Month: October 2015

Fatal Beauty, or Just Hard to Read?

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I recently received an e-galley for review from Netgalley of Fatal Beauty by Nazarea Andrews.

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I was so excited by the following description:

New Orleans. Memphis. Vegas.

Beautiful girls who know just how to get exactly what they want.

It’s all fun and games, sexy nights and wild parties.

But you can only manipulate your way out of so much, and the body count is rising. When their past catches up, not even a pretty smile will get them out of trouble this time.

I was further excited by the gorgeous cover:

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My excitement, much like the reports of Mark Twain’s death, was greatly exaggerated.

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This novel is one that is written to shock readers, and it didn’t do a very good job of that. There is murder, drugs, and a lot of sex. But unless you’re in the mood for a lot of sex scenes, I do not recommend this book. Personally, I could not even finish the book.

WHAT, Bambi?! Our eyes are goggling with disbelief.
WHAT, Bambi?! Our eyes are goggling with disbelief.

Don’t let the gorgeous cover fool you. This book had definite promise and possibility, but unfortunately, did not deliver.

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So I recommend adding to the bulk of mail our mailman above is holding (on his ill-advised rollerblades), by returning this book to sender. Or, you know, never buying it in the first place.

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BBC: The Rush, Chapter 1

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Hello, my wonderful readers! Who’s ready to share rambling thoughts and impressions of Chapter 1 of The Rush?

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I’m pretty sure I hate this narrator – to be honest, I can’t even be bothered to look up our narrator/protagonist’s name, & she obviously didn’t leave enough of an impression for me to just remember it.

I'm no elephant, and if I was one, I would be a very poor one...
I’m no elephant, and if I was one, I would be a very poor one…

I suppose that could be part of the point – I mean, I know she hasn’t exactly explained what she, her friends, and their moms are yet, but this novel is book 1 of The Siren Series, so I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that they’re… sirens.

It's elementary, dear... um... #notanelephant
It’s elementary, dear… um… #notanelephant

Anyway, I suppose it is entirely possible that the author is creating a character who is at least initially unlikable because of what she is, supernaturally/mythologically speaking. But I still don’t like it. I either like to like the main character or have a very well written story, and this novel, so far, is not written well enough for me to be okay with its’ having an unlikable protagonist.

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Also, the way that she talks! Like, don’t even get me started on how many times she used the word “even” in this first chapter, guys. Don’t even.

Like, don't EVEN... Like, gag me with a spoon
Like, don’t EVEN… Like, gag me with a spoon

Now, let’s get down to the mythological bones I have to pick so far with this story. This chick and her two friends are so beautiful and guys can’t help falling in love with them… but is it because of their voice? In the myths, it was the sirens’ singing, not their beauty, that drove men to their deaths. Also, I don’t hear about these ladies having bird legs, and the sirens were generally represented as part bird, so… you know…

If you're going to write about creepy bird ladies... #doitright
If you’re going to write about creepy bird ladies… #doitright

Those are my thoughts on the first chapter. What did you think?

A Blitz of Deadly Secrets

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Welcome to one blog post for the book blitz of Kat Nichols’ new novel Deadly Secrets. This novel sounds like it should fill you with frisson for the Hallowe’en season, which gives you a reason to avoid committing treason by continuing readin’…my blog post.

What can I say guys? I'm in a rhyming mood.
What can I say guys? I’m in a rhyming mood.

Okay, so I’m not really going to chop off your head if you don’t continue reading this blog post…

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BUT the cool thing about this book blitz is that I will give you some information, courtesy of the author herself, that might help you determine whether or not you would like to read it, and if you would like to read it, there’s a giveaway for a free e-book copy at the end of this post.

This could be you, with an e-copy of Deadly Secrets...
This could be you, with an e-copy of Deadly Secrets…

So, just what is Deadly Secrets about, anyway?

Sophia Morganthal is in over her head. Her struggles with trying to run a corporation and lead her coven cause havoc in Sophia’s personal life — mostly with her boyfriend, Connor.

Amidst the chaos, a neighboring coven is attacked, pushing Sophia to assume her place on the local council. On the brink of a supernatural war, Sophia must take action as some of the coven leaders seem to have their own agenda.

Running out of options, Sophia seeks help from the last group the council wants to involve. Will the risk be worth the reward or will she lose everything she fought so hard to attain?

