Sunday, April 22, 2012

Goodbye

I am really sad to be writing this post today.  I actually got onto my computer here to do my "In My Mailbox" post, but it really made me realize that blogging has become more of a job....a job that I don't want to do anymore.  I love reading, and I really enjoyed blogging for a long time, but I just don't enjoy it as much as I used to.  I feel obligated to get through so many books, and I am just becoming very overwhelmed.  I feel like I am just not getting anywhere.  I have been thinking about this for a few weeks now, but today I just finally came to the official decision.  I have decided to stop blogging.  I want to go back to just enjoying books and reading what I want, when I want, for whatever length of time I want.  I just want to enjoy reading!

For you authors and publishers that have sent me books, thank you so much.  I still have every intention of reading the books you have sent, and reviewing them on goodreads.  This blog has just become too much work.

I am not going to disappear completely.  If you would still like to keep in contact, you can find me on Goodreads!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

On My Wishlist (#66)


On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Cosy Books and runs every Saturday. It's where I list all the books I desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming.

Come Home
Lisa Scottoline

Synopsis: Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter's lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a pediatrician fulfills her---though it is stressful---and her daughter, Megan, is a happily over-scheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team.
But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don’t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard-earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can’t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own.
Come Home reads with the breakneck pacing of a thriller while also exploring the definition of motherhood, asking the questions: Do you ever stop being a mother? Can you ever have an ex-child? What are the limits to love of family?

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Looking for a Blogging Partner

Life has really gotten busy lately, and I have realized that I just don't have the time that I used to have to devote to this blog.  I am enjoying actually having a life outside of this computer, so I have decided to look for a partner to help me with this blog.  If you have been considering starting your own blog, consider joining mine!  Fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.


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REVIEW: Sweet Evil


Sweet Evil
Wendy Higgins

Synopsis: What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

My thoughts: Sweet Evil left me feeling fulfilled in some areas, but completely unfulfilled in other areas.  It was just one of those books that was good, but not amazing because it was missing a couple of things. If you're looking for an emotional read with back and forth romance, this is it.

I really liked the idea of fallen angels and their children living on earth.  They all have a reason to be there, even if it isn't a very good reason.  They are pretty much supposed to be bad influences to humans and kind of give them that little extra push to get them to do bad things.  I think my favorite part in all of this was the light Anna shined throughout the book.  She is so innocent and has the strength to not do bad things.  She has values, and even though she has a pull towards drugs and alcohol, she stops herself.  I got really upset when she was slipped some ecstasy.  I think I was more mad at Anna for not being mad about it.  She really liked the high, which makes sense, but she still should have reacted a little differently I think. 

I also liked the romance, although it did leave me mad several times.  Anna and Kaiden are perfect together, but they really have to be apart.  That part made sense to me, but I think Kaidan could have been a little more straight with Anna.  He did tell her that they just can't be together because it would keep her safe, but it kind of looked like he just didn't like her at all anymore.  Anna was still completely in love with him, and was having a hard time keeping away from him.  Why can't the guys show that they are having a hard time too?  I never see that part!

One thing I was not impressed with was the lack of development of Anna's abilities and essentially her new life.  This book focused on so much of the romance, and it touched base on who she really is, but I was left needing more!  I just feel like she should have been trained more.  It just seemed too simple!

I think that this is just one of those books that is going to have an amazing sequel!  It really set up a lot of background and potential for a great second novel.  It seems as though the second is always better than the first!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"Waiting On" Wednesday (#53)


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. Here is what I am waiting on:

Taken at Dusk
C.C. Hunter
Shadow Falls #3

Synopsis: Step into Shadow Falls, a camp for teens with supernatural powers. Here friendship thrives, love takes you by surprise, and our hearts possess the greatest magic of all.

Kylie Galen wants the truth so badly she can taste it. The truth about who her real family is, the truth about which boy she’s meant to be with—and the truth about what her emerging powers mean. But she’s about to discover that some secrets can change your life forever…and not always for the better.

Just when she and Lucas are finally getting close, she learns that his pack has forbidden them from being together. Was it a mistake to pick him over Derek? And it’s not just romance troubling Kylie. An amnesia-stricken ghost is haunting her, delivering the frightful warning, someone lives and someone dies. As Kylie races to unravel the mystery and protect those she loves, she finally unlocks the truth about her supernatural identity, which is far different—and more astonishing—than she ever imagined.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

REVIEW: A Want So Wicked


A Want so Wicked
Suzanne Young
A Need So Beautiful #2

Synopsis: Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose affect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

My thoughts: I enjoyed the first book in this series, but A Want so Wicked is so much better!  I was really pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book.  There is so much more excitement and suspense in this book! 

I surprisingly was not confused when I started this book.  I did read the synopsis before picking this book up, and sort of made my own assumptions about this new Elise character. 

I really liked Elise.  It was quite like reading about Charlotte again, but it still wasn't like I was rereading the first book.  Elise has no idea who she is, and weird things start happening to her.  I really liked the psychic lady who comes into Elise's life.  She's really quite scary at first, but then she becomes such a great mentor for Elise.  I also liked having some of the characters from the first book come back in, such as Harlin.

Abe was a really creepy character.  I didn't put two and two together as to who he really was until quite a bit into the book.  So really, I think he is more than just creepy.  He could be very terrifying!  I thought it was so weird (and very frustrating for me as the reader) to have Elise completely not remember the bad things that Abe was doing.  I just wanted her to remember!

The ending to this book was perfect.  However, it makes me think that this book may be the last in this series.  I would be very disappointed if there wasn't at least one more book in this series!  I could really use some more of Elise and Harlin!

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

REVIEW: Hemlock


Hemlock
Kathleen Peacock
Hemlock #1

Synopsis: Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love.

My thoughts: Hemlock was a really good read.  I like reading about werewolves, and this one was really different from others I've read.  The cover of this book really threw me off.  Even looking at it now, it just doesn't make sense to me.  I think that covers of books should have some rhyme or reason, and this one seems to be a "just because" to me.  The cover honestly makes me think it is a fairy tale, but this book is far from a fairy tale.  I do really like the cover, but it just doesn't match what is inside the book, not that it really matters anyway.  The book was still great!

I really liked Mackenzie, and her cousin Tess.  I even liked Jason and Kyle, both for different reasons.  Jason made me mad a couple of times because he was acting like an idiot, but it kept it interesting.  I think I really liked all of the characters, except for Amy.  I didn't like her from the start, because she was haunting her best friend's dreams, but I really didn't like her as I learned more and more about her!  The Trackers really ticked me off too.  Their ego is way too big and they are way too powerful!  It was definitely nice to have a wide range of characters though. 

I loved the whole idea of a serial killer werewolf being out there among everyone.  Everyone knew about lupine syndrome, and by the end of the book you realize that some had an easier time hiding it than others.  Some just couldn't control the bloodlust.  I really liked the whole mystery of it all and reading about Mac doing all of her investigating into Amy's murder.  I felt like by the end of this book, I didn't have any questions left unanswered....which I think really works for this book!  I am definitely ready to read the next one and am looking forward to what happens next!

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