Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
This is not a genre I usually read. No zombies, no paranormal chaos and fantasy, no romance (lite or full calorie consuming). And It was exceptional!
Book Review: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Book Review: Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton
Book Rating: 2.5/ 5
My biggest gripe about the first book were the characters and what I thought was a lack of personality. I still feel that way. There’s something missing, a connection that makes it cohesive and real. What ties Cole and Nikki together? I’m told he loves her, I’m told she loves Jack. The latter is made more believable by the little stories she’s revealed in this book but it feel force and inorganic.
Review: Everneath (Everneath #1) by Brodi Ashton
I wanted to like it. Like a few of my other books, I found it via recommendations on GoodReads, particularly from reviewers I like and follow. This was their 5 star read! I wholeheartedly disagree. Per the review, I suppose it could be an interesting take on addiction, desperation, yadda yadda but I myself, did not make that connection. It’s not a stretch but I didn’t feel it. It was like Nikki was in this surreal world, things happening around her while she stayed in place.
My biggest gripe I suppose is that I felt no attachment to any of the characters. None. Their personalities were forgetful, their interactions flat. The story moved along but I found it dull. We’re talking about myths and heroes! There’s little action and while I’m OK with that, the interaction between characters did not make up for the lack of that.
I’m also forced to believe that this relationship is REAL LOVE between Nikki (Becks, etc. Please stick with one name please) and Jack. I don’t buy it. Maybe it’s better in the second book (which I’m reading now), but it’s just… unfulfilling. Maybe that’s the point? To feel Nikki’s numbness since she’s lost her emotions. Then there’s Cole. No, there’s no redeeming quality about him. There is no pull I feel, no love, no spark. Why is he the third in their pseudo-triangle? Why is it necessary? Why make him this sappy asshole clinging onto Nikki? He should just BE the antagonist, but he’s not. Because he loves her.
After writing this review, I think I get why I didn’t enjoy the book that much. I’m just not SOLD on it. Neither their characters nor their relationships work here.
Book Review: Up From the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
There isn’t really anything special about this book. So while it’s not a disappointment, it doesn’t really end the series with a BANG. It was a nice little story with a pleasant wrap up for the series. What more can I say?
For the most part I like how things ended, how things proceeded and ended up. We have this big love story but at times I felt the love scenes were a little forced. We get to see all our favorite characters one last time (still hoping for an Ian spinoff here), if albeit for a fleeting moment. The bad guy was kind of a throw in, no real obstacle but hey, it’s the last book, so he’s really there just because.
Overall, it’s OK.
Book Review: Skin Trade by Laurell K Hamilton
Book Rating: 2.5/5
1. I think Hamilton tried real hard to reign things in back to the way they used to be.
2. Except she failed.
3. The story had premise but too much metaphysical and cop posturing weighed it down.
4. Anita really is a misogynist isn’t she?
5. Yay for even more strippers?!
Ok I feel like this book deserves a little more than 5 sentences. Everything you have ever read in critical reviews of Anita Blake are correct. There’s a lot of baggage that weighs down a story that could have had premise. We have a bad guy and we need to stop him. Except everything comes down to being hyper sexualized without the reason or need to go there.
The problem with the Anita Blake series is Anita.
Oh! How amazing would it be if she suddenly went evil? Fuck her morals and her “I go to church every Sunday” but we don’t ever read about it. That would make an amazing plot twist. Or better yet, kill her off. Continue to series in someone else’s place. The despair and angst from Jean Claude? Nathaniel lost and back to his old tricks? So many possibilities. /end rambling creative rant.
Book Review: Blood Noir by Anita Blake
Book Rating: 2/5
1. I like Jason so I enjoyed this little story.
2. Even I don’t know what the point of this story was, other than to introduce tigers into the harem.
3. We need more Jean Claude, though he seems to be pussy whipped at the moment.
4. Anita, always a giver that one (read: loaded with sarcasm)
5. Yay for more strippers?