July 25, 2011

DRUM ROLL PLEASE...................

AND THE WINNER IS ..............faerielillies06




Book Review: Misfit by Jon Skovron

Title: Misfit
Publisher: ABRAMS
Imprint: Amulet Books
Pub Date: August 1st 2011
ISBN: 9781419700217  

Source: NetGalley

Jael has always felt like a freak. She’s never kissed a boy, she never knew her mom, and her dad’s always been superstrict—but that’s probably because her mom was a demon, which makes Jael half demon and most definitely not a normal sophomore girl. On her sixteenth birthday, a mysterious present unlocks her family’s dangerous history and Jael’s untapped potential. What was merely an embarrassing secret before becomes a terrifying reality. Jael must learn to master her demon side in order to take on a vindictive Duke of Hell while also dealing with a twisted priest, best-friend drama, and a spacey blond skater boy who may have hidden depths.

My Thoughts

So two pages in and I was already considering giving up on this one.

I absolutely HATE dialogue where after every spoken sentence its 
'says Fred' 'Fred said' 'Fred says' 
And then the MC's best friend starts going on about the boy she 'went down on'.
I was thinking....TRAIN WRECK!!

However, I stuck with it and before too long I was actually really enjoying it. So much so that I read it in almost one sitting (I do need to sleep sometime!!)
The author has woven religion, philosophy and mythology (and cute boy) into a well thought out, intriguing story that will appeal to both the young and the not so young alike.
Great characters, great story, great writing (mostly) I really hope to read more about Jael and her interesting collection of friends.
4 Stars


Rave Session: Desires of the Dead by Kimberley Derting

So I just thought I'd have a little rave, or rant or whatever about a book I've had on my TBR pile for what seems like forever!!

For some reason this book kept getting shoved to the bottom of the pile and after absolutely loving book one 'The Body Finder' I have no idea why.

And 'Desires of the Dead' did not disappoint!!

Filled with suspense, intrigue and that all important teenage angst, I devoured it in one sitting-a sure sign of a great read!
4 Stars

The only downside?
Having to wait until April 2012 for the third book in the series 'The Last Echo'


Book Review: The "Ghost" Murders by JT Lewis

The Ghost Murders 
JT Lewis
Source: Smashwords 
The sleepy little county in southeast Indiana is suddenly awakened by a series of murders, leaving local law enforcement unsure where to turn. Seeming like professional hits, the victims are nonetheless normal every day people, with no ties to each other or anything criminal. Of the scant clues left at the scenes, there is one that kept showing up, a business card identifying their perp only as the 'GHOST'.

Gabriel Celtic and the other members of the Major Crimes Taskforce have been tasked with finding the ominous man, but soon discover that they will be thwarted at every turn. The revelation of another's involvement also involved in the murders, the mastermind of the killings, sends the investigation yet again into turmoil as this person easily eludes their efforts to identify and locate...her, a woman!

As the murders continue, it also becomes apparent that Jasmine, the beautiful blonde mastermind, has it out for the County Sheriff's Department, implicating its involvement with each new body found.

Having never been involved in such a bizarre series of crimes, Gabriel soon learns that solving the investigation would cost one his own the ultimate sacrifice

My Thoughts

Although not a bad story, I did find it a little difficult to read. 

I felt the story telling was a little confusing at first as there wasn't really one stand out 'voice' even though the book is supposed to center around the main character of Gabriel Celtic. 
It jumped around a bit between several of the players before settling into a clearer narrative. 

I'm also not a big fan of over describing everyday tasks. 
You poured a coffee and ate some eggs. I don't need to know how you prepare your coffee nor do I need every detail involved in cooking your eggs. (pet peeve-sorry)
Unless there is a reason why those things will play an important part in the story ie someone dies because of it,  I think its an unnecessary filler.

Overall, the actual story, the mystery, is okay and I did enjoy trying to figure it all out but the writing could use some more pep and direction. 0nly 2 stars

July 9, 2011

Book Review: Tell Me More by Janet Mullany

Tell Me More
Janet Mullany
Source: Courtesy of NetGalley

"Tell me every dirty detail…"
Jo Hutchinson is obsessed with a man she's never seen—only heard. Her late–night calls from the office to the mysterious "Mr. D." grow increasingly intimate, until they finally become full–blown phone sex. Still, Jo doesn't dare meet him. Instead, she embarks on a series of sizzling sexual escapades with other guys, sharing every sweaty moment with Mr. D. afterward, a passion–by–proxy arrangement they both get off on. But even as she's charting brave new naughty worlds, Jo knows that it's all really for Mr. D. Every pleasure she experiences—eagerly, athletically, vocally—is to please him.
Immersed in fantasy, reality just slips away—even the chance at that elusive combination of love and lust. Her new tenant, Patrick, an Irish hunk in geek's clothing, is totally into her. And in her lucid moments, Jo knows she feels the same. Can she tear herself away from her kinky dreamworld long enough to appreciate what's right in front of her? Or has Mr. D. ruined her for real life?

My Thoughts

I really dont know where to start with this review.

Two pages in and the MC is already going down on her ex, which normally wouldn't bother me but the writing here reminded me of bad eighties pizza delivery boy porn, really cheesy and not in a good way.
And that's pretty much the way the whole book read for me unfortunately.
Truth be told, I read the whole book thinking it was going to get better and the sex a little more high class but sadly it just didn't happen. And by the time the MC Jo finally meets up with the elusive Mr.D, their sex scene is completely left out!!

I found the writing to be choppy and disjointed, and basically weak.
The relationships between the characters didn't feel real and had very little substance to them.
And as I have previously stated the sex was very low brow and had a cheap titty magazine quality to it.
If the authors aim was to produce an appealing story with exciting and erotic sex, I'm afraid she failed miserably.
1 star only :[

July 7, 2011

First Monday Of The Month Giveaway: July

Well obviously I'm a little late with the details this month, but its been a busy few weeks!

We moved house and boy was it a hard task to move all of 504 meters up the road!!!
Thats right, we are now 1 farm further up the road.

I think moving such a short distance is worse in some respects because we still had to pack everything up and load it on the truck.
The poor truck driver then drove the huge distance of 900 meters (the driveway was 400m long!) to our new place to unload everything!!!

But with lots of help from family and friends we were pretty much done by lunchtime.
The unpacking is still a little haphazard but we'll get there.

Anyway........on with the comp!

As I'm still a little all over the place I'm doing it the hassle free way!

For your chance to win ONE book of your choice to the value of US$12 from The Book Depository  tell me..............
'what is your favorite book to movie adaptation and why?'

For me the answer is The Lord Of The Rings trilogy because no matter how many times I've tried to read the books.....I just cant get into them!

So leave a comment with your answer and your email address so I can contact you if you win. 
Comp will close on the 25th July and winner will be chosen at random.
You must live in a country that TBD delivers to. Good luck xox

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