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Jocelyn Adams - Living life one word at a time

I'm an author and lover of dark fantasy and romance books.

Mystery, action and romance

The Descartes Legacy - Nina Croft

This was an enjoyable read.  I liked the intrigue right off the bat with Jenna's illness and the antagonist's recognition of her, telling us Jenna was deeply involved in whatever disaster threatened London.  Luke is also a likeable, swoon worthy hero with flaws and ghosts of his own, which I love in a hero.  I have to say I'm a big fan of British TV, books and the general attitudes and humor of the British, so I quite enjoyed the language and "voice" of the characters.

The romance took a back seat to the mystery in my opinion, but it was still well rounded and still heartfelt.  The plot moved along well, and although the most immediate threat was averted by the end, the main story arc seemed as though it will continue into another book.  One I will most definitely read.

I had a few brow raising moments, but not many, like one decision on Jenna's part to do something she knew would endanger the lives of others, but it didn't affect my enjoyment of the book.  Overall, Ms. Croft helped me escape into another world for a while, and I would recommend this book to those who love a good mystery, lots of action, and a hard-won romance.

SPOILER ALERT!

A disappointing turn to the series

Iron Crowned  - Richelle Mead

** spoiler alert ** Ok...wow. I don't even know where to begin. The first two books in this series were okay as series openers. By book three, though, I expect some character building, a little depth to those people I'm investing my hours in. What dark little nuggets in their past will help me understand them better? Especially when they're acting like spoiled children. And making ridiculous, un-thought-out choices without any regard for who they're hurting. Nothing, really? No flash-backs or insights into their psyches?

The entire cast is a total flat-line for me. The only one I kind of like is Dorian, but I still only know him on the surface, which has little substance. Tim is totally out of place in this book. He's a total fail on the side-kick front. And Eugenie, oh, hell, Eugenie. She has no loyalty, no redeeming qualities at all that I can locate on the moral map. She gets pissed with Dorian and goes to screw Kiyo. Gets pissed with Kiyo and goes to screw Dorian. WTF?

Even the sex scenes fall flat because, first, there's no anticipation or build-up of heart and affection behind any of it. Second, the writing of those scenes is...well...dreadfully boring and repetitive. Honestly, I've skipped most of them, and that's usually part that has me turning pages, to see two characters come together. But since she's just screwing whoever and whenever, well...what's the point?

I was happy when she ended up with Dorian, but how easily she tossed him aside in this book without even a discussion killed this whole series for me. Even if the baby had ended up his to tie them together and make him a little bit happy, I could have accepted that. Nah. This very much felt to me like the author thumbing her nose at the reader, laughing all the way to the bank that us idiots would spend money on this crap.

 

This is the end of the road for this series for me.

An entertaining read

The Romance Novel Book Club - Kastil Eavenshade

This is a witty, funny book that will make you laugh out loud. The book has a great voice with a lot of snappy lines that are unique and colorful.

The main character's shallowness and obsession with her own boobs were the only negatives for me, but not enough to take away from my enjoyment of the read. If you want a good laugh and like to poke fun at traditional romance novels, this book is right up your alley.

Reblogged from Julie Antonovich Reece :
"“There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.”
―Red Smith"

Crux, a YA that readers are going to gobble up and rave about

Crux - Julie Reece

Isn't this cover amazing? I loved having this image of Birdie in my mind's eye as I read, and I could totally see this cover girl throughout the story, surviving through what the author put her through. Whatever artist created this is incredible. I bow to you, whoever you are. Your talent is mind-blowing.
What I loved about the book:

In one word: Birdie. Her character is so simple, yet so complex it just about blew my mind. She's hilarious and wounded deeply, a survivor I couldn't help but pull for. As an author, I'm always looking for what works and what doesn't, and the characters and world Ms. Reece creates are colorful and believable, working to paint a complex tapestry for me to admire and even learn a thing or two from.

I've read scarce few present tense books that I enjoyed. It has to be spot on, and this one is, and how. I was IN the story as I was reading, right there with Birdie.

There are subtle lines throughout the book like these that are extremely creative and awe-inspiring:

“Uh hmm. That’s why you be sittin’ here in someone else’s piss? Girl, you gonna have to come up with somethin’ better than that.” Shondra shakes her head. She looks younger than me, but, like, a hundred years old, too. I can’t explain the quick bond between us, but I like her, and I don’t like many people. “They’s places you can go. Some churches, a day shelter on Ethel Street, Hosea House on Donnelly Avenue, and the Guthrie Shelter, but you ain’t got no kids, right?”
“No.”
She scoots closer on her butt cheeks until our shoulders touch. “Then you can’t go there. You stick with Shondra, honey. I’ll help you.”
Seeing as how Shondra is sitting in the same pee I am, I don’t know what she thinks she can do for me, but at least I’m not alone.


That simple line, that Shondra is sitting in the same pee struck me when I read it. Simple, vivid, tells a story within the story in only a few words. Birdie's "voice" is just perfect.

Here's another bit that makes me love Birdie in all her blunt glory:

My trip to the corner market was fun. When you’re homeless, you don’t dream of Perrier, or the surf and turf special at the local steakhouse that you pay for with plastic from your new Coach purse. You dream of bologna and cheese sandwiches, bottled water, and a grocery bag to keep your crap in.

This is a wonderful story that young adult fans everywhere are going to gobble up and rave about.

The Romance Novel Book Club - Kastil Eavenshade This is a witty, funny book that will make you laugh out loud. The book has a great voice with a lot of snappy lines that are unique and colorful.

