Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Review: Pure by Julianna Baggott

Julianna Baggott
Series: Pure #1
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publish Date: February 8, 2012
Hardcover {p.448}
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult
Challenge: Young Adult
Buy the Book: Amazon

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.
The novel was very descriptive in the detail of the world after detonation. (For that I give it two stars.) Even the characters were very descriptive. They were a bit odd in their body parts and objects they seemed to be fused with. This was the main thing I couldn't seem to get past to finish the novel.

Pure was a bit of a slow go getting into. Pressia seemed interesting enough, but Partridge I didn’t really understand his need to leave the dome. I know he thought there was a chance his mother may have been out there, but I never understood why he thought that. I guess I must have missed that part.

A character I did enjoy however was Bradwell. I liked him from the first meeting he held underground that Pressia attended. Although I did enjoy him, it wasn’t enough to keep me going forward with this novel. It was overall a tad too dark and a bit too strange of a read for me.
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Waiting on Wednesday {85}: Mine to Hold @Shayla_Black

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It is showcases upcoming releases of books that I'm looking forward to. It is somewhat similar to one of my previous posts, Anxiously Awaiting. {Button courtesy of Bewitched Bookworms}

Mine to Hold
Shayla Black
June 5, 2012

A friend’s duty.

Tyler Murphy was an LAPD detective, single and happy—until a near-fatal tragedy crippled his friend, fellow detective Eric Catalano. While he supported Eric, he also became a shoulder for Eric’s wife, Delaney, to cry on. But with one naughty suggestion from Eric, a drunken night with Delaney spilled into erotic abandon. Before it was over Tyler saw his best friend’s wife as a woman and yearned for more. When Eric struggled to deal with the aftermath, Delaney begged Tyler to leave. Crushed, he fled to Louisiana, hoping to escape his longing for the one woman he could never have again…and unaware of what he’d left behind.

A lover’s desire.

After two years of living with regret, Tyler finds Delaney on his doorstep, her husband having abandoned her long ago. She’s protecting a shocking secret and desperately needs refuge from a killer determined to see her dead. As they fight to stay alive and catch the stalker, they struggle to resolve the guilt of their past pleasures. But they can’t deny that what was once a spark is now a flame burning out of control. To possess Delaney — body and soul — Tyler must heal her pain and thwart the evil that’s a mere breath behind her...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Review: Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Silver Girl
Elin Hilderbrand
Publisher: Reagan Arthur
Publish Date: June 21, 2011
Audio Book {14 hrs 28 min}
Source: Public Library
Genre: Women's Fiction
Meredith Martin Delinn
Challenge: 100+
Buy the Book: Amazon

Meredith Martin Delinn just lost everything: her friends, her homes, her social standing - because her husband Freddy cheated rich investors out of billions of dollars.

Desperate and facing homelessness, Meredith receives a call from her old best friend, Constance Flute. Connie's had recent worries of her own, and the two depart for a summer on Nantucket in an attempt to heal. But the island can't offer complete escape, and they're plagued by new and old troubles alike. When Connie's brother Toby - Meredith's high school boyfriend - arrives, Meredith must reconcile the differences between the life she is leading and the life she could have had.

Set against the backdrop of a Nantucket summer, Elin Hilderbrand delivers a suspenseful story of the power of friendship, the pull of love, and the beauty of forgiveness.
At times I just wanted to shake Meredith and scream at her to grow a backbone throughout the bulk of this book. She was just so whiny and wimpy throughout. I especially wanted her to stand up for herself with Amy in the salon, but no she just limped off like a kicked puppy.

But on the other hand, she was outright rude at times to Connie, the only person who would have anything to do with her after her fall from grace. If not for Connie, I don't know if I would have enjoyed this book as much. She was definitely the saving grace because Meredith was a complete let down as an overall character.

The surrounding characters all added to the overall believability of the story, because Meredith at times was hard to feel any sympathy for.

