Oct 232015
 
Review: Attachments

I loved everything about this book, except the ending. The characters felt so real, even the girls, which is quite amazing since we really only see them through email. Luckily, they email each other a lot, and their personalities really come through. Lincoln was absolutely adorable. He started out as such an insecure loner, and by the end of the book, was really starting to become self confident and strong. His growth was a great reason to read the book since it was slow and steady and very realistic. It was almost unnoticeable as it happened, like more personal growth, […]

Sep 222015
 
Review: Forever Grace

It’s stories like this that make me enjoy romance books. This is such a sweet and heartwarming story. I can easily remember it after several months, and several other books, and that makes it special. I love the accurate portrayal of people, both adults and children. Children so rarely appear in romance stories, except as side notes, but in this entire series children play an important role in each family, and this book is no exception. They are realistic and adorable and amusing. The adults are much the same way, with very character having a fully developed personality, complete with […]

Sep 212015
 
Review: Thirty Days of Red

This was a huge disappointment. I picked it up because there were comparisons to Gone Girl, which is an amazing book. This book has very little in common. Everything felt rushed and forced, and there were several character actions and thoughts that just made absolutely no sense. Pretty much the entire book could have been avoided if Liv had acted like an adult instead of a temper tantrum throwing child. It was just a huge waste. I just can’t understand or condone her actions or thoughts.

Jul 232015
 
Review: Ashes of Life + Giveaway

Before I start my review, I’d just like to apologize to the authors and publisher for missing my original posting date. Thanks for being accommodating with a new date. This book is amazing. I went into it thinking it was going to be really sad, but this turned out to be a beautiful romance. Yes, there were some sad and troubling parts, but the overall feel was hope and love. This caught me off guard, but was the best kind of surprise. This was a powerful story about love, and the power of family, and really highlighted that family is […]

Jul 222015
 
Review: The Memory Game

This was a sad story, but one that really grew on me. In the beginning, I had a hard time connecting to David because he was quite a jerk. Even as a ghost, he seemed to have little compassion or empathy for anyone else. But this changed slowly as the book progressed. It’s too bad David didn’t mature until after he was dead, but I guess it’s better late than never. All my sympathy was with Bethany. She led a hard life, with a horrible father. Every glimpse into her life brought more pain. The ending is what made the […]

Jul 072015
 
Review: Those Girls

These girls are seriously cursed. And this book is seriously awesome, in a totally scary, uncomfortable, left me bawling on the ferry in public, kind of way. Do I need to back up here a bit? No way. I read this as quick as I could because it was entirely captivating and thrilling, but I don’t really want to relive it. Why? Because those girls went through hell, and I have no wish to go through it with them again. If anything could go wrong, it did. Think of your worst nightmare, and then double it. *shudder* I’ll never look […]

Jul 062015
 
Review: The Book of Speculation

This is a very captivating, very melodic story. With a duel past and present narration, the story follows the current day Simon with his crumbling house and worries for his sister, and the past story of Peabody’s travelling circus with its Wild Boy, Seer, and Mermaid. Both narrations had a similar melancholy dreamy feel, and fit together well. It felt like two very separate stories until near the end, but even so, they were both very interesting. The characters in both were well developed and intriguing. The past narration definitely had more unusual characters, but Simon’s worry and depression were […]

Jun 152015
 
Review: Forever After

Have you ever finished a story and wanted just a little more? This short story does just that. It gives the reader just a bit more time with Gwyn and Gareth, with a fun tale of their wedding. Even though this is a short story, it’s still well developed. I was able to easily slip back into the characters lives, and experience this joyful, and stressful, adventure. I had several laughing moments, and the obligatory cry-at-the-wedding moment. It was a great hour’s read when I needed a little pick-me-up, and made me excited for the next book in the series, […]

May 292015
 
Review: Two for the Dough

I am quite saddened that I didn’t love this like I did the first book in the series. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that I listened to the audiobook version, as I just couldn’t get into the narration. It’s rare that I don’t enjoy the audiobook version of a book, but this is definitely one of those times. The narration had such an over the top accent, with an attitude that I didn’t associate with Stephanie, that it really threw me off. I found the actual story amusing, but I just couldn’t connect […]

May 282015
 
Review: Gwynneth Ever After

Sometimes you need a heartfelt, sighing, sweet romance, and this is book fits the bill perfectly. This is such a satisfying romance, and as a bonus, features several very realistic children characters. Children characters in romance books tend to be either absent or seriously stereotyped. The children in this book are very much fully developed and realistic, and add a touch of homey amusement to the story. It made the romance that much sweeter because it felt possible. Gwyn’s situation was realistic and believable, and while meeting a hunky movie star isn’t very believable, it is the stuff of dreams, […]