Thursday, August 25, 2011

Review: Hereafter by: Tara Hudson

Hereafter (Hereafter, #1)Hereafter by Tara Hudson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Amelia Ashley doesn't know what year it is, what time it is, or the events leading her to what she is.. but what she is certain of is she is Dead, she has "nightmares" of reliving her drowning off of High Bridge Road which leads her back to the cemetery. She isn't sure how lomg her afterlife has been like this.. she has been, well, isolated, until, that is a car with a boy, Joshua Mayhew falls into the river she is drowning (again) in - and she must and does find a way to save him, only to find he can see her. Joshua isn't a regular boy, he is from a long line of Seerers that have the sight for a specific purpose and Amelia finds that she hasn't been alone in the Hereafter, that there is a darker side, another boy Eli who wants her (more soul than body), and something truly darker than imagined. Through Joshua, Amelia is triggered into "special" gifts, and her memories - hoping that's enough to save them and their loved ones from what's brewing in the dark.

Oh, I wish I could say I loved this book, but I can't. It dragged, it had holes that were too big to ignore, at times too rushed and then too predictable. I found myself not wanting to read, not wanting to open it, it seemed such a promising story, and turned remedial. It wasn't horrible, but not memorable, not one to re read, not to recommend.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review: Overbite by: Meg Cabot

Overbite (Insatiable, #2)Overbite by Meg Cabot

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Meena Harper is back in the sequel to Insatiable. Months have gone by since the St. George incident and The Palatine is hunting the elusive Lucien, who seems to have disappeared or have gone underground, but not too far from Meena. Enter a new set of killers that set off to try and attack Meena, infiltrate the Palatine, and bring Lucien into the open - well, you have Overbite. Meena's visions have lead her to an ancient book that once belonging to Lucien's mother, lead to a new way a thinking and possibly can bring the truth and power to light, that there is good within the creatures of the Dracul, especially Lucien. Not knowing exactly what she has stumbled across or how things will pan out, she certainly has her hands full trying to convince Alric Wulf not to kill Lucien or the "good kind" until she can work on her theory.

I loved Insatiable, I wanted to love Overbite. I found it a little predictable, and somewhat disappointing... I was hoping against hope, but, hey I am just a reader. The ending seemed a little rushed, but the action was good, story was good, overall this was a good to great/good book. Here is one reader hoping that there is more books that is going to continue this story on some level, I was left feeling a little jilted and very hungry.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Review: Witches of East End by: Melissa de la Cruz

Witches of East EndWitches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Vampires, Zombies, Gods, Goddesses, and Witches are all in this book. The Beauchamp women, Joanna, Ingrid, and Freya live in the protected town of North Hampton, or is it... ranging from their experience in Salem to the restrictions placed on them by the Council - soon problems are arising. People dying mysteriously, animals slaughtered, destruction of the the waters, and other supernatural occurrences. The path is leading them to Fair Haven, but all is not fair in this battle. With deception, secondary characters that have important roles, a great promise of a continuation, this book was one that I could not put down - had it all, action, adventure, romance, great characters - this is a not miss read.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Review: Timeless by: Alexandra Monir

Timeless (Timeless, #1)Timeless by Alexandra Monir

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A lovely mysterious book of time travel, love, family secrets, and growth. Enter Michele Windsor, of THE WINDSORS of New York, she has lost her mother and has been forced to leave her friends, school, life behind to enter the world of the elite - a world that is foreign to her and as she grieves, meets her grandparents for the first time, a mysterious gift is bestowed upon her. Traveling through time the "man of her dreams"/ visions and her are united, she is able to meet ancestors, uncover secrets - but the secrets of the past, are they meant to remain there, the love has her pining her family's enemy Philip Walker and will everyone be broken hearted because of it, and by bouncing back and forth will she change the future as she knew for good or bad.

This was a quick read, cute, kind of cheesy, but the kind of read that although simple makes you feel a little excited, race through the pages, and look forward to the next one in the series.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Review: One Day by: David Nicholls

One Day  One Day by David Nicholls

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

The story of Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley - two people the at college graduation meet up, have an encounter, and find themselves once a year meeting up with each other. As the years go by their friendship is often tested by the difference in personalities, addictions, careers, and significant others.

I found this book tedious, it held so much promise.. but:

Dexter is a jerk, a narcissist, womanizer, addict, has been holding on to yesteryear

Emma is self depricating, never really going for what she is truly worth or seeking for better

Then again maybe these two are made for each other, but did I have to go through years of their whining and over 400 pages to find out.

There was so much promise to this story--- heck, even I have a story like this, just unfinished - boy meets girl, boy and girl hook up, they become friends for years, what happens over those years, what happens to them -

How cliche - how "Harry Meets Sally"/ "City of Angels"/ A&Es "Intervention"

Maybe the movie will be better, but I wonder if I will waste more of my time with this.

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Review: The Language of Flowers by: Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Language of FlowersThe Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A story of a foster child, given up by her biological mother, lost in the system, finding herself. The Language of Flowers takes us into Victoria's life, past and present, meeting the people the influenced her, the struggles that she had and has to overcome, all with the fragile telling of her life almost shown through a bouquet - fragrant, fragile, daring to bloom.

Chapter by chapter, going past, present, past, building upon reliving and rectifying to grow, the author tells a deeply moving tale.

Meredith, a family service worker who is overworked and some how attached to Victoria being one of her first cases - Elizabeth, the would be mother, an influence above all, the one who understands Victoria and teaches her the secret language of flowers, among the the lessons of life - Catherine, Elizabeth's sister, an invisible influence that creates another fire inside of her - Renata, the owner of Bloom (a floral shop), a sister/mother type, one who believes in the grown version of Victoria - and Grant, the past, present, and possible future.

Victoria's life has been filled with pain and strife as years go by running away no longer seems an option, the past catches up. The Language of Flowers is a story of growth of the spirit, of blooming into oneself, and ultimate forgiveness - the gifts of love.

I enjoyed this book, finding the main character's development believable, even if at times unlikable. The secondary characters stood out in this development, and brought a stunning story to life.

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