Monthly Archives: July 2015

Shine not Burn by Elle Casey

Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

Andie Marks is a good girl. She has a “life plan” and knows what she wants out of life. Kids by a certain age, making partner at her law firm, that perfect for her husband, she can have it all.
Then one of her best friends is getting married and her bachelor party is in Vegas. Andie doesn’t really want to go because she knows her friends will go wild because “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”
“They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but sometimes the trouble follows you home. Know what I mean?”

She gets completely drunk and meets up with a drop dead gorgeous cowboy named Mack over a table playing BlackJack. They have some wild monkey sex and the next morning she heads back to her normal life.

Fast forward two years, Andie’s life plan is on track. She is about to marry “That Bradley” who is a jerk and has alienated her from her friends but he fits into her plan so very well that whoohoo it’s on. Then she finds out that something happened in Vegas that she didn’t remember. Her and that Cowboy-they got married that night.

So she shows up at his Oregon ranch asking for a divorce.

I really liked this cowboy. Mack. But I didn’t know a single thing about him other than the fact that he doesn’t wear underwear and he’s got a big cock-a-doodle-doo that he definitely knows how to use. Yee-Haw.

Mack doesn’t want a divorce though.

So it comes down to a showdown at the family’s annual picnic.
“That Bradley” shows up..

You get a chick fight..

Andie has started to question her whole “life plan” idea. Maybe living by Mack’s family crest wouldn’t be such a bad thing after all. “Shine not Burn”

This book is obviously very closely related to the movie “Sweet Home Alabama” but I loved that movie so I’m still a happy girl with it. It’s funny as hell in spots and the lurrve triangle between Bradley and Mack didn’t even get on my nerves. The sex was smoking hot without the use of the damn names for body parts that turn me off most contemporary romance books. This was perfection. At least to me.
Now I will say, I had this author on my don’t read list because of a blog post that offended me. I’m not a bully but I have been called one several times before over books, it gets to me sometimes and I just avoid any chances of confrontation. Sometimes I just get tired of all the drama though and try to overlook it. That’s why I read this book. The breach between authors and readers need to be closed and I’m very glad I did. It’s really a book that I loved every second of and I’ll read more books by Elle Casey. I may even one star one if I end up not liking it. Does that make me a bully? Nope. (I’m sure I’ll get flagged for mentioning that but hell I get flagged for most everything I do on here.)

“Shine Not Burn” people. Life is too frigging short.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.

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Consumption by Heather Herrman

Consumption by Heather Herrman

John and Erma are on their way to start a new life. They’ve had recent marriage problems and hope to start anew. Then they start through a small town by the name of Cavus, Montana. They have car trouble and are picked up by the local sheriff who tells them that their luck is shot because everyone is getting ready for the “Squirrel festival” and no one will have time to fix their car. He takes them to his aunt’s house until their car can be fixed.
*town that won’t let you leave-you know this shit is not going to end well*

You then get to “meet” some of the town’s characters and realize this is not Kansas, Dorothy. The sheriff’s former deputy had recently quit his job after losing his wife and his teenage daughter Star knows that something isn’t right with dear old dad lately. Then there is that body of the woman at the kitchen table with her face ate off.

Erma and John decide that the town is charming and it’s helping them to put their past aside so they decide to attend the town’s squirrel festival. They can leave later, they think.
The town has a population of black squirrels that date back to the town’s beginnings where the whole town was killed except for one girl and all the squirrels.

Now along with this part of the story weaved in between chapters you are given some of the back story about what weirdness is going on. For the biggest part of the book the reader is just teased with bits and pieces. People either eating or being made eat parts of dirt?

Weirdo running around in a ratty yellow raincoat.

Those are just some of the happenings in this sleepy little town.

