Friday, February 27, 2015

Review of When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill


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Goodreads summary: Dating can be fun, but it can leave a nasty taste in your mouth. For Joss, ever since her longtime boyfriend cheated on her, she doesn’t want her last memory of a guy to be that jerk. Enter her college friend, Matt. They come up with a theory: after a bad break-up, a person needs to cleanse the palate with a little sorbet sex. Lovers for a night, but always back to being friends in the morning. The two can handle it because they have a contract: rules they wrote, rules they follow and rules they can sometimes bend. The arrangement works: everyone needs a little sorbet now and again... until it starts to be the only thing you want. And then Joss breaks the one rule they never wrote down: don’t fall in love.

So I was ready to LOVE When Joss Met Matt, cause my friend Debby keeps raving about it. But I'm sad to say that I was not nearly as enthusiastic about it as she was (please don't kill me Debby)...

I love a good fluffly contemporary, and New Adult explores a period in someone's life that we don't really get to see much of: college. I LOVE stories set in college, cause it's all about discovering who you are on your own, without the constant presence of your parents and parties and dorms and just YES. But I felt that When Joss Met Matt wasn't so much a fluffy contemporary as it was a sequence of random hook-ups.

It might be due to the fact that I never really cared much for Joss. I did like Matt, but Joss was just a bit too crass and I didn't really get her reasoning behind a lot of things and there was just basically nothing I liked about her except that she liked animals. Or says she likes animals. Cause she was just not a good cat mom. I mean, seriously, she's constantly annoyed by her cat and shoving him out of the way and DUH, cats respond negatively to that. I might be a little oversensitive about this cause I have a cute kitty myself, but it really bothered me that she was constantly talking about *having* to pet her cat cause he wouldn't stop *bothering* her until she did and I was like, yeah, you just got home, of course the kitty wants some attention.
Anyway.

I did like Matt, he seemed like a decent human being and just such a guy, I could understand Joss falling for him in the end. But he was being a bit of a douche at the end, I know he was hurt, but still. I guess that I just didn't like that they kept going back for each other for SEVEN years to have sorbet sex, with the best reason for them not being together being that Joss thinks Matt is too nice? I mean, what? I'm not saying that just not having those kinds of feelings for someone isn't a legitimate reason to be together, but she obviously thinks he's attractive enough to have sex with him and he's one of her best friends. I could have gotten behind this if they'd just been friends without the physical contact, but this just felt off.

The back and forth between the present and their whole history of hook-ups also didn't really work for me, it just felt like one long line of bad relationships interspaced with sex with each other. I never got the fuzzies about them together, I didn't FEEL that they were falling for each other, or at least not from Joss' side of things, which was the POV. I also didn't like that aside from this, we never really got to see much of their lives. I mean, how are they doing in college and hanging out with friends aside from as props for their relationships. There was nothing about either of them just being a person and I would have liked that.

I'm very disappointed to say that I just wasn't into When Joss Met Matt, even though I wanted to love it REALLY badly, I just did not like this and didn't get my fluffy on as I wanted to.

My rating: 1,5 stars

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review of Remember by Eileen Cook


Title/Author: Remember by Eileen Cook
Publisher/Date published: Simon Pulse, February 24th 2015
How I got this book: received it from the publisher as an egalley
Buy this book at: The Book Depository

Goodreads summary: Harper is used to her family being hounded by protesters. Her father runs the company that trademarked the "Memtex" procedure to wipe away sad memories, and plenty of people think it shouldn't be legal. Then a new demonstrator crosses her path, Neil, who’s as persistent as he is hot. Not that Harper’s noticing, since she already has a boyfriend.

When Harper suffers a loss, she’s shocked her father won’t allow her to get the treatment, so she finds a way to get it without his approval. Soon afterward, she’s plagued with strange symptoms, including hallucinations of a woman who is somehow both a stranger, yet incredibly familiar. Harper begins to wonder if she is delusional, or if these are somehow memories.

Together with Neil, who insists he has his own reasons for needing answers about the real dangers of Memtex, Harper begins her search for the truth. What she finds could uproot all she’s ever believed about her life...

I was really excited to start Remember, because the brain and memory are fascinating to me. I however did not really appreciate the execution of Remember.

The concept of softening your memories so you retain them but they don't hurt you anymore. It's both scary and something I can imagine in the treatment of PTSS patients. So I was a bit disappointed that while it's a factor in the story, there's not really an explanation for how they found this and how it all works and everything that I was wondering about. So that was a bit of a let down.

