Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Review: The Seahorse Who Loved the Wrong Lynx


The Seahorse Who Loved the Wrong Lynx
The Seahorse Who Loved the Wrong Lynx by Scarlet Hyacinth

My rating: 1 of 5 stars



30 pages to finish and I just couldn't get there. Two words: first person. I hated it. It was confusing and weird and I just couldn't handle it. I was never sure who was talking. The grammar was incredibly poor, the dialog stilted and the background pretty much nonexistent too. There's a part where Layton phones Alexis and they're talking and suddenly Layton says Alexis is arching his eyebrow. I mean, really? It can happen if it's a video call but no one said anything about that so...there's other discrepancies too. Not as blatant but close and it was distracting as all hell. And have I mentioned how much I hated first person? Really awful. Made me hate pretty much every character too. And yes, I know it's number 8 of a series but it's not a good excuse. I've read other books in the middle of a series where some simple paragraphs managed to situate me just fine without any significant bumps. This was not the case. And if the writing was anything to go by..So not worth it.



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Review: Caution: Contents Under Pressure


Caution: Contents Under Pressure
Caution: Contents Under Pressure by Gabrielle Evans

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



As a leader I didn't expect Stavion to be perfect but I expected better for sure. He was just so damn cudly all the time and he never yelled or got angry. Huh. Must be exhausting to be him 24/7. Also...he was kind of a screw up. Both times he had to act like a leader and he failed pretty badly. Not enough to actually damage things permanently but close. He's not much of an alpha at all. I expected much more from him as a coven leader and a former Enforcer. Kind of disappointed after his growly presence in other books. Don't get me wrong, I liked his "human" side just fine but there was a little too much of it for my peace of mind.



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Review: Let the Rain Come Down


Let the Rain Come Down
Let the Rain Come Down by Gabrielle Evans

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Meh. I didn't much care for either main character. Not that there was anything wrong with them at all but there was just something missing. Also there's so many characters butting in all the damn time that I just can't get them all straight in my head anymore. I can't remember who is related or mated to whom and it's just confusing. Not to mention how they all just muddle the romance in the story. I spent more time trying to fit all the other characters in the main arc rather than just enjoy the budding romance between Demitrius and Oscar.



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: Endless Midnight


Endless Midnight
Endless Midnight by Gabrielle Evans

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Huh. Not as "good" as the previous story but still entertaining. I didn't connect with the characters as much though. Of course this being the mindless read it is I never really do connect much with the characters. However I do still have some I prefer being inside their heads more than others. These three? I wasn't sold on them. They didn't seem all that good together and I could feel it in the way they interacted. It was still entertaining though and the sex scenes were enjoyable.



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Review: Softly Spoken Lies


Softly Spoken Lies
Softly Spoken Lies by Gabrielle Evans

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Not bad. Clichéd as always but I didn't pick this up expecting a masterpiece so it worked well for me. I just wanted some mindless read for a little fun and entertainment and that's exactly what I got. No more and no less. I could make a list of all the good and bad about this book but this is the 4th instalment and assuming you read the previous ones...well. Copy/Paste. Just add a 3rd shifter and you know all you need to.



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Review: Leap of Faith


Leap of Faith
Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Evans

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



About average. Not perfect but not terrible either. Considering how this author can go from 8 to 80 in 0.9 seconds...it was enjoyable enough I guess. I did find the whole ex-boyfriend thingy a little contrived though. They were ex-boyfriends. If an ex-boyfriend of mine called asking me for a book I would've simply given it to him so it's pretty idiotic of Mason to not have tried that first and foremost. Was the beating and arson really necessary? A simple break and entering would've solved everything. Not to mention how ridiculous the hiding place was considering Mason was cheating on Braxton. Either he was a terribly dumb criminal or the author just didn't want to bother with anything better. I'm guessing both actually. Either way, the characters weren't bad or annoying and entertained for the time being so I'm thinking the book, even if not ground-breaking, did its purpose.



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Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Feathers and Filth


Feathers and Filth
Feathers and Filth by Joyee Flynn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



An ogre? Really? Okay...not exactly kosher but I can get behind that after a little adjustment time, sure. But the dramatics? "I killed your parents because they killed mine" thing? Yeah...way too much specially combined with all the UPAC troubles brought along too. Way too weird and just plain depressing. I couldn't even see them as good for each other. Too many contradictions and problems and surely not enough time spent together besides sex. They talked briefly. They had sex. They talked briefly. They had sex. They talked briefly. They had sex...you get the picture. Yeah there was a lot of info dump and hysterics. Was it enough for them to know each other and fall in love? Highly unlikely and I simply wasn't convinced. Not this time.



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Review: Fur And Flightless


Fur And Flightless
Fur And Flightless by Joyee Flynn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Uh. Books with wolves. I have a love/hate relationship with them most of the time. I love the idea of a pack (family) but all the dominance and blustering kinda turns me off of them. This wasn't the worst I've read with wolves but not the greatest either. And I always hate how authors portray their mates as whimpering submissives all the damn time. As if someone who isn't a wolf is automatically weaker than them and lower on the totem pole and couldn't possibly be, you know, a normal man. A man perfectly capable of not crying and whimpering and snivelling and always doing whatever the "alpha" wants unless he's angry and throwing a tantrum. Seriously. Of course if a mate actually acts like a normal person it must mean the wolf is an omega and therefore a bottom or the mate is a more powerful shifter like a lion or a vampire. There's never actually an equality. Of course this is not just with wolves or shifters in general...pretty much universal in any M/M novel but, alas, it wasn't excessive in this story and for that I am thankful if not particularly happy overall. I didn't connect with the characters much because of how Lys was presented with a lot of money as if to compensate his feminine appearance for example. Or how being an alpha Rip had to be an aggressive *ss at first. Or how "no one" loved Lys. I mean...kinda when an authors wants us to like a character so much she/he almost kills them for us to have pity on them? Just like that. Lys and Rip were so miserable all the time I just had to like them. Wrong. That just annoyed me all the faster. Lys's whimpering really got on my nerves and his dramatics? Boy. You don't want to know!

2 positive things I can say: Could've been worse and it's over. That's it.



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Review: Trunk and a Skunk


Trunk and a Skunk
Trunk and a Skunk by Joyee Flynn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Surprisingly not bad. I mean, it's not exactly a masterpiece. These books are pretty formulaic and always follow the same directives but, sometimes, you notice the story you're reading was actually thought through and well written. This was such a case. It's still not great. It's overly simplistic, dramatic and just plain clichéd. But the characters were actually sweet and well put together. They didn't annoy me at all and that's quite an accomplishment with these books. Also liked the support characters a lot. Probably still not ready to recommend this to anyone or even admit I read them but...I was entertained for sure.



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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Review: Rebound


Rebound
Rebound by Chris Scully

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



Kind of a cutesy little Christmas story. Romantic and sweet. I'd been hoping for a little more development but I wasn't even disappointed because you end the story with a very hopeful feeling. Definitely approved.



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