Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Book Review: Headed for Trouble (The McKay's #1) by Shiloh Walker


SHE'S A SMALL-TOWN GIRL WITH BIG DREAMS.

Nine years ago, Neve McKay fled her small Southern town and disapproving family to seek a career in the big city. Now she's finally coming home - and hoping for a fresh start. But the relationship that shattered her world still haunts her. And even among her nearest and dearest, she doesn't feel safe.

CAN THIS BAD BOY BE THE ANSWER TO HER PRAYERS?

Ian Campbell is a pure Scottish muscle - as hard and handsome as they come. But when Neve walks into his bar, his heart melts . . . and he vows to have this gorgeous and somewhat vulnerable woman in his life - for better or for worse. What is Neve's tragic secret? And how can Neve expect Ian to protect her, when doing so could put his own life at risk? The only thing Ian knows for sure is that he will do whatever it takes to keep her out of harm's way - and in his loving arms.







What a great way to end my year!! This book was absolutely amazing and Shiloh Walker is someone that I'll be keeping my eye on for a very long time. I can't believe that it took me so long find her and I regret all of the lost time that I could have been reading her books. I've added a bunch of her works to my reading list and I can't wait to get started on them. 

Headed for Trouble seemed like a great read when I first started it and it soon became one of those books that readers always search for ... the kind that will suck you in and not let you go until the very end. When I sat down to write this review, I went to look at my notes (because I always keep notes ... usually TONS of them) and I didn't have any. Not one. I was so immersed in the book that I couldn't pull myself away to jot down any notes on what I liked or didn't like. To be honest, I can't think of a single thing that I didn't like about this book. I absolutely loved every single second of my reading experience with this one. 

I found all of the characters really believable and most of them were completely endearing. Massive character building success! There were a few bad dudes that I HATED with a passion but that was also a success. This author made me fall in love with characters and then want to punch a couple others in the throat; to get me to have such strong emotions towards characters that I just met is amazing. It's hard to find authors who so fully flesh out every single character. To put that kind of depth into so many fictional characters must be incredibly difficult. The kicker is that there were quite a few characters ... like 15 whom we (the readers) need to keep up with but I didn't struggle with it in the least. And this was with picking the book up and then putting it down constantly because our boys are on winter break.

I can't say enough about this plot. The story had quite a few facets to it and while it was intricate and the plot was interwoven with a few subplots, it read very easily. The book didn't go too deep into descriptions but it didn't skimp on them either. It was simply put, a perfect mixture of every "ideal book" component. I really couldn't have asked for a better reading experience. I wish that all books had read like this one did. I will definitely be reading this again and I'm absolutely going to follow this series and this author from now on. Such a great ending to an awfully full reading year. 

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *



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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Book Review: After She's Gone by Lisa Jackson


Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie, learned the hazards of fame long ago. Together, they’d survived the horror of a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, former Hollywood actress Jenna Hughes. Still, Cassie moved to L.A., urging Allie to follow. As a team, they’d take the town by storm.  But Allie, finally free of small-town Oregon, and just that little bit more beautiful, also proved to be more talented—and driven. Where Cassie got bit parts, Allie rose to stardom. But now her body double has been shot on the set of her latest movie—and Allie is missing.

Police discover that the last call to Allie’s phone came from Cassie, though she has no recollection of making it. Instead of looking like a concerned relative, Cassie is starting to look like a suspect—the jealous sister who finally grew sick of playing a supporting role. As the tabloids go into a frenzy, Cassie ends up on a Portland psych ward. Is she just imagining the sinister figure who comes to her bedside, whispering about Allie—a visitor of whom there is no record? Is someone trying to help—or drive her mad?

Convinced she’s the only one who can find Allie, Cassie checks herself out of the hospital. But a sudden slew of macabre murders— each victim masked with a likeness of a member of Cassie’s family—makes Cassie fear for her safety and her sanity. The only way to end the nightmare is to find out what really happened to Allie. And with each discovery, Cassie realizes that no one can be trusted to keep her safe—least of all herself…








Well, I think that After She's Gone will be receiving the "Biggest Disappointment of the Year" award from me. This didn't read as one of the amazing books from the talented Lisa Jackson, whom I fell in love with years ago. I picked this book up just knowing that I was in for a good read; Lisa Jackson was an author that I could go to if I just wanted to get wrapped up in a heart-stopping mystery. That is most definitely NOT how it played out this time. Actually, it was almost the furthest thing from that. 