I didn't much care for Harper, she was an ok main character, but I was just not connecting with her. I never really got a good feel of her personality and she was both taking action and being a damsel in distress and I just wasn't really feeling it. And I get that she needed a reason to get the treatment, but I didn't like that she would rather not feel anything about the horse who'd her best friend for years than work through the grief. I appreciated that she was this devastated by the loss of an animal who'd been close to her since she'd been a child, but it felt a bit like a lack of character to go ahead with the procedure.

I also wasn't feeling the romance, I mean, I didn't get why they liked each other and there's some telling instead of showing me they developed a relationship, they'd apparantly met for coffee multiple times off-page. I mean, I get that they could be attracted to each other, but there was an I love you straight out of nowhere and I was like WTF??? I didn't get why they would risk all of what they did for each other.

I did like the whole intrigue with Harper's parents, that was interesting, but all of it feels a bit unresolved. I mean, Harper finds out what's been going on, but they don't really do anything about it except for that and her dad just seems awful and UGH! I felt that in the end the only thing that was resolved was Harper getting together with the new guy and everything else was still blah.

All in, I thought this was an interesting concept, but the execution failed to impress me.

My rating: 1,5 stars

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mini-Reviews (4): Just Like the Movies, The Queen of the Tearling, Through to You

Title/Author: Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore
Publisher/Date published: Walker Books for Young Readers, July 22nd 2014
How I got this book: bought it

I really enjoyed Just Like the Movies! It was nice to see the developing friendship between Marijke and Lily, with some bumps in the road. I did very much like how they worked together and the shenanigans they get up to were fun and overall this was just a really cute read. Obviously some of their ideas were a bit misguided, but I can lovingly roll my eyes at that, and it's all in the name of love, right?
This was pretty much a perfect read for Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon, it was light and fluffy and just really cute!

My rating: 4 stars


Title/Author: The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen
Publisher/Date published: Harper, July 8th 2014
How I got this book: received it from the publisher as an egalley

The Queen of the Tearling is a book that has been getting mixed reviews, but I really liked it, though I can understand it not being for everybody. I really liked that Kelsea was raised far away from everything and actually has a reason to have all these skills that allow her to take care of herself, as opposed to the MC living a pampered life and still somehow being able to survive in the wild. I liked her and her determination to be a good queen.
I was a bit unsure of the exact setting at first, it feels medieval, but they also have J.K. Rowling's books on the shelves, so I'm guessing some distant future in which we've gone a bit back technology-wise? I don't know, but I liked it.

There's lots of intrigue and I still have a LOT of questions about how everything works with the magic system and who the Fetch is and how he's going to play his part in everything, cause he is one intriguing character! There's the possibility of a romance, but it's not there yet in the Queen of the Tearling and while I do enjoy a good romance, I actually liked that, because it could have easily been out of place.
I'm really excited to be reading the sequel soonish, cause I can't wait to find out what happens next with Kelsea and everyone!

My rating: 4,5 stars


Title/Author: Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher/Date published: Simon Pulse, July 8th 2014
How I got this book: received it from the publisher as an egalley

I usually really like Lauren Barnholdt's novels, but this one just didn't work for me. I really did not like Penn, the boy I was supposed to swoon over, who is basically just arrogant and annoying and rude and also very insensitive. I was actually rooting for Harper to go and find some other boy to fall in love with, because the way Penn was treating her was just wrong and every girl deserves better than that. If he's so in to her, he should get his act together and actually show that he cares about her. And I get that he doesn't want to get his hopes up about seeing another doctor about his baseball injury, but SERIOUSLY dude, stop being an ungrateful ass, ok?
So Penn didn't work for me, but neither did Harper. I did think that she deserved better, but she wasn't a very interesting character either and to just forgive him every time he put on his jerkface just does not make me like her.

I'm sad to say that I really didn't like Through to You very much and would recommend Sometimes It Happens or Fake me a Match instead.

My rating: 1,5 stars

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mini-Update

Hi guys!

I'm in the middle of nightshift weekend of DOOM, so I'm a bit of a zombie right now. I'm glad tonight will be my last nightshift for now and last night was really quiet, but that made the night last FOREVER, these 13 hour shifts are murder.

