refreshes the reader to some first thought to be minor event but in which isn’t very minor at all. Agatha Christie uses this technique in a supurb fash and Armstrong could really learn from her. Instead the reader hears over and over how special Elena is. How she survived various horrors that made her strong. Blah blah blah. Certain things when told, like how Elena is the only female werewolf, will stay with a reader right from the start. This isn’t a minor thing. The fact that Armstrong kept beating the reader over the head with it gave the impression that she didn’t have much faith in the reader’s recall ability. But if a reader can’t remember such an important plot point then they shouldn’t be reading mysteries in the first place. Mysteries by their very nature suggest that the reader have some bit of intelligence because they’ll want to figure things out before they are revealed. (Again something that Agatha Christie excels in.)

As a whole, the plot was weak and predictable. The characters were all pretty flat and cliched. There was no real mystery here. There was nothing to figure out. There was just a medicore plot covered up with the paranomal and sex scenes to distract the reader that the book just wasn’t all that good. I wasn’t impressed by this book. I give it 3 stars because it was a quick read….a book that I would call brain candy. And everyone needs a bit of candy sometimes. Will I check out the other books in the series? I’m not sure. I definately don’t see me buying them but I might check them out from the library at some point when my brain is need of a rest.

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