I'll just start at the beginning, it's as good of a place as any at this point. The beginning was gripping and interesting and everything that I had hoped it would be. But then I got about 12% into the book, figured out how the book would play out and it was downhill from there. I was right about how the book would play out, by the way. Add that to the disappointing list. 

The passage of time in this book is not stated (at least where I read, I could have totally missed it) and you're left wondering how much time has passed. I was a bit confused for a while because there were flashbacks and inner thoughts and POV changes that were not seamless in the least. I found myself having to go back and reread because I wasn't completely for sure who in the hell was talking/thinking/doing-whatever. Speaking of characters ... there are 7 bazillion of them in this book. Thank goodness I was reading this on my Kindle and I could use the search option to go back and either find the character in previous chapters or figure out that this was yet another new character that I was going to not remember and have to look up later. I think that part of the problem was that these little secondary characters weren't made to seem significant enough to remember but then they were brought up every 37th page in the 2nd paragraph. Talk about irritating. I probably spent 1/3 of my reading time trying to figure out who the damn character was and how they were important to the story.

The story does pick up in the ending (and I'm talking the last 10 pages) but it's just not enough to redeem the other 400+ pages that you dragged your ass through just to get to "the good stuff". The story just felt unnecessarily long and bogged down. It felt heavy and (from the reader's perspective), I think that if 100 pages of dead weight was cut out, the story would pick up and it would be another jaw-dropping, heart-stopping, memorable creation by the great Lisa Jackson. Honestly, I may have lost a favorite author today. That's just too bad.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *



Available: December 29th, 2015


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Book Review:My Reckless Valentine (Lovestruck Librarians #2) by Olivia Dade


Library manager Angie Burrowes is in trouble again. Her superiors have never approved of her unconventional methods, but the latest warning is serious—another complaint from the administration or a patron, and she’s fired. With a steamy Valentine’s Day contest to conceal and her career on the line, the last thing Angie needs is a near-accident while driving home. At least, until she meets the tall, dark, and sexy stranger responsible for her very own spicy plot twist...

Straight-laced Grant Peterson has only one thing on his mind: making a good impression as the new Director of Branch Services at the Nice County Public Library. On the eve of his first day, however, a lusty encounter with Angie unleashes a desire unlike any he’s ever known. Their tryst may be one for the record books, but when he learns he’s Angie’s new boss, will Grant need to check out on love?



 



I think that my biggest issue with this book is the characters. While I find each of them interesting in an analytical/fluid sort of way, I just couldn't connect with either Angie OR Grant. I think that the author wanted the reader to see Grant as endearing with all of his idiosyncrasies and perfection issues but I didn't. I just found him irritating and completely inauthentic. The words I was reading about his character in particular didn't mesh with the vibes that he was putting off. I don't even know if that makes sense ... his character seemed like one dude but then he would turn out to be completely different. I don't know if this type of confusion was what the author was shooting for or if it was an unfortunate byproduct of a character that wasn't fully fleshed out but it kind of ruined the book for me because I couldn't picture this guy as a real, in the flesh dude. Angie, on the other hand, was interesting. I thought that her character was perfect and I really enjoyed how she would get into trouble, take the smack on the hand and then do it again. It was cute and while I enjoyed her, I just couldn't connect with her on any level.

I thought that the idea behind this book was so interesting. To be honest, I was completely sucked into the novel when it first started and I was itching to find out what was going to happen next. But that quickly wore off when the characters started in with their weird passive-aggressive-dom-prude thing going on. I just couldn't get immersed after about 20 percent into the book. Nothing had hooked me, even my enjoyment of Angie, and in the end, I just wanted it to be done. No, that's not true ... I wanted it to get better. Up until the last page of this one, I was hoping for more but it just never arrived. I even had to put this one down for a bit and then try again but it didn't work the second time either.

It all comes down to the characters. The story can be amazing but if the characters aren't up to par for me, it just kills the entire book. Sad way to see this one end, I really liked it in the beginning.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *



 Available: January 19th, 2016

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Book Review: Countdown to Zero Hour (Black Ops: Automatik #1) by Nico Rosso


Ex–Special Forces agent Artem "Art" Diaz is tattooed, muscular and undeniably dangerous. He's also deep undercover, posing as mob muscle for a deadly bratva boss. His mission: gain the Russians' trust. Then lead the strike team that will kill them all.

