Saturday, January 20, 2018

First Position by Melody Grace


Synopsis:
"A man dances the same way he f*#ks. His stamina, his rhythm, the slow grind of his hips. Some people are born to it, others learn through years of careful study.

And dancers? We f*#k best of all."


The moment I saw her, I knew. Her innocence is intoxicating. My lust is fierce. Primal.

To watch her dance is to know the torment of true temptation.

She will be mine.
(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
I love Melody Grace's Beachwood Bay series. I binge read the series over a few days time, and couldn't get enough. Therefore I decided to check out some of her other works. The synopsis for First Position hooked me immediately, so I decided to pick it up. Unfortunately after reading it, I didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to.

Usually I love serials. They're one of my favorite things to read. That's why I was shocked when I didn't really like First Position. There were certain things that happened that were way too convenient to be anything other than a device to further the plot along. Otherwise, they made no sense why it happened at the time it did. It made everything seem so cliche. The book also was really boring. Nothing happened until the last ten percent or so. However, when something did happen I did like the direction it was taking. What happened at the last couple of pages really made me want more. It felt like instead of being a serial, this should have combined the first two books together, and been a full-length novel.

Even though I found First Position disappointing, I will continue with the series. Something major happened towards the end of the book, and I really want to see how Annalise overcomes it, or if she ends up giving up her hopes and dreams to do something different. I hope there is more excitement in the next book in the series, Second Position.

I give First Position: 2.5/5.

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I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Asylum for Fairy Tale Creatures by Sebastian Gregory


Synopsis:
Once upon a nightmare…

Long ago, in a land where imagination meets the darkest nightmares, they built the asylum. Surrounded by a forest of thorns, it holds the most twisted minds in the fairy tale kingdom: a terrible collection of evil creatures and forgotten souls. Imprisoned within its walls, they are doomed to spend forever after telling their tales… and serving as a warning to others.

Now, you are invited to accompany Blood Red Riding Hood into the depths of this strange place – where you will meet its even stranger inhabitants. But be warned: walls this thick were built to withstand the darkest magic… so once you’re inside, you might just find yourself living horribly ever after… and wishing you were indeed in a land far, far away.

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
I love fairy tale re-tellings. The genre is one of my favorite things to read. Therefore, when I saw The Asylum for Fairy Tale Creatures, I knew I had to read it. The title drew me in right away, and made me want to know more about it. The book also has an absolutely stunning cover. Unfortunately, I ended up not enjoying the book. It was extremely disappointing.

The Asylum for Fairy Tale Creatures had a great premise, but the book itself failed to deliver. I think my main problem with this book was that it needed an editor so badly. The way it was formatted had the story out of order. It would skip back and forth between scenes, and I had no idea what the heck was going on. When I was reading it, I could tell it wasn't done on purpose. It just wasn't edited. It was almost like someone copied and pasted parts of the story in the wrong place on purpose. It made everything so confusing. Just when I thought I was starting to understand the story, it would happen again, and I'd be more confused than ever. Sentences would cut off in the middle, without ever being finished. The book was also full of punctuation mistakes, and run on sentences that never seem to end. 

There were a couple things I did enjoy about the book, even though it was so confusing. I loved how dark and twisted the storylines were. It created a completely different take on the fairy tales everyone knows and loves, along with some that I had never heard of. I will never look at teddy bears the same way again, or allow them into my house. They kind of creep me out now. I loved the fresh take on the classics. It got me interested in the characters. I also liked how quirky the characters were. I loved the mini stories about Snow White, and Cinderella.

I was sad that I didn't enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. However, I think in the hands of a different, more through editor, this could have easily been a four or five-star read. I'm hoping that one day the book does get another editor. If it does, I would gladly be willing to give it another try. I'm also hoping that one day the author write a book about the side characters, whose backstory was only covered in a couple sentences. I would love to learn what happened to them after all of the things that happened at the end of the book. I will definitely be trying some of the author's other books to see if they are edited better because I did enjoy his writing style.


I give The Asylum for Fairy Tale Creatures: 2.5/5.