Read by Janet Metzger, Marianne Fraulo
Duration: 14 hours 28 minutes
Hachette Audio

Narration: B

The use of two female narrators was a new experience for me. There wasn't a noticeable difference in the two, so you wouldn't know it was two different people if you didn't go into the book already knowing that. Both managed to bring something different to each of the characters.
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

In My Mailbox {86}

Books via Book Depository
Belong to Me by Shayla Black

Books via Half Price Books
Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson

Books via Publisher
Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr
Kiss of the Vampire by Cynthia Garner
Darkness Bound by Stella Cameron

Books via Reader Service
Redwood Bend by Robyn Carr
More Than Words by Debbie Macomber, Brenda Novak
Yours to Keep by Shannon Stacey
Cowboy at Midnight by Ann Major
Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe
Blood From Stone by Laura Anne Gilman
Out of Mind by Stella Cameron

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday {84}: A Midsummer's Nightmare @Kody_Keplinger

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. It is showcases upcoming releases of books that I'm looking forward to. It is somewhat similar to one of my previous posts, Anxiously Awaiting. {Button courtesy of Bewitched Bookworms}

A Midsummer's Nightmare
Kody Keplinger
June 5, 2012

Whitley Johnsons dream summer with her divorce dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancee and her kids. The fiancee’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great.

Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother... at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger’s most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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Tune in Tuesday ~ Erin McCarley

This weekly meme is hosted by Ginger at GReads that showcases music. Each week you can post an old or new song so that it gains more interest! So head on over and link up.

If you are a regular follower to my blog, you probably have figured out by now that outside of books, music is a passion as well.

This Tuesday's Tune: "Lovesick Mistake" by Erin McCarley

Lovesick Mistake

Gotta Figure It Out

Love, Save the Empty

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: The Guy Next Door by Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, Victoria Dahl

The Guy Next Door
Lori Foster, Susan Donovan, Victoria Dahl
Series: Men Who Walk the Edge of Danger #0.5; Donovan Brothers Brewery #0.5
Publisher: HQN
Publish Date: February 9, 2011
Mass Market Paperback {p.378}
Source: Personal Library
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Natalie Alexander, Jett Sutter; Gail Chapman, Jesse Batista; Beth Cantrell, Eric Donovan
Challenge: 50 States
Buy the Book: Amazon

Ready, Set, Jett by Lori Foster

A vacation from her no-strings romance with her sexy next-door neighbor. That's what Natalie Alexander needs to get her head—and heart—together. But her solo trip south turns into a disaster when gorgeous Jett Sutter turns up with another challenge.

Gail's Gone Wild by Susan Donovan

Single mom Gail Chapman insists on chaperoning her teenage daughter's spring-break trip to Key West. But she never expects to face temptation—in the hunky form of Jesse Batista, the mysterious man in the cottage next door.

Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl

All-work-and-no-play businessman Eric Donovan won't be distracted by a "businesswoman" who's all wrong for him. Beth Cantrell owns a women's erotica shop! And she has a juicy little secret. Can she tempt him to put pleasure before business for once?
Ready, Set Jett by Lori Foster
Natalie and Jett’s relationship was already semi-established in the fact that they had a no-strings attached type of set up from the beginning. Natalie, who had been burned by past relationships, didn’t want to chance getting emotionally involved with Jett. Jett, who is usually all for sex with no commitment, doesn’t want that type of relationship with Natalie.

The two of them go on vacation together and go through an almost ordeal that finally gets them to admit their true feelings for one another. Although this is a short novella, both characters had a depth and believability about them that made their story come alive.

Gail’s Gone Wild by Susan Donovan
Gail’s vacation romance with the hottie author Jesse was hot from the start. They made such a cute, likeable couple. Of course both of them suffer from some trust issues that pose roadblocks for their relationship. But even with those trust issues they both fell in love with each other rather quickly.

Gail’s Gone Wild was a sexy, funny read. The characters and the location were very well written. I really enjoyed all of these characters, not just Gail and Jesse. This novella I was so engrossed in, I wasn’t ready for their story to end.

Just One Taste by Victoria Dahl
I didn’t care at all for the whole misleading of Beth by Eric in letting her believe he was his younger brother Jamie. When Eric wasn’t quick to clear that issue up, he lost points with me.

Beth’s refusal to be seen in public with Eric/Jamie because he’d ruin her reputation, I thought was a little much given she runs a sex shop. Not my favorite of the anthology.
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Sunday, February 19, 2012

In My Mailbox {85}

In My Mailbox (IMM) is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi @ The Story Siren. Every week I'll post what books I've received either by mailbox/library/store.

I'll try to post an entry of IMM every Sunday that I receive books by mail/library/store of that week.

Books via Paperback Swap

Books via Public Library
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Rugged & Relentless by Kelly Eileen Hake
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Books via Publisher 
Daughters for a Time by Jennifer Handford

Books via Reader Service
A Home by the Sea by Christina Skye
Baby, Don't Go by Stephanie Bond
Pride & Passion by Charlotte Featherstone
'Tis the Season by Carole Mortimer, Alison Roberts
Until There Was You by Kristan Higgins

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