Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Monday, February 4, 2013

S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline

by L. Marie Adeline
Doubleday Canada (Random House)
ISBN: 978-0-385-67970-1
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Description: In S.E.C.R.E.T there are No Judgments. No limits. No shame.
Cassie Robichauds life is filled with regret and loneliness after the sudden death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown CafГ© Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the cafГ©, Cassies world is forever changed. The notebooks stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to SECRET, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately. Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, SECRET is a world where fantasy becomes reality.

The Good Stuff
  • Naughty without anything too kink.  All about desire which makes it just a good steamy, sensual read
  • Empowering, really liked the message about owning and embracing your sexuality
  • Cassie is a likeable character whom many women will relate to & seriously I just wanted to give her a hug at the beginning
  • Telling you now it will be a huge seller
  • Nice twist - thought I knew what was going to happen and was pleasantly surprised
  • Well written and fast paced
  • Great character development for Cassie
  • Nice injection of humour just when it was needed
  • Um if this society really exists - um call me -- I got one involving Nathan Fillion that would really be nice for a good girl like me LOL!
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Some of the naughty bits could have been drawn out more
  • I really don't want this to get put into the genre of Erotica, because it is so much more and the rating could keep people away from reading it
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"After he died , I cried for all the pain he had been in and all the pain he caused, but I didn't miss him."

"Anyone with a set of eyes could have seen that a brown-colored aura had settled over me, like a dusting of defeat. It was time. Time to make a leap."

"Yes, the white rippled snow, which stretched to meet a sky so blue it hurt to look at it was utterly breathtaking. But I also marveled at how my world had changed with a simple "yes".

"He tasted like wine too, and chocolate. Every cell inside me came alive to his taste and touch, smell, and feel."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Those who thought Fifty Shades of Grey sucked -- this will be more your thing - and trust me there are no mentions of a crack whore mom
  • Just a good story of sexual awakening and taking charge
  • Perfect book for a glass of wine and a bubble bath

4.5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review - Jeff says thanks too LOL!

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles #2)
by Marissa Meyer
Feiwal and Friends
ISBN: 978-0-312-64296-9
Suggested Ages: 12+
Publication Date: February 5, 2013
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Description: Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. Shes trying to break out of prisoneven though if she succeeds, shell be the Commonwealths most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoits grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesnt know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmothers whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.

The Good Stuff
  • Thorne is so awesome, I have a total crush on him (Which makes me feel all sort of cougarish). Reminds me of a cross between Han Solo and Jaime Lannister (well a teenage version of course)
  • Think I like Scarlet even better than Cinder -- she is totally kick ass and less whiny (although nice character development with Cinder in this installment)
  • Story has tons of fun humour which really added to the story
  • Nice chemistry between Scarlet and Wolf
  • Fast paced
  • Love the banter between Thorne and Cinder -- please oh please let her fall for him instead of Kai (who really came across as whiny in this book)
  • Introduces new characters, but still keeps the story of Cinder herself fresh
  • Loved the Iko bits - nice fun stuff
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Not as obvious in this installment but still not a lot of surprises, pretty easy to figure out the "surprise" moments -- than again I am 42
  • Crap how long to I have to wait for the next installment - read Cinder followed immediately by Scarlett -- and now I have to wait how long -- man sometimes these trilogies piss me off LOL - yeah I know whine whine, you get books before other people whine whine
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"He was still dazed, and though she hated to admit it, he was actually rather attractive. If a girl happened to like that square-jaw, bright-blue-eyes, devilish-dimples kinnd of thing.  Although he was in desperate need of a haircut and a good shave."

"A relieved grin filled up Thorne's face. "We're having another moment, aren't we?"
"If by a moment, you mean me not wanting to strangle you for the first time since we met, then I guess we are." Cinder slumped back on the floor. "Although maybe I'm just too exhausted to want to strangle anybody."