So I hope you're all having a better weekend than I am! Oh, and keep your fingers crossed for me that tonight will not be filled with drunken people getting hurt ;)

Friday, February 20, 2015

Review of I Loved a Rogue by Katharine Ashe


Title/Author: I Loved a Rogue (The Prince Catchers #3) by Katharine Ashe
Publisher/Date published: Avon, February 24th 2015
How I got this book: received it from the publisher as an egalley
Buy this book at: The Book Depository

Goodreads summary: In the third in Katharine Ashe's Prince Catchers series, the eldest of three very different sisters must fulfill a prophecy to discover their birthright. But if Eleanor is destined to marry a prince, why can't she resist the scoundrel who seduced her?

She can pour tea, manage a household, and sew a modest gown. In short, Eleanor Caulfield is the perfect vicar's daughter. Yet there was a time when she'd risked everything for a black-eyed gypsy who left her brokenhearted. Now he stands before her — dark, virile, and ready to escort her on a journey to find the truth about her heritage.

Leaving eleven years ago should have given Taliesin freedom. Instead he's returned to Eleanor, determined to have her all to himself, tempting her with kisses and promising her a passion she's so long denied herself. But if he was infatuated before, he's utterly unprepared for what will happen when Eleanor decides to abandon convention—and truly live.

So guys, I totally LOVE Katharine Ashe's writing! I've swooned at her books before, but I haven't been having the best luck with The Prince Catchers series, never getting that stomach-clenchingly goodness that I did have with Captured by a Rogue Lord and How To Be a Proper Lady. But I Loved a Rogue brought the amazing again for me!

I've been hoping we'd get to Eleanor and Taliesin's story, because those two just intrigued me from the start! There's something about a love that society will not approve of that manages to get my attention every time. And Eleanor and Taliesin both make for REALLY interesting characters!
Eleanor is struggling with the low expectations people have of her, of her health. Ok, she was really sick when she was 14. It's been 13 years, let it go people! Seriously, it's not like she's going to perish from normal activities. It was really annoying to me, I cannot imagine actually living through that and having people treat you like some fragile thing. Because she's not. I loved how Eleanor has this desire to be free and go on an adventure and wants at least a taste of life as it could be. She's strong and intelligent and daring and I liked her very much.

Taliesin is AMAZING, but he does need to learn how to communicate, OMG, he broods beautifully, but then he doesn't really talk about the important things and I just wanted to shake him! But he cares deeply for Eleanor and her family and would do anything for her, while also have a lot of self preservation in place and I could relate to why he acted the way he did.

Together these two just have this amazing chemistry and I totally loved it! They share a real history, hate-to-love on Eleanor's side and just constantly challenging each other to be better, study harder. I loved that this just started up again once they were reunited after 11 years and OMG I cannot imagine the heartbreak those two have been carrying with them for 11 years! I mean, seriously! It was beautifully done by Katharine Ashe and I just had tears in my eyes at their misunderstandings and then there were KISSES and just YES! So much YES!

It is a struggle for them to get it together, but it totally worked for me and I was just basically hissing at everyone who interrupted me while reading I Loved a Rogue, because I really did not want to leave this story because they HAD TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT.
The only thing that made me roll my eyes towards the end is that basically the whole series would not have existed in this way if someone close to the sisters had just told them who their parents were because he knew all along *facepalm*. I mean, SERIOUSLY?? But I did love the scheming that had gone on behind the scenes to get Eleanor and Taliesin together, that was awesome.

The facepalming bit did not take away from my enjoyment of I Loved a Rogue in the least, it was just so, SO good and I'd recommend it to fans of historical romance or any kind of romance cause it's awesome!

My rating: 5 stars

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review of A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas


Title/Author: A Wicked Thing (A Wicked Thing #1) by Rhiannon Thomas
Publisher/Date published: HarperTeen, February 24th 2015
How I got this book: received it from the publisher as an egalley
Buy this book at: The Book Depository

Goodreads summary: One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

A Wicked Thing was one of my most anticipated debuts of 2015 and I'm sad to say that for me it didn't live up to all these expectations.

I LOVE fairytales and fairytale retellings and actually seeing what Sleeping Beauty would do after being woken up by a prince who's supposed to be her 'true love', but in fact is a stranger and OMG how did I not think about this as a kid? I mean, it sounds romantic and all, but WTF, how is it true love if they haven't even spoken once?? So I was all excited to start it, cause this is right up my alley and the premise is awesome and I was waiting for it to be awesome, but instead it was kinda... boring.

