Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review--Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet

Kerasco√ęt’s and Fabien Vehlmann’s unsettling and gorgeous anti-fairy tale is a searing condemnation of our vast capacity for evil writ tiny. Join princess Aurora and her friends as they journey to civilization's heart of darkness in a bleak allegory about surviving the human experience. The sweet faces and bright leaves of Kerasco√ęt’s delicate watercolors serve to highlight the evil that dwells beneath Vehlmann's story as pettiness, greed, and jealousy take over. Beautiful Darkness is a harrowing look behind the routine politeness and meaningless kindness of civilized society.






I've been in a bit of a graphic novel funk as of late. I am working my way through Inuyasha currently (56 volumes!) so I've been taking a bit of a breather. Well CBR (Comic Book Resources) posted a link about amazing graphic novels to read this summer for kids and teens and I figured I'd give a few a shot. This is the first one from that list I read.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review--Truth or Die by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

After a serious professional stumble, attorney Trevor Mann may have finally hit his stride. He's found happiness with his girlfriend Claire Parker, a beautiful, ambitious journalist always on the hunt for a scoop. But when Claire's newest story leads to a violent confrontation, Trevor's newly peaceful life is shattered as he tries to find out why. 

Chasing Claire's leads, Trevor unearths evidence of a shocking secret that-if it actually exists-every government and terrorist organization around the world would do anything to possess. Suddenly it's up to Trevor, along with a teenage genius who gives new meaning to the phrase "too smart for his own good," to make sure that secret doesn't fall into the wrong hands. But Trevor is about to discover that good and evil can look a lot alike, and nothing is ever black and white: not even the truth.



**This is a DNF review with 180 pages read. I did not skim through the rest of this book or bother to find out what happened. I can only comment on these pages. Please do not consider this review to be a complete picture of the book.**

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Review--Finding Master Right (Masters Unleashed Bk 1) by Sparrow Beckett

Kate’s fantasies have always featured sexy, dominant, crop-wielding men, but finding one in real life was easier said than done. She’s used to getting what she wants, but the creeps that keep flirting with her aren’t her kink. 

Enter Banner. His intensity scares her—he’s looking for a slave, and Kate doesn’t want to be one. But when he offers to help find the perfect Dom for her, she’s glad to have a matchmaker and protector. 

Banner knows he and Kate aren’t sexually compatible, so what better way to get the tasty almost-vanilla girl out of his head than finding her a good Dom? As it becomes clear that Kate has no clue what she wants when it comes to kink, he devises a series of experiments to help her figure things out—a perfect plan, if he could stop himself from training and bedding her. Obsessing about owning a girl who wants to be free isn’t healthy. But when Banner finds the right Dom to collar Kate, how will he hand over the leash?



**I'm going to clarify this review with this statement. I read 40% of this book and called it quits. I cannot say how the book ended or whether the story redeemed itself. I really do not know and I was so disenchanted with the book I did not bother to skim ahead. So...take this review as a 40% coverage of the book and make your decisions from there.**

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Stacking the Shelves--July 25/Weekly Wrap-Up




Review


1. Falling Under (Ink and Chrome Bk 2) by Lauren Dane

2. Followed by Frost by Charlie N. Holmberg



3. Melting Point (Hot in Chicago Bk 1.5) by Kate Meader

4. Playing with Fire (Hot in Chicago Bk 2) by Kate Meader

5. Undaunted (Knights in Black Leather Bk 1) by Ronnie Douglas

Library

1. One True Thing (One Thing Bk 2) by Piper Vaughn and M. J. O'Shea










Won


1. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow





Weekly Wrap-Up

Reviews

1. Ride Steady (Chaos Bk 3) by Kristen Ashley [4.5 Stars]

Discussions

1. No Post on Top Ten Tuesday--Brief Update
2. Wattpad--A Discussion

Books Read

1. Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
2. All She Wrote (Holmes and Moriarity Bk 2) by Josh Lanyon
3. Melting Point (Hot in Chicago Bk 1.5) by Kate Meader

Currently Reading


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Wattpad--A Discussion

Okay so I heard about Wattpad years ago and I never really used it. It wasn't because I had some sort of negative feeling for it or anything. Simply put I read a lot of fanfiction back in the day. I wrote fanfiction back in the day. So I rarely ventured over to a website mostly dedicated to original characters. It just did not interest me at the time.

I also did not read much in the line of books back in those days. Sure I carted around a book periodically but it took me weeks to finish a book because I read so much fanfiction. There is nothing wrong with that but I was hardly looking for this type of work.

Well yesterday I was roaming around...some website (can't remember) and saw an article about how an author used Wattpad to sell books. What she did was write a book and self-pub it online. Then she went and started publishing a chapter a week on Wattpad for free. She linked and advertised how people who liked the story could go buy the completed story if they did not want to wait for weekly updates.

It's an interesting concept. She said her sales improved (not dramatically) but enough. It sort of promotes the book in two ways. Plus it makes the book accessible. If people like it then they are likely to look at new releases or the backlist.

So I went scrolling through some free reads on Wattpad (there are a lot). I ended up reading "Second Chances" by Lanixo. Now the story definitely could use a little polish but the story was compelling and interesting.

Basically what I'm saying is, I found free reads and I have no idea how I'll manage review copies, library copies, free reads, etc. There are too many books in my life!

So if you use Wattpad please recommend some amazing titles for me to try!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday--No Post Today

Hey guys!

Normally I would post a TTT today but honestly I could barely come up with five let alone ten. I went back through my list and discovered I rarely read books that are specifically marked as diverse. It's not that I don't read diverse books it is just I do not remember them as such. I just tend not to notice unless characters are described a lot. I don't picture all the characters as white and am sometimes surprised when they are. It works both ways.

So instead of digging for ones and trying to remember books I read years ago, I decided to forgo this particular TTT. Instead I'm planning to play with my new computer and have a TTT up next week (hopefully).

Also for those of you who are reading my Gotham live-tweets, I'll probably watch episodes 3-4 sometime this week and live-tweet them. I'll try and announce on Twitter ahead of time. So if you are interested in taking part with me then follow my twitter @Tsukikomew.

Thanks guys!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Review--Ride Steady (Chaos Bk 3) by Kristen Ashley

Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy---until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower. 

In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa---or ride away forever . . .



I'm a huge fan of Kristen Ashley to the point of knowing if I start the book, I will read it straight. So I have very specific rules when I start a KA book. I cannot read it on a Sunday evening or I'll stay up at night. I also cannot start it during the week for the same reason. KA is purely a weekend read. With that in mind I broke all the rules and started it Sunday night. Silly me.