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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult4 Comments

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses,
Published by Bloomsbury on 05 May 2015
Genres: Abduction, Action & Adventure, Diseases, Emotions & Feelings, Epic Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folklore, & Legends, Love & Romance, Royalty, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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four-stars
Also by this author: The Assassin's Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire

Place(s) Traveled To: Prythian – Unnamed Village // Spring Court // Under the Mountain

First Line(s): The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.

Its not a huge secret that I wasn’t the biggest fan of Throne of Glass (my review) but I gave it the old college try and read 3 of the books before calling it quits. And just because I didn’t like one series doesn’t necessarily mean that I’ll give up on an author entirely so when I heard that Sarah J. Maas’s newest series was going to be based off of a fairy tale I was intrigued. I do love a good fairy retelling after all. At first I was a little disappointed that A Court of Thorns and Roses was using Beauty and the Beast as its primary base as that is one of the most over done fairy tales in print and on screen. But A Court of Thorns and Roses wasn’t just a Beauty and the Beast retelling it also contained elements of East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Cinderella.

 A Court of Thorns and Roses started off a bit slow for me and I really disliked Feyre’s sisters. To me its not all that realistic for the youngest sibling to take care of the older ones but its a common enough trope and does help add to the Cinderella aspect of the story. I did start to enjoy this one once Feyre moved into the faere world and I enjoyed getting to know Tamlin and Lucian. Lucian is one of my favorite characters in this whole story and I really hope that we get more of him as the series moves forward. I also believed in the friendship and growing chemistry between Feyre and Tamlin and this one totally made my heart ache at times.

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While I did mostly like A Court of Thorns and Roses Feyre did annoy me a lot of the times and I also don’t like the use of the pointless breakup. Seriously, the whole second half of the story could have been avoided if Feyre and Tamlin just talked to each other and were honest. But that would be too easy and you wouldn’t have ‘drama’ so while I wish that things had occurred in a different way I do know that they could have been worse. Overall, I liked the second half of the book but did find that things got a bit repetative at times and am not a fan at the potential brewing of a love triangle to this story. I hate love triangles with a fiery passion and if that happens I will not be a happy reader.

As endings go, this one is relatively mild. I have a pretty good idea on where the next two books in this series will go (assuming that its a trilogy) though only time will tell on if my thoughts are correct or not. I am interested to seeing where things will go but I’m not dying for it as I am with some series that I’ve read. I like the concept of A Court of Thorns and Roses and like most of the characters. If you are like me and you didn’t enjoy Throne of Glass then you might want to consider trying out this book. It has a different tone to it and Feyre, while annoying at times, is a lot stronger and more likable (at least for me) than Celaena.

 

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: Carolina by Laura Simcox

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Carolina by Laura SimcoxCarolina by Laura Simcox
Published by Avon on 03 June 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance
Pages: 294
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-stars
Also by this author: Virginia

Place(s) Traveled To: Washington DC // Jackson Hole, Wyoming

First Line(s): A year ago, Carolina Fulton didn’t think much about fame.

I became aware of the Various States of Undress series when I received a copy of Georgia, the third book, for review. Since I prefer to read my series in order when I can I decided to go back to the beginning of this on and requested a copy of Carolina from my library’s digital catalog even though these books are more of a companion series than a direct sequel series. Various States of Undress follows the three Fulton sisters, Carolina, Virginia and Georgia as they deal with new found fame when their father is elected the President of the United States. For Carolina, she thinks she has it all until she catches her fiance cheating on her and then decides to spend some time healing in her family’s cabin in Wyoming.

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While there sparks start to really to fly with her secret service detail, Jake. Especially when a series of snowstorms traps them along in the remote cabin. For the most part I enjoyed Carolina and Jake’s story but there was a lot of awkward dialogue that made it hard to get fully invested in the story. And then there was the pointless break up and the rushed ending and by the end this one was just an ok sort of read.