"I suspect you would shoot me all over again if you thought it would help your grandmother."
"She blinked up at him, almost surprised to discover how close they were standing. "I would," she said. "But that doesn't mean I wouldn't be sorry about it aftarward."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • you could read this without reading Cinder and not be entirely confused
  • Obviously if you enjoyed Cinder you will love this -- maybe even more
4.25 Dewey's

I borrowed this from fellow book nerd Chandra now passing on to Jen

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Professor GargoyleThe Slither Sisters & by Charles Gilman

Professor Gargoyle (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1)
By Charles Gilman
Quirk Books
ISBN: 978-1-59474
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Description: Every volume in the Lovecraft Middle School series is fully illustrated and features an original lenticular portrait on the cover. Display them on bookshelvesand then watch the cover characters morph into monsters as you pass by!

In Professor Gargoyle, were introduced to 11-year-old Robert Arthur and the strange world of Lovecraft Middle School. Its a brand-new state-of-the-art facilityso why do so many creepy things keep happening? Why is the science teacher acting so strangely? And where are all the rats coming from?

As Robert explores with his new friends Glenn and Carina, he discovers that the school may be a portal to another world.

The Slither Sisters (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #2)
by Charles Gilman
Quirk Books
ISBN: 978-1-59474-593-5
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Description: This second novel in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series begins right where Professor Gargoyle ended.  Seventh-grader Robert Arthur has discovered that two of his classmates are actually sinister snake-women in disguise. Even worse, his new middle school is full of gates to a terrifying alternate dimension a haunted mansion full of strange spirits and monstrous beasts.  For Robert to protect his teachers and classmates, he'll need to return to this haunted dimension with his best friends Glenn and Karina.   Can they uncover the secrets of Lovecraft Middle School before it's too late?

The Slither Sisters features more bizarre beasts, more strange mysteries, and more adventure.  It's perfect for readers ages 10 and up. Best of all, the cover features a state-of-the-art morphing photo portrait so you can personally witness the sisters transforming into their slithering alter egos.  You won't believe your eyes!

The Good Stuff
  • Fast paced  - storyline would keep even the most reluctant reader engaged and not wanting to put book down
  • Twisted and funny (Alot of Whedon type humour)
  • Kids act like kids their age should (well except for the paranormal stuff)
  • Many of the adult characters are realistic and not idiots (yes I know its a pet peeve)
  • Really how many of us at one time didn't think their teachers were evil (I'm still pretty sure Mr Turcok was)
  • Robert is a likeable character and many will understand his predicament - lots of changes when you go to a new school and don't know anyone.  Also growing up is hard
  • I'm sorry even if this series sucked I would pick them up for the cover alone -- my preschooler plays with them for hours
  • In Slither Sisters (mentioned a little in Professor Gargoyle) there is a fantastic Librarian character. Ok they made her old and a tad frumpy, but she still is an awesome character
  • Great morals/messages worked into the story without making it obvious - love an author who can do that effectively
  • The library is awesome, I totally want to work there
  • Will definitely be picking up the next book in the series & will be saving them for Jesse to read when he gets older  (and hopefully Jake will eventually read them oo)

The Not So Good Stuff
  • The cover might freak out the less adventuresome reader (aka my son - won't even pick it up & he would love the story)
  • Do you have any idea how many post it notes I used while reviewing and how hard it was to just pick only 6 quotes (since I am reviewing both at once)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"He knew the only thing more embarrassing than sitting alone at his new middle school would be sitting with his mommy" from Professor Gargoyle

"These can be filled with downloaded books and checked out from the library - as long as you are very careful with them of course. Personally I'm a little old fashioned. I still prefer the feel of a real book with real pages.  The best feeling in the world if you ask me. But we have to embrace the future don't we children?" Professor Gargoyle

"No one chooses to go to the principal's office," Glenn continued. "You avoid this place. You don't volunteer to come here and hang out." The Slither Sisters

"But I can't win," Robert insisted. "I'm not a leader."
Ms Lavinia shrugged. "Well, I'm afraid you need to become one."  The Slither Sisters

"If my brother learns I'm helping you, he'll rip my head off," she said. "And that's not what your language arts teachers call hyperbole.

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for the reluctant reader
  • This is one that would even appeal to the stronger middle school reader as it is just such a fun and wicked read
  • Adults will even get a kick out of the series (I sure did -- but lets face it I'm not really an adult - even-though I am 42)
4.75 Dewey's

I received The Slither Sisters from Random House in exchange for an honest review & I purchased Professor Gargoyle because no matter what I always have to read a series in order (but you don't have to read them in order)