Month: September 2012

Book Review: Lisa Kleypas’ Dream Lake

Book Review: Lisa Kleypas’ Dream Lake

Third in the Friday Harbor romance series revolving around the Nolan brothers. The couple focus is on Alex Nolan and Zoë Hoffman and a parallel with Emma and Tom. My Take This story starts back, back before Sam ever bought the house or the vineyard, providing a back history on the old place with a touch of mystery. It’s a backdrop to events in Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor and Rainshadow Road until it picks up its own story, focusing on Alex’s carpentry abilities as he restores Emma’s cottage and the love that Zoë pours into her cooking and her relationships. This is a sweet, warm read that will make you feel good…and cry for lost love, last loves. The Story It’s a ghost trapped in the old Victorian on Rainshadow Road. He has no idea who he is, why he’s stuck here until Alex Nolan shows up. There is a connection between it, and Alex and only Alex can see him. At first it’s freedom, but it’s one that turns into a prison and makes Rainshadow Road look good. There is something Alex has to do to help the ghost move on and it’s a battle between them. Zoë […]

Posted September 29, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: E.L. James’ Fifty Shades Freed

Book Review: E.L. James’ Fifty Shades Freed

Third and last (thank god) in the Fifty Shades erotic romance trilogy revolving around Christian and Ana Grey. There are a couple of short stories at the end: “Fifty’s First Christmas” is about the first Christmas Christian experiences with his new family while “Meet Fifty Shades” is Christian’s side of his first meeting with Ana. Too bad James didn’t come up with this when she first wrote Fifty Shades of Grey. My Take Of the three, this is probably the best written from a technical standpoint. It’s also the most boring as it is essentially a “day in the life” and we trip along, la-la-lah, until the story is interrupted by a few dramas: Ray’s car accident, a kidnapping, a pregnancy, and Kate’s worries. Yes, we finally learn how Elena came into Christian’s life and there’s a tidy-up with a couple of old “girlfriends”. Superfluous padding that serves to point up how easy it is to rile up Christian. We get to see Ana get a backbone and take action to protect her own. Unfortunately, the backbone is only partly accompanied by any maturity. She and Christian are fairly well matched in that they are mature in different areas so […]

Posted September 29, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: An Indian’s India was One

Book Review: An Indian’s India was One

An exploration of Indian culture via the life of two young Indians living in Mumbai and their friends and family. I received this advanced reading copy from the author. My Take Indian starts us with today, with Kaahi trapped in North India and forbidden to be with her husband, and then uses flashbacks to bring us up to speed. To explain why. For the most part, India was One was a good story, introducing us to the complexity of India’s people and its culture. I have such a craving for samosas, it’s just not funny! And part of me wants to move there! I loved how Indian included the paragraphs about the different groups that make up India and some of the explanatory paragraphs (I think Indian got a little too carried away with some of these). Setting them off with italics made it so much easier to switch back and forth between story and explanation. And it made for a deeper understanding. The underlying point of it seems to make a parallel comparison with America. A country where people mingle, immigrants who have their own areas and blend in with the rest. I did love Bunty’s dad’s comment about […]

Posted September 28, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Sylvia Day’s A Touch of Crimson

Book Review: Sylvia Day’s A Touch of Crimson

First in the Renegade Angels paranormal romance series set in Southern California. The couple focus is on Adrian Mitchell and Lindsay Gibson. In 2012, A Touch of Crimson won the Winter Rose for Overall Winner (Published Division) & Paranormal Category Winner, the Judge a Book by its Cover for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Paranormal cover, and was nominated for the OKRWA National Readers Choice Award for Paranormal Romance. My Take A good story with lots of complex plots within it. And it’s that which makes me want to read the next installment, A Hunger So Wild. Day’s writing lacks maturity with some of her sentences making me cringe. I do love the sacrificing she has created between the primary characters, Lindsay and Adrian. A nice, complex twist for which I would have preferred a more drawn-out end. It was too easy at the very last. The situation Day has created with the lycans…whoa… She’s blown me away with those twists and turns and used very few words doing it! This is what I want to know. Elijah is so torn up and I have to know what happened? Where did he go? Who is pulling the strings? Who took Lindsay? I definitely […]

Posted September 28, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Caroline Clough’s Black Tide