I liked the forbidden love aspect of Carolina but the formulaic cliches just took me out of the story. Also, not only was the ending rushed but it was also awkward and unrealistic and didn’t make my heart ache with happiness. I was glad that Jake and Carolina were able to overcome their obstacles but I just wish that the ending had been written a little bit different so that it was more believable. Overall though, a quick brain candy sort of read and I am looking forward to reading more about the Fulton sisters in the other books of the series.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mini Reviews: Forged & Betrayed by Jennifer Rush

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult0 Comments

Forged

 

Forged by Jennifer Rush 
Published by Little Brown on 03 December 2013
Series: Altered, Book 0.5
Pages: 32
Format: eBook
Source: Library

Place(s) Traveled To: Unknown, Michigan

First Line(s): The bed beneath me was thin as paper, though not as thin as the cotton gown still tied around my naked body.

I really enjoyed the Altered series by Jennifer Rush so when I saw that my library had digital editions of the two novellas in the series I knew that I had to check them out. The first novella, Forged, takes place before the start of Altered (my review) and is the origin story of one character, Dani, and gives a little background to another. I was initially excited for this one but just didn’t care for it. It felt like a different tone than the rest of the series and I just didn’t care for any of the characters. Despite this on weighing in at just 32 pages it was a bit of a struggle to read. To me, this one didn’t really add much of anything to the overall story ARC of the series.

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Betrayed

 

Betrayed by Jennifer Rush 
Published by Little Brown on 26 August 2014
Series: Altered, Book 1.5
Pages: 32
Format: eBook
Source: Library

Place(s) Traveled To: Sarasota, Wisconsin

First Line(s): Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

While I didn’t really enjoyed Forged I did really enjoy reading Betrayed! I just loved reading Trev’s story and devoured this short little novella quickly. For a short story this one had a lot to it and my only real complaint was that it wasn’t longer. I still have hopes that one day Trev and Cal will get full length books as I really want to know more about them both. Though Betrayed does do a good job in filling in some of the gaps of Trev’s story. This one I think adds value to the overall story and one that I think is worth the read. Though at 99cents and only 32 pages you may want to check to see if your library has it in its digital catalog.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Audio Review: Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, Middle Grade, Review0 Comments

Audio Review: Mary Poppins by P.L. TraversMary Poppins by P.L. Travers
Narrator: Sophie Thompson
Series: Mary Poppins,
Published by Blackstone Audio on 1934
Genres: Action & Adventure, Adolescence, Fairy Tales, Folklore, & Legends, Fantasy, Friendship, Middle Grade
Length: 3 hours 50 min
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible.com
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two-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: London, England (early 1900s)

First Line(s): If you want to find Cherry-Tree Lane all you have to do is ask the Policeman at the cross-roads

Growing up, one of my favorite movies was Mary Poppins, I loved the music and the stories and the magic of it all. I didn’t realize it was a book until I was much older and then never really found the time to explore the original story until recently. Recently being after I watched the movie, Saving Mr Banks and I became interested in this story all over again. Overall, the story was ok but the book wasn’t really a book in that there was one cohesive story. Instead, Mary Poppins, seemed to be a series of vignettes and they didn’t really mesh well together. The whole thing seemed a little disjointed and lacked the magic and imagery that I was expecting.

I also HATED the character of Mary Poppins. She was vain and vile and one of the most dislikable characters that I’ve ever had the displeasure to meet. Listening to this story also made me realize just how much Disney changed from book to screen and while normally I am very opposed by this I think that in this case it was for the better. Disney pulled out all the very best of the book and put them on screen and left out those parts that just made no sense to the story. But most importantly they made Mary Poppins into a likable, lovable person.

The narrator, Sophie Thompson, was just so-so but she spoke very softly so when I listened to this one I had to have the volume turned up really loudly. If this audio was any longer than I probably would have ended up DNF’ing it. Just as I think I would have DNF’d the book if I had picked that up in place of the audio. Mary Poppins was not a good book and I have no plans on continuing with this series. In some ways I almost wish I could more easily forget this story so that the only version that I knew of was the Disney version.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Review: Love the One You’re With by Lauren Layne

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review1 Comment

Review: Love the One You’re With by Lauren LayneLove the One You're With Series: Stiletto, Book 2
Also in this series: Just One Night
Published by Loveswept on 09 December 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Love & Romance
Pages: 228
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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three-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Brooklyn, New York // Green Bay, Wisconsin

First Line(s): In hindsight, she should have taken the subway.