Want to know more about the author?
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sebastiangregoryauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wordsbyseb?lang=en

I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

ARC Review: Seek by Mia Sheridan


Synopsis:
Wealthy socialite Olivia Barton never imagined her fiancĂ© would disappear on what was supposed to be a routine business trip. She's even more heartbroken and confused when a hired private investigator tracks him half a world away, to a seaside town in Colombia. But the country has recently been ravaged by a massive earthquake and deadly tsunami, shutting down outside communication and making travel all but impossible. Still, Olivia is determined to make it to Colombia to find the answers she so desperately seeks. What she needs is a guide—a mercenary.

The man named Thomas arrives in shadows, an unmistakable air of danger about him, promising to help lead her through the ruined, crime-infested country. But when Thomas and Olivia find themselves fighting an undeniable attraction, danger takes on a whole new meaning. Then again, in the lush jungles of South America, all the rules are different and Thomas and Olivia are about to discover that sometimes the thing you seek, isn't necessarily the thing you find.

Seek is a STANDALONE novel with a small, fun connection to the Sign of Love Collection.

(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
I have loved Mia Sheridan's books for years. I read Archer's Voice in June of 2014, and fell in love with her writing. She has a magical way of telling a story, and bringing characters together. Ever since then, I have devoured everything she has written, and loved almost all of it. When I saw that she had a new book out, Seek, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Even though I wasn't head over heels in love with the story, I found it really enjoyable. 

The storyline of Seek hooked me from the beginning. That prologue broke my heart, and made me bawl. The two characters, Thomas and Olivia, both have a separate mystery surrounding them that intrigued me from the start. I wanted to solve it, and figure out what was going on. I was dying to find out what happened to Olivia's fiancee, and why Thomas was being so secretive about certain things. I made some predictions, but when the plot twist was revealed, it blew me away. I had no idea that it was going to happen that way. I was shocked, and couldn't believe it. It had me on the edge of my seat. I ended up reading the whole book in about three hours because I couldn't put it down.

The main reason why Seek isn't one of Mia Sheridan's books that blew me out of the water is that it was really cheesy at points. Almost overly so. Typically, I can stand some cheesiness in romance novels, but it drove me crazy in this. Some of the things that the characters did and said were complete tropes. There's a scene with a motorcycle (I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil it for those that haven't read it) that literally made me roll my eyes. This was very close to being a four star read for me, but I couldn't get over how ridiculous that motorcycle scene was.

Despite the cheesiness, I really did enjoy Seek. It proves why Mia Sheridan is one of my favorite authors. The chemistry that Olivia and Thomas had was one hundred percent genuine and made me fall in love with the characters. Mia Sheridan doesn't typically write sequels for her characters and this ended in a way where there's no need for one. However, I really hope that she writes them into a cameo or something in one of her books because I really want more of these characters. I think that if you loved her previous books, or you just want an enjoyable read that hooks you from the start, you should definitely give Seek a try.


I give Seek: 3.5/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: http://miasheridan.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/miasheridanauthor/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MSheridanAuthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miasheridanauthor/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6994378.Mia_Sheridan

I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Last Good Night by Tiffany Reisz


Synopsis:
Now that the perpetrator has been apprehended, Nora sadly acknowledges she doesn't need a bodyguard anymore. She adores Lance and wants to keep him but is faced with a dilemma—if she uses her connections to help Lance, she'll have to give him up forever…
(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
In 2015, I started reading The Last Good Knight series by Tiffany Reisz. It was the first book that I read by her, and I instantly fell in love with the series. I have been putting off reading the last book in the series, The Last Good Night. I know the books are short, so I could have easily read it quickly, but I didn't want the series to end. I didn't want to say goodbye to these characters. However, one of my goals this year is to finish series that I've started, so I finally decided to read it. It was the perfect ending to the series. 

