Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Adding to the Stacks #4

Just a few new ones this week.

FOR REVIEW:

Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye - I didn't realize this was the second in a series. Bummer since I don't have the first one.








PURCHASED:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - I loved this one so much that I sent my copy to my friend Christy. The boys and I traded in books at my favorite book store here in town. I used part of the credit to get another copy of this one and of...







The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - this was the other one I got with credit. I haven't read this one yet but I want to re-read the first one again before I read this one. They can be read out of order but I just don't want to.







A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer - it was cheap and in excellent condition so I got it. Looks good and I've been wanting to get back into mystery, suspense and thrillers like I read back in the day.








Anybody else get any new goodies this past week?

Adding to the Stacks #4

Just a few new ones this week.

FOR REVIEW:

Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye - I didn't realize this was the second in a series. Bummer since I don't have the first one.








PURCHASED:

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - I loved this one so much that I sent my copy to my friend Christy. The boys and I traded in books at my favorite book store here in town. I used part of the credit to get another copy of this one and of...







The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - this was the other one I got with credit. I haven't read this one yet but I want to re-read the first one again before I read this one. They can be read out of order but I just don't want to.







A Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer - it was cheap and in excellent condition so I got it. Looks good and I've been wanting to get back into mystery, suspense and thrillers like I read back in the day.








Anybody else get any new goodies this past week?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Wrap Up Post

Bout of Books

Another great Bout of Books has come and gone. Due to the start of school for my boys, I wasn't able to participate as much as I would have liked but I did read one complete book and half of two others. 

My challenge yesterday was very fun and I've enjoyed reading the different entries. So many great new to me blogs!


Bout of Books 8.0 Wrap Up Post

Bout of Books

Another great Bout of Books has come and gone. Due to the start of school for my boys, I wasn't able to participate as much as I would have liked but I did read one complete book and half of two others. 

My challenge yesterday was very fun and I've enjoyed reading the different entries. So many great new to me blogs!


The Distance Between Us by Kasie West {review}



Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West (website)(Twitter)
Pages
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: I so enjoyed this one!

I can't even begin to say how much I enjoyed this book. The main character, Caymen, is super sarcastic. She made me laugh out loud throughout the entire thing. And I smiled the rest of the time. She was such a unique character and I completely and totally loved her. 

She lives above a doll store with her single mom. They are poor. Poor poor. She shops at thrift stores and even then feels guilty for buying anything. So when uber rich boy Xander Spence stops by the store to buy his grandmother a doll for her birthday, Caymen's bias towards the rich comes out. Her mother instilled in her a real dislike for the rich. Caymen has been told her whole life that her rich father left her mom when she was pregnant. 

The problem is that even though Xander is super rich, he is also super charming and sweet and funny and Caymen is swayed. I was a bit worried that this would be a typical poor girl meets rich boy and insta-love begins. Not the case with this one. It is heart felt AND heart warming with a touch of mystery.

The other characters and varied and interesting on their own. There's hip Skye, Caymen's best friend, whose boyfriend, Henry is a part of the band the Crusty Toads. Lots of jokes there and Caymen hits them all. Mason or "Tic" is a smooth talking singer in the Crusty Toads and he's sweet on Caymen. 

The story flows easily and quickly. The humor was definitely my favorite part but there is a lot in there. Being yourself no matter what your bank account balance and finding real friends are big "lessons" to learn. The romance is realistic and so sweet. I was rooting for the characters and that doesn't happen often.

The only criticism I have is that it wrapped up faster than I wanted it to. Everything quickly comes to a close after lots of build up. Seemed just a bit rushed.

Overall I really loved this story. This was a great choice for the Bout of Books read-a-thon because it was quick and wonderful. Caymen is my favorite character by far. She had me as sarcasm.

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West {review}



Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West (website)(Twitter)
Pages
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: I so enjoyed this one!

I can't even begin to say how much I enjoyed this book. The main character, Caymen, is super sarcastic. She made me laugh out loud throughout the entire thing. And I smiled the rest of the time. She was such a unique character and I completely and totally loved her. 

She lives above a doll store with her single mom. They are poor. Poor poor. She shops at thrift stores and even then feels guilty for buying anything. So when uber rich boy Xander Spence stops by the store to buy his grandmother a doll for her birthday, Caymen's bias towards the rich comes out. Her mother instilled in her a real dislike for the rich. Caymen has been told her whole life that her rich father left her mom when she was pregnant. 