Love the One You’re With is the second book that I’ve read by Lauren Layne and one that I enjoyed almost as much as, Just One Night (my review). As with most romances the plot is a bit predictable but even with that there is just something about a Lauren Layne story that just works. Her characters are all very real and I thought that Grace and Jake had a lot of chemistry.  I really enjoyed Grace’s character as she’s a strong and successful female lead who is flawed and also recovering from a bad break up. Her confidence is a bit shaky and things aren’t helped when a new woman is brought into her friends group and who had temporarily taken her place at the magazine where she works. But rather than let all these changes make her cower in a corner it makes her step outside of her comfort zone and take a story she wouldn’t have before and learn to accept the new people in her life.

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Love the One You’re With is cute and humorous story that hit a bunch of the right notes for me. I found it to be a quick read and I really enjoyed reading it. There are real sparks between Grace and Jake and throughout the story you cheer for them and look forward to their finding their happily ever after. But no book is without its drama and there is drama to be had in Love the One You’re With as well. There are miscommunications and other events that made my heart ache and sigh out loud. I am never a fan of pointless drama for the sake of drama but Layne makes it all work in her story and the pay off makes up for it all in the end.

I’ve enjoyed getting to know the women that this series revolves around and I look forward to reading the other books as time permits. These are fun stories and a great distraction from reality.

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

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

Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann AguirreThe Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
Published by Feiwel & Friends on 07 April 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 328
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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three-stars
Also by this author: I Want it That Way

Place(s) Traveled To: Farmburg, Illinois

First Line: I know what they call me.

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre is actually a hard book for me to review because I read it so long ago. I brought this one with me on my trip to Paris last October because I thought that it would be a fun, light and fluffy read. I also have a good memory for the things I read but I found that not long after I finished the book that the details of this one had escaped me. And then much like the details I also misplaced my copy of the book so I wasn’t able to do a skim re-read of it. But as I said I do have a good memory so the more I thought about The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things the more that returned to me. The most prominent detail of which was Sage’s tendency to leave post-it notes for people.

I loved this idea and if I was still in high or college then I think I might find myself doing something similar. I like the idea of leaving a little note for someone to find just to brighten up their day a little with a small compliment. Sometimes its the little things like that, that take nothing for someone to do, that can make a world of difference to someone else. And I do know that since I finished The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things I have tried to be a little kinder and pay more compliments to those around me. And if the book was more about this then I think that I would have liked it more but The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things wasn’t all light and fluffy and it had all this added drama to it that just kept taking me out of the story.

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I thought that Sage fell just a little too quickly for Shane and I also thought that she strove too hard for this idea of perfection. The reason of which we learn as we read the book but until that big moment there are all these cryptic references to her dark past and how no one would love her if they knew. And it was just ALL TOO MUCH. By the time the big reveal came I just didn’t care anymore. I also thought that Sage was too passive and forgiving. Especially when it came to her best friend Ryan who used her for several years. And the fact that he managed to keep something so big from her for so long just has me shaking my head in bafflement at the blinders that Sage wore.

For me, The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things, is a forgettable read. I read it quickly, as per Goodreads, but as I was in a foreign country with no English language TV to distract me that may not mean much at all. I think that part of my disconnect with the book was that there felt like there was this wall between the reader and Sage’s thoughts. There was was a lot of telling and not showing and so I never really connected with the story or the characters. And by the end I just didn’t really care all that much.

 

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Audio Review: Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Audiobook, Review2 Comments

Audio Review: Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew QuickSilver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Narrator: Ray Porter
Published by Blackstone Audio on 09 October 2008
Genres: Adult, Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Health & Daily Living, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Length: 7 hours 22 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible.com
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three-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Baltimore, Maryland // Collingswood, New Jersey // Voorhees, New Jersey // Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

First Line(s): I don’t have to look up to know that Mom is making another surprise visit.

