Friday, April 29, 2011

Love at First Flight

Love at First FlightLove at First Flight by Marie Force

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This Kindle book has been sitting on my Kindle App on my phone for a couple of months. I'm not sure what took me so long to get to reading it but I really enjoyed it! It was a sweet romance with an intriguing plot and dash of crime and mystery. A lot of sweet proclamations of love from the heart (and of course some great steamy parts too!).

Juliana meets Michael as they are flying from Baltimore to Jacksonville to spend the weekend with their significant others. They find they have an immediate connection but make nothing of it knowing they are each committed to someone else. Coincidentally they realize they are also taking the same flight home at the end of the weekend. They wish each other a nice weekend and will see each other in a couple of days.

Come the end of the weekend Michael finds Juliana in tears at the airport after a disastrous weekend with her boyfriend whom she is now taking a break from. Michael confesses he broke off his engagement with his fiancée. Together they talk out their frustrations and by the time they walk to the parking lot to go home, fate steps in and Juliana's car won't start.

Michael offers to drive her home but she says she does not want to stay at the place she and her boyfriend shared. He quickly offers her his spare room which, as fate would have it, is only a few blocks from Juliana's home. She hesitantly agrees but knows it is a good place to be since no one will know where she is.

Michael can feel right off the bat that Juliana is the perfect woman for him and makes it known to her. Juliana in turn says while she has feelings for Michael as well, she is only on a break from her boyfriend of ten years and cannot get involved with another man.

However, crazy and terrible things start to happen to Juliana as she lives in Michaels home that endanger her life and draws her closer to Michael whom will do anything to protect her.

Juliana's feelings continue to grow stronger for Michael but she is so confused about who she really belongs with, Michael, or her long time boyfriend, Jeremy.

Michael says he won't give up on her, but neither will Jeremy. Who will she choose? Who is she meant to be with? A new, powerful and all consuming love or a long time dependent love, the only love she had known until now?

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Monday, April 25, 2011

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments #4)

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I don't ever recall being so pissed off about a book as I have about this one.

I was surprised one day to see that there was a fourth book in the Mortal Instrument series (which I really liked!). I thought, gee, I could have sworn the third book ended well, what could she possibly write about in a fourth? Crap, total crap, that's what she wrote.

Seriously authors, STOP WHEN YOU HAVE A GOOD THING GOING! There is nothing to be ashamed of when you have a successful trilogy, stop, move on to another series, resist the temptation to mess a good thing up!

This book was lame, the beginning was extremely slow and when it finally picked up a little, you got the idea that the ending was going to be horrific, there was no way around it. Clary, Jace, Simon, you were cool to me once, now you're a distant memory because you're creator messed up your mojo...your're dead to me!

I hope I can resist all temptation to pick up another book in this series once they are released. I seriously about went to the bathroom and threw up at this ending. It was so evil and so off base from what the original series was about. What a disappointment. I don't want to put myself through that crud again. What a waste of my reading time. (Can you tell I'm angry about this one?)

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Comfort & Joy

Comfort And Joy Comfort And Joy by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
What a surprise this book turned out to be. It is so not what I expected out of Kristin Hannah!

I just read someone elses review stating that they couldn't get past 50 pages. If I wasn't such a huge Kristin Hannah fan I may have abandoned it as well. Boy am I glad I didn't.

Initially I felt really disappointed in her story, it just wasn't her normal beautiful, deep story that all of her others are. It felt cheap, short and awkward. It didn't add up to me at all. However, when I got two thirds of the way through, the twist was huge, so unexpected but it all made sense like...BAM! I'm glad I stuck with it.

It may seem like an unusual and weird book overall to some but I've read similar books to this and enjoyed them too. But be warned, this is a different Kristin Hannah book than most of her other writings. Faithful Kristin Hannah readers, give it a chance!

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Splendor (Luxe #4)

Splendor (Luxe, #4)Splendor by Anna Godbersen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm a little underwhelmed with the finale to this four book series. The romance in the series was mostly well written and focused but the last book almost went too many places with the affections of its main characters; as if to throw the reader off and surprise them but I guess it didn't surprise me.

There were some loose ends and oddities that bugged me throughout the series that causes me to give this book (the last) a three star. Relationships that were pivotal to many storylines just kind of dissipated. I feel like I could have liked this series more if it had delved a bit more deeply into the familial relationships...the basis for the main characters traits. Perhaps that's it, some relationship descriptions were superficial and could have used more attention, but I will give her kudos on the few places she did get it right (Henry & Diane, Elizabeth & two beaus, Penelope & herself righteousness)!

I really did like how the author took a lot of time to explain what everyone was wearing down to the stitching. A very glamorous group and the book did not scrimp on the fabulousness of their clothing! That was fun.

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Envy (luxe #3)

Envy (Luxe, #3)Envy by Anna Godbersen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dang! This is truly more a three than a four merely because of the ending. It was so good up until the end, it just felt fake and rushed and too much going on. I'm now reading the last book and I have to say I'm eagerly awaiting it to be over (resolved). I have, as a whole, mostly liked the series though.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

The Peach Keeper

The Peach KeeperThe Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm going to say this is her best book yet. Another romantic and adventuresome story with fantastic writing about magic, mystery, love and friendship. Sarah Addison Allen is so unique; while you can always expect big elements of magic and mystery, each story goes in a direction that is its own fairy tale. Each of her characters have their quirks but you root that the twists and turns in the story will go in their favor and they will have the "happily ever after" ending.

If you have liked SAA's other books, you simply will not be disappointed with this one.

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