The problem is that even though Xander is super rich, he is also super charming and sweet and funny and Caymen is swayed. I was a bit worried that this would be a typical poor girl meets rich boy and insta-love begins. Not the case with this one. It is heart felt AND heart warming with a touch of mystery.

The other characters and varied and interesting on their own. There's hip Skye, Caymen's best friend, whose boyfriend, Henry is a part of the band the Crusty Toads. Lots of jokes there and Caymen hits them all. Mason or "Tic" is a smooth talking singer in the Crusty Toads and he's sweet on Caymen. 

The story flows easily and quickly. The humor was definitely my favorite part but there is a lot in there. Being yourself no matter what your bank account balance and finding real friends are big "lessons" to learn. The romance is realistic and so sweet. I was rooting for the characters and that doesn't happen often.

The only criticism I have is that it wrapped up faster than I wanted it to. Everything quickly comes to a close after lots of build up. Seemed just a bit rushed.

Overall I really loved this story. This was a great choice for the Bout of Books read-a-thon because it was quick and wonderful. Caymen is my favorite character by far. She had me as sarcasm.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bout of Books 8.0 Challenge and Giveaway!

Bout of Books


Welcome to my Bout of Books 8.0 Challenge and Giveaway! I participated in the last Bout of Books and had such a great time. I've participated in other read-a-thons and challenges and always enjoy them but my very favorite thing about these events is finding new to me bloggers!

So my challenge:

Make a list of 5 bloggers that you found during this Bout of Books. Post the list on your blog and leave me the link. Don't have a blog? Post your list to Twitter and leave me the link. Don't have either? Leave your list in a comment and leave me the link.

YOU MUST POST YOUR LINK TO THE RAFFLECOPTER to be entered.

RULES:

1. Only those signed up for Bout of Books are eligible to win.
2. Winner will be randomly chosen from those who left a link in rafflecopter.
3. Contest runs for 24 hours.
4. Winning entry will be verified. ONLY those who follow the rules can win.

PRIZE:

Book of choice from The Book Depository up to $10 USD. Open to anywhere TBD ships.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Bout of Books 8.0 Challenge and Giveaway!

Bout of Books


Welcome to my Bout of Books 8.0 Challenge and Giveaway! I participated in the last Bout of Books and had such a great time. I've participated in other read-a-thons and challenges and always enjoy them but my very favorite thing about these events is finding new to me bloggers!

So my challenge:

Make a list of 5 bloggers that you found during this Bout of Books. Post the list on your blog and leave me the link. Don't have a blog? Post your list to Twitter and leave me the link. Don't have either? Leave your list in a comment and leave me the link.

YOU MUST POST YOUR LINK TO THE RAFFLECOPTER to be entered.

RULES:

1. Only those signed up for Bout of Books are eligible to win.
2. Winner will be randomly chosen from those who left a link in rafflecopter.
3. Contest runs for 24 hours.
4. Winning entry will be verified. ONLY those who follow the rules can win.

PRIZE:

Book of choice from The Book Depository up to $10 USD. Open to anywhere TBD ships.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bout of Books UPDATE POST

Bout of Books


It's Bout of Books time, ya'll! I so enjoyed this laid back read-a-thon so I was very excited to sign up again. So excited that I'm even hosting a challenge this weekend so stop back by on Sunday for the challenge to win!

This is already laid back but this is the first week of school so I'm taking this super duper easy on myself. Goal of 3 books read. This is one less than the last Bout of Books but with the little guy going to school for the first time ever (tear!), I'm thinking there will be lots of hanging on Mom time when he gets home. My older one is not that concerned about going back thankfully.

I've got a ton of ARCs and library books all ready to go. I'm not going to make a list but will read at least one review book to mark it off the list.

I'll be updating this post with my progress and any challenges I participate in.

Let's get the party started...

MONDAY
Continued reading an online selling book. Didn't get much done today. Sad face.

TUESDAY
Continued reading Real Men Don't Text and the online selling book.

WEDNESDAY
Reading The Distance Between Us by Kasie West. Oh how I love the humor of this book!