I first became interested in Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick when I learned that the 2012 film of the same name was based on a book. The movie looked interesting enough and I had wanted to read the book before seeing it as that is my preference when it comes to movies based on books. But as sometimes happens life got in the way and the movie and book faded from my mind until I stumbled across it on Netflix. Needing a new audiobook around that time I decided to listen to this one and then watch the movie. The first thing that grabbed me with this audiobook was the narrator, Ray Porter. I just loved his voice and how he became Pat Peoples. I loved his energy and the humor he brought to this story as well as all the various other emotions that Pat goes through over the course of the book. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, narrators really make or break and audio and Ray Porter definitely makes this one.

That said, I will admit that if I’d read this one in print there were sections of the book that I would have skipped. Not the main story but all the football chants that filled this book. These things are easy to glance over in print but with an audio you just have to sit back and suffer through them. Hoping against hope with each one that it will be the last. And then being disappointed when it isn’t because Pat Peoples, and most of the people that he knows, are obsessed with Eagles football and they spend a lot of time watching football, talking football, and going to football games. Which for this, non-sportsing person, was akin to mild torture. But as Pat is only just reclaiming his life from being in a mental health facility I can accept that those around him want to keep things simple as he eases back into the real world.

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Then Pat meets Tiffany, who is also dealing with mental health issues, and the two form a strange bond. Pat wants to become this ideal man to win back his ex-wife and Tiffany wants to win this upcoming dance competition. Tiffany convinces Pat that she’ll help him with Nikki if he gives up football (in all forms) and trains for the competition with her. At first, I was a bit happy with this as “yay no more sportsing talk!” but then the more I thought about it and the more this section of the book progressed I liked it less and less. Despite all of Pat’s flaws, I liked him. Deep down he was  a sweet guy who was just dealing with a lot of stuff. Tiffany, on the other hand, was such a hard personality to like. She was mean and controlling and I just could not connect with her character. I just wasn’t a fan and never felt any chemistry between Pat and Tiffany which made this part of the book harder to get through as I wasn’t engaged.

Overall, I liked Silver Linings Playbook, and I enjoyed Pat’s outlook on life. I liked that he was always searching for that silver lining though the path he took may not have always been the best one. I thought the book was realistic and well written and I am interested to see how it plays out on film. I started it while on vacation last October but the connection was bad and watching on a laptop isn’t always the most ideal so I still need to sit down with this one. Silver Linings Playbook is definitely not for everyone but it wasn’t a bad read and if you at all curious about it then you should probably give it a read.

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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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Monday, March 9, 2015

Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (+ Contest)

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Blog Tour, Contest, Review, Young Adult20 Comments

Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (+ Contest)

Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (+ Contest)The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Series: The Orphan Queen,
Also in this series: The Hidden Prince, The Glowing Knight, The Mirror King
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on 10 March 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Assassins, Death & Dying, Demons, Emotions & Feelings, Espionage, Fantasy, Friendship, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Romance, Royalty, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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five-stars
Also by this author: The Hidden Prince, The Glowing Knight, The Mirror King

Place(s) Traveled To: Indigo Kingdom: Skyvale // Liadia

First Line(s): The mirrors were an expensive superstition.

Dear Internet,

First I want to tell you how excited I was to read The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows I really liked her New Soul series and this one sounded even better. I was sucked into The Orphan Queen from the very first page and was so glad that I started it on a weekend as I could devote all my time to its pages. THis is a world at war not just with other kingdoms, with the King of Skyvale looking to dominate those around him but its slowly being swallowed up by the dark. Demons and wraiths and darkness just eating up everything in its path and nothing seems to be able to stop it. Though one girl, Wilhemina is determined to try. She is on a mission to take back her kingdom and to also stop the dark once and for all. Not an easy task by any means but if anyone can do it, its Wil.

