Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Review: Craved

Craved by Stephanie Nelson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

You wasn't perfect. There were numerous attempts at brilliancy that completely fell flat for me but then you go and kill Gwen's best friend and then have her agree to some half-assed request so the bad guy can bring her friend back from the dead? I was never particularly fond of Gwen before but this totally ruined the story for me. Gwen went from a thoroughly boring character to an exhaustingly stupid one. Maybe it would've been better if the support characters were well written too but they weren't either. They all seemed to only exist near Gwen and even then barely so. The world-building sucks. There is no other word for it. It's confusing and irritating. Nelson seems to devise new rules every paragraph just to have them ignored in the next. Gwen goes most of her life with a simple set of powers and suddenly she's incredibly rare and everyone wants her. Reasons? None. Who cares, right? Who the hell needs sense in this book? Just me apparently. The plot just seems incredibly implausible and I guess her stupidity facing her friend's death just made me give up on the whole thing for good. Not impressed and I want my time back.

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Review: Black Wings

Black Wings
Black Wings by Christina Henry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Am I the only disgusted by the amount of entitlement all these men have in this book? I mean it is very disturbing to see this kind of thinking, specially in today's society. Who in their right minds think it's sexy or wanted? Am I alone in this? 'Cause just the thought of some *sshole I don't know forcing me to marry some boot-licking pretentious f*ck completely turns my stomach. I mean, I liked Maddy. For someone who had no idea what she was doing I think she adjusted remarkably well. She was kick-ass but not infuriatingly so. The "romance" between her and Gabriel was expected but it was not overly done so I'm not pissed but Azazel, Nathaniel and Lucifer? They pissed me off to no end. Even more than the bad guys and I think that is something very surreal. Everyone seems to be thrilled to have found her but not for her but because of what she can do for them. I, for one, am not thrilled by this development. I don't even like Lucifer and I almost always like Lucifer, even when he's a bad guy. I should be happy everything worked out, right? I'm not. I have this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I am disgusted by these supposed superior beings. I am not impressed whatsoever and can only manage mild contempt for them.

At this moment I am not sure I will keep reading this series. I am not a happy camper. I do give props for the writing though. It was incredibly compelling and well done.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: Satan Loves You

Satan Loves You
Satan Loves You by Grady Hendrix

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Honestly? I think I'm mostly pissed at myself for wasting my time with this book, yet, I'm still giving this a good rating 'cause it was ridiculously entertaining and idiotic. There was greed, pride, violence..I don't know. The whole seven deadly sins. All present and accounted for. Obnoxiously done with a side of despair. A mockery towards today's society. I'm guessing in a couple of decades it'll be somewhat praised for this but right now it's mostly hateful and unpleasant. I ended it with a feeling of hopelessness and...I don't think I'll ever touch it again.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Sympathy for the Devil

Sympathy for the Devil
Sympathy for the Devil by Holly Lisle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Meh. I'm between being pissed at Dayne for being clueless for so long and being glad everything worked out. Mostly, I'm just disappointed though. This was a fun read and I liked it somewhat but I expected better. And I most definitely wanted to like Adam which I didn't. Much. He seemed pretty lackluster for a second in command. He gave up all too fast and willingly. No fight at all. I wonder how he got to be second with such a mild personality. Anyway, Dayne being a Mary-Sue for instance was much less disappointing because it was expected due to her relationship with God. I don't know. I guess it was okay for just some mindless fun...probably depends on your mood.

Rating: 2.8 ★

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Review: Just Right

Just Right
Just Right by Bronwyn Green

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Okay I tried. But you can't begin a book, even a short story, without a little background. Something to situate the reader. This started with me reading about the woman's wet folds in the first paragraphs of chapter one. How she's having erotic dreams with the guy sitting next to her. How he's an *ss but she still wants to f*ck him and can think of nothing else. Seriously?

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Review: Alchemystic

Alchemystic by Anton Strout

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I saw that ending from miles away. Maybe halfway through? Yeah, sounds like it. But I was pleasantly surprised by all the rest. Alexandra was no perfect character. Too goody-two-shoes for my liking. Always bending to her parents will. Always apologizing. Kinda turned a little creepy when alchemy came into the picture too. Her friends tho, they made my day. Specially her best friend, Rory. She was awesome. Kick ass and witty. Definitely balanced out Lexi's naiveté and constant blundering. Marshall was incredibly geeky cute. Is that a real term? Anyway, Stanis was fascinating. His parentage did not surprise me at all though. Another thing I could see miles away. I did expect to see more of him and I don't mean physically. I kinda wished for more of his human moments. I liked him more every-time he recovered further memories. I also found I liked his weird and nonsensical sense of humor. His voice too. In fact, the characters actually made the book for me. The plot was kind of ridiculous and weak. Alexandra's parents were non-important and Devon? Well I never liked him anyway so his betrayal was kind of expected by everyone but Alexandra. Background was spotty at best. The world-building kind of dragged in some places and I had some difficulty concentrating but it was fast-paced enough for me not to linger much in said problems. Basically I will read more just in hopes of learning more about Stanis.