The main character's shallowness and obsession with her own boobs were the only negatives for me, but not enough to take away from my enjoyment of the read. If you want a good laugh and like to poke fun at traditional romance novels, this book is right up your alley.
Iron Crowned - Richelle Mead Ok...wow. I don't even know where to begin. The first two books in this series were okay as series openers. By book three, though, I expect some character building, a little depth to those people I'm investing my hours in. What dark little nuggets in their past will help me understand them better? Especially when they're acting like spoiled children. And making ridiculous, un-thought-out choices without any regard for who they're hurting. Nothing, really? No flash-backs or insights into their psyches?

The entire cast is a total flat-line for me. The only one I kind of like is Dorian, but I still only know him on the surface, which has little substance. Tim is totally out of place in this book. He's a total fail on the side-kick front. And Eugenie, oh, hell, Eugenie. She has no loyalty, no redeeming qualities at all that I can locate on the moral map. She gets pissed with Dorian and goes to screw Kiyo. Gets pissed with Kiyo and goes to screw Dorian. WTF?

Even the sex scenes fall flat because, first, there's no anticipation or build-up of heart and affection behind any of it. Second, the writing of those scenes is...well...dreadfully boring and repetitive. Honestly, I've skipped most of them, and that's usually part that has me turning pages, to see two characters come together. But since she's just screwing whoever and whenever, well...what's the point?

I was happy when she ended up with Dorian, but how easily she tossed him aside in this book without even a discussion killed this whole series for me. Even if the baby had ended up his to tie them together and make him a little bit happy, I could have accepted that. Nah. This is the end of the road for this series for me.
Remember Me - Amaleen Ison Remember Me is a poetic masterpiece of intrigue, suspense and a touch of paranormal romance. As with everything this author writes, the prose flows through my head like silk and weaves the story like a piece of art I can see behind my eyes. Sera's plight had my heart hurting and me clinging to the edge of my seat while she tried to break free of her tortured existence to discover her past and make decisions on her future.

Bravo, Ms. Ison, on a story that will haunt the halls of my memory for a long time.
Lover Enshrined - J.R. Ward The story was really good and I really felt Phury's struggle, but the romance seemed really weak in this one.
Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 9) - J.R. Ward I had a hard time connecting with Payne. Loved Manny, but Payne, along with the romance, comes off stiff and unnatural.
Lover at Last - J.R. Ward This was my fav so far. Quinn & Blay's story is the one I've been waiting for, and it didn't disappoint.
Make Believe - J.A. Belfield, Jennifer M. Eaton, J. Keller Ford, Terri Rochenski, Lynda R. Young, Kelly Said Review to come soon...
Iced - Karen Marie Moning When I picked this book up, I didn’t have high hopes since the main character, Dani, a sarcastic and highly talented Irish girl, is only fourteen. Now, I have no issue with young adult stuff and there are lots of works out there I love in that genre, but I prefer adult stories, the darker and grittier the better.

Somehow, this story had all of the adult content I wanted while still being tame enough for a younger crowd. By the time I’d made it to chapter three, I was already giddy about this book and its rainbow of fascinating characters. Dani is definitely unique in talent and in voice. A warrior, bold and confident to the point of endangering herself, but still has a heart of a scared young girl who wants to do the right thing. She survived a cruel childhood and isn’t afraid to put herself in harm’s way to save her beloved Dublin.

Enter Ryodan, who was introduced a few books back, and the intrigue goes through the roof. He’s … whatever Jericoh Barrons is. Badass, immortal, grouchy, and sexy as freakin’ hell. The best thing about him is that for a while I wasn’t sure whether to love or hate him, and I have no idea where the story’s going from here, only that I want to know … like … now.

So Dani “Mega” O’Malley ends up becoming an unwilling partner solving some strange happenings in Dublin, and on top of it, Christian-turned-Unseelie-Prince has taken a shine to her. She’s running from Mac, who Dani’s convinced wants to kill her, and barely escaping whatever is turning her city into a freezer, all while being entertaining as hell. Bravo on this one. Another five stars for this one. Heck, I’d give it six or seven if I could.
Reaper - L.S. Murphy I finished this book in one sitting yesterday, and it's taken me this long to figure out how to express my feelings about it.

The first sign telling me this is a five star book -- it haunted my mind all day long.

Reaper is not predictable. Far from it. I started out not liking Quin very much, but I'm not sure I was supposed to. Her growth through this novel as she discovers her destiny as a reaper is cleverly subtle around the middle, and by the end it's profound. I not only liked her, I was rooting for her from the edge of my seat.

The hero is introduced as a peripheral character in my mind, and he just sort of drifted into the meat of the story, taking me completely by surprise, a welcome one. It's a rare book when I haven't figured out where it's going and how it's going to get there by the end of chapter 1. This one shocked the living hell out of me by the time I turned the last page.

I wanted to be mad at it, how it ended. Now, don't get me wrong, it ended well, just not how I expected. I won't give anything more away than that, so you'll have to read it to figure out what I'm talking about.

Now that I've let the dust settle in my mind, I'm thoroughly impressed. I'd like to say bravo to L.S. Murphy for not taking the easy road to the end, for not penning the obvious ending I find in so many YA books. It totally worked to raise Reaper a notch or two above the ordinary. This is a witty, thought-provoking and at some times heart-wrenching story that will captivate YA fans across the world.
Call of the Sea - Rebecca Hart Call of the Sea is a lovely young adult novel starring Ellie and her dream of becoming a privateer on a ship. Love her spunk and her passion and drive for the life she wants at sea. Her relationship with Nelson is great. Love Daniel, sweet and wounded by his past, and the relationship he had with Captain Winters is real and touching. The dialogue was good and the scenery and experiences aboard the ships had me there with them.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a sweet romance that blooms out of hardship, especially if sea life is on your list of passions.
Slave to Sensation - Nalini Singh Review to come