Wil is a total badass and is quite skilled with a knife and most other weapons. She’s smart and a gifted liar and a forger and does whatever it takes in order to survive for in this world she is a fugitive not just because she can do magic but because she’s one of few noble survivors from her kingdom. I loved everything about this girl. She’s scary and feisty and snarky all in one and she’s definitely someone you’d want to be on your side in a fight. My other favorite character was the Black Knife and I just loved all the scenes that he and Wil had together. Especially the Spider-man scene. Oh that scene!!!

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The Orphan Queen is a book that kept me on the edge of my seat and I group it in with some of my favorite fantasy reads. There is just so much to love about this book and this world and its characters and if the damn thing didn’t break off a piece of my soul then it would be darn near perfect. That’s right, Internet, this book will break you. It will wound you in ways that you wouldn’t think possible and leave you in a gooey mess on the floor. And then…just when you think things will be getting better Meadows draws out her sword and just slays you all over again even worse than before.

If I wasn’t such a broken wreck of a person then I probably would have sobbed uncontrollably at the end of The Orphan Queen. But instead I was shocked to the core and just sat for a bit in stunned silence staring at the last blank page in frustration as there were no more words. Then I may have hugged my book and contemplated tossing it across the room a few times only to stop at the last moment and hug it some more.

You know me internet. You know how hard I can be on fantasy so believe me when I tell you that Jodi Meadows hits all the right notes with The Orphan Queen. Its a solid piece of writing and world building and I just long for more. I am desperate for more and the wait until the The Mirror King is going to be a long and excruciating wait indeed. But even with the killer ending The Orphan Queen is so worth all the pain and heartache to read the words within its pages. I know this is a book that I’ll re-read often and its one that I can’t recommend enough to all lovers of fantasy.

 

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Review: Covering Kendall by Julie Brannagh

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Covering Kendall by Julie BrannaghCovering Kendall by Julie Brannagh
Series: Love and Football,
Also in this series: Blitzing Emily, Rushing Amy, Catching Cameron
Published by Avon on 21 October 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance, Sports & Athletics
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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three-stars
Also by this author: Blitzing Emily, Rushing Amy, Catching Cameron

Place(s) Traveled To: Seattle, Washington // Bellevue, Washington // Santa Clara, California

First Line(s): Drew McCoy dodged pouring rain as he darted through a puddle-infested parking lot and into the entrance of the biggest bookstore in Bellevue.

Covering Kendall by Julie Brannagh is the fourth book in her Love & Football series and while it does involve the Seattle Sharks football team can almost be read as an independent story as there is almost no mention/interaction of the previous characters. In this story Drew McCoy of the Sharks meets up with Kendall Tracy who is the GM of a rival team, which is something that they don’t know at first. There are sparks and I think that its going to be a really juicy story but somewhere along the way it just sort of fizzles out.

I liked Drew and Kendall and I liked their story and I am every so glad that there wasn’t a random subplot where everyone focused on the heroine’s uterus or her weight as with the previous installments. It was a quick read that I essentially read in less than a day so I was involved with the plot but there was just something missing that I can’t quite put my finger on. There were also some random inconsistancies that just took me out of the plot. Like how the Sharks played Dallas back to back (at home and then away) and even this non-football watcher knows that is a no-go. Although I did read an ARC so its possible that all these little inconsistencies that bothered me were corrected in the final version. Many times I’ll grab a copy of that final book to check but I just don’t care enough about this story to do so.

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As I said above, I read this quickly and I liked the forbidden love aspect of the story but it just seemed like the two main characters put way more stress upon themselves than needed. Then, of course, there was the pointless breakup leading to angst and moping before they get back together for their HEA. And boy what an eye-rolling HEA did they have. It was just so cliched and forced and a little too perfect to feel real. I get that with a romance there is some suspension of belief, there is that wish fulfillment that every reader wants in that perfect ending. But you can have a good satisfying ending without getting overly cheesy at the same time.

For me, I think that my love affair with the Love and Football series might be waning. Each book just gets to be a little less enjoyable for me and so I am unsure if this is a series that I will continue with or not. Though I will keep my eye out for other stories by Julie Brannagh as I did really enjoy the first book in this series.

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