Now for why I’m rating it 2.5 stars rounded up to 3. I like my horror to at least be in a realm of possibility for some reason. If it’s not possible at least be weird enough to keep my fickle mind entertained. This book came close but no cigar. I got frustrated with it and just wanted the ending to hurry up. It was pretty predictable but it’s not the worst I’ve ever read. All in all I would recommend if you are in the mood for some people eating nom noms.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall

Sugar is an overweight seventeen year old who’s life is basically taking care of her morbidly obese mama, cleaning up after her abusive brother Skunk and surviving her days at the local high school.
I lean against the doorframe, heavy with the truth. I am always in the way. I’ve known this for as long as I can remember. I’m the fat Puerto Rican-Polish girl who doesn’t feel like she belongs in her skin, or anywhere else for that matter. I’ve always been too much and yet not enough.

Kids, this book is frigging dark. I didn’t like it when I was about half way through it. I was tired of the fat-shaming, the bullying and the over-all just darkness of it. I kept thinking if I didn’t have some depression issues before reading it that this book would sure as hell give me some.

Sugar meets Even. A cute boy. Who looks past her body to see the real her. I’m telling you this girl has no one. Her so called best friend is a bed hopping, shoplifting, meth-head. She has NO ONE. I kept expecting Even to slam this girl, everyone else does. Including herself. The self shame that this book character has is beyond most the I’ve read and you do feel it for her.
Then she starts growing. Not on the outside.

Sugar starts seeing bits of herself peeking through those dark clouds. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a dark frigging world. She still shovels food into herself filling her emptiness.
Then the book took an even darker turn. And this hateful bitch of a reader shed a few tears.

Why weren’t books like this around when I was growing up?

She sees right through to my soft, mushy core.
“You’ll never be like me.”
The words hiss like a fuse.
But I’m the dynamite.

I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.

Darkness, Take my Hand by Dennis Lehane

Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane

“Darkness,” I said, “take my hand. Take Me away from this place.” and Darkness did.

It’s pretty good for a series when the second book of it is even better than the first. (A Drink Before the War) This book is that. I got really attached to the characters of Angie and Kenzie in the first book and this book cemented that fictional bond. You live in these books when you read them. Not that it’s always a good thing, this book crept even my non-feeling ass out.

Kenzie and Angie take a simple case where a psychiatrist thinks she has made a mob family angry. Now she feels that her son is being targeted so she wants my heroes to follow up with the mob guys to see if they will play nice.
I really wasn’t in the mood to play cute with a bunch of cut-rate psychopaths who’d seen The Godfather too many times and thought they were respectable.

So they start following her son around just to make sure that no bad guys are lurking in the shadows.

Then once they realize the guy is just a sex fiend and is not being stalked they go to mommy and relay what they find.

Then shit starts to hit the fan. Bodies start piling up. Come to find out there is a serial killer that is back to hunting.
Or as Angie so delicately puts it, The waste management of some formerly animate tissues.

People that Kenzie loves are starting to be targeted. In the first book you are introduced to his memories of his abusive father, we learn more about who his father is in this book. He wasn’t just abusive-he was bat-shit crazy.

The investigation into the killings also led to a prison where we get introduced to a character who reminded me of this guy.

Then we have Angie, she is divorcing Phil (who used her as a punching bag for twelve years) and we get to see a different side of Phil than we saw in the first book. I hate you Dennis Lehane, but not many authors can take a character that you absolutely hate and turn him into someone human and that you care about.

So what’s up with Bubba (our psycho friend of Kensie and Angie’s)..he is pretty much up to what he normally does.
So he finally works up his nerve and gets up from the bar and comes over to the table to try out whatever pathetic pickup line he’d use, and then, then your certifiable mutant friend comes out of nowhere and drags him out of the restaurant by his hair. In full view of thirty people, he banged the man’s face off a hydrant several times.”

Bubba, you naughty boy. I’m trying to forget what ever happened in one part of this book Bubba, cause you the man and all.

So if you are in for a read that you need to buckle your seat belt for cuz it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Pick up this book. It’s frigging awesomeness.

PS I know this review does not make a whole lot of sense. I tend to do that on my favorites….fangirling gets in the way.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I actually liked this book.