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Review: Greywalker

Greywalker by Kat Richardson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm not sure what to tell exactly about this book. I didn't much like Harper. She was an idiot. A slightly competent idiot but one nonetheless. I couldn't condone with her choice of ignoring the Grey throughout most of the book, in fact, I thought it would bite her in the bum and surprise, it did. In a very spectacular way when Gy*** (whatever his name was) forced her into the Grey, opened her chest and put a piece of some bad sh*t inside her. Would've the same happened if she'd been a good investigator and had investigated the sh*t out of something she didn't understand? Maybe. Maybe not. She was stupid. She had three choices: Accept blindly. Accept or not but only after finding out everything about well everything. Or try as hell to pretend nothing happened. Of course she had to choose the dumbest path. Wouldn't be proper to act rationally. Quite hard to find people like that nowadays.

Anyway, I apologize for going on a tangent with Harper there. It wasn't all her fault. I didn't much like the others characters either apart from Mara and Ben. I would say Brian too but he was only a babe and didn't show up much. The whole stunt masqueraded as plot...not convincing and I kinda need that even in a fantasy novel. Sorry.

The whole vampire/beast/grey whatever just kinda of grossed me out. I couldn't connect with a single soul and didn't care if anyone died. Clearly not for me.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Review: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic
Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I hate people who blatantly lie but, most of all, I hate people who know they're being lied to and do nothing to get to the truth. Those two things are my biggest pet peeves with this book. The MC wilfully let her mother and grandmother control her life through half-truths. She never questioned anything they ever said, no matter how ridiculous it sounded, and then she gets pissed when her sister and Kett threw that in her face. She also blatantly ignored her sister's evilness. Were you fooled? 'Cause I wasn't. Not from the first time she showed up. When Jade actually caught Rusty's magic in the zombie...I immediately thoughtSienna! How Jade managed to be hurt and shocked is beyond me. How the whole werewolf/vampire thing ended? No surprise there 'cause that's just how high-handed both her mom and gran are. Sure as hell won't stop trying to control her life now only 'cause she found their lies. Stupid girl. I really liked the premise but Jade annoys me a lot. She's incredibly ignorant of her own life and power and that always pisses me off. Not sure about further reading.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Review: Frost Moon

Frost Moon
Frost Moon by Anthony Francis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked it well enough but I'm not sure if it'll be enough to get me to read the next installment. I don't even know if you can actually call this book UF. I think I read someone say alternative. Personally, I'm not sure about anything regarding this book. I liked Dakota in general but not really if you know what I mean. I can't exactly pinpoint what I actually dislike about her but there is something definitely there. BDSM? Not my thing. Lesbianism? Not against but not my cup of tea either. Street smarts while good also can't cover everything and honestly that's all there is to this arrogant tattooist who claims to be the best but clearly isn't when she simply doesn't know what her "product" can fully do. She apparently spent nine years (!) doing magical tattoos but doesn't know what they do? WTH? Are you serious? Of course you are. Then she involves herself in a murder investigation and gets beaten within an inch of her life. Repeatedly. Does she do the sensible thing and protects herself? Nope. She continues to simply streak around town waiting for another attack. Her final showdown with the bad guy? Simple luck. She was lucky Wulf somehow recognized her in wolf form and didn't eat her. She was lucky Transmonia (or whatever his name was) was being controlled by Valentine and changed sides. She was lucky she wasn't raped and killed. Simple damn luck.

Do I really want to read about an arrogant punk who knows nothing about anything, not even herself and her art? Someone who sometimes gets lucky? I really don't know.

I liked the flow. I liked the plot well enough too and I liked the support characters. I specially liked Wulf. He intrigued the hell out of me and I wanted to know more. Instead he got killed off and now I stand here with only the support characters to entertain me. I don't think they'll be enough to distract me from Dakota's blunders.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Review: Queen of Shadows

Queen of Shadows
Queen of Shadows by Dianne Sylvan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Okay so Mira wasn't a complete idiot and her actions actually ended up saving her life. Well done. I liked it. Miranda was a very refreshing character. She started weak and finished this book with an incredible inner strength. Amazing character growth. And I loved David. Good balance between the good and bad traits of an alpha. Protective without bordering on stalker and creepy. Strong but not invulnerable. I honestly didn't think we'd get to see so much about his past and present. Most authors prefer to rely on the "mystery vampire" instead but this was definitely a pleasant surprise. And I absolutely loved him as her romantic interest. He was truly amazing and suited for her.

Was this perfect? Not really. Some of her thoughts were really depressing and frustrated me to no end. The world-building was good but the romance took way too much space. I didn't like Sophie's death. Mira and David's time apart was way too angsty for me too but ultimately? I think this actually surpassed my expectations.

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