I loved The Last Good Night. The reader got to see a completely new side of Nora. This book reinforced that she's not just a dom. She's also a caring, loving, kind, kickass woman who is willing to go above and beyond to do anything for those that she cares about. The thing that she goes out of her way to do made me cry. It was so sweet. In fact, a few parts made me cry, which is surprising for how short the book was. I was heartbroken by the ending. I didn't like which relationship she chose, although I do understand why it had to happen.

Tiffany Reisz wrote the perfect conclusion to a series. After finishing this series, she has become one of my favorite authors. I love how her writing style takes me into Nora's world, and makes me feel like I'm there, experiencing things with her. I loved this series so much I didn't want it to end. I can't wait to read The Original Sinners series, and learn more about Nora, Soren, and everyone else. I'll be so happy to be able to reconnect with these characters.


I give The Last Good Night: 5/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: https://www.tiffanyreisz.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/littleredridingcrop/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/8thcirclepress
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tiffany_reisz/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4480131.Tiffany_Reisz

I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cold-Forged Flame by Marie Brennan


Synopsis:
The sound of the horn pierces the apeiron, shattering the stillness of that realm. Its clarion call creates ripples, substance, something more. It is a summons, a command. There is will. There is need.
And so, in reply, there is a woman.

At the beginning—no—at the end—she appears, full of fury and bound by chains of prophecy.

Setting off on an unexplained quest from which she is compelled to complete, and facing unnatural challenges in a land that doesn’t seem to exist, she will discover the secrets of herself, or die trying. But along the way, the obstacles will grow to a seemingly insurmountable point, and the final choice will be the biggest sacrifice yet.

This is the story of a woman’s struggle against her very existence, an epic tale of the adventure and emotional upheaval on the way to face an ancient enigmatic foe. This could only spun from the imagination of Marie Brennan, award-winning author and beloved fantasist, beginning a new series about the consequences of war—and of fate.

(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
I've heard great things about Marie Brennan's books. My husband has read her The Memoirs of Lady Trent series, and loved it. It was one of his favorite fantasy series that he read in 2016. He has talked so positively about her books that I've really wanted to read them. I was looking through her backlog, and decided to try Cold-Forged Flame. It's a Tor.com novella, which I've read a lot of recently. It's short, so I figured it would be a quick read to get a taste of her writing style. Unfortunately, I didn't like it at all. 

I had so many problems with Cold-Forged Flame. I think the main problem I had with the book was that it was so boring. Nothing happened. There was no plot advancement at all. Every time I felt like something exciting was going to happen, the book went down a different path, and nothing happened. It left me feeling frustrated, and very disappointed. It just felt like a waste of time reading one hundred and four pages. I understand that a lot of that was because of world building, and that it's very hard to build a complex world in a little over one hundred pages. If the book was longer, it might have held my interest more because it probably would have had some action. It was starting to have some at the end of the book, but at that point, I just didn't care and wanted to be done reading it. 

Cold-Forged Flame was incredibly disappointing to me, especially after my husband had hyped up how good Marie Brennan's books are. It was so incredibly boring. Even though I didn't like this book, I probably will give at least the first book in her The Memoirs of Lady Trent series a try. Cold-Forged Flame is the first book in a series, but I don't foresee myself ever picking up the rest of the series with as much as I disliked this book. I've learned over the last year that with Tor.com novellas, I have a love/hate relationship. Some of them, I become obsessed with and want to read multiple times. Others, I hate. There is no in between. Unfortunately, this was one of the ones I hated. I do still plan to make my way through all of the Tor.com novellas though. There are a lot of hidden gems in there. This just wasn't one of them.


I give Cold-Forged Flame: 2/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: https://www.swantower.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/swan_tower

I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

This Girl by Colleen Hoover


Synopsis:
Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

(Synopsis from Goodreads). 

My Thoughts:
Colleen Hoover is one of my favorite authors. If she has a new book out, I devour it one sitting. I just can't get enough of her writing. There's something magical about the way she writes. I've been trying to make my way through her backlog of books. I loved Slammed, and Point of Retreat, so I recently decided to finish the trilogy by reading This Girl. I was hesitant at first, but I ended up loving it. 