Khalid, the so called King of kings marries often. He seems to have a shortage in the bride department. Maybe because after their wedding nights the brides are put to their death.
Then enter Shahrzad, after her best friend loses her life because she was one of Khalid’s brides Shahrzad volunteers to be his wife. She has plans on being his last because she is going to off his butt.

Once married she survives the marriage by telling him stories. She leaves him with a cliffhanger each night to keep his interest going. I’d have offed her just for that but what do I know? Anyways, Shahrzad is a pretty decent female main character. She speaks her mind, can shoot a bow, distrusts everyone (I like that in a girl) and is not even the prettiest girl in the whole book.

The romancey part of the book didn’t make me want to gag.

The marriage comes before the romance so it builds up afterwards, which is a different way of doing things and it actually sustained my interest. I think I probably gave this book an extra star just for the dang food. *starving*

I didn’t get all the answers I wanted with this book but there’s always that chance when the book is a series. PLEASE for the love of all the makes sense in the world people PLEASE quit making every book have to be a series.

Frigging library book to those that have to know where I get my books.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char by Scott  Hawkins

This is honestly the weirdest book I have ever read.

The first hundred or so pages of this book make no sense whatsoever. I mean none.
You just get thrown into the book and hope for the best. I kept thinking I was going to dnf this sucker but I looked and most of my friends on Goodreads had given it a pretty decent rating. I didn’t want to be that weird one..again.

I’m going to attempt to sum up some of this book and hopefully make some sense of it in my mind at the same time. (Probably not going to happen..but what the heck)

So there is this Caroline chick. She says she used to be normal. Then “Father” adopted her and she became one of the librarians.

Then you have people getting killed. Several times. They bring them back from the dead and kill them again.
I’m telling you this book is whacked.
You have talking animals that “help” the librarians.

You also have David. A librarian who loves to kill and maim. As he wears his tutu.

“Father” taught each of his librarians, but they were only allowed to study out of the books in their fields. Or they suffered the consequences.

“Father” also seemed to have friends in high places.

I give up. This book really makes no sense. Parts of it were actually pretty good. Thus the three star rating. I think I’m going to go and take a nap now though and hope to just forget about these librarians. They gave me a freaking headache.

American Sniper by Chris Kyle

American Sniper by Chris Kyle

Before reading this book I had heard of Chris Kyle. I have not seen the movie and honestly I didn’t know much about the controversy surrounding this man.
I’m very conflicted on reviewing this book. I almost just threw up my rating and walked away but I tend to forget the books I’ve read and I try and review for myself so that I can remember the book later.
This one. I just don’t know.
I don’t know if they paint Chris Kyle in the movie as he has bared himself in the book. I’m curious enough that I do want to watch the movie now though. In the book Kyle’s words are his own. He is not politically correct, and the writing is not smooth and polished. The one thing it is though is honest. It’s almost as if he is sitting with you telling you his stories.

There are things about him I liked and things I could not wrap my head around.
His unwavering loyalty to his country. He pushes himself to the limits and then goes past them when he needs too. Then I felt that he put that same country ahead of his family time and time again.
I felt bad about leaving Taya. She was still healing from the birth. But at the same time, I felt my duty as a SEAL was more important. I wanted to get back into action. I wanted to go to war.

Then in a few pages he would talk about the pain he feels when one of his “brothers in arms” is hurt or killed and my heart would hurt for him.

He was a complicated man. I’ll give him that. I don’t think I could have taken being in his wife’s place. She has parts of this book told in her voice and honestly it kept me from not liking Kyle completely that he added them in.
Taya would say, “Wait a minute. You’ve been gone for how long? And now you want to come home and be part of this family and make the rules: No sir, because you’re leaving in another month to go back on training.” (This was after he got frustrated with dealing with his young son.

