Thursday, April 25, 2013
Review copy from Amazon Vine.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Despite a few quibbles (the doctor missed something he really should have been able to tell), I was thoroughly engrossed by Pretty Girl-13. Liz Coley’s debut was a tough one to read (I kept thinking, “Oh no, not that too”), but I could not put it down as each detail revealed what Angie would have to endure next. The story of Angie and the alters her mind created to survive is incredibly haunting, but it is also triumphant. At the end of the book, the detective tells Angie it was an honor to meet her; I felt the same way.
Review copy from Amazon Vine.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
When a book is titled “Secrets from the Past,” it stands to reason the plot will center on a secret from the past; however, the novel is more than halfway over before Serena even realizes there might be a secret to uncover. There were a few little hints dropped for the reader, but by the time the secret came about, I was already bored. Initially it seemed like there’d be some great secret surrounding the year 1999 as that’s the album Serena goes to Europe to look for, but that storyline went nowhere. Furthermore, the writing is very passive (lots of “I was” and “they had”) which contributes to its excruciatingly slow pace.
Review copy provided by Get Red PR.
Friday, April 12, 2013
A number of issues kept me from enjoying Levitating Las Vegas as I’ve enjoyed previous books by Echols. I never connected with any of the characters, Holly in particular. She came across as weak (why did she never research her own “illness”?) and very self-involved (at the most ridiculous times she was concerned about her appearance). Additionally, there was never an explanation regarding why Holly’s parents and the other adults in Las Vegas drugged the kids so they wouldn’t know about their special abilities despite Holly and Ethan each having someone explain it all to them (yes, the excruciating explanations actually came separately and back-to-back). The rivalry between the casino group and “the Rez” (the outsiders that threatened the casino and possess special powers as well) was also unclear as no explanation for the animosity or the sudden escalation was ever provided.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Pocket Star.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
As with Fullerton’s previous book, Revenge Served Cold, I found the plot interesting but the dialogue to be quite stilted. There was some improvement, but the awkward formality remained in many instances. It wouldn’t be so noticeable if not for the fact that most of the story is dialogue. It was hard to get a feeling for any of the characters because of how formal all of them were with each other. 3/5
Review copy provided by The Cadence Group.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Forbidden Sister is not typical Andrews fare which was a little disappointing. With Emmie’s sister working as a high-class call girl out of a fancy hotel, I expected there to be a titillating storyline and a lot of scandal. Instead the plot moved along slowly through Emmie’s typical teenage world of dating (with only a little pressure about sex) and school cliques before anything about Roxy’s life as a prostitute came in. Even then there’s little danger for Emmie as the aloof Roxy turns out to be quite protective of her younger sister.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Pocket Books.