It is entirely possible that I'm not voicing a popular opinion here, but I was slightly bored while reading this. I was intrigued enough to keep going, because I believed it would get better at some point and it wasn't BAD, but it just wasn't what I'd hoped it would be. There is something about Rhiannon Thomas' writing that made me stick with A Wicked Thing, but as I'm looking back at the plot and what exactly happened, I'm justnot that impressed. It was a whole lot of Aurora sitting around, feeling sorry for herself and not doing anything about it. I mean, up until the end, it seems like she's waiting for a knight in shining armor to come save her and that's not my kind of heroine. I get that it's a whole lot to adjust to, waking up 102 years later and your whole family being gone and the world being significantly different from what you remember, I get it. But I had a problem with the lack of personality Aurora was showing.

I didn't really care for any of the 3 (yes 3, I know) love interests either. Well, one of them is slightly interesting. The prince was a bit bland and the guy in the tavern seemed interesting, but that didn't last. I just felt that they and most of the other characters were two-dimensional and from a real fairytale I get that, but from this retelling that should go more in depth about everything, I had expected something better. I mean, someone died and I was like 'eh', while I should have been heartbroken.

But like I said, it wasn't all bad. I am interested in finding out where we go from here, as Aurora finally started showing some spirit at the end. The hint of magic we see in Aurora is intriguing as well and there are probably plots within plots that we haven't seen yet, so I may pick up the next book in this series, but I just didn't love this as I'd hoped I would.

My rating: 2 stars

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Problems


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by my other blog The Broke and the Bookish

"I got 99 problems, but a book ain't one", right? Well...

1. TBR guilt: I have a huge amount of TBR guilt. I mean, I LOVE going into the room that has been turned into my personal library, but then all these books are STARING at me, making me feel guilty that I haven't read them yet and it's ridiculous, because I bought these books myself (or other people bought them for me) and I shouldn't feel this bad about having them just sitting there on the shelf, but I do!

2. The wait between books in a series: OMG, the waiting on some books is KILLING ME! I mean, the third book in The Kingkiller Chronicles anyone? I know it will be a thing of beauty when it gets released and it will be totally worth the wait, but I just cannot help wishing sometimes books would just hurry up and get here.

3. Moving: I love all my books, but I physically own over 900 of them (OMG, I cannot believe I own this many books!), this number was significantly lower a year ago when we moved to our new home and it was a pain to pack and carry and then unpack them again. I cannot imagine ever moving them myself again, I think we'll need to hire people.

4. Being a book hoarder: this basically goes along with #1 and 3, but I just cannot help myself when I see a shiny new release and I just buy it and it makes me feel happy, so I'm by now means going to stop doing this, but it does leave me with a lot of unread books and whole series that I own and have not started the first book from yet... And I know this is such a first world problem.

5. So many books, so little time: I WANT to read all the books, but there are not enough hours in the day and sometimes people expect me to leave my house and do significantly less important things like work or socialize.

6. Book hangover: This is not a problem in itself, cause it means I LOVED LOVED LOVED the book I was reading, but having ALL THE FEELINGS over a book and then being forced to spend time with people who have not experienced the same heartbreak or whatever is SO HARD. And sometimes I just cannot form a coherent sentence and it just seems like the world should just stop what it's doing and revel in the glory of the book with me, but a lot of the people I hang out with aren't big readers and they just don't understand.

7. Scaring people in restaurants: I'm part of the best book club ever and we meet once a month in a restaurant to discuss the book we read and EVERYTHING else and basically scare the other customers with our fangirling.

8. Judging people because they read Fifty Shades of Grey: I cannot help it ok? I'm a big believer of 'it doesn't matter what you read, as long as you're reading', but this goes for any book EXCEPT Fifty Shades of Grey. I even told one of my friends last Friday that I was judging her a bit for having read it (maybe this is a bit too much honesty?).

9. When the covers in a series don't match: Seriously, I HATE it when my covers don't match! I mean, it's one thing if I was zoning off in my happy book buying bliss and didn't realise I accidentally bought the wrong one, but I get so angry over publishers switching cover designs halfway through a series, because UGH! I have been shelving over money to buy the pretty covers and now you're telling me the last book will have a different cover?? And obviously I could just buy the first 2 with the new cover, but I don't really want two sets of everything. Though I do do this with books I absolutely loved.

10. Angst over books you lend to people: I worry about my books when someone borrows them. I even worry about them when the boyfriend is the one reading them, because a lot of people just aren't careful with them and just please don't damage my pretty books! This doesn't happen when I lend books to my book club friends, cause I know they treat books with the same respect I do. This also goes the other way, if I borrow a book from someone I keep angsting over accidentally spilling something on it, even though this NEVER happens.

So those are some of my bookish problems, any we have in common?