There was a part of Chris Kyle that was completely hot tempered too. He openly puts those parts in the book. He talks about the bar brawls and just sometimes hitting people. I think maybe it was stress relief, I can’t say I have the answers. One thing that caused a storm of problems later on was him including him punching a person he called “Scruff face” and if what happened really took place I’m glad he punched his stupid ass. (Now his estate is in the middle of lawsuits from it)

Another thing about Kyle was that even though he did not want to come off as bragging he couldn’t help but repeatedly mention the fact that he has the highest number of confirmed kills of any sniper. That contradicted himself over and over and got to the point where when it was mentioned I cringed from it.
He was tough though. I don’t think he needed to overly emphasize those facts. He wrote about hell week in the SEALs and that part of the book was excellent. So you knew he was “Badass” without him having to point it out to you.

So all in all. I’m still conflicted with this man and his story. I’m proud that he served his country so valiantly, but I don’t think I could have been a close friend of his. Unfortunately.

With all this good stuff going on, You’d think I was living a fairy tale or a perfect life. And maybe I should be. But real life doesn’t travel in a perfect straight line; it doesn’t necessarily have that “all lived happily ever after” bit. You have to work on where you are going.

Rest in Peace Chris Kyle:

Eeny Meeny by MJ Arlidge

Eeny Meeny (Helen Grace, #1)

“On the floor by the phone you’ll find a gun. It has one bullet in it. For Sam or for yourself. That is the price of your freedom. You must kill to live. Do you want to live, Amy?”

I’ve seen this concept done a few times already. Where the killer traps the people together with no food or water, gives them the only way out is though killing scenario. It’s been done better with “Saw” and an episode of “Criminal Minds”.
This book tries to move fast. Several characters get to be trapped in this hell but the book is moving so fast that you never get attached enough to care about them. It repeats itself so many times that I got bored.

I think the whole purpose of the book was to introduce the super/so called awesomeness of the main character Helen Grace. After all, now there is going to be a series. I think I’ll skip those.
The story still could have been original (view spoiler)[female serial killer. (hide spoiler)] but it jumped all over the place. You would start the chapter at one point of view and then suddenly it was someone else’s point next. I hate that shit.

So if you want a basic run of the mill thriller this one might be for you. I think there are better ones out there.

Little Girls by Ronald Malfi

Little Girls by Ronald Malfi

I keep saying that little girls scare the crap outta me. Once they become teenagers there is no return.

Laurie’s dad has died. Well, he committed suicide after suffering from dementia for years. So Laurie, her daughter Susan and husband go to his house to get rid of his stuff and put the house up for sale.
Then stuff starts to go a bit wonky. Laurie is hearing noises in the house. There is a room that she wasn’t allowed into when she was a little girl that is still locked. Come to find out that’s where her dad died at….So is the house haunted?

I think I know this house as well as I know my own after reading this book. The author did like going all descriptive.

“The woodwork is handmade. Do you see the detailing in the balustrade?” They were in the foyer now, with Ms. Canton pointing at the stairwell banister. This was their second lap around the house and the woman had yet to make any notes in her little black binder. “The spindles look hand-carved. Do you see the variants in each spindle? Do you?”

Once I woke up from that boring shit the book actually wasn’t too bad.

You do have a well on the property that gets things threw down and “wishes” made.

Then their is little Abigail from next door that look so much like a little girl that died when Laurie was a young girl.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

When I checked this book out at the library, my favorite librarian looked at me funny and said “This is not a you book”. I told her that every once in awhile I want fluffy. I can do romancy young adult.

I think I should probably stick mostly with the serial killers and stalkers

Princess perfect Samantha lives a fairy tale life. Her mommy is a politician who gained her throne through that handy trust fund.

Now next door to this paradise is one of “those families”. The ones that never mow their lawn, have way too many kids, never pick up the toys and breast feed in public.
So Samantha watches them. From her roof. For years.
Then she finally gets to meet one of them. Jace. Then well…you know what happens next if you read many young adult books.

Is it really insta-love if she has stalked him for years? The questions I have.

The thing is, I did not really hate this one. Jace does have an interesting family. One kid named George that I’m gonna marry one of these days. George saved this book.
Samantha’s stoned friend Tim was pretty cool too.
Now for mommy and her political boyfriend.

If you want fluffy, read this book. It’s not bad enough that I wanted to stab people. Now, I will go back to my regularly scheduled killing book.