Chef Hayley Baskov knows better than to get involved with someone with such close mafia ties, but the handsome bodyguard who brought her to this cold, sprawling estate full of ruthless mobsters is inexplicably kind. A little flirtation may keep her safe amidst the growing menace.

As Art’s timetable for action escalates, so do his encounters with Hayley. Stealing what illicit pleasure they can keeps them both sane in the face of evil. But when things get dangerous, Art has to tell her about his assignment, bringing her deeper into the shadowy world of black ops...and putting her life on the line.

Now Art has a new objective: protect Hayley from the man they both call boss.


 






I'm beginning to wonder why I haven't enjoyed the past two male-written romantic suspense novels. Is this a trend? Is it just a coincidence? I don't know. Ugh. I hate doing reviews like this ... the ones where I just didn't get the book but it's all about honesty, right? Let's get down to business, I guess.

The book started off okay, I enjoyed the characters and the beginning scenes of the book but I soon found myself about 20% into the novel and I still felt like I didn't really GET the characters, you know? I didn't have any ties to them, I wasn't emotionally invested, I didn't understand why the characters were the way that they were, I didn't understand motivations or anything else, really. And unfortunately, I felt this way throughout the entire novel. The words were there in the end, explaining things but nothing seemed to connect to the characters. They weren't brought to life for me and they seemed to just fall flat.

Fast forward to about halfway through Countdown to Zero Hour. At this point in a book, I should know what in the hell is going on. But this didn't happen for me either. It felt like the surface was just being scratched as to what is going on in the storyline. It read as if I was missing some vital piece of information and I was never clued in on the big secret. The characters weren't the only thing to fall flat for me ... the story did as well. This one is a hard one to review because the author really explains (mostly) everything and in the end, you're fully aware of what is going on but at the same time, it felt passionless ... it felt dead inside. There was no umph or pizzazz intermixed in these pages. I won't say it was boring because there was a lot of drama but it was boring-adjacent. By the end of the book, I really just would have been okay not reading it because there was so much of a disconnect between the story and me. Unfortunate.

Also ... there is a lot of damn Russian. I have no problem with Russian. What I DO have a problem with is so many damn Russian words that aren't explained. The majority of the time, the author never tells you what a particular word means and to be honest, I don't have time to go through and look shit up every 5 seconds. It slows the book down and ruins the entire reading experience. 

All in all, not a book for me. I'll probably pass on another one by this author in the future. Interesting premise though, too bad that it didn't work out for me.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *




Available: February 22nd, 2016

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Book Review: A Forever Kind of Love (Choices #2) by Ellie Wade


Book Two: Jax’s Story

I believe in soul mates. Why? Because I have one and her name is Lily Madison.

I’ve loved Lily my whole life; she’s all I’ve ever known. I didn’t realize how deeply she was ingrained into the fabric of my soul until I felt her absence.

Sometimes in life, once choices are made and paths are altered, it is often impossible to go back.

I know this because I stand here with a two-carat engagement ring in my hand, waiting to ask someone to be my wife. I’m ready to love and cherish her ‘til death do us part. But, there’s just one problem.

She isn’t Lily.

Will the choices that have been made change our path forever or can fate find its way? 



 



This is the second book in the Choices series by Ellie Wade. I enjoyed reading the first book so incredibly much that I jumped onto Amazon the moment that I finished it and used some of my (much coveted) credit on Amazon to purchase this one. I've had these credits for over 2 years and I've been hording them like a weirdo just waiting for the right books to use them on and I'm glad that I chose to finish up this series with them. I'll be honest ... when I was buying it online, I was absolutely floored to see that the rating was so low for A Forever Kind of Love. I just couldn't wrap my head around it. The first novel was so good ... did the author botch this one or were the readers just so pissed off that the novel didn't play out as they would have wanted it to? I had to fight myself to not read any reviews before I started it. I didn't want any transference from someone else altering my own personal thoughts on the book. 