THURSDAY
nothing, zip, nada. Another sad face.

FRIDAY
Finished The Distance Between Us by Kasie West. Loved this book!

SATURDAY
picking my next book and hope to get quite a bit done.

SUNDAY

Bout of Books UPDATE POST

Bout of Books


It's Bout of Books time, ya'll! I so enjoyed this laid back read-a-thon so I was very excited to sign up again. So excited that I'm even hosting a challenge this weekend so stop back by on Sunday for the challenge to win!

This is already laid back but this is the first week of school so I'm taking this super duper easy on myself. Goal of 3 books read. This is one less than the last Bout of Books but with the little guy going to school for the first time ever (tear!), I'm thinking there will be lots of hanging on Mom time when he gets home. My older one is not that concerned about going back thankfully.

I've got a ton of ARCs and library books all ready to go. I'm not going to make a list but will read at least one review book to mark it off the list.

I'll be updating this post with my progress and any challenges I participate in.

Let's get the party started...

MONDAY
Continued reading an online selling book. Didn't get much done today. Sad face.

TUESDAY
Continued reading Real Men Don't Text and the online selling book.

WEDNESDAY
Reading The Distance Between Us by Kasie West. Oh how I love the humor of this book!

THURSDAY
nothing, zip, nada. Another sad face.

FRIDAY
Finished The Distance Between Us by Kasie West. Loved this book!

SATURDAY
picking my next book and hope to get quite a bit done.

SUNDAY

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Adding to the Stacks #4

Another slow week for new books simply because I am 1) no longer asking for any 2) am turning down pretty much all review requests I receive. Once we get in a new school year routine, my reading should pick back up and I'll be able to get through some of my towering stack.

I think this is the most random mish mash of books I've gotten in a week!

For Review:



  


Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark - reading this one now. I wasn't sure about this one, especially since it is written in verse. I decided to read the first page just to see what it was like and had to force myself to put it down after 50 or so pages. It's unique and very interesting. Way out of my comfort zone but I think that I'll end up really enjoying this one.

Dragon's Child (King Arthur Trilogy) by M.K. Hume - this one is a chunkster but I'm really looking forward to it. 

Purchased:




The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht - bought this one at a yard sale because the cover caught my attention. Super cheap for the trade paperback size in like new condition.

What did you get recently?






Adding to the Stacks #4

Another slow week for new books simply because I am 1) no longer asking for any 2) am turning down pretty much all review requests I receive. Once we get in a new school year routine, my reading should pick back up and I'll be able to get through some of my towering stack.

I think this is the most random mish mash of books I've gotten in a week!

For Review:



  


Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark - reading this one now. I wasn't sure about this one, especially since it is written in verse. I decided to read the first page just to see what it was like and had to force myself to put it down after 50 or so pages. It's unique and very interesting. Way out of my comfort zone but I think that I'll end up really enjoying this one.

Dragon's Child (King Arthur Trilogy) by M.K. Hume - this one is a chunkster but I'm really looking forward to it. 

Purchased:




The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht - bought this one at a yard sale because the cover caught my attention. Super cheap for the trade paperback size in like new condition.

What did you get recently?






Monday, August 19, 2013

Bout of Books begins...now

Bout of Books


It's Bout of Books time, ya'll! I so enjoyed this laid back read-a-thon so I was very excited to sign up again. So excited that I'm even hosting a challenge this weekend so stop back by on Sunday for the challenge to win!

This is already laid back but this is the first week of school so I'm taking this super duper easy on myself. Goal of 3 books read. This is one less than the last Bout of Books but with the little guy going to school for the first time ever (tear!), I'm thinking there will be lots of hanging on Mom time when he gets home. My older one is not that concerned about going back thankfully.

I've got a ton of ARCs and library books all ready to go. I'm not going to make a list but will read at least one review book to mark it off the list.

I'll be updating this post with my progress and any challenges I participate in.

Let's get the party started...

MONDAY


TUESDAY


WEDNESDAY


THURSDAY


FRIDAY


SATURDAY


SUNDAY

Bout of Books begins...now

Bout of Books


It's Bout of Books time, ya'll! I so enjoyed this laid back read-a-thon so I was very excited to sign up again. So excited that I'm even hosting a challenge this weekend so stop back by on Sunday for the challenge to win!

