Hey guys. It’s been awhile now and I haven’t blogged much. To-be-honest, I just haven’t been into the books I’ve been reading, leaving the blog very neglected. I thought today I would just serve up the books I’ve read and give you my opinion on why I wasn’t into them, or if I liked one, but just haven’t blogged about it.
When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.
In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.
Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!
The Bone Witch releases in March and is a YA fantasy book. The Bone Witch needs a good edit. It was so slow. I learned so much about the character and the world that they live in, but not much about the plot. I couldn’t finish the book it was so slow. A really good edit will help this book and make it unique on the bookshelves. It has great potential.
Let me just take a moment for how beautiful the book cover is. Who ever did it deserves recognition. It is one of the best ever!
He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?
I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.
He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.
Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.
Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist.
We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt’s chance at the presidency on the line.
Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.
I read this book right after reading Sierra Simone’s, “American Queen.” American Queen is the best book I read in 2016, and is a top all-time read for me. The books are similar as they are about Presidents, but I found Mr. President to be slow. I wasn’t feeling the relationship between the two main characters and felt like the book needed a kick in the pants. It was a did-not-finish read for me, which sucks because I usually love Katy Evans. I will say that while I loved Katy’s, “Real” series about Remy the boxes, I found her second series not-my-cup-of-tea either.
September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks, eventually marrying one of their daughters, Valerie.
September 11, 2001: Javier Landes watches from his apartment window as New York City falls to terrorism. As one of Manhattan’s top-paid male escorts, this professional lover has never lacked for company and is loyal only to himself. But in the wake of 9/11, Jav is named guardian for an orphaned nephew in Guelisten and must open his carefully-guarded heart to pain he’s long suppressed.
Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are strangely similar. All have been shaped by separate 9/11’s, and their unfinished business from the past will change everything they know about love, loyalty and friendship.
“Life has rules. You cannot come in the middle of the night and take what we agreed isn’t yours.”
Across three decades and two continents, Suanne Laqueur’s fifth novel explores the unpredictability of sexual attraction, how family ties are forged, torn and mended, and how love’s downfall can turn to exaltation.
While my most trusted book friends raved about this book, it just wasn’t for me. I need a fast-paced book and this would be described more of a slow burn. I found myself bored reading it. It doesn’t mean it is a bad book, but it was just too slow for me.
30 years of affection.
10 years of soul shattering love.
8 years of happy employment.
2 months of turmoil.
1 week of truth.
A lifetime of betrayal.
Would you have seen it coming?
Annabelle Fortin landed herself in a bit of trouble. Mandated to community service at an assisted living facility for early onset dementia she meets Jezebel, one of the residents. This is the story that unfolds over the course of Annabelle’s court ordered six month sentence. Nothing is what it seems.
I found this book so very slow. I kept reading it bc a trusted book friend swore it was amazing and had lots of twists.
I seen the twists coming and was not surprised.
The book picked up a bit around 69%. That’s a long way to wait for a story to start getting good. It was dry like a college class.
Since the publication of his last book, Andy has toured the country with his sidekick Anderson Cooper, hit the radio waves with his own Sirius station, Radio Andy, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher despite his mother’s conviction he was not intellectually prepared, hosted NBC’s Primetime New Year’s Eve special, guest edited Entertainment Weekly, starred in Bravo’s Then & Now with Andy Cohen, offended celebrities with his ongoing case of foot-in-mouth disease, and welcomed home Teresa “Namaste” Giudice, from a brief stint in jail. Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, Cardinals superfan and mama’s boy Andy Cohen, with Wacha in tow, is the kind of star that fans are dying to be friends with. This book gives them that chance.
If The Andy Cohen Diaries was deemed “the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila” by Jimmy Fallon, Superficialis a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades—personal, professional, and behind-the-scenes—Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it.
I was excited to read my first Andy Cohen book. It is written just like a diary with very short notes. I am not a fan. The book was more about him eating pot lolli’s and worried about his dog than any real tea being served about celebrities. I wanted some meat to the book, but I had to listen to Andy’s low self-esteem about just about everything. I did not finish this book because I couldn’t stand listening to him talk about the dog, Wacha. The style of writing, while in diary form, needed more expounding on the stories to make them interesting.
Evan Smoak, the Nowhere Man, returns in the sequel to the breakout national bestseller Orphan X.
Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them.
Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man.
Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan was raised and trained as part of the Orphan program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets—i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man. But the new head of the Orphan program hasn’t forgotten about him and is using all of his assets—including the remaining Orphans—to track down and eliminate Smoak.
But this time, the attack comes from a different angle and Evan is caught unaware. Captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. They think they have him trapped and helpless in a virtual cage but they don’t know who they’re dealing with—that they’ve trapped themselves inside that cage with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans.
Continuing his electrifying series featuring Evan Smoak, Gregg Hurwitz delivers a blistering, compelling new novel in the series launched with the breakout national bestseller, Orphan X.
3.75 stars. I loved the way it started but 3/4th of the way it kinda stalled. I was ready for the action, but it took forever to get there.
I was disappointed with one specific part of the storyline, but I can’t say what since it is a surprise. I said in my head,”really? That was lame.”
The very end was a little flat. It needed more. It was all wrapped up in the very last pages of the book. Like the very last pages. Then in an almost after thought, it was left open to continue the series.
I feel like he could have still continued the series and wrapped this story up tight, but he didn’t. It rubs me the wrong way when I can tell the author is leaving stuff just so they can write another book. This series doesn’t need that option. You don’t need characters left over to come back, you can have a completely new storyline and not have any problems. He’s an assassin. That leaves a lot of options for the story.
Overall I liked the book, but the last third of the book could have used some more work.
The definitive book about Joan Rivers’ tumultuous, victorious, tragic, hilarious, and fascinating life.
Joan Rivers was more than a legendary comedian; she was an icon and a role model to millions, a fearless pioneer who left a legacy of expanded opportunity when she died in 2014. Her life was a dramatic roller-coaster of triumphant highs and devastating lows: the suicide of her husband, her feud with Johnny Carson, her estrangement from her daughter, her many plastic surgeries, her ferocious ambition and her massive insecurities. But Rivers’ career was also hugely significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for her gender and pushing the boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life.
A juicy, intimate biography of one of the greatest comedians ever-a performer whose sixty year career was borne, simply, out of a desire to make people laugh so she could feel loved-LAST GIRL BEFORE FREEWAY delves into the inner workings of a woman who both reflected and redefined the world around her.
I was excited to read this book. I love Joan Rivers! However, I was reading the introduction and it summed everything up in the book. I actually got bored reading the intro. It was very sterile, like the author had no interest in writing the book, but was writing a book report of sorts.
Starting chapter one, it was a recap of what I just read, without anymore interesting detail.