I'm glad that I didn't shy away from it because of the rating. This ended up being a really heartfelt, sorrowful and compassionate novel. Did it go how I wanted it to? Well, no. Sometimes it straight-up sucked and Wade ripped my heart out numerous times within these pages. Throughout the book, I felt like I was going through the stages of grief ... I told myself that this couldn't actually be happening and then I was just pissed. Man, was I pissed. I even started bargaining with Wade in my head ... begging her to please let things end another way and I promised that I would read her other books if it did (which it didn't, BTW, but I'll probably still read  her other books). Then I hit the depression stage where I just didn't want to read any more because I didn't think that I could take it but then the more that I read, the more okay I became with how things were playing out. It wasn't my "perfect scenario" that I had concocted and wanted to happen between Lily and Jax but it was true to the characters and how they were created by Wade. I can't imagine this book taking a different course through the storyline. It needed to happen the way that it did and in the end, it became a stronger book because of it. 

All of that being said ... I did find that some parts were just a bit wordy ... it felt long-winded and I had to stop myself a few times from just skipping a paragraph or two to get the story bumping along again. It felt this way a few times in the beginning and then more the further you get into the book. I don't know if it is because this is from the point of view of Jax and you've got to go through situations that you already experienced with the previous novel just to get his side of things and at times, that felt like straight up re-reading or if it was because his character didn't seem as complete this time. It wasn't enough to ruin the book for me but it was enough to drop a star off of my rating. 

This is an amazing series. It's one I read while cuddled up under blankets with a steaming cup of coffee next to me while I lost myself within the pages. I know that I'll read this series again and I really hope that she writes another one that grabs me like this one did. 



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Friday, December 11, 2015

Book Review: A Beautiful Kind of Love (Choices #1) by Ellie Wade


Every choice has a consequence.

I believe in soul mates. Why? Because I have one and his name is Jax Porter.

I have known Jax my whole life and I have loved him with every breath I’ve ever taken. The fact that we were born a mere month apart to mothers that are best friends has made us inseparable since birth.

What we have is so rare, one would think our story would be written, our fate sealed. But, unfortunately that’s not how life works. Life offers us many choices that can turn destiny into chance.

I now find myself heading toward a destination that I could have never imagined and I have to figure out where to go from here.

Will the choices that have been made change our path forever or will fate find its way?






When I got this book in the mail, I was actually in the middle of reading another book. I picked A Beautiful Kind of Love up and I just wanted to read the first few pages. Before I knew it, I was 100 pages in and the other book was long forgotten. Actually ... I still don't remember what it was about. That's a great sign for this book but not for the other. Also ... judge this book by its cover because it is as stunning on the inside as it is on the outside!

I've not read anything by Ellie Wade before now and I'm glad that I took a chance with an unknown (to me) author because I think that I've found someone that I'll be hooked on for forever. I loved the way that Wade told this story. It starts off when the characters are young children and then loosely follows them until after college. The great thing is that Wade didn't cover every single millisecond of these two lives. She jumps a bit but it was all in a sensible way, I never felt like I was missing something and I never sat brooding because some aspect of Lily and Jax's lives weren't explained. Everything moved quite smoothly through the book, even with these jumps in time. The jumps were so seamless that it never caused a single pause. 

About halfway through the book, the point of view changes from Lily to Jax very briefly and then it does it a couple more times until the end. I don't think I've read a book where the POV switched so briefly but again ... it was incredibly seamless. I think that this is a sign of a great author. If someone can make me totally immerse myself into a world and create it so that it feels like it is playing out in front of me and it leaves me with absolutely no questions ... THAT is a great author. 

The characters felt full and completely fleshed out. Again, I didn't have any questions as to who they were or what their motivations were ... they were all just perfect. The storyline was perfect as well. There were so many heart-wrenching situations that just shattered me to pieces. When (as a reader)  you become so very close to the characters as quickly as I did, their triumphs become yours and their sorrow becomes something that you start to mourn over. This book took me on quite the emotional roller-coaster but I'm telling you, I couldn't put it down. I just had to read more and more and find out how the lives of Lily and Jax were going to play out. 

The cliffhanger-esque ending aside, I absolutely adored this book. It is definitely one of the best books I've read this year. It was so good, in fact, that I immediately bought the second book in the series and started reading it immediately. Spoiler alert: it's pretty good so far also!