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& would you like the writing style? No better way to find out than an excerpt of the book itself:

I glanced around for a doorbell, but my eye fell on a hideous door knocker instead. It looked like an

angry gargoyle and some superstitious part of me didn’t want to touch it, worried that it would come to

life and bite me. I slowly extended my hand to grasp it and the stone was cool to the touch. I laughed at

myself before knocking on the door twice. The knocker was heavy, and the thuds echoed in the silence.

Minutes passed. The tiny hairs on the back of my neck stiffened and I whirled around, positive

someone was standing behind me. But no one was. When I turned back to face the door, it was cracked

open just a tiny bit. “Hello? Is anyone there?” I asked, leaning closer, trying to peek through the open

door and into the hallway beyond.

Something slammed into me from behind, knocking me into the house. Arms wrapped around me,

like steel bands and I opened my mouth to scream. One of the arms snaked up to cover my mouth, the

fingers icy cold on my face, bruising my jaw. I struggled and kicked at my attacker, trying to free my

hand to cast a spell and he laughed. “You picked the wrong house, human.”

I tried to scream that I wasn’t human, to plead for my life, but no words made it past my lips. His

arm tightened around my chest, constricting my lungs, and my vision started to go gray. His head moved

to my neck and I squeezed my eyes shut. Was this how it was going to end?

“Michael! What the hell is wrong with you?”

The sound came from far away and as my attacker jerked, a piercing pain sliced my neck. My eyes

flew open. The smell of my blood filled the air and he growled at the woman as she approached,

defending his prize. I froze, not wanting to make any sudden moves, so scared I thought I might vomit.

She held her hands up as she walked closer, but her fangs were out, the smell of my blood making her

hungry too. “Damn it, Michael. She’s not human. She’s a witch.”

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If you are still interested in learning more, you can check out the book’s Goodreads page, the author’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed.

If you want to enter the giveaway for a free e-book copy of this novel, leave a comment discussing your favorite Halloween book or movie. (Giveaway will be accomplished via random drawing next week.) If you need to get a copy of the book in your hands now, you may purchase it at Barnes&Noble or Amazon.

I’m looking forward to reading your comments!

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Bambi’s Book Club: Read The Rush with me!

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Hello, lovely ladies & gents! As you might be aware, I read a lot, I write sometimes, and I am very opinionated. Probably much like you, yourself. So, I thought it might be fun to read the same thing and write about our various opinions, etc., here on my blog. Next week, I plan to begin reading The Rush by Rachel Higginson.

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I thought maybe I could post some thoughts about the first chapter on Friday, October 16, and anyone else who decides to read this book at this time, has already read this book, etc., could discuss their similar and dissimilar thoughts in the comments – speaking of which, I would love to hear if this concept interests you at all in the comments to this post.

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Blog comments are AWESOME! [note: can be sung to the tune of the Lego movie song]
One of the primary reasons that The Rush is a nice first pick is that the e-book version is currently free through Barnes & Noble and Amazon Kindle. Another reason is that the description interests me:

A life not her own—A future already decided.

Every facet of Ivy Pierce’s life is meticulously planned out and plotted. Cynical and jaded by sixteen, Ivy’s only hope is to escape the legacy she was born into.

She has a plan, a carefully thought out, feasible plan. She just has to play by the rules until everything falls into place. Unfortunately as predictable as her life can be, she never sees Ryder Sutton coming. He tumbles into her life unimpressed and untouched by her and the life she lives. He’s an enigma to her. A gorgeous, frustrating, sincere mystery and a complete phenomenon in the ugly world she lives in.

What blooms between them is a fiercely intense attraction that cannot be ignored. Even though they would both be better off without each other—Even if both their lives depend on staying apart.

The book also has above a 4 star rating on Goodreads, which generally bodes well.

If you are also interested by this story, and would like to read and discuss with me, please download the story, and look for my post on Friday! Also, feel free to share this post with others who might be interested, on your blog, via e-mail, Twitter, wherever. The more people who partaicipate, the more fun the experience will be!

I hope to see your comments next weekend, and also hope you are thoroughly enjoying this weekend.

On Dahlia the “Detective”

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I received an e-galley of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Ready for my honesty?

free glitter text and family website at FamilyLobby.comIt was… okay. As far as concepts go, creating a geeky detective to appeal to the voracious fans who are both geeks and thriller fans is a smart one. I get what the author is trying to do. As far as the execution of the novel goes, it is… spotty.