This is already laid back but this is the first week of school so I'm taking this super duper easy on myself. Goal of 3 books read. This is one less than the last Bout of Books but with the little guy going to school for the first time ever (tear!), I'm thinking there will be lots of hanging on Mom time when he gets home. My older one is not that concerned about going back thankfully.

I've got a ton of ARCs and library books all ready to go. I'm not going to make a list but will read at least one review book to mark it off the list.

I'll be updating this post with my progress and any challenges I participate in.

Let's get the party started...

MONDAY


TUESDAY


WEDNESDAY


THURSDAY


FRIDAY


SATURDAY


SUNDAY

Friday, August 16, 2013

ARC Envy #10 The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith


Every week several of my favorite bloggers post vlogs or whatever of all the great book hauls they've received for the week. Since I'm a tiny little fish in the huge book blogging pond, my mailbox isn't stuffed with all the great ARCs that they get. Dana's ARC Envy is my way of highlighting an ARC that I *wish* had been sent to me too. 




TitleThe Geography of You and Me
AuthorJennifer E. Smith (website)(Twitter)
Publisher: Poppy (website)(Twitter)
Expected Publication Date: April 15, 2014

Judging a book by its cover:  Another cover that I'm not sure that I love but I like the fact that all of her book covers have the same feel.

Know anything about the author?  I read and really enjoyed The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and have This is What Happy Looks Like on the pile. 

Why do I want it?  She is one of those authors that I will always read whatever they publish. 

Summary from Goodreads:


Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

What ARC are you envying this week?

ARC Envy #10 The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith


Every week several of my favorite bloggers post vlogs or whatever of all the great book hauls they've received for the week. Since I'm a tiny little fish in the huge book blogging pond, my mailbox isn't stuffed with all the great ARCs that they get. Dana's ARC Envy is my way of highlighting an ARC that I *wish* had been sent to me too. 




TitleThe Geography of You and Me
AuthorJennifer E. Smith (website)(Twitter)
Publisher: Poppy (website)(Twitter)
Expected Publication Date: April 15, 2014

Judging a book by its cover:  Another cover that I'm not sure that I love but I like the fact that all of her book covers have the same feel.

Know anything about the author?  I read and really enjoyed The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and have This is What Happy Looks Like on the pile. 

Why do I want it?  She is one of those authors that I will always read whatever they publish. 

Summary from Goodreads:


Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

What ARC are you envying this week?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters {review}



Title: The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman #1)
Author: Ben H. Winters (website)(Twitter)
Pages: 336 pages
Published on May 13, 2013 by Quirk Books (website)(Twitter)
Source/format: Won paperback

The premise of The Last Policeman is right up my alley so when I found out I won the first two books of this trilogy I was super excited. When they arrived in the same week as 4 other books and were added to my toppling TBR stack, I wasn't sure when I would get to it. Enter my 6 year old who was asked to pick out my next book for me. So, Ben H. Winters, please thank Cole for picking you based on there being "policeman" in the title. He wants to be a Sheriff's Deputy when he grows up.

After explaining to him that this wasn't a book that I could read TO him, he wandered off to let me read. And read I did. I finished it in one day. 

A huge asteroid is heading towards earth. There is about 6 months left. People have quit their jobs to live out their "bucket lists" and the number of religious organizations have sky rocketed. Henry Palace has just been promoted to detective and is called to a hanging at the local McDonald's. He doesn't think that it is suicide though and starts to investigate. Everyone questions why he is investigating since the asteroid is still headed towards them and there are suicides every day.

Detective Palace was a very fun character for me. He was quiet, unassuming and methodical. A bit of a dry wit that calls things like they are, he reminds me of one of my very favorite people on the planet.

A secondary cast of characters was diverse and well developed. I am glad that it was mostly centered on Palace though. The Last Policeman was told in first person from his perspective. Since this was the case, I felt like I got a good grip on who he was and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

The mystery is a good one and I enjoyed the way that the story unfolded. It lagged a bit in the middle but still was able to hold my attention regardless. The best part of the book was the imagining of what life would be like if something was about to wipe us all out. That part was believable and therefore a bit scary. 

I really enjoyed The Last Policeman and am looking forward to getting to Countdown City soon. 