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *



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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Cover Reveal: Darkly, Deeply, Beautifully: Ceruleans #5 by Megan Tayte




I am very proud to be a part of this particular cover reveal! Megan Tayte writes an amazing series called The Ceruleans and this is the fifth (and final) installment in the unique story about a girl named Scarlett whom is haunted by death but believes in the impossible and conquers it all.

Without further ado, I'd like to present ... 

 

 DARKNESS HAS FALLEN, AND SHE ALONE WILL SEE THE LIGHT

With her mother’s life hanging in the balance, Scarlett is devastated – and done with being in the dark. She wants answers, all of them.

But when was her pursuit of the truth ever straightforward?

Pulling a single thread triggers a great unravelling. And each revelation will force Scarlett to rethink what she thought she knew about the Ceruleans, the Fallen, her family – herself.

All that came before was a mere prelude to this, the last journey. From London to Twycombe to Hollythwaite to Cerulea, Scarlett will be stalked by the ghosts of what has been, what may have been and what may come to pass. Until she reaches the place where it all began, and it all must end.

But in the final reckoning, none will survive unscathed. And some will not survive at all.

In this explosive conclusion to The Ceruleans series, all must be defined by their actions: sinner, saint… or something more beautiful entirely?



Available: February 16th, 2016




Once upon a time a little girl told her grandmother that when she grew up she wanted to be a writer. Or a lollipop lady. Or a fairy princess fireman. ‘Write, Megan,’ her grandmother advised. So that’s what she did.

Thirty-odd years later, I’m a professional writer and published author by day, and an indie novelist by night. My fiction recently earned me the SPR’s Independent Woman Author of the Year award.

I write the kinds of books I love to read: young-adult romance fiction with an edge of paranormal. Young adult, because it’s the time of life that most embodies freedom and discovery and first love. Romance, because I’m a misty-eyed dreamer who lives for those ‘life is so breathtakingly beautiful’ moments. And paranormal, because I’ve always believed that there are more things in heaven and on earth than are dreamt of in our philosophy.

I grew up in the Royal County, a hop, skip and a (very long) jump from Windsor Castle, but these days I make my home in Robin Hood’s county, Nottinghamshire. I live with my husband, a proud Scot who occasionally kicks back in a kilt; my son, a budding artist with the soul of a palaeontologist; and my baby daughter, a keen pan-and-spoon drummer who sings in her sleep. When I’m not writing, you’ll find me walking someplace green, reading by the fire, or creating carnage in the kitchen as I pursue my impossible dream: of baking something edible.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Book Review: Nick of Time (Blue Ridge Romance #2) by Allison B. Hanson


A romantic cabin in the mountains. And a man who knows how to get lost…

With a brand-new M.D. behind her name and a wonderful man by her side, Nichole Atherton thought she had her happily-ever-after all sorted out. Then her fiancĂ© told her he was gay. Nic can fake a smile better than anyone, but she’s hanging by a thread. She just has to make it through her best friend’s wedding…and an encounter with his nightmare little brother, Tucker Matthews.

Weddings make Tucker antsy—he’s got a bad track record with “forever.” The family screw-up became a screw-up famous rock star, and bottomed out fast. Now he’s putting his life back together, and the last person he wants to see is perfect Nichole. No matter how hot the fantasies he had about her growing up, Nichole is out of his league and he knows it. It’s just too bad they have so much chemistry. Because there’s no way the two of them could ever make it last…



 



Before I get into this review ... this is the second book in a series and I didn't read the first one ... so if you've read the first one and enjoyed it, I know that you'll like this one as well because even without the background info from that first novel, I really, REALLY liked this book. Well ... other than one hiccup, that is. 

I've never read anything by Allison B. Hanson before but I know that I will be picking up her work in the future. I liked the character development, the plot, the way she constructed her story and the ending ... OMG ... I absolutely adored the ending. But back to the characters ... Nichole is the leading lady in this one and I loved her almost instantly. Hanson really makes you empathize with Nichole and you're riding the emotional waves that she does with the way the story is written. Love that. I often find myself really enjoying at least one character in each book that I read and it's not very often that I really like all of them. There wasn't one character that is in this book that I thought wasn't totally thought out and totally complete. And Tucker ... the badass bad-boy that we all hate to love and love to hate. I couldn't get enough of him. I was Tucker hungry. 

