Monthly Archives:: October 2012

Oct 31
Meeting Gretchen Lowell

Meeting Gretchen Lowell

I normally don’t read the serial killer genre, as it’s not something that appeals to me. So imagine my surprise at falling in love with Gretchen Lowell. I still remember the day I met Gretchen; May 8th of this year. She was thrilling and beautiful. Once we were introduced I couldn’t let go. You, dear reader, probably think I’m crazy at this point. Let me explain how I met Gretchen and who my true love really is, but if you’ve read my fictional men I love post then you’ve already met him. As previously mentioned, on May 8th I met Gretchen Lowell. I came across news announcing FX had bought the rights to develop a series based on a beautiful serial killer and a damaged police detective. My interest was… Read more »

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Oct 30
Book Review: Courtney Cole’s Confessions of an Alli Cat

Book Review: Courtney Cole’s Confessions of an Alli Cat

I’ve never read Courtney Cole before, and it’s my understanding she writes mostly Young Adult. Confessions of an Alli Cat is her first “adult” contemporary. I had high hopes for Confessions because the synopsis looked interesting, and it sounded like a funny read. Thirty-five-year-old Allison Lancaster is divorced and in a dating funk. Well, actually not a funk as she’s not dating anyone. Her best friend Sara buys her a night with a gigolo, and encourages to her to try new things such as sex toys and a Brazilian. What ensues is supposed to be a hilarious account of a woman getting her groove back; however, the book falls flat for me. While it’s a fast-paced read, I had several issues with the plot and its execution. First of all,… Read more »

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Oct 25
Book Review: Sylvia Day’s Reflected In You

Book Review: Sylvia Day’s Reflected In You

Reflected In You is the highly anticipated sequel to Sylvia Day’s Bared To You. It is part of a trilogy and book two in the Crossfire series. It can be read as a standalone, if you’re the type not to care for much back story, and if you aren’t interested to see how the series concludes. The Crossfire series will get compared to Fifty Shades of Grey, but I disagree. I believe both series are very different from each other (there is no BDSM references here ) and can be enjoyed by fans of both. This next installment picks up right where we left off at the end of Bared To You. It’s the morning after Cary’s, Eva’s roommate, infamous orgy in the middle of their living room- what a… Read more »

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Oct 16
Book Review: Carol Oates’ Iridescent

Book Review: Carol Oates’ Iridescent

Iridescent is the second book in the Ember series and is not a standalone book. Carol Oates touches upon history featured in Ember, and all of the characters return in Iridescent. I tried to imagine coming into Iridescent without having read Ember; and honestly, I don’t believe it can be done. You, dear reader, would be scrambling trying to make sense of the world created by Oates and everyone’s relationship; therefore, I highly suggest reading Ember first for the back story. Iridescent picks up right where Ember left off; Candra is still recovering from the death of her best friend, Ivy, while having to deal with saving the world. Late one night, she comes face to face with Lilith, a soul carrier. Lilith tricks Candra into thinking she’s Ivy, and… Read more »

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Oct 11
Book Review: Jolene Stockman’s The Jellybean Crisis

Book Review: Jolene Stockman’s The Jellybean Crisis

I should point out that I normally don’t read young adult fiction. It’s just not a genre that totally grasps my interest; however, I will admit to wanting to read Jolene Stockman’s The Jellybean Crisis based on the cover alone. I mean, look at it! It’s gorgeous! In the end Stockman’s writing had me riveted. It’s a fun story, and I believe in the message in the book: You aren’t limited to just being you, you can be many things, but most importantly don’t forget about YOU. Poppy Johnson is a 16-year-old who does everything that is expected of her. Along the way, she loses the most important aspect–herself. She has a plan: attend Columbia, major in finance, and then work on Wall Street. She has a blueprint (yes, Stockman… Read more »

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Oct 11
Book Review: Jolene Stockman’s Total Blueprint for World Domination

Book Review: Jolene Stockman’s Total Blueprint for World Domination

We’ve all heard of The Secret or books like it and while the synopsis of Total Blueprint points in that direction it’s not. Sure some elements of it may mimic Rhonda Byrne or Esther Hicks, but in the end Total Blueprint is just that…a blueprint on how to make your dreams come true. It’s targeted towards young adults, however; both parents and their children can sit down and map out a future of possibilities. We all have dreams we would like to see to fruition so why not create a blueprint? As Stockman states, “You’ve got one life, one shot, and all the power to make it happen. Get ready to dream big and live big. It’s all up to you. And it starts now.” Stockman’s writing is simple and… Read more »

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Oct 09
Book Review: M. Leighton’s Down To You

Book Review: M. Leighton’s Down To You

It’s difficult for any author to write a love triangle because each reader is different and we get divided up into teams. Afterwards we have our own idea regarding who the heroine should have picked (especially if she picks the wrong one). I admit I was a bit worried about how this would turn out. The reason? From the premise, Olivia Townsend, is attracted to brothers. Normally this isn’t a problem as we’ve seen it played out before because one brother turns out to be the villain and makes it easy for her to figure out which one she wants, but the problem here lies with twin brothers. Twin identical brothers: Cash & Nash Davenport. If you’re saying to yourself, “Cash & Nash?” no worries-Olivia thought the same thing. On… Read more »

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Oct 05
Book Review: Colleen Hoover’s Slammed

Book Review: Colleen Hoover’s Slammed

Instead of a traditional review, I present you with the following: my attempt at a poem. Slam poetry plays a major role in Colleen Hoover’s Slammed. Everything touched upon in the poem is what I took from the novel. Please note the bold sections come directly from Lake’s poem, “Schooled,” and it’s the poem she reads Will regarding her feelings. You can read the full blurb here. I absolutely adore this book and I think you will too. “By a Book” I got schooled this year By a book A book that left me feeling Love, hope, and sadness I learned about life And about death How we wish we could plan And prevent But when he comes knocking We can’t pretend we’re not home We’d love to carve pumpkins… Read more »

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Oct 01
Book Review: Elise Marion’s The Third Son

Book Review: Elise Marion’s The Third Son

The Third Son is the first book in the King of Cardenas series. Let me start off by saying, I’m not a big fan of authors who within the opening pages outright describe the villain and his intentions. I like the intrigue and the journey of seeing him unmasked, however; Elise Marion delivers a satisfying read and kept me guessing. Prince Damien is spoiled and spends his time seducing women, but of course that’s the image he portrays as the third son of the King of Cardenas. Unlike his older brother, Lionus, he won’t be king nor will he be the head of the military like his twin brother, Serge. One night Gypsies are brought to the hall as part of Lionus’ betrothal celebrations and is immediately captivated by one… Read more »

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