Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Review: Blood Bond


Blood Bond
Blood Bond by Jeanne C. Stein

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I expected so much more of this final installment. I wanted it to go out with such a bang I'd remember it for months...Unfortunately it fizzled for me. Not to say it was bad...it wasn't. This series was one of my favorites and it will keep its place in my heart for sure but...I am disappointed. I expected better after thousands of words designed to amaze me, to make me soar, to make me abandon my reality and embrace Anna's. This book was just sad. Not sad because Anna's mom was dying, not sad because it was the last but because it didn't deliver that "out of body experience" you get if a book is good enough. Everything felt rushed. Anna seemed not even herself and the plot was so wrapped around the romance/wedding I don't even know what was the point of Vlad, Chael and Steffan. Such big bad boys...limited to hiring stylists and giving terrible speeches.

I do not approve.

A more action focused novel would've given me more pleasure than all the lovey-dovey stuff.



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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Free Agent


Free Agent
Free Agent by J.C. Nelson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Wasn't perfect but I liked it. The main character, Marissa, was a little (read: a lot) exasperating but the worldbuilding drew me like a moth to a flame. The support characters were interesting and I was never really sure whose side they were on and that took some great turns and twists to achieve. Not bad. I'm impressed. That being said, Marissa's "Oh woe me" attitude regarding Liam and her parents was becoming increbly hard to swallow and I'm not sure how much more I would've accepted. The "big bang" was also a little disappointing...Marissa's attempts to find out what was happening were almost always without any info and I belive her survival/solution was pretty much a fluke. It simply fell on her head. She didn't really made anything happen on her own except the whole mirror thing with Grimm. So I expected better. A little more bang.



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Monday, February 23, 2015

Review: Mr. Kiss and Tell


Mr. Kiss and Tell
Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Very good if still slightly disappointing for me. For some odd reason I can't quite understand I always expect these books to be out of this world extraordinary...my guess is that my love for the series in my teens tends to make me overly excited every time a book comes out. That being said, this book is still very good. Veronica is still her righteous self even when she's not. Logan still makes my heart pound faster and Keith is still the best father Veronica could have. However, I didn't find this story as compelling as the previous one. I found my attention wandering sometimes and, maybe because we find the culprit's identity early on, I just couldn't muster as much thrill for the ending as I did for the other book. Also the romance left me quite sad. They're just kind of stagnant now and they were always so vibrant together...Anyway. I'm not sorry I read it and I'm definitely looking forward to the next story.



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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Review: Shocking Cassandra


Shocking Cassandra
Shocking Cassandra by Mary Jane Cabot

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I'm done and I honestly feel dirty for reading this. There's erotica and then there's this. I...don't think I have enough words right now to describe how creepy/disgusting this felt to me.

The writing is...okay I guess, in terms of quality anyway. The content however is/was ridiculous. I don't think my brain is even up to begin dissecting this book. I'm honestly not giving a 1-star-rating simply because the writing isn't terrible.





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Friday, January 30, 2015

Review: Doctor No


Doctor No
Doctor No by Ian Fleming

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Can I please have some slave-time too? No? Oh well. Blah, blah, blah full of boring descriptions and uninteresting facts blah, blah, blah skimmed a couple paragraphs. Only liked the action part of the book. Will return cause I can't, apparently, get tired of James Bond even though he absolutely infuriates me every other page. And that is that.



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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: From Russia With Love


From Russia With Love
From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Well...The usual. Skipped a lot of filling and hated and loved Bond at the same time. Same with the author. Ended up pleased with the ending. Anxious to read the next book. Well done.



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review: Diamonds Are Forever


Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Well, as par for the course, I skipped a lot of chapters. Nothing major I can assure but still many. I swear there is no need for such quantity of detailed nonsense. Seriously. I do not need to know everything. I do not not need to know who founded which casino in Vegas, for example. Or what those decrepit ladies look like when they're gambling their money away. Super snore. I don't care. I've always focused more on the action scenes and I swear they're the only thing that keeps me going 'till the end of each book. In fact I always seem to find myself a little disappointed when said ending comes due to all that filling I have to go through first. I mean, all of that snail paced antecipation and then just a couple of shots and it's over? WTH? And Bond is getting on my nerves "falling in love" with every single woman he meets. Flirting is fine. Sleeping with them is fine. Talking about love every single time and then hook up with another woman in the next book? Not fine.



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Review: Diamonds Are Forever


Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Well, as par for the course, I skipped a lot of chapters. Nothing major I can assure but still many. I swear there is no need for such quantity of detailed nonsense. Seriously. I do not need to know everything. I do not not need to know who founded which casino in Vegas, for example. Or what those decrepit ladies look like when they're gambling their money away. Super snore. I don't care. I've always focused more on the action scenes and I swear they're the only thing that keeps me going 'till the end of each book. In fact I always seem to find myself a little disappointed when said ending comes due to all that filling I have to go through first. I mean, all of that snail paced antecipation and then just a couple of shots and it's over? WTH? And Bond is getting on my nerves "falling in love" with every single woman he meets. Flirting is fine. Sleep with them is fine. Talking about love every single time and they hook up with another woman in the next book? Not fine.



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Friday, January 16, 2015

Review: Moonraker


Moonraker
Moonraker by Ian Fleming

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I don't know if I should be disapointed by the casual way the bad guy died in this book or laugh at the irony considering the bad guy was incredibly meticulous and patient and his death pretty much mocked him into his grave. Alas, I think I'll do a little of both.

So...This book was easier to read than Live and Let Die. Probably because it wasn't as focused on Britsh history as the previous or maybe because, even though I haven't seen the movie in forever, my unconscious probably caught a little thread of an idea and made it easier for me. Either way, I had fun. Now that I know what to expect my reading experience has improved considerably and I don't get a headache every time someone decides to give a lecture about some obscure subject. Hurray. Progress. James Bond continues to have incredible luck and I can't wait to see it ran out. I still love him but his adventures get weirder by the book.



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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Review: Live and Let Die


Live and Let Die
Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Quite hard to get into for me. Maybe because my memory of this story was really sketchy, maybe because the language was hard to understand or more likely for all of the above. Either way, it took me a long time to get into the story's rhythm and enjoy it. I still loved James Bond so, while I struggled a lot, I kept trying over and over just to read more about him and eventually succeeded. That being said...I can't, in good conscience, give more than a 3 star rating to this book. The writing seemed really forceful at times and the details bored me to tears. Also my history lessons did not prepare me for the convoluted way it was presented to me along the main spy story. I actually have to admit that I ended up skimming most of those parts so as not to lose hope and give up. I still look forward to carry on with this series however.



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