Like I said, I really enjoyed just about every aspect of this book ... except one. When I was about 60% through the book, I wrote this note in my Kindle: 

This book has just turned into a kite flying expedition on the beach ... I'm out there on a beautiful beach, having fun and just flying my kickass kite when all the sudden, a huge gust of wind comes, takes my kite and I refuse to let go. In .047 nanoseconds, I go from having a great day to picking sand out of my teeth after I get dragged along the sandy shores.
That's a long note to have ... I can't tell you how many of my notes about books end up being their own novel ... anyhow ...  the plot hit a giant brick wall for me and I have no idea why. I was so into it and then the story drops off and I'm left holding an empty ice cream cone after a jackass bird comes and steals my whole scoop of vanilla right out of my hand.

All of that being said, the story did end up picking back up and I was able to get back into the novel pretty quickly. After these slowdowns happen, I usually have a hard time trying to get wrapped back up into the story but Hanson did a great job of picking things right back up and ending the whole story with a bang. I'm definitely a fan and I'll be reading more books by this author in the future. This is a must read for the new year and make sure you pick it up!

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

 

Available: January 19th, 2016

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Book Review: One to Go by Mike Pace


Tom Booker is a new attorney at a powerful Washington law firm. Texting while driving across Memorial Bridge, he loses control and crashes into an oncoming minivan carrying his own daughter and three of her friends. The minivan tips up on two wheels, about to flip over into the Potomac. Time freezes, he s alone on the bridge. A young couple approaches and offers him a re-wind. The crash would be averted, the children saved. All he must do is kill someone every two weeks anyone a soul exchange. A moment later, Tom is back in his spinning car, but averts the deadly crash. He laughs about the hallucination, attributing it to bumping his head on the steering wheel when his car came to an abrupt stop. But his encounter wasn t a hallucination. Two weeks later, the minivan driver is brutally murdered. Tom receives a text: one down, four to go. He has never shot much less owned a gun in his life, and now must turn himself into a serial killer or his daughter and her friends will die.









When I heard about One to Go, I had one of those arms-stretched-out-with-fingers-opening-and-closing-yelling-GIMME! type of reactions. I just knew that I had to get my hands on it or I was going to lose my shit. I thought that the whole premise sounded like it would make for an amazing book and I would do anything I could to get to read it. Unfortunately, it didn't end well for me. Hell, it didn't start well either. 

The first thing that just irked me was this one simple word: kind've. Yes, you read it correctly and I put the apostrophe in the same place as the author. The apostrophe (in this instance) signifies that the word should be a contraction. Well, last time I checked, kind and have are not to words that can go together ... ESPECIALLY in the context that they were used in the book: Kind've cool. Negative. I understand that it was a child that was talking at the time but it would have been kind and of going together if anything. Sure, it's in the urban dictionary because that's where these Millennials put all sorts of things that aren't exactly correct English or even things that should be a thing or explained (i.e. the rusty trombone and the dirty Sanchez - don't look those up, no matter how much you want to). Kind've isn't even a damn word. From where this showed up, about 12 pages in, I was already irked at the book. 

I also didn't really like the main character, Tom. I thought that he was a narrow-minded, egotistical jerk and I couldn't bring myself to connect with him or his plight. I found him annoying and a coward. Heaven forbid this type of situation (with the having to save a child by killing a crap-ton of people) actually happen and if it did, I don't know how I would react. Maybe his reaction/feelings/actions are exactly how a parent would be but there just wasn't anything that I could grip on to with regards to connecting with Tom. I was happy to see the book end, actually. 

Throughout the entire book, the wording felt choppy ... like it was a new driver, learning where the pedals are and how hard to push ... just stomping on the gas and then stomping on the break. The book was jarring to me from the very beginning. 

I started this book in October and I'm just now finishing it because I had to put it down so many times. I was hoping that I was just being moody with it and since I have two boys, maybe I was just being sensitive to the situation. But that wasn't the case. Honestly, the only part of the book that I enjoyed was the occasional Latin word and that was only because I studied Latin in high school and I've only gotten to use it at the Vatican and in translating stuff off of US currency for our boys ... and I might throw them in every once in a while into a conversation when I'm being super passive-aggressive. 

Anyway ... not the book for me ... I'm glad a lot've (get what I did there?) people have enjoyed this one, it just didn't mesh well with me.

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *




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