This novel if the dalmatian of mystery books - kind of cute, but hard of hearing.
This novel is the dalmatian of mystery books – kind of cute, but hard of hearing.

The storyline is ridiculous and zany. Parts of it work, parts of it don’t. The ending of this novel is what saved it from a two-star rating. I was interested enough in finding out where the author was going with his multiple plotlines to continue reading, and I found myself chuckling. The ending is descriptive and ridiculous and crazy and just plausible enough to keep me happy. The middle – again, touch and go. Generally vaguely boring.

You might be skimming through some of this novel, eager to get to the end like a schoolkid watching the clock eager to get to the end of the school day.
You might be skimming through some of this novel, eager to get to the end like a schoolkid watching the clock eager to get to the end of the school day.

I’m not sure that I like Dahlia Moss, and I am not into gaming enough to comment well on the kingdom of Zoth, the on-line game-world in which Dahlia does much of her detecting. I will say, from what I understand about the gaming world, I am surprised Dahlia didn’t run into more misogyny during her visits to this world, particularly since she didn’t focus on being any good at the game.

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One of the things that I really liked about this novel, is that it occurs in St. Louis, a city I know little about, other than that it’s pretty dangerous. Although I’m not sure how well the author knows the city, particularly since I have merely driven through the city on the freeway, myself, and also because the author forgot which city his story occurs in at one point, and has “Detroit” listed.

Michigan... Missouri... it's practically the same thing, right? #no
Michigan… Missouri… it’s practically the same thing, right? #no

Since I am reading an e-galley, this misstep might be finished in the final copy. There were a lot of minor mistakes that I hope are corrected before this book is released on October 20th.

Would I recommend this book? Whether or not I think you would like this book is dependent on what sort of reader you are.

*If you are a grammar nerd who freaks out at typos and the occasional poorly written sentence (no judgment, by the way… I tend to manually correct my physical books), then probably not. While many of the mistakes I encountered could be fixed in the final copy, there were enough mistakes that some have probably eked into the final copy as well.

*If you are a gamer who likes to tear him- or herself away from the computer every once in awhile to read gaming related literature… sure. I think the storyline might be entertaining, and there are likely some small, inside jokes I completely missed because I am not a gamer and don’t hang out with them too often myself.

*If you are an avid reader who just LOVES a good book, about anything, anytime, anywhere. Books, books, book! Then no. I don’t think that this book is so great that you can’t miss reading it.

*If you are an avid mystery fan who loves a good mystery novel… no. While this book is being marketed as suitable for fans of Veronica Mars, Dahlia Moss is no Veronica Mars. And the mystery aspect of this book will likely keep you reading, but it’s not really written very well for a mystery.

*If you like books that are crazy for the sake of being crazy, regardless of silly things like “logic” or “reality” creeping in… then YES. I think you might like this book, and you should definitely give it a try.

*If you are looking for a light “beach read” that won’t make you think too much, will be at least vaguely enjoyable, and about which you are free to forget the plot the instant you close the book… then YES. You should read this book.

In other words, not terrible, not great. I don’t regret reading it, particularly since I derived so much enjoyment from its’ ending. I very much doubt I will read it again, but I think it will appeal to many readers, while failing to appeal to many other readers. Yet no one knows what kind of reader you are better than you, so hopefully, regardless of the type of reader YOU are, you found this review helpful.

Happy reading!

Get your spook on

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I recently devoured the short story anthology Unnatural Creatures, edited by Neil Gaiman. And since October seems like an appropriate time to talk about unnatural creatures, I thought now might be the perfect time for me to review this story collection. Basically, you should read it. Right now.

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Unnatural Creatures is Gaiman’s collection of the wonderful and fantastic creatures that you don’t find in the Natural History museums. This idea of the unnatural museum exhibit is a clever way to instill a sense of continuity and wonder amongst these tales that are, quite frankly, wonderful.

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The stories are a mix of older, previously published works, and newer stories written specifically for the anthology. These stories are all well written, with each exhibiting a distinct voice from the author who penned it. I liked every single story, and adored several of them, as well – which is rare in an anthology.

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I have truck loads of love for this truck.

This anthology is very, very well done. Halloween is poking its’ head around the corner, and this collection of spooky stories is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Whether you are a horror aficionado or simply like to read well written stories, this collection will suit you. Another great thing about this anthology? I can tell it is one that I will be returning to read again and again. Which means that whether you have already read this book or not, I hereby give you this not-so-subtle hint/command to read it now.

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Happy reading, everyone!