The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters {review}



Title: The Last Policeman (The Last Policeman #1)
Author: Ben H. Winters (website)(Twitter)
Pages: 336 pages
Published on May 13, 2013 by Quirk Books (website)(Twitter)
Source/format: Won paperback

The premise of The Last Policeman is right up my alley so when I found out I won the first two books of this trilogy I was super excited. When they arrived in the same week as 4 other books and were added to my toppling TBR stack, I wasn't sure when I would get to it. Enter my 6 year old who was asked to pick out my next book for me. So, Ben H. Winters, please thank Cole for picking you based on there being "policeman" in the title. He wants to be a Sheriff's Deputy when he grows up.

After explaining to him that this wasn't a book that I could read TO him, he wandered off to let me read. And read I did. I finished it in one day. 

A huge asteroid is heading towards earth. There is about 6 months left. People have quit their jobs to live out their "bucket lists" and the number of religious organizations have sky rocketed. Henry Palace has just been promoted to detective and is called to a hanging at the local McDonald's. He doesn't think that it is suicide though and starts to investigate. Everyone questions why he is investigating since the asteroid is still headed towards them and there are suicides every day.

Detective Palace was a very fun character for me. He was quiet, unassuming and methodical. A bit of a dry wit that calls things like they are, he reminds me of one of my very favorite people on the planet.

A secondary cast of characters was diverse and well developed. I am glad that it was mostly centered on Palace though. The Last Policeman was told in first person from his perspective. Since this was the case, I felt like I got a good grip on who he was and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

The mystery is a good one and I enjoyed the way that the story unfolded. It lagged a bit in the middle but still was able to hold my attention regardless. The best part of the book was the imagining of what life would be like if something was about to wipe us all out. That part was believable and therefore a bit scary. 

I really enjoyed The Last Policeman and am looking forward to getting to Countdown City soon. 





Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A Little Bit Scandalous by Robin DeHart



Title: A Little Bit Scandalous (Forbidden Love #3)
Author: Robyn DeHart (website)(Twitter)
Pages: 250 (ebook)
Publication Date: August 12, 2013
Publisher: Scandalous, an imprint of Entangled
Source/Format: Publisher for review/e-galley
Rating: Delightfully scandalous (see what I did there?!)

Yes, yes ANOTHER romance. What is happening? First, look at that cover. I want that dress. I'd never wear it but I want it anyway. It's beautiful. So why another romance? I participated in a chat with three Entangled authors and found them all so delightful that I wanted to read at least one of their books to share the love. It just happens that this one came up as available to review so I jumped at the chance to review it. Of all romance, I find that I enjoy historical the most. Maybe it is the setting. Maybe it is because Dukes are hot. Who knows how my mind works. On to the story...

This is the third book in her Forbidden Love series and even though I usually won't read out of order, my understanding is that they are more companion novels than an actual series. 

Monroe (Roe) Grisham is the Duke of Chanceworth and blames himself for the death of his best friend. Before he died, he leaves his little sister as Roe's ward. When he decides that Caroline needs to be married off so that she can begin her life, she declares her love for him. After being rejected, she thinks she'll never marry. Fast forward 7 years and she is all grown up and beautiful. She is trying to earn money to remodel her family's house. Thanks to being a bit of a math genius and good at cards, she dresses as a man to play.

Enter Roe. When he realizes it is her sparks fly.

This was a quick read that was ultimately satisfying. I did have a couple of problems with the plot but it was only because I am not the biggest fan of romance so I tend to be too eye-rolly...which shouldn't take away from the book. 

I thought that the characters were interesting. I loved that she cared so deeply about her family's home that she would put herself in danger to earn the money to pay for repairs. Since she was still the ward of the very rich, Roe, she could have simply asked him for the money. She didn't want to do that though and I liked her attempt at being independent. 

The pacing was good and the story moved along. There was an element of mystery and that subplot was a good underlying story that added to Roe and Caroline's characters. 

The sex scenes were well done even if I was expecting more of them. Roe sounded like a handsome capable man who would be quite swoon worthy.

Overall I enjoyed the book and thought it was great mind candy. I'd like to read A Little Bit Sinful to read about the characters Justin and  Clarissa who are mentioned in A Little Bit Scandalous.