Book Review: Caroline Clough’s Black Tide

Disclaimer: This copy was provided by the publisher, Floris Books, Edinburgh Second in the Kelpies (or Red Fever) apocalyptic adventure series for middle-grade readers. My Take This is an engaging story about a young boy’s adventures saving his family and friends. That said, I also found it a bit dorky in spots where Clough is talking down to the reader. I never do appreciate that. Yeah, I know, I’m older than the intended audience, but I’m afraid I use J.K. Rowling and John Flanagan as my guides in this. Even though this is the second in the series, I found that it wasn’t necessary to have read the first, Red Fever, to be able to follow along as Clough does a nice job of providing us with enough backstory to fill us in. It is a dystopian world where dogs are more dangerous than you know and pirates swap people for food. I am so hoping that doesn’t mean what I’m thinking! On the whole, Clough writes well and this is a story on coping and taking on responsibility. There are some good morals in this and a good confidence builder with children taking on adult decisions and succeeding better […]

Posted September 28, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Suzanne McLeod’s The Bitter Seed of Magic

Book Review: Suzanne McLeod’s The Bitter Seed of Magic

Third in the Spellcrackers.com urban fantasy series revolving around Genny Taylor, a sidhe fae whose pregnancy everyone thinks will break the fertility curse. My Take Reading this is like trying to figure out the fae mind. Confusing, bewildering, and leaving you with a headache as you struggle to figure out what’s going on. McLeod drops all sorts of information, but rarely includes any hint of a suggestion as to how it may connect. Or, at least, not until the end. I feel like Genny does when Helen derides her for not knowing everything when no one actually tells Genny anything. Too irritating! Everything is so vague about anyone’s powers or what they know. In the past, I’ve gotten a bit irritated when the author keeps grinding away about what a particular character does or how they react, now I’m beginning to appreciate it. The repetition creates a more intimate connection to that character as I feel that I know them, how they will react, and what their abilities are. With Genny…who the hell knows because we don’t really understand her abilities, what she knows and the same about the people/characters around her. If the dryads already know about Bandana’s proclivities, […]

Posted September 26, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Tor.com with 1st Memory of Light chapter

Tor.com with 1st Memory of Light chapter

Image courtesy of Goodreads Tor.com has a link to the first chapter—”Eastward the Wind Blew” —in the Memory of Light, the book that will end, wahhhh, the Wheel of Time fantasy series by Robert Jordan. If you’re interested and simply cannot wait…and are into self-abuse, check it out.

Posted September 26, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Suzy Duffy’s Wellesley Wives

Book Review: Suzy Duffy’s Wellesley Wives

Review source: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House First in the New England Trilogy romance series. A story about love and relationships in Boston. My Take Duffy certainly creates tension and keeps it there. She’s setting us up, oh-so-very subtly, from the very beginning. I swear, my heart was in my mouth from the third page and then…whoa…landslides. The first third is setting us up for one big landslide and, then, like life, it’s…just…time. Time needed to regroup, refigure, understand. Duffy has created a lovely range of characters from the good to the confused to the selfish. No one is truly evil in this. Yeah, I wouldn’t mind taking out a contract on one of ’em…selfish bugger. But on the whole, these are decent people who’ve been dealt a hard blow and you can’t help but want to read and find out how and if they manage to recover. Excuse me…Lily is thinking that Rosie is a fool for going off on this week’s vacation with her husband??? After what she’s pulled!!!? I can’t feel sorry for Lily. She was a stupid, selfish bitch and she’s only getting what’s coming to her. Of course, so is Jack. Sandra and Popsy […]

Posted September 26, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 0 Comments

Book Review: Jennifer Schmidt’s Risking It All

Book Review: Jennifer Schmidt’s Risking It All

Review source: The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House A passionate romance that’s more about relationships and friendship. My Take Oh, I like this. I don’t agree with the assessment that this is erotica so much as it’s passionate about relationships and Schmidt sucks us in and relates an excellent life lesson to be true to yourself. It’s today with a flashback that introduces us to a major influence on Kennedy’s life. Memphis is the man who, through his own existence, gives Kennedy the courage to choose to follow her own path. Schmidt does an amazing job of pushing and pulling on our emotions as she pokes and prods at Kennedy, Brooks, and Memphis. It’s obvious how Kennedy feels. She is, after all, the primary protagonist around whom it all revolves. Brooks is the foil around whom the push-me/pull-me revolves with it being obvious [to us] what the right path is. The question is if Kennedy has the strength to realize it. Memphis has his own issues related to his past. It’s a delicate and fragile balance Schmidt is creating and I’m irritated with it because it’s so true to life. When you consider all the garbage we each haul around […]

Posted September 26, 2012 by Kathy Davie in / 2 Comments