When I first read the synopsis for This Girl, I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it. I don't usually like books where the plot is re-told through another main character's point of view. However, I'm so glad I did. Yes, This Girl is Slammed, and Point of Retreat re-told through Will's point of view, but it's so much more than that. I don't even know if it's accurate to say it's re-told. Seeing things from Will's point of view is so drastically different it's almost like experiencing them for the first time. I loved getting inside his head, and learning his thought process through some of the more crucial moments in the series. 

This Girl also brings some new things that the readers didn't get a chance to see before. I don't want to give too much away because all of those new things are major spoilers for the book. I will say that it made me fall even more in love with Will and Layken. It just reinforced my belief that after everything they've been through, they are absolutely perfect for each other. Oh, and that ending! I loved this way This Girl ended. It made me bawl like a baby. I don't think there could have been a more perfect ending. 

I loved This Girl so much. Once again, Colleen Hoover has proved why she is one of my favorite authors. Her writing is just above and beyond a regular level. It transports you into the story. I really hope she writes a spin-off series, or short stories, or something about what happened after the ending of This Girl. I don't want to let these characters go. I don't want it to be over. It's like a big family that I love to interact with and be around.


I give This Girl: 5/5.

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Website: https://www.colleenhoover.com/
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorColleenHoover/
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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/colleenhoover/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5430144.Colleen_Hoover

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Death Pit by A.L. Kennedy


Synopsis:
Something odd is going on at the Fetch Brothers Golf Spa Hotel. Receptionist Bryony Mailer has noticed a definite tendency towards disappearance amongst the guests. She's tried talking to the manager, she's even tried talking to the owner who lives in one of the best cottages in the grounds, but to no avail. And then a tall, loping remarkably energetic guest (wearing a fetching scarf and floppy hat) appears. The Fourth Doctor thinks he's in Chicago. He knows he's in 1978. And he also knows that if he doesn't do something very clever very soon, matters will get very, very out of hand.
(Synopsis from Goodreads).

My Thoughts:
Doctor Who has always been one of my favorite fandoms. My husband watched the first season in 2013, and kept telling me about it. At first, I didn't have too much interest in it. However, we sat down over a weekend and marathoned the first season, and by the end, I was in love. It quickly became one of my favorite obsessions. I've read most of the books now, so I always get excited when I discover one I haven't read. Recently, I discovered one of the few Time Trip books I hadn't read, The Death Pit, and knew I had to get my hands on it. I found it to be just okay.

Don't get me wrong, I did find the book enjoyable at times. It's just that I had one big problem with this. It was extremely cheesy. Now, I know that a lot of the appeal of Doctor Who is its cheesiness. I get that. Usually, that's one of the things I love about Doctor Who. However, this was over the top cheesy. For example, the way a certain character reacts to the golf pit towards the beginning drove me crazy. It was almost like terrible B-movie acting. It really took me out of the story, and made it a lot less enjoyable. It wasn't just that scene either, it happened throughout the book.

There were a couple things I liked about the book though. I liked how the author interpreted the Fourth Doctor. They gave just enough subtle hints that the reader was with Four throughout the book without shoving it in the reader's face. However, even if they wouldn't have given those hints, the reader would have been able to tell because the author wrote Four's personality really well. They captured the little quirks that are significant to Tom Baker's personality perfectly. I haven't watched a lot of episodes with the Fourth Doctor, but this book made me want to watch more. I also liked that we as fans finally got a direct, no beating around the bush answer about why the Doctor is so adverse to using guns.

When The Death Pit wasn't being terribly cheesy, I found myself enjoying it. I really loved A.L. Kennedy's interpretation of the Fourth Doctor. I hope that this author continues to write more Doctor Who stories in the future, even though I had some problems with this one. I think if their writing were to mature just a little bit, they could possibly write a brilliant Doctor Who story about Four. I am excited to do some research to see if there are any other Time Trips Doctor Who books that I may have glanced over, and not read yet.


I give The Death Pit: 3/5.

Want to know more about the author?
Website: http://www.a-l-kennedy.co.uk/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/writerer

I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review.