A Little Bit Scandalous by Robin DeHart



Title: A Little Bit Scandalous (Forbidden Love #3)
Author: Robyn DeHart (website)(Twitter)
Pages: 250 (ebook)
Publication Date: August 12, 2013
Publisher: Scandalous, an imprint of Entangled
Source/Format: Publisher for review/e-galley
Rating: Delightfully scandalous (see what I did there?!)

Yes, yes ANOTHER romance. What is happening? First, look at that cover. I want that dress. I'd never wear it but I want it anyway. It's beautiful. So why another romance? I participated in a chat with three Entangled authors and found them all so delightful that I wanted to read at least one of their books to share the love. It just happens that this one came up as available to review so I jumped at the chance to review it. Of all romance, I find that I enjoy historical the most. Maybe it is the setting. Maybe it is because Dukes are hot. Who knows how my mind works. On to the story...

This is the third book in her Forbidden Love series and even though I usually won't read out of order, my understanding is that they are more companion novels than an actual series. 

Monroe (Roe) Grisham is the Duke of Chanceworth and blames himself for the death of his best friend. Before he died, he leaves his little sister as Roe's ward. When he decides that Caroline needs to be married off so that she can begin her life, she declares her love for him. After being rejected, she thinks she'll never marry. Fast forward 7 years and she is all grown up and beautiful. She is trying to earn money to remodel her family's house. Thanks to being a bit of a math genius and good at cards, she dresses as a man to play.

Enter Roe. When he realizes it is her sparks fly.

This was a quick read that was ultimately satisfying. I did have a couple of problems with the plot but it was only because I am not the biggest fan of romance so I tend to be too eye-rolly...which shouldn't take away from the book. 

I thought that the characters were interesting. I loved that she cared so deeply about her family's home that she would put herself in danger to earn the money to pay for repairs. Since she was still the ward of the very rich, Roe, she could have simply asked him for the money. She didn't want to do that though and I liked her attempt at being independent. 

The pacing was good and the story moved along. There was an element of mystery and that subplot was a good underlying story that added to Roe and Caroline's characters. 

The sex scenes were well done even if I was expecting more of them. Roe sounded like a handsome capable man who would be quite swoon worthy.

Overall I enjoyed the book and thought it was great mind candy. I'd like to read A Little Bit Sinful to read about the characters Justin and  Clarissa who are mentioned in A Little Bit Scandalous.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Bang by Lisa McMann {review}



Title: Bang (Visions #2)
Author: Lisa McMann (website)(Twitter)
Pages: 256 / e-galley
Expected Publication Date: October 8, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Publisher for review 
Rating: It was ok.

If you haven't read the first book in this series, I would suggest reading my review of Crash instead.

I squealed with delight when I was approved to read the e-galley of Bang. Although Crash wasn't a 5 star read for me, I really enjoyed it and was looking forward to the next in the series. 

Once again, if you haven't read Crash, I would suggest you read that review instead as the review of Bang gives away parts of Crash.

Bang picks up where Crash left off. Julia has saved everyone and is recovered enough to finally go home. She and Sawyer are in a forbidden and therefore secret romance. Her father has sunk ever deeper into himself and is a mess. When Sawyer begins to see a vision, Julia feels responsible, that somehow she's "given" him some sort of disease.

They try to work their way through the newest vision but ultimately ask for the help of her brother, Trey. The family dynamics that I loved so much in the first book aren't as strong in this one. It's very superficial and focuses mostly on Julia and Sawyer trying to figure out the new vision. And her parents are messed up. Totally messed up.

It was interesting to see the vision through Sawyer's eyes since the story is told from Julia's perspective. She is trying to help him figure it all out and she knows first hand how horrible it is to see the vision over and over again.

I don't want to spoil anything by revealing where the vision is or how it is resolved but it drove me crazy. I was very interested in what was happening until I found out why it was happening. If I hadn't invested so much time already in the reading of the book (in other words, I was almost finished) I would have hurled it across the room - ok, probably not since I was reading it on my Kindle - but you get my point. I was highly annoyed because I felt like a couple of hot button topics were thrown together for the story. It wasn't completely unbelievable and there was a twist there but still. 

Overall the book isn't badly written though Julia does seem much younger this time around. I was just expecting way more. I know that there is one more book in the series but I am unsure if I will read it. 




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